Because the overall consciousness of mankind is evolving there are times when things work themselves out perfectly without me putting forth any effort at all.
Other times I must get involved and become active.
I have to know when to fold, when to hold, and when to be bold, so to speak.
In the realm of politics, sometimes political freedom is enhanced when I do nothing. Other times, liberty calls for an involvement or activism on my part.
How do I know when to be at peace, wait, and see what happens ... and how do I know when to shift into high gear?
The answer is "inner hearing."
No amount of intellectualizing can tell me when to be active and when to be still, when to wait quietly and when to jump into the fray, so to speak.
Previous lessons in this course have taught me that my human viewpoint is very limited and I do not have all the facts upon which to judge the past or attempt to figure out the future. I need guidance from beyond such a limited viewpoint.
Science has taught me that all minds are interconnected and communicative at some very unconscious level, as if at some very unconscious level there is only one mind. What if that level could be experienced more consciously? Couldn't my guidance then be based on much more complete information?
So I am interested in developing what is known as "inner hearing." That is the focus of my lesson this week.
During the week each day as I wake up I will remind myself that this day I want to listen inside and hear clearly inside. I might use a statement of this week's lesson as an affirmation to start the day:
"My inner voice guides me perfectly. Today I want to hear my inner voice clearly."
As I go through the day, I will listen inside to inner promptings, to inner inspirations saying "yes" or inner guidance saying "no", to inner knowings of "true" or "false", even to words from "out of the blue."
Each hour I take time to remind myself once again:
"My inner voice is guiding me perfectly this hour. I quiet my intellect and listen inside to hear my guidance."
When I retire for the day, I rejoice in the knowledge that I am listening to and following the guidance of my inner voice more than ever before and this is leading to undreamed of success.
Before I go to sleep, I remind myself once more:
"I am so happy that my inner voice is guiding me perfectly."
The device which more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:
You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.
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Course in Relationship Miracles
28 June 1995