ACIM Workbook Lesson 278 – for Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Affirmation: “If I am bound, my Father is not free.”
“Father, I ask for nothing but the truth. I have had many foolish thoughts about myself and my creation, and have brought a dream of fear into my mind. Today, I would not dream. I choose the way to You instead of madness and instead of fear. For truth is safe, and only love is sure. (WB435)”
1 – Choose Reality
If we would not dream, we must choose the real world; we must choose God’s reality. We are caught in dreams, still, most of the time. Most of us do have glimpses of Awakening, glimpses of the real world that precedes Awakening. The dreams that the Holy Spirit brings are meant to calm our frantic minds so that we welcome Awakening and are not fearful of the experience. Jesus tells us that if a light is turned on while we are asleep, we will initially be afraid be afraid of this light, thinking it is part of our dream (or our nightmare). But once we awaken, we realize that we are no longer dreaming and that we have returned to the world. So we are no longer afraid of the light. (These are paraphrases from ACIM.)
2 – Dream Not of Fear
We would not dream of fear today. We would not dream at all, but pray to awaken. We would not be insane any longer, for that is exactly what we have been in this disturbed world. We have been mad, just as surely, though less obviously, than the unfortunate individuals who are committed for mental illness. Our mental health is precarious also. We need to know that just because we are walking freely into the world and not behind locked asylum doors, we are not necessarily sane. Most of us are not sane. May we come to understand the Voice that speaks to us of the reality of God in which we can walk away from madness.
3 – Take Steps to a Sane Reality
If we love, we are taking steps to a sane reality. By love, we do not mean special love relationships, unless these special love relationships are well on their way to being holy relationships. Our way home is through the love that we bear for our brother (and sister), and this is the way in which we practice forgiveness. It is the way of A Course in Miracles. When we are together with our brother (or sister), we are forgiving, kind, generous, and in so being, we are learning God’s way. We do not need to contemplate (or meditate) for extremely long periods. This is a way meant for others, and ACIM is meant for us. Let us follow the way of ACIM today, and let us start by totally forgiving our brother (or sister), knowing that to do so is the way home for us.
I would follow God’s Voice today. I would do so knowing that I wish not to be misled into believing that my illusions, fueled by the ego, are masquerading as God’s Voice. Be with me to ensure that I make this distinction between delusion and sanity.
May I walk into the real world as quickly as my steps can take me there. You have prepared me, and it is up to me to follow Your Way with joy. When I am truly joyous and at peace, then I am less likely to listen to the ego and to be misled back into insanity. Be with me today as I seek only what You bid me to find.