ACIM Workbook Lesson 161 – for Friday, June 10, 2011
Affirmation: “Give me your blessing, holy Son of God.”
“Today we practice differently and take a stand against our anger, that our fears may disappear and offer room to love. Here is salvation in the simple words in which we practice with today’s idea. Here is the answer to temptation which can never fail to welcome in the Christ where fear and anger had prevailed before. Here is Atonement made complete, the world passed safely by and Heaven now restored. Here is the answer of the Voice for God. (WB304)”
The Text says that there is never any excuse for anger nor attack. All anger and attacks are calls for help on the part of our brothers and sisters, and we need to rush to their side with reassurances. We will not actually make the physical effort if they are unreceptive, but we will stay calm and peaceful, and we will recognize the insanity of it all.
When our brothers and sisters will welcome our response, we are to give it. We will let them know that we love them and that we do not hold the anger and attack against them.
Anger and attack on our part has the same solution. We must realize that we are calling for help, and that we need only turn to God for our answers. All things, ACIM suggests are expressions of love (or help) or calls for love (or help). When we realize this, and when we know that our real Self has not been hurt, we will forgive. This does not mean that we will stay in an abusive relationship. ACIM does not ask this. But it does mean that, from a distance, we will be able to forgive. Sometimes we have to remove ourselves from the situation for self-protection.
May nothing today tempt me to respond in anger to any perceived attack, whether that attack originates from within or from without. My brothers and sisters are asking for help when they attack; it is basically a call for love. Help me to respond with the best gift that they are ready to accept. I do not want to force my beliefs on them, but everyone will, sooner or later, respond to love demonstrated.
I wish to leave anger and attack behind. There is not just anger. Anger is a human quality, but it is an attribute of the ego, which still rules me more than I would wish to acknowledge. Help me to allow the ego in me to dissolve in the light of Your compassion and love.