A Course in Miracles Lessons 1 to 5

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Introduction

After reading the book, The Disappearance of the Universe, I embarked on A Course in Miracles. This unique self study course is designed to help everyone who uses it to undo their mental and emotional conditioning so that they are free to use thought to see the truth about themselves and the world we live in. The Course is divided into three parts, Theory, Practice and Teaching.

For the purposes of this series I will be focussing on the workbook exercises which constitute the practical element of the course. There are 365 exercises in the workbook and it is anticipated that the user performs a different exercise each day and for no longer than the specified few minutes and for only three or four times a day.

Each lesson is an exercise in forgiveness and the goal of the course is a first step toward regaining our inner peace and reconnecting with our Higher Self, our own inner teacher and internal source of wisdom. Once we have learned to hear the voice of the Higher Self or Holy Spirit we are then in a position to find our way back to God.

Each lesson is designed to peel back another layer of the illusion that keeps us separate from each other and God.

It is my intention to publish my experiences and insights with 5 lessons of the course every week. Those of you who wish to do more than just read about what I got from the course may wish to do the exercise yourselves and compare notes each week.

I have provided a link to the on line Course in Miracles which is completely free of charge at the end of this article and I have also provided a link to the book in Amazon if you would prefer purchase the book.

Please use the comment box at the end of this article to let me know how you get on.


"Nothing I see means anything."

Lesson 1

In performing this exercise I realise that sight is something that happens in my brain. Light reflected from any object I see enters my eyes and is focussed on the the retina in the back of my eye. The object is even focussed upside down on the back of my eye. The light striking the back of my eye is then converted in to electrical impulses which are then sent to the visual centre in the back of my brain and converted into the picture I see.

I am in effect looking at a picture created by my brain from electrical impulses. Electrical impulses or the light that is responsible for their creation have no meaning. The picture I see in my mind therefore has no meaning. Nothing I see means anything. This is true.

Simply talking about this is not enough. It is only by doing the exercise that a deep realisation is had which is subtly different from the feeling one gets from just knowing something.


"I have given everything I see all the meaning that it has for me."

Lesson 2

This exercise follows on from the previous one in which I realise that nothing I see means anything.

The light that gives rise to the electrical impulses that then create the picture I see means nothing. But the objects I see, the people I see, the places I see do mean something to me. Where does this meaning for each thing I see come from? The meaning I assign to everything I see must come from me. I am the one who gives everything I see all the meaning that it has for me. This true.


"I do not understand anything I see."

Lesson 3

In Lesson 1, I realise that nothing I see means anything. In Lesson 2 I realise that if what I see has any meaning it is because I have given it meaning. Now I am faced with the prospect that the meaning I assign to things I see means nothing either.

If the visual picture I have of any object I see is created using electrical impulses and is seen in the brain then the meaning or idea I associate with that image must also be created in my brain. This would then lead me to deduce that because it is me who creates the meaning for everything I see then I cannot know the real meaning of what it is that is giving rise to all these creations in my brain.


"These thoughts do not mean anything. They are like the things I see."

Lesson 4

In Lesson 3 I realise that the meaning I assign to every object has nothing to do with the object because it is me who is creating the meaning and therefore arriving at an understanding that has nothing to do with the object. In this lesson I am being asked to realise that the thoughts I think are also creations just like the objects I see and as such don't mean anything.

This was a more difficult realisation for me because it would mean that the ideas themselves were also made of the same stuff of the physical objects that I could touch and were equally as meaningless. So now the penny was beginning to drop that, the objects I see had no meaning apart from the meaning I assigned to them. The meaning that I assign to objects I see comes from me and as such have nothing to do with the object I see. And now the meaning itself that I am assigning to the objects has no meaning.

The meaning I assign to what I see is a thought. The thought comes from me. The thought therefore has nothing to do with the object and as such is meaningless. This is true.


"I am never upset for the reason I think."

Lesson 5

In Lesson 4, I realise that thoughts I assign to things to give them meaning do not mean anything. The thoughts I think to assign meaning have nothing to do with the objects I see or the ideas I think and so whatever I think does not actually have anything to do with the feeling I feel. So if something is upsetting me then any meaning I assign to the feeling has nothing to do with the feeling and as such is never the reason for the feeling of upset.

I cannot think of a reason for anything that I perceive as being felt internally because the thought I assign as the reason is always going to be internally created and as such will never have anything to do with the feeling I feel as upset.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Truly very interesting SW. I especially like #5. I have thought about that aspect many times - when I do find myself getting mad - I usually think - hmmmmm now what am I REALLY mad about? Usually I can figure it out. It is annoying when I don't see it sometimes!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Real this still just hot off the press and you are all over it!LOL

I am glad you find this interesting as there is quite a lot of crammed into a very few words on each lesson.

Keeping it real isn't as easy as many imagine it to be but it is worth the effort in my opinion.


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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Exceptional Spirit, and exciting. This series will be important and I will check over the next week to see where links can be placed for it. Your Scot-Irish friend.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Alastar, you are a very welcome visitor. I have been out all day maintaining my small allotment and I am sitting here aching all over. I have not forgotten my promise and I will be over to read another of your hubs presently.

Thank you for reading and your support is always most welcome.


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tumblintumblweed 5 years ago

SW...this is certainly a very interesting hub.I love your subject matter! I have always had a special interest in the mind and thought process...ie.psychology etc.

Voted up/useful.......Thank you once again for sharing well-needed information!BTW...just LOVE the picture!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Janet for visiting and commenting and glad you find it interesting. The picture is from deviantart as are all of my pictures.


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Safe Harbour 5 years ago from Co.Waterford, Ireland

Hi Spirit , Very interesting hub. Thanks for the links. I will certainly participate. I am starting to understand you a bit more.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Hi Richard

You are very good for stopping by and yes, sometimes words can get in the way and I explain why in this hub.It is in doing the exercise rather than talking about them that you really reap the benefits. Enjoy the journey buddy!


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Mr. Happy 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

"In performing this exercise I realise that sight is something that happens in my brain." - I like the way you explained this. Actually I like the entire piece. I think, it is written as plainly as possible and again I am thankful for you writing this.

Regarding the perception of the world around me, I often think of chameleons. Their eyes can move around independently in their sockets, looking in different directions at the same time ... they can also change their skin colour. I am quite sure that they see/feel the world very different than we do and that there is certainly more to our existence than our three dimensional perspective presents to us.

Great blog! Cheers.


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

Thank you Mr Happy, I fully agree with you and I like what you say about how different life forms perceive the world. I will be writing a hub soon to elaborate more on the whole idea of thinking and perceiving and of course lessons 11 to 15 will be due for publishing soon. I am so glad that you are enjoying the series.


gracewithin 5 years ago

Thanks for reminding me I have the Course on my bookshelf. The times I've started the exercises I never followed thru maybe this time.

Cheers


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man Author

I am glad this hub has reminded you gracewithin. It is a wonderful experience and please let me know how you get on.


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Ericdierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very interesting article. I guess they call them ministers. One more year and my sister will be "ordained". This article helped give me more insight into her journey. I get a little edgy on the notion of nothing being real. The hardest part for me is that I buy it. The problem is that I can logically accept it to the ends -- I would not need a job or even to eat, anywhere I was I would percieve as paradise and ultimately even death would only be a perception. I think that is why I remain a Jesus freak.

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