ACIM Text Reading & Workbook Lesson for April 29

ACIM Text Reading for April 29

Chapter 14 ~ Teaching for Truth

I. Introduction

Yes, you are blessed indeed. Yet in this world you do not know it. But you have the means for learning it and seeing it quite clearly. The Holy Spirit uses logic as easily and as well as does the ego, except that His conclusions are not insane. They take a direction exactly opposite, pointing as clearly to Heaven as the ego points to darkness and to death. We have followed much of the ego’s logic, and have seen its logical conclusions. And having seen them, we have realized that they cannot be seen except in illusions, for there alone their seeming clearness seems to be clearly seen. Let us now turn away from them, and follow the simple logic by which the Holy Spirit teaches the simple conclusions that speak for truth, and only truth.

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ACIM Workbook Lesson for April 29

Lesson 119

For morning and evening review:

(107) Truth will correct all errors in my mind.

I am mistaken when I think I can be hurt in any
way. I am God’s Son, whose Self rests safely in
the Mind of God.

(108) To give and to receive are one in truth.

I will forgive all things today, that I may learn how
to accept the truth in me, and come to recognize my
sinlessness
.

On the hour:

Truth will correct all errors in my mind.

On the half hour:

To give and to receive are one in truth.

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ACIM Q & A for Today

Q #228: In A Course in Miracles, Jesus says that: 1) We are all part of a single formless being which has been created by another formless being; 2) Time concepts are illusory. Isn’t before a time concept? How is it possible for a being to create another being and not come before it?

A: It is helpful to realize that whenever Jesus in the Course attempts to convey anything about creation and our true reality in God, he must use words and concepts that will have to fail in the end to do anything more than suggest a state that we cannot comprehend. For it is not possible to describe what is beyond description, and what is unlimited and infinite can not be defined in finite terms. Jesus must use the language of perception to talk about what is beyond perception, beyond time and space.

But the Course also has a purpose in attempting to explain the unexplainable. And that is to provide a correction for the mistaken concepts and beliefs of the ego thought system. Grounded in a perceptual duality, these concepts and beliefs assert, albeit now unconsciously, that we have separated from God, usurped His power to create, and in fact are the creator and source of all existence (T.11.in.1:6,7,8; 2).

And so the correction Jesus offers also uses dualistic words, such as Father and Son, which imply both spatial and temporal dimensions to the relationship. But these words are used only to undo our belief that we can be the cause of ourselves, returning to God the role of Source of all being. That Jesus does not mean these explanations literally becomes apparent when we read passages which attempt to provide insight into the true nature of God and reality, a reality beyond time and space, in which there are not two separate beings called God and Christ.

So, for example, Jesus observes, while still using the dualistic language of the ego thought system, that “God…makes no distinctions in what is Himself and what is still Himself. What He creates is not apart from Him, and nowhere does the Father end, the Son begin as something separate from Him (W.pI.132.12:3,4). And time-based concepts, such as before and after, or first and last, simply do not apply to God in the usual sense. God “does nothing last, because He created first and for always. It must be understood that the word ‘first’ as applied to Him is not a time concept. He is first in the sense that He is the First in the Holy Trinity Itself. He is the Prime Creator, because He created His co-creators. Because He did, time applies neither to Him nor to what He created. (T.7.I.7:3,4,5,6,7; italics added).

If you are not satisfied with what must be a dissatisfying account for what can not be understood by us, take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. In attempting to describe the nature and condition of true creation, Jesus concludes, “To no one here is this describable. Nor is there any way to learn what this condition means. Not till you go past learning to the Given…is it understood” (T.24.VII.6:8,9,10). And so, we simply can accept with humility that we do not understand. But the good news is that, despite our belief that we need to understand, we don’t have to understand in order to find our way back home (T.18.IV.7:5,6,7).We can practice our lessons of forgiveness, confident that if we do our part, the rest will be ours when we are ready to accept it.

For additional discussion of the dualistic nature of the Course language in relationship to its non-dualistic metaphysics, see Question #85.

be of good cheer

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One thought on “ACIM Text Reading & Workbook Lesson for April 29

  1. This may help. A friend of mine, a student of the Course and a recovering alcoholic (AA) had an interesting experience. Going to an AA meeting, John parked at dusk and decided he’d meditate before going inside. He said that as the dusk darkened, he saw with is mind’s eye a thin sliver of a crescent-shaped light, a light which grew in size until he realized that it actually was indicative of a circular rock in front of a circular portal , though which he saw light…and a figure in white lying on a rock slab, with two figures in white at the head and foot of this person.. Through this portal, all was (is) light. Then, the figure on the slab (Jesus) swung his legs over the edge and sat up. (The figures, beings of light, at Jesus’ head and feet did not have in distinguishing features). Anyway,, Jesus started talking, but John (being on the side of the portal in the darkness) couldn’t hear what Jesus was saying, but he sure did desire to hear it, so the next thing John knew, he was standing beside Jesus, still seated on the slab, listening to what Jesus said. But all John could remember Jesus saying was, while gesturing back thought the now darkened, shadowy round portal, “you know, all that is out there is an illusion,” gesturing toward the shadowy outlines of buildings etc.

    Anyway, years later I applied this to the Yin and Yang Symbol. Take the symbol, fold it, connecting the round white and round dark dots. This is basically what my friend John experienced in his mind, first from the perspective of the dark side with a round bright white dot, then from the Light side with a dark, shadowy round dot. And A Course in Miracles helps anyone who practices it to make this transition from the limited dark, shadowy side to the unlimited, light-filled light-emanating side, the portal in the mind of all of us, the boundary, the bridge to our True One Self, as formless unlimited eternal Light, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, All Light, All Love, All Peace, All Joy. So, the Yin and Yang Symbol is a dimensional-shift meditation tool.

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