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"...the recognition that you do not understand is a prerequisite for undoing your false ideas." [W15/15]

"You do not know the meaning of anything you perceive. Not one thought you hold is wholly true. The recognition of this is your firm beginning." [T196/211]

"Think not you understand anything until you pass the test of perfect peace." [T278/299]

"The first step...is the undoing of the getting concept." [T99/107]

"The first illusion, which must be displaced before another thought system can take hold, is that it is a sacrifice to give up the things of this world." [M32/33]

"...you do not see anything that is really alive or really joyous." [W28/28]

"No one who lives in fear is really alive." [T30/35]

"To learn this course requires willingness to question every value that you hold." [T464/499]

"The first step toward freedom involves a sorting out of the false from the true." [T30/34]

"Everything is for your own best interests." [W38/38]

"When you have become willing to hide nothing, you will not only be willing to enter into communion but will also understand peace and joy." [T8/11]

"All that you need to give this world away in glad exchange for what you did not make is willingness to learn the one you made is false." [T237/254]

"...nothing but your own thoughts can hamper your progress." [W119/120]

"The miracle alone is your concern at present. Here is where we must begin." [T553/596]

"Only by learning what fear is can you finally learn to distinguish the possible from the impossible and the false from the true." [T190/205]

"The learning that the world can offer but one choice, no matter what its form may be, is the beginning of acceptance that there is a real alternative instead." [T608f/654]

"Questioning illusions is the first step in undoing them." [T36/40]

"You who are steadfastly devoted to misery must first recognize that you are miserable and not happy. The Holy Spirit cannot teach without this contrast, for you believe that misery is happiness." [T252/272]

"You prepare your mind for [the holy instant] only to the extent of recognizing that you want it above all else." [T354f/380]

"The one wholly true thought one can hold about the past is that it is not here. To think about it at all is therefore to think about illusions. Very few have realized what is actually entailed in picturing the past or in anticipating the future. The mind is actually blank when it does this, because it is not really thinking about anything. The purpose of the exercise for today is to begin to train your mind to recognize when it is not really thinking at all. While thoughtless ideas preoccupy your mind, the truth is blocked. Recognizing that your mind has been merely blank, rather than believing that it is filled with real ideas, is the first step to opening the way to vision." [W13/13]

"Only you can deprive yourself of anything. Do not oppose this realization, for it is truly the beginning of the dawn of light. Remember also that the denial of this simple fact takes many forms, and these you must learn to recognize and to oppose steadfastly, without exception. This is a crucial step in the reawakening." [T186f/201]

"To have, give all to all.

This is a very preliminary step, and the only one you must take for yourself. It is not even necessary that you complete the step yourself, but it is necessary that you turn in that direction." [T98/106]

"Watch carefully and see what it is you are really asking for. Be very honest with yourself in this, for we must hide nothing from each other. If you will really try to do this, you have taken the first step toward preparing your mind for the Holy One to enter." [T56/62]

"Therefore, the first step in the undoing is to recognize that you actively decided wrongly, but can as actively decide otherwise." [T83/90]

"Healing occurs as a patient begins to hear the dirge he sings, and questions its validity. Until he hears it, he cannot understand that it is he who sings it to himself. To hear it is the first step in recovery. To question it must then become his choice." [PPP12]

"What you see does not matter. You teach yourself this as you give whatever your glance rests on equal attention and equal time. This is a beginning step in learning to give them all equal value." [W19/19]

"I am the light of the world."

"True humility requires that you accept today's idea because it is God's Voice Which tells you it is true. This is a beginning step in accepting your real function on earth." [W101/102]

"The full acceptance of salvation as your only function entails two phases; the recognition of salvation as your function, and the relinquishment of all the other goals you have invented for yourself." [W107/108]

"There is no statement that the world is more afraid to hear than this:

I do not know the thing I am,
and therefore do not know what I am doing,
where I am, or how to look upon the world or on myself.

Yet in this learning is salvation born." [T614/660]

all quotations from A Course in Miracles ©1975,85,92 Foundation for Inner Peace

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