ACIM Workbook Lesson 320 – for Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Affirmation: “My Father gives all power unto me.”
1 – Follow God’s Will
This prayer is very insightful (as with all prayers to God by Jesus). God’s Will can do all things through us, extending unto the world as a whole. And we have the power to effect change because God’s Will is resident in us. Of course, we have to be open to following that Will, and to be so, we must discern correctly.
2 – How Do We Discern God’s Will?
How do we discern the Will of God in any given situation? The following are my own interpretations of ACIM, not stated directly therein.
3 – A Suggested Procedure
First, we get silent and still and quiet. This is a preliminary step to almost all correct discernment. If our emotions are turbulent, it is impossible to hear God’s Voice without having those very emotions intrude.
4 – Ask for Guidance
Second, we ask for direction and guidance of the Holy Spirit. He is our Communicator from God (an ACIM tenet).
5 – Ask Others for Help
Third, if appropriate, we test out our discernment by going to others for help. We do not always stay just within ourselves. If there are no appropriate others, of course, we are on our own. And this can be tricky. So this leads to the final question.
6 – Love or Attack?
Fourth, is the discernment that we are making a gesture of love or of hate (attack)? This is a testing of the guidance we have received. If we consistently follow “feelings” or “intuition,” we may follow amiss if we think we are being led to do something that is less than honorable. The ego is very wily, and it will mislead if given half a chance. So the test of a loving gesture is important.
7 – Change Ourselves
We have the power to change the world, if we are first changed ourselves. Many evangelists and gurus have stated the same over the years. Many religious leaders have believed this, including the renowned Norman Vincent Peale (who saw a banner to that effect in his youth and therein changed the direction of his life, leading to a life of ministry to others through Christianity) and Billy Graham (the most renowned speaker of our era in regard to preaching the Gospel).
8 – A Course in Miracles = Our Curriculum
Let us today take up our curriculum, A Course in Miracles. We may alter the curriculum to suit our temperament; Jesus does not forbade this, and even encourages it by saying that “There is a curriculum for every teacher of God.” The forms vary tremendously, but if we keep an open mind and heart, and we respect each other, we will not really clash. May the teaching and learning that all of us do today make a difference in the world that we inhabit.
I would take my own advice today as I seek Your will in how to direct my life. If there are omissions in what I say, then please correct me. Help me to live a peaceful, tranquil way as I walk this world, because serenity invites accuracy in discerning Your Will.
Be with me today. Thank You for guiding me to understand some of the ways that I can know Your Will. Be with me as I seek to implement those ways of discerning.