A Course in Miracles

Workbook For Students

Lesson 23 - I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.

The idea for today contains the only way out of fear that will ever succeed. Nothing else will work; everything else is meaningless. But this way cannot fail.

Every thought you have makes up some segment of the world you see. It is with your thoughts, then, that we must work, if your perception of the world is to be changed.

If the cause of the world you see is attack thoughts, you must learn that it is these thoughts which you do not want.

There is no point in lamenting the world. There is no point in trying to change the world. It is incapable of change because it is merely an effect. But there is indeed a point in changing your thoughts about the world. Here you are changing the cause. The effects will change automatically.

The world you see is a vengeful world, and everything in it is a symbol of vengeance. Each of your perceptions of "external reality" is a pictorial representation of your own attack thoughts. One can well ask if this can be called seeing. Is not fantasy a better word for such a process and hallucination a more appropriate term for the result?

You see the world which you have made, but you do not see yourself as the image-maker. You cannot be saved from the world, but you can escape from its cause. This is what salvation means, for where is the world you see when its cause is gone?
Vision already holds a replacement for everything you think you see now.

Loveliness can light your images, and so transform them that you will love them, even though they were made of hate. For you will not be making them alone.


3-Step Forgiveness Process

"I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts."

The idea for today introduces the thought that you are not trapped in the world you see, because its cause can be changed.

This change requires,

1. first, that the cause (attack thought) be identified and then
2. let go, so that it can be replaced.

The first two steps in this process require your cooperation. The final one does not.

3. Your images have already been replaced. By taking the first two steps, you will see that this is so.


Practice Instructions

1. Besides using it throughout the day as the need arises, five (5) practice periods are required in applying today's idea.

As you look about you, repeat the idea slowly to yourself:

I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.

2. Then close your eyes and devote about a minute to searching your mind for as many attack thoughts (anger) as occur to you. As each one crosses your mind say:

I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts about ________.

Hold each attack thought in mind as you say this, and then dismiss that thought and go on to the next.

3. In the practice periods, be sure to include both your thoughts...

of attacking and
of being attacked.

Their effects are exactly the same because they are exactly the same.

You do not yet recognize this, and you are asked at this time only to treat them as the same in today's practice periods. We are still at the stage of identifying the cause of the world you see. When you finally realize that thoughts of attack, and of being attacked, are not different, you will be ready to let the cause go.



The first part of the workbook deals with the undoing of the way you see now.


The second part of the workbook deals with the restoration of true sight.



1 Nothing I see means anything
2 I have given everything I see all
4 These thoughts do no mean anthing
5 I am never upset for
10 My thoughts do not mean anything
11 My meaningless thoughts show me a
12 I am upset because
14 God did not create
21 Determined to see
23 I can escape
50 I am sustained
61 I am the light
62 Forgiveness is my
79 Let me recognize
91 Miracles are seen
93 Light & Joy
94 I am as God...
100 My part is...
101 God's Will...
102 Share God's Will
108 To give & receive
110 I am as God...
121 Forgiveness
126 All that I give...
134 Let me perceive
136 Sickness is
137 When I am healed
139 I will accept
153 Defenselessness
155 I will step back...
162 I am as God...
163 There is no death
193 All are lessons
199 I am not a body
294 My body is a wholly
309 I will not fear to look within today

Our goal is basically, as St. Paul expressed it, to learn to "Let the mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Philippians 2:5


"And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind..." Romans 12:2


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