ACIM Daily Lesson: Workbook 14 Year 2020

ACIM Workbook Lesson 14

God did not create a meaningless world.

W-pI.14.1. The idea for today is, of course, the reason why a meaningless world is impossible. 2 What God did not create does not exist. 3 And everything that does exist exists as He created it. 4 The world you see has nothing to do with reality. 5 It is of your own making, and it does not exist.

W-pI.14.2. The exercises for today are to be practiced with eyes closed throughout. 2 The mind-searching period should be short, a minute at most. 3 Do not have more than three practice periods with today’s idea unless you find them comfortable. 4 If you do, it will be because you really understand what they are for.

W-pI.14.3. The idea for today is another step in learning to let go the thoughts that you have written on the world, and see the Word of God in their place. 2 The early steps in this exchange, which can truly be called salvation, can be quite difficult and even quite painful. 3 Some of them will lead you directly into fear. 4 You will not be left there. 5 You will go far beyond it. 6 Our direction is toward perfect safety and perfect peace.

W-pI.14.4. With eyes closed, think of all the horrors in the world that cross your mind. 2 Name each one as it occurs to you, and then deny its reality. 3 God did not create it, and so it is not real. 4 Say, for example:

5 God did not create that war, and so it is not real.
6 God did not create that airplane crash, and so it is not real.
7 God did not create that disaster [specify], and so it is not real.

W-pI.14.5. Suitable subjects for the application of today’s idea also include anything you are afraid might happen to you, or to anyone about whom you are concerned. 2 In each case, name the “disaster” quite specifically. 3 Do not use general terms. 4 For example, do not say, “God did not create illness,” but, “God did not create cancer,” or heart attacks, or whatever may arouse fear in you.

W-pI.14.6. This is your personal repertory of horrors at which you are looking. 2 These things are part of the world you see. 3 Some of them are shared illusions, and others are part of your personal hell. 4 It does not matter. 5 What God did not create can only be in your own mind apart from His. 6 Therefore, it has no meaning. 7 In recognition of this fact, conclude the practice periods by repeating today’s idea:

8 God did not create a meaningless world.

W-pI.14.7. The idea for today can, of course, be applied to anything that disturbs you during the day, aside from the practice periods. 2 Be very specific in applying it. 3 Say:

4 God did not create a meaningless world. 5 He did not create [specify the situation which is disturbing you], and so it is not real.

Initial Insight: And so, we get to the truth that has been implied up to now. God did not create a meaningless world and therefore it cannot exist. The world as we see it is an illusion made by our thoughts and beliefs. There is something we can see, a real world, but it is obscured by what we have made. Our whole job now is to remove the beliefs that are showing us a meaningless world.

Daily Application: What came to me right away was the thought of one of my children dying or suffering. But God did not create death or suffering. My mind accepts this as true but at the same time recognizes that dying and suffering feel very real while we are here dreaming of loss. I imagined the grief I would feel and I still have lump in my throat at the thought of grief of that magnitude. And yet, God did not create grief and so it is only my thoughts that are causing this disturbance in my mind and it would be only my mind that would possibly cling to grief.

PS: I’m glad I practiced this lesson this morning because this afternoon there was an accident at the plant where my grandson works. I heard and felt the loud boom. I felt fear and let it move through me. I thought about my daughter and knew she would be upset. I texted my grandson to see how he was and everything was fine. No one was injured. I was able to reassure my daughter right before someone told her about the boom. I also saw that while I had a reaction, it didn’t last.

Insights from Holy Spirit: You also noticed the ego desire to be upset and you made a deliberate choice not to do that. You said no and turned from the ego. When something unexpected happens, you can start to think that other things are going to happen and even to anticipate problems. If not questioned, this will turn into free floating anxiety. You felt that coming on and made different choice. It is important that you realized how you feel is a choice.

Gratitude: Yes, I did make a different choice. I used to let myself get dragged around by my feelings. Now I know that I don’t have to allow that. I was starting to feel uneasy and it was as if suddenly I woke up and saw what was happening. I am really grateful for all the healing I have experienced and all the Help I receive.

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