Lately I have been pondering the beautiful prayer near the beginning of Chapter 16 of A Course in Miracles.
I am not alone, and I wold not intrude the past upon my Guest.
I have invited Him, and He is here.
I need do nothing except not to interfere (T-16.I.4:10-12).
This poem – it feels more apt to call it a poem than a prayer, though really it is both, as all good prayer and poems are – comes on the heels of yet another admonishment from Jesus that we don’t know a damned thing.
You do not know what empathizing means . . . You do not know what healing is (T-16.I.2:6, T-16.I.3:3).
This, of course, is one of the pillars upon which undoing rests: we haven’t got the faintest idea how to proceed. It’s the essence of Lesson Three which teaches us we literally do not understand anything.
What can we do when faced with the futility of our own resources? When we truly accept the powerlessness and waywardness of the egoic self?
We turn to that little poem: and take heart that we are not alone but rather joined intimately to the Holy Spirit, who is neither distant nor separate, but as much a part of us as we are part of God (T-16.III.5:1-3).
Our only useful job in this world of dreams is to remember that we have no job. That’s it. When we remember that, we can get out of the way and let the Holy Spirit do its job: which is simply to undo illusions and thereby heal our minds by reminding them of their oneness with God.
That’s our job when life is good and it’s our job when life is bad. It’s our job for the seeming big stuff and it’s our job for the seeming little stuff.
We asked for help and we got it. Now we simply have to get out of the way so healing can happen.