ACIM Workbook Lesson 198 – for Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Affirmation: “Only my condemnation injures me.”
“Do not forget today that there can be no form of suffering that fails to hide an unforgiving thought. Nor can there be a form of pain forgiveness cannot heal. (WB380)”
1 – Assertion of Great Importance
Here is an assertion of great importance, but particularly easy to overlook within the scope of A Course in Miracles: no form of suffering or pain that the lack of forgiveness has not caused and that a gesture of forgiveness cannot heal. Here we are indeed set free from our moments of suffering and pain! What a glorious affirmation this is!
2 – Be Willing to Forgive
It does not mean that we will forever be free of suffering and pain, for we are human and we still make mistakes. But we have in our power the will to reduce those moments by quite a bit with our willingness to forgive, and our unwillingness to indulge our ego’s bent toward unforgiving thoughts.
3 – We Have Chosen
Our ego would have us to blame others, and in so doing to find things that seem unforgivable, for have not we been hurt by the words and actions of others? But ACIM says that we are responsible for what we see, that we have chosen what we experience. This is an definite statement in ACIM that brooks no exceptions. We find it hard to believe only because we are still caught in ego games.
4 – Our Will to Forgive
Think for a moment what power our will to forgive has in it! We can choose to forgive, and, if this comes hard, we can commune with God until it comes easy. We are not pawns in some cosmic joke; we can effect chance in the world that we experience. May we change that world for the better today.
I would forgive easily today, if You help me. I would not engage in any attack, for I love the people who surround me. May I see that anger is a ploy of the ego. May I know that my forgiveness will free me.
If anger arises, may I just leave the room. A short timeout is all that may be needed. I ask You to help me if the day turns tense, if stress enters. And does stress not enter, from time to time, for all of us?
Be with me closely today. I feel vulnerable to anger, because yesterday was a very busy day.