Let me not forget my function

This post was written by DoctorJay on January 3, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook,compassion,forgiveness,unconditional love

Today is a day of remembering our function of forgiving and being a light unto the world.

From the ACIM workbook:

Today’s idea is merely another way of saying “Let me not wander into temptation.” The purpose of the world you see is to obscure your function of forgiveness, and provide you with a justification for forgetting it. It is the temptation to abandon God and His Son by taking on a physical appearance. It is this the body’s eyes look upon…

[] The Son of God is you.

Today, then, let us practice with these thoughts:

Let me not forget my function.
Let me not try to substitute mine for God’s.
Let me forgive and be happy.

At least once devote ten or fifteen minutes today to reflecting on this with closed eyes…

In the frequent applications of today’s idea throughout the day, devote several minutes to reviewing these thoughts, and then thinking about them and about nothing else.

I really like this idea: Let me not try to substitute mine for God’s. One of my favorite prayers is, “Not my will, but let thy will be done.”

Unfortunately we no longer user thou (second person singular) in English. In the languages that I know especially in Persian (my native language) the second person singular is used only for closest friends. For all others we use the formal second person plural (you in English).

Now, when we pray in Persian we use thou to show our closeness to God. So I really like, “Thy will be done.”

Of course understanding that we have no independent thoughts of our own and this separateness from God is the illusion (true temptation) we would know that it is always God’s will which is done. It is only a question of do we remember or forget our function of forgiveness, unconditional love, compassion and simple enjoyment.

I’m happy when the people I love are happy – so how much more is this true of God toward the only begotten child.

So my function is happiness which comes from forgiveness, compassion and unconditional love.

I tried doing a fifteen minute morning meditation on forgiveness but somehow I could not get into it. I would go to sleep at times and then on the next attempt I would not manage to go deep enough. That’s the way things are at times and then we need to start with accepting and forgiving ourselves.

After I wrote the above I had to drive for more than an hour and I blessed the occupants of each car I saw. I drove slower than usual and had more peace, love and happiness.

Later I went to the gym and I was reading a book on psychosynthesis. I’ll write much more about my experiences with this book (like A Course in Miracles workbook it is an experiential book)  later on.

However, I do want to write a little about the introduction to the book which is about how to use the book. Everything made sense about the ACIM too:

  • Take time – take some undisturbed period of time for each exercise.
  • Prepare – be in a comfortable space – perhaps have an alter to do the exercises in.
  • Persist – repetition of an exercise multiplies its power. Also note that some exercises work for you much easier than others. I have experienced this with the various exercises in ACIM workbook. It’s a combination of three elements:
    1. subjectivity – where you are on your road to Ultimate Reality – as A Course in Miracles says, “This is a required course – your choice is when you take it.” So we are each at different points in our journey to Self realization or enlightenment.
    2. objectivity – the ACIM workbook exercise of the day
    3. chance – random elements which alter our perception of reality second to second – how you feel on a specific day.
  • Connect – remind yourself of the experiences in middle of daily life.
  • Work in silence – this I’m breaking as it is suggested that one does not talk about one’s experiences too early with people who may not understand them – I’m putting all my experiences (good or bad) in this blog. Oh well.
  • Keep a journal – this blog in effect is my journal so perhaps these two points cancel each other.

Anyway, today’s exercise was OK – let me not forget to love all unconditionally and forgive all including myself and know that in God’s eyes there are no sins – only beauty.

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