ACIM Reading for December 8
Step back, My child, and let Him lead the way
Whom I have sent to you. He holds your hand
And speaks to you of Me. His memory
Holds in your mind My Name. His peace surrounds
My child with all the love a Father feels
For what He cherishes above all else
In earth and Heaven. Whom I sent to you
Has shared My Heart and brings My Word with Him
To solace and to comfort all the world
That has forgot My Name. Homeless are they
Who would abide alone, apart from Me.
Yet would I call them home. My Voice I send
To sing in soundless places. Hear from Me
The song a Father sings to you, His child;
A melody from far beyond he world,
Step back and listen, for He comes to bless
And tell you that you are not comfortless.The summer’s stillness of arresting heat;
– by Helen Schucman
ACIM Workbook Lesson for December 8
I let forgiveness rest upon all things,
For thus forgiveness will be given me.
I thank You, Father, for Your plan to save me from the hell I made. It is not real. And You have given me the means to prove its unreality to me. The key is in my hand, and I have reached the door beyond which lies the end of dreams. I stand before the gate of Heaven, wondering if I should enter in and be at home. Let me not wait again today. Let me forgive all things, and let creation be as You would have it be and as it is. Let me remember that I am Your Son, and opening the door at last, forget illusions in the blazing light of truth, as memory of You returns to me.
Brother, forgive me now. I come to you to take you home with me. And as we go, the world goes with us on our way to God.
ACIM Q & A for Today
Q #1097: What is love? A Course in Miracles says we can’t understand love on this side of the fence and that we must only seek and find all the blocks to love’s presence that we have built within us (T.16.IV.6:1). So, what is love?
A: The situation is this: Our experience is that we are individuals living in a finite, physical universe. But we experience that as our reality only to the extent that we are (in the present) choosing to be separate from our true Identity in God, Who is Love. How, then, can we understand what Love is if we are choosing not to be part of it? That, in essence, is why our spiritual journey must be centered on identifying and then undoing the blocks we have constructed and are upholding in the present to keep ourselves apart from Love.
Lesson 67 tells us that love created us like itself and that “if love created you like itself, this Self must be in you. And somewhere in your mind, It is there for you to find” (W.pI.67.3:2,3) . Yet nowhere in that lesson does Jesus define love , but he does talk about our need to undo what we have put in its place. In the very next lesson, Jesus teaches us about the cause of the almost irreparable damage we have done to our minds: grievances. “You who were created by love like itself can hold no grievances and know your Self. . . . For he who holds grievances denies he was created by love, and his Creator has become fearful to him in his dream of hate” (W.pI.67.1:1; 2:4) . So if we deny love, which holding grievances does, how can we know love? Yet, how can we fail to know it when we have totally forgiven everyone? This is similar to Jesus telling us that we can never understand the “concept of a Oneness joined as One” as long as we think we are separate from one another (T.25.I.7:1) .
Again in Lesson 127, Jesus helps us realize the consequences of seeing our identity in the context of bodily existence in the world: “What the world believes was made to hide love’s meaning, and to keep it dark and secret. There is not one principle the world upholds but violates the truth of what love is, and what you are as well” (W.pI.127.5:2,3). It is not difficult to discern from this what we have to do to restore our awareness of love’s meaning to our minds; and that is what Jesus spells out for us in this lesson, remarking that “there is no better use for time than this” (W.pI.127.7:2) . We ourselves (as decision-making minds) are the authors of all the values we find in the world, and our motivation in producing them was to replace what we disowned (our Self). Now we need but reverse that and allow God’s gifts to replace what we made (W.pI.127.8:4) . Love, then, will be our only experience, because love is the only reality in our minds.
In the end, as Jesus states at the beginning, love’s meaning cannot be taught or learned because it is what we are. He says he can teach us to remember who we truly are, and adds, “No course whose purpose is to teach you [this] . . . could fail to emphasize that there can never be a difference in what you really are and what love is. Love’s meaning is your own, and shared by God Himself. For what you are is what He is” (W.pI.127.4:1,2) . Our lives must therefore be dedicated to uncovering our self-deception and the means we use to sustain that deception. With that undone, love’s meaning will blaze in our minds and all questioning simply dissolve into nothingness.
Jesus speaks of love and oneness in the same breath, and obviously they are equated, as expressed in this lesson as well as other places: “As it is one itself, it looks on all as one. Its meaning lies in oneness. And it must elude the mind that thinks of it as partial or in part [that is, as special love] ” (W.pI.127.3:2,3) . Love is all-inclusive and extends itself to infinity without limit. Another indication of what our curriculum must be: the undoing of all forms of separation — judgment, special love (exclusion), separate interests — and asking Jesus or the Holy Spirit for help in focusing our lives now on learning to see everyone as sharing the same purpose and the same identity. Of such is the function of forgiveness and the miracle. “Forgiveness is an earthly form of love, which as it is in Heaven has no form. Yet what is needed here is given here as it is needed. In this form you can fulfill your function even here, although what love will mean to you when formlessness has been restored to you is great still” (W.pI.186.14:2,3,4) .