Today’s ACIM Lesson

W-330: I will not hurt myself again today.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

We are literally giving ourselves images of pain.  We made up duality, separation, fear, shame and cruelty.  Then we mixed in some good stuff to further deceive ourselves that there is meaning and purpose to the dream.  The undoing process A Course in Miracles offers us unwinds the knotted thoughts we think we think and releases us from all beliefs through the Holy Spirit’s Direction.  I will not hurt myself again today.  I can operate just fine without knowing anything.  In fact, that is what opens me as a conduit for Spiritual guidance.  Father, save me from what I thought was, and I will see the Truth in all my brothers.

LESSON 330

I will not hurt myself again today.

 Let us this day accept forgiveness as our only function.  Why should we attack our minds, and give them images of pain?  Why should we teach them they are powerless, when God holds out His power and His Love, and bids them take what is already theirs? The mind that is made willing to accept God’s gifts has been restored to spirit, and extends its freedom and its joy, as is the Will of God united with its own. The Self which God created cannot sin, and therefore cannot suffer.  Let us choose today that He be our Identity, and thus escape forever from all things the dream of fear appears to offer us.

Father, Your Son can not be hurt.  And if we think we suffer, we but fail to know our one Identity we share with You.  We would return to It today, to be made free forever from all our mistakes, and to be saved from what we thought we were.

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12. What Is the Ego?

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

In Part II of the Workbook, every 10 lessons we are given an instruction.  It comes in the form of a question.  There are 14 of these questions all together, and each one of them corresponds to a set of 10 lessons, and is to be read every day for the next 10 days along with our lesson for the day.  “What Is the Ego?” is the twelfth instruction and goes with Lessons 331 – 340.

12.  What Is the Ego?

 The ego is idolatry, the sign of limited and separated self, born in a body, doomed to suffer and to end its life in death.  It is the “will” that sees the Will of God as enemy, and takes a form in which it is denied.  The ego is the “proof” that strength is weak and love is fearful, life is really death, and what opposes God alone is true.

The ego is insane.  In fear it stands beyond the Everywhere, apart from All, in separation from the Infinite.  In its insanity it thinks it has become a victor over God Himself.  And in its terrible autonomy, it “sees” the Will of God has been destroyed.  It dreams of punishment, and trembles at the figures in its dreams, its enemies, who seek to murder it before it can ensure its safety by attacking them.

The Son of God is egoless.  What can he know of madness and the death of God, when he abides in Him?  What can he know of sorrow and of suffering, when he lives in eternal joy?  What can he know of fear and punishment, of sin and guilt, of hatred and attack, when all there is surrounding him is everlasting peace, forever conflict-free and undisturbed, in deepest silence and tranquility?

To know reality is not to see the ego and its thoughts, its works, its acts, its laws and its beliefs, its dreams, its hopes, its plans for its salvation, and the cost belief in it entails.  In suffering, the price for faith in it is so immense that crucifixion of the Son of God is offered daily at its darkened shrine, and blood must flow before the altar where its sickly followers prepare to die.

Yet will one lily of forgiveness change the darkness into light; the altar to illusions to the shrine of Life Itself.  And peace will be restored forever to the holy minds which God created as His Son, His dwelling place, His joy, His love, completely His, completely one with Him.

Remember, in Part II of the Workbook, every 10 lessons we are given an instruction.  It comes in the form of a question.  There are 14 of these questions all together, and each one of them corresponds to a set of 10 lessons, and is to be read every day for the next 10 days along with our lesson for the day.  “What Is the Ego?” is the twelfth instruction and goes with Lessons 331 – 340.

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W-329: I have already chosen what You will.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

” … what I am in truth is but Your Will, extended and extending.”  If I am my Father’s Will, and His Will is ever-extending Love, Peace and Joy, then I am Love, Peace and Joy.  Since Love, Peace and Joy never come in separate parcels, “I” am inextricably joined with my brothers.  This Innocent Union we share is What We Are … and when we recognize that we have already chosen what God Wills then there will be no more to learn or say or do.  Beingness will Be without senseless distractions that aren’t really there.

LESSON 329

I have already chosen what You will.

Father, I thought I wandered from Your Will, defied it, broke its laws, and interposed a second will more powerful than Yours. Yet what I am in truth is but Your Will, extended and extending. This am I, and this will never change. As You are One, so am I one with You. And this I chose in my creation, where my will became forever one with Yours. That choice was made for all eternity. It cannot change, and be in opposition to itself. Father, my will is Yours. And I am safe, untroubled and serene, in endless joy, because it is Your Will that it be so.

Today we will accept our union with each other and our Source. We have no will apart from His, and all of us are one because His Will is shared by all of us. Through it we recognize that we are one. Through it we find our way at last to God.

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W-328: I choose the second place to gain the first.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Feeling separate and alone are merely wild imaginings.  Separate and alone is not possible.  Mistaken thoughts can lead to strong beliefs, but that does not make these beliefs true.  It is my Father’s Will that I be safe and eternally at peace and so I am.  It is my will that I connect with my Father’s Will to know that this is so.  Despite upside down perceptions, I am still joined with my brothers and safe at Home with my Father because there is no second place, only First.

LESSON 328

I choose the second place to gain the first.

What seems to be the second place is first, for all things we perceive are upside down until we listen to the Voice for God.  It seems that we will gain autonomy but by our striving to be separate, and that our independence from the rest of God’s creation is the way in which salvation is obtained.  Yet all we find is sickness, suffering and loss and death.  This is  not what our Father wills for us, nor is there any second to His Will.  To join with His is but to find our own.  And since our will is His, it is to Him that we must go to recognize our will.

There is no will but Yours.  And I am glad that nothing I imagine contradicts what You would have me be.  It is Your Will that I be wholly safe, eternally at peace.  And happily I share that Will which You, my Father, gave as part of me.

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W-327: I need but call and You will answer me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

When I use the practices A Course in Miracles gives me, Spirit is experience within the body, and the body is experienced as a vehicle of Spirit.  This experience is inarguable, incontrovertible, intangible and utterly convincing.  I call, He Answers.  One Answer of Loving Peace.  One Answer of Unified Stillness.  One Answer of Infinite Eternal Joy.  One Answer to a non-problem which I imagined, bought into, and played out … until I began to remember the Truth: I am not a body, I am free, for I am still as God created me. I am Spirit.  I am Living Loving Light.  When I forget, all I need do is call and He will answer me every time.  Amen.

LESSON 327

I need but call and You will answer me.

I am not asked to take salvation on the basis of an unsupported faith.  For God has promised He will hear my call, and answer me Himself.  Let me but learn from my experience that this is true, and faith in Him must surely come to me.  This is the faith that will endure, and take me farther and still farther on the road that leads to Him.  For thus I will be sure that He has not abandoned me and loves me still, awaiting but my call to give me all the help I need to come to Him.

Father, I thank You that Your promises will never fail in my experience, if I but test them out.  Let me attempt therefore to try them, and to judge them not.  Your Word is one with You.  You give the means whereby conviction comes, and surety of Your abiding Love is gained at last.

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W-326: I am forever an effect of God.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

With God, cause and effect are the same: Love. Without God, we seem to be at the mercy of random causes with tragic effects (and sometimes seemingly lucky causes with seemingly happy outcomes).  God gives us blessings.  The ego “gives us” luck.  I am committed to beholding the earth disappear, at first transformed by the Holy Spirit’s guidance and the reflection of God’s Love in all that I see and do, and then, forgiven, fade entirely into God’s holy Will.

LESSON 326

I am forever an Effect of God.

Father, I was created in Your Mind, a holy Thought that never left its home. I am forever Your Effect, and You forever and forever are my Cause. As You created me I have remained. Where You established me I still abide. And all Your attributes abide in me, because it is Your Will to have a Son so like his Cause that Cause and Its Effect are indistinguishable. Let me know that I am an Effect of God, and so I have the power to create like You. And as it is in Heaven, so on earth. Your plan I follow here, and at the end I know that You will gather Your effects into the tranquil Heaven of Your Love, where earth will vanish, and all separate thoughts unite in glory as the Son of God.

Let us today behold earth disappear, at first transformed, and then, forgiven, fade entirely into God’s holy Will.

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W-325: All things I think I see reflect ideas.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

My personal thinking is faulty. It is based on a wish which led to an image which I as ego projected outwards and view on the screen of the world as if it is real.  All things I think I see reflect ideas.  Now I know I can choose between the ideas of separation the ego proffers, or the Unity of Heaven the Holy Spirit offers.  It’s a no-brainer — this time I choose Heaven.

LESSON 325

All things I think I see reflect ideas.

This is salvation’s keynote: What I see reflects a process in my mind, which starts with my idea of what I want. From there, the mind makes up an image of the thing the mind desires, judges valuable, and therefore seeks to find. These images are then projected outward, looked upon, esteemed as real and guarded as one’s own. From insane wishes comes an insane world. From judgment comes a world condemned. And from forgiving thoughts a gentle world comes forth, with mercy for the holy Son of God, to offer him a kindly home where he can rest a while before he journeys on, and help his brothers walk ahead with him, and find the way to Heaven and to God.

Our Father, Your ideas reflect the truth, and mine apart from Yours but make up dreams. Let me behold what only Yours reflect, for Yours and Yours alone establish truth.

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W-324: I merely follow, for I would not lead.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Jesus was a follower of God and that made him a natural leader of people.  If I follow in the footsteps of Jesus, I learn to be a good follower and Everything flows from there.  I merely follow, for I would not lead.  This much I know: I have led my own life and it was filled with fear and pain.  Now I place myself in God’s hands and every day is a good day.

LESSON 324

I merely follow, for I would not lead.

Father, You are the One Who gave the plan for my salvation to me. You have set the way I am to go, the role to take, and every step in my appointed path. I cannot lose the way. I can but choose to wander off a while, and then return. Your loving Voice will always call me back, and guide my feet aright. My brothers all can follow in the way I lead them. Yet I merely follow in the way to You, as You direct me and would have me go.

So let us follow One Who knows the way. We need not tarry, and we cannot stray except an instant from His loving Hand. We walk together, for we follow Him. And it is He Who makes the ending sure, and guarantees a safe returning home.

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W-323: I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Scott and I recently bought a house and with a house come renovations.  In this lesson it’s fun to read, “…the only ‘cost’ of restoration of Your memory to me” is the “sacrifice” of fear.  Yes, I quit as the Designer and surrender to a different kind of restoration — Mind Restoration!  What a relief, what a pleasure to let go of self-deceptions and false images so that Truth is restored in Wholeness and in Joy.

LESSON 323

I gladly make the “sacrifice” of fear.

Here is the only “sacrifice” You ask of Your beloved Son; You ask him to give up all suffering, all sense of loss and sadness, all anxiety and doubt, and freely let Your Love come streaming in to his awareness, healing him of pain, and giving him Your Own eternal joy. Such is the “sacrifice” You ask of me, and one I gladly make; the only “cost” of restoration of Your memory to me, for the salvation of the world.

And as we pay the debt we owe to truth,–a debt that merely is the letting go of self-deceptions and of images we worshipped falsely–truth returns to us in wholeness and in joy. We are deceived no longer. Love has now returned to our awareness. And we are at peace again, for fear has gone and only love remains.

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W-322: I can give up but what was never real.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

If I accept God’s gifts, the memory of Him arises in my mind.  I am the one who willfully forgot God, but what I forgot still exists.  Now that I know I played this game of forgetfulness and that I continue to review what never happened, I can choose again.  Therefore, “What loss can I anticipate except the loss of fear, and the return of love into my mind?”  Yes, this “sacrifice” I am more than willing to make–the welcome sacrifice of fearful thoughts that obscure True Thought and block Peace of Mind.

LESSON 322

I can give up but what was never real.

I sacrifice illusions; nothing more. And as illusions go I find the gifts illusions tried to hide, awaiting me in shining welcome, and in readiness to give God’s ancient messages to me. His memory abides in every gift that I receive of Him. And every dream serves only to conceal the Self which is God’s only Son, the likeness of Himself, the Holy One Who still abides in Him forever, as He still abides in me.

Father, to You all sacrifice remains forever inconceivable. And so I cannot sacrifice except in dreams. As You created me, I can give up nothing You gave me. What You did not give has no reality. What loss can I anticipate except the loss of fear, and the return of love into my mind?

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