ACIM Workbook Lesson 360 – for Monday, December 26, 2011
Affirmation: “Peace be to me, the holy Son of God.
Peace to my brother, who is one with me.
Let all the world be blessed with peace through us.”
“In holiness were we created, and in holiness do we remain. Your Son is like to You in perfect sinlessness. And with this thought we gladly say ‘Amen.’ (WB484)”
1 – We Say “Amen”
This is the final lesson before five days of repetition. Now we say “Amen.” Jesus has guided us through a year meant to lead us home to God. Have we made it? Although many students/teachers of A Course in Miracles take the workbook lessons year after year, nowhere does Jesus proscribe this. We can make our own choice in the matter. We do not have to be tied to the Workbook if we are ready to move on.
2 – Turn to Our Guide
Let us ask the Holy Spirit to guide us in this decision.
Help me today to know if You would have me repeat the lessons of the Workbook in the upcoming year. Many students/teachers just start over with a new year. These individuals find the meditative aspects of the Workbook a good daily devotional. Would I? Help me to know today. May my Guide, the Holy Spirit choose for me in this instance. I do not know my own best interests.
I thank You for the closeness to You that the Workbook has brought to me this year. Your felt Presence is a joy for me, a solace in times of trouble, a tranquil peace in more serene times. May I ready myself today to move into a new year. And I would spend that year also with You, whether or not my Guide directs me to repeat the Workbook.
Thank You for a good year.
2 thoughts on “Should I Repeat the Workbook?”
Well, my response is based on nothing other than a random opinion (and comes from someone who has lacked the discipline to move through the workbook with consistency). So, that said, I would ask yourself why you shouldn’t repeat the workbook. PS…how did you stay so committed?
Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Based on reading Miracles magazine (publisher Jon Mundy) and The Holy Encounter (from the Miracle Distribution Center, director Beverly McNeff, I would say that it seems that the individuals who are most known for their work with A Course in Miracles do go through the Workbook daily, year after year. I have not read what Jon says about his personal practice, but Beverly did write in The Holy Encounter that she used the Workbook for her daily meditation. Of course, there are many other individuals who are identified with ACIM whom I have not here named.
I have been through the Workbook more than once, but I was personally drawn more to the Text and the Manual, as my reflections this year have probably shown. I was able to make comparisons from the Text and the Manual in reflecting on the Workbook’s passage for the day.
I don’t really have a good answer to why I have stayed so committed to A Course in Miracles (and, now, A Course of Love). I found that when I wanted to have a happy life, I found myself much happier by reading ACIM on a very frequent basis. And Jesus says in ACIM that happiness is a worthy goal. (When I was in my twenties, I thought that just happiness as a goal was not lofty enough.) Jesus equates happiness, forgiveness, salvation in ACIM as our function. And he calls these our function at different times in the volumes.
I would not feel led to make any judgments about whether a person is committed or not. We all need to take as much as we can from A Course in Miracles at any given time.
Thank you again for your thoughtful comment. I would welcome other responses from other blog readers.
Most cordially, Celia