I think everyone tends to relate to truth, either consciously or unconsciously, as a threat. Truth, by definition, is true for everyone. "Relative truth" is an oxymoron, the popularity of which encapsulates our attempt to squirm out of and get away from something that applies to everyone, something that does not yield to our desires and preferences, but to which instead we ourselves must yield.
Of course, however, we've got it all wrong. Those desires and preferences that would bend truth to their will don't make us happy; they make us miserable. They're out to get us, to pull us down so that we "fall lower than the stones upon the ground." While truth is the best friend we've got. Lesson 251 says, "I am in need of nothing but the truth."
Today we relate to truth as this best friend. The first several paragraphs of this lesson are virtually a song to the blessings attendant upon the arrival of truth in our minds.
To begin with, I highly recommend doing the thought experiment in paragraph 2. It asks us to think of our happiest moment, when we were certain we were loved and safe, and then do two things with it: one, imagine it made permanent; and two, now that it's permanent, imagine it multiplied in intensity 10,000 times.
What's the point of this? To give us just the faintest hint of what it will be like for us when truth enters our minds, when we give truth its due, and it then gives us ours.
This is the motivation for inviting truth in, for letting down the defenses that see it as a threat and welcoming it instead as our oldest and best friend.
One worry this lesson addresses at length is the idea that, even if we were to successfully invite truth in, it would go away just as quickly as it came. This is, after all, how it usually works. But this lesson repeatedly stresses that that's not the nature of truth. Truth comes to stay. It doesn't toy with us. It's not like the girl in the old Rolling Stones song "Ruby Tuesday": "Who can hang on a name on you when you change with every new day?" Yes, truth once invited may go again, but only because something in our minds has rescinded the invitation. Something in us has asked it to go. In its own nature, it is as dependable and steady as the most devoted mother the world has seen. Unless we kick it out, it will stay forever.
So let's give ourselves as wholeheartedly as we can to inviting truth, knowing that when it comes, it automatically chases away all the errors and all the illusions which have plagued us for so long. All those crazy ideas we thought we could never shake will blow away like fine dust in a pleasant breeze. Won't that be a relief?
Purpose: to let Christ lead you to an experience of the truth, so that you can join Him in His function of bringing truth to the world.
Longer: every hour on the hour, for 5 minutes (if you cannot do this, at least do the alternate)
- Start by asking your Self, the Christ, to go with you—which makes sense for you can never be apart from Him. While asking, also pledge to Him "to let His function [of saving the world] be fulfilled through you" (9:2). That is the point of today's exercise, to let Him fill you with the truth, so you can bring it to the world (this is very similar to yesterday's exercise).
- Then ask that the truth come into your mind. Ask with confidence, with certainty of success. Count on truth to be there, for it belongs to you. State your request this way: "Truth will correct all errors in my mind, and I will rest in Him Who is my Self" (9:5).
- "Then let Him lead you gently to the truth, which will envelop you and give you peace so deep and tranquil that you will return to the familiar world reluctantly" (9:6). This appears to be a meditation much like those in 69, 73, and 91 in which you rely upon a strength beyond your own to carry you to your inner goal.
Frequent reminders: do not forget today
Repeat the idea with confidence, realizing that you are speaking for yourself (for your own desire for release), for the world (for its desire for release), and for Christ, "Who would release the world" (11:2).
Encouragement to practice: Be aware that by letting truth into your mind you will indeed benefit the world. During the practice period, the truth will go out from your mind to other minds to correct their errors. And then after the practice period, the truth will go with you as you are sent to those in need to give them the gift of truth.