ACIM Workbook Lesson 132 – for Thursday, May 12, 2011
Affirmation: “I loose the world from all I thought it was.”
“There is no world apart from what you wish, and herein lies your ultimate release. Change but your mind on what you want to see, and all the world must change accordingly. Ideas leave not their source. This central theme is often stated in the text, and must be borne in mind if you would understand the lesson for today. It is not pride which tells you that you made the world you see, and that it changes as you change your mind. (WB242)”
If we change our minds about what we wish to see, the bad things of this world will affect us much less frequently. It would not be wise to say that we will never confront bad things, but it is in line with A Course in Miracles to say that their effect upon us is diminished to the extent that we do not accord value to the illusion.
What does it mean to say, “Ideas leave not their source”? We are an idea in the mind of God (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM). We are surrounded by minds that hold ideas, and if we are surrounded by minds that hold bad ideas, we may join in the mass hallucination and see bad things as well. But this need not be so. We can rise above the fray. Let us do so today.
When we wish for a world of peace and joy, we will find it. That, as the passage above says, is our ultimate release. When we focus on a higher plane of thought, our whole world changes accordingly. Think about pain and sickness, and we are more likely to draw it to us. Neale Donale Walsch in Communion with God asserts that fear is a very creative force, and to fear something is to draw it to us. Pay fear no mind, and one is far more likely to become fearless. Such is the strength of our minds; such is the strength of our God.
I pray for my ultimate release today. I know that this is what I wish above all else, and I know that You want this for me also. Only my own delusions have kept me in bondage with an imprisoned will. I would follow the Holy Spirit, Who really speaks for me, and then I would know what it is I really desire–and I will have it.
Be with me today as always. Do not let me wander into meandering pathways that would take a detour from the straight way toward a heart that is sheltered by You. You are within me, as well as without, and I would not join any mass hallucination that would place pain above faith in You.