[acimlessons_list] Lesson 110 - April 20
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Sat Apr 19 17:46:45 EDT 2008
Lesson 110 - April 20
"I am as God created me."
Purpose: to cease worshipping false images of who you are and to instead
seek and find your true Self.
Longer: every hour on the hour, for 5 minutes (if you cannot do this, at
least do the alternate)
* Say, "I am as God created me. His Son can suffer nothing. And I
am His Son."
* The rest of the practice period is a meditation which is
extremely similar to what you did with the first occurrence of this idea, in
Lesson 94 (you may want to go back and read my practice instructions for
that lesson). Your whole focus should be on seeking that deep place in your
mind where your true self, the Christ, abides. To get there, you need to set
aside all your images of who you are-they are the idols and graven images
referred to in the lesson. As usual, remember your training in meditation:
focus all your intent on sinking down and inward to the center of your mind;
draw your mind back from wandering as often as necessary; and approach your
Self with desire, for it is your Self Who has the power to save you.
Frequent reminders: as often as you can
Repeat the idea to remind yourself of your true Identity as the holy Son of
Encouragement to practice: You are told to "practice today's idea with
gratitude" (5:3) because, quite simply, it carries so much power (as you can
see from reading the first five paragraphs). This is the Workbook's premier
lesson. You are reminded repeatedly today that today's idea is "enough"
(1:2, 2:2, 3, 4) to save you, that it is "all you need" (2:1; see also 3:3).
This one thought, we are told, is enough to save not only ourselves, but the
world, if we believed it to be true.
"Its truth would mean that you Have made no changes in yourself that have
reality, nor changed the universe so that what God created was replaced
by fear and evil, misery and death" (1:3).
This is the primary meaning of this idea for me: nothing I have done has
changed anything. Ego thoughts have done nothing, changed nothing. Fear and
evil, misery and death have not occurred. I remain as God created me. I have
not damaged anything. The tiny, mad idea to replace God on His throne
accomplished absolutely nothing. I am still perfect, innocent, golden love.
"It is enough to let time be the means for all the world to learn escape
from time, and every change that time appears to bring in passing by"
We tend to see the ravages of time. We see the aging body. We see loved ones
come and go. We see decay and death and loss. But time can be the means by
which we learn escape from time and all its changes. We learn through time
to look beyond the appearances of change to what is unchanging, and we come
to learn that only that is real. "Lead me in the way everlasting" (Psalm
"If you are as God created you, then there has been no separation of your
mind from His, no split between your mind and other minds, and only unity
within your own" (4:2).
No separation, no split, no schizophrenia. I am one Self, united with my
Creator, and limitless in power and in love. I can trust my brothers, who
are one with me, because I am as God created me and have never split from
them. What I find within myself when I listen to the Spirit's quiet voice is
what all others are as well. I find within myself the Holy One. I am This;
you are This. Let me simply become aware of any thought that says anything
different, any picture of myself that creates a false and limited idol, and
just drop that thought.
"Deep in your mind the holy Christ in you is waiting your acknowledgment
And you are lost and do not know yourself while He is unacknowledged and
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