Lesson 131

  • No One Can Fail Who Seeks 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 that 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 cannot
  • 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 that 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 God’s 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 seeks to reach the truth
  • and it is truth We seek 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 hold dear,
  • with true ideas arising in the place
  • of thoughts that 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 seeks 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 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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