From last year’s writing – sounds like I was craving time to spend in quiet then as well.
In quiet I receive God’s Word today — lessons like this make me think that I just want to drop out of the world for a bit – go on a retreat; disconnect from electronics (though at this point that is how I read and write!) – but no TV, no internet, just silence.
It’s a damned lie, of course. Not that it wouldn’t be nice to go but the idea that I need to go on retreat to hear God’s voice clear is an ego ruse. It’s like thinking it needs to be Monday to start a diet; or January 1st to start a new way of being in the world. They are all ego lies designed to keep us from starting NOW.
I’m particularly guilty of this (not that I can be guilty – not’s not the real me, but whatever). The illusion I often believe I am can be particularly guilty of this.
All the more reason to get quiet and listen!
My ego tells me that there is too much hustle and bustle; that it’s too hard to find five minutes of quiet. The ego likes to make things unnecessarily difficult. Last night, in our group, we continued reading The Lessons of Love. It makes the statement, “The full awareness of the Atonement, then, is the recognition that the separation never occurred. The ego cannot prevail against this because it is an explicit statement that the ego never occurred.”
How can what never happened be difficult????
It then continues, illustrating just how in love with difficulty the ego is.
“11 The ego can accept the idea that return is necessary because it can so easily make the idea seem difficult. Yet the Holy Spirit tells you that even return is unnecessary, because what never happened cannot be difficult. However, you can make the idea of return both necessary and difficult. Yet it is surely clear that the perfect need nothing, and you cannot experience perfection as a difficult accomplishment, because that is what you are.
The Course continually blows my mind.
In quiet I receive God’s Word today.
Let this day be a day of stillness and of quiet listening. Your Father wills you hear His Word today. He calls to you from deep within your mind where He abides. Hear Him today. No peace is possible until His Word is heard around the world; until your mind, in quiet listening, accepts the message that the world must hear to usher in the quiet time of peace.
This world will change through you. No other means can save it, for God’s plan is simply this: The Son of God is free to save himself, given the Word of God to be his Guide, forever in his mind and at his side to lead him surely to his Father’s house by his own will, forever free as God’s. He is not led by force, but only love. He is not judged, but only sanctified.
In stillness we will hear God’s Voice today without intrusion of our petty thoughts, without our personal desires, and without all judgment of His holy Word. We will not judge ourselves today, for what we are can not be judged. We stand apart from all the judgments which the world has laid upon the Son of God. It knows him not. Today we will not listen to the world, but wait in silence for the Word of God.
Hear, holy Son of God, your Father speak. His Voice would give to you His holy Word, to spread across the world the tidings of salvation and the holy time of peace. We gather at the throne of God today, the quiet place within the mind where He abides forever, in the holiness that He created and will never leave.
He has not waited until you return your mind to Him to give His Word to you. He has not hid Himself from you, while you have wandered off a little while from Him. He does not cherish the illusions which you hold about yourself. He knows His Son, and wills that he remain as part of Him regardless of his dreams; regardless of his madness that his will is not his own.
Today He speaks to you. His Voice awaits your silence, for His Word can not be heard until your mind is quiet for a while, and meaningless desires have been stilled. Await His Word in quiet. There is peace within you to be called upon today, to help make ready your most holy mind to hear the Voice for its Creator speak.
Three times today, at times most suitable for silence, give ten minutes set apart from listening to the world, and choose instead a gentle listening to the Word of God. He speaks from nearer than your heart to you. His Voice is closer than your hand. His Love is everything you are and that He is; the same as you, and you the same as He.
It is your voice to which you listen as He speaks to you. It is your word He speaks. It is the Word of freedom and of peace, of unity of will and purpose, with no separation nor division in the single Mind of Father and of Son. In quiet listen to your Self today, and let Him tell you God has never left His Son, and you have never left your Self.
Only be quiet. You will need no rule but this, to let your practicing today lift you above the thinking of the world, and free your vision from the body’s eyes. Only be still and listen. You will hear the Word in which the Will of God the Son joins in his Father’s Will, at one with it, with no illusions interposed between the wholly indivisible and true. As every hour passes by today, be still a moment and remind yourself you have a special purpose for this day; in quiet to receive the Word of God.
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I’m grateful for the quiet. Yesterday I spent much too much time listening to my ego. After all this time, it still amazes me how I will sometimes allow that voice to seduce me when all it does it make me feel like crap. I end up feeling guilty and bad because I haven’t done what I want to do.
See, that’s the part that really blow my mind – why the hell do I ever listen to my ego when all the bastard does it lead me to behavior that makes me feel bad about myself??? I end up with a list of “sins” that confirm for my ego what a rotten person I am. My humanity gets in my way and the impulse to beat myself up for not being better rears its ugly, ugly head.
Thank God the game is rigged. Thank God I can’t fuck it up. Thank God I am still loved and still connected and that at any given moment I can choose again. Thank God Forgiveness offers everything I want.
Yes, this is definitely a day when I need to get quiet and listen to the Voice for Love. The Holy Spirit is always the answer. Contrition comes and soothes me back to holiness. All my illusions, all the stories I made up to make things unnecessarily difficult can never change the truth.
The Course poses the question: “6 How else can you find joy in a joyless place except by realizing that you are not there?”
I will not judge myself today, for what I am can not be judged. This is what the Course tells me. In quiet I receive God’s Word today. When I somehow think that I can be something I am not (my ego), then I ask the Holy Spirit for help.
It feels so much better than listening to my ego.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.