ACIM Workbook Lesson 118 – for Thursday, April 28, 2011
Affirmation: “God’s peace and joy are mine.”
“Today I will accept God’s peace and joy, in glad exchange for all the substitutes that I have made for happiness and peace. (WB211)”
Affirmation: “Let me be still and listen to the truth.”
“Let my own feeble voice be still, and let me hear the mighty Voice for Truth Itself assure me that I am God’s perfect Son. (WB211)”
Being still is often a prerequisite for hearing Universal Inspiration (the Holy Spirit). Being still is akin to the “perfectly calm and quiet” that Jesus holds out to us as our birthright. In this world we hurry about so much. Some of it is chosen–an adrenaline rush to which we are addicted (as said by Marianne Williamson)–and some of it seemingly chosen by a world whose economic woes tries to get the most from each person employed. We are not consumed by hurry, though; even in the busiest life, there is a quiet inner place to which we can retire–even when we are surrounded by activity. Let us not discount this quiet inner place as impractical. It can hold the secret of getting through this world with equanimity. We can go home to God at any time. But we don’t often recognize this.
We need to accept God’s peace and joy. There are among His greatest blessings to us. We make substitutes, egged on by the ego, that are wholly unsatisfying. We know a euphoria, sometimes, that is not natural. This is the stress of modern day life. We would do well to ask if this euphoria seems natural, or if it is the result of too much stress. Euphoria that is of God often accompanies revelation, but revelation is normally reserved for a few spectacular moments. It is not an everyday occurrence for many people. Those who are Teachers of Teachers are few, and they do, we can speculate, know this euphoria on a more constant basis. But even they are calm and quiet in their happiness.
So let us keep our “feeble” voice silent and listen to God. No more words are needed.
May I be calm and quiet today. May there be no need to rush and hurry through my day. There is time for all that is needful.
Thank You for being with me in my stillness. I know that I hear Your Spirit best when I am still. May I be still today.