“To perceive errors in anyone, and to react to them as if they were real, is to make them real to you” (T167).
Affirmation: “I will not make errors real today.”
1 – Do Not See Error
A Course in Miracles would have us see our brothers and sisters as innocent, caught in a dream of attack and grievances, but able to find their way to a real world that is very different, through the help of the Holy Spirit. To effect this change in our perceptions is easy, once we turn over our judgments over to the Holy Spirit. We literally do not see error in our brothers and sisters. We extend love to them, and our perceptions are modified accordingly. This is really all that we have to do.
2 – We Have Sinned in Time, but Not in Eternity
A Course in Miracles notes that we have “sinned” in time, but not in eternity. And there is, ultimately, no time, because time is an illusion. We have only made errors or mistakes in eternity, and we are strong and wise enough to recognize the value in forgiving errors in ourselves and our brothers and sisters in this world. If we are blaming God for anything, we can likewise let go of those grievances–a gesture that will be freeing to us.
3 – Let Us Seek to Live in the Real World
To live in the “real world” is not described conclusively in ACIM. But much note is made of the fact that following the ego is only following illusions, and that following the ego makes it impossible to live in the real world, otherwise known as simply “reality.” We can interpret ACIM by realizing that the real world is composed of the attributes of love–the joy, the peace, the forgiveness. Sometimes we do reach the real world fleetingly. All of us remember times when all seemed right with our little world, and we were completely at peace. We may have recognized this as a “peak experience,” a term used by Maslow and receiving much press in popular psychology.
4 – Peak Experiences
If we want more peak experiences, we need to live in the flow that will give us the real world (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM). Living in the flow is a concept that all of us can appreciate. We throw ourselves into some task, and time disappears for us. We realize, minutes or even hours later, that we have experienced a peace in those moments that usually eludes.
5 – Forgive = the Secret
Jesus would have us forgive ourselves and others, and thereby to invite the forgiveness of the errors that we all, without exception, make. Then those errors do not become “real” in our experience of them, and we are walking gaily on the pathway home.
I would begin this new year with high hopes and many expectations that I will live in You and not in my ego. I would let the ego wither away. By this I mean that my false sense of self needs to go. You know this better than I. Thank You for the words in ACIM that caution my reliance on the ego, a part of my belief about myself.
I would invite peak experiences this year. I know that You would have me live in a better way than I did last year, and I would hope not to disappoint You. Be with me as I seek to come to understand Your wishes for me ever more completely.
Let me be good to my significant others as well as all others who cross my path this year. We need each other. We need to let attack and anger go, knowing that poor behavior is a sign that we need help. All of us will still need some help along the way, but I would live in Your love so completely this year that I do not cause others to distress.
Help me to live up to my resolutions this year, to be a better person, to love ever more deeply, to let the ego just disappear as a part of my belief about myself. Thank You for your ever-present help.