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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.