The idea for today can be regarded as the central thought toward which all our exercises are directed. God’s is the only Will. When you have recognized this, you have recognized that your will is His. The belief that conflict is possible has gone. Peace has replaced the strange idea that you are torn by conflicting goals. As an expression of the Will of God, you have no goal but His.
It’s very simple, really: singular purpose. Direct your mind to the truth and conflict is impossible. The only reason for conflict, is duality. The belief that there is any such thing as ‘two’ would have to lead to conflict. There is you, and something outside of you, with which you agree or disagree. It is the idea that you are separate from everything, that you have a value in and of yourself, and that your opinions matter. For just one instant, right here and now, let go of all opinions, all judgments, stop giving value to your limited ideas about anything, and let the peace of God come into that empty space.
There is great peace in today’s idea, and the exercises for today are directed towards finding it. The idea itself is wholly true. Therefore it cannot give rise to illusions. Without illusions conflict is impossible. Let us try to recognize this today, and experience the peace this recognition brings.
This moment, right here and right now, the peace of God is available to you. It is your natural inheritance. The experience of it doesn’t take time, doesn’t take great effort, it is simply the willingness to follow instructions.
Begin the longer practice periods by repeating these thoughts several times, slowly and with firm determination to understand what they mean, and to hold them in mind:
There is no will but God’s. I cannot be in conflict.
Then spend several minutes in adding some related thoughts, such as:
I am at peace.
Nothing can disturb me. My will is God’s.
My will and God’s are one.
God wills peace for His Son.
During this introductory phase, be sure to deal quickly with any conflict thoughts that may cross your mind. Tell yourself immediately:
There is no will but God’s. These conflict thoughts are meaningless.
The ideas you practice today are not an assertion. There is nowhere in it where you say, “I want it thus”. It is a surrender, a letting go, a giving up. Finally you don’t want to be right about anything anymore, you simply want peace and happiness. And it is given you, by following a few simple steps.
If there is one conflict area that seems particularly difficult to resolve, single it out for special consideration. Think about it briefly but very specifically, identify the particular person or persons and the situation or situations involved, and tell yourself:
There is no will but God’s. I share it with Him. My conflicts about ______ cannot be real.
After you have cleared your mind in this way, close your eyes and try to experience the peace to which your reality entitles you. Sink into it and feel it closing around you. There may be some temptation to mistake these attempts for withdrawal, but the difference is easily detected. If you are succeeding, you will feel a deep sense of joy and an increased alertness, rather than a feeling of drowsiness and enervation.
The moment you let go, the moment you are willing to entertain for a moment that the thing which has preoccupied your mind, and that you have given great importance, has no reality at all, something else can happen. There is no way to define the experience, words can’t express it, but you can feel it. It is energizing and relaxing at the same time. It is the moment where all things fall into place. It is the holy instant where you recognize you are the cause of what you think and feel. It is that of which we can’t speak.
Joy characterizes peace. By this experience will you recognize that you have reached it. If you feel yourself slipping off into withdrawal, quickly repeat the idea for today and try again. Do this as often as necessary. There is definite gain in refusing to allow retreat into withdrawal, even if you do not experience the peace you seek.
It takes some vigilance, a determination not to fall asleep again. You have the power to say, “Not this.” You are not a victim of what you think or feel or do, or of whatever seems to happen to you. Your thoughts about anything have no reality, and you can direct your mind to an experience of peace and joy simply by repeating the lesson today and letting it work in you.
In the shorter periods, which should be undertaken at regular and predetermined intervals today, say to yourself:
There is no will but God’s. I seek His peace today.
Then try to find what you are seeking. A minute or two every half an hour, with eyes closed if possible, would be well spent on this today.