Lesson 298: God is Good: Letting Go of Specialness

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Today’s ACIM Lesson, #298, I love You, Father, and I love Your Son, calls me into relaxation.  It is the reminder that God is Good and give us everything.  This funny thing happens when you (meaning I) let go of worry and just allow God to handle the details – things unfold in a beautiful and loving manner, and blow my mind with their goodness.  God is so much better at managing all the moving parts than I am. The Holy Spirit knows that you both have everything and are everything. This lesson calls me to let go of “senseless journeys, mad careers and artificial values” and return to love.  It is so calming.  It feels so much better than freaking out.  God is Good and when I know that, life is good.  Today’s lesson, from last year’s post:

ACIM Lesson 298

God is Good

Beyond fear, in the place in my heart where gratitude lives, love pulses.  It is there, feeling like the heartbeat of relief, where I can put down my loads and rest a while; for God is Good.  That is what comes from accepting the values that God has established for me once I let go of the “senseless journeys, mad careers and artificial values.”  It is letting go of the impulse to cling from lack of faith.  It is letting go of thinking that I need to “do” anything.  “I need do nothing.”  This isn’t staking my claim to the right to lounge on the couch eating bonbons and watching TV (which would foster guilt – my first clue that I am off-path).  No, it is simply the realization that ego can let go of trying to control any of it because God’s got it covered (and does a much better job than I do).

God is Good.

Today’s lesson says,  “I go through fear to meet my Love.”  Once I get over the fear that is born of ego’s idea that it needs to control things, I can free-fall into gratitude, knowing that just because I don’t understand what is happening – whatever that may be – doesn’t mean that it is less than perfect.  God is in the middle of it, and I can rest assured that God’s will for me is my will.  (And “God, being Love, is also happiness.”)

We have this discussion with some regularity in our Tuesday night ACIM group – ego tries to convince us that God’s will and my will are out of sync with one another.  It tries to interject this pressing need to stay a “separate” entity, autonomous , like some independent teenager who doesn’t want mom and dad interfering with his decisions.

7 An “unwilling will” does not mean anything, being a contradiction in terms that actually means nothing. When you think you are unwilling to will with God, you are not thinking. God’s Will is Thought. It cannot be contradicted by thought. God does not contradict Himself, and His Sons, who are like Him, cannot contradict themselves or Him. Yet their thought is so powerful that they can even imprison the mind of God’s Son, if they so choose. This choice does make the Son’s function unknown to him, but never to his Creator. And because it is not unknown to his Creator, it is forever knowable to him.”

The game is rigged, folks.  We can’t separate ourselves from God.  Knowing this, today’s lesson is a proclamation of accepting the Love that God would have us know.

Lesson 298

I love You, Father, and I love Your Son.

My gratitude permits my love to be accepted without fear. And thus am I restored to my reality at last. All that intruded on my holy sight forgiveness takes away. And I draw near the end of senseless journeys, mad careers and artificial values. I accept instead what God establishes as mine, sure that in that alone I will be saved; sure that I go through fear to meet my Love.

Father, I come to You today, because I would not follow any way but Yours. You are beside me. Certain is Your way. And I am grateful for Your holy gifts of certain sanctuary, and escape from everything that would obscure my love for God my Father and His holy Son.

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To experience this love requires going through ego’s fears.  It requires the willingness to be present with the pain of ego’s imaginings to the faith that God is Good.  God is Good.  On the other side of my fears is a reward so sweet that it can satisfy all cravings.  It can heal all my woundedness.  It can wash away all doubts and hesitations.   On the other side of those fears is the Light of God that can sweep me “out of all darkness forever. “

It may require letting go of the “specialness” that ego is so attached to, however.  And maybe that is the biggest fear – that by accepting God’s will for me that somehow or another, I will lose who I am.

But it’s folly really because ego was never real to begin with.  “God has given you everything. This one fact means the ego does not exist, and this makes it profoundly afraid. In the ego’s language, “to have” and “to be” are different, but they are identical to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit knows that you both have everything and are everything. Any distinction in this respect is meaningful only when the idea of “getting,” which implies a lack, has already been accepted. That is why we make no distinction between having the Kingdom of God and being the Kingdom of God.”

Sigh.  “God has given you everything.”  But to know that, to experience that, I must “go through fear to meet my Love.”  We meet in this place where it is safe to let go of specialness; where I know that I don’t need to worry because God is Good.

So, I listen to the Holy Spirit  I ask: “What would You have me do? Where would You have me go? What would You have me say, and to whom?”

“I love you, Father, and I love your Son.”   I love my brothers and sisters.  I love my life.

God is Good.  God is Life.  Life is Good.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

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