“Holy are you, eternal, free and whole, at peace forever in the Heart of God. Where is the world, and where is sorrow now? (M-15.1)”
1 – Comfort
This passage is comforting, even when we do not find it (at first reading) to be believable. We do want to be whole people, able to give and receive love. And we do want to be free and at peace.
2 – Being Free
Before we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we have an “imprisoned will” (from the Text). Once we begin, ever so tentatively, to follow Him as our Guide, we learn, slowly at first (usually) what being free actually entails. The Holy Spirit guides us to our real will, which is totally at One with God’s Will. The Holy Spirit choose for us (from ACIM); he leads us to our heart’s desire. But this is our real desire, not the frivolous and useless “pleasures” of the world that soon turn to ashes and dust in our hands.
3 – Heart of God
When we live in the Heart of God, we do not fret or worry. Of course, and certainly in the beginning, we do not consistently feel God’s mercy. The transition normally takes some time (though it can happen instantaneously). We have glimpses of the real world, the world we see just before Awakening. But we have to realize that these perceptual differences, while miracles, will not last, because miracles are perceptual and nothing perceptual is lasting. (These are paraphrases from ACIM.) So let us take one tiny step after another in the direction of God today. Let us ask for His “felt presence” (a quotation from Eckhart Tolle).
4 – God’s Felt Presence
Sorrow is no more when we are experiencing God’s felt presence. We know that we are beloved, and we do not agonize about the future (or even the present, and certainly not the past). We are living in the present, as God would have us do.
5 – Peace
And we are at peace.
Most of us do not really believe that we are holy, and when we are consumed by the ego, being called “holy” seems to be not credible. But we have not changed from our creation; we are as You created us, and we only made a detour into fear–an egoic mistake because of a “tiny, mad idea.”
Help me to leave all such foolishness behind today. You know that we all try the best that we can at even given moment. We make mistakes, but You and we together can correct those mistakes. I would correct my mistakes today.
Help me to feel the gratitude for You that keeps me safe from all harm.