“All through his training, every day and every hour, and even every minute and second, must God’s teachers learn to recognize the forms of magic and perceive their meaninglessness. Fear is withdrawn from them, and so they go. And thus the gate of Heaven is reopened, and its light can shine again on an untroubled mind. (M43)”
Affirmation: “Let Heaven’s light shine again on an untroubled mind.”
What a blessing is an untroubled mind! And to have this boon, we have only to learn how to recognize the various forms of magic, and learn to avoid them in all their manifestations. We need not fear magic, because ultimately it is meaningless. But magic can cause great havoc in our lives in the meantime, until we have recognized its meaninglessness.
There is an indication in this passage that we must be vigilant against magic (“every day and every hour, and even every minute and second”). Surely, we tell ourselves, we will fail. And we will. But as we practice, the failure rate goes down, surely and steadily. This assurance is motivation to practice well.
If the gate of Heaven is reopened, we are indeed Home. And Home can be while still on earth. There is even a well-known passage in the New Testament in which Jesus asserts this while he is in fellowship with his disciples. Surely it is no different for us now. Recognizing this is a blessing that will quiet our days and give us hope.
Magic is usually some form of attack or anger, or grievance, or even superstition. It is some form of fear, not love. May I recognize magic when I see it today. May You be with me to turn aside from engaging in such fruitlessness.
Thank you for assisting me always. I know that You are there. I can often feel Your presence, and I invite this feeling of Your presence today in all my goings about.