This is today’s ACIM lesson from last’s writing, #307 Conflicting wishes cannot be my will. It is about surrendering to what is. Naturally, my day reflects this and so I am surrendering to the fact that my life today isn’t unfolding the way I thought it “should.” Oh well. God’s got my back, so all is well. From last year:
Surrender is a dirty word for some folks. It evokes images of white flags and shame – giving up; giving in. But surrender, in my book which has a spiritual bent to it, is not that. It is about stepping into alignment. It is about recognizing that control-freak ego fights “what is” while the higher-self admires the perfection of the situation. I’m not suggesting that we don’t work to change stuff that violates our moral compass. I’m suggesting we pause to consider the purpose. “2 In any situation in which you are uncertain, the first thing to consider, very simply, is “What do I want to come of this? What is it for?” The clarification of the goal belongs at the beginning, for it is this which will determine the outcome.”
The goals of love and peace demand different actions than righting a wrong. Love and peace can correct the “wrong” without assigning guilt and making someone wrong. Just saying.
Today’s A Course in Miracles lesson is focused on understanding our goals and letting go of conflict. Conflicting wishes cannot be my will. When I think that my will is at odds with God’s will, then I am conflicted. But it can only be the ego’s will which is at odd with God’s. Because “the ego does not love you. It is unaware of what you are, and wholly mistrustful of everything it perceives because its perceptions are so shifting. The ego is therefore capable of suspiciousness at best and viciousness at worst. That is its range. It cannot exceed it because of its uncertainty. And it can never go beyond it because it can never be certain.”
God is perfectly certain and perfectly loving. God’s Will for me is perfect happiness (Lesson 101). Our will cannot be apart from His (because there is no separation and the tiny, mad idea that we can be apart from God is the ego’s delusion). If we recognize this and embrace God’s will, then we automatically align with love and peace.
Conflicting wishes cannot be my will.
Father, Your Will is mine, and only that. There is no other will for me to have. Let me not try to make another will, for it is senseless and will cause me pain. Your Will alone can bring me happiness, and only Yours exists. If I would have what only You can give, I must accept Your Will for me, and enter into peace where conflict is impossible. Your Son is one with You in being and in will, and nothing contradicts the holy truth that I remain as You created me.
And with this prayer we enter silently into a state where conflict cannot come, because we join our holy will with God’s, in recognition that they are the same.
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When I surrender to God, I am not giving in so much as accepting that I don’t have to fight what is because God and I are on the same side.
“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.”
― Byron Katie
I have been very proud of some of the people I know who are stepping into love as their primary goal during this time when so many of them are upset about the election outcome. But it is clear to me that the reason for being upset is that they are afraid.
Fear is an ego gambit. It is not God’s will. It never leads to Heaven.
Knowing the truth is knowing that God has our backs and that despite appearances, there is no reason to be afraid. Being afraid leads to the very place we don’t want to be. Fear is an alarm. It’s a call to awareness and the “proper” response to it is drag the fear out into the light (to love, to God) and look at it through the eyes of Christ (Christ’s vision seeing innocence, not guilt and condemnation).
“You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.”
So today, I notice when my wishes are conflicting and I choose again. I choose love. I surrender.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.