ACIM Daily Lesson 85 My grievances hide the light of the world in me. And, My salvation comes from me.
Today’s review will cover these ideas:
1. (69) My grievances hide the light of the world in me.
²My grievances show me what is not there, and hide from me what I would see. ³Recognizing this, what do I want my grievances for? ⁴They keep me in darkness and hide the light. ⁵Grievances and light cannot go together, but light and vision must be joined for me to see. ⁶To see, I must lay grievances aside. ⁷I want to see, and this will be the means by which I will succeed.
2. Specific applications for this idea might be made in these forms:
²Let me not use this as a block to sight.
³The light of the world will shine all this away.
⁴I have no need for this. ⁵I want to see.
I think of grievances as anything I don’t want in my life. If I am upset that a loved one is suffering, that is a grievance. I would have a grievance against this situation. The ego-mind thinks this is perfectly normal and that I should be upset. It says that my upset is love. But I don’t want that grievance because it is a block to light and I want to see. I can only be of help if my vision is clear and Love wants to help.
Looking for the Energy
There are a number of processes I can use to forgive this grievance. It doesn’t help to try to make myself think differently. I was listening to a talk by Regina Dawn Akers last night and she said something that resonated with me. She said that the way she handles wrong-minded thoughts is to place her attention on them and then look for the energy behind them. For instance, if I am upset about a loved one suffering, the energy behind that thought is fear. I know that I don’t want fear in my mind and so I release it.
Regina’s process for doing this is pretty much what I do. However, looking for the energy behind the thought was a new idea for me and one that I like. There is no denial in that. In other words, I am not trying to run from the fear. I am calling it out. I see you, fear. And I don’t want you here so you have to go. Jesus reminds us that the mind is our servant. A thought we honestly don’t want will be released. If I have made a habit of accepting a thought, I might have to do the process again or many times. But it will work.
The Princess in the Tower
3. (70) My salvation comes from me.
²Today I will recognize where my salvation is. ³It is in me because its Source is there. ⁴It has not left its Source, and so it cannot have left my mind. ⁵I will not look for it outside myself. ⁶It is not found outside and then brought in. ⁷But from within me it will reach beyond, and everything I see will but reflect the light that shines in me and in itself.
4. These forms of the idea are suitable for more specific applications:
²Let this not tempt me to look away from me for my salvation.
³I will not let this interfere with my awareness of the Source of my salvation.
⁴This has no power to remove salvation from me.
Because I spent so much of my life lost in my thoughts and feelings, I always believed in my beliefs completely. It seemed that I needed to be saved as if I were the princess in the tower waiting for her prince to rescue her. In A Course in Miracles, I learned that I have a split mind. That is the part of the mind that is hallucinating these stories. I think of that split mind as the tower in which I think I am imprisoned. I kept waiting for the prince and even sought out many who might save me, but it never worked.
Salvation Is in My Mind
However, in the Course, I also learned that I have a mind that is awake. I can turn to it for the truth. My salvation from the split mind lies there. The split mind is just a thought system designed in order to sleep and dream of the impossible. It is time for me to wake up. So, when I notice a fear thought in the split mind, I go outside that thought system to my real mind. It is there that I find salvation.
I don’t think this all out, but that is basically what is happening. Both parts of the mind are in me, so salvation is in me. God is in my mind and that is why salvation is there. So, when I notice fear thoughts, it is because I am accessing the right mind. From that mind, I am making the decision to release them. The right mind is the home of the Holy Spirit. And thus, it is the strength of God in me that I call upon in that release. How could it fail? As I continue to always seek healing, I spend more and more time in my true mind. The light I find there is reflected on everything I see and I am at peace.
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