My experience with the ACIM Workbook Lessons

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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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.

Let’s practice together!  Click here for more information and to sign-up for Workin’ the Workbook, my online class which supports the ACIM Workbook practice.  

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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