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A COURSE IN MIRACLES
CH 10 "GOD AND THE EGO"
VII. EXPERIENCE AND PERCEPTION     

62 I am your resurrection and your life. You live in me because you live in God. And everyone lives in you, as you live in everyone. Can you, then, perceive unworthiness in a brother and not perceive it in yourself? And can you perceive it in yourself and not perceive it in God?

  ACIM.OE.TX.CH 10.VII.62
A COURSE IN MIRACLES
WORKBOOK Part I ~ REVIEW III
INTRODUCTION
Review III
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   Our third review begins today. We will  
   review two of the last twenty ideas  
   each day, until we have reviewed them all.  
   We will observe a special format for  
   these practice periods, which you are urged  
   to follow just as closely as you can. 
   We understand, of course, that it may be  
   impossible for you to undertake  
   what is suggested here as optimal  
   each day and every hour of the day. 
    
   Learning will not be hampered when you miss
   a practice period because it is
   impossible at the appointed time.
   Nor is it necessary that you make
   excessive efforts to be sure that you
   catch up in terms of numbers. Rituals
   are not our aim, and would defeat our goal.  
   
         But learning will be hampered when you skip
    a practice period because you are
   unwilling to devote the time to it
   which you are asked to give. Do not deceive
   yourself in this. Unwillingness can be
   most carefully concealed behind a cloak
   of situations you cannot control.
   Learn to distinguish situations which
   are poorly suited to your practicing
   from those which you establish to uphold
   the camouflage for your unwillingness. 
    
   Those practice periods which you have lost
   because you did not want to do them for
   whatever reason should be done as soon
   as you have changed your mind about your goal.
   You are unwilling to cooperate
   in practicing salvation only if
   it interferes with goals you hold more dear.
   When you withdraw the value given them,
   allow your practice periods to be
   replacements for your litanies to them.
   They gave you nothing. But your practicing
   can offer everything to you. And so
   accept their offering, and be at peace. 
    
   The format you should use for these reviews
   is this: Devote five minutes twice a day,
   or longer if you would prefer, to
   considering the thoughts that are assigned.
   Read over the ideas and comments which
   are written first in each day's exercise.
   And then begin to think about them while
   letting your mind relate them to your needs,
   your seeming problems and all your concerns. 
    
   Place the ideas within your mind, and let
   it use them as it chooses. Give it faith
   that it will use them wisely, being helped
   in its decisions by the One Who gave
   the thoughts to you. What can you trust but what
   is in your mind? Have faith, in these reviews,
   the means the Holy Spirit uses will
   not fail. The wisdom of your mind will come
   to your assistance. Give direction at
   the start, and then lean back in quiet faith,
   and let the mind employ the thoughts you gave
   as they were given you for it to use. 
    
   You have been given them in perfect trust;
   in perfect confidence that you would use
   them well; in perfect faith that you would see
   their messages, and use them for yourself.
   Offer them to your mind in that same trust
   and confidence and faith. It will not fail.
   It is the Holy Spirit's chosen means
   for your salvation. Since it has His trust,
   His means must surely merit yours as well. 
    
   We emphasize the benefits to you
   if you devote the first five minutes of
   the day to your review and also give
   the last five minutes of your waking day
   to it. If this cannot be done, at least
   try to divide them so you undertake
   one in the morning, and the other in
   the hour just before you go to sleep. 
    
   The exercises to be done throughout
   the day are equally important, and
   perhaps of even greater value. You
   have been inclined to practice only at
   appointed times and then go on your way
   to other things, without applying what
   you learned to them. As a result, you have
   gained little reinforcement, and have not
   given it the opportunity to prove
   how great are its potential gifts to you. 
     
   Here is another chance to use it well.
   In these reviews we stress the need to let
   your learning not lie idly by between
   your longer practice periods. Attempt
   to give your daily two ideas a brief
   but serious review each hour. Use
   one on the hour, and the other one
   a half an hour later. You need not
   give more than just a moment to each one. 
     
   Repeat it, then allow your mind to rest
   a little time in silence and in peace.
   Then turn to other things, but try to keep
   the thought with you, and let it serve to help
   you keep your peace throughout the day as well.
   If you are shaken, think of it again.
   These practice periods are planned to help
   you form the habit of applying what
   you learn each day to everything you do. 
     
   Do not repeat it and then lay it down.
   Its usefulness is limitless to you.
   And it is meant to serve you in all ways,
   all times and places, and whenever you
   need help of any kind. Try, then, to take
   it with you in the business of the day,
   and make it holy, worthy of God's Son,
   acceptable to God and to your Self. 
     
   Each day's review assignment will conclude
   with a restatement of the thought to use
   each hour, and the one to be applied
   on each half hour as well. Forget them not.
   This second chance with each of these ideas
   will bring such large advances that we come
   from these reviews with learning gains so great
   that we begin again on solid ground
   with firmer footsteps and with stronger faith. 
     
   Do not forget how little you have learned.
   Do not forget how much you can learn now.
   Do not forget your Father's need of you,
   as you review these thoughts He gave to you.
 
   ~ Original Handscript of ACIM
  
  ACIM OE WORKBOOK LESSON REVIEW III

CIRCLE OF ATONEMENT ~ COMMENTARY
          
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 L e s s o n 120 ~ REVIEW III
[Review Lesson 109 and Lesson 110]

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1 For morning and evening review:

[109] I rest in God.
               2 I rest in God today and let Him work          
       In me and through me, while I rest in Him
       In quiet and in perfect certainty.
[110] I am as God created me.
3 I am God's Son. Today I lay aside        
 All sick illusions of myself and let
 My Father tell me Who I really am.
 
4 On the hour:  
               5 I rest in God .
 
6 On the half hour:  
              7 I am as God created me .

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LESSON 120
Review III ~ Lesson 109 and Lesson 110

Sarah's Commentary:

This is the last day of the review and what a sweet Lesson to end our review period. "I rest in God" (W.109) and "I am as God created me." (W.110) It has been an overwhelmingly busy week for us here and resting in God today in our minds, despite the external whir, is an inviting thought. The ego mind has no rest. All of our stress, anxiety, despair, and frustration come from thoughts that keep us from knowing who we are as God created us. Can we just relax today and take some respite out of all of this activity and go beyond all of our raucous thoughts, go beyond the activities that keep us from the Self we are and be reminded of our true reality? Yes, even in our busy doings we can rest in God. "This quiet center, in which you do nothing, will remain with you, giving you rest in the midst of every busy doing on which you are sent." (T.18.VII.8.3)(ACIM OE T.18.VIII.70) In other words, we bring the peace we are to every situation.
 
To rest in God is to be in His flow and allow Him to lead the way. To rest in God is to find our center of peace, if only for a moment, where we release the external world. To rest in God is to know the constancy of the Self we are and know the changing, seeking, striving self is an illusion. To rest in God is to know we are eternally safe in His loving arms. Today, let us find this place of respite within and know that in spite of our experience of stress and turmoil, the truth is we are at home, we are safe and we are whole. When we don't experience this, we are actually listening to the ego. Peace is constant within us all the time, awaiting our acceptance of it. When we bring the false to the truth, we experience a deep feeling of release. We remember our true reality as God created us, never changing, all loving, always and still at peace, whole, safe and at home. To rest in God is to give ourselves over to Him and let Him work through us, using our bodies as an instrument of His peace and love in the world. Our own actions become entirely involuntary and our thoughts become His. It is, indeed, to live in ease and to live in the flow.
 
This experience comes to the quiet mind. It is a deep place of silence and safety in the mind we come to in our meditation and contemplation as we start and end our day. On every hour, we take respite in the quiet center of our minds where there is perfect certainty, while reminding ourselves on the half hour of our true reality as God's Son. Sure, we will pick up the struggle again because we still want to be on this worldly stage, special and unique, but as we connect more and more with the truth, our desire for this experience increases. To rest in God is to know that when we seem to be in the struggle it is not who we really are. Behind the struggle is the peace of God. "Salvation lies in the simple fact that illusions are not fearful because they are not true." (T.16.V.14.1)(ACIM OE T.16.VI.56)
 
To rest in God is to see our problems from above the battleground, from outside this dream. From this place, we accept all there is without judgment, and do not fight against it. When we fight against what is, we suffer. "All your difficulties stem from the fact that you do not recognize yourself, your brother or God." (T.3.III.2.1)(ACIM OE T.3.V.31) We are never upset with a fact. What upsets us is our interpretations. "It is always an interpretation that gives rise to negative emotions, regardless of their seeming justification by what appears as facts." (M.17.4.2) When our minds are at peace, we know everything is fine, regardless of appearances. Jesus gave us this message when he affirmed he knows everything we have done and loves us always. "He cannot be unjust to anyone or anything, because He knows that everything is belongs to Him, and will forever be as He created it." (T.26.II.8.2)(ACIM OE T.26.III.17)
 
Who you think you are and what you think you have made of yourself is all delusional. It is just a mistaken identity you have come to believe is yourself. You are God's Son and you share His attributes. As God's Son, you are the same as Jesus---One with all creation. These are not just pretty words. They are the truth of our being. Can we take this much love in today? To do so requires we look at our false thoughts and beliefs without judgment. When we look at the ego with Jesus, from outside of the dream, we can smile at it and see it as the delusion it is. Rest in God. Take His Word for who you really are today and everyday.
 
The practice continues as before, with time spent each morning and each evening with the Lesson and letting related thoughts come to mind. These are already in the mind. We can allow them to come forward without effort. They are a form of self-talk that is helpful in dismissing the chatter of the ego. They are the wisdom of the Holy Spirit in our right mind where the truth resides.
 
We apply the Lesson to every concern, problem, situation, and relationship that comes up during the day and try to remember the Lesson on the hour with "I rest in God." (W.109) On the half hour: "I am as God created me." (W.110)
   
Love and blessings, Sarah
 
PAUSED FOR WEEKEND
VII. Experience and Perception   
 
59 It is impossible not to believe what you see, but it is equally impossible to see what you do not believe. Perceptions are built up on the basis of experience, and experience leads to beliefs. It is not until beliefs are fixed that perceptions stabilize. In effect, then, what you believe, you do see. That is what I meant when I said, "Blessed are ye who have not seen and still believe," for those who believe in the resurrection will see it. The resurrection is the complete triumph of Christ over the ego, not by attack but by transcendence. For Christ does rise above the ego and all its works and ascends to the Father and His Kingdom.
 
60 Would you join in the resurrection or the crucifixion? Would you condemn your brothers or free them? Would you transcend your prison and ascend to the Father? For these questions are all the same and are answered together. There has been much confusion about what perception means because the same word is used both for awareness and for the interpretation of awareness. Yet you cannot be aware without interpretation, and what you perceive is your interpretation. This course is perfectly clear. You do not see it clearly because you are interpreting against it and therefore do not believe it. And if belief determines perception, you do not perceive what it means and therefore do not accept it.
 
61 Yet different experiences lead to different beliefs, [and with them, different perceptions. For perceptions are learned with beliefs,] and experience teaches. I am leading you to a new kind of experience, which you will become less and less willing to deny. Learning of Christ is easy, for to perceive with Him involves no strain at all. His perceptions are your natural awareness, and it is only distortions which you introduce that tire you. Let the Christ in you interpret for you, and do not try to limit what you see by narrow little beliefs which are unworthy of God's Son. For until Christ comes into His own, the Son of God will see himself as fatherless.
 
62 I am your resurrection and your life. You live in me because you live in God. And everyone lives in you, as you live in everyone. Can you, then, perceive unworthiness in a brother and not perceive it in yourself? And can you perceive it in yourself and not perceive it in God? Believe in the resurrection because it has been accomplished, and it has been accomplished in you. This is as true now as it will ever be, for the resurrection is the Will of God, which knows no time and no exceptions. But make no exceptions yourself, or you will not perceive what has been accomplished for you. For we ascend unto the Father together, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, for such is the nature of God's Son as His Father created him.
 
63 Do not underestimate the power of the devotion of God's Son nor the power of the god he worships over him. For he places himself at the altar of his god, whether it be the god he made or the God who created him. That is why his slavery is as complete as his freedom, for he will obey only the god he accepts. The god of the crucifixion demands that he crucify and his worshipers obey. In his name they crucify themselves, believing that the power of the Son of God is born of sacrifice and pain. The God of the resurrection demands nothing, for He does not will to take away. He does not require obedience, for obedience implies submission. He would only have you learn your own will and follow it, not in the spirit of sacrifice and submission, but in the gladness of freedom.
 
64 Resurrection must compel your allegiance gladly because it is the symbol of joy. Its whole compelling power lies in the fact that it represents what you want to be. The freedom to leave behind everything that hurts you and humbles you and frightens you cannot be thrust upon you, but it can be offered you through the grace of God. And you can accept it by His grace, for God is gracious to His Son, accepting him without question as His own. Who, then, is your own? The Father has given you all that is His, and He Himself is yours with them. Guard them in their resurrection, for otherwise you will not awake in God safely surrounded by what is yours forever.
 
65 You will not find peace until you have removed the nails from the hands of God's Son and taken the last thorn from his forehead. The love of God surrounds His Son, whom the god of the crucifixion condemns. Teach not that I died in vain. Teach rather that I did not die by demonstrating that I live in you. For the undoing of the crucifixion of God's Son is the work of the redemption, in which everyone has a part of equal value. God does not judge His blameless Son. Having given Himself to him, how could it be otherwise?
 
66 You have nailed yourself to a cross and placed a crown of thorns upon your own head. Yet you cannot crucify God's Son, for the Will of God cannot die. His Son has been redeemed from his own crucifixion, and you cannot assign to death whom God has given eternal life. The dream of crucifixion still lies heavy on your eyes, but what you see in dreams is not reality. While you perceive the Son of God as crucified, you are asleep. And as long as you believe that you can crucify him, you are only having nightmares. You who are beginning to wake are still aware of dreams and have not yet forgotten them. The forgetting of dreams and the awareness of Christ comes with the awakening of others to share your redemption.
 
67 You will awaken to your own call, for the Call to awake is within you. If I live in you, you are awake. Yet you must see the works I do through you, or you will not perceive that I have done them unto you. Do not set limits on what you believe I can do through you, or you will not accept what I can do for you. For it is done already, and unless you give all that you have received, you will not know that your Redeemer liveth and that you have awakened with Him. Redemption is recognized only by sharing it.
 
68 God's Son is saved. Bring only this awareness to the Sonship, and you will have a part in the redemption as valuable as mine. For your part must be like mine if you learn it of me. If you believe that yours is limited, you are limiting mine. There is no order of difficulty in miracles because all of God's Sons are of equal value, and their equality is their oneness. The whole power of God is in every part of Him, and nothing contradictory to His Will is either great or small. What does not exist has no size and no measure. To God all things are possible. And to Christ it is given to be like the Father.

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