Thoughts that Illuminate
It is what you Think they are Saying that Hurts
One day I was having a conversation with a very close friend. I don’t remember the specifics but I do
remember that as we were talking I became increasingly disturbed. I could have sworn that she was
attacking my position on something, accusing me of not being right, and overall not caring about what I
thought. The conversation was so unsettling that I made up an excuse to leave. I returned home and asked
the Holy Spirit for relief from the pain and suffering I experienced while being with my friend. I was
reminded of the Course teaching in lesson #15; “what I think I “see” is an image I have made from my
thoughts.” In the situation with my friend this idea seemed to hard to grasp….only imaginings? I am
suffering only from my thoughts that are making images? The pain and suffering from the conversation
seemed to be coming from her and not from my thoughts! I have developed a trust that the Course’s
teachings if applied will bring me to peace so I asked the Holy Spirit for help in understanding how this could
That night I was given a dream. In the dream I walked into a house full of people. It seemed to be a
communal living arrangement where everyone was living harmoniously. I heard a noise that sounded like an
alarm. Confused I turned to the people in the room for an explanation of the alarm. I was told not to be
concerned about it. The alarm only meant that the electric system is turning on. (Sure enough all the lights
and TV had turned on for a moment and then turned off). I traveled into the kitchen and I observed two
people at the sink having a lovely time cutting up vegetables. The women’s ring fell into the garbage
disposal. Laughing she reached down to retrieve it. All of a sudden I heard the alarm. My mind
immediately remembered what the alarm meant- and I closed my eyes because I couldn't’t bear to watch.
But closing my eyes did not give me relief; for I began to imagine the scene in front of me….the garbage
disposal turning on, blood everywhere, fingers flying everywhere; laughter turned to screams. As the scene
played out in my mind I experienced a sickening feeling, along with anguish, pain and fear. It was all in my
imagination (remember I had my eyes closed) and yet I was experiencing it as if I was really seeing it! As I
awoke, I realized I had no idea what really happened because I never opened my eyes in the dream and yet,
I still suffered because of my imaginings. Suddenly it was clear to me how we can have seemingly “real”
experiences that are really only from our imagination.
A friend attacking seems like a powerful image of pain and suffering so does a hand in a garbage disposal.
Maybe you have a few of your own images before you that seem to be the cause of your pain and suffering.
Do you see someone attacking you? Mistreating you? Telling you of your unworthiness? Stop for a
moment and see it from this perspective. . In the conversation with my friend and in the dream, there was
a pivotal moment when I closed my eyes to what was really happening and began to imagine a conversation
of attack and accusations. Like me, you have also closed your eyes and are imagining what is happening. This
imagining is so powerful that you are actually experiencing it as if it is happening right before your very eyes.
(Just like the garbage disposal scene). “You think you think them so you think you see them and it is because they
are appearing as images you do not recognize them as nothing.” (W.#15.) Just because the image is powerful and
appears real , it is still nothing; just an image made from a thought of guilt and projected onto the screen of
your life. In other words your thoughts of guilt have turned to mental images that are parading through
your mind appearing as attack and mistreatment.
The Holy Spirit wants to ease your mind with thoughts of peace and therefore bring peace to the world
you see but first you must realize that what you are currently seeing are just imaginings; a darkened world
made from darkened thoughts. Second you must be willing to release your darkened thoughts that
condemn to thoughts that save. “I can elect to change all thoughts that hurt.” (W. #284) is our liberty bell
ringing for our freedom. We are free to change our thoughts. When we allow this change to happen, we
realize: “Your (God) Thoughts can only bring me happiness. The Thoughts I think with You can only bless.” (W.#281)
If we want to stop the hurt then we must be willing to release our own thoughts that are making the image
of an unkind friend (fill in your image) appear before us. Once I went through the process of release, I
was completely free of pain and suffering. When I went back to my friend to share this experience with
her, she conveyed to me that the words I thought she said were not in her mind at all and she was totally
amazed at my wild imagination!
I invite you to try this process on your own dark imaginings. (Click for a printable
copy of the process I was guided to use for this release.) Accept the Holy Spirit’s answer to every one of
them; “How can a Holy, innocent, child of a loving Creator be or experience imperfection, failure, sin and
guilt? My my, You do have a wild imagination!”
Written by: Patti Fields