In Quiet I Receive God’s Word Today

Let this day be a day of stillness and of quiet listening. Your Father wills you hear His Word today. He calls to you from deep within your mind where He abides. Hear Him today. No peace is possible until His Word is heard around the world; until your mind, in quiet listening, accepts the message that the world must hear to usher in the quiet time of peace.

The instructions for today are pretty simple: be still and listen in quiet. In this complicated world, in your complicated thinking, you very quickly overlook the obvious. As you look around you, you may notice how everything in this world is about fast pace, constant distractions and lots of noise. Your cellphone is never far away, constantly updated, ringing every moment for a new call or a new message. You are not even surprised anymore when you see two people dining and they are both on their phones. Distraction is the norm. Anything but being right here and right now, completely present and listening.

There is something amazing that happens when you go inward, when you start to honestly look at your thoughts, your feelings, your beliefs. No distractions, just you in your own mind. It is your most fearful place, the one you try to avoid at all costs, even unto death. Looking directly at the problem, your belief that you are separated from God and from everything around you, you will experience that it has already been solved. But until you look directly at it, you will try to solve bits and pieces that you believe are the problem, but never going to the root of it. The problem is you. The answer is in you. And you can experience it now.

In stillness we will hear God’s Voice today without intrusion of our petty thoughts, without our personal desires, and without all judgment of His holy Word. We will not judge ourselves today, for what we are can not be judged. We stand apart from all the judgments which the world has laid upon the Son of God. It knows him not. Today we will not listen to the world, but wait in silence for the Word of God.

You still your mind and listen in quiet. And you hear God’s Voice. It’s an amazing experience, so simple and easily received. This is only the beginning. Giving and receiving are the same. You have to give away what you have received, or you will forget again.

Hear, holy Son of God, your Father speak. His Voice would give to you His holy Word, to spread across the world the tidings of salvation and the holy time of peace. We gather at the throne of God today, the quiet place within the mind where He abides forever, in the holiness that He created and will never leave.

How do you spread the Word of salvation? By being it. By extending it every moment through the action that comes from the Thought of God. It is easy when you come from the place of stillness. It is effortless when you let go of your ideas of what you think spreading the Word is, but simply listen and learn and do.

Today He speaks to you. His Voice awaits your silence, for His Word can not be heard until your mind is quiet for a while, and meaningless desires have been stilled. Await His Word in quiet. There is peace within you to be called upon today, to help make ready your most holy mind to hear the Voice for its Creator speak.

Try it today. Be still and listen in quiet. It is completely worth your while. Thousands of years are shortened as you listen, and somewhere someone joins with you in the stillness and remembers: there is a God. You may not be aware of the gift you give when you listen, but you can trust that when you receive the Word of God it is received for all.

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I could see peace instead of this

Great lesson for today. Practice it and feel it working in you.

Peace of mind is clearly an internal matter. It must begin with your own thoughts, and then extend outward. It is from your peace of mind that a peaceful perception of the world arises.

Whatever thought arises in you, you can use it for the lesson.

I could see peace instead of this.

I could see peace in this situation instead of what I now see in it.

I can replace my feelings of depression, anxiety or worry [or my thoughts about this situation, personality or event] with peace.

These lessons do work. Jesus says in the Urtext, ‘Ask me first.’ Before you do anything, you just check in with Jesus, He is with you always. Applying the lesson is the same thing. Before you respond to anything, repeat the lesson. Before you undertake any action, repeat the lesson. You know now not to count on anything that you have taught yourself, because you have taught yourself badly. Your good intentions avail you nothing, your good ideas bind you to the world you see. It is enough to know that this world has no reality, it is a reflection of your mind and you see in it what you want to see. The only good advice you can give your brother is to do the lesson for today, to direct him towards the peace of God that is inside him. Because by reminding him you are reminding yourself.

I could see peace instead of this.

I do not perceive my own best interests

In no situation that arises do you realize the outcome that would make you happy. Therefore, you have no guide to appropriate action, and no way of judging the result. What you do is determined by your perception of the situation, and that perception is wrong. It is inevitable, then, that you will not serve your own best interests. Yet they are your only goal in any situation which is correctly perceived. Otherwise, you will not recognize what they are.

The first 50 lessons in A Course In Miracles are really set up to show you that you have been mistaken. You might at this point get a little, or a lot, disheartened. Don’t worry about it. Jesus is simply telling you that you have been off the mark. It is not a sin, you are not guilty, you have only been mistaken. It is in the active recognition of the mistake that the simultaneous correction takes place. It’s not about being right, it’s not about being wrong, but only about the truth. The truth shall set you free.

If you realized that you do not perceive your own best interests, you could be taught what they are. But in the presence of your conviction that you do know what they are, you cannot learn. The idea for today is a step toward opening your mind so that learning can begin.

It is just mind-blowing in its simplicity and reasonableness. When you are convinced that you know something, you are not open to ask. This is what Jesus means when He says, “Be ye as little children”. Children don’t assume they know anything, they ask for help. They are open to be shown.

The tendency will always be to experience a little light and then to shut down. You have the smallest light experience and then you think that it is what the universe is. Don’t ever presume to know anything. Jesus keeps saying in the Urtext, “Ask me first”. Whenever things get chaotic He gives the reminder, “You should have asked me first”, and then shows how all the chaos could have been avoided. Ask Jesus first. It will save you an amount of time you can’t even realize.

In the situation involving ___, I would like ___ to happen, and ___ to happen.
I do not perceive my own best interests in this situation.

It’s just the simple recognition that you. as you see yourself within a body identity, don’t know anything. Standing at this point of admission, where your mind is blank, all things can be revealed to you and you recognize that all knowledge is given you. It is miracle. It is not of your doing, it is of God. It really is that simple.