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Review Lesson 57

Lesson 57 Today let us review these ideas: (31‐35)

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.

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.

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 Godʹs Son. It must be, then, that the world is really a place where he can be 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.

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.

35) “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 including myself, and their oneness with me.

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Review Lesson 56

Lesson 56 Our review for today covers the following: (26‐30)

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 appear to be at the mercy of a world I cannot control.  Yet perfect security and complete fulfillment are my inheritance.  I have tried to give my inheritance away in exchange
for the world I see.  But God has kept my inheritance safe for me. My own real thoughts will teach me what it is.


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 upon myself with charity and love.

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

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

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.

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Daily Miracle Lessons II Class

Key lesson 66 from the Urtext Manuscripts of A Course in Miracles starts like this:

66: "My happiness and my function are one.”  You have surely noticed an emphasis throughout our recent lessons on the connection between fulfilling your function and achieving happiness. This is because you do not really see the connection. Yet there is more than just a connection between them; they  are the same. Their forms are different, but their content is completely  one.

This is just one of the lessons we will use to become accustomed to our new born Identity. Yes, you want to be happy. You look for it everywhere. This is the time to come to a frequent remembering and get familiar with how to look at yourself, your world, your relationships, your purpose and certainly enjoy happiness in the place where it can be found!In You!!

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For this class we. use the Urtext Manuscripts edition of A Course in Miracles. The Foundation of Inner Peace edition will work fine too. No worries here.

The key lessons of A Course in Miracles here can be found here:

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We meet weekly online on Thursday’s at noon Central Time USA. But daylight savings starts on the 13th of March in the USA but the class will still be on noon. FIND YOUR TIME HERE

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March 10th 202266 : My happiness and my function are onenoon CST
March 1769: My Grievances hide the light of the world in menoon CDT
March 2472: Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvationnoon CDT
March 3175:The light has comenoon CDT
April 776: I am under no laws but God’snoon CDT
April 1496: Salvation comes from my One Selfnoon CDT
April 2199: Salvation is my only function here.noon CDT
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Lesson 55 review 21-25

Lesson 55 Todayʹs review includes the following: (21‐25)


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.  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.

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.

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 that I choose to see, in place of what I look on
now.

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 own best interests are, recognizing that I cannot perceive them by myself.

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 that purpose 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.

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Review Lesson 54

Lesson 54 These are the review ideas for today: (16‐20)


16) “I have no neutral thoughts.”
Neutral thoughts are impossible because all thoughts have power.  They will either make a false world or lead me to the real one.  But thoughts cannot be without effects.  As the world I see arises from my thinking errors, so will the real world rise before my eyes as I let my errors be corrected.  My thoughts cannot be neither true nor false.  They must be one or the other.  What I see shows me which they are.


17) “I see no neutral things.”
What I see witnesses to what I think.  If I did not think I would not exist, because life is thought.  Let me look on the world as the representation of my own state of mind.  I know that my state of mind can change.  And so I also know that the world I see can change as well.

18) “I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my seeing.”If I have no private thoughts, I cannot see a private world.  Even the mad idea of separation had to be shared before it could form the basis of the world I see.  Yet that sharing was a sharing of nothing.  I can also call upon my real thoughts, which share everything with everybody.  As my thoughts of separation call to the separation thoughts of others, so my real thoughts awaken the real thoughts in them.  And the world my real thoughts show me will dawn on their sight as well as mine.

19) “I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.
I am alone in nothing.  Everything I think or say or do 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.

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 ofthe 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.

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Review Lesson 53

Lesson 53 Today we will review the following: (11‐15)

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 can have no meaning. What is producing this world is insane, and so is what it produces. Reality is not insane, and I have real thoughts as well as insane ones. I can therefore see a real world, if I look to my real thoughts as my guide for seeing.

12) “I am upset because I see a meaningless world.”

Insane thoughts are upsetting, 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.

13) “A meaningless world engenders fear.

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

14) “God did not create a meaningless world.

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

15) “My thoughts are images which 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 thoughts to cast their beneficent light on what I see. Yet Godʹs way is sure. The images I have made can not prevail against Him because it is not my will that they do so. My will is His, and I will place no other gods before Him.

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Lesson 52

Lesson 52 Todayʹs review covers these ideas: (6‐10)

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 Godʹs creation is affected in any way by this confusion of mine. I am always upset by nothing.

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 God on all that I failed to see before.

8) “My mind is preoccupied with 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.

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 the past or the present: it is merely whether to see or not. What I have chosen to see has cost me vision. Now I would choose again, that I may see.

10) “My thoughts do not mean anything.”

I have no private thoughts. Yet it is only private thoughts of which I am aware. What 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?

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49: God’s Voice speaks to me all through the day

Lesson 49 “Godʹs Voice speaks to me all through the day.”

It is quite possible to listen to Godʹs 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 worldʹs laws. It is this part which is constantly distracted, disorganized, and highly uncertain.

The part that is listening to the Voice of God 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 and peace reign forever. Try to hear Godʹs Voice call to you lovingly, reminding you that your Creator has not forgotten His Son.

We will need at least four five‐minute practice periods today, and more if possible. We will try actually to hear the Voice reminding you of God and of your Self. We will approach this happiest and holiest of 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.

Listen in deep silence. Be very still and open your mind. Go past all 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 this insane world. You do not live there. We are trying to reach your real home. We are trying to reach the place where you are truly welcome. We are trying to reach God.

Do not forget to repeat todayʹs idea very frequently. Do so with your eyes open when necessary, but closed when possible. And be sure that you sit quietly and repeat the idea for today slowly whenever you can, closing your eyes on the world, and realizing that you are inviting Godʹs Voice to speak to you.

God Voice speaks to me all through the day

48: There is nothing to fear

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 for those who want illusions to be true.

Todayʹs practice periods will be very short, very simple, and very frequent.  Merely repeat the idea 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.

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.

There is nothing to fear.

47: God is the Strength in which I trust

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 them in such a way that only good can come of it? What is there in you that gives you the recognition of the right solution, and the guarantee that it will be accomplished?

Of yourself you can do none of these things. 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 his faith in weakness and feel safe? Yet who can put his faith in strength and feel weak?

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

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 your eyes and begin as usual by repeating todayʹs 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.

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 success fully. It is not by trusting yourself that you will gain confidence. But the strength of God in you is successful in all things.

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

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 and 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.

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

47: God is the Strength in which I trust