Monday, April 5, 2021

A Course In Miracles Workbook Lesson #210, Review of lesson #190, I choose the joy of God instead of pain.


 Lesson #210
I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.
Review of lesson #190 - I choose the joy of God instead of pain.

A Course In Miracles teaches that the spiritual life is very simple. It requires only one choice. Do you want the world of the ego or the world of the Spirit (Love)? We are socialized and conditioned to choose the world of the ego and even led to believe that this is the only world there is. At some point, we are confronted with the fact that there is a better way. This dawning that there is a better way motivates us to search because we choose joy of God instead of pain.

The search is challenging because it requires us to overcome all the barriers and obstacles to our awareness of Love’s presence which is our natural inheritance. There is a period of purification, letting go,liberation that engenders great peace and joy.

In Alcoholic Anonymous, in the first three steps it is suggested that we turn our willfulness over to a willingness to do the Will Of God. “Let go and let God” they say in the rooms. In A Course In Miracles, in lesson 155, it is suggested that we say, “I will step back and let Him lead the way.” When we step back and let HIm lead the way,  we are choosing joy instead of pain.

In Unitarian Universalism, we covenant together to affirm and promote the free and responsible search for truth and meaning which inevitably takes the seeker from the world of the ego to the world of the Spirit for the seeker will choose joy instead of pain.

Today, it is suggested that we begin and end the day, and several times in between, reminding ourselves that we choose the joy of God instead of pain. Simple, yes? It is simple but resisting temptation sometimes is not.

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