Lesson 56
Mind Creates Reality
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63 Whatever you accept into your mind has reality for you. It is, however, only your acceptance of it that makes it real. If you enthrone the ego in it, the fact that you have accepted it or allowed it to enter makes it your reality. This is because the mind, as God created it, is capable of creating reality. We said before that you must learn to think with God. To think with Him is to think like Him. This engenders joy, not guilt, because it is natural. Guilt is a sure sign that your thinking is unnatural. Perverted thinking will always be attended with guilt because it is the belief in sin.
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Review I Introduction
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1 Beginning with today, we will have a series of review periods. Each of them will cover five of the ideas already presented, starting with the first and ending with the fiftieth. There will be a few short comments after each of the ideas which you should consider in your review. In the practice periods, the exercises should be done as follows:  
2 Begin the day by reading the five ideas, with the comments included. Thereafter, it is not necessary to follow any particular order in considering them, though each one should be practiced at least once. Devote two minutes or more to each practice period, thinking about the idea and the related comments. Do this as often as possible during the day. If any one of the five ideas appeals to you more than the others, concentrate on that one. At the end of the day, however, be sure to review all of them once more. 
3 It is not necessary to cover the comments that follow each idea literally or thoroughly in the practice periods. Rather, try merely to emphasize the central point and think about it as part of your review of the idea to which it relates. 
4 The review exercises should be done with your eyes closed and when you are alone in a quiet place if possible. This is emphasized particularly for reviews at your stage of learning. It will be necessary, however, that you learn to require no special settings in which to apply what you have learned. You will need it most in situations which appear to be upsetting, rather than in those which already seem to be calm and quiet. 
5 The purpose of your learning is to enable you to bring the quiet with you and to heal distress and turmoil. This is not done by avoiding them and seeking a haven of isolation for yourself. You will yet learn that peace is part of you and requires only that you be there to embrace any situation in which you are. And finally you will learn that there is no limit to where you are, so that your peace is everywhere, as you are. 
6 You will note that for review purposes the ideas are not always given in quite their original form of statement. Use them as they are given here. It is not necessary to return to the original statements nor to apply the ideas as was suggested then. We are now emphasizing the relationships among the first fifty of the ideas we have covered and the cohesiveness of the thought system to which they are leading you.

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L e s s o n 56 ~ Review I
[Review Lesson 26-30]

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1 Our review for today covers the following: 
[26] My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.
2 How can I know who I am when I see myself as under constant attack? Pain, illness, loss, age, and death seem to threaten me. All my hopes and wishes and plans appear to be at the mercy of a world I cannot control. Yet perfect security and complete fulfillment are my inheritance. I have tried to give my inheritance away in exchange for the world I see. But God has kept my inheritance safe for me. My own real thoughts will teach me what it is. 
[27] Above all else I want to see.
3 Recognizing that what I see reflects what I think I am, I realize that vision is my greatest need. The world I see attests to the fearful nature of the self-image I have made. If I would remember who I am, it is essential that I let this image of myself go. As it is replaced by truth, vision will surely be given me. And with this vision, I will look upon the world and upon myself with charity and love. 
[28] Above all else I want to see differently.
4 The world I see holds my fearful self-image in place, and guarantees its continuance. While I see the world as I see it now, truth cannot enter my awareness. I would let the door behind this world be opened for me that I may look past it to the world that reflects the Love of God. 
[29] God is in everything I see.
5 Behind every image I have made, the truth remains unchanged. Behind every veil I have drawn across the face of love, its light remains undimmed. Beyond all my insane wishes is my will united with the Will of my Father. God is still everywhere and in everything forever. And we who are part of Him will yet look past all appearances and recognize the truth beyond them all. 
[30] God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.
6 In my own mind, behind all my insane thoughts of separation and attack, is the knowledge that all is one forever. I have not lost the knowledge of who I am because I have forgotten it. It has been kept for me in the Mind of God, Who has not left His Thoughts. And I, who am among them, am one with them and one with Him.
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Sarah's Commentary:

"I have tried to give my inheritance away in exchange for the world I see. But God has kept my inheritance safe for me." (W.56.1.6-7) That inheritance is "perfect security and complete fulfillment." (W.56.1.5) In order to know perfect security and to feel fulfilled, we need to be willing to look at what we have made of ourselves in our determination to be self-reliant, independent, and a unique individual. The word "indivi-dual" reflects the duality of our lives. It contains the very nature of our problem, which is the separation from Oneness. In that separation, a veil was drawn over the face of Love but "its light remains undimmed." (W.56.4.3) In spite of the fact that we seem to have thrown away our inheritance, the light of God's love still shines in us. We are still united with the Will of our Father (W.56.4.4), though we have chosen instead our insane wishes and forgotten who we are. Now we are reclaiming our inheritance because, while it is forgotten, it is not lost and that is such a relief.
We think we have left our pristine home and cannot return. We are like the Prodigal Son who believed when he left his home he could never return because he had squandered his father's treasure and feared the punishment he thought he had coming to him. Yet when he decided to beg his Father's forgiveness and return home, he was welcomed and embraced and was told he was his Father's treasure. In the same way, we are afraid to turn to God in the belief that we will be punished. Now we no longer trust our Father, forgetting, just as the Prodigal Son, our Father's Love awaits us on our return.
What is keeping us from this place of peace, truth, vision, safety, joy, and love always present in our right minds? How are we sabotaging ourselves? What dirge are we singing to ourselves every day? "Healing occurs as a patient begins to hear the dirge he sings, and questions its validity." (Psychotherapy Pamphlet.2.VI.1.5) What do we believe about ourselves, life, our existence, and this world? Jesus talks about this dirge of sorrow we sing to ourselves when he says, "God is everywhere, and His Son is in Him with everything. Can he sing the dirge of sorrow when this is true?" (T. 14.II.8.7-8) (ACIM OE T.13.VII.63) And yet we do!
We try so desperately to be in control. We work so hard to build our self-image and hold onto our self-concepts. We see ourselves constantly under attack. "Pain, illness, loss, age and death seem to threaten me." (W.56.1.3) That is what we have received in trade by blocking our inheritance given us by God in our creation. It does seem crazy and it is. So now what do we do to claim our inheritance? This Lesson tells us quite a bit about that.
It all starts with willingness. No one, not even God, the Holy Spirit, or Jesus, will change our minds for us. My agreement is that "I would let the door behind this world be opened for me, that I may look past it to the world that reflects the Love of God." (W.56.3.4) It is there for us to experience if we just allow it. We need to be willing to let our resistance go. When we keep insisting we are not ready to claim the truth, and we will perhaps get there someday in the future, we are keeping ourselves in hell. We need to become aware of the insanity of our thoughts, bring them to awareness, and sit with them until we are ready to release them by placing them on our inner altar. Guilt is dissolved when it is brought to forgiveness. We don't need to pry the door open to move through the circle of fear. It is not about fighting ourselves but by surrendering. In fact, our efforts will not help. Nor is it about trying to make ourselves holy. We need do nothing. The door is already open and the invitation is there to walk through it.
So often I hear the Holy Spirit inviting me to give up my anger, my impatience, my desire to be right, but I stubbornly hold onto my perspectives. Yet to step back from them and say yes to God, is to find the happiness I say I want. We already are what we are searching for. It is about letting go and surrendering our way. The events and circumstances of our lives reveal our thoughts and feelings to us, reflecting back to us what is in our minds. All we need do is to take responsibility for what is reflected in the mirror and recognize it is coming from our own minds. We are responsible for everything that seems to be happening to us, but we are not to blame. Responsibility without self-blame is challenging but very necessary for our healing. As long as we keep blaming ourselves, the ego is in business. It promotes retaliation and then tells us we are guilty for what we have done. Thus, it has us coming and going. When we see its game, we can more readily choose against it.
We have truly forgotten who we are. Those people in our lives who seem to torture us, who seem to challenge us, and with whom we engage in power struggles, are the ones who are our saviors in this process. They mirror to us the insane thoughts in our own minds. No one has done anything to us that we haven't asked for. Astounding as this may sound, our minds are the only cause of what seems to happen to us. We have the power to change the beliefs we hold that others are the persecutors and betrayers. We are our own persecutors as a result of the attack thoughts in our own minds. How we bring persecution into our lives is by holding onto our self-attacking perceptions. We are actually holding onto an image of ourselves that is false.
"The ego always speaks first." (T.5.VI.3.5) (ACIM OE T.5.VIII.73) This means that the first thought we have in any situation is always a judgment or an opinion to which the Answer is given by the Holy Spirit to the ego's wrong-minded interpretations. When we choose the Answer, which is the miracle, vision replaces judgment and allows us to see a world of peace and love regardless of appearances.
Today, I am reminding myself that anger is never justified. It seems it is justified by what I see happening "outside", but it all comes from my mind. It all starts with my own attack thoughts. Attack thoughts I hold show me a false and vulnerable self that deserves attack in return. The good thing is when I recognize that my anger keeps me from peace, I am more willing to consider the possibility that I made it all up. "Above all else I want to see differently." (W.56.3.1) My greatest need is vision. It is a greater need than the needs I think I have. I think I need recognition, power, control, money, my home, family, and physical comforts, yet Jesus really speaks to our deep hunger for vision, which is to know our invulnerable selves as we were created. To have vision, I have to let go of the image I have made of myself.
Of course, the purpose of this world that I have projected is to keep this image intact. "The learning of the world is built upon a concept of the self adjusted to the world's reality." (T.31.V.1.1) (ACIM OE T.31.V.43) Jesus tells us, "The building of a concept of the self is what the learning of the world is for." (T.31.V.1.5) (ACIM OE T.31.V.43) Now we are called to question it. As long as we are trying to perfect the self-concept, we will not be willing to look at the "treachery it hides." (T.31.V.5.2) (ACIM OE T.31.V.47) Only by looking at the false thoughts we have made up about ourselves can we release them and see what they hide, which is the love we are. "Behind every image I have made, the truth remains unchanged." (W.56.4.2) "God is still everywhere and in everything forever. And we who are part of Him will yet look past all appearances, and recognize the truth beyond them all." (W.56.4.5-6)
Today, we remember that God's Love is ever present in our minds. There is nothing we can do or have done, that can change the truth in us. The Holy Spirit is the memory of God and His love for us and is held in our right minds. It is held there until we recognize it has always been there behind our dark thoughts. "God is in everything I see because God is in my mind." (W.56.5.1) He is fully present to us in this moment, now.

Love and blessings, Sarah  
A Course in Miracles
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Chapter Five: Healing and Wholeness
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VII. The Two Decisions            
59 Perhaps some of our concepts will become clearer and more personally meaningful if the ego's use of guilt is clarified. The ego has a purpose, just as the Holy Spirit has. The ego's purpose is fear because only the fearful can be egotistic. The ego's logic is as impeccable as that of the Holy Spirit because your mind has all the means at its disposal to side with Heaven or earth, as it elects. But again, let us remember that both are in you. In Heaven there is no guilt because the Kingdom is attained through the Atonement, which releases you to create. The word "create" is appropriate here because, once what you have made is undone by the Holy Spirit, the blessed residue is restored and therefore continues in creation.
60 What is truly blessed is incapable of giving rise to guilt and must give rise to joy. This makes it invulnerable to the ego because its peace is unassailable. It is invulnerable to disruption because it is whole. Guilt is always disruptive. Anything that engenders fear is divisive because it obeys the law of division. If the ego is the symbol of the separation, it is also the symbol of guilt. Guilt is more than merely not of God. It is the symbol of the attack on God. This is a totally meaningless concept except to the ego, but do not underestimate the power of the ego's belief in it. This is the belief from which all guilt really stems.
61 The ego is the part of the mind which believes in division. How can part of God detach itself without believing it is attacking Him? We spoke before of the authority problem as involving the concept of usurping God's power. The ego believes that this is what you did because it believes it is you. It follows, then, that if you identify with the ego, you must perceive yourself as guilty. Whenever you respond to your ego, you will experience guilt and you will fear punishment. The ego is quite literally a fearful thought.
62 However ridiculous the idea of attacking God may be to the sane mind, never forget that the ego is not sane. It represents a delusional system, and it speaks for it. Listening to the ego's voice means that you believe it is possible to attack God. You believe that a part of Him has been torn away by you. The classic picture of fear of retaliation from without then follows because the severity of the guilt is so acute that it must be projected. Although Freud was wrong about the basic conflict itself, he was very accurate in describing its effects.
63 Whatever you accept into your mind has reality for you. It is, however, only your acceptance of it that makes it real. If you enthrone the ego in it, the fact that you have accepted it or allowed it to enter makes it your reality. This is because the mind, as God created it, is capable of creating reality. We said before that you must learn to think with God. To think with Him is to think like Him. This engenders joy, not guilt, because it is natural. Guilt is a sure sign that your thinking is unnatural. Perverted thinking will always be attended with guilt because it is the belief in sin.
64 The ego does not perceive sin as a lack of love. It perceives sin as a positive act of assault. This is an interpretation which is necessary to the ego's survival because as soon as you regard sin as a lack you will automatically attempt to remedy the situation. And you will succeed. The ego regards this as doom, but you must learn to regard it as freedom. The guiltless mind cannot suffer. Being sane, it heals the body because it has been healed. The sane mind cannot conceive of illness because it cannot conceive of attacking anyone or anything.
65 We said before that illness is a form of magic. It might be better to say that it is a form of magical solution. The ego believes that by punishing itself it will mitigate the punishment of God. Yet even in this it is arrogant. It attributes to God a punishing intent, and then takes over this intent as its own prerogative. It tries to usurp all the functions of God as it perceives them because it recognizes that only total allegiance can be trusted.
66 The ego cannot oppose the laws of God any more than you can, but it can interpret them according to what it wants, just as you can. That is why the question, "What do you want?" must be answered. You are answering it every minute and every second, and each moment of decision is a judgment which is anything but ineffectual. Its effects will follow automatically until the decision is changed. This is repeated here because you have not learned it. But again, your decision can be unmade as well as made. Remember, though, that the alternatives are unalterable.
67 The Holy Spirit, like the ego, is a decision. Together they constitute all the alternatives which the mind can accept and obey. The ego and the Holy Spirit are the only choices open to you. God created one, and so you cannot eradicate it. You made the other, and so you can. Only what God creates is irreversible and unchangeable. What you have made can always be changed because when you do not think like God you are not really thinking at all. Delusional ideas are not real thoughts, although you can believe in them. But you are wrong. The function of thought comes from God and is in God. As part of His Thought, you cannot think apart from Him.
68 Irrational thought is a thought disorder. God Himself orders your thought because your thought was created by Him. Guilt feelings are always a sign that you do not know this. They also show that you believe you can think apart from God and want to. Every thought disorder is attended by guilt at its inception and maintained by guilt in its continuance. Guilt is inescapable for those who believe they order their own thought and must therefore obey its orders. This makes them feel responsible for their mind errors, without recognizing that by accepting this responsibility they are really reacting irresponsibly. If the sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself, and I assure you that it is, then the responsibility for what is atoned for cannot be yours.
69 The dilemma cannot be resolved except by accepting the solution of undoing. You would be responsible for the effects of all your wrong thinking if it could not be undone. The purpose of the Atonement is to save the past in purified form only. If you accept the remedy for a thought disorder, and a remedy whose efficacy is beyond doubt, how can its symptoms remain? You have reason to question the validity of symptom cure, but no one believes that the symptoms can remain if the underlying cause is removed.
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