ACIM Workbook Lesson 190 – for Monday, July 9, 2012
Affirmation: “I choose the joy of God instead of pain.”
“Lay down your arms, and come without defense into the quiet place where Heaven’s peace holds all things still at last. Lay down all thoughts of danger and of fear. Let no attack enter with you. Lay down the cruel sword of judgment that you hold against your throat, and put aside the withering assaults with which you seek to hide your holiness. (WB362)”
1 – When in Anger or Attack
Today’s passage will comfort in times of distress, especially when we are in anger or attack mode. We are to get quiet, feel the peace of Heaven, and let the discouraging emotions die an easy death. We will then feel better, and the effect will be extreme relaxation and serenity.
2 – Do Not Judge
If we judge on an ongoing basis, we will never know Awakening. We are told elsewhere that judging precludes Awakening. We are also told that if we seem to slip from grace, we have in all likelihood dipped into attack, judgment, or have started making plans against contingencies that are not supported by the guidance of the Holy Spirit (Text tenets).
3 – Help in Dropping Judgment
If dropping judging can do so much for us, how do we effect this? We must remember that we have lots of help. There are Teachers of teachers, watching from the Other Side (from the Manual). There is our internal Guide, the Holy Spirit. And Jesus offers his help, help that he will bring to us upon hearing “one unequivocal call” (quotations from ACIM). So we call on this help; we do not even attempt to drop judging as a personal crusade. Personal crusades are one way that the ego hides from us, and the outcome is never good (personal interpretation, not stated directly in ACIM). We are bad to commune with God (in the opening pages of the Text).
4 – We Are Never Alone
We never, in short, need to feel alone, because we never are alone. But we have to relinquish the ego-oriented self-will that is not open to God’s direction. As ACIM says many times, God’s Will and our will are identical, but we just don’t recognize this. The Holy Spirit chooses for us. He lets us know what will make us happy, for happiness is a function that ACIM ascribes to us.
5 – No More Judging
We pray that judging step aside from us. We pray that the ego, a part of our belief about ourselves, cease to call the shots. And when we have become pliable and flexible in God’s Hands, we will know the peace that today’s passage promises.
Help me to get through this day. It appears to be difficult, but this is only a mirage. No day with You is difficult. And I bring my own pain upon myself. Help me to do no judging of my brothers and sisters. All are doing as well as they can. And help me to do as well as I can.