Today’s review lessons are really a life saver. Jesus tells you in the Introduction that you will need your learning most in situations that appear to be upsetting, rather than in those that already seem to be calm and quiet. It’s easy to read the words to yourself when you are comfortable, they make perfect sense. But it is when everything is in uproar that you experience the true value of these lessons as you apply them to yourself.
(11) My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.
Since the thoughts of which I am aware do not mean anything, the world that pictures them can have no meaning. What is producing this world is insane, and so is what it produces. Reality is not insane, and I have real thoughts as well as insane ones. I can therefore see a real world, if I look to my real thoughts as my guide for seeing.
(12) I am upset because I see a meaningless world.
Insane thoughts are upsetting.They produce a world in which there is no order anywhere. Only chaos rules a world that represents chaotic thinking, and chaos has no laws. I cannot live in peace in such a world. I am grateful that this world is not real, and that I need not see it at all unless I choose to value it. And I do not choose to value what is totally insane and has no meaning.
(13) A meaningless world engenders fear.
The totally insane engenders fear because it is completely undependable, and offers no grounds for trust. Nothing in madness is dependable. It holds out no safety and no hope. But such a world is not real. I have given it the illusion of reality, and have suffered from my belief in it. Now I choose to withdraw this belief, and place my trust in reality. In choosing this, I will escape all the effects of the world of fear, because I am acknowledging that it does not exist.
(14) God did not create a meaningless world.
How can a meaningless world exist if God did not create it? He is the Source of all meaning, and everything that is real is in His Mind. It is in my mind too, because He created it with me. Why should I continue to suffer from the effects of my own insane thoughts, when the perfection of creation is my home? Let me remember the power of my decision, and recognize where I really abide.
(15) My thoughts are images that I have made.
Whatever I see reflects my thoughts. It is my thoughts that tell me where I am and what I am. The fact that I see a world in which there is suffering and loss and death shows me that I am seeing only the representation of my insane thoughts, and am not allowing my real thoughts to cast their beneficent light on what I see. Yet God’s way is sure. The images I have made cannot prevail against Him because it is not my will that they do so. My will is His, and I will place no other gods before Him.
The recurring word being ‘meaningless’, these lessons offer you the experience that you are literally giving everything you see all the meaning it has for you. You value it, and so you see it. You don’t see what you don’t value, it is really that simple. So Jesus is working with your mind. This is no small thing. It is everything. And it does require some rigorous honesty. Finally you don’t concern yourself with appearances anymore. Idols fall away, be they persons or situations.
An awakened mind is open. It is absolutely aware of everything. It doesn’t deny pain, but looks directly at it, feels it and lets it be healed through the recognition of causation. It doesn’t teach something outside of itself that it is the cause of the pain it is feeling, it recognizes that it is Cause itself. There is indeed nothing outside you. Go inward. Let your mind be undone, let God’s Thoughts be uncovered in you. They are there. They are waiting for you.