ACIM Workbook Lesson 41 – for Thursday, February 10, 2011
Affirmation: “God goes with me wherever I go.”
“Today’s idea will eventually overcome completely the sense of loneliness and abandonment all the separated ones experience. Depression is an inevitable consequence of separation. So are anxiety, worry, a deep sense of helplessness, misery, suffering and intense fear of loss. . . .You can indeed afford to laugh at fear thoughts, remembering that God goes with you wherever you go. (WB63-64)”
1 – Not to Feel Fear
If we can truly live this lesson, our lives will never be the same again. If we know that God is beside us, and in us, and if we truly feel His presence, we will not feel fear of any kind. Eckhart Tolle in The Power of Now has much to say about the “felt presence of Being.” (“Being” is his term for God, because he believes that the term “God” has been misused.) We are to invite this felt presence.
2 – How Do We Invite the Presence of God?
How do we invite the felt presence? Prayer is a mighty way, and prayer is mentioned early on in the Text, in the 50 principles of miracles. Later on it seems to be simply assumed in ACIM that we will pray. But do we really? Norman Vincent Peale, in the fifties, believed that about five minutes of prayer a day was average, even for the true believer. And he felt that this was not nearly enough prayer time.
3 – Prayer
So, let us increase our prayer time, and, if we feel drawn to the meditative aspects of the Workbook, let us use our practice time to draw closer to God. (Meditation, as such, is not used as a word in ACIM, and contemplation is described as “tedious.”)
4 – Other Ways to Draw Closer to God
There are other ways that we can draw closer to God. Mindfulness is not a tenet of ACIM, but watching carefully what we do as we go about our day is a powerful lesson in how to live closer to God. Following the guidance of the Holy Spirit is perhaps the best way, and so let us be sure that we begin the day aright by asking that He walk beside us.
Help me to overcome loneliness and a feeling of abandonment by drawing close to me throughout the day. I realize that actually a sense of Your presence is sometimes in my power, for You are always near, and only when I say or do things that make me feel separated from You do I feel lonely, abandoned, fearful, and so much more that is negative.
Help me to overcome this separation that I only think is real. It is not real. Help me to realize that You are always with me, and that I need only open my heart to Your reality to have my whole world change for the better.