A good traveler has no fixed plans
and is not intent upon arriving.
A good artist lets his intuition
lead him wherever it wants.
A good scientist has freed himself of concepts
and keeps his mind open to what is.
Thus the Master is available to all people
and doesn’t reject anyone.
He is ready to use all situations
and doesn’t waste anything.
This is called embodying the light.
What is a good man but a bad man’s teacher?
What is a bad man but a good man’s job?
If you don’t understand this, you will get lost,
however intelligent you are.
It is the great secret.
Tao Te Ching v27
Pray for Others
My connection to God fuels my compassion for others.
I am infinitely connected to God. And because God is the source of all life, my connection unites me with all living beings. Like a thread in a beautiful tapestry, I am an individuation of the whole. Other people may appear separate or different from me, yet when I look at the entire picture, I see that we are all connected. Compassion wells up within me upon the realization that we are all one.
If the emotions of others seem so overwhelming that my peace of mind begins to be affected, I find strength and resilience through the practice of prayer. I support and care for all of life by visualizing the perfect health and wholeness of each being. I do this because I am infinitely connected to all living beings through our oneness in God.
Pray for one another, so that you may be healed.—James 5:16
Above all else I want to see.
Today’s idea expresses something stronger than mere determination. It gives vision priority among your desires. You may feel hesitant about using the idea, on the grounds that you are not sure you really mean it. This does not matter. The purpose of today’s exercises is to bring the time when the idea will be wholly true a little nearer.
There may be a great temptation to believe that some sort of sacrifice is being asked of you when you say you want to see above all else. If you become uneasy about the lack of reservation involved, add:
Vision has no cost to anyone.
If fear of loss still persists, add further:
It can only bless.
The idea for today needs many repetitions for maximum benefit. It should be used at least every half hour, and more if possible. You might try for every fifteen or twenty minutes. It is recommended that you set a definite time interval for using the idea when you wake or shortly afterwards, and attempt to adhere to it throughout the day. It will not be difficult to do this, even if you are engaged in conversation, or otherwise occupied at the time. You can still repeat one short sentence to yourself without disturbing anything.
The real question is, how often will you remember? How much do you want today’s idea to be true? Answer one of these questions, and you have answered the other. You will probably miss several applications, and perhaps quite a number. Do not be disturbed by this, but do try to keep on your schedule from then on. If only once during the day you feel that you were perfectly sincere while you were repeating today’s idea, you can be sure that you have saved yourself many years of effort.
A Course In Miracles ~ 27
. . . Is Wise In Speech And Action
The Well-Spring Of Truth
Your spirit is part of God, and all knowledge lies within you. If, in your meditation, you will go deep within, you will find the center of truth and of the infinite powers which await man’s use. You will touch the spring of happiness and health.
The Quiet Mind – Saying of White Eagle