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ACIM Lesson 4: These thoughts do not mean anything. Like the things in this room.

Before starting on ACIM lesson 4, a few things to think about: If you have not done any A Course in Miracles lessons yet, please start with lesson 1. I recommend you read the workbook lesson first. Then I suggest to do the ACIM Lesson Video. (See below)

ACIM Lesson 4 Introduction:

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).

This lesson might be more difficult for you to accept than the previous three. Your resistence might be bigger. But try to do the lesson 3 or 4 times anyway today. I recommend to the lesson one or two times together with me in this video. And a couple of times alone.

First read the WORKBOOK Lesson text (see below) and then come and do the video with me. In this video we will first start with aligning mind and body. After we have applied the thoughts of today’s lesson in this video, we will do a short Qigong Flow session to balance your thoughts and the flow of energy within and around you with full Qigong body movements and standing meditations.

YouTube Recording with Qigong Support:

Quick ACIM Workbook Instructions:

When you begin your A Course in Miracles mind training journey, start with the ACIM Lesson 1. The next day you do lesson 2, then the following day lesson 3, and so forth. Do not jump any lesson, and do not do more than one lesson per day. You can stay with one lesson for several days if you like. Click here to read the full instructions.

ACIM Lesson 4 Original Text (Urtext):

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).

Unlike the preceding ones, these exercises do not begin with the idea for the day. In these practice periods, begin with noting the thoughts that are crossing your mind for about a minute. Then apply the idea to them. If you are already aware of unhappy thoughts use them as subjects for the idea. Do not, however, select only the thoughts you think are “bad.” You will find, if you train yourself to look at your thoughts, that they represent such a mixture that, in a sense, none of them can be called “good” or “bad.” This is why they do not mean anything.

In selecting the subjects for the application of today’s idea, the usual specificity is required. Do not be afraid to use “good” thoughts as well as “bad.” None of them represent your real thoughts, which are being covered up by them. The “good” ones of which you are aware 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.

This is a major exercise, and will be repeated from time to time in somewhat different form. The aim here is to train you in the first steps toward the goal of separating the meaningless from the meaningful. It is a first attempt in the long-range purpose of learning to see the meaningless as outside you and the meaningful within. It is also the beginning of training your mind to recognize what is the same and what is different. In using your thoughts for application of the idea for today, identify each thought by the central figure or event it contains; for example:

“This thought about _ does not mean anything. It is like the things I see in this room (or wherever you are)”

You can also use the idea for a particular thought which you recognize as harmful. This practice is useful, but is not a substitute for the more random procedures to be followed for the exercises. Do not, however, examine your mind for more than a minute or so. You are too inexperienced as yet to avoid a tendency to become pointlessly preoccupied. Further, since these exercises are the first of their kind, you may find the suspension of judgment in connection with thoughts particularly difficult. Do not repeat these exercises more than three or four times during the day. We will return to them later.

Source: ACIM URTEXT Miracles in Action Press

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