I put this in my notes as How To Get Along With People.
Urtext ACIM pg. 137
What you need to learn now is that only infinite patience CAN produce immediate effects.
This is the way in which time is exchanged for eternity.
Infinite patience calls upon infinite Love, and by producing results NOW renders time unnecessary.
*Is it possible that the world will have those who are translated in their midst in the “last days” and that they will be the ones who are capable of infinite patience with humanity, knowing it to be not what it portrays?
*Please bear with a personal story. I lived in a confused state about the world for many years. When I had children I stayed to see them through, even though suicidal thoughts followed me for years. I watched as choices were made that took them from me. I received a lot of emotional abuse and neglect from them. I am sure there are parents that can relate.
*As their children are becoming teens and adults, I am reminded of something that kept me alive when they were small. That I would not commit suicide because I did not want to be standing there in spirit and not be able to have any influence over them for good.
*Well, out of 6 live births, 3 of my children have shunned me completely. And the 4th has just informed me that I am not to communicate with her any longer. She has held me hostage with her daughter for 10 1/2 years. Never knowing when she would just up and pull her away. I could scream and shout and say how unfair this is. Demand to know what I did to deserve this and proclaim how cruel it is to her daughter, but what good would that do? Would it change anything? Or just give her reason to claim I am not stable?
*The point I am trying to make is that as I found this passage in ACIM I was comforted. I was led to understand that perhaps all that we can do in some cases is watch what humanity is doing to itself and know that it is not real. Perhaps that is what being the light means. And that others will find the courage to look within themselves to find this truth as well because of our example.
*This next paragraph brings me great comfort. It opens my mind about the witness and power of the Holy Spirit in a way I have not had in the past. Perhaps it is not so much what we do that matters here, as it is what we KNOW. That we KNOW that the following is true:
To say that time is temporary is merely redundant. We have repeatedly said that time is a learning device which will be abolished when it is no longer useful.
The Holy Spirit, who speaks for God in time, also knows that time is meaningless. He reminds you of this in every passing moment of time, because it is His special function to return YOU to eternity and remain to bless YOUR creations there.
He is the only blessing you can truly give, because He is so truly blessed. And because He has been given you so freely by God, you must give Him as you received Him.
*This brings to mind the story of a significant prophet in the Book of Mormon who sat on a hillside and watched as his entire nation destroyed itself in the Book of Ether. We are taught that the significance of this account was that the people had turned away from God and killed themselves off and that we should not do the same.
*I wonder though if the message of the story was that the prophet was to know that what God creates is not destroyable even by its own determination. And that they will simply keep returning to life’s stage until they are willing to understand that suffering is not of God.
*The last verse in that book reads, “Now the last words which were written by Ether are these: Whether the Lord will that I be translated, or that I suffer the will of the Lord in the flesh, it mattereth not, if it so be that I am saved in the kingdom of God. Amen.” (Ether 15:34)
*Today I am convinced that he would have been translated (which really only means having correct understanding of the nature of humanity) and perhaps he could have convinced the people to follow a higher path a bit sooner had he not been so focused on judging them and instead taught them that this wickedness and power hunger were not who they are.
*As a student of the Holy Spirit I strive to understand God’s interpretation of the world, not my own in my ego. The peace that fills me comes from the witness that this has already been resolved, in fact, it has not really occurred. I am just working my way out of the dreamy web of confusion the ego has created.
*I know that this situation with my children is given to me so that I can have the courage to step out of “this world” and into the eternity that knows all is well. I am not talking about suicide here. I am living in a witness of what is actually true. That all is well and there is no lack or contention, only God, only Love.
I pray this serves to stimulate thought and not just enhance confusion.
Till next time, God bless, Namaste~