“Remember that you are tired of learning. You are tired here, after your climb. You simply want to rest and have whatever transformation is to come to you to come. If you could indeed give in to this desire fully, it would speed the transformation along quite nicely. So please, listen to your weariness and to your heart’s desire to rest. Listen to the call to peace and let yourself recline in the embrace of love, feeling the warm earth beneath you and the heat of the sun above you. Let languor enfold you and apply no effort to what you read here. Just accept what is given. All that is being given is the helpful hints you have desired from an older brother who has experienced what you, as yet, have not.” (ACOL, D:Day5.20)
Most of us are very tired from our exertions. I look back to how hard I worked in college, and while it brought me things of this world, I certainly could have lived with a lot less stress and fatigue. I had a fatigue then that long hours of sleep didn’t touch.
So often many of us talk about the rat race of everyday employment, 40 hours a week and more. We have obligations, we know, of family, a mortgage, food to eat, etc., but isn’t there some way, we ask, that we could live that would fulfill us more? So we dream of shirking it all away, and, then, we wonder, what we do have left?
There is a better way. There is an effortless way to receive from union with God the given nature of a good life. How, we ask? After all, most of us have been on the spiritual pathway for a very long time, and yet we sometimes wonder if it is all worth it.
Don’t let meaningless thoughts like this preoccupy us! There is a way that we can have our ideal life, and right here in a heaven on earth. As we listen to guidance from our interior, we get sensations of pathways to take. If we test out these inklings, we learn that they have validity. Then our daily employment, or our college, doesn’t seem so laborious. We have found a new way to live.
Daily prayer, built on trust in a Higher Power, will offer us the union with God that has eluded us. And when we are certain that we have that union, we will walk an easy path. Transformation does await us. We don’t have to wait a day longer. Rest in God’s arms, and know His beneficent good will.
Rest suits me now. Jesus tells me that struggle can be over, that struggle is an instance of the patterns of the ego that still enwrap me. I would be free of their tendrils today. I would come home to You. Accept me with Your grace. You are all that I need.
May this day go well, as I embark on the rest of my life. This is, after all, the first day of the rest of my life. May I savor its blessings.