Everything we see in this world is just a ‘Substitute’ for the real thing .
From ‘A Course in Miracles’ :
The world you see is vengeful world, and everything in it is a symbol of vengeance . Each of your perceptions of “external reality” is a pictorial representation of your own attack thoughts . One can well ask if this can be called seeing . Is not fantasy a better word for such a process, and hallucination a more appropriate term for the result ?
You see the world that you have made, but you do not see yourself as the image maker . You cannot be saved from the world but you can escape its cause . This is what salvation means, for where is the world you see when its cause is gone ? Vision already holds a replacement for everything you think you see now . Loveliness can light your images, and so transform them that you will love them, even though they were made of hate . For you will not be making them alone .