ACIM Workbook Lesson 325 – for Monday, November 21, 2011
Affirmation: “All things I think I see reflect ideas.”
“This is salvation’s keynote: What I see reflects a process in my mind, which starts with my idea of what I want. . . .And from forgiving thoughts a gentle world comes forth, with mercy for the holy Son of God, to offer him a kindly home where he can rest a while before he journeys on, and help his brothers walk ahead with him, and find the way to Heaven and to God. (WB464)”
1 – Projection Makes Perception
Salvation’s keynote, given above, is a statement of the fact the projection makes perception: The process begins in the mind, with what I want, and then I see (outwardly). When we are in a forgiving mood, it is inevitable that we will look upon a forgiving world. When we are seeing people who need “fixing,” then it is our own mind that is in need of an attitude adjustment.
2 – Forgiveness / Love
When we want to see Heaven, we must meet the conditions of seeing Heaven. And this is an attitude of forgiveness, most importantly, and an attitude of love rather than fear. There is no other way. We will see the dreams of a benign world, where we will rest awhile, before journeying on to Awakening. The dreams of a kindly home prepare us for the shock of the ultimate Awakening, which we will not fear, but will welcome. ACIM tells us that without the kindly dream, offered by the Holy Spirit, we would be too fearful to welcome Awakening. We need the gentleness of forgiveness and the strength of love. We need to be at peace.
3 – We Travel with Others
We go with our brothers and sisters toward home. We do not have to travel alone, and indeed we cannot. Only in the return of all of us are we freed to be at home in God. Until that time, which may be millions of years from now, we have work to do. But if we can believe ACIM (and we can), it is an effortless work and a joyful work. We will not choose amiss when we choose as the Holy Spirit bids.
May I begin this day with a forgiving attitude and a loving attitude. If I can begin rightly, then all else will fall into place. If I slip, may I simply pick myself up and begin again–all with Your Guide to steady me. May I come to understand that my mind makes the way that I view the world. And may I look with kind eyes on my world today.
Be with me as I seek to have a good day, a better day than yesterday. May I always remember that it is not Your will that I seek to travel in solitude. You put me in a world with Your other children so that we might help each other along the way. May we walk together in peace and joy today.