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Part 1

Undoing the Way We See Things Now.

Lesson 53

Review of Lessons 11-15

1. (11) My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.

     Since the thoughts of which I am aware do not mean anything, the world which pictures them has 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.

2. (12) I am upset because I see a meaningless world.

     Insane thoughts are upsetting, and they produce a world in which there is no order anywhere. Only chaos rules a world which 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.

3. (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.

4. (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.

5. (15) My thoughts are images that I have made.

     Whatever I see reflects my thoughts. It is my thoughts which 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 ones to cast their beneficent light on what I see. Yet God’s way is sure. The images I have made cannot prevail against Him67 because it is not my will that they do so. My will is His, and I will place no other gods before Him.68  [1]

Personal Notes:

Meaningless thoughts will show me a meaningless world, pictures in my mind that have no meaning producing insanity. Reality is not insane. I cannot live in Peace in such a world, I call upon God, Jesus, Holy Spirit to help me remember, locate and apply my real thoughts in the mind of Jesus that is in me to think, project and see what is real and true. Meaningless engenders fear which is insanity. Nothing in madness is dependable, safe, hopeful, or real. I choose to withdraw this belief  in madness and place my trust in the Reality of my Creator, my Lord and Savior, which I am one. Thankfully God’s way is Surety, any of the errors of thought, imagery, word or deed that I or others have made cannot prevail against Him.67 Because it is not my will that they would do so. My will is His will, and I will place no other gods before Him.68 I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

[1] A Course in Miracles, Complete & Annotated Edition

Footnote 67. Matthew 16:18 (KJV) “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Footnote 68. Exodus 20:3 (KJV) “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” This is the first of the Ten Commandments. Its usage here likens the images I see before me, images I have made, to “graven images”-idols that are false gods and thus meant to replace the true God.

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