The Benefits of Workbook Practice

Short quotes on the value of practice

It is doing the exercises that will make the goal of the course possible. (W-pI.In.1)

You want salvation. You want to be happy. You want peace. You do not have them now because your mind is totally undisciplined. (W-pI.20.2)

Each [practice period today] will be a giant stride toward your release. (W-pI.94.5)

You are unwilling to cooperate in practicing salvation only if it interferes with gods you hold more dear….They gave you nothing. But your practice periods can offer everything to you. (Original dictation of W-pI.rIII.In.4)

Repeat today’s idea as frequently as possible, and understand each time you do so, someone hears the voice of hope, the stirring of the truth within his mind, the gentle rustling of the wings of peace. (W-pI.95.14)

Each time you practice, awareness is brought a little nearer at least; sometimes a thousand years or more are saved. (W-pI.97.3)

[In today’s practice period] we are trying to reach your real home….We are trying to reach God. (W-pI.49.4)

This [practice] is no idle game, but an exercise in holiness and an attempt to reach the Kingdom of God. (W-pI.45.8)

For each five minutes spent in listening, a thousand minds are opened to the truth and they will hear the holy Word you hear. (W-pI.106.9)

Is it not worth five minutes of your time each hour to be able to accept the happiness that God has given you? (W-pI.98.5)

You who will yet work miracles, be sure you practice well. (W-pI.99.7)

Longer quotes

Only a mind trained via these exercises will reach the goal of the Course

It is doing the exercises that will make the goal of the course possible. An untrained mind can accomplish nothing. (W-pI.In.1)

How often you practice is the measure of how much you want the goal of the Course

The real question is, how often will you remember [the preceding paragraph suggests every 15 to 20 minutes]? How much do you want today’s idea [“Above all else I want to see”] to be true? Answer one of these questions, and you have answered the other. (W-pI.27.4)

Every practice period is a giant step toward reaching the goal of the Course
Make every effort to do the hourly exercises today. Each one you do will be a giant stride toward your release, and a milestone in learning the thought system which this course sets forth. (W-pI.94.5)

You are unhappy because your mind is undisciplined

This is our first attempt to introduce structure. Do not misconstrue it as an effort to exert force or pressure. You want salvation. You want to be happy. You want peace. You do not have them now, because your mind is totally undisciplined. (W-pI.20.2)

You can literally experience God through practice

It is quite possible to reach God….The way will open, if you believe that it is possible. This exercise can bring very startling results even the first time it is attempted, and sooner or later it is always successful. (W-pI.41.8)

Sink deep into the peace that waits for you beyond the frantic, riotous thoughts and sights and sounds of this insane world. You do not live here. We are trying to reach your real home. We are trying to reach the place where you are truly welcome. We are trying to reach God. (W-pI.49.4)

Practice is no idle game, but an exercise in holiness
For this kind of practice only one thing is necessary; approach it as you would an altar dedicated in Heaven to God the Father and to God the Son. For such is the place you are trying to reach….Remind yourself that this is no idle game, but an exercise in holiness and an attempt to reach the Kingdom of Heaven. (W-pI.45.8)

You should actually spend time thinking about how important your practice is
Today let us make another real attempt to reach the light in you. Before we undertake this in our more extended practice period, let us devote several minutes to thinking about what we are trying to do. We are literally attempting to get in touch with the salvation of the world. (W-pI.69.2)

Is it not worth five minutes…?
Is it not worth five minutes of your time each hour to be able to accept the happiness that God has given you? Is it not worth five minutes hourly to recognize your special function here? Is not five minutes but a small request to make in terms of gaining a reward so great it has no measure? You have made a thousand losing bargains at the least.
Here is an offer guaranteeing you your full release from pain of every kind, and joy the world does not contain. You can exchange a little of your time for peace of mind and certainty of purpose, with the promise of complete success. And since time has no meaning, you are being asked for nothing in return for everything. Here is a bargain that you cannot lose. And what you gain is limitless indeed! (W-pI.98.5-6)

 

[Please note: ACIM passages quoted in this article reference the Foundation for Inner Peace (FIP) Edition.]