ACIM Workbook Lesson 279 – for Thursday, October 6, 2011
Affirmation: “Creation’s freedom promises my own.”
“The end of dreams is promised me, because God’s Son is not abandoned by His Love. Only in dreams is there a time when he appears to be in prison, and awaits a future freedom, if it be at all. Yet in reality his dreams are gone, with truth established in their place. And now is freedom his already.
“I will accept Your promises today, and give my faith to them. My Father loves the Son Whom He created as His Own. Would You withhold the gifts You gave to me? (WB436)”
1 – We Are in the Eternal
In the present our dreams are gone. This is the eternal present, the eternal Now (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM). We will get past even the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit gives” (a quotation from the Workbook), and know the real world that God will grant us to see when we are ready. Only He knows the place and the hour. But we can pray that our experience of the real world comes soon.
2 – See the World with Vision
In reality, our dreams are gone. The world will look different because we will see with vision, with new eyes. We know that this blessing is on the way when we have seen little edges of light around familiar objects. Real vision is coming. It may take a long time, but time itself is an illusion, and so this truly does not matter. The end is sure, now that we have started of the pathway. (These are paraphrases from ACIM.)
3 – The Gift of the Real World
The gift of the real world would not be withheld by God. The prayer for today counsels this. May we wait in expectation, not beset by preoccupations that only scatter our consciousness. May we wait for God to act, and may we know that He would choose for us to listen to the Holy Spirit and let Him act in us, to bring about our readiness. We do not have to do a lot, only a “little willingness” (a Text quotation) is required. The Holy Spirit accomplishes the vast majority of the change that we wish to see in ourselves.
I long to see the real world on a sustainable basis. May my dreams of this illusory world stay happy, and edge into reality. I long for the vision that only You can give. May my eyes see with real vision today.
Be with me as I do the small part that the Holy Spirit requires of me. I know that His part is much larger than mine, and that this is a blessing. I would only choose amiss, without His guidance. Be with me today as I seek to follow Your Voice, Your Universal Inspiration, throughout any temptations of the day.