ACIM Workbook Lesson 254 – for Sunday, September 11, 2011
Affirmation: “Let every voice but God’s be still in me.”
“Father, today I would but hear Your Voice. In deepest silence I would come to You, to hear Your Voice and to receive Your Word. I have no prayer but this: I come to You to ask You for the truth. And truth is but Your Will, which I would share with You today.
“Today we let no ego thoughts direct our words or actions. When such thoughts occur, we quietly step back and look at them, and then we let them go. We do not want what they would bring with them. And so we do not choose to keep them. (WB421)”
In silence we hear the Holy Spirit speak. This is also how we best commune with God. Words are steps removed from reality, for they are only symbols (a Text tenet). When we are silent, we are in a form of meditation, though A Course in Miracles does not ever use this term. Indeed, Jesus describes contemplation as “tedious,” and says that our way is in our relationships (moving from special to holy). But prayer and communion are always welcomed. And much of this Part II of the Workbook is prayer to God. We are, once again, communicating with Him. He knew when His children did not communicate, that the channels were closed, and He thought that we were asleep and needed to be awakened. This is what Jesus is trying to do in A Course in Miracles, to awaken us.
Once again, today, we are encouraged to drop the egoic thoughts from our holy minds. We would not have those things that egoic thinking would bring to us. And be forewarned that what we think about does often come about. This is the understanding given in The Secret, and while we are no longer seeking the material world, the ego is wily and will lead us into spiritual pride. We do not want this, and we need to ask the Holy Spirit to protect us from this mistake.
The “truth” that the passage for today discusses is a difficult concept, because in our lives, the truth sometimes seems to be different for different people. Certainly we are told that our personalities differ (a Manual tenet). But there are universal truths, and those are the ones we would seek today. We would not stay mired in mistakes and mishaps. We need to ask that our steps on the pathway be steady and stable, and that we awaken gladly and without fear.
May I rest in silence today. On this deep day of mourning in the United States, may we realize that our tragedies can, ultimately, not only make us stronger but also make us better. May we learn from the past the lessons that we need to learn, and may we forgive those whom we ought to forgive.
Be with me today as I seek to live in this troubled world. May we see the good and not let egoic anger take us over. May we live with minds that are ever-closer to Awakening in the knowledge of You.