Friday, July 6, 2007

Lesson 188:

The peace of God is shining in me now…

I thought today, I’d invite us to join together in the practice suggested by the lesson. The peace of God is that still point of light within our mind from which the entirety of the so-called world we seem to see, unfolds. This is what I often refer to as the zero-point, the light of all possibility, awaiting designation… It is the place where the peace of God is shining, now. It is critical to our purpose here to return home to this place and to become indelibly intimate with our Self here…now…

At this stage of the lessons we are no longer busting through the heavy defense structure of the ego so much as accepting it as merely what it is, a set of false ideas about who we are, design to deny the truth. We are now in the process of looking honestly upon the truth within, which cannot be seen using the old beliefs and technologies of the ego belief structure. We have let ourselves take a good look at the thinking we had about ourselves and the world and found it not only wanting, but counter-productive in every way to any real and lasting happiness. We have at least considered the possibility that we have been wrong as our own teachers of the meaning of life, and sought the teacher for the Voice for God. We have surrendered enough to feel better about the direction of our lives…

I have found often, that it is this stage of our commitment to ’give one year’ to the doing and practicing the lessons, that we, feeling so much better, get lax in our participation; think we have come further than we actually have, letting a sort of ‘comfort-fog’ begin to slip into mind. We begin to pay more attention to what is going on ‘out-there’ (as if there is out-there) and, not feeling as passionate toward the discoveries of the inner-Self offered with each daily lesson.

This portion of the inward journey, which the lessons lead us on, truly leads past all the deceiving thoughts that were so difficult to face in the beginning of the journey, and into a direct experience with the truth.

This is death to the ego, which will employ all manner of seduction to lure us away. E.g. “okay, now don’t worry, I’ve got this spiritual gig down, now… I can take it from here”. The ego is a master mimic. But we can no longer be completely duped. We are no longer completely insane…

Today, I encourage us to be vigilant in our practicing, please join me in this exercise from the lesson today:

Let us, now, as the lesson directs, sit quietly, with eyes closed. The light within is sufficient. Look only at and with this light within... it is all there is ~see…It alone has power to give the gift of sight… Excluding the outer world, we let our thoughts fly to the peace within…~They know the way. Our honest thoughts, we think with God, untainted by the dream of worldly things outside our Self, become the holy messengers of God Himself… We practice coming nearer to the light in us today. We take our wandering thoughts and gently bring them back to where that fall in line with all the thoughts we share with God. We let the light within our minds direct all thoughts that strayed back home. Now, we call them back; and wash them clean of strange desires disordered wishes. We restore them the holiness if their inheritance…We lay our saving blessing, as we say:

The peace of God is shining in me now.

Let all things shine upon me in that peace,

And let me bless them with the light in me.

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