Lesson 157

“Into His Presence would I enter now.”

This is a day of silence and of trust. It is a special time of promise in
your calendar of days. It is a time Heaven has set apart to shine upon,
and cast a timeless light upon this day when echoes of eternity are
heard. This day is holy, for it ushers in a new experience, a different
kind of feeling and awareness. You have spent long days and nights in
celebrating death. Today you learn to feel the joy of life.

This is another crucial turning point in the curriculum. We add
a new dimension now; a fresh experience that sheds a light on all that
we have learned already, and prepares us for what we have yet to
learn. It brings us to the door where learning ceases, and we catch a
glimpse of what lies past the highest reaches it can possibly attain. It
leaves us there an instant and we go beyond it, sure of our direction
and our only goal.

Today it will be given you to feel a touch of Heaven, though
you will return to paths of learning, yet you have come far enough
along the way to alter time sufficiently to rise above its laws, and
walk into eternity a while. This you will learn to do increasingly, as
every lesson, faithfully rehearsed, brings you more swiftly to this holy
place and leaves you, for a moment, to your Self.

He will direct your practicing today, for what you ask for now is
what He wills. And having joined your will with His this day, what
you are asking must be given you. Nothing is needed but today’s idea
to light your mind, and let it rest in still anticipation and in quiet joy
wherein you quickly leave the world behind.

From this day forth your ministry takes on a genuine devotion,
and a glow that travels from your fingertips to those you touch, and
blesses those you look upon. A vision reaches everyone you meet,
and everyone you think of, or who thinks of you. For your
experience today will so transform your mind that it becomes the
touchstone for the holy Thoughts of God.

Your body will be sanctified today, its only purpose being now
to bring the vision of what you experience this day to light the
world. We cannot give experience like this directly. Yet it leaves a
vision in our eyes which we can offer everyone, that he may come
the sooner to the same experience in which the world is quietly
forgot, and Heaven is remembered for a while.

As this experience increases and all goals but this become of
little worth, the world to which you will return becomes a little
closer to the end of time; a little more like Heaven in its ways; a little
nearer its deliverance. And you who bring it light will come to see
the light more sure; the vision more distinct.

The time will come when you will not return in the same form
in which you now appear, for you will have no need of it. Yet now it
has a purpose, and will serve it well. Today we will embark upon a
course you have not dreamed of. But the Holy One, the Giver of the
happy dreams of life, Translator of perception into truth, the holy
Guide to Heaven given you, has dreamed for you this journey which
you make and start today, with the experience this day holds out to
you to be your own.

Into Christ’s Presence will we enter now serenely unaware of
everything except His shining face and perfect Love. The vision of
His Face will stay with you, but there will be an instant which
transcends all vision, even this, the holiest. This you will never teach,
for you attained it not through learning. Yet the vision speaks of your
remembrance of what you knew that instant, and will surely
know again.

Britney Shawley added:

From this day forth, your ministry takes on a genuine devotion, and a glow that travels from your fingertips to those you touch, and blesses those you look upon. A vision reaches everyone you meet, and everyone you think of, or who thinks of you. For your experience today will so transform your mind that it becomes the touchstone for the holy Thoughts of God.

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