[acimlessons_list] Lesson 65 - March 6
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Tue Mar 8 12:03:27 EST 2011
Lesson 65 - March 6
"My only function is the one God gave me."
Purpose: to let go of your usual goals, even if only for a little while, so
you can focus on accepting the function God gave you as your only function.
Longer: 1 time, for 10-15 minutes
* Repeat the idea, then close your eyes and repeat it again.
* Watch your mind carefully for what you would consider normal
thoughts passing across it. Observe each one dispassionately (as you were
taught to do in earlier lessons) and say, "This thought reflects a goal that
is preventing me from accepting my only function." When you start to run out
of such thoughts, try for another minute or so to catch any remaining
thoughts, though don't strain to find them. The point of this phase is to
clear your mind of your usual goals and functions.
* Then say, "On this clean slate let my true function be written for
me" --or words to that effect. Be willing to have your self-assigned
functions be replaced by God's.
* Repeat the idea again and spend the remainder doing the now familiar
practice of thinking about the idea and letting related thoughts come.
Having cleared out your usual functions, you are now trying "to understand
and accept" (3:1) your true function, to actively reflect on it so that it
becomes more your own. Focus particularly on the importance and desirability
of your function, and the resolution and relief it will bring. When
wandering thoughts arise, I suggest dispelling them with the line you have
just used: "This thought reflects a goal..."
Remarks: When he says that you need to pick a time for the longer practice
period, one that you'll stick to today and for several days to come, that
may very well sound threatening. Yet it makes perfect sense. You are on the
road to giving your whole life to your true function. Giving it one time
during the day, a time that is devoted only to it, a time that is like an
unmoving boulder in the flowing stream of your trivial pursuits, is a start,
a foot in the door. If you can't let your true function have even a foot in
the door, how will you ever reach the point where you give your whole life
Frequent reminders: at least 1 per hour
Sometimes use the first form, at others times, the second.
1. Close your eyes and say: "My only function is the one God gave me. I
want no other and I have no other."
2. Look about you and say the same line, realizing that what you see
will look completely different when you truly accept what you are saying. (I
suggest giving this a try now and seeing the effect it has on you.)
What I noticed as I read was the last sentence of the first paragraph:
"The full acceptance of salvation as your only function necessarily entails
two phases; the recognition of salvation as your function, and the
relinquishment of all the other goals you have invented for yourself."
Some of us may be yet having trouble with the first phase, recognizing
salvation as our function. It isn't a simple matter. To say, "My job is to
heal and be healed," requires a major shift of mind for most people. To see
ourselves as the light of the world is not something that comes easily to
us. That is why the preceding few lessons have dwelt on that fact, and why
it will come up again in later lessons.
This lesson advances beyond simply recognizing that salvation is our
function; it adds the thought that this is our <only> function. It makes it
very plain that for this to be so, every other goal must be relinquished.
God gave us this one goal, and no other. The others we invented for
ourselves, and every other goal in some way competes with and detracts from
As I go through my day, I watch how my "trivial purposes and goals"
interfere with my pursuit of this one goal. I can watch it in the simple
practice proposed for the next several days, taking ten to fifteen minutes
to try to understand and accept the idea for the day. The lesson asks me to
arrange my day so that I have this time set apart for God. Setting apart
these fifteen minutes will necessitate setting aside every other goal for
those minutes. It will bring up the very issue addressed by this lesson, the
way in which my other goals compete with the goal given me by God.
In my understanding of the Course the matter of recognizing my true goal can
come fairly early in the journey I am on; the process of relinquishing all
my lesser goals until I have no goal but God can take a fairly long time. At
the start, we have no idea of how many competitive goals we have set up for
ourselves. It takes time to discover and relinquish them all. Today is but a
beginning, but the more seriously I take this idea, the more effective
today's practice can be.
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