"This material world is sometimes regarded as an ocean of nescience and sometimes as a blazing forest. In the ocean, however expert a swimmer one may be, the struggle for existence is very severe.- The BhagvadGita.
When you are situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge, you will be able to cross over the ocean of miseries."
nes·cience: (noun.) Absence of knowledge or awareness; ignorance.
If you are not in the boat of transcendental knowledge, you'll be thrown around by the ocean of miseries continuously. It will threaten to drown you at every step.
Even in those moments when you are not in the boat, or do not want to be in it, it will be somewhere near you.
If this writing has caught your attention means the transcendental boat is either very close to you right now, or you are in it, right now.
Question: What is it, that binds me down, threatens to drown me in the ocean of miseries? What is it that keeps me in spiritual delusion? Am I really drowning?
Answer: Make a list of all your fears.
...the ocean of miseries uses your fears to trap your attention.
...it can trap your attention, but it cannot trap you.
...your entrapment is an illusion.
...all that you fear, they are all illusions.
...the drowning is an illusion.
These lessons from ACIM are wonderful exercises. They are 'Transcendental Boats'.