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)”
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.
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.