Today’s ACIM lesson, #337, My sinlessness protects me from all harm, takes us yet another step closer to accepting the Atonement. It is about embracing one’s sinlessness. Beyond ideas of right and wrong, good and bad, there is only “perfect peace, eternal safety, everlasting love, freedom forever from all thought of loss.” Since ego would have us believe that it is the protector and that we need to listen to its voice or we’ll be in trouble, it is important to recognize how insane ego is. The Course calls this a “dream of judgment” and tells us “So must he judge not, and he will waken. For the dream will seem to last while he is part of it. Judge not, for he who judges will have need of idols, which will hold the judgment off from resting on himself. Nor can he know the Self he has condemned. Judge not, because you make yourself a part of evil dreams, where idols are your ‘true’ identity, and your salvation from the judgment laid in terror and in guilt upon yourself.”
How clever! Ego needs idols (a fabrication of an identity apart from God) so that it can dissociate and act like what it has projected is separate and judged unworthy. But “All attack is Self attack.” Part of being human is learning to get over mistakes. “Accepting the Atonement” is accepting our sinlessness. It is forgiving ourselves (and seemingly “others”) for our failure to perceive with the eyes of love and it is a necessary part of releasing judgment. It says in the Manual for Teachers, “It is necessary for the teacher of God to realize, not that he should not judge, but that he cannot. In giving up judgment, he is merely giving up what he did not have. He gives up an illusion; or better, he has an illusion of giving up. He has actually merely become more honest. Recognising that judgment was always impossible for him, he no longer attempts it. This is no sacrifice. On the contrary, he puts himself in a position where judgment through him rather than by him can occur. And this judgment is neither ‘good’ nor ‘bad.’ It is the only judgment there is, and it is only one: ‘God’s Son is guiltless, and sin does not exist.’”
It is sinlessness, and it is a precious commodity. From last year’s writing:
I’m realizing how much of doing these daily lessons is about learning to trust God. Today’s lesson, My sinlessness protects me from all harm, is a reassurance of safety. I mean, isn’t that part of why ego goes berserk? It doesn’t feel safe, thinks it needs to defend to garner that safety, and so it attacks. It helps me to know this, especially during this time where things feel unsafe. To return to feeling safe, all I must do is to “accept Atonement.” Accepting Atonement (At-one-ment) is embracing who it is I really am; it is knowing my oneness with the Creator and all my brothers. Studying this stuff is the way to have faith that God would not leave me comfortless. (“God did not leave His children comfortless, even though they chose to leave Him.”) Learning this stuff helps me feel like maybe it will be all right. (Maybe it is already all right; okay so there is no maybe about it – I get it!)
My sinlessness protects me from all harm.
My sinlessness ensures me perfect peace, eternal safety, everlasting love, freedom forever from all thought of loss; complete deliverance from suffering. And only happiness can be my state, for only happiness is given me. What must I do to know all this is mine? I must accept Atonement for myself, and nothing more. God has already done all things that need be done. And I must learn I need do nothing of myself, for I need but accept my Self, my sinlessness, created for me, now already mine, to feel God’s Love protecting me from harm, to understand my Father loves His Son; to know I am the Son my Father loves.
You Who created me in sinlessness are not mistaken about what I am. I was mistaken when I thought I sinned, but I accept Atonement for myself. Father, my dream is ended now. Amen.
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It’s easy to see why forgiveness is such a huge part of the Course, for all the shit I think I’ve done (or failed to do) could easily come in and hijack my peace if I allowed it to. I have to remember that I have essentially been wandering around in this illusion (I think of it as being plopped down inside a video game) and that the way through the maze is to accept that I don’t need to do anything myself but accept my oneness with God. I forgive myself and move on. It really does help me to think of it like a video game even though I don’t play them. But I have seen enough of them and played enough during the eighties to get that there are certain things you have to do to get through and not get killed. If I knew how to create a video game, I’d make one that helped you to learn to choose the things that embrace peace. Someone totally ought to create A Course in Miracles video game, you know, to train us to choose again. (Of course, maybe we are the video game!!!)
My sinlessless protects me. Of course, it helps if I remember that I am sinless, which is not to say I can’t make a mistake. I can certainly choose illusion/ego thought system/fear over love. I’ve done it many times. But what I am learning is that it feels better/safer/lighter to be in integrity and to trust that God has my back than it does to hedge my bets because I things it’s the only way to be safe.
“3 Trials are but lessons that you failed to learn presented once again, so where you made a faulty choice before you now can make a better one, and thus escape all pain that what you chose before has brought to you. In every difficulty, all distress, and each perplexity Christ calls to you and gently says, “My brother, choose again.” He would not leave one source of pain unhealed, nor any image left to veil the truth. He would remove all misery from you whom God created altar unto joy. He would not leave you comfortless, alone in dreams of hell, but would release your mind from everything that hides His face from you. His Holiness is yours because He is the only Power that is real in you. His strength is yours because He is the Self that God created as His only Son.”
So on this day, the day following yesterday’s totally unproductive day, I allow forgiveness to come in and wash me clean. I choose again. I accept that despite my ideas of guilt and shame, I am sinless and the only way out is to choose again. Forgive and choose again. God has not left me comfortless.
I definitely need to create a Course in Miracles video game.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
- “It’s not you, its me”: a Spiritual Badass gets Schooled in Love.(elephantjournal.com)
- Strategies for Diffusing Thoughts(openingtothepossibility.com)