As our journey through A Course in Miracles progresses, the lessons have not only become longer, but more expansive and in depth. Themes and concepts repeat like a fractal expanding, showing us that the message of Truth, Light, and Love is ever-present and consistent. It is the human mind, however, that must work through, experience, and come to awareness and greater awareness throughout this journey of our souls back to God or Source. This journey takes us through continuous, transformative enlightening from the world we (the physical bodies) see to the world we (our souls) want – the world that is Truth.
Lesson 128: The World I See Holds Nothing I Want.
From Lesson 128: The world you see holds nothing that you need to offer you; nothing that you can use in any way, nor anything at all that serves to give you joy.
Though this lesson can seem harsh at first, we must not forget who it is who is doing the seeing – the physical body. We have five physical senses that help us make our way and survive in the world: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Humans mainly use the sense of sight. For the average human somewhere around 80% of our physical sensory input comes through our eyes. What we see is often what we believe, but that is only true for this physical 3-dimensional world, which exists only in the context of time. Time is but an illusion (See post The Illusion of Time), and hence that which exists in time itself must also be an illusion.
But, we might ask: Is all in vain? Is all vanity/meaningless? Am I not real? Is my child not real? Is my need to have food, clothing, and shelter not real? Yes, in the immediate reality of our physical/material world. This world, because all is constantly changing as it passes through time, is impermanent. What is today can be completely gone tomorrow. This ever-moving dance on this 3-D stage is an illusion because it is not permanant. Only God/Source/Light/Love/Truth is infinite and unchanging. This is the Ultimate Reality, the One and All.
From Lesson 129: 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.
At this point many might be asking: Is The Course saying that we must give up everything in our personal lives and become wandering mendicants to reach enlightenment or find God? No, but what it is saying is that we should work towards not being attached to the physical and material world, believing that that is what is, for the fear of losing these attachments causes many, many grievances. The physical world that we see and the spiritual world that we want can and do exist at the same time. The spiritual world, the Ultimate Reality, is everywhere always. The Course is trying to guide us towards that understanding.
From Lesson 133: This Course does not attempt to take from you the little that you have.
As the lessons of The Course get longer and deeper, I can “see” how they may become more and more challenging for those studying it. At the same time the lessons are repeating like an expanding fractal. This forces us to go deeper and deeper into our minds to clear out the layers upon layers of illusions and beliefs that cloud the true vision of our Inner Selves. Going back to the beginning: Lesson 1: Nothing I See In This Room [Street, Place, …] Means Anything.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher (Solomon), vanity of vanities; all is vanity. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh; but the earth abideth forever. The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually; and the wind returneth again according to its circuits. All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear with hearing. The thing that hath been; it is that which shall be; and that which is done, is that which shall be done; and there is nothing new under the sun.