On the surface, this lesson seems pretty straightforward: it calls for awareness of our thoughts. We have so many and when we are aware of what they are, we often categorize them into "good" and "bad." Then it gets confusing and I feel like Alice going down the rabbit hole.
The lesson states, "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."
What are my "real thoughts," and how do I discover them?
What is real? We've already discussed that nothing is "real" until we perceive it as such. By our perception, it becomes part of our reality. But the lesson discusses the "meaningful" and "meaningless" of these thoughts.
What is to be "meaningful?" Dictonary.com defines "meaningful" as being full of purpose, significance, or value. Therefore, meaningless is the opposite--no purpose, no significance, no value. So, thoughts that have purpose, significance or value are meaningful and the rest, not so much? I get that. If thoughts are of love, of value, and serve you, they are meaningful. Oh, but it goes deeper. (So Alice, how far down the rabbit hole do you want to go?)
The goal of this lesson is to train the individual in separating their thoughts into meaningful and meaningless, and what is the same and what is different. Meaningless thoughts are outside of you; the meaningful, within. Huh? This is the part that I don't get. How do we separate the two? And should we? In a world where we are striving for unity, for commonality, why would we separate from within and without? Or am I totally missing the mark?
I reach out to readers, to the philosophers among you. What does this mean? And how do we apply it?