ACIM Workbook Lesson 237 Now would I be as God created me. Today I will accept the truth about myself. We awaken to a world that looks different to us because we perceive it differently.
Now would I be as God created me.
1. Today I will accept the truth about myself. ²I will arise in glory, and allow the light in me to shine upon the world throughout the day. ³I bring the world the tidings of salvation which I hear as God my Father speaks to me. ⁴And I behold the world that Christ would have me see, aware it ends the bitter dream of death; aware it is my Father’s Call to me.
2. Christ is my eyes today, and He the ears that listen to the Voice for God today. ²Father, I come to You through Him Who is Your Son, and my true Self as well. ³Amen.
Everything Has Changed
Again, we see that when Jesus says we awaken he does not mean we do this in death, but now, right here where we think we are. We awaken to a world that looks different to us because we perceive it differently. We see it with Christ vision. We see it the way the Holy Spirit sees it. Here is how it looks to me now.
I used to be anxious and worried about things especially as they affected my children and now, I am not. I used to be afraid of everything and now I am not. The world was a dark and dangerous place and now it is not. Clearly, the world hasn’t changed but the way I perceive it has very much changed. As my friend, Donna, often says, “It’s all part of the plan.” This attitude is one of trust in God’s plan for our salvation.
Everything that happens to me and to those I love is part of His plan to wake us up and help us return Home, even those very uncomfortable experiences, even those in which we think we failed. All of it is a lesson God would have us learn. It is the Plan of Atonement. He gave us the Holy Spirit to speak for Him and to give us all the help we need to return our awareness to what is real. As I chose to give my dark thoughts to the Holy Spirit, my mind became lighter. And so the world that is reflected from my mind is lighter too.
Accepting My Part in the Plan
³I bring the world the tidings of salvation which I hear as God my Father speaks to me. As my mind shifted from fear to love, I have shared that with the world. In doing so, I help others to have this wonderful experience for themselves. Sometimes I do this with words and sometimes through my actions. Sometimes it occurs simply because the love I feel is felt by others. It is not up to me how the miracle is given. I just stay miracle ready and it flows through me to wherever it needs to go.
I don’t do this perfectly, but as Jesus says about his teachers: ⁵They are not perfect, or they would not be here. ⁶Yet it is their mission to become perfect here, and so they teach perfection over and over, in many, many ways, until they have learned it. (ACIM, M-in.5:5-6) No, the world I see has not changed, but the way I see it has and that makes all the difference. It is the difference between suffering and peace. It also allows me to be the light that the world needs now more than ever. And while I don’t do any of this perfectly yet, I have seen such a significant difference in my life that I know perfection is forthcoming. I wonder what that will look like.
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