These are the review ideas for today:
(16) I have no neutral thoughts.
Neutral thoughts are impossible because all thoughts have power. They will either make a false world or lead me to the real one. But thoughts cannot be without effects. As the world I see arises from my thinking errors, so will the real world rise before my eyes as I let my errors be corrected. My thoughts cannot be neither true nor false. They must be one or the other. What I see shows me which they are.
(17) I see no neutral things.
What I see witnesses to what I think. If I did not think I would not exist, because life is thought. Let me look on the world I see as the representation of my own state of mind. I know that my state of mind can change. And so I also know the world I see can change as well.
(18) I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.
If I have no private thoughts, I cannot see a private world. Even the mad idea of separation had to be shared before it could form the basis of the world I see. Yet that sharing was a sharing of nothing. I can also call upon my real thoughts, which share everything with everyone. As my thoughts of separation call to the separation thoughts of others, so my real thoughts awaken the real thoughts in them. And the world my real thoughts show me will dawn on their sight as well as mine.
(19) I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.
I am alone in nothing. Everything I think or say or do teaches all the universe. A Son of God cannot think or speak or act in vain. He cannot be alone in anything. It is therefore in my power to change every mind along with mine, for mine is the power of God.
(20) I am determined to see.
Recognizing the shared nature of my thoughts, I am determined to see. I would look upon the witnesses that show me the thinking of the world has been changed. I would behold the proof that what has been done through me has enabled love to replace fear, laughter to replace tears, and abundance to replace loss. I would look upon the real world, and let it teach me that my will and the Will of God are one.
1 (16) I have no neutral thoughts.
“As the world I see arises from my thinking errors, so will the real world rise before my eyes as I let my errors be corrected.”
These lessons clearly indicate that we will undo the guilt and fear that blankets the world we have made so that we can experience it as it can be, a joyful and loving experience. And just as clearly, we will do that by releasing the thoughts that are the cause of what we see in the world now and embracing our true thoughts.
2 (17) I see no neutral things.
“What I see witnesses to what I think.”
What is going on in my world right now? This will tell me something about my thoughts. It will tell me if my thoughts are true or false, because everything that occurs in my little corner of the world is an effect of my thoughts. And everything that occurs in all the world is the effect of our thoughts.
(18) I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.
“As my thoughts of separation call to the separation thoughts of others, so my real thoughts awaken the real thoughts in them.”
It will also tell me what kinds of thoughts we have because I am also responsible for everything that appears in this world, “I” being part of the whole. And since I am responsible for what is seen as the world, I have the power to affect the whole. As I allow correction in my own personal mind, that correction is shared by all.
4 (19) I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.
“I am alone in nothing. Everything I think or say or do teaches all the universe. A Son of God cannot think or speak or act in vain. He cannot be alone in anything. It is therefore in my power to change every mind along with mine, for mine is the power of God.”
What else can I say about this? How could it be any clearer?
5 (20) I am determined to see.
I would look upon the real world, and let it teach me that my will and the Will of God are one.
Has this occurred for me yet? No, not fully. But I have seen the effects of being determined to see. I have seen my world change and I have seen that change affect those around me. I am highly motivated to continue and am more determined than ever to see.
This is my favorite tip from Regina on this lesson.
Review 18. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing. Abide lovingly with the true, and radiate truth. Forget the truth, and radiate confusion. To radiate is natural and uninterruptable, so it is always occurring. Maturity is aware of this fact, so it lovingly abides with the true in order to communicate consistently the compassionate message of truth.
All through the Course, Jesus is telling us that we are affecting each other all the time. That is what it means when Regina says we radiate. We communicate our thoughts throughout the Sonship. Let us radiate Love.
My Thoughts are Very Powerful
I have especially enjoyed this review lesson. Several things stood out to me. The first is that my thoughts are powerful, all of them, not just the ones I want to be powerful, not just the ones I place attention and intention on. All thought produces form. And all thought falls into only two categories, it is either true or it is false. The true thoughts lead to the real world, and the false thoughts maintain the illusion. There is no other category and thoughts do not stand outside those two possibilities.
This is important because I used to think that the ego chatter, the idle thoughts in the mind were unimportant and neutral in their effects. I used to notice negative thoughts and told myself that they are just ego chatter and I am not the ego so they don’t matter. Now I know better. All thought produces form at some level. I am a real mind-watching machine now! 🙂
An Example of Changing My Thoughts
So how do I change my thoughts? My experience so far has shown me that I cannot, with an act of will, stop thinking something. When I started reading A Course of Love and found the prayer that would become my mantra for now, I was very excited. Now when I notice ego thoughts I say: “I dedicate all thought to union.” Isn’t that a good prayer, a good reminder of what I really want? I am no longer interested in separation thoughts; I want to entertain only those thoughts that lead to union.
I don’t have to figure out what to think instead. That will be given to me. One day I was obsessing about something that happened at work, thinking that a coworker was not good with customer relations and I noticed that I was making her separate and special in a negative way. While it might be true that she was not good with customer relations, my problem was that I was making her guilty for it.
I reminded myself that I have dedicated all thought to union, and in union no one is special, not especially good nor especially bad. We are one, and in our oneness perfectly innocent. I made my declaration of union and I waited for the change of mind in this case. I wanted to see this differently, to see with Christ Vision and so I knew that would happen and it did.
“If I did not think I would not exist, because life is thought.”
I have tried to eradicate all thought and that didn’t work, and here Jesus tells us why it doesn’t work. Life is thought. All that we see and all that we experience in this world and in the real world are the result of thought. Here is what I do now. I allow ego thought to be removed from my mind and to be replaced with true thought. I have been using thought to project from myself all that I fear and hate. Now I want to project only what is love. This will show me the real world.
My mind is quieter now, more peaceful. I am learning to think only the thoughts of God. When all the chatter starts up, I notice it much more quickly and find it less tolerable and so I remind myself that I dedicate all thought to union. That ends most of the chatter right there, because most chatter is about separation. I am also learning to slip below the thoughts to a place of stillness, and in so doing I am teaching myself that I prefer that to the chatter. This was an important step because at first the hardest part of this practice was tolerating silence. I had used the chatter to entertain myself and stopping was hard. I had to learn the value of silence.
I Don’t Think Alone
The next very important idea is that we don’t think alone. We imagine and pretend that we have private thoughts. It must take a constant effort of will to keep that illusion in place since we share a single mind. And where is this mind? “My mind is part of God’s.” This brought up an interesting quandary for me. If my mind is part of God’s and I am thinking ego thoughts, am I polluting God’s Mind?
Ego thinking is not really thinking, and the effects of those thoughts are therefore not anything in reality. God does not share what does not, in reality, exist. Thought is creation and creation goes in only one direction. It goes from God to you, and from you forward; it does not turn on itself. You do not create God or change Creation. The thoughts you think with ego are not real thoughts. They only seem real to you because you use the power of creation to animate them and so, looking at them and experiencing them, you allow yourself to believe them. But only true thoughts are real and what is created real remains real and remains as it was created. You can share in reality, but you cannot alter reality.
Ok, then, God is safe from my insane thoughts. ~smile~
“I know that my state of mind can change. And so I also know the world I see can change as well.”
I like that sentence because it so clearly establishes the link between what I think and what I see. I need lots of reinforcement on this part because I spent all of my lives believing that I see first, then I think about what I see. In reality, thought comes first, and then I see what I thought. That is another reason to dedicate all thought to union. I am ready to see union instead of separation, and I can only see what I think.
“I am alone in nothing. Everything I think or say or do teaches all the universe.”
I am very aware of this. I often stop to think if what I am saying, doing, and thinking is something I want to teach, and therefore to reinforce in my own mind, because what I teach, I learn. I have a thought and it ripples throughout the Sonship. All who have an affinity for that thought are affected by it. As it is accepted by others it is strengthened. We have an enormous responsibility to each other and at the same time, so many opportunities to awaken each other. Dear God, help me today as I practice these lessons. Help me to remember to dedicate all thought to union, not separation.