A meaningless world engenders fear

This post was written by DoctorJay on November 13, 2009
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The book continues with: “Actually, a meaningless world is impossible. Nothing without meaning exists.”

That’s the catch twenty two of this section of the workbook. If all is meaningless, then meaninglessness in itself is meaningless.

To a great extent Lao Tzu’s Tao Te Ching says it best when it says:

The ultimate reality that can be put into words is not the real ultimate reality.

Our words are what apparently give meanings to the world. As soon as we describe the world we move away from reality.  As soon as we give meanings we go to the past (prejudgment) and we are not in touch with the truth.

Now for today’s exercise:

The exercises for today, which should be done about three or four times for not more than a minute or so at most each time, are to be practiced in a somewhat different way from the preceding ones. With eyes closed, repeat today’s idea (“A meaningless world engenders fear“) to yourself. Then open your eyes and look about you slowly:

“I am looking at a meaningless world.”

Repeat this statement to yourself as you look about. Then close your eyes and conclude with:

A meaningless world engenders fear because I think I am in competition with God.”

Today’s exercise is just not quite working for me. I basically think that I don’t exist and this whole thing (I – my ego – my existence as a separate entity) is an illusion.

At the same time the concept of God is one that I don’t find too useful. I prefere talking about the Spirit or Ultimate Reality. As I mentioned above the Tao (Ultimate Reality) which can be described is not the real Ultimate Reality.

Don’t get me wrong. I have many fears and upsets. It’s just that where I’m at this moment my problems are with myself and not with anything outside me. The real competition is between my conscious and unconscious.

Even so I’m just carrying out the exercise without comment.

I’ll report more tomorrow. I imagine in the beginning you just got to do the exercises without judgment.


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