This World Is Not Home

ACIM Workbook Lesson 182 – for Friday, July 1, 2011

Affirmation:  “I will be still an instant and go home.”

“This world you seem to live in is not home to you.  And somewhere in your mind you know that this is true.  A memory of home keeps haunting you, as if there were a place that called you to return, although you do not recognize the voice, nor what it is the voice reminds you of.  Yet still you feel an alien here, from somewhere all unknown.  Nothing so definite that you could say with certainty you are an exile here  Just a persistent feeling, sometimes not more than a tiny throb, at other times hardly remembered, actively dismissed, but surely to return to mind again.  (WB339)”


1 – What is Home?

This passage is a favorite quotation from the Workbook.  We know of what it describes, though perhaps we do not often think of home in this way.  We are so caught by this world that memories of a world before are normally forgotten.  But we can invite these memories back in.  And we will be the better for it.

2 – In Exile

We are in exile in this world, though we have learned to love this world and all its drama.  Jesus says in the Text that the world has nothing that we want.  But do we believe this?  When he says this, he is thinking of the egoistic world that we have built, because elsewhere he also describes the happiness that can be ours, the heaven on earth, that we can experience.  Edgar Cayce described Jesus as saying that “heaven on earth” is anywhere that we are in the company of our friends, when all is at peace and we are joyous.  (Edgar was a psychic of the Twentieth Century.)

3 – Heaven on Earth

We long for the heaven that we have left behind.  We are here to bring salvation to ourselves and our brothers and sisters, and we cannot accomplish this from another world as well as from this one (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).  May we create a heaven on earth today in our everyday lives.  Communing with God first will make this more probable.


Dear Father/Mother,

When days seem long and troubled, we are very prone to realize that this world is not our real home.  When days seem easy, we can listen to the ego’s voice that tries to tell us that we are where we belong.  But we know the truth, and I would live the truth today.

Be with us all as we walk through the day together.  May our love be genuine and our joy, complete.


3 Replies to “This World Is Not Home”

  1. And of course it is important to remember that we are not really in exile here, that the world does not really exist, that we are still one with God in Heaven. We need not really return – we need simply return our minds to God and remember that we can never be separate from Him.

    Peace 🙂

    1. Dear Gavin,

      You have a beautiful way to write. And from your first comment, I knew that you knew ACIM well. I would welcome a comment everyday from you. Maybe it will interest others as well.

      The blog does not make comments very obvious. I have thought of changing to a new format, but I probably need the continuity of the format that I have been using.

      Again, thank you.

      And thank you for your subscription!


      1. Hi Celia 🙂

        You are very welcome! And thank you for putting this up here :). The most useful thing that one can do is engage with the Course, and you are clearly doing that.

        Sharing the message may seem like a way to give it to others, but the greatest gift is that you strengthen it in your own mind.

        Similarly, my commenting here is a way for me to strengthen the message in my own mind.

        Of course, our two minds only appear to be separate.

        I’ll drop by whenever I can catch a moment to do so 🙂

        If you would like to help, I’m writing a book on ACIM and could use someone to take a look at the manuscript and give me feedback on how understandable the text is. Send me an email if you feel so guided.

        I’ll see you around 🙂

        Much Peace and Love 🙂

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