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Lesson 12

“I am inspired because I recognize my creation of 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 fearful world, or a bad world, or an unfair world. All these attributes are given it by you. The world is meaningless in itself. You have the ability to give it meaningfulness. You can now begin to recognize your own authority in your life and your ability to create the experience you choose.

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 problem where there is none, I think I see a conflict where there is none, I think I see pain where there is none” 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 “I think I see a good world,” or “an exciting 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 so on.

At the end of the practice period, add: “And I am inspired because I recognize my creation of a meaningless world.” What is meaningless is neither good nor bad. Create your world as you choose.

3-4 times for practice today.