by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff
After studying A Course in Miracles for forty-five years, many of the workbook lessons feel like a comfortable, old shoe to me. When I read them, I feel like I have slipped into a state of peace, tranquility, and knowing. I often feel my heart affirming a silent “yes,” even though the appearances of the world may not support this inner feeling. My trust is not because I am in denial about the world and all its activities but because I know on a deeper level that this is the truth and the doorway to real and lasting transformation.
Such is the case with the lesson, “Let me be still and listen to the truth.” (Lesson 106) To be still does not necessarily mean I need to be sitting down with my eyes closed, meditating; it means that I am willing to calm the incessant chatter in my mind (for just a moment) so I might hear (know) God’s Will for me and all His children. This Will does not tell others what to do or not do; it tells me what I may give — sometimes in words and actions, but mostly in thought and awareness. Then I am asked to extend that gift to my brothers, the world, and inevitably myself.
We forget how powerful a thought is — how transformative it can be. It was the thought that man could fly that created the action. Even though we have given credit to the Wright Brothers for the invention of the airplane, the thought of flight had been brewing since ancient times. When the collective consciousness agreed (and there were people all around the world thinking of the idea of flight at the time of the Wright Brothers), flight became a reality.
This lesson is not about us asking for some new invention; it’s about us finding the answer to peace on earth now. From our current perspective, we may not be able to see how the world can find peace amid the chaos, confusion, and hatred, but we are assured peace is possible here, for peace is God’s Will and our only reality. It is time we become still (present and aware in every encounter), so we may experience the answer that is here to resurrect us from our crucifying thoughts.
The Course tells us our crucifying thoughts (thoughts of unworthiness, anger, or attack) are not real, but this means nothing to those who believe in the problems. And we all believe in what we have made because it was made by our believing in it. This is quite a paradox! The only way to transcend this is to allow an understanding that may not seem to be of us but is in us to gently substitute for ours. So we affirm, “Let me be still and listen to the truth.” As we experience this thought, the awareness of God’s Will replaces our judgments and thereby makes the
During the time of DaVinci, flight for man seemed impossible. Man had no wings or hollow bones like a bird. From that perspective, an airplane would have seemed like the creation of a god. With the onset of aerodynamics, we now understand what, at one point, was un-understandable. Similarly, as we open our minds to the awareness of God – “Let me be still and listen to the truth” – we are lifted and can experience a miracle. What seemed impossible a moment ago now seems entirely natural.
There is so much insight we can find in this beautiful lesson, and that is why I chose it as part of the seminar I presented titled, “Getting God’s Guidance.” This seminar on A Course in Miracles was recorded, and the video stream is still available on demand.
One of the tools we used in the seminar was a hand fan with this lesson, “Let me be still and listen to the truth,” printed on it. Why print words about stillness on a fan that you have to do an activity to achieve its function? Well, for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to emphasize that you don’t have to be physically still to experience God’s peace and truth and secondly, to make a hand fan work, you have to participate in the action of fanning yourself. You must have the “little willingness” to use it and then let it add its mighty power to work for you. This is a good analogy for being willing (a “little willingness”) to participate in our healing process of listening, but in a way now guided by God’s Healing Will for us and not our own will. It may not look the way you think it should look, and it may not look like anyone else’s way — the result, however, will be the same: healing for you and your brothers.
Using a fan helps us understand more clearly the mighty healing power within our grasp right now! Plus, it helps keep one cool!
So, let us be still in a new way. Let’s calm the chaos and fear in our minds, and, with a “little willingness” guided by His Healing Will, let us be the messengers of His truth today and every day.
“Let me be still and listen to the truth.
“Listen today, and you will hear a Voice which will resound throughout the world through you. The bringer of all miracles has need that you receive them first, and thus become the joyous giver of what you received.
“Let me be still and listen to the truth.
I am the messenger of God today,
My voice is His, to give what I receive.” (ibid)