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- Workbook Lessons – Table of Contents
- Calendar Daily Lesson (Shortcut: Tap the ticker tape text to take Today’s Tutorial.)
- My Daily Lesson (Your most recently viewed lesson becomes YOUR Daily Lesson.)
The Workbook Lessons of A Course in Miracles (Text and Audio) can be accessed in several ways:
Calendar Daily Lesson
You can also get Today’s Lesson by selecting “Calendar Daily Lesson” from the top menu in addition to tapping the ticker tape. This will give you the lesson for the current calendar date; on January 1st, you will get Lesson 1, on January 2nd, you will get Lesson 2, etc.
My Daily Lesson
Whatever Workbook lesson you have most recently viewed becomes YOUR daily lesson. You can keep track of your place in the Workbook on multiple browsers on the same device and/or on different devices, such as a different browser on your phone for a study group, another on a tablet, another on your desktop machine, etc. This is independent of the Calendar Daily Lesson.
You can also customize your study by using the “Lesson Selector” and type in the number of the lesson you would like to listen to and/or read, or by using the “previous” and “next” links at the top of each lesson. This navigation also includes a context-sensitive link to the Table of Contents (T. O. C.) page so you can jump to where you were just reading in the T. O. C. The website is designed to provide you with the freedom to start Course studies any time during the year, review any lesson or take a break. The technology built into the website will keep track of where you left off in your studies so that you can easily resume your studies at any time.
You can select (for each device and browser) the following settings:
- Show paragraph numbers – Toggles the visibility of the superscript paragraph numbers
- Show sentence numbers – Toggles the visibility of the superscript sentence numbers
- Leap Year: (e.g. Repeat Lesson 59 on February 29th) – Set your preference to either repeat – or not repeat – the lesson for Feb. 28th on Feb. 29th.
- Show paragraph numbers
- Show sentence numbers (i.e. 4Nothing real...)
- Leap Year: Repeat Lesson 59 on February 29
About the Introduction
The Introduction to the Workbook assures us that: “The exercises are very simple. They do not require a great deal of time, and it does not matter where you do them. They need no preparation.”
As for the lessons themselves and this invitation to practice them, the introduction goes on to explain:
“The purpose of the workbook is to train your mind in a systematic way to a different perception of everyone and everything in the world. The exercises are planned to help you generalize the lessons, so that you will understand that each of them is equally applicable to everyone and everything you see.
The overall aim of the exercises is to increase your ability to extend the ideas you will be practicing to include everything. This will require no effort on your part. The exercises themselves meet the conditions necessary for this kind of transfer.” (W.In.4,7)
In addition, a little faith in the process and in your inherent ability to understand and succeed will be helpful, but even that is not required if you are willing to seek the truth about yourself and the world, and the happiness that awaits you for your efforts. The introduction goes on to encourage us to trust in ourselves and in Who It is that is always with us to direct us along the way:
“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. You 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. 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 may be, use them. Nothing more than that is required.” (W.In.8-9 )
There are a variety of things you could do that might serve as companion to your visit to the day’s lesson, such as relaxing and listening with eyes open or closed to what is read, using the spoken word to follow the printed word from the Workbook itself, or even joining friends in support of one another’s efforts along the way. Whatever your method, the important thing is that you proceed in a way that is comfortable for you and that fits your personal study habits.
And always remember that when you study and practice each lesson you’ll be in good company, no matter the time or place. The last sentence of the Epilogue of the Workbook for Students makes this clear enough:
Read aloud by Jim Stewart, a former Chicago radio personality and a long term student of the Course, these daily lessons are excerpted from the complete A Course in Miracles on CDs, which are available through our online Store.
Suggestion: To keep the context of the Workbook lessons in mind, a link for the Introduction appears at the bottom of each Workbook lesson page. We encourage you to re-read the Introduction periodically during the time you are studying the lessons.