ACIM Workbook Lesson 73 – for Monday, March 14, 2011
Affirmation: “I will there be light.”
“Your picture of the world can only mirror what is within. The source of neither light nor darkness can be found without. Grievances darken your mind, and you look out on a darkened world. Forgiveness lifts the darkness, reasserts your will, and lets you look upon a world of light. We have repeatedly emphasized that the barrier of grievances is easily passed, and cannot stand between you and your salvation. The reason is very simple. Do you really want to be in hell? Do you really want to weep and suffer and die? (WB127-128)”
This is a significant passage, showing us the way to avoid the hell that we make for ourselves in this world. We need only give up grievances and choose forgiveness, and we will have the salvation that we fervently want. How easy this sounds, and yet how difficult it can be in life! The difficulty is because a part of our belief about ourselves, our ego, does not really believe in the innocence of our Self and the Selves of our brothers and sisters. Yes, there is an element of faith needed for this belief to take hold. We are helped when we realize that all of us have made mistakes, but these are not “sins,” which can remain attractive to the mind (an ACIM tenet). Every attack, which may prompt anger, is actually a call for help. And would we not want to help, given this understanding?
We may not help overtly, if our brother or sister is not open to receiving a loving gesture from us. We may silently commune with God, or we may smile at him or her, or we may simply leave–if we are causing the upset. The Holy Spirit will guide us to the right decision, the right way to help.
Everything is either an expression of love or a call for love. This is not an exact quote from ACIM, but there are many passages that hint at this concise way of putting the matter. We help those whom we love, though we do not do so to their detriment. We need to allow as much autonomy as will allow that person to find his or her own pathway back to God. May we do so today.
I want my picture of the world to be benign. So I want to be benign on the inside, loving and caring. Then I will not picture a world that puts me in hell, metaphorically. Be with me today as I seek to find You in this sometimes troubled world in which we live.
Thank You for always being there when I call. Help me to call more often. Life would be so much easier if I turned to You constantly throughout my day. Help me to remember to reach inward for You all day today.