ACIM Workbook Daily Lesson 179, Year 2022

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There is one life, and that I share with God.Your grace is given me. ²I claim it now. ACIM Lesson 179

There is one life, and that I share with God.

Your grace is given me. ²I claim it now.

ACIM Lesson 179

Lesson 179

God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

1. (167) There is one life, and that I share with God.

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

2. (168) Your grace is given me. ²I claim it now.

³God is but Love, and therefore so am I.

One night I dreamed that an unlikely savior rescued me from some foolishness. It seemed terribly important and irreversible to me, but he just reached out his hand and with a gentle smile took me out of it. He acknowledged that I was afraid, but assured me it was ok. When I woke, I knew that the meaning of the dream was both that the illusion feels scary and real, but I can simply walk away from it, and also that I placed in my life teachers and helpers and the unlikeliest of my brothers is also my savior if I choose to take his hand.

Often lately I have noticed saviors where I used to see annoying people. What a joyful way to live!

Which Part of the Split Mind Will I Listen To?

This is something that happened a few years ago.

What a strange life I am living right now. It is as if there are two of me inhabiting this body. In reality, there is a split mind in which this body exists, but how it feels is the other way around. I had such a wonderful workshop, and when I got back, I was still on a spiritual high and feeling the residual joy of having been a channel for the Holy Spirit.

While making coffee the following morning I had chest pains and wound up in the hospital for tests. While there, my dear friend of many years died, and the day I got out, my aunt, who I am very close to also died. Then I went back to work and since I work outside a lot, I was very aware of the intense heat that has set in for the summer here in the south.

Listening to the Ego

All of that was just things that happened in the dream, but how they affected me depended on which part of the split mind I listened to. I heard the ego say that life has gotten very scary and there is nothing I can do about it. It said these events prove that life is unpredictable and that I am a helpless victim of circumstance.

Listening to the ego-mind I began to notice every little pain and unusual feeling in the body and wonder what it meant. I began to worry about what I would do if I missed a lot of work, or had a lot of medical bills to pay. What if I couldn’t work this one more year and so couldn’t get my house paid for as planned? What if other people I love die? I began to become weepy during the day and was tired and depressed by the end of the day.

Weirdly Divided

On the other hand, I was very aware of the thoughts in my mind, and I often stopped listening to them and turned to the right mind for an interpretation of what was going on and what everything meant. I felt detached from all the ego drama that Myron was experiencing. So, as Myron, I was sad and fearful, while at the same time, I was watching this happen. Like I said, weirdly divided. Well, actually, we are always weirdly divided, but this time I was acutely aware of the division.

Turning from the dark thoughts and choosing to listen to the Holy Spirit as often as possible, slowly turned things around. I began to live in the light more than the darkness, and so was often peaceful even in the midst of the conflicted thoughts. But the conflict took its toll and by the evening I tended to still be depressed. Not all the time, but usually. Then last night I reached a turning point.

The Ego Again

I had a relaxed day, writing with the Holy Spirit, and then taking a morning walk before it got too hot. Speaking with students always uplifts me, so I felt happier and more peaceful as the day went on. And just to prove my abundance overflows, I took my granddaughter shopping and bought her a gift, just for the fun of it. She is such a delight to be with. When I returned home, I relaxed by watching a few of my favorite shows on Netflix. It was a perfectly lovely day.

As I began to get ready for bed, the ego-mind kicked in. I started feeling like I wasted a lot of time watching TV. I felt guilty about that. And I began to worry I would not remember all the instructions for getting ready for the stress test on Monday. That the whole “chest pain” incident was not over caused more anxiety and soon I was starting to feel depressed again. But this time, rather than simply rolling over for the ego I questioned those thoughts.

I Made a Different Choice

I turned away from the ego thinking and allowed my mind to be soothed and my thinking to be corrected. And I let the truth flow into my awareness, and that is where I placed my attention. In that moment, it was clear to me that how I felt was a choice. I didn’t have to believe the ego thoughts. I didn’t have to be tired and depressed. In each case, I could choose to trust God and to trust His Will. When I do that, I am uplifted and peaceful.

In those moments of choice, I was able to see how profoundly split the mind really is, and I was able to see that it was up to me on which side of the split I come down. I became acutely aware that I cannot be a victim of the world I see because I am the maker of that world. Whose dream is this, anyway?

I saw that even in this, the making of the dream, I am not a victim. I choose which interpretation of the dream I want to believe. In doing so, I choose anxiety and depression or I choose peace and joy. The shift from anxiety to peace was simple and quick once I made a final decision for God. I fell into a restful sleep. When I woke, the ego tried to pull me back into the story, but the ego has no power to affect me except as I want to be affected by it. I choose God instead.

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