I recently travelled to visit family and friends. I was wearing a new watch - a beautiful present from my dear husband. It served me well throughout my weeklong visit and when I returned home I took it off and put it away. Or so I thought. Months went by and the watch remained invisible. Had I even taken it with me afterall? Might it still be in our son and daughter-in-law's home? I started to question my memory for the watch just didn't reappear.
I am used to living by the guidance of our dear Father-Mother-God for all kinds of questions, big and small - and here again I tried to listen and pray about. "Do you think this watch belongs to you?", my daughter asked my this morning. "I sure do", I replied. "I find that my watch as much as my Birkenstocks and my Jeans, my house and my garden belong to me as part of my present sense of home. I had prayed deeply over my sense of family, marriage, home, supply and I know that everything that is a spiritual idea in my experience exists in consciousness and cannot be taken away from me. I don't believe in material possession but I honour spiritual ideas, and I believe that everything that is part of my present understanding of who I am is with me all the time. This is not about a material object but about an idea."
When I am lost I do something I have done often: I ask a family member for advice. In this case I had told my daughter that somehow I just couldn't grasp any idea, as if the watch had completely disappeared and was not even any longer existing in the universe. My daughter replied with the just quoted question, and after I had given my answer we both continued with our errands, quietly. We both have a large writing project going, individual projects, and hours went by with just the sounds of a crackling fire inside, the bluejays and chickadees happily announcing their findings of seeds in the feeders outside and the clicks of the keyboards below our fingers.
I have experienced the precise guidance of Mind so often that it felt odd not to feel being guided right now. Is that even possible? Isn't an idea always linked to its source as a thought is always linked to the entity thinking it?
I gave this issue some more thought and realised that this is another moment to demonstrate, truly demonstrate, that Mind is the only real intelligent source of the universe which truly knows everything. This excludes the necessity to think specific prayerful thoughts, as if this Mind needs some support from me (definitely an idea and not the Principle of the idea). I have been praying and pondering deeply the insight that the human mind always wants to control - and because of this mistaken sense of authority tries to control even our sacred link to our Maker. Don't you sometimes think that you only need to find the right Bible verse or quote to point you in the right direction? But then: is not Mind, and Mind alone, perfectly equipped to continually govern its own vast creation, from the tiniest chickadee to the Andromeda galaxy? It came to me that it is useless to search my "mind" - all I ever need to know is in Mind, and only there. And surrender.
Calmly and totally natural the insight came that I will find without searching. There was no agenda any more and no sense of a dead end - just a quiet sense of the unfailing and present guidance of divine Mind. There was no formulating of a prayer, just listening, just awareness of Mind revealing itself. The most normal and natural thing in the world.
A few moments later I walked into our office to pick up cards my daughter had asked for. While I was looking through the selection at hand my eyes caught a pouch that I had totally forgotten about. It was on a shelf and I knew what I would find inside.
I take away not just my dear Watch but also the insight that for any demonstration there is only the commitment needed to let Mind and Mind alone speak and act.
Upon reflecting upon this small, but for me meaningful event, I found I had in my own way experienced again what Isaiah experienced thousands of years ago and whose Hebrew words are translated in the King James Version thus:
¶ For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
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In my work as Christian Science practitioner and writer I draw on listening to God and listening to people.