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ACIM – CHAPTER 21 REASON AND PERCEPTION Introduction

1. Projection makes perception.  The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that.  But though it is no more than that, it is not less.  Therefore, to you it is important.  It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition.  As a man thinketh, so does he perceive.  Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.  Perception is a result and not a cause.  And that is why order of difficulty in miracles is meaningless.  Everything looked upon with vision is healed and holy.  Nothing perceived without it means anything.  And where there is no meaning, there is chaos.

2. Damnation is your judgment on yourself, and this you will project upon the world. See it as damned, and all you see is what you did to hurt the Son of God. If you behold disaster and catastrophe, you tried to crucify him.  If you see holiness and hope, you joined the Will of God to set him free. There is no choice that lies between these two decisions.  And you will see the witness to the choice you made and learn from this to recognize which one you chose.  The world you see but shows you how much joy you have allowed yourself to see in you, and to accept as yours. And, if this is its meaning, then the power to give it joy must lie within you.[1]

In the introduction to Chapter 21 Reason and Perception Jesus tells us that perception is a result, not a cause.  What we see in the outside world is the representation of our inner mind.  When we look upon the world and all that is in it with the Vision of Christ, all is healed and holy.  When we look upon the world without the Vision of Christ, we find no meaning, no purpose, no reality.  Without meaning, the world makes no sense, it breeds madness and disorder. 

When we see the world without the Vision of Christ, the world seems damned for it has disappointed us, intimidated us, hurt us, and filled us with fear.  When we see the world as damned, we want to send everyone to hell, we hold everyone accountable, we cherish the idea of punishment, vengeance, spite, and conflict.  We go to war against the Son of God; we go to war against ourselves. 

When we perceive holiness and hope, we are seeing with the eyes of Sonship.  We have united our will with the Will of God to liberate the Sonship from the divided, disordered, and damned perceptual world.  Jesus tells us that there are only two choices – seeing the world through the eyes of Christ or seeing it through the perception of ego.  Our joy in healing and freeing the Sonship is reflected in the world we see –  and in this way you and me joined with Christ, bring tidings of comfort and joy to the world. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Chapter 21 Reason and perception. Introduction. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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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.

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