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.

Jesus Speaks On His Physical Resurrection

He is risen indeed

My body disappeared because I had no illusion about it. The last one had gone. It was laid in the tomb, but there was nothing left to bury. It did not disintegrate because the unreal cannot die. It merely became what it always was. And that is what “rolling the stone away” means. The body disappears, and no longer hides what lies beyond. It merely ceases to interfere with vision. To roll the stone away is to see beyond the tomb, beyond death, and to understand the body’s nothingness. What is understood as nothing must disappear.

I did assume a human form with human attributes afterwards, to speak to those who were to prove the body’s worthlessness to the world. This has been much misunderstood. I came to tell them that death is illusion, and the mind that made the body can make another since form itself is an illusion. They did not understand. But now I talk to you and give you the same message. The death of an illusion  means nothing. It disappears when you awaken and decide to dream no more. And you still do have the power to make this decision as I did.

God holds out His hand to His Son to help him rise and return to Him. I can help because the world is illusion, and I have overcome the world. Look past the tomb, the body, the illusion. Have faith in nothing but the spirit and the guidance God gives you. He could not have created the body because it is a limit. He must have created the spirit because it is immortal. Can those who are created like Him be limited? The body is the symbol of the world. Leave it behind. It cannot enter Heaven. But I can take you there any time that you choose. Together we can watch the world disappear and its symbol vanish as it does so. And then, and then — I cannot speak of that.

A body can not stay without illusion and the last one to be overcome is death. This is the message of the crucifixion; There is no order of difficulties in miracles. This is the message of the resurrection: Illusions are illusions. Truth is true. Illusions vanish. Only truth remains.

These lessons needed to be taught but once, for when the stone of death is rolled away, what can be seen but an empty tomb? And that is what you see who follow me into the sunlight and away from death, past all illusions, on to Heaven’s gate, where God will come Himself to take you home.

~ Absence From Felicity

I Am The Light Of The World

 

Illustration by Christian Northeast (christiannortheast.com)

As you practice the Workbook of A Course In Miracles there can be one line that really stands out. This is a personal experience. It is simply a combination of words that touch something in you, open something up, that strike you like lightning, that lift you out of your sequential thinking.

Humility consists of accepting your role in salvation and in taking no other.

Look at this sentence for a moment, feel the singularity of it, the certainty of it. This is the truth. It takes away the idea of choice, the idea of two. It’s surrender. It’s trust. Any word can offer this experience to you, any sentence. Use it. Let it work in you.

Who is the light of the world except God’s Son? This, then, is merely a statement of the truth about yourself. It is the opposite of a statement of pride, of arrogance, or of self-deception. It does not describe the self-concept you have made. It does not refer to any of the characteristics with which you have endowed your idols. It refers to you as you were created by God. It simply states the truth.

To the ego, today’s idea is the epitome of self-glorification. But the ego does not understand humility, mistaking it for self-debasement. Humility consists of accepting your role in salvation and in taking no other. It is not humility to insist you cannot be the light of the world if that is the function God assigned to you. It is only arrogance that would assert this function cannot be for you, and arrogance is always of the ego.

True humility requires that you accept today’s idea because it is God’s Voice which tells you it is true. This is a beginning step in accepting your real function on earth. It is a giant stride toward taking your rightful place in salvation. It is a positive assertion of your right to be saved, and an acknowledgment of the power that is given you to save others.

It’s beautiful how you are shown that it is humility to accept your function as the light of the world. It takes away any idea of arrogance and you start to recognize that remembering who you are is really a surrender to this moment, here and now. It is acceptance of a situation, an event, a person, a reaction. This doesn’t mean that you are neutral in any way, it is simply an acceptance of causation and a trust that as you see your brother truly, you will be shown what to say and do.

You will want to think about this idea as often as possible today. It is the perfect answer to all illusions, and therefore to all temptation. It brings all the images you have made about yourself to the truth, and helps you depart in peace, unburdened and certain of your purpose.

As many practice periods as possible should be undertaken today, although each one need not exceed a minute or two. They should begin with telling yourself:

I am the light of the world. That is my only function. That is why I am here.

Then think about these statements for a short while, preferably with your eyes closed if the situation permits. Let a few related thoughts come to you, and repeat the idea to yourself if your mind wanders away from the central thought.

Think about what you are shown. Point your mind, your thoughts, in that direction. Let the light in. Let it work in you and let it extend through you. You are the light of the world. It is your function. But you can’t fulfill your function if you forget it. Focus on it, remember it, let it be a natural extension of you. As you remember your function as the light of the world, every image disappears, the body disappears. this world disappears. It is simply being, beyond having an idea.

Be sure both to begin and end the day with a practice period. Thus you will awaken with an acknowledgment of the truth about yourself, reinforce it throughout the day, and turn to sleep as you reaffirm your function and your only purpose here. These two practice periods may be longer than the rest, if you find them helpful and want to extend them.

Remember. Remember. It’s an inward recognition. It’s between you and God. It is eternal. It is the truth.

Today’s idea goes far beyond the ego’s petty views of what you are and what your purpose is. As a bringer of salvation, this is obviously necessary. This is the first of a number of giant steps we will take in the next few weeks. Try today to begin to build a firm foundation for these advances. You are the light of the world. God has built His plan for the salvation of His Son on you.

 

In Quiet I Receive God’s Word Today

Let this day be a day of stillness and of quiet listening. Your Father wills you hear His Word today. He calls to you from deep within your mind where He abides. Hear Him today. No peace is possible until His Word is heard around the world; until your mind, in quiet listening, accepts the message that the world must hear to usher in the quiet time of peace.

The instructions for today are pretty simple: be still and listen in quiet. In this complicated world, in your complicated thinking, you very quickly overlook the obvious. As you look around you, you may notice how everything in this world is about fast pace, constant distractions and lots of noise. Your cellphone is never far away, constantly updated, ringing every moment for a new call or a new message. You are not even surprised anymore when you see two people dining and they are both on their phones. Distraction is the norm. Anything but being right here and right now, completely present and listening.

There is something amazing that happens when you go inward, when you start to honestly look at your thoughts, your feelings, your beliefs. No distractions, just you in your own mind. It is your most fearful place, the one you try to avoid at all costs, even unto death. Looking directly at the problem, your belief that you are separated from God and from everything around you, you will experience that it has already been solved. But until you look directly at it, you will try to solve bits and pieces that you believe are the problem, but never going to the root of it. The problem is you. The answer is in you. And you can experience it now.

In stillness we will hear God’s Voice today without intrusion of our petty thoughts, without our personal desires, and without all judgment of His holy Word. We will not judge ourselves today, for what we are can not be judged. We stand apart from all the judgments which the world has laid upon the Son of God. It knows him not. Today we will not listen to the world, but wait in silence for the Word of God.

You still your mind and listen in quiet. And you hear God’s Voice. It’s an amazing experience, so simple and easily received. This is only the beginning. Giving and receiving are the same. You have to give away what you have received, or you will forget again.

Hear, holy Son of God, your Father speak. His Voice would give to you His holy Word, to spread across the world the tidings of salvation and the holy time of peace. We gather at the throne of God today, the quiet place within the mind where He abides forever, in the holiness that He created and will never leave.

How do you spread the Word of salvation? By being it. By extending it every moment through the action that comes from the Thought of God. It is easy when you come from the place of stillness. It is effortless when you let go of your ideas of what you think spreading the Word is, but simply listen and learn and do.

Today He speaks to you. His Voice awaits your silence, for His Word can not be heard until your mind is quiet for a while, and meaningless desires have been stilled. Await His Word in quiet. There is peace within you to be called upon today, to help make ready your most holy mind to hear the Voice for its Creator speak.

Try it today. Be still and listen in quiet. It is completely worth your while. Thousands of years are shortened as you listen, and somewhere someone joins with you in the stillness and remembers: there is a God. You may not be aware of the gift you give when you listen, but you can trust that when you receive the Word of God it is received for all.

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.

It Is Impossible To See Two Worlds

Today’s lesson is absolutely amazing. It shows you that you have to make a choice as to which world you want to see.

The World I See Holds Nothing That I Want.
Beyond This World There Is A World I Want.
It Is Impossible To See Two Worlds.

I remember when I first was shown that there is another world, beyond the one that I perceived and felt I was stuck in. To me the world felt like a bubble that was all-encompassing. It consisted of ideas, emotions, guilt, a sense of responsibility, sadness, depression and an overall feeling of imprisonment in my body. When I fully realized the impossibility of my situation, I started asking for help. I didn’t ask anyone in particular at the time, having lost all my faith in God. But I knew, from somewhere deep within, that there was a greater Power, something that could hear me and help me. And so I asked for help to get out of my bubble. That was my prayer.

When the answer came there was no denying it. It took the form of A Course In Miracles. My gratitude for this book was, and is, beyond words. I started reading it immediately and didn’t put it down. I read it on the way to work, did the lessons dutyfully as I was told, read it on the way home from work, and when I got home. I had an insatiable hunger for what it was telling me. Every sentence was underlined. And I heard it when I was told that there is another world, that I am not a body, that in fact the world that I seemed to find myself in had nothing to do with reality.

It is impossible to see two worlds which have no overlap of any kind. Seek for the one; the other disappears. But one remains. They are the range of choice beyond which your decision cannot go. The real and the unreal are all there are to choose between, and nothing more than these.

The amazement is really when you discover that your revelations, when you start to see, has really nothing to do with you. That it happens despite you. You don’t know exactly where or when it happens, but suddenly you are different. You see things differently. And your ‘old world’ seems alien to you. Things are stripped away from you, but don’t feel like loss. You simply don’t need them anymore.

So today, standing in your personal revelation, that is between you and God, all you need to remember is:

It is impossible to see two worlds. Let me accept the strength God offers me and see no value in this world, that I may find my freedom and deliverance.

That is all. Your little willingness to say these words, to ask for something beyond this world, is all that is required. God will take the next step. This is how immaculate your awakening is. Let it be extremely personal, trust in God, and let it be miraculous and out of this world.

My holiness blesses the world

This idea contains the first glimmerings of your true function in the world, or why you are here. Your purpose is to see the world through your own holiness. Thus are you and the world blessed together. No one loses; nothing is taken away from anyone; everyone gains through your holy vision. It signifies the end of sacrifice because it offers everyone his full due.  And he is entitled to everything because it is his birthright as a Son of God.

Through your vision, through your turning your will and your life over to God, everyone is blessed. That is an amazing thing. It is the only thing that is not a two-edged sword. Everything in the world that pleases you can hurt you, what you love you can lose, what you like you hate the next moment, there is nothing in the world that is whole. But vision, which is of God, is total and complete, it offers everything to everyone. It is not of this world at all.

Your holiness is the salvation of the world. It lets you teach the world that it is one with you, not by preaching to it, not by telling it anything, but merely by your quiet recognition that in your holiness are all things blessed along with you.

It doesn’t take any effort, no doing whatsoever, simply by being, by accepting the atonement for yourself, your holiness blesses everything and is what salvation is. This is not through words, but through the action of your mind. That is the power of your mind. It takes no time, no effort, no doing. It merely is.

My holiness blesses this chair
My holiness blesses that window
My holiness blesses this body.

My holiness blesses you.

This is all you have to practice for today. Simply say it, think it, be it. It is who you are and who you have always been.

My holiness blesses the world.

I could see peace instead of this

Great lesson for today. Practice it and feel it working in you.

Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.

Whatever thought arises in you, you can use it for the lesson.

I could see peace instead of this.

I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.

I can replace my feelings of depression, anxiety or worry [or my thoughts about this situation, personality or event] with peace.

These lessons do work. Jesus says in the Urtext, ‘Ask me first.’ Before you do anything, you just check in with Jesus, He is with you always. Applying the lesson is the same thing. Before you respond to anything, repeat the lesson. Before you undertake any action, repeat the lesson. You know now not to count on anything that you have taught yourself, because you have taught yourself badly. Your good intentions avail you nothing, your good ideas bind you to the world you see. It is enough to know that this world has no reality, it is a reflection of your mind and you see in it what you want to see. The only good advice you can give your brother is to do the lesson for today, to direct him towards the peace of God that is inside him. Because by reminding him you are reminding yourself.

I could see peace instead of this.

I have invented the world I see

Today we are continuing to develop the theme of cause and effect. You are not the victim of the world you see because you invented it. You can give it up as easily as you made it up. You will see it or not see it, as you wish. While you want it you will see it; when you no longer want it, it will not be there for you to see.

The world you see is your invention. You have made up everything you see and you sustain the world through your thoughts about it. Every idea you have about what you see is simply wrong. The reason is:

1. Nothing I see means anything
2. I have given what I see all the meaning it has for me
3. I do not understand anything I see
4. These thoughts do not mean anything
5. I am never upset for the reason I think
6. I am upset because I see what is not there
7. I see only the past
8. My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts
9. I see nothing as it is now
10. My thoughts do not mean anything
11. My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.
12. I am upset because I see a meaningless world
13. A meaningless world engenders fear
14. God did not create a meaningless world
15. My thoughts are images that I have made
16. I have no neutral thoughts
17. I see no neutral things
18. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing
19. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts
20. I am determined to see
21. I am determined to see things differently
22. What I see is a form of vengeance
23. I can escape from this world by giving up attack thoughts.
24. I do not perceive my own best interest
25. I do not know what anything is for
26. My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability
27. Above all else I want to see
28. Above all else I want to see differently
29. God is in everything I see
30. God is in everything I see because God is in my mind
31. I am not the victim of the world I see
32. I have invented the world I see

It really is as simple as applying the lessons. They speak for themselves. They are the undoing of you as you see yourself in an identity separate from God. You literally feel yourself dissolve into God as you apply these ideas to yourself, to your mind. Be willing not to know anything and to let all things be revealed to you. That is all that is required.

I have invented this situation as I see it.

I have invented the world I see.

What I see is a form of vengeance

Today’s idea accurately describes the way anyone who holds attack thoughts in his mind must see the world. Having projected his anger onto the world, he sees vengeance about to strike at him. His own attack is thus perceived as self defense. This becomes an increasingly vicious circle until he is willing to change how he sees. Otherwise, thoughts of attack and counter-attack will preoccupy him and people his entire world. What peace of mind is possible to him then?

In today’s lesson you are shown that you see a form of vengeance because you hold thoughts of vengeance and attack in your mind. What you see ‘out there’ is literally the result of what is happening in your mind. This revelation changes everything you have believed until now. A Course In Miracles tells you that minds are joined, that everything you see is a result of what you think, that there is nothing outside of you. You don’t believe this, but it is nonetheless true. You will only consider this message when you are put into a corner, with no way out. The Master Teacher says it beautifully, “You will use up every road that you believe will lead you to God. Only when you have used them all up will you be open to another alternative.” The fact that you are reading this Course, that you are doing the lesson, means that you have somewhere, somehow asked for help. The words of your prayer don’t matter, it is the intensity that rings a bell. It is heard. The key to salvation is given you. It is in the book in your hands, it is in the blog that you are reading now. Your mind has been preoccupied with thoughts of attack and responses to attack. It was only your imagination. You can see things differently.

It is from this savage fantasy that you want to escape. Is it not joyous news to hear that it is not real? Is it not a happy discovery to find that you can escape? You made what you would destroy; everything that you hate and would attack and kill. All that you fear does not exist.

This Course is not for the faint of heart. Many have run from the light and energy that it provides, but only because they have felt it and longed for yet another moment of ‘personal freedom’ from God. The thing you dread the most is the recognition that you are totally out of control, that you are connected to everything and are affecting everything,  and that the key to your salvation lies in you. Your oneness with your Father has remained unaffected by your belief in separation, and it is the undoing of your mind as you use it now that will reveal to you the truth that has been hidden underneath all your thoughts of anger and attack.

I see only the perishable.
I see nothing that will last.
What I see is not real.
What I see is a form of vengeance.

This is the practice for today, and it ends with a simple question.

Is this the world I really want to see?

Surely not. But the change of the world happens with the change of your mind. You no longer deal with the reflections, you no longer try to change the effects of your mind, but you go inward and take full responsibility for what you think and therefore see. It’s simple, maybe too simple. But ask yourself the question in the lesson and the answer will surely be obvious.