ACIM Lesson 241 This holy instant is salvation come. This lesson tells us it is a time of special celebration and that this is a time of hope for countless millions.
This holy instant is salvation come.
1. What joy there is today! ²It is a time of special celebration. ³For today holds out the instant to the darkened world where its release is set. ⁴The day has come when sorrows pass away and pain is gone. ⁵The glory of salvation dawns today upon a world set free. ⁶This is the time of hope for countless millions. ⁷They will be united now, as you forgive them all. ⁸For I will be forgiven by you today.
2. We have forgiven one another now, and so we come at last to You again. ²Father, Your Son, who never left, returns to Heaven and his home. ³How glad are we to have our sanity restored to us, and to remember that we all are one.
Shifting our Awareness
Could we really have salvation today? Could we really release the darkened world right now? Of course, we could. The world of fear and suffering is an idea in our mind and the world of light and love is also an idea in our mind. In any single instant, we can place our awareness on the real world. All we need to do is to lose interest in those things that hold us captive to our imagined world of separation.
We have all shifted our awareness from one thing to another. Imagine you are in a room and your attention is on this one person who is very interesting to you. Suddenly, you notice another person and you shift your attention to that one. It is that simple. We have most of our attention on the dream world of separation. That is why it seems so real to us. We have placed our awareness there and it is interesting to us so we are unaware of anything else.
The Real World
Now that we are studying A Course in Miracles, we are learning that there is another world in the “room” with us. This is the real world, the world that is our final step before we return to God. We might think of it as Eden or Paradise. It is the world without our fear and guilt projected onto it. As we release these thoughts of fear and guilt, the real world is revealed to us. It is like we just noticed the other one in the room. With practice, we can keep our awareness on the real world and live the happy dream until dreams are over.
In this lesson, we are being invited to do this. We probably won’t succeed in keeping our awareness on the real world for very long. However, the more we let the Holy Spirit heal our minds, the more we will want to remain in His corrected version of our story. As Jesus has told us, nothing is difficult that is wholly desired. We are learning that we wholly desire Heaven and our practice is showing us that we can have this. When my mind wanders to the ego version of life, I imagine myself turning my head away from it and toward the real world instead. Just shifting my awareness. Easy peasy!
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