“Grace is not learned. The final step must go beyond all learning. Grace is not the goal this course aspires to attain. Yet we prepare for grace in that an open mind can hear the Call to waken. It is not shut tight against God’s Voice. It has become aware that there are things it does not know, and this is ready to accept a state completely different from experience with which it is familiarly at home.
We have perhaps appeared to contradict our statement that the revelation of the Father and the Son as one has been already set. But we have also said the mind determines when that time will be, and has determined it. And yet we urge you to bear witness to the Word of God to hasten the experience of truth, and speed its advent into every mind that recognizes truth’s effects on you.” ACIM.W-169:3:1-6.41-3
Are we ready to learn? Are we open to hearing the Voice of God? Neale Donald Walsch, in his Conversations With God books, tells us that God is talking to us all the time. It is us who are not listening.
When we do listen and we hear God’s voice we experience grace. We describe a “grace filled moment” when our hearts and minds are touched by a transcendent experience which is unfathomable and unspeakable. This grace sometimes brings tears of joys and peace to our eyes and we feel ourselves resonate with something so much greater than ourselves.
Can we force grace? Is it a commodity that we can buy or an experience that can be produced upon demand? No, grace is not a commodity that can be possessed. It is an experience that comes from surrender to the greatness of God’s creation. This experience has been described in the hymn, “Amazing grace.”
Today, I will be open to listening for God’s voice. In order to do this, I must clear my mind and heart from the clutter of the ego. I must go within and wait patiently and listen quietly for the hum of the cosmic vibration that engenders harmony with All that Is. You, too, can hear God’s music if you tune in to the right frequency.