Lesson # 11
My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.
The key idea in today’s lesson is counter intuitive. Most people, unless familiar with the metaphysical philosophy underlying the Course concepts, resist, defend, and deny this idea which is that the world we experience is a projection. Rather than the world stimulating our thoughts, our thoughts stimulate the world.
The sarcastic slogan is “What you see is what you get,” or as might be better said, “What you think you see is what you get.”
Yeah, yeah, I can hear people say now, “If you think gravity is merely a projection jump off a bridge.” Well, there are natural laws in the world of the ego which we learn about, but do they exist in the world of the Spirit? Another sarcastic slogan is “Eternity laughs at our mundane worries.”
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. UUs who endeavor to apply this principle to their lives know about implicit bias, confirmation bias, the Dunning-Kruger effect, prejudice, and judgmentalism. UUs who actually incorporate the principles into their lives already know that their meaningless thoughts are showing them a meaningless world and so they do not seek truth and meaning in the world of the ego but inwardly in the world of the soul.
Jesus, one of the world’s greatest mystical teachers told His disciples to be in the world but not of the world. The ACIM lesson today echoes Jesus’ teaching.