ACIM Workbook Lesson 291 – for Tuesday, October 18, 2011
“This day my mind is quiet, to receive the Thoughts You offer me. And I accept what comes from You, instead of from myself. I do not know the way to You. But You are wholly certain. Father, guide Your Son along the quiet path that leads to You. Let my forgiveness be complete, and let the memory of You return to me. (WB444)”
1 – To Forgive, Be Quiet and Still
This lesson indicates the primacy of forgiveness, if we are to find our way home. And we need to be quiet if we are to find our way home; we need to still our minds. Too much rushing about, and too much stress, will make emotional storms that will cause anger and attack to accompany us on our journey (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).
2 – The Memory of God Returns
We learn that the “quiet path” leads to God (see above prayer). And when our forgiveness is complete, the memory of God returns.
3 – Studying the Workbook
As with much of the information in the second part of the Workbook, these prayer capsule the lengthier explanations given in the Text. We would not be ready to champion forgiveness unless we had studied the Text (in many cases, though this is an interpretation of ACIM). Jesus says that we must make our own choice of which to read and study first, though he does also say that we must go through the Workbook if we are to call ourselves “teachers of God.” (He does not specify how many times, beyond one, that we ought to go through the Workbook. Many students/teachers of ACIM make the decision to go through the Workbook year after year.)
4 – The Memory of God Returns = Awakening
The return of the memory of God is another way of saying that we have awakened. And God Himself makes the choice of when we are ready for this blessing. Our forgiveness of all is a prerequisite, as this prayer makes certain.
May I move ever closer today toward Awakening. I do not ask with pride or with haste. You are the One Who makes the decision. In the meantime, I am content. I know the end of the pathway is assured us all. May we walk with patience the path that is set before us.
May I learn all that You would have been glean from the Workbook. Thank You for including many summary parts of the Text. Thank You for the reverence of the passages, for they inspire my day a great deal. Be with my brothers and sisters as we seek to remember You.