ACIM Daily Lesson 120 I rest in God. I am as God created me.
I rest in God.
I am as God created me.
ACIM Lesson 120
For morning and evening review:
1. (109) I rest in God.
²I rest in God today, and let Him work in me and through me, while I rest in Him in quiet and in perfect certainty.
This morning, I woke up a bit too early and decided to see if I could sleep for a little longer. If not, maybe I could meditate for a few minutes. I lay there relaxing into peace, resting in God. I had a headache and it would pull me out of the rest, but I would go right back into it. And I would have thoughts but would tell myself to relax about that and move past them. Finally, I did fall asleep for a while and woke up feeling refreshed and ready to start my day.
This is what I am going to do today. I have a full schedule, but I am going to relax into God and rest there for a few minutes between calls. The idea has strong appeal to me. God is Peace. He is Perfect Certainty. I can rest in that and bring it back with me when I rejoin the illusion. And like this morning after my rest in God, I will return refreshed and ready to resume my day.
2. (110) I am as God created me.
²I am God’s Son. ³Today I lay aside all sick illusions of myself, and let my Father tell me Who I really am.
I used to approach this lesson with a desperate need to succeed and little hope of doing so. It was not a happy lesson for me because of my doubt and my belief in my guilt. Now, I look forward to the practice. Do I have some sick illusions I can lay aside? I have a belief in pain and that is a sick illusion. As it happens, I was thinking just the other day about how strange pain is.
For instance, I can be in pain and then take a call that has my full attention. When I hang up the phone, I notice the pain but I also realize that I was not aware of the pain while on the call. Maybe it takes our attention to pain for it to exist for us. I guess if the pain were severe enough, it would not be as easy to move our awareness from it. But still, there is something important to be learned here about pain.
Pain Is Not Real
In Lesson 190, Jesus is going to tell us that pain is not real. As my Father tells me Who I really am, I realize that this must be true. And as Jesus tells me throughout the Course, I am not this body and not in this body. Spirit cannot be in pain and that is what I am. So, pain is only a sensation of the body, and we feel it only because we are attached to the idea of being a body. We choose to place our awareness on the body and thus on the pain.
Here is something interesting I read in Chapter 18, section VI. Jesus is talking about experiencing something like the holy instant. He says that in these moments of escape we let our limits melt away, suspending all the “laws” our body obeys and gently set them aside.
Lack of Awareness of the Body
13. There is no violence at all in this escape. ²The body is not attacked, but simply properly perceived. ³It does not limit you, merely because you would not have it so. ⁴You are not really “lifted out” of it; it cannot contain you. ⁵You go where you would be, gaining, not losing, a sense of Self. ⁶In these instants of release from physical restrictions, you experience much of what happens in the holy instant; the lifting of the barriers of time and space, the sudden experience of peace and joy, and, above all, the lack of awareness of the body, and of the questioning whether or not all this is possible.
So, today, I look forward to setting aside my own sick illusions so that I can be told of what I really am. I do this not in doubt but in certainty I will be told. I will come away with a changed perception and this miracle will affect my life in untold ways. Of this I am certain because it has happened before and now my mind is open in a way it wasn’t in the past. I wonder how my mind will be healed this time. I am pretty excited about this idea!
3. On the hour:
²I rest in God.
³On the half hour:
⁴I am as God created me.