ACIM Workbook Lesson 189 – for Sunday, July 8, 2012
Affirmation: “I feel the Love of God within me now.”
“What would you see? The choice is given you. But learn and do not let your mind forget this law of seeing: You will look upon that which you feel within. If hatred finds a place within your heart, you will perceive a fearful world, held cruelly in death’s sharp-pointed, bony fingers. If you feel the Love of God within you, you will look out on a world of mercy and of love. (WB359)”
1 – A Lovely Passage
What a lovely passage from the Workbook! And the images are so profound.
2 – Fear = Hatred
If we have ever lived in fear, perhaps we have not realized that hatred has found a place within our heart. Perhaps this seems too harsh. But Jesus frequently equates attack with hate (in other places in ACIM); he goes the whole distance in categorizing our emotions. Jesus does not see lukewarm emotions, indicating to us elsewhere that a hint of irritation is the same as intense fury (separated from us only by a veil).
3 – Not Always Fearful
We do not always see a fearful world. So we are not always caught by the hatred (and attack) that the ego would foster.
4 – The Love of God Within
We see a world of mercy and of love, perhaps increasingly so as our study of A Course in Miracles proceeds. According to the passage for today, this sight means that we are feeling the Love of God within. What a blessing this is!
5 – A World of Mercy and of Love
We would not view “death’s sharp-pointed, bony fingers.” We would see a world of mercy and of love. Let us go forth today to see Love wherever we are, and if someone else seems to attack us, let us remember that he or she is really calling for help (an ACIM tenet), and may we give help accordingly. This is the way that Love works. And it is our holy relationships that will carry us home to God.
I would see a world today of mercy and of love. I would feel within the love that You wish for me to feel. And I know that when I feel that inward love, then the world that is externally is very different, very much better. Thank You for helping me to reach this understanding.
This workbook lesson teaches me what is repeatedly said in A Course in Miracles: projection makes perceptions. May I project from a mind and heart that is rooted in love, and by so doing to see a world that is beautiful. I know that the suffering in this world is actually illusory, but let this understanding in no way detract from the compassion that I would feel for others.
Be wtih me today as I walk through my world. May my words be sweet, my demeanor graceful. I would be the person today that You wish for me to be. May I reach out to my brothers and sisters with the help that You know that I am suited to give. But may I never try to overreach, to help when I am being an unhealed healer.