ACIM Workbook Lesson 324 – for Sunday, November 20, 2011
Affirmation: “I merely follow, for I would not lead.”
“So let us follow One Who knows the way. We need not tarry, and we cannot stray except an instant from His loving hand. We walk together, for we follow Him. And it is He Who makes the ending sure, and guarantees a safe returning home. (WB463)”
1 – The Holy Spirit’s Guidance
The “One Who knows the way” is, in A Course in Miracles, the Holy Spirit, also called the Universal Inspiration. If we are flexible, if we vow to be remain flexible, we will follow the advice that we “hear.” And that advice, that guidance, will invariably lead us home–and sooner rather than later.
2 – Final Lessons Meditative
All of the final lessons in the Workbook for Students are meditative, in that they encourage us to commune with God and His Teacher, the Holy Spirit. Not only do these lessons have a common theme of communion with God, they also emphasize, systematically, the ideas developed in the Text and the Manual. If we have had trouble with the intensity of the ideas in the Text, we can turn to the Workbook and then gain the great benefit that the more reverent words in the Workbook emphasize. We will not go wrong when we seek reverence in our study. And our prayers, our communion with God, will take on new meaning when we mean what we say.
3 – A Course of Love
Nobody gets anywhere in the spiritual life by theory alone. We must buy into the ideas with our heart as well as our mind. The idea of the heart’s involvement is developed overwhelmingly in the words of A Course of Love. ACOL counsels “wholeheartedness,” which is another way of saying that A Course of Love is to the heart what A Course in Miracles is to the mind. In another way of seeing this, the final lessons of the Workbook, as the year closes, lead us straight into the philosophy of A Course of Love. This blog has considered two lengthy sections from A Course of Love, and these can be identified and read through taking a look at the months that the postings covered in the “About” section of the Menu Bar.
I would return home today. Thank You that this does not mean that I need to die. We return home when our hearts and minds act as one in wholeheartedness. Thank You for the guidance that You give to me.
May I incorporate the tenets of A Course of Love as I walk farther along the pathway. There is a continuum that I would adopt in my daily study. Help me to study diligently, and to understand what Jesus says to me. May I keep an open mind as I compare A Course in Miracles to A Course of Love.