Lesson 47

Lesson 47

God is the strength in which I trust.

If you are trusting in your own strength, you have every reason to be apprehensive, anxious and fearful. What can you predict or control? What is there in you that can be counted on? What would give you the ability to be aware of all the facets of any problem, and to resolve them in such a way that only good can come of it? What is there in you that gives you the recognition of the right solution, and the guarantee that it will be accomplished?

Of yourself you can do none of these things. To believe that you can is to put your trust where trust is unwarranted, and to justify fear, anxiety, depression, anger and sorrow. Who can put his faith in weakness and feel safe? Yet who can put his faith in strength and feel weak?

God is your safety in every circumstance. His Voice speaks for Him in all situations and in every aspect of all situations, telling you exactly what to do to call upon His strength and His protection. There are no exceptions because God has no exceptions. And the Voice which speaks for Him thinks as He does.

Today we will try to reach past your own weakness to the Source of real strength. Four five-minute practice periods are necessary today, and longer and more frequent ones are urged. Close your eyes and begin, as usual, by repeating the idea for the day. Then spend a minute or two in searching for situations in your life which you have invested with fear, dismissing each one by telling yourself:

God is the strength in which I trust.

Now try to slip past all concerns related to your own sense of inadequacy. It is obvious that any situation that causes you concern is associated with feelings of inadequacy, for otherwise you would believe that you could deal with the situation successfully. It is not by trusting yourself that you will gain confidence. But the strength of God in you is successful in all things.

The recognition of your own frailty is a necessary step in the correction of your errors, but it is hardly a sufficient one in giving you the confidence which you need, and to which you are entitled. You must also gain an awareness that confidence in your real strength is fully justified in every respect and in all circumstances.

In the latter phase of the practice period, try to reach down into your mind to a place of real safety. You will recognize that you have reached it if you feel a sense of deep peace, however briefly. Let go all the trivial things that churn and bubble on the surface of your mind, and reach down and below them to the Kingdom of Heaven . There is a place in you where there is perfect peace. There is a place in you where nothing is impossible. There is a place in you where the strength of God abides.

During the day, repeat the idea often. Use it as your answer to any disturbance. Remember that peace is your right, because you are giving your trust to the strength of God.

 

Journal

“3 God is your safety in every circumstance. His Voice speaks for Him in all situations and in every aspect of all situations, telling you exactly what to do to call upon His strength and His protection. There are no exceptions because God has no exceptions. And the Voice which speaks for Him thinks as He does.”

I know that I cannot, with the separated mind, make any good decisions or affect any real change. I know that, but it is a hard habit to break. I still try sometimes, probably more than I realize. But, I am changing and not slowly anymore, but changing daily.  I am learning to turn to the Voice for God for His guidance. I ask for His interpretation, His evaluation in all circumstances, usually right away, but always soon. I call on His strength because I have seen that I cannot depend on mine. I call on Him to protect my mind from the darkness of the ego.

“6 The recognition of your own frailty is a necessary step in the correction of your errors, but it is hardly a sufficient one in giving you the confidence which you need, and to which you are entitled. You must also gain an awareness that confidence in your real strength is fully justified in every respect and in all circumstances.”

I notice that if I hesitate it is for one of two reasons. Either I think I want what I want, or I think I am guilty and don’t deserve His help. Neither of these things happens often, but sometimes it does. I used today’s meditations to look at the places in my mind that have cost me the peace of God and to sink past my own weakness to the Source of real strength. It happened very quickly and it felt wonderful.

“7 In the latter phase of the practice period, try to reach down into your mind to a place of real safety. You will recognize that you have reached it if you feel a sense of deep peace, however briefly. Let go all the trivial things that churn and bubble on the surface of your mind, and reach down and below them to the Kingdom of Heaven. There is a place in you where there is perfect peace. There is a place in you where nothing is impossible. There is a place in you where the strength of God abides.”

It is not my own separate mind that brought me peace. None of its attempts to find solutions to any of my problems have helped in any permanent way. It is recognizing that I have in me the strength of God because I am in God and God is in me. We are God the Father and God the Son. This is why I always have access to this strength and so always have access to the solution no matter what form it takes. But to find this useful, I must let go of any desire to find the solution “on my own.” To do that, I have to let go of the desire to be on my own. I must let myself surrender into God.

 

Regina’s Tips

Lesson 47 represents an important shift. It represents a shift from trusting in ‘me’ to trusting in a mystery that the mind cannot begin to fathom.

 Our part is the willingness, and practice is the action-quality of willingness. The results come through mystery.

My Thoughts

I can always practice. I can give my willingness and when my willingness is not strong then I can practice until my willingness grows.

 

Past Entries

Here is something that happened when I was still working. It proved this lesson to me and is a good example of how this works.

I had an upsetting experience Saturday, and I went through my process of asking for my mind to be healed of the senseless ego thoughts, and I renewed my commitment to dedicate all thoughts to union. The upset was about work and this morning as I anticipate getting back to work and dealing with the situation, I noticed a small reaction, a tightening of my jaw, a fluttering in my stomach.

It was such a mild reaction that I almost overlooked it, but I know there are no levels of upset, really, and any loss of peace is simply loss of peace. So I sat with the feeling and let it flow over me. I saw all the thoughts that sourced the upset, and I felt the fear and anger and resentment. I followed the thoughts until I came to the one that triggered the strongest reaction. It was the thought that the truth is not true.

When I let myself get lost in the story of “there is a problem at work and I have to fix it or suffer the consequences”, I feel overwhelmed. It makes me feel tired and I see how little motivation I have to do that work anymore. This causes fear in me because I have to do the work. All of this is how it feels when I think that I must depend on my own strength.

When I feel like I must do it on my own and I don’t think I can, then I feel like all the lessons so far have been wrong. I am not holy. I am not loved and cared for. I am not safe and protected. I am not in the mind of God and this world and this situation are real. So that is the real source of my upset. It is the belief that the truth is not true, and if it is not true then I am on my own and inadequate to the task.

Seeing the problem clearly and feeling the effect of believing this, I asked for the strength of God to make itself known to me. The lesson says this:

“God is your safety in every circumstance. His Voice speaks for Him in all situations and in every aspect of all situations, telling you exactly what to do to call upon His strength and His protection. There are no exceptions because God has no exceptions.”

I asked that my mind be purified of all the ego thoughts of frustration, fear and hopelessness. I asked that Jesus help me be open to the truth, to bring the concepts of the Course into the heart and have, not just the idea of God’s Strength, but the felt experience of God’s strength. I cannot trust the strength of the small personal self-will of Myron, and putting my faith there is the cause of my suffering. I can trust in the strength of God, though. And I can trust that the strength of God is available to me.

As I asked for this help, I felt all the ego responses to the situation just fall away. I felt the peace of God that came with accepting His strength in place of my own. Even in this moment as I write about this, the ego mind wants to dredge up the problem with its uncertainties and fears. I won’t push it away and pretend it is not there. Instead I will deny its power over me, and I will turn with my problem to the strength of God that is mine to call upon. Then I will give my attention to that Voice instead of to the ego.

I didn’t really want to look at the problem that closely because I hate the feelings that are triggered when I look at fear. Because I had the courage to allow the fear to wash over me and to look directly at the thoughts that caused the fear, I was shown the core issue. I looked at those dark thoughts with the Holy Spirit and He shown His light on the darkness in my mind. The light did what light does to darkness and now I am free. This is the difference in calling on my own strength and trusting in the strength of God.

There is a place in me where there is perfect peace. There is a place in me where nothing is impossible. There is a place in me where the strength of God abides. Thank you, God, for this demonstration. Now I know the truth of those words.

One thought on “Lesson 47

  1. Wow. What an experience Myron. I have been in work situations like that in the past and I WISH I had ACIM then. I don’t have a job anymore so watching you post here while you have a job I really do admire your strength because I remember how tough some days were for me. We all grow from our own circumstances and I visualize Holy Spirit guiding you through the shark strewn waters of commerce while showing you sharks are not dangerous. (joke) I admire you.
    This lesson for me is huge. I have only always relied on my strength as if I am the only one in the universe who can solve my problems and the problems of others and the problems of the world. The jokes on me! LOL I see everyone as victims and alone and I feel guilty about that. Then I feel weak and isolated and separated just as I see “them.” duh! That’s what ACIM is all about. I am beginning to see that God IS my strength. I have one leg with a problem and recently I’ve been saying Jesus I give this leg problem to you. And the problem vanishes. I am astonished at that. God IS my strength I need only rely on that and stop thinking that isolated, lil ol’ me need do anything. I will practice this today. Thank you Holy Spirit. Thank you Myron for your strength and honesty. 🙂

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