I will there be light

This post was written by DoctorJay on January 12, 2010
Posted Under: A Course In Miracles - workbook,compassion,forgiveness,love,meditation

The scientific research done on the effect of prayer on healing has demonstrated that nonspecific prayer when you just pray for the best is more effective than when you tell God what to do. Thus when praying for someone who has heart disease it is much better to pray, “Thy will be done,” than to say, “Heal this heart disease.” Since I read this my favorite prayer has been, “Not my will but thy will be done.”

Today’s practice is bases on the same principle. When we say, “I will there be light,” we are not talking about the ego’s will but we are talking about my true will which is God’s will.

Reminds me of the word Islam which means surrender to the will of God. From the same root we get salam (shalom in Hebrew) which means peace. We also (in Persian anyway) get the word Salamat (health). So surrender to the will of God brings peace and hence health.

This is the I that wills there be light.

From today’s ACIM workbook:

We will begin our longer practice periods with the recognition that God’s plan for salvation, and only His, is wholly in accord with your will. It is not the purpose of an alien power, thrust upon you unwillingly. It is the one purpose here on which you and your Father are in perfect accord. You will succeed today, the time appointed for the release of the Son of God from hell and from all idle wishes. His will is now restored to his awareness. He is willing this very day to look upon the light in him and be saved.

After reminding yourself of this, and determining to keep your will clearly in mind, tell yourself with gentle firmness and quiet certainty:

I will there be light. Let me behold the light that reflects God’s Will and mine.

Then let your will assert itself, joined with the power of God and united with your Self. Put the rest of the practice period under Their guidance. Join with Them as They lead the way.

In the shorter practice periods, again make a declaration of what you really want. Say:

I will there be light. Darkness is not my will.

This should be repeated several times an hour. It is most important, however, to apply today’s idea in this form immediately you are tempted to hold a grievance of any kind. This will help you let your grievances go, instead of cherishing them and hiding them in darkness.

First long practice period:

  • I felt a great sense of peace as kept repeating, “I will there be light.”
  • I next saw a huge strong light…
  • I kept saying my refrain of, “Not my will but thy will be done.”

Second long practice period:

  • I saw a pink mist which covered the whole (whole world, whole universe, or perhaps just the whole of my visual field).
  • I heard (not sound heard – thinking – I don’t know – I’m trying to describe experiences which are basically indescribable), “This is the alignment of human will with God’s will.” I do not know if what I experience are mystical experiences, hallucinations or what? Does it matter? I do know that sometimes when I do these practices (only recently) I have ineffable experiences.
  • Then for a while all disappeared (all thought I think I mean).
  • I remembered times when I have been in the deepest meditation. There are times that I believe my will and God’s will are totally aligned. I believe that I’m omnipotent. At these times I believe I can change anything in the universe…
    At these times the universe is so absolutely perfect that I do not wish to change anything.
    Of course one way of looking at the whole thing is that it is crazy illusions and hallucinations and since I know that I do no do anything which would shatter the illusion. From a certain point of view this scientific explanation is perfect, but from another it is false.
    The whole thing is a myth – myths the way I define them have psychological truth and are more real than scientific truth.
    The meaning of this myth is that when your will is aligned with God’s will you see a reality of light, love, beauty, compassion, forgiveness and most importantly perfection.
    Think about it:

    • God is omnipotent.
    • God is good. God is perfect.
    • God is the Creator of all that exists.
    • How could the universe be anything but perfect.

    That I suppose is the meaning of my deep meditation. It is not that I (my daily ego which has the awareness) have power to do whatever I want but that by aligning my will with God’s I see the light and I see the perfection.
    Perhaps that is what “A Course in Miracles” means by the word vision…

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