Salvation is my only function here.
Whenever I am sitting in my feelings, those pained emotions that are the seeming results of situations in my life, be it sadness, anger, upset, worry, concern, etc., I can choose another way. However, the prospect of another way may seem far-fetched or hard to reach in those moments as I am overwhelmed with emotion. I have found that it is easier to acknowledge the feelings rather than cover them or deny them. The ego, who reads the Course along with me, knows how to use it against me. Typically, it starts its opinions with the word “should” as in “I should be more spiritual than this,” or “I should not feel this way,” and on it goes. This is not allowing me to be in the present moment. In the present moment is where I will begin to heal. In the present moment I can acknowledge that yes, right now, I am not feeling peaceful or spiritual, instead I am feeling _______.
This feeling does not define who I am; it is merely a fearful thought. As I begin to recognize and become aware that I do not wish to continue the thoughts or experience the unpleasant feelings, this is where I am ready to invite the Holy Spirit into the moment. He assists me when I invite Him to do so.
Excerpt from Lesson 99 in our Journey Through the Workbook for Students: Divine Messages