ACIM Workbook Lesson 10 – for Monday, January 10, 2011
Affirmation: “My thoughts do not mean anything.”
“Today’s thought can obviously serve for any thought that distresses you at any time. (WB17)”
Before we have studied very long, we will realize that our minds have actually been so warped that we perceive nothing outside the ego that, as a part of our minds, has separated us from God. The ego is “egotistical,” but that is not the whole of the meaning. Freud’s meaning of the ego comes closer, in that it is an image that we make of ourselves, around which the personality coalesces. Freud did not see a way out, though, and he seems to have thought that a strong ego was an advantage in living.
A Course in Miracles is entirely different. This Course seeks to have rely us on the guidance of the Holy Spirit and to relinquish the ego as our guide to action. Jesus, in ACIM, does not in any way think that this part of ourselves has done anything really good for us. As the image of separation from God, it is constantly being undone, because God is the All, and we perceive ourselves as little parts of the whole that have not been communicating with our Creator. And we are meant to communicate with our Creator.
May I entertain no thought today that distresses me. May I leave meaningless thoughts behind, and I know that these are the thoughts of the ego that has seemed to separate me from You.
Be with me today. I ask for a particular day of setting aside thoughts that distress and entertaining loving and joyous thoughts. Thank You.