My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.
This lesson seems like a natural next step. My thoughts, being based on the past, are meaningless. Now I am told my thoughts are showing me a meaningless world. But there is more to look at here. In Lesson 8 we are told, “No one really sees anything. He sees only his thoughts projected outward.” Now the Course tells me that the world is a reflection of my thoughts. This means I can change the world (or my view of the world), but not in the world because that is not where I find the cause. The world comes from my thoughts, so all change is going to have to take place in my mind where I find the cause. This is the key to forgiveness.
I feel to talk about changing the world. It has been my experience, and I am sure the experience of others, that when I change my mind, my world changes. It has also been my experience that when I change my mind, the world does not change. But what always changes is how I feel about the world. My perception changes. It comes closer to true perception which is not truth, but near to it. It is not my desire to change the world either in form or in my mind, as the world is an illusion, though I accept and enjoy the changes that do occur. It is always my intention to awaken to the truth which is the only true change.
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.
My message from the Holy Spirit.
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.
Me: Thank you, Holy Spirit. I am beginning to feel a sense of joy and excitement at doing these lessons as I anticipate success.