We are still in the review lessons, and they are spectacular. Leave it to A Course In Miracles to let the Introduction and the repeating of a lesson be a complete experience in an of itself. Let’s take a look at what you are told by Jesus in the introduction to these reviews. It takes some rigorous honesty to read the confrontation that He offers you.
Our next review begins today. We will review two recent lessons every day for ten successive days of practicing. We will observe a special format for these practice periods, that you are urged to follow just as closely as you can.
We understand, of course, that it may be impossible for you to undertake what is suggested here as optimal each day and every hour of the day. Learning will not be hampered when you miss a practice period because it is impossible at the appointed time. Nor is it necessary that you make excessive efforts to be sure that you catch up in terms of numbers. Rituals are not our aim, and would defeat our goal.
But learning will be hampered when you skip a practice period because you are unwilling to devote the time to it that you are asked to give. Do not deceive yourself in this. Unwillingness can be most carefully concealed behind a cloak of situations you cannot control. Learn to distinguish situations that are poorly suited to your practicing from those that you establish to uphold a camouflage for your unwillingness.
You don’t get away with anything. Thank God for that. This Course is not some whishy-washy attempt at enlightenment, it is an undoing of a thought system that prevents you from experiencing the light that you are. It is a mind training. The Course starts out by telling you that you do not choose the curriculum, you can only decide what you want to do at any given time. So, you follow instructions. You listen carefully. You do as you are told. And you are given everything.
The format you should use for these reviews is this: Devote five minutes twice a day, or longer if you would prefer it, to considering the thoughts that are assigned. Read over the ideas and comments that are written down for each day’s exercise. And then begin to think about them, while letting your mind relate them to your needs, your seeming problems and all your concerns.
Place the ideas within your mind, and let it use them as it chooses. Give it faith that it will use them wisely, being helped in its decisions by the One Who gave the thoughts to you. What can you trust but what is in your mind? Have faith, in these reviews, the means the Holy Spirit uses will not fail. The wisdom of your mind will come to your assistance. Give direction at the outset; then lean back in quiet faith, and let the mind employ the thoughts you gave as they were given you for it to use.
It is beautiful to look at this. You place the thoughts within your mind, and then you trust your mind to use the thoughts as it sees fit. You are helped in this. All you need to is practice as you are asked.
You have been given them in perfect trust; in perfect confidence that you would use them well; in perfect faith that you would see their messages and use them for yourself. Offer them to your mind in that same trust and confidence and faith. It will not fail. It is the Holy Spirit’s chosen means for your salvation. Since it has His trust, His means must surely merit yours as well.
Beautiful words. Read them. Feel them use them. Now let’s take a look at the review lessons for today.
(101) God’s Will for me is perfect happiness.
God’s Will is perfect happiness for me. And I can suffer
but from the belief there is another will apart from His.
(102) I share God’s Will for happiness for me.
I share my Father’s Will for me, His Son.
What He has given me is all I want.
What He has given me is all there is.
What God wills for you is perfect happiness. It is, in fact, a happiness that has nothing to do with this world. It goes beyond time and space altogether. It comes down to an experience of surrender, the recognition that there is a Plan that is of God, that you are given everything you need. This can’t be understood conceptually, it has to be an experience. So ask for the experience. Let it be given you. Beyond your reasoning, beyond your fear to survive and exist, beyond everything you now think you know lies the Peace of God. It is this you truly want.