God’s Peace Is with Me

ACIM Workbook Lesson 245 – for Friday, September 2, 2011

Affirmation:  “Your peace is with me, Father.  I am safe.”  

“Your peace surrounds me, Father.  Where I go, Your peace goes there with me.  It sheds its light on everyone I meet.  I bring it to the desolate and lonely and afraid.  I give Your peace to those who suffer pain, or grieve for loss, or think they are bereft of hope and happiness.  Send them to me, my Father.  Let me bring Your peace with me.  For I would save Your Son, as is Your Will, that I may come to recognize my Self.

“And so we go in peace.  To all the world we give the message that we have received.  And thus we come to hear the Voice for God, Who speaks to us as we relate His Word; Whose Love we recognize because we share the Word that He has given unto us.  (WB416)”

Reflections:

This are prayerful comments from Jesus.  We are reminded that our duty is to save our brothers and sisters, but to do that (we learn from other part of ACIM), we must first be healers.  We must be healed ourselves; we cannot be “unhealed healers,” or we will not be effective in our chosen vocation (i.e., being healers).

How do we become healed ourselves?  We study, we learn, and we commune with God.  We do not feel that it is all up to us.  We have the guidance of the Holy Spirit always.  If we are not flexible enough to turn on a dime, we will miss many opportunities to do His Will, and that will be a pity.  The Holy Spirit is our Communicator with God (a tenet of the Text), and we would do well to ask for more and more guidance.  We are not bereft of comfort ourselves.  We are never alone.

We listen with our heart, not just our mind (a tenet of A Course of Love, which some view as a sequel to ACIM, a sequel channeled by Jesus).  We must not lose ourselves in trying to do good, because choosing which miracles we will perform is a sure way to take the wrong turn.  The miracles we choose ourselves will be misguided (a Text tenet).

Listen to the words of Jesus in ACIM, listen to the intuitive guidance of the Holy Spirit, and thereby be guided into which miracles to perform.  We will be answered every time we ask.  As many in churches have proclaimed, we are the hands and feet of Jesus in this world.  He needs our cooperation to bring everyone to the recognition that he/she is One with God.  The return may take millions of years, just as the separation was over millions of years (a Text statement).  But the end if certain (also a Text statement).  We will all find our way home.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would extend Your peace to all that cross my path today.  I thank You that life has calmed down, for the moment, and I am reach outward more without preoccupations with my own personal self.  Help me to find the way to the Self that You love.  I would be all that You would wish for my brothers and sisters, and myself.

Thank You for the ease of this day.  I thank You for struggle is alien to Your Will, and that when we struggle, it is likely that we are being influenced by an ego that has not withered away.  I would be a healed healer, as Jesus asks.  Help me to know how to respond to those in need.  Be with  me as I seek to an instrument of Your peace.  When I fail, please restore my good humor, and help me to try again.

Amen.

The Gentle Lessons

ACIM Workbook Lesson 137 – for Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Affirmation:  “When I am healed I am not healed alone.”

Selected Passage:

“Healing, forgiveness, and the glad exchange of all the world of sorrow for a world where sadness cannot enter, are the means by which the Holy Spirit urges you to follow Him.  His gentle lessons teach how easily salvation can be yours; how little practice you need undertake to let His laws replace the ones you made to hold yourself a prisoner to death.  His life becomes your own, as you extend the little help He asks in freeing you from everything that ever caused you pain.  (WB262)”

Reflections:

Here we see that we need do only a little.  We need only a little willingness to follow the Holy Spirit’s bidding.  He does the great majority of the work involved.  Jesus says that this disproportion may trouble us, not because it is hard to understand, but because it may be personally insulting (a Text tenet).  We think that we need to do more, because in the ego’s hands, we have thought that we ourselves were in control of our lives.  If we look at the mess that we have frequently made of our lives, we would reconsider.  There is another way, and ACIM points out that other way.

Salvation can be ours easily.  Pain can dissipate entirely.  But evolution is not a straight line (see Neale Donald Walsch in his Conversations with God series), and we may sometimes revisit pain.  But we do not have to stay with pain.  We can ask for help, and the suffering will be gone.  The pain does not have to escalate into suffering, because one’s attitude is so important to the perception of what is wrong with our bodies (an interpretation, not stated in ACIM).  Our minds are in control of our bodies.  Let us not forget this truth.

We have taken a look at this aspect of reality in recent blog postings, but it is perhaps wise to make it our own understanding today.  It is a particularly hard concept to grasp, because the detour into fear has been long and hard, and we are still as though we were prisoners just set free into the sunlight (a paraphrase from the Text).

Talk to the Holy Spirit, as the Friend Whom He is.  He will respond with healing and with joy, because joy always accompanies healing.  If continued symptoms are present, do not make the mistake of doubting the healing (a Manual tenet).  The healing has always come, and when it is accepted, it will be as though it were always there.  Healing is not just a word for the body.  The healing may be of the mind.  (The latter is an interpretation, not stated in the Manual.)

Prayer:

Dear Mother/Father,

Let the gentle lessons of the Holy Spirit enthrall me today.  May I be healed of all pain, and in that healing is it assured that pain will not escalate into suffering.  You do not wish Your children to be in either pain or suffering.  May I take Your wish as my command today.  It is within my power to ask Your help to rise above the pain that is so often inherent in living in this world.

Thank You for Your constant presence.  May I feel it today.  I ask You not to withdraw from me in an effort to hone my faith.  May my faith be strong in the midst of whatever struggles daily life brings.

Amen.

Prayer

“Strictly speaking, words play no part at all in healing.  The motivating factor is prayer, or asking.  What you ask for you receive.  But this refers to the prayer of the heart, not to the words you use in praying.  (M53)”

Affirmation:  “Teach me to ask only for the prayer of my heart.”

Reflections:

The Course does not say a tremendous amount about prayer, though, we might realize, much is implied (an interpretation of the Course).   Here we see the “asking” prayer, and we receive a warning:  What you ask for you receive, if it is the prayer of the heart.  Elsewhere we learn that if we pray for something, and are actually afraid of it, we will not receive it, because our fear contradicts our asking.  Being afraid is a certainty that what we are asking is not a prayer of the heart.

All of us have prayed for healing and have seemingly not had some of those prayers answered.  Jesus says that we have chosen various symptoms of pain, and if we remain unhealed truly, we may just replace one chosen symptom with another.  We do not know, usually, what the Self truly wants–even unto death.  We may pray for our healing, and to remain alive, when the Self has decided that this body is best laid aside.  We are assured that there is no true death, that we are creatures of eternity.

So keep in mind that turning to the Holy Spirit for guidance about what the Self wants may be the best choice.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Please bring my prayers into my heart, asking for what the Self truly wants, and only for what is good in Your sight.  May I receive the assurance that prayers of the heart are always answered.

Thank you for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as I pray.  Thank You for being there for me.

Amen.