What is the purpose of the workbook?
Today we learn that there are review periods for the lessons and today we get introduced to the first review period wherein we will review five lessons for every day for ten days until we cover the initial fifty.. We are asked to review the five lessons at the beginning of the day and again at the end of the day and any time in between when we think of it and feel like it.
As you know and it is good to remind ourselves, the purpose of the lessons is to train our mind to refocus our attention from the world of the ego to the world of the soul. What we think we see in the world of the ego A Course In Miracles teaches is not real but an illusion we have created. Thinking that the world of the ego is real has caused us to forget the world of the soul and the goal of A Course In Miracles is to help us remember it.
The purpose of the review I think is to crystalize and reinforce some of the teachings of the lessons not only in your mind but in your heart as well. It is intended that miracles become not some unusual, esoteric, magical experience, but an ongoing, consistent part of one’s awareness and perceptions. The goal is to train our heart and mind to experience the world in miraculous ways that God intends.
Like A Course In Miracles, the goal of Alcoholic Anonymous for those who work the steps of the program, is spiritual awakening. Likewise the tradition of Unitarian Universalism is to facilitate covenantal relationships based on seven principles the two most important which bookend the other five are to affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person and to respect the interdependent web of all existence.
What has been your experience of these first fifty days? To what extent have the lessons seemed unbelievable to you? To what extent has it been hard to do the exercises? Are there any of them that you have found more unbelievable and distressing than others. Are there any of them which you have found not only believable but enlightening and which engendered peace and comfort?
Tomorrow we will begin the 10 day review period.