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Lesson 109: I Rest in God: Sitting Quietly, Doing Nothing

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From last year’s writing: I rest in God. It’s the only real rest there is.

I Rest in God

I Rest in God

This morning, as I contemplated writing, I found myself wanting a break.  Not from writing: I enjoy taking time to crawl inside my thoughts and deepen my understanding of how to let go of the struggle I’m so skilled at.  I enjoy learning how to embrace harmony.  I want life to be easy.  I am not interested in permission to complain and feed the drama.  No, I like peace.  I like the opportunity to drink in the beauty of life.  The break that I felt I wanted was from non-stop Course stuff.  Just let me write about something else for a while.

So, naturally, because A Course in Miracles, like some skilled mind-blowing psychic, is uncanny in its ability to answer the question with the next reading section, answers my desire with the next lesson: I rest in God.

Seriously!  I ask for a break and you tell me the answer is God????

Yet, as I entered the lesson like some holy chamber that offered respite, I recognized the truth offered to me there.  I rest in God is the very invitation I was seeking — without excluding A Course in Miracles, of course, but I guess the point was not to take my ego up on its sneaky attempt to divert me from my path; the point was to rest.

I rest in God. 

It’s breathing room.  It’s contemplation.  It is sinking into the beauty found in nature, in the sweetness of the breeze, in the harmony of the birds, in just resting a moment; resting in God; resting in Life.

Yes, that.  The lesson:

Lesson 109

I rest in God

We ask for rest today, and quietness unshaken by the world’s appearances. We ask for peace and stillness, in the midst of all the turmoil born of clashing dreams. We ask for safety and for happiness, although we seem to look on danger and on sorrow. And we have the thought that will answer our asking with what we request.

“I rest in God.” This thought will bring to you the rest and quiet, peace and stillness, and the safety and the happiness you seek. “I rest in God.” This thought has power to wake the sleeping truth in you, whose vision sees beyond appearances to that same truth in everyone and everything there is. Here is the end of suffering for all the world, and everyone who ever came and yet will come to linger for a while. Here is the thought in which the Son of God is born again, to recognize himself.

“I rest in God.” Completely undismayed, this thought will carry you through storms and strife, past misery and pain, past loss and death, and onward to the certainty of God. There is no suffering it cannot heal. There is no problem that it cannot solve. And no appearance but will turn to truth before the eyes of you who rest in God.

This is the day of peace. You rest in God, and while the world is torn by winds of hate your rest remains completely undisturbed. Yours is the rest of truth. Appearances cannot intrude on you. You call to all to join you in your rest, and they will hear and come to you because you rest in God. They will not hear another voice than yours because you gave your voice to God, and now you rest in Him and let Him speak through you.

In Him you have no cares and no concerns, no burdens, no anxiety, no pain, no fear of future and no past regrets. In timelessness you rest, while time goes by without its touch upon you, for your rest can never change in any way at all. You rest today. And as you close your eyes, sink into stillness. Let these periods of rest and respite reassure your mind that all its frantic fantasies were but the dreams of fever that has passed away. Let it be still and thankfully accept its healing. No more fearful dreams will come, now that you rest in God. Take time today to slip away from dreams and into peace.

Each hour that you take your rest today, a tired mind is suddenly made glad, a bird with broken wings begins to sing, a stream long dry begins to flow again. The world is born again each time you rest, and hourly remember that you came to bring the peace of God into the world, that it might take its rest along with you.

With each five minutes that you rest today, the world is nearer waking. And the time when rest will be the only thing there is comes closer to all worn and tired minds, too weary now to go their way alone. And they will hear the bird begin to sing and see the stream begin to flow again, with hope reborn and energy restored to walk with lightened steps along the road that suddenly seems easy as they go.

You rest within the peace of God today, and call upon your brothers from your rest to draw them to their rest, along with you. You will be faithful to your trust today, forgetting no one, bringing everyone into the boundless circle of your peace, the holy sanctuary where you rest. Open the temple doors and let them come from far across the world, and near as well; your distant brothers and your closest friends; bid them all enter here and rest with you.

You rest within the peace of God today, quiet and unafraid. Each brother comes to take his rest, and offer it to you. We rest together here, for thus our rest is made complete, and what we give today we have received already. Time is not the guardian of what we give today. We give to those unborn and those passed by, to every Thought of God, and to the Mind in which these Thoughts were born and where they rest. And we remind them of their resting place each time we tell ourselves, “I rest in God.”


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Lately, the daily work is to be in harmony with God.  In church, we are reading The Art of Spiritual Healing by Joel S. Goldsmith.  Goldsmith is all about the harmony.  He is all noticing that without assistance from any of us, God is tending to all our needs.  Goldsmith says:

“Go out into a park where fresh grass is growing, or where the leaves are sprouting on the trees, or a little later when the blossoms are bursting. Notice how God is is-ing every single minute as leaves, flowers, and fruit. And the miracle is that nobody is praying for it; nobody is asking for it; nobody is telling God how much he needs these things the fruit and vegetables and cattle on a thousand hills. And yet in spite of that, God is attending to all of it.”

This reminds me of my favorite haiku.

“Sitting quietly,
doing nothing,
Spring comes,
and the grass grows, by itself.”

                                                                        ― Matsuo Bashō

Sitting Quietly

Sitting Quietly

Resting in God, the need to “do” disappears.  I need only be.  Resting in God, the grass grows by itself, without effort on my part, without conscious direction.

I have some clients who on the surface, seem to be having difficulty finding the house they want to buy.  We’ve looked at dozens of houses; even located several that would work if only the sellers were more sensible about the asking price.  The temptation is to get frustrated with the process.  The temptation is to try harder.  Yet it is frequently only by resting, by trusting that whatever is happening is “just right” that what my mom calls “Goldilocks’ days” are able to appear (days where everything is “just right”).  Working in harmony with God means not attempting to manipulate circumstances (an ego gambit) but resting in what is.  The challenge is that ego often gets fearful when it can’t see progress and then, unknowingly, puts blocks in the path because it is afraid that God doesn’t have it covered.

Yet spring comes and the grass grows by itself.

So today, I rest in God.  I refuse to believe that things are not unfolding perfectly.  I refuse to buy into the ego’s fears.  I refuse to be anxious or frustrated by appearances.  I rest in God, knowing that my preferences are already known; but if I want to see progress, I need to stop acting like a helicopter mom and trust the process.

I rest in God.  Truth be told, it feels good.

Namaste, my friends, Namaste.


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