This idea is important because it contains a correction for a major perceptual distortion. We think what upsets us is what is “out there”: a frightening world, a scary world, a world gone crazy… But these are attributes we have given the world. The world, itself, is meaningless.
We are to look around and glance from one item to the next slowly. Give the same amount of time to each object. What we see doesn’t matter. As we look around, say “I think I see a hostile world, a dangerous world, a beautiful world…” But don’t try to alter time intervals between what is pleasant and unpleasant because for the purposes of this exercise, there is no difference between them. Afterward, say “But I am upset because I see a meaningless world.”
I think I see a creative world, a skilled world, a beautiful world, a sterile world, a scary world, a dying world, a dangerous world. But I am upset because I see a meaningless world.
What is meaningless is neither good nor bad so why should a meaningless world upset me? If I could accept the world as meaningless and let truth be written upon it, I’d be indescribably happy. But because it is meaningless, I feel compelled to write upon it what I’d have it be. What I want it to be is not the truth.
Wapnick points out that Lessons 5 & 6 said, “I am never upset for the reason I think” and “I am upset because I see something that isn’t there”. This lesson amplifies those ideas. It does not deny that we perceive the world in certain ways, nor does it tell us we should deny our experiences. It’s simply showing us that what we perceive is not real.
Wapnick says if we are inclined to include “good” attributes to the world, what we need to remember is that contrasts and opposites root us solidly in the world of dualistic thinking.
The text defines Heaven as “an awareness of perfect Oneness,” in which there is no duality (T-18.VI.1:6). Thus, there is no good and evil in Heaven — only God. Learning to recognize this is an important part of our training.
An illusory thought is an illusory thought is an illusory thought.
I am upset because I see a meaningless world.