The Holy Spirit teaches us that our will cannot oppose God’s will because they are the same will and that this lesson undoes everything the ego would have us learn (T-8.II.3:6-7). If we are unhappy or fearful, it is because we are aligned not with our will, which is God’s will, but with a substitute will advanced by the ego.
This is another way of saying that our only problem is that we consistently fail to align our thinking with the will we share with God. Thus, the solution to every problem we have, regardless of the form it takes, is the same: we need to shift our thinking from the ego’s confused and makeshift thinking to the quiet clarity that we share with God in creation.
This is the same as the shift from conflict to peace, from fear and sadness to joy.
When you have learned that your will is God’s, you could no more will to be without Him than He could will to be without you. This is freedom and this is joy (T-8.II.6:4-5).
It is given to us to discern between the two wills between which we can choose. This discernment is necessary in order for us to make an informed choice.
First, we have to evaluate how happy we are with the ego’s thought system. Are we consistently happy? Is our joy shared by those around us? Are we fearful of the future or are we quietly naturally Do we understand giving and receiving to be one action?
If we are honest, we are going to say that we are not happy, that we are not yet in perfect union with the peace that surpasses understanding.
The ego has never given you a sensible answer to anything. Simply on the grounds of your own experience with its teaching, should not this alone disqualify it as your future teacher? (T-8.II.2:4-5)
Clarity about the ineffectiveness – indeed, the malevolence – of the ego’s thought system is essential if we are going to open our minds in order to perceive the other will that resides there. God is not really a choice, but it seems like a choice at this stage, and so it behooves us to act as if it is.
When we turn from the ego, we become sensitive to its voice and its arguments. We begin to see it in action and can stop it. We can let it go. When we do this enough – and begin to experience sustained periods without the ego’s interference – we begin to see that God’s will is simply what is when the ego is not there to hide it.
Clouds cover the sun sometimes but the sun is always there, and its light always reaches us, albeit dimly or coolly. But the sun is not compromised. Similarly, when we give up the ego, we discover that God’s will is all there is. It permeates all things. Its radiance is our own.
The Will of God is without limit, and all power and glory lie within it. It is boundless in strength and in love and in peace. It has no boundaries because its extension is unlimited, and it encompasses all things because it created all things. By creating all things, it made them part of itself (T-8.II.7:1-4).
What we are in truth is the will of God – without qualification – because that is the nature of God and Creation.
I think the reason we learn this by degrees – and experience it in glimpses – is because its totality is utterly terrifying. Yes, yes – at the intellectual level I know it is not terrifying but peaceful and lovely – but we are frightened beings, still learning to tear ourselves away from the ego’s ramshackle shelter. So we give attention as we can, and we take our lessons as they come, and grow in faith that the end of all this apparent seeking and learning is sure.
In time and in the world, that passes for considerable peace. It strengthens and deepens us on our perceived journey from nothing to One, from exile home, from imprisonment to freedom.