ACIM Workbook Lesson 75 – for Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Affirmation: “The light has come.”
“You are at peace and you bring peace with you wherever you go. . .Today we celebrate the happy ending to your long dream of disaster. There are no dark dreams now. The light has come. (WB132)”
This passage is a glorious celebration that, if we are ready, signals the end of our suffering. Pain will not affect us as it has; we will rise above, and turn to God, as we have before, but with a difference. Jesus says in the Text, “It is not necessary to learn through pain.” And he goes on to explain that pain can have only a temporary effect, that it is much better to learn through rewards.
Here we learn that the light has come. We are ready to learn through rewards. We need only make a concerted effort to fail to let the ego influence us. How do we know when the ego is calling the shots? We may feel momentarily elated (because we have temporarily gotten rid of the anger–an ACIM tenet), but the elation will turn to ashes. We will feel lost, forgotten by God, and hostile to this world and all in it. We will even feel hostile to ourselves. We will feel out of sorts, in the mildest version of ego-oriented thinking.
Let us leave all such nonsense behind today. Our dark dreams have disappeared. If we do not stay close to guidance, we will lapse back into darkness, though. As Neale Donald Walsch says, evolution is not a straight line. Returning to the Holy Spirit and following his guidance, leaving judgment to Him, will get us back in line. We also need to remove attack from our repertoire of emotions, and we need to leave unnecessary planning against contingencies to come behind also. The Text says that these three lamentable actions will cause us, once again, to lose our way.
But we are not lost today! We are at peace, and we know that God is with us. Let us rejoice with all that this is so. May this be a particular day of dedication.
Thank You that the light has come! Disaster will stalk me no longer. Pain does not turn to suffering. My attitude allow Your blessings, even in adversity, to shine through.
I am ready to learn through rewards. I know that this is a decision that I can make. I do not choose to learn through pain, and I will today constantly remind myself that Jesus says that to learn through pain is unnecessary. I long for a lasting new life, one that I have learned through rewards, and these rewards are what make it lasting. Be with me today as I seek Your Voice in all my doings.