A Guided meditation based on Lesson 157 from the Workbook of A Course in Miracles.
Most of us live most of our days not being fully present. Our minds are somewhere else, imagining the future or reliving the past. And when we’re not present in the now, we can’t be present to our True Self.
Spirit guides us always, but we have to be present to discern Its leadings. When we are caught up in our own thought-processes – judging people and situations, analysing the past, or planning the future – we reinforce our sense of separation. We do not hear the Voice of Love, just as a blackbird might be singing outside our window and we do not notice it.
My state of mind – awareness – is central, because I can only choose a loving response in any situation if I am present enough to be able to choose my response. When I am not present, I react to situations automatically, based on pre-judgments and pre-conceptions.
The remedy is to return to that present state of mind – the decision maker – where I have the freedom to choose again. Then I can choose to listen to the Holy Spirit rather than ego. I can choose forgiveness rather than attack. Love rather than fear...
Peter Parr: Quaker, writer and former member of the British minigolf team. (Actually those are all just roles I play. Words can't describe who any of us really are.)