ACIM Workbook Lesson 347 – for Tuesday, December 13, 2011
“Straighten my mind, my Father. It is sick. But You have offered freedom, and I choose to claim Your gift today. And so I give all judgment to the One You gave to me to judge for me. (WB477)”
1 – The End of Insanity
This lesson offers more than just a plea for communion, prayer, with God. We are asking for the end of insanity, the end of our sick minds, the end of our madness. And we ought never to underestimate the extent of this world’s insanity (an ACIM tenet).
2 – Eliminate Judgment
We must eliminate judgment from our cluster of mental gyrations. Attacking, judging, and making plans against contingencies to come–these are the three ways that we lose our way. If there are plans to be made, the Holy Spirit will prompt us at the appropriate time. But judging is something else entirely. It is to be left to the Holy Spirit, Who alone knows all the circumstances, past, present, and future, and judges, therefore, rightly. (We can never have enough understanding to see all circumstances, though sometimes we think, arrogantly, that we do.)
3 – Anger Has No Justification
There is never any justification for anger. But this does not mean that we stuff our emotions. We sublimate, in the presence of the Holy Spirit (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM). If we are not judging–making an interpretation that is not true–then we will never see a reason for anger. We will rush to our brother/sister’s side with healing, recognizing the unhealed thought or action is only a call for help or love. Would we not want to be understood, unconditionally? Would we now want love when we have felt anger? Let us do to others what we would wish that they might do for us. As is stated in ACIM repeatedly, giving and receiving are one.
I would remember, now and forever, that my thoughts of anger are insanity, and it is not this that I would invite into my world. May my stress be alleviated, for I know that virtually always I am stressed if I get angry. You know that anger is a call for help, either on my part or the part of another. I would focus on that call for help, and ask You how best to resolve the issue;
I would give up insanity, the insanity that almost all of us who live in this world have to a greater or lesser degree. We are living in a mad world, and we are influenced by the madness of others. Perhaps we see this madness most as neurosis, but however it appears to us, it merits compassion. We do not have to be sucked into the malaise of our brothers and sisters, nor do we have to remain in malaise ourselves. You are always here for us, and when we turn inward, in a serene frame of mind, You set our minds and hearts at rest again.
I would live in rest today.