I could see peace instead of this.
1. The idea for today begins to describe the conditions that prevail in the other way of seeing. 2Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. 3It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. 4It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.
2. Three longer practice periods are required for today’s exercises. 2One in the morning and one in the evening are advised, with an additional one to be undertaken at any time in between that seems most conducive to readiness. 3All applications should be done with your eyes closed. 4It is your inner world to which the applications of today’s idea should be made.
3. Some five minutes of mind searching are required for each of the longer practice periods. 2Search your mind for fear thoughts, anxiety-provoking situations, “offending” personalities or events, or anything else about which you are harboring unloving thoughts. 3Note them all casually, repeating the idea for today slowly as you watch them arise in your mind, and let each one go, to be replaced by the next.
4. If you begin to experience difficulty in thinking of specific subjects, continue to repeat the idea to yourself in an unhurried manner, without applying it to anything in particular. 2Be sure, however, not to make any specific exclusions.
5. The shorter applications are to be frequent, and made whenever you feel your peace of mind is threatened in any way. 2The purpose is to protect yourself from temptation throughout the day. 3If a specific form of temptation arises in your awareness, the exercise should take this form:
4I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.
6. If the inroads on your peace of mind take the form of more generalized adverse emotions, such as depression, anxiety or worry, use the idea in its original form. 2If you find you need more than one application of today’s idea to help you change your mind in any specific context, try to take several minutes and devote them to repeating the idea until you feel some sense of relief. 3It will help you if you tell yourself specifically:
4I can replace my feelings of depression, anxiety or worry [or my thoughts about this situation, personality or event] with peace.