ACIM Workbook Lesson 11 – for Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Affirmation: “My meaningless thoughts are showing me a meaningless world.”
“Be glad indeed to practice the idea in its initial form, for in this idea is your release made sure. The key to forgiveness lies in it. (WB18)”
If we do not think aright, how can we perceive aright, and if this is not possible, how can what we perceive mean anything at all? Surely we are doubting the validity of what we have seen in our lifetimes. As Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford found out in their joint work to produce Jesus’s words, there is another way to do things in this world. Our task is to find it. And the underlying idea, meaningless in Heaven but meaningful on earth, is forgiveness of our brothers and sisters.
When we forgive, we are coming closer to recognizing that there is a better way to live. Further Text, Workbook, and Manual passages explain that one’s brothers and sisters are actually innocent, that they have not done anything to our real Selves at all. We do not pardon the real; we only pardon the illusion. This truth is one of the hardest for the new student of A Course in Miracles to take in and to make his or her own. But once we get past this hurdle, it is much smoother sailing afterwards.
May we move into forgiveness of the illusions that surround us, and welcome the real world, the world of knowledge rather than perception.
May I recognize the innocence of my brothers and sisters in this world that appears so meaningless. Surely they, and I, have made mistakes, but we are still children of God, Sons and Daughters of God. May I come ever closer to understanding this truth today.
Give me a good day. In this wintertime, my days seem long, though they are actually shorter than the summer. Help me to turn to You when any time today seems difficult.