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.
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.