Heaven = A Decision

ACIM Workbook Lesson 138 – for Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Affirmation:  “Heaven is the decision I must make.”

Selected Passage:

“Choosing depends on learning.  And the truth cannot be learned, but only recognized.  In recognition its acceptance lies, and as it is accepted it is known.  But knowledge is beyond the goals we seek to teach within the framework of this course.  Ours are teaching goals, to be attained through learning how to reach them, what they are, and what they offer you.  Decisions are the outcome of your learning, for they rest on what you have accepted as the truth of what you are, and what your needs must be.  (WB264)”

Reflections:

This passage makes a distinction between learning, which is within the framework of ACIM; and knowledge, which is God’s gift to us, and beyond what ACIM aims to teach.  God gives knowledge through revelation, and revelation is always one-way (from God to us).  Miracles, however, can facilitate learning of ACIM, being perceptual.  Since miracles are perceptual, they do not last–but they can be great blessings in their time.  Revelation is intensely personal, and not meaningfully conveyed to another (a Text tenet).

Jesus says, in the early pages of the Text, that revelation may occasionally reveal the end to us, but to get there the means are needed.  And the means are being carefully explained in A Course in Miracles.  We need only study easily and peacefully, never frantically.  Salvation can be ours.  Learning ACIM will make it so, but salvation cannot be coerced from the Holy Spirit.  Demands made of God are never the right focus (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).

When our decisions have been cleansed of egoistic leanings, we will be well on our way home.  We will know salvation, and eventually we will know Awakening.  Let us pray for both today.

Prayer:

Dear Mother/Father,

I would know Heaven on earth today.  I would not seek to make demands of You; I do know that Heaven, experience in the Now, is Your will for me.  As much as this world throws at me, I do not have to suffer without relief.  You are always waiting with Your counsel.

Be with me today as I go about my little part of this world.  May I enjoy the pleasures that are there, but may I realize that I am actually enjoying illusions.  May I enter into Your reality, Your real world.  Thank You for hearing my prayer.

Amen.

Author: Celia Hales

I intend "Miracles Each Day" to offer inspiration and insight into A Course in Miracles, A Course of Love, The Way of Mastery, Choose Only Love, Mirari, and similar readings.

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