Nothing I see means anything. This is the first principle mentioned in the book, The Course in Miracles Experiment. It comes with an experiment to look around for one minute. With each thing you see, remind yourself that it doesn't mean anything. Ok, I did it. That fan doesn't mean anything. This computer doesn't mean anything.Those fingers don't mean anything.This desk doesn't mean anythi...
As I suspected in my first post on the Course in Miracles, the philosophy follows the concept of nothing means anything with I give meaning to everything. Cool.
This is a common ground for me, coming from a neuro-linguistic programming background. In NLP, we suggest there is no inherent meaning to anything and thus take the ability to reframe reality as a helpful tool.
But there’s a rub in there somewhere that totally sucks! It’s that we get attached to the meaning we make, especially the negative meaning and the consequences thereof. Self-sabotage. We’re all just a little sadomasochistic, as it turns out.
Of course, not many want to publish about this dark topic. If you want a primer, consider watching this video.
But what does it really mean?
I don’t know what I’m getting at, honestly. I guess the main complaint would be that nothing is easy, even though it’s simple. So we give meaning to everything. Nothing means anything that I haven’t given it. Big deal. It’s not like I am consciously in control of the meaning I give stuff at any given moment.
What good is this concept?
Maybe realizing you are the meaning giver in your life offers a glimmer of hope. Just a glimmer. On principle, if you made the meaning in the first place, you must be able to change the meaning of things you don’t like.
Or can you? There’s nothing about being an unconscious meaning-maker that necessitates the ability to become a conscious meaning-unmaker, is there?
Nevertheless, I choose to believe we do have some control over what things mean. We can consciously intervene in our subconscious process of making meaning in order to alter it.