Our third review begins today.We will review two of the last twenty
ideas each day until we have reviewed them all.We will observe the
special format for these practice periods, which you are urged to
follow as closely as you can.We understand, of course, that it may be
impossible for you to undertake what is suggested here as optimal
each day and every hour of the day.
Learning will not be hampered when you miss a practice period
because it is impossible at the appointed time. Nor is it necessary that
you make excessive efforts to be sure that you catch up in terms of
numbers. Rituals are not our aim, and would defeat our learning goal.
But learning will be hampered when you skip a practice period
because you are unwilling to devote the time to it which you are
asked to give. Do not deceive yourself in this. Unwillingness can be
most carefully concealed behind a cloak of situations you can not
control. Learn to distinguish situations which are poorly suited to
your practicing from those which you establish to uphold a
camouflage for your unwillingness.
Those practice periods which you have lost because you did not
want to do them for whatever reason should be done as soon as you
have changed your mind about your goal. You are unwilling to
cooperate in practicing salvation only if it interferes with goals you
hold more dear. When you withdraw the value given them, allow
your practice periods to be replacements for your litanies to them.
They gave you nothing. But your practice periods offer you
everything. Accept their offering and be at peace.
The format you should use for these reviews is this: Devote five
minutes twice a day, or longer if you would prefer, to contemplating
the ideas assigned. Read over the ideas and comments which are
written first in each day’s exercises.Then begin to think about them
quietly, letting your mind relate them to your needs, your seeming
problems and all your concerns.
Place the ideas within your mind, and let it use them as it
chooses. Give it faith that it will use them wisely, being helped in its
decisions by the One Who gave the thoughts to you.What can you
trust but what is in your mind? Have faith, in these reviews, the
means the Holy Spirit uses will not fail. The wisdom of your mind
will come to your assistance. Give it direction at the start, then lean
back in quiet faith, and let it use the ideas you have given it as they
were given you.
You have been given them in perfect trust; in perfect confidence
that you would use them well; in perfect faith that you would
understand their messages, and use them for yourself. Offer them to
your mind in that same trust and confidence and faith. It will not fail.
It is the Holy Spirit’s chosen means for your salvation. And with His
trust merits yours as well.
We emphasize the benefits to you if you devote the first five
minutes of the day to your review and also give the last five minutes
of your waking day to it. If this cannot be done, at least try to divide
them so you undertake one in the morning, and the other in the
hour just before you go to sleep.
The exercises to be done throughout the day are equally
important, and perhaps of even greater value.You have been inclined
to do the exercises and then go on to other things, without applying
what you learned to them. As a result, your learning has had little
reinforcement, and you have not given it the opportunity to prove its
worth to you.
Here is another chance to use it well. In these reviews we stress
the need to let your learning not lie idly by between your longer
practice periods. Attempt to give your daily two ideas a brief but
serious review each hour. Use one on the hour, and the other one a
half an hour later. You need not give more than just a moment to
Repeat it, and allow your mind to rest a little time in silence and
in peace.Then turn to other things, but try to keep the thought with
you, and let it serve to help you keep your peace throughout the day.
If you are shaken, think of it again.These practice periods are planned
to help you form the habit of applying what you learn each day to
everything you do.
Do not repeat it and then lay it down. Its usefulness is limitless to
you. And it is meant to serve you in all ways, all times and places, and
whenever you need help of any kind.Try, then, to take it with you in
the business of the day, and make it holy, worthy of God’s Son,
acceptable to God and to your Self.
Each day’s review assignment will conclude with a restatement
of the thought to use each hour, and the one to be applied on each
half hour as well. Forget them not.This second chance with each of
these ideas will bring such large advances that we come from these
reviews with learning gains so great that we begin again on solid
Do not forget how little you have learned. Do not forget how
much you can learn now. Do not forget your Father’s need of you, as
you review these thoughts He gave to you.
For morning and evening review:
 “Miracles are seen in light.”
I cannot see in darkness. Let the light
Of holiness and truth light up my mind,
And let me see the innocence within.
 “Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.”
I see through strength, the gift of God to me.
My weakness is the dark His gift dispels
By giving me His strength to take its place.
On the hour:
“Miracles are seen in light.”
On the half hour:
“Miracles are seen in light, and light and strength are one.”