ACIM Workbook Lesson 85 – for Monday, March 26, 2012
Affirmation: “My grievances hide the light of the world in me.”
“To see, I must lay grievances aside. I want to see, and this will be the means by which I will succeed. (WB150)”
To see is to have vision, the understanding that is afforded us by the Holy Spirit. And to see aright, we must leave our grievances behind. Other words (not stated in ACIM, but suggested by a close reading) that would be akin to “grievances” would be resentment and hate. These dark emotions will preclude our seeing aright. And we must see aright if we are to bring salvation to our brothers and sisters in this world.
Affirmation: “My salvation comes from me.”
“Today I will recognize where my salvation is. It is in me because its Source is there. It has not left its Source, and so it cannot have left my mind. I will not look for it outside myself. It is not found outside and then brought in. But from within me it will reach beyond, and everything I see will but reflect the light that shines in me and in itself. (WB150)”
The passage quoted above is a theoretical look at one of the more practical aspects of A Course in Miracles. For those of us who are drawn to the theoretical, we will find much to ponder in this passage. God is within. There is nothing outside ourselves (a Text tenet). We project, and then we perceive the external to ourselves. But when we recognize that God speaks to us from within, we can know what is meant by the lesson for today.
I would leave all my grievances, even the tiny ones, behind me today. When I don’t collect grievances, I am not prone to attack verbally. Thank You for this insight. It is akin to the insight, also given by you, that I am not prone to attack unless I am stressed. I would live in Your peace today, and I would not collect grievances nor invite stress.
Help me today when the stress seems to be too much. All manner of problems will develop unless I take a time-out and pray. Help me to remember You when it counts most. I would live in Your peace. That is all that I really need to think about as the day unfolds.
Thank You for being there for me. I know that You are within, and that nothing is without–that I am projecting the world, just as are my brothers and sisters in this world. May we find each other a help in our journey back to You, never a hindrance. If anybody attempts to bait me today, let me know that I am seeing amiss, and a few moments of quiet, solitary time will set my perceptions aright again.