01 Jan 2016 Comments Off on A Clean Slate 2016
A clean slate is full of promise … and can be daunting, especially if you have tried and failed in the past. So let’s apply the Course principle that there is no past, right now. Interestingly, the past and feeling guilty go hand in hand.
If you are willing to reassess a past failure as a worthy attempt, your heart is uplifted rather than downcast. When your heart lifts, the chains of time are momentarily undone and the holy instant purifies your mind as you enjoy a glimpse of Heaven. Maybe you have not paid enough attention when your heart lifts. Here’s your chance.
Say aloud, “On this clean slate let my true function be written for me.” and take a full inhale and exhale. If your heart lifts, breathe through that feeling, enjoying it fully. This connects you with your Inner Teacher, the Holy Spirit, the bridge to God.
If your heart sinks, know that you are feeling guilty in some way, and allow yourself to know more about what this sinking feeling represents. Don’t avoid it — plumb the depths with your trusty partner, the Holy Spirit, your Friend and Comforter.
As you become aware of the upsetting, disturbing, enraging, terrifying, shameful and destructive thoughts and feelings that result in your downcast heart, give them to the Holy Spirit. Have a conversation with Him/Her. Report your thoughts and describe your feelings aloud, giving each one to your Friend, your Inner Light, which cannot help but shine away inner darkness if you expose it in this way.
Now 2016 is truly a clean slate!
The phrase “a clean slate” is used in the audacious Lesson 65: My only function is the one God gave me. Lesson 65 “offers you escape from all your perceived difficulties. It places the key to the door of peace, which you have closed upon yourself, in your own hands. It gives you the answer to all the searching you have done since time began.”
We’re getting a little ahead of ourselves, if you began the Workbook on Lesson 1 today. But the truth is, any lesson can take you all the way Home if you surrender to it fully. That’s why I sometimes refer to every lesson as “Lesson One” because essentially they are all the same.
Happy Clean Slate!