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A Course in Miracles teachings, insights, inspiration and clarification by Paul West. Learn more about ACIM on a wide variety of topics through our ongoing blog posts.

158. Reason, logic and why there is no world

When something is logical, you start with a premise, and then as the nature of this premise "extends", it produces logical conclusions. The conclusions that will come from this premise are really established in the premise itself. The limitations or scope of the premise determines what can come from it, and what comes from it is completely in accord with. . .

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157. You are only what God decides you are

You can decide only this:a) I am caused by God. b) I am caused by the world. When believing you are at the effect of the world, upset by someone, hurt by something, vulnerable in some way, offended, attacked, damaged, sick, etc. . . . you are believing that you are CAUSED BY the world, and thus that the world is your creator. It. . .

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156. Spacetime is heaven's exact opposite in every way

The world, Earth, this universe, was made as an EXACT LOGICAL OPPOSITE to God's Kingdom. It was made on purpose to OPPOSE every possible quality of God's nature, so as to ATTACK God's nature and suggest that since this world is ABSENT of God's nature, God is absent here entirely. And so the world proclaims that God and His son. . .

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155. You cannot see both worlds!

There is a clear teaching in ACIM that there are TWO worlds, and you can ONLY see one of the two in its entirety at any given time. Seeing one, REQUIRES you NOT TO SEE the other. You CANNOT see both of them in full simultaneously. And each of them uses a different KIND of vision, designed ONLY to see. . .

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154. The world is false perception, it will disappear

The "physical world", exists only IN false perception. This is why the body's eyes can see it. The body's eyes are rooted in false perception permanently. "Everything the body sees is an illusion. " "These eyes made not to see will never see. " "The body is not the means by which the real world can be seen. " "Eyes perceive falsely" The. . .

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152. The vanishing forgiven world

When the world is seen with false perception, that is, with the body's eyes being believed and seeing nothing else, blinded by perception of form, the world seems like a dark prison and God is nowhere. When you lift up and see with Christ Vision, or true perception, which is a spiritual seeing by the mind itself, not dependent on. . .

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151. The translation of the world

There are some parts of the course which suggest that if you will just change HOW you look at the world, or what meaning you GIVE it, suddenly seemingly horrifying scenes are interpreted as healed and lovely. Obviously this loveliness MUST transcend the FORM of what is happening, because a broken leg is still a broken leg, and an explosion. . .

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150. The world is in your mind

When we are introduced to this world, it is through false perception. That means we SEEM to "see it with" the body's eyes, and we believe the body's way of seeing. And the body shows us the world of form, which is cruel and dark and a place of death. We do not even realize our mind is in any. . .

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149. The perfect choice

"Real choice is no illusion. But the world has none to offer. " Whenever you are presented with a choice in this world, you'll find it always entails an impossible situation. It's not "you" that is making choices difficult, it is the nature of the world. "It is the world you see that is impossible. " Option A will offer something which. . .

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148. Life sucks and then you wake up

The world was made to die. It is hell. Bad shit happens, sooner or later. Everything breaks down, suffers, dies in the end. It's an insane world. However. When a whole shit ton of bad shite happens, and it keeps coming, at first it seems to attack all the defenses you made against its nature. All your safeties are called. . .

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147. The world is dead and can never be your home

If you'll take a look, willingly, for a while, you'll notice that everything in the world goes wrong sooner or later. The food goes moldy. The leaves die off. The cars break down. The tv stops working. The shoes develop a hole. The carpet gathers dirt. The river drowns someone. The volcanos explode. The lightning strikes a cow. Suns go. . .

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146. The world will always disappoint you

Let's take a good hard look at something that very few people want to ever admit. Something dark and awful, but true. Planet Earth, and the rest of this universe, were made in a thought of opposition to Heaven. This was an attempt to make hell real, by dreaming up a world that runs completely opposite to the beautiful divine. . .

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145. The world is made of death!

"THERE IS ***NO LIFE*** OUTSIDE OF HEAVEN. Where God created life, there life must be. In any state apart from Heaven life is illusion. At best ***it seems like life; at worst, like death. *** Yet both are judgments on WHAT IS NOT LIFE, equal in their inaccuracy and lack of meaning. Life not in Heaven is impossible, and what is. . .

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144. A world forgiven cannot last

Forgiveness overlooks, undoes, and makes disappear. Forgiveness is not something you apply to REALITY. It is something you apply to an UNREAL world, an illusory world, in order to dispel it. "To forgive is to OVERLOOK. " "I will forgive and this will disappear. " "A world forgiven cannot last. It was the home of bodies. But forgiveness looks past bodies. " "And. . .

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143. The myth of perfection in the world

On the level of the physical world, all objects and forms can never be perfect. This is sobering to recognize. It's actually because of the nature of spacetime. In order to have space, or locations, it's necessary that something is in one location and NOT another. It's also therefore necessary that any given object LACKS what any other given object. . .

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142. Don't eat the animals?

The requirement to eat and get food is built into spacetime, did you know that? If space is the idea that something is "over here and not over there", then the thing over here lacks what is over there. This makes all of spacetime fundamentally lack based. Which means that everything that relies on it, which is all physical matter,. . .

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141. The whole world is made of the idea of sin

Jesus's redefinition of terms continues to amaze me. When you suddenly realize that he has a whole different MEANING to a term, it suddenly opens up a whole box of insights. For example "The world of bodies is the world of sin. For only if there were a body is sin possible. " Jesus says that bodies are needed for sin. . . .

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