ACIM Workbook lesson 11

My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.”

In the past days we have talked about thoughts darting about in the mind being the work of the monkey mind. These thoughts do not at all form an inspiring basis on which to fully live in the present moment. So much is clear.

Lesson 11 describes a major shift in perspective that has to do with cause and effect. I used to think that circumstances in my environment (the “world”) were the cause and that I experienced the effect of that. While that may be true on the appearance-level—after all, I get wet when I venture out into the rain—on a deeper level the opposite is true.

When I think of a structure like the Golden Gate Bridge, it is clear that the idea begins in the architect’s imagination, while the physical bridge is the final outcome.

I like to think of the world as a movie screen. My thoughts, ideas and feelings—in short, all that goes on inside of me—is the film that is being played. The light in the projector and the film in front of it cause moving images, the result, to appear on the screen.

We could translate “My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world” into: The crazy monkey mind is showing me a crazy world. By the same token, my real thoughts, the thoughts that light up within me and lighten me up, will show me a lighted world.

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