My experience with the ACIM Workbook Lessons

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-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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W-321: Father, my freedom is in You alone.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

The way to God is opening and clear to me at last … His Voice directs me and the direction is always the same: do not listen to your made-up self.  Listen to Me.  This listening quiets all the sounds I thought I heard and, instead, dynamic stillness is Alive with God’s Music — one all-inclusive Song of Freedom, Harmony and Beingness.  There is no “I,” there is no “thou,” there is no consciousness at all.  Beingness begets Beingness and words become unnecessary because Freedom is something beyond what human brains can understand.

LESSON 321

Father, my freedom is in You alone.

I did not understand what made me free, nor what my freedom is, nor where to look to find it.  Father, I have searched in vain until I heard Your Voice directing me.  Now I would guide myself no more.  For I have neither made nor understood the way to find my freedom.  But I trust in You.  You Who endowed me with my freedom as Your holy Son will not be lost to me.  Your Voice directs me, and the way to You  is opening and clear to me at last.  Father, my freedom is in You alone.  Father, it is my will that I return.

Today, we answer for the world, which will be freed along with us.  How glad are we to find our freedom through the certain way our Father has established.  And how sure is all the world’s salvation, when we learn our freedom can be found in God alone.

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11. What Is Creation?

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 Creation?” is the eleventh instruction and goes with Lessons 321 – 330.

11.  What Is Creation?

Creation is the sum of all God’s Thoughts, in number infinite, and everywhere without all limit. Only love creates, and only like itself. There was no time when all that it created was not there. Nor will there be a time when anything that it created suffers any loss. Forever and forever are God’s Thoughts exactly as they were and as they are, unchanged through time and after time is done.

God’s Thoughts are given all the power that their own Creator has. For He would add to love by its extension. Thus His Son shares in creation, and must therefore share in power to create. What God has willed to be forever One will still be One when time is over; and will not be changed throughout the course of time, remaining as it was before the thought of time began.

Creation is the opposite of all illusions, for creation is the truth. Creation is the holy Son of God, for in creation is His Will complete in every aspect, making every part container of the whole. Its oneness is forever guaranteed inviolate; forever held within His holy Will, beyond all possibility of harm, of separation, imperfection and of any spot upon its sinlessness.

We are creation; we the Sons of God. We seem to be discrete, and unaware of our eternal unity with Him. Yet back of all our doubts, past all our fears, there still is certainty. For love remains with all its Thoughts, its sureness being theirs. God’s memory is in our holy minds, which know their oneness and their unity with their Creator. Let our function be only to let this memory return, only to let God’s Will be done on earth, only to be restored to sanity, and to be but as God created us.

Our Father calls to us. We hear His Voice, and we forgive creation in the Name of its Creator, Holiness Itself, Whose Holiness His Own creation shares; Whose Holiness is still a part of us.

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 Creation?” is the eleventh instruction and goes with Lessons 321 – 330.

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-320: My Father gives all power unto me.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

My Father is always shining upon my mind for I am within His Mind.  What He shines gives me full power to extend His Love, Strength, Peace and Joy to All.  What He shines is Unifying, Innocent, Beautiful, Relaxing, Energizing, Alive, Still … this Endless Power is available to everyone, all of us, just as an outlet is available for a plug.  Plugging in to Spirit is to be charged limitlessly and free of charge 😉  Our only choice is “when.”  How about Now?

LESSON 320

My Father gives all power unto me.

The Son of God is limitless.  There are no limits on his strength, his peace, his joy, nor any attributes his Father gave in his creation.  What he wills with his Creator and Redeemer must be done.  His holy will can never be denied, because his Father shines upon his mind, and lays before it all the strength and love in earth and Heaven.  I am he to whom all this is given.  I am he in whom the power of my Father’s Will abides.

Your Will can do all things in me, and then extend to all the world as well through me.  There is no limit on Your Will.  And so all power has been given to Your Son.

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W-319: I came for the salvation of the world.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

When there is no arrogance, the truth will come immediately, and fill up the space the ego left unoccupied by lies.

When there is no arrogance (arrogance is the belief in a separate self), the truth will come immediately (the knowing of Oneness), and fill up the space the ego left unoccupied by lies (the story the ego tells is a lie and this lie takes up mental space which clutters and blocks the mind from knowing Itself as the Loving Oneness It Is).

Restore the fearlessness which is my true nature and comes with knowing there is no pain, no attack, no loss, no loneliness, no incompetence, no deprivation, no vulnerability, no body, no needs.  In this way will “I” save the world, by remembering there is no “me” and in that remembrance releasing the arrogance which blocks “me” from the True Self.

LESSON 319

I came for the salvation of the world.

Here is a thought from which all arrogance has been removed, and only truth remains.  For arrogance opposes truth.  But when there is no arrogance the truth will come immediately, and fill up the space the ego left unoccupied by lies.  Only the ego can be limited, and therefore it must seek for aims which are curtailed and limiting.  The ego thinks that what one gains, totality must lose.  And yet it is the Will of God I learn that what one gains is given unto all.

Father, Your Will is total.  And the goal which stems from it shares its totality.  What aim but the salvation of the world could You have given me?  And what but this could be the Will my Self has shared with You?

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W-318: In me salvation’s means and end are one.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

One purpose, one aim.  Salvation’s purpose is to find the Innocence which God placed in me and you and for me to see us as the same united Innocent One.  The end and the means are the same.  There need be no justification of Eternal Oneness.  I was created as the thing I seek … in other words, I am that which I am searching for … Oneness is “my” true Identity.  There is no “me” in Oneness and that is good.  The ego is afraid of “annihilation” but what is only a dream can never be real and what is not real cannot be annihilated.  For that matter, what is Real cannot be annihilated.  So, all is well.  Even if I do not feel well, all is well.  Even if I do not believe all is well, all is well.  All is well despite my most convincing imaginings.  Aaah, there is the relief the Comforter provides … Stillpoint.

LESSON 318

In me salvation’s means and end are one.

In me, God’s holy Son, are reconciled all parts of Heaven’s plan to save the world.  What could conflict, when all the parts have but one purpose and one aim?  How could there be a single part that stands alone, or one of more or less importance than the rest?  I am the means by which God’s Son is saved, because salvation’s purpose is to find the sinlessness that God has placed in me.  I was created as the thing I seek.  I am the goal the world is searching for.  I am God’s Son, His one eternal Love.  I am salvation’s means and end as well.

Let me today, my Father, take the role You offer me in Your request that I accept Atonement for myself.  For thus does what is thereby reconciled in me become as surely reconciled to You.

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