Turning Away from Ego, the first book in the I See Only Your Perfection series, relates visions and experiences of my early spiritual search in which I was gently guided away from self-destructive patterns of thought and behavior. This process, which began with my study of A Course in Miracles and other spiritual texts, led to surprising spiritual answers to everyday problems related to health, finances, career choices and relationships.
FOCUS ON VISION
I had been putting off the eye exam for months. Although my doctor had
prescribed glasses six years earlier, I had never gotten them. Even so,
I had managed to get back every year for the glaucoma test, which the
optometrist had always given me for free. I was beginning to feel like I
was taking advantage of the good doctor's generosity, so this time I had
made the appointment for the full blown exam. I wasn't looking forward
to revisiting the glasses issue again, but somehow it seemed like the
right thing to do.
As I walked, my mind drifted back to how work had been going. It had
been several years since I had joined the transition department. After
the initial honeymoon, I had hit some rough spots. Things were much
better now, and I could trace the change back to a decision I had made
months earlier. I had asked God to help me understand my part in the
negative dynamics with my co-workers. For some reason, at the present
moment, I couldn't remember the exact prayer, which seemed strange,
since I had repeated it so many times. But whatever it was, it had
definitely been answered.
The new recognition of my role in the negativity had been hard to face
and even harder to change, but the results were beginning to show. I
was getting along better with people in the office and was much more at
peace with myself.
I continued to reflect on these pleasant thoughts during the
examination. As usual, I enjoyed chatting with the doctor; before I
knew it, the exam was over. As I braced myself for the pitch about
glasses, I was surprised to hear him announce that I had twenty-twenty
vision. I was too dazed to say much of anything.
As I walked out into the sunshine, my inner voice, which I had become so
accustomed to in recent months, whispered the previously forgotten
prayer, "Father help me see what I need to see."
And we both began to laugh.
Excerpted from "I See Only Your Perfection: Turning Away from Ego" by John Joseph Creek. Copyright © 2012 by John Joseph Creek. Excerpted by permission. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. Excerpts are provided solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.