by Celia Hales. Published in Miracles magazine (Jon Mundy, publisher)
The great secret of your human existence, indeed, the great secret of the many journeys you have taken is that they have existed nowhere save within the movie screen of your own mind. (WOM, “The Way of Knowing,” Lesson 25)
An external world is but a projection that cannot take you away from the internal world where you exist in wholeness. . .imagine the life that you experience now taking place much like that you would see projected on a movie screen. (ACOL, C:18.8)
Projection makes perception. (ACIM, T-21.I.1:1)
What we imagine, comes to be. We wrote the script, and then we forgot, in order to make the illusion real. The analogy of a movie screen on which we view our lives, as if from a distance, sitting in seats facing the screen, is very apt. If only we didn’t forget what we are doing to ourselves! If only we stopped long enough to change the picture show to something better.
That “something better” is the experience of love in all our dealings. Then we move away from illusion into the real world. We are still not perfect, though, in this world, and so Jesus stands at the conclusion of our lives and corrects what we have not been able to correct. He saves us from ourselves, having himself reached perfection. We need a little help; he walked the whole carpet before us and can offer that help.
Ask for help today, because to settle for second best, an illusion that is ego-oriented, is to ask for pain and suffering. Yet it is not God who visits pain and suffering upon ourselves. It is we ourselves, in a desperate effort to get it right, finally. We have decided that we can only learn through pain and suffering, though this is far from true. The world is projected from within in a mass hallucination of all sentient beings that disintegrates only when we have asked God to experience the Love that is He. His Love cocoons us, takes us to safety, and ensures that our lives will play out well and good. Our projections then see reality where before we saw only illusion. Our movie is now the real thing.