by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff
Workbook lesson 222 from A Course in Miracles is truly a release from the guilty prison that our minds seem to hold us in. It is an affirmation of the fact that there is no time, place, or experience in our lives where God is absent. He is a part of all our daily activities, our very being. As the lesson states, “He is my Source of life, the life within, the air I breathe, the food by which I am sustained, the water which renews and cleanses me. He is my home, wherein I live and move.”
The Course is helping us to see and experience a new purpose in everything we do. It is asking us to be aware of God’s presence in even the most routine activities such as breathing, sleeping, and waking. It would also follow that He is with us even in activities such as smoking, overeating, drug use, and any other activity that we might observe as harmful. The Course is not making a judgment on any of these activities, but it is saying that God is with us. The moment that we bring the awareness of God into all those activities (the routine, pleasant, or distasteful ones, as well), we are making a choice to release our guilt and pain and “live and move in Him.”
Some people think it is wrong to invite God into such destructive activities, but the truth is He is there already, for you are a part of Him. His only desire is for you to know this so that whatever your behavior, you may now be released from your guilty thoughts and allow “Spirit to direct your actions and offer you Its Thoughts, that guarantees your safety from all pain.”
Change in behavior does not guarantee healing, but healing of mind does produce a change in your life and thereby your world. If your mind is healed from the guilt produced by a particular behavior, you will not keep doing the behavior. You will not stop because the behavior is seen as “bad,” but because you have now “grown up” and no longer see value in it or the guilt it produced. It is like a child who puts away childish toys when they have outgrown them. There is no denial, but there is no need for them, either.
And so we grow up to the Will of God in our lives. “God covers us with kindness and with care…” Let us accept His care and presence in us. Let us remember Him in all our day-to-day activities. Let us know that there is no time or place where He is absent. And, let us rest in peace knowing, “God is with me. I live and move in Him.”