If we are thinking our “real thoughts,” are there any words attached?

Q. You say that our “real thoughts” are formless and wordless, like God’s. If that’s true, then how could we reach them here? Words always seem to accompany our thoughts. If we’re thinking real thoughts, are there any words attached? If so, can they be real thoughts? Are they only reflections of God’s thoughts or His actual thoughts?

A. The concept of “real thoughts” is found in the Workbook, and if we review the various references to it, a clear picture emerges.

First, your real thoughts are “the thoughts that you thought with God in the beginning” (W-pI.45.7:2). They are not, then, just being thought by us, by also “thought by the Mind of God” (W-pI.45.3:5).

Second, they are therefore eternal (W-pI.45.3:5) and changeless (W-pI.45.7:2-4). We can also safely conclude that they are formless, since no form can be eternal and changeless.

Third, they are thus nothing like the thoughts we have in this world, as the Workbook repeatedly says:

Do not be afraid to use “good” thoughts as well as “bad.” None of them represents your real thoughts, which are being covered up by them. (W-pI.4.2:2-3)

This idea applies to all the thoughts of which you are aware, or become aware in the practice periods. The reason the idea is applicable to all of them is that they are not your real thoughts. (W-pI.10.1:1-2) 

Nothing that you think are your real thoughts resemble your real thoughts in any respect. (W-pI.45.1:4) 

They are nothing that you think you think. (W-pI.45.1:2) 

In summary, when the Workbook talks about our real thoughts, it is talking about something that is wholly transcendental, something utterly unlike our current thoughts, even the “good” ones. It is something we experience in deep meditation, in an exalted, mystical state. We cannot experience them in an ordinary state of consciousness.

That may feel like a negative, in that it makes them seem inaccessible. However, the positive side is that, right now, outside our conscious minds, we are thinking in perfect unison with God. We are thinking thoughts of such perfection that they have no form, no boundary. And we have been thinking them for eternity. They do not arise briefly and then pass into memory. Rather, they will be exactly the same through all eternity.

And we can reach them. Lesson 45 is all about doing so in meditation. But to do so, we have to reach all the way to the very foundation of our being, which is shared as one with God and thinks as one with God.

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