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“No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.”
Jesus is very encouraging in this lesson. He encourages me to seek to reach the truth. He encourages me not to give up. He tells me I cannot fail. He gives me a very helpful bridge, a process, that helps me take baby steps towards opening my mind to the truth. He helps me see the senselessness of the world I think is real. He reminds me where true value lies. He reminds me that I am still in Heaven where God created me and that I cannot really change that. He reminds me that I am only dreaming a dream of being separate from God, from Heaven and that this dream is not what I really want.
He encourages me to seek for Heaven, for the truth is that we all are still extensions of God and we have not changed that Reality. He encourages me to sink below the images I normally fill my mind with to the truth. He tells me I cannot fail and invites me to open the door to a world of Light where nothing has changed and I am one with all that is, which is Love or God. He helps me feel God’s strength. He helps me be aware of the safety and stability and Love, peace and joy which lie in my true Nature. He reminds me that this alone is true. He encourages me to rest in this truth often.
He knows that as I continue to do this and open to the truth more and more that it will be the only thing I want. It will be my only goal. He knows that as my awareness of Love’s eternal Presence grows, the images of the world of separation will be laid down willingly and gladly in favor of God’s world, the real world. Jesus knows that these steps are taken little by little. His goal is to help us all increase our willingness to seek and find the truth.
Today I move one step closer as I practice opening the door and allowing it to swing open with my one intent. Jesus knows that the rest will take care of itself as I continue this practice because no one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.
This is the best time of my life. i no longer get involved in many of the things that I used to do that did not contribute to my awakening, but rather served as distractions and delays. Yet, at the beginning of this exercise, I was shown that there are plenty of details in my thinking that still serve to distract me from seeing the truth, the real world. I saw how my judgments keep my attention on meaningless images that make separation appear real. When I can step back from them, many of these judgments are laughable. I have ideas about how things should be done and disapprove when they are not done that way, whether by me or someone else.
When I look at these rules I have made up with the help of Spirit, I see their total meaninglessness. These judgments keep my attention on form to the exclusion of content. As I can remember to practice asking, “What is this for?” I often quickly see there is no value in the judgment. There is no real gain in doing it the way I think it should be done rather than the way it actually was done.
The more I can let these judgments go, the more I move past giving form importance. My mind opens to seeing the Light of Truth that is behind every form. My life becomes more peaceful and happy. The truth is what I really want.
Holy Spirit, help me to recognize the meaningless and pass it by. As I do this, the ever present truth will be revealed because I will cease to deny it. I am grateful for these exercises, which help me let go of the denial and receive the truth.
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