I Loose The World From All I Thought It Was

Lesson 132

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.

I Am Under No Laws But God’s

I am under no laws but God's

Today’s lesson is an absolute key lesson in the workbook of A Course In Miracles.

We have observed before how many senseless things have seemed to you to be salvation. Each has imprisoned you with laws as senseless as itself. You are not bound by them. Yet to understand that this is so, you must first realize salvation lies not there. While you would seek for it in things that have no meaning, you bind yourself to laws that make no sense. Thus do you seek to prove salvation is where it is not.

You are always directed to the power of your mind. Every lesson, every day, every instant, Jesus is asking you to look again at the things you value and to recognize that you bind yourself to them by your choice. To look at this does take some rigorous honesty. Where do you think your salvation lies? In looking good, in eating right, in doing the right things, in knowing the right people? Lesson 50 has already shown you that there is an endless list of forms of nothingness that you endow with magical powers. You truly believe that these things will save you, but they merely bind you to the world you see.

Today we will be glad you cannot prove it. For if you could, you would forever seek salvation where it is not, and never find it. The idea for today tells you once again how simple is salvation. Look for it where it waits for you, and there it will be found. Look nowhere else, for it is nowhere else.

The simplicity of salvation: look for it where it is, not where it isn’t. Stop trying to make the untrue true, stop giving meaning to illusions. Stop trying to tell yourself that this time it will really work. It won’t. Not really. And that is your salvation. To be directed to a place in your mind where ancient beliefs lie hidden, to have them be uncovered, and to be shown that they have no meaning, this is not for the faint of heart. The things that you have based your whole belief system on, suddenly are shaken to the core. Are you going to hold on to them now, or are you willing to let them go and see what lies beyond them?

Think of the freedom in the recognition that you are not bound by all the strange and twisted laws you have set up to save you. You really think that you would starve unless you have stacks of green paper strips and piles of metal discs. You really think a small round pellet or some fluid pushed into your veins through a sharpened needle will ward off disease and death. You really think you are alone unless another body is with you.

These are very fundamental beliefs. You have never questioned them before. But today, Jesus leads you directly to the place where you look at these beliefs and what they represent. For a moment, stand there with him, allow him to show you a new vision. Maybe there is another way. Maybe it is worth a shot. What have you got to lose?

There are no laws except the laws of God. This needs repeating, over and over, until you realize it applies to everything that you have made in opposition to God’s Will. Your magic has no meaning. What it is meant to save does not exist. Only what it is meant to hide will save you.

It really is an incredible lesson, and I invite you to read it here. Let the words sink in, let yourself be guided to a place in your mind where you know with certainty that you are under no laws but God’s. This is not about intellectual understanding, certainly you can’t be convinced of the truth of this lesson if you hold on to beliefs in limitation. It is an experience, it is given, and it is between you and God.

Let us today open God’s channels to Him, and let His Will extend through us to Him. Thus is creation endlessly increased. His Voice will speak of this to us, as well as of the joys of Heaven which His laws keep limitless forever. We will repeat today’s idea until we have listened and understood there are no laws but God’s. Then we will tell ourselves, as a dedication with which the practice period concludes:

I am under no laws but God’s.

God Is The Light In Which I See

Sometimes in teaching there is benefit, particularly after you have gone through what seems theoretical and quite remote from what the student has already learned, to bring him back to practical concerns. This we will do today. We will not speak of lofty, world-encompassing ideas, but dwell instead on benefits to you.
You do not ask too much of life, but far too little. When you let y
our mind be drawn to bodily concerns, to things you buy, to eminence as valued by the world, you ask for sorrow, not for happiness. This course does not attempt to take from you the little that you have. It does not try to substitute utopian ideas for satisfactions which the world contains.

The above quote is actually from lesson 133 I will not value what is valueless, but it is the one thing that came to my mind today, especially the part bring him back to practical concerns. This course is nothing if not practical. The words and ideas expressed in it are applicable to everything and anything you encounter, and the tendency is for them to become lofty ideas, lines and concepts that you throw at everything without really looking at what it means for you.

So, today, I am looking at practical concerns. I am asking for help and I am listening, paying attention to everything that is going on in my life as I experience it. I have come to realize that there are some things that are not helpful and I am willing to let them go. It is as simple as that.

Today’s lesson states that in order to see, you must recognize that light is within, not without. It asks you to go inward, to look directly at your thoughts and to sink past them.

Begin the practice period by repeating today’s idea with your eyes open, and close them slowly, repeating the idea several times more. Then try to sink into your mind, letting go every kind of interference and intrusion by quietly sinking past them. Your mind cannot be stopped in this unless you choose to stop it. It is merely taking its natural course. Try to observe your passing thoughts without involvement, and slip quietly by them.

This is a very personal experience, it is about you in your own mind, and nothing else. You take the time to go inward, to stop everything for a moment, and to be with God. Your mind will go there naturally, if you let it. It takes great effort to pretend to be separate from God, but it takes no effort at all to remember you are one with Him.

If you are doing the exercises correctly, you should experience some sense of relaxation, and even a feeling that you are approaching, if not actually entering into light. Try to think of light, formless and without limit, as you pass by the thoughts of this world. And do not forget that they cannot hold you to the world unless you give them the power to do so.

Nothing in this world can bind you, unless you give it the power to do so. And if you recognize that there is something you value and that is no longer helpful to you, you can simply let it go. You are free to do so. You are free. You ask for help and receive the answer and then you act on it. There is a plan, and there is help for you right here and right now. It is up to you to use it. It is up to you to let go of all your ideas and thoughts , to experience the light and to hear the Voice for God speak to you. It is easy when you try. It is even easier when you stop trying and simply let go and let God.

If I Am Bound, My Father Is Not Free

Today’s lesson shows you the power of your mind and makes you look at how you bind everything when you choose not to be free. But what is freedom? It doesn’t have anything to do with your ideas about it. You think that freedom is doing whatever you want, or finding a safe haven in a world of chaos. But ultimately freedom is the recognition that you are as God created you, that you are mind and pure mind, and that the world you think is real has nothing to do with reality.

If I accept that I am prisoner within a body, in a world in which all things that seem to live appear to die, then is my Father prisoner with me. And this do I believe, when I maintain the laws the world obeys must I obey; the frailties and the sins which I perceive are real, and cannot be escaped. If I am bound in any way, I do not know my Father nor my Self. And I am lost to all reality. For truth is free, and what is bound is not a part of truth.

It does start with the simple statement, “Not this.” You have to somewhere deny pain, sickness and death as your reality, or you will be bound forever by your ideas about them. It is not about denying the world’s laws but still maintaining the world is real. It is not about recklessly driving through a red traffic light or robbing a store simply because you need money. It is about denying this world of pain, sickness and death in its totality and, at least in your mind, saying “Enough of that, I want to know that I am as God created me.” And that declaration is completely up to you.

Father, I ask for nothing but the truth. I have had many foolish thoughts about myself and my creation, and have brought a dream of fear into my mind. Today, I would not dream. I choose the way to You instead of madness and instead of fear. For truth is safe, and only love is sure.

This is a beautiful prayer from you to your Father. It has nothing to do with the world, nothing to do with anybody else, it is extremely personal. This is where you go into your closet, into your mind, and you are honest with yourself. What do you want? Do you want the truth? It is here now. Be willing to stop for a moment, use the lesson for today, and you will recognize an experience beyond this world lies waiting for you, right here and right now.

I have no neutral thoughts

These lessons are absolute lifesavers, and they are so easy to apply. Whenever you feel your mind wander into thoughts, going down a path that leads nowhere, you simply remember the lesson for today.

I have no neutral thoughts.

Everything you see is the result of your thoughts. There is no exception to this fact. Thoughts are not big or little; powerful or weak. They are merely true or false. Those that are true create their own likeness. Those that are false make theirs.

It is amazing how everything is given you. I was reading the Urtext and it is mind blowing to see how Jesus literally addresses everything that is happening, even to the seeming littlest things: a meeting, a phone conversation, a thought. And He will say: you only have to ask me first. It is really that simple. Every moment of every day you can ask for help, every moment of every day you can apply the lesson of the workbook. It’s all used, it’s all integrated, and it is indeed a mind training. The undoing of your mind as you use it now.

There is no more self-contradictory concept than that of “idle thoughts.” What gives rise to the perception of a whole world can hardly be called idle. Every thought you have contributes to truth or to illusion; either it extends the truth or it multiplies illusions. You can indeed multiply nothing, but you will not extend it by doing so.

Talk about a wake-up call… Every thought you have contributes to truth or illusion. That brings the responsibility right back to you. What decision are you making right now? What thought are you having? This does take vigilance. Watch your mind wander and say:

This thought about ___ is not a neutral thought.
That thought about ___ is not a neutral thought.

This is the key to salvation. You recognize that every thought you have brings either peace or war; either love or fear. A neutral result is impossible because a neutral thought is impossible. Now it get’s intense, now it gets exciting. You realize that you need help every moment, with every thought you have. As much as you want salvation, as much as you want to awaken, you can’t do it yourself. You can only take the first step, show the little willingness, the rest is up to God. You still think you can decide, you still think you can make up the rules for you transformation, it is not so. It is simply the following of instructions: do the lesson. When you are asked to go somewhere, you do it and you make sure that you are on time. You show your brother courtesy. Freedom is not in doing your own will. Freedom is in following directions, listening to One Who Knows, freedom is of the mind and has nothing to do with circumstances. Today’s lesson offers you absolute freedom in the undoing of your thought system.You have no neutral thoughts. You recognize the power of your mind and you take responsibility for it. Now you are in an awakening experience.