Day four – These thoughts do not mean anything.

This post was written by DoctorJay on November 4, 2009
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

“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].”

Now by day four I’m thinking that these first four first days remind me of the myth of the cave in Plato’s Republic. What we perceive is not true reality. We are not in touch with ultimate reality. Our consensus reality is only that (a consensus).

I’m thinking that common sense may be common (vulgar) but it is not sense.

Of course these thoughts do not mean anything.

And there lies the rub. It is so difficult to overturn the left brain linguistic thinking with thinking. That’s what the exercises in “A Course in Miracles” try to do.

Hopefully like Zen Koans they will show the meaninglessness of these thoughts – including these thoughts.

I’m thinking that it is exactly the meaninglessness of self talk (non-stop internal chatter – the monkey mind) which makes meditation so important.

The book mentions that it is important to apply the thought fot today togood thoughts as well as disturbing thoughts.

I notice two things:

  1. It is more difficult to apply the idea that these thoughts do not mean anything to good thoughts – Like how much I enjoy our cats.
  2. I keep applying the idea to itself – the idea that these thoughts do not mean anything does not mean anything.

The book says: “The aim here is to train you in the first steps toward the goal of separating the meaningless from the meaningful. It is a first attempt in the long-range purpose of learning to see the meaningless as outside you, and the meaningful within. It is also the beginning of training your mind to recognize what is the same and what is different.”

I don’t get it. Because my meaningless thoughts are within me.

Oh well. I’m going to just continue doing the exercises whether they make sense or not.

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