ACIM Workbook Lesson 307 – for Thursday, November 3, 2011
Affirmation: “Conflicting wishes cannot be my will.”
“Father, Your Will is mine, and only that. There is no other will for me to have. Let me not try to make another will, for it is senseless and will cause me pain. (WB453)”
1 – The Father’s Will and Mine Are Identical
This prayer returns us to the important message that A Course in Miracles gives out to us: Our will and our Father’s Will are identical. When we ask for and receive guidance from the Holy Spirit, He chooses for us; He lets us know what we really want.
2 – An Imprisoned Will
Anything else engenders an imprisoned will that brings on pain (a Text tenet).
3 – Revisiting Jonah
It is hard for us who were schooled in the Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible) and the story of Jonah to believe that what God wills for us is exactly what we will for ourselves, if we only knew our own mind. But it is. And this is the glorious promise that we are not puppets. The Holy Spirit chooses for us. He knows all circumstances–past, present, and future–that will impact any decision, and then He lets us know what decision is best, what we would best choose to say or do (or even think) next.
4 – Judging Amiss
The Manual discusses judgment quite a bit, and it points out to us that we have often thought that we judged aright, only to find out how wrong we have been. The world, the Manual says, teaches us to rely on judgment as we mature, but this teaching is in direct contrast to A Course in Miracles. We turn our judgment over to One Who does know, and we are infinitely blessed by this gesture.
5 – When in Conflict, Go Within
If we find ourselves in conflict, the best action that we can take is to go within, to God, to the Holy Spirit, in silence, and to get quiet. Then the next step will appear without fail. If it appears not to appear, we have allowed emotions to cloud our thinking. Be still, wait in confidence, and the next right action to take will come to us. Especially is this advice important when we find ourselves in conflict with one of our brothers or sisters. Get quiet, do not engage in debate or argument, and listen to guidance of the Holy Spirit. Then the conflict will dissipate.
I would affirm today by my thoughts and actions that I know that my real will and Your Will are identical. May I not get lost in foolish thoughts about puppets, thinking that if I do Your will, I will be little more than someone dangling on a string that You control. This is not the Way. The Holy Spirit knows what I really want in my heart, and in every way he seeks to have me realize these heartfelt truths also. I would walk the Way that He directs. I would not seek to make judgments about what to think or say or do, when it is completely impossible for me to know all the facts. You do know all the facts, and Your Universal Inspiration will reveal to me what I need to know to walk the right pathway. Thank You for caring for me enough to give me a Guide Who cannot fail.
Be with me all day today, as I seek to walk Your pathway. May I intuitively know the next right thing to do, and may I never doubt that this intuition, if informed by Your grace, is the best way for me to go.