“You will recall we have done this lesson twice before: Lessons 94 and 110. Moreover, “I am as God created me” becomes the subject of the sixth review lesson, and is repeated through the workbook, text and manual. This obviously important statement expresses the Atonement principle, a reminder there is indeed another thought system in our minds besides the ego. In general, therefore, we can say that the purpose of the workbook – the mind-training aspect of ACIM’s curriculum – is to help us understand we have a mind that is split into the thought systems of hate and murder, and forgiveness and love, and that we can choose between them. A lesson like this is a lovely reminder of the truth that is present in our minds.”
“To choose Jesus as our teacher is to choose this lesson as the truth, rather than the ego’s distorted version. Once that thought is gone, the world must be gone as well – ideas leave not their source – for the world cannot be sustained if the mind’s underlying thought is God.”
“”There is no dream these words will not dispel” because there is no order of difficulty in miracles. Every problem, dream, and aspect of our lives comes from that single thought that says the separation is real. The Atonement thought – “I am as God created me” – undoes this , and therefore undoes all the seeming effects of that ego thought as well.”
“Jesus again is urging us to dedicate our entire day, as much as possible, to learning his course by consistently practicing its teachings.”
“Giving and receiving are the same, as we well know by now. I give words of truth that say you and I are not separate, which then reinforces it in myself. Thus I receive the truth I have given. God created us as one, and that is the truth we want to reflect in our relationships. As we do so, we enter into the Holy Spirit’s happy dreams, the culmination of which is the real world, the happiest of all dreams, for – paradoxically – it is beyond them.”
“We are talking about a change of mind, not anything external, and nothing else is needed but that change.”
“This “treasury” is our right minds, the home of the Holy Spirit and His Atonement principle. When we choose to let our specialness go, we choose to identify with this right-minded Presence that allows us to receive God’s wonderful gifts, which, like the Holy Spirit, are always present in our minds.”
“When you mind is healed, all minds are healed: “When I am healed I am not healed alone” (W-pI.137). This makes no sense from the perspective of individual bodies. However, when you detach from this world and return to the place of peace in your mind, you realize God’s Son is one, and thoughts of pain, misery, and death disappear. If they still seems real to you – we will see that theme later in Lesson 193 – it is because you have chosen to make the ego right and God wrong, which means you have chosen to keep yourself in misery, thereby – in your mind – keeping everyone else in misery as well.”
“Therefore, as you go through your day, be particularly attentive to when you make the darkness real – separation, conflict, judgment, pain, and specialness. At that point say: “I have chosen night instead of day, darkness instead of light. I have chosen to forget that God’s Son has never left his Source, and that I am God’s Son. If I choose to retain my anger and specialness, it is because I prefer to be the ego’s son instead of God’s. Yet how silly to deny myself and my brothers the peace that is our true inheritance!” Only a madman would seek to exclude himself from the circle of Atonement, within which Jesus has blessed his brothers in peace.”
I have nothing to share today but a quote from the text that Ken shares at the end of his thoughts on this lesson, I don’t recall reading this when we went through it as a group many years ago, but it’s most meaningful to me this day:
“Peace, then, be unto everyone who becomes a teacher of peace. For peace is the acknowledgment of perfect purity, from which no one is excluded. Within its holy circle is everyone whom God created as His Son. Joy is its unifying attribute, with no one left outside to suffer guilt alone. The power of God draws everyone to its safe embrace of love and union. Stand quietly within this circle and attract all tortured minds to join with you in the safety of its peace and holiness. Abide with me within it, as a teacher of Atonement, not of guilt …Come gladly to the holy circle, and look out in peace on all who think they are outside. Cast no one out, for here is what he seeks along with you. Come, let us join him in the holy place of peace which is for all of us, united as one within the Cause of peace (T-14.V.8; 11:7-9).”
Beautiful, isn’t it?
Have a lovely day!