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Part 1 Undoing the Way We See Things Now

REVIEW VI INTRODUCTION

  1. For this review we take but one idea each day and practice it as often as is possible.  Besides the time you give morning and evening which should not be less than fifteen minutes and the hourly remembrances you make throughout the day, use the idea as often as you can between them.  Each of these ideas alone would be sufficient for salvation if it were learned truly.  Each would be enough to give release to you and to the world from every form of bondage and invite the memory of God to come again. 
  2. With this in mind we start our practicing in which we carefully review the thoughts the Holy Spirit has bestowed on us in our last twenty lessons.  Each contains the whole curriculum if understood, practiced, accepted, and applied to all the seeming happenings throughout the day.  One is enough.  But from that one, there must be no exceptions made.  And so we need to use them all and let them blend as one as each contributes to the whole we learn.
  3. These practice sessions, like our last review, are centered round a central theme with which we start and end each lesson.  It is this:  I am not a body.  I am free.  For I am still as God created me. The day begins and ends with this.  And we repeat it every time the hour strikes. Or we remember, in between, we have a function that transcends the world we see.  Beyond this, and a repetition of the special thought we practice for the day, no form of exercise is urged, except a deep relinquishment of everything that clutters up the mind and makes it deaf to reason, sanity, and simple truth.
  4. We will attempt to get beyond all words and special forms of practicing for this review.  For we attempt, this time, to reach a quickened pace along a shorter path to the serenity and peace of God.  We merely close our eyes, and then forget all that we thought we knew and understood.  For thus is freedom given us from all we did not know and failed to understand. 
  5. There is but one exception to this lack of structuring.  Permit no idle thought to go unchallenged.  If you notice one, deny its hold and hasten to assure your mind that this is not what it would have.  Then gently let the thought which you denied be given up, in sure and quick exchange for the idea we practice for the day.
  6. When you are tempted, hasten to proclaim your freedom from temptation, as you say:  This thought I do not want.  I choose instead ______________.      And then repeat the idea for the day, and let it take the place of what you thought.  Beyond such special applications of each day’s idea, we will add but a few formal expressions or specific thoughts to aid in practicing.  Instead, we give these times of quiet to the Teacher Who instructs in quiet, speaks of peace, and gives our thoughts whatever meaning they may have. 

7.   To Him I offer this review for you.  I place you in His charge and let Him teach you what to do and say and think, each time you turn to Him.  He will not fail to be available to you, each time you call to Him to help you.  Let us offer Him the whole review we now begin and let us also not forget to Whom it has been given, as we practice day by day, advancing toward the goal He set for us; allowing Him to teach us how to go, and trusting Him completely for the way each practice period can best become a loving gift of freedom to the world.[1]

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Notes and Personal Application:  In this review, we take one idea from lessons 181 through 200 and start each day and end each day with a 15-minute period of devotional practice.  During these times of devotion, we will meditate up on the idea, we will review the written lesson, we will write down or voice our thoughts realizing that Holy Spirit who is our Teacher will give our thoughts all the meaning that they have.  We will also ask our Teacher to send someone to us or allow us to find some way to share the thoughts that our lessons inspire within our minds.  For this is the way that we learn – not by keeping them to ourselves, but by sharing them with others. 

If you skip a devotional time, if you feel a sense of dread toward your practice, if you feel as if you are being infringed upon by the demands of this course, take it all with a grain of salt.  This is a perfectly natural way for the ego to respond to this course which is asking us to both recognize it and relinquish it.  It does not want to go!  The ego is not our enemy; neither is it our friend.  It is a lie, a work of fiction that wants to be real and can only exist as long as we give it a place to lurk and make more untruth.  So ignore that sense of cringing when it comes to our meditational practice and begin to share the thoughts of God with others in any way that Holy Spirit leads.  Do not be afraid but be full of courage because this is the only real thing and the only thing of meaning that we can do in this world.  All other things we share end in death; but this leads to eternity and lasts forever!

Let our theme for Review VI – I am not a body.  I am free. For I am still as God created me. take root in our consciousness by starting our devotional with this thought and ending it with this thought.  Throughout the day, when thoughts that concern the body and the ego arise to mess with our minds and to distract us from truth simply by remembering our theme and the lesson review idea will bring us much advance in surrendering all that is not of God.

Watch your thoughts and do not let any single one of them go unchallenged.  When we are tempted to condemn an old foe, remember a past wrong, let ourselves get worked up by what other people are doing in other parts of the world, put our nose where it does not belong, or be jealous, envious, or harsh, take charge of the thought and say firmly and clearly:  I do not want this thought.  I choose instead to trust my brothers who are one with me, for example, as our review instructs, put the review idea for the day into that blank line!  This is a powerful way in which we train our minds to dwell upon and stay focused upon our goal.     

As I do this, as you do this, as we all do this together from all parts of the world, from all walks of life, our differences melt away and we become one in Christ.  If we forget or get too busy to devote ourselves to this review, we will not condemn ourselves or give the ego any time to use our forgetfulness or lack of devotion and forethought against us.  We will simply ask our Teacher to get us back on track.  We will remember our love for God and how much we miss Him; we will remember His great love and devotion toward us.  We will recognize that in our weakness we are made strong.  I will pray for you and I ask you to pray for me, that this review will draw us together in the holy instant that establishes us forever in the love of God.  This is our gift to God, to ourselves, to each other.  Every single practice period is a loving gift of freedom to the world. Let us take it with the utmost sincerity, goodwill, and holy trust.  In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with whom we are one.  Amen. 


[1] A Course in Miracles. Workbook for Students. Review VI. Foundation for Inner Peace, Second Edition (1992).

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