A Course in Miracles – Workbook Lesson 130
It is impossible to see two worlds.
W-pI.130.1. Perception is consistent. 2 What you see reflects your thinking. 3 And your thinking but reflects your choice of what you want to see. 4 Your values are determiners of this, for what you value you must want to see, believing what you see is really there. 5 No one can see a world his mind has not accorded value. 6 And no one can fail to look upon what he believes he wants.
W-pI.130.2. Yet who can really hate and love at once? 2 Who can desire what he does not want to have reality? 3 And who can choose to see a world of which he is afraid? 4 Fear must make blind, for this its weapon is: That which you fear to see you cannot see. 5 Love and perception thus go hand in hand, but fear obscures in darkness what is there.
W-pI.130.3. What, then, can fear project upon the world? 2 What can be seen in darkness that is real? 3 Truth is eclipsed by fear, and what remains is but imagined. 4 Yet what can be real in blind imaginings of panic born? 5 What would you want that this is shown to you? 6 What would you wish to keep in such a dream?
W-pI.130.4. Fear has made everything you think you see. 2 All separation, all distinctions, and the multitude of differences you believe make up the world. 3 They are not there. 4 Love's enemy has made them up. 5 Yet love can have no enemy, and so they have no cause, no being and no consequence. 6 They can be valued, but remain unreal. 7 They can be sought, but they can not be found. 8 Today we will not seek for them, nor waste this day in seeking what can not be found.
W-pI.130.5. It is impossible to see two worlds which have no overlap of any kind. 2 Seek for the one; the other disappears. 3 But one remains. 4 They are the range of choice beyond which your decision cannot go. 5 The real and the unreal are all there are to choose between, and nothing more than these.
W-pI.130.6. Today we will attempt no compromise where none is possible. 2 The world you see is proof you have already made a choice as all-embracing as its opposite. 3 What we would learn today is more than just the lesson that you cannot see two worlds. 4 It also teaches that the one you see is quite consistent from the point of view from which you see it. 5 It is all a piece because it stems from one emotion, and reflects its source in everything you see.
W-pI.130.7. Six times today, in thanks and gratitude, we gladly give five minutes to the thought that ends all compromise and doubt, and go beyond them all as one. 2 We will not make a thousand meaningless distinctions, nor attempt to bring with us a little part of unreality, as we devote our minds to finding only what is real.
W-pI.130.8. Begin your searching for the other world by asking for a strength beyond your own, and recognizing what it is you seek. 2 You do not want illusions. 3 And you come to these five minutes emptying your hands of all the petty treasures of this world. 4 You wait for God to help you, as you say:
W-pI.130.9. God will be there. 2 For you have called upon the great unfailing power which will take this giant step with you in gratitude. 3 Nor will you fail to see His thanks expressed in tangible perception and in truth. 4 You will not doubt what you will look upon, for though it is perception, it is not the kind of seeing that your eyes alone have ever seen before. 5 And you will know God's strength upheld you as you made this choice.
W-pI.130.10. Dismiss temptation easily today whenever it arises, merely by remembering the limits of your choice. 2 The unreal or the real, the false or true is what you see and only what you see. 3 Perception is consistent with your choice, and hell or Heaven comes to you as one.
W-pI.130.11. Accept a little part of hell as real, and you have damned your eyes and cursed your sight, and what you will behold is hell indeed. 2 Yet the release of Heaven still remains within your range of choice, to take the place of everything that hell would show to you. 3 All you need say to any part of hell, whatever form it takes, is simply this:
deliverance, and this is not a part of what I want.