Today’s ACIM lesson, #223, is entitled, “God is my life. I have no life but His.” It is the reminder that the life I think exists, the one where I struggle and things are hard and I’m a victim, I made that up and it doesn’t even exist. Only the love is real. Why exactly do I keep forgetting that? Am I so intent upon taking God’s place that I would rather exist is hell than take my place as second banana to God and have the time of my life? I have no life but His. I want no life but His.
I’m beginning to think that doing these daily A Course in Miracles lessons is a way to slowly erode ego’s grip on illusion. Now, finally, there is some acceptance of reality that starts to seep in. Much as I, the little self, the mistaken identity that ego tries to convince me that I am, as much as that “I” wants to be this separate, independent, sovereign being, I am not. God is my life. I have no life but His. It makes ego sad because ego wants to run the show, but let’s face it – ego does a crappy job of running things. It’s a dictator; a despot, maybe even a fascist. It’s a war-monger and it lives in fear. It attacks as a defense against attack because it sees the world as it is – a ruthless, mean protector.
Thank God it’s not real.
But the part of me that still identifies with that desire for autonomy has had a hard time accepting that truth, not that denying it could make it more true. But little by little doing these daily lessons is a way to come to terms with the truth. It is a way to accept reality. Reality is God’s realm. Reality is that only the Love exists. Reality is that things just are and there is no judgment about any of it, and free will means we get to play the game as long as we like. The Father is more than happy to indulge the Son that way. He knows that none of it can change what is; none of it is a threat to the Kingdom. To translate it into Biblical terms, ego is really Satan, Lucifer – the wisest angel who wants to usurp God’s power.
Of course, it can’t happen. None of us is forsaken, but we can put ourselves in hell awhile while listening to the dictates of ego rather than the Holy Spirit.
God is my life. I have no life but His.
I was mistaken when I thought I lived apart from God, a separate entity that moved in isolation, unattached, and housed within a body. Now I know my life is God’s, I have no other home, and I do not exist apart from Him. He has no Thoughts that are not part of me, and I have none but those which are of Him.
Our Father, let us see the face of Christ instead of our mistakes. For we who are Your holy Son are sinless. We would look upon our sinlessness, for guilt proclaims that we are not Your Son. And we would not forget You longer. We are lonely here, and long for Heaven, where we are at home. Today we would return. Our Name is Yours, and we acknowledge that we are Your Son.
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Yes, these lessons are the means by which I learn to shelf ego, I mean, in the end, the game is rigged, so what exactly is it that I’m fighting?
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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