by Beverly Hutchinson McNeff
I love workbook lesson 273 from A Course in Miracles: “The stillness of the peace of God is mine.” Doesn’t saying it feel good? That’s not to say that I will only get the stillness of the peace of God when I finish all the lessons or finally stop getting angry at that person or myself. It says right now, with no restrictions whatsoever, the stillness of the peace of God is mine. It is yours right now, too. Not in the future, but right now. There is one caveat, however, and that is us!
As this lesson says,
“Perhaps we are now ready for a day of undisturbed tranquility. If this is not yet feasible, we are content and even more than satisfied to learn how such a day can be achieved.”
The Course tells us we are the answer we are seeking. We are the doorway to God. But it also counsels us that if we do not feel this power, then it is we who are closing our eyes and ears to the gift God is giving us; we are holding the door closed, as we hold onto our fears, angry judgments, and guilty feelings. These things prevent us from experiencing the stillness of the peace of God right now!
If we clearly understand that peace is our choice, and is not dependent on what someone else does, or when our surroundings are perfect, then we have realized our power. We have the power, not the world or other people. We can choose at any moment for peace and nothing or no one can take that away from us. I believe this is the dominion over the earth that the Bible says man has. It is not that we are a ruler over the earth and the animals, but rather we are a shepherd of peace, always there to cultivate and nurture unity and healing.
With a willingness to focus on peace, this lesson then advises us to be aware of what blocks this awareness, as it continues…
“If we give way to a disturbance, let us learn how to dismiss it and return to peace. We need but tell our minds, with certainty, ‘The stillness of the peace of God is mine,’ and nothing can intrude upon the peace that God Himself has given to His Son.”
We here at the Center had a wonderful opportunity to practice this truth when we learned that a main support beam holding up our roof was completely cracked in half and only staying together because it was resting on an electrical conduit. This conduit was proving the point that with a little support, we con-du-it! Imagine if we knew that we did not just have a little support, but the mighty help of God!
Once we recognized the problem, we were grateful for the conduit, and then we stepped into action. With the problem recognized, support posts were put in place to secure the break and the roof until the repairs could be done. And that is where we are at right now.
There were disruptions to the Center because of all of this. We had to delay our seminar for a month, and our weekly livestream meetings are on a week-to-week basis until the problem is resolved, so it is a disturbance to our peace that we have looked at and asked for Help to rise above this battleground. This has become a daily opportunity to affirm our peace while we work within this world to repair the damage.
Things in the world will happen. There will be ups and downs, but through all of them you have a choice to focus on peace as you deal with the issues or stay in your hell of disturbance, fear, and anger. You cannot just say the world is an illusion (even though it is) and then take no responsibility for making the illusion. If it is an illusion, it is up to us how we will respond to the illusion we have made. We will either be afraid of it and feel powerless, or we will arise in glory and allow the peace that God has given us to lead the way. This lesson beautifully ends with this prayer…
“Father, Your peace is mine. What need have I to fear that anything can rob me of what You would have me keep? I cannot lose Your gifts to me. ⁴And so the peace You gave Your Son is with me still, in quietness and in my own eternal love for You.”
We con-du-it as we affirm, “The stillness of the peace of God is mine.”