“The avoidance of magic is the avoidance of temptation. For all temptation is nothing more than the attempt to substitute another will for God’s (M-16.9)”
1 – How to Avoid Temptation?
How might one avoid temptation? There will be temptations along the pathway that we walk, and there is no getting around this. We are not perfect, even, perhaps, when we have awakened. (A Course in Miracles is not definitive about this, but A Course of Love
indicates that we will still not be perfect.) The best way to avoid temptation, or, more precisely, not to accept the tempting thing that is offered, is to ask for help at the “point of contact.” When we are tempted, we are seeking something of the ego, the part of ourselves that thinks that it has separated from God. We think that another will (our imperfect will) will get us something that we want, something more than the everything that we are promised. (Yes, we are promised “everything” in ACIM.) Jesus says that it is as though we would say that we want this one (little) thing, and it will be as everything to us. But this one little thing would not satisfy for long, and in so doing we are making a pact with our ego–and the ego always fails us.
2 – ACIM‘s Definition of “Magic”
What does “magic” mean in this context? It is akin to mental illness, the “magical thinking” that secular psychology describes so precisely. We are thinking things that are not true, and never can we make the true out of the false. The false will remain false, and it will take us down with it. We do not want this.
3 – Following the Will of God
If we have love for God (and all of us do, or we would not have read this far), then we will want to follow the Will that grants us everything that we really want. We really want the intangibles, the promises that God gives; but we also want the material, and we should not think, wrongly, that God Himself cares little for the material. Jesus recalls to our minds the lilies of the field, and their beauty, and the lilies do not toil. Yet they cannot compare even to Solomon’s glory.
4 – May We Avoid Temptation
May we not fall prey to temptation today. May we know that the idea that there is something out there that is better than what God would give is an anomaly. We will always get the best when we attract it through our gratitude and love for God and our brothers/sisters. And we must always love ourselves as well, even when we have disappointed ourselves. We cannot measure up, ever, because we are trying to be perfect, and that is essentially a disheartening message. The Bible does quote Jesus as saying that we should be perfect, even as the Father in Heaven is perfect. But I think that there are mysteries here that we cannot understand until we have walked the whole pathway back to God.
I would stop, consider, and not go forward when I sense that I am trying to somehow get around Your will for me. Please help me in this endeavor, today. I would not seek to walk a different pathway, an egoic pathway that will take me far from You. You want Awakening for me; I know that this is Your will. But I need help. And You are there for me. This I know.
May I say the right things to reach my brothers and sisters, especially those in my immediate circle and those who read this blog. I would help and not hinder in any way.
Be with me through this glorious day, this harbinger of better days ahead.