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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 is 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]
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Just as this world is a symbol of the ego, the Real World is a symbol of forgiveness – a world with no terror, no fear, no sense of worry, fret, dismay, or despair. The Real World has no death, no dying, no sense of loss, no crying.  The Real World is the world we perceive through the eyes of Christ, the eyes of forgiveness, the eyes of truth.  We look past this world made with fear and see the world which stands as a counterpart for all the unhappiness we encounter. 

When we see all the petty bickering and battles for predominance and power, all the bluster of past conflict and ongoing strife, all the racial and gender posturing with deepened spiritual understanding and forgiveness, we see differently!  We see a world of peace.  We see a world of bliss, of rest, of gentleness, tenderness, happiness and delight. 

When our minds are freed of thoughts of death, attack, and killing, we can only experience safety, joy, and love – Jesus tells us today.  We do not wake up with sour thoughts towards those who have seemed to wrong us in the past; we wake up to happy thoughts of appreciation, gratitude, blessings, and remembered joys. Instead of condemnation which belittles our minds and entraps us in the shadow of ego, our minds are filled with kindness and mercy. We no longer hold ourselves or others accountable for the melodrama of ego – the mean words, the spite, the jealousy, the spreading of lies and sowing seeds of discord. 

In the mind that practices forgiveness, that perceives through the eyes that are open – we experience no more danger, for we are kind, and we see only kindness.  The dream of sin and guilt is over!  God’s Son remembers who and what He is and the eyes that had been blinded to the truth by the ego’s dreamworld now only perceives the Father’s Love.  When we see the world with the eyes of forgiveness and remember who and what we are in Christ, when we experience the Real World, time no longer has any meaning for us. 

Our Holy Spirit is through with time because it has served its purpose. During our sojourn here, we have come to the end of ego.  We see our false selves for unholy fabrication.  We understand that we have been set up by an idea that simply could not endure infinity, which could only exist within the illusion of time, which would have its way with God’s Creation until God’s Creation remembered the Father, the Creator, the Love and tenderness with which all was made. 

Only one more instant!  Time will disappear and perception with it, Jesus says.  We have reached our goal.  We have looked upon the world with forgiveness, we recollect who and what we are for we have remembered God, and now He comes to take us home. 

Today open your eyes to the Real World by practicing the forgiveness of Christ.  Hold nobody accountable for your pain, your suffering, your sorrow. Stop looking for your identity in your gender, in your cultural, ethnic, or racial heritage, in your religions, clubs, and political leanings.  We have been programmed with eyes that see separateness, differences, and disagreement.  With faith in the One who calls to us ask for the eyes of Christ!  Wait and watch and carefully take note as the ego’s symbols fade away, revealing your Holy Self, the Holy Spirit that makes us one.  This is the path that restores us to the Real World, the forgiven world which leads us to our true identity in Him. 


[1] A Course In Miracles. Workbook for Students. Part II. 8. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).  p. 443.

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