ACIM Workbook Lesson 228 teaches God has condemned me not. No more do I. It tells us that my Father knows my holiness and says I should take His Word for what I am since He is my Creator. I can find all sorts of faults and past behaviors in which I seem to be guilty, but this is not who I am.
God has condemned me not. No more do I.
1. My Father knows my holiness. ²Shall I deny His knowledge, and believe in what His knowledge makes impossible? ³Shall I accept as true what He proclaims as false? ⁴Or shall I take His Word for what I am, since He is my Creator, and the One Who knows the true condition of His Son?
2. Father, I was mistaken in myself, because I failed to realize the Source from which I came. ²I have not left that Source to enter in a body and to die. ³My holiness remains a part of me, as I am part of You. ⁴And my mistakes about myself are dreams. ⁵I let them go today. ⁶And I stand ready to receive Your Word alone for what I really am.
I Am Not the Story of Myron
It is easy in the world to condemn myself. I can find all sorts of faults and past behaviors in which I seem to be guilty, but this is not who I am. This story of Myron is not who I am. It is just a story formed by thoughts within the mind and I am here to undo as many of those beliefs as I can. When I get caught up in some part of the story, I remind myself of this and it helps me detach enough to remember the truth.
This is how I forgive the world and thus do my part to undo it. Yes, we made the world, and yes, we choose to keep the world going in our mind, but God doesn’t condemn me, and neither will I. I will simply do my part to undo what we did now that I am ready to awaken from it. That the world appears real to me does not make it real. That I still sometimes feel like Myron, doesn’t make it true.
How could I be something God did not create? When I feel like Myron, it is like I exist in an obscuring fog. I feel heavy and lost. When I turn within and ask what am I, I feel like the fog cleared and I am again light and happy. The ego is within and so is my Holy Spirit and it is up to me which I turn to, but always, only Spirit is real. Identifying with the body is depressing. Identifying with Spirit is uplifting and joyful. It is a simple and obvious choice. ⁶And I stand ready to receive Your Word alone for what I really am.
From What Is Forgiveness?
⁴It (unforgiveness) sets about its furious attempts to smash reality, without concern for anything that would appear to pose a contradiction to its point of view.
This morning ego woke up and set about its furious attempt to smash reality. For a little while, I watched my mind frantically seeking someone or something to blame for this unsettled feeling. But I knew that this was not right. It felt like being caught in a huge spider web. I could see through it but I was still caught in its sticky strands. Fortunately, I know how to extricate myself from ego thinking.
4. Forgiveness, on the other hand, is still, and quietly does nothing. ²It offends no aspect of reality, nor seeks to twist it to appearances it likes. ³It merely looks, and waits, and judges not.
As I turned to forgiveness, I felt my mind relax. I had the thought that I wanted to be free of ego and that felt like I was fighting it, so instead, I looked and waited and did nothing. In the silence I discovered another thought; I accept my freedom because it is mine to accept. The sticky strands of ego thinking melted away and I saw that I was free.
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