[acimlessons_list] Lesson 155 - June 4
sue at circleofa.org
Tue Jun 3 05:32:41 EDT 2008
Lesson 155 - June 4
"I will step back and let Him lead the way."
Morning/evening quiet time: At least five minutes; ideally, thirty or more.
We are obviously getting fewer instructions for what to do during the longer
practice periods. We are meant to increasingly rely on what has worked for
us before and what the Holy Spirit inspires us to do in the moment. During
today's longer practice, we are meant to mentally link up with God, Who will
speak to us, telling us how much He loves us and how He has entrusted our
brothers to us, trusting perfectly that we will lead them home to Him. So
repeat the words given ("I will step back and let Him lead the way, for I
would walk along the road to Him."), and then enter deeply into your mind,
listening quietly for His Voice. Remember your training in how to do this:
listen in stillness, in confidence, and in patience, repeating the lines
when your mind wanders.
The purpose of the morning practice is to firmly take hold of His Hand, so
that He can lead you, while you in turn lead your brothers. By preparing you
to serve your brothers, the purpose of today's practice is essentially the
same as that of yesterday's.
Hourly remembrance: One or two minutes as the hour strikes (reduce if
circumstances do not permit).
Repeat the idea and then listen quietly for God's Voice. Ask Him how He
would lead you in the coming hour, how He wants you to guide your brothers
along the way to Him. And thank Him for His leading in the hour gone by.
"There is a way of living in the world that is not here, although it seems
to be" (1:1). And to this way of living we all aspire. The remarkable thing
about the Course is that it offers what might be called a middle way between
renouncing the world and diving into it. Many, perhaps the majority, of
spiritual seekers make the mistake of thinking that a spiritual life must
somehow look different. Some dress differently; some abjure the modern
conveniences; some find spirituality in vegetables; some fill their homes
with incense; some live in poverty, or apart from normal worldly concourse.
This lesson is one of the clearest statements in the Course that a good
Course student does not change appearance--except that perhaps he smiles
more frequently. There are spiritual paths that demand a changed
appearance--a shaved head, difference in dress--and this is not to put down
these other paths. But they are not the way of the Course. One of the more
difficult lessons for students of the Course, in my observation, seems to be
learning to be normal. A true student of the Course is like anyone else, so
much so that "those who have not yet perceived the way will...believe that
you are like them, as you were before" (1:5).
Yet we are different. The difference is inward; we have stepped back, taken
our hands off the controls of our lives, and we are letting our Inner Guide
lead the way to God. Everyone, including ourselves, came to this world by
choice, "seeking for a place where they can be illusions, and avoid their
own reality" (2:2). But we have discovered that we cannot escape our
reality, and we have chosen to place diminishing importance on the
illusions, and to follow the truth. We have taken up our function, and we
recognize that we are here now, not for ourselves alone, but to serve those
around us as we serve ourselves (5:4). We walk to God, and we lead the world
to God with us (12:1; 13:1). We step back, and let Him lead the way.
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