As I review ACIM Lesson 11, I admit I have resistance against thinking there is anything for me to learn here. I know better than to believe my thoughts. I know better than to be seduced by them. So, yeah, my ego wants to step in and tell me that this Course in Miracles lesson has nothing for me in this lesson. It’s just telling me what I already know.
Which is a sneaky way of making sure I continue to see the past rather than be present! Now is never the same as Then. If I think that it is (perfect example of a meaningless thought) than I will miss the present moment.
Hmmmmm. Didn’t we just learn a couple of days ago that “I see only the past”? Way to prove the Course’s point, Ego!
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.
How the hell am I supposed to ever wake up if I can’t even get myself to keep from slipping into “I know this”? Every time I slip into “I know this,” I eclipse vision. I keep myself from being present to what is. I realize that it is an efficient little brain trick to lump the familiar with the known so that the lazy little bastard doesn’t have to work so hard, but still….
(I suddenly realize that this ensures that I need to exercise my brain to stay sharp – really??? Really???? You take shortcuts so that I have to consciously work to keep from becoming a dullard!!! It’s bad enough that I have to force myself to add these days thanks to my handy-dandy calculator located in my ubiquitous smart phone; now I have to remember that my thoughts are meaningless because I’m not really thinking. I’m seeing the past. )
The longer I hang out with Ego, the more I realize what a bad influence the guy is. Seriously!?!? Why didn’t my mother warn me about you?!?!!!!
I’m reading A Course in Miracles Made Easy by Alan Cohen. I know how challenging the language in the Course can be, yet I wanted to share its wisdom with my mom so I bought her this book for Christmas. She loves it so that I decided I need to get myself a copy of the book. (Only $2.99 as I write this – I paid $8.49 for my copy!)
Anyway, Cohen says “Whatever comes into our field of vision represents our consciousness.” Or as we say in the metaphysical circles I travel in, “You see the world not as it is but as you are.” Sad people see sadness. Happy people see happiness. It’s a law of attraction sort of thing – you see what you’re looking for. Otherwise known to those of you familiar with Pam Grout as The Volkswagen Jetta Principle. Whatever is on your brain, you start to notice around you.
So maybe some of my thoughts aren’t too, too meaningless, since I do make it a point to look for love.
But thinking about it I realize that I am also in the habit of looking for lack (can I afford this???) and that could most certainly be dumped into the meaningless category.
(Though Ego screams, “Sure, ignore reality. That will keep you from over-drawing your bank account!)
The point isn’t to judge myself or anyone else (or the Course). The point is to retrain my brain.
Not a terrible thing to remember when watching the presidential candidates hashing it out over the air waves!
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.