Today’s ACIM lesson, #346, Today the peace of God envelops me, And I forget all things except His Love, is an invitation to put aside ideas of past and future and to simply be here now. In the now, God’s love is everywhere present. In the now, there is only innocence, no guilt. This lesson states, “What I seek today transcends all laws of time and things perceived in time. I would forget all things except Your Love.” Allowing this to be our focus allows worries and fears to fall away and be replaced by the Peace of God.
This post, from last year’s writing, was written during the winter solstice, because at that point in time, I was behind. I think I prefer being in the now.
Yesterday was the winter solstice, which I think of as opening day for the season of light. I know it’s the shortest day of the year, but somehow that brevity made it seem like there was a shorter distance for prayers to travel. In any case, I attended a healing service at church and prayed for healing – for the world, our country, my husband, myself and anyone and everyone else I could think of who may have been in need of extra healing. I breathed into the moment and remembered that healing can only occur in the present moment. “If you accept your function in the world of time as one of healing, you will emphasize only the aspect of time in which healing can occur. Healing cannot be accomplished in the past. It must be accomplished in the present to release the future. “
“13 Miracles are both beginnings and endings, and so they alter the temporal order. They are always affirmations of rebirth, which seem to go back but really go forward. They undo the past in the present, and thus release the future.”
Today, as if on cue, I went with my husband to the doctor’s appointment that I talked him into making so that there would be no gap in his medication. Now that he is his feisty, acerbic-witted self again, I am not looking for him to revert back to that semi-comatose, pre-hospital lump he’d deteriorated into. For a lousy $20 co-pay (under the crappy insurance!), we got his meds renewed plus a couple of insulin pens to tie him over until he goes for his proper appointment in January. He may not be exactly at the levels he should be, but I’ll take it for now. I mean, I know it’s “magic,” but since I don’t know how to usurp the belief in diabetes, I’m happy to rely on the medication. (“The sane mind cannot conceive of illness because it cannot conceive of attacking anyone or anything. I said before that illness is a form of magic. It might be better to say that it is a form of magical solution. The ego believes that by punishing itself it will mitigate the punishment of God.”)
I’m just happy to have a fairly healthy husband. Happy to feel God’s love. Happy to feel blessed. We have put a lot of things to bed this year and although we still have a ways to go, I am happy to feel like we are heading in the right direction. I’m happy to let healing in and just appreciate the present moment.
Today the peace of God envelops me,
And I forget all things except His Love.
Father, I wake today with miracles correcting my perception of all things. And so begins the day I share with You as I will share eternity, for time has stepped aside today. I do not seek the things of time, and so I will not look upon them. What I seek today transcends all laws of time and things perceived in time. I would forget all things except Your Love. I would abide in You, and know no laws except Your law of love. And I would find the peace which You created for Your Son, forgetting all the foolish toys I made as I behold Your glory and my own.
And when the evening comes today, we will remember nothing but the peace of God. For we will learn today what peace is ours, when we forget all things except God’s Love.
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“I do not seek the things of time, and so I will not look upon them. What I seek today transcends all laws of time and things perceived in time.”
It seems we have a lot of discussions about time in our Tuesday night group lately. “5 ‘Now’ has no meaning to the ego.”
Because we live in duality, where it is necessary to distinguish between things (if you don’t believe this just trying driving through a red light and see how well that works for you), we differentiate between “past” and “present” and “future.” But innocence, sinlessness is a “now” thing, and ego, that caller for help that is looking for validation (wanting to become a “real boy,” as if he/it were Pinocchio) because it wants to make its delusions real, twists things up. “4 The ego has a strange notion of time, and it is with this notion that your questioning might well begin. The ego invests heavily in the past, and in the end believes that the past is the only aspect of time that is meaningful. Remember that its emphasis on guilt enables it to ensure its continuity by making the future like the past, and thus avoiding the present. By the notion of paying for the past in the future, the past becomes the determiner of the future, making them continuous without an intervening present. For the ego regards the present only as a brief transition to the future, in which it brings the past to the future by interpreting the present in past terms.”
Today’s prayer/lesson is a prayer to get over that. When we get over thinking that the past is more important than this moment, we are free to simply allow God’s love to envelop us. We are free to let the peace of God wrap our hearts. Today, we allow ideas of past and future to fall away. We marinate in the goodness of allowing God to lead.
Miracles occur now, in the present, the only place healing is possible. When I get over thinking I know anything, when I let go of defining now in terms of my beliefs, I can allow the law of love to enter. I can welcome God’s grace and be thankful for what is.
Even if it fails to match my expectations (I let those go!), even if it means, God is right and I am wrong. There is no right or wrong. Only the love is real.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
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