ACIM Workbook Daily Lesson 177, Year 2022

ACIM Daily Lesson 177 Review V

There is no death. The Son of God is free. Now are we one with Him Who is our Source.ACIM Lesson 177

There is no death. The Son of God is free.

Now are we one with Him Who is our Source.

ACIM Lesson 177

Lesson 177

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(163) There is no death. The Son of God is free.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

(164) Now are we one with Him Who is our Source.

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

What does it mean that I am free of death? Does that mean I will live in the world of time and space and in this body forever? Well, no thank you! That would not feel like freedom to me and that is not what Jesus means. Death comes in many forms. Anger, frustration, hate, fear, guilt, and all forms of pain and suffering are some forms of death. Anything that is not perfect and whole, that is not peace and love, and that is not joyful is death. I want to be free of these.

Jesus does not say that someday there will be no death, nor does he say that someday I will be free. There is life existing right now and there is me in perfect freedom right now. There is life eternal right now. I only need to place my awareness there rather than on this death show I’m watching now. I can do this; I need only make a decision for it.

Opportunities to Decide for Life

I am making that decision now. Every day is filled with opportunities to decide for life. Each time I notice a judgmental thought or I notice a fear-based action and I decide for God instead, I am choosing life. It used to feel like a chore to do this because I was not sure I wanted what God was offering. Then it became easier, and finally, I was doing it without even thinking. And at last, I am looking at my ego thoughts and releasing with eagerness and joy knowing that I truly want freedom.

I am living a more awakened life now. That is, I am living in freedom more than I ever have before. I am learning that I want to place my awareness on life and freedom rather than on this little self I made up. I am losing interest in dramas, comedies, and adventures. The adrenal rushes that make up the death story of our lives are no longer fun. Been there, done that, don’t even want the t-shirt anymore.

Making the Right Choices

All I am interested in is releasing the last dregs of the dream life so that I can fully embrace Life as I am meant to live it. I can do this because, now, right now, I am one with God Who is my Source. Right now, in this very moment, while I continue to dream of death, I am one with God. I can choose to live in peace and joy and eternal bliss. That is where I am learning to place my awareness, on Life with my Father and all of my brothers.

How does one let go of the belief in death? Find a path out of the belief and stick to it. Study it, practice it, be vigilant for it. Relax in it, letting faith and trust smooth your way through it. Question every thought discarding those that don’t reflect truth. Never judge yourself or others. Never allow guilt to enter into the process. Never give up. Keep your mind open and receptive to a Higher Source. Quickly discard your own plans when that Source moves you to another better plan. Be surrendered to your Guide so that you can be easily moved.

Before you know it, you will become aware of your Self living you. Even if it is only briefly, it is enough to create a strong desire to allow awakening to that way of living. At least this has been my experience so far. It is not consistent yet but is becoming more consistent as I practice it.

An Example

Here is an example of how this is happening for me. Recently, I felt like I should get my front yard tree trimmed. It had dead limbs from the last hurricane. I was concerned another hurricane would blow them into my roof or worse. I got a proposal from an arborist and was shocked at the cost but agreed to pay it. I also included him cutting away the limbs on my tree that hung over my neighbor’s house. I told my neighbor about it so that he could keep his gate open to allow the tree guys to get in.

In the meantime, I started second-guessing myself. The price seemed really high and when my neighbor asked how much it would cost, he was shocked, too. This made me worry even more. As soon as I noticed that I was feeling anxious, I stopped a minute to see what I had been thinking. I did this because nothing outside me can make me anxious. It can only be my thoughts that upset me.

The First Thought

I saw that the original thought was one of concern that I am paying too much. That thought was not upsetting in itself. It was just a thought. But then I kept thinking and soon I was judging myself and the arborist. I was forming opinions and looking into the future trying to decide if I was spending too much money. My mind went from peace to chaos in moments!

So, I started over. I let myself be aware of the first thought about this project. It was that maybe I made a mistake. That was just a fact. Without further thoughts and judgment, I was in my right mind looking with the Holy Spirit. I was at peace. In this peaceful state, I was aware of another thought. I could call someone for a second proposal. The mind wanted to think about that, too. But I didn’t. I just made the call.

A Good Opportunity to Practice Forgiveness

The second arborist gave me a significantly lower price and from his description of the process, I feel sure he is going to do a better job. It is still expensive but not as expensive. The next day, my neighbor came by to tell me he is going to pay for half of the cost. I had not asked for that or expected it but it was certainly welcome.

It was a very good opportunity for me to practice forgiveness. I forgave the idea that I needed to think about a situation to decide what is best. That is just using the ego-mind and when I tried it, I only felt anxiety without coming to a conclusion. It also gave me the opportunity to practice watching with Awareness (Self) rather than with ego, and to see the difference it makes. Thinking with the ego caused fear and confusion, little deaths. Thinking with the Holy Spirit left me in peace and reminded me that I am one with my Source.

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