ACIM Daily Lesson 74 There is no will but God’s.
There is no will but God’s. ACIM DAily Lesson 74
There is no will but God’s.
1. The idea for today can be regarded as the central thought toward which all our exercises are directed. ²God’s is the only Will. ³When you have recognized this, you have recognized that your will is His. ⁴The belief that conflict is possible has gone. ⁵Peace has replaced the strange idea that you are torn by conflicting goals. ⁶As an expression of the Will of God, you have no goal but His.
Obviously, this is a very important lesson. Our problem is that we think we have a will that is different from God’s Will. This creates conflict in our mind. I used to avoid the idea of surrender. It felt like losing. I might not be doing a good job living my life but at least I was my own person. Now I love the idea of surrender. I know that I am not surrendering to something else. In surrendering to the Will of God, I am simply turning away from the false will of the ego. I am surrendering to my true will.
It also ends the idea of conflicting goals. God’s Will for me is happiness and that is my goal as well. All other goals fall away because they are meaningless to me now. I used to have a weight goal, a financial goal, a relationship goal and other goals, many of which conflicted with each other. All of that is gone or fading away in the brilliant light of the Will I share with God. It seems absurd to me now that I ever thought I could have a will separate from God. More foolish was the belief that being in opposition to God could bring me happiness.
A Reflection of God’s Will
2. There is great peace in today’s idea, and the exercises for today are directed towards finding it. ²The idea itself is wholly true. ³Therefore it cannot give rise to illusions. ⁴Without illusions conflict is impossible. ⁵Let us try to recognize this today, and experience the peace this recognition brings.
My mind is not always in perfect peace, but it is in peace much of the time. I cannot imagine going back to the way things used to be. I can’t imagine being in constant conflict with the way things are and with others. When a grievance enters my mind, I want very much to release it. I want to return to peace as quickly as I can. The more I choose peace, the easier it becomes to do so. All I have to do is ask myself if this idea is a reflection of God’s Will. If it is not, then it is not a reflection of my will. It can only be the idea of a separate ego will and I am not interested in that anymore.
3. Begin the longer practice periods by repeating these thoughts several times, slowly and with firm determination to understand what they mean, and to hold them in mind:
²There is no will but God’s. ³I cannot be in conflict.
⁴Then spend several minutes in adding some related thoughts, such as:
⁵I am at peace.
⁶Nothing can disturb me. ⁷My will is God’s.
⁸My will and God’s are one.
⁹God wills peace for His Son.
¹⁰During this introductory phase, be sure to deal quickly with any conflict thoughts that may cross your mind. ¹¹Tell yourself immediately:
¹²There is no will but God’s. ¹³These conflict thoughts are meaningless.
A Particularly Difficult Conflict
4. If there is one conflict area that seems particularly difficult to resolve, single it out for special consideration. ²Think about it briefly but very specifically, identify the particular person or persons and the situation or situations involved, and tell yourself:
³There is no will but God’s. ⁴I share it with Him.
⁵My conflicts about _________ cannot be real.
This form of the lesson was very helpful to me this morning. I woke up with my son on my mind. He is going through a difficult period in his life and I felt concern for him. When I thought about it, I was conflicted. He is my son and so I want him to be happy but I don’t know what is best for him. I think back over my life and I remember the most difficult periods in my life. Those were the very situations that brought me to God. But I didn’t want to see my son suffer.
You see the problem, right? My mind was conflicted. So, I used this form of the lesson to release my conflict. There is no will but God’s. I share it with Him. This is a reminder of the truth and an instruction to my confused mind. It supersedes my past beliefs. Then I made it specific to this problem as I stated emphatically that my conflicts about my son cannot be real. How could they be real? It is God’s Will that my son is His son and deeply loved and cherished. This is my will as well. I trust my son to Our Father.
Deeper Into the Practicre
5. After you have cleared your mind in this way, close your eyes and try to experience the peace to which your reality entitles you. ²Sink into it and feel it closing around you. ³There may be some temptation to mistake these attempts for withdrawal, but the difference is easily detected. ⁴If you are succeeding, you will feel a deep sense of joy and an increased alertness, rather than a feeling of drowsiness and enervation.
6. Joy characterizes peace. ²By this experience will you recognize that you have reached it. ³If you feel yourself slipping off into withdrawal, quickly repeat the idea for today and try again. ⁴Do this as often as necessary. ⁵There is definite gain in refusing to allow retreat into withdrawal, even if you do not experience the peace you seek.
7. In the shorter periods, which should be undertaken at regular and predetermined intervals today, say to yourself:
²There is no will but God’s. ³I seek His peace today.
⁴Then try to find what you are seeking. ⁵A minute or two every half an hour, with eyes closed if possible, would be well spent on this today.
I do feel so much joy now, for myself and for my son.
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