A Course in Miracles Lesson 4

“My thoughts are like clouds, floating by. Some clouds or thoughts are dark and others are puffy and white. I let them all come and go, they have no meaning.” 

Most people identify the whole world through their ego mind. Everything has a label, a judgment and is evaluated. When we live in constant judgment we live in turbulence. Things are either good or bad, black or white. It is so stressful to operate all the time from this level, and it is how most people currently live. It is the human condition. The tension in society is evident, it can be felt with the media, on social media and in public places.

This lesson is a practice in not identifying who you are with your thoughts. An unlearning or pulling weeds in the forrest of your mind. We will learn later that our thoughts are not private. I have made it a habit to bless people where I once judged them. Don’t get me wrong, I still judge, but when I catch myself judging I replace that judgment with a blessing. 

The mind-field is an energy field and a collective field and you are able to sense the energy behind others thoughts. Have you ever been around a person who you know is mad at you or dislikes you? You pick up on their tension even if they play nice. The tension is very real… The opposite is also true, if you have ever been in a meditation retreat or at a loving event like a church event, you feel so at peace because you are tapping into the group energy of peace and ease. 

A Course in Miracles is a practice in living without ego identification and living in love. A practice in creating space between who, or what you are as a spiritual being having a temporary human experience, and your deeper eternal essence of love. That is all we are doing.

These daily lessons are all parts to a greater whole. This is my third time practicing the course, and I hope you enjoy my deciphering of it into Allison lingo. Ponder this concept a few times during your day. My thoughts are like clouds, they come and go and I do not attach meaning to them.

Lesson 4 (Original ACIM)

“These thoughts do not mean anything.
They are like the things I see in this room
[on this street, from this window, in this place].”

Unlike the preceding ones, these exercises do not begin with the idea for the day. In these practice periods, begin with noting the thoughts that are crossing your mind for about a minute. Then apply the idea to them. If you are already aware of unhappy thoughts, use them as subjects for the idea. Do not, however, select only the thoughts you think are “bad.” You will find, if you train yourself to look at your thoughts, that they represent such a mixture that, in a sense, none of them can be called “good” or “bad.” This is why they do not mean anything.

In selecting the subjects for the application of today’s idea, the usual specificity is required. Do not be afraid to use “good” thoughts as well as “bad.” None of them represents your real thoughts, which are being covered up by them. The “good” ones are but shadows of what lies beyond, and shadows make sight difficult. The “bad” ones are blocks to sight, and make seeing impossible. You do not want either.

This is a major exercise, and will be repeated from time to time in somewhat different form. The aim here is to train you in the first steps toward the goal of separating the meaningless from the meaningful. It is a first attempt in the long-range purpose of learning to see the meaningless as outside you, and the meaningful within. It is also the beginning of training your mind to recognize what is the same and what is different.

In using your thoughts for application of the idea for today, identify each thought by the central figure or event it contains; for example:

This thought about ___ does not mean anything.
It is like the things I see in this room [on this street, and so on].

You can also use the idea for a particular thought that you recognize as harmful. This practice is useful, but is not a substitute for the more random procedures to be followed for the exercises. Do not, however, examine your mind for more than a minute or so. You are too inexperienced as yet to avoid a tendency to become pointlessly preoccupied.

Further, since these exercises are the first of their kind, you may find the suspension of judgment in connection with thoughts particularly difficult. Do not repeat these exercises more than three or four times during the day. We will return to them later.

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