ACIM Lesson 223 2021

Lesson 223 

God is my life. I have no life but His. 

1. I was mistaken when I thought I lived apart from God, a separate entity that moved in isolation, unattached, and housed within a body. ²Now I know my life is God’s, I have no other home, and I do not exist apart from Him. ³He has no Thoughts that are not part of me, and I have none but those which are of Him. 

2. Our Father, let us see the face of Christ instead of our mistakes. ²For we who are Your holy Son are sinless. ³We would look upon our sinlessness, for guilt proclaims that we are not Your Son. ⁴And we would not forget You longer. ⁵We are lonely here, and long for Heaven, where we are at home. ⁶Today we would return. ⁷Our Name is Yours, and we acknowledge that we are Your Son. 

(ACIM, W-223.1:1–2:7

The world is very convincing and that is why lessons like this are so important. We need to remind ourselves often of the truth. We are having this experience because the world is what we made and what we must undo. Being here is the way we accomplish this. We experience the effects of the beliefs that made the world and keep it active in our minds and can then make a decision as to the beliefs we want to keep and those we are ready to release.  

To make this possible, we come here with amnesia so we can have the experience we want and so we can do the work. Now that we are waking up, we are remembering that this is not our home and that we came here for a purpose. It is wonderful to have these reminders, especially the ones that remind us that we are in God and part of God and that we love God and He loves us. 

This sentence defines my personal focus at this time. Our Father, let us see the face of Christ instead of our mistakes. My mistake was in thinking that the body in front of me was real. My mistake was thinking that my brothers were their bodies and their personalities as exhibited here in the world. My mistake was believing their behavior further defined them and that they were guilty of their behavior. A further mistake was that I thought the guilt I saw in them was a reflection of them and not of me.  

I am learning to correct these mistakes. I don’t believe most of this anymore, but I have times when I fall into that error again. Generally, one of two things causes this slip. Either it is careless thinking, old thoughts popping up for my consideration and in not paying attention, I will find myself focusing on them. Those are easy to correct because I have practiced this for so long. The other times I fall into the error of seeing guilt projected onto others happens less often but can be more difficult to release because they are fear-driven. 

When my son was sick, when I became afraid for my girls when they got Covid, right now in my concern for my grandchildren since the Delta variant is attacking children; these are some of the times when I experience fear and I have resentment or anger thoughts. I am able to see this in myself and release the thoughts but the fear causes them to return. No matter. I know the truth and I know that I cannot allow grievances in my mind and so I choose again. Before long, I am at peace and I am only interested in seeing everyone with Christ Vision. I am only interested in seeing the innocence that is real rather than the guilt that is unreal. 

From What Is Forgiveness? 

An unforgiving thought is one which makes a judgment that it will not raise to doubt, although it is not true. 

Over and over again, I have looked with the Holy Spirit at my judgments around the virus and how people choose to deal with it. Each time I did this, I thought I had forgiven the situation only to have it show up again in my mind in the form of resentment or anger. It is frustrating to have this happen, and I know it is important that I deal with it as it costs me my peace of mind.  

I may have moved past it, because now I can see more clearly that I had been holding onto the judgment even as I said I wanted to be free. Fear caused me to believe that I needed to be right and even though I was going through the process of letting go, I was holding on. I think I moved ahead with this because I was not willing to see this before and now I am. Once seen clearly, it is much easier to let it go.  

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