ACIM Workbook Lesson 339 – for Monday, December 5, 2011
Affirmation: “I will receive whatever I request.”
“Father, this is Your day. It is a day in which I would do nothing by myself, but hear Your Voice in everything I do; requesting only what You offer me, accepting only Thoughts You share with me. (WB472)”
1 – Struggle No More
This is another logical progression in the Workbook from day to day, building on yesterday’s lesson. If we trust enough to offer our problems to the One Solution, we will not only find the solutions to those things that perplex us, but we will find perfect solutions. We need struggle no more. If times seem hard, let us remember that there are always those who have it worse than we do, and some of these individuals have found a way to praise God in the midst of their troubles. Trouble is not a respecter of persons. It comes to the good and the “evil” alike. But those who turn to the Holy Spirit for their solutions are not often kept defeated. Their deliverance is sooner rather than later.
2 – The Holy Spirit = Voice
The Holy Spirit is the “Voice” meant in this prayer. We deliver the day unto the Holy Inspiration, and then we thank God that His Answer is there for us. Our gratitude is not demanded (an interpretation of ACIM, not stated therein), but we will out of the fullness of our heart want to offer that gratitude. Gratitude thus becomes a means to express forgiveness of our previous misconceptions about this world and the people in it, especially our significant others, our “brother” (ACIM terminology).
3 – Solve Problems Quickly
Problems are meant to be solved, and solved quickly. We do not need to cling to our fears about our daily sustenance in this world. Certainly we remain concerned when we see ourselves and others hurting, and we would do what we can to heal the brokenness of which we all partake at various times in our lives. But we who follow A Course in Miracles know some secrets that we need only share to those who are ready to listen. Then the miracle becomes real in our own experience. And God’s Voice has shown us the Way.
May I declare in my words and actions the emphasis that the Holy Spirit would bring to my day. I would not make these decisions by myself, but I would commune with You and Your Voice, and I would offer the certainty that, when I hear aright, I will remain on the pathway that You smooth for me. Today is no different from any other day. I need You today just the same as always. But I would make a special appeal to remain flexible as I walk throughout this day, struggling no more, knowing that You do not want me to struggle. All too often, I know, struggle is of the ego and leads us away from the goal that You hold out to us–a home with You, reveling in Your felt presence.
Help me to realize that the struggle that seems so laudatory is anything but. We are meant to commune with You, and then we are meant to accept Your Words, and then proceed peacefully and easily with our lives. Anything else is an egoic dream, and I would not dream those dreams any longer.
Thank You for the gift of A Course in Miracles. For others, there are other pathways; but for some of us, ACIM is the answer to so many of the questions that our minds have tried to solve. May my mind be one with You today.