This morning I was reading a bit of Marianne Williamson’s book A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles, which a friend recently gave me. I was reading a section on surrender and I came across a teaching on how to pray, how to ask for what we want. It really struck me. This is what she says: “Instead of, ‘Dear God, please let us fall in love, or please give me this job,’ we say ‘Dear God, my desire, my priority is inner peace. I want the experience of love. I don’t know what would bring that to me. I leave the results of this situation in your hands. I trust your will. May your will be done. Amen.’”
Do you feel the sense of surrender in such a prayer? It’s almost a relief. Instead of asking for this and that, which entails clinging to this or that, the “desire,” the “priority” is living in peace and love – period. How it happens is given to the Universe to work out.
What a great teaching to have in our mind when we have a choice to make. In anything that we do, we could ask the question: “Is what I’m about to do going to help faciliate living in peace and love?” Or is it just immediate gratification?