ACIM Workbook Lesson 240 – for Sunday, August 28, 2011
Affirmation: “Fear is not justified in any form.”
“Fear is deception. It attests that you have seen yourself as you could never be, and therefore look upon a world which is impossible. Not one thing in this world is true. It does not matter what the form in which it may appear. It witnesses but to your own illusions of yourself. Let us not be deceived today. We are the Sons of God. There is no fear in us, for we are each a part of Love Itself.
“How foolish are our fears! Would You allow Your Son to suffer? Give us faith today to recognize Your Son, and set him free. Let us forgive him in Your Name, that we may understand his holiness, and feel the love for him which is Your Own as well. (WB412)”
So many of us are caught in fear. It is the normal condition of mankind prior to seeing the light of salvation. And fear may return even after experiences of being “saved,” though perhaps not of being Awakened. Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now and A New Earth) declares that no thought has brought him pain since his Awakening (from a compact disk entitled, “Even the Sun Will Die”).
If this be true, perhaps all of us would wish for Awakening in great haste. But the time of Awakening, ACIM says, is God’s Own choice. Metaphorically, He will reach down and lift us up when we are ready. We are prepare for this revelation by understanding the means of getting to this culmination (a Text tenet). The means are carefully explained by Jesus in A Course in Miracles. In the meantime, we may have instances of revelation that do not last. But perhaps they are meant to point the way to what awaits us at the end of our journey (the “journey without distance”–a quotation from the Text).
We are Sons of God, so-called not because Jesus or God is sexist, but because the language of the sixties, when ACIM was channeled, included the feminine within the masculine. Now we can readily say “Sons and Daughters” of God, and this will be more accepted by our culture. When “Son” is capitalized, it means the Self that belongs to God in innocence. It is not the little self that has been consumed by the ego. We would leave the ego behind as we open to the God within.
I would experience no fear today. May I realize that the stress of daily living is actually a form of fear that what we find facing ourselves, or what we have just been through, is fearful in its essence. We are afraid of being hurt by some circumstance, but it is usually a circumstance that we cannot control in its entirety. May I turn over the day to the Holy Spirit, and may my daily stress be lessened by the guidance that He gives me.
Be with me today as I pray for a relinquishment of the fear that I once knew. I am thankful that stress in my life is currently reduced, and I pray that this circumstance will continue. May I do nothing to increase the stress that I must face. And since I know that projection makes perception, I have it in my power to see that the circumstances that I face do not make me fearful. I have this power, but I do not always use it, because I am fallible. Guide me, therefore, as I walk the pathways of this earth.