My experience with the ACIM Workbook Lessons

W-308: This instant is the only time there is.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

The only interval in which I can be saved from time is now.  I made up the idea of time and use it to link the past and the future, thereby skipping the present.  But there is my mistake: God is in the ever-present now.  “Now” is where Love lives.  Now is now 🙂  “This instant is the only time there is” does make a worthy mantra.  “This instant is the only time there is” repeated over and over sincerely erases the past, which reveals the future as meaningless, and undoes the need for a future at all.  This instant is the only time there is.  Now.  This instant is the only time there is.  Now.  This instant is the only time there is.  Now!

LESSON 308

This instant is the only time there is.

I have conceived of time in such a way that I defeat my aim.  If I elect to reach past time to timelessness, I must change my perception of what time is for.  Time’s purpose cannot be to keep the past and future one.  The only interval in which I can be saved from time is now.  For in this instant has forgiveness come to set me free.  The birth of Christ is now, without a past or future.  He has come to give His present blessing to the world, restoring it to timelessness and love.  And love is ever-present, here and now.

Thanks for this instant, Father.  It is now I am released.  This instant is the time You have appointed for Your Son’s release, and for salvation of the world in him.

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. 

 

W-307: Conflicting wishes cannot be my will.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

I feel the fear the ego has of the phrase that I “remain as God created me” and then … a gentle bolt of something like electricity awakens me from inside … there is a sense of detachment from my outer covering/the body and electrical waves of color emanate from my center.  A sort of deep umbilical knowing of Source is felt and fear evaporates effortlessly … wave, wave, wave … pulse, pulse, pulse … willingness cannot but reveal the true Self.

LESSON 307

Conflicting wishes cannot be my will.

Father, Your Will is mine, and only that.  There is no other will for me to have.  Let me not try to make another will, for it is senseless and will cause me pain.  Your Will alone can bring me happiness, and only Yours exists.  If I would have what only You can give, I must accept Your Will for me, and enter into peace where conflict is impossible, Your Son is one with You in being and in will, and nothing contradicts the holy truth that I remain as You created me.

And with this prayer we enter silently into a state where conflict cannot come, because we join our holy will with God’s, in recognition that they are the same.

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. 

 

W-306: The gift of Christ is all I seek today.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

I love this phrase, ” … with empty hands and open hearts and minds … ”  the gift of Christ is the gift of being the Anointed One … One directly linked to God because God is our Source and there is no other reality.  We can dream, play make believe and pretend.  We can hallucinate, delude ourselves, tell stories and procrastinate.  We can be convinced we are individuals in a world in a cosmos.  But none of that makes our imaginings real.  See through the veil and accept the holy gift that is always ours … true seeking leads to seeing.

LESSON 306

The gift of Christ is all I seek today.

What but Christ’s vision would I use today, when it can offer me a day in which I see a world so like to Heaven that an ancient memory returns to me?  Today I can forget the world I made.  Today I can go past all fear, and be restored to love and holiness and peace.  Today I am redeemed, and born anew into a world of mercy and of care; of loving kindness and the peace of God.

And so, our Father, we return to You, remembering we never went away; remembering Your holy gifts to us.  In gratitude and thankfulness we come, with empty hands and open hearts and minds, asking but what You give.  We cannot make an offering sufficient for Your Son.  But in Your Love the gift of Christ is his.

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. 

 

W-305: There is a peace that Christ bestows on us.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

For love has come … Christ’s peace is deep and still.  Christ’s peace is gentle and fearless.  Christ’s peace is absolute, total and complete.  Christ’s peace is Truth and lack of judgment is the way to It.  When we are wholly lacking judgment, we forgive … because forgiveness is giving everything we believe to the Holy Spirit and, in so doing, we receive the peace that is our Nature and is our Source.

LESSON 305

There is a peace that Christ bestows on us.

Who uses but Christ’s vision finds a peace so deep and quiet, undisturbable and wholly changeless, that the world contains no counterpart. Comparisons are still before this peace.  And all the world departs in silence as this peace envelops it, and gently carries it to truth, no more to be the home of fear.  For love has come, and healed the world by giving it Christ’s peace.

Father, the peace of Christ is given us, because it is Your Will that we be saved.  Help us today but to accept Your gift, and judge it not.  For it has come to us to save us from our judgment on ourselves.

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. 

 

W-304: Let not my world obscure the sight of Christ.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

I have drawn a shade with a mural of a world and people on it and pulled it down to block Christ’s Vision of Eternal Life and Infinite Heaven.  My perception mirrors the shade I have invented in my mind, and, unconsciously I have been living in this hall of mirrors.  But I am conscious now, and more than ready to choose the Holy Spirit as my teacher.  He shines true Light upon my painted curtains and more and more easily I see that what I thought was real is merely a wispy coating that can be rubbed away revealing All and Everything in Perfect Splendid Loving Truth.

LESSON 304

Let not my world obscure the sight of Christ.

I can obscure my holy sight, if I intrude my world upon it.  Nor can I behold the holy sights Christ looks upon, unless it is His vision that I use.  Perception is a mirror, not a fact.  And what I look on is my state of mind, reflected outward.  I would bless the world by looking on it through the eyes of Christ.  And I will look upon the certain signs that all my sins have been forgiven me.

You lead me from the darkness to the light; from sin to holiness.  Let me forgive, and thus receive salvation for the world.  It is Your gift, my Father, given me to offer to Your holy Son, that he may find again the memory of You, and of Your Son as You created him.

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. 

 

W-303: The holy Christ is born in me today.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

How lovely, how safe, to be surrounded by God’s holy Thoughts, to be surrounded by God’s angels.  What an enormous relief to let earthly sounds be quiet and to let the sights to which I am accustomed disappear.  How happy to experience the world through God’s vision–how pure, how innocent, how whole and holy.  Safe in my Father’s Arms it becomes so simple and clear that Christ is a brotherhood, a unionhood of everyone, and nothing but that is Real no matter how it seems.

LESSON 303

The holy Christ is born in me today.

Watch with me, angels, watch with me today. Let all God’s holy Thoughts surround me, and be still with me while Heaven’s Son is born. Let earthly sounds be quiet, and the sights to which I am accustomed disappear. Let Christ be welcomed where He is at home. And let Him hear the sounds He understands, and see but sights that show His Father’s Love. Let Him no longer be a stranger here, for He is born again in me today.

Your Son is welcome, Father. He has come to save me from the evil self I made. He is the Self that You have given me. He is but what I really am in truth. He is the Son You love above all things. He is my Self as You created me. It is not Christ that can be crucified. Safe in Your Arms let me receive Your Son.

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. 

 

W-302: Where darkness was I look upon the light.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

The end and the means are the same.  One need not justify the other, because the only justice is equality for all … and equality for all is truth, is fact.  How do we become aware of this?  Choose the Light.  Choose the Holy Spirit as teacher.  Choose again, a better way, a loving way.  And so it is.

LESSON 302

Where darkness was I look upon the light.

Father, our eyes are opening at last. Your holy world awaits us, as our sight is finally restored and we can see. We thought we suffered. But we had forgot the Son whom You created. Now we see that darkness is our own imagining, and light is there for us to look upon. Christ’s vision changes darkness into light, for fear must disappear when love has come. Let me forgive Your holy world today, that I may look upon its holiness and understand it but reflects my own.

Our Love awaits us as we go to Him, and walks beside us showing us the way. He fails in nothing. He the End we seek, and He the Means by which we go to Him.

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. 

 

W-301: And God Himself shall wipe away all tears.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

Let me see God’s world rather than the one I made up.  Let me see the world through God’s Vision rather than the ego’s eyesight.  Let me allow God to wipe away my tears, even as I sleep, that I may stir and gently awaken to His Comforter and realize He is me.  Along with that realization comes Union and Joy as all others are revealed as One and laughter replaces fear.

LESSON 301

And God Himself shall wipe away all tears.

Father, unless I judge I cannot weep. Nor can I suffer pain, or feel I am abandoned or unneeded in the world. This is my home because I judge it not, and therefore is it only what You will. Let me today behold it uncondemned, through happy eyes forgiveness has released from all distortion. Let me see Your world instead of mine. And all the tears I shed will be forgotten, for their source is gone. Father, I will not judge Your world today.

God’s world is happy. Those who look on it can only add their joy to it, and bless it as a cause of further joy in them. We wept because we did not understand. But we have learned the world we saw was false, and we will look upon God’s world today.

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. 

 

9. What Is the Second Coming?

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 Second Coming?” is the ninth instruction and goes with Lessons 301 – 310.

9.  What Is the Second Coming?

Christ’s Second Coming, which is sure as God, is merely the correction of mistakes, and the return of sanity. It is a part of the condition that restores the never lost, and re-establishes what is forever and forever true. It is the invitation to God’s Word to take illusion’s place; the willingness to let forgiveness rest upon all things without exception and without reserve.

It is the all-inclusive nature of Christ’s Second Coming that permits it to embrace the world and hold you safe within its gentle advent, which encompasses all living things with you. There is no end to the release the Second Coming brings, as God’s creation must be limitless. Forgiveness lights the Second Coming’s way, because it shines on everything as one. And thus is oneness recognized at last.

The Second Coming ends the lessons that the Holy Spirit teaches, making way for the Last Judgment, in which learning ends in one last summary that will extend beyond itself, and reaches up to God. The Second Coming is the time in which all minds are given to the hands of Christ, to be returned to spirit in the name of true creation and the Will of God.

The Second Coming is the one event in time which time itself can not affect. For every one who ever came to die, or yet will come or who is present now, is equally released from what he made. In this equality is Christ restored as one Identity, in which the Sons of God acknowledge that they all are one. And God the Father smiles upon His Son, His one creation and His only joy.

Pray that the Second Coming will be soon, but do not rest with that. It needs your eyes and ears and hands and feet. It needs your voice. And most of all it needs your willingness. Let us rejoice that we can do God’s Will, and join together in its holy light. Behold, the Son of God is one in us, and we can reach our Father’s Love through 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 Second Coming?” is the ninth instruction and goes with Lessons 301 – 310.

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. 

 

W-300: Only an instant does this world endure.

Commentary (full lesson beneath commentary)

This lesson removes all the pressure from “Life is short so live it to the fullest.”  No need to worry about that!  The Course tells us that “life,” as we know it, is merely a passing cloud upon a sky eternally serene.  When we are willing to shift our perception from clouds to Heaven (which signifies eternal Life, not death as the ego would have us believe), we behold a holy world–the real world–the transition from illusion to Reality which only takes a holy instant to undo.

LESSON 300

Only an instant does this world endure.

This is a thought which can be used to say that death and sorrow are the certain lot of all who come here, for their joys are gone before they are possessed, or even grasped.  Yet this is also the idea that lets no false perception keep us in its hold, nor represent more than a passing cloud upon a sky eternally serene.  And it is this serenity we seek, unclouded, obvious and sure, today.

We seek Your holy world today.  For we, Your loving Sons, have lost our way a while.  But we have listened to Your Voice, and learned exactly what to do to be restored to Heaven and our true Identity.  And we give thanks today the world endures but for an instant.  We would go beyond that tiny instant to eternity.

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.