Daily Inspiration

A Practice That Leads to Joy

Decisions are continuous. ²You do not always know when you are making them. ³But with a little practice with the ones you recognize, a set begins to form which sees you through the rest. ⁴It is not wise to let yourself become preoccupied with every step you take. ⁵The proper set, adopted consciously each time you wake, will put you well ahead. ⁶And if you find resistance strong and dedication weak, you are not ready. ⁷Do not fight yourself. ⁸But think about the kind of day you want, and tell yourself there is a way in which this very day can happen just like that. ⁹Then try again to have the day you want.

(1) The outlook starts with this:

²Today I will make no decisions by myself.

³This means that you are choosing not to be the judge of what to do. ⁴But it must also mean you will not judge the situations where you will be called upon to make response. ⁵For if you judge them, you have set the rules for how you should react to them. ⁶And then another answer cannot but produce confusion and uncertainty and fear.

This is your major problem now. ²You still make up your mind, and then decide to ask what you should do.

(2) Throughout the day, at any time you think of it and have a quiet moment for reflection, tell yourself again the kind of day you want; the feelings you would have, the things you want to happen to you, and the things you would experience, and say:

²If I make no decisions by myself, this is the day that will be given me. (A Course in Miracles, T-30.I.1:1–3:2;4:1-2. See also ACIM Text Made Simple.)

We can have a day of peace and happiness. It requires only willingness to let go of judgment. The ego resists this release because it depends on judgment for its seeming existence. When we identify with the ego, it likewise seems that our survival depends on judgment. This practice maintains the belief that separation is real.

There is another practice that will free us from the ego’s judgmental world. But we must be willing to let go of our habitual judgmental response to all our perceptions. When we are willing to turn over all judgments to Holy Spirit, we clear our mind to receive the His interpretation of all our perceptions. He will show us the unity of Love beyond the appearance of separation. He will lead us on a loving path where we will experience increasing joy and deepening peace. Our decisions will be inspired by Love. This is our choice in every moment; how about today?

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