ACIM Workbook Lesson 330 – for Saturday, November 26, 2011
“Let us this day accept forgiveness as our only function. Why should we attack our minds, and give them images of pain? (WB466)”
1 – The Role of Forgiveness re Pain
When we forgive, we do not invite images of pain. When forgiveness is seen as our only function, we do not attack our minds. We do attack our minds when we hold grievances, attack ourselves and others, and look to the dark side of events in our world. In fact, when we attack ourselves by holding grievances, we can never feel safe (a paraphrase of the Workbook). We feel perfectly safe when we have let all grievances go.
2 – Our Functions re ACIM
A Course in Miracles gives other functions beside forgiveness, but these are also synonyms. Happiness and salvation are the two that are most frequently cited. But how can we know forgiveness without also signing on for happiness? And how can we forgive without also offering salvation, in our own way, to our brothers and sisters?
3 – Forgive / Do Not Attack the Mind
It is the most important new concept on this day to note that we attack our minds when we fail to accept forgiveness as our function. We are here to forgive. Keep in mind that forgiveness, as we know it, is an illusion, because there is really nothing real to forgive; we forgive only illusions. But in this world we experience the illusion as real, as tangible, and so we must be practical always (as Jesus bids in the Manual). We forgive, knowing that nothing bad has actually happened to anyone, but in our deluded minds we think that the world that we see is real and capable of causing harm. We must do what we can, in this illusion, to right the wrongs. This declaration is not an insensitive attempt to save the world from itself. We must reach out when we are welcomed by our brothers and sisters. We are not meant to save when we would be rejected by the attempt. But we should never underestimate the extent of the insanity in this world, and so others may not know enough to reach out to us. Then, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we need to do what we can to lighten the load of our brothers and sisters.
4 – Living on a Higher Plain
If we would avoid images of pain, as seen by our minds, we must forgive. When we forgive consistently and peacefully, we live on a higher plane. Let us reach toward that higher plain today.
I would seek to forgive today, that I would help others and that I would also be helped. I would not fill my mind with images of pain, which is the outcome when attack is made upon ourselves and our brothers and sisters.
May I come to understand the other functions that find their primary home in forgiveness: happiness and salvation. I would ask You to help me to lead a happy life, in spite of appearances that invite the feeling that I am a victim when attacked. Help me to realize that You honor the illusion, in that You wish us to treat well our brothers and sisters who believe in the illusion, and do not have the assurance that reality is a better place to make our home.
May I live in Your real world today. Assist me in making wise decisions that will lead to joy. I know that this is Your will for all who make the earth our present home. May illusions lose their hold upon my brothers and sisters, and me. May together we walk into the light, always seeking the Christ-consciousness to which we will eventually be led.