I am feeling quite sluggish today and since we’re having company for dinner, I am just going to relax and then determine what I “have to do” before their arrival.
OK. Enough of that!
Will start off with Ken’s thoughts.
“Deep within is the right mind, which we have sought to hide, and hide from. If we want to reach the quiet place wherein dwells the Voice for our Father, we have to return and unveil what we kept hidden. In the text we find this beautifully evocative passage of the forgotten song, whose wondrous melody is heard again, to the extent we can be quiet and listen:
“”Listen, – perhaps you catch a hint of an ancient state not quite forgotten; dim, perhaps, and yet not altogether unfamiliar, like a song whose name is long forgotten, and the circumstances in which you heard completely unremembered. Not the whole song as stayed with you, but just a little wisp of melody, attached not to a person or a place or anything particular. But you remember, from just this little part, how lovely was the song, how wonderful the setting where you heard it, and how you loved those who were there and listened with you.
The notes are nothing. Yet you have kept them with you, not for themselves, but as a soft reminder of what would make you weep if you remembered how dear it was to you. You could remember, yet you are afraid, believing you would lose the world you learned since then. And yet you know that nothing in the world you learned is half so dear as this.
Listen, and see if you remember an ancient song you knew so long ago and held more dear than any melody you taught yourself to cherish since (T-21.I.6-7).””
We thus dedicate ourselves today to be quiet and listen, receiving God’s Word of Atonement that has called to us from before time even seemed to be.”
Beautiful, that was among Helen’s favorite passages, BTW.
OK, just a few more thoughts from Ken.
“We experience the Holy Spirt and remember His Love by letting go of all things that interfere with it. Here Jesus refers to these blocks as “petty thoughts”, “personal desires” and “all judgment.” This means becoming aware of them, for otherwise we cannot choose against them. We learn of these ego defenses as we see their manifestations: our special relationships with each other expressing the mind’s special relationship with the ego. As we become increasingly aware of the guilt and hatred expressed in our bodies – special hate and special love – we learn that what we are experiencing outside is the shadow of what we have first made real in our minds. This is the first clue that there is a mind, which allows us to be aware it is our thoughts that have to change, not anything external.”
“Our reality is oneness, which we remember by looking at how we keep ourselves separate from each other. Such vigilance constitutes the daily practice of ACIM – becoming aware of the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle ways we put barriers between ourselves and others, either through special love or special hate: judging, holding onto grievances, building alliances, and being sure we are right. We recognize the important of shifting from the world’s perception of separate interest – my gain is your loss – to the Holy Spirit’s perception of shared interests. Thus we learn it cannot be that we and our brothers are different – we are one in loss or gain, depending on our decision.
Thus we choose today for all God’s Sons, recognizing their inherent sameness.”
My head is spinning, I am resisting feeling overwhelmed which makes the feeling worse. I find myself more aware of how much I resist feeling feelings that I have deemed not in line with the Course’s teachings. So, there I go again.
Believing I should be more advanced in my practicing, whatever that means, so nutty, really.
Think I will just focus on being quiet. Also, I love Lesson 108, so I will offer peace and quiet to all throughout the day because to give is to receive.
I have been doing that a lot lately. Offering peace, stillness, sinking into stillness, tranquility, all those experiences that connote peace and well-being.
Have a lovely day!