From time to time I am reminded of the wisdom of Matthew 6:33: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. I don’t think we have to be Christian or a particular type of Christian to appreciate how radical this statement is. What do you value? What do you want? When we seek the absolute – when we seek divine love – then we are in another space. Our apparent separation from God ends.
As a student of A Course in Miracles, I have a relationship with God that is premised on the truth that God is an idea (T-15.VI.4:4). I am not in relationship with a distant judge who interacts with the world as a chess master to his board. I am not in relationship with an obscure form of energy. I am realizing that my mind is a functional part of the One Mind that transcends time and matter and, for convenience, I call that One Mind God. I could call it Egg Salad and it wouldn’t change.
The course enables us in our day-to-day lives – changing diapers, driving kids to soccer games or horse lessons, having tea with friends, meeting with co-workers, visiting the dentist, paying bills – to enjoy a real and sustained relationship with God. It is not about becoming saints or spiritual geniuses or the smartest ACIM guy on the block. It is simply about paying attention to God as an idea. If we do practice that consistently, then a new groove emerges. And it becomes possible to be – and to make others – truly and deeply happy (T-17.IV.1:1).
It is not something that we do in the ordinary sense. I know people who insist on acting joyful regardless of their feelings. It’s okay to be sad. You can be sad or low and still make others happy. We aren’t talking about happy the way kids are happy when they get a present or get hopped up on candy. We are talking about a joy that is constant, quiet and still. It is unrelated to external conditions. It permeates our lives at a level that is deeper and broader than frowns and smiles.
And we can get there simply by seeking it out: that joy is the natural condition of what we call the Kingdom. It is the Kingdom. To seek for it is to be quiet and still: to cultivate a space inside you consistent with that state. Only you can do it! That is one of the secrets – part of the mystery. It’s not outside of you and nobody else has it. You can’t get there when you are focused without. You turn in and simply get as quiet as you can and it will be there. Little by little, it will reveal itself to you.
This energy is pure love. And it does not need anything. Loyalty to A Course in Miracles means nothing to it. Praising Jesus is just more muttering. It doesn’t care if you meditate in the full lotus or sprawled on the couch while staring at clouds out the window. You let go and you let go and you let go and it’s always there. It’s always there for you.
So I try to do this throughout my day: five minutes at a pop, sometimes an hour, and just a few seconds if that’s all that’s possible: find that interior quiet where God rests, patiently extending the streams of love of which you and I are composed, and in which we find the perfect peace that knows no other.