ACIM Workbook Lesson 69 – for Thursday, March 10, 2011
Affirmation: “My grievances hide the light of the world in me.”
“Let us begin our longer practice period today with the full realization. . .[and] with real determination to reach what is dearer to us than all else. Salvation is our only need. There is no other purpose here, and no other function to fulfill. Learning salvation is our only goal. Let us end the ancient search today by finding the light in us, and holding it up for everyone who searches with us to look upon and rejoice. (WB117)”
We just must give up grievances if we are to find our way forward on the right pathway. Grievances make us feel unsafe, because we imagine (rightfully) that the attack we are harboring in our hearts will turn and rend us.
We often do not really believe that salvation is our purpose on earth. Most New Age thinking agrees (there are exceptions) that life is a school, and that we are here to learn. (Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God is a notable exception.) Salvation is our curriculum, and A Course in Miracles is a part of that curriculum. In the foreword, we are made to understand that we don’t choose the curriculum, that we only can elect what we will take a given time. And A Course in Miracles is required.
If it seems that this implies reincarnation, perhaps it does. But elsewhere Jesus warns those of us who are students/teachers of ACIM not to take a stand on reincarnation, as this will be merely controversial and limit our usefulness. ACIM does not seek to teach anything that cannot be accepted regardless of such beliefs. If we have like-minded people with whom to converse, then we are encouraged to discuss reincarnation (as well, perhaps, as anything else mentioned in ACIM). But we must not limit our usefulness to those we are trying to reach.
May we find the light in ourselves today. Let us find salvation today. Not the salvation that we may have found at an earlier point in our lives, but the larger salvation that leads to Awakening (i.e., Enlightenment, though this is an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).
May I end my lifelong search for complete salvation today. May I come ever closer to You and to Your realizations for me. May the Awakening come sooner rather than later.
I look to You for my next step. I know that I do not have to search endlessly, that all that I really need to know has been shown me. Thank You for taking me by the hand and guiding me. May I know no attack today that would seem to separate You from me.