Stop thinking, and end your problems.
What difference between yes and no?
What difference between success and failure?
Must you value what others value,
avoid what others avoid?
Other people are excited,
as though they were at a parade.
I alone don’t care,
I alone am expressionless,
like an infant before it can smile.
Other people have what they need;
I alone possess nothing.
I alone drift about,
like someone without a home.
I am like an idiot, my mind is so empty.
Other people are bright;
I alone am dark.
Other people are sharper;
I alone am dull.
Other people have a purpose;
I alone don’t know.
I drift like a wave on the ocean,
I blow as aimless as the wind.
I am different from ordinary people.
I drink from the Great Mother’s breasts.
Tao Te Ching v20
I am on a spiritual journey to realize my divine nature.
Many countries celebrate the holiday of Epiphany in commemoration of the Three Wise Men who traveled far to see the baby Jesus. They presented the newborn king with gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These items represent the spiritual gifts that are our divine birthright. I have these gifts within me, and my task is to discover them and express them in the world.
I align with Spirit by taking time in the Silence every day. With practice, I awaken to my Christ nature and become aware of the gifts of wisdom, joy, and love within. As I experience my own epiphany, I become eager to share my gifts. Just as the Three Wise Men brought gifts to Jesus, I bring wisdom, joy, and love to the world.
Opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.—Matthew 2:11
I am determined to see.
We have been quite casual about our practice periods thus far. There has been virtually no attempt to direct the time for undertaking them, minimal effort has been required, and not even active cooperation and interest have been asked. This approach has been intentional, and very carefully planned. We have not lost sight of the crucial importance of the reversal of your thinking. The salvation of the world depends on it. Yet you will not see if you regard yourself as being coerced, and if you give in to resentment and opposition.
This is our first attempt to introduce structure. Do not misconstrue it as an effort to exert force or pressure. You want salvation. You want to be happy. You want peace. You do not have them now, because your mind is totally undisciplined, and you cannot distinguish between joy and sorrow, pleasure and pain, love and fear. You are now learning how to tell them apart. And great indeed will be your reward.
Your decision to see is all that vision requires. What you want is yours. Do not mistake the little effort that is asked of you for an indication that our goal is of little worth. Can the salvation of the world be a trivial purpose? And can the world be saved if you are not? God has one Son, and he is the resurrection and the life. His will is done because all power is given him in Heaven and on earth. In your determination to see is vision given you.
The exercises for today consist in reminding yourself throughout the day that you want to see. Today’s idea also tacitly implies the recognition that you do not see now. Therefore, as you repeat the idea, you are stating that you are determined to change your present state for a better one, and one you really want.
Repeat today’s idea slowly and positively at least twice an hour today, attempting to do so every half hour. Do not be distressed if you forget to do so, but make a real effort to remember. The extra repetitions should be applied to any situation, person or event that upsets you. You can see them differently, and you will. What you desire you will see. Such is the real law of cause and effect as it operates in the world.
A Course In Miracles ~ 20
. . . Is Tolerant
In The Presence Of The Master
In the presence of the Master anger and resentment dissolve; you are filled with peace, overcome with adoration and love. Your consciousness is instantly raised above the pulls and antagonisms of the earthly plane.
The Quiet Mind – Sayings of White Eagle