ACIM Daily Lesson 130 It is impossible to see two worlds.
It is impossible to see two worlds.
ACIM Lesson 130
It is impossible to see two worlds.
1. Perception is consistent. ²What you see reflects your thinking. ³And your thinking but reflects your choice of what you want to see. ⁴Your values are determiners of this, for what you value you must want to see, believing what you see is really there. ⁵No one can see a world his mind has not accorded value. ⁶And no one can fail to look upon what he believes he wants.
This first paragraph is describing to us how we came to see this world. It begins with a desire to see something that is valued. For instance, I mentioned a situation in which I seemed to have been a victim. The only way that could occur is if I first desired the experience of being a victim and I could only have desired this if I found value in it.
The value is obvious to me. The ego mind thinks that seeing myself as a victim is a way to offload some guilt onto the perceived victimizer. Once the valued experience is desired, it is projected outward. Then it is seen as if it is not a thought in the mind at all, but the world acting on the thinker. This process is described even more clearly in Lesson 325.
I See What I Value
Jesus is making an uncompromising statement here when he tells us this. ⁵No one can see a world his mind has not accorded value. ⁶And no one can fail to look upon what he believes he wants. I very much appreciate these uncompromising statements in the Course. It makes it very simple. Whatever I am seeing in the world or experiencing in the world comes from what I value. And I cannot fail to see what I value. So, while I may surprise myself that I still value ideas that cause me distress, I never deny that I am the cause. That means, I always know that I am the solution as well.
Fear Obscures What Is There
2. Yet who can really hate and love at once? ²Who can desire what he does not want to have reality? ³And who can choose to see a world of which he is afraid? ⁴Fear must make blind, for this its weapon is: That which you fear to see you cannot see. ⁵Love and perception thus go hand in hand, but fear obscures in darkness what is there.
3. What, then, can fear project upon the world? ²What can be seen in darkness that is real? ³Truth is eclipsed by fear, and what remains is but imagined. ⁴Yet what can be real in blind imaginings of panic born? ⁵What would you want that this is shown to you? ⁶What would you wish to keep in such a dream?
We Cannot Love and Hate at the Same Time
It would seem that I love being a victim and yet hate being a victim and clearly that is not possible that both are true. I can love the idea of victimhood because I see value in it as a way to rid myself of guilt. But I can also make a different choice in which I choose the right mind and realize that what I thought had value had none. My experience of victimhood shows me that it doesn’t help and that the guilt remains, and so I no longer value it. As Jesus is telling us, we cannot both love and hate at the same time. We are always going to choose one or the other.
He also shows us that fear blinds us to what is there. I am going to use the story of the worker who did a poor job the other day. Or I could use the story of the plumber earlier this year who did a poor job. You probably notice a pattern here. I did. The only thing that happened is these two men did a poor job. My feeling of being a victim was not necessary. It was a choice I made for the purpose of ridding myself of guilt.
The reason I want to be rid of guilt is because it scares me to think of the guilt. And fear is the same reason I hid this desire from myself. What you fear to see you cannot see. Because I desire reality more than I desire to hide from reality, I do this work. I have come to understand that I have the belief in guilt in my mind and that in my fear, I hid a lot of the guilt from myself. But I also know that I am ready to be free and so I watch for signs that indicate a belief in guilt Then. I look at the guilt with the Holy Spirit until it disappears. I do this as often as it takes until I have changed my mind.
Fear Has Made Everything You See
4. Fear has made everything you think you see. ²All separation, all distinctions, and the multitude of differences you believe make up the world. ³They are not there. ⁴Love’s enemy has made them up. ⁵Yet love can have no enemy, and so they have no cause, no being and no consequence. ⁶They can be valued, but remain unreal. ⁷They can be sought, but they can not be found. ⁸Today we will not seek for them, nor waste this day in seeking what can not be found.
The world we see is a reflection of our guilt. The fear of our imagined guilt is the cause of the world. Fear can make illusions but it cannot make anything real because it is itself unreal. May we none of us waste another moment of our time seeking what is not real.
Seek for One; the Other Disappears
5. It is impossible to see two worlds which have no overlap of any kind. ²Seek for the one; the other disappears. ³But one remains. ⁴They are the range of choice beyond which your decision cannot go. ⁵The real and the unreal are all there are to choose between, and nothing more than these.
6. Today we will attempt no compromise where none is possible. ²The world you see is proof you have already made a choice as all-embracing as its opposite. ³What we would learn today is more than just the lesson that you cannot see two worlds. ⁴It also teaches that the one you see is quite consistent from the point of view from which you see it. ⁵It is all a piece because it stems from one emotion, and reflects its source in everything you see.
We See What We Choose to See
We will always see what we choose to see. It will be a choice between the made-up world that reflects the ego thought system, or the real world. There are no other choices. Each world is consistent from the point of view from which you see it. The world we see ourselves in right now is the made-up world. It is consistent in that it always reflects fear. Even when it is pleasant or beautiful, it is unstable and destined to end so there will always be an element of fear. The real world, based on reality, will reflect what is real, which is love. It, too, is consistent and only expresses love. May our time be used to consistently choose the real world.
7. Six times today, in thanks and gratitude, we gladly give five minutes to the thought that ends all compromise and doubt, and go beyond them all as one. ²We will not make a thousand meaningless distinctions, nor attempt to bring with us a little part of unreality, as we devote our minds to finding only what is real.
8. Begin your searching for the other world by asking for a strength beyond your own, and recognizing what it is you seek. ²You do not want illusions. ³And you come to these five minutes emptying your hands of all the petty treasures of this world. ⁴You wait for God to help you, as you say:
⁵It is impossible to see two worlds. ⁶Let me accept the strength God offers me and see no value in this world, that I may find my freedom and deliverance.
The sentence that stands out to me in these instructions is this one.
We will not make a thousand meaningless distinctions, nor attempt to bring with us a little part of unreality, as we devote our minds to finding only what is real.
I choose not to analyze or question the meaningless. Nor will I attempt to choose both reality and illusion, a little of one and a little of another. I seek clarity, not more confusion.
God Will Be There
9. God will be there. ²For you have called upon the great unfailing power which will take this giant step with you in gratitude. ³Nor will you fail to see His thanks expressed in tangible perception and in truth. ⁴You will not doubt what you will look upon, for though it is perception, it is not the kind of seeing that your eyes alone have ever seen before. ⁵And you will know God’s strength upheld you as you made this choice.
What a powerful paragraph this is! As we go into the silence God will be there. Jesus calls this a giant step as we decide that we choose only the real world. He says that the great unfailing power is taking this step with us. And we will have a tangible expression of His thanks. When I do this, I feel a deep sense of peace even if I only spend a minute or two with it. This peace follows me into the world and remains with me for a while. In this, I know that God’s strength upheld me.
Remember the Limits of Your Choice
10. Dismiss temptation easily today whenever it arises, merely by remembering the limits of your choice. ²The unreal or the real, the false or true is what you see and only what you see. ³Perception is consistent with your choice, and hell or Heaven comes to you as one.
11. Accept a little part of hell as real, and you have damned your eyes and cursed your sight, and what you will behold is hell indeed. ²Yet the release of Heaven still remains within your range of choice, to take the place of everything that hell would show to you. ³All you need say to any part of hell, whatever form it takes, is simply this:
⁴It is impossible to see two worlds. ⁵I seek my freedom and deliverance, and this is not a part of what I want.
I understand that I cannot have Heaven if I choose a little bit of hell as well. I have someone dear to me who seems to be depressed. The ego-mind wants to dwell on this and worry about it. It suggests things I could do to help. When I listen to that voice, I am not at peace. It is as simple as that. I cannot entertain fear in any form and be at peace. Each time these thoughts enter my mind, I pause long enough to silence the mind and invite the Holy Spirit to look with me. The more often I do this, the more intense the feeling of peace and the more quickly it comes.
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