A COURSE IN MIRACLES

LESSON 15

My thoughts are images that I have made.

1. It is because the thoughts you think you think appear as images that you do not recognise them as nothing. ²You think you think them, and so you think you see them. ³This is how your ‘seeing’ was made. ⁴This is the function you have given your body’s eyes. ⁵It is not seeing. ⁶It is image making. ⁷It takes the place of seeing, replacing vision with illusions.

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It is because the thoughts you think you think appear as images that you do not recognise them [thoughts] as nothing. ²You think you think them [thoughts], and so you think you see them [thoughts]. ³This [thinking] is how your ‘seeing’ was made. ⁴This [seeing thoughts] is the function you have given your body’s eyes. ⁵It [seeing thoughts] is not seeing. ⁶It [seeing thoughts] is image making. ⁷It [seeing thoughts] takes the place of seeing, replacing vision with illusions.

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It is because the thoughts you think you think appear as images that you do not recognise thoughts as nothing. ²You think you think thoughts, and so you think you see thoughts. ³Thinking is how your ‘seeing’ was made. ⁴Seeing thoughts is the function you have given your body’s eyes. ⁵Seeing thoughts is not seeing. ⁶Seeing thoughts is image making. ⁷Seeing thoughts takes the place of seeing, replacing vision with illusions.

Simplified

You think, and then you see what you think — rather than seeing what’s really there.

2. This introductory idea to the process of image making that you call seeing will not have much meaning for you. ²You will begin to understand it when you have seen little edges of light around the same familiar objects which you see now. ³That is the beginning of real vision. ⁴You can be certain that real vision will come quickly when this has occurred.

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This introductory idea to the process of image making that you call seeing will not have much meaning for you. ²You will begin to understand it [this introductory idea] when you have seen little edges of light around the same familiar objects which you see now. ³That [seeing little edges of light] is the beginning of real vision. ⁴You can be certain that real vision will come quickly when this [seeing little edges of light] has occurred.

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This introductory idea to the process of image making that you call seeing will not have much meaning for you. ²You will begin to understand this introductory idea when you have seen little edges of light around the same familiar objects which you see now. ³Seeing little edges of light is the beginning of real vision. ⁴You can be certain that real vision will come quickly when seeing little edges of light has occurred.

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Real vision begins when edges of light begun to be seen

3. As we go along, you may have many ‘light episodes’. ²They [light episodes] may take many different forms, some of them [forms] quite unexpected. ³Do not be afraid of them [light episodes]. ⁴They [light episodes] are signs that you are opening your eyes at last. ⁵They [light episodes] will not persist, because they [light episodes] merely symbolise true perception, and they [light episodes] are not related to knowledge. ⁶These exercises will not reveal knowledge to you. ⁷But they [these exercises] will prepare the way to it [knowledge].

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As we go along, you may have many ‘light episodes’. ²Light episodes may take many different forms, some of the forms can be quite unexpected. ³Do not be afraid of light episodes. ⁴Light episodes are signs that you are opening your eyes at last. ⁵Light episodes will not persist, because light episodes merely symbolise true perception, and light episodes are not related to knowledge. ⁶These exercises will not reveal knowledge to you. ⁷But these exercises will prepare the way to knowledge.

Simplified

Do not be afraid of light episodes or unexpected different forms. Light episodes are a step towards knowlege. The lessons will bring you to knowledge.

4. In practicing the idea for today, repeat it first to yourself, and then apply it to whatever you see around you, using its name and letting your eyes rest on it as you say:

²This _____ is an image that I have made.
³That _____ is an image that I have made.

⁴It is not necessary to include a large number of specific subjects for the application of today’s idea. ⁵It is necessary, however, to continue to look at each subject while you repeat the idea to yourself. ⁶The idea should be repeated quite slowly each time.

5. Although you will obviously not be able to apply the idea to very many things during the minute or so of practice that is recommended, try to make the selection as random as possible. ²Less than a minute will do for the practice periods, if you begin to feel uneasy. ³Do not have more than three application periods for today's idea unless you feel completely comfortable with it, and do not exceed four. ⁴However, the idea can be applied as needed throughout the day.

W-pI.14 God did not create a meaningless worldW-pI.16 I have no neutral thoughts