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October-December, 2022

There Is No Peace Except the Peace of God

by Rev. Myron, Jones, Ordained Ministerial Counselor

For several years now, I have asked Jesus to clarify the daily Workbook Lessons and from that clarity, I write whatever comes to me. This year, I stepped way out of my comfort zone and started sharing this contemplation on YouTube.

So now each lesson so far is available there. I discovered that I enjoy sharing in this way and the feedback I receive is a bonus. If you would like to join with me in this way, here is the link to my channel. https://www.youtube.com/c/MyronJonesOMC. For those who prefer reading over watching a video, the lessons are available on my website. https://forgivenessisthewayhome.org/

The following is from Lesson 220. I am sharing this one because I had a lot of positive feedback on it and because it was helpful to me.

“I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”

“1. There is no peace except the peace of God.

Let me not wander from the way of peace, for I am lost on other roads than this. But let me follow Him Who leads me home, and peace is certain as the Love of God.

I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.”

All I have to do to remain at peace is to make peace my goal and to keep turning to the Holy Spirit for guidance when I lose my peace. Peace is not something I find in the world or that I achieve through changing something in the world. It might seem like the world is my problem and that I need to change something there, but that is not true. The world is an outward manifestation of an inner condition. It is simply the effect of something in the mind. If I am not peaceful, I need to look within for the problem and for the answer. Both are right there in my mind. 

Gratitude for Simple Practices

Trying to change the world is like putting a Band-Aid on a bullet wound. The bullet is still in there and causing damage, and it’s probably going to keep bleeding. If you got shot, you would go to the doctor to have the bullet removed, the wound cleaned and properly bandaged. The doctor would then tell me what to do to heal properly.

My mind is confused when I think something in the world needs to be changed for me to be happy. I call on Dr. Spirit to remove the wrong-minded thoughts, to clean up my thinking, and to advise me on how to see this differently. 

After that, I fill my mind with the truth so that I don’t fall back into the same old thinking. I have learned that one-minute meditations are very helpful. I pause in my day so that I can let my mind return to its natural state if only for a moment or two. Then I bring peace and joy back into the world. I feel so much gratitude for these simple practices that have shifted my thinking in a permanent way.  

From Cate Grieves

I read this from Cate Grieves, who has used the Course to awaken in the world and to achieve the peace of God: 

“What I came to see was that if I desired anything in this world — even the smallest thing – just for an instant — I lost the peace. The most subtle of an idea that my happiness could lie in something in this world — took me out of it. 

“The desire for the peace of God has to be our only desire. Here is the answer — no compromise is possible in this. (Lesson 185) I am here to say that this is possible. I’m not extra ordinary. I’m not special. I just didn’t compromise.” 

I Saw the Light

Oh my gosh! Suddenly I saw the light! I saw that this is the answer for me. From Lesson 185, “I want the peace of God. To say these words is nothing. But to mean these words is everything.” And, “No one can mean these words and not be healed.” Then I looked again at what Cate said. She said that she lost her peace if she desired anything in the world. And she said she wasn’t special or extra ordinary, just that she didn’t compromise. I knew, absolutely knew, that this is right and that I can and must do this. 

So for the next few days, I watched my mind with interest to see what I valued more than I valued the peace of God. I also wanted to see how it is that wanting something in the world moved me out of the peace of God. Here are some of the things I noticed. 

I Was in Peace Until…

I was in peace until I passed a mirror and thought I had to lose some weight. Just like that, I was no longer at peace. That thought was followed by many others. I wondered what to do about my body and what it means that I am having so much trouble losing weight. I started thinking about what I ate that day that I shouldn’t have. At that moment in which I decided that I need to lose weight, I lost my peace. Or that my body identity, the image I present to the world and that I think of as me, became what is important to me. I was no longer at peace. 

And Another Time

Another time, I was at peace until I wished my son would call me or that I could visit him. Then I felt sad and lonely, and my mind thought up a special relationship story about this and was off and running. I had been happy and at peace, and I had a simple thought of missing my son. I didn’t think how much I love my son, which would not have disturbed my peace and would have, in fact, brought me more joy. Instead, I thought he should be here with me, that I would be happier if he were here. I wanted the world to be different so I could be happy, and in that thought, I was no longer in peace. 

Pain Is a Choice

I had pain, and I remembered that pain is a choice. Jesus tells us this in many ways. In Chapter 8, The Body as Means or End, he says this. 

“Sickness is a way of demonstrating that you can be hurt. It is a witness to your frailty, your vulnerability, and your extreme need to depend on external guidance. The ego uses this as its best argument for your need for its guidance. It dictates endless prescriptions for avoiding catastrophic outcomes.”  (T-8.VIII.6:1-4)

I was using pain to avoid knowing I am an eternal and Divine Being, the Son of God. I was using pain to keep myself in the illusion and bound to the ego. In other words, I was using pain to avoid the peace of God. Is that insane? 

Choosing Again

I was doing yard work, and it was very hot. While I thought about that and felt like I needed it to be cooler, I was miserable. I could not sustain the peace of God as long as my mind kept going back to how drained I felt. Or while I bemoaned how the high humidity felt like I was trying to breathe hot water. I wanted the world to be different. I chose something other than the peace of God. 

But in each of these circumstances, I chose again. I remembered Lesson 185. I remembered that, “The peace of God is everything I want.” I know from years of doing this work that I cannot simply say that I am not going to think certain thoughts and they stop. But I know that if I want these thoughts to be removed from my mind, they will be. The Holy Spirit responds to our slightest desire for healing.

So, This Is What I Did

I saw that when these stray thoughts came into my mind, and I found myself wanting something besides peace, I immediately lost that wonderful, joyful peace. I reminded myself that the peace of God is everything I want. So, I asked the Holy Spirit to heal my mind of the belief that anything else can make me happy.

I didn’t try to stop missing my son. Instead, I asked for healing and began to anticipate that healing. I am watching my mind and my feelings to see what it is like to feel only love for him and no need at all. 

I didn’t try to stop caring about how I looked. Instead, I started watching for a change, not knowing what that would look like. I assumed it would be a change that does not leave me feeling guilty and afraid. In fact, I anticipated feeling free! How that occurred or what it looked like was not my business. My desire for this healing is my part, the rest is for the Holy Spirit, and He does not need my help. 

I Was Fine

When the heat index where I was working was 102, I was fine. I was hot, but I was not suffering. I was at peace. Knowing it could be that high and higher all next week, I was at peace with that. I was not worried about it and had no reason to dread it. I didn’t feel like calling my family or friends and asking them to commiserate with me. And I didn’t feel like finding somewhere to place blame. I was at peace. 

I spent a few days watching my mind going back to the painful but familiar way of seeing the world. Seeing it as something to change in order to be happy and seeing in the world something I need. But now I see that the peace of God really is everything I need. I hear the ego-mind trying to pull me back into the illusion of need. And I notice the thought that some things are not easily dismissed. But I will happily continue this practice. Like Cate, I will not compromise. I love this! 

Regina’s Tips 

There is great peace in knowing you are eternal presence, witness to appearance and experience, but forever unaffected by them. Knowing yourself as This is the peace of God. It is the only answer that answers all problems immediately. It is the only truth, and it is already true now. All that needs to happen for the peace of God to be your genuine experience forever is to let go of identifying with anything that is temporary, and return identification to the only thing (non-thing) that is always here as yourself.

Rev. Myron Jones, O.M.C., is a Pathways of Light minister living in Westlake, Louisiana. Read her inspiring Healing Journal articles on the Pathways website. Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) Myron’s website is: http://www.forgivenessisthewayhome.org  www.youtube.com/c/MyronJonesOMC

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