A COURSE IN MIRACLES

LESSON 32

I have invented the world I see.

1. Today we are continuing to develop the theme of cause and effect. ²You are not the victim of the world you see because you invented it. ³You can give it up as easily as you made it up. ⁴You will see it or not see it, as you wish. ⁵While you want it you will see it; when you no longer want it, it will not be there for you to see.

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Expanded

Today we are continuing to develop the theme of cause and effect. ²You are not the victim of the world you see because you invented it [the world you see]. ³You can give it [the world you see] up as easily as you made [the world you see] up. ⁴You will see it [the world you see] or not see it [the world you see], as you wish. ⁵While you want it [the world you see] you will see it [the world you see]; when you no longer want it [the world you see], it [the world you see] will not be there for you to see.

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Today we are continuing to develop the theme of cause and effect. ²You are not the victim of the world you see because you invented the-world-you-see. ³You can give the-world-you-see up as easily as you made the-world-you-see up. ⁴You will see the-world-you-see or not see the-world-you-see, as you wish. ⁵While you want the-world-you-see you will see it the-world-you-see; when you no longer want it the-world-you-see, it the-world-you-see will not be there for you to see.

Simplified

You invented the world you see. You can give the world up, if you choose.

2. The idea for today, like the preceding ones, applies to your inner and outer worlds, which are actually the same. ²However, since you see them as different, the practice periods for today will again include two phases, one involving the world you see outside you, and the other the world you see in your mind. ³In today’s exercises, try to introduce the thought that both are in your own imagination.

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Expanded

The idea for today, like the preceding ones [ideas], applies to your inner and outer worlds, which are actually the same. ²However, since you see them [your inner and outer worlds] as different, the practice periods for today will again include two phases, one [phase] involving the world you see outside you, and the other [phase] the world you see in your mind. ³In today’s exercises, try to introduce the thought that both [inner and outer worlds] are in your own imagination.

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The idea for today, like the preceding ideas, applies to your inner and outer worlds, which are actually the same. ²However, since you see your inner and outer worlds as different, the practice periods for today will again include two phases, one phase involving the world you see outside you, and the other phase the world you see in your mind. ³In today’s exercises, try to introduce the thought that both inner and outer worlds are in your own imagination.

Simplified

Both your inner and your outer worlds are in your own imagination

3. Again we will begin the practice periods for the morning and evening by repeating the idea for today two or three times while looking around at the world you see as outside yourself. ²Then close your eyes and look around your inner world. ³Try to treat them both as equally as possible. ⁴Repeat the idea for today unhurriedly as often as you wish, as you watch the images your imagination presents to your awareness.

4. For the two longer practice periods three to five minutes are recommended, with not less than three required. ²More than five can be utilised, if you find the exercise restful. ³To facilitate this, select a time when few distractions are anticipated, and when you yourself feel reasonably ready.

5. These exercises are also to be continued during the day, as often as possible. ²The shorter applications consist of repeating the idea slowly, as you survey either your inner or outer world. ³It does not matter which you choose.

6. The idea for today should also be applied immediately to any situation that may distress you. ²Apply the idea by telling yourself:

³I have invented this situation as I see it.

W-pI.33 There is another way of looking at the world