Lesson 74: There is No Will but God’s

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There is No will but God's.

No will but God’s

The A Course in Miracles lesson for today is: There is no will but God’s.  I love lessons like these because they put me in my place a little.  What I mean by that is that my ego pops its nosy head up and looks around to see how it can stir up trouble.  This is a lesson about letting go of conflict, about realizing that there can be no conflicting ideas, no conflicting wills (“There is no will but God’s. I cannot be in conflict.”) but of course my initial reaction isn’t running that track.  My initial reaction is to disagree with the lesson (because ego always disagrees, always whips up an illusion to dangle in front of me and try to get me to buy into).  This lesson is about letting go of that; about realizing that when I think my will can be opposed to God’s, I’m obviously listening to the ego and not the Holy Spirit.

I don’t know who I am.  I think I am the false self my ego imagined.  I think I can be separate from God.

Ha!

God’s is the only Will.

There is no will but God’s.

Lesson 74

There is no will but God’s.

The idea for today can be regarded as the central thought toward which all our exercises are directed. God’s is the only Will. When you have recognized this, you have recognized that your will is His. The belief that conflict is possible has gone. Peace has replaced the strange idea that you are torn by conflicting goals. As an expression of the Will of God, you have no goal but His.

There is great peace in today’s idea, and the exercises for today are directed towards finding it. The idea itself is wholly true. Therefore it cannot give rise to illusions. Without illusions conflict is impossible. Let us try to recognize this today, and experience the peace this recognition brings.

Begin the longer practice periods by repeating these thoughts several times, slowly and with firm determination to understand what they mean, and to hold them in mind:

There is no will but God’s. I cannot be in conflict.

Then spend several minutes in adding some related thoughts, such as:

I am at peace.
Nothing can disturb me. My will is God’s.
My will and God’s are one.
God wills peace for His Son.

During this introductory phase, be sure to deal quickly with any conflict thoughts that may cross your mind. Tell yourself immediately:

There is no will but God’s. These conflict 
thoughts are meaningless.

If there is one conflict area that seems particularly difficult to resolve, single it out for special consideration. Think about it briefly but very specifically, identify the particular person or persons and the situation or situations involved, and tell yourself:

There is no will but God’s. I share it with Him. 
My conflicts about _____ cannot be real.

After you have cleared your mind in this way, close your eyes and try to experience the peace to which your reality entitles you. Sink into it and feel it closing around you. There may be some temptation to mistake these attempts for withdrawal, but the difference is easily detected. If you are succeeding, you will feel a deep sense of joy and an increased alertness, rather than a feeling of drowsiness and enervation.

Joy characterizes peace. By this experience will you recognize that you have reached it. If you feel yourself slipping off into withdrawal, quickly repeat the idea for today and try again. Do this as often as necessary. There is definite gain in refusing to allow retreat into withdrawal, even if you do not experience the peace you seek.

In the shorter periods, which should be undertaken at regular and predetermined intervals today, say to yourself:

There is no will but God’s. I seek His peace today.

Then try to find what you are seeking. A minute or two every half an hour, with eyes closed if possible, would be well spent on this today.

 

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There is not will but God’s.  At first blush my ego hears that statement and wants to duke it out.  Ego wants me to believe that the Course in trying to tether me, like some baby elephant tied up so that it learns not to try to escape.  (There, there.  Be a good little human and stop trying so hard.  You are going to hurt yourself!)  In truth it is the opposite.  It is not the Course that restricts me but illusion.  The reason there is no will but God’s is because the stuff that I tend to think matters is the stuff my ego made up.  I am battling windmills. 

Oh my!

The realization that there is no will but God’s is a statement of freedom.  It is telling me that when I think I am opposing God’s will, I am caught in illusion.  When I think that I can be in conflict, I don’t know who I am.  I think I am separate.  I think I can have a will apart from His.  I think I can lob off God like some hideous tumor I’m trying to remove from my body.

But I can’t be separate.  I can’t be in conflict.  I can’t be sick.  I can’t be any of those things that I tell myself I am.  That’s not me.  It’s the image I made to try to replace who I really am and being enamored by my illusion won’t actually make it real.

Even though I can and do suffer their effects. My belief in my illusions is what created the world I live in.  My belief in the suffering and my belief in the hell I’ve created for myself remain for as long as I believe in them.

The joke of it all is that all the things we think we want, we already have.  We are already in Heaven, but we don’t know it because listening to the ego thought system is the surest way of keeping ourselves from waking up.

Choose again.

There is no will but God’s.  This is good news.  It means that Heaven is already here.

I am at peace.
Nothing can disturb me. My will is God’s.
My will and God’s are one.
God wills peace for His Son.

Now, I’m going to go down the rabbit hole, so bear with me.  The protest that arises (ego is the one protesting – please keep that in mind) is “but I don’t want to be sick.  I don’t want to have these money problems.  I don’t want to be fighting the IRS/county/my neighbor/my spouse.”  “I didn’t ask for this shit!”

That’s the protest and it is bullshit.

The reason it seems so challenging for most of us is that we are unwilling to relinquish the ego thought system.  Ego is attached to its grievance.  Ego enjoys complaining about how it’s been wronged.  Ego likes being a victim/better than the other guy/feeling worry for itself.  Whatever.  It is getting mileage out of it and it’s not ready to let it go.  It’s not ready to be honest about the situation.

This is why we do these daily lessons and why the Course says, it’s not necessary that you believe in them.  It takes persistence to let go of the ego’s gratification.  It takes work to be willing.

All it really takes to make progress with these lessons is willingness.  There is no will but God’s.  My willingness is the recognition that all the other stuff is shit I made up to keep me from accepting the fact that my will and God’s are one.  I wanted to play make believe a little longer.  I wanted to believe the separation was real.

It isn’t, but because I thought (for whatever reason – okay, let’s be honest because some part of me wanted to believe the ego’s lies so that I could take God’s place for a while) — because I thought I could be separate from God, I thought I could run the show and call the shots and that all of that would bring me happiness.

In truth, it brought me hell, but God is so loving He doesn’t care about all of that.  He was never confused by my fairy tales.

So any time I am willing to give up whatever mileage I’ve been getting out of being sick/poor/a victim/whatever I can emerge from hell and feel the light of God upon my face.  I can give up suffering.  I can claim the everything God has had for me all along.

All it requires it recognizing that there is no will but God’s, and honestly, I really wouldn’t want it any other way.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

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