Monthly Archives: June 2011

My Brothers and Sisters Are Sinless

ACIM Workbook Lesson 181 – for Thursday, June 30, 2011

Affirmation:  “I trust my brothers, who are one with me.”

“Remove your focus on your brother’s sins, and you experience the peace that comes from faith in sinlessness.  This faith receives its only sure support from what you see in others past their sins.  For their mistakes, if focused on, are witnesses to sins in you.  And you will not transcend their sight and see the sinlessness that lies beyond.  (WB337)”

Reflections:

This passage identifies the “overlooking” that the Text asks us to do.  If we make our brother or sister’s “sins” real to ourselves by focusing on them, we will find it almost impossible to overlook them.  And by not overlooking, we make it even harder to forgive, which is necessary (a Text tenet).  How can we overlook what we have made real by dwelling on it?  Certainly our frame of mind will be calmer, and we will be more serene, if we don’t dwell on the shortcomings of others.  Our own shortcomings likewise need to be forgiven, but here there is a difference.  We must understand what we have done, and not just suppress it as of no importance because all is illusion anyway.  In this world, we do not recognize the misdeeds as illusions, often.  We (mistakenly) see these misdeeds as real, and what we have made real becomes real to ourselves.  We need to make amends when we have been the guilty party.  Even though guilt is described in the Text as hell, we will experience guilt when we have made mistakes, especially when those mistakes are serious.  We would do better, and if we commune with God, we will know how to right the wrongs that we have observed in ourselves.

Actually the sinlessness in ourselves and others is legitimate.  All is illusion, except the intangibles born of love.  We do not fully understand this.  But we are still as God created us.  The illusory detour into insanity of the ego has not actually changed anything about us.  Let us dwell on this important fact, and trust that sinlessness is actually our natural state.

Sinlessness is also the state of our brothers and sisters.  They have made mistakes, some of which have affected us, but they too are as God created them.  When we truly believe this truth, we will know peace in a way that we never have heretofore.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

It is so reassuring to read that I have made mistakes (of course), but that “sin” as a concept is something best turned aside.  For reasons that I do not understand, a “sin” in enticing, and we want to repeat the “sin,” even when we suffer.  This is insanity, and I thank You for the words in ACIM that explain it to me.

Be with me today, as I go about my little world.  Help me to keep my temper in check with my brothers and sisters, and help me to avoid the suffering that comes when I do not turn everything about myself over to You.  I would belong to You completely today.

Amen.

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There Is No Cruelty in God nor in Me

ACIM Workbook Lesson 180 – for Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Affirmation:  “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”

“1.  By grace I live.  By grace I am released.

“2.  There is no cruelty in God and none in me.  (WB335)”

Reflections:

We continue the theme of grace today.  We are justified in the sight of God.  This is basically what grace means.  May we accept this great blessing today.

We are not actually cruel people, even when we make bad mistakes.  We can always ask for forgiveness of ourselves and other people, and we can be reconciled with God.  No one does things that at the moment he/she perceives to be wrong, though he/ she may see the imperfection later on, and feel great remorse.  Then we ask to have the mistakes corrected, and God will change us.  An anecdote told by Norman Vincent Peale made this plain.  An individual did not like his temper, which he had in extreme measure until he was 40 years old.  One day, in great faith, he just asked God to release him from his and from that day, instead of flying into a great fit, he flew into a great calm.  God had reached him; his faith had assured him that when he asked in line with God’s wishes, he would be answered.  And he was.

Let us leave the illusion of cruelty behind today.  We do not need to attack ourselves or our brothers and sisters.  We do not have to seem cruel.  The Higher Self is not cruel in the least.  And that is what this sentence (“There is no cruelty in God and none in me”) really means.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank You for the assurance that the mistakes that I have made, and continue to make, do not mean that I am being cruel.  Teach me how to immediately rectify the mistakes that I make.  Help me not to harm myself nor any of my brothers and sisters.  Let me be aware of Your presence today so that I do not falter in my resolution to be tolerant and loving.

Be with me today.  May I have that “felt presence of Being” that I have read about.  Be with me to feel You today.

Amen.

The Gift of God’s Grace

ACIM Workbook Lesson 179 – for Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Affirmation:  “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”

“1.  There is one life, and that I share with God.

“2.  Your grace is given me.  I claim it now.  (WB334)”

Reflections:

We are One with God, oft repeated in this blog.  This goes against some traditional Christian teaching that the earth and all in it are God’s handiwork, and that He stands apart from His handiwork.  But the latest revelations, including A Course in Miracles, does state that God is One with us.  Our life is His; He is experiencing Himself through us.  These ideas are developed at some length by Neale Donale Walsch in his Conversations with God series.

We need only ask for God’s grace to receive it.  He wants to give grace to us.  Grace is the truth of forgiveness, but God does not forgive, because He does not perceive that we have ever sinned (a Text tenet).  God does not need to forgive, but we do.  This is a principal tenet of A Course in Miracles.  When we have traveled far enough along the pathway, we will know that there is actually nothing to forgive, but most of us have not traveled that far yet.

Grace is a great boon that need only to be claimed to be our own.  We will know God’s love for us when we accept the grace that He so willingly holds out to us.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would ask for Your grace today.  This is the mercy that You extend to us all the time, but our eyes are frequently blind to it.  I would not be blind today.  Help me to live always in Your presence.  Give me Your peace, along with the will to follow what You would have me say and do.  Help me to be kind to those whom I encounter.

Your grace is partially a mystery to me, but I know that You can open my eyes to all that You mean by “grace.”  Help me to comprehend more today, with my spirit as well as my mind.  I would not follow the ego’s raucous calls today.

Amen.

We Are Part of God

ACIM Workbook Lesson 178 – for Monday, June 27, 2011

Affirmation:  “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”

“1.  Let not my mind deny the Thought of God.

“2.  I am entrusted with the gifts of God.  (WB334)”

Reflections:

What is the “Thought of God”?  I think that it is the ultimate awareness that we are not alone.  We have support.  We have love.  And we have joy.  God is there for us at all times, even when we feel nothing.  There is some evidence from mystical writings that He withdraws from time to time in a dark night of the soul (a phrase from St. John of the Cross).  But these are normally rare occurrences.  If we reach within, we know His Thought.  Let us accept His Thought as our own, for we are a part of Him.

We do have gifts of God.  In our less grateful moments, we sink into depression and do not feel His goodness, but these can be fairly infrequent occasions.  No one is happy all of the time.  We have our egoistic dramas.  But when we move ever closer to Awakening, we are ever closer to God at all times.  Let Him guide in everyday life.  Talk to God in plain language.  He understands it.

The gifts of God are many.  We frequently think of materialistic things as His gifts, but these are not His most important gifts.  His most important gifts are intangibles that we can give away and in the giving have multiplied for ourselves (a Text tenet).  We do have an inheritance from God that is joyous in the extreme.  Let us not forget to thank Him for these great blessings.  A grateful heart is a joyous heart, more often than not.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May I know the joy of communing with You today.  You make my day.  A day in which I feel Your presence throughout my busy activities has always, for me, been a day well spent.  I may forget You, but please, You do not forget me.

I am part of You.  You are my essence.  However much my insanity has made what seems to be a separation from You, it is all illusion.  You have never left Your creation, and for that I give thanks.

Amen.

There Is No Death

ACIM Workbook Lesson 177 – for Sunday, June 26, 2011

Affirmation:  “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”

“1.  There is no death.  The Son of God is free.

“2.  Now are we one with Him Who is our Source.  (WB334)”

Reflections:

If we can believe that death is like walking through an open door (told by the Guides that Ruth Montgomery found in automatic writing), then we can have some peace about death.  We are eternal.  We do keep living.  And many psychic writings detail what life is like on the Other Side.  We are not usually changed a great deal just upon death; we carry our personalities with us (according to psychics, including Arthur Ford).  We can see in these ideas the fact that we remain free beings.  We are free when our will is not imprisoned (a Text tenet).  And our will is imprisoned only when we are living the ego.  We do know that there is another way to live, and we would find it today.

When we are One with God, our Source, then we know true joy and happiness.  God would have us happy; he is not pleased by long faces that simply seem pious.  God is a Friend, above all, but He is within (and without) us, and when we are quiet and go within, we find Him.  We do not have to wait long.  He has patiently waited for us to make the decision to go within.

Freedom is a great boon.  We are not puppets of the Holy Spirit, Who would merely guide our decisions along better lines than we can handle ourselves.  He knows the whole picture.  Let us look to Him today.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Thank You for assurance that there is no death.  We live on, in what surroundings we know not, but need not doubt.  When I reflect on the fact that life is truly eternal, it takes the sting out of dying, and with that goes my fear.   I thank You that I no longer fear death.  I thank You that this partakes of my mind, of my intelligence, and I do not rely on blind faith in what others have told me.  You gave me this surety.

May my brothers and sisters reach a surety about life eternal as well.  Will You guide me to say or do the right thing to bring the ones in my circle to the assurance that I feel in my bones about life after death.  Truly our family who have crossed to the Other Side are in a better place.  May we not grieve so painfully once we accept this truth with our whole minds and hearts.

Amen.

Blessed by God

ACIM Workbook Lesson 176 – for Saturday, June 25, 2011

Affirmation:  “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”

“1.  Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.

“2.  I am as God created me.  (WB333)”

Reflections:

Ask today to be blessed by God.  He will do so.  Sometimes we must ask for what we want, before God will act toward us.  “Ask and ye shall receive” (a quotation from Jesus in the New Testament).  God’s blessing is a great boon, a way to have happiness even in the midst of a world in turmoil or chaos.  We can rise above the worst things in our lives if we have His blessing.  We can stay calm when all about us people are losing their composure.  We do not have to be so affected.  Ask for God’s blessing, and we will find that our way is smoothed, even though the world itself stays in conflict.

We are as God created us.  This refrain repeats often in the Workbook.  We have not been changed by a presumed separation from God.  We have only made a detour into the ways of the ego, and this detour can be straightened out by asking God for direction.  The ego would lead us into conflict, and we would not have this.  The ego is only a false way of thinking, a part of our belief about ourselves (a Text tenet).  The ego does not have to be overblown into something that is hard to relinquish.  Relinquishment is possible at any time, though frequently relinquishment happens over a fairly long period of time.  That is due to our own reluctance to believe that we have been so mistaken.  But we can get over this by petition of the Holy Spirit.

We would be all that God would have us be.  We would have the God within have a good day.  Often we treat ourselves worst than we would treat God.  But He is right here with us, within us, experiencing as we experience.  Let us give God a good day today.  Ask and we will receive.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would have a good day today, a happy day.  Thank You for leading me to understand that happiness is not an inferior goal, that You would have us happy.  Happiness and salvation go hand-in-hand, and I thank You for that.  I would do what I can to bring both happiness and salvation to my brothers and sisters.  Help me to do this today.

I do feel blessed by You in my life, past and present.  From my life today, I can look back, for years, and see how things were made different by my adherence to Your way.  When I feel down, I had gotten out of touch.  I would not get out of touch today.

Amen.

Give Miracles

ACIM Workbook Lesson 175 – for Friday, June 24, 2011

Affirmation:  “God is but Love, and therefore so am I.”

“1.  I give the miracles I have received.

“2.  I am at home.  Fear is the stranger here.  (WB333)”

Reflections:

1 – Receiving Miracles

We do receive miracles.  Jesus says in the Text that when miracles do not occur, something has gone wrong.  We would ask for miracles (also a tenet of A Course of Love), and we will receive.  Then we give the miracles when prompted to do so.  We do not want to make conscious choices about miracles to give, because these can be misguided (a Text tenet).  But when Jesus is at the helm, we will know which miracles to perform, to whom and when.   Unconsciously guided, we do our best.

2 – Our Lives Will Smooth Out

We would have the miracles that we would give.  Then we know what the result is going to be (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).  Ask to be guided to the miracles that we have received, and such will be granted.  Our lives will smooth out, because we are thinking about somebody other than ourselves all the time.

3 – Leave Fear Behind with the Ego Gone

We would leave fear behind when we leave the ego behind.  Sometimes physical aids in the form of pills are necessary, and Jesus does not condemn this.  He says in the Text that the last thing we need is to have fear increased, and if pills (a form of magic) work for us, then we need to use them as a temporary expedient.  We can also turn to others when in a fearful state of mind.  And, always, we can turn to the Holy Spirit and the calm that He gives.  We will know ever-greater calm when we listen to the guidance that He gives.  He will guide us to the pill, the individual, to Himself–whatever is needed to quell the fear.  Trust in Him, and know that all can be well.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I thank You for the miracles that I have received, especially for those miracles about which I have remained totally unaware.  And I ask to be shown which miracles I ought to give.  Giving and receiving are one, and I would share in both aspects of a miracle.

Help me not to try to run ahead of You and to “make” miracles.  I know that this is a false way to behave, and I would only do the miracles about which I have received guidance.  Miracles are under Jesus’s care, and I would turn to him today.

Amen.