Lesson 131

“No-one can fail who asks to reach the truth.”

Failure is all about you while you seek for goals that cannot be
achieved. You look for permanence in the impermanent; for love
where there is none; for safety in the midst of danger; immortality
within the darkness of the dream of death. Who could succeed
where contradiction is the setting of his searching, and the place to
which he comes to find stability?

Goals which are meaningless are not attained. There is no way
to reach them, for the means by which you strive for them are
meaningless as they are. Who can use such senseless means and hope
through them to gain in anything? Where can they lead? And what
could they achieve that offers any hope of being real?

Pursuit of the imagined leads to death because it is the search
for nothingness, and while you seek for life you ask for death. You
look for safety and security while in your heart you pray for danger
and protection for the little dream you made.

Yet searching is inevitable here. For this you came, and you will
surely do the thing you came for. But the world can not dictate the
goal for which you search unless you give it power to do so.

Otherwise, you still are free to choose a goal that lies beyond the
world and every worldly thought, and one which comes to you from
an idea relinquished yet remembered, old yet new; an echo of a
heritage forgot, yet holding everything you really want.

Be glad that search you must. Be glad as well to learn you search
for Heaven, and must find the goal you really want. No-one can fail
to want this goal, and reach it in the end. God’s Son cannot seek
vainly, though he try to force delay, deceive himself, and think that it
is hell he seeks. When he is wrong he finds correction, when he
wanders off he is led back to his appointed task.

No-one remains in hell, for no one can abandon his Creator, nor
affect His perfect, timeless and unchanging Love. You will find Heaven.
Everything you seek but this will fall away, yet not because it has been
taken from you. It will go because you do not want it. You will reach
the goal you really want as certainly as God created you in sinlessness.

Why wait for Heaven? It is here today. Time is the great illusion
it is past or in the future. Yet this cannot be if it is where God wills
His Son to be. How could the Will of God be in the past or yet to
happen? What He wills is now, without a past and wholly futureless.
It is as far removed from time as is a tiny candle from a distant star, or
what you chose from what you really want.

Heaven remains your one alternative to this strange world you
made and all its ways; its shifting patterns and uncertain goals, its
painful pleasures and its tragic joys. God made no contradictions.
What denies its own existence and attacks itself is not of Him. He did
not make two minds, with Heaven as the glad effect of one, and earth
the other’s sorry outcome which is Heaven’s opposite in every way.

God does not suffer conflict. Nor is His creation split in two.
How could it be His Son could be in hell when God Himself
established him in Heaven? Could he lose what the Eternal Will has
given him to be his home forever? Let us not try longer to impose an
alien will upon His single purpose. He is here because He wills to be,
and what He wills is present now beyond the reach of time.

Today we will not choose a paradox in place of truth. How could
the Son of God make time to take away the Will of God? He thus denies
himself, and contradicts what has no opposite. He thinks he made a
hell opposing Heaven, and believes that he abides in what does not
exist, while Heaven is the place he cannot find. Leave foolish thoughts
like these behind today, and turn your mind to true ideas instead.

No-one can fail who asks to reach the truth, and it is truth we
ask to reach today. We will devote ten minutes to this goal three times
today, and we will ask to see the rising of the real world to replace
the foolish images that we held dear, with true ideas arising in the
place of thoughts which have no meaning, no effect, and neither
source nor substance in the truth.

This we acknowledge as we start upon our practice periods.
Begin with this:

“I ask to see a different world, and think
A different kind of thought from those I made.
The world I seek I did not make alone,
The thoughts I want to think are not my own.”

For several minutes watch your mind and see, although your eyes are
closed, the senseless world you think is real. Review the thoughts as
well which are compatible with such a world, and which you think
are true. Then let them go, and sink below them to the holy place
where they can enter not. There is a door beneath them in your mind
which you could not completely lock to hide what lies beyond.

Seek for that door and find it. But before you try to open it,
remind yourself no-one can fail who asks to reach the truth, and it is
this request you make today. Nothing but this has any meaning now;
no other goal is valued now nor sought; nothing before this door you
really want, and only what lies past it do you seek.

Put out your hand and see how easily the door swings open
with your one intent to go beyond it. Angels light the way, so that all
darkness vanishes and you are standing in a light so bright and clear
that you can understand all things you see. A tiny moment of
surprise, perhaps, will make you pause before you realize the world
you see before you in the light reflects the truth you knew, and did
not quite forget in wandering away in dreams.

You cannot fail today. There walks with you the Spirit Heaven
sent you that you might approach this door some day, and through
His aid slip effortlessly past it to the light. Today that day has come.
Today God keeps His ancient promise to His holy Son, as does His
Son remember his to Him. This is a day of gladness, for we come to
the appointed time and place where you will find the goal of all your
searching here and all the seeking of the world, which ends together
as you pass beyond the door.

Remember often that today should be a time of special
gladness, and refrain from dismal thoughts and meaningless laments.
Salvation’s time has come. Today is set by Heaven Itself to be a time
of grace for you and for the world. If you forget this happy fact,
remind yourself with this:

“Today I seek and find all that I want.
My single purpose offers it to me.
No-one can fail who asks to reach the truth.”

Brittany Shawley added:

You cannot fail today. There walks with you the Spirit Heaven sent you, that you might approach this door some day, and through His aid slip effortlessly past it, to the light. Today that day has come. Today God keeps His ancient promise to His holy Son, as does His Son remember his to Him. This is a day of gladness, for we come to the appointed time and place where you will find the goal of all your searching here, and all the seeking of the world, which end together as you pass beyond the door.

Remember often that today should be a time of special gladness, and refrain from dismal thoughts and meaningless laments. Salvation's time has come. Today is set by Heaven itself to be a time of grace for you and for the world. If you forget this happy fact, remind yourself with this:

Today I seek and find all that I want.
My single purpose offers it to me.
No one can fail who seeks to reach the truth.

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