A very hot and humid day here in Ottawa––close to 40 Celsius (100 F) with the humidity reading. I looked out at my wilting vegetable plants and flowers and just had to go out and relieve their thirst. For the first little while I felt fine, and then the heat started to get to me. However, I just had a little more watering to do, so I carried on. By the time I finished, I was feeling woozy and nauseous. I went in and decided to rest a bit and do a longer practice with the lesson of that day, the review of “I call upon God’s Name and on my own” (#183).
As I called upon God’s Name, I realized that by calling upon His Name, I was calling upon all that God is. I was calling upon His peace, His joy, His strength, His love, all His attributes. Since His Name was also mine, I was calling upon all these things in me. I was also calling upon the fact that: “I am not a body. I am free. For I am still as God created me.” That idea really struck me, and I continued to repeat that refrain with the conviction that it was so.
I can’t say that all of a sudden all the wooziness disappeared, but, weird as it sounds, it was almost as if it was there but wasn’t affecting me. The unpleasantness of my experience out in the heat was gone, and I went about my business feeling just fine!
Since that day, I’ve been calling upon God’s Name with a heightened sense of the meaning in both His Name and in calling upon it. I’m counting on this new insight to help me on this path!