ACIM Workbook Lesson 293 – for Thursday, October 20, 2011
Affirmation: “All fear is past and only love is here.”
“Father, let not Your holy world escape my sight today. Nor let my ears be deaf to all the hymns of gratitude the world is singing underneath the sounds of fear. There is a real world which the present holds safe from all past mistakes. And I would see only this world before my eyes today. (WB445)”
1 – How Long Will We See the Real World?
We would see the real world. A Course in Miracles is not specific about what this means. We are told that the real world will arise before our eyes, and then God will act swiftly to reach down and lift us up to Awakening. Time, though, is not measured our way. We may see the real world for awhile before we are awakened.
2 – What Is the Real World Like?
The real world is a world of peace, serenity, calm, and tranquility. A place of love. No ego intrudes on this idyllic scene. We are almost at home. We have been dreaming the happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings (a Workbook tenet), and we are relaxed enough to welcome, not to fear, Awakening. The Holy Spirit has brought us this far so that we will not be terrified by the experience of Awakening. We are ready.
3 – Let Us Ask to See the Real World Today
Ask today to see the real world. I don’t think we will be disappointed. We may see glimpses of the real world many times before the vision is sustained (an ACIM tenet). The Holy Spirit prepares us; we do not have to make elaborate plans to prepare ourselves (an ACIM tenet). Let the Holy Spirit guide today to the reality that God wants us to see.
I ask, simply, to see glimpses of the real world today. If there is anything that I need to do to sustain this awareness, please, may my Guide, the Holy Spirit, let me know what to do. May my world today be brightened by this prayer. And may I realize that I am ;praying in line with Your wishes for me. If I am not yet ready, help me to be patient.
I would see love today. If this is the love brought by happy dreams, then let me be content. But I would pray for the real world itself, the world beyond the dreams brought by the Holy Spirit. May today be a blessed day in my life. Thank You for listening to my prayer.