ACIM Workbook Lesson 79 – for Sunday, March 20, 2011
Affirmation: “Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.”
“If you could recognize that your only problem is separation, no matter what form it takes, you could accept the answer because you would see its relevance. (WB142)”
1 – Recognition of Oneness Leads to Awakening
We are really One, one with ourselves, with our brothers and sisters, and one with God. If we only recognized this, and accepted the other words in ACIM, we would be blessed with Awakening. Of course, we do not have direct control over the timing; only God does. But we can foreshorten the time, sometimes saving as much as a thousand years (an ACIM tenet), if we are diligent in our study and in our dedication.
2 – We Have No Problems
We do have no problems. Oh, surely, we have issues that need to be addressed. But it is the ego that blows those issues into huge problems that seem insurmountable. These issues are not insurmountable. If we turn to the Holy Spirit with all of them, over time (sooner rather than later), we will see the issues dissipate.
3 – We Are Not Meant to Go It Alone
Problems are a sign that we need help. We are not meant to go it alone. That is the point of this lesson on separation. All too often, we think that independence is more laudatory than interdependence. But we are here with our God and our brothers and sisters for a reason. God wants us to talk to Him. He is always available, deep within us (as well as without, for we perceive that there is a “without”).
4 – Abandon Separation
Let go of separation today. Reach out to another, and let that response warm you. The more that you take to heart the directive to let go of separation, the more we will realize that we do not have to feel alone. Separation was the idea of the ego that we are encased in bodies, and that this cannot be overcome. But it can. There are more ways for God to reach us than the world recognizes. Jesus says elsewhere ACIM that if the ways of communication that the world recognizes were all that there were, salvation would be impossible. But it is possible, and highly recommended–sooner rather than later.
May I reach out to someone today who needs me. May I not let his or her need go unmet. We are indeed all One with God. And where there is Oneness, there is no separation.
Separation is an illusion of the ego. Separation has brought us nothing but misery. May we realize this today, and may we turn aside from the ego and all its supposed “gifts.” None but have been bought with tears.