ACIM Workbook Lesson 313 – for Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Affirmation: “Now let a new perception come to me.”
“Now let His true perception come to me, that I may waken from the dream of sin and look within upon my sinlessness, which You have kept completely undefiled upon the altar to Your holy Son, the Self with Which I would identify. (WB457)”
1 – Much Meaning
This brief prayer packs much meaning from ACIM tenets.
2 – True Perception
First, we need “true perception,” because what the egoic mind has projected from within has been a perception that mirrors the inward conflict that the ego always generates. And this makes a world that seems awry virtually all the time. With true perception, we are identified with the Self within that is another word for the Christ within (an interpretation, not specifically stated in ACIM).
3 – We Have Been Asleep
Second, we have been asleep, because in the myth Adam fell asleep and nowhere is it said that he awoke (stated in the Text). God knows that we sleep, because His channels of communication are closed, and He recognizes this, thinking that His children sleep and must be awakened. We have taught ourselves the most unnatural habit of not communicating with our Creator, and we would undo this; we would commune with God more often, much more often. (“Unnatural habit” and “communion” with God are Text imperatives.) If we would stop imagining that we sin, we might stand a chance of recognizing that we have merely made mistakes that are correctable. We would not condemn ourselves or others. And we would recognize our sinlessness. I have had individuals who read this blog say that our innocence is the most difficult concept of A Course in Miracles to believe.
4 – Our Altar Is Undefiled
Third, the altar to the holy Son (or Daughter), the Self, is undefiled, meaning that we are indeed sinless. Our innocence has been kept pristine throughout the years that we believed that we were separated from God (and in which this separation became believable because we were actually mad). There will be no comprehensive Awakening until the sanity of the Sons and Daughters of God has once more been recognized. The Self that is a Son or Daughter has not fallen into insanity, but the egoic mind has made the personal self (a term from A Course of Love) think amiss. We would change all this, but we cannot effect it ourselves. And this is where A Course in Miracles says that the Holy Spirit comes in. We open ourselves to His guidance, we remain flexible in our daily activities to do His bidding, and sooner rather than later God knows that we have dismissed the insanity of the egoic mind and are ready to awaken.
5 – True Perception
May the understanding of true perception effect a miracle in our lives today. We may not be ready to awaken, but the knowledge that comes to us through ACIM will bring that distant day many years closer.
I would awaken, if I had my choice. But it is Your choice, and I realize that, since Awakening has come only in snatches for me, I am not yet ready for the sustained Awakening that only You can give. I did once experience six months of Awakening, and that memory is sweet. But that was a long time ago, and I forget quickly. Help me not to forget today; help me to remember more of what you taught me in that period of time so long ago. May my brothers and sisters see glimpses of Awakening along the way also. Thank You for the blessing of these glimpses.
I would have true perception. I realize that this is a precursor to Awakening. I would not let my weakened ego win back strength from guile. Jesus warned against this in A Course in Miracles. May my ego just wither away. I will remain with a strong sense of the Self, which is far beyond the little self that has been monopolized by egoic tendencies.
Help me to reach You today. I know that You are within, and that all external to me is simply a projection. All except the intangible love, joy, peace that You bring. May I experience Your gifts today. And may I never forget to say “thank you.”