A Course
In Miracles

Authorized Online Edition
Workbook For Students



My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.

1. 1This is the first idea we have had that is related to a major phase of the correction process; the reversal of the thinking of the world. 2It seems as if the world determines what you perceive. 3Today’s idea introduces the concept that your thoughts determine the world you see. 4Be glad indeed to practice the idea in its initial form, for in this idea is your release made sure. 5The key to forgiveness lies in it.

2. 1The practice periods for today’s idea are to be undertaken somewhat differently from the previous ones. 2Begin with your eyes closed, and repeat the idea slowly to yourself. 3Then open your eyes and look about, near and far, up and down,—any­where. 4During the minute or so to be spent in using the idea merely repeat it to yourself, being sure to do so without haste, and with no sense of urgency or effort.

3. 1To do these exercises for maximum benefit, the eyes should move from one thing to another fairly rapidly, since they should not linger on anything in particular. 2The words, however, should be used in an unhurried, even leisurely fashion. 3The introduc­tion to this idea, in particular, should be practiced as casually as possible. 4It contains the foundation for the peace, relaxation and freedom from worry that we are trying to achieve. 5On conclud­ing the exercises, close your eyes and repeat the idea once more slowly to yourself.

4. 1Three practice periods today will probably be sufficient. 2How­ever, if there is little or no uneasiness and an inclination to do more, as many as five may be undertaken. 3More than this is not recommended.