ACIM Daily Lesson: Workbook 19 Year 2020

ACIM Workbook Lesson 19

I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts.

W-pI.19.1. The idea for today is obviously the reason why your seeing does not affect you alone. 2 You will notice that at times the ideas related to thinking precede those related to perceiving, while at other times the order is reversed. 3 The reason is that the order does not matter. 4 Thinking and its results are really simultaneous, for cause and effect are never separate.

W-pI.19.2. Today we are again emphasizing the fact that minds are joined. 2 This is rarely a wholly welcome idea at first, since it seems to carry with it an enormous sense of responsibility, and may even be regarded as an “invasion of privacy.” 3 Yet it is a fact that there are no private thoughts. 4 Despite your initial resistance to this idea, you will yet understand that it must be true if salvation is possible at all. 5 And salvation must be possible because it is the Will of God.

W-pI.19.3. The minute or so of mind searching which today’s exercises require is to be undertaken with eyes closed. 2 The idea for today is to be repeated first, and then the mind should be carefully searched for the thoughts it contains at that time. 3 As you consider each one, name it in terms of the central person or theme it contains, and holding it in your mind as you do so, say:

4 I am not alone in experiencing the effects of this thought about _____.

W-pI.19.4. The requirement of as much indiscriminateness as possible in selecting subjects for the practice periods should be quite familiar to you by now, and will no longer be repeated each day, although it will occasionally be included as a reminder. 2 Do not forget, however, that random selection of subjects for all practice periods remains essential throughout. 3 Lack of order in this connection will ultimately make the recognition of lack of order in miracles meaningful to you.

W-pI.19.5. Apart from the “as needed” application of today’s idea, at least three practice periods are required, shortening the length of time involved, if necessary. 2 Do not attempt more than four.

Initial Insight: I am not alone in experiencing the effects of seeing. I am not alone in experiencing the effects of my thoughts. I am not alone. And there is no separation in my thoughts and what I see. Cause and effect are never separate. Thank you, God, for that. You are my Cause and I am your effect and we can never be separate.

Our minds are joined is again emphasized. We need to absorb that idea because we tend to resist it. I remember my first time reading this lesson and feeling shocked and not happy about it at all. I didn’t want anyone to know what I thought because sometimes it was embarrassing and anyway, thoughts are private, right? Evidently, not.

And yet, I don’t know what others are thinking. I have a different view of this idea now. Our thoughts are not private because we are one. A thought comes into our mind and it is a thought that is available to all minds. I didn’t make it up, it just appeared in my mind. And some form of that thought will appear in someone else’s mind. These are not my real thoughts; they are just ideas that occurred with the making of the ego.

If I recognize this when I am aware of an ego thought, I can undo it with the help of the Holy Spirit, and instead of putting it back into the consciousness, I can put a true thought in there and that is what will show up in someone’s mind. It is a big responsibility but it is one we can assume because it is our time to awaken to the truth and our time to help our brothers do the same. This is how we will save each other as is the Will of God.

Daily Application: We are told again to be indiscriminate in our selection of thoughts to use for this process just as were told to be indiscriminate in our selection of things we saw yesterday. Today we are told why this is important. Jesus says: “2 Do not forget, however, that random selection of subjects for all practice periods remains essential throughout. 3 Lack of order in this connection will ultimately make the recognition of lack of order in miracles meaningful to you.” And that is, indeed, very important to us.

Insights from Holy Spirit: I was using this thought: I am not alone in experiencing the effects of this thought about really needing some ice cream. I asked the Holy Spirit why this thought matters at all except to how my clothes fit me if I keep thinking like that and acting on it. What came to me is that it is the reason I think eating ice cream is necessary. He asked me what I was avoiding, what I thought eating ice cream would provide for me. I then realized that I often eat when I don’t feel comfortable in my own mind and that I could talk about this discomfort with the Holy Spirit instead of eating to disguise it. I don’t want to share that kind of avoidance with the Sonship so I am going to remember this.

Gratitude: Thanks for that insight, Holy Spirit. I wondered why it is that sometimes I have no interest in sweets or eating anything when I am not hungry and sometimes it feels compelling for me to do so. Please help me to remember it the next time I am tempted to hide from my own thoughts and feelings.

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