‘Miracles are seen in light.’
It is important to remember that miracles and vision necessarily go together. This needs repeating and frequent repeating. It is a central idea in your new thought system, and the perception that it produces. The miracle is always there. Its presence is not caused by your vision; its absence is not the result of your failure to see. It is only your awareness of miracles that is affected.
To you, then, light is crucial. While you remain in darkness, the miracle remains unseen. Thus you are convinced it is not there. Your faith lies in the darkness, not the light. How can this be reversed? For you it is impossible, but you are not alone in this. Your efforts, however little they may be, have strong support. Today we will devote ourselves to the attempt to let you feel this strength.
Three times today, set aside ten minutes for a quite time in which you try to leave your weakness behind. Begin the longer practice periods with this statement of true cause and effect relationships:
Miracles are seen in light.
The body’s eyes do not perceive the light.
But I am not a body? What am I?
If you are not a body, what are you? Ask this in honesty, and then devote several minutes to allowing your mistaken thoughts about your attributes to be corrected, and their opposites to take their place. Say for example:
I am no weak, but strong.
I am not helpless, but all powerful.
I am not limited, but unlimited.
I am not doubtful, but certain.
I am not an illusion, but a reality.
I cannot see in darkness, but in light.
Try to experience these truths about yourself. Concentrate particularly on the experience of strength. Remember that all sense of weakness is associated with the belief you are a body, a belief that is mistaken and deserve no faith. Relax for the rest of the practice period, confident that your efforts, however meagre, are fully supported by the strength of God and all His Thoughts.
Five or six times an hour remind yourself that miracles are seen in light.
Well, today’s lesson certainly woke me up from that sense of security I’d lulled myself into with the last ten days of reviews. It was nearly three pages long, compared with some review lessons of half or two thirds of a page. As I read it I thought of the first words of one of the performers at last week’s conference evening event. Akiel Chinelo from Speakeasy began by asking ‘are we humans have a spiritual experience, or spirit having a human experience?’
Today’s lesson is very clearly saying we are not just human bodies, and all our problems stem from our beliefs that we are tiny insignificant individuals floating around in a big hostile world, at the mercy of the elements and open to attack from all quarters. This naturally leads us to imagine and believe that we are weak, helpless and limited, and as a result we are riddled with doubt and live in darkness.
There is nothing more debilitating that self-doubt. When the voice in your head tells you you can’t nothing anyone says can convince you until you decide to change the voice and make it more permissive. This is what today’s lesson is about. It’s the start of changing the voice in your head, in my head, in our heads.
There was something amazingly empowering in making the statements of opposites. For some reason I found myself standing as I repeated, ‘I am not weak, but strong…’ etc. I actually felt strong, powerful, unlimited. I felt solid, as if I could not be easily pushed over. It was such a very timely lesson for me because I have been harbouring thoughts of limitations, particularly to do with accomplishing my goals for the year, despite an extremely promising start.
Today I felt strong, and sitting out in the sunshine topping up my vitamin D made me feel even stronger. I love spring, and this year I am appreciating it through the lens of my camera. Even since I went toGuyana,BarbadosandMontserratlast year I’ve become addicted to capturing the everyday things around me. At the moment it’s the eruption of colour everywhere.