ACIM Workbook Lesson 3 – for Monday, January 3, 2011
Affirmation: “I do not understand anything I see in this room.”
“These are not exercises in judgment. Anything is suitable if you see it. Some of the things you see may have emotionally-charged meaning for you. Try to lay such feelings aside, and merely use these things exactly as you would anything else. (WB5)”
We are individuals steeped in confusion, even when we think we know the most. It is very necessary in these first lessons to avoid the emotional, and to see everything just as it is. This is not unlike Zen Buddhism, where the object is seen for what it is only. Whatever one is doing, he or she just “does.” We do not project meaning onto the world that may only confuse an already troubled mind.
For the perennial student of the Workbook, these first few lessons may seem tedious. After all, we think we know that projection makes perception (an oft repeated assertion in the Text), and we know that what the ego perceives is always lamentable. But, we still can learn, once a year, from these early lessons. We reinforce in our minds the fact that the ego has probably still retained a foothold in our minds. And we would not have it to be thus. Exercises such as these early ones can prepare us for ever more attempts to disown the part of our mind called the “ego.”
May my ego wither away this year. I am impatient, because my mind is filled with the statements of Your Course. Yet I have not walked the whole pathway yet, and I know this well. Help me to disown that part of my mind called the “ego.” May I reach, ever upward, toward Awakening.
Thank You for being with me as this new year begins. I have great hopes for a good year. This year spent with Your Workbook for Students is an exciting way to live.