C 13: VII. The Attainment of the Real World, P 2.

VII. Attainment of the Real World, P 2

2 The world you see must be denied, for sight of it is costing you a different kind of vision. You cannot see both worlds, for each of them involves a different kind of seeing, and depends on what you cherish. The sight of one is possible because you have denied the other. Both are not true, yet either one will seem as real to you as the amount to which you hold it dear. And yet their power is not the same, because their real attraction to you is unequal.

Learning to See the World

Here is how I am learning to deny the world I see. When I wake up and my first thought is, “Oh shoot, it’s Monday. I have to go to work,” I remind myself that this disheartening feeling is made up. There is no such feeling in the real world. Then I decide if I want to keep that gloomy feeling or allow a real feeling to express through me.

When I look in the mirror and see something I don’t like, something older and heavier and saggier than I want to see, I remind myself that this judgment is not reality. It is something I made up. It is a choice based on a false belief. Then I decide if I want to keep this judgment and believe in it. Or would I like to look in the mirror and see the reflection differently? It took a while for me to see the image of this body differently. As I detached from it and realized it isn’t me, I began to see it as interesting rather than something that defines me. What I am cannot be seen in a mirror.

Being Mesmerized by Fear

When I was with my son, and my eyes showed me his pain and suffering, his confusion, and his depression, I had a choice. I could believe in what I was seeing, and for a while I did. This belief showed me a bleak future for him. But I knew then as I know now, that I was not looking at the real world. There is a real world and I can see it if I am willing to look away from the world I made up.

For a while, I was mesmerized by the fearful world of the ego belief system, but peace called to me and after a few days of suffering I decided to allow that vision to fade away. When I did, I began to see something closer to the real world. I began to see my son, not as he sees himself, but as he truly exists.

Every Thought Is a Prayer

Jesus tells us that every thought is a prayer. Our thoughts are images we have made. He tells us that every thought takes form on some level. No one can suffer loss unless it be his own decision and that nothing occurs but represents our wish. Nothing is omitted that we choose. He says that here is our world, complete in all details. Here is its whole reality for us. He says that we but do this to ourselves.

He says that what I see reflects a process in my mind, which starts with my idea of what I want. From there, the mind makes up an image of the thing the mind desires, judges valuable and therefore seeks to find. These images are then projected outward, looked upon, esteemed as real, and guarded as one’s own. From insane wishes comes an insane world.

So this is how it happened. Jesus is telling us that we have made up a world that is unlike reality, that we did it deliberately and he even tells us how we did it. Now he is also telling us how to undo what we have done. That is why every time now that I get a glimpse of the world of pain and suffering, I remember that there is a real world where suffering and death do not exist, and I can see it if I refuse to accept the world of ego as reality.

Miracles!

Sometimes it feels slow going and even impossible, but I have taken Jesus at his word, and I have practiced denying the ego world and I have experienced the real world rising within me. So I know it can be done and that there is nothing else worth doing here. So far, the real world has appeared as relief and happiness and peace, and even joy arising in spite of appearances. This is miracle enough, but I think that there is more to come. I think the real world will take form and we will experience it fully before we ascend into God.

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