ACIM Workbook Daily Lesson 172, Year 2022

ACIM Review V Daily Lesson 172

ACIM Review V Daily Lesson 172 God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

ACIM Review V Daily Lesson 172

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

Lesson 172

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

1. (153) In my defenselessness my safety lies.

²God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

2. (154) I am among the ministers of God.

²God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

6. I take the journey with you. ²For I share your doubts and fears a little while, that you may come to me who recognize the road by which all fears and doubts are overcome. ³We walk together. ⁴I must understand uncertainty and pain, although I know they have no meaning. ⁵Yet a savior must remain with those he teaches, seeing what they see, but still retaining in his mind the way that led him out, and now will lead you out with him. ⁶God’s Son is crucified until you walk along the road with me.

This is from the Introduction. Jesus is taking this journey with us helping us each step of the way. I call on him often and converse with him all during the day. I do this because he tells us this in the Clarification of Terms.

⁷Yet he would help you yet a little more if you will share your pains and joys with him, and leave them both to find the peace of God. (ACIM, C-5.6:7)

I Will Not Defend Against What Cannot Affect Me

I can afford to be defenseless because I am as God created me. God is Love and I am an extension of Him. When I recognize that I am the watcher of the movie, The Story of Myron, I don’t feel any desire to defend myself against anything or anyone. Why would I? I am the watcher not the thing being watched. The watcher is not affected by what she watches.

An analogy would be that I can stare all day at the traffic passing on the street in front of my house. At the end of the day, I am still as I was before I stared at it. The Story of Myron doesn’t change what I am no matter how long I watch it. So, I am perfectly safe regardless of what twists and turns this story takes. There is no need to defend against something that cannot hurt me.

I Am Among the Ministers of God

God is but Love, and therefore so am I. As such I am among the ministers of God. I minister through my words and through my behavior. I minister as I recognize my brother as one with me and do not confuse him with his story either. When I am defenseless before him knowing that we are all innocent, I am being a minister of God. As I step aside from the ego, and instead write what is given me to write, I am a minister of God.

The Holy Spirit chose my function for me and so I can be certain that I will be able to fill it and I do so without either arrogance or false humility. As a minister of God, I do my best to fulfil my function and to do so without ego interference. In delivering the messages I am given; I am the first receiver and so I benefit from every message I give away.

²He needs our voice that He may speak through us. ³He needs our hands to hold His messages, and carry them to those whom He appoints. ⁴He needs our feet to bring us where He wills, that those who wait in misery may be at last delivered. ⁵And He needs our will united with His Own, that we may be the true receivers of the gifts He gives. (ACIM, W-154.11:2-5)

One Night I Had A Dream
Last night I had a dream that I don’t remember. What I do remember is that something bad was happening, and I remember that just before I woke up, I heard the words, “God is in this situation.” Then I was given the thought that the ego was also in the situation because both the thought of God and the thought of ego are in my mind and this is where the situation is. So, it is always possible to choose to see the situation through God rather than the ego as they are both equally available to me. The dream ended because as I remembered the truth, I had no need to defend myself from whatever was threatening me in that dream.

I had a restless sleep last night and woke up feeling tired, but also pleased about the helpful thought that had been inserted into my dream. I realized that the amount of sleep I got was just a fact and meaningless. The problem was that I wasjudging the amount of sleep I was getting and giving it meaning. I was choosing to look at it with ego, but I could look at it with God instead. It feels good to let go of my judgments and to be willing to simply look at the idea of not sleeping as something I don’t know anything about.

Conversation with the Holy Spirit

“How would you have me see this, God?”

Holy Spirit: You feel a wave of tiredness wash over you and you automatically become defensive. Do you notice the thoughts in your mind when this happens?

Me: Yes, I notice that I think about what this will mean for me as I go about my day. I think that I will be unable to function well. Since I have to drive around town the I am concerned about my reactions being slower than usual. I think about a second cup of coffee. I feel anxious.

Holy Spirit: Through your judgment of the situation, you have chosen to look at it with the ego and the ego, which knows only separation, feels defensive. Would you be willing for just a moment to wipe the slate clean? Would you be willing to let go of your beliefs about this situation so that I can show you something different?

Me: Yes. I want to see this differently. I am curious and a little excited to think about it.

(As I relaxed my defenses and let go of my judgments, I felt a wave of tiredness again, and this time I didn’t fight it. I just let it happen and noticed how it felt. Then it passed.)

Holy Spirit, I see that it is not unpleasant when I don’t struggle against it.

Holy Spirit: That is because you are not judging against it, not giving it a meaning based on what you think you know.

Me: I also notice a desire to return to defensiveness. I watched that feeling, too, until it passed.

Holy Spirit: Yes, the mind that is still confused about who it is and does not want to give up its imagined control. It wants to write on the slate and feels a desperate need to do so before God’s meaning is accepted. Use today to watch the mind with detachment. When you feel the need to defend recognize that you have chosen to look with ego, but that you can return to defenselessness as you choose God, instead.

Me: That feels so much better. Thank you, Holy Spirit. I look forward to a day of practice.

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