ACIM Text Reading & Workbook Lesson for July 27

ACIM Text Reading for July 27

Chapter 25



The Christ in you inhabits not a body. Yet He is in you. And thus it must be that you are not within a body. What is within you cannot be outside. And it is certain that you cannot be apart from what is at the very centre of your life. What gives you life cannot be housed in death. No more can you. Christ is within a frame of holiness whose only purpose is that He may be made manifest to those who know Him not, that He may call to them to come to Him and see Him where they thought their bodies were. Then will their bodies melt away, that they may frame His holiness in them.

No one who carries Christ in him can fail to recognise Him everywhere. Except in bodies. And as long as he believes he is in a body, where he thinks he is He cannot be. And so he carries Him unknowingly, and does not make Him manifest. And thus he does not recognise Him where He is. The son of man is not the risen Christ. Yet does the Son of God abide exactly where he is, and walks with him within his holiness, as plain to see as is his specialness set forth within his body.

The body needs no healing. But the mind that thinks it is a body is sick indeed! And it is here that Christ sets forth the remedy. His purpose folds the body in His light, and fills it with the holiness that shines from Him. And nothing that the body says or does but makes Him manifest. To those who know Him not it carries Him in gentleness and love, to heal their minds. Such is the mission that your brother has for you. And such it must be that your mission is for him.


ACIM Workbook Lesson for July 27

For this review we take but one idea each day, and practice it as often as is possible. Besides the time you give morning and evening, which should not be less than fifteen minutes, and the hourly remembrances you make throughout the day, use the idea as often as you can between them. Each of these ideas alone would be sufficient for salvation, if it were learned truly. Each would be enough to give release to you and to the world from every form of bondage, and invite the memory of God to come again.

With this in mind we start our practicing, in which we carefully review the thoughts the Holy Spirit has bestowed on us in our last twenty lessons. Each contains the whole curriculum if understood, practiced, accepted, and applied to all the seeming happenings throughout the day. One is enough. But from that one, there must be no exceptions made. And so we need to use them all and let them blend as one, as each contributes to the whole we learn.

These practice sessions, like our last review, are centered round a central theme with which we start and end each lesson. It is this:

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

The day begins and ends with this. And we repeat it every time the hour strikes, or we remember, in between, we have a function that transcends the world we see. Beyond this, and a repetition of the special thought we practice for the day, no form of exercise is urged, except a deep relinquishment of everything that clutters up the mind, and makes it deaf to reason, sanity and simple truth.

We will attempt to get beyond all words and special forms of practicing for this review. For we attempt, this time, to reach a quickened pace along a shorter path to the serenity and peace of God. We merely close our eyes, and then forget all that we thought we knew and understood. For thus is freedom given us from all we did not know and failed to understand.

There is but one exception to this lack of structuring. Permit no idle thought to go unchallenged. If you notice one, deny its hold and hasten to assure your mind that this is not what it would have. Then gently let the thought which you denied be given up, in sure and quick exchange for the idea we practice for the day.

When you are tempted, hasten to proclaim your freedom from temptation, as you say:

This thought I do not want. I choose instead _____.

And then repeat the idea for the day, and let it take the place of what you thought. Beyond such special applications of each day’s idea, we will add but a few formal expressions or specific thoughts to aid in practicing. Instead, we give these times of quiet to the Teacher Who instructs in quiet, speaks of peace, and gives our thoughts whatever meaning they may have.

To Him I offer this review for you. I place you in His charge, and let Him teach you what to do and say and think, each time you turn to Him. He will not fail to be available to you, each time you call to Him to help you. Let us offer Him the whole review we now begin, and let us also not forget to Whom it has been given, as we practice day by day, advancing toward the goal He set for us; allowing Him to teach us how to go, and trusting Him completely for the way each practice period can best become a loving gift of freedom to the world. Lesson 208
I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

(188) The peace of God is shining in me now.

I will be still, and let the earth be still along with me. And
in that stillness we will find the peace of God. It is within
my heart, which witnesses to God Himself.

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.


Q & A for Today

Q #1092: As a manager of a retail business, I am faced almost daily with confrontational situations with customers. Although I realize that this offers me a lot of opportunities to practice forgiveness, I am having a hard time breaking the bad habit of feeling pressured and insecure when someone is really upset, mad, and being unreasonable. I try not to take it personally, but I can’t seem to find the right perspective to resolve the situation and remain calm under stress. I know the problem is all within me. Can you please give a couple of examples of how to apply forgiveness to myself and step back to let the Holy Spirit help me deal with my daily dose of stress?

A: You have the right approach — to see the situation as a classroom in which you are learning forgiveness, which means learning not to take the attacks personally. That is not easy to do, as you have discovered, because as egos we thrive on holding others responsible for our lack of peace: “If this person were more reasonable, I wouldn’t feel so insecure and threatened.” What really is happening is that we make the decision in our mind to turn away from love before the exchange with the other person takes place, and then the guilt over that decision gets projected onto whatever happens to comes along. In other words, we secretly want to be mistreated so that our attention can be focused outward on what someone else is doing to us, rather than on the pain of the guilt within our minds.

The cause of feelings of inadequacy and weakness in the face of others’ irrational behavior, thus, has nothing to do with those people and their behavior. It has to do with our feeling profoundly and permanently deficient in our relationship with ourselves (self-hatred) because we chose to separate from our loving Creator and then sever all connection with that Love, believing we would do just fine on our own. Therefore, by looking at this self-concept with the love of Jesus next to you, you will be dealing with the true cause of the problems you’ve been having. The next step would be to accept love’s assurance that your self-accusation is unjustified, being founded on false premises. It is impossible to separate from Totality and to reject the Love that encompasses all reality. Thus, your only responsibility is to look at how you have identified with the ego and with guilt, and to realize that all of that is just a mistaken decision. Your innocence has not been lost (W.pI.93) .

When your perception is rooted in your innocence or holiness, you will not be affected by your customers, however belligerent they are. You will see right past their ego to the same right mind in which you are now centered. You realize that in your wrong mind you want to be weak and have others mistreat you; then you recognize that the problem is this decision to identify with the ego; then you ask for help to correct that choice; and when you accept the innocence in your right mind as the truth about you, you will remain at peace no matter what other people do or say. “Let them be as hateful and as vicious as they may, they could have no effect on you unless you failed to recognize it is your dream” (T.27.VIII.10:6). From that quiet center, which you know everyone shares with you, you will respond in a way that is loving to all involved. You will perceive any weakness in you as simply a defense against this truth, with no power to change it.

sinless son


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