Some years ago, a friend of ours who taught
meditation developed moderately severe memory
challenges. Not being able to remember things was
difficult and frustrating for her.
“There’s only one thing you need to remember,”
Jerry told her. “The peace of God is always with
me.” He suggested she get 3 by 5 index cards,
write this lesson on each one, and place the cards
in every room in her house—on the refrigerator,
by her bedside, on the medicine cabinet mirror
over her sink, and so on. He told her it was not
necessary to remember anything except this, and
seeing these cards wherever she turned, she would
find greater peace in her heart.
It worked beautifully! As her memory became
less consistent, instead of becoming agitated or
having other negative reactions when she forgot
things, she told herself that the peace of God was
always with her, and it made her calm. We are
convinced that it gave her more peace during her
continued journey into memory loss.
We use many daily reminders to help us keep in
mind that we are one with God. We say each day
that when our love is pure, it casts out our fears.
This lesson is an antidote to the myriad fearful
thoughts that arise in our everyday lives.
Each morning we set the tone for the day by
saying the following prayer, which comes from A
Course in Miracles:
I am not a body. I am free.
For I am still as God created me.
I want the peace of God.
The peace of God is everything I want.
The peace of God is my one goal;
The aim of all my living here,
The end that I seek,
My purpose and my function and my life,
While I abide where I am not at home.
Peace of mind is always our choice when we
realize we have the ability and the right to choose
it. We are reminded each day that God is the cause,
and we are the effect. This is quite different from
the ego’s way of perceiving life: that everything
external determines our happiness and experience
When we came together some 37 years ago,
we decided our intention was to create a holy
relationship (one where our relationship with
God would be the central foundation of our lives
together) and also to have peace of mind as our
common goal. We have grown continually, albeit
intermittently, in our ability to accomplish this
goal. It definitely takes commitment and work.
Not a day goes by when we don’t use the lesson:
“Peace to my mind. Let all my thoughts be still.”
We like reminding ourselves that our Source has
a light within that is beyond this world, and that
when we are consciously one with God, that light
shines from within us too.
In challenging times and with challenging
THE PEACE OF GOD IS ALWAYS WITHIN ME
people, we say the last lesson in our book, A Mini
Course for Life (Mini Course Publishing, 2007):
“Your light is all that I see and is but a reflection of
the light in me.” We also remind ourselves that “I
am the light of the world and so is everyone else,
regardless of their behavior.”
It is important to note that we are in no way
denying, permitting, or enabling others who might
be behaving badly. First, we are taking complete
responsibility for our own thoughts, judgments,
behaviors, and actions. Second, we are asking our
Inner Voice to direct us to what we need to think,
say, or do about the person or situation—and
then we are listening for the answer. In this way,
we are responding with pure love in our hearts
instead of fear, anger, or revenge. From decades
of experiencing this, we can sincerely say that it is
both powerful and empowering.
M.D., and Diane
Ph.D., the founders
of Attitudinal Healing
International, have won
numerous awards for
their work teaching the
power of unconditional
love and forgiveness.
Together and separately,
they’ve authored 16
books selling more
than 7 million copies
the best-sellers Love
Is Letting Go of Fear
(Celestial Arts, 1979)
and Change Your Mind,
Change Your Life
(Random House, 1993).
PEACE OF MIND IS
ALWAYS OUR CHOICE …
WE HAVE THE ABILITY
AND THE RIGHT TO
WHEN WE ARE
WITH GOD, THAT
LIGHT SHINES FROM
WITHIN US TOO.