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Hello out there,

I seem to need some help with lesson 24. I don't know if I completely understand the lesson and I don't want to do it wrong or maybe I just can't be honest with myself lol.

Can someone give me an example of what it wants me to do.

Thank you,

Eric

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Thanks Puss_Cat for your response, but LOL I really d onot understand what I am exactly supposed to do on this lesson. For some reason I can't follow the directions. This one has me lost.

I need an example of what is being asked of me. I don't have any issue doing the lesson, I just don't seem to know how to do the lesson.


Eric
Aha you signed with your name! LOL I just caught that. Thank you Lousie. :-)


Eric
LOL Eric, I love your devotion. I love also Louise's response. We really can't do the Course wrong. The Holy Spirit uses what we understand to show us we don't understand it. It's just about willingness. Ask within, I found that I am able to ask Jesus and the Holy Spirit intimately and tell them I do not understand. Actually the whole point of this lesson is to lead us to lesson 25 ("I do not know what anything is for.") He is making us teachable. Be ye little children for children do not think they know. (paraphrased). I love lesson 24 "I do not perceive my own best interests. It's a great motivtor for learning. "All good teachers realise that only fundamental change will last, but they do not begin at that level. Strengthening motivation for change is their first and foremost goal. It is also their last and final one. Increasing motivation for change in the learner is all that a teacher need do to guarantee change. Change in motivation is a change of mind, and this will inevitably produce fundamental change because the mind is fundamental."

Jesus is pointing out to us why we need to resign as our own teacher. LOL "If you realized that you do not perceive your own best interests, you could be taught what they are. But in the presence of your conviction that you do know what they are, you cannot learn. The idea for today is a step toward opening your mind so that learning can begin.".. "If these exercises are done properly you will recognize that you are making a large number of demands of the situation which have nothing to do with it. You will also recognize that many of your goals are contradictory, that you have no unified outcome in mind, and that you must experience disappointment in connection with some of your goals, however the situation turns out." This illustrates how unstable our minds are under the ego's influence.

So we learn to step back and let Him lead the way. It is when we ask within we are answered.

Love and blessings, Ruby
Thank you again Louise and Ruby for responding to me :-) and thank you Louise for a couple of examples. I got it now. I just couldn't seem to wrap my head around what the lesson was asking of me.

Eric
Take this as the definitive guideline - the lessons are to be done in our own perfectly imperfect way :) Now do you understand :)

In the Introduction to the lessons, it reads:-
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Some of the ideas the workbook presents you will find hard to believe, and others may seem to be quite startling. This does not matter. You are merely asked to apply the ideas as you are directed to do. You are not asked to judge them at all. Your are asked only to use them. IT IS THEIR USE THAT WILL GIVE THEM MEANING TO YOU, and will show you that they are true.
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Remember only this; you need not believe the ideas, you need not accept them, and you need not even welcome them. Some of them you may actively resist. None of this will matter, or decrease their efficacy. But do not allow yourself to make exceptions in applying the ideas the workbook contains, and whatever your reactions to the ideas my be, use them. Nothing more than that is required.
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masil.pauline.
Perfect ... Pauline... Thanks. "IT IS THEIR USE THAT WILL GIVE THEM MEANING TO YOU, and will show you that they are true." Love hearing others' experience and insights. Thanks all. Namaste, Ruby
all I have to say is surrender....Jesus is infinitely patient with this message....He says it in so many ways....
the Holy Spirit (or that place of knowing inside of you) will not steer you wrong....It is the ego mind that brings up doubt, fear and guilt....if you are unsure, remember, "you need do nothing"....that means do nothing to correct a perceived error....and remember this, God's Kingdom is a "closed system"....you cannot be outside of His love and protection....as humans, we forget and slip back ino ego thinking....that is when "you can choose again"....lay that thought and all things on the alter of the Holy Spirit...."lay your burden down"...."let go and let God"....it is put in so many ways that one will surely get into every human being's darkest place....rejoice!....blessings, Ron
Well hello all,

I appreciate all your responses, but I think I might have been misunderstood. I wasn't resistig the lesson. I wasn't doing it and then thinking, "I don't understand it or I don't get it, so I'm not going to do it" and then asked for help. It was more like "what is the lesson asking me to do?" I couldn't really start it because I wasn't even sure what it was asking me to do.

I just needed a liitle clarification. I think the wording of the directions threw me off. That's why I was asking for an example.

And I did the lesson today and yes, it still didn't make sense and yes it seemed I was making contradictory demands and yes I am still grumpy from the other day and yes I am still eager to do the lessons, LOL.

Thank you all for taking the time out for this newbie and I'll take the advice to heart because the more I type now, the more you are probalby right that my little ego is giving me a mental block in hopes of deterring me and causing me to unconsciously resist.

Thnaks again,

Eric
LOL Eric. "All things work together for good." You're doing fine... better than I was my first year thrugh the lessons. I'm loving the discussion here. Thanks Ron for your input. Love and blessings, Ruby
Hi Eric,

While answers to any question may certainly abound, and may be bolstered by quotes from ACIM and other sources, instead of answering this question, I would like to pose one:

Which is more important or to the point of the Holy Spirit's guidance message? 1) To know the answer to questions, intellectually understand lessons and do them accordingly? 2) To hear the Holy Spirit's own voice calling in your heart, and allow it to renew your mind, erasing the belief in the need for answers to questions?

A day will surely come when you will notice you are no longer asking questions about this or anything at all. ACIM outlines what that means. You cannot synthesize that moment, but you can reflect on what it would be like, and further reflect on when it might be noticed to be the case. We have taught ourselves to fear and resist confusion and not understanding, and yet, there is nothing to fear in this, for the voice is calling, revealing all things right now today. Standing in the light of that voice, where languages words fall silent, and the single word of that voice quietly draws...questions and their answers become faded into the backdrop of that silence, and the word answers all in the light as the light. And just such a light you are.

Doug

Eric G. said:
Well hello all,

I appreciate all your responses, but I think I might have been misunderstood. I wasn't resistig the lesson. I wasn't doing it and then thinking, "I don't understand it or I don't get it, so I'm not going to do it" and then asked for help. It was more like "what is the lesson asking me to do?" I couldn't really start it because I wasn't even sure what it was asking me to do.

I just needed a liitle clarification. I think the wording of the directions threw me off. That's why I was asking for an example.

And I did the lesson today and yes, it still didn't make sense and yes it seemed I was making contradictory demands and yes I am still grumpy from the other day and yes I am still eager to do the lessons, LOL.

Thank you all for taking the time out for this newbie and I'll take the advice to heart because the more I type now, the more you are probalby right that my little ego is giving me a mental block in hopes of deterring me and causing me to unconsciously resist.

Thnaks again,

Eric
For anyone having problems with any workbook question or just not capable of doing the exercises in the correct or proper manner; I suggest that they visit and down load from http://www.pointofperfection/2009-7-11.mp3 as this narrative from RAJ through Paul Tuttle to his nucleus group studying ACIM; as well as his internet audience was prepared for all of us. Lightdrops
Hi Eric, The lesson is simply stating that I know nothing. Not perceiving my own best interest is simply reminding me that I do not know what is best for me or what anything is for. It is another way to get the mind to stop judging so that the Holy Spirit thought system can permeate our mind.

That being said, one of the biggest trap course students and teachers find is that they think they have to understand each lesson. That's how the ego traps us into ANAL-izing everything. Just do each lesson, and don't worry about getting it right. Remember, A Course in Miracles was NOT meant to be studied, but to be PRACTICED!

Love, Nick

It is that simple!

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