ACIM Workbook Lesson 251 I am in need of nothing but the truth. And now at last I find myself at peace.
I am in need of nothing but the truth.
1. I sought for many things, and found despair. ²Now do I seek but one, for in that one is all I need, and only what I need. ³All that I sought before I needed not, and did not even want. ⁴My only need I did not recognize. ⁵But now I see that I need only truth. ⁶In that all needs are satisfied, all cravings end, all hopes are finally fulfilled and dreams are gone. ⁷Now have I everything that I could need. ⁸Now have I everything that I could want. ⁹And now at last I find myself at peace.
2. And for that peace, our Father, we give thanks. ²What we denied ourselves You have restored, and only that is what we really want.
Sometimes I think I need more money or a thinner body. Sometimes I think if only I had a healthier body I would be happy. Maybe I think I need to be right and the other person needs to admit it. There is actually an endless and endlessly changing list of what I think I need. But what I really need is the truth. I need to remember who I am and who I am to my brothers and to God. As this memory returns to me, I discover that I don’t need anything else to be happy.
Contemplation of Deciding with God, Not Against God
To decide with God, I must let go of the insane idea that I am not as God created me. When I contemplated this the first time, I felt like it was almost impossible. It felt like these ideas of weakness and sin are so strongly reinforced in me that I would continue to return to them. But each time I made a choice for God, I became stronger in my faith in God’s Word, and the easier it was to turn from the ego beliefs.
Now it feels so much easier and my focus is on how very true this meditation is. I cannot be outside God because there is no outside God to be in. My mind is powerful because God is powerful and my mind holds only what I think with God. My identity is God because that is how He created me, to be part of Him for eternity.
I still slip into ego thinking at times, but the truth is so much stronger in me that I don’t stay there. I realize that I have equal access to my holy mind and that who I am, my true Self, answers for me if I choose that. Occasionally, I briefly feel like I’m stuck in my ego thinking but I also know that I can extricate myself through my desire for the truth.
That is my point of choice and it is incredibly powerful. I might feel like I am pulling against a great force, but if I persist, I see that it loosens and I am free. That happened to me recently. I was concerned about my son and I felt myself falling into his story. I wanted out. At first, it felt like I was glued to that story and I had no control, but I knew that couldn’t be true. I kept my mind moving toward God and thoughts came to me that helped. Pretty quickly, I was at peace.
Lesson 167. 2:6-7 All sorrow, loss, anxiety and suffering and pain, even a little sigh of weariness, a slight discomfort or the merest frown, acknowledge death. And thus deny you live.
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