Introduction, P 4
4 My brother, you are part of God and part of me. When you have at last looked at the ego’s foundation without shrinking you will also have looked upon ours. I come to you from our Father to offer you everything again. Do not refuse it in order to keep a dark cornerstone hidden, for its protection will not save you. I give you the lamp and I will go with you. You will not take this journey alone. I will lead you to your true Father, Who hath need of you, as I have. Will you not answer the call of love with joy?
“Oh, Jesus, I love you so much! Thank you, thank you!”
Jesus has given us the lamp and goes with us; we are not alone in this journey. Oh my gosh! I want to walk that path with him. I want to go home. I will shine that light on every dark corner of the mind, and do so gladly. I ask that I be shone any dark thought that I have been hiding from myself. One of them came up recently and I wrote about it this morning in my Daily Lesson journal. Here is a link if you are interested. tinyurl.com/nbl6juj
I used to be nervous about asking for dark thoughts indiscriminately, because I was afraid I would be overwhelmed. I have come to fully trust Holy Spirit, though, and so I am not afraid to ask. He will give me exactly what is right for me now, and will never lead me to look at something I am not ready for. Also, I have experienced this looking business enough to know that I will come out of it unscathed, and very likely, healed.
There is the belief that I must keep my dark thoughts hidden to protect myself. Just as I have thoughts I don’t want you to see, I have darker thoughts I don’t want even myself to see, much less, God. This is ridiculous, of course, as “my” thoughts are the thoughts in the one mind. There are no private thoughts. And could there be something unknown to the Holy Spirit? Really, I hid only from my own self, and that self is only pretending not to know what is there.
Jesus is telling us that we don’t need to be afraid of the thoughts in the mind, no matter how dark they might be. My experience has been that looking at them with the Holy Spirit dispels the fear and guilt associated with the thoughts. They often become laughable after my mind is healed, and sometimes I cannot even bring them to mind. It seems that when the thought is removed from the mind, it is truly gone. If I remember the thought at all, it has no meaning to me, no charge. It is like I am remembering something I read about some character in a book.
So I encourage us all to take Jesus up on his offer. Let him give us the lamp and walk with us through this process of looking with the Holy Spirit at every dark corner of the mind. We all know what happens to darkness when the light comes on. When the light is focused on all that is in the mind, it will reveal to us our Father and our relationship with Him. We will see that, truly, there is only God and we are in Him. This will no longer be an idea, a lofty concept, but will be our experience. Can you imagine!