ACIM Daily Lesson 215 Love is the way I walk in gratitude.
Love is the way I walk in gratitude.
I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.
1. (195) Love is the way I walk in gratitude.
²The Holy Spirit is my only Guide. ³He walks with me in love. ⁴And I give thanks to Him for showing me the way to go.
⁵I am not a body. ⁶I am free.
⁷For I am still as God created me.
Oh my, yes! The Holy Spirit is my only Guide, and I am so grateful. I do still notice ego thoughts, but not all the time, not even most of the time, and I am not interested in keeping them or believing them. I sometimes get caught up in trying to decide what to do and how to do it, but there is an underlying calmness that is the Love of God, and it pulls me back.
Here Is a Way I Do This
I did this with my house repairs recently. All the inside is finished and has been finished for a while now. There is work that needs to be done on the outside, and it is hard to get contractors to work with you because thousands of people need work done. Once in a while, I start worrying about it and trying to figure out how to do this, but it can’t sustain my attention for long. I think it may be time now because some ideas have occurred to me. I might follow up on one of them to see how it goes.
I’m not worried about this, and I’m not going to force something to happen. I’m waiting to be guided, and sometimes the guidance is clear and sometimes not as clear, but if I want guidance, it will come. Some people think we shouldn’t ask for guidance in these worldly things, but I have never felt that was true. In the Song of Prayer, Jesus says this.
Making Decisions with the Holy Spirit
2. You have been told to ask the Holy Spirit for the answer to any specific problem, and that you will receive a specific answer if such is your need. ²You have also been told that there is only one problem and one answer. ³In prayer this is not contradictory. ⁴There are decisions to make here, and they must be made whether they be illusions or not. ⁵You cannot be asked to accept answers which are beyond the level of need that you can recognize. ⁶Therefore, it is not the form of the question that matters, nor how it is asked. ⁷The form of the answer, if given by God, will suit your need as you see it. ⁸This is merely an echo of the reply of His Voice. ⁹The real sound is always a song of thanksgiving and of Love. (ACIM, S-1.I.2:1-9)
In Chapter 30, The Rules for Decision, Jesus says we make decisions continuously and that our day is not at random, that it depends on the decisions we make. And he tells us this.
⁷You will not make decisions by yourself whatever you decide. ⁸For they are made with idols or with God. ⁹And you ask help of anti-Christ or Christ, and which you choose will join with you and tell you what to do. (ACIM, T-30.I.14:7-9)
For you and your adviser must agree on what you want before it can occur. ³It is but this agreement that permits all things to happen. ⁴Nothing can be caused without some form of union, be it with a dream of judgment or the Voice for God. ⁵Decisions cause results because they are not made in isolation. ⁶They are made by you and your adviser, for yourself and for the world as well. (ACIM, T-30.I.16:2-6)
Another Way I Do This
I do not want to make any decision with the anti-Christ (the ego or the wrong mind),. So I ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all things. And do my best to accept and follow that guidance.
This week I had another opportunity to change my mind from the wrong mind to the right mind, asking Holy Spirit for guidance. Someone I love was hurting and making poor decisions. Nothing I said made an impact, and I felt frustrated and sad. This reaction indicated to me that I was in the wrong mind. I acknowledged that this has nothing to do with my friend or his choices. My upset was caused by the thoughts in my mind, so I changed those thoughts.
I looked at the situation and my thoughts about it with the Holy Spirit and I asked Him to correct my thinking. Once that was done, I instructed my mind with some true thoughts. I told my mind that I used to be interested in seeing myself as separate from others but now I see that we are all one and not different from each other. I used to be interested in projecting guilt, but now I see only innocence. I used to feel like a victim and saw others as victims, but now I know that no one can be a victim of the world. My mind soon became peaceful, and I was happy.
I Am Grateful to My Guide
I am very grateful for my Guide. I get lots of help on this path, suggestions, teachings, and more, but everything passes through the Holy Spirit. It is in and part of me and the Truth and the Light that keeps me on the path to my Self. How could I not be grateful?
I have facilitated a course on gratitude several times. It is really good for me to do these courses with other people. We join in teaching and learning with each other. And gratitude is more meaningful to me now than it has ever been. There is a prayer on the back of the booklet that I love and that so perfectly expresses my thoughts on gratitude.
A Pathways of Light Prayer of Gratitude
In Gratitude I Heal
I let gratitude lead me Home…
I now appreciate, accept and give thanks for all that I have inherited as a Child of God.
In gratitude I follow the kind and gentle guidance of my Inner Teacher.
In gratitude I now extend Love and appreciation to all equally…
In gratitude I accept the Truth that All is One in the Mind of God…
I gratefully see and celebrate the wholeness, innocence and perfection of my brother… we are one joined with our Father in Heaven.
In gratitude I heal.
It Used to Be Hard and So I asked for a Message
A while back, while I was still struggling with the process of making Spirit my only guide, I received this message, and it was a guiding light for me. Just this morning, I was thinking about several things I need to accomplish today, and I started feeling anxious about getting it all done. I stopped and asked for guidance as to what I needed to do now, and I did that. I will keep asking during the day, trusting that I will be led and that what needs to be done will get done. There is no anxiety when I do this; I almost always live like this now.
Here is what I wrote in my journal.
You are my Guide, Holy Spirit, and I am grateful. Sometimes, even now, I follow ego, and afterward, I wish I had not.
Holy Spirit: Child of God, do not deceive yourself; the choice for ego was not made without your full cooperation. It did not just happen. It was not forced upon you. You are God’s only creation, and your desires command the universe. If you are not happy with the choices you have made, choose another Guide. I stand in love, ready to guide you to true happiness.
You feel discouraged right now because you look behind you at seemingly endless dreams of separation, none of which brought you more than momentary distractions and often left you depressed and disheartened. Look not behind you. The child of God does not live in the past. You look before you with echoes of failure beating the drum of defeat in your head, and you see only the certainty of more disappointment. Do not look forward, for the child of God does not live in the future.
Living in the Moment
Divine Light of God, you live in this moment, and this moment is all there is. You live not in the illusion but above it. You decide, in this present moment, the quality of the dream. Through your beliefs and your desires, you create the moment you want. Decide with me, Holy One, and the moment will be full and wholly joyful. Truly, it is not hard, and it is your choice. With practice, you can choose to stop prior to every word, every breath, and ask for My guidance. We can walk together through this dream, and it will be a happy dream.
Me: I know this is true. When I have been listening to You, Holy Spirit, I feel light and free. I feel like I have shaken off the shackles I had attached to my own feet. Then I suddenly feel dispirited and begin to question and doubt. I know I must be listening to ego, but I don’t remember making that choice. Why did I do that?
You Make the Choice
Holy Spirit: You were happy because you made the choice for happiness, and this is a choice you are learning to make more and more often. But it is not a choice you fully embrace yet. You sense that if you stay in this kind of joy very long, you will not want to leave it, and you still believe there is something to be gained from playing in the illusion you created, some drama you have yet to experience, some possibility you have not yet tasted. You cling to the idea that you can find some kind of satisfaction in the separation story and that you can make something worth having if given one more chance.
The only good use of the past is to see that thousands of lifetimes have not been enough to reach this strange and undefined goal you have set for yourself. A thousand more will not do it for you, either. This is not a sin and you are still the perfectly free Son of God. You can play in dreams for as long as you want without concern that you have actually done something unforgivable, for, in truth, you have done nothing at all. However, your experience will be one of hellish nightmares interspersed by moments that seem devoid of misery, and you call these moments happiness.
I Stand Beside You
Oh, precious child of God, you were made for so much more than this. Your inheritance waits upon you. For the sake of Love, do not delay any longer. I stand beside you ready to guide you to your truth. Merely ask in any moment, “What would you have me do with this moment?” and the answer will be in your mind. Does that seem too much? Do you think that you cannot take that moment to ask? Think on this: when you do not ask Me, you have just asked the ego. Your mind is split; there is ego, and there is the holy mind where I abide, and only I can be said to truly exist. So when you ask for guidance of the ego you ask for guidance of an illusion. You ask for advice from that which does not know.
Make no decisions without Me. The moment that is before you is the moment of your salvation. See the moment for what it is. This is its purpose, not the purpose the ego would give it. Walk with Me this day, my precious child. Walk with Me in Love, for that is what you are, and until you choose to recognize your true self, you will feel lost and abandoned. It is just a false perception from a false guide, but because it is your desire, it will feel very real and very frightening to you. Walk with Me instead, and spend your day in gratitude for the Love that you are.
Today, we simply remain in right-gratitude. Right-gratitude is gratitude for awareness-life-presence as it is. When wrong-minded perceptions enter our awareness, we will notice that the wrong-minded perception is caused by judgment; the mind has decided that one thing or circumstance is better than another. After noticing the comparison in the mind, we will relax, let go of comparison and replace it with gratitude for awareness-life-presence. In this way, we walk in love today.
Refusing to judge and compare is the only way I can imagine being in gratitude consistently. I am aware of the tendency to think that one set of circumstances is good and another is bad. When I notice this in my mind, I let it go. When I do this, I am aware of my Self as what allows thoughts to come and go but that remains untouched by them. It is not something I hold onto yet, but it is precious in those moments of awareness.
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