A Course
In Miracles

Authorized Online Edition
Workbook For Students



I see no neutral things.

1. 1This idea is another step in the direction of identifying cause and effect as it really operates in the world. 2You see no neutral things because you have no neutral thoughts. 3It is always the thought that comes first, despite the temptation to believe that it is the other way around. 4This is not the way the world thinks, but you must learn that it is the way you think. 5If it were not so, perception would have no cause, and would itself be the cause of reality. 6In view of its highly variable nature, this is hardly likely.

2. 1In applying today’s idea, say to yourself, with eyes open:

2I see no neutral things because I have no neutral thoughts.

3Then look about you, resting your glance on each thing you note long enough to say:

4I do not see a neutral _____, because my thoughts about _________ are not neutral.

5For example, you might say:

6I do not see a neutral wall, because my thoughts about walls are not neutral.
7I do not see a neutral body, because my thoughts about bodies are not neutral.

3. 1As usual, it is essential to make no distinctions between what you believe to be animate or inanimate; pleasant or unpleasant. 2Regardless of what you may believe, you do not see anything that is really alive or really joyous. 3That is because you are un­aware as yet of any thought that is really true, and therefore really happy.

4. 1Three or four specific practice periods are recommended, and no less than three are required for maximum benefit, even if you experience resistance. 2However, if you do, the length of the prac­tice period may be reduced to less than the minute or so that is otherwise recommended.