ACIM Daily Lesson 102 1. (182) I will be still an instant and go home.
I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.
1. (182) I will be still an instant and go home.
²Why would I choose to stay an instant more where I do not belong, when God Himself has given me His Voice to call me home?
³I am not a body. ⁴I am free.
⁵For I am still as God created me.
Jesus is calling us to a deeper dedication to our purpose. I am very dedicated to this path Home, but I have also discovered that there is a line I can cross without intending to do so. I can go from a profound and joyful devotion to a stressful effort. What happens is that I slip into the ego thought system without realizing it.
How This Happens
The ego studies the Course right along with us and knows all the terminology, so it sounds like the Holy Spirit. I can tell the difference, though. The Holy Spirit is gentle even as it is firm in Its guidance. On the other hand, the ego is a nag and uses fear and guilt to try to achieve what can only be achieved through Love.
When I lose that beautiful peace and the sense of being carried, I know that I have started using the ego as my advisor. I stop and realize that the ego is where I do not belong. Instead, I choose to listen to the Voice for God to carry me home. The body is the home of ego, and I am not that. I am still as God created me.
How I Go Home a Step at a Time
Every day I feel less at home in the ego, and I now perceive things differently. Here is an example of how I am practicing the idea of being still an instant so I can go home.
Something upsetting happened to someone I love very much. At first, I became anxious. I asked the Holy Spirit to look at this with me and the anxiety began to dissolve. I realized that something “bad” did not happen to him, but simply, something happened to him. Everything begins from a state of neutrality, that is, it is neutral until I give it meaning with my thoughts. I had judged what happened to my friend as a very upsetting thing, but when I changed my mind, I dropped the idea that it was good or bad; it simply was.
I read something in The Way of Mastery that reminded me that the very thing I think I don’t want may be the next step home. This made a deep impression on me. I am so busy judging everything that happens in my world that I may very well miss the lesson it came to bring me. I am practicing acceptance. It is what it is, and my only request of the Holy Spirit is that I might know how I can use this moment to awaken.
Practicing Acceptance Helps
Acceptance used to be hard for me. I had developed a personality that looked at a problem and saw solutions. I know that this served me well in the past, but I also know that it was serving my ego. Now that I have changed my mind about what is important and what it is that I want, I am no longer interested in trading an illusion I don’t like for a more favorable illusion. I want to end all illusions. But old habits are hard to break, so I keep reminding myself that the way to victory is now through surrender. Instead of go, go, go and fix, fix, fix, I am learning to be still, to be quiet, to ask for Guidance, and to listen.
The way I go home is very simple. I become still and ask how the Holy Spirit would have me see this, what He would have me know, and what He would have me do or say. Sometimes I simply say, “Holy Spirit, decide for me.” I am asking that He decide for me what I should do, how I should see this, decide for me what this means. It is very peaceful. It is the way to go home one steady step at a time.
A Message About Hearing the Voice
For a long time, I was uncertain about hearing the Voice and often asked for help and for reassurance. Here is what the Holy Spirit said to me at one time when that happened. It makes me laugh now when I read it because it was so self-evident.
Me: Holy Spirit, I would like to learn to hear more clearly. I still struggle to know what you are saying to me.
Holy Spirit: You hear just fine. You are hearing what you want to hear. If it feels like you are sometimes hearing your Inner Voice and sometimes are hearing the ego voice, it is because you are still conflicted about what you want. If you will continue to ask for your true desire, the willingness to hear only truth will grow in you. Then the Voice for God will seem to be clearer to you than the ego voice.
Me: Yes. Now that you say it, I know it is true. Thank you.
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