ACIM Workbook Lesson 14 – for Friday, January 14, 2011
Affirmation: “God did not create a meaningless world.”
“Our direction is toward perfect safety and perfect peace. (WB23)”
This lesson emphasizes that the world that we see is not really the creation of a benevolent God. This is a tenet of A Course in Miracles, but with our little minds, we will not understand it. The concept owes a great deal to Gnosticism, but most of us are not students of that philosophy. Suffice it to accept, once and for all, that the maya of Eastern religions is accurate, that we are lost in illusions; ACIM calls this a “dream.” Some of our dreams are group dreams, and some are individual, personal. It does not matter. However bad things seem, we do not need to blame God for this state of affairs. It is all unreal.
When we move toward a cleansed perception, we will move toward the “perfect safety and perfect peace” that is the passage emphasized for today. We will look at what surrounds us, and we will make one judgment (led by the Holy Spirit), “This is unreal.” We might also call it insanity, or madness (which ACIM also calls it).
Personally, I have found over the years that calling the negative things of this world “insanity” to be a very freeing concept. Then I am more ready to overlook the negativity, which A Course in Miracles counsels us to do. If we dwell on the negativity, we will make it real to ourselves, and therefore harder to overlook. We may be taken over by it, indeed.
When we let our grievances go, we will know that we are perfectly safe (an ACIM tenet from the Workbook). And our world will lighten up as well. Regardless of how bad things appear, we will know that we are seeing appearances only. We may move to correct injustices, but we will do so from a peaceful heart that recognizes that the real Self of ourselves, and the real Self of our brothers and sisters, has not been hurt in the least.
I do not wish to see a world of insanity, a meaningless world. Let me look instead beyond the illusions that my ego, a part of my belief about myself, has perpetrated. Let me see the real world. Giving me that is something that only You can do, but I can offer a little willingness (all that is required) to the Holy Spirit, and then You will reach down to me.
Thank You for being with me through my day today. Every day is good when I recall You frequently. If I forget, then the day turns bad. Help me, as I prepare for yet another day, to turn to You just as frequently as I remember. And may I remember often.