Beyond this world there is a world I want

This post was written by DoctorJay on March 10, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

Today’s thought continues with yesterday’s and my immediate comment is the same: I want this world to be easier. I know that there are other ways of perceiving the world, and until I die this is the world I’m in. By going through A Course in Miracles workbook I have become a better more compassionate forgiving human being.

Also some of the thoughts for the day resonate more to me than others. I imagine other people going through the workbook may discover other ideas and find other thoughts of the day useful to them.

From ACIM workbook for today:

This is the thought that follows from the one we practiced yesterday. [] Our emphasis is not on giving up the world, but on exchanging it for what is far more satisfying, filled with joy, and capable of offering you peace…

It might be worth a little time to think once more about the value of this world. Perhaps you will concede there is no loss in letting go all thought of value here. The world you see is merciless indeed, unstable, cruel, unconcerned with you, quick to avenge and pitiless with hate. It gives but to rescind, and takes away all things that you have cherished for a while. No lasting love is found, for none is here. This is the world of time, where all things end. (As the Buddha said all is impermanent and life is suffering – Albert Camus said it this way in his play Caligula: “People are not happy and they die.”)

Is it a loss to find a world instead where losing is impossible; where love endures forever, hate cannot exist and vengeance has no meaning? Is it loss to find all things you really want, and know they have no ending and they will remain exactly as you want them throughout time? Yet even they will be exchanged at last for what we cannot speak of, for you go from there to where words fail entirely, into a silence where the language is unspoken and yet surely understood.

Communication, unambiguous and plain as day, remains unlimited for all eternity. And God Himself speaks to His Son, as His Son speaks to Him. Their language has no words, for what They say cannot be symbolized. Their knowledge is direct and wholly shared and wholly one. How far away from this are you who stay bound to this world. And yet how near are you, when you exchange it for the world you want.

Practice your willingness to make this change ten minutes in the morning and at night, and once more in between. Begin with this:

Beyond this world there is a world I want.
I choose to see that world instead of this,
for here is nothing that I really want.

Then close your eyes upon the world you see, and in the silent darkness watch the lights that are not of this world light one by one, until where one begins another ends loses all meaning as they blend in one.

Today the lights of Heaven bend to you, to shine upon your eyelids as you rest beyond the world of darkness. Here is light your eyes can not behold. And yet your mind can see it plainly, and can understand. A day of grace is given you today, and we give thanks. This day we realize that what you feared to lose was only loss.

Now do we understand there is no loss. For we have seen its opposite at last, and we are grateful that the choice is made. Remember your decision hourly, and take a moment to confirm your choice by laying by whatever thoughts you have, and dwelling briefly only upon this:

The world I see holds nothing that I want.
Beyond this world there is a world I want.


First long exercise period:

  • Once more after a while the world disappeared.
  • Later I did a short exercise and noted that when I try to remember my experiences in the meditations that fact alone changes the meditation.
  • I suddenly thought the world beyond this world is not another world but another way of thinking about the same world.
  • As I am writing this I think there’s a positive (God loving) reason for all that happens.
    The thought changes that since I know (from deep meditation experiences) that this world is absolutely perfect, the problem (if there can ever be such things in a perfect universe) is with my perception.
  • All I have to do is to stay present – in the present moment – and salvation is ours.

The miracle:

  • Today I managed to love the coworker who everyone dislikes (since he stabs everyone in the back – he has stabbed me in the back too). I was kind to him. He was sick and I gave him medicine and helped him pass an exam and no doubt he will stab me in the back tomorrow and that’s alright. And that I suppose is the miracle.
    Tomorrow is another day and my brother will betray me and I may become angry and that’s OK too.
    So I suppose some good is going on from studying A Course in Miracles.

Second long practice session:

  • I did not go very deep but got into a world of thoughts, ideas (Platonic ideas), archetypes and semantics.
    I remember that I was fascinated by the meaning of a certain word but can no longer remember what that word was.
    Perhaps I did go to a world beyond this one…
  • And the word was metaphysics which means beyond (after) physics.
    I remembered that it was called metaphysics only because these were the topics discussed by Aristotle in books after his book physics.
    So the meta – beyond – was just spatial and did not mean better or worse.
  • I thought (in my meditation) that the beyond in the above thought of the day means the same. It is just different but no better or worse.
    I know this may go against the ideas of ACIM.
    That is what my thoughts in the second long meditation thought me.
  • It is interesting that after I returned to this world, I forgot about my experiences until my memory was jolted by writing, “Perhaps I did go to a world beyond this one…”
  • So perhaps I did go to a world beyond this one…

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