ACIM Workbook Lesson 186 – for Thursday, July 5, 2012
“Do as God’s Voice directs. And if It asks a thing of you which seems impossible, remember Who it is That asks, and who would make denial. Then consider this; which is more likely to be right? The Voice That speaks for the Creator of all things, Who knows all things exactly as they are, or a distorted image of yourself, confused, bewildered, inconsistent and unsure of everything? Let not its voice direct you. Hear instead a certain Voice, which tells you of a function given you by your Creator Who remembers you, and urges that you now remember him. (WB353)”
Affirmation: “Salvation of the world depends on me.”
1 – Summary
This passage is a concise summary of one of my favorite tenets of A Course in Miracles. We need to follow guidance. It is an imperative. And we need to be sure that the guidance that we are getting is genuinely from the right Place, not from the ego. The ego likes to masquerade as our Maker, and we would be wise to test out our guidance, to be certain that the ego is not intruding, giving us ideas for self-aggrandizement that will only give us grief. (This is interpretation, not stated in ACIM.)
2 – Intuitive Advice
When we ask for advice, intuitive advice, from the Holy Spirit (or from Christ-consciousness, if we have progressed that far), then we are assured that we will have a good day. We will not be “confused, bewildered, inconsistent, and unsure of everything.”
3 – Motivation
Is not this great motivation? Could we ask for anything better?
4 – Flow and Ebb in Balance
Our days will flow and ebb in precise balance with the degree to which we are attuned to what our Guide tells us. Begin the day with God, follow Him throughout the day, and then thank Him at night for the glorious day that you will have had. These are instructions from the Manual, in which we are led to realize that a constant asking may not be practical, and it is the practical with which A Course in Miracles is most concerned. If we turn to the Holy Spirit at the beginning of our day, at the end of our day, and in between, when we get a moment to reflect, then our day will be wisely spent. Jesus does not ask for more than we are willing to give.
5 – Be Still
I have found, though, that more frequent turning inward for guidance is, for me, a better practice. I do not say that I always succeed in coming to know God’s Will for me, but, if I become quiet, and listen inwardly, I am more likely to know what guidance is saying than if I rush about and hurry so. Intuitive thoughts come unbidden, when we have been quiet enough. There is a caveat, though, in that we must be sure that the intuitive thoughts that we choose to act upon do not harm ourselves or anyone else. Then if we can be sure that we are being harmless (as well as helpful), we will walk a green earth.
6 – A Blessed Day!
There is no better way to have a blessed day!
May this day be as grand as yesterday! Thank you for the blessings that You are bestowing on me in the present. May I listen attentively to Your Voice, and may I follow Your advice to me.
Be with me as I walk about my world today. There is no better way that I have ever found than to follow Your guidance consistently.