I have invented the world I see

This post was written by DoctorJay on December 2, 2009
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

From the workbook:

Today we are continuing to develop the theme of cause and effect. You are not the victim of the world you see because you invented it. You can give it up as easily as you made it up. You will see it or not see it, as you wish. While you want it you will see it; when you no longer want it, it will not be there for you to see.

The idea for today, like the preceding ones, applies to your inner and outer worlds, which are actually the same. However, since you see them as different, the practice periods for today will again include two phases, one involving the world you see outside you, and the other the world you see in your mind. In today’s exercises, try to introduce the thought that both are in your own imagination…

The idea for today should also be applied immediately to any situation which may distress you. Apply the idea by telling yourself:

“I have invented this situation as I see it.”

I’m about to start the first of at least three longer exercise periods:

  • I first looked around me and observed everything I saw saying, “I have invented the world I see,” and then I closed my eyes and allowed whatever would come. I felt a great itching on my face (I have sensitive skin and I often itch and need to scratch myself). I repeated the thought of the day. Slowly as I kept repeating, “I have invented the world I see,” the itching diminished and disappeared. Next I was aware of other body sensations (my stomach was growling) caused by the fact that I’m on the third day of a fast. This again was definitely caused by the way I behaved in the past so I invented the situation.
  • Three hours or so later. I’m setting up a new laptop which comes with Windows 7. I wish it had the old look and feel of Windows XP. I feel a bit frustrated. I know that I would have been much much more frustrated if I was not going through this workbook. I’m thinking that I have invented the world I see.
  • As I was typing the above I remembered all sorts of things that I imagined (unconsciously wished for) and came to happen (mostly negative things but a few very positive things that had zero chance of happening and did come true). So perhaps I have literally invented the world I see – I thought it was just a question of attitude. Either way today is a most fantastic day because I have invented the world I see.
  • I was about to phone a freind to complain about Windows 7 and I remembered that I have invented the world I see and then I remembered Thumper from (I have forgotten -I had forgotten the name of the movie) Bamby when he said, “My father always told me that if you cannot say anything nice to somebody, don’t say nothing at all.”
  • Then the Windows XP machine I’m using to write this blog became unstable and the Firefox browser that I use for writing this kept crashing. So I decided that no matter what since I have invented the world I see it must be OK and since there was a software which was running and would take a long time for rebooting I decided to go to the gym.
  • Later I went to the gym. I typically watch CNN when working out but CNN was not on and the only new channel available was FOX news. Normally I would not watch it but today since I invented the world I see I decided to watch it for a few minutes. It was Glen Beck – I had to stop watching after five minutes. I my be tolerant now thanks to “A Course in Miracles,” but I’m not a masochist so I started listening to Jon Kabbot Zin on my iPod. By the way I can understand why I may have invented most things in the universe but I’m not quite sure about FOX news and Glen Beck. Most probably it’s because those who hit your hot buttons are your angels. Ram Dass used to talk about putting a photo of the secretary of defense under President Reagan (Casper Weinberger I believe) in his alter as he could not stand him. So I’m doing my best to send Glen Beck all my unconditional love – it’s easy from the distance but very hard when I was listening to his voice.
  • The program which was running completed so I rebooted the computer and now I can continue writing this.
  • Later I was listening to an album (OK CD) by John Lennon (from the ridiculous to the sublime) and when the sung beautiful boy was ending I had to turn around to deal with another computer (I’m using four simultaneously and doing different things on the different computers and they need attending at times). So exactly when I turned round Lennon was saying, “Darling, darling Sean,” and on the screen was the word Sean as the first word I read.
  • I just went for a short walk and everything looked so beautiful and it was easy to send love to Glen Beck.
  • I just did the last formal five minute exercise of the day. My neck kept hurting because I have been working none stop (other than the gym and walking) since 5:30 this morning and it has been and is still quite a challenging day on three of the four computers (well at least I invented a world where one of the computers is working fine so that’s a start). Anyway, I closed my eyes and felt the discomfort (pain) in my neck and said to myself, “I have invented the world I see,” and the pain went away. Then I had some good and some not so good memories and same with hopes and dreams.
    I suppose hopes, dreams, and worries are memories of different possible future which do exist in different parallel universes. And the inventing the world we see is deciding how to navigate in all these parallel universes. If that made no sense to you it’s OK. I’ll write about it later.

Books on mindfulness:
Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness
The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness
Wherever You Go, There You Are (ROUGH CUT)

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