I love today’s ACIM lesson, #286, The hush of Heaven holds my heart today. It is the reminder to chill; no need to freak. God has got it covered. Yesterday, I found myself freaking a little. I have a new tenant and since I have PTSD around getting the rent at that place, I find myself envisioning that I will need to evict her. Trust has not yet been established and I had to consciously remind myself that if I wanted things to go well, I needed to assume innocence, not guilt. It reminded me of how, back in my early twenties, I had a girlfriend who was constantly seeking for proof that her man was cheating on her. So, I have easily recognized what a losing proposition that is in relationships for nearly forty years and I have had no difficulty seeing the trustworthiness of my mate. Yet I catch myself acting as if other people are out to screw me over. I forget that “A holy relationship is a means of saving time. One instant spent together with your brother restores the universe to both of you. You are prepared. Now you need but to remember you need do nothing.” So, I am practicing seeing my brother’s innocence; remembering that it feels better and it is less stressful to come from a place of trust. I consciously practice surrounding those I feel afraid to trust in white light. I consciously choose to surrender to God. I allow the hush of Heaven to hold my heart. I relax. Today’s lesson, from last year’s writing:
Last night in my Roots class, we were discussing how the brain creates shortcuts, like a superhighway to results. It knows how to do certain things and travels frequently used neural pathways to get there fast. It’s why practice is important. We were discussing the value of ritual (within the church, but it applies elsewhere, too). It creates shortcuts. I like shortcuts. There is something immensely satisfying about being able to just drop into a state of being quickly. For me, today’s lesson is one of those shortcuts, probably because I used to listen to Marianne Williamson tapes while driving and this was one of those lessons: The hush of Heaven holds my heart today. It reminds me of the unconditional love of the Divine (“Your Love is Heaven, and Your Love is mine.”). It is the reminder that life can be easy when I am in alignment with my purpose. (“How quietly do all things fall in place!”)
It is the reminder that life is good.
The hush of Heaven holds my heart today.
Father, how still today! How quietly do all things fall in place! This is the day that has been chosen as the time in which I come to understand the lesson that there is no need that I do anything. In You is every choice already made. In You has every conflict been resolved. In You is everything I hope to find already given me. Your peace is mine. My heart is quiet, and my mind at rest. Your Love is Heaven, and Your Love is mine.
The stillness of today will give us hope that we have found the way, and travelled far along it to a wholly certain goal. Today we will not doubt the end which God Himself has promised us. We trust in Him, and in our Self, Who still is One with Him.
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I need do nothing. This is the ultimate shortcut – the recognition that by accepting the Atonement, the Holy Instant is born. “A holy relationship is a means of saving time. One instant spent together with your brother restores the universe to both of you. You are prepared. Now you need but to remember you need do nothing.” When the hush of Heaven holds my heart, I am allowing God to lead.
It’s shocking how easy it is. Well, simple, anyway. The seeming lack of ease is ego’s resistance, nothing more. It’s the attempt to run the show. But of course, none of us have all the information needed to run the show. We have no idea of what it is we don’t know but I guarantee you, it’s plenty.
When I stop fighting God, when I listen, when I allow the Holy Spirit to be my brain trust, things do just fall into place. Of course, when that happens too easily, it tends to freak me out a little.
Most of us know exactly what we should be doing but trepidation (i.e. a lack of trust in God to give me what I want) causes us/me to hold back a little; to see if things are going to go our/my way.
We try to hedge our bets, you know, just in case God doesn’t come through. At least, that’s what I catch myself doing. Of course, the ridiculous piece of that is that hedging my bets usually means I’m out of integrity. It’s the whole, “I think I’ll go to the doctor to get some medicine” because I don’t trust God/my body/myself to heal. It’s the “I better take this side job to earn extra money” because I don’t trust I’ll have enough deals to cover my expenses. There’s no full-on commitment there. I don’t KNOW; I’m hoping. (As a Practitioner, I’m trained to “know the truth,” which is not to believe in illusions. I’m still human, though.)
Last night in class, one of the students said she was making reservations for a group of ministers and the subject of travel insurance came up. One of the women she was making the reservations for poo-pooed the insurance because it’s like asking to need it (all insurance is sort of that). But my student isn’t someone who is comfortable with being on the high wire without a safety net. For her, the insurance is her guarantee that nothing will happen. (Murphy’s Law and all that, something will only go wrong if there isn’t insurance in place.) Life unfolds according to our beliefs.
As Ernest Holmes says,
“It must and will respond to everyone, because it is Law and law is no respecter of persons. We are surrounded by an intelligent force and substance, from which all things come – the ultimate Essence, in this invisible and subjective world, of all visible and objective forms and conditions. It is around us in its original state, ready and willing to take form through the impulse of our creative belief. It works for us by flowing through us. This law we did not create; this law we cannot change. We can use It correctly only as we understand and use It according to Its nature.
“Hence it follows that if we believe that It will not work, It really works by appearing to ‘not work.’ When we believe that It cannot and will not, then, according to the principle, It DOES NOT. But when It does not, It still does – only It does according to our belief that It will not. This is our own punishment through the law of cause and effect; we do not enter it because of our doubts and fears. It is not a punishment imposed upon us by the Spirit of God, but an automatic result of failing constructively to use the Law of God.” (The Science of Mind, p. 52-53)
It takes practice/skill to allow the hush of Heaven to hold one’s heart.
I breathe into it. I notice the many places in my life where I am still working at surrender. As much as I follow this path, ego still wants to drive the bus, even though I told that jerk he’s not licensed to take the wheel!
“This is the day that has been chosen as the time in which I come to understand the lesson that there is no need that I do anything. In You is every choice already made. In You has every conflict been resolved. In You is everything I hope to find already given me. Your peace is mine.”
It’s already done. I never used to understand that (trust issues and all). We say that all that time in my church, but I didn’t “get it.” How could it already be done? I just asked, for Christ’s sake. If I haven’t figured it out yet, how could God?
See how puny I want to make God? Ha!
It took me years to understand that it’s already done because there is no time, the Law (Spiritual Principle, aka God, the Big Guy, Source Energy) always says “yes” and intention is everything. Plus there is the little piece where I remember that this world is an illusion, only the love is real and that the real world (salvation) is assured. (The game is rigged.) I don’t have to figure it all out (ego hates that – it wants to feel important) because it’s already figured out. (What — the work needs to be done twice?) Me getting in the middle of things just interferes with the process. Me getting in the middle is an anti-shortcut.
Trust is a precious thing, and even though I am so much better at it than I used to be, there are still moments….
It’s already done. My job is just to stay on course. To listen. To allow the hush of Heaven to hold my heart. It is, after all, a great shortcut to peace.
Is there some good reason I’ve been fighting off the joy?
“Today we will not doubt the end which God Himself has promised us. We trust in Him, and in our Self, Who still is One with Him.”
The hush of Heaven holds my heart today. I breathe into it. I let it soothe me.
Namaste, my friends, Namaste.
- Ordinary People Living Extraordinary Lives (celiaelaine.wordpress.com)
- “More Mamby Pamby Mumbo Jumbo “: Journey of Abundance 2.0 – Day 38 (susanwithpearls.com)
- Feed One Another: Patterns of Attack and Surrender in Personal Relationships (polishedpearcreative.com)
- Today is my book’s birthday and I’ll dance if I want to (pamgrout.com)
- DYLAN HARPER: “Consciousness – 5 Steps To Open The Floodgates And Expand It” (dreamingwithdolphins.com)
- When Things Don’t Work Out: Who Knows If It’s Good or Bad? (tinybuddha.com)
- Day9: believe in yourself (dailydressproject.blogspot.com)
- Sometimes What I Am is Not Me (tsemrinpoche.com)