My thoughts do not mean anything.
1. This idea applies to all the thoughts of which you are aware, or become aware in the practice periods. 2The reason the idea is applicable to all of them is that they are not your real thoughts. 3We have made this distinction before, and will do so again. 4You have no basis for comparison as yet. 5When you do, you will have no doubt that what you once believed were your thoughts did not mean anything.
2. This is the second time we have used this kind of idea. 2The form is only slightly different. 3This time the idea is introduced with “My thoughts” instead of “These thoughts,” and no link is made overtly with the things around you. 4The emphasis is now on the lack of reality of what you think you think.
3. 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. 2Now we are emphasizing that the presence of these “thoughts” means that you are not thinking. 3This is merely another way of repeating our earlier statement that your mind is really a blank. 4To recognize this is to recognize nothingness when you think you see it. 5As such, it is the prerequisite for vision.
4. Close your eyes for these exercises, and introduce them by repeating the idea for today quite slowly to yourself. 2Then add:
3This idea will help to release me from all that I now believe.
4The exercises consist, as before, in searching your mind for all the thoughts that are available to you, without selection or judgment. 5Try to avoid classification of any kind. 6In fact, if you find it helpful to do so, you might imagine that you are watching an oddly assorted procession going by, which has little if any personal meaning to you. 7As each one crosses your mind, say:
8My thought about _________ does not mean anything.
9My thought about _________ does not mean anything.
5. Today’s thought can obviously serve for any thought that distresses you at any time. 2In addition, five practice periods are recommended, each involving no more than a minute or so of mind searching. 3It is not recommended that this time period be extended, and it should be reduced to half a minute or less if you experience discomfort. 4Remember, however, to repeat the idea slowly before applying it specifically, and also to add:
5This idea will help to release me from all that I now believe.