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.



Today’s lesson is It can be but my gratitude I earn and it is an amazing lesson. A Course In Miracles always directs your mind to singularity, which is your natural state. Every sentence is packed with love, light and the peace of God and can direct you in an instant to a revelation that is beyond this world altogether.

It can be but my gratitude I earn.

Here is the second step we take to free your mind from the belief in outside force pitted against your own.

This refers, of course, to the previous lesson It can be but myself I crucify. But look at the sentence, look at it as a whole. You are told very clearly that there is no such thing as outside forces pitted against your own. This one sentence tells you there is nothing outside of you, and it is only the beginning of the lesson.

How easily are God and guilt confused by those who know not what their thoughts can do.

Power of mind. Right there you are shown that your thoughts are more powerful than you now believe. You think your thoughts are neutral, that nobody knows what you are thinking (or at least you hope so…) and you surely don’t believe that anyone is affected by what you think. You are mistaken.

Your gratitude is all your gifts require, that they be a lasting offering of a thankful heart, released from hell forever.

You have already been shown that there are no outside forces pitted against your own, you have been shown the power of your mind, and now you are told that all that is required for the gifts you give is your gratitude. Not the gratitude of someone else. Simply offering a gift in gratitude, be it material or not, changes everything, changes the world.

It does not matter if another thinks your gifts unworthy. In his mind there is a part that joins with yours in thanking you. It does not matter if your gifts seem lost and ineffectual. They are received where they are given. In your gratitude are they accepted universally, and thankfully acknowledged by the Heart of God Himself.

Wow! Amazing. I am simply trying to convey  how packed every sentence is, how there is a gift in every word, and that when you open your mind, when you are willing to receive, you can hear each word and each sentence perfectly. It becomes an instant revelation, every instant. And this is simply between you and God. It can’t really be shared, but it can be given away in the experience of your gratitude for what you have been given.

Thanks be to you, the holy Son of God. For as you were created, you contain all things within your Self. And you are still as God created you. Nor can you dim the light of your perfection. In your heart the Heart of God is laid. He holds you dear, because you are Himself. All gratitude belongs to you, because of what you are.

Feel these words, experience them, they are for you, right here and right now. In your gratitude you extend to all the world in the recognition of your singular experience. Don’t try to understand it, just accept it gratefully. You are the holy Son of God. That is your reality and you recognize it in this moment.

There is no will but God’s

A Course In Miracles reveals itself to you anew every moment, if you let it. And it is the most astonishing experience to read the lesson with an open mind and be in the actual revelation: I have never read this before. The temptation will always be to say, “I have done the lessons, I have read the text, I know what it says”. This only leads you to a static way of living in which nothing new can be revealed to you. When you think you know, you don’t ask for help. Jesus says, “Be ye as little children.” Little children ask for help, because they are aware that they do not know. And then the dichotomy of the whole teaching: ask because you realize you do not know, then let it be revealed to you that all knowledge is in you. Go figure, the answer was in you all along. But it was like you threw away the key to the door, and just assumed that it would remain closed forever. My gratitude is still for the workbook lessons, because they are a constant revelation to me, and a reminder that I am as God created me.

There is no will but God’s.

The idea for today can be regarded as the central thought toward which all our exercises are directed. God’s is the only Will. When you have recognized this, you have recognized that your will is His. The belief that conflict is possible has gone. Peace has replaced the strange idea that you are torn by conflicting goals. As an expression of the Will of God, you have no goal but His.

There is great peace in today’s idea, and the exercises for today are directed towards finding it. The idea itself is wholly true. Therefore it cannot give rise to illusions. Without illusions conflict is impossible. Let us try to recognize this today, and experience the peace this recognition brings.

There is no will but God’s. I cannot be in conflict.

To actually take the time to do the lesson, to apply it to your mind, is an amazing thing. It means that you are willing, willing to be undone, willing to be corrected, willing to let all things be revealed to you anew. What a miracle. It doesn’t matter what brought you to this point, it matters that you are here now. You read the lesson with an open mind, like a child of God, and let it be revealed to you. You are willing to sit down quietly, for a few minutes, and let related thoughts come to your mind.

I am at peace.
Nothing can disturb me. My will is God’s.
My will and God’s are one.
God wills peace for His Son.

And when thoughts of conflict come up, you realize you do not want them and you are willing to say:

There is no will but God’s. I share it with Him. My conflicts about ___ cannot be real.

And to let it all go.

This is no little thing. It is everything. You are willing to be wrong about everything, to let yourself be guided to a new way of seeing, a new way of thinking. Truly, a miracle. There is much to be grateful for. Thank you.

Be in my mind, my Father, through the day

Today’s lesson is such an amazing prayer. Simply the title of it puts you in a different frame of mind altogether.

Be in my mind, my Father, through the day.

In case you hadn’t noticed, this lesson is written in iambic pentameter. Simply put, a line of iambic pentameter sounds like this:

Be IN my MIND my FAther THROUGH the DAY

And this is true for every lesson in part II of the workbook. Starting at lesson 221 you can find iambic pentameter in every single lesson.

Peace TO my MIND, let ALL my THOUGHTS be STILL
God IS with ME. I LIVE and MOVE in HIM

It’s a great practice. When you remember the lesson you can simply say it out loud and count to ten. It’s a can’t miss and it shows you really how out of time this course is.

Recognizing the beauty of this, you may think that your awakening is smooth sailing.

The grass is pushing through the soil, the trees are budding now, and birds have come to live within their branches.  Earth is being born again in new perspective. Night has gone, and we have come together in the light.

These are always the favorite quotes from the course. You love the idea that flowers blossom and a stream starts to flow again in your experience. And this, of course, does happen. But there are those moments when you trip and fall, and you wonder what the hell is going on. Those moments are your wake- up calls, and they usually aren’t pretty. Don’t worry about it. It is simply the moment where you ask for help and you recognize that you don’t like how you feel now. Look again, take responsibility, and let yourself be shown another way. Chapter 30 is dedicated to this.

At least I can decide I do not like what I feel now.
And so I hope I have been wrong.

It’s the joy of recognizing that you are wrong and the allowance for the correction. Let the Holy Spirit take care of it. Be willing to be wrong about everything: your idea of love, of giving, of extension of light. Let it all be revealed to you anew in your total dependence on God. This day your focus is on God. There is a place in you where you remember your Father perfectly well. It is a place of quiet, of peace, and it is in you. Stay in prayer today, stay with God. He knows you completely, beyond the body and beyond every idea about yourself. Forget everything you have learned about love and let it be revealed to you anew. Let it be a revelation right here and now.

Be in my mind, my Father, when I wake, and shine on me throughout the day today. Let every minute be a time in which I dwell with You. And let me not forget my hourly thanksgiving that You have remained with me, and always will be there to hear my call to You and answer me. As evening comes, let all my thoughts be still of You and of Your Love. And let me sleep sure of my safety, certain of Your care, and happily aware I am Your Son.

This is as every day should be. Today, practice the end of fear. Have faith in Him Who is your Father. Trust all things to Him. Let Him reveal all things to you, and be you undismayed because you are His Son.

My holiness envelops everything I see

Today’s idea extends the idea for yesterday from the perceiver to the perceived. You are holy because your mind is part of God’s. And because you are holy, your sight must be holy as well. “Sinless” means without sin. You cannot be without sin a little. You are sinless or not. If your mind is part of God’s you must be sinless, or a part of His Mind would be sinful.  Your sight is related to His Holiness, not to your ego, and therefore not to your body.

Vision is not related to the body, has nothing to do with the body’s eyes, because it comes from God. Your sight is related to His Holiness and has nothing to do with you as you see yourself within an identity. Today is the day to let go of the idea that seeing has to do with the body’s eyes. These eyes do not see anything. They are only used to connect the past to the present, and so you do not see at all. Vision has nothing to do with time. Vision only sees things right now and right here, as they truly are. It’s revelatory. All things are revealed to you when you empty your mind of every thought, every idea you believe is true, every memory or anticipation. Point to your forehead and say, ‘Empty’. That’s a good start. Now let all things be revealed to you anew.

My holiness envelops that rug.
My holiness envelops that wall.
My holiness envelops these fingers.
My holiness envelops that chair.
My holiness envelops that body.
My holiness envelops this pen.

Your holiness, given you by God, envelops everything you see. It envelops every thing and every body, big or small, animate or inanimate. This revelation changes everything. Now you are seeing things as they are, because you remember who you are. You are holy, very holy, because your mind is part of God’s. And your holiness envelops everything you see. Remember it today, repeat it to yourself. Take a moment in your busy day and spend it with God. This is your natural state, you are one with your Creator, and He has everything to show you.

I have invented the world I see

Today we are continuing to develop the theme of cause and effect. You are not the victim of the world you see because you invented it. You can give it up as easily as you made it up. You will see it or not see it, as you wish. While you want it you will see it; when you no longer want it, it will not be there for you to see.

The world you see is your invention. You have made up everything you see and you sustain the world through your thoughts about it. Every idea you have about what you see is simply wrong. The reason is:

1. Nothing I see means anything
2. I have given what I see all the meaning it has for me
3. I do not understand anything I see
4. These thoughts do not mean anything
5. I am never upset for the reason I think
6. I am upset because I see what is not there
7. I see only the past
8. My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts
9. I see nothing as it is now
10. My thoughts do not mean anything
11. My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.
12. I am upset because I see a meaningless world
13. A meaningless world engenders fear
14. God did not create a meaningless world
15. My thoughts are images that I have made
16. I have no neutral thoughts
17. I see no neutral things
18. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing
19. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts
20. I am determined to see
21. I am determined to see things differently
22. What I see is a form of vengeance
23. I can escape from this world by giving up attack thoughts.
24. I do not perceive my own best interest
25. I do not know what anything is for
26. My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability
27. Above all else I want to see
28. Above all else I want to see differently
29. God is in everything I see
30. God is in everything I see because God is in my mind
31. I am not the victim of the world I see
32. I have invented the world I see

It really is as simple as applying the lessons. They speak for themselves. They are the undoing of you as you see yourself in an identity separate from God. You literally feel yourself dissolve into God as you apply these ideas to yourself, to your mind. Be willing not to know anything and to let all things be revealed to you. That is all that is required.

I have invented this situation as I see it.

I have invented the world I see.