I opened my daily calendar lesson for A Course in Miracles to find the first “Review” Introduction section that includes the first five lessons from the Course. This couldn’t have come at a better time because I was almost starting to forget some of the first lessons. I mean, you can’t expect to remember 50 plus lessons. It’s helpful to remind me of how far I’ve come and what the root/core of the Course is.
The review is also cool because it gives additional comments under each lesson that sort of breaks down the lesson into the bare bones, condensed version. As part of the review for today, you are supposed to practice each lesson at least once. So the five review lessons are:
(1) Nothing I see means anything.
“What I think I see now is taking the place of vision. I must let it go by realizing it has no meaning, so that vision may take its place.”
(2) I have given what I see all the meaning it has for me.
“I have judged everything I look upon, and it is this and only this I see. This is not vision. It is merely an illusion of reality, because my judgments have been made quite apart from reality. My judgments have hurt me, and I do not want to see according to them.”
(3) I do not understand anything I see.
“What I see is the projection of my own errors of thought. I do not understand what I see because it is not understandable. There is no sense in trying to understand it. But there is every reason to let it go, and make room for what can be seen and understood and loved.”
(4) These thoughts do not mean anything.
“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. My thoughts are meaningless, but all creation lies in the thoughts I think with God.
(5) I am never upset for the reason I think.
“I am constantly trying to justify my thoughts. I am constantly trying to make them true. I make all things my enemies, so that my anger is justified and my attacks are warranted. I have not realized how much I have misused everything I see by assigning this role to it. I have done this to defend a thought system that has hurt me, and that I no longer want. I am willing to let it go.”
Like I mentioned earlier, this could not have come at a better time for me. Sometimes I feel like two sides of good and evil are always competing for my thoughts, to control me as a living being. I have to constantly remind myself to stay in the moment so that I don’t go back to that place that would love to govern my reality and turn it into mush. These five ideas for review are so simple and when practiced, immediately take away all fear, doubt, anger, worry and make room for the good, God-like way, the only way. Anything else is just not true, an illusion, something that my previous thoughts had made.
I’m still learning and I’m just very grateful to have had this review day. I was starting to wonder if it would just keep going and going. I look forward to tomorrow to see if more reviews will be provided. It’s like reviewing for a test or exam, except it’s not one that I am being graded on in an institution. The test is administered every day of my life, in every instance and one day I will master these ideas, but for now I crawl and cry like a baby, until I can learn to speak and write the universe’s language and fly with my mind’s wings 😉