ACIM Daily Lesson 209 I feel the Love of God within me now.
I feel the Love of God within me now.
ACIM Lesson 209
I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.
1. (189) I feel the Love of God within me now.
²The Love of God is what created me. ³The Love of God is everything I am. ⁴The Love of God proclaimed me as His Son. ⁵The Love of God within me sets me free.
⁶I am not a body. ⁷I am free.
⁸For I am still as God created me.
It is so important that we accept what it is we really are. I constantly remind myself of what I am because the world is made to keep us attached to the body image and the life of the character we are currently observing. I remind myself in many ways. When my mind turns toward ego thinking, and I lose my peace, I release the thought but also remind myself that I am not my thoughts. Thoughts come, and thoughts go, rather quickly, actually. But I am still here when the thought is no longer here.
I Am the Love That is God
The thoughts might affect how I feel, I might feel sad or angry. The feeling will change. For a few minutes, I will feel sad because of a thought, and then the mind, which is easily distracted, will have another thought, which will make me happy. No matter what happens with my feelings, which come and go, I am still here. I am something outside my thoughts, outside my feelings, untouched by any of it.
The something that I am is the Love of God. This Love created me and sustains me. I am Its Son. And the Love of God in my mind frees me from all that I made. It frees me from the endless stories we made up to experience separation and specialness. And it frees me from the endless cycle of birth and death. It frees me once I decide I am ready for freedom. I may not even be consciously aware of the moment that decision was made, but from that moment on, I am being guided and supported.
The Starting Point
I am separate from this body image, my thoughts, and feelings, the world of time and space, but I cannot be separate from the Love of God because I am this Love. Jesus tells us this.
Your starting point is truth, and you must return to your Beginning. ⁷Much has been seen since then, but nothing has really happened. ⁸Your Self is still in peace, even though your mind is in conflict. (ACIM, T-3.VII.5:6-8)
This is the reason I am unaffected by the world and all that happens here. I have seen much, but nothing has happened. I am the Love of God, and nothing seen happens to me. My Self is still in peace even though my mind is in conflict. This is important because when in the story, we feel like a lot is happening to us, but we are actually only observing the story. We are seeing the story, not living the story, no matter how much it feels like we are living it. We are safe as we observe, just as we are safe as we watch an action-packed movie.
Eventually, We Lose Interest in the Stories
Why do we keep coming back? Perhaps we keep coming back because we want to. Maybe guilt draws us back. Maybe we just enjoy the drama and the excitement. I don’t actually remember. But at some point, and I have reached that point, and so have you, we begin to wake up from this mesmerizing dream. We pick up A Course in Miracles. Or, in some other way, we discover what is actually going on and begin the process of changing our minds.
We have a lot of Helpers once we make this decision. I imagine a chorus of Helpers releasing a sigh of relief and happiness each time one of us makes the decision to wake up. Then when we come back, it is for a purpose. We begin to use the world differently. Instead of using it to play, to experience separation and specialness, we use it to undo the ego.
When I have disturbing thoughts, I realize that they must be coming from the split mind because my true mind is the Love of God which is not disturbing. Based on what I have discovered through the thoughts and their effects, I decide if I want to keep having this thought. If I decide I do not want to keep feeling conflict like this, I release it to the Holy Spirit, and my mind’s purification continues. I do this until I have released all the false beliefs that make up the ego. When that is done, all that is left is the Love of God that I am.
From a Past Journal
I don’t know what year this was, just that it was an early entry.
While I believe I am a body, I learn to remember the truth by choosing the Holy Spirit as my teacher. Through this slow, careful process of being vigilant for the thoughts that seem to say I am something other than Love, my memory is beginning to return. This is the point of doing the Course, after all. I am not studying it to pass the time or to make my “life” better, but to remember this is not my life; I do have life, and that life is Love.
It is what I do, what I think, what I am. I am Love because I was created by Love, and everything else I seem to see as me is an attempt to re-create myself differently. I am free to believe it is true, but it never will be. I will always be only Love. The more willing I am to know the truth, the more I feel the Love of God within me.
Holy Spirit, could you please talk to me about Love.
Holy Spirit: It is hard for you to remember that you are Love because you think you can be Love and something else. Love is whole. There are no empty spaces in Love that you can fill with something different. If there were empty spaces, it would not be Love because empty or different would violate the definition of Love.
This is your challenge while you believe you are Myron. To believe in Love, you must give up all the ideas you made that seem to be different from Love. You have tried to name many of them love, but using the word to describe them does not make them Love. You are beginning to see this and to experience yourself as something more than Myron, but right now, it is as if you have parted the curtains just a little bit, and a small stream of light is being allowed into your mind.
This is very good. Even now, you are becoming adjusted to the light and feel strong, if not complete, desire to experience more. As you often tell your friends, do not lament the lack of light, but rather put on your party hat and celebrate each victory in which you have welcomed light. Do not regret the light you were afraid to let in, but be joyful for the light you have accepted. We all are!
Me: Thank you, Holy Spirit, for giving me Your thoughts. I am so full of joy this moment. I notice something different. I used to dread feeling happy and excited when I felt a light come on in my mind because I would keep waiting for the backlash. I didn’t quite believe in it. Each time I took a step forward, it was as if the other part of my mind, the part we call ego, would retreat into fear. If I felt very joyful, I would soon begin to think about something that brought me back down or experience anger or judgment and then would think that I would never succeed. This was very discouraging.
Sometimes if I came too close to God’s Love, I would choose to experience sickness in my body rather than chance awakening. Now I am noticing that this is a very dim thought, a memory of fear, and though it still happens, it is meaningless to me. I have no fear of it; it is not real to me, just something that happens in the illusion. Kind of like I say to myself, “I have a headache,” then I move on. I sense fear of success, I move on. I seem to be more detached.
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