Preparation 1

The following 92 statements are about learning. Each statement comes from the book, “A Course in Miracles.” Preparation 1 is intended to give you the opportunity to look more deeply at the skill of learning and its importance in your life. Read each of the statements and consider the value and implication of what is suggests. Print a copy to carry with you during the week, taking the time to study and review them numerous times.

Like any journey, you should take stock of what is needed before the journey begins.


1. Learning and wanting to learn are inseparable.

2. A person learns best when they believe what they are trying to learn is of value to them.

3. There must be doubt before there is conflict. And every doubt must be about yourself.

4. There is no order of difficulty in learning.

5. The ability is the potential, the achievement is its expression and the release is the ultimate purpose.

6. Mistakes cannot really threaten truth.

7. You respond to what you perceive and you behave accordingly.

8. You cannot behave appropriately until you perceive correctly.

9. A person can wait, delay, paralyze or reduce their learning to almost nothing. But they cannot abolish it.

10. You cannot control the effects of fear yourself because you made the fear and believe in what you made.

11.All learning involves attention and study at some level.

12. Health is inner peace.

13. The means are easier to identify and understand after the goal has been firmly established.

14. The ability to learn has no value when change is no longer necessary.

15. Only the mind is capable of error.

16. It must be understood that whenever you offer learning to another, you are shortening the suffering of both of you.

17. Fear is when what you want conflicts with what you do.

18. What a person does comes from what they think.

19. All learning produces form at some level.

20. Readiness is the only prerequisite for accomplishment but readiness is only the beginning of confidence.

21. Good teachers never terrorize their students.

22. Frightened people can be vicious.

23. Perception must be straightened out before you can know anything.

24. Certainty does not require action.

25. The abilities you possess are only shadows of your real strength.

26. Knowing does not lead to doing.

27. Knowledge is stable and it is obvious that you are not.

28. There is no one who does not feel that they are imprisoned in some way.

29. All beliefs are real to the believer.

30. The result of commitment to learning is inspiration, which understood properly is the opposite of fatigue.

31. A good teacher clarifies his own ideas and strengthens them by teaching them.

32. A good teacher must believe in the ideas he teaches but must also believe in the students to whom he offers the learning.

33. Teaching and learning are your greatest strengths because they help you change your mind and help others to change theirs.

34. Every good teacher hopes to give his students so much of his own learning that one day, they will no longer need him.

35. On the other hand, the ego tries to exploit all situations into forms of praise for itself in order to overcome its self-doubt.

36. If you are not at peace with your life, then you are not fulfilling your function as you see your function to be.

37. Your ego has no allegiance to you.

38. You cannot change your mind by changing your behavior.

39. Meaningful learning is consciously undertaken.

40. You learn best when you believe what you are trying to learn is of value to you, however, not everything you may want to learn has lasting value.

41. Preoccupation with problems set up to be incapable of solution are favorite ego devices for impeding the learning process.

42. How can you teach someone the value of something he has deliberately thrown away?

43. Nothing real can be increased except by sharing.

44. Nothing increases except by being given away.

45. Sufficient quantitative learning (change) produces real qualitative shifts.

46. Learning is change.

47. Rest does not come from sleeping but from waking up.

48. You cannot understand yourself alone.

49. What you perceive in others you are strengthening in yourself.

50. Teaching is done in many ways but above all by example.

51. As you teach, so will you learn.

52. Delay does not matter in eternity but it is tragic in time.

53. There have been many teachers who did not learn what they taught.

54. The value of any teaching tool lies solely in the kind of learning it facilitates.

55. All behavior teaches the beliefs that motivate it.

56. Abilities must be developed before you can use them.

57. A great teacher teaches through approach, not avoidance.

58. To have anything, teach it.

59. Strengthening motivation for change is the first and foremost goal.

60. Nothing is difficult that is truly desired.

61. You protect what you have learned by rejecting anything that threatens it.

62. What you teach is real for you.

63. If different abilities are applied long enough to one goal, the abilities themselves become unified.

64. You must learn to change your mind about your mind.

65. When you teach, you are not giving something to someone. You are giving it to yourself.

66. What you want to be as a teacher must determine every response you make.

67. There is no limit on your learning.

68. Different orders of reality merely appear to exist.

69. There is nothing so frustrating to a learner as a class or curriculum he cannot learn.

70. Being faced with an impossible learning situation is the most depressing thing in the world.

71. A learning device is not a teacher.

72. You cannot change laws that you did not make.

73. When a colleague acts crazy, you can only teach by perceiving the “not crazy” in him.

74. Lack of knowledge of any kind is always associated with unwillingness to know.

75. Grandiosity is always a cover for despair.

76. Your suffering depends solely on your willingness to tolerate it…like everything else.

77. Truth does not vacillate…it is always true.

78. To remember is merely to restore to your mind what is already there.

79. Reality can dawn only on an unclouded mind.

80. Your choices are determined by what you value.

81. Only you can deprive yourself of anything.

82. Everyone convinces you of what you want to perceive.

83. Do not set limits on what can be accomplish through you.

84. Resign as your own teacher.

85. Learning is invisible and what has been learned can be recognized only by its results.

86. You see what you expect and expect what you invite.

87. As you look out so do you see in.

88. You can hold onto the past only through guilt.

89. Determine to be not as you were.

90. Use no relationship to hold you to the past.

91. Do not be afraid to look within.

92. Simplicity is difficult for twisted minds.