Today’s ACIM lesson, #279, Creation’s freedom promises my own, from last year’s writing, is about freedom and time. It poses the question, “Should I wait in chains which have been severed for release, when God is offering me freedom now?” God is offering me freedom now! But I don’t take advantage of it out of fear. This is an important lesson for me because my habit is to act as if it’s some future state that I will get to eventually – once I make enough money or lose enough weight or whatever. All of this “future tripping” keeps me in chains. I still want to hedge my bets and so I hold back (you know, just in case God can’t be trusted!). It’s insane and I feel like I have been working on this lesson forever. I mean, I catch myself daily. Freedom is now. As I give, I receive. I can’t hold back, acting like it’s not safe and then expect it to BE safe. This lesson states, “I will accept Your promises today, and give my faith to them.” So, I have to be willing to face the fears and move forward anyway. Today’s lesson:
We are still on the freedom train. Freedom is Promised. It is God’s gift to us. Contemplating freedom because it’s what we are supposed to be: free. Of course, that doesn’t mean disregarding the freedoms of others; we are all one after all: connected. What I do to you, I do to myself. When I judge, I am not free because having judged, I’ve introduced guilt (ego) into the equation. The Course tells us God’s will for us is happiness and that “What He wills for Himself, He wills for you and what He wills for you is yours.”
“5 Have you not wondered what the world is really like; how it would look through happy eyes? The world you see is but a judgment on yourself. It is not there at all. Yet judgment lays a sentence on it, justifies it and makes it real. Such is the world you see; a judgment on yourself, and made by you. This sickly picture of yourself is carefully preserved by the ego, whose image it is and which it loves, and placed outside you in the world. And to this world must you adjust as long as you believe this picture is outside, and has you at its mercy. This world is merciless, and were it outside you, you should indeed be fearful. Yet it was you who made it merciless, and now if mercilessness seems to look back at you, it can be corrected.”
The hard part is owning it. To be free means owning your creations, taking responsibility. I can’t correct it if I won’t own it.
Letting go of the ego thought system is easier when we know who we are (“I am the holy Son of God Himself.”). I go back to forgiveness. I go back to innocence. I go back to understanding that letting go of guilt is easier when I realize that “Nothing really happened.”
Creation’s freedom promises my own.
The end of dreams is promised me, because God’s Son is not abandoned by His Love. Only in dreams is there a time when he appears to be in prison, and awaits a future freedom, if it be at all. Yet in reality his dreams are gone, with truth established in their place. And now is freedom his already. Should I wait in chains which have been severed for release, when God is offering me freedom now?
I will accept Your promises today, and give my faith to them. My Father loves the Son Whom He created as His Own. Would You withhold the gifts You gave to me?
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God loves us, and wrapped up in that Love is the promise of freedom. Freedom is promised and it has already been given. It’s not held out like some bribe that we will get if we’ve been good boys and girls. We already have it. All the gifts of the Father have already been given. We must claim them. We must know they are ours.
We are studying Troward in my Roots class. Troward says,
“This separation from the elements of condition implies the elimination of the idea of time, and consequently we must think of the thing as already in actual existence. Unless we do this we are not consciously operating upon the plane of the absolute, and are therefore not employing the creative power of our thought. The simplest practical method of gaining the habit of thinking in this manner is to conceive the existence in the spiritual world of a spiritual prototype of every existing thing, which becomes the root of the corresponding external existence. “
It is already given. But we must know it. We must have faith in it. The thing that blocks us is our fear. The thing that blocks is the insane idea that by giving, I create lack. (“Giving it is how you keep it.”)
“2 When a brother acts insanely, he is offering you an opportunity to bless him. His need is yours. You need the blessing you can offer him. There is no way for you to have it except by giving it. This is the law of God, and it has no exceptions. What you deny you lack, not because it is lacking, but because you have denied it in another and are therefore not aware of it in yourself. Every response you make is determined by what you think you are, and what you want to be is what you think you are. What you want to be, then, must determine every response you make.”
If I want freedom, I must be willing to give it. I must not attempt to imprison anyone with “shoulds” and ideas of how I think they should be.
Somehow, I always end up back at forgiveness – forgiving my brother for what I think he did; forgiving myself for having judged. “Nothing really happened.”
Freedom is promised. It’s mine as soon as I claim it. When I remember that, it’s easier.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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