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“I will be still an instant and go home.”
As I began to work with this lesson, I was amazed at my resistance manifested as mind chatter that captured my attention. In the moment I gave more value to a passing thought about a project to do today, about something somebody said yesterday, about something I read, and on and on. Paying attention to these things is clearly valuing the valueless. I have the opportunity right now to return Home to the peace and Love of God. There is nothing to keep me from it except my own decision to value something else more.
All my life I have been searching for this peace. I have had glimpses of it, fleeting moments of joyous, all encompassing Love. Yet things of the world soon capture my attention again and the feeling fades. In this lesson the Course is not asking us to be able to maintain a state of full awareness of Heaven yet. It is simply giving us the means to experience it for an instant and bring back the experience so we may look upon the world differently, value its images a little less. As we give ourselves the experience of Home more and more, the world will be less and less attractive.
The Love we experience at Home in Heaven we bring back with us and share with our brothers. Each experience strengthens our willingness to keep on practicing, to keep on opening our minds to that innocent Child within. As I let go and let myself sink into deep peace, the mind chatter fades. As the Love in my heart swells, the Love brings with It the desire to share It. I look upon the world with kind benevolence. The habit of judging fades and I see loving friends everywhere.
There is no sense of urgency, no impatience, for there are no expectations. My brother is perfect Love in truth. There is no need to change him. I do not need to make him conform to an image I have made for him to be. I know he is perfectly safe along with me. In that safety, I trust and wait in the certainty of changeless Love, knowing we go Home together, for there is no such thing as apart. In this feeling I recognize I have gone Home for an instant. I carry the memory in my heart. In every moment it reminds me of the truth. It all comes with allowing myself to be still an instant.
This world is alien to our true Nature. It is not our home. It is the effect of the desire for separation from the oneness of God. Our true Father is not our earthly father. Our true Father is the Love that abides within us still. We are invited here today to return to our true Home, to return to Love which is our natural state. We are invited to let Love be our highest priority. We are invited to let Love, which is our natural state, be given the opportunity to breathe the fresh air found in Its natural Home. We are invited to give Love a chance.
We are reminded the Love we are is there right now in our minds, to be found and experienced if we so choose. We are invited to rest in the Love we are awhile. We are invited to let the Love we are be recognized as our true Home, as everyone’s true Home.
We are aliens in this world of separation. This is an alien world. It does not belong to us. It is not true to our true Nature. It is not our birthplace and it is not our death place. This alien world was spawned from the desire to be as we could never really be in truth.
This alien world can be let go of just as easily as it was desired. It is not what we truly want in our heart of hearts. In our heart of hearts, we want to return Home. We want to return to Love, our Father. We want to return to the only Reality we have in truth. Letting go of limitation and death takes a willingness to let it go. This is my practice today. I will be still an instant and go Home and rest a while in the rich of environment of oneness, of peace, of joy.
For me, this is the most beautiful lesson in the Course. For so long I craved to find serenity in my homes, in my relationships, in my jobs, but somehow I always felt I was missing something. These things would eventually tire me and I’d find myself being restless again and would begin that fruitless search; I began to think something was wrong with me.
When I read this lesson the first time, it brought tears to my eyes; tears of relief because I knew this was my answer; this was what I had been searching for all along. The lesson says that the Child in me needs my protection because He is far from home.
The lesson also says that I will fail Him not and these are the words I need to know that I will fail Him not — I WILL succeed. Yes, go home, Child, go home for an a little while and bring back with you the air that you breathe with my Father, the silence and the peace and the love you find there. Bring this back with you so that the memory of these things can strengthen my journey. And while you’re there, tell my Father that I’m on my way home.
Having no awareness of searching, I never felt the restlessness. However, the “feeling of discomfort in my own skin,” or “on the outside looking in” has plagued me for as long as I can remember. I never connected these feelings to the voice in my head that would cry and shout and whisper, “I just want to go home!” That voice has been with me always.
The first time I read it, I cried too. To know I was not alone in hearing that voice was an enormous relief. This year’s insights have given meditation to me. Meditation has given me the place within to go home to when the Voice says I need replenishing. And today I get the connection of thoughts. This is great stuff.
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