Nothing can destroy your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.” ~ Lesson 41, ACIM
Nothing, really, nothing!
I don’t think there is any greater challenge in life than to maintain a peace of mind on a daily, hourly, minute to minute, or second to second basis. Peace of mind seems like something that is only available to those with large bank accounts, and good health (including affordable health insurance) that are surrounded by loved ones in a safe home in a peaceful society. Peaceful minds are confident in a secure future, have dealt with the past and can freely live in the present.
Is it possible to have peace of mind in any situation that is less than optimal?
Lately, I have been having a hard time getting a good night’s sleep. I am doing everything right: setting aside 8 hours, total darkness in my room, air purifier, humidifier, soothing music and even a little Excedrin PM but nothing is really doing the trick. I cannot seem to quiet my mind enough to drift off to a deep sleep.
The next topic for our spiritual discussion group is going to be dreams. Here is a quote from a book published in 1898 on the subject :
Let a man when he lies down to sleep think of the aura which surrounds him; let him will strongly that the outer surface of that aura shall become a shell to protect him from the impingement of influences from without, and the auric matter will obey his thought; a shell will really be formed around him, and the thought-stream will be excluded.
Charles Webster Leadbeater. DREAMS: What They Are and How They Are Caused (Kindle Locations 478-481). Kindle Edition.
The author goes on to explain that one must raise the level of thought to holier ground when we lie down to sleep. This enables to reap the greatest benefit from the dream state and will lead us on to fulfill our greatest purpose in this world.
This discussion reminded me of my favorite, night-time prayer from childhood:
Now I lay me down to sleep
Pray the Lord my Soul to keep.
If I shall die before I wake.
I pray the Lord my Soul to take.
Sweet dreams everyone!