ACIM Workbook Lesson 356 – for Thursday, December 22, 2011
“Your Name replaces every thought of sin, and who is sinless cannot suffer pain. Your Name gives answer to Your Son, because to call Your Name is but to call his own. (WB482)”
1 – Sickness and Pain Are Illusions
This is the level of A Course in Miracles that offers no compromise. Certainly in this world we do know sickness and pain, but, ultimately, these are not real. That is the one conclusion to which we can come. We live in illusion, in maya. And as long as we project from an egoic interior, we will project sickness and pain. We will perceive sickness and pain, but when we tell ourselves that what we are seeing is not real, we will be at peace.
2 – But Do No Deny Your Sight
God grants us healing–healing that sometimes we can see and sometimes we cannot. ACIM is always practical, and these books would not have us to deny the sight of our egoic eyes. We see sickness and pain, and therefore it is there for us. To deny this sight would be a particularly unworthy form of denial. But we can be healed when we find God within. Healing is not always of the physical, and even the mental may take its hits. But healing is real when we trust God to show us the Way.
3 – Sinless in Eternity, Not in Time
We are sinless in eternity, not in time. But there is no time, ultimately. And so there is no lasting sickness or pain. Let us ask God today to teach us the real truth behind these words. May we take unto ourselves the truth of the illusion in which we find ourselves, and may we walk into the sunlight with Christ.
The lesson for today teaches me important truths, and I thank you for those. I cannot deny the pain and sickness that my perception shows me in this unreal world, but I can turn to You for help in handling the pain and sickness that I observe. And I can know that what is happening does not affect the Self, that we are well in eternity. And You will help us to cope in this world, when pain and sickness intrude.
Be with me and guard my mind so that I do not make my own pain and sickness. Help me to realize, as Jesus has said in A Course in Miracles, that sickness is external searching. I would not search externally today. I would turn inward to have You heal me, and even when my perception still sees pain and suffering, I will know that, ultimately, all will be well. My prayers can do much to lead me to accept Your healing.
Be with me today and with all brothers and sisters who suffer. May we ask for a quick healing, and ask in faith that what we ask for, frequently is granted. Thank You.