Lesson 212 2021

Lesson 212

I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.

1. (192) I have a function God would have me fill.

²I seek the function that would set me free from all the vain illusions of the world. ³Only the function God has given me can offer freedom. ⁴Only this I seek, and only this will I accept as mine.

⁵I am not a body. ⁶I am free.
⁷For I am still as God created me.

(ACIM, W-212.1:1-7)

My only function is to accept the Atonement for myself. This is my part in the salvation of the world. I accept the Atonement when I forgive, so I forgive as often as I can. I forgive myself for my errors, present, and past. I forgive everyone for their errors. I know that we are all doing the best that we can and that everything, even our errors, can be used to help us wake up.

I forgive situations, too, and beliefs that are not true. In forgiving them, I am undoing the ego. I used to worry so much about my children, even after they were grown. If I heard a siren, I would mentally go through each child in my mind placing them at their likely locations so I could decide if they were likely alright. I used to worry if they were on vacation, that they might get hurt or in trouble when I wasn’t there to help.

I don’t do any of that anymore because I forgave those ideas, the idea that they were always just a step away from danger, and the idea that it was my job to keep them safe. I forgave the idea that anything outside my own mind could affect me. It took me a long time to give up these ideas that were fixed in my mind and that I thought were essential to my happiness.

But finally, I started a practice that eventually brought me peace. Each time thoughts like that came into my mind, I sat with them and felt the fear and realized that I didn’t want to keep feeling like this and that it wasn’t helping anyone, not them and not me. I then could honestly tell the Holy Spirit that I was ready to forgive these thoughts and let Him heal my mind. Now those behaviors are no longer a part of my life and I am much happier.