Insights By: Ryan Westbrook-Vigue

Workbook Lesson: 361 – 365 Insights

This holy instant would I give to You.

Be You in charge. For I would follow You,

Certain that Your direction gives me peace.


Lesson 361 – 365


This holy instant would I give to You.

Be You in charge. For I would follow You,

Certain that Your direction gives me peace.



“Be You in charge.” These words open the gates to Love’s healing Light. These healing words pave the way to my awakening to the truth. On this last day of the year, I need to remember these words, “Be You in charge,” and I can be confident that healing will follow. My heart is filled with gratitude for this year dedicated to receiving the Holy Spirit’s healing perspective for each lesson. This practice has strengthened my trust in His presence in my life. It has strengthened my confidence that He is ever present to guide me in all things, to teach me the way of healing and to be a Friend, Comforter, and Confidant. This year of lessons has been preparing me to live. The Holy Spirit’s direction is always toward peace; it is a life of increasing peace and happiness. The form of my doing in the world may not change, but the meaning I give it does. Less and less of my doing is motivated by a sense of needing to protect myself against some unknown imagined pending danger. Now my doing is motivated by the heartfelt desire to extend Love, to see the face of Christ in all my brothers and sisters, to bring the miracles of forgiveness to the world. 


The appeal to peace becomes stronger than the appeal of specialness. Gradually I begin to see that those areas of my life that I still want to reserve for myself no longer have the attraction they once had. Gradually I offer them to the Holy Spirit and He gives me the gift of peace and eternal happiness in exchange. The Holy Spirit does not coerce or demand. He holds out His gifts to me and judges not. I take them when I am ready. “A Course in Miracles” offers me a means to accelerate my willingness to receive the gift of God’s peace and joy. That is why I must follow and not lead. The Holy Spirit teaches me to see as He does, to see the truth behind every form of separation. My job is to the Holy Spirit in, to give the Holy Spirit the chance to do He’s healing work in my mind.


I may rise and fall and rise and fall again, but one thing is certain. In reality dreams 

do not matter, for they are merely dreams. The truth remains that I am still the Light of God. I cannot change that through dreaming. I cannot effect a change in what I am in any way. I am safe in the Mind of God because I cannot leave the Mind of God. My dreams may appear very real to me, but in fact they mean nothing because they are nothing. Letting the Holy Spirit into my mind is now my job. Being open to the Holy Spirit’s healing perspective is my job right now. “Be You in charge. For I would follow You, certain that Your direction gives me peace. I am a person who usually likes to be in control and in charge. What I have noticed as I have begun to turn my life over to the Holy Spirit is that total surrender, I now feel as if I am in control of my life. Before I sometimes felt like I was in a runaway car without steering and brakes. I was at the wheel, but the car wasn’t going where I thought I wanted it. I think that one reason I resisted turning everything over to the Holy Spirit was that I feared losing control. I guess that need to feel independent and in charge of my own life is part of the ego’s strategy to get me to value separateness. Surrender to God does not diminish my power, but actually increases it. 


I am to have the habit of giving every instant to the Holy Spirit to receive His direction. It is this that makes the instant holy, I have released the purpose I would give it in listening to the ego and instead open to the direction the Holy Spirit would give. I am assured that by doing this I will have peace. All the exercises leading up to this point have been designed to clear the way and open my mind and to be receptive to the Holy Spirit’s direction. With the foundation of understanding form the Text and the practice of giving every moment to the Holy Spirit developed in the Workbook lessons, my life becomes a demonstration of a changed perception, and that miracles bring peace. As it says in the introduction to the Manual, “To teach is to demonstrate.” We are always teaching by what we demonstrate in our lives. Practical Application is MiraclesOne philosophy. It’s one thing to read words on a page and it’s a total other thing to put those words into action. Giving every moment to the Holy Spirit may seem like a never-ending task. It becomes easier when I just focus on the present moment. It says in the epilogue that the Holy Spirit will provide “all answers that you need for anything that seems to trouble you. He knows the way to solve all problems and resolve all doubts.” In one of the earlier lessons I am told to affirm, “Let me recognize where the problem is so it can be solved.” If I seem to be having a problem that is not being resolved, it is because I am not recognizing where the problem really is. The ego is always more than happy to provide “solutions.”, but I need to remember that in all things the ego’s motto is always “seek and do not find”. All the ego’s “solutions” are really stalling tactics, decoys to keep me from searching where the solution really can be found. The solution is never at the level of form, although the Holy Spirit may use form to help me bridge toward the real solution. 


There are no words to express my gratitude for the Course. I give thanks today that I have the means to return to the certainty and unity of Love, my Source. Today I will have a quiet and open mind. I give today to the Holy Spirit that He would be my constant Companion and Confidant. He knows how to decide for me. He knows how to straighten my mind. I have forgotten my Self in illusions. I need help from my constant Companion, Confidant, and Guide. 


I personally will start the lessons over again from the beginning because, as I grow spiritually, I see things from a different perspective and that’s always exciting to me to see where I was this past year or even six years ago. I believe the promises of the Course are becoming more real for me and I look forward to continuing my journey of awakening, remembering that we are all joined as one. 


Mighty Companions, 


Thank you for joining as we studied the Workbook for Students together. We have learned, grown, healed, and will continue together on our journey Home. I wish each of you a 2020 full of His Love, Joy, and Peace. May your 2020 be filled with miracles. 



Holy One, 


I open my mind to You today to receive Your comforting touch. Your healing touch of Love and peace and joy heals my mind of false values and gently guides me Home, where I belong. I am eternally safe with You. There is no fear too big for You to handle. By making You my constant Companion and Confidant, I learn of and remember eternity at last. “This holy instant would I give to you.”



Wishing each of you the deepest peace,



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