ACIM Workbook Lesson 72 – for Sunday, March 13, 2011
Affirmation: “Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation.”
“To see our Self as separate from the body is to end the attack on God’s plan for salvation, and to accept it instead. And wherever His plan is accepted, it is accomplished. (WB125)”
This passage points out that the Self, our real Self, is separate from the body. Our little self, though, is very much of the body and in this world (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM). We would identify with our Self if we would find out way Home. Let us do so today.
The affirmation is a serious warning: “Holding grievances is an attack on God’s plan for salvation.” We may think that holding grievances is something that we really can’t get over, that seems to be out of our control–even as we lose our temper at times in a loud outburst that seems somehow outside ourselves. But we are attacking God’s plan, and, we might conjecture, God Himself when we do hold grievances. This will never do. We must commune with God (ACIM‘s usual word for “prayer,” especially in the list of miracles at the beginning of the Text), and we must ask for forgiveness for our own inadequacies. God made us (not we ourselves), and He knows our limitations. We are not without limitations in this world (an ACIM tenet). But it behooves us to try to rise above the limitations, with God’s help. He will help. We can be assured of this.
There is a time collapse implied in the passage for today. Elsewhere ACIM notes that time can be saved, sometimes a thousand years or more, by individuals such as ourselves. Miracles foster this time collapse, and miracles should be placed under the direction of Jesus (an ACIM tenet). Personally selected “miracles” are not warranted. But, as this passage says, when God’s plan is accepted, it is accomplished. This implies immediate accomplishment–a wonderful promise in itself.
Help me to give up any and all grievances that I hold publicly or privately. Then I will know that I am perfectly safe. And I will have ended my personal attack on God’s plan for salvation.
Be with me today as I try to commune frequently with You. Be with me as I pardon any wrongs that I think, in illusion, have been done to me. May my day go well. You would have it so.