ACIM Workbook Lesson 331 – for Sunday, November 27, 2011
Affirmation: “There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.”
“Forgiveness shows us that God’s Will is one, and that we share it. Let us look upon the holy sights forgiveness shows today, that we may find the peace of God. Amen. (WB468)”
1 – One Identical Will
Today’s lesson harkens to the oft-repeated refrain in A Course in Miracles that our real will and God’s Will are identical–not similar, but identical. This is a new concept for many of us, who have lived through sermons on Jonah and the whale, and wondered if maybe what God wants for us is the farthest thing from our minds. The Holy Spirit interprets God’s Will for us, letting us know in the process that what we would choose in our right mind is actually what God Himself chooses for us. The Holy Spirit lets us know what that real will is, because we are apt to misinterpret, believing that pain and joy are different and can be told apart. We often choose the pain, thinking that it is joy; the Holy Spirit will interpret correctly–pain as pain (to be avoided), and joy as joy (to be experienced by choice).
2 – Forgiveness Gives Us “Holy Sights”
Forgiveness gives us “holy sights,” and it is important to note that this promise refers also to our illusory world. It does not just refer to the real world, which not all of us can see on a consistent basis. ACIM does not point out what those holy sights are, but we ought to ask, that we might receive.
3 – Forgive and Find the Peace of God
We will find the peace of God when we forgive. It is just that simple and just that profound. Let us take the right steps toward forgiveness of ourselves, others, and the world’s situations today.
I would forgive today any and all whose path I have crossed throughout my life. May we forgive each other, if that is necessary. I would find Your peace, and this is possible in this world only by forgiveness. I get glimpses of the fact that no permanent wrong has ever been done, either by myself or others, but in this illusory world we still need the practice of forgiveness. Eventually we will see that there is nothing at all in need of forgiveness. But most of us are not there yet.
I seek Your peace especially today. I do not want to revisit old times and places without Your peace as a part of me. I would not stay mired in the past, but live in the present and not plan unnecessarily for the future. I would drop defenses about the future today. I would find You in my present, secure in the truth that I can meet whatever happens in the future with equanimity.
Help us to be children of the light that You give to us through Your guidance. May I be flexible today in following Your guidance, turning on a dime if I am straying from the pathway that You hold out to me. Thank You for the many blessings which You have granted to me. I know that to have on my own does not detract from anybody else. Your storehouse is full and overflowing for all of my brothers and sisters, and I pray that all will recognize this truth and be granted the peace that comes from accepting it.