A Course in Miracles Lesson Insights

To gain the most from A Course in Miracles Lesson Insights, we recommend that you
read the corresponding lesson in the Workbook of the Second or
Third Edition of A Course in Miracles published by the Foundation for Inner Peace.
Click here to read or listen to this ACIM Workbook Lesson online.


Tell a Friend about this article or send the link with a
Printable Page

Click link to go to:
Previous LessonNext LessonLesson Index
Listen to Lesson 288 Insights

ACIM Workbook Lesson 288 Insights

“Let me forget my brother’s past today.”

The Course tells us that the world we see is entirely a projection of our minds. In one lesson it says point blank, “There is no world.” It sure doesn’t seem that way when I miss the nail and hammer my thumb. This idea is completely the opposite of everything we seem to experience in the world. It is why the Course says it is leading us to a complete thought reversal.

Since the world is a projection from my own mind, then what I perceive as my brother’s past is also a projection of my own mind. By forgetting my brother’s past, I am forgetting my own projections of a past. This is forgiveness. The past that I have attached to an image of a person in another body is purely a figment of my imagination, a projection that does not exist outside of my mind.

But in this world images of other bodies seem very real and I’m not being asked to deny that I believe they are real. I am simply being asked to forget what I believe they did. The process of forgetting the past of “others” will lead automatically to the recognition that I have truly forgiven myself. With my strong investment in the belief in an outer world, I am not being asked to find my own way to stop believing in it. I am being asked to bring these beliefs and perceptions to the Holy Spirit.

As I learn to open my mind to His teaching, He will show me step-by-step that what I have hung on to in my mind about the past is not here and is not real and is therefore nothing. My job is to bring all those thoughts and perceptions to Him and then open my mind to His gentle correction.

It is not my job to do the correcting. To attempt on my own to correct my mistaken beliefs is like the blind leading the blind. Belief in illusion will only foster more belief in illusion. But with my willingness to accept the Holy Spirit’s intervention, I can learn to recognize the illusion for what it is. Thus it is with the Holy Spirit’s help that I learn to forget my brother’s past today.


The Course tells us that time and space have never been. It tells us that time and space are the mechanisms of illusion in which we write stories of being separate people leading separate lives. The Course reminds us gently, again and again, that these stories are not true. It reminds us that any thoughts regarding having a past or future could never be real. It reminds us that we are still a Thought in the Mind of God, Which remains changeless and eternal.

In this lesson we are being gently reminded to let go of the past. Letting go of our brother’s past helps us let go of what we may think of as our past. Because we are one, it is all the same. No one’s past is real. There is only the eternal present in God. There is only Heaven. Believing in anything else is really holding a grievance against the truth. It is resistance to accepting the truth.

The whole journey Home is a process of letting go of what never could be real. This is what the Course calls forgiveness. As we let go of what could never be real, what lies behind those false stories becomes clear to us. All is still as God created it. Everyone is still as God created them. Nothing could ever happen but God. Love is all there is.

While I am thinking that I move in a world of time and space, seeing my brother differently with the help of the Holy Spirit is the way the dream gets dissolved. Letting go of the past is the way the dream gets dissolved. Opening to Holy Spirit’s Light again and again will show me the consistency of the eternal presence of Love. This habit will heal my mind of all belief in time and space. This habit will gently undo all grievances I have against God’s oneness.

There is not now or ever could be a past or a future. There is only the eternal now. Today I would watch my thinking and see where I am making the past appear real, which means I am making the false stories appear real. I would take each circumstance to the Holy Spirit to receive another perception. This is true forgiveness. This is how the dream is undone in my mind.

Tell a Friend about this article.
Printable Page

Click link to go to:
Previous LessonNext LessonLesson Index

This section has been viewed 3604780 times

Has this page been helpful to you?
Your contribution in support of this site is greatly appreciated. To make a tax deductible contribution or become a supporting member online, click here.
Or send a check or money order to Pathways of Light, 6 Oak Court, Ormond Beach, FL 32174-2623 (USD only, please) Thank you for your support.

Search Key Words
in Daily Lesson Insights
and ACIM Text Made Simple

Search for Key Words or Phrases in A Course in Miracles Lesson Insights & Text Made Simple


 

Subscribe to Free Emails
of Daily Lesson Insights

Click here to subscribe to free daily emails of the Workbook Lesson Insights. You can synchronize your subscription so the lesson emails coincide with the lesson you are studying. Synchronizing instructions are provided at the end of each lesson email.
 

Reference Keys for
A Course in Miracles Quotes

How to Read References for Quotes from A Course in Miracles

Below are example references to specific sentences using the notation of the Second & Third Editions of A Course in Miracles published by the Foundation for Inner Peace:

T-26.IV.4:7 = Text, Chapt. 26, Section IV, paragraph 4, sentence 7.

W-pI.169.5:2 = Workbook, Part I, Lesson 169, paragraph 5, sentence 2.

M-13.3:2 = Manual for Teachers, Question 13, paragraph 3, sentence 2.

C-6.4:6 = Clarification of Terms, Term 6, paragraph 4, sentence 6

The above numbering system of the Second & Third Editions is © Copyright 1992, The Foundation for A Course in Miracles.
 

Free Online Resources

Electronic "Magazine"Sign up to receive periodic emails with thoughts to ponder, inspirational articles and the latest news.

Subscribe to daily emails of Workbook Lesson Insights.

ACIM Text Made Simple — answers to hundreds of questions about the Text. Click here.

Daily Inspiration Blog — Thoughts to inspire your day. Click here.

Inspiring journals by Pathways of Light ministers applying the principles of ACIM. Click here.

Miracles News — hundreds of inspiring miracle stories. Click here.
 

We'd Like to Hear from You

Request Free Printed Program & Product Catalog

Or call 1-800-323-PATH (7284) (US & Canada) or 920/894-2339.

Click here to email your questions.

Español: Para mas información oprime aquí para enviar tus preguntas por correo electrónico.

United Kingdom: Click here to email your questions about Pathways of Light in the UK or call +44 1803 612 929.

Give us your feedback or report site problems.
 

Pathways Ministers Audio/Videos

ACIM Minister Training

Inspired by the principles presented in A Course in Miracles, this ministry training focuses on accepting the mind healing that is guided by the Teacher within, the Holy Spirit. As our minds are healed, we become Holy Spirit’s instruments of healing. For more information click here.
 

ACIM Practitioner Courses

If you would like a deeper understanding of key principles of A Course in Miracles, the 24 Pathways of Light ACIM Practitioner courses provide a complete, multimedia package to help you make ACIM principles a ready resource to call upon in your mind throughout your day. Click here for more information.
 

Events

Featured Items

Eternal Life and A Course in Miracles New! Eternal Life and A Course in Miracles by Jon Mundy, PhD. A look at what the Course tells us about death and how it is we come to see into Eternity. Learn more.

God Possibilities God Possibilities by Tom Golinski. An inspirational book for ACIM students/ teachers worldwide. A powerful tool to help you accelerate receiving Holy Spirit's inspiration. Learn more.

Prayer for All Solutions Prayer for All Solutions by Rev. Joe Wolfe. A single, flowing prayer that invites the reader to a genuine acknowledgement of the truth that God Is, and that our complete and total happiness is God's only intention. More….

Listen & Receive 30-Day Home Study Listen & Receive 30-Day Home Study Learn to receive insight for your life in a form that is perfect for you …heal fears, find joy & peace. Learn more.

Minister training based on A Course in Miracles Minister Training — based on principles of A Course in Miracles, including counselor training and ordination. More….

Miracles Practitioner courses24 ACIM Practitioner courses including 50-page study guide, CD's with facilitator. More….

From the Christ Mind From the Christ Mind scribed by Darrell Morley Price. A simple, yet profound message that you can immediately apply to current circumstances. More….

Hey, Holy Spirit, 
It's Me Again Hey, Holy Spirit, It's Me Again by Rev. Myron Jones. An indispensable guide for anyone on the path of ACIM with insights on the 1st 90 lessons. More….

Forgiving KevinForgiving Kevin Audio book by Rev. Larry Glenz. A moving and inspiring true story of a father/son relationship that withstood seven years of addiction, recovery, and relapse. More….

Healing Family 
RelationshipsHealing Family Relationships Applying the Principles of A Course in Miracles 6 CD audio book by Rev. Myron Jones. Learn how family relationships offer fertile grounds for forgiveness and healing your judgments of the world. More.

 
 
Minister Courses | Studies of ACIM | Minister Training Q & A | Self-Study
FAQ | Miracles News | Membership | Ministers/Facilitators | ACIM Counseling | Relationship Counseling
Links | Healing Journals | ACIM Study Groups | ACIM Lesson Insights | ACIM Text Made Simple | Store
Daily Inspiration | Home | Contact Us
© 1997-2017 Pathways of Light®