ACIM Workbook Lesson 87 – for Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Affirmation: “I will there be light.”
“I will use the power of my will today. It is not my will to grope about in darkness, fearful of shadows and afraid of things unseen and unreal. Light shall be my guide today. I will follow it where it leads me, and I will look only on what it shows me. This day I will experience the peace of true perception. (WB152)”
True perception is a gift of the Holy Spirit, a gift that gives us happy dreams. And true perception can and does lead ultimately to knowledge. We can use the power of our will to will today that we see in light. This is a metaphorical way of speaking, but its intent is clear to even very early students of A Course in Miracles. We know when we are groping in darkness, in the negative emotions, and we would change all of that to sometimes much more positive. ACIM will teach us how to make that change.
Affirmation: “There is no will but God’s.”
“I am safe today because there is no will but God’s. I can become afraid only when I believe there is another will. I try to attack only when I am afraid, and only when I try to attack can I believe that my eternal safety is threatened. Today I will recognize that all this has not occurred. I am safe because there is no will but God’s. (WB152)”
One does attack only when one is afraid. Knowing this, how can we not forgive ourselves and our brothers and sisters? Attack is the misguided way that we ask for help. It is the opposite of giving help. And we must give help, sometimes in very subtle ways, if we would know the best way to live. If an overt display of help would not be well-received by someone who is attacking us, let us back off. But we can give what we are led by guidance to give. And sometimes we can simply wait for a better moment to make our gift to ourselves as well as to others.
I would ask for an easy day today. Perhaps this is not a realistic prayer, but it is one that feels right to me now. I need some solace, some happy dreams. I am on the verge of experiencing too much stress. May my perceptions change so that I am at peace. May You walk with me throughout this day, and may I be conscious of Your presence.
This time I am afraid of my own reactions. Being stressed puts me at odds with Your peace, and I would not be at odds with Your peace. Help me to lie low today as I regain my equilibrium. This day I devote to You. This day I will seek, in as many moments as I can, Your peace above my ego-oriented propensity to be right.
Keep me from knit-picking. I would be tolerant of all whom I encounter. I would seek for their happiness every bit as much as I seek for mine. Give me Your guidance as I seek to maneuver through the mines of an uncertain world.
Thank You for being there for me.