Guidance from Elder Brother
as Received and Transcribed by Sun~Rose*
LESSON SIXTY FIVE
TRANSCRIBER’S NOTE: The Course text is in bold face. The Guidance is in normal type In His Guidance, He has asked Me to capitalize the pronouns You and We as an acknowledgement of the Divinity of All of Us, an acknowledgement of Equality, an expression of His Love and respect for You. When You see the word ‘YOU’ capitalized in the Guidance, know that He is not just speaking to YOU, He is honoring YOU.
Workbook PART I
My only function is the one God gave me.
Although I think that I’ve got dozens more! I really haven’t. Nor do I want to, for God is My priority, My choice.
1 The idea for today reaffirms your commitment to salvation. What is salvation but God’s Life, Truth and Love expressed clearly, uniquely as Me. It also reminds you that you have no function other than this. Although the world will claim You for many other things, they are but distractions. Both of these thoughts are obviously necessary for a total commitment. Salvation cannot be the only purpose you hold while you still cherish others. Will You work for the Awakening, i.e. salvation; or will You continue cherishing the world, i.e. Your dreaming? One is being saved from the world, ending dreams, returning to Life; the other is clinging to the world. The full acceptance of salvation as your only function necessarily entails two phases; the recognition of salvation as your function, and the relinquishment of all the other goals you have invented for yourself. Is this clear? You can talk about Awakening and pursue other pastimes, or You can Awaken. This is the only way in which you can take your rightful place among the saviors of the world. This is the only way in which you can say and mean, “My only function is the one God gave me.” This is the only way in which you can find peace of mind. Is God Your mind, or is it the ego.
2 Today and for a number of days to follow, set aside ten to 15 minutes for a more sustained practice period in which you try to understand and accept what today’s idea really means. It offers you escape from all your perceived difficulties. It places the key to the door of peace, which you have closed upon yourself, in your own hands. It gives you the answer to all the searching you have done since time began. What could be more important than to return to Your Right Mind?
3 Try, if possible, to undertake the daily extended practice periods at approximately the same time each day. Try, also, to determine this time today in advance and then adhere to it as closely as possible. Just as most of You have meal times that are regular, make God a habit similar and at least equally important.
4 The purpose of this is to arrange your day so that you have set apart the time for God, as well as for all the trivial purposes and goals you will pursue. This is part of the long range disciplinary training which your mind needs, so that the Holy Spirit can use it consistently for the purpose He shares with you. Again, the Holy Spirit Be-ing Your Right Mind, this is the Mind that He would have You use, and not the ego. And it can only be accessed through the Holy Spirit.
5 For this longer practice period, begin by reviewing the idea for today. Then close your eyes, repeat the idea to yourself once again, and watch your mind carefully to catch whatever thoughts cross it. What a peaceful thought! I need do nothing but the Will of God. No wonder I need make no decisions on My own. I merely need to ask You, God or the Holy Spirit, and listen.
6 At first, make no attempt to concentrate only on thoughts related to the idea for today. Rather, try to uncover each thought that arises to interfere with it. Watch how cleverly ego tries to distract You; cleverly and successfully. Note each one as it comes to you with as little involvement or concern as possible, – be an observer – dismissing each one by telling yourself:
7 This thought reflects a goal that is preventing me from accepting my only function. Will I allow it? Choice is always mine. Yet better would it be for You to make it for Me, belovèd Elder Brother.
8 After a while, interfering thoughts will become harder to find. Try, however, to continue a minute or so longer, attempting to catch a few of the idle thoughts which escaped your attention before, but do not strain or make undue effort in doing this. Then tell yourself:
9 On this clean slate, let my true function be written for me. This desire shows great willingness to be as God wills; this willingness gifts You with great happiness.
10 You need not use these exact words, but try to get a sense of being willing to have your illusions of purpose be replaced by truth. Willingness to put Your total trust in God; trusting His beneficence fully.
11 Finally, repeat the idea for today once more and devote the rest of the practice period to trying to focus on its importance to you, the relief its acceptance will bring you by resolving your conflicts once and for all, and the extent to which you really want salvation in spite of your own foolish ideas to the contrary. The ego goals are of small importance compared to the happiness God is pouring out each Holy Instant as His Son. Why not allow it?
I am God’s Holy Presence, as is every One. This it means to be “Son”.
12 In the shorter practice periods, which should be undertaken at least once an hour, use this form in applying today’s idea:
13 My only function is the one God gave me.
I want no other and I have no other. My function is to Love every Brother, thus to Awaken. Universal Love is to Awaken. This is the Love of God; therefore, it must be Reality. What is this Love of which I am speaking?
It is Your very Be-ing, Your holy sum and substance; never preferential. The overflowing giving of Your heart for all Your Others.
14 Sometimes close your eyes as you practice, and sometimes keep them open and look about you. It is what you see now that will be totally changed when you accept today’s idea completely. I thought that this might pique Your curiosity! Glad it did!
[Thank you Dear Brother]
*Sun~Rose is the scribe of the recently published book, “YOU ARE LOVED AND SAFE: PREP NOTES FOR EXPERIENCING GOD’S LOVE“, Jesus’ Guidance on the Miracle Principles
She is also author of, “RADIANT LIFE: RAW FOOD AND THE PRESENCE OF LOVE”BOTH now available on amazon.com