ACIM Workbook Lesson 319 – for Tuesday, November 15. 2011
“The ego thinks that what one gains, totality must lose. And yet it is the Will of God I learn that what one gains is given unto all. (WB460)”
1 – Jerry Jampolsky
This passage is well-examined in a book by Jerry Jampolsky, a book (Love Is Letting God of Fear) which delves deeply in the ACIM truth, “Whatever I give is given to myself.” Jerry means, basing his discussion on A Course in Miracles, that the joy, love, peace that we give to others comes back to us as these qualities are multiplied. It is only the material things of life that seem to diminish when given away. And the material things are never what we want for long; we will find more and more wants that remain unsatisfied, because the material gains are frequently props for the ego. And the ego is never satiated.
2 – Totality Does Not Lose the Things of God
Totality does not lose when we gain the things that are of God. And we are told in this passage that it is the Will of God that what one gains is given unto all. This is a great blessing!
3 – Why Are We Here?
What did we really come for? The lesson for today says that it is the salvation of the world. Edgar Cayce, an early psychic, said much the same thing. In metaphorical language, he indicated that the Sons of God came to rescue the daughters of men on this plane of earth. And Ruth Montgomery, also an early scribe of “Guides,” indicates that we will none of us find our way home until we have led all to home. In ACIM, Jesus seems to indicate that we must lead our brothers and sisters home, even though it may take millions of years. Time has been saved for us when we practice ACIM. Each one of us save a thousand years and more (a Text tenet).
4 – Let’s Do Our Part Today
So let us do our part today. We can, after all, only do our part one day at a time. Let us not backslide now. We need to save time, as the world is worn and very weary (paraphrases from the Text). We know that the ending is sure (an ACIM tenet), and if the way seems long, we have started on that way. It is enough. It will always be enough.
The gifts from You which we receive are never for ourselves alone. When given from us to others, these gifts but increase. Help me to realize the truth of this glorious promise. I know that Your gifts are often intangibles, because material things may seem to diminish if shared (something of note that may be illusion). Even with material blessings, we are bade to understand that You can bring increase there as well. Individuals who tithe their income, however small, quickly learn that their material blessings in this world do increase abundantly. Thank You for the many testimonials that I have heard and read about this puzzling miracle.
May I walk a green earth today. Your Way is always the best way, and Your way will help not only myself, but my brothers and sisters as well. May I be generous with my time and my gifts, intangible and material.
Thank You for the gift of A Course in Miracles. Thank You for leading me to these magnificent volumes so many years ago. Thank You for the writings that spoke to me before ACIM was published. May all of those individuals I encounter today find the truths that they need to live a happy life.