In this transcribed excerpt from her lecture recorded live in Los Angeles this past June titled "The Altar Within", Williamson stresses the importance of looking at our own ways of thinking and being in any given situation, particularly the uncomfortable ones and the ones we'd like to change.
Now normally when we think in terms of asking God to guide our lives, we would most usually think in terms of “guide my acts”. But remember, knowing that in asking God to change our lives, what we are asking is for a shift in our thinking because our acts emerge from our thoughts. So we’re not just asking God to guide our steps, our footsteps; we are asking God to guide our thoughts, because until we look at the world differently, our experience of the world will not change. I know I have seen in my life and the lives of those around me where we want a radically new life but aren’t yet necessarily willing or ready to think in radical new ways, and that is what the Course in Miracles is about. It’s about a radical shift in the way we see the world.