Lesson 10

My thoughts do not mean anything.

This idea applies to all the thoughts of which you are aware, or become aware in the practice periods. The reason the idea is applicable to all of them is that they are not your real thoughts. We have made this distinction before, and will do so again. You have no basis for comparison as yet. When you do, you will have no doubt that what you once believed were your thoughts did not mean anything.

This is the second time we have used this kind of idea. The form is only slightly different. This time the idea is introduced with “My thoughts” instead of “These thoughts,” and no link is made overtly with the things around you. The emphasis is now on the lack of reality of what you think you think.

This aspect of the correction process began with the idea that the thoughts of which you are aware are meaningless, outside rather than within; and then stressed their past rather than their present status. Now we are emphasizing that the presence of these “thoughts” means that you are not thinking. This is merely another way of repeating our earlier statement that your mind is really a blank. To recognize this is to recognize nothingness when you think you see it. As such, it is the prerequisite for vision.

Close your eyes for these exercises, and introduce them by repeating the idea for today quite slowly to yourself. Then add:

This idea will help to release me from all that I now believe.

The exercises consist, as before, in searching your mind for all the thoughts that are available to you, without selection or judgment. Try to avoid classification of any kind. In fact, if you find it helpful to do so, you might imagine that you are watching an oddly assorted procession going by, which has little if any personal meaning to you. As each one crosses your mind, say:

My thought about ___ does not mean anything.
My thought about ___ does not mean anything.

Today’s thought can obviously serve for any thought that distresses you at any time. In addition, five practice periods are recommended, each involving no more than a minute or so of mind searching. It is not recommended that this time period be extended, and it should be reduced to half a minute or less if you experience discomfort. Remember, however, to repeat the idea slowly before applying it specifically, and also to add:

This idea will help to release me from all that I now believe.

 

Journal

My thoughts do not mean anything. Jesus says that this idea will help release me from all I now believe. I want to be released from the thoughts that are keeping me in bondage to the ego thought system. That was not always true. At first this all sounded like gibberish, with just a tiny bit of anxiety behind it. When I noticed the anxiety at all, I thought it was because it is hard to take serious statements that don’t make sense to me. In retrospect, I realize it was because the part of the mind still interested in the illusion was feeling threatened.

When we decided to make an image of something that was not God, we also made a decision to remember not to laugh at it, that is, to take it seriously. That decision is what made believing in the world possible. It was like a guard at the gate of our mind. When we begin to doubt the world we see, the guard tries to pull us more deeply into the illusion by whatever means; confusion, fear, guilt or distraction.

What is happening now is that we are ready to return to reality, and the way to do that was also set into place. Jesus calls this solution the Holy Spirit. It stands ready to awaken us from this dream of separation the moment we are ready. It responds to our desires, rather than to our words. In this way, we awaken slowly and gently according to our true readiness.

Jesus also gave us A Course in Miracles and other helpful tools to make Awakening easier. Today, in the lessons we are reminded that these thoughts we think we think are actually meaningless. He has already told us this, but we need to be reminded because we have used these thoughts to play the game of separation and to keep it going.

The guard we designed to keep the game afoot is going to use these thoughts to convince us that we want to take the illusion seriously. To do so it must convince us that the thoughts are real and essential to our safety. It tries to convince us we are our thoughts; that we think, therefore we are.

As we open our mind to the Holy Spirit, He will help us remember that this is not true. These thoughts we think all day long and even in our dreams, are just part of the illusion and are not real at all. As long as we continue to believe in these thoughts and to think they are real, we will not be aware of our true thoughts. Of course, if you want to experience an illusion this is absolutely necessary, but if you are ready to return to reality, then it is time to remember that your thoughts do not mean anything.

So in this lesson, Jesus is emphasizing two points. The thoughts I think I think are so meaningless that when I think them I think of nothing. My mind is actually blank. The second thing, and this takes the sting out of it, is that I actually do have real thoughts and I will become aware of them as I allow the meaningless thoughts to be removed from my mind.

One is left wondering what it would be like to actually think, to have real thoughts. To discover the answer to this, we are given this lesson which tells us that our thoughts do not mean anything, and we are told that this will free us of all we now believe. Obviously, it is only my beliefs that keep me imprisoned in my own fantasy and now I have the key.

When I first did this lesson it was for the purpose of cracking open the door and letting a little light in. Today, I feel excited to think about doing this lesson and I see how I can use it to fully awaken if every time I have an ego thought that encourages the illusion, I simply remember that thought does not mean anything.


1 Comment

Yvonne · January 10, 2017 at 6:37 pm

THank you for your journal insights. They are so helpful to me.

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