W-64: Let me not forget my function.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Let me not wander into temptation, let me not forget my function.  Today we focus on all related thoughts to strengthen and reinforce today’s idea:  The purpose of the body is to tempt me to forget God.  The Holy Spirit saves me by using all physical temptation for the spiritual recognition of our True Identity.

Choosing to fulfill my function is choosing to be happy.  My function is forgiveness.  Forgiveness brings the darkness to the Light.  The Light of the world brings peace to every mind through my forgiveness.  God has appointed “me” to save the world and my brothers by accepting salvation for myself.  I am God’s conduit for salvation.  Opening as a conduit reminds me that I am the Light and then the vortex shifts from horizontal to vertical.

The body which seems to be “me”  is the classroom where I seem to receive God’s direction for now.  All correction is actually happening in my mind, but it’s okay for me to experience mind expansion, relaxation, release of fear, peace, strengthened conviction, confidence in Reality through signs in my body.  This is the awakening process in time.  Waking itself will erase all time and answer all questions which ultimately need no answers.

It is a simple decision:

Let me not forget my function … forgiveness lets me recognize light, accept light, shine light, and bring darkness to light …
Let me not try to substitute mine for God’s … my function is Self-serving and salvation serves me and all my brothers.
Let me forgive and be happy … choosing forgiveness brings me happiness–it’s that simple and that easy … let me forgive and be happy.

 

LESSON 64

Let me not forget my function.

Today’s idea is merely another way of saying “Let me not wander into temptation.”  The purpose of the world you see is to obscure your function of forgiveness, and provide you with a justification for forgetting it.  It is the temptation to abandon God and His Son by taking on a physical appearance.  It is this the body’s eyes look upon.

Nothing the body’s eyes seem to see can be anything but a form of temptation, since this was the purpose of the body itself.  Yet we have learned that the Holy Spirit has another use for all the illusions you have made, and therefore He sees another purpose in them.  To the Holy Spirit, the world is a place where you learn to forgive yourself what you think of as your sins.  In this perception, the physical appearance of temptation becomes the spiritual recognition of salvation.

To review our last few lessons, your function here is to be the light of the world, a function given you by God.  It is only the arrogance of the ego that leads you to question this, and only the fear of the ego that induces you to regard yourself as unworthy of the task assigned to you by God Himself.  The world’s salvation awaits your forgiveness, because through it does the Son of God escape from all illusions, and thus from all temptation.  The Son of God is you.

Only by fulfilling the function given you by God will you be happy.  That is because your function is to be happy by using the means by which happiness becomes inevitable.  There is no other way.  Therefore, every time you choose whether or not to fulfill your function, you are really choosing whether or not to be happy.

Let us remember this today.  Let us remind ourselves of it in the morning and again at night, and all through the day as well.  Prepare yourself in advance for all the decisions you will make today by remembering they are all really very simple.  Each one will lead to happiness or unhappiness.  Can such a simple decision really be difficult to make?  Let not the form of the decision deceive you.  Complexity of form does not imply complexity of content.  It is impossible that any decision on earth can have a content different from just this one simple choice.  That is the only choice the Holy Spirit sees.  Therefore it is the only choice there is.

Today, then, let us practice with these thoughts:

Let me not forget my function.
Let me not try to substitute mine for God’s.
Let me forgive and be happy.

At least once devote ten or fifteen minutes today to reflecting on this with closed eyes.  Related thoughts will come to help you, if you remember the crucial importance of your function to you and to the world.

In the frequent applications of today’s idea throughout the day, devote several minutes to reviewing these thoughts, and then thinking about them and about nothing else.  This will be difficult, at first particularly, since you are not proficient in the mind discipline that it requires.  You may need to repeat “Let me not forget my function” quite often to help you concentrate.

Two forms of shorter practice periods are required.  At times, do the exercises with your eyes closed, trying to concentrate on the thoughts you are using.  At other times, keep your eyes open after reviewing the thoughts, and then look slowly and unselectively around you, telling yourself:

This is the world it is my function to save.

Let’s practice together!  Watch and hear Amy reading each ACIM Lesson on Youtube.  Also, check out Workin’ the Workbook, Amy’s online class which supports the ACIM Workbook practice.