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“Let me be still and listen to the truth.”
Let yourself rest a while in oneness. There is no conflict there, only perfect peace and a deep sense of well-being. Here you recognize through experience that giving and receiving are the same: One undivided Whole, giving all of Itself to all, eternal because It is changeless, being filled up completely, giving completely, safe, happy, loving, loved, gentleness, being Spirit.
When I let myself open up to this state of mind, it is there, it is real. The world of separate bodies is nowhere and nothing. On the other hand, as I focus on the world of separate bodies, this world becomes very real and God’s Reality seems very distant. The Course tells us that we can have one or the other, not both at the same time. What an opportunity today to take five minutes of every hour to be still and listen to the truth, open to reality, feel the well-being and safety that comes with opening to God’s peace and love and joy.
I need to ask myself, “What are my priorities? What is truly important to me? Where do I find my salvation? Where do I place my trust? How am I to be of service today?” It is only as I am willing to be still and listen to the truth that I receive Reality instead of illusions. As I am open to receive, so do I give. Today I will nurture myself with the truth. I will allow myself to feel God’s gifts of peace and joy. What is more important than this?
When I allow myself to be still, the truth comes with a deep sense of peace. I experience no conflict as I look upon the world. I feel safe. This is the message I receive and the message I give. The message is, “We are one. There are no differences. There is no distance between us.”
My job is to hold that awareness all through the day for myself and all my brothers. Sometimes I may express these thoughts in words for my brothers to hear with the body’s ears. Sometimes it is best simply to hold those thoughts in my mind as I see with the vision of Christ my unity with my brother.It matters not if my brother seems to be dedicated to ego and heavily defended against the truth. I can still give the message in my mind, joined with his that we are one and the same, still Love, as we were created.
In the giving of that thought, it is returned to me, strengthening it in me. And Holy Spirit holds that thought for my brother in safe keeping until he is ready to receive it, just as He has held that thought for me. Today I will be still and listen to the truth.
When I went into work early this morning, I was told that my supervisor’s mother had passed during the night after a downward struggle with heart disease. The immediate and normal reaction of my ego was sadness; for my supervisor, her mother, and mostly fear for myself, as I, too, have a mother in her mid 80’s who’s health is also progressively declining.
It is times like this that the constant practicing of these lessons, the constant repetition of the same thing over and over, as inconvenient as it can sometimes seem, that I see results and change in myself — results that are truly valuable, results that sustain me, results that give me hope.
I quickly began to steady my mind in an attempt to escape the insanity and the fear, and I turned to the Holy Spirit for guidance. I must say I didn’t “hear” anything, I didn’t get an answer, but I felt peace. I went absolutely no further with the fear; I was actually able to let it go and just feel peace. Sometimes, when I ask for guidance, I don’t know what “the answer” is, but today I know that I don’t always need to know “the answer”; all I need to do is be at peace. When I do that, everything starts falling into place. Life just seems to work.
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