Lesson 38: There is Nothing My Holiness Cannot Do: Stepping into My Power

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There is nothing my holiness cannot do

Nothing My Holiness Cannot Do

I feel like today’s ACIM lesson is an invitation to step into my power and stop being afraid.  It’s not that I am a fearful person, more like I have this amorphous fear-companion that constantly pulls me aside and whispers to stay invisible.  I rarely want to do what I must.  A girlfriend of mine told me a few days ago that she admired me: I always seem to be so self-assured and have it so together.  This just goes to show, she isn’t a really-close friend or she’d have seen through that by now!

Not to put myself down – because I am a good person and I’m good at choosing love – but after all this time, it is still shocking to me how I’ve yet to master unbridled success.  I mean, I should have by now!

Yesterday, I started working on a 100 day plan.  The idea behind it is to map out where you want to be in 100 days and work backwards to break it down into steps.  What was shocking to me is that if I actually managed to pull together all the deals I have in the works, I would make a lot of money.  The part that was even more shocking is that looking back over the last 100 days, it had similar potential and somehow none of it went anywhere.

At coffee the other night with a friend, I said, “I’m really close.”  She chastised me a little.  “You always say that.  But if you keep saying that, it will always be in the future, never now.”

Ouch.  True that!

If I were to read through the archives of these blog posts, I could find dozens of times when I have been on the threshold.  Today’s lesson is about walking over it.  Lord help me, it’s time.

Lesson 38

There is nothing my holiness cannot do.

Your holiness reverses all the laws of the world. It is beyond every restriction of time, space, distance and limits of any kind. Your holiness is totally unlimited in its power because it establishes you as a Son of God, at one with the Mind of his Creator.

Through your holiness the power of God is made manifest. Through your holiness the power of God is made available. And there is nothing the power of God cannot do. Your holiness, then, can remove all pain, can end all sorrow, and can solve all problems. It can do so in connection with yourself and with anyone else. It is equal in its power to help anyone because it is equal in its power to save anyone.

If you are holy, so is everything God created. You are holy because all things He created are holy. And all things He created are holy because you are. In today’s exercises, we will apply the power of your holiness to all problems, difficulties or suffering in any form that you happen to think of, in yourself or in someone else. We will make no distinctions because there are no distinctions.

In the four longer practice periods, each preferably to last a full five minutes, repeat the idea for today, close your eyes, and then search your mind for any sense of loss or unhappiness of any kind as you see it. Try to make as little distinction as possible between a situation that is difficult for you, and one that is difficult for someone else. Identify the situation specifically, and also the name of the person concerned. Use this form in applying the idea for today:

In the situation involving _____ in which I see myself, there is nothing that my holiness cannot do.
In the situation involving _____ in which _____ sees himself, there is nothing my holiness cannot do.

From time to time you may want to vary this procedure, and add some relevant thoughts of your own. You might like, for example, to include thoughts such as:

There is nothing my holiness cannot do because the power of God lies in it.

Introduce whatever variations appeal to you, but keep the exercises focused on the theme, “There is nothing my holiness cannot do.” The purpose of today’s exercises is to begin to instill in you a sense that you have dominion over all things because of what you are.

In the frequent shorter applications, apply the idea in its original form unless a specific problem concerning you or someone else arises, or comes to mind. In that event, use the more specific form in applying the idea to it.

In this situation involving all these real estate deals in which I see myself, there is nothing my holiness cannot do.
In this situation involving Lupus in which Lisa sees herself, there is nothing my holiness cannot do.
In this situation involving diabetes in which Jay sees himself, there is nothing my holiness cannot do.

Just writing those phrases feels audacious (who do I think I am?)! It illuminates the impulse to deny my holiness.  It shows me how I want to disown my own power.

It’s mind-boggling how frequently I keep myself small, as if shrinking will negate the power that flows through me.  This is part of why I so love my Tuesday night class because I learn as much as I teach.  “It’s not possible to stop the flow,” Tim observed in class.  It’s true. The power constantly flows through us but I, for one, go around denying it, as if denying it could somehow bench me – give me a time-out where I didn’t have to participate.

It doesn’t work that way.

This is the thing that I am coming to realize, coming to own: I am creating constantly.  I like to pretend that I’m not, as if being oblivious to it will absolve me of my part and I can cling to victim status with impunity. Of course, I picked the wrong  path if my goal was to disown responsibility.

The jig is up.  It’s not possible to abstain from creating.  I can either embrace it and enjoy the process of deliberate creation, or I can reject it and play the victim and complain about all the shit that is happening to me.

And I really, really need to heal all the shame that bubbles to the surface when I look back and count the number of times I have denied my own power.  Fucking ego wants to rear his nasty little head and make me feel bad about where I’ve been.

In this situation involving being a victim in which I see myself, there is nothing my holiness cannot do.

There, take that!

The other day I heard it said that enlightenment is relaxation.  When you stop fighting what is and just enjoy it, trusting that whatever is happening is what is meant to happen, you can relax.  And of course, the irony is that when the stuff that is happening is stuff we don’t enjoy, it is the mark that we have not been consciously creating – we’ve been busy trying to disown our part.

Choose again.  In this situation in which I see myself where I don’t feel like I like what is happening, there is nothing my holiness cannot do.

Forgiveness is letting go of what I think should have been.  It is how I reclaim my power.  There is nothing my holiness cannot do. 

It’s time.  Time to stop punishing myself for not being good enough, or strong enough, or worthy enough.  Whatever!  It’s time.  I can and will be successful.  I can and will be rich.  I am.  I am.

There is nothing my holiness cannot do.

Let me own it fully.  Let me play large.  There is nothing my holiness cannot do!

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

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