ACIM Workbook Lesson 59 – for Monday, February 28, 2011
Affirmation: “God goes with me wherever I go.”
“How can I be alone when God always goes with me? How can I be doubtful and unsure of myself when perfect certainty abides in Him? (WB98)”
We are so buoyed by language such as this: We are never alone. If we just remember that God is always near, we also will not fear. If we knew who walked with us, we would never fear (a Text tenet).
Affirmation: “God is my strength. Vision is His gift.”
“Christ’s vision is His gift, and He has given it to me. Let me call upon this gift today so that this day may help me to understand eternity. (WB98)”
We do not fully understand what is meant by “vision,” but we do know that it is not what we see with the sight of the eyes. True vision is an internal attribute of the real meaning of what is true about the world–not what we project from dreams or illusions. We need vision, and may we ask for it today.
Affirmation: “God is my Source. I cannot see apart from Him.”
“Beyond His Will lie only illusions. It is these I choose when I think I can see apart from Him. (WB98)”
We do not want illusions; even if our fantasies start out pleasantly (and many do), they will turn dark, because they are of the ego. The ego is constantly being undone, and we are constantly moving closer to Awakening. We cannot name the time; only God can do that. But we can save time, sometimes a thousand years (a Text tenet) by our faithfulness to God’s Will. May we be privileged to know God’s Will today. As we are learning, His Will is our real will. We are never coerced.
Affirmation: “God is the light in which I see.”
“Now it is given me to understand that God is the light in which I see. Let me welcome vision and the happy world it will show me. (WB99)”
When we turn to God, we do have true vision. He will show us a better way, as He did Helen Schucman and Bill Thetford, the co-scribes of ACIM. Helen never assimilated all of what she scribed by bringing peace into her life, but Bill did, ultimately. May we follow in the footsteps of Bill Thetford. (Both Helen and Bill are now deceased.)
Affirmation: “God is the Mind with which I think.”
“I have no thoughts apart from Him, because I have no mind apart from His. As part of His Mind, my thoughts are His and His Thoughts are mine. (WB99)”
This passage is another way of saying that God’s Will is mine, and that my will is coming ever closer to that ideal. We are part of God; He is in us. There is nothing outside ourselves (a Text tenet); we may not understand this, but the image of a hologram may help. Each part contains the whole, just as the whole is made of each part. We are like that with God.
Today I am studying the many ways in which God is One with me. You are my Source, the Mind that we share, the light in which I see. With so many ways to come to know You, how can I fail, if my intentions are pure. You will for me to know You. I join my little will to Yours today for the same purpose.
Be with me today as I reflect on the affirmations for today. May I realize that to know You is a manifold, multifaceted knowing, and I will live ever better as I accept all that knowledge of You holds out to me.