God did not create a meaningless world.
The idea for today is, of course, the reason why a meaningless world is impossible. What God did not create does not exist. And everything that does exist exists as He created it. The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist.
The exercises for today are to be practiced with eyes closed throughout. The mind-searching period should be short, a minute at most. Do not have more than three practice periods with today’s idea unless you find them comfortable. If you do, it will be because you really understand what they are for.
The idea for today is another step in learning to let go the thoughts that you have written on the world, and see the Word of God in their place. The early steps in this exchange, which can truly be called salvation, can be quite difficult and even quite painful. Some of them will lead you directly into fear. You will not be left there. You will go far beyond it. Our direction is toward perfect safety and perfect peace.
With eyes closed, think of all the horrors in the world that cross your mind. Name each one as it occurs to you, and then deny its reality. God did not create it, and so it is not real. Say, for example:
God did not create that war, and so it is not real.
God did not create that airplane crash, and so it is not real.
God did not create that disaster [specify], and so it is not real.
Suitable subjects for the application of today’s idea also include anything you are afraid might happen to you, or to anyone about whom you are concerned. In each case, name the “disaster” quite specifically. Do not use general terms. For example, do not say, “God did not create illness,” but, “God did not create cancer,” or heart attacks, or whatever may arouse fear in you.
This is your personal repertory of horrors at which you are looking. These things are part of the world you see. Some of them are shared illusions, and others are part of your personal hell. It does not matter. What God did not create can only be in your own mind apart from His. Therefore, it has no meaning. In recognition of this fact, conclude the practice periods by repeating today’s idea:
God did not create a meaningless world.
The idea for today can, of course, be applied to anything that disturbs you during the day, aside from the practice periods. Be very specific in applying it. Say:
God did not create a meaningless world. He did not create [specify the situation which is disturbing you], and so it is not real.
I love what Jesus is telling us in this lesson. What God creates is always the same as it was in creation. It never changes. It always is. And if God did not create it, it does not exist. The world I see with my eyes and through the ego mind does not exist because God did not create it. How do I know He did not create it? God is Love and nothing else. What I see daily is not love. Love is the exception in this illusory world.
I no longer need to be convinced of this. I have no trouble accepting that I made the world I see using the creative power that is mine because it is of God. I used that power to make rather than create, probably for the fun of it or to satisfy a curiosity. I say I made it because creation is an extension of God and this world is not God, so it is not created.
I know this is true, and yet, absorbed in my little game of separation as I am, I still forget when specific situations and thoughts trigger fear in me. I think of my mother and her sister having Alzheimer’s and the implication in my mind is that I might be next in line. So that is a fear thought that I can use in this lesson. God did not create a meaningless world. He did not create Alzheimer’s, and so it is not real.
I read this and I feel a reaction to it on two levels. The part of my mind that is in touch with the truth knows that this is true. Alzheimer’s or any disease is not the Will of God, and there is only the Will of God. The other part of my mind, the part that is engrossed in the separation story, argues that I see proof of Alzheimer’s being real.
In order to see reality, I must look away from the illusion. The body’s eyes are meant as a way for me to see what I made, not what is true. All the body’s senses report back to me what I want to be true. I can’t look at the ego world and put my focus and my faith in it, and remember the truth.
Instead, when I notice fear rising up to meet the idea of Alzheimer’s, I look to the Light in my mind and ask for the truth. I give my faith to the Holy Spirit instead of the ego. I disregard the story I see reflected in bodies. I remember what must be true, and that is, only what God created is real and it is real forever just as He created it. There is no sickness or disease in God and so there is none in me, however seemingly real are my fantasies of sickness and disease.