ACIM Daily Lesson: Workbook 9 Year 2020

ACIM Workbook Lesson 9

I see nothing as it is now.

W-pI.9.1. This idea obviously follows from the two preceding ones. 2 But while you may be able to accept it intellectually, it is unlikely that it will mean anything to you as yet. 3 However, understanding is not necessary at this point. 4 In fact, the recognition that you do not understand is a prerequisite for undoing your false ideas. 5 These exercises are concerned with practice, not with understanding. 6 You do not need to practice what you already understand. 7 It would indeed be circular to aim at understanding, and assume that you have it already.

W-pI.9.2. It is difficult for the untrained mind to believe that what it seems to picture is not there. 2 This idea can be quite disturbing, and may meet with active resistance in any number of forms. 3 Yet that does not preclude applying it. 4 No more than that is required for these or any other exercises. 5 Each small step will clear a little of the darkness away, and understanding will finally come to lighten every corner of the mind that has been cleared of the debris that darkens it.

W-pI.9.3. These exercises, for which three or four practice periods are sufficient, involve looking about you and applying the idea for the day to whatever you see, remembering the need for its indiscriminate application, and the essential rule of excluding nothing. 2 For example:

 3 I do not see this typewriter as it is now.
4 I do not see this telephone as it is now.
5 I do not see this arm as it is now.

W-pI.9.4. Begin with things that are nearest you, and then extend the range outward:

2 I do not see that coat rack as it is now.
3 I do not see that door as it is now.
4 I do not see that face as it is now.

W-pI.9.5. It is emphasized again that while complete inclusion should not be attempted, specific exclusion must be avoided. 2 Be sure you are honest with yourself in making this distinction. 3 You may be tempted to obscure it.

Initial Insight: I love these first lessons because they are the foundation for everything that follows. We are lost in a dream world and believe that it is real. That which is not real has no meaning. We don’t know this because we gave everything we see meaning, and so believe in the meaning we gave it.

This has left us in a state of confusion with no seeming way out. Jesus brought us ACIM to help us find the truth, which remains in our minds in spite of our dreaming state. He begins the lessons by telling us the simple truth; nothing we see means anything in spite of our present beliefs, and it is the same with our thoughts.

Because of our confusion about meaning, we don’t really understand why we are upset. We think we do, but we are mistaken because we don’t know what anything means and we see something that is not there.

Like the preceding lessons, this one is simple to accomplish but if it is the first time you have considered it, these lessons are not easily understood. But as Jesus points out, understanding isn’t necessary or expected. There is no point in practicing what we understand.

I have done these lessons many times and I do have some understanding and a strong background in the Course but it seems that each time I do the lessons, I gain a deeper understanding. This lesson reminds me of something else Jesus tells us later in the Course. He says this: This world was over long ago. The thoughts that made it are no longer in the mind that thought of them and loved them for a little while. And this: You keep an ancient memory before your eyes. And he who lives in memories alone is unaware of where he is.

We made up the images we see with our eyes. Neither the images nor the eyes actually existed. They were thoughts in our mind projected outward. Now we are just watching what has already gone by and deciding which parts are meaningful and which are not, and deciding if we are ready to let the illusion go so that we can see what is really there.

Daily Application: I was at the hospital this morning doing preadmission for a procedure tomorrow. I had a judgment of the young woman who did the admissions paperwork and it was helpful to remember that I don’t see her as she is now. I asked the Holy Spirit to correct my vision, to help me see differently. The thought that came into my mind was that I had invited the ego to interpret for me before I even got to the hospital and I could see that was true.

I resented the intrusion on my time and I wanted the results of the tests they were doing but didn’t want to do the tests. Well, it was time to evict the ego because I don’t like how I feel when I think like this, and I really don’t like how it makes me feel when I judge my sister. This feeling fell away and I am back to my normal happy peaceful self. It is best to catch these ego thoughts immediately rather than ignoring them and letting them gain momentum.

Insights from Holy Spirit: Relax and just be in the moment with Me. There is no reason to be concerned about the upset you have experienced since you decided to move. You see that it has brought to the surface some ideas that you didn’t know you still believed, and that’s good because you are able to release them now. You found the belief that you need to control the course of this life and that you might not do it well. Release that belief to me and trust that you do not need to do this and in fact cannot do this.

You know that you have given this situation all the meaning it has for you and that the meaning you gave it is the reason you are upset. This meaning is not correct because your mind is focused on the past. You keep thinking about the last time you made a similar decision and regretted it. How can you know what to do now if your mind is crowded with past thoughts?

You keep showing yourself something that doesn’t exist and so you cannot see what is here now. This has been an excellent opportunity to practice these lessons and to allow further healing of the mind. This is what matters and this is what you are to do with this situation. The rest will be taken care of for you if you don’t try to control it yourself. You see, everything is perfect just as it is; it is all in your best interest.

Gratitude: Thank you, Holy Spirit. Every time I notice that I am worried about the situation or trying to figure out the best solutions, I think I should know better than that. Of course, that is just a way of making myself guilty and I sure don’t want to do that. I will shift my focus to watching my thoughts and feelings and releasing them to You for correction and just let the future unfold as it will.

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