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Lesson 106: Let Me Be Still and Listen to the Truth

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Perhaps one of the most important daily lessons: let me be still and listen to the truth. From last year’s writing:

Be Still

Be Still

I awoke to the roar of ego, by which I mean that despite my usual “Thank you, God” upon opening my eyes, the tug of resistance was up in my face immediately.  As I brushed my teeth, I noticed how bloated  I was from my late-night snack of popcorn.  I need to be more attentive about my diet and quit eating crap my mind thinks is “bad” for me.  I need to be more diligent about work. (I need to be still and listen to the truth.) I was at our monthly board meeting for the investment group I belong to and as I listened to the other Realtors on the board, I felt a twinge of guilt over my lack of gung-ho attitude towards capitalizing on every opportunity that crosses my path.

Let me be still and listen to the truth.

The nice thing about these lessons is they assuage my guilt about such things. I am more interested in God than in actively trying to make money.  I am more interested in being still and listening to the truth.  By now, I am so much better at listening to the “correct” voice.  Last night, after staying up to double check on the presence of this weekend’s open houses on Zillow which were mysteriously absent (they had times but no dates – WTF!), I was tired and not at all interested in flossing or taking my vitamins (or even checking Zillow, truth be told!), yet the inner voice urged me to brush properly and take all the proper pills. As much as I wanted to just blow it off, the inner guidance holds sway over my ego at this point.  I know which voice is the ego.  I am getting better at ignoring it (though apparently not good enough to avoid the popcorn!).

In our group last Tuesday, we read this line, 4 The Voice of the Holy Spirit is weak in you. That is why you must share It. It must be increased in strength before you can hear It.”  That is the whole point of this lesson, to teach us that giving and receiving are one in truth: we strengthen the Voice of the Holy Spirit by being still, listening to the truth and then sharing what we hear.  It is through listening that we learn to “teach only love.”  Because minds are connected, it doesn’t even matter if I speak the truth or not; what matters is that I recognize the truth of my brothers even when they have hidden the truth from themselves.  I think this lesson is a call to remembrance: remembrance of who I am, remembrance of who you are and remembrance of who our brothers are, too.

Let me be still and listen to the truth.

This is an invitation to see past the bullshit.  As a teacher for God, this is my job, so to speak.  It is my job to recognize that anything that is not love is a call for love.  If it is missing from the equation, it is my responsibility to introduce it. (“Only what you have not given can be lacking in any situation.”)  It is not my job to instruct others as to their paths; it is only my job to know the truth. (“The sole responsibility of the miracle worker is to accept the Atonement for himself.”)

Today’s lesson is about that.  It is about being still to listen to the truth so that I can receive it in my willingness to share it; in my willingness to “teach only love.”

Lesson 106

Let me be still and listen to the truth.

If you will lay aside the ego’s voice, however loudly it may seem to call; if you will not accept its petty gifts that give you nothing that you really want; if you will listen with an open mind, that has not told you what salvation is; then you will hear the mighty Voice of truth, quiet in power, strong in stillness, and completely certain in Its messages.

Listen, and hear your Father speak to you through His appointed Voice, which silences the thunder of the meaningless, and shows the way to peace to those who cannot see. Be still today and listen to the truth. Be not deceived by voices of the dead, which tell you they have found the source of life and offer it to you for your belief. Attend them not, but listen to the truth.

Be not afraid today to circumvent the voices of the world. Walk lightly past their meaningless persuasion. Hear them not. Be still today and listen to the truth. Go past all things which do not speak of Him Who holds your happiness within His Hand, held out to you in welcome and in love. Hear only Him today, and do not wait to reach Him longer. Hear one Voice today.

Today the promise of God’s Word is kept. Hear and be silent. He would speak to you. He comes with miracles a thousand times as happy and as wonderful as those you ever dreamed or wished for in your dreams. His miracles are true. They will not fade when dreaming ends. They end the dream instead; and last forever, for they come from God to His dear Son, whose other name is you. Prepare yourself for miracles today. Today allow your Father’s ancient pledge to you and all your brothers to be kept.

Hear Him today, and listen to the Word which lifts the veil that lies upon the earth, and wakes all those who sleep and cannot see. God calls to them through you. He needs your voice to speak to them, for who could reach God’s Son except his Father, calling through your Self? Hear Him today, and offer Him your voice to speak to all the multitude who wait to hear the Word that He will speak today.

Be ready for salvation. It is here, and will today be given unto you. And you will learn your function from the One Who chose it in your Father’s Name for you. Listen today, and you will hear a Voice which will resound throughout the world through you. The bringer of all miracles has need that you receive them first, and thus become the joyous giver of what you received.

Thus does salvation start and thus it ends; when everything is yours and everything is given away, it will remain with you forever. And the lesson has been learned. Today we practice giving, not the way you understand it now, but as it is. Each hour’s exercises should begin with this request for your enlightenment:

I will be still and listen to the truth.
What does it mean to give and to receive?

Ask and expect an answer. Your request is one whose answer has been waiting long to be received by you. It will begin the ministry for which you came, and which will free the world from thinking giving is a way to lose. And so the world becomes ready to understand and to receive.

Be still and listen to the truth today. For each five minutes spent in listening, a thousand minds are opened to the truth and they will hear the holy Word you hear. And when the hour is past, you will again release a thousand more who pause to ask that truth be given them, along with you.

Today the holy Word of God is kept through your receiving it to give away, so you can teach the world what giving means by listening and learning it of Him. Do not forget today to reinforce your choice to hear and to receive the Word by this reminder, given to yourself as often as is possible today:

Let me be still and listen to the truth.
I am the messenger of God today,
My voice is His, to give what I receive.

 

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It’s a relief for me to understand this lesson the way I do.  When I ask the question “what does it mean to give and receive?,” this is my answer.  And it’s a relief.  It’s a relief because I always get a little nervous around the lessons that, on the surface, seem to be telling me to “go out and preach the Good Word.”  I can be the messenger of God today (I still can’t believe I write about God every day – what’s up with that!?!?!), anyway, I can be the messenger of God without needing to proselytize.  I get nervous around proselytizing.  I’m not comfortable with it.

But that is one of the reasons I so love the Course.  It’s not my job to convert anyone or to save anyone.  My job is to be still and let me listen to the truth.  I will be led.  I am being led. (How the hell else could I have gotten here?)  I don’t need to judge any of it.  I just need willingness.

God will do His part, if you will do yours.

And I’m good with that.  I can and will be still and listen to the truth.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.

 

 

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