[acimlessons_list] Review III, Lesson 115 - April 25
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Thu Apr 24 05:36:27 EDT 2008
Review III, Lesson 115 - April 25
"Salvation is my only function here."
"My part is essential to God's plan for salvation."
Purpose: a second chance at the last 20 lessons, in which you can practice
them more diligently, and which can carry you so far ahead that you will
continue your journey "on more solid ground, with firmer footsteps and with
stronger faith" (12:3).
Remarks: Please follow the format below as closely as you can. If you miss a
practice period (either the longer ones or the every-half-hour ones) because
you simply couldn't do it at the appointed time, your progress is not
hindered. Don't worry about making those ones up. If, however, you missed
because you just didn't want to give the time, your progress is hindered.
Those ones should be made up. You missed because you thought some other
activity would deliver more. As soon as you remember that "your practicing
can offer everything to you" (4:5), do your make-up practice periods as a
statement that your real goal is salvation.
In deciding if you should make up a practice period, be very honest with
yourself. Do not try to pass off "I didn't want to practice" as "I couldn't
practice." Learn to discern between situations truly unsuited to practicing
and those in which you could practice if you wanted.
Longer: 2 - one in the morning, one in the hour before sleep (ideally the
first and last 5 minutes of your day), for 5 minutes (longer if you prefer)
* Read over the two ideas and the comments about them, so that the ideas
are firmly placed in your mind.
* Then close your eyes and begin to think about the ideas and also to let
related thoughts come (you should remember both of these practices from
earlier lessons). This time, however, there is an important twist. Let your
mind search out various needs, problems, and concerns in your life. As each
one arises, let your mind come up with thoughts related to the ideas,
thoughts which apply the essence of those ideas to the need, problem, or
concern. In other words, let your mind creatively apply the ideas so as to
dispel your sense of need, problem, or concern. This is a more developed
version of letting related thoughts come, in which it combines with response
to temptation (there were hints of this in Review II-see my response to
temptation comments there).
* Remember your training in letting related thoughts come: place the ideas
in your mind. Trust your mind's inherent wisdom to generate related thoughts
(this trust is a big theme in this review). Don't strain-let your mind come
up with thoughts. The thoughts need only be indirectly related to the ideas,
though they should not be in conflict. If your mind wanders, or you draw a
blank, repeat the ideas and try again.
If you try this and it is just too unstructured for you, I have found the
following more structured version to be useful:
1. Let a need, problem or concern come to mind, and name it to yourself
(for example, "I see this conflict with so-and-so as a problem").
2. Repeat one or both of the ideas for the day (for instance, "I am
3. While repeating the idea, watch your mind for any sparks of insight that
arise which apply the idea to your need, problem or concern, and verbalize
this insight to yourself (for example, "As spirit, I cannot be hurt. I am
4. Either continue with more such related thoughts, or go on to the next
need, problem or concern.
Frequent reminders: on the hour and on the half hour, for a moment
* Repeat the applicable idea (on the hour, the first idea; on the half
hour, the second idea).
* Allow your mind to rest in silence and peace for a moment.
* Afterwards, try to carry the idea with you, keeping it ready for response
Response to temptation: whenever your peace is shaken
Repeat the idea (the one you are carrying with you from your last practice
period). By applying the idea to the business of the day, you will make that
Remarks: These shorter practice periods (frequent reminders and response to
temptation) are at least as important as the longer. By skipping these,
which you have tended to do, you have not allowed what you gained in the
longer periods to be applied to the rest of your life, where it could show
just how great its gifts are. After your longer practice periods, don't let
your learning "lie idly by" (10:1). Reinforce it with the frequent reminders
every half hour. And after those, do not lay the idea down (11:3). Have it
poised and ready to use in response to all your little upsets. In this way,
you forge a continuous chain that reaches from your longer practice periods
all the way into the hustle and bustle of your day.
My job is to forgive the world for all of <my> mistakes (1:2). Unless I have
some idea of the Text's teaching about projection I won't have clue as to
what this means. Every "sin" I see out there in the world (even things like
terrorist bombings) is, in some way, a projection of a judgment I have made
on myself. My reluctance to forgive anything or to see it as a call for love
which merits a response of healing love is a reflection of the degree to
which I haven't forgiven myself. The form I perceive "out there" may be
shifted, altered and transmogrified from my own form of "sin" so that I
don't recognize it. In fact, so far as the ego is concerned, the more
unrecognizable the better. But the content is always the same. I may not
blow up children but if I judge those who do as unforgivable I am harboring
a belief in vengeance that I haven't forgiven in myself, and my judgment of
the bombers is my judgment of myself.
Therefore, when I release the world from guilt I have released myself.
My only function is to forgive. Not to be a success in the world, not to
change anything, just to forgive. It's only when I accept this that I come
to real inner peace.
My doing this--my part in forgiveness--is essential to the whole process.
For the world to find its complete guiltlessness I must stop laying guilt on
it. There are people around me today who need guilt lifted from their
shoulders, and doing that is why I meet them. It may look like I'm doing
business, buying and selling, teaching, mending broken bones or programming
computers, but the real reason I am here is to save the world, to forgive,
and to release from guilt.
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