ACIM Workbook Lesson 248 Whatever suffers is not part of me. This lesson asks us to be faithful in disowning falsity. It reminds us that what dies was never living in reality.
Whatever suffers is not part of me.
1. I have disowned the truth. ²Now let me be as faithful in disowning falsity. ³Whatever suffers is not part of me. ⁴What grieves is not myself. ⁵What is in pain is but illusion in my mind. ⁶What dies was never living in reality, and did but mock the truth about myself. ⁷Now I disown self-concepts and deceits and lies about the holy Son of God. ⁸Now am I ready to accept him back as God created him, and as he is.
2. Father, my ancient love for You returns, and lets me love Your Son again as well. ²Father, I am as You created me. ³Now is Your Love remembered, and my own. ⁴Now do I understand that they are one.
What I Am VS What I Am Not
My focus now is on disowning falsity. I remind myself often of what I am not and also of what I am. These lessons in the second half of the Workbook are particularly helpful. The first half of the workbook was dedicated to showing me what I believed about myself and helping me let it go. Now it is time to claim what is true as my own.
I am, with you, the Christ. I used to say this but with some reluctance as I certainly didn’t feel like or act like this could be true and it felt strange on my tongue. Now I say it with confidence. I know there is still more to release from my mind, but my conviction is stronger and I feel that. Not only is it possible for me to claim the truth of who I am, it feels right. That there is more to release doesn’t change that.
So Many Problems
The character I play in this story has a lot of problems and that is so perfect. All those problems were opportunities. They made it clear what beliefs needed to be released in order to uncover my true identity. They showed me, through this life story how these untrue beliefs caused certain unwanted effects and so it motivated the work needed to clear the mind. I’m grateful for the story even when it is not pleasant, maybe especially when it is not pleasant since those are the times with the greatest opportunities for healing.
What makes the lessons easier to learn now is that with time, I have come to understand that I am not the dream character. Myron has a tendency to be critical and also is extremely hard on herself. She has an undisciplined mind that spends way too much time in the past or the future. She has suffered in her life and experienced pain and depression.
The Son of God Awakening
But I am not Myron and none of this is part of me. I am the watcher of the show, the decision-maker, the sleeping Son of God awakening. I cannot suffer, I can only be aware of how the belief in suffering affects the believer and decide to let that belief go. It is, after all, not reality, only a perception. Knowing that the story of Myron is just another of the multitude of occurrences sourced by us as part of the tiny mad idea, I realize that it is an ancient memory I placed before the body’s eyes so that it could be forgiven. That is what I am doing with it, and now that I understand what is going on, it is easier to do.
I am the Son of God, but only with everyone else. Now that I know I am not the dream character, I know that no one else is their character either. This understanding makes it a simple matter to overlook their errors and recognize they are not these errors at all. They are simply doing the same thing I am doing, watching the show, deciding if they are ready to walk off this giant stage. If I slip back into thinking that someone is a sinner, I realize that means I slipped back into the human identity and I forgive it and let it go again. It’s really that simple when I am certain of what I want.
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