Look past appearances

“Man’s concept of his world built on the experience of the five senses is no longer adequate and in many cases no longer valid.”— Shafica Karagulla
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Right now, the planet you call home is spinning at a rate of roughly 930 miles per hour. It’s orbiting the sun at an astonishing 66,486 miles per hour. But unless you just polished off a couple pitchers of beer, you probably aren’t aware of any such movement. That’s just one tiny example of how we distort reality.

ACIM Lesson 92 tells us that we see what we decide to see—nothing else, more more.

Very early on—say, sometime around birth—our minds establish a pattern of perception and then proceed to filter out everything else. In other words, we only “experience” things that jibe with our very limited perception.

I told the story in E-Squared about a girl from the Philippines who told me that it was weeks, if not months, after she arrived in the United States before she noticed that some people here had red hair, including people she knew and dealt with on a regular basis. Red hair was inconsistent with what she had been conditioned to see and expect. So for several months, she was subjectively blind to red hair, seeing it as the brunette of her culture.

Our brains are designed to be efficient, not accurate. Our brains are designed to show us a hologram of our beliefs and expectations. So we take the 400 billion bits of information that are offered each second and we begin screening. We begin narrowing.

I’ll take that bit of information over there, and let’s see—this one fits nicely with my ongoing soap opera about the opposite sex.

ACIM Lesson 92 tells us that all our concepts and judgment, all things we take for granted are distortions and that TRUE seeing only come through light. This lesson reminds us that we’d all roll over laughing if we really understood the nature and insanity of what passes for thought.

When we see through our eyes (which basically report a likeness of our flesh suits, a carbon copy of our beliefs) we see weakness, lack and division.

But there is another way of seeing. Through the strength of our light.

Today, I’m grateful that as I give up the “hologram” I see with my eyes, I will begin to see the radiance, the brilliance and the love that shows up in light.

Pam Grout is the author of 19 books including E-Squared, E-Cubed, Thank & Grow Rich and her new book, Art & Soul,Reloaded: A Year-Long Apprenticeship to Summon the Muses and Ignite Your Daring, Audacious, Creative Side.

19 Comments on “Look past appearances

  1. Dear Pam,
    I just want to thank you very much for your posts.
    I started the Course late last year, as a beginner I struggle and sometimes don’t understand or like the lessons.
    Reading your posts makes me smile and makes me want to continue.
    Thank you so much
    Sabina

    • Aloha Pam,
      Thanks for the daily humor and wisdom. You inspire me to be the brightest light I can be each morning. I too am reading the course and am loving it. Blessings!

  2. I have talked about this very thing many times when giving a Sunday lesson at a Unity church. I love your reference to seeing through the strength of our light. That’s a perfect way of expressing what we are capable of doing. Thank you, thank you. ~ Blessings, KK

  3. Thank you Pam for the reminder that what I ‘see’ is really what I’m only allowing myself to see. When I step back and take just a moment to reflect my light onto a situation, it doesn’t take long to realize that I have the power to ‘create’ a much better reality.
    Peace and Love!
    Carol

  4. I love the red hair example. It is similar to what happened to me recently. I was up to the next book in a series I’m re-reading and I “didn’t think” I had a copy of my own so I intended to borrow it from the library. I checked my bookshelves first though but nope, it “wasn’t there” so I put it on hold at the library. The other day whilst standing in front of the bookshelf where I have other copies in that series I suddenly saw the book I wanted! I had checked that shelf and it “wasn’t there”!! But here it was! I had been SURE that I didn’t have it! I was quite astonished that I had not seen it there. But I know I had thought that I didn’t have that copy so my brain didn’t allow my eyes to see what was right in front of them until later when I wasn’t actually looking for it! It’s a great example for me of the truth of today’s lesson. Thankyou for giving us easy to understand examples of the lessons. It’s so much easier to practise them now 😊💖

      • there’s a country song that the phrase that repeat itself in a song, in this one it'” Everything’s going to be all right” in the song he(the singer) says no need to push the panic button. and i repeat to myself sometimes (everything’s going to be all right)

  5. I know this but I want to know it deeper. I’ve had many experiences like Jenny Louise. Looking and not seeing what is there. This morning I woke at 3 and saw the full moon outside my window playing with the clouds. I watched for 2 1/2 hours until the rain clouds obscured it. Talk about illusion. It made want to be a bubble riding the clouds and the moon. No, I’m not smoking anything. 🙂 Great lesson. I have to keep remember that.

  6. I have been in a great deal of pain in my thigh and lower right back and hip which they are calling sciatica. Meds are not really helping. Today’s lesson gave me a good cry to rid me of the tension and stress of trying to battle the pain/darkness.
    Today’s lessons focus showed me I have strong spiritual support if I can just recognize how great the strength is within me. ❤

  7. Pam, I kept looking for your blog yesterday and I couldn’t find it. I looked right past it and didn’t find it until tonight after I read today’s lesson. It was like the red hair example and Jenny Louise not being able to find the book as my brain was showing me a hologram of distortions.

    I’m laughing as I type. Yesterday, my hologram was a quite interesting one, an “off day” and a day that I was trying to figure out why I had created such disasters. I had to return a brand new dishwasher and then backed the truck into a pole so that neither me or the sales associate could close the tailgate on the truck. Driving home, there was a wreck 1/2 mile from our house. There were other disasters and I wasn’t laughing so I went to bed early and slept for 12 hours, expecting to have a better day today.

    And it was. It was a fantastic, fabulous day. And the tailgate that wouldn’t close yesterday closed just perfectly today.

    This morning, an astrologer friend told me that yesterday was a strange day. So, as the lesson tells us that we see what we decide to see—, that’s what I chose to experience.

    Wow. It’s amazing how what’s going on in my life correlates exactly with the ACIM lesson.

    Thank you, Pam.

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