Review Lesson 54

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These review lessons are amazing. Their compactness makes them even more expansive. Read these lessons by themselves and they offer you an experience that is not of this world. Read them all together and you find yourself transported to something words can’t describe. You are going so high, there is no limit. And everything that you have read, heard and seen, comes together in one holy instant. You recognize the thoughts you used to value are simply clouds that have prevented you from experiencing the light that you are. You are going beyond these clouds now, and your purpose is holier than you realize. Jesus is standing with you, cheering you on, saying, “Go on, clouds can’t stop you!” And you happily oblige.

The lessons are showing you that you are free. You are no longer bound by your own thoughts. You experience the power of your mind, you are remembering an ancient melody that is calling you Home. What a great opportunity, what a wonderful gift. A Course In Miracles has been given you and you have a purpose that is not of this world. All are called, but few choose to listen. You have listened, and you are home in Heaven with your Father now.

(16) I have no neutral thoughts.
Neutral thoughts are impossible because all thoughts have power. They will either make a false world or lead me to the real one. But thoughts cannot be without effects. As the world I see arises from my thinking errors, so will the real world rise before my eyes as I let my errors be corrected. My thoughts cannot be neither true nor false. They must be one or the other. What I see shows me which they are.

(17) I see no neutral things.
What I see witnesses to what I think. If I did not think I would not exist, because life is thought. Let me look on the world I see as the representation of my own state of mind. I know that my state of mind can change. And so I also know the world I see can change as well.

(18) I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.
If I have no private thoughts, I cannot see a private world. Even the mad idea of separation had to be shared before it could form the basis of the world I see. Yet that sharing was a sharing of nothing. I can also call upon my real thoughts, which share everything with everyone. As my thoughts of separation call to the separation thoughts of others, so my real thoughts awaken the real thoughts in them. And the world my real thoughts show me will dawn on their sight as well as mine.

(19) I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.
I am alone in nothing. Everything I think or say or do teaches all the universe. A Son of God cannot think or speak or act in vain. He cannot be alone in anything. It is therefore in my power to change every mind along with mine, for mine is the power of God.

(20) I am determined to see.
Recognizing the shared nature of my thoughts, I am determined to see. I would look upon the witnesses that show me the thinking of the world has been changed. I would behold the proof that what has been done through me has enabled love to replace fear, laughter to replace tears, and abundance to replace loss. I would look upon the real world, and let it teach me that my will and the Will of God are one.

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I see no neutral things

This idea is another step in the direction of identifying cause and effect as it really operates in the world. You see no neutral things because you have no neutral thoughts. It is always the thought that comes first, despite the temptation to believe that it is the other way around. This is not the way the world thinks, but you must learn that it is the way you think. If it were not so, perception would have no cause, and would itself be the cause of reality. In view of its highly variable nature, this is hardly likely.

You see no neutral things because you have no neutral thoughts. Today’s lesson is a beautiful follow-up on the previous one.

I have no neutral thoughts.

I see no neutral things.

Everything you see you associate with something. Nothing is simply what it is. You bring the past to everything and everyone, you think this is what knowledge is. The more past you have, the more you think you know. But the fact is: the more you bring time into it, the less you know. Knowledge is available to you right here and now, it has nothing to do with your thought system as you have been using it. This is why today’s lesson is crucial for the undoing of your false idea of self, your false idea of thinking. You see no neutral things.

I do not see a neutral wall, because my thoughts about walls are not neutral.
I do not see a neutral body, because my thoughts about bodies are not neutral.

It’s amazing how many thoughts come in when you look at one single object. You do this all the time and you don’t even realize it. Everything is linked to everything else. There is a continuous timeline in your thinking.  It is simply amazing that you are shown all this in A Course In Miracles. What you are offered here is not of this world. You are remembering your Self and it has nothing to do with the world, with time, with any idea about anything. Are you willing to let go of every idea you have ever had? That’s all it takes to recognize your oneness with God. Jesus tells you in the Urtext, ” God is not in you, but you are a part of God.” It’s all the difference there is. It’s the letting go of yourself as a separate identity and the recognition that minds are joined. It’s right next to every idea you have ever had, but only God can lead you to it. Be grateful that it is only your undoing and not your doing. It doesn’t require your understanding, only your willingness.

I have no neutral thoughts

These lessons are absolute lifesavers, and they are so easy to apply. Whenever you feel your mind wander into thoughts, going down a path that leads nowhere, you simply remember the lesson for today.

I have no neutral thoughts.

Everything you see is the result of your thoughts. There is no exception to this fact. Thoughts are not big or little; powerful or weak. They are merely true or false. Those that are true create their own likeness. Those that are false make theirs.

It is amazing how everything is given you. I was reading the Urtext and it is mind blowing to see how Jesus literally addresses everything that is happening, even to the seeming littlest things: a meeting, a phone conversation, a thought. And He will say: you only have to ask me first. It is really that simple. Every moment of every day you can ask for help, every moment of every day you can apply the lesson of the workbook. It’s all used, it’s all integrated, and it is indeed a mind training. The undoing of your mind as you use it now.

There is no more self-contradictory concept than that of “idle thoughts.” What gives rise to the perception of a whole world can hardly be called idle. Every thought you have contributes to truth or to illusion; either it extends the truth or it multiplies illusions. You can indeed multiply nothing, but you will not extend it by doing so.

Talk about a wake-up call… Every thought you have contributes to truth or illusion. That brings the responsibility right back to you. What decision are you making right now? What thought are you having? This does take vigilance. Watch your mind wander and say:

This thought about ___ is not a neutral thought.
That thought about ___ is not a neutral thought.

This is the key to salvation. You recognize that every thought you have brings either peace or war; either love or fear. A neutral result is impossible because a neutral thought is impossible. Now it get’s intense, now it gets exciting. You realize that you need help every moment, with every thought you have. As much as you want salvation, as much as you want to awaken, you can’t do it yourself. You can only take the first step, show the little willingness, the rest is up to God. You still think you can decide, you still think you can make up the rules for you transformation, it is not so. It is simply the following of instructions: do the lesson. When you are asked to go somewhere, you do it and you make sure that you are on time. You show your brother courtesy. Freedom is not in doing your own will. Freedom is in following directions, listening to One Who Knows, freedom is of the mind and has nothing to do with circumstances. Today’s lesson offers you absolute freedom in the undoing of your thought system.You have no neutral thoughts. You recognize the power of your mind and you take responsibility for it. Now you are in an awakening experience.