Today’s lesson from A Course in Miracles is #327 clearly expresses the foundation of Your Answers Inside: “I need but call and You will answer me.”
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I need but call and You will answer me.
I am not asked to take salvation on the basis of an unsupported faith. For God has promised He will hear my call, and answer me Himself. Let me but learn from my experience that this is true, and faith in Him must surely come to me. This is the faith that will endure, and take me farther and still farther on the road that leads to Him. For thus I will be sure that He has not abandoned me and loves me still, awaiting but my call to give me all the help I need to come to Him.
Father, I thank You that Your promises will never fail in my experience, if I but test them out. Let me attempt therefore to try them, and to judge them not. Your Word is one with You. You give the means whereby conviction comes, and surety of Your abiding Love is gained at last.
Why is it so difficult sometimes to hear The Voice for Love and to trust it? It’s because our egos are in control. We substitute other things for the Love and Guidance of God. We try to find happiness through things in the outside world instead of seeking our answers inside. We allow ourselves to be guided by the voice of family and friends, TV new, glitzy commercials, magazines, and opinions on the internet. We find ways to satisfy ourselves temporarily with busyness and striving for things but it doesn’t work. There is an underlying emptiness that we feel because we are denying our True Self.
The solution is to practice, to test it, and with time, the practice proves itself. As today’s lesson in the Course says, “…if I but test them out…you give me the means whereby conviction comes, and surety f Your abiding Love is gained at last.
Today’s Insights from Pathways of Love explains the concept in terms of A Course in Miracles and it’s been explained by many other teachers as well.
Malachi 3:10 in the Bible says, “…put Me to the proof now herewith,” saith the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open to you the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
Ernest Holmes, founder of the Science of Mind said not to take his word for it, but to test the practice for yourself and see that it is true.
You may know other ways that this universal truth has been expressed. I invite you to share them below.
So here is my practice for today from Pathways of Light and I encourage you to join me.
“Instead of looking to the ego and its substitutes for Love, if we call upon Love, Love will answer. To do this we must learn to disregard the ego’s thought system. How do we call upon Love? We call upon the Holy Spirit in our minds, which is the link between Love, and the identity we think we are in this dream. We bring all our judgments, which stand as a barrier against Love, to the Holy Spirit. This is how we forgive and this is how we open our minds to Love’s Answer.
Today I will call upon Love by continuing to practice bringing my thoughts of fear, guilt and separation to the Holy Spirit. I will practice returning to the peace of God within me so that I may listen with an open mind to Love’s Answer. Thus will I experience the truth of God’s promise. Each time I have a moment of peace, a moment of release from guilt, my conviction of the reality of Love’s promise grows stronger. My heart is filled with gratitude to Love’s Answer in my mind that assures me of Its eternal presence and unity with me. I am learning the truth that, “I need but call and You will answer me.”
Conviction comes with practice. Conviction comes with being willing to quiet my mind and open up to receiving God’s peace. With God’s peace, comes understanding, for with one comes the other.
The Holy Spirit knows how to heal my mind of all its false ideas. The Holy Spirit has every answer that I need, for the Holy Spirit is the Answer. The Holy Spirit will bridge me from where I think I am to the awareness of my true Identity as Love. I need but follow. I need but be receptive with an open mind. The Holy Spirit answers in a form which will be most helpful in the moment.
The more I practice opening to the Holy Spirit’s answer, the more my conviction grows that this really works. As my conviction grows it leads to certainty.
How often I accept Holy Spirit’s help is determined by my willingness. And each time I accept Holy Spirit’s help, it paves the way to even greater understanding. It paves the way to building an even stronger habit of generalizing it to every part of my life where I do not yet feel peaceful. As I practice, I will learn the truth of the statement, “To every apprehension, every care and every form of suffering: I will forgive and this will disappear.” (W-pI.193.13:3-4)
As I continue this practice of opening to the Holy Spirit with every concern, my faith in the Holy Spirit strengthens, day-by-day. My willingness to be consistent grows with continued practice. I see that the Holy Spirit is right there, willing to tell me how I can be truly helpful with every situation. I need but call and the Holy Spirit will answer me.
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Affirmative prayer for today:
There is only one Power, Divine Love and I am Its expression in the world.
My mind is one with The One Mind
I am guided and directed by The Voice for Love. I have clarity and focus. My way is clear and my day flows with ease, peace, and joy.
With deep gratitude for this truth manifested in my life, I release and allow it to be
For so it is.
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