ACIM Workbook Lesson 309 – for Saturday, November 5, 2011
“Within me is Eternal Innocence, because it is God’s Will that It be there forever and forever. His Son, whose will is limitless as is His Own, can will no change in this. (WB454)”
1 – Looking Within
We sometimes fear to look within because we imagine that we are really despicable creatures. We fear what we will see if we get a good look within. But is this realistic?
2 – Mistakes – Not “Sins”
A Course in Miracles says that we are innocent. We may have made mistakes, in illusion, but we have not “sinned.” So we must be good on the inside.
3 – Ask for Forgiveness
When we know that we can ask forgiveness of the Universe (we do not have to ask forgiveness of God, because He has never condemned us–an ACIM tenet) and of ourselves, not to mention our brothers and sisters, then all is well. We need the exercise of asking forgiveness. It heals our minds.
4 – Avoid Stress = Avoid Anger and Attack
Asking forgiveness also calms us. And it is normally in our stress that we get into trouble with attack and anger. When we are at peace, these emotions do not often occur at all. When we have avoided forgiveness and all that it holds out to us, and we attack or respond in anger, then we need to ask forgiveness of the individual against whom we have judged. We have judged him or her, or we would not attack. And our attack, we think, has brought us something that we want. It has been a defense for ourselves (a Text tenet). But we do not need defenses. We are little and weak, in need of defense; we are actually quite strong as we follow the Holy Spirit.
5 – “Eternal Innocence”
“Within me is Eternal Innocence”: This is a phrase that will mean much to us as we memorize it. It will give us a day in which we feel justified in God’s Sight.
I thank You that You have led me to believe that I have sinned in time, but not in eternity. And it is only eternity that counts. I have made mistakes in eternity, but I can ask for correction, and it is mine as soon as I make the request. Help me to remedy any wrongs that I have perpetrated on my brothers and sisters. And help me to forgive myself, as well as any wrongs that I have imaged that others have done to me.
Be with me today as I seek to avoid mistakes. I know that I will always make mistakes that need correction, but I ask to be shown where I am wrong, and I ask to be shown how to make amends immediately. May I discern the guidance of the Holy Spirit accurately today and every day.