Miracles are my birthright. It’s a matter of remembering.
It’s review time again and I am scrambling to get back into the groove of it. Last night at our Tuesday A Course in Miracles group, there was discussion around using a phone app to keep in line with the hourly and half-hourly reminders. I have the workbook (free) app for my phone, but not the paid one (ACIM Alerts with Workbook) which actually goes off on schedule and provides prompts so you remember what it is you are supposed to be doing. I tried to buy it today but discovered that I didn’t know my password, so it took some effort to fork over the $5.99. At this point, I could use the help. I hit the ground running with real estate as soon as I got out of bed this morning, so I am all discombobulated.
This lesson beginning with the caution that the point is not to become ritualistic but to understand what the goal is and “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 outset; then lean back in quiet faith, and let the mind employ the thoughts you gave as they were given you for it to use.” What needs to be cautioned against is the ego’s resistance – avoiding them because of some unwillingness. “Learn to distinguish situations that are poorly suited to your practicing from those that you establish to uphold a camouflage for your unwillingness.”
All I know for certain for myself is that I am off-balance today because of the way my day began, and I am currently trying to regain my equilibrium without sacrificing the work I need to tend to.
Sigh. The lesson:
Our next review begins today. We will review two recent lessons every day for ten successive days of practicing. We will observe a special format for these practice periods, that 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 that 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 that are poorly suited to your practicing from those that you establish to uphold a camouflage for your unwillingness.
Those practice periods that 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 it, to considering the thoughts that are assigned. Read over the ideas and comments that are written down for 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 outset; 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 reviews, and also give the last five minutes of your waking day to them. 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 your learning a fair chance 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, and 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 the thought and 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 assignments 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 we will continue on more 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.
For morning and evening review:
(91) Miracles are seen in light.
I cannot see in darkness. Let the light of holiness and
truth light up my mind, and let me see the innocence
(92) Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.
I see through strength, the gift of God to me.
My weakness is the dark His gift dispels, by giving
me His strength to take its place.
On the hour:
Miracles are seen in light.
On the half hour:
Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.
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Miracles are seen in light. Somehow, this makes me feel better about the circumstances that started my day. As I am called back to innocence, I recognize that it cannot serve me to beat myself up for what is already past. The past does not exist – I am making it up anew each time I think about it. In order for me to allow peace back into the present moment, I must let go of my ego’s ideas of how things should have been. I must give up thinking that I know what anything is for. I must surrender to what is and accept the perfection of it. I must let myself off the hook. It’s okay. I don’t need to get stressed out about what is.
Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one. This is where I rest in God. I allow the strength that comes from listening to the Holy Spirit to enter my mind and wash away my ideas of how I think things should have been. For me, today has been an education in how important starting my day off on the right foot is. I’ve been off-kilter for hours merely because I did not have the opportunity to start my day properly. Could I have done it differently? Probably; but it is a moot point since I didn’t. And, it isn’t like it’s the end of the world or anything. It’s not as if my choices changed my life in some traumatic way. No one was injured. No lives have been permanently marked by the process.
All of which demonstrates how in love with drama the ego is. I mean, seriously!
Miracles are my birthright. It’s a matter of remembering.
They are natural expressions of love. Miracles are natural signs of forgiveness. When I turn my mind towards the Holy Spirit, when I connect with my willingness to experience life in a kinder, gentler manner than my ego would have me experience, then I can find all the gifts God has for me.
I don’t have to “earn’ them; but I must be willing to accept them. I can only do this by removing the blocks to the awareness of love presence. The removing part isn’t mine to perform – that’s for the Holy Spirit, but the willingness is. Free will means that I must choose acceptance. It won’t be forced on me.
The nice thing is that the longer I do these lessons, the easier it becomes to choose them because the truth is that’s what I really want.
Yesterday, I started reading a book I downloaded for free from Amazon (it was a promotional thing) call The Chase: Trusting God with Your Happily Ever After. As I was reading it, I was a little taken aback by how devout these people were/are. I was not raised to be that devoted to God, so it seemed a little foreign to me. Yet, in a way, I envied them. How different it must be for people who are raised to be so clearly connected! I couldn’t decide if I was glad not to have been raised that way or sad that I wasn’t.
Yet, “Miracles are natural signs of forgiveness,” so it really doesn’t matter. What matters is what is right here, right now. This morning doesn’t matter. Fifty years ago doesn’t matter. What matters is this moment. In this moment, I can and do choose to remember that Miracles are seen in light. I will only be in a position to perceive them when I am willing to let go of my ideas of how I think things ought to be. I will only perceive them when I have relinquished all grievances. I will only see them by remembering the truth of who I really am.
This is perhaps not my most perfect execution of a lesson, but I am not here to judge of it, so instead of evaluating the merit of my performance, I think I will just settle into enjoying what is.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.