ACIM Lesson 285 My holiness shines bright and clear today. 1. Today I wake with joy, expecting but the happy things of God to come to me. ³And I will ask for only joyous things the instant I accept my holiness.
My holiness shines bright and clear today.
1. Today I wake with joy, expecting but the happy things of God to come to me. ²I ask but them to come, and realize my invitation will be answered by the thoughts to which it has been sent by me. ³And I will ask for only joyous things the instant I accept my holiness. ⁴For what would be the use of pain to me, what purpose would my suffering fulfill, and how would grief and loss avail me if insanity departs from me today, and I accept my holiness instead?
2. Father, my holiness is Yours. ²Let me rejoice in it, and through forgiveness be restored to sanity. ³Your Son is still as You created him. ⁴My holiness is part of me, and also part of You. ⁵And what can alter Holiness Itself?
Choosing Holiness or Guilt
This is a very straightforward lesson. I am very holy. I expect only happy things of God to come to me today. I will accept these joyous things if I accept my holiness. Knowing I am holy why would I accept pain and suffering instead? It follows that if I am accepting pain and suffering, I must be refusing to accept my holiness. Since Jesus has told us many times now that we are holy, what could be the reason we don’t accept him at his word?
The only reason for not accepting our holiness is the belief that we are guilty. Jesus has assured us often that we are as God created us and that we are innocent. There would seem to be no reason to believe we are guilty. The reason we feel guilty or think someone else is guilty is that we are listening to the ego. The ego is all about fear and guilt and will always judge everyone as guilty. Ego thoughts hurt us and keep us in hell. Fortunately, we know that we can elect to change all thoughts that hurt us. When we feel less than joyous, we know that we need to examine the thoughts in our mind.
Feeling Unworthy of Holiness
An example of this happened this morning. I woke up later than expected and realized that I would not be able to get done all I had planned to do before my calls started. I noticed a worry thought about this and when I focused on it, my worry increased but along with it was guilt. I should have not watched an extra episode of Chicago Med. I should have gone to bed earlier. I should have done more yesterday so that this work was already done.
Do you see how one thought leads to another if we choose an ego thought to focus on? Very quickly, I realized what had happened and changed each thought that was hurting me. I did not sin and I am not going to punish myself. If I kept up this kind of thinking, I would start to feel unworthy of holiness. I would believe I had forfeited holiness and wouldn’t believe it was mine. But holiness is not something that comes and goes or is affected by my behavior or my thoughts. It is what I am.
I Lost My Mind… For a Moment
For a few minutes this morning, I lost my mind. I believed I could be less than I was created. Since that could only be an illusion, I was able to change my mind about what I believed. I can change my mind about any illusion, but I cannot affect creation. I am Creation and so I cannot change what I am. I remain holy no matter what nonsense I temporarily believe.
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