Ask: What is the relationship between Vision and sense?
“In section T-22.III.1.4-6, it reads: ‘You can see reason. This is not a play on words, for here is the beginning of a vision that has meaning. Vision is sense, quite literally. If it is not the body’s sight, it must be understood.’
My question lies with Vision, and what it actually is. For years as both a devoted student and teacher of ACIM, I have been aware that the body’s eyes were made to hide what could be seen. So my understanding is if what we believe we see is not there, than it is Vision, the Holy Spirit’s sight, in which is gifted us through our practice of willingness and forgiveness. (along with reason, being HS’s knowledge) The above readings say; “Vision is sense, quite literally.” I am a little confused. If I try to understand, it is telling me that Vision is to sense or experience that which the Holy Spirit sees and knows—beyond the body and the world of form. It cannot be “sense” as we know it in the world, sensing with our ears and eye’s and noses and hands. It must be a spiritual “sense” and experience of something formless and timeless…” - BO
“Vision”, as A Course in Miracles uses the word, is seeing Truth in your mind, not the physical seeing of the body. Here, it equates “vision” with “reason”, or true “sense”. The word “sense” here is being used to mean “understanding” (as in, “that makes sense” or “I’m trying to make sense of this”), not to refer to the five senses of the body. The point it is making is that True Vision (Reason or Sense) is unambiguous and clearly understood when you experience It.
True Vision is not a gift given because you are willing or you forgive. It is in every mind, always. You do not need to be given What you already have! But you do need to remove your obstacles to seeing you already have Truth within. Truth (Vision) is What you see when you release yourself from the belief in the false. Willingness to experience forgiveness (release) is the practice that invites the Holy Spirit’s help to remove your obstacles to True Vision.
The body’s eyes are part of the universe of form that it reports to the mind. The ego (personal thought system) teaches that the body and what it sees are real. It also gives you a “vision”, or perception (interpretation), of what is seen by the body. However, it projects this perception onto the universe of form so that you think your perception of form comes from form. When you believe in this perception, you look outward at a projection from mind rather than inward to What mind really is. Your belief in form and the ego’s perception of it is the false that you must be willing to release to look inward and experience True Vision. And when you do, ACIM calls that “forgiveness”.
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