ACIM Workbook Lesson 49 – for Friday, February 18, 2011
Affirmation: “God’s Voice speaks to me all through the day.”
“It is quite possible to listen to God’s Voice all through the day without interrupting your regular activities in any way. The part of your mind in which truth abides is in constant communication with God, whether you are aware of it or not. It is the other part of your mind that functions in the world and obeys the world’s laws. It is this part that is constantly distracted, disorganized and highly uncertain.
“The part that is listening to the Voice for God is calm, always at rest and wholly certain. (WB78)”
These are very true statements in the passage above. We need to listen to the Voice for God, the Holy Spirit. When we do so, we are led more quickly to a better place. Some call this Voice just “intuition.” Perhaps God does not care what we call it, as long as we communicate with Him through it. ACIM says that God is lonely when the minds He created do not communicate with Him. And He says that we are asleep and must be wakened. Then He moves to waken us, and this is through our contact with the Comforter, Universal Inspiration, or the Holy Spirit (all of the preceding are different names for the same phenomenon).
When we listen for God’s Voice, we are at peace. Nothing else will suffice. How does God speak to us? Many reports are that He speaks in the silence (though A Course in Miracles does not say this). Many others say that God’s Voice is the still, small voice within that we know but sometimes choose to ignore. Most of the time we do not hear anything internally (though the co-scribe of ACIM, Helen Schucman, did have the internal impression of a voice, which could be interrupted by everyday events, only to return precisely at the point needed). Intuition is a legitimate way to think of hearing God’s Voice, though many people may feel that this is just a secular way of viewing a psychic phenomenon. Dreams, visions (hallucinations), meditative “feelings”–all of these are forms of guidance. The only caution (and it is a big one) is that we not let our feelings about a matter turn negative. God never leads us to hurt another individual, and if we feel that He has, perhaps we had better stop and reflect where this voice might come from. Most of us will conclude that it is an egoistic misrepresentation. ACIM nearly always refers to the Voice as the Voice of the Holy Spirit, a continuation of New Testament references.
When we deliberately reject the advice that the Holy Spirit offers, we get out of sync with the universe. As soon as we can, let us move back into sync.
I would hear the guidance that You offer today through the Voice that You speak to me. Help me not to get confused about Your guidance. Don’t let my little self decide anything that would lead me astray personally, or lead me to do anything that would hurt another person. Help me to learn more fully how Your guidance comes to me. Help me to be flexible, to be ready to turn on a dime when Your Voice bids me make a move.
I pray that I am not so stubborn that I fail to follow the guidance that You are giving to me. I pray also that I do not mislead myself into thinking that I hear Your guidance when, instead, it is my own twisted thinking. My mind still has much insanity, much madness, in it, because the ego has not fully died in me. May my day today lead me away from the ego and into Your arms.