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Lesson 57

Review of Lessons 31-35

1. (31) I am not the victim of the world I see.

     How can I be the victim of a world which can be completely undone if I so choose? My chains are loosened. I can drop them off merely by desiring to do so. The prison door is open. I can leave it simply  by walking out. Nothing holds me in this world. Only my wish to stay keeps me a prisoner. I would give up insane wishes and walk into the sunlight at last.

2. (32) I have invented the world I see.

     I made up the prison in which I see myself. All I need do is recognize this and I am free. I have deluded myself into believing it is possible to imprison the Son of God. I was bitterly mistaken in this belief, which I no longer want. The Son of God must be forever free. He is as God created him, and not what I would make of him. He is where God would have him be, and not where I thought to hold him prisoner.

3. (33) There is another way of looking at the world.

     Since the purpose of the world is not the one I ascribed to it, there must be another way of looking at it. I see everything upside down, and my thoughts are the opposite of truth. I see the world as a prison for God’s Son. It must be, then, that the world is really a place where he is set free. I would look upon the world as it is, and see it as a place where the Son of God finds his freedom.

4. (34) I could see peace instead of this.

     When I see the world as a place of freedom, I will realize that it reflects the laws of God instead of the rules which I made up for it to obey. I will understand that peace, not war, abides in it. And I will perceive that peace also abides in the hearts of all who share this place with me.

5. (45) My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.

     As I share the peace of the world with my brothers, I begin to understand that this peace comes from deep within myself. The world I look upon has taken on the light of my forgiveness and shines forgiveness back at me. In this light, I begin to see what my illusions about myself had kept hidden. I begin to understand the holiness of all living things, and their oneness with me.[1]

Personal Notes:

Lesson 57, “Review of Lessons 31-35” Loving and applying these review Lessons to life today. Thanking and praising my Heavenly Father, my Sweet Jesus and Holy Spirit for these gems of wisdom in this Course, for quick go to’s, to use in day to day living that actually produce quick results of Peace, Joy, Truth, while resetting my mind to True self as God Created me. When it “feels” like the walls are closing in on me, I can now know with certainty (from study, practice periods and Holy Spirit) I am not the victim of the world I see! My chains are loosed! I give up insane beliefs and walk into the Sunlight of Peace, Joy and Love! I had invented the world I saw myself as being, less than, never good enough, untalented, unlovable, worthless,,, imprisoned in my mind of hopelessness and despair. Believing a lie. I no longer will listen to the lies, I choose to only listen to the voice of God, The Voice of Truth. I can only be Free as the son of God! My mind is part of God’s, I am very holy, I know this is true! So its about time I start awakening from this sleepy dream of illusions to The Truth of who I am, who my brothers are, what the world before me is, to The Light of my Salvation, which shines into my brothers, the world and back to me! Oh what a Glorious Sight! Thank You Jesus! I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continues guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

[1] A Course in Miracles Complete and Annotated Edition.

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Lesson 56

Review of Lessons 26-30

1. (26) 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 seem 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,71 but God has kept my inheritance safe for me. My own real thoughts will teach me what it is.

2. (27) 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.

3. (28) Above all else I want to see things 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 my look past it to the world that reflects the love of God.

4. (29) God is in everything I see.

     Behind every image I have made, the truth remains unchanged. Behind ever veil I have drawn across the face of love, its light remains undimmed. And 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.

5. (30) 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 with Him.[1]

Personal Notes:

My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability. Yet perfect security and complete fulfillment are my inheritance. I thank Jesus and Holy Spirit for the reminder in this review, that any appearance of suffering, pain, loss, aging,, attack of any form are only illusions of my mind trying to trick me into giving away what is my inheritance of Righteousness, Salvation, Wholeness, in Christ Jesus. I am Not at the mercy of the false world, true vision is my greatest need, and it is mine as I remember who I am, letting go of false illusions. With this vision I am able to look on the world and on myself with charity and love. I am determined with the help of Holy Spirit to hear one voice joined with my Creator, to see with His Eyes, hear with His ears, to love with His heart, to think with His mind. To be one with my Creator, Heavenly Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, guided, step by step, bit by bit in Wholeness, Unity, Oneness with the universe, the Sonship of God, the Brotherhood of Christ Jesus. I pray for our Heavenly Father to open these doors to vision and Freedom that we ignorantly closed, to close the doors leading to nothingness, to lift the veils from our eyes to true vision in Christ Jesus. I am determined to see differently. God is in everything I see because God is in my mind. Thank You Jesus! I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend![1]

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

[1] A Course in Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition

Footnote 71. Genesis 25:29-34 tells the story of Esau giving away his inheritance in exchange for a bowl of lentils. Here our inheritance is the “perfect security and complete fulfilment” of Heaven, which we have tried to give away in exchange for the world.

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Lesson 55

Review of Lesson 21-25

1. (21) 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.70 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.

2. (22) 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 and 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 which 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.

3. (23) I can escape from the world by giving up attack thoughts.

     Herein lies my 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.

4. (24) 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 real best interests are, recognizing that I cannot perceive them by myself.

5. (25) 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 that I attempt to use everyone and everything. It is 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 its real purpose by withdrawing the one I have given it and learning the truth about it.[1]

Personal Notes:

I am determined to see things differently! Signs of disease, disaster, death, hatred, vengeance, cannot be what God created for His beloved Son. I am determined to let go of all attack thoughts, all forms of vengeance. I am determined to have my thoughts be of one mind with my Creator and part of Creation. To see, walk, live, breathe, in Gods Love. To think with Holy Spirit, to be part of the healing and solution to the problem, to expand the Kingdom of God, Not add to the illusions of separation, death and destruction. Forgiveness allows love to flow in, to, and through us, giving us true vision of a world of peace, safety, joy and it is this I choose to see in place of illusion and lies of our enemy. I refuse to engage in the act of, or even the thought of vengeance or attack thoughts by the help of Holy Spirit, that I may walk in loving thoughts with the heart and mind of Jesus to see through His eyes, with His perception of the Great Love our Heavenly Father has bestowed on all His Beloved children and all of Creation. I pray for all my brothers, sisters and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

[1] A Course in Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition

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Lesson 54

Review of Lessons 16-20

1. (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.

2. (17) I see no neutral things.

     What I see witnesses to what I think. It is impossible to see nothing because it is impossible not to think. If I did not think, I would not exist,69 because being 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.

3. (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 if 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.

4. (19) I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.

     I am alone in nothing. Everything I think or say or do touches 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.

5. (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 weeping, 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.[1]

Personal Notes:

I have no neutral thoughts. As the world I see arises from my false thoughts reinforcing the lies of this world, so will the real world rise before my eyes as I let my errors be corrected. Knowing thoughts have power, I ask you Dear Heavenly Father, in Jesus, Power of Holy Spirit to help me to think on and send out only Power thoughts of Peace to replace insurrection, Love to replace fear, Laughter to replace sorrow, Beauty to replace ashes, Abundance to replace loss, to share with all the Brotherhood of Jesus the Blessed, Abundant Life to the Full and Overflowing. To see and experience the real world that You our Creator, created for us. Help us to see, walk, talk, breathe, only in Your Love and Truth in Jesus name, Amen. I am determined to see the real world through the eyes of Jesus in Power of Holy Spirit and my brothers and the world will see it through my seeing for my will and God’s Will are One. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

[1] A Course in Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition

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Lesson 53

Review of Lessons 11-15

1. (11) My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.

     Since the thoughts of which I am aware do not mean anything, the world which pictures them has 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.

2. (12) I am upset because I see a meaningless world.

     Insane thoughts are upsetting, and they produce a world in which there is no order anywhere. Only chaos rules a world which 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.

3. (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.

4. (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.

5. (15) My thoughts are images that I have made.

     Whatever I see reflects my thoughts. It is my thoughts which 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 ones to cast their beneficent light on what I see. Yet God’s way is sure. The images I have made cannot prevail against Him67 because it is not my will that they do so. My will is His, and I will place no other gods before Him.68  [1]

Personal Notes:

Meaningless thoughts will show me a meaningless world, pictures in my mind that have no meaning producing insanity. Reality is not insane. I cannot live in Peace in such a world, I call upon God, Jesus, Holy Spirit to help me remember, locate and apply my real thoughts in the mind of Jesus that is in me to think, project and see what is real and true. Meaningless engenders fear which is insanity. Nothing in madness is dependable, safe, hopeful, or real. I choose to withdraw this belief  in madness and place my trust in the Reality of my Creator, my Lord and Savior, which I am one. Thankfully God’s way is Surety, any of the errors of thought, imagery, word or deed that I or others have made cannot prevail against Him.67 Because it is not my will that they would do so. My will is His will, and I will place no other gods before Him.68 I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

[1] A Course in Miracles, Complete & Annotated Edition

Footnote 67. Matthew 16:18 (KJV) “And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Footnote 68. Exodus 20:3 (KJV) “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” This is the first of the Ten Commandments. Its usage here likens the images I see before me, images I have made, to “graven images”-idols that are false gods and thus meant to replace the true God.

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Lesson 52

Review of Lessons 6-10

1     (6) I am upset because I see what is not there.

        Reality is never frightening. It is impossible that it could upset me. Reality brings only perfect peace. When I am upset, it is always because I have replaced reality with illusions which I made up. The illusions are upsetting because I have given them reality, and thus regard reality as an illusion. Nothing in God’s creation is affected in any way by this confusion of mine. I am always upset by nothing.

2     (7) I see only the past.

        As I look about, I condemn the world I look upon. I call this seeing. I hold the past against everyone and everything, making them my enemies. When I have forgiven myself and remembered who I am, I will bless everyone and everything I see. There will be no past and therefore no enemies. And I will look with love on all that I had failed to see before.

3     (8) My mind is preoccupied with the past thoughts.

         I see only my own thoughts, and my mind is preoccupied with the past. What, then, can I see as it is? Let me remember that I look on the past to prevent the present from dawning on my mind. Let me understand that I am trying to use time against God. Let me learn to give the past away, realizing that in so doing I am giving up nothing.

4     (9) I see nothing as it is now.

         If I see nothing as it is now, it can truly be said that I see nothing. I can see only what is now. The choice is not whether to see past or the present; it is whether to see or not. What I have chosen to see has cost me vision. Now I would choose again, that I may see.

5     (10) My thoughts do not mean anything.

          I have no private thoughts. Yet it is only private thoughts of which I am aware. What, then, can these thoughts mean? They do not exist, and so they mean nothing. Yet my mind is part of creation and part of its Creator. Would I not rather join the thinking of the universe than to obscure all that is really mine with my pitiful and meaningless “private” thoughts?[1]

Personal Notes:

Reality is never frightening. Reality brings only perfect peace. I am so thankful for this review to remind me once again, God did not give me a spirit of fear or confusion but as stated in (2 Timothy 1:7 God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.) I choose to replace illusions with Truth. I release the past thoughts of what I thought the world, people, myself, God, Was or Did in the illusions of ego-controlled thinking and Thankfully welcome Holy Spirits guide to new and True vision of all that is good, lovely and holy in God, the world, my brothers and sisters and myself. In releasing the past, the alter of my mind is cleared to receive the True present, totally encompassed in Love. To choose Love is to choose True vision. Letting go of the meaningless, the nothingness, is NO Loss but only Gain. I pray for all my brothers, sisters and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

[1] A Course in Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition

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REVIEW 1

Introduction

Beginning with today, we will have a series of review periods. Each of them will cover five of the ideas already presented, starting with the first and ending with the fiftieth. There will be a few short comments after each of the ideas, which you should consider in your review. In the review practice periods, the exercises should be done as follows:

     2 Begin the day by reading the five ideas, with the comments included. Thereafter, it is not necessary to follow any particular order in considering them, though each one should be practiced at least once. Devote two minutes or more to each practice period, thinking about the idea and the related comments after you read them. Do this as often as possible during the day. If any one of the five ideas appeal to you more than the rest, concentrate on that one. At the end of the day, however, be sure to review all of them once more.

     3 It is not necessary to cover the comments literally or thoroughly in the practice periods. Try, rather, merely to emphasize the central point in each one,66 and think about it as part of your review of the idea to which it relates. After you read the idea and the comments, the review exercises should be done with eyes closed and when you are alone in a quiet place, if possible.

     4 This is emphasized particularly for practice periods at your stage of learning. It will be necessary, however, that you learn how to require no special settings in which to apply what you have learned. You will need it most in situations which appear to be upsetting, rather than in those which already seem to be calm and quiet.

     5 The purpose of your learning is to enable you to bring the quiet with you, and to heal distress and turmoil. This is not done by avoiding them and seeking a haven of isolation for yourself. You will yet learn that peace is part of you, and requires only that you be there to embrace any situation in which you are. And finally you will learn that there is no limit to where you are, so that your peace is everywhere, as you are.

     6 You will note that, for review purposes, the ideas are not always given in quite their original form. Use them as they are given here. It is not necessary to return to the original statements, nor to apply the ideas as was suggested then. We are now emphasizing the relationships among the first fifty of the ideas we have covered, and the cohesiveness of the thought system to which they are leading you.[1]

[1[ A Course in Miracles, Complete & Annotated Edition, REVIEW 1 Introduction.

Footnote 66. “Each one” refers to each set of comments that follows each review idea. These sets of comments, in fact, seem to be a model for how our own thought process should go in the exercise. In the comments, we are portrayed as reasoning with ourselves with the goal of changing our minds. We are talking ourselves into a new decision. This seems to be what our own thinking during the practice period should look like as well.

Lesson 51

The review for today covers the following ideas:

1.    (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 sight. I must let it go by realizing that it has no meaning, so that vision may take its place.

2.    (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 that I see. This is not vision. It is merely an illusion of reality, because my judgements 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.    (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, to 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?

4.    (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 replaced by what they were intended to replace. “My” thoughts are meaningless, but all creation lies in the thoughts I think with God.

5.    (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 yet realized how much I have misused everything I see by assigning its role to it. I have done this to defend a thought system which has hurt me, and which I no longer want. I am willing to let it go.[1[

Personal Notes:

Review of Lessons 1-5. Nothing I see means anything! I am thankful to God, Jesus, Holy Spirit for leading me and guiding me on this journey of learning to enable me to bring the quiet with me to heal distress and turmoil, not by isolation but by engaging and embracing any situation in which God places me, prior to these teachings it has always been my response to run from confrontation, hide out, pretend, claim defeat or unworthiness. Knowing that God is limitless, therefore I am limitless and the Peace of God that passes all understanding is in me, so “it” is everywhere I go. I let go of looking at the meaningless, illusions, that God’s Vision may take its place in my seeing. I have given up judging things and people from past experiences to allow God to show me what or who they are and their purpose. I choose Vision and Reality over self-made meaningless illusion. There is no understanding through judgement and projection if my own errors of thought, I want to walk in the True understanding and Love of God that I might bring Love, Peace, Joy and Healing to myself and others by giving up errors of ego thought and illusions for Truth. I ask my Heavenly Father with power of Holy Spirit in Jesus to help me See with His eyes, Hear with His ears, Love with His heart. I surrender my heart, mind, body and soul to His to be one, to further The Kingdom of God. To bring “The Good News” Salvation with all its attributes is ours to the world and all my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

[1] A Course in Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition

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Lesson 50

I am sustained by the love of God.

Here is the answer to every problem that confronts you today and tomorrow and throughout time. In this world, you believe you are sustained by everything but God. Your faith is placed in the most trivial and insane symbols: pills, money, “protective” clothing, influence, prestige, being liked, knowing the “right” people, an endless list of forms of nothingness which you endow with magical power. All these things are your replacements for the love of God. All these things are cherished to ensure a body identification. They are songs of praise to the ego.

     2 Do not put your faith in the worthless. It will not sustain you. Only the love of God will protect you in all circumstances. It will lift you out of every trial and raise you high above all the perceived dangers of this world into a climate of perfect peace and safety. It will transport you into a state of mind in which nothing can threaten, nothing can disturb, and nothing can intrude upon the eternal calm of the Son of God.

     3 Put not your faith in illusions. They will fail you. Put all your faith in the love of God within you, eternal, changeless, and forever unfailing. This is the answer to whatever confronts you today. Through the love of God in you, you can resolve all seeming difficulties without effort and in sure confidence. Tell yourself this often today. It is your declaration of release from the belief in idols. It is your acknowledgment of the truth about yourself.

     4 For ten minutes twice today, morning and evening, let the idea for today sink deep into your consciousness. Repeat it, think about it, let related thoughts come to help you recognize its truth, and allow peace to flow over you like a blanket of protection and surety. Let no idle and foolish thoughts enter to disturb the holy mind of the Son of God. Such is the Kingdom of Heaven.64 Such is the resting place where your Father has placed you forever.[1]

Personal Notes:

“I am sustained by the love of God.” And this is the answer to every problem that would present itself to me, today, tomorrow and throughout time. To remember my faith is not in any symbols of this world, not seemingly secure job, home, car, clothing, bank account, but only in the Love of God. My dearest friend, brother, sister, daughter, son, spouse and even myself can not meet the need to sustain me to live, to breathe, to carry out my purpose here in this realm, but only the Love of God. He is my source. All perceived dangers, fear of loss, lack, abandonment, rejection, have to melt away in the Love Light of God’s Truth in Christ Jesus. To remember who we are and whose we are, sons of God, His Love protects us in all circumstances, lifting us up and out of every trial & perceived danger to a climate of perfect peace and safety. I am sustained by the Love of God. This is the only sane place for me to put my faith, in the Love of God within me, eternal, changeless and forever unfailing. I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

[1] A Course in Miracles, Complete & Annotated Edition Lesson 50

64. Matthew 19:14 (KJV): “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

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Lesson 49

God’s Voice speaks to me all through the day.

It is quite possible to listen to God’s Voice all day without interrupting your regular activities in any way. The part of your mind in which truth abides is in constant communication with God, whether you are aware of it or not. It is the other part of your mind that functions in the world and obeys the world’s laws. It is this part that is constantly distracted, disorganized, and highly uncertain.

     2 The part that is listening to the Voice of truth is calm, always at rest and wholly certain. It is really the only part there is. The other part is a wild illusion, frantic and distraught, but without reality of any kind. Try today not to listen to it. Try to identify with the part of your mind where stillness reigns forever. Try to hear God’s Voice call to you lovingly, reminding you that your Creator has not forgotten His Son.

     3 We will need four five-minute practice periods today, and more if possible. We will try actually to hear the Voice within you reminding you of God and of your Self. We will approach this happiest and holiest of all thoughts with confidence, knowing that in doing so we are joining our will with the will of God. He wants you to hear His Voice. He gave It to you to be heard.

    4 Listen in deep silence. Be very still and open your mind. Go past all of the raucous shrieks and sick imaginings that cover your real thoughts and obscure your eternal link with God. Sink deep into the peace that waits for you beyond the frantic, riotous thoughts and sounds and sights of an insane world. You do not live there. You are trying to reach your real home. You are trying to reach the place where you are truly welcome. You are trying to reach God.

     5 Do not forget to repeat today’s idea very frequently. Do so with your eyes open when necessary and closed when possible. And be sure that you sit quietly and repeat it slowly whenever you can, closing your eyes on the world and realizing that you are inviting God’s Voice to speak to you.[1]

Personal Notes:

God’s Voice speaks to me all though the day.”

God’s Voice reminds me not to be afraid.

God’s Voice reminds me of how blessed I am in every single way.

God’s Voice reminds me I do not have pain or suffering.

God’s Voice reminds me there is no lack or loss in Him.

God’s Voice reminds me I do not have to be afraid of the people who do not love me.

God’s Voice calls me to study this Course.

God’s Voice calls me to share what He is teaching me.

I want, I need, I yearn, as Vital Necessity the constant communication with God. God’s Voice speaks to me always at me request. The Voice of Truth is always available it is calm, always at rest and wholly certain. The other part is wild illusion, frantic and distraught, but without reality of any kind. Try today not to listen to it. Try to identify with the part of your mind where stillness reigns forever. Try to hear God’s Voice call to you lovingly reminding you that your Creator has not forgotten you, His Son. With these two descriptions of “voices” it is pretty clear to me how to identify which voice I am hearing and to quickly correct when I find myself getting out of balance, to remember and focus on the Voice of “Truth! I pray for all my brothers, sisters and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my Friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

[1] A Course in Miracles, Complete & Annotated Edition

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Lesson 48

There is nothing to fear.

The idea for today simply states a fact. It is not a fact to those who believe in illusions, but illusions are not facts. In truth there is nothing to fear. It is very easy to recognize this. But it is very difficult to recognize it for those who want illusions to be true.

     2 Today’s practice periods will be very short, very simple, and very frequent. Merely repeat the idea in its original form as often as possible. You can use it with your eyes open at any time and in any situation. It is strongly recommended, however, that you take a minute or so, whenever possible, to close your eyes and repeat the idea slowly to yourself several times. It is particularly important that you use the idea immediately should anything disturb your peace of mind.

     3 The presence of fear is a sure sign that you are trusting in your own strength. The awareness that there is nothing to fear shows that somewhere in your mind—not necessarily in a place which you recognize as yet—you have remembered God and let His strength take the place of yours. The instant you are willing to do this, there is indeed nothing to fear.[1]

Personal Notes:

“There is nothing to fear.” Opportunities to exercise this idea for today seem to frequent themselves to me. The temptation of fear has raised its ugly head in many different forms, what a Blessing to know the solution is short and very simple, to immediately remind myself “There is nothing to fear.” That it is God’s strength that I trust in! Not my strength. God Loves us, God is in control. The more we exercise this fact the more naturally and quicker it will come to our mind when the temptation to fear comes. The Love Light of God dissolves darkness, obliterates fear, exposing it for the lie that it is. I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

[1] A Course in Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition

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Lesson 47

God is the strength in which I trust.

If you are trusting your own strength, you have every reason to be apprehensive, anxious, and fearful. What can you predict or control? What is there in you that can be counted on? What would give you the ability to be aware of all the facets of any problem and to resolve it in such a way that only good can come of it? What is there about you that gives you the recognition of the right solution and the guarantee that it will be accomplished?

     2 Of yourself you can do none of these things.62 To believe that you can is to put your trust where trust is unwarranted, and to justify fear, anxiety, depression, anger, and sorrow. Who can put faith in weakness and feel safe? Yet who can put his faith in strength and feel weak?

     3 God is your safety in every circumstance. His voice speaks for Him in all situations, telling you exactly what to do to call upon His strength and His protection. There are no exceptions because God makes no exceptions, and the Voice which speaks for Him thinks as He does.

     4 Today we will try to reach past your own weakness to the Source of real strength. Four five-minute practice periods are necessary today, and longer and more frequent ones are urged. Close you eyes and begin as usual by repeating today’s idea. Then spend a minute or two in searching for situations in your life which you have invested with fear, dismissing each one by telling yourself:

God is the strength in which I trust.

     5 Now try to slip past all concerns related to your own sense of inadequacy. It is obvious that any situation which causes you concern is associated with feelings of inadequacy, since otherwise you would believe that you could deal with the situation successfully. It is not by trusting yourself that you will gain confidence. But the strength of God in you is successful in all things.

     6 The recognition of your own frailty is a necessary step in the correction of your errors, but it could hardly be a sufficient one in giving you the confidence which you need, and to which you are entitled. You must also gain an awareness that confidence in your real strength is fully justified in every respect and in all circumstances.

     7 In the latter phase of the practice period, try to reach down into your mind to a place of real safety. You will recognize that you have reached it if you feel a deep peace, however briefly. Let go all the trivial things that churn and bubble on the surface of your mind, and reach down below them to the Kingdom of Heaven. There is a place in you where there is perfect peace. There is a place in you where nothing is impossible. There is a place in you where the strength of God abides.

     8 Repeat the idea for today often. Use it as your answer to any disturbances. Remember that peace is your right because you are giving your trust to the strength of God. [1]

Personal Notes:

“God is the strength in which I trust.” If I feel apprehensive, anxious, or fearful, I must remember God is the strength in which I trust. If I have let, depression, anger, and sorrow enter my thoughts, I must remember God is the strength in which I trust. When I feel weak, that circumstances are beyond my ability to correct, I must remind myself, God is my safety in every circumstance! God’s voice speaks for Him in all situations, telling me exactly what to do, to call upon His strength and His protection. I cast my cares and trust in God’s Strength, Love, Mercy and Grace. It is not I that live but Christ Jesus in me, the guarantee of Glory. Strength for all things in Him, to Him, through Him. God is the strength in which I trust. I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my fiend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

Paragraph 2, 62. John 8:28 (KJV): “I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.”

[1] A Course in Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition, Part 1, Lesson 47.

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Lesson 46

God is the love in which I forgive.

God does not forgive, because He never condemned. And there must be condemnation before forgiveness is necessary. Forgiveness is the great need of this world, but that is because it is a world of illusions. Those who forgive are thus releasing themselves from the world of illusions, while those who withhold forgiveness are binding themselves to it. As you condemn only yourself, so do you forgive only yourself.

     2 Although God does not forgive, His love is nevertheless the basis of forgiveness. Fear condemns and love forgives. Forgiveness thus undoes what fear has produced, returning the mind to the awareness of God. For this reason, forgiveness can truly be called salvation. It is the means by which illusions disappear.

     3 Today’s exercises require at least three full five-minute practice periods, and as many shorter applications as possible. Begin the longer practice periods by repeating today’s idea to yourself as usual. Close your eyes as you do so, and spend a minute or two in searching your mind for those whom you have not forgiven. It does not matter “how much” you have not forgiven. You have forgiven them entirely or not at all.

     4 If you are doing the exercises well, you should have no difficulty in finding a number of people you have not forgiven. It is a safe rule that anyone you do not like is a suitable subject. Mention each one by name, saying:

God is the love in which I forgive you,_______________.

5 The purpose of the first phase of today’s practice is to put you in a better position to forgive yourself. After you have applied the idea for today to all those who have come to mind, tell yourself:

God is the love in which I forgive myself.

Then devote the remainder of the practice period to adding related ideas such as:

God is the love with which I love myself.

God is the love in which I am blessed.

     6 The form of these applications may vary considerably, but the central idea should not be lost sight of. You might say, for example:

I cannot be guilty because I am a Son of God.

I have already been forgiven.

No fear is possible in a mind beloved of God.

There is no need to attack because love has forgiven me.

The practice period should end, however, with a repetition of today’s idea as originally stated.

     7 The shorter applications may consist of a repetition of the idea either in the original or in a related form, as you prefer. Be sure, however, to make more specific applications if they are needed. They will be needed at any time during the day when you become aware of any kind of negative reaction to anyone, present or not. In this event, tell him silently:

God is the love in which I forgive you.

Personal Notes:

God is the Love in which I forgive.

God is the Love in which I forgive myself.

God is the Love in which I forgive others.

God is the Love in which I Love myself.

God is the Love in which I am Blessed.

I cannot be guilty because I am a son of God. I have already been forgiven. No fear is possible in a mind of the beloved. There is no need to attack because Love has forgiven me. I had a struggle with the first sentence of the first paragraph of this lesson, all I could hear was “God does not forgive” it rattled me to the point where I couldn’t absorb the rest of the sentence “because He has never condemned” I felt the mental blocks going up that prevent me from seeing Truth. In the resistance I was experiencing it blocked my vision and hearing of Holy Spirit. I had to take a time out and just let it sit, instead of struggling with it, I put it aside, asked Holy Spirit to illuminate the Truth and message for me. I watched a movie and gave my struggle to God. When I came back to the lesson it all unfolded before me with such Love and ease of how God’s Love for us is so immeasurable, unconditional, so Perfect that He sees us as sinless but knows that we need His Love given to us to forgive. In knowing that something that is challenging for one, is easy for another, I wanted to put my struggle today out there just as a reminder, all we need to do is put our defenses down, give it to God and remember He’s got this! To never forget Holy Spirit is always right there to teach us and illuminate the Truth for us, we need only ask. (Paragraph 8 of Introduction to Part 1 Lessons; Remember only this: You need not believe the ideas, you need not accept them, and you need not welcome them. Some of them you may actively resist. None of this will matter, or decrease their efficacy. But allow yourself to make no exceptions in applying the ideas the exercises contain. Whatever your reaction to the ideas may be use them. Nothing more than this is required.) God is the Love in which I forgive. I have been so blessed and have experienced so much healing of my mind to rightmindedness from the studying of A Course in Miracles over the past two years, Peace is mine more and more, day by day, bit by bit. I pray for all my brothers, sisters and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

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Lesson 45

God is the Mind with which I think.

Today’s idea holds the key to what your real thoughts are. They are nothing that you think you think, just as nothing that you think you see is related to vision in any way. There is no relationship between what is real and what you think is real. Nothing that you think represents your thoughts, resembles your real thoughts in any respect. Nothing that you think you see bears any resemblance to what vision will show you.

     2 You think with the Mind of God. Therefore you share your thoughts with Him, as He shares His with you. They are the same thoughts because they are thought by the same Mind. To share is to make alike, or to make one. Nor do the thoughts you think with the Mind of God leave your mind, because thoughts do not leave their source.

     3 Therefore, your thoughts are in the Mind of God, as you are. They are in your mind as well, where He is. As you are part of His Mind, so are your thoughts part of His thoughts. Where, then, are your real thoughts? Today we will attempt to reach them. We will have to look for them in your mind, because that is where they are. They must still be there, because they cannot have left. What is thought by the Mind of God is eternal, being part of creation.

     4 Our three five-minute practice periods for today will take the same general form that we used in applying yesterday’s idea. We will attempt to leave the unreal and seek for the real. We will deny the world in favor of truth. We will not let the thoughts of the world hold us back, and we will not let the beliefs of the world tell us that what God would have us do is impossible.

     5 Instead, we will try to recognize that only what God would have us do is possible. We will also try to understand that only what God would have us do is what we want to do. And we will also try to remember that we cannot fail in doing what he would have us do. There is every reason to feel confident that you will succeed today. It is the will of God.

     6 Begin the exercises for today by repeating the idea to yourself, closing your eyes as you do so. Spend a fairly short period in thinking a few relevant thoughts of your own, keeping the idea in mind as you do so. After you have added some four or five thoughts of your own, repeat the idea again, and tell yourself gently:

My real thoughts are in my mind. I would like to find them.

Then try to go past all the unreal thoughts which cover the truth in your mind, and reach to the eternal.

     7 Under all the senseless thoughts and mad ideas with which you have cluttered up your mind are the thoughts which you thought with God in the beginning. They are there in your mind now, completely unchanged. They will always be in your mind, exactly as they always were. Everything which you have thought since then will change, but the foundation on which they rest is wholly changeless. It is this foundation toward which the exercises for today are directed. Here is your thoughts one with His.

     8 For this kind of practice period only one thing is necessary: Approach it as you would an altar dedicated in Heaven itself to God the Father and God the Son.60 For such is the place you are trying to reach. You will probably be unable as yet to realize how high you are trying to go. Yet even with the little understanding you have already gained, you should be able to remind yourself that this is no idle game, but an exercise in holiness and an attempt to reach the Kingdom of Heaven.

     9 In using the shorter form of applying today’s idea, try to remember how important it is to you to understand the holiness of the mind that thinks with God. Take a minute or two, as you repeat the idea throughout the day, to appreciate your mind’s holiness. Stand aside, however briefly, from all thoughts that are unworthy of Him Whose host you are, and thank Him for the thoughts He is thinking with you.[1]

Footnote #60. From paragraph 8 “God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit” is a common statement of the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. Since the phrase “God the Son” in the above passage refers to us, it implies that we are a fundamental part of the Trinity.

[1] A Course in Miracles Complete & Annotated Edition

Personal Notes:God is the Mind with which I think.” I am in God and God is in me! Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world! I will not let the beliefs of the world tell me what God would have me do is impossible. God is the Mind with which I think, I hold fast to the Truth that only what God would have me do is possible. That in my original state of True self, what God would have me do is what I want to do. I cannot fail at what God would have me do, because it is in His power the ability to do and succeed is given. “My real thoughts are in my mind. I would like to find them.” God is the mind with which I think. I pray for all my brothers, sisters and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

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Lesson 44

God is the light in which I see.

Today we are continuing with the idea for yesterday, adding another dimension to it. You cannot see in darkness, and you cannot make light. You can make darkness and then think you see in it, but light reflects life, and is therefore an aspect of creation. Creation and darkness cannot coexist, but light and life must go together, being but different aspects of creation.

     2 In order to see, one must recognize that light is within, not without. You do not see outside yourself, nor is the equipment for seeing outside. An essential part of this equipment is the light that makes seeing possible. It is with you always, making vision possible in every circumstance.

     3 Today we are going to attempt to reach that light. For that purpose we will use a form of practice which we have suggested once before, and will utilize increasingly. It is a particularly difficult form for the undisciplined mind because it represents a major goal of mind training. It embodies precisely what the untrained mind lacks. Yet the training must be accomplished if you are to see.

     4 Have at least three practice periods today, each lasting three to five minutes. Longer is highly recommended, but only if you find the time merely slipping by with little or no sense of strain. The form of exercise we will use is the most natural and easy one in the world for the trained mind, just as it seems to be the most unnatural and difficult for the untrained mind.

     5 Your mind is no longer wholly untrained. You are quite ready to learn the form of exercise we will use today, but you may find that you will encounter strong resistance. The reason is very simple: While you practice in this form, you leave behind everything that you now believe and all the thoughts which you have made up. Properly speaking, this is the release from hell.

     6 If you can stand aside from the ego by ever so little, you will have no difficulty in recognizing that it’s opposition and fear are meaningless. You might find it helpful to remind yourself from time to time that to reach the light is to escape from darkness, whatever you may believe to the contrary. God is the light in which you see. You are attempting to reach Him.

     7 Begin the practice period by repeating today’s idea with your eyes open, and then close them slowly, repeating the idea several times more. Then try to sink into your mind, letting go ever kind of interference and intrusion by quietly sinking past it. It is merely taking its natural course. Try to observe your passing thoughts without involvement and slip quietly by them.

     8 While no particular form of approach is advocated, what is needful is a sense of the importance of what you are doing, its inestimable value to you, and an awareness that you are attempting something very holy.58 Salvation is your happiest accomplishment. It is also the only one that has any meaning, because it is the only one that has any use to you at all.

     9 If resistance rises in any form, pause long enough to repeat today’s idea, keeping your eyes closed unless you are aware of fear. In that case, you will probably find it more reassuring to open your eyes briefly. Try, however, to return to the exercises as soon as possible.

     10 If you are doing them correctly, you should experience some sense of relaxation, and even a sense of approaching, if not actually entering into, light. Try to think of light, formless and without limit, as you pass by the thoughts of this world. And do not forget that they cannot hold you to the world unless you give them power to do so.

     11 Throughout the day, repeat the idea often, with eyes open or closed as seems better at the time. Do not forget. Above all, be determined not to forget today.

Personal Notes:

“God is the light in which I see.” To reach the light is to escape from darkness.

God is the light in which I see whatever needs to be done.

God is the light in which I see the beauty of the day before me.

God is the light in which I see my children and grandchildren.

God is the light in which I see my home, family, and friends.

God is the light in which I see the circumstances before me unfolding.

God is the light in which I see myself.

God is the light in which I see A Course in Miracles lighting the way for me to light the way for others.

God is the light in which I see freedom, love, joy, peace.

I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

Footnote 58. “Form of approach” may refer to specific forms of mentally approaching God, such as traveling through clouds (Lesson 69), sinking beneath the churning surface to the calm depths (Lesson 47), or imagining that Jesus is holding your hand and leading you (Lesson 70). The point in this sentence is that having a heightened sense of the importance, value, and holiness of what you are attempting is more important than “the particular form of approach” you use.

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Lesson 43

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 knowledge and perception. 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.

     2 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.

     3 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.

     4 Three five-minute practice periods are required today, one as early as possible and another as late as possible. The third should be undertaken at the most convenient and suitable time which circumstances and readiness permit.

     5 At the beginning of the practice period, repeat the idea to yourself with your eyes open. Then glance around you for a short time, applying today’s idea specifically to what you see. Four or five subjects for this phase of the exercises are sufficient. Say, for example:

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

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

Although this part of the exercise period should be quite short, be sure that you select the subjects for this phase indiscriminately, without self-directed inclusion or exclusion.

6  For the second and longer phase of the exercise period, close your eyes, repeat today’s idea again, and then let whatever relevant thoughts that may occur to you add to the idea in your own personal way. Thoughts such as

I see through the eyes of forgiveness,

I see the world as blessed,

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

The world can show me myself,

or any thought related more or less directly to today’s idea are suitable. The thoughts need not bear an obvious relationship to the idea, but they should not be in opposition to it.

     7 If you should find your mind, wandering, if you begin to be aware of thoughts which are clearly out of accord with the idea for today, or if you seem to be unable to think of anything, open your eyes, repeat the first phase, and then try second phase again. Do not allow any protracted period to occur in which you become preoccupied with irrelevant thoughts. Return to the first phase as often as necessary to prevent this.

     8 In applying today’s idea in the shorter practice periods, the form may vary according to the circumstances and situations in which you find yourself during the day. When you are with someone else, for example, try to remember to tell him silently:

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

This form is equally applicable to strangers and to those you know well. Try, in fact, not to make distinctions of this kind in using this form of the idea.

     9 If no particular subject presents itself to your awareness, merely repeat the idea in its original form. Try today not to allow long periods of time to slip by without remembering today’s idea, and thus remembering your function.

Personal Notes:

God is my source. I cannot see my path apart from Him.

God is my source. I cannot see True reality apart from Him.

God is my source. I cannot see Love and Peace apart from Him.

God is my source. I cannot see friends and family apart from Him.

God is my source. I cannot see strangers apart from Him.

God is my source. I cannot see this room apart from Him.

God is my source. I cannot see the sunrise apart from Him.

God is my source. I see through the eyes of forgiveness.

God is my source. I see the world as blessed.

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

God is my source. the world can show me myself.

I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

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Lesson 42

God is my strength.54 Vision is His gift.

The idea for today combines two very powerful thoughts, both of major importance. It also sets forth a cause and effect relationship which explains why you cannot fail in your efforts to achieve the goal of the course. You will see because it is the will of God. It is His strength, not your own, that gives you power. And it is His gift, rather than your own, which offers vision to you.

     2 God is indeed your strength. And what He gives is truly given. This means that you can receive it anytime and anywhere, wherever you are and in whatever circumstances you find yourself. Your passage through time and space is not random. You cannot but be in the right place at the right time. Such is the strength of God. Such are His gifts.

     3 We will have two-to-five minute longer exercise periods today, one as soon as possible after you wake and another as close as possible to the time you go to sleep. It is better, however, to wait until you can sit quietly by yourself at a time when you feel you are ready than it is to be concerned with the time as such.

     4 Begin the practice period by repeating the idea for today with eyes open, looking slowly about you. Then close your eyes and repeat the idea again, quite slowly. After this, try to think of nothing except thoughts that occur to you in relation to today’s idea.55 You might say, for example:

Vision must be possible. God gives truly.

Or:

God’s gifts to me must be mine because He gave them to me.

     5 Whatever thought that is clearly related to the idea itself is suitable. You may, in fact, be astonished at the amount of course-related understanding some of your own thoughts contain. Let them come without censoring unless you realize that your mind is merely wandering, and you have let obviously irrelevant thoughts intrude. You may also reach a point where no thoughts at all seem to come to mind. If such interferences occur, open your eyes and repeat the thought once more while looking slowly about, close your eyes, repeat once more, and then continue to look for related thoughts in your mind.

     6 Remember, though, that active searching for relevant thoughts is not appropriate for today’s exercises. Try merely to step back and let the thoughts come. If you find this difficult, it is better merely to spend the practice period alternating between slow repetitions of the idea with eyes first open, then closed, then open, and so on, than it is to strain to find suitable thoughts.

     7 There is no limit on the number of short practice periods which might be most beneficial. The idea for today is a beginning step in bringing thoughts together, and teaching you that what you are studying is a unified thought system in which nothing is lacking that is needed, and nothing is included that is irrelevant or contradictory.

     8 The more often you repeat the idea during the day, the more often you will be reminding yourself that the goal of the course is important to you, and that you have not forgotten it.

Personal Notes: “God is my strength. Vision is His gift.” What Freedom, Power, Peace and Joy in this idea for today. That we are free to live, love, laugh, unencumbered by voices that might would call to us saying the weight of the world and our own existence is all on our meager shoulders to figure out and carry. No Worries, God’s got this, God has you and me brother in His hands. It is in His strength, His Will in us that we cannot fail. We cannot But be in the right place at the right time, but only achieve the goal of this course, our purpose and vision in Christ Jesus. I pray for all my brothers, sisters and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

God is Love

Love is God

I choose Love

Foot note #54. 2 Samuel 22:33 (KJV): “God is my strength and power: and He maketh my way perfect.”

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Lesson 41

God goes with me wherever I go.

Today’s idea will eventually overcome completely the sense of loneliness and abandonment which all the separated ones experience. Depression is an inevitable consequence of separation. So are anxiety, worry, a deep sense of helplessness, misery, suffering, and intense fear of loss. The separated ones have invented many, many “cures” for what they believe to be “the ills of the world.” But the one thing they do not do is to question the reality of the problem. Yet its effects cannot be cured, because it is not real.

     2 The idea for today has the power to end all this foolishness forever. And foolishness it is, despite the serious and tragic forms it may take. Deep within you is everything that is perfect, ready to radiate through you and out into the whole world. It will cure all sorrow and pain and fear and loss, because it will heal the mind that thought these things were real and suffered out of its allegiance to these beliefs.

     3 You can never be deprived of your perfect holiness because its source goes with you wherever you go. You can never suffer because the Source of all joy goes with you wherever you go. You can never be alone because the Source of all life goes with you wherever you go. Nothing can disturb your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.

     4 We understand that you do not believe all this. How could you, when the truth is hidden deep within, under a heavy cloud of insane thoughts, dense and obscuring, yet representing all you see? Today we will make our first real attempt to get past this dark and heavy cloud and to go through it to the light beyond.

     5 There will be only one long practice period today. In the morning as soon as you get up if possible, sit quietly for some three to five minutes with your eyes closed. At the beginning of the practice period, repeat today’s idea very slowly. Try instead, to get a sense of turning inward, past all the idle thoughts of the world. Try to enter very deeply into your own self, keeping your mind clear of any thoughts that might distract your attention.

     6 From time to time, you may repeat today’s idea, if you find it helpful. But most of all, try to sink down and inward, away from the world and from all the foolish thoughts of the world. You are trying to reach past all these things. You are trying to leave appearances and approach reality.

     7 It is quite possible to reach God. In fact it is very easy, because it is the most natural thing in the world. You might even say it is the only natural thing in the world. The way will open if you believe that it is possible. This exercise can bring very startling results even the first time it is attempted, and sooner or later it is always successful. We will go into more detail in connection with this kind of practice as we go along. But it can never fail completely, and instant success is possible.

     8 Throughout the day use today’s idea often, repeating it very slowly, and preferably with eyes closed. Think of what you are saying; what the words mean. Concentrate on the holiness that they imply about you, on the unfailing companionship that is yours, on the complete protection that surrounds you.

     9 You can indeed afford to laugh at fear thoughts, remembering that God goes with you wherever you go.

Personal Notes: “God goes with me wherever I go.” What a wonderful thought to meditate on. To know and keep in remembrance at all times, that all anxiety, fear, sorrow, loss, lack, loneliness, rejection, abandonment, harm in any form, Cannot Be! Because The All Knowing, All Loving, All Merciful, All Powerful, All Encompassing, Creator of All, ( and just happens to be my Father too!) is always with me wherever I go. Nothing can steal or destroy my Peace, my Joy, my Protection! Because God is with me everywhere I go! I think I will make a few copies of this idea for the day and stick them in several places my eyes will come across, to include seeing with my meditation practices. I pray that we all will concentrate on the holiness and unfailing Love and Companionship that IS OURS from God in Christ Jesus. That you and me brother are surrounded by His Love and Protection! Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 40

I am blessed as a Son of God.

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

     2 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 appropriate. Do no miss a practice period because of this. You can practice quite well under almost any circumstance, if you really want to.

     3 Today’s exercises take little time and no effort. Repeat today’s idea, and then add several of the attributes that you associate with being a son of God, applying them to yourself. One practice period might, for example, consist of the following:

I am blessed as a Son of God.

I am happy, peaceful, loving, and contented.

Another might take this form:

I am blessed as a Son God.

I am calm, quiet, assured, and confident.

     4 If only a brief period is available, merely telling yourself that you are blessed as a Son of God will do.

Personal Notes:  “ I am blessed as a Son of God.” After several days of much mind-searching, today’s exercises are light and very powerful, quiet, and strengthening. As I went to read today’s lesson I looked back on the first time I did this lesson on a Tuesday, June 25, 2019, and saw in my notes that I was having a sad, challenging moment in time, and how the exercises were very helpful at resetting my mind on the truth of Who I am in Jesus. My mind and heart was shattered at the abandonment, betrayal and brutal attack on my identity and self-worth, of my husband of 40+ years turning in to a man I did not know or recognize, literally in the blink of an eye.  I loved God, loved and was devoted to Jesus, but I always felt I could go through anything with my husband at my side to have my family. I lost sight of who I was and what I was here for, and the ego had no problem jumping in to let me know. Praise be to my Precious Lord and Savior for bringing this teaching to me and a Study Brother to go along with it. Today my heart and my mind are not shattered, no longer believing the lies of the enemy. I am blessed as a Son of God. I am loved. I am safe and secure. I am happy, peaceful, confident, calm, quiet, assured, I am holy, I am in the Family of the Beloved Sonship of God, never alone, never abandoned, never forsaken. I am blessed as a Son of The Great I Am!  When we know Who we are and Whose we are, All is Well. I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 39

My holiness is my salvation.

If guilt is hell, what is opposite? Like the text for which this workbook is written, the ideas which are used for these exercises are very simple, very clear, and totally unambiguous. We are not concerned with intellectual feats nor logical playthings. We are dealing only in the very obvious, which has been overlooked in the clouds of complexity in which you think you think.

     2 If quilt is hell, what is its opposite? This is not difficult, surely. The hesitation which you may feel in answering is not due to the ambiguity of the question. But do you believe that guilt is hell? If you did, you would see at once how direct and simple the text is, and you would not need a workbook at all. No one needs practice to gain what is already his.

     3 We have already said that your holiness is the salvation of the world. What about your own salvation? You cannot give what you do not have. A savior must be saved. How else can he teach salvation? Today’s exercises will apply to you alone, recognizing that your salvation is crucial to the salvation of the world. As you apply the exercises to your own world, the whole world stands to benefit.

     4 Your holiness is the answer to every question that was ever asked, is being asked now, or will be asked in the future. Your holiness means the end of guilt, and thus the end of hell. Your holiness is the salvation of the world, and your own. How could you to whom your holiness belongs be excluded from it? God does not know unholiness. Can it be He does not know His Son?

     5 A full five minutes are urged for the four longer practice periods for today, and longer and more frequent practice sessions are encouraged. If you want to exceed the minimum requirements, more rather than longer sessions are recommended, although both are encouraged.

      6 Begin the practice periods as usual, by repeating today’s idea to yourself. Then with closed eyes, search out your unloving thoughts in whatever form they appear: uneasiness, depression, anger, fear, worry, attack, insecurity, and so on. Whatever form they take, they are unloving and therefore fearful. And so it is from them that you need to be saved.

     7 Specific situations, events, or personalities you associate with unloving thoughts of any kind are suitable subjects for today’s exercises. It is imperative for your own salvation that you see them differently. And it is your blessing on them that will save you and give you vision.

     8 Slowly, without conscious selection and without undue emphasis on any one in particular, search your mind for every thought that stands between you and your salvation. Apply the idea for today to each of them in this way:

My unloving thoughts about__________are keeping me in hell. My holiness is my salvation.

     9 You may find these sessions easier if you intersperse the applications with several short periods during which you merely repeat today’s idea to yourself slowly a few times. You may also find it helpful to include a few short intervals in which you just relax, and do not seem to be thinking of anything. Sustained concentration is very difficult at first. It will become much easier as your mind becomes more disciplined and less distractible.

     10 Meanwhile, you should feel free to introduce variety into your application periods, in whatever form appeals to you. Do not, however, change the idea itself in varying the method of applying it. However you elect to use it, the idea must be stated so that its meaning remains that your holiness is your salvation. End each practice period by repeating the idea in its original form once more, and adding:

If guilt is hell, what is its opposite?

     11 In shorter applications, which should be made some three or four times an hour and more if possible, you may ask yourself this question, repeat today’s idea, or preferably both. If temptations arise, a particularly helpful form of the idea is:

My holiness is my salvation from this.

Personal Notes:  “My holiness is my salvation.” In reading the lesson and doing the exercises for today, vision has become a step brighter for me. To have my attention drawn to the fact my holiness is my salvation which I must have recognition and acceptance of to give salvation to others and the world, for the purpose and meaning of why I am here. What was particularly helpful to me was seeing guilt and all unloving thoughts, towards myself, others, or the world in general as self-induced hell. Not identifying some of the thoughts and emotions such as sadness, fear, uneasiness, insecurity, outside attacks of who I am, as a choice! I choose to cast out every unloving thought! I choose Love to replace hate! I choose Freedom over enslavement to guilt! Today I am seeing what I need to be saved from! Thank you Jesus! I am holy, righteous, and redeemed and so are you! My holiness is my salvation from this. Let’s help each other to remember that today friends. I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 38

There is nothing my holiness cannot do.

Your holiness reverses all the laws of the world. It is beyond every restriction of time, space, distance, and limits of any kind. Your holiness is totally unlimited in its power because it establishes you as a Son of God, at one with the Mind of his Creator. Through your holiness the power of God is made manifest. Through your holiness the power of God is made available. And there is nothing the power of God cannot do.

     2 Your holiness, then, can remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems. It can do so in connection with yourself and with anyone else. It is equal in its power to help anyone, because it is equal in its power to save anyone. If you are holy, so is everything God created. You are holy because all things He created are Holy. And all things He created are holy because you are.

     3 In today’s exercises, we will apply the power of your holiness to all problems, difficulties, or suffering in any form that you happen to think of in yourself or in anyone else. We will make no distinctions.

     4 In the four longer practice periods, each preferably to last a full five minutes, repeat the idea for today, close your eyes, and then search your mind for any source of pain, sorrow, sense of loss, or unhappiness of any kind as you see it. Try to make as little distinction as possible between a situation that is difficult for you and one that is difficult for someone else. Identify the situation specifically, and also name the person concerned. Use this form in applying the idea for today:

In the situation involving__________in which I see myself, there is nothing that my holiness cannot do.

In the situation involving __________in which __________sees himself, there is nothing my holiness cannot do.

     5 From time to time you may want to vary the procedure, and some relevant thoughts of your own. You might like, for example, to include thoughts such as:

There is nothing my holiness cannot do because the power of God lies in it.

Introduce whatever variations appeal to you, but keep the exercises focused on the theme “There is nothing my holiness cannot do.” The purpose of today’s exercises is to begin to install in you a sense that you have dominion over all things because of what you are.47

     6 In the frequent shorter applications, apply the idea in its original form unless a specific problem concerning you or someone else arises or comes to mind. In that event, use the more specific form of application.

Foot note #47 in ACIM: Genesis 1:28 (rsv) “and God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” The word “dominion” above does not refer to dominion over other Sons of God, but over things of this world, particularly “all problems, difficulties, or suffering in any form”

Personal Notes: “There is nothing my holiness cannot do.”  There is quite a bit here in this lesson to grasp, for myself personally I have needed two days to set with this, not hurrying the process but resting with it because I really want to get it. I applied many things to this idea for today, remembering there are no levels to miracles, they are a natural occurrence from God’s Love. I am thankful that in all things I need only to apply my holiness, because the Power of God lies in it, God has given us dominion over all things for who we are in Christ Jesus. I pray for all my brothers, sisters and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection and illumination of purpose in The way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 37

My holiness blesses the world.

This idea contains the first glimmerings of your true function in the world, or why you are here. Your purpose is to see the world through your own holiness. Thus are you and the world blessed together. No one losses; nothing is taken away from anyone; everyone gains through your holy vision. It signifies the end of sacrifice because it offers everyone his full due. And he is entitled to everything because it is his birthright as a Son of God.

     2 There is no other way in which the idea of sacrifice can be removed forever from the world’s thinking. Any other way of seeing will inevitably demand payment of someone or something. As a result, the perceiver will lose. Nor will he have any idea why he is losing. Yet is his wholeness restored to his awareness through your vision. Your holiness blesses him by asking nothing of him. Those who see themselves as whole make no demands.

     3 Your holiness is the salvation of the world. It lets you teach the world that it is one with you, not by preaching to it, not by telling it anything, but merely by your quiet recognition that in your holiness are all things blessed along with you.

     4 Today’s four longer exercise periods, each to involve three to five minutes of practice, begin with the repetition of the idea for today, followed by a minute or so of looking about you as you apply the idea to whatever you see:

My holiness blesses this chair.

My holiness blesses that window.

My holiness blesses this body.

Then close your eyes and apply the idea to any person who occurs to you, using his name and saying:

My holiness blesses you, [name].

     5 You may continue the practice period with your eyes closed, you may open your eyes again and apply the idea for today to your outer world if you do desire, you may alternate between applying it to what you see around you and to those who are in your thoughts, or you may use any combination of these two phases of application which you prefer. The practice period should conclude with a repetition of the idea made with your eyes closed, and another, following immediately, with your eyes open.

     6 The shorter exercises consist of repeating the idea as often as you can. It is particularly helpful to apply it silently to anyone you meet, using his name as you do so. It is essential to use the idea if anyone seems to cause an adverse reaction in you. Offer him the blessing of your holiness immediately, that you may learn to keep it in your own awareness.

Personal Notes: “My holiness blesses the world” I so much enjoy the Peace; the light heartedness this lesson gives me, it makes the world (inner and outer) a whole lot, Less Scary! I found many opportunities to apply this idea for today, including upon first waking and going to my quiet time with God. First recognizing this is my true function in the world and purpose, to bless the world through my holiness which is a free gift of God, nothing I must earn. Freely I have been given and freely I give. The thought of ability to give such a precious gift out to the world is such an encouragement to me to Really get this etched in my mind, heart and saturated in my soul. I have sent my holiness out to bless several people and situations today but not before excepting and receiving it to be true of myself. Expecting to see many glowing results in Jesus my Lord, Savior, Bother and Friend. Two separate brothers I spoke with this week were experiencing resistance dealing with a stubborn ego, as I cooperated with Holy Spirit to bless them with my holiness it ricocheted back on me to a soft reminder of a person I needed to bless with my holiness, exposing my stubborn ego that had so cleverly disguised the meager ego based blessing I had offered in the past thinking I had paid my dues, how Hilarious to me today to see the deception of self. Certainly the split mind cannot bless the world, the ego cannot bless the world, But my holiness can and I can choose to identify with my holiness rather than the ego. How preciously patient our Heavenly Father is with us no condemnation, no judgment, just His gentle hand of Love giving correction and guiding us ever nearer to Him. To The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Wow this is Love, lets believe it, receive it, and share it! My holiness blesses the world. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 36

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 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.

     2 Four three-to-five-minute practice periods are required for today. Try to distribute them fairly evenly, and make the shorter application frequently, to protect your protection throughout the day. The longer practice periods should take this form:

     3 First, close your eyes and repeat the idea for today several times slowly. Then open your eyes and look quite slowly about, applying the idea specifically to whatever you note in your casual survey. Say, for example:

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 that pen.

Several times during these practice periods, close your eyes and continue as before.

     4 For the shorter exercise periods, close your eyes and repeat the idea, look about you as you repeat it again, and conclude with your eyes closed. All applications should, of course, be made quite slowly, as effortlessly and unhurriedly as possible.

Personal Notes:  “My holiness envelops everything I see” Today as yesterday I used the examples given in lesson to see my holiness of God in these things, also adding everything I saw around me and everything I saw in my minds eye. The day is young so I will continue these practices throughout the day always with the expectation of being more enlightened by the minute, to receive and give holiness, the Love Light of Jesus to the world and myself, to be a part of the solution of separation not adding to it, sight in holiness. I am holy because I was made of God for God. My ego is not holy but my ego is not me. I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself, for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 35

My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.

Today’s idea does not describe the way you see yourself now. It does, however, describe what vision will show you. It is difficult for anyone who thinks he is in this world to believe this of himself. Yet the reason he thinks he is in this world is because he does not believe it.

     2 You will believe that you are part of where you think you are. That is because you surround yourself with the environment you want, and you want it to protect the image of yourself which you have made. The image is part of this environment. What you see while you believe you are in it is seen through the eyes of the image. This is not vision. Images cannot see.

     3 The idea for today presents a very different view of yourself. By establishing your Source it establishes your identity, and it describes you as you must really be in truth. We will use a somewhat different kind of application for today’s idea, because the emphasis for today is on the perceiver rather than on what he perceives.

     4 For each of the three five-minute practice periods, first repeat today’s idea to yourself, and then close your eyes and search your mind for the various kinds of descriptive terms in which you see yourself. Include all of the ego-based attributes which you ascribe to yourself, positive or negative, desirable or undesirable, grandiose or debased. All of them are equally unreal because you do not look upon yourself through the eyes of holiness.

     5 In the earlier part of the mind-searching period, you will probably emphasize what you consider to be the more negative aspects of your perception of yourself. Toward the latter part of the exercise period, however, more self-inflating descriptive terms may well cross your mind. Try to recognize that the direction of your fantasies about yourself does not matter. Illusions have no direction in reality. They are merely not true.

     6 A suitable unselected list for applying the idea for today might be as follows:

I see myself as imposed on.

I see myself as depressed.

I see myself as failing.

I see myself as endangered.

I see myself as helpless.

I see myself as victorious.

I see myself as losing out.

I see myself as charitable.

I see myself as virtuous.

     7 You should not think of these terms in an abstract way. They will occur to you as various situations, personalities, and events in which you figure cross your mind. Pick up any specific situation that occurs to you, identify the descriptive term or terms which you feel are applicable to your reactions to that situation, and use them in applying today’s idea. After you have named each one, add:

But my mind is part of God’s. I am very holy.

     8 During the longer exercise periods, there will probably be intervals in which nothing specific occurs to you. Do not strain to think up specific things to fill the interval, but merely relax and repeat today’s idea slowly until something occurs to you. Although nothing that does occur should be omitted from the exercises, nothing should be “dug out” with effort. Neither force nor discrimination should be used.

     9 As often as possible during the day, pick up a specific attribute or attributes you are ascribing to yourself at the time and apply the idea for today to them, adding the idea to each of them in the form stated above. If nothing particular occurs to you, merely repeat the idea to yourself with closed eyes.

Personal Notes:  My mind is part of God’s. I am very holy. I used each of the examples in the lesson, all were very applicable to me, then adding; but my mind is part of God’s. I am very holy. Also applying it to what ever popped up during the day. I am in God and God is in me, Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world. It is not I that live but Christ Jesus who lives in me and through me, my mind is part of God’s. I am very holy. The more I exercise this idea the more it will become a natural response in my mind. I’m excited to see this on a more regular basis in thought, word and deed. I pray for all my brothers and sisters, and myself, for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 34

I could see peace instead of this.

The idea for today begins to describe the conditions which prevail in the other way of seeing. Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin in your own thoughts and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.

     2 Three longer practice periods are required for today’s exercises. One in the morning and one in the evening is advised, with an additional one to be undertaken at any time in between that seems most conducive to readiness. All applications should be done with your eyes closed. It is your inner world to which the applications should be made.

     3 Some five minutes of mind searching are required for each of the longer practice periods. Search your mind for fear thoughts, anxiety-provoking situations, “offending” personalities, or anything else about which you are harboring unloving thoughts.

     4 Note each one casually, repeating the idea for today slowly as you watch them arise in your mind, and let each one go to be replaced by the next. If you begin to experience difficulty in thinking of specific subjects, continue to repeat the idea to yourself in an unhurried manner, without applying it to anything in particular. Be sure, however, not to make any specific exclusions.

     5 The shorter applications are to be frequent, and made whenever you feel your peace of mind is threatened in any way. The purpose is to protect yourself from temptation throughout the day. If a specific form of temptation arises in your awareness, the exercise should take this form:

I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.

If the inroads on your peace of mind take the form of more generalized adverse emotions, such as depression, anxiety, or a vague sense of worry, use the idea in its original form.

     6 If you find you need more than one application of today’s idea to help you change your mind in any specific context, try to take several minutes and devote them to repeating the idea until you feel some sense of relief. It will help you if you tell yourself specifically:

I can replace my feelings of depression, anxiety, or worry [or my thoughts about this situation or personality] with peace.

Personal Notes:  I could see peace instead of this. I know this to be true, Jesus said it! And I believe it! I’m just needing to put a few more quite time slots in today to reinforce this truth in my mind. I am so thankful for being led to this Study Course and help of Holy Spirit to guide me on the steps of undoing the way I see things now. I can replace my feelings of anxiety, worry, thoughts about apparent situations and abrasive personalities, by seeing and identifying them for the lie and nothingness that they are, releasing them and replacing them with the only Truth there really is. The Love, Mercy, Grace, Peace that passes All understanding in Christ Jesus. I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself, for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 33

There is another way of looking at the world.

Today’s idea is an attempt to recognize that you can shift your perception of the world in both it’s outer and inner aspects. A full five minutes should be devoted to the morning and evening applications.

     2 In these practice periods, the idea should be repeated as often as you find comfortable, though unhurried applications are essential. Alternate between surveying your outer and inner perceptions, but without an abrupt sense of shifting. Merely glance casually around the world you perceive as outside yourself, then close your eyes and survey your thoughts with equal casualness. Try to remain equally uninvolved in both, and to maintain this detachment as you repeat the idea throughout the day.

     3 The shorter exercise periods should be as frequent as possible. Specific applications of today’s idea should also be made immediately when any situation arises which tempts you to become disturbed. For these applications, say:

There is another way of looking at this.

     4 Remember to apply today’s idea the instant you are aware of distress. It may be necessary to take a minute or so to sit quietly and repeat the idea to yourself several times. Closing your eyes will probably help in this form of application.

Personal Notes:  “ There is another way of looking at the world”. I have been striving to do this on a daily basis, the longer quiet times, morning and evening and throughout the day, whenever I feel distress creeping up on me, and have tried to share this idea with others around me when I see their distressful feelings bubbling up. To become aware that we can shift our perceptions of our inner and outer world (What a Blessed Gift of God) is like seeing Holy Instances pop up, like a bright ray of light of Love shining on this instant in time. As things present themselves to me during the day, to apply this idea/exercise, when I immediately remember to Stop and say, “There is another way of looking at this!” And applying The Love of Jesus to thought, word and deed. I have joyfully noticed the severity and length of time of disturbance (feelings of pain, despair, anger, hopelessness, rejection, unworthiness) in myself, others, and the atmosphere, dramatically decreased and disperse. It is a process. I am so thankful of all the efforts and dedication of those in obedience to the call of Jesus on their lives, that scribed and published a form of applying the Word, the Will, and the Truth of our Heavenly Father to the here and now, and an extra shout of gratitude for the gift of study buddies to help us stay focused and on track. I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself, for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection, and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 32

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.

     2 The idea for today, like the preceding ones, applies to your inner and outer worlds, which are actually the same. However, since you see them as different, the practice periods for today will again include two phases, one involving the world you see outside you and the other, the world you see in your mind. In today’s exercises, try to introduce the thought that both are in your own imagination.

     3 Again we will begin the practice periods for the morning and evening by repeating the idea for today two or three times while looking around at the world you see as outside yourself. Then close your eyes and look around your inner world. Try to treat them both as equally as possible. Repeat the idea for today unhurriedly to yourself as often as you wish, as you watch the images which your imagination presents to your awareness.

    4 For the two longer practice periods, three to five minutes are recommended, with not fewer than three required. More than five can be utilized, if you find the exercises restful. To facilitate this, select a time when few distractions are anticipated and when you yourself feel reasonably ready.

     5 These exercises are also to be continued during the day, as often as possible. The shorter applications consist of repeating the idea slowly as you survey either your inner or outer world. It does not matter which you choose.

     6 The idea for today should also be applied immediately to any situation which may distress you. Apply the idea by telling yourself.

I have invented this situation as I see it.

Personal Notes:  “I have invented the world I see” In looking at the theme of cause & effect, that I am not a victim of the world I see, because I invented it, is such a good exercise for me, further impressing on and enlightening my mind to the fact that I have a choice to see my inner and outer world through my made up thoughts of seeing and receiving which are not true or real, or see them through the eyes of Jesus which is always with Love, Peace, Safety, everything that is good and lovely in my inner and outer world, in all God’s creation. Once again today I make declaration of my freedom of seeing, perceiving and projecting anything other than Love, Peace, Joy, Unity, Oneness, Health, Prosperity, Limitlessness, Healing, Restoration, Sound Balanced Mind, inwardly and outwardly, that our Heavenly Father’s Kingdom Come, His Will be Done in Earth as it is in Heaven! Once again, today I make declaration that I will Not yield to the temptation to put myself in voluntary bondage or anyone/anything else. Today I apply these exercises and idea of the day to continue considering the thoughts in my mind and apparent circumstances, releasing all fear and falsehood, replacing with Love and Truth in guidance of our Teacher Holy Spirit in Christ Jesus. I pray for all my brothers, sisters and myself for continued guidance, wisdom, discernment, protection and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 31

I am not the victim of the world I see.

Today’s idea is the introduction to your declaration of release. Again, the idea should be applied to both the world you see without and the world you see within. In applying the idea, we will use a form of practice that will be used more and more, with changes to be indicated. Generally speaking, the form includes two aspects, one in which you apply the idea on a more sustained basis, and the other consisting of frequent applications of the idea throughout the day.

     2 Two longer periods of practice with the idea for today are needed, one in the morning and one at night. Three to five minutes for each of them is recommended. During that time, look about you slowly while repeating the idea two or three times. Then close your eyes and apply the same idea to your inner world. You will escape from both together, for the inner is the cause of the outer.

     3 As you survey your inner world, merely let whatever thoughts cross your mind come into your awareness, each to be considered for a moment and then replaced by the next. Try not to establish any sort of hierarchy among them. Watch them come and go as dispassionately as possible. Do not dwell on any one in particular, but try to let the stream move on evenly and calmly, without any special investment on your part. As you sit and quietly watch your thoughts, repeat today’s idea slowly to yourself as often as you care to, but with no sense of hurry.

     4 In addition, repeat the idea for today as often as possible during the day. Remind yourself that you are making a declaration of independence in the name of your own freedom. And in your freedom lies the freedom of the world.

     5 The idea for today is a particularly useful one to use as a response to any form of temptation. It is a declaration that you will not yield to it and put yourself in voluntary bondage.

Personal Notes: “I am not a victim of the world I see,” The pile of computer entries, the dust balls, the caramel/salt chips waiting to be baked into cookies, “I am not a victim of the world I see”, the angry words that fly out of people’s mouths, the broken relationships in my family, betrayal, abandonment, I am not a victim of the world I see, within or without. Today’s idea is the introduction to my declaration of release. As I apply this idea to my inner and outer world, seen and unseen, I will escape both together, because the inner is the cause of the outer. I am not the victim of the world I see. I make a declaration of my freedom and in my freedom lies the freedom of the world. I will not yield to the temptation of “Playing” the victim role and putting myself in voluntary bondage. I am not a victim of the world I see! I pray for all my brothers, sisters, and myself for continued guidance, protection, and illumination of purpose in The way, The Truth, The Life in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 30

God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.

The idea for today is the springboard for vision. From this idea will the world open up before you, and you will look upon it, and see in it what you have never seen before. Nor will what you saw before be even faintly visible to you.

     2 Today we are trying to use a new kind of projection. We are not attempting to get rid of what we do not like in our minds by seeing it outside. Instead, we are trying to see in the world what is in our minds and what we want to recognize is there.40 Thus we are trying to join with what we see, rather than keeping it apart from us. That is the fundamental difference between vision and the way you see.

     3 Today’s idea should be applied as often as possible throughout the day. Whenever you have a moment or so, repeat it to yourself slowly, looking around you, and trying to realize that it applies to everything you do see now, or could see now if it were within the range of your sight. Real vision is not limited by concepts such as “near” and “far.” To help yourself begin to get used to this idea, try to think of things beyond your present range as well as those you can actually see, as you apply today’s idea.

     4 Real vision is not only unlimited by space and distance, but it does not depend on the body’s eyes at all. The mind is its only source. To aid in helping yourself to become more accustomed to this idea as well, devote several practice periods to applying today’s idea with your eyes closed, using whatever subjects come to mind, and looking within rather than without.41 Today’s idea applies equally to both.

Personal Notes:  “God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.” Today’s lesson and exercises confirm to me what my heart has believed to be true, but can have a tendency to loose sight of when negative emotions invade my mind. Today’s lesson reminds me to stay “alert and on guard” of what I’m allowing to enter my mind and set up residence, reminding me of Who and What I want on the throne of my mind, heart, soul and all that concerns me. True Vision, Peace and Comfort can only be found in the recognition and knowing that God is all encompassing, God is in everything I see because God is in my mind, God is in all my circumstances, God is in all that concerns me. Proverbs 23:7; for as a man thinketh in his heart, so he is. I had a fresh reminder of this while doing the exercises in how there is nothing we can not apply this to in daily practice. That we don’t have to make pain of any kind real whether it be physical or psychic. We can refute the lie of rejection, ill intent, resentment, old sorrows, guilt, shame, pain of any form trying to convince us we are separated from God. Truth is, God is in everything I see because God is in my mind, in all of creation which He Created. God is limitless, so then, so are we. I pray for all my brothers, sisters and myself for continued guidance, protection and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 29

God is in everything I see.

The idea for today explains why you can see all purpose in everything. It explains why nothing is separate, by itself or in itself. And it explains why nothing you see means anything. In fact, it explains every idea we have used thus far, and all subsequent ones as well. Today’s idea is the whole basis for vision.

     2 You will probably find this idea very difficult to grasp at this point. You may find it silly, irreverent, senseless, funny, and even objectionable. Certainly God is not in a table, for example, as you see it. Yet we emphasized yesterday that a table shares the purpose of the universe. And what shares the purpose of the universe shares the purpose of its Creator.39

     3 Try then, today to begin to learn how to look on all things with love, appreciation, and open-mindedness. You do not see them now. Would you know what is in them? Nothing is as it appears to you. Its holy purpose stands beyond your little range. When vision has shown you the holiness that lights up the world, you will understand today’s idea perfectly. And you will not understand how you could ever have found it difficult.

    4 Our six two-minute practice periods for today should follow a now familiar pattern: Begin with repeating the idea to yourself, and then apply it to randomly chosen subjects about you, naming each one specifically.

     5 Try to avoid the tendency toward self-directed selection, which may be particularly tempting in connection with today’s idea because of its wholly alien nature. Remember that any order which you impose is equally alien to reality. Your list of subjects should therefore be as free of self-selection as possible.  For example, a suitable list might include:

God is in this coat.

God is in this magazine.

God is in this finger.

God is in this lamp.

God is in that body.

God is in that door.

God is in that cup.

     6 In addition to the assigned practice periods, repeat the idea for today at least once an hour, looking slowly about you as you say the words unhurriedly to yourself. At least once or twice you should experience a sense of restfulness as you do this.

Personal Notes:  “God is in everything I see.” How exciting! In practicing this today, it gives me such great joy and lightheartedness, remembering and knowing that God is in EVERYTHING! As I was outside this morning, the frigid January, PA winds were ripping at my scarf, and what Joy and warmth flooded my soul as I said “God is in the wind! God is in the air I breathe!” Exercising this idea for today gives a whole new vision on everything. In paragraph 2, last sentence there is a #39foot note in the ACIM Complete and Annotated Edition, stating (what we are seeing in the table, then, is God’s purpose-we are seeing the table as there to serve His purpose. And since God’s purpose is one with Him, by seeing His purpose in the table, we are seeing God in the table). While reviewing this lesson to post, I had to chuckle to myself in reading paragraph 3, were it says, when vision comes, you will not understand how you ever found it difficult, because my study brother and I were just marveling at that yesterday, what seemed difficult and elusive, now seems so simple when choosing and asking to see with the eyes of Jesus. I pray for all my family of the Beloved and myself for continued guidance, protection and illumination of purpose in The Way, The Truth, The Life in Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 28

Above all else I wan to see things differently.

Today we are really giving specific application to the idea for yesterday. In these practice periods, you will be making a series of definite commitments. The question of whether you will keep them in the future is not our concern here. If you are willing at least to make them now, you have started on the way to keeping them. And we are still at the beginning.

     2 You may wonder why it is important to say, for example, “Above all else I want to see this table differently.” In itself it is not important at all. Yet what is by itself? And what does “in itself” mean? You see a lot of separate things about you, which really means you are not seeing at all. You either see or not. When you have seen one thing differently, you will see all things differently. The light you will see in any one of them is the same light you will see in them all.

     3 When you say “Above all else I want to see this table differently,” you  are making a commitment to withdraw all your own preconceived ideas about the table, and open your mind to what it is and what it is for. You are not defining it in past terms. You are asking what it is, rather than telling it what it is. You are not binding its meaning to your own tiny experience of tables, nor are you limiting its purpose to your little personal thoughts.

     4 You will not question what you have already defined. And the purpose of these exercises is to ask questions and receive the answers. In saying “Above all else I want to see this table differently,” you are committing yourself to seeing. It is not an exclusive commitment. It is a commitment which applies to the table just as much as to anything else, neither more nor less.

     5 You could, in fact, gain vision from just that table, if you could withdraw all your own ideas from it and look upon it with a completely open mind. It has something to show you-something beautiful and clean and of infinite value, full of happiness and hope. Hidden under all your own ideas about it is its real purpose, the purpose it shares with all the universe.

     6 In using the table as a subject for applying the idea for today, you are therefore really asking to see the purpose of the universe. You will be making this same request of each subject which you use in the practice periods. And you are making a commitment to each of them to let its purpose be revealed to you, instead of placing your own judgment upon it.

     7 We will have six two-minute practice periods today, in which the idea for the day is stated first, and then applied to whatever you see in looking about you. Not only should the subjects be chosen randomly, but each one should be accorded equal sincerity as today’s idea is applied to it, in an attempt to acknowledge the equal value of them all in their contribution to your seeing.

    8 As usual, the applications should include the name of the subject which your eyes happen to light on, and you should rest your eyes on it while saying:

Above all else, I want to see this__________differently.

Each application should be made quite slowly and as thoughtfully as possible. There is no hurry.

Personal Notes: “Above all else I want to see things differently”. I am thankful for the lesson today to show me and remind me that I can be released from torment of ego based thinking, judging and perceiving. To remove limits that I have set on things, people, myself and the world around me, just by wanting it and asking for it. I can learn to see differently the light I will see in anyone of these things is the same light I will see in them all. Not binding its meaning or purpose to my minute, limited experiences and fleshly thoughts. I give thanks and pray for continued guidance of our teacher Holy Spirit, our Lord and Savior Jesus, Shining the Light of His Love on our hearts, minds and the path before us that grows brighter each day, by our request and cooperation and the Limitless Love, Mercy and Grace of our Heavenly Father. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 27

Above all else I want to see.

Today’s idea expresses something stronger than mere determination.34 It gives vision top priority among your desires. You may feel hesitant about using the idea on the grounds that you are not sure you really mean it. This does not matter. The purpose of today’s exercises is to bring the time when  the idea will be wholly true a little nearer.

     2 There may be a great temptation to believe that some sort of sacrifice is being asked of you when you say you want to see above all else. If you become uneasy about the lack of reservation involved, add:

Vision has no cost to anyone.

If fear of loss persists, add further:

It can only bless.

     3 The idea for today needs many repetitions for maximum benefit. It should be used at least every half hour, and more often if possible. You might try for every fifteen or twenty minutes. It is recommended that you set a definite time interval for using the idea when you wake up or shortly afterwards, and attempt to adhere to it throughout the day. It will not be difficult to do this, even if you are engaged in conversation or otherwise occupied at the time. You can still repeat one short sentence to yourself without disturbing anything that is going on.

     4 The real question is, how often will you remember? How much do you want today’s idea to be true? Answer one of these questions, and you have answered the other. You will probably miss several applications, and perhaps quite a number. Do not be disturbed by this, but try to keep on your schedule from then on. If only once during the day you feel that you were perfectly sincere while you were repeating today’s idea, you can be sure that you have saved yourself many years of effort.

34 refers to Lesson 20: “I am determined to see.”

Personal Notes: “Above all else I want to see.” Oh what a Glorious thing it is to see with the True Vison of Christ Jesus. When we ask for True vision, invite our Heavenly Father to shine the Love Light of Truth on our eyes to see, only then can we truly see the Love, Peace, Joy, Beauty of the Real world we yearn to see and remember. But first things first of course, knowing we want it is the beginning. Then be made aware of and removing the blocks we have acquired and covered up. In my quiet time upon waking this morning, one of those hidden blocks was revealed to me. Here I am preparing to post the idea for today, one which I have been praying, seeking, crying out for such a long time, “The eyes of Jesus to see” and up pops this negative, loveless, self pity thought, invading my Happy Time, attempting to steal my Joy, my Peace, my Truth. Quickly (actually not so quickly) I put the exercise of today’s idea to work for me. “Above all else I want to see.” Vision has no cost to anyone. It can only Bless. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 26

My attack thoughts are attacking my Invulnerability.

It is surely obvious that if you can be attacked you are not invulnerable. You see attack as a real threat. That is because you believe that you can really attack, and what would have effects through you must also have effects on you. It is this law that will ultimately save you, but you are missing it now. You must therefore learn how it can be used for your own best interests rather than against them.

     2 Because your attack thoughts well be projected, you will fear attack. And if you fear attack, you must believe you are not invulnerable. Attack thoughts therefore make you vulnerable in your mind, which is where the attack thoughts are. Attack thoughts and invulnerability cannot be accepted together. They contradict each other.

     3 The idea for today introduces the thought that you always attack yourself first. If attack thoughts must entail the belief that you are vulnerable, their effect is to weaken you in your own eyes. Thus they have attacked your perception of yourself. And because you believe in them, you can no longer believe in yourself. A false image of yourself has come to take the place of what you are.

     4 Practice with today’s idea will help you to understand that vulnerability or invulnerability is the result of your own thoughts. Nothing except your thoughts can make you think you are vulnerable. And nothing except your thoughts can prove to you this is not so.

     5 Six practice periods are required in applying today’s idea. A full two minutes should be attempted for each of them, although the time can be reduced to a minute if the discomfort is too great. Do not reduce it further.

     6 The practice period should begin with repeating the idea for today, then closing your eyes and reviewing the unresolved situations whose outcome are causing you concern. The concern my take the form of depression, worry, anger, a sense of imposition, fear, foreboding, or preoccupation. Any problem as yet unsettled which tends to recur in your thoughts during the day is a suitable subject. You will not be able to use very many for any one practice period, because a longer time than usual should be spent with each one. Today’s idea should be applied as follows:

       7 First, name the situation:

I am concerned about___________.

Then go over every possible outcome which has occurred to you in that connection and which has caused you concern, referring to each one quite specifically, saying:

I am afraid__________will happen.

     8 If you are doing the exercises properly, you should have some five or six distressing possibilities available for each situation you use, and there may be many more. It is much more helpful to cover a few situations thoroughly than to touch on a larger number.

     9 As the number of anticipated outcomes for each situation increases, you will probably find some of them, especially those which occur to you toward the end, less acceptable to you. Try however, to treat them all alike to whatever extent you can.

     10 After you have named each outcome of which you are afraid, tell yourself:

That thought is an attack upon myself.

Conclude each practice period by repeating today’s idea once more.

Personal Notes: “My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability” Nothing but my thoughts can attack me and nothing but my thoughts can make me think I’m vulnerable and nothing but undoing these errors in thinking, replacing them with rightmindedness guided by our Teacher with the Truth can bring healing from my miscreation’s. This exercise is designed to help us uncover and expose to us the roots of this false image we have made of ourselves and others to be set free form the effects of this lie that bring, worry, anger, depression, fear, foreboding, preoccupation, that keep us from the wonderful life & purpose God created us to have and Be. It begins with the Undoing the way we see things now. So be brave with me my friends lets expose these shadows that go bump in the night, shine the Light of Holy Spirit on them to expose them for what they are “Nothingness”.  Lets invite Holy Spirit in to be in cooperation with Him for a return to right-thinking to the Masterpiece God created us to be, as our Brother & Friend Jesus lights the way before us. This has been a very challenging step for me, it seemed to me that if I wrote down or spoke out loud my concerns and fears that I was making them more real, but in hiding them, there could be no healing only a festering and a foothold on my soul. This course has shown me that exposing them, calling them out for what they are, Lies and illusions! I can be set free from this self-inflicted torment, by always remembering to Trust God Implicitly. The Power of God Himself lives in us. He always has our best interest at heart! He is Sovereign! God Loves us. God is Love. Lets choose Love over fear. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 25

I do not know what anything is for

Purpose is meaning. Today’s idea explains why nothing you see means anything.33 You do not know what it is for. Therefore it is meaningless to you. Everything is for your own best interests. That is what it is for; that is its purpose; that is what it means. It is in recognizing this that your goals become unified. It is in recognizing this that what you see is given meaning.

     2 You perceive the world and everything in it as meaningful in terms of ego goals. These goals have nothing to do with your best interests, because the ego is not you. This false identification makes you incapable of understanding what anything is for. As a result, you are bound to misuse it. When you believe this, you will try to withdraw the goals you have assigned from the world, instead of attempting to reinforce them.

     3 Another way of describing the goals you now perceive as valuable is to say that they are all concerned with “personal” interests. Since you have no personal interests, your goals are really concerned with nothing. In cherishing them, therefore, you have no goals at all. And thus you do not know what anything is for.

     4 Before you can make any sense out of the exercises for today, one more thought is necessary: At the most superficial levels you do recognize purpose, yet purpose cannot be understood at these levels. For example, you do understand that a telephone is for the purpose of talking to someone who is not physically in your immediate vicinity. What you do not understand is what you want to reach him for. And it is this that makes your contact with him meaningful or not.

     5 It is crucial to your learning to be willing to give up the goals you have established for everything. The recognition that they are meaningless rather than “good” or “bad” is the only way to accomplish this. The idea for today is a step in this direction. Six practice periods, each of two minutes duration, are required.

     6 Each practice period should begin with a slow repetition of the idea for today, followed by looking about you and letting your glance rest on whatever happens to catch your eye, near or far, “important” or “unimportant,” human or nonhuman. With your eyes resting on each subject you so select, say for example:

I do not know what this chair is for.

I do not know what this pencil is for.

I do not know what this hand is for.

Say this quite slowly, without shifting your eyes until you have completed the statement. Then move on to the next subject, and apply today’s idea as before.

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33 refers to; lesson 1:”Nothing I see in this room (on this street, from this window, in this place) means anything.”

Personal Notes: I do not know what anything is for. This idea for the day is me surrendering my mind and thought process to God to be of One Mind, One Will with Him. The undoing of what I thought I knew to Rightmindedness. The course states some ideas are more difficult than others to believe, but it doesn’t matter, we are only asked to apply them as directed. It is their use that will give them meaning and show to be true. In the attempt to show us the real problem is not in the world but is in our mind, in false beliefs of our identity and external identification. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 24

I do not perceive my own best interest

In no situation that arises do you realize the outcome that would make you happy. Therefore you have no guide to appropriate action, and no way of judging the result. What you do is determined by your perception of the situation, and that perception is wrong. It is inevitable, then, that you will not serve your own best interests. Yet they are your only goal in any situation which is correctly perceived. Otherwise, you will not recognize what they are.

     2 If you realized that you do not perceive your own best interests, you could be taught what they are. But in the presence of your conviction that you do now what they are, you cannot learn. The idea for today is a beginning step in opening your mind so that learning can begin.

     3 The exercises for today require much more honesty than you are accustomed to using. A few subjects honestly and carefully considered in each of the five practice periods which should be undertaken today will be more helpful than a more cursory examination of a large number. Two minutes are suggested for each of the mind-searching periods which the exercises involve.

     4 The practice periods begin with repeating today’s idea, followed by searching the mind, with closed eyes, for unresolved situations about which you are currently concerned. The emphasis should be on uncovering the outcome you want. You will quickly realize that you have a number of goals in mind as part of the desired outcome, and also that these goals are on different levels and often conflict.

     5 Name each situation that occurs to you, and enumerate carefully as many goals as possible that you would like to be met in its resolution. The form of each application should be roughly as follows:

In the situation involving__________, I would like__________to happen, and __________to happen

and so on. Try to cover as many different kinds of outcomes as may honestly occur to you, even if some of them do not appear to you to be directly related to the situation, or even to be inherent in it at all.

     6 If these exercises are done properly, you will quickly recognize that you are making a large number of demands of the situation which have nothing to do with it. You will also recognize that many of your goals are contradictory, that you have no unified outcome in mind, and that you must experience disappointment in connection with some of your goals however the situation turns out. After covering the list of as many hoped-for goals as possible for each unresolved situation that crosses your mind, say to yourself:

I do not perceive my own best interests in this situation,

And go on to the next.

Persnoal Notes:  I do not perceive my own best interests. In part having lived here on this earth for 62 years, experience has shown me that apart from one mindedness with God, without checking in with my Holy Teacher before I attempt to perceive a situation or course of action, more than not it goes awry. Maybe short term, maybe long term, in any case has taught me, I do not perceive my own best interests or anyone else’s. Which truly in my heart of hearts is what I want. Still after two years of working on this I find the need for daily maintenance program of quite times and mind-searching to clean house, clean the altar of my mind and invite Holy Spirit to guide, direct and fill my thoughts and actions with righteousness. These exercises I have found to be so effective at uncovering what tends to get hidden by a veil. I am eager to continue to be made more and more aware, bit by bit of The Way, The Truth, and The Life in Jesus. I pray for all my brothers, sisters and myself for wisdom, guidance, and discernment on this path and purpose God has laid out for each of us, for a return to Oneness and Unity in Christ Jesus, Amen. God says He will give us the Will and the Will Power to do His Will if we ask. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 23

I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts

The idea for today contains the only way out of fear that will ever succeed. Nothing else will work; everything else is meaningless. But this way cannot fail. Every thought you have makes up some segment of the world you see. It is with your thoughts, then, that we must work, if your perception of the world is to be changed.

2 If the cause of the world you see is attack thoughts, you must learn it is these thoughts that you do not want. There is no point in lamenting the world. There is no point in trying to change the world. It is incapable of change because it is merely an effect. But there is indeed a point in changing your thoughts about the world. Here you are changing the cause. The effect will change automatically.

3 The world you see is a vengeful world, and everything in it is a symbol of vengeance. Each of your perceptions of “external reality” is a pictorial representation of your own attack thoughts. One can well ask if this can be called seeing. Is not fantasy a better word for such a process, and hallucination a more appropriate term for the results?

4 You see the images that you have made, but you do not see yourself as the image maker. You cannot be saved from the world, but you can escape from its cause. This is what salvation means, for where is the world you see when its cause is gone? Vision already holds a replacement for everything you think you see now. Loveliness can light your images and so transform them that you will love them even though they were made of hate. For you will not be making them alone.

5 The idea for today introduces the thought that you are not trapped in the world you see, because its cause can be changed. This change requires, first, that the cause be identified, and then let go, so that it can be replaced. The first two steps in this process require your cooperation. The final one does not. Your images have already been replaced. By taking the first two steps, you will see that this is so.

6 Besides using it throughout the day as the need arises, five practice periods are required in applying today’s idea. As you look about you, repeat the idea slowly to yourself, and then close your eyes and devote about a minute to searching you mind for as many attack thoughts as occur to you. As each one crosses your mind, say:

I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts about__________.

Hold each attack thought in your mind as you say this, and then dismiss that thought and go on to the next.

7 In the practice periods, be sure to include both your thoughts of attacking and of being attacked. Their effects are exactly the same. You do not yet recognize this, and you are asked at this time only to treat them as the same in today’s practice periods. We are still at the stage of identifying the cause of the world you see. When you finally realize that thoughts of attack and of being attacked are not different, you will be ready to let the cause go.

Personal Notes: I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts. The course states in paragraph 4, God’s vision already holds a replacement for everything I think I see now, that Loveliness can light my images and transform them, that the cause can be changed. Thank you Jesus! So I have worked diligently on my list, holding them in my mind to identify, then giving it up, dismissing it and going on. I release all error of thought, word, and deed into the Holy Hands of my Lord and Savior, asking for His eyes to see, His ears to hear, His heart to Love, with my Helper Holy Spirit, Love, Mercy, and Grace of our Heavenly Father in Christ Jesus. We can escape from the world we see. Just releasing all attack thoughts replacing them with Love. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend.

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Lesson 22

What I see is a form of vengeance

Today’s idea accurately describe the way anyone who holds attack thoughts in his mind must see the world. Having projected his anger onto the world, he sees vengeance about to strike at him. His own attack is thus perceived as self-defense. This becomes an increasingly vicious circle until he is willing to change how he sees. Otherwise, thoughts of attack and counterattack will preoccupy him and people his entire world. What peace of mind is possible to him then?

2 It is from this savage fantasy that you want to escape. Is it not joyous news to hear that it is not real? Is it not a happy discovery to find that you can escape? You made what you would destroy; everything that you hate and would attack and kill. All that you fear does not exist.

3 Look at the world about you at least five times today for at least a minute each time, and as your eyes move slowly from one object to another, from one body to another, say to yourself:

I see only the perishable.

I see nothing that will last.

What I see is not real.

What I see is a form of vengeance.

At the end of each practice period, ask yourself:

Is this the world I really want to see?

The answer is surely obvious.

Personal Notes: As I practiced the exercise for today, my eyes slowly moving from one object to another, from one body to another, from one thought to another, I see only the temporal, the perishable. I see nothing that will last. What I see is not real. So I ask myself is this the world I really want to see? What I see is a form of vengeance against God, man, and creation. No! I do not want to see miscreation, unreality. I want to see the real world, God’s world, God’s vision. Replacing fear for Love, replacing self defense thoughts with Love, replacing, attack and counterattack thoughts with Love. Choosing to put faith and trust in God’s Love for me and His Creation. Wanted to mention if anyone is interested in additional studies on A Course in Miracles, a brother of my weekly ACIM study group is going through the text chapters 1-31 in a year, having started January 1st., in this blog we are going through the Lessons 1-365 in a year, so if you find yourself wanting for additional information and encouragement you might like to check out the ACIM blog at eckiefriar.com which is reviewing the ACIM Chapters 1-31. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in love my friend!

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Lesson 21

I am determined to see things differently.

The idea for today is obviously a continuation and extension of the preceding one. This time, however, specific mind-searching periods are necessary, in addition to applying the idea to particular situations as they may arise. Five practice periods are urged, allowing a full minute for each.

2 In the practice periods, begin by repeating the idea to yourself. Then close your eyes and search your mind carefully for situations past, present, or anticipated that arouse anger in you. The anger may take the form of any reaction ranging from mild irritation to rage. The degree of the emotion you experience does not mater. You will become increasingly aware that a slight twinge of annoyance is nothing but a veil drawn over intense fury.

3 Try therefore, not to let the “little” thoughts of anger escape you in the practice periods. Remember that you do not really recognize what arouses anger in you, and nothing that you believe in this connection means anything. You will probably be tempted to dwell more on some situations or person than on others, on the fallacious grounds that they are more “obvious.” This is not so. It is merely one example of the belief that some forms of attack are more justified than others.

4 As you search your mind for all the forms in which attack thoughts present themselves, hold each one in mind while you tell yourself:

I am determined to see__________differently.

I am determined to see__________(specify situation) differently.

5 Try to be as specific as possible. You may for example, focus your anger on a particular attribute of a person, believing that the anger is limited to this aspect. If your perception is suffering from this form of distortion say:

I am determined to see__________(specify the attribute) in__________differently.

Personal Notes: I am determined to see things differently.

  • I am determined to see lovelessness in people/world differently.
  • I am determined to see body needs differently.
  • I am determined to see Ahyoka’s stubbornness differently.
  • I am determined to see debt, lack or need differently.
  • I am determined to see self-value/identity differently.  
  • I am determined to see Government Officials in governing decisions differently.

All mind creating apart from God and away from True Creation leads to death, destruction, decay and chaos. It will take all manner of forms. But a life away from the Source of Life, away from Oneness of thought, word, and deed with our Heavenly Father – is a life of fear, sorrow and insanity in all forms. It may look good, smell good – taste good, but it still ends the same way. It can go on like this until we Wake Up, better sooner than later. May the Lord Jesus bless, guide, and protect our minds and the path that He has lit before us. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend.

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Lesson 20

I am determined to see

We have been quite casual about our practice periods thus far. There has been virtually no attempt to direct the time for undertaking them, minimal effort has been required, and not even active cooperation and interest have been asked for. This casual approach has been intentional and very carefully planned. We have not lost sight of the crucial importance of the reversal of your thinking. The salvation of the world depends on it. Yet you will not succeed if you regard yourself as being coerced, and if you give in to resentment an opposition.

2 This is our first attempt to introduce structure. Do not misconstrue it as an effort to exert force or pressure. You want salvation. You want happiness. You want peace. You do not have them now because your mind is totally undisciplined, and you cannot distinguish between joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, love and fear. You are now learning how to tell them apart. And great indeed will be your reward.

3 Your decision to see is all that vision requires. What you want is yours. Do not mistake the little effort that is asked of you for a sign that our goal is of little worth. Can the salvation of the world be a trivial aim? And can the world be saved if you are not? God has one Son, and he is the resurrection and the life. His will is done because all power is given Him in Heaven and on earth. In your determination to see is vision given you.

4 The exercises for today consist in reminding yourself throughout the day that you want to see. Today’s idea also tacitly implies the recognition that you do not see now. Therefore, as you repeat the idea, you are stating that you are determined to change your present state for a better one, and one you really want.

5 Repeat today’s idea slowly and positively at least twice an hour today, attempting to do so every half hour. Do not be distressed if you forget to do so, but make a real effort to remember. The extra repetitions should be applied to any situation, person, or event which upsets you. You can see them differently, and you will. What you desire you will see. Such is the real law of cause and effect as it operates in the world.

Personal Noted:I am determined to see.” I am determined to see freedom and safety from all alarm. I am determined to see freedom from rejection and condemnation. I am determined to see freedom from shame and pain. I am determined to see Joy, Peace, Abundance to the full and overflowing. I am determined to see Love, Beauty, Wholeness, Laughter. I am determined to see Healing, Restoration, Salvation. I am determined to see myself as Unshaken, Unmovable, Standing on The Solid Rock of Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. I am determined to see to angry brothers as God’s beloved sons and Masterpieces. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend.

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Lesson 19

I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts

The idea for today is obviously the reason why your seeing does not effect you alone. You will notice that at times the ideas related to thinking precede those related to perceiving, while at other times the order is reversed. The reason is the order does not actually matter. Thinking and its results are really simultaneous, for cause and effect are not separate.

2 Today we are again emphasizing the fact that minds are joined. This is rarely a wholly welcome idea at first, since it seems to carry with it an enormous sense of responsibility, and may even be regarded as an “invasion of privacy.” Yet it is a fact that there are no private thoughts. Despite your initial resistance to this idea, you will yet understand that it must be true if salvation is possible at all. And salvation must be possible because it is the will of God.

3 The minute or so of mind searching which today’s exercises require is to be undertaken with closed eyes. The idea is to be repeated first, and then the mind should be carefully searched for the thoughts which it contains at that time.

4 As you consider each one, name it first in terms of the central person or theme which it contains, and holding it in mind as you do so, say:

I am not alone in experiencing the effects of this thought about__________.

5 The requirement of as much indiscriminateness as possible in selecting subjects for the practice period should be quite familiar to you now, and will no longer be repeated each day, although it will occasionally be included as a reminder. Do not forget, however, that random selection of subjects for all practice periods remains essential throughout. Lack of order in this connection will ultimately make the recognition of lack of order in miracles meaningful to you.

6 Apart from the “as needed” application of the idea for today, at least three practice periods are required, shortening the length of time involved if necessary. Do not attempt more than four.

Personal Notes: I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts. I am so thankful for the lessons and exercises in this course, that actually teach you how to hear and apply the word of God to daily life in combination with face to face weekly ACIM study group of teaching and encouraging each other, I have been blessed with such heightened awareness (bit by bit) of the effects of my thoughts, on others and myself. Seeing how our minds are all joined. learning to be as indiscriminate as possible when mind searching for subjects of practice periods. Seeing how correction is bringing healing and direction to my heart, mind and soul, and also seeing the positive effect on others around me. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts. We can choose for love or hate. I choose Love. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend.

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Lesson 18

I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing

The idea for today is another step in learning that the thoughts which give rise to what you see are never neutral or unimportant. It also emphasizes the idea that minds are joined, which will be given increasing stress later.

2 Today’s idea does not refer to what you see as much as to how you see it. Therefore, the exercises for today will emphasize this aspect of your perception. The three or four practice periods should be done as follows:

3 Selecting subjects for the application of the idea randomly, look at each one long enough to say:

I am not alone in experiencing the effects of how I see__________.

Conclude the practice period by repeating the more general statement:

I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.

A minute or so or even less will be sufficient.

Personal Notes: I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing. After having my attention drawn to this idea and doing the exercises I found my sight being opened to this more and more in daily life which before, I glossed over, shrugged off, thinking that all those little, pesky, reckless thoughts fleeting through my mind were unimportant, neutral, or completely harmless. Believing I was not accountable for them because I didn’t know where they came from, just slight interruptions, dismissing as unimportant. When becoming aware of how my thoughts were effecting what I was seeing, and not only my seeing but others also, being introduced to the idea that we are not alone in experiencing the effects of our seeing, and seeing this play out before my eyes when I asked Jesus to help me correct my thoughts and what I was seeing, to be in sync with His, I saw a shift in others seeing along with mine. What a wonderful incentive to get excited about working on renewing our minds to Right thinking, God Mindedness, to bring Light to darkness. If we have this wonderful tool at our disposal of minds being joined and the Help of Holy Spirit, wouldn’t that get us motivated to stay vigilant of our mind/thought-life, learning to use to project Love, Peace, Joy, Healing, Oneness. To be a contributor to bridging the gap of separation. Guided and taught of our Holy Spirit in Jesus. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend.

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Lesson 17

I see no neutral things

This idea is another step in the direction of identifying cause and effect as it actually operates. 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 be itself the cause of reality. In view of its highly variable nature, this is hardly likely.

2 In applying today’s idea, say to yourself, with eyes open:

I see no neutral things, because I have no neutral thoughts.

For example, you might say:

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

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

3 As usual, it is essential to make no distinction between what you believe to be animate or inanimate, pleasant or unpleasant. Regardless of what you may believe, you do not see anything which is really alive and joyous. That is because you are unaware as yet of any thoughts which are really true and therefore really happy.

4 Three or four specific practice periods are recommended, and no less than three are required for maximum benefit, even if you experience resistance. However, if you do, the length of the practice period may be reduced to less than the minute or so which is otherwise recommended.

Personal Notes: I see no neutral things because I have no neutral thoughts. It is always the thought that comes first, this is not the way the world thinks or the way my mind has been trained to operate. But it is the way I need to learn to 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. I pray for all my dear brothers and myself to be enlightened of true understanding, to protect our eyes in seeing, our minds in thought, that we do not receive or project to the world anything but Truth and Reality of Jesus, in, to, and Through Jesus, guided by our Holy Spirit. Thank You for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 16

I have no neutral thoughts

The idea for today is a beginning step in dispelling the belief that your thoughts have no effect. 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 which are true create in their own likeness. Those which are false “create” in theirs.

2 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 an idle. Every thought you have contributes to truth or it multiplies illusions. You can indeed multiply nothing, but you will not extend it by doing so.

3 In addition to never being idle, salvation requires that you recognize that every thought you have will bring either peace or war; either love or fear. A neutral result is impossible because a neutral thought is impossible. There is such a temptation to dismiss certain fear thoughts as unimportant, trivial, and not worth bothering about that it is essential you recognize them all as equally destructive but equally unreal. We will practice this idea in many forms before you really understand it.

4 In applying the idea for today, search your mind for a minute or so with eyes closed, and actively seek not to overlook any “little” thought which tends to elude the search. “This is quite difficult until you get used to it. You will find that it is still hard for you not to make artificial distinctions.

5 Every thought that occurs to you, regardless of the quality which you assign to it, is a suitable subject for applying today’s idea. In the practice periods, first repeat the idea and then, as each thought crosses your mind, hold it in awareness while you tell yourself:

This thought about__________is not a neutral thought.

That thought about__________is not a neutral thought.

6 As usual, use today’s idea whenever you are aware of a particular thought which arouses uneasiness. The following form is suggested for this purpose:

This thought about__________is not a neutral thought, because I have no neutral thoughts.

7 Four or five practice periods are recommended, if you find them relatively effortless. If strain is experienced, three will be enough. The length of the exercise period should also be reduced if there is discomfort.

Personal Notes: I have no neutral thoughts. This lesson today clearly shows us the need to take individual responsibility for the part we take in what we see, by paying close attention to our thought life, realizing none of them are unequal in size or power, that even what the world would call an “idle thought” along with every other thought will bring either peace or war, either love or fear. Let us remember today even what we might be tempted to consider as a minute fear thought , being unimportant, that all are equally destructive but equally unreal. So lets work on getting Real today friends, clearing out the alters of our minds and in turn the world we see before us. Renewing our minds with Holy, Loving, thoughts being of one mind, thought and purpose with our Heavenly Father and the family of beloved brotherhood in Christ Jesus. Lighting the way for others by our thoughts and actions. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 15

My thoughts are images that I have Made

It is because the thoughts you think you think appear as images that you do not recognize them as nothing. You think you think them, and so you think you see them. This is how your “seeing” was made. This is the function you have given your body’s eyes. It is not seeing. It is image making. It takes the place of seeing, replacing vision with illusions.

2 This introductory idea to the process of image making, which you call seeing, will not have much meaning for you. You will begin to understand it when you have seen little edges of light around the same familiar objects that you see about you now. That is the beginning of real vision. You can be certain that real vision will come very quickly when this has occurred.

3 As we go along, you may have many “light episodes.” They can take many different forms, some of them quite unexpected. Do not be afraid of them. They are a sign that you are opening your eyes at last. They will not last, because they merely symbolize true perception and are not related to knowledge. These exercises will not reveal knowledge to you. But they will prepare the way to it.

4 In practicing the idea for today, repeat it first to yourself, and then apply it to whatever you see around you, using its name and letting your eyes rest on it as you say:

This __________is an image that I have made.

That __________is an image that I have made.

It is not necessary to include a large number of things in each practice period. It is necessary, however, to continue to look at each subject while you repeat the idea to yourself. The idea should be repeated quite slowly each time. Although you will not be able to apply the idea to very many things during the minute or so of practice that is recommended, try to make the selection as random as possible.

5 Less than a minute will do for the exercises, if you begin to feel uneasy. Do not have more than three practice periods unless you feel completely comfortable with the idea, and do not exceed four. However, the idea can be applied as needed throughout the day.

Personal Notes: My thoughts are images that I have made. What a good exercises for me to bring more awareness to keeping my thoughts in “check” how thoughts turn into images, we then in turn imagine we see, man made instead of God made. After forming an image then I form an expectation, this is definitely a No win, No win situation. I pray for Holy Spirit to guide us all today through this exercise with God given Wisdom and Discernment to let go of all miscreation’s, to welcome Atonement for correction of all errors of thought, seeing, hearing, and words. For our Heavenly Father to continue Lighting the way before us, Brighter and Brighter each New Day in Christ Jesus, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 14

God did not create a meaningless world.

The idea for today is, of course, the reason why a meaningless world is impossible. What God did not create does not exist. And everything that does exist exists as He created it. The world you see has nothing to do with reality. It is of your own making, and it does not exist.

2 The exercises for today are to be practiced with your eyes closed throughout. The mind-searching period should be short, a minute at most. Do not have more than three practice periods with today’s idea unless you find them comfortable. If you do, it will be because you really understand what they are for.

3 The idea for today is another step in learning to let go the thoughts which you have written on the world and see the Word of God in their place. The early steps in this exchange, which can truly be called salvation, can be quite difficult and even quite painful. Some of them will lead you directly into fear. You will not be left there. We will go far beyond it. Our direction is toward perfect safety and perfect peace.

4 With your eyes closed, think of all the horrors in the world that cross your mind. Name each one as it occurs to you, and then deny its reality. God did not create it, and so it is not real. Say for example:

God did not create that war in __________, and so it is not real.

God did not create that airplane crash in __________, and so it is not real.

God did not create that disaster [specify] in __________, and so it is not real.

God did not create that illness [specify] in [name of person], and so it is not real.

5 Suitable subjects for the application of today’s idea also include anything you are afraid might happen to you or to anyone about whom you are concerned. In each case, name the “disaster” quite specifically. Do no use general terms. For example, do not say “God did not create illness,” but “God did not create cancer,” or heart attacks, or whatever may arouse fear in you.

6 This is your personal repertory of horrors at which you are looking. These things are part of the world you see. Some of them are shared illusions, and others are part of your personal hell. It does not matter. What God did not create can only be in your own mind apart from His. Therefore, it has no meaning. In recognition of this fact, conclude the practice periods by repeating today’s idea:

God did not create a meaningless world.

7 Today’s idea can, of course, be applied to anything that disturbs you during the day, aside from the practice periods. Be very specific in applying it. Say:

God did not create a meaningless world. He did not create this [specify the situation which is disturbing you], and so it is not real.

Personal Notes: God did not create a meaningless world. God did not create death and decay, horrors and suffering, chaos and danger, gossip and backbiting, So let us look away from all that distracts us from seeing God’s reality of creation, filling our minds, our words, and seeing, with all that is True, Prue, Loving, Peaceful, Holy, and be part of purposefully seeking True reality through the eyes of Christ Jesus with our teacher Holy Spirit, in turn teaching this to others, that The Kingdom of God according to His Will may be lived out Here and Now. Thank You Jesus. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend!

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Lesson 13

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 perceive something that has no meaning. On the contrary, you will be particularly likely to think you do perceive it.

2 Recognition of meaninglessness arouses intense anxiety in all the separated ones. It represents to them a situation in which God and the ego “challenge” each other as to whose meaning is to be written in the empty space which 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.

3 It is essential therefore, that you learn to recognize the meaningless, and accept it without fear. If you are fearful, it is certain that you will endow the world with attributes that it does not possess and crowd it with images that do not exist. To the ego, illusions are safety devices, as they must also be to you who equate yourself with the ego.

4 The exercises for today, which should be done about three or four times for not more than a minute or so at most each time, are to be practiced in a somewhat different way from the preceding ones. With eyes closed, repeat today’s idea to yourself. Then open your eyes and look about you slowly, saying:

I am looking at a meaningless world.

Repeat this statement to yourself as you look about. Then close your eyes and conclude with:

A Meaningless world engenders fear because I think I am in competition with God.

5 You may find it difficult to avoid resistance, in one form or another, to this concluding statement. Whatever form resistance may take, tell yourself that you are really afraid of such a thought because of the “vengeance” of the “enemy.” You are not expected to believe the statement at this point, and will probably try to dismiss it as preposterous. Note carefully, however, any signs of overt or covert fear which it may arouse.

6 This is our first attempt at stating an overt cause and effect relationship of a kind which you are very inexperienced in recognizing. Do not dwell on the concluding statement, and try not even think of it except during the exercise periods. That will suffice at present.

Personal Notes: A meaningless world engenders fear. If I see a meaningless world and fear enters, I become aware that correction is needed, remembering Perfect Love cast out all fear. I can go to God and ask for His vision of what is before me, to shine the light of His love on my mind and vision. Let God’s Truth be written on the page of this day not something the ego would have me see, that would either scare me into being immobilized by fear or go into attack mode, neither of which generate Peace, Love and Unity, and isn’t the later what we seek? I find this exercise for today reminds me to stay vigilant to let Love Rule. Thank you for sharing with me today. Walk in Love my friend.

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Lesson 12

I am upset because I see a meaningless world

The importance of this idea lies in the fact that it contains a correction for a major perceptual distortion. You think that what upsets you is a frightening world, or a sad world, or a violent world, or an insane world. All these attributes are given it by you. The world is meaningless in itself.

These exercises are done with eyes open. Look around you, this time quite slowly. Try to pace yourself so that the slow shifting of your glance from one thing to another involves a fairly constant time interval. Do not allow the time of the shift to become markedly longer or shorter, but try, instead , to keep a measured. even tempo throughout. What you see does not matter. You teach yourself this as you give whatever your glance rests on equal attention and equal time. This is a beginning step in learning to give them all equal value.

As you look about you, say to yourself:

I think I see a fearful world, a dangerous world, a hostile world,

a sad world, a wicked world, a crazy world.

And so on, using whatever descriptive terms happen to occur to you. If terms which seem positive rather than negative occur to you, include them. For example, you might think of “a good world,” or a “satisfying world.” If such terms occur to you, use them along with the rest. You may not yet understand why these “nice” adjectives belong in these exercises, but remember that a “good world,” implies a “bad” one, and a “satisfying world,” implies an “unsatisfying” one. All terms which cross your mind are suitable subjects for today’s exercises. Their seeming quality does not matter.

Be sure that you do not alter the time intervals between applying today’s idea to what you think is pleasant and what you think is unpleasant. For the purposes of these exercises, there is no difference between them. at the end of the practice period, add:

But I am upset because I see a meaningless world.

What is meaningless is neither good or bad. Why, then, should a meaningless world upset you? If you could accept the world as meaningless and let the truth be written upon it for you, it would make you indescribably happy. But because it is meaningless, you are impelled to write upon it what you would have it be. It is this you see in it. It this that is meaningless in truth. Beneath your words is written the Word of God. The truth upsets you now, but when your words have been erased, you will see His. That is the ultimate purpose of these exercises.

Three or four times is enough for practicing the idea for today. Nor should the practice periods exceed a minute. You may find even this too long. Terminate the exercises whenever you experience a sense of strain.

Personal Notes: I am upset because I see a meaningless world. Wow, I really had to read and reread this lesson today, to glean from it what Holy Spirit was trying to teach me. Before coming to my lesson today, I was questioning myself where this unsettled feeling inside me was coming from. I found the first sentence very encouraging that this idea contained a correction for a major perceptual distortion. When reading further I realized that in response to people complaining of current events I was replying “well it’s a crazy world we live in what do you expect” thinking I was avoiding engaging in negativity, when here I was doing exact opposite by labeling the world I see good or bad, when what is meaningless can be neither good or bad, so why be upset? Let my descriptive words be erased now and only God’s Word’s be heard. I pray for the eyes of Jesus to see, ears of Jesus to hear, the heart of Jesus to love, the voice of God coming from this mouth of mine, to be of One Mind and Spirit with my Heavenly Father in Christ Jesus for Oneness and Unity for All of us, Amen. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend.

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Lesson 11

My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world

This is the first idea we have had which is related to a major phase of the correction process: the reversal of the thinking of the 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 will take a great deal of practice to believe this idea. Be glad indeed to practice it in this initial form, for in this idea is your release made sure. The key to forgiveness lies in it.

The practice periods for today’s idea are to be undertaken somewhat differently from the previous ones. Begin with eyes closed, and repeat the idea slowly to yourself. Then open your eyes and look about, near or far, up or down-anywhere. During the minute or so to be spent in practicing the idea, merely repeat to yourself, being sure to do so without haste, and with no sense of urgency or effort.

To do the exercises for maximum benefit, the eyes should move from one thing to another fairly rapidly, since they should not linger on anything in particular. The words, however, should be used in an unhurried, even leisurely fashion. The idea should be practiced as casually as possible. It contains the foundation for the peace, relaxation, and freedom from worry that we are trying to achieve. On concluding the exercises, close your eyes and repeat the idea once more, slowly, to yourself.

Three practice periods today will probably be sufficient. If there is little or no uneasiness and an inclination to do more, as many as five may be undertaken. More than this is not recommended.

Personal Notes: My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world. The first paragraph of this lesson says, be glad indeed to practice this idea for with it our release is made sure. So I put this to practice, beginning, ending and throughout the day to pause, and listen to my thoughts, look around examine what I think my eyes see, identifying the meaningless, releasing these things, if they are not true, not eternal, then they are meaningless and of no worth to me but to clutter my mind and block my true vision in Christ Jesus. First paragraph also ending in, this being the key to forgiveness. When we identify the mirages, the nothingness, how could there be grievances against ourselves, others, or the world. How could there be anything but continually walking in the receiving and giving of forgiveness. Flowing in the rhythms of The Grace of God, powered and led of Holy Spirit. Stating in paragraph three, This contains the foundation for the Peace, Relaxation, and Freedom from worry that we are trying to achieve. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend.

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Lesson 10

My thoughts do not mean anything.

This idea applies to all the thoughts of which you are aware, or of which you become aware in the practice periods. The reason the idea is applicable to all of them is that they are not your real thoughts. We have made this distinction before, and will again. You have no basis for comparison as yet. When you do, you will have no doubt that what you once believed were your thoughts did not mean anything.

This is the second time we have used this kind of idea. The form is only slightly different. This time the idea is introduced with “My thoughts” instead of “These thoughts”, and no link is made overtly with the things around you. The emphasis is now on the lack of reality of what you think you think.

This aspect of the correction process began with the idea that the thoughts of which you are aware are meaningless, outside rather than within; and then stressed their past rather than present status. Now we are emphasizing that the presence of these thoughts means that you are not thinking. This is merely another way of repeating our earlier statement that your mind is really blank. To recognize this is to recognize nothingness when you think you see it. As such, it is the prerequisite for vision.

Close your eyes for these exercises, and introduce them by repeating the idea for today quite slowly to yourself. Then add:

This idea will help to release me from all that I now believe.

The exercises consist, as before, in searching your mind for all the thoughts which are available to you, without selection or judgement. Try to avoid classification of any kind. In fact, if you are watching an oddly assorted procession going by, which has little if any personal meaning to you. As each one crosses your mind, say:

This thought about__________does not mean anything.

That thought about__________does not mean anything.

Today’s idea can obviously serve for any thought that distresses you at anytime. In addition, five practice periods are recommended, each involving no more than a minute or so of mind searching. It is not recommended that this time period be extended, and it should be reduced to half a minute or even less if you experience discomfort. Remember, however, to repeat the idea slowly before applying it specifically, and also to add:

This idea will help to release me from all that I now believe.

Personal Notes: We are on day 10 of Undoing the Way We See Things Now. Learning to distinguish when our minds are blank, being that the thoughts we imagined there, were of no meaning. To identify this will release me from all I now believe. Clearing out the mind for a new way of thinking with the mind of Jesus. Inviting Holy Spirit to teach, lead, and guide this process of renewing the mind to original state of God’s Masterpiece. I am thankful God gives us the Will and Will Power to do this, not ever alone but in Him, to Him, through Him. Stated in (Romans 8:26-The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.) We are never alone in this renewal process, Holy Spirit is always “On Call”. Let us brother’s continue to encourage ourselves and each other, that productive , creative, fruitful thinking is attainable. With God All things are Possible. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend.

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Lesson 9

I see nothing as it is now

This idea obviously follows from the two preceding ones. But while you may be able to accept it intellectually, it is unlikely that it will really mean anything to you as yet. However, understanding is not necessary at this point. In fact, the recognition that you do not understand is a prerequisite for undoing your false ideas. These exercises are concerned with practice, not with understanding. You do not need to practice what you really understand. It would indeed be circular to aim at understanding and assume that you have it already.

It is difficult for the untrained mind to believe that what seems to be pictured before it is not there. This idea can be quite disturbing, and may meet with active resistance in any number of forms. Yet that does not preclude applying it. No more than that is required for these or any other exercises. Each little step will clear a little of the darkness away, and understanding will finally come to lighten every corner of the mind that has been cleared of the debris that darkens it.

These exercises, for which three or four practice periods are sufficient, involve looking about you and applying the idea for the day to whatever you see, remembering the need for its indiscriminate application and the essential rule of excluding nothing. For example:

I do not see this typewriter as it is now.

I do not see this key as it is now.

I do not see this telephone as it is now.

Begin with things that are nearest you, and then extend the range:

I do not see that coat rack as it is now.

I do not see that face as it is now.

I do not see that door as it is now.

It is emphasized again that while complete inclusion should not be attempted, specific exclusion must be avoided. Be sure you are honest with yourself in making this distinction. You may be tempted to obscure it.

Personal Notes: “What a good thing we are not expected to understand the exercises in order to benefit from them”. I was flailing in darkness unable to see which end was up. Knowing and believing there was a better way to live this life here, hungering and longing for answers and direction. Led of Holy Spirit to study the Course, exercises of undoing the way we see things now, and practicing, I see nothing as it is now, seemed like a good place to start. Believing that each small step is clearing the darkness and debris from my mind little by little bringing light and understanding into every corner of my mind, bit by bit. I have seen great results in doing these exercises for the past 2 years and am looking forward to reviewing the lessons once again and sharing with others throughout this new year of 2021 with great expectation for even more Enlightenment, Purpose, Peace and Love for all brothers in Christ Jesus and myself! Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friend.

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Lesson 8

My mind is preoccupied with past thoughts.

This idea is, of course, the reason why you see only the past. No one really sees anything. He sees only his thoughts projected outward. The mind’s preoccupation with the past is the cause of the misconception about time from which your seeing suffers. Your mind cannot grasp the present, which is the only time there is. It therefore cannot understand time, and cannot, in fact, understand anything.

The only wholly true thought one can hold about the past is that it is not here. To think about it at all is therefore to think about illusions. Very few have realized what is entailed in picturing the past or in anticipating the future. The mind is actually blank when it does this, because it is not really thinking about anything at all.

The purpose of the exercises for today is to begin to train your mind to recognize when it is not really thinking at all. While thoughtless ideas preoccupy your mind, the truth is blocked. Recognizing that your mind has been merely blank, rather than believing that it is filled with real ideas is the first step to opening the way to vision.

The exercises for today should be done with eyes closed. This is because you actually cannot see anything, and it is easier to recognize that no matter how vividly you may picture a thought, you are not seeing anything. With as little investment as possible search your mind for the usual minute or so, merely noting the thoughts you find there. Name each one by the central figure or theme it contains and pass on to the next. Introduce the practice period by saying:

“I seem to be thinking about__________.”

Then name each of your thoughts specifically, for example:

I seem to be thinking about (name of person) about (name of object), (name of emotion).

And so on, concluding at the end of the mind-searching period with:

“But my mind is preoccupied with the past thoughts.”

This can be done four or five times during the day, unless you find it irritates you. I you find it trying, three or four times is sufficient. You might find it helpful, however, to include your irritation, or emotion that the idea for the today may induce, in the mind searching itself.

Personal Notes: It seems pretty much ever morning first thing I need to do a form of this exercise to clear the altar of my mind for what God has fresh and new for me right now. This exercise has proved to be very beneficial for me in making sure all the recesses of my mind are tidied up, whatever might be hiding there to block my vision for the present or delay the Miracles for me to receive and give are removed that Truth may enter in. Lets get this done friends, so we all may flow in the Rhythm’s or HIs Grace. Thank you for sharing with me. Walk in Love my friends.