ACIM Workbook Lesson 199 – for Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Affirmation: “I am not a body. I am free.”
“The mind that serves the Holy Spirit is unlimited forever, in all ways, beyond the laws of time and space, unbound by any preconceptions, and with strength and power to do whatever it is asked. Attack thoughts cannot enter such a mind, because it has been given to the Source of love, and fear can never enter in a mind that has attached itself to love. It rests in God. And who can be afraid who lives in Innocence, and only loves. (WB382)”
1 – Heaven on Earth
If we could live the way in which the quoted passage, above, says, we would go a long way toward having Heaven on earth. Were it not for our mistakes and our habits of long-standing, we would be able to live this wondrous way. A Course in Miracles presents an idealized way of living, and many of us are not able to live up to its many wonderful promises. But we can begin each day, and end each day, with time for contemplation of ACIM, our meditations, and these will reform long-standing errors. ACIM can heal a neurotic through Jesus’s guidance.
2 – Choose Not to Be Afraid
May we live the Source of love today. We need to determine that we will leave fear behind, to determine that we do not choose to be afraid ever again. We will in all likelihood not succeed in the beginning, but we can, with God’s help, keep trying. And that is all He asks.
3 – Serving the Holy Spirit
Serving the Holy Spirit means that we will follow the guidance that comes to us. It may be by intuition (a likely response), an inner knowing that seems deeper than simply intuition, an interior word from the Holy Spirit, prayer, contemplation, meditation, writing in a journal to solutions, and so forth. We do not know the many ways that the Holy Spirit can guide us. But if we are open to His prompting, our lives will transform in ways that seemed impossible only yesterday. Time is in Jesus’s hands (a Text tenet).
I would choose love, and gratitude for my many blessings in a strong way to choose love. Help me to know that being grateful does enhance my feelings of love. And choosing love over anger is always a blessing. I would eliminate anger from my repertoire of emotions sooner rather than later.
Thank You for the guidance that I received yesterday in my realization that something might arise that would cause anger. I decided to leave the room. As it turned out, I could not easily do so, but still, remembering what I had decided kept me quite and self-contained. This in itself is a tremendous blessing.
Now, again today, as the day has started well–help me. May the day go well for all its hours. And may I always be thankful for the many blessings that You have given me, and for the many blessings that You have given all of my brothers and sisters in this world.