When you look at this lesson, you start to recognize what it really offers you. As you practice it, you feel the chains you have put on your mind by giving reality to the world’s laws, fall away. The beauty of it is really that you are free. This doesn’t mean that you start behaving like a mad person, disobeying every worldly law. Obeying and disobeying are really the same, they spring from the same idea that the laws of the world are real and now you will decide whether to obey them or not. What A Course In Miracles offers you is the experience that the laws of the world have no hold on you. This experience goes beyond space and time altogether. This is why it is a course in miracles.
I loose the world from all I thought it was.
What keeps the world in chains but your beliefs? And what can save the world except your Self? Belief is powerful indeed. The thoughts you hold are mighty, and illusions are as strong in their effects as is the truth. A madman thinks the world he sees is real, and does not doubt it. Nor can he be swayed by questioning his thoughts’ effects. It is but when their source is raised to question that the hope of freedom comes to him at last.
Beliefs are powerful indeed. At some point you are going to have to look at the power of your mind. Everything you believe, you make true for you. And you do not question it. And everything, and everyone, that tries to tell you differently, you refuse to listen to. When you think you know, your mind is closed. Today, open your mind just a little, that something entirely different may reveal itself to you.
Yet is salvation easily achieved, for anyone is free to change his mind, and all his thoughts change with it. Now the source of thought has shifted, for to change your mind means you have changed the source of all ideas you think or ever thought or yet will think.
You free the past from what you thought before. You free the future from all ancient thoughts of seeking what you do not want to find. The present now remains the only time. Here in the present is the world set free. For as you let the past be lifted and release the future from your ancient fears, you find escape and give it to the world.
You can change your mind. Every lesson in the workbook directs you to this. It is really an inward journey without distance, an instant of honesty where you look at your world and ask yourself if this is what you really want. It may very well be that you are doing just great, but everyone is dying around you. Somewhere you go from an ego-focus to an all inclusive awareness in the recognition that there is nothing outside of you. Sickness, pain and death are all ideas in your mind that you firmly believe. Today’s lesson tries to dislodge your mind from them.
You have enslaved the world with all your fears, your doubts and miseries, your pain and tears; and all your sorrows press on it, and keep the world a prisoner to your beliefs. Death strikes it everywhere because you hold the bitter thoughts of death within your mind. The world is nothing in itself. Your mind must give it meaning. And what you behold upon it are your wishes, acted out so you can look on them and think them real.
Perhaps you think you did not make the world, but came unwillingly to what was made already, hardly waiting for your thoughts to give it meaning. Yet in truth you found exactly what you looked for when you came. There is no world apart from what you wish, and herein lies your ultimate release. Change but your mind on what you want to see, and all the world must change accordingly.
It’s a very uncompromising lesson, it leaves you no wiggle room at all. But herein lies your salvation. You bind the world you see by your ideas about it. Such is the power of your mind. You don’t have to believe it, just practice it for a moment. Allow the light to penetrate your mind, in between your thoughts.
There is no world! This is the central thought the course attempts to teach. Not everyone is ready to accept it, and each one must go as far as he can let himself be led along the road to truth. He will return and go still farther, or perhaps step back a while and then return again.
But healing is the gift of those who are prepared to learn there is no world, and can accept the lesson now. Their readiness will bring the lesson to them in some form which they can understand and recognize. Some see it suddenly on point of death, and rise to teach it. Others find it in experience that is not of this world, which shows them that the world does not exist because what they behold must be the truth, and yet it clearly contradicts the world.
When you ask for the experience, it is given you. Ask and you shall receive. It all happens in an instant where you, just for a moment, let go of all your beliefs and ideas and you stand in excited expectation. You don’t know what the revelation will look like, but you trust in God. He will give you something you can receive, and that you can understand.
Release the world! Your real creations wait for this release to give you fatherhood, not of illusions, but as God in truth. God shares His Fatherhood with you who are His Son, for He makes no distinctions in what is Himself and what is still Himself. What He creates is not apart from Him, and nowhere does the Father end, the Son begin as something separate from Him.
I invite you to read the whole lesson, it is available at http://www.acimdailylesson.com. The words lead you to an experience that words can’t describe. All it takes is that you read them, think about them, practice them, let them work in you. A little willingness goes a long way.
Today our purpose is to free the world from all the idle thoughts we ever held about it, and about all living things we see upon it. They can not be there. No more can we. For we are in the home our Father set for us, along with them. And we who are as He created us would loose the world this day from every one of our illusions, that we may be free.
Begin the fifteen-minute periods in which we practice twice today with this:
I who remain as God created me would loose the world from
all I thought it was. For I am real because the world is not,
and I would know my own reality.
Then merely rest, alert but with no strain, and let your mind in quietness be changed so that the world is freed, along with you.
You need not realize that healing comes to many brothers far across the world, as well as to the ones you see nearby, as you send out these thoughts to bless the world. But you will sense your own release, although you may not fully understand as yet that you could never be released alone.
Throughout the day, increase the freedom sent through your ideas to all the world, and say whenever you are tempted to deny the power of your simple change of mind:
I loose the world from all I thought it was,
and choose my own reality instead.