Where do you look for meaning?

June 24, 2010 | 6 comments

“Meaning doesn’t lie in things. Meaning lies in us. When we attach value to things that aren’t love – the money, the car, the house, the prestige – we are loving things that can’t love us back. We are searching for meaning in the meaningless. Money, of itself, means nothing. Material things, of themselves, mean nothing. It’s not that they’re bad. It’s that they’re nothing.”

~ Marianne Williamson (A Return to Love)

6 thoughts on “Where do you look for meaning?”

  1. And where do you look for abundance? Same thoughts here as in your lecture “Living in abundance” — just substitute “abundance” for “meaning.” Wonderfully abundant meaning!

  2. Evan: It sounds like you may be familiar with ACIM. Are you?? When I stumbled across that book some months ago, the similar thoughts in it to CS just blew me away! But I started to feel guilty that I was spending time reading and being inspired by something other than S&H and CS. And I didn’t know if it was okay or not to love what I was reading (well, the parts that were very similar to CS, that is). Is it okay?? Your comments, please?
    (I had been going through a very difficult time, and was needing to hear the Truth put in a different way or something, something that wasn’t so familiar to where I wasn’t quite hearing the words any more.) And then that book crossed my path and gave fresh inspiration when I really needed it. Can we love Truth wherever we find it, even in a book other than S&H and the Bible? The strong teaching in ACIM about total forgiveness of ourselves really helped me. I hope you will comment back to my question. Thanks much.

  3. Many years ago I read part of ACIM and found many useful ideas too. There are many good ideas in the teachings. It left me wanting more though, as I read, and I happily ended up back in S&H where I get the deep metaphysical truths so readily and so easily.

  4. Thanks for your comment back to me, Evan. Yes, I know what you mean. S&H is still my rock. Whenever I really need to run to something in a hurry for help, it’s truths I learned in S&H that will automatically come to me, rather than from any other book.

  5. Attn Evan: I was wondering: who is
    Marianne Williamson (referenced in your blog)? And is “A Return to Love” more of her sayings? If so, is it something that you’ve read and enjoyed, and can recommend as good reading?

  6. Marianne Williamson was a popular writer about a decade ago. “Return to Love,” was a book that became well known at that time. She teaches out of A Course of Miracles. I’m sure the book is easy to find in bookstores of libraries.

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