In order to have openness to what this lesson points toward, we may need a different understanding of the words “thought” and “think”.
In the awareness-watching-awareness practice instructions, Michael Langford defines thought as “the words of your native language in your mind.” Thoughts can also come as pictures, as they did for Temple Grandin and possibly for some of you. However, when Lesson 45 says, “You thinkwith the Mind of God. Therefore you share your thoughts with Him, … They are the same thoughts, because they are thought by the same Mind,” it is not referring to the words of your native language in your mind and it is not referring to picture thoughts. This is important to know, because if you are looking for the right words in your mind or the right pictures, you will remain focused on form and not go beyond form, which is where your “real thoughts” are realized.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines “thought” simply as “past tense and past participle of think.”
“Think” has a few different definitions, but the one that applies most in this context is “to have in mind” with “mind” defined as “consciousness.” (Think = To have in consciousness.)
So a ‘thought’ is something in consciousness. Our ‘real thoughts’ are the aspects of reality. I wrote about some of these aspects the other day. Life, awareness, and embracing-allowance (love), to name a few. These will not show up in your mind as word-thoughts or picture-thoughts. Word-thoughts or picture-thoughts that point toward your real thoughts or which reflect your real thoughts can appear in your mind, but to directly experience real thoughts, one needs to transcend our fascination with word-thoughts and picture-thoughts.
Today and tomorrow as we practice Lesson 45, we go beyond word-thoughts and picture-thoughts to see if we can realize the aspects of reality (our real thoughts), which are always with us because they cannot leave us.
Remember – We will stay with Lesson 45 for two days (except if you are using this opportunity to catch up with the group.)