A Course in Miracles Lesson 49

God’s Voice speaks to me through all the day.

A Course in Miracles suggests that our mind is effectively divided. One part – the only part that is actually real and functional – thinks with God in the perfect stillness of creation. The other is given to ego and its divisive raucous chatter.

Lesson 49 is an invitation to beyond ego to the peace of God, in order to remember what we are in truth.

Be very still and open your mind. Go past all the raucous shrieks and sick imaginings that cover your real thoughts and obscure your eternal link with God. Sink deep into the peace that waits for you beyond the frantic, riotous thoughts and sights and sounds of this insane world (W-pI.49.4:2-4).

It is helpful to notice that our role in this process is simply to be open to remembering the part of our mind that thinks with God. That part is already there; we don’t have to invent it or refine it or polish it or anything like that.

We simply have to be ready, willing and able to accept the gift that God wills to give us – and does give us, continually – in creation.

Lesson 49 is a form of contemplative prayer. In deep interior stillness we listen for the Voice of God which is always there speaking. When we hear this voice, we remember what we are. We remember the home we never left and from which we cannot be parted.

We are trying to reach your real home. We are trying to reach the place where you are truly welcome. We are trying to reach God (W-pI.49.4:6-8).

This lesson is evocative of Distortions of Miracle Impulses in the first chapter of A Course in Miracles, which acknowledges that our “distorted perceptions produce a dense cover” that obscures the healing potential of the miracle (T-1.VII.1:1), and reminds us that “healing is of God in the end” (T-1.VII.5:9).

Child of God, you were created to create to the good, the beautiful and the holy. Do not forget this (T-1.VII.2:1-2).

Lesson 49 is an early practical application of this reminder. It blesses us by allowing our day to fill with the calm certainty that we remain as God created us, and nothing to the contrary prevails against us.

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