ACIM Workbook Lesson 241 – for Monday, August 29, 2011
Affirmation: “This holy instant is salvation come.”
“The day has come when sorrows pass away and pain is gone. The glory of salvation dawns today upon a world set free. This is the time of hope for countless millions. They will be united now, as you forgive them all. For I will be forgiven by you today.
“We have forgiven one another now, and so we come at last to You again. Father, Your Son, who never left, returns to Heaven and his home. How glad are we to have our sanity restored to us, and to remember that we all are one. (WB414)”
When we forgive others, including Jesus for what he and they have not done, then we are freed. Jesus is particularly keen on the idea that we forgive him for what he has not done, for we often hold negative feelings toward him. We may not even be aware of the extent to which we are ambivalent toward our savior. We may not realize that this is our own downfall, and that it will delay our homecoming by much time.
When we forgive, our thoughts affect “millions.” The passage says this, but we do not really believe it. We do not believe that our minds are that powerful, because we are really afraid of that power (an ACIM tenet). But the psychic nature of our world is true. Salvation, Jesus says in the Manual, would be impossible if only the channels that the world recognizes were true. When we become more psychic, we are merely becoming more natural. There are no unnatural powers. And knowing this is not a cause for a greater egotism. (All of these sentences are paraphrases from the Manual.)
We are united with our brothers and sisters when we have forgiven them. Let us forgive today, that we may know the joy that Jesus holds out to us in this day’s lesson.
I would choose holy instants today. I would choose salvation in its most pristine form. Be with me as I seek You grace today. Do not lead me into a dark night. I would ask for the felt presence of Your Being.
Thank You for the holy instants that I have known over my lifetime. Some came before I studied A Course in Miracles. I did not know what lay ahead, and I am particularly thankful today for those early holy instants.
I would invite holy instants today. Be with me so that I am not tempted to turn this holy experience into something ego-driven.