Undoing the Way We See Things Now
I do not know what anything is for
Purpose is meaning. Today’s idea explains why nothing you see means anything.33 You do not know what it is for. Therefore it is meaningless to you. Everything is for your own best interests. That is what it is for; that is its purpose; that is what it means. It is in recognizing this that your goals become unified. It is in recognizing this that what you see is given meaning.
2 You perceive the world and everything in it as meaningful in terms of ego goals. These goals have nothing to do with your best interests, because the ego is not you. This false identification makes you incapable of understanding what anything is for. As a result, you are bound to misuse it. When you believe this, you will try to withdraw the goals you have assigned from the world, instead of attempting to reinforce them.
3 Another way of describing the goals you now perceive as valuable is to say that they are all concerned with “personal” interests. Since you have no personal interests, your goals are really concerned with nothing. In cherishing them, therefore, you have no goals at all. And thus you do not know what anything is for.
4 Before you can make any sense out of the exercises for today, one more thought is necessary: At the most superficial levels you do recognize purpose, yet purpose cannot be understood at these levels. For example, you do understand that a telephone is for the purpose of talking to someone who is not physically in your immediate vicinity. What you do not understand is what you want to reach him for. And it is this that makes your contact with him meaningful or not.
5 It is crucial to your learning to be willing to give up the goals you have established for everything. The recognition that they are meaningless rather than “good” or “bad” is the only way to accomplish this. The idea for today is a step in this direction. Six practice periods, each of two minutes duration, are required.
6 Each practice period should begin with a slow repetition of the idea for today, followed by looking about you and letting your glance rest on whatever happens to catch your eye, near or far, “important” or “unimportant,” human or nonhuman. With your eyes resting on each subject you so select, say for example:
I do not know what this chair is for.
I do not know what this pencil is for.
I do not know what this hand is for.
Say this quite slowly, without shifting your eyes until you have completed the statement. Then move on to the next subject, and apply today’s idea as before.
33 refers to; lesson 1:”Nothing I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place) means anything.”
Personal Notes: I do not know what anything is for. This idea for the day is me surrendering my mind and thought process to God to be of One Mind, One Will with Him. The undoing of what I thought I knew to Rightmindedness. The course states some ideas are more difficult than others to believe, but it doesn’t matter, we are only asked to apply them as directed. It is their use that will give them meaning and show to be true. In the attempt to show us the real problem is not in the world but is in our mind, in false beliefs of our identity and external identification. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!
God is Love
Love is God