“How is this quiet found? No one can fail to find it who but seeks out its conditions. God’s peace can never come where anger is, for anger must deny that peace exists. (M-20.3)”
Affirmation: “peace only today”
1 – Quiet
We will not fail in our endeavors when we are seeking out the conditions that lead to quiet. When we have forsaken anger, we are making progress. But doing so, forsaking anger, may be hard for us, as human beings, to accomplish. That is why we need help. And the Holy Spirit is always there to help. Jesus is there to help if we ask him (“one unequivocal call,” a quotation from A Course in Miracles).
2 – Eliminate Anger
May we find this quiet today. And when anger threatens to engulf us, let us seek out the conditions that will eliminate the anger. How might we do this? We must remember that anger is always of the ego, and we have willed the ego to leave us. Anger is also brought on, in my experience, by stress (though not stated in ACIM). Anger and attack have no justification, according to the Text. We live in an insane world, and anger and attack are part of this insanity. We would leave behind the insanity by choosing quiet over anger.
3 – God’s Peace
We will not have God’s peace as long as anger is a part of our experience. It is certainly true that we don’t make this transition all at once. Anger may rear its ugly head repeatedly (and A Course of Love makes this clear). But as we experience the peace that passeth understanding (from the Bible), we realize that anger is not what we want. We want the peace of God.
4 – Invite Peace
May we find peace today. May we do the things that invite peace, and we have not come this far in A Course in Miracles without making some decisions about what to do and how to act. We will continue to fall down from time to time, but we need to just pick ourselves up and try again. And the Holy Spirit will always help. It is His role.
I would fall in line with the Holy Spirit’s guidance today, and in His guidance is found peace. I will seek out the conditions of peace, which involve finding time for quiet reflection. I know that You are found in quiet and in silence You speak to us in silence through the Holy Spirit, our Universal Inspiration. May I find some of His Inspiration today.
I would not be anger over anything, for I know that anger is an interpretation. Nobody gets angry at facts; it is always an interpretation that gives us the emotion of anger. Jesus tells me this in A Course in Miracles, and I believe his words. May all whom I see today gain something from the peaceful countenance that I mean to present to the world. Especially I ask for help in bringing peace to my significant others, especially my most significant brother.
Be with all of us today, on this, the first day of the rest of the eternity that we will live.