ACIM Workbook Lesson 276 – for Monday, October 3, 2011
Affirmation: “The Word of God is given me to speak.”
“What is the Word of God? ‘My Son is pure and holy as Myself.’ And thus did God become the Father of the Son He loves, for thus was he created.
“Father, Your Word is mine. And it is this that I would speak to all my brothers, who are given me to cherish as my own, as I am loved and blessed and saved by You. (WB434)”
1 – We Are Still as God Created Us
“Pure” and “holy” are different ways of saying that we are all actually innocent of wrongdoing. We are still as God created us (from the Workbook). We have made mistakes, but we live in an illusory world, and these mistakes and this world are not reality. Of course, we do see effects of our mistakes in this illusion, and we will act to undo wrongs that we may have perpetrated, if this is now possible. We see, in our egoic minds, the result of mistakes made “real” in illusion, but nevertheless felt by flesh-and-blood creatures that we are.
2 – We Choose Our Reality
Our suffering is felt by us and felt by those who love us. Even though we are told in A Course in Miracles that nothing happens that we have not chosen, we do have difficulty with this concept. If we see this message truly, we will not blame the victim, although much New Age thinking does. We will see that the Self that chose this pain did so for a reason, and that God’s best answer to us is to guide us away from the pain. He would not have us learn through pain, which is quite unnecessary (a Text tenet). We learn best through rewards, which are lasting in their effect (unlike pain, which is temporary at best, a Text tenet). We are living in illusion, and so the Self that chose the pain knows that the illusion is just that–and not real. But we are little selves that do not see the broader picture, and so we question and bemoan our fate. It should not be thus.
3 – Guide Our Thinking to a Better Life
We can create a better life for ourselves by changing the manner of our thinking. ACIM counsels this, and a close study of Jesus’s words will change one’s life for the better. The more our minds are filled with Course-centered thinking, the better our lives will become. We lose those “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” only when we attack, drop into judgment, or plan unnecessarily against contingencies to come. (If there are plans to be made, the Holy Spirit will tell us of these–an ACIM tenet.)
4 – Our Real Selves Are Holy
So, today, let us see ourselves, our real Selves as pure and holy. In no way are we to attach ego to this perception, because, if we do, we fall on our face again. Let us know that innocence is real because illusion is not real. And it is the real world that we would choose for our living today.
I would listen to Your Word and not the egoic voice that I made in a foolish, but tragic desire to be separate from You. I would not end the separation on Your timetable, but I ask that Your Voice guide me all through the day, so that I fulfill Your requirements for salvation. Help me to be patient and kind always, the epitome of loving. May I not hold anything that is amiss against my holy brothers and sisters, Your children.
Be with me throughout this day, something that I ask of You repeatedly. Your Voice will guide me when I am flexible enough to listen. Help me to be pliable today.