Ask: (#4) How do I know if I've misunderstood something I've read?
(This is the conclusion of a conversation published as the March 21, 28, and April 4 articles).
“So what you're saying is I shouldn't derive my sense of self from this world because it's not real? Why does it feel real to me? I've realized I misunderstood my readings of the Course, so now I'm doubting whether to continue studying the Course or not. How do I know if I've misunderstood something or not?” – KR
It feels real to you because you were born into this consciousness and you don’t question its reality until something happens to make you question it. Workbook Lesson #132 discusses this a bit:
“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…But healing is the gift of those who are prepared to learn there is no world, and can accept the lesson now. Their readiness will bring the lesson to them in some form which they can understand and recognize. Some see it suddenly on point of death, and rise to teach it. Others find it in experience that is not of this world…And some will find it in this course…” (W-132.6-8)
For most who have an experience that shows them that the world is not reality there is an unconscious readiness to learn Truth that opens them to the experience.
As you study the Course you will find things that do not line up with what you have believed before. And you will find things that do not line up with what you thought you already understood in the Course. This is how you will know that you have not understood. And this is why it takes many, many years of deep study with the Holy Spirit. It is a process of undoing a belief system that you thought was real. It is a life-long process that starts with a lot of confusion and even disorientation but leads to true, lasting peace, joy, and clarity. I have found these past 30 years worth it because peace has come to stay for me, but I can tell you the beginning was very hard and I often regretted starting it! Whether or not you are ready to learn it is not something I can judge. And you may not be able to judge for yourself. This is something for you to bring to the Holy Spirit.
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