You cannot see in darkness, and you cannot make light. You can make darkness and then think you see in it, but light reflects life, and is therefore an aspect of creation. Creation and darkness cannot coexist, but light and life must go together, being but different aspects of creation.
In order to see, you must recognize that light is within, not without. You do not see outside yourself, nor is the equipment for seeing outside you. An essential part of this equipment is the light that makes seeing possible. It is with you always, making vision possible in every circumstance.
Today’s idea continues with the theme that has been expressed in the previous lessons in the workbook of A Course In Miracles. You are asked to look directly at what you think seeing is. Vision has nothing to do with the body’s eyes. It goes beyond it altogether. There is a light in you that is eternal, unchangeable, it is your natural inheritance as you were created by God. Every lesson in the workbook offers you a thought that leads you directly to the light within.
Today we are going to attempt to reach that light. For this purpose, we will use a form of exercise which has been suggested before, and which we will utilize increasingly. It is a particularly difficult form for the undisciplined mind, and represents a major goal of mind training. It requires precisely what the untrained mind lacks. Yet this training must be accomplished if you are to see.
It is a mind training. This is very much emphasized in the text. It is a re-directing of your focus from outward to inward. When the light in you is recognized, you will see it everywhere. But an untrained mind can accomplish nothing. And so Jesus tells you in the text:
All learning involves attention and study at some level. This course is a MIND- TRAINING course. Good students assign study periods for themselves. However, since this obvious step has not occurred to you, and since we are cooperating in this, I will make the obvious assignment now.
You’ve got some homework to do. You need to take time, effort, focus to learn what this course actually offers you. As you learn it, everything that you have overlearned in the past simply disappears because its meaninglessness is recognized.
Your mind is no longer wholly untrained. You are quite ready to learn the form of exercise we will use today, but you may find that you will encounter strong resistance. The reason is very simple. While you practice in this way, you leave behind everything that you now believe, and all the thoughts that you have made up. Properly speaking, this is the release from hell. Yet perceived through the ego’s eyes, it is loss of identity and a descent into hell.
Stand here for a moment and tremble not. You will be led directly into fear, but you will not be left there. This is directly from the course, and it is the fact of the matter. You will be directed to places in your mind that you have been unwilling to go to. And now you will go there, but not linger. Simply stand still and let all your beliefs and ideas be undone. This is a continuous process, it never stops. You, as a savior of the world. recognize your responsibility for what you see and you are allowing it to be undone in you. It is all that is required.