ACIM Workbook Lesson 328, 2021

ACIM Lesson 328 I choose the second place to gain the first.

What seems to be the second place is first, for all things we perceive are upside down until we listen to the Voice for God.c

I choose the second place to gain the first. ACIM Lesson 328

I choose the second place to gain the first.

ACIM Lesson 328

I choose the second place to gain the first.

1. What seems to be the second place is first, for all things we perceive are upside down until we listen to the Voice for God. ²It seems that we will gain autonomy but by our striving to be separate, and that our independence from the rest of God’s creation is the way in which salvation is obtained. ³Yet all we find is sickness, suffering and loss and death. ⁴This is not what our Father wills for us, nor is there any second to His Will. ⁵To join with His is but to find our own. ⁶And since our will is His, it is to Him that we must go to recognize our will.

2. There is no will but Yours. ²And I am glad that nothing I imagine contradicts what You would have me be. ³It is Your Will that I be wholly safe, eternally at peace. ⁴And happily I share that Will which You, my Father, gave as part of me.

Autonomy

This lesson is about our choice to see ourselves as separate from each other and from God. We chose this experience thinking it would gain us autonomy and that autonomy was something of value. It appeared to us that in separation we would become first, that is, our own creator. However, our strategy backfired on us. God was Whole and now that we have abandoned Him, He is no longer Whole. Thus, in choosing to be separate it appeared to us that we had undone God.

Much Has Been Seen

All of this is occurring only in our mind since, of course, we cannot overcome God. What we discovered is that we gained only what is not God. That is, we gained suffering, sickness, and death. Perhaps, as I have, you now realize that this experiment is not working according to plan and that we have not gained, but lost. Not to worry, though, as “Much has been seen since then, but nothing has really happened.” (ACIM, T-3.VII.5:7)

Accepting our Place in God

And yet, the question remains, how is it that choosing the second gains us the first? The answer to that is simple. As we step back and recognize our Creator is first, we accept our place in Him. In doing so, we become first, too, since there is only One. Haha, there is no second place! What a joke we played on ourselves. Just as our journey from God never actually occurred except in our imagination, our journey back to Him is the same. ⁶The journey to God is merely the reawakening of the knowledge of where you are always, and what you are forever. ⁷It is a journey without distance to a goal that has never changed. (ACIM, T-8.VI.9:6-7) Never the less, it is one we must make.

Restored to Reason

Thankfully, we are not alone on this journey home. ³The Holy Spirit takes you gently by the hand, and retraces with you your mad journey outside yourself, leading you gently back to the truth and safety within. ⁴He brings all your insane projections and the wild substitutions that you have placed outside you to the truth. ⁵Thus He reverses the course of insanity and restores you to reason. (ACIM, T-18.I.8:3-5) Our part is to become aware of our projections and to ask the Holy Spirit to undo them for us and then to accept His healing. The journey home is merely an awakening to what always was and always will be and it is joyful.

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