by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff
Workbook lesson 74 from A Course in Miracles tells us, “The idea for today can be regarded as the central thought toward which all our exercises are directed. God’s is the only Will.” This is quite a bold statement, but when we realize what it really means, we see it can only bring us great comfort and peace.
This is not a statement of arrogance about God, and God is not usurping our will. This is merely a statement of truth. When all is said and done, and we are tired of conflicting thoughts and situations, God’s Will will prevail. Why? Because there is nothing else. This fact should bring us great peace. As this lesson goes on to say, “There is great peace in today’s idea, and the exercises for today are directed towards finding it. The idea itself is wholly true. Therefore, it cannot give rise to illusions. Without illusions, conflict is impossible.”
No matter how much we delay our awakening by playing with our illusions, whether they be health challenges, relationship problems, financial issues, thoughts of loss, or fear of death, God’s Will for us is constant. His Will for us is only peace, happiness, and the awareness that we are healed and whole already. This constant, unchanging truth runs beneath every will we place before Him. Thankfully, there is nothing we can do to stop His Will for us, for peace is the truth, and conflict is an illusion.
It certainly does not seem as if the conflicts we find ourselves in are illusions; our problems seem very real! The Course is adamant in telling us that such conflict may seem quite real, but it is not. How often have our opinions about situations changed, one minute “bad” and the next “good”? That should be enough to prove to us that we truly do not know what is best for us, nor should we trust our will alone.
Our investments in our conflicts and conflicting thoughts have prevented us from knowing the truth, which is God’s Will in our lives and the peace and happiness it will bring. Anything that stands between us and the truth is an illusion and is not real. But denial is not a part of this Course — that’s a river in Egypt! (Get it? 😊)
We are not being asked to deny the conflicts but to merely allow God’s presence and peace to enter our minds for just a moment instead and then to recognize that we are entitled to miracles, not conflict. Let us be determined to know: “There is no will but God’s. I cannot be in conflict.”
Then add: “I am at peace.
Nothing can disturb me. My will is God’s.
My will and God’s are one.
God wills peace for His Son.”
If conflict thoughts arise, you can repeat: “There is no will but God’s. These conflict thoughts are meaningless.”
The purpose of this lesson is to get us to begin to realize that God’s Will for us is the will we want, and His Will brings only happiness and peace. Once we have been willing to still our minds and to join our will with God’s Will, whether or not we think we feel anything or have accomplished anything, we have spent our time well, for we have placed our minds in line with the truth and our peace.
“There is no will but God’s. I seek His peace today.”