ACIM Workbook Lesson 333 – for Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Affirmation: “Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.”
“Father, forgiveness is the light You chose to shine away all conflict and all doubt, and light the way for our return to You. (WB469)”
1 – Forgiveness is Central to ACIM
This section of the Workbook emphasizes in various ways, time and again, what forgiveness can do for us. Forgiveness can be viewed as the central message of A Course in Miracles, and until we have come to terms with the need we all have to totally forgive ourselves and others, we will remain outside the kingdom. Our return, this passage says, is made possible by forgiveness. And it is our return to God that we want above all else, however often we may think that we want some glittering jewel that the world offers.
2 – Picture Frames as Metaphors
There is a passage in the Text that describes in beautiful language the adorned, bejeweled frame that hides a picture of nothing. This is the frame that the ego would have us seek. Our eyes are dazzled by the frame, not noticing until up close that there is nothing at all within the frame. In contrast, we see a slim frame, held in light, that holds a picture of what is really true and what we really want. We are bade to disown the ego, not to be misled by the frame that holds nothing of value, and to look instead to the frame that is framed in light–holding a picture of what we really desire, God’s kingdom.
3 – Conflict and Doubt
Conflict and doubt are of the ego, of course. And the light of forgiveness shines all this nonsense (and it is nonsense) away.
4 – Do Not Underestimate the Ego
It is wise that we not underestimate the wily ways of the ego, especially as we approach ever nearer our union with God. The ego becomes very subtle when some of the more gross distortions of value have been laid aside. The ego may try to reassert strength by guile, and it may be very ingenious about how it attempts to do this. Do not be fooled, at this late point, by egoic notions that will only delay our homecoming. Be at peace with God, our brothers and sisters, and be at peace in one’s mind and heart. Then the ego will know that its days are indeed numbered.
I would see a picture of my world framed in a “light frame,” which substance rather than illusion found therein. Help me to forgive my brothers and sisters, and myself, for the illusions that I might previously have sought. May we leave illusions behind, because the fantasies that encourage illusions are not the best way to proceed. May I live in the real world, however fleetingly, today.
Be with all of us as we had into the Christmas season. May we bring joy to troubled individuals, and may we find joy in this endeavor. Help us to live a good day, as all of our days are truly meant to be.