From last year, “I seek but what belongs to me in truth.” Another beautiful lesson!
It’s weird how I deprive myself sometimes – like I have no right. Today’s A Course in Miracles lesson is about knowing what is mine. I seek but what belongs to me in truth. It is about ignoring the ego’s agenda of guilt and punishment and accepting that God’s will for us is so much nicer than that. God is sweet. God’s gifts to us are loving and kind. “…Joy and peace are not but idle dreams. They are your right, because of what you are. They come to you from God, Who cannot fail to give you what He wills.” But I can’t and won’t receive these gifts unless I know who I am. I must be ready to receive them. The ego shouts of worthlessness, but God knows I am worthy; we all are worthy.
I want only what is mine.
What is mine is peace. What is mine is joy. What is mine is goodness sublime. How strange is it that I fight God’s will for me like it is some punishment I am trying to avoid. That’s what the ego does and even though by now you’d think I’d know better, I still have moments of resistance where I listen to my ego instead of to the Holy Spirit. Which, of course, leads to guilt. “If you identify with the ego, you must perceive yourself as guilty. Whenever you respond to your ego you will experience guilt, and you will fear punishment. The ego is quite literally a fearful thought.”
But I don’t need to listen to guilt. I don’t need to be fearful of what God wills for me. What is mine are the gifts given to each of us before time began. Peace and joy are our natural inheritance. This lesson is to help us make peace with that and to accept the truth of it.
I seek but what belongs to me in truth.
Today’s idea continues with the thought that joy and peace are not but idle dreams. They are your right, because of what you are. They come to you from God, Who cannot fail to give you what He wills. Yet must there be a place made ready to receive His gifts. They are not welcomed gladly by a mind that has instead received the gifts it made where His belong, as substitutes for them.
Today we would remove all meaningless and self-made gifts which we have placed upon the holy altar where God’s gifts belong. His are the gifts that are our own in truth. His are the gifts that we inherited before time was, and that will still be ours when time has passed into eternity. His are the gifts that are within us now, for they are timeless. And we need not wait to have them. They belong to us today.
Therefore, we choose to have them now, and know, in choosing them in place of what we made, we but unite our will with what God wills, and recognize the same as being one. Our longer practice periods today, the hourly five minutes given truth for your salvation, should begin with this:
I seek but what belongs to me in truth,
And joy and peace are my inheritance.
Then lay aside the conflicts of the world that offer other gifts and other goals made of illusions, witnessed to by them, and sought for only in a world of dreams.
All this we lay aside, and seek instead that which is truly ours, as we ask to recognize what God has given us. We clear a holy place within our minds before His altar, where His gifts of peace and joy are welcome, and to which we come to find what has been given us by Him. We come in confidence today, aware that what belongs to us in truth is what He gives. And we would wish for nothing else, for nothing else belongs to us in truth.
So do we clear the way for Him today by simply recognizing that His Will is done already, and that joy and peace belong to us as His eternal gifts. We will not let ourselves lose sight of them between the times we come to seek for them where He has laid them. This reminder will we bring to mind as often as we can:
I seek but what belongs to me in truth.
God’s gifts of joy and peace are all I want.
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For me, it’s important to remember that joy and peace are always present. God didn’t take away my favorite toys and hide them from me because I was being a bad girl. I take them from myself by listening to my ego instead of the Holy Spirit. Listening to the ego creates guilt and guilt is a peace and joy robber.
So really, it always comes down to which voice am I listening to? Last night, in our Tuesday night group, we discussed how the Holy Spirit is the great purifier. How all the “mistakes” are purified and saved for us. “You can share only the thoughts that are of God and that He keeps for you. And of such is the Kingdom of Heaven. The rest remains with you until the Holy Spirit has reinterpreted them in the light of the Kingdom, making them, too, worthy of being shared. When they have been sufficiently purified He lets you give them away. The decision to share them is their purification.”
Anything and everything can be purified and the gifts of joy and peace found at their center. We don’t have the capacity to properly evaluate, which is why we have the Holy Spirit to lean on for help. As the Course says, “you cannot distinguish between advance and retreat. Some of your greatest advances you have judged as failures, and some of your deepest retreats you have evaluated as success.” The important question is “What do you what?” Because as long as my agenda is to be “right” or “better than” then I will surely miss the peace and joy right in front of me. I will miss what is mine, “my inheritance,” as the Course puts it, because I am too busy accepting the ego’s “gifts” (vengeance, superiority, being right).
So today, my goal is to accept only what is mine, rightfully mine, because God blesses me with these gifts and “I seek only what is mine in truth.” I seek peace, I seek joy, I seek only to have my goals be the same as God’s will for me. I want only what is rightfully mine and God gives me everything I need, so I’m pretty sure I should be wanting for nothing.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.