The first lesson of the Course In Miracles is a radical beginning. I am instructed to look around my surroundings and affirm that everything I see does not mean anything. Literally, I am to look around the room and say "That door does not mean anything", "That window does not mean anything", and so on.
Its definitely not the sort of pious, fear-wielding, guilt-causing orders that you might think of when considering other religions. This is one of many differences of the Course In Miracles, it is not a religion. It is a mind re-training, teaching you to re-perceive reality in a correct manner.
This lesson was a good reminder that I see objects and they actually have no meaning. It is only when my mind makes a decision, based on beliefs that may or may not be true to me or anyone else, that any object suddenly comes to acquire meaning.
This makes me wonder. What beliefs have I acquired simply due to a decision I made in the heat of a moment in my past? Am I even conscious of them? Would I agree with them now at this present time in my awareness?