ACIM Lesson 339 I will receive whatever I request.
No one desires pain. ²But he can think that pain is pleasure.
I will receive whatever I request.
1. No one desires pain. ²But he can think that pain is pleasure. ³No one would avoid his happiness. ⁴But he can think that joy is painful, threatening and dangerous. ⁵Everyone will receive what he requests. ⁶But he can be confused indeed about the things he wants; the state he would attain. ⁷What can he then request that he would want when he receives it? ⁸He has asked for what will frighten him, and bring him suffering. ⁹Let us resolve today to ask for what we really want, and only this, that we may spend this day in fearlessness, without confusing pain with joy, or fear with love.
2. Father, this is Your day. ²It is a day in which I would do nothing by myself, but hear Your Voice in everything I do; requesting only what You offer me, accepting only Thoughts You share with me.
Pain or Pleasure?
No one desires pain, but what if I can’t tell the difference between pain and pleasure? What if I have experienced pain and thought it was pleasure for so long that I no longer know the difference? My first question was how is it that I am asking for pain when I think I am asking for pleasure? But on reflection, I began to see my error. I am asking to be separate from God and from my brothers. I must have thought that this would make me happy. Obviously, I thought that having a separate will would make me happy. Clearly, I was wrong about those desires and I see that now.
I know that I was wrong about what makes me happy. I know this from years of observing the connection between my desire for separation and the suffering I experience. I requested an experience as a body so that I could be something different than I was created. I discovered pain, suffering, and death instead of the blissful eternity I had. I wanted to make my own world with my own laws. What I discovered was chaos where I used to know only peace. I discovered loneliness where I once knew only unity.
Trying and Then Trying Again
For a while, I refused to concede that I made an error. It seemed to me that if I kept trying, I would surely succeed. So, I came back again and again trying to make my plan for happiness work but it never has. I tried to find love through secret bargains and only found attack and defense. I tried to project my guilt and fear onto others and onto the world. But it went nowhere and I only caused myself more distress in the effort.
This Time It’s Different
This is the lifetime in which I discovered that there is a difference between pain and joy. I know now that it is my thoughts and beliefs that source the world and that I can change those beliefs. It is through forgiveness that I do this and my healed mind is showing me a healed world. From there it is just a step more to find myself in Heaven. And I don’t even have to worry about that step. It will be done for me.
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