ACIM Workbook Lesson 318 – for Monday, November 14, 2011
Affirmation: “In me salvation’s means and end are one.”
“I am the means by which God’s Son is saved, because salvation’s purpose is to find the sinlessness that God has placed in me. I was created as the thing I seek. (WB459)”
1 – Mistakes – In Eternity, No “Sin”
Here is the answer for those of us who find it difficult to believe–given our many mistakes–that we are really innocent, sinless. We were created sinless, and it is only in illusion that we have left that glorious state. And to leave something in illusion–in dreams–is not really to leave sinlessness at all. “I was created as the thing I seek”: Yes! We have spent eons chasing our tails to find the very thing that we are, deep within. It is only up to us to access that deepest place, where God is, to realize that we are One with Him, and that all is well. We do not have to atone for anything.
2 – Making Amends for Mistakes
We do have to make amends for the wrongs that we have perpetrated, if this is reasonably possible. If reaching out to someone we have wronged would make the matter worse, then we would do well to commune with God, express our amends to the Holy Spirit, and simply walk a green earth again. If reaching out to someone we have wronged would help to right the wrong, then we should definitely reach out. Only our deep communion with God and our guidance from the Holy Spirit can tell us what is right to say and do.
3 – Salvation
We in our essence encompass the means and the end of salvation. We will know this when we have forgiven ourselves for our misdeeds. Forgiving ourselves is easier said than done, because the ego (still a force, though weakened, in many of us) would have us see ourselves as guilty. The ego’s life depends upon the guilt that it can engender in us. If we thrust aside the guilt, which is actually the only hell that there is, we would be a good position to live peacefully, without the turmoil and agitation that guilt always causes us to feel.
4 – Salvation’s Purpose
In this passage, we are told that salvation’s very “purpose” is to “find the sinlessness that God has placed in me.” To carry this statement to its logical conclusion would mean, I think, that we will find that God is ready to awaken us when we, in our depths, have discovered the sinlessness with which we were created. We cannot be even a little bit in hell to find this sinlessness. We cannot feel even a little bit of guilt. Of course, to say this is to invite the ego to have a field day, because the ego will assure us that without guilt, we will say and do all manner of despicable things. But will we really? Perhaps this possibility is just what keeps Awakening from us. Perhaps here we are approaching some of the secrets of salvation. If we are truly ready to accept our sinlessness and to relinquish any of our thoughts or actions that would normally cause guilt, perhaps God can awaken us. Perhaps finally we are ready. (This final paragraph is filled with my own interpretations and is not based, precisely, on ACIM tenets.)
I would always seek to make amends for the errors that I have perpetrated, but I would not lash myself, metaphorically, calling them “sins.” I have sinned in time, but not in eternity, where I remain as You created me. May I get some inkling of what this means today.
I would walk farther along the pathway to salvation today. I know that Awakening stands at the end, and I ask for You to consider my petition for Awakening. I am content, though, to wait on Your timing, knowing that it will be the perfect time when You choose it.
Help me to forgive my brothers and sisters for the mistakes that they have made in attacking me or in getting angry with my shortcomings and misunderstandings. May all of us live, together, in peace today. And may You allow me to feel Your presence as I walk throughout the day.