More than one spiritual path explains that this world is an illusion. Even science now agrees. But what do they mean? And if this world is an illusion, what good does it do us to know that?

A Course in Miracles (ACIM) teaches us, "It is because the thoughts you think you think appear as images that you do not recognize them as nothing. You think you think them, and so you think you see them. This is how your 'seeing' was made. This is the function you have given your body's eyes. It is not seeing. It is image making. It takes the place of seeing, replacing vision with illusions." (ACIM Workbook Lesson 15: My thoughts are images that I have made.)

ACIM posits that we are hallucinating this world by projecting our thoughts outward. In Hinduism, this is called "maya"--the dream of duality, or the ignorance of our true God-Self. Tibetan Buddhism teaches “egoistic imagination” seen on the screen of the world as visual images. Einstein has assured us that solidity is a mirage. Quantum physics explains that the observer affects what is observed.

Let's break this down: "... the thoughts you think you think" this tells you that what you consider thinking is not really thinking. What the ego (our sense of individual identity) does is replace God's Thought with images--imaginary thoughts that appear as pictures. You view these pictures and call them "eyesight." You believe in them, but that does not make them real. The function the ego gives the body's eyes is to hallucinate images which are not real to distract us from the Reality of God's Vision which is Unified and Formless.

But why would the ego want to distract us from God’s Vision? Because the ego knows that if we re-discover this Abstract Creative Light within ourselves, the personal self as we know it will unravel and “die.” Within this “death” lies Eternal Life–but that’s not the way the ego sees it (pun intended). One scientist put it this way, “If you look at the universe through a golf ball-sized lens, you will see a universe the size of a golf ball.” The ego limits our experience, but denies that it does this.

Un-think your way through this. Tell yourself, "I do not really think. What I think are my thoughts are actually images the ego made. These images are neither good nor bad, they simply are not real. Would I rather think these puny little thoughts that lead to suffering and death, or would I rather gently peel these images from my eyes today, and truly see what God would have me see?" Ask God, "What would You have me see?" He will show you.

Then you can decide for yourself whether you prefer the image-making eyesight of the ego, or God’s Vision.

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Amy Torres is an interfaith minister, Gestalt psychotherapist, yoga instructor, and teaches A Course in Miracles, which is the foundation of all her work. Do the Workbook of A Course in Miracles with Amy by watching her read the 365 lessons on YouTube. To see Amy's videos, sign up for her free newsletter, and receive a free gift, visit