ACIM Workbook Lesson 308 – for Friday, November 4, 2011
“Thanks for this instant, Father. It is now I am redeemed. This instant is the time You have appointed for Your Son’s release, and for salvation of the world in him. (WB453)”
1 – We Live In the Present Always
There is no past and no future; we live only in the present. The only exception to this is what we do with our minds. We can imagine ourselves in the past or the future, but never can be go there. The time is always–now.
2 – Make This Instant Holy
This instant of time can be a holy instant if we are open to it. Holy instants are harbingers of the Heaven on earth to which we all are headed. Holy instants, for which we do not have to prepare (a Text tenet), are evidence of the Holy Spirit’s guidance. And our blessing will come from the holy instant that He has prepared for us.
3 – In the Now We Are Redeemed
It is only in the Now that we can be redeemed. What does it mean to be redeemed? This is another word for salvation, and ultimately for Awakening. As we practice living in the present, our worries will diminish. As we see a long “to do” list for the day, we try to go down one item at a time, not looking ahead in frustration that there is too much to do. Taking one item at a time on our “to do” list is an example of living in the present, living in the Now. It is the best way to live, and this ensures that we will live aright.
4 – May We Be Healed Healers
We are meant to bring salvation to the world. We first become “healed healers,” or what we do will be misguided. According to ACIM, an “unhealed healer” needs to turn within and seek for his or her own healing. Then we reach outward. All of this doesn’t happen at one time, but in repeated evidence that we are not totally healed. We oscillate between being healed and being unhealed. And when we recognize that we have fallen into the latter, we are to turn to the Holy Spirit, and, once again, to ask for healing. He will answer.
I would practice living in the Now, the present, today at every point of which I live in awareness. I would take one item on my “to do” list at a time. I would not focus on the future, in fretting; and I would not focus on the past, in worry. I would remain serene and calm in this moment.
Help me to deliver on this intention. I know that to do so will not be easy. But You are always there to guide me, and the Holy Spirit, inwardly, leads me home. Be with me as I seek home often today.