A man is praying to God. “Lord,” he prays, “I would like to ask you a question.”
The Lord responds, “No problem. Go ahead.”
“Lord, is it true that a million years to me is but a second to you?”
“Yes, that is true.”
“Well, then, what is a million dollars to you?”
“A million dollars to me is but a penny.”
“Ah, then, Lord,” says the man, “may I have a penny?”
“Sure,” says the Lord. “Just a second.”
I visited my "hometown" of Lily Dale, New York, three times this summer. The first time was basically a working week: I taught a class, led a daily meditation service, prepared a talk, and volunteered at the office. The second time I "vacationed" with my family, but that turned into a working week too - of cleaning and painting. The third trip was supposed to be a restorative one for me, with nothing to do besides take a workshop with a favorite instructor. But it turned into a working week of another kind altogether: Inner work. There I was all ready to be inspired, and instead I was SO IRRITATED by a classmate! Then my family members started to irritate me....
I knew I had to look inside for answers: What were these situations mirroring back to me? What was the universe showing me that I was ready to release, to heal, to transform? I found several things and worked on them (at least it was a productive week). That's when I added "inner peace" as a personal intention.
A few days later, after sharing my intentions with a colleague, I completed the day's lesson from A Course in Miracles in which the final stanza was: “And now at last I find myself at peace.” The next day, I pulled a card from an oracle deck; the card I chose was “Inner Peace.” The following day, I suggested that a colleague attend a silent retreat because the answers she sought could be found in the silence - and I knew immediately the message was also for me. And when I read the next day's lesson from A Course in Miracles, the topic for my next talk was right there in the text: