The optical illusion known as your life

“Everything is a prop to help us love more.”—Sue Morter
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In Thank & Grow Rich, I mentioned the “visual” I used to prove that spending your life watching television is probably not the best use of your time.

For ACIM Lesson 151, I’d like to use this optical illusion to make my point.

If you’ve seen this Vincent Price-esque drawing, you already know that the big, ferocious monster chasing the little monster is actually the same size.

Optical illusions are great examples to prove how “off” our senses usually are. Our brains, as I like to say, are reducing valves, not reliable witnesses. The weirdest part, according to the Course, is that we believe what our senses report down to the last detail.

When you really think about how faulty are senses are, it’s quite ironic that we trust them so implicitly. And it’s downright damaging that we use these false-spouting senses to judge. We use them to judge ourselves, others, the world around us.

As this lesson says, it’s not that the act of judging is being yanked away.

It’s that our human bodies don’t have the proper “equipment” to judge. We literally limit the world and create a hologram to match our limited thinking.

The good news is we also have access to a connection that’s much more reliable. When we give our thoughts over to love, to the universal energy, all pain, disaster, suffering and loss disappears. It literally evaporates.

When we give our thoughts over to love, we learn that only good can come to us. We learn that everything, no matter how it may look, is a prop for love. Especially those monsters that appear to be chasing us.

So today, you can either believe the optical illusion of your senses, you can believe in the monsters or you can know that your true reality is love and that you are here to extend that love, to create and to dance for joy.

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.

12 Comments on “The optical illusion known as your life

  1. the illusion you put up reminds me of a saying that Albert Einstein said : ” Reality is an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.”

  2. I love your writing, but please be careful with your use of “literally.” You wrote “it literally evaporates,” but that’s a figure of speech. Pain, disaster, suffering and loss can only evaporate figuratively. Thanks.

  3. I read this earlier today after reading the lesson. Oh my goodness, you condense it down so nicely. I almost went back to sleep reading the lesson at 6 a.m. I’ve always wanted to be a writer because I create these monumental mountains out of molehills and make elaborate stories around how the mountain developed. I have finally realized these last years, my life is a story of my own creation and I built the mountains in my mind and provided evidence of their existence. Nothing I have created is real. I’ve seen those monsters and still see them on occasion. You make it so much easier to get this completely. I actually created them from a fear thought. I love this stuff, it calls me on mine. 🙂 Keeping us on our toes, Pam. Thanks.

  4. Pam, I love, love, love this lesson. I had noticed when driving down the road with my husband, we will see completely different things. That’s why we can’t trust our senses as we only see what we want to see and none of it is real anyway.

    It’s 5 months that I have followed ACIM…and it is because of you. Thank you!

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