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In Love Was I Created / What Can Frighten Me?

ACIM Workbook Lesson  268 – for Sunday, September 25, 2011

Affirmation:  “Let all things be exactly as they are.”

“Let me not be Your critic, Lord, today, and judge against You.  Let me not attempt to interfere with Your creation, and distort it into sickly forms.  Let me be willing to withdraw my wishes from its unity, and thus to let it be as You created it.  For thus will I be able, too, to recognize my Self as You created me.  In Love was I created, and in Love will I remain forever.  What can frighten me, when I let all things be exactly as they are?  

“Let not our sight be blasphemous today, nor let our ears attend to lying tongues.  Only reality is free of pain.  Only reality is free of loss.  Only reality is wholly safe.  And it is only this we seek today.  (WB429)”

Reflections:

1 – God Is Not to Blame for Suffering

We often blame God when we see suffering in our world.  Jesus says in the Text that nobody has failed to believe at one time or another that God is cruel (a paraphrase).  But God did not “do this” to us!  We did it to ourselves.  This is one of the theological concepts in ACIM that may be hard to wrap our minds around.  But, as Jesus also says, do not let theology delay us; we are here to heal the perceived separation from God, and to do that we have to forgive Him for what He never did.

2 – Considering Our Ambivalent Feelings toward Jesus

We are also likely to have ambivalent thoughts toward Jesus.  Helen Schucman, the co-scribe of ACIM, did so.  Would we be very likely to have it better than she?  Her suffering was very real, but the book that she brought forth has given comfort to many, comfort that she was not usually able to feel.  May we be the lucky ones who benefit from the joy found in studying A Course in Miracles.  May we be healed by our study and the contemplation that the Workbook encourages.  But, most of all, may we be healed in our special-relationships-turned holy.  This latter is our way.  We do not need to spend long hours in contemplation, which Jesus describes as “tedious.”  But a few moments at the beginning and end of the day would be time well spent as we seek to walk a closer pathway with God.

3 – How Long Will We Live in the Real World?

We would have reality, not illusions.  I think that the “reality” meant here is the “real world” also spoken of in ACIM.  Reality is not fearful.  Only our illusions scare us.  If we can come to understand this, we will not be so likely to let the vicissitudes of our daily life upset us.  We will move into reality, perhaps only in snatches, but more and more as time passes.  These are the “glimpses” that revelation gives us; the means to reach the end (Awakening) is given in ACIM ACIM says something that appears confusing at the outset.  At one point the Text indicates that the time of experiencing the real world will be brief, and that then God will recognize that we are ready for Awakening, and He will reach down for us (metaphorically).  I speculate in an interpretation that the “briefness” is a way of looking at time that is not ours in normal, day-to-day living.  Eternity is the eternal Now, but we see time in segments.  When viewed against the backdrop of eternity, we may find that many years are considered “brief.”  I offer this interpretation for prayerful consideration, because ACIM does not elaborate in this way.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would not be frightened today, because I would let You and Your Love lead the Way.  How should I doubt that I am safe, even in this world where suffering sometimes seems so ever-present?

May my perceived “suffering” be recognized for the illusion that it is.  May I recognize that I am the recipient of many blessings from You.  And may I here express my gratitude for those blessings.  I need only ask, and I do receive.  The solution is found with the problem.  May I realize that only when I am not flexible enough to follow Your Guide consistently do I get into trouble.  When I remain flexible, I walk a straight line to You.  Thank You for  pointing out the Way.

Amen.

How to Be Safe

ACIM Workbook Lesson 244 – for Thursday, September 1, 2011

Affirmation:  “I am in danger nowhere in the world.”

“Your Son is safe wherever he may be, for You are there with him.  He need but call upon Your Name, and he will recollect his safety and Your Love, for they are one.  How can he fear or doubt or fail to know he cannot suffer, be endangered, or experience unhappiness, when he belongs to You, beloved and loving in the safety of Your Fatherly embrace?

“And there we are in truth.  No storms can come into the hallowed haven of our home.  In God we are secure.  For what can come to threaten God Himself, or make afraid what will forever be a part of Him?  (WB415)”

Reflections:

We are a part of God.  And many others have explained a metaphor of God and His universe as a hologram.  We find God within, and we project the world of illusions without, making it clear, from a theoretical point of view, that we are in control of our destiny.  ACIM also makes this point in slightly different context, assuring us that we are in control, in the center of things, and that we cannot blame another for our plight.

The prayer above is an example of a level of understanding A Course in Miracles for which all individuals are not ready.  It takes great learning to realize that our suffering is all illusion, as is our unhappiness.  We seem to live in a very real world, though we are told that most of us inhabit an illusion of a world.  We find the real world when we come closer to union with God (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).  Until we know salvation more intimately, we must see these words in the prayer as a goal toward which we reach.  We must not fall into dismay if we are not ready.  ACIM says this, in slightly different words.  If we fight the words of ACIM, we are not ready (a Text tenet).  We are told in the Text not to “fight” ourselves.

The embrace of God (in this passage, above) is akin to the embrace of Jesus in A Course of Love, which some view as a sequel to ACIM.  Both are comforting in the extreme.  We are not meant to wallow in our misery, but to ask for help, and to know, ahead of time, that that help will be forthcoming.  We may experience pain, but we do not have to experience suffering.  Learning through pain is temporary, Jesus tells us, and only learning through rewards is lasting.  Let us ask for the way to learn through rewards today.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would be safe today.  I would think of Jesus often, for he gives no indication in the New Testament that he was ever afraid, despite the horrendous end to his earthly life.  Help me to recall Jesus’s example, and to feel and to act on my own safety.

May I reach inwardly to You frequently today.  Doing so allows me to feel Your presence, and is there a better way to spend a day?  Help me to spend today wisely, with calm, serenity, peace, and tranquility.

Amen.

Happy – Saved – Safe

ACIM Workbook Lesson 235 – for Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Affirmation:  “God in His mercy wills that I be saved.”

“I need but keep in mind my Father’s Will for me is only happiness, to find that only happiness has come to me.  And I need but remember that God’s Love surrounds His son and keeps his sinlessness forever perfect, to be sure that I am saved and safe forever in His Arms.

“Father, Your holiness is mine.  Your Love created me, and made my sinlessness forever part of You.  I have no guilt nor sin in me, for there is none in You.  (WB410)”

Reflections:

We don’t have feel ourselves as “holy,” but here Jesus is declaring, in a prayer to God, that we do have holiness–indeed, the holiness of God.  This does not mean that we are equals to God, of course.  But we are meant to be co-creators with God one day, once the separation has been healed.  (This is a tenet of New Age thinking, of which ACIM and A Course of Love are two examples.)

The Love of God that created us means that we will never be satisfied until we are as fully capable of returning that Love as receiving it.  Actually, giving and receiving are one (a tenet of ACIM), and until we give as we receive, we will not know completeness.  Knowing that God is Love is built on statements made in the Bible, and so there is continuity here between biblical tenets and ACIM.  But we do not fully comprehend what it means to say that God is Love.  We are deficient this way, because we have not walked the whole pathway back to Love.  So this Love remains a mystery that we seek to feel emotionally and spiritually, but which the mind cannot grasp in its entirety.

We are not sinful, but we do make mistakes (an ACIM tenet).  We can ask that those mistakes be corrected, and we will receive guidance about what we need to do to correct our mistakes.  We can make amends whenever possible.  We can ask forgiveness, of ourselves, our brothers and sisters, and God.  The Holy Spirit will guide us in this process of undoing mistakes.  The solution is found with the problem (an ACIM tenet).

Let us try today to walk the pathway to God with high spirits and filled with joy.  We are asked in the Text to feel “limited release” and “pure joy,” and these are states of mind and spirit that will give us the best possible day.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would know limited release and pure joy today.  I would be easy with myself and others, not struggling to make my way in this world.  Struggle, for me, often means the ego is reigning, and I would not have this so.  Be with me as I gently let the ego wither away.

I would be happy today, save and secure in Your love.  Your blessings keep me on the right pathway when I am careful to turn to Your Guide on a consistent basis.  Keep me flexible today, to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit without exception.

Amen.

Time

“How simply and how easily does time slip by for the teacher of God who has accepted His protection!  All that he did before in the name of safety no longer interests him.  For he is safe, and knows it to be so.  He has a Guide Who will not fail.  (M41)”

Affirmation:  “I am safe.”

Reflections:

In order to get full benefit of this passage, we must trust the Holy Spirit to guide us.  To do so effectively, we must be willing.  Not only willing, but eager to turn on a dime when our guidance is to do something different from what we may be doing.

Guidance comes in many ways.   All of us have experienced guidance, but we not always have even recognized what was happening.  Most often guidance from the Holy Spirit comes in the form of a “feeling,” or intuition, that we ought to do or say a certain thing.

As time goes by, guidance may take other forms:  a chance word overheard, an interior word from our inner Voice.  The ways are numerous, but one thing that all have in common is that, if we follow, we will feel safe.  One caution:  If the internal guidance seems negative, we are not ready.  Mentally unstable people need to be especially cautious, because there are voices that are not those of the Holy Spirit.

Time that slips by easily!  What a welcome part of our lives this can become.  We are not afraid any longer of what life may bring us, because we know that, with the Holy Spirit to guide us, we are equal to anything that comes our way.  This is one of the greatest benefits that the Holy Spirit does bring to us.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May time slip by easily today.  As I go about my day, may I turn to the Holy Spirit often for the next step, and then may I take it safely.  I know that I am always safe.

May my brothers and sisters be blessed by our encounters.  If I follow guidance before I speak, the words that come out of my mouth will be right.  And then, too, my brothers and sisters will feel safe.

Amen.