Have I invented the world I see?
A Course In Miracles – Workbook Lesson 32
I have invented the world I see.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of the script lately; why do we have one and where does it come from. The term is mentioned six times in the Course; four times in Chapter 30. Section VII; once each in lessons 158 and 169.
In Dr. Ken Wapnick’s, Journey through the Workbook of A Course In Miracles, Volume 1. Lesson 32. I have invented the world I see, he explains the concept, the why and the where. If you do not have this eight volume series it is well worth it, especially if you have gone through the lessons a couple of times and want to explore them further. His clarification and expertise takes one to a very deep level of understanding.
What I understand Ken to be saying is that we cannot be the victim of the world we see because it is our own thoughts making up the world and those thoughts do the victimizing! We do this to ourselves! From the day of our birth to the day we die, we live in a dream. It is a script of victimization the ego wrote to accomplish its purpose of keeping us distracted and bound to the world telling us that it is real. Thus the ego keeps our attention rooted to our individual body and with a special script keeps us split off from others by projecting onto them the belief in sin, and the ontological guilt we inherited at the* “seeming” separation from God. The problem is that the decision making part of our mind sided with and believed the ego and even helped write the script to teach that we are the victim of the world and now its miserable prisoner. Is that sick or what?
So, it is not what I see in the world or what has happened or is happening in the world that is the problem. My decision making mind believes the script and follows it line for line, year in and year out and has hypnotized me into staring at the shadows on the wall of Plato’s cave.
I am the victim of my ego’s/decision making minds script writing until I ask the Holy Spirit for HELP. By now, everyone is probably convinced that they are a lousy script writer! The ego gets an F for failure and also the decision making mind for choosing it! The ego writes a script of guilt, guilt, and more guilt. The decision making mind just automatically goes for the ego – like a kid for the cotton candy. This is something to really be vigilant for!
The Solution: I now, take charge of the decision making mind and invite the Holy Spirit to help me see the script; the classroom. I now, as the decider have a choice between two voices – the ego’s or the Holy Spirits. In the act of choosing, the ego’s grip is diminished and reduced even further each time I choose the Holy Spirit.
What is important is, do not immediately go to guilt if you choose the ego. That is an ego trap. Just laugh and admit it was a silly mistake. And….don’t feel guilty for the script either. We have a tendency to feel “special” when we suffer, “Oh Woe is me.” If and when your script brings suffering, be normal but remember, believing IN the script causes the suffering. Suffering only makes the script and the world real.
The Holy Spirit says the script is not REAL, there is no DEATH, the world is an illusion and this is a DREAM. With His help we see the illusion, the bad script writing, and the purpose of the classroom is to either keep the separation going or forgive it. In forgiveness it all disappears and God Is.
*”Seeming” is in quotes because it means the separation from God never happened. The ego tells us it did, we feel guilty and once again, we believe it. We have never separated from God. It is impossible. We just think we did and now we only need to change our mind.
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Disclaimer: All of the above is my interpretation of the Course and the work of Dr. Wapnick.