ACIM Workbook Lesson 230 – for Thursday, August 18, 2011
Affirmation: “Now will I seek and find the Peace of God.”
“Father, I seek the peace You gave as mine in my creation. What was given then must be here now, for my creation was apart from time, and still remains beyond all change. The peace in which Your Son was born into Your Mind is shining there unchanged. I am as You created me. I need but call on You to find the peace You gave. It is Your Will that gave it to Your Son. (WB406)”
Actually what we want most in all the world is God’s peace. We experience this as the “peace that passeth understanding” (New Testament) or “peace of mind” (more mundanely). According to A Course in Miracles, we are being led to be “perfectly calm and quiet” all the time. This is the ultimate peace. And the greatest obstacle to peace is the “desire to get rid” of it (a Text tenet).
Why do we thrust off peace, when in our quiet moments of contemplation and prayer, we feel the most at home? We are addicted to drama, to the adrenaline rush (said by Marianne Williamson). We move so fast in this world. Often it seems that we have to do so to keep our jobs and our livelihoods. But cannot we find some time each day for God?
That time does not have to be lengthy. Jesus says that we can give only a minute to God, and in that minute join with Him completely. Conversely, we can sit an hour in contemplation and accomplish nothing. (These are paraphrases from the Manual.)
So, today, begin a new habit of finding time for God each and every day. Sleep is not as important as finding God. Yet we will, once committed, find that we do not normally lose sleep when we seek God. He will make the space for us to reach inwardly to the depths where our God is found.
I promise that I will spend time, quality time, with You today. I need the peace that only You give. When I am calm and quiet, and I experience Your peace, then I know that regardless of what this egoic world can do to me, I will be alright. Thank You for this assurance, which I know comes from You.
We are not at home in this world. When we think about it, we all know that this is true. I would find peace in this world as I carry out the function that You would have me fulfill. I ask only that, from time to time, I return in my mind and spirit to a real world of which You have given me glimpses. Thank You for the glimpses.