ACIM Workbook Lesson 23 – for Sunday, January 23, 2011
Affirmation: “I can escape from the world I see by giving up attack thoughts.”
“The idea for today contains the only way out of fear that will ever succeed. Nothing else will work; everything else is meaningless. But this way cannot fail. Every thought you have makes up some segment of the world you see. It is with your thoughts, then, that we must work, if your perception of the world is to be changed. (WB34)”
There is power in these words, real power. And they work; I can speak from experience. (Of course, I believe that everything in A Course in Miracles “works.”) But, as Neale Donald Walsch in his Conversations with God (a trilogy) has said, evolution is not a straight line. A Course in Miracles says that if we return to attack, to making judgments, or to unnecessary planning for contingencies to come, we will fall again from the higher plane that ACIM is patiently taking us. So it behooves us to walk carefully, lest we slip.
This passage is based, as are so many, on the premise that projection makes perception. When we give up attack (thoughts, feelings, actions), we will see a more peaceful world, because we will not be projecting our inner state of mind outward and seeing attack poised to strike back at us.
Test out this important lesson today. Try to spend the day, not as it might please you most, but as it might please the Holy Spirit most. Try to spend a day without planning, following guidance consistently (but not compulsively). Most importantly, start the day off right. And if something goes awry, metaphorically, start the day again. We always get second chances, though we do want to save the world and us time, and starting the day aright does save time (an ACIM tenet).
May I give up attack that I might no longer have fear–at all. I believe what Jesus has said in this very important words from A Course in Miracles. Help me to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit throughout the day today. It will be a special day of dedication if I can stay true to this declaration.
Be with me today as I try to follow the best and highest that I know. Know that I do wish to live aright, and it is only when I slip that I have problems.