‘In my defencelessness my safety lies.’
You who feel threatened by this changing world, its twists of fortune and its bitter jests, its brief relationships and all the ‘gifts’ it merely lends to take away again; attend this lesson well. The world provides no safety. It is rooted in attack, and all its ‘gifts’ of seeming safety are illusory deceptions. It attacks, and then attacks again. No peace of mind is possible where danger threatens thus.
We look past dreams today, and recognise that we need no defence because we are created unassailable, without all thought or wish or dream in which attack has any meaning. Now we cannot fear, for we have left all fearful thoughts behind. And in defencelessness we stand secure, serenely certain of our safety now, sure of salvation; sure we will fulfil our chosen purpose, as our ministry extends its holy blessing through the world.
Today we practice in a form we will maintain for quite a while. We will begin the day by giving our attention to the daily thought as long as possible. Five minutes is the minimum, fifteen to thirty or more is desirable. Each hour adds to our increasing peace. In time, with practice, you will never cease to think of Him, and hear His loving Voice guiding your footsteps into quiet ways, where you will walk in true defencelessness.
I was completely blown away by today’s lesson. As I opened the book and read I felt the words were speaking to me directly as I was in the process of setting up defences against a particular person. I was scared – no terrified – of being hurt and was thinking the best way to protect myself was by setting up a barrier. The first line of the lesson spoke directly to my situation, as though someone had read my thoughts and put the answer there for me to find. I am always enormously spooked and very humbled by these things, and always laugh out loud at the timing.
Instead of continuing with the barriers I was planning to build, to defend before I was attacked, I decided to do the opposite and open myself up. The result was instant and stunning, and my reminder that miracles occur as expressions of love, not of fear and false protection. A relationship based on a holy exchange will last for as long as it needs to. I need do nothing to try to lengthen or shorten it.
I’m pretty certain it was this decision that gave me the impetus to get through the day, to manage with such grace the double booking for my colonic treatment, and to play my part in the Writers Without Borders microphone workshop and rehearsal for out June 16th performance.