ACIM Workbook Lesson 164 – for Monday, June 13, 2011
Affirmation: “Now are we one with Him Who is our Source.”
“Open the curtain in your practicing by merely letting go all things you think you want. Your trifling treasures put away, and leave a clean and open space within your mind where Christ can come, and offer you the treasure of salvation. He has need of your most holy mind to save the world. Is not this purpose worthy to be yours? Is not Christ’s vision worthy to be sought above the world’s unsatisfying goals? (WB312)”
The things we think we want are often materialistic, and they would keep us from the higher values that we need to embrace. This passage summarizes this theme. We would look to Christ’s vision for us, and as we do so, we are healed. We become whole. And we are happy–not the least benefit that we will receive.
Salvation is indeed a treasure. Many of us have surrendered to God at an early point in our lives, but now Jesus would have us go deeper, into the happy dreams that the Holy Spirit brings, and then on to Awakening itself. Let us not thrush aside this glorious future that can be ours for the asking. Let us ask today.
The pain of this world is indeed fleeting, and this pain does not have to turn into suffering. When we turn to God, He lifts us above the fray of this world, and we know for the first time what salvation really means.
There is nothing in this world that has ever satisfied us very long, if it was truly “of” this world. Real love is, of course, an exception. And the joy that we have from God’s intangibles is real. Hugh Prather made this point in one of his last commentaries. ‘Projection makes perception,” as ACIM says, but this projection can be for God’s Way as well as our own. Then, when it is God’s Way, we are joyous. We rise above the trials of this world, the limitations that we will not be without–but when we are bade to rise above. May we make a better decision today so that these trials can cease, peacefully.
I would live the life You would have me live. I would see with the vision of Christ. If this is still beyond me, then I ask that today You bring this vision ever-closer. I know that in asking this, I am asking only for what is already Your will for me.
Help me to be good to the people that I meet in my world. Especially let me be good to those who are most significant to me. If I cannot be good to my intimates, then there is little point in trying to follow the Your way. It would be impossible, and I know that You have never ask me to do something that is impossible. You know me better than I know myself. Help me, today, to draw ever closer to You and Your will for me. I know that Your will and my real will are identical.