I am struggling with this Lesson. I get the first part--our thoughts are meaningless and we create our world with them. Therefore, the world is meaningless as we define it. But God did not create a meaningless world, only our thoughts do. But it goes deeper...
"The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist." What about the horrors? The holocaust, the murderers, rapists, child abusers--all people that hurt and maim? The Lesson tells me to deny their reality because God did not create it so it's not real. But isn't God the creator of all? This is where I get wrapped around it. If God created everything, and made us creators in our own right (image of God), then what about the evil, the horrors of this world? I can sit in my office chair and type this and say, "Oh it isn't real," but ask the victims. The holocaust survivors, the raped, the loved ones of victims left behind?
Please bear with me as I think out loud.
I do believe that God/Spirit/Divine/Universe is the creator of everything and leaves our free will unchecked so that we may create too. In order to explain the evils, the terrors of our world, we have created the devil and demons. They are real because we believe they are. I also believe that there are many "houses" in the after world and the ones closer to God, the Divinity, are full of light and love. There are those that are farther away and they are darker. I also know there are some dark souls out there because I've met them. I am also a firm believer in reincarnation. Dark souls reincarnate, as do the "light" souls. The world is balanced--light and dark, good and evil. In order to appreciate the light, we need to experience the darkness. And through a group consciousness, many of us experience what we subconsciously believe is possible. If you believe bad things happen to good people, then they do.
Part of me gets it--"God did not create _____, and so it is not real." If we believe it's possible, it is. Here's the kicker, "What God did not create can only be in your own mind apart from His. Therefore, it has no meaning." Hold on...something is clicking....
..."God did not create a meaningless world." If I remove my definition of "meaningless" of "meaning nothing" and replace it with "having no purpose," then I can wrap my mind around it. Yes, God did not create a world that has no purpose. Everything has a purpose...even the bad stuff. The cancers, the heart attacks, the car accidents. They all serve a purpose. We define what they mean to us. And by that definition, we assign meaning. God did not, so they are not God's reality.
The Lesson states some of the early parts of this exchange can be quite difficult and even painful. Yet it also states we will not be left there but go far beyond it. The direction is toward perfect safety and perfect peace. Bring it on!