[acimlessons_list] Lesson 32 - February 1
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Lesson 32 - February 1
"I have invented the world I see."
Purpose: To teach you that you are not the effect of the world; it is the
effect of you.
Longer: 2 times, morning and evening, for at least 3-5 minutes
As with yesterday's lesson, repeat the idea a few times while looking around
you slowly. Then close your eyes and apply it to the images that arises in
your inner world. Remain detached by reminding yourself that both worlds are
Remarks: The counsel in 4:3 about when to practice is repeated in different
forms several times in the Workbook. For a discussion, see "When Should You
Take Your Morning Quiet Time?" Following the Workbook's counsel in this
regard will enhance the quality of your practice, so that, as with today's
lesson, you may find yourself wanting to go longer than five minutes.
Frequent reminders: as often as possible
Repeat idea <slowly> while looking about either your outer or inner world.
Response to temptation: whenever a situation upsets you
Immediately respond with: "I have invented this situation as I see it."
If I'm not the victim of the world, what is my relationship to it? I've
invented it. If I've invented it, if I made it up, how can I possibly be its
Now, saying that I've invented the world is a pretty heavy statement. Saying
that I can give it up as easily as I made it seems even more improbable. Yet
that is what the practice of the Workbook is setting out to prove to us, not
by rigorous logic but through experiences that demonstrate that it is true.
That's what miracles are. Miracles demonstrate that "the world you see
outside you" and "the world you see in your mind" are "both...in your own
This lesson is simply introducing the idea, not trying to prove it. The Text
discusses the same thought in several places (T-21.II.11:1; 20.III.5:1-5),
the most telling of them being: "What if you recognized this world is an
hallucination? What if you really understood you made it up?"
(T-20.VIII.7:4) It isn't a concept you can easily avoid if you study the
Course; the Course insists on it.
All that is really being asked here is that we open our minds to the idea
that we have invented the world we see. It is a concept that can throw our
minds into turmoil because it flies in the face of our fundamental beliefs
about the world. The world has a few nice things about it, but a lot of
crap. And being told I am responsible for it, I made it up, doesn't sit
easily with my mind.
If it raises all kinds of questions in my mind, fine; let the questions
bubble up. For today, for the practice periods, just apply the idea as
given. It's OK if part of your mind is kibitzing in the background saying,
"This is nuts! I don't really believe this." The Introduction warned us we
might even actively resist the ideas. It said, "Whatever your reactions to
the ideas may be, use them. Nothing more than that is required."
It may be difficult to see at first, but we really only have two options.
Either I made up the world, or I am its victim. Either I am the cause, or
the effect. There aren't any other choices; think about it. Either I am the
dreamer, inventing the whole mess, or I am part of someone else's dream
(maybe God's). If I am not the cause, I am at the world's mercy. But if I
<am> the cause--there is hope! I can change the dream, and perhaps,
eventually, stop dreaming altogether.
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