I was reading in Chapter 25 this morning, and came upon a paragraph that I only vaguely remember reading before. I am sure I have read it many times, but it didn’t register. But this morning it surely did. It is both a beautiful and evocative paragraph. It creates a whole feeling of the state of mind it describes. So what I did was change it to the first person and I’ve been practicing it all day. I thought I would pass it on to you:
The grace of God rests gently on my forgiving eyes,
and everything they look on speaks of Him.
I can see no evil;
nothing in the world to fear,
and no one who is different from myself.
And as I love them,
so I look upon myself with love and gentleness.
I would no more condemn myself for my mistakes than damn another.
I am not an arbiter of vengeance, nor a punisher of sin.
The kindness of my sight rests on myself with all the tenderness it offers others.
For I would only heal and only bless.
And being in accord with what God wills,
I have the power to heal and bless
all those I look on with the grace of God upon my sight.
My suggestion is that you read through it very slowly, trying to feel each as being true of you, descriptive of your state of mind. Try to get into it; to unite with it. See what effect it has on you.