Course in Miracles
12 - I
am upset because I see a meaningless world.
The importance of
this idea lies in the fact that it contains a correction for a major
perceptual distortion. You think that what upsets you is a frightening
world, or a sad world, or a violent world, or an insane world. All
these attributes are given it by you. The world is meaningless in
These exercises are
done with eyes open. Look around you, this time quite slowly. Try
to pace yourself so that the slow shifting of your glance from one
thing to another involves a fairly constant time interval. Do not
allow the time of the shift to become markedly longer or shorter,
but try, instead, to keep a measured, even tempo throughout. What
you see does not matter. You teach yourself this as you give whatever
your glance rests on equal attention and equal time. This is a beginning
step in learning to give them all equal value.
As you look about
you, say to yourself:
I think I see a
fearful world, a dangerous world, a hostile
world, a sad world, a wicked world, a crazy world;
and so on, using
whatever descriptive terms happen to occur to you. If terms which
seem positive rather than negative occur to you, include them.
For example, you might
think of a "good world," or a "satisfying world."
If such terms occur to you, use them along with the rest. You may
not yet understand why these "nice" adjectives belong
in these exercises, but remember that a "good world" implies
a "bad" one, and a "satisfying world" implies
an "unsatisfying" one. All terms which cross your mind
are suitable subjects for today's exercises. Their seeming quality
does not matter.
Be sure that you do
not alter the time intervals between applying today's idea to what
you think is pleasant and what you think is unpleasant. For the
purposes of these exercises, there is no difference between them.
At the end of the practice period, add:
But I am upset
because I see a meaningless world.
What is meaningless
is neither good nor bad. Why, then, should a meaningless world
If you could accept
the world as meaningless and let the truth be written upon it for
you, it would make you indescribably happy. But because it is meaningless,
you are impelled to write upon it what you would have it be. It
is this you see in it. It is this that is meaningless in truth.
Beneath your words is written the Word of God. The truth upsets
you now, but when your words have been erased, you will see His.
That is the ultimate purpose of these exercises.
Three or four times
are enough for practicing the idea for today. Nor should the practice
periods exceed a minute. You may find even this too long. Terminate
the exercises whenever you experience a sense of strain.