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Remembering Joy, Love and Peace
“God is in everything I see.” –Lesson 29
We tried to get into the feeling of awe and listened to the mystery of the moment in previous articles. This article takes us further into understanding the practice of getting in touch with the moment to enjoy its fruits of joy, love and peace.
Mindful Awareness and 4Rs
In my personal experience, I believe that silent sitting meditation and the practice of 4Rs, has helped a lot in developing mindful awareness. Although it took some time for me to experience noticeable results, eventually it led to peeling off at least some layers of the ego-based self (i.e., who we are not) and, little by little, to discovering being-ness---the God-within, or joy, love and peace.
Eventually, we will discover that all the external things that we have been chasing after are not what bring us true happiness. These can give us temporary happiness but due to their transient nature, external things like beauty, riches, health, wealth and other worldly successes can also bring us pain since they can just as easily be lost.
Eventually, we will discover that the joy, love and peace that surround us is that which is within, reflected to our external circumstances.
As within, so without.
Aside from an inordinate identification with the past, the greatest hindrance to becoming mindful is an overly goal-oriented perspective This is when we are frequently more concerned with getting to someplace else, some other future time or having some other more desirable event happen than what we are experiencing in our current circumstances. It is when we are rushing to get things accomplished, which is usually the case when we value ourselves based on our accomplishments.
Creativity and genius can only be found in the moment, in being-ness. This is in itself is an important reason why we should stay close to the moment, with only a peripheral view of our goal. As mentioned in “Negative Emotions as Lightsabers: The Power of Feeling Good Now, Part II”, staying true to the moment consists of accepting without judgment everything there is about the moment, who we are, where we are, the people we are with, not relating to the moment from the context of some past event or future outcome.
“God is in everything I see.” –Lesson 29, “A Course in Miracles”
The 365 workbook lessons in the book, “A Course in Miracles”, seek to reverse the student’s thought processes from the conditioned way of thinking, which the author calls as the body’s perception. From our past way of thinking, the book aims to help us get in touch with the Holy Spirit to remember God or obtain the vision of Christ.
Although it has been over ten years ago now that I last read the book, I still appreciate the ideas, even more so now I believe in tandem with the practice of mindful awareness. As I started to review the workbook exercise, I came upon lesson 29. Indeed, every time I chose to be present to the moment, God is in everything I see---the moment and everything that goes with it seems to come alive with joy, love and peace.
“What It Says (p. x)
Nothing real can be threatened.
Nothing unreal exists.
Herein lies the peace of God
This is how A Course in Miracles begins. It makes a fundamental distinction between the real and the unreal; between knowledge and perception. Knowledge is truth, under one law, the law of love or God. Truth is unalterable, eternal and unambiguous. It can be unrecognized, but it cannot be changed. It applies to everything that God created, and only what He created is real. It is beyond learning because it is beyond time and process. It has no opposite; no beginning and no end. It merely is.
The world of perception, on the other hand, is the world of time, of change, of beginnings and endings. It is based on interpretation, not on facts. It is the world of birth and death, founded on the belief in scarcity, loss, separation and death. …”
‘The curriculum … emphasizes application rather than theory, and experience rather than theology. It specifically states that “a universal theology is impossible, but a universal experience is not only possible but necessary” (Manual, p. 77). Although Christian in statement, the Course deals with universal spiritual themes. … They all lead to God in the end.” ‘
And in the workbook introduction: “Remember only this: you need not believe the ideas, you need not accept them, and you need not even welcome them.” –p. 2
Same Mountain, Different Paths
Although we may have different beliefs or religious orientations, we all seek the same thing---happiness. Could it be possible that the only thing that is hindering us from understanding each other is linguistics, the limitation to human communication in having to use words to represent the same experience?
We have explored the idea of wordless stillness in a previous article, “Prayer Beyond Thoughts …”. If we equate God with love and the law of God to be the law of love, will we be able to better understand each other?
Whether through wordlessness (e.g. meditation) or through words (e.g. using the book, “A Course in Miracles”), we can, if we seek and ask, find the most suitable practice for us to better get to know God.
As we go through different courses or practices, we need to be rooted in the basics. Most likely, we will have different inspirational bible verses to guide us with the basics. When it comes to simplifying, I have chosen two verses as guides:
1. ““Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
2. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you,
Ye shall ask what you will,
And it shall be done unto you.”
Any practice done in lovingness, that is, in accordance with the law of love and thus of God, takes us to knowing being-ness and finding God.
Going within, we need not wait for some future time. In total acceptance of the moment, right now, we find God.
In finding God, we recognize, we remember Joy, Love and Peace.
“God is in everything I see because God is in my mind.” –Lesson 30