“Yet there will be temptations along the way the teacher of God has yet to travel, and he has need of reminding himself throughout the day of his protection. (M-16.8)”
Affirmation: “I have God’s protection.”
1 – Awakening / Christ-Consciousness
We must remember that temptations are simply attempts to place another will above God’s–choosing this other will as our lodestone or our (inaccurate) guidance. We are not perfect. In fact, A Course of Love questions whether perfection is necessary for Awakening. I have experienced a few spans of time that seemed to be Awakening, but these were not sustained. And I can certainly attest to the truth that I am far from perfect. So perhaps we can hope for a sustainable Awakening without “perfection” (whatever that might be). Jesus, in A Course of Love, asserts that nobody has sustained Christ-consciousness–nobody at all. And Christ-consciousness is very close to Awakening, though the two are not compared in either A Course in Miracles or A Course of Love.
2 – Temptations
A temptation may be as simple as an inclination not to follow the intuitive guidance that one is getting. We may be heading in a given direction, get a “stop,” and just not feel very much like stopping–so we forge ahead, and often, later on and sometimes immediately, find out why we should have stopped. A temptation can be just this benign.
3 – Struggle = of the Ego
And we are human. We are used, over the years of the ego’s rule, of struggling, but still of following what we perceived to be our own will, whether or not that will seems in accord with the divine. But now is the time that we ought to listen more carefully to guidance, and to see every instinct not to follow that guidance as a likely intrusion of the ego. The ego does not wish us well. This ego is defined as a part of ourselves that we have made, a part that does not follow divine guidance. And so we suffer as a result.
4 – No Fretting / No Worry
We are protected by God, and His Communicator, the Holy Spirit. The passage for today says this. And surely this affirmation warms our hearts. We need not fret; we need not worry. We are under God’s protection, but He does need our cooperation to carry out the best and right things that we deserve to have. He will not violate our “free” will, which is actually the part that the ego controls (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM). Our real will and God’s Will are actually identical. So, when we get that nudge, it is best to follow it, unless we have reason to suspect that emotion has carried away our reason, and, with it, our accurate assessment of intuition.
When I sense an intuition that seems to come beyond my personal self, help me to realize that this intuition may be genuine guidance of my higher Self–the Christ in me. I do not, in saying this, make any egoistic claim, because all of us are the same: the Christ, the higher Self, is in all of us. Help me to make this point clear in what I write today.
May we ask for and receive Awakening/Christ-consciousness. Jesus has used both words in different channeled writings, and to my limited mind, the two words appear to be synonymous. May today be an especially good day, with glimpses of Awakening/Christ-consciousness. May I do my part to be ready, though my part is very limited indeed. This visitation, this glimpse of a higher Reality, is Your decision alone. And may I not seem to pressure You before I am ready. I do not want my ego to appropriate good things, good experiences to itself, and thus make of me a more limited being that I am already.
Be with all of us as we walk the pathway to Awakening/Christ-consciousness. May we know that the time will be as right as the Answer. And that You are observing us, knowing when we are ready for this blessing. You will not act precipitously, and I ask that You keep me from acting precipitously in my desire for this blessing. May I remain humble, yet assured in Your love. I do not want arrogance, but arrogance is often of the ego (Jesus says), and so obviously I need Your help in sorting all of these concepts out.
Thank You for being there for me. Thank You for granting me glimpses of what will one day be my norm.