ACIM Lesson 222 2021

Artwork by Cate Grieves

ACIM Lesson 222 

God is with me. I live and move in Him. 

1. God is with me. ²He is my Source of life, the life within, the air I breathe, the food by which I am sustained, the water which renews and cleanses me. ³He is my home, wherein I live and move; the Spirit which directs my actions, offers me Its Thoughts, and guarantees my safety from all pain. ⁴He covers me with kindness and with care, and holds in love the Son He shines upon, who also shines on Him. ⁵How still is he who knows the truth of what He speaks today! 

2. Father, we have no words except Your Name upon our lips and in our minds, as we come quietly into Your Presence now, and ask to rest with You in peace a while. 

(ACIM, W-222.1:1–2:1

I have people in my life who appreciate me and who I appreciate. I have people in my life who love me and who I love. But the love of my Creator for me and me for Him, that is a love I don’t remember but that I long to have again. Often when I read about how much God loves me and I Him, I cry. What in this dream of separation is so important, so valuable that I would give up that kind of love to have a go at another story? I can hardly believe this of myself and yet, here I am. I wonder if it is guilt that drives us back into the world? Or stubborn determination to finally make our little kingdom work?  

I have asked the Holy Spirit to show me what it is that keeps me here so that I can choose again. Choice is my superpower and the only real power we left ourselves and I want to use it. Lately, I will have a glimpse of something I still value and it will be gone before I can get a grip on it, but I keep asking and so I know that I will receive. I will release the world and I will bring us all a step closer to the remembrance of God. That is my function, the acceptance of the Atonement for myself. In the meantime, I will continue to protect my mind by watching my thoughts for ego influence and choosing again. I will continue to rest in God and to seek His peace. 

From What Is Forgiveness? 

 ²It does not pardon sins and make them real. 

This is the temptation, I think, to make the sin real and then try to forgive it. This does not work, not ever. This is why it is necessary that we accept that the world is not real and neither are the bodies we think we are. These stories we call our life are just stories, just projections of the beliefs in our minds. The stories have one use, which is to see what it feels like to believe these ideas, and what the effects are of believing these ideas. Then we can decide if we want to keep believing them.  

From this perspective, it makes no sense to hold a grievance, no sense to judge someone as guilty. Forgiveness becomes simple as we let go of our beliefs, and if the story lingers, it doesn’t matter. It is just a dream story. Do you wake up in the morning from a dream of betrayal angry at the betrayer? The daytime dream that we think is our life is the same. As we let go of the cause, that is, the beliefs that are being projected, we easily see that everyone is innocently dreaming. No one is guilty. There. Forgiven. Nothing to it. 

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