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.

Light And Joy And Peace Abide In Me

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You think you are the home of evil, darkness and sin. You think if anyone could see the truth about you he would be repelled, recoiling from you as if from a poisonous snake. You think if what is true about you were revealed to you, you would be struck with horror so intense that you would rush to death by your own hand, living on after seeing this being impossible.

These are beliefs so firmly fixed that it is difficult to help you see that they are based on nothing. That you have made mistakes is obvious. That you have sought salvation in strange ways; have been deceived, deceiving and afraid of foolish fantasies and savage dreams; and have bowed down to idols made of dust,–all this is true by what you now believe.

Reading the first sentences in today’s lesson, it may strike you how visual it really is. Jesus, in the New Testament, uses parables, stories and symbols you can relate to. Today he uses the visual ‘recoiling from you as if from a poisonous snake’. Look at it for a moment, see it as it is expressed. This is what you believe will happen when you express the truth of who you are. Not only that, you will be ‘struck with horror so intense’, all very negative connotations, and all equally meaningless.

Now Jesus leads you gently into this belief system that you value so dearly and he shows you what it offers you: the belief that you have made mistakes, that you are strange, deceived, deceiving and afraid, that you have let yourself be misled by idols. Looking around in this circle of littleness within your own mind, you may well ask yourself how you can get out if this belief system. You are not alone in this. Jesus is with you.

Today we question this, not from the point of view of what you think, but from a very different reference point, from which such idle thoughts are meaningless. These thoughts are not according to God’s Will. These weird beliefs He does not share with you. This is enough to prove that they are wrong, but you do not perceive that this is so.

Why would you not be overjoyed to be assured that all the evil that you think you did was never done, that all your sins are nothing, that you are as pure and holy as you were created, and that light and joy and peace abide in you Your image of yourself cannot withstand the Will of God. You think that this is death, but it is life. You think you are destroyed, but you are saved.

You are brought to zero, to the place where you let it all go. There is no belief, no judgment, no idea to hold on to. The image you hold of yourself, your identity, is not who you truly are. It is being erased, undone. You think it is death, but it is life. And the amazing thing of it is, that in this undoing, as you come to life, you realize you’re still you. This can’t be explained. You remember who you truly are, beyond this world, beyond any limited self-identity.

The self you made is not the Son of God. Therefore, this self does not exist at all. And anything it seems to do and think means nothing. It is neither bad nor good. It is unreal, and nothing more than that. It does not battle with the Son of God. It does not hurt him, nor attack his peace. It has not changed creation, nor reduced eternal sinlessness to sin, and love to hate. What power can this self you made possess, when it would contradict the Will of God?

 Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. Over and over this must be repeated, until it is accepted. It is true. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. Nothing can touch it, or change what God created as eternal. The self you made, evil and full of sin, is meaningless. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God, and light and joy and peace abide in you.

As you read this lesson, and apply it to your mind, you start to feel the light and joy and peace it offers you. The words express the truth of you. You feel all your old ideas fall away, and new ones instantly take their place. You recognize them immediately, they are new and yet ancient. You remember them well. All this lesson offers is an undoing of your old thought system, so that the Thought of God can take its place.

Salvation requires the acceptance of but one thought;–you are as God created you, not what you made of yourself.  Whatever evil you may think you did, you are as God created you. Whatever mistakes you made, the truth about you is unchanged. Creation is eternal and unalterable. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. You are and will forever be exactly as you were created. Light and joy and peace abide in you because God put them there.

In our longer exercise periods today, which would be most profitable if done for the first five minutes of every waking hour, begin by stating the truth about your creation:

Light and joy and peace abide in me.
My sinlessness is guaranteed by God.

Then put away your foolish self-images, and spend the rest of the practice period in trying to experience what God has given you, in place of what you have decreed for yourself.

As you practice these words, let the experience be formless. Don’t try to figure out what the words mean, or what it is that you are being led to. It will reveal itself to you effortlessly if you simply step back. Say the words and let them work in you. Let them reveal their truth to you. As Jesus says in A Course In Miracles ‘resign now as your own teacher’. Be willing not to know. In that instant all knowledge can be revealed to you.

You are what God created or what you made. One Self is true; the other is not there. Try to experience the unity of your one Self. Try to appreciate Its Holiness and the love from which It was created. Try not to interfere with the Self which God created as you, by hiding Its majesty behind the tiny idols of evil and sinfulness you have made to replace It. Let It come into Its Own. Here you are; This is You. And light and joy and peace abide in you because this is so.

I Need But Call And You Will Answer Me

I am not asked to take salvation on the basis of an unsupported faith. For God has promised He will hear my call, and answer me Himself. Let me but learn from my experience that this is true, and faith in Him must surely come to me. This is the faith that will endure, and take me farther and still farther on the road that leads to Him. For thus I will be sure that He has not abandoned me and loves me still, awaiting but my call to give me all the help I need to come to Him.

The beauty of today’s lesson is that it directs you to the idea of an unsupported faith and then leads you past it to the offering of an experience. This is what A Course In Miracles is. Beyond the words, which so easily become concepts, there is an experience that is out of this world. It is waiting for you. But you can’t know it until you take a leap of faith and start applying the workbook lessons. It says it beautifully in the introduction to the workbook:

Some of the ideas you will find hard to believe, and others will seem quite startling.  It does not matter.  You are merely asked to apply them to what you see.  You are not asked to judge them, or even to believe them.  You are asked only to use them.  It is their use which will give them meaning to you, and show you they are true. Remember only this; you need not believe them, you need not accept them and you need not welcome them.  Some of them you may actively resist.  None of this will matter, nor decrease their efficacy.  But allow yourself to make no exceptions in applying the ideas the exercises contain.  What ever your reactions to the ideas may be, use them.  Nothing more than this is required.

So it does take some practice, it does take trust. Listen, learn and do. Jesus says, “This means Listen to My Voice, Learn to undo the error, and do something to correct it. The first two are not enough. The real members of my party are active workers.”

There is an activation that is happening, and it is happening in you. It can’t happen anywhere else. On this Thanksgiving Day, take a moment and look at what you have been given. You are in an awakening experience and it is happening despite you. Jesus is with you, the Holy Spirit guides you, God created you. All things are given you, all you have to do is ask for it.

Father, I thank You that Your promises will never fail in my experience, if I but test them out. Let me attempt therefore to try them, and to judge them not. Your Word is one with You. You give the means whereby conviction comes, and surety of Your abiding Love is gained at last.

My thoughts do not mean anything

This idea applies to all the thoughts of which you are aware, or become aware in the practice periods. The reason the idea is applicable to all of them is that they are not your real thoughts.

What an amazing statement. The thoughts you are having right now are not your real thoughts. That is because your thoughts about things, events or people outside of you have actually nothing to do with God. As much as you are thinking about the past or the future, your mind is really blank when you are doing this. Nothing is happening.

This aspect of the correction process began with the idea that the thoughts of which you are aware are meaningless, outside rather than within; and then stressed their past rather than their present status. Now we are emphasizing that the presence of these “thoughts” means that you are not thinking. This is merely another way of repeating our earlier statement that your mind is really a blank. To recognize this is to recognize nothingness when you think you see it. As such, it is the prerequisite for vision.

Just in case you were wondering: this really is an undoing. It is the fundamental undoing of your thought system as you have been using it until now. There was nothing going on, not ever. It was just a story, just a dream. It was already over or not even begun. All your energy went into blank mind… astonishing. But no more. Now you have decided you want to see things differently, you want only the Thought of God. Today’s lesson is a step in that direction.

My thoughts do not mean anything. This idea will help to release me from all that I now believe.

It’s an inward looking. It’s taking responsibility for your thoughts. It’s allowing a shift to happen in you, where you go from lamenting the world to the actual awakening experience. It’s not of your doing, God takes the last step. All you have to do is be willing. Show up. Do what is asked. Stop playing games. Grow up. You are responsible. Receive the help that has been given. Follow instructions. Let yourself be undone. It’s very simple, as simple as can be. Really going back to zero and be as a little child that listens to its Father. And today your Father is telling you that your thoughts do not mean anything.