Real World

“Sit quietly and look upon the world you see, and tell yourself: ‘The real world is not like this.  It has no buildings and there are no streets where people walk alone and separate.  There are no stores where people buy an endless list of things they do not need.  It is not lit with artificial light, and night comes not upon it.  There is no day that brightens and grows dim.  There is no loss.  Nothing is there but shines, and shines forever.”  (A Course in Miracles, T-13.VII.1)

A particularly picturesque scene might come to mind when reading this description.  We can imagine that the Vision that is of God doesn’t include the mundane details of a city street.  When we are joined with others in a loving sense, we aren’t aware of places in our world where we might walk in separate bodies, alone and lonely.  When we love, really love with the Vision of God, we are never alone and lonely. 

Jesus takes a negative view of our materialism, and this attitude comes out more precisely in this quotation than in any other place in A Course in Miracles.  He talks about buying an “endless list of things” that we do not need.  Why do we buy things we don’t need?  Basically, we are trying to find in material things the solace that we haven’t found in spirituality.  And we haven’t found solace in spirituality because we haven’t sought deeply enough within ourselves, where God is.

The fact of no darkness in the real world may seem to be that Jesus is talking about the Other Side, and it is surely unclear if this is indeed what he means.  But later on, in ACIM, he discusses the “real world,” and he indicates that we will inhabit this real world fleetingly before God Himself will reach down and lift us up into Awakening. 

So I think that Jesus is engaging in metaphor here of the real world that is full of intangibles that don’t impinge on materialism at all.  We want peace, joy, harmony, rest—all things that we can have and that we will have when we have walked the pathway that Jesus is pointing out.  These intangibles are the way that we get around the need, the incessant need, to find solace in physical objects.

The intangibles will never disappoint, and they are here for the asking.

3 Replies to “Real World”

  1. From Raj/Jesus:

    Sit quietly and look upon the world you see, and tell yourself, “The real world is not like this. It has no buildings, and there are
    no streets where people walk alone and separate. There are no
    stores where people buy an endless list of things they do not
    need. It is not lit with artificial light, and night comes not upon
    it. There is no day that brightens and grows dim. There is no
    loss. Nothing is there but shines, and shines forever.”
    Now . . .
    ”It has no buildings, and there are no streets . . .”
    It’s easy to take that part of the sentence and home in on it: “Oh, right, so all
    the buildings, all streets, all structures, all form is illusion.” No. Creation is
    Creation.
    ”It has no buildings, and there are no streets . . .
    . . .and here’s the key part . . .
    . . .” where people walk alone and separate.”
    You use Creation. You use the ideas of Mind that are experienced as form for
    ulterior and negative reasons. You believe that because you are alone, you are
    vulnerable. And so, even a tree becomes a place to hide from threat, rather
    than an idea, the beauty of which it’s your privilege to enjoy and feel and see
    the Presence of God in. You know it says . . . you’ve heard the saying that, “The time will come when
    the lion and lamb will lie down together?” Well, it doesn’t say the time will
    come when the lion and lamb will disappear because they’re illusions. The
    time will come when the lion and the lamb will lie down together because
    neither you nor they will be governed by a fundamental misperception that
    survival is fundamental to being, but it is not natural to being. You get it? If survival was not a factor, the need to survive was not a factor, because
    survival was a given, an eternal unalterable given, the lion and the lamb would
    behave entirely differently and you would behave with each other on an
    entirely different basis.

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    Celia Hales posted: ” “Sit quietly and look upon the world you see, and tell yourself: ‘The real world is not like this. It has no buildings and there are no streets where people walk alone and separate. There are no stores where people buy an endless list of things they do”

  2. “There are no stores where people buy an endless list of things
    they do not need.”

    True. Trying to fill up an emptiness that isn’t even real. You know what? It
    takes a whole universe to hold all of your infinite wealth—to hold all of
    Creation that you have participated with the Father in Being, in bringing
    forth. Structure is not going to disappear. Creation is identified by outline,
    form and color, by apparent structure, by characteristics that are recognizable.
    And when you Wake up, characteristics will not fade, Creation will not
    become unrecognizable because there’s nothing distinguishable about it. If I asked you to take ten minutes to think of the ten most beautiful things that
    you have ever experienced—the ten most beautiful things you’ve
    experienced—you could do it. Well, are those things taking up space
    somewhere? Can your mind get too full of the experiences of beautiful things?
    No. Ideas don’t take up space. They don’t occupy space. But they are
    recognizable in outline, form, color and detail. And what you call a physical,
    material world out here, is not a physical material world. It is all ideas held in
    the continuity of conscious experience—of Mind. It’s all Mind.

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    Celia Hales posted: ” “Sit quietly and look upon the world you see, and tell yourself: ‘The real world is not like this. It has no buildings and there are no streets where people walk alone and separate. There are no stores where people buy an endless list of things they do”

  3. Everything you see and can touch, is not matter, it is Spirit. And the substance of Spirit is Love. And so, whether it looks like a rock, whether it looks like a piece of tar-paper, whether it looks like a
    beautiful Japanese vase, it isn’t the name you give to it, it’s the Substance of it
    which, when you’re Awake, you experience without reservation, you experience fully.
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    De: MIRACLES EACH DAY
    Enviado: viernes, 1 de octubre de 2021 14:36
    Para: aguilanegraa@hotmail.com
    Asunto: [New post] Real World

    Celia Hales posted: ” “Sit quietly and look upon the world you see, and tell yourself: ‘The real world is not like this. It has no buildings and there are no streets where people walk alone and separate. There are no stores where people buy an endless list of things they do”

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