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. You may tend to think that circumstances in your environment (the “world”) are the cause and that you experienced the effect of that. While that may be true on the appearance-level—after all, you get wet when you venture out into the rain—on a deeper level the opposite is true.

When you 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.

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

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