Wednesday, April 23, 2008

LESSON 49 God's Voice speaks to me all through the day.


God's Voice speaks to me all through the day.

It is quite possible to listen to God's Voice all through the day without interrupting your regular activities in any way. The part of your mind in which truth abides is in constant communication with God, whether you are aware of it or not. It is the other part of your mind that functions in the world and obeys the world's laws. It is this part that is constantly distracted, disorganized and highly uncertain.

The part that is listening to the Voice for God is calm, always at rest and wholly certain. It is really the only part there is. The other part is a wild illusion, frantic and distraught, but without reality of any kind. Try today not to listen to it. Try to identify with the part of your mind where stillness and peace reign forever. Try to hear God's Voice call to you lovingly, reminding you that your Creator has not forgotten His Son.

We will need at least four five-minute practice periods today, and more if possible. We will try actually to hear God's Voice reminding you of Him and of your Self. We will approach this happiest and holiest of thoughts with confidence, knowing that in doing so we are joining our will with the Will of God. He wants you to hear His Voice. He gave It to you to be heard.

Listen in deep silence. Be very still and open your mind. Go past all the raucous shrieks and sick imaginings that cover your real thoughts and obscure your eternal link with God. Sink deep into the peace that waits for you beyond the frantic, riotous thoughts and sights and sounds of this insane world. You do not live here. We are trying to reach your real home. We are trying to reach the place where you are truly welcome. We are trying to reach God.

Do not forget to repeat today's idea very frequently. Do so with your eyes open when necessary, but closed when possible. And be sure to sit quietly and repeat the idea for today whenever you can, closing your eyes on the world, and realizing that you are inviting God's Voice to speak to you.


Lesson 49
“God’s Voice speaks to me all through the day.”

This lesson is very comforting to me. It assures me that no matter how uncertain or confused I might feel in any circumstance, the calm and loving voice for God is always available to me in every instant. To me this is one of the central thoughts of the Course. I am never alone. God’s help is always available to me. No matter how fearful I may feel in a given moment or guilty or sad or angry, God’s Voice is still available to me, ready to shed His Light to heal my perception. I need only quiet my mind and listen. The Holy Spirit is there, always.

As it says in Chapter 8 of the Text, that His Voice is as loud as my willingness to listen. It is my responsibility to be willing to hear the Voice for God. It is not imposed upon me, for if it were, the equality in which God created me would be broken. I am always free not to listen, but I cannot destroy the Voice for God. His comfort is ever present, waiting to be accepted. His loving message is always available to guide me all through the day.

The more I practice staying in peace, the more I practice taking each unsettling thought to the calm place in my mind where truth resides, the more I will let His Voice guide me all through the day. It really is my will to do so, because my will and God’s Will are truly the same. Resistance comes only from identifying with a false image of myself and wanting it to be real. I cannot defend a separate identity, alone and independent of God, and hear His Voice. But as I recognize that my happiness lies in my union with Love, with God, then my mind is open to the message of Love that His Voice offers me in every moment.

This is my intent. The more I practice, the more I experience His loving, comforting presence. I dedicate today to practice.

In order to hear God’s Voice, I must be willing to turn the ego voice down. When my mind is filled up with the ego’s voice, there is no room left to hear God’s Voice.

Today’s lesson is reminding me to quiet the ego’s voice. This may take some determined practice, because if I am used to the ego’s chatter, it will feel strange when it is quieted. It may feel too quiet. But as I continue to practice this, I will get used to this quietness and the peace that comes with it. I am being asked to open to a new habit of quietness, a new habit of making room for God’s Voice. As I make room by stilling the ego’s voice, the Love and comfort of God is always there. Today is a very important day of practice, making room for God’s Voice.

Help me, Holy Spirit, have the willingness to hear the Voice for God. Help me find and sustain that place of quietness in my mind so I can hear my Heavenly Father speak to me so that I may know of His Will for me today. Help me to remember that my will in in accord with His and that to listen would mean my own salvation and the finding of my real home, that place where I am truly welcome. Thank you. Amen.

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