How to Invite Peak Experiences

“Let us separate experiences you might call peak experiences from expe¬riences of extremes that served as learning devices. Peak experiences often follow occasions of happiness or trauma, but they do not happen within them. Peak experiences are what you can look forward to rather than back upon if you but choose the Peace of God.” (ACOL, T1:10.11)

Yes! This is the passage that presents us with Maslow’s concept of peak experiences—experiences that we can have without the extremes to which we have habitually contended ourselves. The “happiness” that Jesus mentions is the “high” of egoic attachment, and the “trauma” is the low. But we didn’t have, Jesus tells us, peak experiences at the point of those dramatic interludes! We probably thought, previously, that the highs and the lows were necessary for the peak experiences. But not so. And we would be well to realize that an even keel is the best practice possible to lead us to truly great experiences, the truly great experiences that we call “peak.”

When we live in a Zen-like composure, we invite peace and calm all day long. And we have better days, without fail. We only need to test this out to know that this is truly the way that things are set up to be. Our world is meant to be lived in with Christ-consciousness, not with separation from God nor with the ego that that mistake brought about. We are right now on the cusp of the next stage in spiritual evolution, when more and more of the world’s people will experience an Awakening. This can’t be rushed, but it can be prepared for—by removing the barriers to this gift. And an addiction to dramatic highs and lows keep us lost in the egoic separation.

We can do better than this, and we shall. It is just a matter of time before all individuals see the benefit of changing our ways and choosing God’s Way as the best and only sane solution to our problems.

May many of us reach that conclusion today, perhaps in a peak experience that lets us know without any tangible proof that God’s Way is superior to all egoic notions of happiness.

Prayer

I felt a mellowness steel over me as I decided to go ahead and post this blog. It is just as I was writing above, a post written several days ago and saved for later posting. I do invite a peak experience when I am mellow, turning aside from the drama of highs and lows in experience. Thank You for teaching me this in such a non-threatening way.

May I continue in this mellowness to a genuinely calm and tranquil peak experience this afternoon. This will be my proof that this particular passage in Jesus’s writing truly works.

I ask for Your help.

Amen.

Yes, There Is No Order of Difficulty in Solving Problems

1 – No Distinctions

“He need make no distinctions among the problems he perceives, for He to Whom he turns with all of them recognizes no order of difficulty in resolving them. (M41)”

2 – Child’s Play

How wonderful it is to know that, however difficult the problem might appear to us, it is child’s play to the Holy Spirit. He will find the answer for us, if we but listen. Elsewhere Jesus proclaims that one miracle is not more difficult than another, that there is not order of difficulty in miracles. But we usually don’t really believe this. More study and loving guidance will lead us to the truth of the statement.

3 – Holy Spirit

The “He” in this passage is, of course, the Holy Spirit. The language of the Course reflects the sixties, when the books were scribed, and follows as well the terminology of the Bible. We should not let our faith waiver because the language is not gender-inclusive. That would be asking too much of a document written before such sensitivities entered our culture.

4 – Ask

Since the Holy Spirit sees no order of difficulty in solving problems, He will solve them when we turn to Him. We have only to ask. And asking is not greedy. In supplication, we know that God is greater than are we, and if we turn as little children to Him, He answers us. We have to be willing, though, to relinquish our own propensities to do things our way. God’s Way may, and likely is, very different. And we will be led Home as we follow His Way.

5 – Safe

“He is as safe in the present as he was before illusions were accepted into his mind, and as he will be when he has let them go. There is no difference in his state at different times and different places, because they are all one to God. (M41)”

6 – Safety

All of us want safety. We don’t always get it. Bad things happen, even to good people. But this passage reflects a reassurance that we are as safe as we were before time began and illusions entered the mind of humankind. We are also told that safety is in every situation. We have God with us. Actually, what more could we ask?

7 – Safety of the Mind

The safety of one’s body is a concern for many, but it is actually safety of the mind that is most important. Many of us fill our minds with trivialities that reduce the power of mental acuity, that or we take pills or drink to excess, and the mental acuity that should be ours falls by the wayside. No one needs to reject Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in this day, any more than when he wrote it. Safety is absolutely essential before higher levels of needs are addressed.

8 – God

Be assured that God wishes us well. Know that our bodies are safe, even unto death. The body, being illusion, changes form in that illusion, but this is of essentially no consequence. We age, and we get sick from time to time, or even long-term, but the body is a projection of the mind, and it is the mind with which we ought to be most concerned. Watch your mind for the scraps of fear that arise. And know that this need not be. The capriciousness of the ego is ever-present, except in moments of grace, but we do not have to buy into its dismal view of living. We can and we must live on a higher plane.

9 – Time

“How simply and how easily does time slip by for the teacher of God who has accepted His protection! All that he did before in the name of safety no longer interests him. For he is safe, and knows it to be so. He has a Guide Who will not fail. (M41)”

10 – Guidance

In order to get full benefit of this passage, we must trust the Holy Spirit to guide us. To do so effectively, we must be willing. Not only willing, but eager to turn on a dime when our guidance is to do something different from what we may be doing.

11 – Feeling

Guidance comes in many ways. All of us have experienced guidance, but we not always have even recognized what was happening. Most often guidance from the Holy Spirit comes in the form of a “feeling,” or intuition, that we ought to do or say a certain thing.

12 – Forms of Guidance

As time goes by, guidance may take other forms: a chance word overheard, an interior word from our inner Voice. The ways are numerous, but one thing that all have in common is that, if we follow, we will feel safe. One caution: If the internal guidance seems negative, we are not ready. Mentally unstable people need to be especially cautious, because there are voices that are not those of the Holy Spirit.

13 – Time

Time that slips by easily! What a welcome part of our lives this can become. We are not afraid any longer of what life may bring us, because we know that, with the Holy Spirit to guide us, we are equal to anything that comes our way. This is one of the greatest benefits that the Holy Spirit does bring to us.

Prayer:

Dear Father/Mother,

May time slip by easily today. As I go about my day, may I turn to the Holy Spirit often for the next step, and then may I take it safely. I know that I am always safe.

May my brothers and sisters be blessed by our encounters. If I follow guidance before I speak, the words that come out of my mouth will be right. And then, too, my brothers and sisters will feel safe.

Amen.