Lesson 11: My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.
This Lesson is particularly poignant for me right now as I am still hurting from the rejection of my former "friend." It's all good--in fact, it's a Lesson that provides solace for my soul. I realize that it really doesn't mean anything. It's only my perception of hurt, of rejection, and her perception of whatever I did or said, or she was told I did or said, that is really occuring.
We often allow the world to dictate our thoughts. "It's a cruel, cruel world," "Things are horrible out there," "It's the end-of-days," are all things I have heard people say recently. Yet we've already determined that our thoughts determine our reality, so our thoughts determine the world we see. Not the other way around. So, if people are thinking things are horrible, that's what they see. And group consciousness gives it even more power.
I will tell you, for every act of horror out there, there are a million acts of kindness and love. We don't hear about those because that doesn't make the news, get ratings, or sell papers. People are also looking for things to confirm their thoughts--"See I told you so." The journalists know this. Sensationalism sells. The worse the story, the more popular it becomes.
What happens if people start applying this Lesson? I mean, really applying it? My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world. What would happen to all the tension in the Middle East? Or hatred between cultures and creeds? Misunderstandings between families and friends? Yep, it would mean nothing and it would be resolved because people would start seeing the insanity of the whole mess.
This Lesson contains the foundation for peace, relaxation and freedom from worry we are trying to achieve. I know this concept scares the hell out of a lot of people. Think of all the businesses and people employed by companies and government whose sole purpose is the act of war or defense thereof. There would be a lot of people unemployed...at least short-term. Imagine those people gainfully employed in jobs and careers that aren't built on destruction and control but on development of the higher being. That, my friends, is when we soar. When we turn our group consciousness into one of loving power, of bringing up instead of tearing down, of advancement of humanity and the world we live in. We will get there one day. I have faith and hope. Meanwhile, I will just enjoy the peace of mind, and soul, this Lesson provided me.
As I blog on these Lessons in "The Course in Miracles," I will discuss what thoughts and lessons I'm taking from it, but also ask a lot of questions. I am putting out these questions to the general population to answer. I honestly don't know the answer, nor challenging anyone. I am too looking for guidance in all of this.
Lesson 2: I have given everything I see in this room [on this street, this window, in this place, etc] all the meaning that it has for me.
Lesson 2 follows Lesson 1 in that by looking, recognizing and labeling objects, it gives them meaning. This is especially true as to the feeling it engenders. By giving something a feeling or emotion, I am giving it "meaning." Theoretically, it isn't until I note it as "X-Y-Z" does it serve anything in my reality, nor even exist, according to Quantum Physics. Some part of me must be aware.
Okay, I catch what they're throwing, but what about those times when out of the blue, something happens? Like you're hiking along and wham, you get bitten by a snake. People that know me realize that is my fear and probably not a good example. Because I fear snakes, they are in my reality. By that energy that fear produces, I bring them to me. Let's change the story to represent an entirely freaky accident--something that has everyone scratching their head wondering what the heck. If something comes totally out of the blue, and because you're not expecting nor acknowledging it in any way, why does it happen if it "doesn't exist?"
Neal Donald Walsch noted this phenomena in "Conversations with God." He said that we are all operating in a certain energy field and that energy field is individual but also a group creation. So, if the person and/or group believes that bad things happen to good people, or weird and crazy stuff goes down, then they put themselves at risk of it happening. Because a part of them believes this stuff can happen, it does. This opens up a bigger idea, a bigger thought....
....what if, because of 2012 and all of the "end-of-times" beliefs out there, that energy of belief is combining to create the natural disasters we are currently seeing more of? We are literally manifesting our beliefs! To change our reality, we need to think, say, and act. We think about the disasters, we talk about them, we predict more coming, and then the resultant energy waves respond with creating them. It verifies the process all over again. Group consciousness at work.
We are energy. That is verifiable. What we identify and give meaning to, makes it real. Like our very core of cells is made up of elements and atoms, we attract those elements in our frequency and repel those that are not. For the good of mother earth, and all of life as we know it, let's work on this core lesson. Heck, we might even save the planet!