Lesson 11

My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.

This is the first idea we have had that is related to a major phase of the correction process; the reversal of the thinking of the world. It seems as if the world determines what you perceive. Today’s idea introduces the concept that your thoughts determine the world you see. Be glad indeed to practice the idea in its initial form, for in this idea is your release made sure. The key to forgiveness lies in it.

The practice periods for today’s idea are to be undertaken somewhat differently from the previous ones. Begin with your eyes closed, and repeat the idea slowly to yourself. Then open your eyes and look about, near and far, up and down, —anywhere. During the minute or so to be spent in using the idea merely repeat it to yourself, being sure to do so without haste, and with no sense of urgency or effort.

To do these exercises for maximum benefit, the eyes should move from one thing to another fairly rapidly, since they should not linger on anything in particular. The words, however, should be used in an unhurried, even leisurely fashion. The introduction to this idea, in particular, should be practiced as casually as possible. It contains the foundation for the peace, relaxation and freedom from worry that we are trying to achieve. On concluding the exercises, close your eyes and repeat the idea once more slowly to yourself.

Three practice periods today will probably be sufficient. However, if there is little or no uneasiness and an inclination to do more, as many as five may be undertaken. More than this is not recommended.



Jesus is really calling our attention to this lesson. He says it is related to the correction process that is the reversal of the thinking of the world. This lesson introduces the idea that our thoughts determine the world we see. He also says that the key to forgiveness lies in it. Of course it is. What is there to forgive if the only thing that is happening is that my meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world? Why, only my thoughts!

The practice itself is very simple and easy so the ego mind tends to dismiss it as unimportant. That is probably part of the plan. If you are doing these lessons for the first time it might be good to slip them by the ego, allowing the mind to gradually change without the ego throwing up too many obstacles.

How is it that my meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world? As Jesus points out, our thoughts determine the world we see, and so if our thoughts are meaningless, then what we see must also be meaningless. Our thoughts determine the world we see. This is not at all what we have allowed ourselves to believe. Just the opposite, actually.

We see something in the world and then decide what it means and how we feel about it. At least that seems to be the order of it. And yet, we are told that this is not true, that our thoughts come first, and then we see something. Later in the lessons we are going to gain further understanding of how this works. We will be told that it all begins with a desire. We want something, we make an image of a situation that represents that desire. Then we project it outward and it appears as part of our world.

I talk about this a lot because it is the foundation of what I call my life. I am not victim of the world but maker of the world, and I do this through what I think and what I believe. That is why these first lessons are so important. I am learning that my thoughts are not real and have no meaning. I am learning that they are filled with the past, which doesn’t exist.

I am also learning that everything I see is associated with the unreal thoughts in my mind, and so what I see must be unreal as well. These lessons are undoing what I think I know so that I can be open to what is actually true and real. I will not be open to learning something new if I think I already have the answer. Since everything I think and everything I see is unreal, I have lots to look forward to as I make room for something else.

An excerpt from “Hey, Holy Spirit, It’s Me Again.”

My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.

We are about to turn the world on its head with this one! I have spent most of my life believing that I react to situations that occur in the world, and now Jesus tells me that I am completely wrong about that. I was planning to walk at the park today, and when I went outside it was raining and muggy. I felt disappointed. Sound familiar?

In the past, I used to think that I was disappointed because it was raining and I couldn’t go for my walk. Rather than saying I was upset that it was raining, it would make more sense to say that that I was upset because of my thoughts about rain. Even more to the point, now that I understand that the world is not the cause of my thoughts, but that my thoughts are the cause of the world, it makes even less sense to blame the world.

The import of this lesson begins to dawn on my mind, and my efforts become a very holy endeavor. I approach this day with a sense of awe. I give it my full willingness, as I allow this idea to take root in my mind.

Holy Spirit: Yes indeed, Myron, we are pulling weeds and planting seeds. Notice how your willingness has made this job far easier this time than it was before. The work you have been doing has prepared the soil, making it loose so that pulling out the weeds (the meaningless thoughts) is easier now. The soil is now richer and the seeds we plant will take root and grow more quickly. Watch how your resistance is beginning to fall away.