ACIM Workbook Lesson 200 – for Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Affirmation: “There is no peace except the peace of God.”
“Peace is the bridge that everyone will cross, to leave this world behind. But peace begins within the world perceived as different, and leading from this fresh perception to the gate of Heaven and the way beyond. Peace is the answer to conflicting goals, to senseless journeys, frantic, vain pursuits, and meaningless endeavors. Now the way is easy, sloping gently toward the bridge where freedom lies within the peace of God. (WB 385)”
The passage quoted above is especially beautiful as well as meaningful. We can have an easy pathway home, and we do not have to die to this world to go home. We do need to die to the egocentric way of viewing life, and when we do so, the real world comes before our eyes–at first in snatches, and then, ultimately, to be experienced on a continual basis once God has “reached down” and lifted us up to Awakening.
So often we have been led by the ego and by egotistical thinking to pathways that were bad for us. We chose vain pursuits and hard pathways, thinking that the harder the way, the more likely that it was God’s will for us. What a mistake! Jesus assures us in ACIM that the way is easy, and that very little is asked of us–because the Holy Spirit contributes the greater part of our transformation.
It is said in the Text that the first obstacle that peace must flow across is the desire to get rid of it. Why would we try to get rid of peace, because peace is a great boon for those who experience it daily? We are addicted to the adrenaline rush (a belief of Marianne Williamson), and many of us think that when we are peaceful, we are really “depressed.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. We are just unaccustomed to being peaceful, and the perfect calm and quiet that ACIM promises are not always welcomed by us. We still like drama. Give peace time to work its way with us. When we slow down and reach for the Holy Spirit and His way in this world, we will live a quiet life that will surpass all the time spent previously in frantic pursuits.
I would know the peace of God today. Guide my decisions so that I do not ever feel that I am doing something amiss. Help me to be good to all of my brothers and sisters, especially those who are intimates. May all of us together have a good day.
Peace is a great boon. So often we have chosen drama, even the drama of anger and attack, when there is a much better way to live. When we live in peace with our intimates, we know joy that knows no bounds. And You, God, surely smile upon us.