Nothing Real Can Be Threatened… Nothing Unreal Exists -ACIM
August 2, 2012

The 3-D butterfly exists, but only as an optical illusion. (It is actually a 2-D chalk drawing on the sidewalk!)

The Buddha talked about attachment being the cause of suffering. The idea being that things the mind cares about, whether they be “positive” or “negative,” are bound to bring you suffering, sooner or later.

But let’s dig a little deeper. For it’s easy to overlook the fact that another belief must be running PRIOR to the belief that something is good or bad. And that’s the idea that the “world out there” actually exists! If you didn’t believe “the world” actually existed, you wouldn’t care about it at all, positively, negatively or any other way!

The world does exist… but only as an appearance! It exists as a mirage. Which is the same as saying it both DOES and DOES NOT exist. Just like the glistening silvery shadow on the desert highway at dusk may LOOK like water, but it isn’t actually water. So, you could say that the water is both there and not there. There is in actuality NO water there, and yet it cannot be denied that looked at from a certain angle, a certain perspective, it looks like there is water there!

This is the illusion, the maya, the paradox that many of the mystics talk about. And it’s the UNDERSTANDING of this that makes all the difference. If you still think the dream is real, how can you not suffer? However, you are FREE from suffering once you deeply understand/realize in every cell of your being that, as A Course in Miracles says, “Nothing real can be threatened. Nothing unreal exists. Herein lies the peace of God.”

-Michael Jeffreys

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