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Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now

Review I – Introduction

  1. 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 50th. There will be a few short comments after each of the ideas, which you should consider in your review. In the 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., thinking about the idea and the related comments after reading them over.  Do this as often as possible during the day. If any of the five ideas appeals to you more than the others, 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 to follow each idea either literally or thoroughly in the practice periods. Try, rather, to emphasize the central point, and think about it as part of your review of the idea to which it relates. After you have read the idea and the related comments, the exercises should be done with your eyes closed and when you are alone in a quiet place, if possible.
  4. This is emphasized for practice periods at your stage of learning.  It will be necessary, however, that you learn to require no special settings in which to apply what you have learned. You will need your learning most in situations that appear to be upsetting, rather than in those that already seem to be calm and quiet.  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.
  5. 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, some of the ideas are not given in quite their original form. Use them as they are given here. It is not necessary to return to the original statements or to apply the ideas as was suggested then. We are now emphasizing the relationships among the first 50 of the ideas we have covered, and the cohesiveness of the thought system to which they are leading you.[1]

Lesson 51

The review for today covers the following ideas:

(1) Nothing I see means anything.

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

(2) I have given what I see all the meaning it has for me.

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

(3) I do not understand anything I see.

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

(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’m not aware of them because I have made my thoughts to take their place. I am willing to recognize that my thoughts do not mean anything and to let them go. I choose to have them be replaced by what they were intended to replace.  My thoughts are meaningless, but all creation lies in the thoughts I think with God.

(5)  I am never upset for the reason I think.

I am never upset for the reason I think, because I’m 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.[2]

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Notes and Personal Application (2019)First review:  Thank you for this review of the ideas in this Course, Holy Spirit. Thank you for reminding me of what I have learned and for taking me one step at a time to the fullness of truth.  I am ready to let a separate thought system go.  I am willing to think with God, to think with Love, to think with the Holy Spirit, to realize my part in the Sonship of God, and the Brotherhood of Christ.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

I am never upset for the reason I think, because I’m 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.

I keep thinking of the above Lesson 5.  I am not upset because my sisters are selfish, annoying, and self-centered.  I am only trying to justify my thoughts, which are based on the ego and lack of and fear of love.  I make Beckie, Georgia, and Melody my enemies, say, so that my anger is justified and my attacks and judgments upon them are warranted.  If allowed, my ego will do this to all things, my job at Transitions, the clubs I joined, the places I go, and the people I meet.  I am starting to realize how much my ego has misused everything I see by assigning an enemy role to it.  I have done this to defend a thought system that has hurt me, and which I no longer want.  I am more than willing to let it go.  I want to love people.  I want to find reasons to love people rather than to despise, judge, and avoid them.  I want to love and forgive.  I want to be able to overlook wrongful, hurtful things, and see with the vision of Christ.  I do not want to isolate and avoid others, but I want to engage and share what Jesus has shared with me.  I want to think without the ego and only with God. 

Second review before bed:  Nothing I see means anything without God.  I have given everything I see the meaning it has, and therefore, it is meaningless because I don’t know enough about anything to provide it with any everlasting meaning!  My thoughts are in the same boat.  I don’t understand them, they have no meaning, and I try to give them meaning, but how can I when I don’t understand them?  And I am never upset for the reason I think I am upset because I know so little and I am so lost and confused – so how would I even know why I am upset?  It is a very humbling review, but it is so true.  We are all in the same boat here in this separated realm.  My trust must be in God.  I didn’t create this mess. I didn’t create myself.  All I know is that I must find my way back to God.  Because I believe in God, and I miss God, and I know that God is my only hope!  I can try to find hope in this one or that one, I can drown my confusion with even more confusion, but I don’t want to do that. I want to find God. 

Notes and Personal Application (2020):  In this morning’s devotion, we began the ten-day review of the fifty lessons we have had so far.  Since Lover was driving to work, I read the devotional over the phone to him, and he was quiet for a moment, reflecting upon how helpful the sharing of my own personal thought processes has been to him.  He said it is so helpful to him that I share on the level in which I do because it helps him own the thoughts that he cherishes in his own mind. 

This kind of soul-baring is not easy for me – nearly all of my life I have kept private journals and devotional records.  Not feeling safe with people who might get a glimpse of the real me, I kept a public persona and a private shadow, and I wrote about each side of this thing, thinking it was me.  And I wrote about each side of this thing in all the people who passed through my life.  In a state of constant judgment toward myself and others, I knew that there was a better way but did not know how to find it.  I knew that I was called to love, but no matter how hard I tried to love people, there were always too many reasons to withhold it. 

In 1992, I had an experience with my ego as being separate from who and what I really am.  Holy Spirit began to speak to me, to answer the cries of my heart, to lead me from a false religion based upon a terror-based concept of God to a profoundly logical, intelligent, respectful relationship with a God of Love.  When A Course in Miracles appeared in my life, I understood and found answers that I have never found in any other sacred work.  Jesus still speaks today!  While I could not find Him in the stunted gospels from another age, Jesus sent Holy Spirit in answer to my heart’s cry.  It is such a privilege to know Jesus in a deeply personal and intimate way – as Savior, Lord, and King – He has shown me how to forgive; He has taught me how to love; He has shown me how to share that which really matters. 

Today I urge you to begin to practice this level of sharing within your relationships.  Talk about your processes, speak honestly about the difficulties you are having in your walk with God, and your return to God’s Kingdom.  We are not doing anybody any favors by sugar-coating the process and pretending that it is all easy-peasy and slap-happy fun.  When Holy Spirit directed me to heal all of broken relationships and make them holy, I was appalled.  “How am I going to do that?” I shrieked.   I cannot forgive.  I cannot let things go.  I cannot pretend that those words were never spoken, and I cannot take back the mean things I said or the unkind thoughts I harbor.  But here is the thing:  I can forgive.  I can let things go.  I can blot out all unkind words and thoughts simply by choosing to do so.  God is my strength in which I trust.  God is the Love in which I forgive.  I am sustained by the Love of God and, therefore, can do all things.  This is truth. 

It takes time.  It takes dedication.  It can be tiring.  It can feel pointless.  Sometimes you will feel all alone, but we never are alone.  We have the Kingdom of God within us; we have each other; we have everything. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Review I – Introduction. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). pp. 80-81.

[2] A Course in Miracles. Lesson 51. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992). p. 82.