ACIM Workbook Lesson 71 – for Saturday, March 12, 2011
Affirmation: “Only God’s plan for salvation will work.”
“. . .[L]et us devote the remainder of the extended practice periods to asking God to reveal His plan to us. Ask Him very specifically:
What would You have me do?
Where would You have me go?
What would You have me say, and to whom? (WB122)”
1 – God and the Holy Spirit
These are very important lines in A Course in Miracles. Usually ACIM has us ask these questions of the Holy Spirit, rather than of God, but is there really any difference? I do not mean to insert controversy here, but the Holy Spirit is defined in ACIM as the Universal Inspiration. And God is the Source of that inspiration.
2 – Guidance and the Holy Spirit
We would do well to recall these words often, not only today, when they are part of the lesson, but frequently in upcoming days as well. We are bade to turn to the Holy Spirit for guidance, not to make judgments ourselves. We cannot be accurate in our own judgments, and so we best leave judgment to One who knows all past and future, as well as present. He alone knows all, and we in our limited way cannot judge aright. So we relinquish judgment (contrary to what we are normally taught in the world), and we turn to a Higher Power for His guidance. All of these statements are from the Manual, paraphrased. We would do well to be tolerant of the things that we cannot understand. This in itself will help us to practice forgiveness or pardon of ourselves and our brothers and sisters.
3 – Walking a Holier Path
So we decide today, let us hope, to ask these basic questions from the passage above of God. We do not make these decisions ourselves. And when we do, we will walk a holier pathway. We will, as long as we are caught in the dream, live the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” (from the Workbook).
I so much want to follow Your advice for me. Help me to be flexible, to turn on a dime–as soon as I recognize Your guidance for what it is. Help me to live life as You would have it lived, in peace and calm and joy.
Walk with me today, as everyday, but especially today. As soon as I become accustomed to having You with me, to be conscious of having You with me, in me, then I will be that much closer to Home. Thank You for always being here for me. Help me to know and to do Your will, which really is my own as well.