A COURSE IN MIRACLES

LESSON 20

I am determined to see.

1. We have been quite casual about our practice periods thus far. ²There has been virtually no attempt to direct the time for undertaking them, minimal effort has been required, and not even active coöperation and interest have been asked. ³This approach has been intentional, and very carefully planned. ⁴We have not lost sight of the crucial importance of the reversal of your thinking. ⁵The salvation of the world depends on it. ⁶Yet you will not see if you regard yourself as being coërced, and if you give in to resentment and opposition.

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We have been quite casual about our practice periods thus far. ²There has been virtually no attempt to direct the time for undertaking them [our practice periods], minimal effort has been required, and not even active coöperation and interest have been asked. ³This [casual] approach has been intentional, and very carefully planned. ⁴We have not lost sight of the crucial importance of the reversal of your thinking. ⁵The salvation of the world depends on it [the reversal of your thinking]. ⁶Yet you will not see if you regard yourself as being coërced, and if you give in to resentment and opposition.

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We have been quite casual about our practice periods thus far. ²There has been virtually no attempt to direct the time for undertaking our practice periods, minimal effort has been required, and not even active coöperation and interest have been asked. ³This casual approach has been intentional, and very carefully planned. ⁴We have not lost sight of the crucial importance of the reversal of your thinking. ⁵The salvation of the world depends on the reversal of your thinking. ⁶Yet you will not see if you regard yourself as being coërced, and if you give in to resentment and opposition.

Simplified

Your thinking needs to be reversed. We can’t force you.

2. This is our first attempt to introduce structure. ²Do not misconstrue it as an effort to exert force or pressure. ³You want salvation. ⁴You want to be happy. ⁵You want peace. ⁶You do not have them now, because your mind is totally undisciplined, and you cannot distinguish between joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, love and fear. ⁷You are now learning how to tell them apart. ⁸And great indeed will be your reward.

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This is our first attempt to introduce structure. ²Do not misconstrue it [introducing structure] as an effort to exert force or pressure. ³You want salvation. ⁴You want to be happy. ⁵You want peace. ⁶You do not have them [salvation, peace or happiness] now, because your mind is totally undisciplined, and you cannot distinguish between joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, love and fear. ⁷You are now learning how to tell them [joy, sorrow, pleasure, pain, love and fear] apart. ⁸And great indeed will be your reward.

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This is our first attempt to introduce structure. ²Do not misconstrue introducing structure as an effort to exert force or pressure. ³You want salvation. ⁴You want to be happy. ⁵You want peace. ⁶You do not have salvation, peace or happiness now, because your mind is totally undisciplined, and you cannot distinguish between joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, love and fear. ⁷You are now learning how to tell joy, sorrow, pleasure, pain, love and fear apart. ⁸And great indeed will be your reward.

Simplified

The course will help you get what you want.

3. Your decision to see is all that vision requires. ²What you want is yours. ³Do not mistake the little effort that is asked of you for an indication that our goal is of little worth. ⁴Can the salvation of the world be a trivial purpose? ⁵And can the world be saved if you are not? ⁶God has one Son, and he is the resurrection and the life. ⁷His will is done because all power is given him in Heaven and on earth. ⁸In your determination to see is vision given you.

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Your decision to see is all that vision requires. ²What you want is yours. ³Do not mistake the little effort that is asked of you for an indication that our goal is of little worth. ⁴Can the salvation of the world be a trivial purpose? ⁵And can the world be saved if you are not [saved]? ⁶God has one Son, and he [God’s-one-Son] is the resurrection and the life. ⁷His [God’s] will is done because all power is given him [God’s-one-Son] in Heaven and on earth. ⁸In your determination to see is vision given you.

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Your decision to see is all that vision requires. ²What you want is yours. ³Do not mistake the little effort that is asked of you for an indication that our goal is of little worth. ⁴Can the salvation of the world be a trivial purpose? ⁵And can the world be saved if you are not saved? ⁶God has one Son, and God’s-one-Son is the resurrection and the life. ⁷God’s will is done because all power is given God’s-one-Son in Heaven and on earth. ⁸In your determination to see is vision given you.

Simplified

God’s will is for you to be saved. You need to be determined.

4. The exercises for today consist in reminding yourself throughout the day that you want to see. ²Today’s idea also tacitly implies the recognition that you do not see now. ³Therefore, as you repeat the idea, you are stating that you are determined to change your present state for a better one, and one you really want.

5. Repeat today’s idea slowly and positively at least twice an hour today, attempting to do so every half hour. ²Do not be distressed if you forget to do so, but make a real effort to remember. ³The extra repetitions should be applied to any situation, person or event that upsets you. ⁴You can see them differently, and you will. ⁵What you desire you will see. ⁶Such is the real law of cause and effect as it operates in the world.


W-pI.19 I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts