Who am I? This is a question that I find myself paying attention to as I continue to my thoughts and whether or not I am coming from my Self or my small self (ego); as I continue to question whether or not my thoughts are true. Today’s ACIM lesson reminds me that “I have no neutral thoughts.” It says, “Thoughts are not big or little; powerful or weak. They are merely true or false. Those that are true create their own likeness. Those that are false make theirs.”
As I become more skilled at noticing, I realize that if I am getting sucked into the drama of whatever I think is happening, then I have stopped noticing. I am no longer perched in awareness. As I continue to read, “The Untethered Soul,” by Michael A Singer, I realize that this is part of what the Course in trying to teach us – to quit identifying with perception as if it were reality. Singer says, “To attain true inner freedom, you must be able to objectively watch your problems instead of being lost in them.”
As Byron Katie says, “It’s not the problem that causes our suffering; it’s our thinking about the problem.” “it’s not reality that makes us suffer; it’s our thoughts about reality.”
I have no neutral thoughts. The question is whether or not that thought is true.
This is what Katie calls “the Work.” Singer helps us shift the focus by reminding us, “We can very easily generalize by saying that I you’re the one who is looking at something, then that something is not you.”
It is a matter of recognizing that we are not the object of our attention. Our consciousness is who we really are. When we are conscious of our thoughts but not identifying with our thoughts, then they cease to have power over us.
Today’s lesson says, “Besides your recognizing that thoughts are never idle, salvation requires that you also recognize that every thought you have brings either peace or war; either love or fear. A neutral result is impossible because a neutral thought is impossible.“
It goes back to noticing when I am simply observing or if I have allowed judgments and beliefs to slip in and color my world.
So now, as I notice my thoughts are about the work I need to do and how the clock is ticking towards the moment when I need to get out the door, I go back to Byron Katie., who says, “Stress is an alarm clock that lets you know that you are attached to something that is not true for you.”
My observer may need to sit with that one awhile. Namaste, my friends, Namaste.