“Seeing a meaningless world brings about fear.”
Many things do not yet have, and may never have, the meaning to you that they have to others. You are constantly calculating the meaning for others on their behalf, anticipating, concluding, expecting the meaning for them to make communication more complete between you. If you allow others to take responsibility for the creation of their own world you are free to create your world without the meaninglessness of the world of others.
It is essential, therefore, that you learn to recognize the meaningless, and accept it without fear. If you are fearful, it is certain that you will see meaning in a world that does not exist, crowding it with images that do not exist. To the conscious ego illusions are safety devices.
The exercises for today, which should be done about three or four times, for not more than a minute or so at most each time, are to be practiced in a somewhat different way from the preceding ones. With eyes closed, repeat today’s idea to yourself. “Seeing a meaningless world brings about fear.” Then open your eyes and look about you slowly, saying: “I am looking at a meaningless world.”
Repeat this statement to yourself as you look about. Then close your eyes and conclude with: “Seeing a meaningless world brings about fear because I think I am responsible for how others react to the way I see the world.”
You may find it difficult to avoid resistance, in one form or another, to this concluding statement. Whatever form such resistance may take, remind yourself that you are really afraid of being harmed by the behavior of others if you release your control over the world outside of you. You are not expected to believe the statement at this point. Note carefully, however, any signs of specific fear which it may arouse.