Have you ever obsessed over what someone said or did to you and how you might have reacted differently? Preoccupation with past situations is literally the "hell" of ego thinking. It tempts us to judge ourselves and others, ruining opportunities for inner peace.
You can break obsessive thought patterns as you discipline your mind to think with love instead of fear. Separating the real from the unreal allows you to live in a holy present as opposed to a past dominated by the ego's pain.
Begin to think about living in love as you practice Lesson 10.
My thoughts do not mean anything.
This idea applies to all the thoughts of which you are aware, or become aware in the practice periods. The reason the idea is applicable to all of them is that they are not your real thoughts. We have made this distinction before, and will do so again. You have no basis for comparison as yet. When you do, you will have no doubt that what you once believed were your thoughts did not mean anything.
This is the second time we have used this kind of idea. The form is only slightly different. This time the idea is introduced with "My thoughts" instead of "These thoughts," and no link is made overtly with the things around you. The emphasis is now on the lack of reality of what you think you think.
This aspect of the correction process began with the idea that the thoughts of which you are aware are meaningless, outside rather than within; and then stressed their past rather than their present status. Now we are emphasizing that the presence of these "thoughts" means that you are not thinking. This is merely another way of repeating our earlier statement that your mind is really a blank. To recognize this is to recognize nothingness when you think you see it. As such, it is the prerequisite for vision.
Close your eyes for these exercises, and introduce them by repeating the idea for today quite slowly to yourself. Then add:
"The Thought God holds of you is like a star, unchangeable in an eternal sky."
— Excerpted from A Course in Miracles
Published on January 01, 2008