I do not know what anything is for

This post was written by DoctorJay on November 25, 2009
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook

Before I even read the exercise the title for today reminds me of one of my favorite mantrams (mantras – mind training in Sanskrit – words you keep repeating). It is a phrase I heard from Ram Dass. It is:

I don’t know

Often I go for a walk and keep repeating, “I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know…”

In  fact I’ll go and do that now.

As I was walking and repeating I don’t know I remembered the Chinese story of “Maybe it’s good, maybe it’s bad… You never know.”

Now for the practice session:

Six practice periods, each of two minutes duration, are required. Each practice period should begin with a slow repetition of the idea for today, followed by looking about you and letting your glance rest on whatever happens to catch your eye, near or far, “important” or “unimportant,” “human” or “unhuman.” With your eyes resting on each subject you so select, say, for example:


“I do not know what this chair is for.”
“I do not know what this pencil is for.”
“I do not know what this hand is for.”


Say this quite slowly, without shifting your eyes until you have completed the statement. Then move on to the next subject, and apply today’s idea as before.

In this first practice session it was interesting the last thing I saw was the book itself. So I ended up saying:

“I do not know what this A Course in Miracles is for.”

Yet another self reference. One way or another there have been many self references since I started going through this workbook day by day doing the exercises – including the book I was reading yesterday.

Later I went for a walk and I was thinking that I really don’t know what anything is for. To an extent this fact gave me a sense of security.

Later on I was walking on a log. I use that walk (it’s a log fence about eighteen inchs above the ground) I normally walk forward. It used to be difficult enough balancing while jusdt walking forward. Since yesterday I have started walking backward. Now, I only walk a hundred feet or so backward on the log. But then when I started walking a hundred feet forward was difficult. Anyway so here I’m balancing while walking backward and realizing, understanding, knowing that I really have a clue what anything is for?

Later on a one hour trip took two and a half hours (day before thanksgiving traffic). Somehow – no not somehow – thanks to the exercises so far, it was much more bearable (to an extent fun).

So I don’t know what anything is for – so what – the not knowing makes life much easier.

I’m posting this now, but I do have two more exerices to do today. It just happens that thanks to thanksgiving the schedules are all changed. Chances are I’ll post tomorows post late on Friday, but I’ll have the book with me and do the exercises.

Love and peace.

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