ACIM Workbook Lesson 61 – for Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Affirmation: “I am the light of the world.”
“This is a beginning step in accepting your real function on earth. . . .It is a positive assertion of your right to be saved, and an acknowledgment of the power that is given you to save others. (WB102)”
1 – Visions of Lamps – A Personal Experience
Once I saw visions of normal, everyday lamps repeatedly in the middle of the night when I awoke out of a sound sleep. The lamps seemed to be painted on my eyelids. I believed that this meant not to “hide one’s light” (a biblical concept). But ACIM says more. I was actually beginning my pathway (“beginning step”). This passage reflects the fact that ACIM is in a continuity with the New Testament, not in all respects, but in many.
2 – Little Edges of Light
This incident happened many years ago, when I was 25 years old, near the start of my pathway through life and into a greater knowledge of God. It was before A Course in Miracles had been published. Light plays a large part in ACIM. At one point we are told in the Text of “little edges of light” that we will see around the same familiar objects with which we are normally surrounded. These lights around objects, Jesus says, are the beginning of real vision
3 – The Great Rays
After this experience, real vision will come quickly. Another instance of light in A Course in Miracles is the explanation of the Great Rays. The explanation is not complete, because this is a miracle that must be experienced to be understood. It may appear that the sun’s rays are coming directly down upon one’s head, and this mystical experience may be scary. But it is meant to be beatific.
4 – Miracles Come when We Are Ready
All of this phenomena are examples of miracles that come when we are ready. Perhaps ACIM is the only spiritual literature to write of such miracles, and, if so, it is no wonder that students/teachers of ACIM are puzzled by these practical examples of the presence of light. But the Bible is filled with references to light, and we can see both from the Bible as well as ACIM that light is a metaphor for salvation, and, moreover, a metaphor for the sharing of salvation to others. We are not called to share our beliefs with others who are not ready, but, if they show any interest, we will probably share. A Course of Love, viewed by some to be a sequel to ACIM, carries the idea of sharing our faith a step farther, in that we are told that we are not meant to spread our understanding to anyone not yet ready for it. We are not to impose our beliefs on those who have not yet walked far enough on their own pathways that they can comprehend what is being said.
4 – The Light = Powerful Metaphor
The light is a powerful metaphor. May we ask today, as we go about our normal routines, to learn more about what Jesus means by this metaphor.
May Your light go with me today. If I have not yet seen edges of light around familiar objects, or I have not yet experienced the Great Rays, may I come closer to these experiences today. May I have my own experiences of light as a way of salvation for myself and others. May I fulfill my function of salvation through forgiveness.
I realize that I cannot fully understand what Jesus means by the light. But may I come to comprehend enough today that I can live as You would have me live. In the light.