Review Lesson 116

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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.

Review Lesson 81

Lightoftheworld

The review lessons for today are

(61) I am the light of the world.

(62) Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.

But do not miss the introduction to these lessons, because what it tells you is spectacular.

Do not allow your intent to waver in the face of distracting thoughts. Realize that, whatever form such thoughts may take, they have no meaning and no power. Replace them with your determination to succeed. Do not forget that your will has power over all fantasies and dreams. Trust it to see you through, and carry you beyond them all.

Regard these practice periods as dedications to the way, the truth and the life. Refuse to be sidetracked into detours, illusions and thoughts of death. You are dedicated to salvation. Be determined each day not to leave your function unfulfilled.

You are always directed to the power of your mind, to the peace that is available to you as created by God. This peace is not found by knowing the right people, holding on to your possessions and judgments. It is not found in any of the thoughts that you think you think, it is not found in your belief that you are a body. Let it sink in that you are mind, you are pure mind. The peace of God is in you, and as you find it in yourself, you extend it to everyone and everything. It is not a taking, or a getting, it is a giving and receiving.

I am the light of the world.

How holy am I, who have been given the function of lighting up the world! Let me be still before my holiness. In its calm light let all my conflicts disappear. In its peace let me remember Who I am.
Some specific forms for applying this idea when special difficulties seem to arise might be:

Let me not obscure the light of the world in me.
Let the light of the world shine through this appearance.
This shadow will vanish before the light.

In the introduction Jesus asks you to take about fifteen minutes for each review, to begin by thinking about the ideas for the day. It is an assignment. It is your homework for today. You read the comments slowly and then close your eyes and listen. Someone is trying to tell you something.

Forgiveness is my function as the light of the world.

It is through accepting my function that I will see the light in me. And in this light will my function stand clear and perfectly unambiguous before my sight. My acceptance does not depend on my recognizing what my function is, for I do not yet understand forgiveness. Yet I will trust that, in the light, I will see it as it is.
Specific forms for using this idea might include:

Let this help me learn what forgiveness means.
Let me not separate my function from my will.
I will not use this for an alien purpose.

It is no small thing that you are being offered today. Peace and light and love are in you, and you can experience them. In the application of today’s lesson forget for a moment everything you believe, let go of all the alliances you have forged to establish yourself as a body and as successful. Allow it all to collapse in on you, in your mind, so it can resurrect in truth. You are not a body, you are free. You are as God created you. This is the truth and you can experience it here and now.

Review Lesson 56

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A Course In Miracles is really the only book where the Introduction and the Review are just as incredible as the text and workbook lessons themselves. Every word is inspirational, every line offers you an experience beyond this world, beyond time and space. As you allow these reviews to work in you, you start to recognize what you are being offered. And you feel grateful.

My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.
How can I know who I am when I see myself as under constant attack? Pain, illness, loss, age and death seem to threaten me. All my hopes and wishes and plans appear to be at the mercy of a world I cannot control. Yet perfect security and complete fulfillment are my inheritance. I have tried to give my inheritance away in exchange for the world I see. But God has kept my inheritance safe for me. My own real thoughts will teach me what it is.

Above all else I want to see.
Recognizing that what I see reflects what I think I am, I realize that vision is my greatest need. The world I see attests to the fearful nature of the self-image I have made. If I would remember who I am, it is essential that I let this image of myself go. As it is replaced by truth, vision will surely be given me. And with this vision, I will look upon the world and on myself with charity and love.

Above all else I want to see differently.
The world I see holds my fearful self-image in place, and guarantees its continuance. While I see the world as I see it now, truth cannot enter my awareness. I would let the door behind this world be opened for me, that I may look past it to the world that reflects the Love of God.

God is in everything I see.
Behind every image I have made, the truth remains unchanged. Behind every veil I have drawn across the face of love, its light remains undimmed. Beyond all my insane wishes is my will, united with the Will of my Father. God is still everywhere and in everything forever. And we who are part of Him will yet look past all appearances, and recognize the truth beyond them all.

God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.
In my own mind, behind all my insane thoughts of separation and attack, is the knowledge that all is one forever. I have not lost the knowledge of Who I am because I have forgotten it. It has been kept for me in the Mind of God, Who has not left His Thoughts. And I, who am among them, am one with them and one with Him.

The lessons work perfectly in and of themselves. Read them and feel them working in you. Everything you need is given you. And if you like to listen to the daily lessons, I invite you to go to Spreaker Radio. Every day a teacher of A Course In Miracles reads the lesson and offers the total experience of it. The website is free and offers you every opportunity to listen, learn and do.

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.

Review Lesson 53

Lesson 53

Today’s review lessons are really a life saver. Jesus tells you in the Introduction that you will need your learning most in situations that appear to be upsetting, rather than in those that already seem to be calm and quiet. It’s easy to read the words to yourself when you are comfortable, they make perfect sense. But it is when everything is in uproar that you experience the true value of these lessons as you apply them to yourself.

(11) My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.
Since the thoughts of which I am aware do not mean anything, the world that pictures them can have no meaning. What is producing this world is insane, and so is what it produces. Reality is not insane, and I have real thoughts as well as insane ones. I can therefore see a real world, if I look to my real thoughts as my guide for seeing.

(12) I am upset because I see a meaningless world.
Insane thoughts are upsetting.They produce a world in which there is no order anywhere. Only chaos rules a world that represents chaotic thinking, and chaos has no laws. I cannot live in peace in such a world. I am grateful that this world is not real, and that I need not see it at all unless I choose to value it. And I do not choose to value what is totally insane and has no meaning.

(13) A meaningless world engenders fear.
The totally insane engenders fear because it is completely undependable, and offers no grounds for trust. Nothing in madness is dependable. It holds out no safety and no hope. But such a world is not real. I have given it the illusion of reality, and have suffered from my belief in it. Now I choose to withdraw this belief, and place my trust in reality. In choosing this, I will escape all the effects of the world of fear, because I am acknowledging that it does not exist.

(14) God did not create a meaningless world.
How can a meaningless world exist if God did not create it? He is the Source of all meaning, and everything that is real is in His Mind. It is in my mind too, because He created it with me. Why should I continue to suffer from the effects of my own insane thoughts, when the perfection of creation is my home? Let me remember the power of my decision, and recognize where I really abide.

(15) My thoughts are images that I have made.
Whatever I see reflects my thoughts. It is my thoughts that tell me where I am and what I am. The fact that I see a world in which there is suffering and loss and death shows me that I am seeing only the representation of my insane thoughts, and am not allowing my real thoughts to cast their beneficent light on what I see. Yet God’s way is sure. The images I have made cannot prevail against Him because it is not my will that they do so. My will is His, and I will place no other gods before Him.

The recurring word being ‘meaningless’, these lessons offer you the experience that you are literally giving everything you see all the meaning it has for you. You value it, and so you see it. You don’t see what you don’t value, it is really that simple. So Jesus is working with your mind. This is no small thing. It is everything. And it does require some rigorous honesty. Finally you don’t concern yourself with appearances anymore. Idols fall away, be they persons or situations.

An awakened mind is open. It is absolutely aware of everything. It doesn’t deny pain, but looks directly at it, feels it and lets it be healed through the recognition of causation. It doesn’t teach something outside of itself that it is the cause of the pain it is feeling, it recognizes that it is Cause itself. There is indeed nothing outside you. Go inward. Let your mind be undone, let God’s Thoughts be uncovered in you. They are there. They are waiting for you.

Review Lesson 1 – 5

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Today you are asked to look again at the first 5 lessons of the workbook in A Course In Miracles. As you read them, think about them, let them work in you, you start to recognize the incredible offering of this mind training. It is the undoing of the way that you see now, the recognition of the meaninglessness of what you perceive. As you let go of the way you see, vision is revealed to you.

1) Nothing I see means anything.
The reason this is so is that I see nothing, and nothing has no meaning. It is necessary that I recognize this, that I may learn to see. What I think I see now is taking the place of vision. I must let it go by realizing it has no meaning, so that vision may take its place.

(2) I have given what I see all the meaning it has for me.
I have judged everything I look upon, and it is this and only this I see. This is not vision. It is merely an illusion of reality, because my judgments have been made quite apart from reality. I am willing to recognize the lack of validity in my judgments, because I want to see. My judgments have hurt me, and I do not want to see according to them.

(3) I do not understand anything I see.
How could I understand what I see when I have judged it amiss? What I see is the projection of my own errors of thought. I do not understand what I see because it is not understandable. There is no sense in trying to understand it. But there is every reason to let it go, and make room for what can be seen and understood and loved. I can exchange what I see now for this merely by being willing to do so. Is not this a better choice than the one I made before?

The first 3 lessons are about seeing. Seeing and believing are very closely related. You will see what you believe about yourself. In the text you have been shown “Projection makes perception. The world you see is what you gave it.” You have a thought, you then project it outside of you and so it seems to be real. In truth, what you see has no reality. And so you are directed inward, to your thoughts, because when you change your mind you will see differently.

(4) These thoughts do not mean anything.
The thoughts of which I am aware do not mean anything because I am trying to think without God. What I call “my” thoughts are not my real thoughts. My real thoughts are the thoughts I think with God. I am not aware of them because I have made my thoughts to take their place. I am willing to recognize that my thoughts do not mean anything, and to let them go. I choose to have them be replaced by what they were intended to replace. My thoughts are meaningless, but all creation lies in the thoughts I think with God.

You have real thoughts. They have nothing to do with what you think you are thinking now. Thoughts about space and time, sequential thoughts, simply cover up your real Thoughts. You have been practicing a thought system that has no reality, but today you will practice letting it go. Because you want your real Thoughts. You want to remember you are one with God.

(5) I am never upset for the reason I think.
I am never upset for the reason I think because I am constantly trying to justify my thoughts. I am constantly trying to make them true. I make all things my enemies, so that my anger is justified and my attacks are warranted. I have not realized how much I have misused everything I see by assigning this role to it. I have done this to defend a thought system that has hurt me, and that I no longer want. I am willing to let it go.

 

Lesson 58

It is good to read the introduction to the review lessons again to remember what the purpose of these lessons are.

It is not necessary to cover the comments that follow each idea either literally or thoroughly in the practice periods.  Try, rather, to emphasize the central point, and think about it as part of your review of the idea to which it relates.

The central point in the lessons for today is your holiness.

My holiness envelops everything I see.
My holiness blesses the world.
There is nothing my holiness cannot do.
My holiness is my salvation.

Look at these lessons for a moment. They state the truth of what you really are. They resonate with the altar of God that is in you, no matter what you do or say. You are as God created you. This you can’t change. No matter how insane your mind becomes with meaningless chatter, your holiness remains untouched. No matter how much you want to believe that there are indeed other people outside of you that are separate from you, you can remember that your holiness envelops them. No matter how you get caught up in a story, you can experience that there is nothing your holiness can’t do. Your holiness is your salvation. It is the only thing that is not a two-edged sword. It can only bless. And in remembering this, you know with full certainty:

I am blessed as a Son of God.
Herein lies my claim to all good and only good. I am blessed as a Son of God. All good things are mine, because God intended them for me. I cannot suffer any loss or deprivation or pain because of Who I am. My Father supports me, protects me, and directs me in all things. His care for me is infinite, and is with me forever. I am eternally blessed as His Son.

Lesson 51

Today you are doing the review lessons. It is a great opportunity to look at the lessons again, and they are given you in a whole new way. Don’t take the idea of review lightly, these lessons are important enough that Jesus gives them to you again. They are trying to tell you something.

Nothing I see means anything.
I have given what I see all the meaning it has for me.
I do not understand anything I see.
These thoughts do not mean anything.
I am never upset for the reason I think.

In the introduction to this review Jesus tells you that it is not necessary for you to go back to the original lessons, simply doing the review is enough. He tells you this because you are always tempted to add something to these lessons, but you can actually not add anything to them, nor need you attempt to do so. You are not asked to apply the lessons as you were asked previously, you are asked to apply them as Jesus is asking you now. It is about the relationship between the ideas, about the connection between them. It is the same thought system and it has nothing to do with space and time. And yet you can and have to apply these ideas in space and time. It opens up a door to a new experience, and all you have to do is walk through it.