Most days I join a morning conference call to study and practice the daily lesson. Each call lasts an hour and is attended by people from all over the country. Of each hour, we spend about fifteen to twenty minutes meditating on the lesson. I find the silence and stillness of the meditation opens up a deep understanding of the day's lesson. As such, the meditation time is extremely important and valuable to me.
As I slip down into the quietness of a meditation I leave my headset on so I can hear the call to return once meditation time ends. Today—as is bound to occasionally happen when dozens of people have called in on cell phones, via Skype, Google Voice and landline phones—an unwanted noise suddenly interrupted the silent meditation time. Not once, but three times.
For me, a snap, crackle, pop, squeak or other unwanted random noise might as well be a gunshot. It shocks me out of the quiet stillness, back to ego mind. Arrrghh! Naturally, ego wants to judge and blame someone for disturbing the silence.
Today, though, was quite different. Lesson 349 is titled: "Today I let Christ's vision look upon all things for me and judge them not, but give each one a miracle of love instead.”
The prayer within the Lesson goes on to say: “So would I liberate all things I see and give to them the freedom that I seek.”
When that first noise rattled through my headset during meditation my usual ego reaction was transformed. The understanding came to me that the noise was simply a sound of the universe unfolding as it is bound to do. There is no need to judge, to blame. How could I even imagine I could judge the universe and its unfolding?
That understanding left me in a place of peace. Further, I found by allowing each noise its time and place and reason for being, I was simply accepting the moment and the universe. I no longer needed to make the noise or the person who made the noise wrong. As that understanding deepened, that feeling of peace deepened. It was as if I was being blessed and loved.
So who you gonna trust when you feel annoyed or disturbed? Is there any point in letting ego run the game by trying to judge and blame? Clearly, no. Instead of judging, why not trust our Creator to “send us miracles to bless the world and heal our minds as we return to Him.”
Read the entire Lesson here.