Today you are asked to look again at the first 5 lessons of the workbook in A Course In Miracles. As you read them, think about them, let them work in you, you start to recognize the incredible offering of this mind training. It is the undoing of the way that you see now, the recognition of the meaninglessness of what you perceive. As you let go of the way you see, vision is revealed to you.
1) Nothing I see means anything.
The reason this is so is that I see nothing, and nothing has no meaning. It is necessary that I recognize this, that I may learn to see. What I think I see now is taking the place of vision. I must let it go by realizing it has no meaning, so that vision may take its place.
(2) I have given what I see all the meaning it has for me.
I have judged everything I look upon, and it is this and only this I see. This is not vision. It is merely an illusion of reality, because my judgments have been made quite apart from reality. I am willing to recognize the lack of validity in my judgments, because I want to see. My judgments have hurt me, and I do not want to see according to them.
(3) I do not understand anything I see.
How could I understand what I see when I have judged it amiss? What I see is the projection of my own errors of thought. I do not understand what I see because it is not understandable. There is no sense in trying to understand it. But there is every reason to let it go, and make room for what can be seen and understood and loved. I can exchange what I see now for this merely by being willing to do so. Is not this a better choice than the one I made before?
The first 3 lessons are about seeing. Seeing and believing are very closely related. You will see what you believe about yourself. In the text you have been shown “Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it.” You have a thought, you then project it outside of you and so it seems to be real. In truth, what you see has no reality. And so you are directed inward, to your thoughts, because when you change your mind you will see differently.
(4) These thoughts do not mean anything.
The thoughts of which I am aware do not mean anything because I am trying to think without God. What I call “my” thoughts are not my real thoughts. My real thoughts are the thoughts I think with God. I am not aware of them because I have made my thoughts to take their place. I am willing to recognize that my thoughts do not mean anything, and to let them go. I choose to have them be replaced by what they were intended to replace. My thoughts are meaningless, but all creation lies in the thoughts I think with God.
You have real thoughts. They have nothing to do with what you think you are thinking now. Thoughts about space and time, sequential thoughts, simply cover up your real Thoughts. You have been practicing a thought system that has no reality, but today you will practice letting it go. Because you want your real Thoughts. You want to remember you are one with God.
(5) I am never upset for the reason I think.
I am never upset for the reason I think because I am constantly trying to justify my thoughts. I am constantly trying to make them true. I make all things my enemies, so that my anger is justified and my attacks are warranted. I have not realized how much I have misused everything I see by assigning this role to it. I have done this to defend a thought system that has hurt me, and that I no longer want. I am willing to let it go.