A Course in Miracles – Day eleven

This post was written by DoctorJay on December 13, 2009
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My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.

The course says, “This is the first idea we have had that is related to a major phase of the correction process; the reversal of the thinking of the world. It seems as if the world determines what you perceive. Today’s idea introduces the concept that your thoughts determine the world you see.”

OK it is time for me to write about Plato’s myth of the cave. This is my version from my own memory. It is not precise but gives my understanding of it:

Imagine some people who have lived in an underground cave all their lives. They are shackled in way that they cannot move so that they can only see the far wall of the cave facing them. Behind and above them a fire blazes so the prisoners can only see their own shadows and the shadows of objects that their keepers are passing in front of the fire as puppets. Some of them talk, others remain silent. The prisoners can only hear the echoes of their own and their keepers voices. Now, would they not suppose that the shadows and the echoes were reality?
Further more, imagine that one of these prisoners manages to free himself. At first he is blinded by the light as he turns around and his eyes have not acclimated to the brightness he sees. Then he notices the fire above and the keepers with their puppets. Slowly he gets his courage and starts the arduous task of climbing the cave side to where the fire is. After coming to the keepers he manages to creep past them and gets to the cave mouth.
Wow! The blue sky, trees and such a brightness up there. He can never look at the brightness directly but eventually comes to a lake and manages to look at the beauty of the sun reflected in the water. He is so tempted to remain where he is. But, he remembers his friends, his fellow prisoners. The return journey is just as difficult and hazardous but eventually he gets home and starts telling the truth to anyone who would listen.

Of course, the people don’t want to know. In fact, if he insists on telling them about the real truth he is called insane and even then if he does not cease in trying to remove their illusions, the prisoners kill him.

I’ll write more about this at a later date. At this time I just want to introduce the idea. Also, as far as I’m concerned the movie. Matrix (the brilliant original one not the stupid sequels), was about this.

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