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Surrendering the Future

To place our future in the hands of God is to give our attention wholly and unconditionally to the present. It is not to place our faith in a deity in order to obtain health and wealth going forward. Rather, it is a statement of what we are in truth: and how we can remember that.

For the past is gone,and what is present, freed from its bequest of grief and misery, of pain and loss, becomes the instant in which time escapes the bondage of illusions where it runs its pitiless, inevitable course. Then is each instant which was slave to time transformed into a holy instant, when the light that was kept hidden from God’s Son is freed to bless the world. Now is he free, and all his glory shines upon a world made free with him, to share his holiness (W-pI.194.5:2-4).

Entrusting the future to hands better than ours, reveals the present in which we remember that we are not separate from God, where God is what is simultaneously what is revealed and the awareness in which the revelation arises, or unfolds.

A Course in Miracles reminds us over and over that this cannot really be understood intellectually, and even in the rare instance when intellectual understanding does encompass it, it doesn’t hasten or improve what is happening. God always is, which “isness” enfolds to the point of dissolution the tiny dream of self and world to which we are so devoted.

So we want to watch our thoughts carefully: if we are “giving the future to God” because we are persuaded that’s the surest way to get what we want, then we’re just dancing the same old dance. We can put on holy shoes but if the steps don’t change, nothing changes.

At subtle levels, the decision to entrust the future to God radiates through our being, even if only dimly and what radiates, guides. Thus, “if we accept an unforgiving thought, it will be soon replaced by love’s reflection” (W-pI.194.9:4).

Attention is essential: attention is what allows us to step outside thought and be relieved of our reliance on externals for confirmation we are real, alive and well.

Truth, said Tara Singh, is accessible only where there is attention.

Attention is absolutely essential. When thought interferes, we begin to doubt and problems begin. Doubt brings confusion, lack of direction, and fear. It isolates us and we forget who we are. Then we think we are bodies and the external world of fear, selfishness, and insecurity becomes very real to us (Nothing Real Can Be Threatened 197).

So we have to make a decision to trust rather than to doubt. That is something that we can do – that is what we can help each other do. Let us place our trust in God and see what happens. Let’s stop trying to direct the present in order to make a more desirable future. Like that. What have all our efforts begotten us so far?

The decision to trust is continuous. It requires renewal. We are going to forget to do it, and we are going to resist doing it, and this is okay. At subtle levels, the decision to entrust the future to God radiates through our being, even if only dimly and what radiates, guides. Thus, “if we accept an unforgiving thought, it will be soon replaced by love’s reflection” (W-pI.194.9:4). A Course in Miracles never deviates from this truth: there are no consequences – there is nothing to fear, and this, too, dissolves the future.

The enormity of what we are doing – awakening to truth through the study and application of A Course in Miracles as one of countless helpful spiritual paths – can be alternately terrifying and discouraging. But as we deepen with it, we become aware that we are not alone, that what we call “God” or “Truth” or “Life” or “Love” has its own energy and we are carried by it. We are held by it.

The peace that comes with this realization is a precedent to joy, and both dawn slowly in the mind that is ready to receive them. We perceive that we need do nothing but allow the light of which we are composed to shine forth as, when and how it wills: and this will is not separate from us. We have not left Creation; even now its expression reveals us.

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  • Hazel November 5, 2014, 2:34 am

    No, we are not alone. What a relief to realise that, and to know that I do not have to work out the answers to my seeming problems, all by myself. Hand it all over, and trust. Someone suggested to me to just be in the present moment, with no idea what is going on, and I thought, “Yes, I can do that!”

    • Sean Reagan November 5, 2014, 11:57 am

      Yes – it is very simple when we are ready to see it that way. Not always easy to do, but never too complex or difficult.

      Thank you for sharing, Hazel!

      ~ Sean

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