ACIM Workbook Lesson 201 – for Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Affirmation: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”
“I trust my brothers, who are one with me. (WB388)”
We are free when we realize that our real will and God’s will for us are actually identical (a Text tenet). Until that day, we live with an imprisoned will, one that brings us pain as well as suffering. But Jesus says in the Text that we do not have to learn through pain, that this type of learning is at best only temporary, and that learning through rewards is lasting. We need to adopt the attitudes that will lead us to learn through rewards, if we are to have any lasting peace.
We are free when we follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance (a frequent assertion in this blog). He chooses for us (a Text tenet). He would see that our real will is in the ascendant. He would lead us home. We do not know the way ourselves, and if left to our own devices, we would be destroyed by the pain and suffering that is all around us in this world. When we experience the truths of A Course in Miracles, we can rise above the pain of this world. We will still see illusion, and it is a particularly bad interpretation of ACIM to say that there is no pain or suffering. We will still see it, but we will recognize that it is illusion, or (in the Eastern sense) maya, and we will know that it is not real. This does not mean that we will fail to be supportive of our brothers and sisters who are suffering. We will ask for healing, and we will know that it has come–because it always comes. If there are continuing symptoms, we will not lose our faith. The healing will be accepted at a time and place that is right for the recipient. (All of the above are paraphrases from the Manual.) Healing that has been offered in good faith is always granted.
We do not need to doubt that our healing has not worked. Jesus directs our miracles, and we should not attempt to do so ourselves (a Text tenet). Ask in full belief that we will be heard, and we will be heard.
I would choose healing today for my intimates. I would also choose healing for my brothers and sisters in my circle. And help me to choose healing for myself. You have done much over the last few months to straighten out the kinks that sometimes develop in my life. I would choose to walk the smooth pathway, the harmonious way. Help me to do that consistently.
As so often, I ask to feel Your presence today. May my errors of judgment fall aside as I seek to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit today. May I turn on a dime when I get the indication that You would have me make a new and different choice, as the events of the day unfold.