ACIM Workbook Lesson 26 – for Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Affirmation: “My attack thoughts are attacking my invulnerability.”
“Practice with today’s idea will help you to understand that vulnerability or invulnerability is the result of your own thoughts. Nothing except your thoughts can attack you. Nothing except your thoughts can make you think you are vulnerable. And nothing except your thoughts can prove to you this is not so. (WB40)”
1 – “Venting” Is Not a Healthy Choice
To act out, to vent, is often seen in our world as healthy, but A Course in Miracles would say that it is anything but. ACIM does not counsel “stuffing” feelings, though, and to believe that ACIM recommends this is a common misconception of students and even of teachers of the Course. Jesus would have you immediately turn the matter that is causing upset over to the Holy Spirit for resolution. If we are angry, we are judging or interpreting, and not seeing facts. It is always an interpretation that gives rise to anger, and, as such, the interpretation can be changed to see our brother or sister as innocent, as being in grace.
2 – ACIM and Pardon/Forgiveness
This explanation brings up the matter again of just what “pardon” and “forgiveness” really means in the understanding of A Course in Miracles. We do not pardon wrongdoing; we recognize that everything is either an expression of help or a call for help, and, given that, our first instinctual response would be to rush to the side of our brother or sister and to offer that help. Sometimes this idea is expressed as an expression of love or a call for love. This love is the underlying factor.
3 – Vulnerability
When we attack, we make ourselves vulnerable to the interpretation of attack being pulled back unto ourselves. We feel vulnerable, because we have made ourselves so. And we will suffer for it. There is no other way. Forgive others and we forgive ourselves the many mistakes that we make. Fail to forgive others, and one has failed to forgive one’s self. And we know best how numerous are the mistakes that we have made, and for which we desire forgiveness (pardon).
May I leave behind attack thoughts forever today. If this seems too unrealistic, too idealistic, may I realize that miracles are in the hands of Jesus, and he can heal a neurotic. I would like to feel invulnerable, and today’s lesson tries to get me to see that it is my attack thoughts that are making me feel vulnerable.
Be with me today as I relinquish attack thoughts, either kept within or verbalized. I need Your help, because, as You know, attack is something that most of us struggle to overcome. We get angry about virtually anything, and then we frequently lash out. I would end such foolish behavior, starting today and continuing forevermore. Then I learn today that I will feel invulnerable, and in fact I will be so.