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Lesson 74

There is no will but God’s.

1. The idea for today can be regarded as the central thought toward which all our exercises are directed. ²God’s is the only Will. ³When you have recognized this, you have recognized that your will is His. ⁴The belief that conflict is possible has gone. ⁵Peace has replaced the strange idea that you are torn by conflicting goals. ⁶As an expression of the Will of God, you have no goal but His.

2. There is great peace in today’s idea, and the exercises for today are directed towards finding it. ²The idea itself is wholly true. ³Therefore it cannot give rise to illusions. ⁴Without illusions conflict is impossible. ⁵Let us try to recognize this today, and experience the peace this recognition brings.

3. Begin the longer practice periods by repeating these thoughts several times, slowly and with firm determination to understand what they mean, and to hold them in mind:

²There is no will but God’s. ³I cannot be in conflict.

⁴Then spend several minutes in adding some related thoughts, such as:

⁵I am at peace.
⁶Nothing can disturb me. ⁷My will is God’s.
⁸My will and God’s are one.
⁹God wills peace for His Son.

¹⁰During this introductory phase, be sure to deal quickly with any conflict thoughts that may cross your mind. ¹¹Tell yourself immediately:

¹²There is no will but God’s. ¹³These conflict thoughts are meaningless.

4. If there is one conflict area that seems particularly difficult to resolve, single it out for special consideration. ²Think about it briefly but very specifically, identify the particular person or persons and the situation or situations involved, and tell yourself:

³There is no will but God’s. ⁴I share it with Him.
⁵My conflicts about _________ cannot be real.

5. After you have cleared your mind in this way, close your eyes and try to experience the peace to which your reality entitles you. ²Sink into it and feel it closing around you. ³There may be some temptation to mistake these attempts for withdrawal, but the difference is easily detected. ⁴If you are succeeding, you will feel a deep sense of joy and an increased alertness, rather than a feeling of drowsiness and enervation.

6. Joy characterizes peace. ²By this experience will you recognize that you have reached it. ³If you feel yourself slipping off into withdrawal, quickly repeat the idea for today and try again. ⁴Do this as often as necessary. ⁵There is definite gain in refusing to allow retreat into withdrawal, even if you do not experience the peace you seek.

7. In the shorter periods, which should be undertaken at regular and predetermined intervals today, say to yourself:

²There is no will but God’s. ³I seek His peace today.

⁴Then try to find what you are seeking. ⁵A minute or two every half an hour, with eyes closed if possible, would be well spent on this today.

(ACIM, W-74.1:1–7:5)

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