comment 0

Section II. 8. What Is The Real World?

PART II.  SECTION 8.  What is the Real World?

  1. The real world is a symbol, like the rest of what perception offers.  Yet it stands for what is opposite to what you made.  Your world is seen through eyes of fear and brings the witnesses of terror to your mind.  The real world cannot be perceived except through eyes forgiveness blesses, so they see a world where terror is impossible, and witnesses to fear can not be found.
  2. The real world holds a counterpart for each unhappy thought reflected in your world; a sure correction for the sights of fear and sounds of battle which your world contains.  The real world shows a world seen differently, through quiet eyes and with a mind at peace.  Nothing but rest is there.  There are no cries of pain and sorrow heard, for nothing there remains outside forgiveness.  And the sights are gentle.  Only happy sights and sounds can reach the mind that has forgiven itself.
  3. What need has such a mind for thoughts of death, attack, and murder?  What can it perceive surrounding it but safety, love, and joy?  What is there it would choose to be condemned, and what it there that it would judge against?  The world it sees arises from a mind at peace within itself.  No danger lurks in anything it sees, for it is kind and only kindness does it look upon.
  4. The real world is the symbol that the dream of sin and guilt is over, and God’s Son no longer sleeps.  His waking eyes perceive the sure reflection of his Father’s Love, the certain promise that he is redeemed.  The real world signifies the end of time, for its perception makes time purposeless.
  5. The Holy Spirit has no need of time when it has served His purpose.  Now He waits but that one instant more for God to take His final step, and time has disappeared, taking perception with it as it goes, and leaving but the truth to be itself.  That instant is our goal, for it contains the memory of God.  And as we look upon a world forgiven, it is He Who calls to us and comes to take us home, reminding us of our Identity Which our forgiveness has restored to us.[1]

[1] A Course In Miracles, Workbook for Students, Part II. 8. What is the…Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition, p. 443

Filed under: ACIM

About the Author

Posted by

Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s