“These are but exercises in memory recollection, and the more you practice them the more true memory will return to you. Do not apply any effort to these exercises, particularly not that of recalling spirit. Just let impressions come to you, and when they make you feel like smiling know that you are feeling memory return. (A Course of Love, 13.3)”
Affirmation: “May my true memory be keen today.”
As people grow older, they lament the fact that memory often declines, even when there is no real pathology. But there is a greater memory that everyone lacks, until, that is, we listen to what Jesus is saying. We need to let impressions, especially intuitive impressions, come to us as they will. When we are guided in this way, the daily irritations subside, and we smile more.
What is “true memory”? It is the choice of all of us to join with others to be at peace in God. When this happens, we are guided by the Christ-consciousness that is within. We know what to do or say at the moment that the need arises. Not a minute sooner, and not a minute afterwards. We have heard previously of this phenomenon, in the Bible. But this was the prompting of the Holy Spirit. And in this era, we are moving into the time of Christ. The Christ/Self within will guide us, just as surely as did the Holy Spirit. We only have to ease our minds, choose to avoid being uptight, and we will find that memory is enhanced immediately. We all know that when we freeze up, we can remember very little.
What would it be like to feel like smiling all the time? Would not this be a blessing indeed? Yes, it would. And we are promised, in this passage, that such can be our fate.
Let us offer ourselves, again today, to God. May He guide us with a sure hand. And may we know from whence our help cometh.
I would smile today, with a keen memory. And the only way that I can do that is to turn to You. You are the best way that I have ever learned to walk aright. There is no other way to walk aright. Help me to remember You throughout today. And protect me from anxiety. When I am anxious, I cannot recall those things that You would have me recall. And I would recall the blessings that You have so graciously given me.