From A Course In Miracles – Lesson 132 : “I loose the world from all I thought it was” :
What keeps the world in chains but your beliefs ? And what can save the world except your Self ? Belief is powerful indeed . The thoughts you hold are mighty, and illusions are as strong in their effects as is the truth . A madman thinks the world he sees is real, and does not doubt it . Nor can he be swayed by questioning his thoughts’ effects . It is but when their source is raised to question that the hope of freedom comes to him at last .
The world is nothing in itself . Your mind must give it meaning . And what you behold upon it are your wishes, acted out so you can look on them and think them real . Perhaps you think you did not make the world, but came unwillingly to what was made already, hardly waiting for your thoughts to give it meaning . Yet in truth you found exactly what you looked for when you came .
But healing is the gift of those who are prepared to learn there is no world and can accept the lesson now . There is no world because it is a thought apart from God, and made to separate the Father and the Son and break away a part of God Himself and thus destroy His Wholeness . Can a world which comes from this idea be real ? Can it be anywhere ? Deny illusions, but accept the truth . Deny you are a shadow briefly laid upon a dying world . Release your mind, and you will look upon a world released .