ACIM Workbook Lesson 328 – for Thursday, November 24, 2011
Affirmation: “I choose the second place to gain the first.”
“There is no will but Yours. And I am glad that nothing I imagine contradicts what You would have me be. It is Your Will that I be wholly safe, eternally at peace. And happily I share that Will which You, my Father, gave as part of me. (WB465)”
1 – God’s Will / A Puppet of God?
One of the great preoccupations of my early adult years, before I found A Course in Miracles when I was 34 years old, was the question of God’s will. What did He want me to do with my life? I pondered that one for literally years on end, writing in my journal and doing a lot of thinking. I wondered if I determined what God’s will was, would I be a puppet of His? If I don’t follow my own free will (which might be different, or so I thought), then what would I be except a puppet?
2 – The Will of God and Our Own = Identical
A Course in Miracles answers all these questions. Jesus says that our real will and the Will of God–as imparted to us as guidance from the Holy Spirit–are actually identical. The Holy Spirit lets us know what our real will is, and often we don’t know this until we accept His guidance. We are so confused by the ego that we choose wrongly, and we suffer as a result. But the Holy Spirit chooses for us. He guides us into the smooth paths of harmony. And all is well.
3 – We Near the End of the Workbook
By the time we reach this lesson, Lesson 328, we are well toward the end of the year spent with God in the Workbook for Students. We are no longer imagining a result as dictated by the ego. So the prayer above can say, “I am glad that nothing I imagine contradicts what You would have me be.” We would be wholly safe, eternally at peace. And the only way to get there is through guidance that God encourages us to follow, from the Universal Inspiration, His Communicator to us.
4 – We Want What God Wants for Us
Now, if we have listened well and communed constantly with God, we will be ready to recognize that we do indeed, and happily, share the Will of God that He gave to us. We want what He wants for us. We know that this is all that we want.
I regret that I spent so many years pondering what God’s wil might really mean. Thank You for the answer in A Course in Miracles. How could it be otherwise? I am One with You, and though covered over by layers of egoic thinking, I know that my whole Self belongs to You. So how could my real will and Your Will be different from each other? You allow me to manifest in this world, and my Self encompasses the better individual that You still consider me to be. You have never given up on me. As ACIM says, I am as You created me. Only in illusion have I fallen into the separation that is not really real.
Help me to retain these ideas today. Thank You for this bit of theology. If others do not find the theology compatible with their thinking, may they commune with You to get their own understanding, an understanding that may differ from my own. Be with all of us today as we seek You once again.
Thank You that You did not create “puppets.” That was always a false issue, and I am glad to leave that false idea behind me. Be with me as I seek to grow ever more closely into the individual that You would have me manifest in this troubled world.