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“I NEED DO NOTHING”

Note: Published in Miracles magazine for March – April 2020 (Jon Mundy, publisher)

by Celia Hales

“. . .[W]hen the goal is finally achieved by anyone, it always comes with just one happy realization: ‘I need do nothing.’”  (ACIM, COA ed., T-22.VII.7:1)

“This is a call that requires you to do nothing but to remain faithful to it.  You do not need to think about it, but only let it be.”  (ACOL, C:11.17)

“And here we begin to touch upon the essence of my teaching:  I need do nothing.”  (WOM, Part 3 “The Way of Knowing,” Lesson 27)

            When the light has dawned, when we reach Awakening, Jesus says that we sense, “I need do nothing.”  This sentence may have caused much confusion, because it isn’t saying what we  think it is.

            The Way of Mastery elucidates the meaning very well, for here the same thought is discussed.  First let’s take a look at what it isn’t saying:

I need do nothing so I’ll just show up. . . .I really don’t need to do anything, since none of it matters. (WOM, Lesson 27)

            We might think that we can now rest on our laurels.  That we have arrived!  And need do nothing more.  But this is not quite right.

            Instead, the meaning is simply to open ourselves up to our Source, God Himself, and the Holy Spirit Who will tell us that our only purpose is the extension of love.  In A Course of Love, we open ourselves up to the Christ-Self Who dwells within, for this is where we get guidance when we no longer need the intermediary of the Holy Spirit, being ourselves no longer afraid of God.  The Way of Mastery continues:

. . .to find that spaciousness with you in which you are willing to allow that voice within you that is eternally connected to your Source to be the vehicle through which you receive your guidance.  In the pure recognition that you have no purpose—save the extension of Love. (WOM, Lesson 27)

            We are opening ourselves to the spaciousness of our very souls, something that A Course of Love discusses at length.  We are not falling down on the job.  Our work in the world still happens—and still matters–but we don’t dwell on the end result.  Instead, the action, on a daily basis and in the present, is finally viewed as the most important part.    

            We listen for what to do, and then we act.             An easy way to live.

“I Need Do Nothing”

“When peace comes at last to those who wrestle with temptation and fight against the giving in to sin; when the light comes at last into the mind given to contemplation; or when the goal is finally achieved by anyone, it always comes with just one happy realization; ‘I need do nothing.’  (T389)”

Affirmation:  “I need do nothing.”

Reflections:

1 – Difficult to Believe?

Perhaps we find this a difficult passage to believe.  And perhaps it is difficult to believe.

2 – Heaven

The passage is saying that we don’t have to achieve our way into heaven.  “I need do nothing.”  What a comforting thought!  How consoling to believe that we will believe and even understand this passage when the Awakening has happened to us.

3 – Forgiveness

There are various ways to achieve Awakening.  But the A Course in Miracles says that our brother is our way–forgiveness of our brother (and sister).  That is the way that we reach the goal.  And then we know that we need do nothing.

4 – Effortlessness

The way to Heaven on earth is meant to be effortless.  This does not mean that we will never “achieve.”  It only means that we do not have to achieve to merit Heaven.  God will send us on many errands for our brothers and sisters, but they will not seem a burden, for they are chosen for us by the One who knows us inside and out.

5 – Guidance

We need to let the Holy Spirit guide our days.  They may be busy days, but there will be an effortlessness about them that will prove the point of the chosen passage for today.  We do not have to struggle.  We are not without help from unseen companions.  Let God speak the truth of such musings to your heart today.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

Help me to glimpse the full meaning of this passage and this important sentence, “I need do nothing.”  I realize that this does not mean that I will do nothing, because we are often send on busy errands.  But my salvation is not dependent on good works.  We forgive our brothers and sisters, and then we, gradually, come to understand more.  And Awakening stands at the end, once we have lived through the means to that end.

Be with me today.  I would not lead anybody astray, because this passage is not a prescription for laziness.  But it is a prescription for effortlessness, for all comes easy to us when we have come to understand how to follow You.  Be with me as I seek to listen and to discern accurately what the Holy Spirit is telling me.  I need You today.

Amen.

The Hush of Heaven Holds My Heart Today

ACIM Workbook Lesson 286 – for Thursday, October 13, 2011

Affirmation:  “The hush of Heaven holds my heart today.”

“Father, how still today!  How quietly do all things fall in place!  This is the day that has been chosen as the time  in which I come to understand the lesson that there is no need that I do anything.  In You is every choice already made.  In You has every conflict been resolved.  In You is everything I hope to find already given me.  Your peace is mine.  My heart is quiet, and my mind at rest.  Your Love is Heaven, and Your Love is mine.  (WB440)”

Reflections:

1 – I Need Do Nothing

“I need do nothing”:  This is what the Text says that we will recognize in an instant when we have reached home.  This is the one happy revelation.  Now the Workbook brings us to that point.  May we be ready.  Note that this prayer (above) says, “there is no need that I do anything.”

2 – We Do Not Need to “Merit” Salvation

May our hearts be quiet today.  We have sought and sought, and worked so hard, to merit our salvation.  We do not have to do such work, though we do need to relinquish our investment in the ego.  Any remnants of the ego (and there are many for most of us) will delay our Awakening.  We need to drop this part of our belief about ourselves.  It is not difficult to let it go, once the motivation is there.  And for those of us who have come this far in the Workbook, it is very, very likely that the motivation is there.

3 – Perfectly “Calm and Quiet”

Let us be “perfectly calm and quiet” today.  That is the blessing that we will ultimately come to appreciate, though addiction to the adrenalin rush is strong, and we may, for a long time perhaps, seek to retain drama in our lives.  It is not really so.  We do not want or need drama, and the more often we turn to God for communion, the more we will change to want this calm and quiet that Jesus holds out to us as the ultimate.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

I would be quiet today, assimilating the thoughts that You have given me in this lesson.  May I learn that to be perfectly calm and quiet is to live in Your love, peaceful in Your peace.  May I not seek drama, because this is only a diversion that will take me away from You.

Help me to know the truth of Your statements.  Thank You for reassuring me when I am disheartened, for holding me up when I feel down.  Your way is best.  I have always known this, and I would put into practice finding Your way throughout my pathway today.

Thank You for always being there when I call out.

Amen.