[acimlessons_list] Lesson 142--May 22
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Sat May 21 06:12:05 EDT 2005
Lesson 142, Review IV - May 22
"My mind holds only what I think with God."
"I thank my Father for His gifts to me."
"Let me remember I am one with God."
PURPOSE: To prepare for part II of the Workbook, by concentrating on
readiness for it and by reviewing the last 20 lessons in a way that will
facilitate that readiness.
LONGER: 2--beginning and ending of the day, 5 minutes or more.
* Open your mind, clear it of all distracting thoughts. For five minutes
let this thought alone occupy it, displacing all others: "My mind holds only
what I think with God."
* Read the day's two ideas. Close eyes and repeat ideas slowly, without
hurry, for this is what time was made for. Let each word shine with the
meaning God gave it. Receive from each idea the gift God placed in it.
REMARKS: Phase 1 will be enough to set your day along the lines God
planned, making it a special time of blessing for you and for the world. It
will be enough to place Him in charge of all your thoughts. Your thoughts
will come from more than you. They will also come from Him and tell you of
His Love. Thus will you, His completion, join with Him. And He, your
completion, will join with you. He thanks you for your practicing. And as
your day ends, His gratitude will surround you.
SHORTER: hourly, a quiet moment
* Say: "My mind holds only what I think with God." Spend a quiet moment
* Then repeat the day's two ideas, slowly enough to see their gifts and
receive their gifts.
That my mind holds only what I think with God is not something I have to
work at to attain. It is not a thought to be repeated like a purgative, to
drive out opposing thoughts, with the undertone of "I have to <make> my mind
have only God's thoughts in it." That my mind holds only what I think with
God is "a fact, and represents the truth of What you are and What your
Father is" (rIV.2:3).
As we were told early in the Workbook, when we think that we are thinking
without God, we are not really thinking at all; our mind is actually blank.
"While thoughtless ideas preoccupy your mind, the truth is blocked.
Recognizing that your mind has been merely blank, rather than believing that
it is filled with real ideas, is the first step to opening the way to
vision" (W-pI.8.3:2, 3). "Now we are emphasizing that the presence of these
'thoughts' means that you are not thinking" (W-pI.10.3:2).
The Thoughts of God that fill my mind in reality are my Father's gift to
me. I am opening my mind, today, to His thoughts. What I ordinarily think of
as thoughts that interfere or conflict with God's Thoughts are like the
static on a radio that interferes with the actual signal. They are not
thoughts; they are static, they are noise. The signal is still there; but
the static needs to be tuned out so that the signal can come through. The
truth about me is that I am one with God; His Mind is my mind, His Thoughts
are my thoughts. I am not something other than what He is. This is "the
truth of What you are and What your Father is" (rIV.2:3).
To say that my mind holds only what I think with God can be a joyous
affirmation of the truth. It can remind me of His gifts to me, and remind me
that I am one with Him. That in me which seems contrary to God, distant from
God, or opposed to God, is not who I am; it is not my reality. It is without
meaning. There is nothing opposed to God in my mind. Another way of putting
that is that what seems to be in me, opposing God, is actually nothing; it
is an illusion or an hallucination, with no power and no strength of its
own. It is empowered only when I believe in it. Today, I choose to deny that
anything not of God has any power over me. I choose to remember what my
reality is. I choose to remember that I am one with God.
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