My Untouched Identity

ACIM Workbook Lesson 229 – for Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Affirmation:  “Love, Which created me, is what I am.”

“Father, my thanks to You for what I am; for keeping my Identity untouched and sinless, in the midst of all the thoughts of sin my foolish mind made up.  And thanks to You for saving me from them.  Amen.  (WB406)”

Reflections:

This prayer affirms that our Identity in safe in God.  Elsewhere we read that our Self is innocent, that this Self never separated from God, and even now this Self is at home with Him.  We have departed into feverish dreams (a Text tenet), and in our misery and pain, we have realized that there is another way to live.  We do not have to learn through pain (a Text tenet), but, being human, we often do.  Eckhart Tolle learned this way, before his spectacular Awakening around the age of 30 (see The Power of Now; this blog has a review of the book).

We know that we do not have to learn through pain, though.  If we are flexible enough, we will learn through rewards.  Jesus says that learning through rewards is more lasting, and that pain can induce only a temporary effect (Text tenets).  We can ask today that we learn through rewards.  And it will be so.  The power of our word is that great.  God would not have us suffer; that is our contribution to living in this world.  And the world is very weary and worn now (a Text tenet), and our brothers and sisters in it are very dejected.  We need to free ourselves so that we can better help others.  And we need to free ourselves time, which miracles can do.  They collapse time, making changes that might have otherwise taken thousands of years (Text tenets).  Jesus is in charge of miracles, and we are asked to let him be in charge.  Consciously selected miracles on our part can be misguided (a Text tenet).

We offer gratitude to God, not because He has an ego to accept it (He doesn’t, which is a Text tenet), but because we need to feel that gratitude.  We will be the better for giving thanks.  It will open our minds to accept more blessings.  And the blessings will overflow.  A single purpose, consistently followed, will lead to miracles beyond our greatest dreams.  And these will be something more than the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” (a quotation from the Workbook).  These will indeed be the forerunners of Awakening.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

It helps me to read today that my Identity is untouched.  This helps me to understand how I can be innocent, even though I have made many mistakes over my life.  Help me to forgive myself, especially for the mistakes which cannot now be changed in any good way.  Help me to know that You do not condemn me for my mistakes; You simply love me as Your child.  For that I am blessed beyond anything that I can say about it.

Help me to lead a day free of conflict, attack, anger.  In the troubled world that we inhabit today, help my brothers and sisters to live safe and secure in Your love.  May they know that regardless of how miserable the world might become, the world can never depart fully from You.  You set the limits on how far we could stray.  And we will all find our home in You eventually.  May that time be sooner rather than later.

Amen.

Holy Instant of Release

ACIM Workbook Lesson 227 – for Monday, August 15, 2011

Affirmation:  “This is my holy instant of release.”

“Father, it is today that I am free, because my will is Yours.  I thought to make another will, yet nothing that I thought apart from You exists.  And I am free because I was mistaken, and did not affect my own reality at all by my illusions.  Now I give them up, and lay them down before the feet of truth, to be removed forever from my mind.  This is my holy instant of release.  Father, I know my will is one with Yours.  (WB405)”

Reflections:

Let us ask today for our “holy instant of release.”  This prayer, like all of those in this section of the Workbook, is written with a loving and kind message of Awakening, waiting for all of us.

We have a free will because we recognize that our real will and the will of God are the same.  The Holy Spirit tells us what that real will is; we would be wise to listen to Him.  We live in an illusory world, and so we have made mistakes rather than “sinned.”  This is a departure from the Bible, an important departure in A Course in Miracles.  We can ask that our mistakes be removed, that we be cleansed of all unrighteousness, and we can rest in the assured promise that these mistakes will, in fact, be removed.  We will not be attracted to repeat the same mistake again (though sometimes we will do so), but we would be attracted to that mistake if we regaled ourselves with thoughts that we had sinned.  Misdeeds which we characterize as sin, according to ACIM, have an inherently attracting feature about them.  We may not understand this, but the ego is not honest.  It does not mean us well (an ACIM tenet).

If we would be free of mistakes, we must lay them at the feet of truth, as this passage says.  We would be honest (which actually means “consistent,” according to the Text), and we would eliminate our wrongdoing from our repertoire of words or deeds.  Turn to the Holy Spirit when tempted to do that which we know to be wrong in God’s sight.  Know that our conscience can sometimes mislead us, but the Holy Spirit, if listened to rightly, will never deceive.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would know, today, a holy instant of release.  May I be cleansed of my past mistakes; may I choose aright the next time a decision is called for.  Be with me today as I try to be kind and good to all those whom I meet.

I would not make the same mistakes again, but I know that dwelling on the past is not what You recommend.  My present confidence directs my way, as A Course in Miracles says.  May I live in the present, making plans only when directed to do so by the Holy Spirit.

Amen.