This is the beginning of part two of lessons, and marks a turning point in the structure of the lessons.
Words will mean little now. We use them but as guides on which we do not now depend. For now we seek direct experience of truth alone. The lessons that remain are merely introductions to the times in which we leave the world of pain, and go to enter peace. Now we begin to reach the goal this course has set, and find the end toward which our practicing was always geared.
Now is the need for practice almost done. For in this final section, we will come to understand that we need only call to God, and all temptations disappear. Instead of words, we need but feel His Love. Instead of prayers, we need but call His Name. Instead of judging, we need but be still and let all things be healed. We will accept the way God’s plan will end, as we receive the way it started. Now it is complete. This year has brought us to eternity.
What is forgiveness?
An unforgiving thought is one which makes a judgement that it will not raise to doubt, although it is not true. The mind is closed and will not be released. He who would not forgive must judge, for he must justify his failure to forgive. But he who would forgive himself must learn to welcome truth exactly as it is.
Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.
Father I come to you today to seek the peace that You alone can give. I come in silence. In the quiet of my heart, the deep recesses of my mind, I wait and listen for Your Voice. My Father, speak to me today. I come to hear Your Voice in silence and in certainty and love, sure You will hear my call and answer me.
The shift to the second part of the book heralds a different approach. It feels as if I’m being asked to take responsibility for my learning. Like moving from school to university, where the teachers no longer instruct me on how much time I should spend on each task, or how I should structure my study time. There is a certain freedom in this, but with it comes the burden of responsibility. I’m responsible for working things out for myself.
The great similarity is that there are always lecturers to ask for advice. They are my equivalent of the Holy Spirit, my Higher Self, the one who know all the answers, have seem many like me come to this point and move beyond it. Today, when someone commented on my confidence and asked me what had changed over the last 10 years, I told him that I no longer think that I have to tread this road alone. I know I am not alone, that I have a powerful, all-knowing, all-loving force with me, whose only objective is to lead me to happiness.
So, stillness is the theme of today’s lesson, silence and stillness. I have been very busy recently, but going to take a break at the weekend, and make time for stillness.