A Course In Miracles Lesson 4
A Course In Miracles Lesson 4 states:
These thoughts do not mean anything. They are like the things I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place).
Continuing the path of defining new logic, today’s lesson points out that our thoughts are just like the objects we see around us. What we see is caused by our thoughts and those thoughts are actually not founded in any source of true meaning. The day’s lesson asks us to think of thoughts like objects, and recognize both as meaningless.
This can be rather disconcerting. But note how it is not possible to either prove or disprove the logic. What do your thought really mean? Aside from their content, what is their inherent significance? Some thoughts feel significant. Some thoughts do not. We are asked to apply the same statement to both types of thoughts. I gave this exercise a try and actually discovered a sensation of relief in not having to force significance on concepts and objects that I no longer felt meaningful to me. While this was also disconcerting to do, causing me to question the very foundation of my peace of mind, it was also an undeniable relief. Probably because it is true. What is true is always a relief.
Today’s lesson is a first attempt in the long-range purpose of learning to see the meaningless as outside of you and the meaningful within yourself. It is also the beginning of training your mind to recognize what is the same and what is different.
It may seem like your thoughts are within you and that objects in the room are outside of you. But actually, your environment and your thoughts are all together in an inseparable field of thinking. What is in your mind shapes what gathers around you physically. But currently, you believe that the things around you shape your thoughts. Both inner and outer are reflections of each other. My thoughts are like the things I see in this room. My thoughts are like the objects around me, shaping and defining my experience and perception. These thoughts, and these objects around me do not need to be given the authority I ascribe to them. I could consider, for a moment, that they are all meaningless.
What would happen if I let that idea in? Would I experience anxiety or depression because of an unbearable preponderance of emptiness? Let such a thought also be included in today’s lesson. This worry or this fear of emptiness does not really mean anything. It is like the objects I see around me.