ACIM Workbook Lesson 337 – for Saturday, December 3, 2011
“My sinlessness ensures me perfect peace, eternal safety, everlasting love, freedom forever from all thought of loss; complete deliverance from suffering. And only happiness can be my state, for only happiness is given me. (WB471)”
1 – Do We Want to Be Happy?
Do we want to be happy? Is this a worthy goal, even above “saving the world,” as we sometimes have been taught? In A Course in Miracles, happiness is sometimes seen as our function, and when this is assimilated, we know the truth of all that forgiveness holds out for us. The passage for today offers many glorious promises, including the challenging concept of complete deliverance from suffering. Part of this promise can come from the fact that what we project is coming from a purity within that has been recognized. We will not project suffering when we are in our right minds. That most of us, still, are not in our right minds explains succinctly why there is so much suffering still being experienced. We may, until Awakening, know pain; but we need not have this escalate into suffering (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).
2 – Madness
We can ask today for the perfect peace, eternal safety, everlasting love, freedom from loss, as well as deliverance from suffering. Do not be surprised if our prayers are answered, if only temporarily. Until revelation reveals the end to us on a sustainable basis, we will drift in and out of madness. And when we are consumed by madness, we will think amiss and project amiss. Ask today to be free of the oscillations that bring suffering upon us. Be sure that we are asking in God’s Will.
3 – ACIM‘s Beautiful Language
A good way to invite this blessing is to study A Course in Miracles whenever upset. The words themselves are poetry (expressed in iambic pentameter, Shakespeare’s verse form), and the beauty of the language will carry us far along into a different state of mind, a state further removed from insanity.
4 – “Happy Dreams the Holy Spirit Brings”
If we would know happiness today, we must give up all that stands in the way. And when we realize that we are actually sinless, we will be free, however temporarily, of the insanity that has been holding us back. Our illusions will take on the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” (a quotation from the Workbook), and then, before we know it, God Himself will act to pull down Awakening upon us. Then there is no need to look back. Our reality is wholly in line with God’s Will.
I would spend awhile today reading A Course in Miracles. I would revel in its beautiful language. Help me today to know the happy dreams that the Holy Spirit brings. You have shown them to me, over and over again. Thank You. Help me to feel Your Presence and Your happiness again today.
Help me to realize that happiness is not an inferior goal. I would do more for others if I am happy, because I will not be so preoccupied with any neurosis. And Jesus can heal neurosis. His words in ACIM prove this to me. Thank You again.