Grace is an aspect of the Love of God
which is most like the state prevailing in
the Unity of truth. It is the world's
most lofty aspiration, for it leads
beyond the world entirely. It is
past learning yet the goal of learning, for
grace cannot come until the mind prepares
itself for true acceptance. Grace becomes
inevitable instantly in those
who have prepared a table where it can
be gently laid and willingly received;
an altar clean and holy for the gift.
Grace is acceptance of the Love of God
within a world of seeming hate and fear.
By grace alone the hate and fear are gone,
for grace presents a state so opposite
to everything the world contains, that those
whose minds are lighted by the gift of grace
can not believe the world of fear is real.
Grace is not learned. The final step must go
beyond all learning. Grace is not the goal
this course aspires to attain. Yet we
prepare for grace in that an open mind
can hear the call to waken. It is not
shut tight against God's Voice. It has become
aware that there are things it does not know,
and thus is ready to accept a state
completely different from experience
with which it is familiarly at home.
We have perhaps appeared to contradict
our statement that the revelation of
the Father and the Son as One has been
already set. But we have also said
the mind determines when that time will be,
and has determined it. And yet we urge
you to bear witness to the Word of God
to hasten the experience of truth,
and speed its advent into every mind
which recognizes its effects on you.
Oneness is simply the idea God is.
And in His Being, He encompasses
all things. No mind holds anything but Him.
We say "God is," and then we cease to speak,
for in that knowledge words are meaningless.
There are no lips to speak them, and no part
of mind sufficiently distinct to feel
that it is now aware of something not
Itself. It has united with Its Source,
and like the Source Itself It merely is.
We cannot speak nor write nor even think
of this at all. It comes to every mind
when total recognition that its will
is God's has been completely given and
received completely. It returns the mind
into the endless present, where the past
and future cannot be conceived. It lies
beyond salvation; past all thought of time,
forgiveness, holiness and charity.
The Son of God has merely disappeared
into His Father, as His Father has
in him. The world has never been at all.
Eternity remains a constant state.|
This is beyond experience we try
to hasten. Yet forgiveness, taught and learned,
brings with it the experiences which
bear witness that the time the mind itself
determined to abandon all but this
is near at hand. You do not hasten it
in that what you will offer was concealed
from Him Who teaches what forgiveness means.|
All learning was already in His Mind,
accomplished and complete. He recognized
all that time holds, and gave it to all minds
that each one might determine, from a point
where time has ended, when it is released
to revelation and eternity.
We have repeated several times before
that you but take a journey that is done.|
For Oneness must be here. Whatever time
the mind has set for revelation is
entirely irrelevant to what
must be a constant state, forever as
it always was; forever to remain
as it is now. We merely take the part
assigned long since, and fully recognized
as perfectly fulfilled, by Him Who wrote
salvation's script in His Creator's Name,
and in the Name of His Creator's Son.|
There is no need to further clarify
what no-one in the world can understand.
When revelation of your Oneness comes,
it will be known and fully understood.
Now we have work to do, for those in time
can speak of things beyond, and listen to
words which explain what is to come is past
already. Yet what meaning can the words
convey to those who count the hours still,
and rise and work and go to sleep by them?|
Suffice it, then, that you have work to do
to play your part. The ending must remain
obscure to you until your part is done.
It does not matter. For your part is still
what all the rest depends on. As you play
the role assigned to you, salvation comes
a little nearer each uncertain heart
that does not beat as yet in tune with God.|
Forgiveness is the central theme which runs
throughout salvation, holding all its parts
in meaningful relationships, the course
it runs directed and its outcome sure.
And now we ask for grace, the final gift
salvation can bestow. Experience
that grace provides will end in time, for grace
foreshadows Heaven, but does not replace
the thought of time but for a little while.|
That interval suffices. It is here
that miracles are laid; to be returned
by you from holy instants you receive,
through grace, in your experience to all
who see the light that lingers on your face.
What is the Face of Christ but his who went
a moment into timelessness, and brought
a clear reflection of the unity
he felt an instant back to bless the world?
How could you finally attain to it
forever, while a part of you remains
outside, unknowing, unawakened and
in need of you in witness to the truth?|
Be grateful to return, as you were glad
to go an instant and accept the gifts
which grace provided you. You carry them
back to yourself. And revelation stands
not far behind. Its coming is ensured.
We ask for grace and for experience
that comes from grace. We welcome the release
it offers everyone. We do not ask
for the unaskable. We do not look
beyond what grace can give. For this we can
give in the grace that has been given us.|
Our learning goal today does not exceed
this prayer, yet in the world what could be more
than what we ask this day of Him Who gives
the grace we ask, as it was given Him?
By grace I live. By grace I am released.
By grace I give. By grace I will release.