This is one of those mind-bending, framework shattering statements in A Course in Miracles: “There is no world apart from what you wish.”
What we experience as the real world seems so objectively “out there”. We believe the world exists as a solid foundation apart from and independent of us. We are born into that world, live a certain number of days experiencing varying amounts of pain and preferably pleasure. And then we die; our bodies decomposing back into the world.
But our perspective is wrong. We set it all up.
As the Course goes on to say:
“There is no world apart from what you wish, and herein lies your ultimate release. Change but your mind on what you want to see, and all the world must change accordingly.”
Everything we experience comes from the choice we make in the mind (not the brain). When we return our awareness to our mind, then we can recognize whether we’re choosing the ego mind or the mind of presence. And if we don’t like what we’re experiencing, we simply choose again.