The quote from Real World Card 5 is from Lesson 189 in A Course in Miracles and I will quote from that lesson as I comment on the card.
“A world in which forgiveness shines on everything, and peace offers its gentle light to everyone, is inconceivable to those who see a world of hatred rising from attack, poised to avenge, to murder and destroy.
Yet is the world of hatred equally unseen and inconceivable to those who feel God’s Love in them. Their world reflects the quietness and peace that shines in them; the gentleness and innocence they see surrounding them; the joy with which they look out from the endless wells of joy within. What they have felt in them they look upon, and see its sure reflection everywhere.
What would you see? The choice is given you. But learn and do not let your mind forget this law of seeing: You will look upon that which you feel within.”
You don’t have to be satisfied with just feeling quietness, peace, gentleness, innocence and joy inside – you can also see a world that reflects that inner choice.
What would a quiet, peaceful, gentle, innocent and joyful world look like to you?
Are you ready to see that world or would you rather perceive “a fearful world held cruelly in death’s sharp-pointed, bony fingers”?
You might think the answer is obvious. But it’s not! There is “cost” and an acceptance of responsibility to be considered.
The first “cost” is that you can only see one world. You choose only one and the other is “inconceivable” or ““wholly meaningless.” Are you ready to totally leave behind all fear, all pain, all discomfort, all suffering?
The other “cost” is that you cannot pretend or complain that you are a victim of a cruel, uncaring world when you are the one who chose that perception. You cannot retain any thoughts of hardship, injustice or wrongdoing. Are you ready to accept that level of awareness?
The “law of seeing” means you are the only one who is responsible for what you see. You are the chooser or the decision maker. You are responsible even if you don’t know about the “law of seeing.” You may be confused and think the you are happy or sad because of some external happening. But the law says: “You will look upon that which you feel within.” You are responsible for what you see. Denying responsibility is painful and accepting responsibility seems hard until we experience: “Only one (world) can be perceived at all. The other is totally meaningless.” (brackets mine).