ACIM Workbook Lesson 66 – for Monday, March 7, 2011
Affirmation: “My happiness and my function are one.”
“Think. . .about. . .the many ways in which you tried to find salvation under the ego’s guidance. Did you find it? Were you happy? Did they bring you peace? We need great honesty today. Remember the outcomes fairly, and consider also whether it was ever reasonable to expect happiness from anything the ego ever proposed. Yet the ego is the only alternative to the Holy Spirit’s Voice. (WB111)”
This passage explains more fully what we reflected upon yesterday. Spend some time thinking about the pathways that the ego has led us down. We were not ultimately happy. Not one joy was wholly joyous; it always gave us reason for tears–or if not tears, at least a “down” feeling at the conclusion.
Why the down feeling? In our innermost being, we were being untrue to ourselves. We knew that we were not following the highest and best of which we were capable. We did not have sustained happiness when following the ego. We might have had a momentary “high,” but that is all. And it was followed by pain. We would not wish pain for ourselves or any others. And the way out is to listen for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
The Voice of the Holy Spirit can be a bit confusing, because we have not often known exactly what to look for. If we perceive this Voice more as “intuition,” perhaps the way will seem clearer. We know inwardly, on some level, when we are veering from the right pathway. This is the Voice speaking to us. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is there for all who ask for it. Let us ask for it today, if we have not ever found solace in intuition.
I would try to understand today that what You will for me is my happiness. And my function will reveal my happiness to me. Let me leave aside the temptations of the ego, which is that part of me which has never wished me well. I must learn that the only way for me is the way that You direct through the Holy Spirit.
Help me to be consistent in following Your guidance. And I always will know what You wish for me. Your still inner Voice speaks softly, but it speaks distinctly. As long as I am functioning normally, I will know Your Voice. Help me today to follow that Voice without fail.