“How Should the Teacher of God Spend His Day? To the advanced teacher of God this question is meaningless. There is no program, for the lessons change each day. Yet the teacher of God is sure of but one thing; they do not change at random. Seeing this and understanding that it is true, he rests content. He will be told all that his role should be, this day and every day. And those who share that role with him will find him, so they can learn the lessons for the day together. (M-16)”
Affirmation: “My lessons do not change at random.”
1 – Assurance of Guidance
This passage once more assures us of guidance. And that guidance is described as being from the Holy Spirit, or Universal Inspiration. We need to consider very carefully the ways in which guidance can come to us. In reality the ways are numberless, but it is also possible to categorize some of the more obvious ways in which guidance comes to us.
2 – Intuition
The primary quality for many of us is an internal feeling, which may be described as intuition. We just have an inner knowing of the right next step to take. We do not often see a whole pathway stretch out before us; normally we are given the route in a step-by-step fashion. And we are given that route at the moment that we need to take it. By what way could it happen otherwise, without confusion? If the Holy Spirit showed us an end far in the future, would we not fret that we are unable to fulfill the often grand ideas that He has for us?
3 – Reading
Sometimes the guidance comes through reading, especially inspirational reading. A Course in Miracles is an obvious choice, but I do not counsel opening the book at random and seeking for magical answers. Jesus warns us about magical thinking, and we can be led very much astray by techniques that partake of randomness. I believe that it is far better to read bits of ACIM meditatively, and to wait for the guidance to emerge full in one’s thoughts. Of course, we are human and we do make mistakes. So we must ask ourselves if anyone would be hurt by the thought or action that we contemplate. Love is the central theme, along with forgiveness, and nothing borne of love or forgiveness is likely to lead us astray. This is not romantic love, though, but a settled good feeling toward our brothers and sisters. Romantic love often speaks to the emotions, and emotional reactions can easily be of the ego.
4 – Period of Quiet
A period of quiet at the beginning and end of the day is almost mandatory. If we do not subscribe to this idea, there are other ways that the Holy Spirit can reach us. But sometimes we can avert suffering by listening to Him ahead of time. When we have been quiet, taking in His counsel, we are less masochistic. And masochism is at the heart of many of the things that go wrong in our lives. Not for all of us, but for some.
5 – Devote the Day to God
So, let us devote this day to God. Let us follow His way with a dedication that we ask Him to give us. And, at the close of the day, be sure to thank Him for guiding throughout the day. If the day was not optimal, ask for a better tomorrow. And seek to spend a few minutes in contemplation over what went wrong and why. Over time, more days will go right than wrong. This is my experience, though not stated directly in ACIM.
Guidance has been much on my mind today, and perhaps that is not a coincidence. Indeed, Jesus says in A Course in Miracles that there are no accidents in salvation. That is reassuring, even as it prompts me to be careful what I think and pray about.
Help me to follow my intuition today. I am posting this blog late in the day, because I got an inkling of feeling that I ought to wait, to post later in the day today. Why? I do not know. But I do think that maybe I will come to know.
Help my brothers and sisters who need help with their little as well as their large problems. Give them (and me) the assurance of what to do to live a sane and joyous life. I know that joy is the hallmark of my contact with You. And I thank You for that.