“My thoughts are images which I have made.”
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
This introductory idea to the process of image-making which
you call seeing will not have much meaning for you.You will begin
to understand it when you have seen little edges of light around the
same familiar objects which you see now. That is the beginning of
real vision. You can be certain that real vision will come quickly
when this has occurred.
As we go along, you may have many “light episodes.”They may
take many different forms, some of them quite unexpected. Do not
be afraid of them. They are signs that you are opening your eyes at
last. They will not persist, because they merely symbolize true
perception, and they are not related to knowledge. These exercises
will not reveal knowledge to you. But they will prepare the way to it.
In practicing the idea for today, repeat it first to yourself, and
then apply it to whatever you see around you, using its name and
letting your eyes rest on it as you say:
“This _____is an image which I have made.”
“That _____is an image which I have made.”
It is not necessary to include a large number of specific subjects for
the application of today’s idea. It is necessary, however, to continue to
look at each subject while you repeat the idea to yourself. The idea
should be repeated quite slowly each time.
Although you will obviously not be able to apply the idea to very
many things during the minute or so of practice that is recommended,
try to make the selection as random as possible. Less than a minute will
do for the practice periods, if you begin to feel uneasy. Do not have
more than three application periods for today’s idea unless you feel
completely comfortable with it, and do not exceed four.
Britney Added: "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. "