ACIM Workbook Lesson 267 – for Saturday, September 24, 2011
Affirmation: “My heart is beating in the peace of God.”
“I am a messenger of God, directed by His Voice, sustained by Him in love, and held forever quiet and at peace within His loving Arms. Each heartbeat calls His Name, and every one is answered by His Voice, assuring me I am at home in Him.
“Let me attend Your Answer, not my own. Father, my heart is beating in the peace the Heart of Love created. It is there and only there that I can be at home. (WB429)”
1 – At Home in God
This passage would reassure us that even though caught in illusion by our egos, we are actually at home in God. We never truly separated from God; the thought that we might was a “tiny, mad idea” about which the “Son of God forgot to laugh” (quotations are from the Text). But because we forgot to laugh, the ramifications were extreme, and we have found ourselves caught in misery for eons. The separation, Jesus says, happened over millions of years, and the return may take similar millions, perhaps even longer. This sounds discouraging. But it does not have to be, for God is ready to welcome us home whenever we turn to Him and ask. That does not mean that we are all ready for Awakening, but we will have psychic gifts develop in us that will assure us of God’s mercy on us. We are not to use these gifts in an ill way, for of such is ego-oriented thinking made. We are warned that the ego is especially wily in such situations. It may try to reassert by guile (from the Manual).
2 – Do Not Let Emotions Intrude on God’s Presence
If we sense God’s presence, we will sense our heart beating in His peace. This may not happen each time we get upset, because our emotions are strong and sometimes influenced by the ego. But this peace will descend upon us frequently enough that we know what are experiencing. And the peace of God is surely our greatest earthly gift.
3 – Messengers of God
We would be messengers of God. We would not act in this way if we are motivated by egoic wishes. We would pray for protection (which, we are told, will always be given, an ACIM tenet), and safety from misinterpretation. This does not mean that we are above making mistakes, because we are still fallible beings, a very human manifestation of our Self. But if we listen to guidance, we will sense when we have gone astray and take steps to move to higher ground. We will ask forgiveness for our misinterpretation. And we will forgive ourselves. Forgiveness is the great clarion call of A Course in Miracles, often emphasized even more than Love. In our fallible state, it is a gesture that we often need to make toward ourselves and toward others in our circle.
May I know, when I feel my heart beat today, that my heart is truly at home in You. May I sense Your presence above all else, and may I remain calm and at peace throughout the day. Help me to be of use to my brothers and sisters, who may need me now. Help me to know what to say and do to assist their upward progress back to You.
I would be a messenger of God, but I would wish to be certain that no egoic thinking intrudes on this wish. If egoic thinking intrudes, I am almost certain that my emotions will intrude, and that I will not truly follow Your will by hearing accurately. I would hear accurately from Your Guide, the Holy Spirit, today.