Thoughts that Illuminate


I Can’t Believe There is Another Way to See This!

Have you ever seen a “Magic Eye” book?  At first glance each page appears to be a pattern of
shapes and colors. If someone did not tell you there was something else to see you most likely
would look at the page and say, “So what? It’s a bunch of colors and shapes on a page.”  You are
asked to look again but this time with the understanding there is something else to see.   As you
relax your focus and open up your mind, out pops a whole 3-D picture! It’s amazing to experience
the sudden shift in what you are seeing.  This book illustrates an important teaching from ACIM on
perception. We are walking around looking at a flat page of colors and shapes thinking that is all
there is to see. The whole time we are seeing this world there is a whole 3-D world just waiting to be
discovered. This 3-D world is what the Course refers to as the Real world. If we choose to “see” the
Real world we will be walking around saying,
“What loveliness (I) look upon today! What holiness (I)
see surrounding (me)!” “All things are at peace” (W.#291.1:4)  
 

In any given situation we can ask ourselves this: are we seeing a flat page of colors and shapes or
are we seeing the 3-D picture full of love, holiness and peace?  You may think it is impossible to
see some things differently and be tempted to believe that what you are looking at is all there is to
see.  To help loosen your grip on this, I would like to share with you a teaching I was given that
strengthened my faith that there really is a 3-D world all around us.

I was coming out of a restaurant and a man appeared from around the corner walking briskly toward
me.  He approached me and said he was driving with his daughter and they ran out of gas.  They
were parked in the Home Depot lot and needed to buy a gas can in order to go to the gas station to
fill up the tank.  Could I spare a few dollars?  At this moment I heard an inner voice say,
“Tell him
you will go with him and purchase it for him”.
(This was my first ignoring of the Holy Spirit’s
guidance). Without hesitation I pulled out all the money I had and gave it to him. As I was handing
him the money, I heard for a second time an inner voice say,
“Give him your sandwich”. (I
responded to this prompting by arguing saying that he would be insulted if I did that. *at this point I
believed his story) He thanked me and said “God bless”. I walked to my car and noticed that he didn’
t go in the direction of Home Depot but into the restaurant.  Up until now, my inner experience was
one of helpfulness. But as I watched him walk into the restaurant and then out again and in the
opposite direction of Home Depot, I felt a fury rise in me that was indescribable.I was enraged that I
was taken advantage of and lied to.  

As I gripped the steering wheel I had a moment of insane thinking: I would race my car over to him,
cut him off at the light and scream at him for what he had done.  This was so intense that I literally
had to sit on my hands so I wouldn’t take that plan of action.  I took deep breaths all the way home.  
Because of my training with the Course I knew that I was only seeing the colors and shapes of a
picture and as a result I was suffering from what I perceived just happened.  I asked for help in
seeing the 3-D world of love, peace and joining.  It seemed there was no other way to see this, but I
mustered up faith that with a little willingness I would see “loveliness and holiness surrounding me
everywhere” (the 3-D Real world). Here is the teaching from the Holy Spirit.

“You want to live in the Real world and yet you cannot release this appearance (of a homeless
man) and what was done to you.  (Because of this) you deny yourself access to seeing the Real
world. I sent you someone today. He is God’s holy Son who believes he has to lie to get his basic
needs met.  Notice just now how he came to your mind as a homeless man and you are focused on
this shape. (Soften your focus and) see God’s Son. He is a brother in need- The help he needs is
to remember that God
is loving. When a brother asks for money he is really asking for love. He can
receive the message of love in the giving of money. The money is nothing but the giving of love is
everything to him. Let all his illusions and yours stand corrected with the truth of both of you. I was
meeting his perceived need through you so he can experience the love of God. I was meeting your
desire to see only truth (Real world) by showing you an appearance that is utterly false.”
 

At this moment I remembered the promptings from the Holy Spirit regarding buying the gas can for
him and giving him the sandwich.  I asked about these.  He responded that if I had offered to buy
the gas can I would immediately see that he felt he had to make the story up in order to get a basic
need met.  Staying connected to the Holy Spirit’s guidance I would see that he suffered from his
own feelings of unworthiness.  The most loving response to this would be to meet his need and then
some…by offering all my money and a sandwich (which he did not ask for) he would learn of his
worthiness to have all his needs met because God loves him and cares for him.  

“It’s never too late for a miracle.  At first you used this as a witness to your guilt and failure and
excuse to attack; now you have accepted the truth.  Carry him in your mind as a reminder of the
truth behind all appearances and be grateful to him who taught you that appearances are not what
they seem.  If you want to see the Real world lay down your judgment of appearances and I will
show you the love exchange that happens between all of God’s Sons.”

Would you like to see a 3-D world come alive before your every eyes?  It is easy.  First have faith
there is something else to see. Second, be willing to lay down your judgment of appearances. Third,
soften your focus and open your mind.  With these 3 simple steps you will come to realize there is
no “magic” to seeing truly.

Written by: Patti Fields