ACIM Lesson 89 I am entitled to miracles. Let miracles replace all grievances.
I am entitled to miracles. Let miracles replace all grievances.
ACIM Lesson 89
These are our review ideas for today:
1. (77) I am entitled to miracles.
²I am entitled to miracles because I am under no laws but God’s. ³His laws release me from all grievances, and replace them with miracles. ⁴And I would accept the miracles in place of the grievances, which are but illusions that hide the miracles beyond. ⁵Now I would accept only what the laws of God entitle me to have, that I may use it on behalf of the function He has given me.
2. You might use these suggestions for specific applications of this idea:
²Behind this is a miracle to which I am entitled.
³Let me not hold a grievance against you, [name], but offer you the miracle that belongs to you instead.
⁴Seen truly, this offers me a miracle.
Choosing the Miracle
Yesterday’s lesson seemed to be focused more on what is ultimately true. The light has come but in the world we seem to inhabit, this does not appear to be true. Today’s lesson is more focused on achieving this awareness. I am, indeed, entitled to miracles. However, I will not be aware of the miracle if my attention is on grievances. I can become aware of the miracle if I choose it instead of the grievance. Choosing the miracle will bring me closer to living under God’s laws.
Yesterday, I needed a miracle because I was lost in the story of my son’s problems. I achieved the miracle by looking at my thoughts and beliefs with the Holy Spirit and releasing them to Him. The miracle was the change of mind that left me in peace. I don’t know if anything actually changed for my son, but peace of mind is my goal at all times and that is what I gained.
Defining a Grievance
Here is something that surprised me when I first discovered it. Grievances are more pervasive than I realized. I didn’t always understand what a grievance was. I looked up the definitions for grievances and one of them says this. A grievance is a cause of distress or suffering. For instance, I was holding a grievance against my son when I failed to trust him. It felt like his choices were causing both of us distress and suffering.
Another definition is a real or imagined wrong. Looking at just this one situation with my son, I could say that I was accusing him of an imagined wrong. That is, I felt upset by his choices. The truth is, I was upsetting myself with how I interpreted the situation. As soon as I let the miracle replace the grievance, I realized his behavior triggered a fear in me. He didn’t put that fear there, I did. So, as it turned out, it was an imagined wrong. Understanding this made it easy to release the idea of a grievance.
3. (78) Let miracles replace all grievances.
²By this idea do I unite my will with the Holy Spirit’s, and perceive them as one. ³By this idea do I accept my release from hell. ⁴By this idea do I express my willingness to have all my illusions be replaced with truth, according to God’s plan for my salvation. ⁵I would make no exceptions and no substitutes. ⁶I want all of Heaven and only Heaven, as God wills me to have.
4. Useful specific forms for applying this idea would be:
²I would not hold this grievance apart from my salvation.
³Let our grievances be replaced by miracles, [name].
⁴Beyond this is the miracle by which all my grievances are replaced.
This Is the Key
In this lesson, I find the key to salvation. As I forgive all grievances, I am saved. But it must be that I forgive them all without exception. Otherwise, I remain in hell, a hell of my own making. I would have to deliberately choose to suffer because it is not God’s law that I do so. I choose suffering with every grievance I do not forgive.
The only way to be free is to be at perfect peace and peace is not perfect if it is disturbed or could possibly be disturbed. If there remains in my mind the belief that there is some value ins grievance, then there is always the possibility of loss of peace. Therefore, I would not be at peace. It would be like waiting for the other shoe to drop. That is not a peaceful feeling.
I know this is true and so I know that I will not hold a grievance. As soon as I feel aggrieved in even the slightest way, I choose forgiveness. Today, I noticed that I wasn’t peaceful. It didn’t feel very big, but that doesn’t matter. Peace is not a matter of degree of intensity. I quieted the mind and waited for insight. I started thinking about a doctor I saw yesterday and wondering if the treatment would really work. Then, with the next thought came some clarity.
Ah, I see. This doctor doesn’t accept Medicare and so it is expensive for me. The upset was really about the cost. I forgave that idea and let it go. This leaves me free to trust the doctor and extend love to him. Peace returned instantly. The more often I release grievances, the less often I have them. One day, I am certain, there will not even be the possibility of a grievance showing up. ⁴Beyond this is the miracle by which all my grievances are replaced.
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