“These next three lessons form a unit. This one deals with the world: “The world I see holds nothing that I want”; Lesson 129, “Beyond this world there is a world I want,” is a discussion of the real world, which is ours to choose; and Lesson 130, “It is impossible to see two worlds,” reinforces our need to choose between the two.
It is difficult to understand this lesson without recognizing the difference between form and content. The world (the form) is the projection of the thought of guilt (the content). This lesson therefore should not be taken as supporting asceticism or sacrifice – giving up the world (form) – but rather encouraging us to give up the mind’s guilt (content), the source of the world. It can be tempting for students, however to feel guilty because they covet worldly things, believing Jesus demands their sacrifice. Again, this is not a course in denying the body, but only in releasing our thoughts about the body. These thoughts reflect our underlying guilt, which holds the secret wish to keep the separation intact. The ultimate ego value for the world, therefore, is as a place in which we maintain our special identity through guilt, but with someone else made responsible for it. We will return to this idea as we go through the lesson.”
In response to the first paragraph, first two sentences, (1:1-2), Ken writes:
“Still another reference to special relationships: our need to believe there are things, substances, and people in the world that satisfy us, and supply the lack we believe is our reality. Rather than turn to the Holy Spirit for what is lacking – the memory of Who we are as Christ – we deny His Presence, project the guilt that follows this denial, and seek outside for relief from the pain that inevitably results from pushing love away. This is the basis for feeling the world holds what we want, a value predicated on the believe we are bodies, with needs that have to be met; otherwise we feel lonely and deprived.”
In response to the second paragraph, first two sentences, (2:1-2), Ken writes:
“The concept of purpose is crucial for comprehending this lesson. It is not worldly things that are valuable, but the purpose we give them. We think we are attracted to a specific person, object, substance, or idea, but in truth it is the guilt that draws us. It proves we have sinned, are separated individuals, and are right while the Holy Spirit is wrong. Proving this is the purpose we value here, and fulfilling that purpose is our ego’s only need. “…if we do not release the mind’s purpose of maintaining guilt, we will simply substitute another form for what has heretofore served that purpose.”
“We ask Jesus’ help, not to let go of our attachments to people, objects, and substances, but to help us understand their purpose. Thus the tells us that the Holy Spirit will not take away our special relationships, but will transform their purpose from guilt to love.”
“Given to him, the ego’s vehicles for reinforcing its thought system become the means by which we change our minds.”
“When we withdraw the purpose we have given to the world, it becomes purposeless, allowing the Holy Spirit to provide His. The world of our special relationships now becomes a classroom in which we learn our lessons of forgiveness, and as we learn them, the chains of imprisonment are lifted, without any external shift. Indeed, we have not done anything, which is the point.”
“The key to this lesson – as it is in so many others – is that we spend quiet time throughout the day with Jesus, thinking of his message. Thus we take the experience of Jesus’ love and peace back to the world, as we again interact with it. If we have done this correctly, there will be a shift – even a small one – because we will now remember we have another teacher to interpret for us the events of the day. That is the perspective that shifts.”
This lesson and Ken’s thoughts really have helped me to better understand purpose. The first time, I think, purpose was referenced in the WB was Lesson 25. Honestly, I am not sure I really understood what Jesus meant/means by purpose, now I do.
All too often, my focus is on troubled special relationships, you know, where I want something, I don’t get it, he or she should/must change so my needs are met, although this is done unconsciously.
Now I better see that I really need to focus on getting above the battleground and asking Jesus to help me look at the purpose of my relationships or attractions or idols, whatever, so they may be transformed. Rather than beat myself up for buying something I didn’t need or distracting myself with some TV….or get myself wigged out by the political arena…I can just get quiet and ask for help.
TSOP, The Song of Prayer, asks that we/I focus on the whole song and not the notes or the melody, etc., by just placing all that is bothering us, whatever emotion we are experiencing aside and joining with God and luxuriating in His peace.
Yep, I can do that. Even if it’s for a few seconds.
I need not be unhappy or ill at ease.
I always have a choice, knowing that the world I see holds nothing that I want.
Have a lovely day!