ACIM Workbook Lesson 335 – for Thursday, December 1, 2011
Affirmation: “I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness.”
“What could I restore Your memory to me, except to see my brother’s sinlessness? (WB470)”
1 – The Memory of God
The memory about which this passage talks is the memory that we are meant to have, the memory of God. It is part of a prayer, and that is why the passage says “Your.”
2 – Recognize Sinlessness
We need to understand only when we recognize our brothers and sisters as sinless will we have peace. Is this not hard to do, however? We remember, failing to have forgiven, the attacks and anger that have been sent in our direction, and we cannot quite feel that this is coming from an innocent person, a sinless person. To fully comprehend, we must buy into the philosophy of A Course in Miracles completely, knowing that we live in an illusory world and that nothing has ever truly hurt the real Self whom we are.
3 – Our Real Self Knows No Harm
If we make a choice to see the sinlessness of our brothers and sisters, we will be well on our way to the wholeness that will allow us to forgive any past misdeeds. We will know that our real Self has not been harmed, and if this is the case, what do we have to hold against others?
4 – Forgive Ourselves Also
We may it difficult, as well, to forgive ourselves for similar misdeeds toward others. Unless and until we can forgive ourselves, we are unlikely to forgive others completely (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM). We too have not sinned, but have made mistakes (some of which can be rectified). If we can make amends, now is the time to do so. If it is too late to make amends, then we need to commune with God about our next step. Hugh Prather suggested doing penance, and perhaps this too is a pathway that we might consider.
5 – The Memory of God Returns
We will find the memory of God in our minds and hearts when we have seen, truly seen, the sinlessness of our brothers and sisters. If this seems impossible now, pray for guidance, that the difficult may be made easy. And the difficult can be made easy.
Thank You for this day’s lesson, which gives us a simple formula for remembering You: Forgive our brothers and sisters, and recognize sinlessness. The real Self has never been harmed.
May I recall this simple truth when the day turns rough. I would walk into sunlight with You, guided there by the Holy Spirit.