ACIM Supplemental Reading for December 10
Helen Schucman’s Poetry
THE HOLY RELATIONSHIP
I am God’s Son, His mother, father, friend,
His brother and His love. For all of this
Is He to me, and thus am I to Him.
The world is His. And being His is mine.
My holiness extends from Him, to be
His holiness, by love complete in me.
ACIM Workbook Lesson for December 10
I will receive whatever I request.
No one desires pain. But he can think that pain is pleasure. No one would avoid his happiness. But he can think that joy is painful, threatening and dangerous. Everyone will receive what he requests. But he can be confused indeed about the things he wants; the state he would attain. What can he then request that he would want when he receives it? He has asked for what will frighten him, and bring him suffering. Let us resolve today to ask for what we really want, and only this, that we may spend this day in fearlessness, without confusing pain with joy, or fear with love.
Father, this is Your day. It is a day in which I would do nothing by myself, but hear Your Voice in everything I do; requesting only what You offer me, accepting only Thoughts You share with me.
ACIM Q & A for Today
Q #1056: A Course in Miracles speaks frequently of the one question that we are to “ask” God instead of the many that make up our “lives” on earth. What exactly would that question be if it cannot be asked with words? A feeling of direct “communication”, i.e. “being”? Is the “communion with God” the Course speaks of not also an illusion in that it implies one (separated) aspect of God is talking to another separated aspect?
A: This “question” always pertains to content, not form. Thus, it would always be about our accepting the Atonement, or some variant of that. As an example, Jesus twice pleads with us: “Why wait for Heaven?” (W.pI.131.6:1; W.pI.188.1:1) ; and again in the workbook he tells us that we should ask “a thousand times a day,” “‘Who walks with me?’” (W.pI.156.8:1,2) . Then, in the lovely prose poem “The Gifts of God,” Jesus directs our thoughts to the gifts we can give to God. In one of many beautifully moving pleas to us, he exclaims, “Child of Eternal Love, what gift is there your Father wants of you except yourself? And what is there that you would rather give, for what is there that you would rather have? . . . What trifling gifts made out of sickly fear and evil dreams of suffering and death can be the substitute you really want for the rememberance of Christ in You?” ( The Gifts of God , p. 125)
Since imploring God’s help with our world and our lives has been the focal point of prayer in practically all religions, East and West, Jesus uses that form in his process of correcting our thinking about who we are and Who God is. But he obviously does not think real communication with God occurs in the dream; it can’t. This becomes clear as you comprehend the thought system of A Course in Miracles in its fullness. We are really praying to ourselves to recognize, first, our unquestioned commitment to the ego, and then to turn to the memory of truth in our right minds — symbolized by Jesus and the Holy Spirit — for help in seeing our mistake, so that we may make the choice to end our self- imposed exile from Love, now that we realize that that is what we have done. As our minds are healed of all thoughts of separation from God and from each other, we simply become Love, once again, God’s gift to us in our creation
Q #1057: Lately I’ve become aware that I hold a lot of resentment against white people. I even think it may have past life roots! Every time I think I can be at peace or stop judging what I see as gross insensitivity or outright hostility, things occur that bring me right back to square one. When I ask Jesus about it, all that seems to come to mind is the idea that I shouldn’t judge, yet neither should I be blissfully ignorant of these behaviors. Then I get “mad” because it’s like watching a persistent re- offender with no judicial recourse! Believe it or not, I’d finally like to heal this. Any ideas?
A: One last piece you can add to the excellent ideas you already have — don’t judge and don’t deny — is to become aware of the cost of judging, a prominent theme in A Course in Miracles . When you are being judgmental, you may have the temporary good feeling of being right and being the innocent one; but you would not be truly peaceful. The ego’s peace never lasts, which tells you it is not the peace of God. You therefore can remind yourself when you are tempted to judge, or even after you have engaged in a massacre of judgment, that you are choosing to divest yourself of God’s gift of eternal peace by seeing others as sinful. There is no doubt that people do and say very hateful things, but why must that evoke a response of condemnation and anger? That could happen only if you had already made the decision to throw away the peace that is your natural inheritance; and you would do that only if you valued something else more. If you saw this process clearly, you would have to ask yourself what means more to you than being as God created you. The answers could be enlightening — but they would always have something to do with wanting to preserve your individuality and, through projection, getting rid of the sense of sin and guilt associated with it.
This approach would be more beneficial than just getting mad at yourself for being a repeat offender, because getting mad at yourself is itself a judgment, and as you are aware, you cannot get past judgment by judging. So you need to simply watch yourself succumbing to the same temptation, and then, instead of getting mad at yourself, just acknowledge that this is costing you the peace of God; and that you are willing to pay that price in order to be right and to denounce the “evil ones.” Separating yourself from others that way leads only to guilt and misery, never peace. But that makes you only a mistaken Son of God, not a sinful one. Hate is a call for love — everyone’s call.