A Course In Miracles – Being A Teacher Of God Series ~ There Is No World.

What I decided to place below here is an example of some of the editing the “foundation for inner peace” did between the original manuscript and the first edition. And the reason I want to bring it to your attention is to demonstrate that, for some reason, the editors did not want to promote the central thought of A Course In Miracles, that “ there is no world”.

Original Manuscript

“Ideas leave not their source. This central theme is often stated in the text, and must be borne in mind if you would understand the lesson for today. It is not pride which tells you that you made the world you see, and that it changes as you change your mind. But it is pride that argues you have come into a world quite separate from yourself, impervious to what you think, and quite apart from what you chance
to think it is.

There is no world! This is the central thought the course attempts to teach. Not everyone is ready to accept it, and each one must go as far as he can let himself be led along the road to truth. He will return and go still farther, or perhaps step back a while and then return again.

But healing is the gift of those who are prepared to learn there is no world, and can accept the lesson now…”

Edited Version

“…Ideas leave not their source. This central theme is often stated in the text, and must be borne in mind if you would understand the lesson for today. It is not pride which tells you that you made the world you see, and that it changes as you change your mind.

But it is pride that argues you have come into a world quite separate from yourself, impervious to what you think, and quite apart from what you chance to think it is. There is no world! This is the central thought the course attempts to teach. Not everyone is ready to accept it, and each one must go as far as he can let himself be led along the road to truth. He will return and go still farther, or perhaps step back a while and then return again.

But healing is the gift of those who are prepared to learn there is no world, and can accept the lesson now.”

As you can see in the first-edition, the line, high-lighted in blue, has been “squashed” between two other paragraphs. There are no other changes made to the whole lesson, just that. Of course, it must have seemed fearful but the fact still remains, there is no world!

It is not meant to be a punishment or some sort of condemnation. God doesn’t know anything about  a world of sickness, pain and death. If anything, it should validate all the thoughts and questions you have had about the world. It doesn’t solve your problem, but at least now you can stop looking for the solution IN THE WORLD.

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