Lesson 14: God Did Not Create a Meaningless World

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God did not create a meaningless world.

God Did Not Create a Meaningless World

I awoke to resistance, which is a red flag telling me Ego is at the helm.  I immediately went into prayer, grateful for the Course lessons, grateful that solace awaiting me. What better solace than the reassurance that God did not create a meaningless world?  Why, oh why then am I making up a world that makes me feel bad?

Today’s lesson:

Lesson 14

God did not create a meaningless world.

The idea for today is, of course, the reason why a meaningless world is impossible. What God did not create does not exist. And everything that does exist exists as He created it. The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist.

The exercises for today are to be practiced with eyes closed throughout. The mind-searching period should be short, a minute at most. Do not have more than three practice periods with today’s idea unless you find them comfortable. If you do, it will be because you really understand what they are for.

The idea for today is another step in learning to let go the thoughts that you have written on the world, and see the Word of God in their place. The early steps in this exchange, which can truly be called salvation, can be quite difficult and even quite painful. Some of them will lead you directly into fear. You will not be left there. You will go far beyond it. Our direction is toward perfect safety and perfect peace.

With eyes closed, think of all the horrors in the world that cross your mind. Name each one as it occurs to you, and then deny its reality. God did not create it, and so it is not real. Say, for example:

God did not create that war, and so it is not real.
God did not create that airplane crash, and so it is not real.
God did not create that disaster [specify], and so it is not real.

Suitable subjects for the application of today’s idea also include anything you are afraid might happen to you, or to anyone about whom you are concerned. In each case, name the “disaster” quite specifically. Do not use general terms. For example, do not say, “God did not create illness,” but, “God did not create cancer,” or heart attacks, or whatever may arouse fear in you.

This is your personal repertory of horrors at which you are looking. These things are part of the world you see. Some of them are shared illusions, and others are part of your personal hell. It does not matter. What God did not create can only be in your own mind apart from His. Therefore, it has no meaning. In recognition of this fact, conclude the practice periods by repeating today’s idea:

God did not create a meaningless world.

The idea for today can, of course, be applied to anything that disturbs you during the day, aside from the practice periods. Be very specific in applying it. Say:

God did not create a meaningless world. He did not create [specify the situation which is disturbing you], and so it is not real.

Clearly, I must be trying to make the meaningless world I’ve invented real if I am feeling bad.  God did not create this meaningless world that engenders fear – I did.  Why do I slip into that?  It’s like a bad habit and seriously the only thing that pulls me out of it is prayer.  (I imagine meditation would as well but we aren’t going to have that conversation at this moment.)  Action helps.  It’s rarely a bad idea to just tackle the stuff I know I need to do but don’t want to do. (I’d take the time to examine why I don’t want to but you know damned well that’s just another ego trap – a delay tactic, like a kid asking for a glass of water or a story: anything to delay going to bed.)

Sigh.

God did not create that terrorism, and so it is not real.
God did not create that political debate, and so it is not real.
God did not create that shooting spree, and so it is not real.

These are the things that make people crazy and unable to comprehend the Course.  When people are dying, it’s not a lot of comfort to be told God didn’t create the scenario so it isn’t real.  For me, even though I can comprehend that God did not create this world, we did (and in Course terms it is an illusion: whatever happens here can’t change the changeless), it is still fear-making at times.  How grateful I am for the reassurance, “Some of them will lead you directly into fear. You will not be left there. You will go far beyond it. Our direction is toward perfect safety and perfect peace.”

Going into my own personal hell: God did not create my fears around money, and so they are not real.

God did not create my resistance around doing what I need to do to be successful, I did.  And so that resistance is not real.

Choose again.

When I look at how I feel, it is truly just my ego trying to recreate the past.  There is nothing here that makes the present moment like the past: just my fears.  Just my fears.

The one thing that helps lately is realizing that it’s okay to love the Course as much as I do.  Part of me feels like I should be writing about other stuff.  Part of me feels like this is boring.  I notice it and feel amazed that after all this time, I still go there.  Seriously?!?  I feel like I should be past it.  But that thought is just my ego trying to take control of the situation and recreate the past.  It looks for any crack in the holy armor so it can rush in and “protect” me – but which it really means, allow Ego to run the show (wreck my life – choose fear over love). I mean, God forbid I just surrender to the Holy Spirit!

That’s why I am grateful for my Tuesday night group: a reminder to choose again.  To ask for help from the Holy Spirit when I need it .

God did not create a meaningless world.

I did.

I have work to do.  I don’t have time or energy to indulge Ego any longer.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

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