Mindlessness in A Course in Miracles (ACIM) means so much more than not paying attention. Since we are choosing all the time, being mindless is agreeing with the miscreations of the ego thought system to focus on the projected forms of the world as reality instead of the mind as the cause. It is avoidance of admitting the choice we are really making which is to deny Love, God and Truth by pretending we don’t see how we are choosing, or that we are unable to choose differently (helpless).
ACIM is all about content, or the mind, you are using for the cause; and cause is what you are choosing, or agreeing with, in the mind. You see the corresponding effect once you do that. Forms are the behaviors and things projected into the world as miscreations made by the ego, i.e., they are merely judgments from agreeing with the ego mind as cause.
Forms are mindlessness which leads to helplessness. The natural progression is into projected passive-aggressive behaviors to handle situations.
The definition of mindless is, “Acting or done without justification or concern for the consequences.” In other words, you behave like you don’t have any idea what you are doing and there’s no choice.
Let’s be clear: It is agreeing with the ego that you are a helpless victim of forms (effects of the ego) and there’s nothing you can do but modify behaviors. You are choosing both the “right” and “wrong” ego mind perception which is agreeing with error and using error to correct error.
The definition of ‘helpless’ is, “Unable to defend oneself or act without help,” and it plays out like this:
Help: Mindlessness is choosing (agreeing to) the ego’s help as you focus on forms instead of content. You’re at the mercy of ego conditions, must choose among them for experiences, and see no way out (helpless).
Defense: When you try to solve form problems within form, instead of giving them up for correction of the mind, the only ego solution is attack. All attack is meant to defend (protect) the ego’s errors, i.e., agree with them by joining them which is projection.
Passive-aggressive thoughts and behaviors are the ego’s solution to this mindless helplessness. It is a way to feel more powerful and in control of the world.
Most consider war an aggressive attack. Passive is also an attack or a denial of Love because it is agreeing with ego conditions (errors) and projecting those onto another. Because it is so covert, it is harder to recognize until you decide you’ve had enough, bring it into the light and look at it.