ACIM Daily Lesson 212 I have a function God would have me fill.
I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.
1. (192) I have a function God would have me fill.
²I seek the function that would set me free from all the vain illusions of the world. ³Only the function God has given me can offer freedom. ⁴Only this I seek, and only this will I accept as mine.
⁵I am not a body. ⁶I am free.
⁷For I am still as God created me.
My only function is to accept the Atonement for myself. This is my part in the salvation of the world. Forgiveness is how I set myself free from all the vain illusions of the world. I accept the Atonement when I forgive, so I forgive as often as I can. I forgive myself for my errors, present and past. And I forgive everyone for their errors.
I know that we are all doing the best that we can and that everything, even our errors, can be used to help us wake up. As I learned that I wanted to forgive, I discovered in it the way to happiness, peace, and freedom. I also discovered that there is nothing to forgive other than thoughts that are not true.
I forgive situations, too, and beliefs that are not true. In forgiving them, I am undoing the ego. I used to worry so much about my children, even after they were grown. If I heard a siren, I would mentally go through each child in my mind placing them at their likely locations so I could decide if they were probably alright. I used to worry when they were on vacation. What if they got hurt or in trouble when I wasn’t there to help?
I don’t do any of that anymore because I forgave those ideas, the idea that they were always just a step away from danger, and the idea that it was my job to keep them safe. I forgave the idea that anything outside my own mind could affect me. It took me a long time to let go of these ideas that were fixed in my mind and that I thought were essential to my happiness.
A Practice Thought Brought Me Peace
But finally, I started a practice that eventually brought me peace. Each time thoughts like that came into my mind, I sat with them and felt the fear and realized that I didn’t want to keep feeling like this and that it wasn’t helping anyone, not them and not me. I then could honestly tell the Holy Spirit that I was ready to forgive these thoughts and let Him heal my mind. Now those behaviors are no longer a part of my life, and I am much happier.
I Am Part of All That Is
Here is another way to describe my function. It is to remember who I am, to know that I am part of All That Is and that there is nothing else. The solution to any false thought that remains is forgiveness. I practice it every day as I am always vigilant for the thoughts that would tell me there is separation. As I bring those thoughts up to the light and allow them to be corrected for me, I am forgiving the world for what I thought it was. It is wonderful to have a job I understand and can do. It is so good to know that I have a function and that I can fill it.
Everything else I do in my life, my job, being a mom, or a friend, none of these things is my function. They just create good opportunities to fulfill my function. Before I realized this, my life seemed empty no matter what was going on, whether I was having problems or just absolutely delighted. It seemed purposeless, and I did not understand why. I did not realize that all along, I was making the only choice that mattered, the one between choosing ego or choosing God. Now that I am consciously aware of my function, everything I do takes on meaning and purpose.
Understanding my function has an added benefit. Now even when I am busily choosing ego, no matter how frantic, chaotic or miserable I am as I do it, there is a part of my mind that remains sane. Some quiet, small part of myself is watching the whole thing and noticing what I am doing and is doing so with a willingness to be healed. Hallelujah!
Me: Holy Spirit, I am so grateful and so joyful knowing my function and knowing that I am fulfilling it. Thank You so much for fulfilling Your function as my Guide and Teacher.
Holy Spirit: Precious one, it is my joy to do so. Joy is the natural state of God’s creations as they fulfill their function. You are just beginning to experience this joy and it will grow as you allow more of it into your awareness. Allowing God’s gifts, such as joy and peace, to flow through you is part of your function.
When you sit in your chair and give five minutes to remembering that you are Love, feel that Love flow through yourself and through the Sonship. Feel the joy of extending your true Self. Notice that the Love flows freely and unimpeded and leaves no one untouched. Isn’t it a relief not to decide who to touch with your Love and who deserves this wonderful gift? When you set aside judgment, there is nothing to stop the flow of Love. Continue today to forgive all judgments as they rise into your conscious mind, and allow yourself to be aware of the joy this brings to you and to all of your Self.
“Teach your mind to listen to truth, and you teach the mind that it is a mirage also. In this way, the mind becomes willing to be quieted. And in the quiet of the mind, the echo of truth can be heard. … Teach the mind to be subject to the Heart by being grateful for the desire of the Heart. … Be ready to remind yourself of your truth. The way of the thinking mind is forgetfulness, but your way is the way of remembering. Joyfully remember whenever the mind forgets, and the way will be filled with happiness and deep gratitude.” ~ NTI Titus
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