ACIM Workbook Lesson 259 – for Friday, September 16, 2011
Affirmation: “Let me remember that there is no sin.”
“What else but sin engenders our attacks? What else but sin could be the source of guilt, demanding punishment and suffering? And what but sin could be the source of fear, obscuring God’s creation; giving love the attributes of fear and of attack?
“Father, I would not be insane today. I would not be afraid of love, nor seek for refuge in its opposite. For love can have no opposite. You are the Source of everything there is. And everything that is remains with You, and You with it. (WB424)”
1 – Don’t Be Attracted to “Sin”
A Course in Miracles says unequivocally that there is no sin, that there are only mistakes. Furthermore, ACIM says that believing that we have sinned actually encourages the repetition of that “sin,” because we are perversely attracted to sin (a paraphrase from the Text). ACIM says that as soon as we characterize something simply as a “mistake,” we will want to change; we will not want to repeat the mistake. There is no attracting feature to a thought or action that is simply recognized to be a mistake.
2 – Let’s Understand What Forgiveness Actually Means
The passage above tells us that the attacks, guilt, punishment, suffering, fear that we experience are the result of our perceived “sin.” This both supports the Bible and differs from it. The Bible would have us forgive sins, but we do not learn enough to realize that our pardon of sins does not really erase them. ACIM goes a step farther in instruction by saying that actually we are living in illusion, and that the bad things that we say and do have not happened in reality. Hence the sense that forgiveness is on solid ground, because we are still as God created us. Our innocence becomes hard to see only when we fail to adopt ACIM exactly as the books say. Our guilt is keeping us from seeing innocence, and ACIM says that guilt is hell. We would not be in hell today, and so it behooves us to commune sufficiently with God that we can see the innocence in ourselves and others. Abraham Lincoln said that he tried to do the very best he could, the very best that he knew how. The same might be said about all of us. But we wander through this world with mistaken ideas that the part of us called “ego” has led us to accept as part of our being. It is not really so. The ego is illusory also. Without the ego, we would recognize that our real Self is as God created it. The ego is that “tiny, mad idea” (from the Text) about which we forgot to laugh, and all the insanity of this world has arisen as a result.
3 – Love =Our Source = God
Love does not have the opposite of hate (or indifference, as is sometimes said in our world). Love is our Source, and our Source is God. It is not weak to depend on God’s mercy in everyday life; it is the sanest sense. It is the evidence that we are leaving insanity behind. We are coming home at last, and as a result we will find the happiness that has mostly eluded us when we lived under the shadow of egoic thinking.
I would not live today under the egoic thinking that countenances sin. I would leave “sin” behind, and, if You will help me, I will also leave mistakes behind. I realize that I am human and prone to make errors, but with Your help the number of those errors can and will diminish.
Help me to avoid attack, anger–prime reasons that I wonder if I can be, as You say, “innocent,” and still as You created me. I would relax in Your gentle love today, and when I relax and am quiet, I feel the stillness that gives me the comfort of Your presence. Thank You for being there always.