ACIM Workbook Lesson 194 – for Friday, July 13, 2012
Affirmation: “I place the future in the Hands of God.”
“Now are we saved indeed. For in God’s Hands we rest untroubled, sure that only good can come to us. If we forget, we will be gently reassured. If we accept an unforgiving thought, it will be soon replaced by love’s reflection. And if we are tempted to attack, we will appeal to Him Who guards our rest to make the choice for us that leaves temptation far behind. No longer is the world our enemy, for we have chosen that we be its Friend. (WB371)”
1 – Euphoria vs. Dejection
I do not think that we often think of the world as our “enemy.” But it is quite possible that, as Jesus says, this is a legitimate way to think of the what we have made the world to be for ourselves. Driven by the ego, and with an imprisoned will (ACIM tenet), we find ourselves alternating euphoria (when the ego has “won”) and dejection (when the ego has been deflated). If the ego were sane, we would never be in this predicament. But living with our ego has driven our own minds to madness. And this Jesus would not have for us.
2 – How Do We Get the Madness Out?
How do we get the madness out? A frontal assault on the ego will not work, as the ego would just go underground, where its machinations would continue–disturbing our peace of mind and giving us bad dreams in a reality that is not truly “real.” We simply are bidden to turn aside from the ego’s promptings, and often this may be seen by us as those things to which egotistical desire is a motivation. We turn aside the ego’s promptings gently, because the ego is strong in strife (an ACIM tenet).
3 – A Different Way to Live
Does this turning aside from the ego seem a hopelessly impossible task? If so, try to learn a different way to live, the way outlined in A Course in Miracles and A Course of Love. Try to give over attack, judgment, and planning that is not inspired by the Holy Spirit to a Higher Power. This Higher Power is, in fact, the Holy Spirit, and He will come to our call. Jesus promises the same, i.e., to come in respond to “one unequivocal call” (ACIM quotation).
4 – We Need Help
We need help. It is the ego that thinks this makes us less, to admit our defeat in trying to live by the ego’s dictates. But it is the wisest reasoning, and it is a reasoning that is inspired by intuition, one of the primary ways that our Guide (the Holy Spirit) speaks to us. We will find, as time goes by, that turning on a dime, when we receive prompting is a very freeing way to live. We may not know what will come afterward, but we do learn, through this method, the next right step.
5 – The Next Right Step
And knowing that next right step makes all the difference.
I thank You for the fact that currently my life is going smoothly. Everyone has difficulties from time to time, and I would stay in touch with You during the easy times as well as the problems. Thank You that all in my immediate circle are emotionally and physically well. Thank You that I am emotionally and physically well. May my brothers and sisters whom I do not know move into this certain realm, where You are there and all is well.
Be with us throughout the day. Thank You specifically for this Workbook lesson, one that is so reassuring and compels peace to enter our minds and hearts. Be with us today to keep serene in the midst of the ordinary path that we walk.