ACIM Workbook Lesson 221 – for Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Affirmation: “Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.”
“Father, I come to You today to seek the peace that You alone can give. I come in silence. In the quiet of my heart, the deep recesses of my mind, I wait and listen for Your Voice. My Father, speak to me today. I come to hear Your Voice in silence and in certainty and love, sure You will hear my call and answer.
“Now do we wait in quiet. God is here, because we wait together. I am sure that He will speak to you, and you will hear. Accept my confidence, for it is yours. (WB402)”
The “Voice” is called elsewhere, and repeatedly, the “Holy Spirit.” He is described in the Text as the “Communicator” from God to us, as well as the Universal Inspiration. He is our guidance, the way that we live when we give up our own judgment (as proscribed in the Manual), and let Him lead the way. We are told in the Manual that we cannot know all of the factors, past and present, influencing a decision, and that our best decision is to give that judgment over to the Holy Spirit, Who does know all the factors.
We often think that we know best, but if we consider for awhile how wrong we have often been when we have applied our best judgment to a situation, the truth of A Course in Miracles will become apparent. This idea is elaborated upon in the Manual.
This passage, this prayer, indicates that we come to know guidance in silence. Yes, this is one very important way, and we come to this only when still and quiet. Let us be still and quiet today.
I would be still and quiet today. I would not get agitated if any stress seems to reach into my life. Your way is best, as always. Be with me as I seek to live simply and peacefully in this sometimes troubled world.
I would listen to Your guidance. Help me to distinguish between guidance that is sure and direct, and guidance that seems to change as time passes. Help me to know whether or not my mind is planning tricks on me. I would not listen to the ego that has not entirely withered away. I would follow the Holy Spirit, Your Voice.