Review Lesson 55


The practicality of the first 50 workbook lessons is truly amazing. Apply them to anything you encounter, and what is offered you is something that goes beyond practical altogether. You are literally offered a holy instant, revelation, vision, communication between you and God. This can’t really be expressed in words, it is an experience. As Jesus says in the first chapters of A Course In Miracles “Revelation is intensely personal and cannot be meaningfully translated. That is why any attempt to describe it in words is impossible. Revelation induces only experience.” And as you apply the review lesson for today, you catch a glimpse of the infinite possibility that is offered you right here and right now.

I am determined to see things differently.
What I see now are but signs of disease, disaster and death. This cannot be what God created for His beloved Son. The very fact that I see such things is proof that I do not understand God. Therefore I also do not understand His Son. What I see tells me that I do not know who I am. I am determined to see the witnesses to the truth in me, rather than those which show me an illusion of myself.

What I see is a form of vengeance.
The world I see is hardly the representation of loving thoughts. It is a picture of attack on everything by everything. It is anything but a reflection of the Love of God and the love of His Son. It is my own attack thoughts that give rise to this picture. My loving thoughts will save me from this perception of the world, and give me the peace God intended me to have.

I can escape from this world by giving up attack thoughts.
Herein lies salvation, and nowhere else. Without attack thoughts I could not see a world of attack. As forgiveness allows love to return to my awareness, I will see a world of peace and safety and joy. And it is this I choose to see, in place of what I look on now.

I do not perceive my own best interests.
How could I recognize my own best interests when I do not know who I am? What I think are my best interests would merely bind me closer to the world of illusions. I am willing to follow the Guide God has given me to find out what my own best interests are, recognizing that I cannot perceive them by myself.

I do not know what anything is for.
To me, the purpose of everything is to prove that my illusions about myself are real. It is for this purpose that I attempt to use everyone and everything. It is for this that I believe the world is for. Therefore I do not recognize its real purpose. The purpose I have given the world has led to a frightening picture of it. Let me open my mind to the world’s real purpose by withdrawing the one I have given it, and learning the truth about it.

Pick any of these reviews, and it will work. There might be one that speaks to you more than another, use it. Apply it. Remind yourself often today of what is offered you. This is not about relying on your own feeble strength and interpretation, something is offered you that goes entirely beyond any limitation. It is the only thing that makes you truly happy.It is the only thing you truly want.


God Is My Source. I Cannot See Apart From Him.


Perception is not an attribute of God. His is the realm of knowledge. Yet He has created the Holy Spirit as the Mediator between perception and knowledge. Without this link with God, perception would have replaced knowledge forever in your mind. With this link with God, perception will become so changed and purified that it will lead to knowledge. That is its function as the Holy Spirit sees it. Therefore, that is its function in truth.

As you read A Course In Miracles and practice the workbook, you start to realize that the body’s eyes don’t see at all. The first 50 lessons in the workbook direct you to the awareness that what you see is meaningless, that you look only with a past reference, therefore you can’t understand anything you see. It’s pretty uncompromising. You, as you experience yourself, are not seeing at all. You are merely looking at reflections of ideas in your own mind.

In God you cannot see. Perception has no function in God, and does not exist. Yet in salvation, which is the undoing of what never was, perception has a mighty purpose. Made by the Son of God for an unholy purpose, it must become the means for the restoration of his holiness to his awareness. Perception has no meaning. Yet does the Holy Spirit give it a meaning very close to God’s. Healed perception becomes the means by which the Son of God forgives his brother, and thus forgives himself.

You have been told that you are dreaming, and that you are the dreamer of the dream. That everything you thought was real, are actually things that you have made up and then projected outside of you. This mindtraining is not for the faint of heart. Are you willing to look at what you have made up and recognize its unreality? Everything that you have used to maintain the illusion can now be used, through the Holy Spirit, for your awakening. What you have made for an unholy purpose, can now be redirected to a holy purpose. You can see things differently, simply by changing your mind. You are not alone in this. You get all the help in the universe.

You cannot see apart from God because you cannot be apart from God. Whatever you do you do in Him, because whatever you think, you think with His Mind. If vision is real, and it is real to the extent to which it shares the Holy Spirit’s purpose, then you cannot see apart from God.

The offering of the workbook lesson is a sentence you can say to yourself all through the day. A reminder. A refocusing, A redirection. A remembering. To know again that you are as God created you. Not just in words, but in experience. With eyes open:

God is my Source. I cannot see this desk apart from Him

God is my Source. I cannot see that picture apart from Him.

With eyes closed:

I see through the eyes of forgiveness.

I see the world as blessed.

The world can show me myself.

You change your mind, inward, and you see things differently, outward. Cause and effect. You are the cause of what you see. You think it, then project it outward, and now it seems to be outside of you. Amazing, isn’t it. You may not believe it, it may seem to outrageous, but it is the fact of the matter and it is your salvation. When you recognize the power of your mind (to move mountains is the least you can do), you realize the importance of mindtraining.

God is my Source. I cannot see you apart from Him.

God is my Source. I cannot see this apart from Him.

I see my own thoughts, which are like God’s.

I Choose To See My Brother’s Sinlessness

Forgiveness is a choice. I never see my brother as he is, for that is far beyond perception. What I see in him is merely what I wish to see, because it stands for what I want to be the truth. It is to this alone that I respond, however much I seem to be impelled by outside happenings. I choose to see what I would look upon, and this I see, and only this. My brother’s sinlessness shows me that I would look upon my own. And I will see it, having chosen to behold my brother in its holy light.

Today’s lesson shows you that the body’s eyes do not really see at all. They merely show you what you want to see and this is why the mind training through the workbook lessons is so essential. Simply look at lesson number 1 and 2:

Nothing I see means anything.

I have given what I see all the meaning that it has for me.

Jesus always directs you back to your own mind, His teaching is completely singular. He asks you to look at what you value, what it is you want to see, and then asks you if this is really what you want. If you want a grievance, you will see it, but if you want forgiveness, that will be what you receive. Not by demanding it, but by giving it.

What could restore Your memory to me, except to see my brother’s sinlessness? His holiness reminds me that he was created one with me, and like myself. In him I find my Self, and in Your Son I find the memory of You as well.

Finally you are simply tired of the story. No matter how much you are justified in what you think you see, ultimately you know it won’t make you happy and so you really don’t want it anymore. When you feel your whole world collapse in on you, you realize that you are only making things up in your own mind, and you know that all you have to do is look directly at what it is you are doing and to ask the Holy Spirit to undo it all for you. He is waiting for your request, He is your Guide, your Counselor, your Friend. Ask Him for help today and He will gladly respond. He is your Guide to happiness that is not of this world. And it is this happiness that you deserve and that you really want.

I am blessed as a Son of God

Today we will begin to assert some of the happy things to which you are entitled, being what you are. No long practice periods are required today, but very frequent short ones are necessary. Once every ten minutes would be highly desirable, and you are urged to attempt this schedule and to adhere to it whenever possible. If you forget, try again. If there are long interruptions, try again. Whenever you remember, try again.

This is really the beauty of A Course In Miracles: every moment is brand new. Time is not sequential in reality and there is only this moment, right here and now, where you can let all things be revealed to you anew. Jesus is so incredible in this lesson, He tells you that if you forget, try again. If you fail, try again. Your previous experience is never held against you. Never. An awakened mind only stands in the right here and right now, because it is really the only time there is. The past is over, the future not yet, so all that matters is this moment. What do you choose to do this moment?

You need not close your eyes for the exercise periods, although you will probably find it more helpful if you do.  However, you may be in a number of situations during the day when closing your eyes would not be feasible. Do not miss a practice period because of this. You can practice quite well under any circumstances, if you really want to.

There really is no room for escape in this lesson, no excuse for anything. If you forget, try again. If you can’t close your eyes during the practice period, keep them open. Just remember the lesson. Practice it every 10 minutes.

I am blessed as a Son of God
I am happy, peaceful, loving and contented.

I am blessed as a Son of God
I am calm, quiet, assured and confident.

What you ultimately have to recognize is that the experience that you are having is the one that you have chosen.  You can today choose the experience that you are blessed as a Son of God. You can choose to experience the peace of God, the love of God. You can stand in the certainty that the world you perceive is the direct result of  what you think. There is no without, it all happens within. Repeat the lesson for today and all worries disappear, all confusion evaporates in the nothingness that it is. Every moment you choose between hell or heaven, the ego or God, you are never helpless. The power of your mind is what salvation is and today you remember your true Identity.

I am blessed as a Son of God.

A meaningless world engenders fear

Today’s idea is really another form of the preceding one, except that it is more specific as to the emotion aroused.  Actually, a meaningless world is impossible. Nothing without meaning exists. However, it does not follow that you will not think you perceive something that has no meaning. On the contrary, you will be particularly likely to think you do perceive it.

So it really does all begin and end with you. It’s your perception that affects you, and no matter how much you are told that what you perceive has no meaning, you are determined that it does. Thank God for A Course In Miracles, thank God for Jesus who tells you:

Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it, nothing more than that. But though it is no more than that, it is not less. Therefore, to you it is important. It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition. As a man thinketh, so does he perceive. Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world.

-Chapter 21 Reason and Perception

It’s the hardest thing for you to accept: there is nothing outside of you. Nothing can change until you change your mind. Until that moment you are simply rearranging the effects of your mind, and it has no purpose whatsoever except you trying to get comfortable in a meaningless world. Change your mind about what you see. Be willing to be wrong for a moment. What have you got to lose? The whole world you see.

Recognition of meaninglessness arouses intense anxiety in all the separated ones. It represents a situation in which God and the ego “challenge” each other as to whose meaning is to be written in the empty space that meaninglessness provides. The ego rushes in frantically to establish its own ideas there, fearful that the void may otherwise be used to demonstrate its own impotence and unreality. And on this alone it is correct.

Today you are asked to stand still. You are asked to not rush in and fill the void, the empty space of meaninglessness. Let it be an empty space for God to write upon. Let things be revealed to you. You are so busy trying to change and adjust everything that you forget that all that is required is for you to show up totally. Be present. Come in fully. Give yourself away. It’s not about the form, it is about the light that you are.

My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world

It seems as if the world determines what you perceive. Today’s idea introduces the concept that your thoughts determine the world you see.

It’s amazing in it’s simplicity, and yet it’s constantly overlooked. Your thoughts determine the world you see. Your thoughts determine the experience that you are having. You keep insisting that it is something outside of you that needs to change, when all you have to do is go inward and look at the thoughts that you are having.

Be glad indeed to practice the idea in its initial form, for in this idea is your release made sure. The key to forgiveness lies in it.

Your meaningless thoughts are showing you a meaningless world. Your boring thoughts are giving you a boring experience. The only shake-up that needs to happen is in your mind. What an amazing thing. You constantly try to get comfortable, to arrange things to your liking, when all you need do is change your mind about the world. Make no mistake, what you consider to be your holy thoughts are still as meaningless as what you consider to be your unholy ones. Practice the idea well today, it is here for you. It’s never too early, it’s never too late, it is simply the right time for you to hear this message.

My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.