ACIM Lesson 65 notes.

My only function is the one God gave me.


In the lesson we are asked to set regular times for our practice periods. This reminded me of the five times a day ‘salat prayer’ that Muslims offer. (For my seminary work last month on Islam, I was offering prayer five times a day.) I find that this request from the lesson holds more meaning for me.

“The purpose of this is to arrange your day so that you have set apart the time for God.”

My studies showed me the ways that Muslim’s make God a priority in the daily lives. But this is only one request of this lesson.

In the practice period we are asked to watch for intruding thoughts to our reflection time so as to be mindful that these thoughts prevent us from seeing our primary function.

“The full acceptance of salvation as your only function necessarily entails two phases; the recognition of salvation as your function, and the relinquishment of all the other goals you have invented for yourself.”

My function is to live in awareness of my loving/Loved, innocent, holy, True Self and to not put any ambitions I have for this world above that.


This is the only one I want.

It took a while for me to get into this lesson, resistance to it due to that most of the content was about the practice period. I meditated this morning on forgiveness and holiness, so, in my mind, I wanted to make that count to avoid and ignore the lesson instructions. Hollie’s notes gave me some appreciation for what was wanted today … to become a ‘clean slate’ by releasing other goals in my everyday life. (For me the goal that sits above hearing the lesson is the want of a good blog post, ironic.)

“This thought is a goal that is preventing me from accepting my only function.”

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