ACIM Workbook Lesson 274 – for Saturday, October 1, 2011
“Father, today I would let all things be as You created them, and give Your Son the honor due his sinlessness; the love of brother to his brother and his Friend. Through this I am redeemed. Through this as well the truth will enter where illusions were, light will replace all darkness, and Your Son will know he is as You created him.
“A special blessing comes to us today, from Him Who is our Father. Give this day to Him, and there will be no fear today, because the day is given unto Love. (WB433)”
1 – The Terminology of Today’s Prayer
The capitalization in this prayer needs some explanation. “You,” meaning God, is capitalized. “Your Son,” meaning the larger Self of which we are a part, the Christ Self, is capitalized. And “Friend,” meaning the Self of our brother, is capitalized.
2 – The Christ Self
This capitalization reminds us that the Self of which we are a part, the Christ Self, is the redeemed, the Awakened Self that we may not yet have accomplished on earth. But the promise is there waiting for us. And the promise is also there waiting for our brothers and sisters, our Friends.
3 – Leaving the Ego Behind
The lesson for today also stresses that when we are living, as best we can, the Self that is our potential, we will not know fear. Fear is often stated in A Course in Miracles as the product of the ego. It is of the egoic mind, and the extent to which we do not listen to its dictates is the extent to which we speed along home to God. There is no reason to fear, but we do not recognize this when we have not disengaged from the ego. Once we have Awakened, we will not know fear. We will be so sustained by love that we will walk this world with blessings on our lips for ourselves and our brothers and sisters. Nothing will be as it is now. We will see with the vision of Christ.
Help me to be patient. Very few of us have awakened yet, and sometimes we wonder about what the process means. Help me to wait on Your timing. It is all up to You. When the ego is completely gone from my inclinations, and when I have fully forgiven myself as well as all my brothers and sisters, thank You that the way is paved for You to take action on my behalf toward Awakening.
May I not be anxious today. Anxiety is just a manifestation of fear, and I know intellectually that I am in Your care, and that I have absolutely nothing to fear. Nothing that this world can do to me can erase the protection that I feel from Your abiding love.
Thank You for showing me the feeling of You. Your felt presence is the greatest blessing that my days bring.