Ask: Is it true that there is a peace sweeter than I can imagine?
“Is it true, as the Course promises, that there is a peace sweeter than the peace I image will be mine when I become financially debt free? Because I can't seem to let that go. I fantasize about being debt free and the peace that washes over me is palpable. But it doesn't last. And the peace of God seems just as elusive. I've been studying the Course for about a year and I love the teachings but can't get past this.” – T
Oh, yes, there is a Peace so broad and so deep that there is no correlation to It in your experience of the self and its world. What you imagine you will feel when you are debt free is only the teensiest, weensiest taste of It. No, it’s not even that. What you imagine is a peace that comes from the fulfilling of a lack. That’s really just temporary satisfaction. The Peace of God (True Being) is far beyond that. It is a Wholeness so complete that lack does not exist There even as an idea.
If A Course in Miracles is your first foray into opening to Truth then a year in is just the barest beginning. If you started with some other teaching, or just have had an awareness of Truth in some other way, then you may be further along, but still at the beginning. It will get harder before it gets easier because you have to grow your awareness of Truth, grow your trust in Truth, and work out your obstacles to Truth. And of course all of these have yet to happen when you have just begun!
Peace will come rarely for a long while. Then it will come more often. And then finally it will come to stay in your awareness. It’s a process and if you can accept that, and if you can accept that you will be uncomfortable for a while, it will be not-quite-so-hard. There’s no sugar-coating this. Looking into a mind that you fear, calling on a Truth that you fear, taking responsibility for a mind that you are used to passively letting the ego run for you, questioning and releasing deep-seated and sometimes cherished beliefs, learning to approach the world from a perspective that is sometimes180 degrees from the way that you look at it now – that’s no small feat! It takes time and patience. But you will find peace in the process and in the end peace will be all that you have.
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