ACIM Workbook Lesson 264 – for Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Affirmation: “I am surrounded by the Love of God.”
“For what surrounds Your Son and keeps him safe is Love Itself. There is no Source but this, and nothing is that does not share Its holiness; that stands beyond Your one creation, or without the Love Which holds all things within Itself. Father, Your Son is like Yourself. (WB427)”
1 – A Fearful Script
This passage builds upon what I discussed in this blog yesterday. We are really sustained only by God’s love, and it is He alone who offers us our safety. When we turn to the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we rise above the tragedies that we may be called upon to endure. We do not add to our worries by becoming yet more fearful. We offer ourselves completely to God, and we trust Him to see us through any fearful scripts that we have written. A Course in Miracles says that when we are fearful, it shows only that we have written a fearful script, and are afraid thereby. This is hard for us to believe, but I do believe it, because I believe that the truth in ACIM is impeccable. We make our world in all its particulars, even in the things that seem beyond our control (and are beyond our control in any practical sense).
2 – The Self
The Self sees things differently; what is frightful to us may not be so to the Higher Self. This is our curriculum, one that, somewhere, somehow, we have written and are writing. If we can believe this, it will go a long way toward acceptance of what happens, and guide us to improve upon the illusory reality in which we find ourselves. God is always by our side, and in us. We are One with Him. Being One with God assures us that we are in the driver’s seat. If things turn bad, we ought to ask what are the good lessons in this misfortune. This takes a great deal of faith, and nobody sustains such equanimity all the time. The world is indeed a frightful place when we try to go it alone, without God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
3 – God Is Not an Emotion
God is Love. If we don’t understand this, we need to pray for understanding. This does not, in my opinion, mean that God is an emotion. Love with a capital “L” is a broader concept, and one in which we can readily put our credence. Be safe today. Live just this moment, as best one can. The bad things that we worry about almost never happen in the form that we have predicted them. Are we suffering “right now”? This is an important question, because normally, in the moment, precisely, there is little suffering. The real hell comes when we anticipate the fearful future or we think back to the lamentable past. We would leave such foolishness behind today.
4 – Listening to Intuition
Life does go better when one listens to the intuitive thoughts that one has. Intuition is not the only way that the Holy Spirit communicates with us, but it is one powerful way. If one is of fragile emotional temperament, then it behooves that individual to proceed cautiously, lest the impulses are from the ego and not the Holy Spirit. This possibility also exists for anybody else as well. But as time passes, and we follow ACIM, we will become more adept at discerning real and true guidance from dross.
5 – God in Silence
God is said by many mystics to come to us in the silence. We can sense His presence when we are especially receptive, and when we do not let emotional turmoil confuse our minds. May we calm ourselves by whatever means we have found to work (prayer is a powerful way), and may we feel today that God’s Love does protect us from the worst that could happen. He may not spare us, but on some level our Self knows what it is about.
I would feel Your presence today, sure that when I am sensing You, I am also sensing my own safety. Love is safe. Anything else is fear, and of the ego. May my guidance today help me to know that Your Love is sure, that Your Love is safe, and that your Love is not just an emotion. Help me to gain the knowledge of what Your Love really is.
Today, when I am confused, let me have the presence of mind to turn in silence to You. If You would reach me, let me be sure that I am perceiving correctly. And right perception will be cleansed into knowledge of You. Be with me today. This I ask, as always.