ACIM Workbook Lesson 340 – for Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Affirmation: “I can be free of suffering today.”
“Father, I thank You for today, and for the freedom I am certain it will bring. This day is holy, for today Your Son will be redeemed. His suffering is done. For he will hear Your Voice directing him to find Christ’s vision through forgiveness, and be free forever from all suffering. Thanks for today, my Father. I was born into this world but to achieve this day, and what it holds in joy and freedom for Your holy Son and for the world he made, which is released along with him today. (WB472)”
1 – A Holy Day
This is a holy day, according to our lesson from the Workbook. It promises that, through our forgiveness of ourselves and our brothers and sisters, we will live in a personal world from which suffering is absent. Note that this does not say that we will never experience pain, but we know from the Text that pain is not necessary. We do not have to learn through pain; rewards as a way to learn are more lasting.
2 – A Pipe Dream?
Does this seem to us to be pipe dream? Perhaps. Certainly we need only turn on the radio and catch the news broadcast, or read the world news on the web or in a newspaper, to know that all is decidedly not well in this world. But we can look at these things, and make one judgment in line with the Holy Spirit: This that I see is unreal (from ACIM). Then we are made ready to project another way from our inner world. We can project an experience for ourselves that does not hold suffering, even if it should, from time to time, hold pain. In this world we are not to be without limitations (an ACIM tenet), but we will be given the grace to rise above them.
3 – Project Good Dreams
Let us focus on this prayer to God. We learn through following the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who wills only good for us. And when we follow that guidance, we are well on our pathway back to God. We do not make our own misery. We have moved beyond that vale of tears. We learn to depend on guidance for all aspects of our lives, and following what the Voice for God says, we project only good dreams. We accept life in all its fullness, even when pain is present, and so we do not add our lamentable rejection of that pain, making it suffering (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).
I would not get lost in pipe dreams today, but I would choose good dreams today and everyday. Help me to realize anew that this wish is in line with Your desires for me. And we will all know good dreams, happy dreams, until You reach down, metaphorically, and make this day the time that I am awakened by You. I would wish for You to come sooner rather than later. But I will be content to remain securely within Your timing.
May all of us project happy dreams. Thank You for granting me the will to follow the Holy Spirit, and thereby to do my part in following Your will. I would be flexible today, secure in Your love, ready to do Your bidding instantaneously. Be with me so that this wish becomes a reality.