Today’s ACIM Lesson

W-340: I can be free of suffering today.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

I was born into this world but to achieve this day … I can be free of suffering today.  Truth be told, I’m having a tough day today.  I’m willing to believe there is no room for anything but joy and thanks today … I am willing to believe there is no room for anything but joy and thanks today.  Even though my circumstances and the demands of the world seem consuming today, I am willing to believe there is no room for anything but joy and thanks today … and in spite of everything, I feel my heart lift.  If I use today’s lesson today, at the very least my day will improve exponentially.  And at best?  Peace and joy beyond words.  I feel an inner shift … here comes the miracle … 🙂

LESSON 340

I can be free of suffering today.

Father, I thank You for today, and for the freedom I am certain it will bring.  This day is holy, for today Your Son will be redeemed.  His suffering is done.  For he will hear Your Voice directing him to find Christ’s vision through forgiveness, and be free forever from all sufferingThanks for today, my Father.  I was born into this world but to achieve this day, and what it holds in joy and freedom for Your holy Son and for the world he made, which is released along with him today.

Be glad today!  Be glad!  There is no room for anything but joy and thanks today.  Our Father has redeemed His Son this day.  Not one of us but will be saved today.  Not one who will remain in fear, and none the Father will not gather to Himself, awake in Heaven in the Heart of Love.

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W-339: I will receive whatever I request.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)
This lesson can be easily misunderstood, especially if blended with Law of Attraction principles.  Jesus is reminding us that we can request Peace which is Unified Mind, or conflict and fear which is the result of ego/separated mind.  Remember, there is always only one problem and one solution: the problem is that we are dreaming we are individual people in a world of time and space.  The solution is to request Guidance to help us awaken from the dream.

Forgiveness is redefined as a method of recognizing the illusory dream for what it is — a figment of our imagination.  Forgiveness allows us to give all our fears and misconceptions about who we are to Spirit to be transformed into Truth.  If we request God’s Peace, Love and Joy we will get it.  The ego says, “BUT you will be destroyed — you won’t be ‘you’ anymore.”  That’s how we mistake the “pleasure” of being an individual as preferable to being Unified.  Joy seems painful, threatening and dangerous when it becomes clear that Joy is a state of Unified Mind.

It seems as if we will have to give up all kinds of people, circumstances and things we cherish and hold dear if we are Unified Wholeness.  Don’t worry — this melting away of ideas of separateness will only lead to real Peace, Love and Joy.  You’ll find out if you really heed the prayer at the end of this lesson: Father, this is Your Day. It is a day in which I would do nothing by myself, but hear Your Voice in everything I do; requesting only what You offer me, accepting only Thoughts You share with me.

LESSON 339

I will receive whatever I request.

No one desires pain.  But he can think that pain is pleasure.  No one would avoid his happiness.  But he can think that joy is painful, threatening and dangerous.  Everyone will receive what he requests.  But he can be confused indeed about the things he wants; the state he would attain.  What can he then request that he would want when he receives it?  He has asked for what will frighten him, and bring him suffering.  Let us resolve today to ask for what we really want, and only this, that we may spend this day in fearlessness, without confusing pain with joy, or fear with love.

Father, this is Your day.  It is a day in which I would do nothing by myself, but hear Your Voice in everything I do; requesting only what You offer me, accepting only Thoughts You share with me.

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W-338: I am affected only by my thoughts.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Things get very quiet now.  As I exchange each fear thought for a happy thought of love, ego thinking dissolves and Thought Itself is Stillness …

LESSON 338

I am affected only by my thoughts.

It needs but this to let salvation come to all the world.  For in this single thought is everyone released at last from fear.  Now has he learned that no one frightens him, and nothing can endanger him.  He has no enemies, and he is safe from all external things.  His thoughts can frighten him, but since these thoughts belong to him alone, he has the power to change them and exchange each fear thought for a happy thought of love.  He crucified himself.  Yet God has planned that His beloved Son will be redeemed.

Your plan is sure, my Father,–only Yours.  All other plans will fail.  And I will have thoughts that will frighten me, until I learn that You have given me the only Thought that leads me to salvation.  Mine alone will fail, and lead me nowhere.  But the Thought You gave me promises to lead me home, because it holds Your promise to Your Son.

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W-337: My sinlessness protects me from all harm.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Each of us reaches a tipping point.  It must come within the individual, and then the One Consciousness is discovered. Whenever you are ready, it is recognized that the dream is over and we are all One in a formless state of Stillness and Peace.  And so It Is.  Amen.

LESSON 337

My sinlessness protects me from all harm.

My sinlessness ensures me perfect peace, eternal safety, everlasting love, freedom forever from all thought of loss; complete deliverance from suffering.  And only happiness can be my state, for only happiness is given me.  What must I do to know all this is mine?  I must accept Atonement for myself, and nothing more.  God has already done all things that need be done.  And I must learn I need do nothing of myself, for I need but accept my Self, my sinlessness, created for me, now already mine, to feel God’s Love protecting me from harm, to understand my Father loves His Son; to know I am the Son my Father loves.

You who created me in sinlessness are not mistaken about what I am.  I was mistaken when I thought I sinned, but I accept Atonement for myself.  Father, my dream is ended now.  Amen.

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W-336: Forgiveness lets me know that minds are joined.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

When I step back and let the Holy Spirit lead the way, the body is transformed from a strait jacket inside the prison bars of ego mind, to a tantalizing surprise package, which, when unwrapped, reveals the happy surprise of Union — the Infinite Eternality of God’s Shining One-Mind.

LESSON 336

Forgiveness lets me know that minds are joined.

Forgiveness is the means appointed for perception’s ending.  Knowledge is restored after perception first is changed, and then gives way entirely to what remains forever past its highest reach.  For sights and sounds, at best, can serve but to recall the memory that lies beyond them all.  Forgiveness sweeps away distortions, and opens the hidden altar to the truth.  Its lilies shine into  the mind, and call it to return and look within, to find what it has vainly sought without.  For here, and only here, is peace of mind restored, for this the dwelling place of God Himself.

In quiet may forgiveness wipe away my dreams of separation and of sin.  Then let me, Father, look within, and find Your promise of my sinlessness is kept; Your Word remains unchanged within my mind, Your Love is still abiding in my heart.

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W-335: I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

When I choose to see my brother’s innocence, an Innocence that goes beyond his actions and leads me to the Light within him, then I choose my Innocence as well.  When I choose this Innocence within my brother and myself, the memory of Our Father surfaces as well, revealing What I already am.

LESSON 335

I choose to see my brother’s sinlessness.

Forgiveness is a choice.  I never see my brother as he is, for that is far beyond perception.  What I see in him is merely what I wish to see, because it stands for what I want to be the truth.  It is to this alone that I respond, however much I seem to be impelled by outside happenings.  I choose to see what I would look upon, and this I see, and only this.  My brother’s sinlessness shows me that I would look upon my own.  And I will see it, having chosen to behold my brother in its holy light.

What could restore Your memory to me, except to see my brother’s sinlessness?  His holiness reminds me that he was created one with me, and like myself.  In him I find my Self, and in Your Son I find the memory of You as well.

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W-334: Today I claim the gifts forgiveness gives.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

I seek but the eternal and the eternal is the antidote to my bewildered mind and frightened heart.  A quiet comes upon me just from making that statement.  And that is my claim today, right now, to the gifts forgiveness gives.

LESSON 334

Today I claim the gifts forgiveness gives.

I will not wait another day to find the treasures that my Father offers me.  Illusions are all vain, and dreams are gone even while they are woven out of thoughts that rest on false perceptions.  Let me not accept such meager gifts again today.  God’s Voice is offering the peace of God to all who hear and choose to follow Him.  This is my choice today.  And so I go to find the treasures God has given me.

I seek but the eternal.  For Your Son can be content with nothing less than this.  What, then, can be his solace but what You are offering to his bewildered mind and frightened heart, to give him certainty and bring him peace?  Today I would behold my brother sinless.  This Your Will for me, for so will I behold my sinlessness.

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W-333: Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Conflict must be looked upon and seen for what it is: my choice to think a thought that said I was separate from my brothers and from my Source.  When I look, it is like discovering the Wizard of Oz behind the curtain — the ego is just a mouse that roars.  Seeing that for ourselves invites the Truth, which blazes Its Light and darkness is instantly melted away.

LESSON 333

Forgiveness ends the dream of conflict here.

Conflict must be resolved.  It cannot be evaded, set aside, denied, disguised, seen somewhere else, called by another name, or hidden by deceit of any kind, if it would be escaped.  It must be seen exactly as it is, where it is thought to be, in the reality which has been given it, and with the purpose that the mind accepted it.  For only then are its defenses lifted, and the truth can shine upon it as it disappears.

Father, forgiveness is the light You chose to shine away all conflict and all doubt, and light the way for our return to You.  No light but this can end our evil dream.  No light but this can save the world.  For this alone will never fail in anything, being Your gift to Your beloved Son.

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W-332: Fear binds the world. Forgiveness sets it free.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)
Father, I am fully committed to letting Your Light shine through this dream of darkness.  I accept my inheritance, the one you give me now, because I understand nothing happens in the past, and when I allow the Present to Be All That Is, Your legacy is Our Reality.  Amen.

LESSON 332

Fear binds the world.  Forgiveness sets it free.

The ego makes illusions.  Truth undoes its evil dreams by shining them away.  Truth never makes attack.  It merely is.  And by its presence is the mind recalled from fantasies, awaking to the real.  Forgiveness bids this presence enter in, and take its rightful place within the mind.  Without forgiveness is the mind in chains, believing in its own futility.  Yet with forgiveness does the light shine through the dream of darkness, offering it hope, and giving it the means to realize the freedom that is its inheritance.

We would not bind the world again today.  Fear holds it prisoner.  And yet YourLove has given us the means to set it free.  Father, we would release it now.  For as we offer freedom, it is given us.  And we would not remain as prisoners, while You are holding freedom out to us.

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W-331: There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

I’m having a make-believe argument with myself, for argument’s sake.  I’m “enjoying” a game of pretend where I am “me” and you are “you” so that I can blame “you” for being “me.”  In other words, the ego mind projected out an idea that there could be an “I” other than God and then added a “you” so we could fight and keep ourselves distracted from the Truth.  The Truth is there is only One and that can never change.  Willingness to know the Truth permits forgiveness to enter our repertoire of human choices and leave the arena of good and bad, right and wrong altogether.  Now we can use this life as classroom to awaken to our natural Unity which is All That Is.  In that lies Comfort and Peace and Everything Love.  As we undo our attachment to believing we are separate, we rediscover our no-person Unified Loving Source.

LESSON 331

There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.

How foolish, Father, to believe Your Son could cause himself to suffer!  Could he make a plan for his damnation, and be left without a certain way to his release?  You love me, Father.  You could never leave me desolate, to die within a world of pain and cruelty.  How could I think that Love has left Itself?  There is no will except the Will of Love.  Fear is a dream, and has no will that can conflict with Yours.  Conflict is sleep, and peace awakening.  Death is illusion; life, eternal truth.  There is no opposition to Your Will.  There is no conflict, for my will is Yours.

Forgiveness shows us that God’s Will is One, and that we share it.  Let us look upon the holy sights forgiveness shows today, that we may find the peace of God.  Amen.

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