It is so interesting when I do these lessons to discover that psychologically-speaking, I am in the exact same mind-set with the same physical restrictions as I was last time I did this lesson, a year ago. Today’s ACIM lesson, #272, poses the question —How can illusions satisfy God’s Son? It seems amazing to me that I am here again, with seemingly not enough money left at the end of today’s paycheck as I slip away to celebrate my anniversary with my husband. It is helpful to remember that only the love is real, is what matters and so in the respect, taking the time to honor that love seems right and good. Still, it’s frightening to realize that although I had intended to pay off all my past due bills, that isn’t going to happen today. So, it is important to remember that, as this lesson says, “I am surrounded by Your Love, forever still, forever gentle and forever safe.” I’ll just practice trusting in that.
Today, we are asked to ponder what it is we really value. This is probably a good question for me right now because even though I haven’t managed to cash my paycheck yet, in anticipation of that money, I am contemplating what is of highest importance. Do we take that trip we wanted? Do we buy a used truck? Do we put money into the house? Or do we squirrel it away for a rainy day? All the stuff is just part of the illusion and I know that. Though I am contemplating how nice it might be to have a new laptop that doesn’t overheat and shut down on me randomly, I am super-aware that illusions can’t satisfy, so I am sitting with the priorities, figuring out how to keep from being seduced by the dream. First I have to pay the IRS and my tax people and bills. Will there even be money left over? The limitations of form have me flustered. The practical aspects of living in duality have split my mind. Could the Sons of God be content with dreams?
This is the day’s lesson:
How can illusions satisfy God’s Son?
Father, the truth belongs to me. My home is set in Heaven by Your Will and mine. Can dreams content me? Can illusions bring me happiness? What but Your memory can satisfy Your Son? I will accept no less than You have given me. I am surrounded by Your Love, forever still, forever gentle and forever safe. God’s Son must be as You created him.
Today we pass illusions by. And if we hear temptation call to us to stay and linger in a dream, we turn aside and ask ourselves if we, the Sons of God, could be content with dreams, when Heaven can be chosen just as easily as hell, and love will happily replace all fear.
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What do I want? I am trying to solve/find the solution at the level of the problem when I know better. (Let me recognize the problem so it can be solved.)
It is why God doesn’t interfere with our illusions, for to do so would be to act as if they were real. In speaking on cause and effect, Jesus says,“1 You may still complain about fear, but you nevertheless persist in making yourself fearful. I have already indicated that you cannot ask me to release you from fear. I know it does not exist, but you do not. If I intervened between your thoughts and their results, I would be tampering with a basic law of cause and effect; the most fundamental law there is. I would hardly help you if I depreciated the power of your own thinking. This would be in direct opposition to the purpose of this course. It is much more helpful to remind you that you do not guard your thoughts carefully enough. You may feel that at this point it would take a miracle to enable you to do this, which is perfectly true. You are not used to miracle-minded thinking, but you can be trained to think that way. All miracle workers need that kind of training.”
These lessons are that training. How can illusions satisfy me? The answer is: they can’t. To think that they can is a fundamental error in thinking.
Only the love is real.
So why is it that I still something think I want something else? Ego still wants to usurp God’s power and run the show. But at this point, am I really interested in its meager offerings?
My home is set in Heaven and when I know that, I don’t need to figure out anything. I just have to listen and I will know God’s will for me, which FYI, is my will because despite what ego tells me, God wants me to be happy. God shares His joy.
Illusions can’t satisfy God’s Son.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.