The Real World

“Therefore, seek not to change the world, but will to change your mind about the world.”   …A Course In Miracles

It’s a somewhat difficult undertaking for any two people to agree on any one thing. Two people can get together and discuss a certain subject but they hardly ever come to the same overall conclusion. They may agree on small points as they discuss them but hardly ever see the ending exactly the same. That’s because we’re all different in our perceptions; each of us perceives the same ideas in different ways. 

Many people think about changing the world. They envision the world the way they would like for it to be and then wish they had the power to make their vision a reality. Most would like to make it a peaceful world filled with beauty and loving people who love one another; people who are free to choose their own happiness and allow others to do the same. A world of companionship, light, love, beauty, peace, health, happiness and joy; a Heaven on Earth, so to speak. 

“Sit quietly and look upon the world you see, and tell yourself, The real world is not like this.”  …A Course In Miracles

The world you see is not the world God created. As Jesus points out in The Course, this is an insane world. In order for God to create this world as you see it, He would have to be insane Himself. This world with all its negativity has caused many people to lose their faith in God or, in some instances, to even believe He exists at all. 

They ask questions similar to these: Why does God allow wars and all the suffering we see around us?  How could a loving God allow such atrocities to happen? Why doesn’t He put an end to these things if He has the power to do so? How can it be that He loves and yet watches the horrors of this world and does nothing to stop it? 

The world most of us see is a world of illusions which the ego has made. It is not the world that God created. The world that God created is an extension of Himself. It is described in Chapter 12, verse 59 in The Course: “The real world is not like this. It has no buildings, and there are no streets where people walk alone and separate. There are no stores where people buy an endless list of things they do not need. It is not lit with artificial light, and night comes not upon it. There is no day that brightens and grows dim. There is no loss. Nothing is there but shines, and shines forever.” 

“The world, in the original connotation of the term, included both the proper creation of man by God and the proper creation by man in his right mind. The latter required the endowment of man by God with free will because all loving creation is freely given.”    …A Course In Miracles

I don’t think it’s too difficult to derive from the above quote that God first created man and then gave man the free will to co-create with Him. The world that God, in co-creation with man, is, as everything that’s created is, eternal. It’s that which is described in The Course as the “real world.” In the Bible it’s referred to as the “garden of Eden.” The Course tells us that “the Garden of Eden, which is described as a literal garden in the Bible, was not an actual garden at all. It was merely a mental state of complete need-lack.” In other words, man in his original state needed nothing. He was created whole and complete in every way. He then was given free will to create; so what could he possibly need?  

Every once in a while we hear, see or read about a great “secret” that has been hidden from mankind for thousands and thousands of years. This so-called “secret” has been hidden by those who control the resources of this planet, including the minds of its inhabitants, for their own selfish interests. 

How, you may ask, has this “secret” been hidden for so long? It has been hidden right in plain sight. There have been, and still are, people teaching that it is hidden in symbols, architecture and many other deep and mysterious places and things. But this is all a distraction. The great “secret” they desperately need to keep hidden is simply this: You and I are creators. We are the Co-Creators of the Universe. We are the Co-Creators of the real world. We are the most powerful entities in all the Universe for we are part of God. 

Those who believe they control this planet understand that every human who learns this so-called “secret” slips completely beyond their control. But the great thing is, there’s nothing to learn. The thing we all need to do is, as The Course tells us, recognize the Spirit. In other words, we need to remember, not learn, what we are. To recognize anything implies that we once knew it. We need to go deep into the heart of our Being and there recognize our true Selves.  

“The world as you perceive it cannot have been created by the Father, for the world is not as you see it. God created only the eternal, and everything you see is perishable. Therefore, there must be another world which you do not see.”   …A Course In Miracles

Can you honestly look at this world and its inhabitants and see eternity in it? It doesn’t take a whole lot of attention to come to the conclusion that it’s all temporary. 

If you go back and reread the description of the “real world” as posted above and compare it with this quote you’ll easily understand why it has no buildings, no people walking alone and separate and why there are no stores. Why there is no artificial light or night, no days that end, no loss and why everything shines forever. It’s because it’s all eternal. It’s the home you’ve been searching for seemingly forever. It’s the Home God created for you. It’s the Home where perishable physical bodies cannot enter. It’s the eternal Home you left when you made the decision to separate yourself from your Creator. 

“No one believes there really was a time when he knew nothing of a body and could never have conceived this world as real.”   …A Course In Miracles

I wish the above quote wasn’t worded the way it is, for I believe since my involvement with The Course I have accepted and believe that there was such a time. I believe we were created as Spiritual beings and we remain as we were created. As Spiritual beings we know nothing of bodies and would laugh at the idea of being in a flesh body and living in a physical world. 

But I feel happy that Jesus used the following sentence before the above quote: “No one asleep and dreaming in the world remembers his attack upon himself.” This qualifier allows me to believe that I’m beginning to wake up. I say, beginning to wake up because I don’t yet remember my attack upon myself. The Course leads us back not ahead. It leads us back to the beginning before we took the detour into fear. Or as the Bible refers to it, the fall. It will eventually lead us back to the “Real” World.

“Is it not madness to think of life as being born, aging, losing vitality, and dying in the end?”   …A Course In Miracles

This madness is the whole foundation of this insane world of illusions, which Jesus calls a “battleground.” The ludicrous idea that what God created can die is an attack upon God, upon life and therefore an attack upon ourselves. To believe you can die is to believe that a part of God can die and this belief is simply ludicrous. To believe in your own death is to believe yourself to be no more than a physical body.

God did not create physical bodies for everything God created is eternal. Your physical body, as marvelous as it is, was made by you in your belief that you can live separate from your Creator. It is an extension of your belief about yourself. Once you become aware of the truth about yourself you can let go of worries and fears concerning the body. You can simply ask and trust Jesus to take care of it. For in The Course he says: “I can be entrusted with your body and your ego simply because this enables you not to be concerned with them and lets me teach you their unimportance.”  He also says: “In this world you need not have tribulation because I have overcome the world.”

I’m going to close this post with a couple quotes from The Course that are appropriate for the season:  

“It is almost Easter, the time of resurrection. Let us give redemption to each other and share in it that we may rise as one in resurrection and not separate in death.”

“Death is a human affirmation of a belief in ‘hate,’ or level confusion. That is why the Bible says, ‘There is no death’ and why I demonstrated that death does not exist.”

Thank you for visiting this site. I am truly grateful to you. Have a very Blessed, Happy and worry-free Easter.

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“Love is your safety. Fear does not exist. Identify with love, and you are safe. Identify with love, and you are home. Identify with love, and find your Self.” –ACIM

“Veganism is believing that an animal’s life is worth more than a sandwich. That’s it! That’s how simple it is.” –The Spiritual Vegan

2 thoughts on “The Real World

  1. Lovely message. Thank you so much for sharing. I want to share this on my blog with your permission.

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