ACIM Workbook Lesson 143 – for Monday, May 23, 2011
Affirmation: “My mind holds only what I think with God.”
“In quiet I receive God’s Word today.
“All that I give is given to myself. (WB275)”
Jerry Jampolsky, one of the early writers/students of A Course in Miracles, wrote a classic book called Love Is Letting Go of Fear. In this book, he stressed repeatedly the second part of the refrain in the passage above, “All that I give is given to myself.” When this giving is an intangible, then we also see that giving multiplied over and over. But an implicit warning here is that if we foster attack, we will see attack returned to us. Foster love, on the other hand, and abundant love is returned.
We need to be quiet to receive these blessed words. We need to be still in our hearts and minds. There is no other way to receive intuition. In this sense, we are speaking of intuition as the guidance that we receive from the Holy Spirit. We walk as channels (a precept put forth by Shakti Gawain in Living in the Light). Walking as a channel (or living by intuition) puts us “in the flow,” a concept described in some detail by Ruth Montgomery, an early psychic writer of the last century. Living in the flow is actually the best way to live. It is also the easiest. We will find ourselves happier also, much happier. We take the light touch in regard to our decisions, because we have given over our judgment to the Holy Spirit, Who makes no mistakes.
God’s Word can come to us through abundant ways. We may learn His Word through intuition or an inner knowing, through conversations with family and friends, through A Course in Miracles, through other Scripture, through inspirational writing based on the great religious treatises. All of these, and more, are available to us when we turn, in quiet to the peace of God that is within. When we are in an emotional storm, though, these channels are frequently conflicted, and we don’t know what to say or do next. This is an example of the ego taking over our life. A few moments in communing with God can let the storm pass.
May I be quiet today. I realize that from time to time I need a day of quiet, so that I can hear Your Voice more often and with more clarity. May my circumstances this day help to being me a day of peace.
Be with me as I seek You. You are always there for me, and I hope today to be aware of it a good deal of the time.