The Conflict Addiction

Lesson 55 of A Course in Miracles

James Leroy Wilson

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Welcome to Daily Miracles, a running commentary on the 365 lessons of A Course in Miracles, an influential spiritual text from the 1970s. I am James Leroy Wilson and I invite you to join me as I go through this material for the first time.

Lesson 55’s review:

(21) I am determined to see things differently. (ACIM, W-55.1:1)

(22) What I see is a form of vengeance. (ACIM, W-55.2:1)

(23) I can escape from this world by giving up attack thoughts. (ACIM, W-55.3:1)

(24) I do not perceive my own best interests. (ACIM, W-55.4:1)

(25) I do not know what anything is for. (ACIM, W-55.5:1)

Two sentences stuck out to me:

  • ²How could I recognize my own best interests when I do not know who I am? (ACIM, W-55.4:2)
  • ²To me, the purpose of everything is to prove that my illusions about myself are real. (ACIM, W-55.5:2)

When I encounter news of the world, I get a brief feeling of exhilaration in assuming I’m intellectually and morally superior when I think about the inconsistencies in the policies and statements of political leaders.

It’s as if I’m “seeing” a world that confirms and conforms to a vision I have for it, in which I’m the enlightened one in a mass of darkness.

This sense of separation doesn’t serve me, isn’t in my “own best interests.”

But I understand the passion that comes with conflict. It can be addicting.

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James Leroy Wilson

Former activist. Writer with a range of interests from spirituality to sports.