ACIM Workbook Lesson 64 – for Saturday, March 5, 2011
Affirmation: “Let me not forget my function.”
“[Y]our function is to be happy by using the means by which happiness becomes inevitable. There is no other way. Therefore, every time you choose whether or not to fulfill your function, you are really choosing whether or not to be happy. (WB106)”
We may sometimes feel that happiness, our happiness, if not a worthy-enough goal. Forgiveness sounds more lofty. But actually the two go hand-in-hand. We will naturally have happiness when we practice forgiveness (pardon). And Jesus would wish us to be happy. It is a laudable goal, though it comes by sneaking over our shoulders, not by direct seeking. The direct seeking (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM) is for forgiveness of ourselves and our brothers and sisters.
Happiness becomes inevitable, we are told in this passage, when we find the means. Forgiveness is the primary lesson of A Course in Miracles–forgiveness of our brothers and sisters in special relationships that have become holy. In ACIM, this relationship is frequently normally seen in the singular–a special relationship that we make holy through our dedication to it (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).
And the changing of the special relationship to a holy one may be rocky at times. The ego made the special relationship, and now we would change its purpose. The Text says that many break off their relationship at this point, but indicates that another relationship can always be found in which the ego’s wishes can be carried out. The implication is that we would do well to stay in our relationship, if at all possible, and see it transformed into the holy.
May I offer a prayer of thanks to You for my holy relationship, my primary one. You have guided me step-by-step, when my sweetheart noticed that A Course in Miracles made me happy–my “happiness books,” he called them. I have always found solace in ACIM when anything went awry, and these magnificent books have always set my world aright. Thank You for their revelations.
Be with us today, my sweetheart husband and myself. May we have a good day. May we rejoice that You have brought us together and kept us together for almost 25 years.