ACIM Text Reading for April 26
Chapter 14 ~ Teaching for Truth
I. The Conditions of Learning
If you are blessed and do not know it, you need to learn it must be so. The knowledge is not taught, but its conditions must be acquired for it is they that have been thrown away. You can learn to bless, and cannot give what you have not. If, then, you offer blessing, it must have come first to yourself. And you must also have accepted it as yours, for how else could you give it away? That is why miracles offer you the testimony that you are blessed. If what you offer is complete forgiveness you must have let guilt go, accepting the Atonement for yourself and learning you are guiltless. How could you learn what has been done for you, unknown to you, unless you do what you would have to do if it had been done for you?
Indirect proof of truth is needed in a world made of denial and without direction. You will perceive the need for this if you realise that to deny is the decision not to know. The logic of the world must therefore lead to nothing, for its goal is nothing. If you decide to have and give and be nothing except a dream, you must direct your thoughts unto oblivion. And if you have and give and are everything, and all this has been denied, your thought system is closed off and wholly separated from the truth. This is an insane world, and do not underestimate the extent of its insanity. There is no area of your perception that it has not touched, and your dream is sacred to you. That is why God placed the Holy Spirit in you, where you placed the dream.
Seeing is always outward. Were your thoughts wholly of you, the thought system you made would be forever dark. The thoughts the mind of God’s Son projects or extends have all the power that he gives to them. The thoughts he shares with God are beyond his belief, but those he made are his beliefs. And it is these, and not the truth, that he has chosen to defend and love. They will not be taken from him. But they can be given up by him, for the Source of their undoing is in him. There is nothing in the world to teach him that the logic of the world is totally insane and leads to nothing. Yet in him who made this insane logic there is One Who knows it leads to nothing, for He knows everything.
Any direction that would lead you where the Holy Spirit leads you not, goes nowhere. Anything you deny that He knows to be true you have denied yourself, and He must therefore teach you not to deny it. Undoing is indirect, as doing is. You were created only to create, neither to see nor do. These are but indirect expressions of the will to live, which has been blocked by the capricious and unholy whim of death and murder that your Father does not share with you. You have set yourself the task of sharing what cannot be shared. And while you think it possible to learn to do this, you will not believe all that is possible to learn to do.
The Holy Spirit, therefore, must begin His teaching by showing you what you can never learn. His message is not indirect, but He must introduce the simple truth into a thought system which has become so twisted and so complex you cannot see that it means nothing. He merely looks at its foundation and dismisses it. But you who cannot undo what you have made, nor escape the heavy burden of its dullness that lies upon your mind, cannot see through it. It deceives you, because you chose to deceive yourself. Those who choose to be deceived will merely attack direct approaches, because they seem to encroach upon deception and strike at it.
ACIM Workbook Lesson for April 26
For morning and evening review:
(99) Salvation is my only function here.
My function here is to forgive the world for all the errors
I have made. For thus am I released from them
with all the world.
(100) My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.
I am essential to the plan of God for the salvation of the world.
For He gave me His plan that I might save the world.
On the hour:
Salvation is my only function here.
On the half hour:
My part is essential to God’s plan for salvation.
ACIM Q & A for Today
Q #588: I have always prayed to God for guidance and help. Today I’m thinking, if God did not create this world, He would not help me in this world. How do I pray? Do I ask to die? I really don’t want to leave what I created, even though it is not perfect in any way, shape, or form. I still love my creations and extensions (do I call people in my life extensions?). When I turn to right thinking, I become terrified. I am afraid of Heaven! How crazy is this?
A: Your thinking is no more, but just as, crazy as the thinking of all the rest of us who continue to want this world to be our reality and fear our true reality. A Course in Miracles, by the way, would refer to everything we have made with our egos as our miscreations (T.2.VII.3:8.9,10,11,12,13,14,15). And it is not the self we believe we are here in the world that is responsible for miscreating. This individual self is just one of the miscreations of our split mind, which has seemed to fall asleep and dream of a world separate from God. So it’s not the self we think we are in the world that needs help, despite our experiences to the contrary, but the mind that is identifying with this illusory self and continuing to deny its real power to create by extending love, which has nothing to do with anything we seem to experience here in the world. So seeking the death of this illusory self we think we are would resolve nothing, for the death of an illusion does nothing to change our mind, which is the source of the illusion.
You are right in concluding that God has nothing to do with this world since He was not involved in making it. But that does not mean we are not without a Source of Help — the Holy Spirit — Who represents God’s Love for us while we believe we are here. It’s just that the true help He offers us is not about changing anything about our illusory world and our personal circumstances, but rather is a help for reducing our fears about remembering who we really are. And that help is called forgiveness, which simply is a process of acknowledging that we don’t really know what is going on, since we don’t even know who we are! And so Jesus says that “the only meaningful prayer is for forgiveness” (T.3.V.6:3).
Practically, this means that whenever we find ourselves wanting to judge a person or a situation or a circumstance, our prayer would simply be to ask for help from the part of our mind — the Holy Spirit or Jesus — that knows what the real problem is — that we have fallen asleep and are dreaming of a world that has nothing to do with who we really are. And each time we do that, our fear lessens a little more, the world seems just a little less serious for this is the happy dream, our sleep is not quite so deep, and we become just a little more willing to hear the Call to awaken (T.5.II.10:4,5; T.27.VII.14).