Lesson #4 - 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.)
The Buddhists call it "monkey mind." The constant yammering that goes on in our head. The mind is like the hamster running in the wheel in the cage.
This lesson encourages us to just watch these thoughts like leaves in a breeze or clouds floating by in a partly cloudy sky.
This lesson is the beginning of meditation encouraging us to take a few minutes during the day and just watch.
Unitarian Universalists covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning and in this lesson #4 the Course In Miracles is training us to become aware that our thoughts don't mean anything. What we think of as "reality" is a social construction and the meaning we make of our experience is conditioned by society. The Course is referring to thoughts about the external world, in the world of the ego. In latter lessons, the student will be encouraged to look within to the world of the soul. We will come to realize that we are souls with bodies not bodies with souls. We will grow in our appreciation that our thoughts about the world of bodies doesn't mean anything.
This idea in today's lesson is hard to accept. We have to suspend are customary ways of understanding our experience. We don't have to agree with the lesson, or like it, but if we are to continue on the path we are encouraged to do it.
We are reminded, once again, not to believe everything we think.