ACIM Workbook Lesson 271 – for Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Affirmation: “Christ’s is the vision I will use today.”
“Father, Christ’s vision is the way to You. What He beholds invites Your memory to be restored to me. And this I choose to be what I would look upon today. (WB432)”
1 – What Does “Christ” Mean?
We need to ask to see with Christ’s vision, and this, of course, does not refer only to Jesus. Christ is our real Self, the unchanged Self which is still as God created us. We are in this prayer asking for the memory of God to be restored to us. We can believe that God wants this for us, the God within. We need to have the layers of illusion in which we are mired removed from our consciousness and our unconscious. Then the memory of God can flow into our conscious mind (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).
We are asking for this blessing today, immediately. We need to realize that the blessing is not meant to be a far-off thing, something for which we long all of our lives. When we ask sincerely, we are expressing our willingness to set aright all parts of our lives. We are asking to walk the whole pathway back home.
3 – “Journey without Distance”
Jesus says at one point in ACIM that the end is sure, once the “journey without distance” has begun. If the way seems long, we are to remain contented, knowing the ultimate outcome. We will all find our way home. This is the promise we find in A Course in Miracles. The discouraging part is that it may take millions of years for all of our brothers and sisters to find their way back to God. Surely this underscores how important it is for us to get right with God sooner rather than later. We are meant to lead others along the pathway of salvation. But we do not offer more than they want at any given time. A favorite passage of mine is the one in which Jesus says (in the Manual) that some are ready only for a smile.
4 – Our Special/Holy Relationships
We have different periods of time for our relationships. A very few are lifelong, once they are begun. We meet others, sometimes repeatedly over a lifetime, for a reencounter that is intense and for which learning can be profound. We part when we have learned all that we can at a given time. Others are far more casual–a child walking home with another child, a child running into an adult (but not being scolded by the adult), and the like. May we ask today for the relationships in which we can be of real help.
5 – Right Place at the Right Time
We are told that students are waiting for us as teachers as soon as we have answered the call. And the timing is impeccable. We cannot but be at the right place at the right time. (These are paraphrases from the Manual.)
May I come to realize the Self that I am, the one that might, amazingly, be called “Christ.” This is something for all, something that we all will reach. May we reach the Self sooner rather than later.
In my encounters today, may the relationships–brief or long–be holy ones. I would like to see all of my special relationships transform into holy. I know that this is Your desire for me. Help me to carry out my part in what You desire for me.
This walk in this world is truly a walk through illusion, but it is the tangible world that we experience, in a practical sense. May I experience the real world, the world of beauty and peace, in my walk today.