“The Promised Land is Now.”
A recently received e-mail included the following quote from A Course in Miracles: “Trust would settle every problem now.”
The words: trust and now, really stand out as practical reminders.
No matter what is going on around us, Life is always according to our perception of It; always according to where we are in consciousness at any moment. We are offered so many opportunities through Life’s lessons to prove this for ourselves by how we respond daily, remembering that our responses come from within.
We come now to the idea or concept of the Promised Land, and when one thinks about it, is it not much like having the carrot dangling on a string in front of us, just out of our reach? Does this perhaps cause us to think… “when I have that degree….” or “when I have landed that job…” and there are many more examples. At these times it would seem to many that this Promised Land is out of reach. Perhaps we pray to God to fix things that God knows nothing about; things that have nothing to do with what God created. After all He stated that what He had made was good and still is good. Do we perhaps look upon heaven as the Promised Land; something to strive for, seek, or gain access to? And when we think about it, are we not praying for, or even striving toward that which we already have?
Prayer in Divine Science means to experience God—BE in the Presence; not get something from God or have Him do anything for us.
Remember, Jesus indicated that “my kingdom is not of this world,” and this was his message as the Christ. Christ being the spiritual reality of each and every man, woman and child on the planet. Yet the kingdom (the Promised Land) is available to all as we pay heed to the words of Paul when he said: “I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me.” (Galations 2:20). And, in Acts 17:20, we find: “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.”
When we take time in stillness and meditation, we become absorbed in the experience of God; the Father and I are one; in union and communion. God in me and I in God.
This calls for our trust, our practise of the Presence, a way of living—consciously!
Coming back to that statement: “Trust would settle every problem now,” we can only live one moment at a time and each moment when in the Silence, when aligned with Truth…, there is no problem.
According to Joel Goldsmith: “That which we are seeking is the divine reality of us, the son of God in us, the Holy Grail within our own consciousness.”
I conclude with these words, recently received in a newsletter from Alan Cohen…
“The highest in us is the truth about us, and the brightest vision for the world around you is closer to the truth than fear would show us. Yes, continue to work for a better world, meanwhile holding in mind that in a greater mind that world already exists, and we are stepping into it by trusting that the greater plan is in progress.”
Very heartening words…. that the greater plan IS IN PROGRESS …NOW.
Always now—God is now, the kingdom, (Promised Land) is now….
And when it seems we have nothing left but God, then in trusting, really trusting, we find that God is enough.
I share these words: a beautifully worded reminder, from her book, “The Voice of Revelation,”
by Lillian DeWaters……….
“Our Life is Spirit, our Being is Spirit, we are Spirit. Our hunger and thirst for Knowledge has ceased. Until one has tasted of Reality his understanding of Life is necessarily intellectual. The spiritually minded can know Spirit.
If one would experience Revelation then he must part with whatever keeps him from it. The greater our love for and devotion to our perfect Self as already our very own, the more frequent will be the times lived in Illumination. One can make as many changes in his consciousness as he will, but none of them will bring him direct divine Light, because Truth is known by Truth, and not by change of mind.