A Course
In Miracles

Authorized Online Edition
Workbook For Students



I see nothing as it is now.

1. 1This idea obviously follows from the two preceding ones. 2But while you may be able to accept it intellectually, it is unlikely that it will mean anything to you as yet. 3However, understanding is not necessary at this point. 4In fact, the recognition that you do not understand is a prerequisite for undoing your false ideas. 5These exercises are concerned with practice, not with understanding. 6You do not need to practice what you already understand. 7It would indeed be circular to aim at understanding, and assume that you have it already.

2. 1It is difficult for the untrained mind to believe that what it seems to picture is not there. 2This idea can be quite disturbing, and may meet with active resistance in any number of forms. 3Yet that does not preclude applying it. 4No more than that is required for these or any other exercises. 5Each small step will clear a little of the darkness away, and understanding will finally come to lighten every corner of the mind that has been cleared of the debris that darkens it.

3. 1These exercises, for which three or four practice periods are sufficient, involve looking about you and applying the idea for the day to whatever you see, remembering the need for its indis­criminate application, and the essential rule of excluding noth­ing. 2For example:

3I do not see this typewriter as it is now.
4I do not see this telephone as it is now.
5I do not see this arm as it is now.

4. 1Begin with things that are nearest you, and then extend the range outward:

2I do not see that coat rack as it is now.
3I do not see that door as it is now.
4I do not see that face as it is now.

5. 1It is emphasized again that while complete inclusion should not be attempted, specific exclusion must be avoided. 2Be sure you are honest with yourself in making this distinction. 3You may be tempted to obscure it.