ACIM Workbook Lesson 236 I rule my mind, which I alone must rule. Today I give its service to the Holy Spirit to employ as He sees fit. And thus I set it free to do the Will of God.
I rule my mind, which I alone must rule.
1. I have a kingdom I must rule. ²At times, it does not seem I am its king at all. ³It seems to triumph over me, and tell me what to think, and what to do and feel. ⁴And yet it has been given me to serve whatever purpose I perceive in it. ⁵My mind can only serve. ⁶Today I give its service to the Holy Spirit to employ as He sees fit. ⁷I thus direct my mind, which I alone can rule. ⁸And thus I set it free to do the Will of God.
2. Father, my mind is open to Your Thoughts, and closed today to every thought but Yours. ²I rule my mind, and offer it to You. ³Accept my gift, for it is Yours to me.
Oh, my goodness. I remember when I first read this. I was both hopeful and doubtful. It sure didn’t seem like I was ruler of my mind and I didn’t see how I ever would be. But as time went on and I followed these instructions as best as I could, I began to see a difference. I leaned heavily on his promise that I could direct my mind, and I practiced looking at the thoughts I found there with the Holy Spirit, releasing those that were not in alignment with the God’s Thoughts.
I Know I Can Direct My Mind
Today as I read this lesson, I feel exhilarated! I do know that I can direct my mind and that actually I always was directing it. The difference today is that I direct it to be in service to the Holy Spirit and before I was directing it toward the ego more than anything else. In the past if I were to be attacked by someone, I would direct my mind to defend myself as the ego insisted was only reasonable.
Now if I am attacked, I hear the ego’s advice but I ignore it. I direct my mind to choose peace instead. I remember that it is in my defenselessness that my safety lies. I give my mind to the Holy Spirit to use on behalf of the healing of the Sonship and I am so much happier for doing so.
From What Is Salvation?
⁴So the Thought that has the power to heal the split became a part of every fragment of the mind that still was one, but failed to recognize its oneness.
When the mind split, it seemed as if we are all separate from each other and from God. This is why God placed the Holy Spirit in our minds so that we could always have the ability to return to the One Mind. The Holy Spirit is healing every part of the mind that is failing to recognize its oneness. I am helping that to occur as I direct my mind to turn to the Holy Spirit with every perceived problem and to open itself to His Answers.
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