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Lesson 236 I Rule My Mind, Which I Alone Must Rule

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Part 2:2 WHAT IS SALVATION

Lesson 236

I Rule My Mind, Which I Alone Must Rule

  1. I have a kingdom I must rule.  At times, it does not seem I am its king at all.  It seems to triumph over me and tell me what to think and what to do and feel.  And yet it has been given me to serve whatever purpose I perceive in it.  My mind can only serve.  Today I give its service to the Holy Spirit to employ as He sees fit.  I thus direct my mind, which I alone can rule.  And thus I set it free to do the will of God.
  2. Father, my mind is open to Your thoughts, and closed today to every thought but Yours.  I rule my mind and offer it to You.  Accept my gift, for it is Yours to me. 

Admittedly, it does not seem as if I am a king of my mind at times!  Jesus tells us in the Course that my mind will serve either the ego or the Holy Spirit.  Today I give my mind to service to the Holy Spirit to use as He sees fit. 

I prayed the prayer this morning during devotion, closing my thoughts to every thought but God’s.  I offered my mind to God.  I asked Him to accept my gift while recognizing that it was actually God’s gift to me. 

Throughout the day, I considered the kingdom where I rule supreme. I choose what thoughts are allowed to enter and what thoughts give cause to shut the gates.  Recalling the fruits of the Holy Spirit, listed in Galatians 5:  Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control, I determined that only thoughts aligned with these attributes would enter my domain.  Drinking coffee on the deck with Lover, weeding and watering the gardens, preparing a lavender-infused chicken (yum!), visiting our cousin in the hospital, and eating our dinner – I ruled my inner kingdom.  Stepping on the elliptical, running the vacuum, loading the dishwasher, I ruled my inner kingdom.  What a fun metaphor, really.  It was a lovely and love-filled day.  Thank you, Jesus.

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Coming up on sixty, my love for God, home and hearth, my husband and family fueled my decision to devote the rest of my life only to pursuits which brought love, joy, peace, and purpose. I am a writer, seeker, student, and teacher with experience professional and otherwise from waitressing to teaching the English language in China, Taiwan, and Singapore. I hold a BA in Psychology from Bloomsburg University, which took nearly 30 years to attain while I squeezed courses in between raising my children, journaling, relationships, work, and an assortment of escapades, some of which I would rather forget! An ongoing passion for reading, writing, adventure, food, and fun, eventually led me to the love of my life, James, whom I met in 1996 and married in 1997. Our life together has been an exciting journey of work and travel, spiritual awakening, and domestic bliss ever since. Although we have experienced the tragic loss of family members and friends through death and estrangement, we have managed to turn our special relationship into a holy one by the grace of God and an acute and growing awareness of “there must be a better way!” In 2006, I published my first novel, Luella’s Calling, and am currently working on my second, Grover Good and the Stone Chateau. From 2013 through 2018, I worked as a Prevention Education Specialist for Transitions, a local domestic violence sexual abuse victim’s service agency. My work there, fueled by a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, led me to obtain an MS in Education from Scranton University. In 2018, I resigned to accompany James on his work travels while focusing on my calling to study and teach A Course in Miracles. To that end, I dedicate the rest of my days to writing, sharing, and teaching the message of salvation found within the Course pages. Thank you for your interest in this blog. As I do not respond to comments on the posts, if you care to contact me, please email me at eckief@yahoo.com.

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