Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Patience and Doing Nothing

Patience is the natural teacher of God. All it sees in the certain outcome of timeless love and peace stretching out before it like an endless vista of sea and sky. Filled with this certitude, why would we even attempt to make things happen? Wouldn’t we let the forms of our behavior be guided by the content of our loving thoughts? Wouldn’t everything we think, feel and do be done with kindness and caring, gentleness and love?

Patiently centered in spirit, our earthly lives become like spokes of a wheel, the hub being our choice for spirit. Now, this quiet center informs our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions, determining the outcome of situations and relationships, bringing peace and love instead of conflict and fear.

“To [be patient and] do nothing is to rest,” the Course says. “And make a place within you where the activity of the body ceases to demand attention. Into this place spirit comes and there it abides.” It will still be there when we forget and the body’s activities return to occupy your conscious mind. “Yet there will always be this place of rest to which you can return. And you will become more aware of this quiet center of the storm than all its raging activity.

“The quiet center, in which you [patiently] do nothing, will remain with you, giving you rest in the midst of every busy doing on which you are sent. For from this center will you be directed how to use the body sinlessly.”

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