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.


Nothing I See Means Anything

Here it is, the glorious beginning of a new year. Let this year be different by making it all the same, is the advice that Jesus gives you in A Course In Miracles. It does require a mind training, it requires the willingness to sit down every day and practice the lesson. You might tell yourself that you know the lesson already, that you are done with the workbook, but it is my experience that this Course changes with the change of my mind. And so I read sentences that were never there before. I read things differently, I see things differently. No matter what, the first thing in the morning I turn my mind to God and ask Him what miracles He would have me do today. And then I open the Course and read the lesson for the day.

The purpose of the workbook is to train your mind in a systematic way to a different perception of everyone and everything in the world. The exercises are planned to help you generalize the lessons, so that you will understand that each of them is equally applicable to everyone and everything you see.

Nothing I see in this room [on this street, from this window, in this place] means anything.

Make no mistake, your transformation is physical. As you change your mind about the world you see, as you turn your will and your life over to God, something happens to you on a cellular level. It is an awakening. Don’t be concerned about it. Something is happening in you and it is divine. What you choose to do with this day is up to you, what you use it for is your choice. Why not practice the lesson and get the total benefit? Why not teach this message and give to your brothers what you have been given? There is no greater purpose, all it takes is the willingness to say:

This table does not mean anything.
This chair does not mean anything.
This hand does not mean anything.
This foot does not mean anything.
This pen does not mean anything.

That door does not mean anything.
That body does not mean anything.
That lamp does not mean anything.
That sign does not mean anything.
That shadow does not mean anything.

Remember only this; you need not believe the ideas, you need not accept them, and you need not even welcome them. Some of them you may actively resist. None of this will matter, or decrease their efficacy. But do not allow yourself to make exceptions in applying the ideas the workbook contains, and whatever your reactions to the ideas may be, use them. Nothing more than that is required.

My eyes, my tongue, my hands, my feet today have but one purpose; to be given Christ to use to bless the world with miracles.

Father, I give all that is mine today to Christ, to use in any way that best will serve the purpose that I share with Him.  Nothing is mine alone, for He and I have joined in purpose. Thus has learning come almost to its appointed end. A while I work with Him to serve His purpose. Then I lose myself in my Identity, and recognize that Christ is but my Self.

Today you declare that you give everything to Christ to be used for His purpose. What a joy. By giving yourself away, by being in full service, you discover that there is where your happiness lies. How can you be truly helpful? What is it that you can do or say that keeps your contact with your Creator open and clear in your mind? Your gift to your brother is your gift to yourself. You are put to work in God’s service and your awareness of your inheritance becomes clear in your mind. You recognize your true Identity in God and then lose yourself in it. Only to be found anew, to be reborn in Christ. It is the happy recognition that there is nothing outside of you. The Voice you listen to is Yours. The Christ you recognize is your Self.