Lesson 363: A Unified Goal

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Today’s ACIM Lesson, #363, “This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction gives me peace,” is a call for a unified goal.  I love thinking about it this way.  Even though I remind myself frequently that my goal is to “teach only love,” there is something about this post from last year’s writing that takes it further; that succinctly unifies the teachings of the Course.  What is not love is a call for love.  AND (and this is an important point for me) it is a relationship thing.  The egoic mind wants to do it alone.  I am a person who enjoys solitude so it riles me to recognize that I can’t do it by myself, that teaching love is not only about learning to love myself, but also about learning to love my brothers.  “And God Himself is glad that your relationship is as it was created. The universe within you stands with you, together with your brother. And Heaven looks with love on what is joined in it, along with its Creator.”

We get to exclude no one.  Today’s lesson:

Unified Goal - A Course in Miracles

Unified Goal

We often joke at our Tuesday night ACIM group that everything we need to know is told to us in the introduction of A Course in Miracles, which is how we begin each class/discussion group, and that if we just understood that we wouldn’t need to bother discussing anything.  But even after three years of this weekly class and twenty-five years of off and on studying of A Course in Miracles, I am still training my mind.  The Course is incredible repetitive because it needs to be to convince us to let go of the false self we made.  It tells us the same thing over and over because in our stubbornness, our insistence that we are something we are not (separate from God), we need to be beaten over the head.  These last five lessons are training us to relinquish the idea of separation and turn to the Holy Spirit for direction.  It is the path to a unified goal.

Today’s lesson:

Lesson 363

This holy instant would I give to You. 
Be You in charge. For I would follow You,
Certain that Your direction gives me peace.

And if I need a word to help me, He will give it to me. If I need a thought, that will He also give. And if I need but stillness and a tranquil, open mind, these are the gifts I will receive of Him. He is in charge by my request. And He will hear and answer me, because He speaks for God my Father and His holy Son.


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The Holy Spirit’s purpose, which is my will, is to teach only love; to only be truly helpful.

(I am here only to be truly helpful.
I am here to represent Him Who sent me.
I do not have to worry about what to say or what to do, because He Who sent me will direct me.
I am content to be wherever He wishes, knowing He goes there with me.
I will be healed as I let Him teach me to heal.)

And what I know is that there must be a part of my mind that hasn’t completely gotten with the program because I still feel a certain amount of resistance.  Clever ego that I disguise myself as being occasionally (usually!), the issue is not that I don’t want to be helpful to others, it’s that I crave solitude so that I don’t have to deal with anyone else.  I want to keep my butt parked on the couch rather than venturing out into the world.  That’s ego excuse for resistance and it seems fairly legit – after all God is found in the silence.  Right?

But in truth, it’s just a way to keep from connecting.  It’s a ruse to keep from giving this holy instant to God (ego wants to keep it from himself!).

Ah-ha!  This is hardly a unified goal!

I know that when I feel resistance, I am listening to ego, I am blocking the flow of energy.  I am blocking my awareness of the love that is always present.  So I pray, “This holy instant would I give to You.
Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction gives me peace.”

“ Only your mind can produce fear. It does so whenever it is conflicted in what it wants, producing inevitable strain because wanting and doing are discordant. This can be corrected only by accepting a unified goal.

7 The first corrective step in undoing the error is to know first that the conflict is an expression of fear. Say to yourself that you must somehow have chosen not to love, or the fear could not have arisen.”

“I must have somehow chosen not to love.”

It helps me somehow to think of it that way, because love is always my goal.  I am clear that I am here to teach love, to be love, to have love.  If I am feeling anything other than love (resistance, confusion, dread) then “I must have somehow chosen not to love.”

I once again turn towards the unified goal: love.

Of course, even writing that, I want to say peace, harmony, joy and then I want to make that statement about the unified goal wrong – see, it’s not just love.  But those are part of the goal; those are attributes of love.

Choose again.  If I am not feeling love then, choose again.

In a holy instant, I can be returned to love.  In the simple recognition of willingness, my resistance fades.

As if to test me, my email just showed me a seller of mine who is having a meltdown over a miscommunication with an agent who wanted to show his property.  I have to breathe into it and see it as just another opportunity for forgiveness.  My goal is certain.  I am there to teach love.  I am only there to be truly helpful.  What isn’t love is a call for love.

I give each moment to the Holy Spirit.  I remember that I do not know what anything is for.  I will step back and let Him lead.

I know that God gives me only what I am able to handle – but He has a higher opinion of just what that is than I do. I am upset because I see something that is not there.

This holy instant would I give to You. Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction gives me peace.

I could see peace instead of this.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.





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