ACIM Workbook Lesson 239 – for Saturday, August 27, 2011
Affirmation: “The glory of my Father is my own.”
“Let not the truth about ourselves today be hidden by false humility. Let us instead be thankful for the gifts our Father gave us. Can we see in those with whom He shares His glory any trace of sin and guilt? And can it be that we are not among them, when He loves His Son forever and with perfect constancy, knowing he is as He created him?
“We thank You, Father, for the light that shines forever in us. And we honor it, because You share it with us. We are one, united in this light and one with You, at peace with all creation and ourselves. (WB412)”
The ego would have us believe that all sense of justification by God is prideful; ACIM calls it “arrogance.” But we are not being arrogant when we proclaim God’s choice of us to lead others to salvation (with ourselves coming to salvation first, or else we are “unhealed healers”–a quotation from ACIM). We do not have to feel the false humility that this lesson warns against. We can be genuinely strong in our understanding that we are beloved of God, and that He will keep us from the pride that is ego-driven.
We have made mistakes, which can be corrected, but we have not “sinned.” We are at base purely innocent beings, doing the best that we know how at any given moment. Of course, we slip, but we can correct our course as soon as we become aware of it. Then we can forgive ourselves for the slip. God does not forgive, because He has never condemned (an ACIM tenet). We need our forgiveness, because only then can we feel justified by God. This is part of the dream that we find ourselves caught in. Forgiveness is unnecessary in Heaven, and we can know a Heaven on earth, given time to assimilate God’s Word to ourselves.
We would be at peace on any given day by forgiving ourselves of all the perceived mistakes that we have made. There is no attraction to a mistake, as there is to sin (an ACIM tenet). Mistakes do not call for continuation, as do sins. We simply move to make correction, and we are freed thereby.
I have made mistakes today. Indeed, I make mistakes constantly when I dip into egoic thinking and fail to remain attuned to the Holy Spirit and His guidance. May I forgive myself for the mistakes that happen, that seem to happen almost against my will. I get angry and attack when I am stressed. Help me to see the value in remaining calm and quiet, and with such serenity I am not tempted to feel anger nor to attack.
Be with me in the upcoming day as I try again. I know that when a day goes badly, I can always start again, have a new beginning to that day. I would have a new beginning today. I would be comforted by the fact that You love me, and that You have provided the Holy Spirit to guide me, even as I misperceive. Help me to have cleansed projections today, so that I perceive aright. And then may these cleansed perceptions lead into knowledge of You.