“Every belief is a limit to be examined and transcended.”
-John C. Lilly
In one way, this is exactly what A Course in Miracles is all about… it seems that one of the primary messages is…
Learn to Transcend Beliefs!
You don’t have to know how it works… you just have to keep playing the games…
One game per day for a year!
Of course, the results can come much faster than that… you can start to get transformational results through ACIM right now!
If you have just started to read this series… you can catch up by starting at A Course in Miracles: Day 1
I like this picture quite a bit…
… because frequently when we are doing ‘deep thinking’, we are just further solidifying our already rigid thought structures…
…becoming a ‘thinking statue’.
Let’s relax those mental structures a bit, shall we?
A Course in Miracles: Day 10
The game for Day 10 is:
My thoughts do not mean anything.
This exercise should be done with whatever thoughts arise.
Do your best to apply the exercise evenly to all your thoughts:
- This image of X in my mind does not mean anything.
- This internal voice saying Y does not mean anything.
- These sensations arising in my Z do not mean anything.
(Where X is any picture you might make in your mind, Y is anything an internal voice might be saying, and Z is any location in or around the body)
This idea is very refreshing to use on any thoughts of fear, anger, frustration, etc. that may arise.
You will want to practice the exercise several (about 5) times throughout the day.
Practice for a minute or so each time.
Then finish the session by saying
“This idea will help to release me from all that I now believe.”
In addition to these ‘formal’ periods of practice, it is very handy to use this on any thought that comes up throughout the day… to help you quicken your results.
I have been exposed to some of these concepts previously (you might have also seen them elsewhere).
But I notice that practicing in this structured manner is really powerful.
Playing the games several times throughout the day, and getting sequentially more challenging day after day… you can really start to feel yourself building momentum on taking apart the mental prison you have built for yourself.
As I continue to work with the exercises in ACIM, I start to get the feeling of being in tune with classic spiritual wisdom:
Be in the world… but not of it!
To make it a little bit easier…
In order to assist in today’s ACIM game, I thought I would quote another book that I have enjoyed quite a bit.
Let me first say that I always prefer to use processes that help you really ‘get it’… processes that get your body (and therefore your energies and the deeper aspects of your mind) involved. EFT and meditation are two of my favorite.
I did, however, find these words from the book Mind Lines very helpful:
The key to truly comprehending these phenomena is to realize that meaning does not exist in the world. You have never stumbled over a hunk of belief, value, expectation, decision, understanding, knowledge or any othe meta-level phenomenon when walking down the street. These are not “things” and do not exist “out there.” You can search as long and hard as you want and you will never find these functions of the mind-body system in empirical reality.
As you let these words resonate through you… you might find some previously held ‘certainties’ begin to loosen their grip…
See you tomorrow for Day 11!
Hall, L. Michael & Bobby G. Bodenhamer. Mind Lines. Clifton, Co: Neuro-Semantics Publications. 2005.