ACIM Workbook Lesson 207 – for Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Affirmation: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“I bless the world because I bless myself. (WB391)”
We need our own blessing. So many of us slink through this world, quaking from the terrors in it, rather than to ask for the courage that we need to negotiate smoothly. When we have blessed ourselves, we will naturally bless our brothers and sisters, because we can only love others to the extent that we have genuine, not egotistical, love for ourselves (paraphrased from the New Testament).
We will want to bless the world when we have accepted ourselves just as we are. Jesus in ACIM assures us that we have not lost our innocence, that all that we thought we did through “sin” never happened in reality. We have made mistakes, but these can be corrected, even when the person or persons involved are no longer at our side. It is enough to ask for forgiveness for our wrongs, and to make amends when possible. Then we walk freely and innocently in even this world.
How do we bless the world? We take our part in salvation, a part dictated to us by the Holy Spirit. This is the real meaning of guidance. We do not have to “judge” what to do, because we would be wrong anyway, not seeing the whole picture. We cannot know all the variables, but the Holy Spirit can. So we give over our judgment to Him Who cannot fail. And we are free. (These previous sentences are paraphrases from the Manual.)
Help me to accept myself today and at the same time to feel free enough to feel my own blessing. When I have blessed myself, I will be more ready to reach out to all the world. I will love, in part, because when I bless the Self, I recognize that I have accepted myself and my Self.
Be with me today as I seek to follow Your guidance. I would love all of those in my circle, and I would extend my blessing of them to the whole world. May my thoughts and actions today reflect the blessings that You have given me so abundantly.