ACIM Workbook Lesson 225 – for Saturday, August 13, 2011
Affirmation: “God is my Father, and His Son loves Him.”
“Father, I must return Your Love for me, for giving and receiving are the same, and You have given all Your Love to me. I must return it, for I want it mine in full awareness, blazing in my mind and keeping it within its kindly light, inviolate, beloved, with fear behind and only peace ahead. How still the way Your loving Son is led along to You! (WB404)”
These prayers, in this section of the Workbook, are all meant to lead us gently to a God of love rather than judgment. The prayers are comforting in the extreme. The God of A Course in Miracles is like the God of the New Testament, rather than the sometimes vengeful God of the Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible). Jesus’s message is therefore consistent from the New Testament to A Course in Miracles, and even onto A Course of Love (which some view as a sequel to ACIM).
We have nothing to fear from God. If we are not at first inclined to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, to follow His way as the great Communicator from God to us, the Holy Spirit will be patient with us. We will gradually come to know, as did Helen and Bill, that there is another way, and we will be led to discover, if we are true students of ACIM, that this another way is being abundantly laid out for us in its pages. We are seeing the means to Awakening, or, as A Course of Love says, Christ-consciousness.
The only way that we can have consistent peace is if we turn to God consistently. This means moments at the beginning and end of each day, as a minimum, in turning to God through contemplation and communing (prayer). We are led by this stillness, this time when we are not stressed from the many activities of the day. In quiet and stillness do we find our way home. If we do not take the time to devote these moments to God, we will continue to walk the old pathway, led by egoistic thinking. And we will not be happy, not on any consistent basis. The “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings” (a Workbook quotation) will elude us. We will indeed lead charmed lives when we turn to the Holy Spirit, the Universal Inspiration, as our mentor through life’s tortuous turns.
I wish to have the “happy dreams the Holy Spirit brings,” knowing that they are the harbinger of consistently viewing the real world, which leads on to Awakening. The means are spelled out in A Course in Miracles. Help the revelation to come. That is entirely up to You, and I know that when I am ready, revelation will come–showing the end, Awakening, to me.
May I consistently spend moments at the beginning and the end of the day with you, in contemplation. This does not mean that my holy relationship will mean less to me; I will be more likely to fulfill my half of the relationship in a good manner if I have devoted time to You. Be with me today, again I ask. Thank You for walking along beside me daily, and carrying me when times get tough.