ACIM Workbook Lesson 212 – for Sunday, July 31, 2011
Affirmation: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“I have a function God would have me fill. (WB393)”
A Course in Miracles usually identifies “forgiveness” as our function, but ACIM also lists other functions that work in conjunction with forgiveness: happiness (which may seem not to be a lofty-enough goal, but it is) and salvation. In the sense of the passage above, I think that the word “function” is meant to be an all-encompassing sense of what we are to do in this world. Our role in the world is left unfilled until we fill it. There is a place for each of us, and nobody can do what we can. (These are paraphrases from ACIM.)
We are not left adrift to fulfill our function in this world. We have guidance, whether it is the Holy Spirit (as given in ACIM) or the inner direction of Christ-consciousness (as given in A Course of Love, viewed by some to be a sequel to ACIM). If we turn inward in whatever way seems appropriate to us at whatever stage we presently occupy, we will find our way home, and we will say and do for our brothers and sisters what we are meant to fulfill.
The repetition of the affirmation, over several days, is unique in ACIM, and perhaps this repetition is meant to impress upon us that we are free individuals in spirit, still as we have eternally been. The separation from God has been an illusion. What joy to realize this! And to know that we are never alone; God, the All, shadows us from within and without at every moment.
I would fulfill Your function for me today. I realize that this means that forgiveness must be paramount. This world demands it, though it is an illusory need. In this world illusions reign, and we must live in the illusion but not be thrown by it. May happiness and salvation–also said by Jesus to be our function–follow me as I seek to do Your will today.
I would feel Your presence today. I would walk peacefully among my brothers and sisters, and I would seek to fulfill the day in the best way possible. Help me to do this. Be there to guide me. Keep me flexible enough to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit through whatever events happen.