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A Course In Miracles, Lesson 53 plus Commentary by Allen Watson


Today we will review the following:

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

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

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

Insane thoughts are upsetting. They produce a world in which there is no order anywhere. Only chaos rules a world that 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.

(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.

(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.

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

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

Commentary by Allen Watson

Today's review carries enormous impact for me. In each of the short review paragraphs are sentences that convey to me the awesome power of my own mind: its power to choose its thoughts, and thus choose the world that it sees.

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.

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.

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.

Let me remember the power of my decision, and recognize where I really abide.

The images I have made cannot prevail against Him because it is not my will that they do so. My will is His, and I will place no other gods before Him.

If I remember the power of my decision, I can choose not to value what is insane; I can choose to withdraw my belief in it. I do not have to accept that the images I have made have power to overcome God's Will; I do not have to make gods out of them. I can look to my real thoughts and let them guide my seeing. The words "choose" and "decision" and "will" echo through these paragraphs. What power has been given to my mind!

I once read these ten review lessons onto tape; they fit on less than a 30-minute tape, read quite slowly. Recording them had tremendous impact on me, and listening to the tape several dozen times had even more impact. These fifty pithy paragraphs are a remarkable overview of the Course's thought system. And as I read them aloud, I found myself putting deep feeling into sentences such as "I cannot live in peace in such a world. I am grateful that this world is not real. And I do not choose to value what is totally insane and has no meaning".

Every time I came to a line that said, "I do not choose" or "I choose," it was as though something deep within me was shifting. I felt a growing determination, and a sense of being enabled by God to choose what my mind would think and what my perception would see. Try reading today's lesson aloud and see how it feels.


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