ACIM Workbook Lesson 30 – for Sunday, January 30, 2011
Affirmation: “God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.”
“The idea for today is the springboard for vision. From this idea will the world open up before you, and you will look upon it and see in it what you have never seen before. Nor will what you saw before be even faintly visible to you. (WB47)”
1 – Projection Makes Perception
Today’s affirmation (the “lesson”) is the basic idea that projection makes perception, i.e., that what we project from our minds constitutes what we perceive outwardly, making the world that we see. Here we say “make” rather than “create,” because at this early stage in the Workbook, we are assuming that many of us are still viewing the world through the lens of the ego. Perception, likewise, is a paler form of knowledge, and knowledge comes only when we are farther along the pathway. God alone grants knowledge, when we are ready to receive it without miscreation.
2 – God Is Within
Today’s quoted passage is optimistic. We are led to understand that recognizing that God is in our minds will ultimately show up vision. And vision, real vision, is what we want above all else. It will transform the world that we see. The pain we will recognize as being illusion, and the beauty we will see as the real world. This does not mean that we will not try to alleviate pain; that is part of what miracles are for. But we work miracles as led by Jesus; we will not try, misguidedly, to make our own miracles. That is a sure way to lose our understanding and to project folly.
3 – May Vision Come Soon
The world will look beautiful to us when vision has come. Let us study well all of A Course in Miracles, sure that vision is its intent. Or, as Jon Mundy says, our intent is for enlightenment. Enlightenment, in ACIM, is what is meant by the oft-repeated call for Awakening.
We want to see aright. Not everything that we project, and then perceive, stands alone. We also know reality, however haphazardly at this point. We will “know,” as opposed to perceive, when God has granted us knowledge of the real–the love, the joy, the forgiveness of the real world. I ask for this knowledge today.
Thank You, Father, for being here for me throughout all my days. I know that You will lead me past perception into knowing reality, and I long for that glorious day.