ACIM Workbook Lesson 294 – for Friday, October 21, 2011
Affirmation: “My body is a wholly neutral thing.”
“My body, Father, cannot be Your Son. And what is not created cannot be sinful nor sinless; neither good nor bad. Let me, then, use this dream to help Your plan that we awaken from all dreams we made. (WB445)”
1 – We Made the Physical
We made the body and the rest of the physical world. This is part of the theology of A Course in Miracles, but we do not understand this assertion. We cannot, while still in this world. We make, but God creates. And only what is created is real. Only what is created is lasting.
2 – Dreams
We also made the dream in which we find ourselves lost. We would awaken from this dream, sooner rather than later. We begin to awaken from the dream that we made when we accept the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” (from the Workbook). We are eased in our minds, so that we do not fear Awakening.
3 – The World Is Illusion
The world that we see is illusion, or maya (in Eastern terminology). So nothing that happens in illusion is real, and it is on this solid foundation that forgiveness becomes real. If nothing real has happened when our brother or sister acts against us, then forgiveness is the only sane response. It protects our minds, and it protects our brothers and sisters. We and they are issuing a call for help, and forgiveness offers this help as a first step.
4 – Vanities of the Body
We put too much emphasis upon the body. It is true that in this world, it is wise to be neat and clean in appearance, but usually we go far beyond this practical necessity. We adorn the body with meaningless trinkets of gold and silver, bracelets that are meaningless, watches that are gold and diamonds, rings that sparkle with the false value of wealth. Why do we do this? It is our own self image that is at fault. We think, from the ego, that we are not worthy unless we adorn ourselves.
5 – The Elaborate Frame that Surrounds Illusion
This picture is described in the Text as an elaborate frame that covers a tiny picture of an illusion, where nothing really is. The real picture is framed with a slim frame, and it shows off the picture framed in light, the reality in which we ought to be found. These images in ACIM are powerful indeed, and they carry messages that we can spread to greater meanings in other parts of this illusory world. Nobody needs to live long in illusion. Ask for the real world, and glimpses, at least, will be given us.
I would not look to any elaborate frame that masks the illusion that it frames. I would see reality instead. May I invite the happy dreams from the Holy Spirit, knowing that these are precursors to Awakening. May I understand, intuitively, what is meant by the assertion that we ourselves made this world. It is not real, for only what God created is real.
Help me to walk in the light, the light of reality which is framed by a slim frame–a frame seen in light. May these images–the elaborate frame surrounding nothing, and the light frame offering a picture of reality–tease my mind out of thought today. May I come to recognize the real world when I see its glimpses, and I feel its peace and joy.
Thank You for always being here for me. I ask for many things, but You and Your Presence are all that I really need.