ACIM Workbook Lesson 253 – for Saturday, September 10, 2011
Affirmation: “My Self is ruler of the universe.”
“It is impossible that anything should come to me unbidden by myself. Even in this world, it is I who rule my destiny. What happens is what I desire. What does not occur is what I do not want to happen.
“You are the Self Whom You created Son, creating like Yourself and one with You. My Self, Which rules the universe, is but Your Will in perfect union with my own, which can but offer glad assent to Yours, that it may be extended to Itself. (WB421)”
We do not often realize that we indeed do create our own reality. I first read of this in the books channeling Seth by Jane Roberts, an early psychic writer. And now A Course in Miracles has the same concept. This concept is also made clear in the opening pages of the Text. Here we see it elaborated in Workbook Lesson 253, which is well along in our year of following Jesus’s plan for our learning. We do enjoy communion with God in these Part II lessons, and Jesus encourages us to remember that it is ourselves who are creating the reality that we know.
We “made” the reality of the ego; we “create” the reality of the real world (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM). The real world is the one of intangibles, as we have noted previously in this blog–the love, the joy, the peace of God. And then He reaches down and lifts us up, when He knows that we are ready, for the boon of Awakening. Before Awakening becomes a constant state, we may know glimpses by revelation. As Jesus says, revelation may occasionally reveal the end to us, but to get there the means are needed. And the means are being carefully explained to us in ACIM (paraphrases from the Text).
May we know that our will and that Will of the Holy Spirit are actually identical. He chooses for us when we are too confused to make that choice ourselves. This eliminates any sense that we are puppets in this world of a God who would will for us something that we would not. We need to put aside the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) sense of Jonah being pursued by an angry God. God is not angry. He just could not allow our miscreations to consume our whole world. He set the limits on how far we could stray. Eventually we would have to realize that there was a better way. Pain does have limits, and pain is brought about from an imprisoned will. (These are paraphrases from ACIM.) The Holy Spirit will set us free from all such foolishness.
We are one with God, and when we realize this, we will understand the truth that the Holy Spirit wills for us exactly what we too will, when we are, however momentarily, in our right minds.
I would be in my right mind today, the mind that You created, not the mind that I made, the one ruled by egoic thinking. I would be ruled by love only. If I am tempted today to walk my own path, not asking for and therefore receiving, the Holy Spirit’s guidance, do pull me up short. I would rule my destiny as You would indicate. My real will is the same as Yours for me. Help me always to remember this important truth.
May my temperament today be calm and tranquil. May nothing upset me, for upsets are normally of the ego. I would give love to others. I would not lead anyone astray consciously. Guide my whole mind to follow the Will that is Yours.