ACIM Daily Lesson Review I Introduction
1. Beginning with today we will have a series of review periods. ²Each of them will cover five of the ideas already presented, starting with the first and ending with the fiftieth. ³There will be a few short comments after each of the ideas, which you should consider in your review. ⁴In the practice periods, the exercises should be done as follows:
2. Begin the day by reading the five ideas, with the comments included. ²Thereafter, it is not necessary to follow any particular order in considering them, though each one should be practiced at least once. ³Devote two minutes or more to each practice period, thinking about the idea and the related comments after reading them over. ⁴Do this as often as possible during the day. ⁵If any one of the five ideas appeals to you more than the others, concentrate on that one. ⁶At the end of the day, however, be sure to review all of them once more.
3. It is not necessary to cover the comments that follow each idea either literally or thoroughly in the practice periods. ²Try, rather, to emphasize the central point, and think about it as part of your review of the idea to which it relates. ³After 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.
Bringing the Quiet with You
4. This is emphasized for practice periods at your stage of learning. ²It will be necessary, however, that you learn to require no special settings in which to apply what you have learned. ³You will need your learning most in situations that appear to be upsetting, rather than in those that already seem to be calm and quiet. ⁴The purpose of your learning is to enable you to bring the quiet with you, and to heal distress and turmoil. ⁵This is not done by avoiding them and seeking a haven of isolation for yourself.
We are to practice these lessons in a quiet place with our eyes closed. However, we are aiming to be able to call on what we learn here at any time. Generally, when we are upset we can’t close our eyes and be silent. These are the times when we are in the middle of turmoil, and this is when we most need our lessons. Jesus points out that we don’t reach the ability to reach within for peace by avoiding the problems. In fact, it is in working with the problem that we learn we have peace and can access it even when distressed.
Bringing Peace to the World
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. ²And finally you will learn that there is no limit to where you are, so that your peace is everywhere, as you are.
Peace is in us and so available to us all times no matter what is going on. The world is within us as well and so it is that we can bring peace to the world’s problems anytime, anywhere. How handy that the problem and solution are right next to each other. All that we have to do in these exercises is practice turning to the peace within us when peace is needed. We can do that until choosing peace is our first response.
Emphasizing the Relationships Between Lessons
6. You will note that, for review purposes, some of the ideas are not given in quite their original form. ²Use them as they are given here. ³It is not necessary to return to the original statements, nor to apply the ideas as was suggested then. ⁴We are now emphasizing the relationships among the first fifty of the ideas we have covered, and the cohesiveness of the thought system to which they are leading you.
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