“Can you imagine what it means to have no cares, no worries, no anxieties, but merely to be perfectly calm and quiet all the time? Yet that is what time is for; to learn just that and nothing more.” (A Course in Miracles, FIP ed., T-15.I.1)
Is “perfectly calm and quiet” desirable? Many of us would say “no,” given our present state of mind. We are addicted to drama, but when we Awaken, we won’t want drama anymore. We will see the value of calm and quiet, and we will recognize that in calm and quiet, we are finally at peace.
In time we learn the value of calm and quiet. Jesus says in this quotation that this is what time is for, just to realize come to the state in which we have “no cares, no worries, no anxieties.” Now this is motivation, is it not?
I have known people who felt that to be “perfectly calm and quiet all the time” would not be desirable. These individuals are caught in the throes, still, of living an egoic life—being bound by the part of the self that abides in the ego. The bottom line then becomes “drama.”
Eckhart Tolle, an Awakened individual, indicates that in his significant relationships he does not know drama. In his presentations on video, he is an extremely calm individual. Eckhart has written several books in which he details the experience of Awakening, and in them (The Power of Now; A New Earth) he gives practical advice designed to lead us to this state of calm and quiet.
I also know an individual in my town who experienced Awakening 30 years and more ago, and she has sustained that experience. Her demeanor is also quite calm. And she is very easy to relate to. Her ego is missing.
The calm and quiet that we will enjoy as time goes by will grow to significant experience when God has deemed that we are ready for Awakening. In the meantime, we can move in that direction by seeking out situations that reinforce a calm mind.