ACIM Workbook Lesson 275 – for Sunday, October 2, 2011
Affirmation: “God’s healing Voice protects all things today.”
“Your healing Voice protects all things today, and so I leave all things to You. I need be anxious over nothing. For Your Voice will tell me what to do and where to go; to whom to speak and what to say to him, what thoughts to think, what words to give the world. The safety that I bring is given me. Father, Your Voice protects all things through me. (WB434)”
1 – Follow the Holy Spirit Consistently
The “Voice” is the Holy Spirit, the Universal Inspiration (a Text tenet). We are, once again, bade to leave our minds to the Voice, and to follow His bidding. We are not to take matters into our own hands. If we get quiet and commune, pray, silently, to God, we will almost immediately get a sense of what to do or say in the next encounter–perhaps an encounter that we have been dreading. We will feel an inner sense of assurance that we are not alone, that the encounter will go well because we have asked for help. Let us not forget to ask for help all along the way today.
2 – Guide My Interactions with Others
We are even helped by what thoughts to think, for how would we know what to say to our brothers and sisters if we were not guided, ahead of time, by our thoughts about upcoming conversations? And the guidance comes during the conversation as well. We are never left to deal with any matter on our own.
3 – May My Ego-Consumed Will Not Interfere with God’s Will
Of course, our own will can intervene, and then we are likely to become quite stubborn, and forget that we never see the whole picture. The Holy Spirit, the Voice, does see the whole pictures, and so His judgments about what to do or say, not to mention what to think, are true (a Manual tenet). He knows what has happened in the past, is happening now, and will happen in the future; we do not have such prescience. And so His judgments guide rightly. (All of these paraphrases are from the Manual.)
4 – Safety Can Be Found
We will know safety, and so we not all want this in our very troubled world? In this time of what seem to be escalating difficulties on earth, we need to know that we will be cared for. We need very practical things by way of sustenance and shelter for our families. Even if we fail to find these things, we have not been left, abandoned. Some of the most spiritual people in our history have had very few material possessions. Jesus himself was quite poor and dependent on the generosity of those who listened to his message. But he did not worry. He knew that, regardless of what happened, even unto the cross, he was cared for by the Father.
I would follow the example of Jesus today, and be anxious over nothing. I sometimes think that anxiety is my particular cross to bear in this life. If I could finally let the anticipation of what others think leave me, then I think that the fear elicited by the ego would lose its punching power. May I leave anxiety behind as I leave fear behind. May I not care so much for anybody else thinks. I need only follow guidance to leave both anxiety–my form of fear–as well as fear itself out in the cold.
Be with me today as I seek to please only You. And You are in my corner, regardless of what mistakes I may make. I would correct those mistakes as soon as they occur, and then I would walk more confidently along the path that You have set before me.