ACIM Workbook Lesson 227 tells us that this is my holy instant of release. In ACIM Workbook Lesson 227 I learn that I can lay my illusions down at the feet of truth to be forever removed from my mind. This is my holy instant of release.
This is my holy instant of release.
1. Father, it is today that I am free, because my will is Yours. ²I thought to make another will. ³Yet nothing that I thought apart from You exists. ⁴And I am free because I was mistaken, and did not affect my own reality at all by my illusions. ⁵Now I give them up, and lay them down before the feet of truth, to be removed forever from my mind. ⁶This is my holy instant of release. ⁷Father, I know my will is one with Yours.
2. And so today we find our glad return to Heaven, which we never really left. ²The Son of God this day lays down his dreams. ³The Son of God this day comes home again, released from sin and clad in holiness, with his right mind restored to him at last.
More and more I am drawn to the idea of surrender, complete surrender. I feel like surrendering my illusions. I was attracted to a beautiful blouse I saw for sale and looked at it for a while and lost interest. I watch TV at the end of the day and am losing interest in the shows. I’m not thinking about this and deciding to let these things go, I’m just losing interest in them.
I’ve noticed a desire to defend and saw very clearly the cost of defense and surrendered the idea. I had a thought last night that I wished I had company and that thought floated away before I could even examine it. I feel like I am being emptied of wants and needs and it feels freeing. I hadn’t really noticed what was happening until I read today’s lesson and realized that I am laying down my dreams.
I Surrender My Wants
I suppose I have been building toward this for years as I watched my mind for thoughts and beliefs that I could release, and maybe now it just feels more effortless. Cate Grieves talked about ‘wants’ taking away peace and I saw how true that was. The moment I want something, I am not at peace until I get what I want or become distracted by something else I want.
It feels exhausting to have all these wants in my mind, so I am paying particular attention to the thoughts of wanting. The other day, I began questioning these desires. What do I want? What do I think I need? This desire to know has made them stand out to me and so it seems like I am suddenly filled with wants and needs but, of course, this was always true; It’s just that now I am noticing them.
Today, I am asking the Holy Spirit to look with me at the thoughts of wanting something and I’m asking Him to sort them for me. Instead of deciding what I need, I am asking what it is I need. I feel some resistance to this as I say it. That’s OK. I know the ego doesn’t like to relinquish the right to make these decisions but I also know that I am not the ego. I don’t have to accept the ego’s feelings; I can let those go as well. It is not a sacrifice to live from my holy mind instead of from my ego-mind. I know that much for certain.
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