We see no neutral things because we have no neutral thoughts. While it seems as though our thoughts are based on what we see, in fact what we see is simply a product of what we thought. While this seems contrary to the thinking of the world, we are being trained to see the world as it truly is. Everything we see is influenced by what, on some subconscious level, we had already decided to see.
I see no neutral things.
This idea is another step in the direction of identifying cause and effect as it really operates in the world. You see no neutral things because you have no neutral thoughts. It is always the thought that comes first, despite the temptation to believe that it is the other way around. This is not the way the world thinks, but you must learn that it is the way you think. If it were not so, perception would have no cause and would itself be the cause of reality. In view of its highly variable nature, this is hardly likely.
In applying today's idea, say to yourself, with eyes open:
I see no neutral things because I have no neutral thoughts.
Then look about you, resting your glance on each thing you note long enough to say:
I do not see a neutral _____ because my thoughts about _____ are not neutral.
For example, you might say:
I do not see a neutral wall, because my thoughts about walls are not neutral.
I do not see a neutral body, because my thoughts about bodies are not neutral.
As usual, it is essential to make no distinctions between what you believe to be animate or inanimate; pleasant or unpleasant. Regardless of what you may believe, you do not see anything that is really alive or really joyous. That is because you are unaware as yet of any thought that is really true, and therefore really happy.
Three or four specific practice periods are recommended, and no less than three are required for maximum benefit, even if you experience resistance. However, if you do, the length of the practice period may be reduced to less than the minute or so that is otherwise recommended.
Quote of the Day
I used to feel I couldn't afford to relax because God had more important things to think about than my life. I finally realized that God is not capricious, but is rather an impersonal love for all life. My life is no more or less precious to Him than is anyone else's. To surrender to God is to accept the fact that He loves us and provides for us, because he loves and provides for all life. Surrender doesn't obstruct our power; it enhances it. God is merely the love within us, so returning to Him is a return to ourselves.
— Excerpted from A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles
Printed from Oprah.com on Saturday, December 7, 2013