ACIM Workbook Lesson 223 – for Thursday, August 11, 2011
Affirmation: “God is my life. I have no life but His.”
“I was mistaken when I thought I lived apart from God, a separate entity that moved in isolation, unattached, and housed within a body. Now I know my life is God’s, I have no other home, and I do not exist apart from Him. He has no Thoughts that are not part of me, and I have none but those which are of Him.
“Our Father, let us see the face of Christ instead of our mistakes. For we who are Your holy Son are sinless. We would look upon our sinlessness, for guilt proclaims that we are not Your Son. And we would not forget You longer. We are lonely here, and long for Heaven, where we are at home. Today we would return. Our Name is Yours, and we acknowledge that we are Your Son. (WB403)”
Guilt is hell (an ACIM tenet). And all too often we feel guilt when we have failed, in our own sight, to measure up. That we do not have to “measure up” on a constant basis is something that we overlook, especially when we have been on the spiritual path for a long time. We need to be ever ready to turn our mistakes over to God for rectification. He will erase them. We need only to ask. And we need to realize that we do not want to categorize these mistakes as “sins,” because sins, perversely, have an attracting aspect (a Text tenet). When we categorize our misthoughts or misdeeds as mistakes, we will automatically want to change. We will want to leave the mistakes behind, making amends to others (and ourselves) when it is possible to do so.
When we see the face of Christ in all of our brothers and sisters, we will know that we are home. Jesus did see this face in other people, and he is our example. We do not have to relive his life, we do not have to be crucified–but we do need to let him be our leader in all things. In ACIM, he is our elder brother; in A Course of Love, he is our companion, our teacher no longer. He has completed his task, in A Course of Love, and it is now up to us to complete ours. ACOL says that this does not involve learning again, over and over. We have learned all that we need to know. We need only accept the unity and relationship that is the purview of the elevated Self of form. We are united as One with our brothers and sisters, and our relationships are pure. Even our own Self is consistent within; it is honest (a Manual tenet).
We are indeed often lonely in this world. But it need not be so. We can enjoy Heaven on earth, even in the midst of troubles. We can rise above the conflict that troubles us by turning, over and over, to the God within (and without). This constant turning to God is the only way to live that will sustain us permanently (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).
May I rest in surety that Your Word is true, that You live within me and that I have no need ever to feel lonely–believing that I am a solitary being. Be with me today as I seek to find the companionship that I can find only in You. Help me to remember to pray, to commune, on as nearly a constant basis as my frail self can sustain.
Help me to know that my Self is strong. There is nothing in this world that will ever come between us. That is enough for me to know. That will keep me serene in Your presence always.