Today’s Workbook Lesson in ACIM is number 41 “God goes with me wherever I go.”
Deep within you is everything that is perfect, ready to radiate through you and out into the world.
You can never be deprived of your perfect holiness because its Source goes with you wherever you go.
You can never suffer because the Source of all joy goes with you wherever you go.
You can never be alone because the Source of all life goes with you wherever you go.
Nothing can destroy your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.
It is one of my favourite lessons not because of the beautiful affirmations but because it then says:
We* understand that you do not believe all this.
What a line!
Jesus is saying that you can drop your pretense because he knows you don’t believe you are perfect or holy. He knows you don’t believe in “unfailing companionship and complete protection” and so you do not experience it. You experience instead “loneliness, abandonment, depression, anxiety, worry, a deep sense of helplessness, misery, suffering and intense fear of loss”.
Jesus knows the way out is not repeating affirmations that you don’t believe.
The solution given in the lesson is to be open to an experience of God:
It is quite possible to reach God. The way will open, if you believe that it is possible. This exercise (the 3-5 minute exercise given in the lesson) can bring very startling results even the first time it is attempted, and sooner or later it is always successful.
The belief asked for is not that you believe a statements about your perfection but that you believe an experience of God, Love, reality or holiness is possible. Not only possible but:
In fact it is very easy, because it is the most natural thing in the world. You might even say it is the only natural thing in the world.
Do you believe it is possible to experience God/reality?
Or do you want to believe in and experience separation?
The choice is yours.
*The “We” refers to Jesus and God. The word God is used in the workbook where Holy Spirit would be used in the text because strictly speaking God does not understand the separation because it never happened!