The Uncomfortable Talks by Bill Skiles Talk Number 5 Principle: The Father Within He Doeth the Works
This morning we’re going to take a look at the principle: The Father within me, He doeth the works. Now I know some folks have reported being uncomfortable with these recent talks, and I’m sorry to say that today’s talk is not going to be any better. The Christ said: There are many things I have to tell you, but you cannot bear them now − some 2000 years ago. And we now, 2012 years later, surely we must be ready to hear them even if they do make us uncomfortable. So we’re going to take a look at this principle and how we might practice it and how we might live it and how we might let it live us.
Recently someone online thanked me for the website and sent me some documents which contained quotes from the German man, Jacob Boehme (Bay-meh is the way it’s pronounced. I looked it up. The dictionary says it’s Bay-meh). Jacob Boehme from the 1500s and 1600s – 1624. He lived until 1624. Anyway, this was the shoemaker if you remember. All he did all day was repair shoes, and yet he had some mystical experiences, and because he localized them and put them in writing, the church at the time became very upset and wanted to burn him at the stake for heresy. But that never happened and he lived out his normal life. Close to the end the church became roused up again and he had to leave for a little while, but he came back within the year, and it is said he lived a normal life. He had a wife and he had 4 children, 4 sons I think it was, and he was a shoemaker, a shoe repairer.
Jacob Boehme … and he said this: (Listen carefully today. Put on your listening ears. Listen with your soul – that’s me talking, not Jacob. I want you to listen to what Jacob has to say, because it’s the Christ speaking in and through Jacob).
“No man can make himself a child of God. But he must throw himself entirely into a state of complete obedience to God.”
Now that means surrender, doesn’t it. It means being in a state of complete obedience or receptivity to God. So again:
“No man can make himself a child of God. But he must throw himself entirely into a state of complete obedience to God. Then will God make him his child. He must be dead to all sense of self. Then will God in the Christ live in him.”
And you can see that’s all about surrendering and being receptive, isn’t it? Now we all know that Jesus said, Jesus Christ said: “I can of mine own self do nothing, but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” Does that not again seem like standing still and being a witness?
Now in the Kailua study Joel goes into more detail. He takes this principle and he …he puts flesh on it. He expands it, and he does so in our modern language. He says this … and again, I remind you to listen.
Now, the point that I am making is this: (This is the 1955 Kailua study series. This is chapter 12, and it is called Experiencing the Christ. It’s one of my favorite all-time chapters. And this is, we’re starting on second paragraph of page 10). All right…
“Now, the point that I’m making is this: In being aware of the discords of human existence, instead of drawing on this head for your denials and affirmations, instead of drawing on your head, on your thinking, on your [memorization] of truth, now [I want you to] stand stock still, and let the Father give you the necessary truth for the situation. Because [this] is the way I have to do it when I’m called upon for help. I can’t turn to a single soul. [I can’t turn to] any memorized statements from my writings. Because if I thought they had power I’d just let them do the work. No. I never go back to draw [on] anything in [the] writings or anybody else’s writings, [not] even from Scripture.”
“When I am called upon for help [for any problem], I sit down in an atmosphere of expectancy, if I have to sit down. Sometimes I’m walking or [I’m] out here under the trees. Sometimes I’m at the table eating. But I am so in [a state of receptivity] a receptive state of consciousness that regardless of what presents itself to me, I wait for the Father to give me the answer.”
And Christ Jesus said: “The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.”
And Joel says:
“I wait for the Father to give me the answer. I don’t rush into speech. I don’t rush into answering letters on my desk. I read them and I sit down and I listen, and if the answer isn’t there, I put the letter aside until later that day or that night or tomorrow. But when I answer a letter, it has to be the Father answering.”
The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works. It has to be the Father answering.
“And so it is, when I am asked for help, you all notice my attitude. It’s always one of listening, and then if I have anything to say,[I say it]. Now this is to bring you (you that are listening today) to the point of experiencing the Christ. You experience the Christ every time a discord or inharmony appears to you, and instead of you making a statement of truth or thinking a thought of truth, thinking a truth, you just turn within and wait until something comes to you. It doesn’t have to come in words. It doesn’t have to come in thoughts. Eventually you will discover it comes in just a feeling of release, and you know all is well.
That is the experience of the Christ, and that is the point I am trying now to see if all of you can embody. The method?”
What’s the method? Well, what does our good friend Jacob say? “No man can make himself a child of God. He must throw himself entirely into a state of complete obedience to God. Then will God make him his child. He must be dead to all false sense of self. Then will God in the Christ live in him.”
And furthermore, Jacob says: “It’s not that I know these things, but God knows them in me.” You see, Jacob has discovered it’s useless for him with his mind to know truth. God must know truth in him. “Listen, he says, oh blind men. You live in God and God is in you. If you live holy, that is, in obedience and surrender and receptivity, then will you yourselves be God, and wherever you look, there will be God.” You see that? That’s what he says.
Jesus Christ says: “I can of my own self do nothing. The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.”
Paul says: “I live yet not I; Christ liveth my life.” Is that not the same thing? I live – yet not I. Christ liveth my life.
And Joel says: “Do not engage in any controversy with any error. Stand still.” And the highest to aim for is to take no thought and wait for the Father that dwelleth in you to doeth the work. “If you must think a thought,” he says, “at least think something that has nothing to do with the problem.”
Let’s say someone presents to you a problem: “I have a cold.” And then you, if you must think something, you can think: “I have meat the world knows not of.” Well, that has nothing to do with it! Yes, exactly. “Anything like that,” says Joel, “will do. Anything like that will keep thought occupied so that your thought isn’t directly meeting or responding to or refuting the problem.”
Do you see that? And that gives the Christ, or the Father within, an opportunity to come to you in experience. You see that? He is adamant that you take no thought in regards to the problem. So if someone presents to you with a problem: “I’m experiencing lack – can you please work on my supply?” is how they usually say it. You will turn within, take no thought, and wait for an experience of release, which lets you know that God Is – and God is Is-ing. If it doesn’t come right then, you do this again in an hour or two, and again and again until it does come. And when that release comes and you know that God Is and God is Is-ing right here omnipresent, then you’re done. The work is done. You didn’t do it – you bore witness to this experience.
Now if you’re not there where you can wait upon the Lord, if you really must take thought, then take thought on something that has nothing to do so you’re not meeting the problem. See – we’re not allowed now to live on affirmations and denials. Yes, they worked in the past and we used them quite a bit. No more. Not if you would experience the Christ. If you want to stay on the level of affirmations and denials, you’ll discover they no longer work.
You must come up higher to be the living Christ.
You must put aside childish things. And so when a problem is presented to you, you are not allowed now to deny it and say: “This has no power. It’s not a part of God. God never made it.” Those are denials, and you’re not allowed to do that. Because if you do that, you’re relying on a mind, a human mind, which is supposed to be dying daily. And if you rely on affirmations and say: “Only God is present. God is Is-ing right here. God is the only presence, the only power.” Again, you’re trying to meet this problem which is being presented to your mind on the level of the mind.
And Joel says – what? …”You can’t meet a problem on the level of the problem?” Where is this problem? You have it in your mind and you’re trying to meet it with the mind, whether denials or affirmations. And this part is supposed to be dying. You’re supposed to be dying to a material sense of self. You’re supposed to be dying to a mental sense of self. So why are you trying to use the mental sense of self to meet this problem? You see the dilemma don’t you? Joel’s trying to lift us up higher in this Kailua study series.
Jesus Christ was trying to give us the principle to come up higher. You can almost see him saying: Come up higher … come up higher. Let the Father doeth the works.
And Jacob, our good friend Jacob, in 1620 is saying: You must be dead to all sense of self … standing still, not using the mind, and then will God in the Christ live in you.
See, we’re in agreement. And what is the goal? Really … is the goal to heal someone? Is that why we’re practicing these principles? No. That’s just sort of a fringe effect, isn’t it?
The goal is to live as Christ.
The goal is to die.
The goal is to experience: I live, yet not I, Christ liveth my life. Christ liveth in me.
The goal according to Jacob is: If you live this way, then will you yourselves be God, and wherever you look, there will be God.
And so the goal is to enter Christ consciousness really, isn’t it? That’s the goal. That’s the path we’re walking. To die to self, a false sense of self and awaken in Christ consciousness. And Christ consciousness is the spiritual awareness of Christ or God everywhere, omnipresent.
Now, we said that today’s talk may make us uncomfortable. And now we enter the part where that uncomfortability might take place. You see, we have all for many years desired to meet problems with spiritual principles and watch them dissolve, and we took joy when that happened. But along comes our good friend, Jacob, who says that you must be dead to all false sense of self. Then only will God in the Christ live in you. And along comes Paul who says: “Henceforth know we no man after the flesh.” And Jesus Christ says: Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? And that’s also true of you?
And our good friend, Joel, spells it out without any reservations. Here’s the pure truth – like it or lump it! This is the truth. And so now listen – really, really listen. He says if you do this with the problems that are presented to you, if you take no thought, if you stand still, that gives the Christ an opportunity to come to you in experience.
“Later on,” says Joel, “you will follow the same method with all of the harmonies, because once you have achieved the slightest degree of success in meeting discords, the next thing that will present itself to you is this: If you look at a 12-, 15-year-old child and think how beautiful, how sweet, how innocent, how nice – your thought will rush ahead a little to 10 years from now or 20 or 50, and you’ll say: “Oh, this just a temporary good. This pure, innocent, sweet, clean, healthy child is going to be a doddering old woman or a sinful man.””
“Do you see what I’m getting at? Because you know right well that the human good of this moment won’t remain. And so you will learn to follow the same principle, same practice when you see youth, health, vitality, wealth. You will learn to look right through it and not rejoice in it, but clear your thought in the same spiritual way and stand still so that the Christ can show you the truth about what appears even as human good. Just as you want Christ to reveal the truth about a discord and an inharmony, you had better … you had better want the Christ to reveal the truth about good human appearance, or it’s only a question of time when it’s going to change to bad human appearance.”
“The nature of all human good is to become evil, isn’t it? Youth becomes age. Health becomes sickness. Strength becomes weakness. Abundance becomes lack. And so forth. And finally, life becomes death. That’s the history of the human world. By first training ourselves with the evidences or appearances of discord and inharmonies, to close our mind to that picture and permit the Christ to reveal the true nature of being, we then prepare ourselves for the next step, and the next step is to look out at beautiful trees, beautiful plants, beautiful animals, wonderful youth, beautiful sunsets, mountains, and be able to not think good thoughts. But wait patiently for the Christ to reveal the truth about them.”
Now … that is exactly the same as: He must be dead to all false sense of self. Then will God in the Christ live in him.
That is the same as: Henceforth know we no man after the flesh. I live, yet not I. Christ liveth my life.
That is the same as: I of myself am nothing. The Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.
Do we not see that the next step that we have to take, we literally have to unsee the entire world in which we thought we were living. We have to allow the Father within to doeth the works. Again, Jacob says to us: “No man can make himself a child of God … he must throw himself entirely into a state of complete obedience or receptivity to God, and then God will make him His child. He must be dead to all false sense of self, and then God in the Christ will live in him.”
Do you see this? We have said for years maybe that we want to live as Christ. We want to be instruments for Christ. We want to experience Christ consciousness. Now that Christ consciousness says to us: You must die completely to all false sense of self everywhere. Well, this seems okay when we’re meeting discords, doesn’t it? Oh yes, this is – this is good. Yes. I can – I can stand still and God reveals Itself where the discord appears to be, and the discord dissolves and I become aware of God everywhere.
Ah – but now Christ says: You must know this truth about the harmonies and the good of human existence. You must turn and look at your spouse, your partner, your wife, your husband, even your son and daughter, your grandchild, your parents – you must be able to look right at your spouse whom you love, and recognize – this is an appearance. It’s just as much an appearance as that inharmony. I have not seen what’s here. I am in love with a mental image. A nice image … but still an image.
What is the truth here? I must turn within with the same principle. I can of mine own self not see what’s here. I can bear witness. I can stand still. I can be receptive. Father, what is the truth? And then wait … wait. Take no thought. Don’t try to put something there with your mind: Oh, this is a child of God and God is here. No. You cannot meet the harmony either with the mind.
“No man can make himself a child of God. He must throw himself entirely into a state of complete obedience or receptivity.”
“We prepare ourselves for the next step,” says Joel, “which is to look out at beautiful trees, beautiful plants, beautiful animals, [a wonderful spouse, beautiful partner,] and be able to think no thoughts about them. But wait patiently for the Christ to reveal the truth.” You see? We have to give up all our childish toys, even the good ones. We in this class must be willing to go to any length to awaken to Christ consciousness, to awaken to Christ everywhere. We have said that like Jacob we want to live in God and experience God living in you. We want to live this spiritual life so deeply that then will you yourselves be God, and wherever you look there will be God.
That’s what we’ve said we wanted. Well … you cannot have that and hang onto humanhood. Not your humanhood, not her humanhood, not his humanhood. In order to stand or rest in Christ consciousness you must die to all false sense of self. Now Joel says, “there is no literature in all the world, ancient or modern, that reveals this truth. There is none. Search for it and see if you can find it. There’s no literature, ancient or modern, that reveals the way to attain Christhood.” And he means in specific, exact instructions like he’s giving today.
So … do you want to lay down your life, or are you going to be like Peter? “I will lay down my life for you!” Will you, Peter? “Will you lay down your life for me?” Most of us say that, but like Peter we won’t really give up all false sense of self because we’re enjoying him too much, we’re enjoying her too much.
This is not for the fainthearted or the weak. Narrow is the path, and Joel tells us again how to do it: “Stand aside. You don’t refute appearances. You don’t enter into a mental argument with it. Stand aside and realize: “I am the way.” You say – that’s meaningless! Good! … says Joel. The more meaningless it is, the better. So let it be, because we do not want through the power of our thought or reason to meet a situation – but through the Christ. Remember that statement.”
“We do not wish even through reason to meet a case, but through Christ. The Christ which passeth all human understanding.” You see that? You can’t have this experience of the Christ when you’re taking thought because the Christ is hidden. It’s hidden. And you can’t experience the Christ … well … do you really think you can experience the Christ when you have your eyes closed in meditation and then open your eyes and look lovingly and longingly at her? Where is the Christ then? You’re looking lovingly and longingly at her or him, and now the Christ is hidden. You’ve gone back into a mental image. You’re living in humanhood. It’s good humanhood, but Joel says we reach the place where we have to take that step.
“He says Christ is the activity that takes place in your consciousness when no thinking is going on.” And I might add – no human feelings either. “Oh, he’s so precious, my little grandson!” What are you looking at? What are you looking at? Yes, it is true Joel says you lose some of the good things in life, but what you gain more than compensates for it when you are able to see Christ everywhere. When you are able to like Jacob says – when you are able to –when you yourselves are God and wherever you look, there will be God.
I will lay down my life for you, Christ! Will you? Will you lay that down too? Will you lay down her and him and it? Will you lay down not just the inharmonies, but the harmonies as well? Will you let God within doeth the works? Will you let God reveal what is really there? Can you be Christ part of the time and human part of the time? Do we not reach this jumping off place where we have to go for broke, where we have to say: “I’m willing to go all the way. I may not be real good at it yet, but I’m willing to go, and I’m going to start practicing. I’m going to start seeing not just the discords, but the harmonies as well as nothing, or nothingness. I’m going to stand still, stock still. Not think any thoughts of truth about it. But wait … wait upon the Lord.”
And if you wait upon the Lord it is said, “you will mount up with wings as eagles.” Eagles, of course, are symbols for messengers of God because they fly up high close to God according to Native Americans. Do you want to mount up and be the instrument for a message of God? Then you must wait upon the Lord.
We talked about it last week and the week before. Waiting on that movement, and the Spirit breathed over the face of the deep. I love that. That’s exactly how it feels, but that feels that same way not just releasing the discord and standing still, but also releasing the harmony and standing still. This must be a constant state of consciousness, or as our good friend, Jacob, puts it: “He must throw himself entirely into a state of complete obedience to God,” which is what Jesus Christ was living when he said: “I can do nothing, but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works, and I bear witness to that.”
Yes, and that’s what Joel says here is pretty much what was just said.
“When you [can] come to that point of absolute humility where Jesus found himself when he said “I can of mine own self do nothing.” When you come to that point of absolute humility, you will stand still in thought with your ear wide open, your inner ear, waiting and giving God the opportunity to come out into expression, [and that] is when Christ will have the opportunity to fulfill Itself in [our] experience.”
You see that? We can’t make it any plainer. But what we have to know now is to complete the picture, it has to be in all of our affairs. Yes, even with sweet little Johnny. Even with lovely Madalyn. You see that? Even with that beautiful mountain range. Even with the wonderful sunset. Even with those billions of stars.
Joel told us many years ago we have to convert the entire, this entire – well – this world has to be reinterpreted into omnipresence, and you don’t do the reinterpreting. You stand still.
Remember … he told us. He told us even in this part we’re reading here up above where he, well – let’s see if we can find it so we can use his words. If you remember, he was standing before the bed of someone that was dying and nothing would come to him, and he didn’t think any thoughts. He just stood there speechless. He knew the guy was going to die if something didn’t come. And he says, “I can assure you you can keep out the Christ by speech and thought. All the recitation of nice metaphysical statements, even Scriptural promises – those are hindrances to the activity of this invisible Christ. Unless they come forth spontaneously as the activity of the Christ, just as they did as I stood at that man’s bed in the hospital, standing there in a state of receptivity. Then the Voice said: Man does not live by bread alone.”
Now remember – he was on an iron lung, the man, and the words that came from within when the Father did the works were “Man shall not live by bread alone,” and Joel understood instantly … that’s right, that’s right. We don’t live by breath. We live by Christ. It’s Christ. It is I. Be not afraid. And instantly the man signaled for the nurse and they took away the iron lung and he left the hospital a couple days later. Remember? That’s what he’s saying.
“Now we can heal wherever there is a receptive consciousness. We can reform. We can redeem. We can renew. We can regenerate. But only in one way, and now you know the truth of being. Now that you have the letter of truth, and you have to keep reminding yourself of it – when you’re actually living about your business all the rest of the day: Don’t think thoughts! Keep yourself receptive to an inflow of thoughts so that it breaks through into your consciousness, and thereby you have the experience of the Christ.”
“Now eventually, as I said before, you will go through this same procedure when you witness the harmonies of life, when you witness a beautiful sunset you will turn also and open a way for the Christ experience to come so that you can rightly see the sunset as it is or the mountain scene as it is. This will ultimate in the activity of the Christ being a constant experience, one not achieved, one not attained at certain moments of the day or night, as when you sit down to meditate and then the other 90 percent of the time you’re back in this humanhood, this human state of consciousness. No, no – it will be a constant state of be-ing, so that at any time necessary you can blink the eye and the activity of Christ will consciously be realized. But it isn’t even necessary that that be done.”
Now listen. “The time eventually comes” – this is for all of us, and hopefully you’re still listening – listen. “The time eventually comes, and I call that in all the writings a point of transition where you pass from living your own life to having your life lived for you and through you. Where you become nothing more than an instrument for this divine experience – and you go where you’re sent and when you’re sent, and you have no will of your own. No wish of your own. No desire of your own. You never have supply of your own and you never even have health. It is always an It that is living Its own life, and you go along for the ride.”
He says, “we engage our minds while we wait, and by refraining from taking a statement of truth or thinking truth, the Christ announces Itself.” And so this transition is what Jacob means when he says: Listen, oh blind men. You live in God and God is in you. If you live [this] holy [way], that is … waiting upon the Christ … then will you yourselves be God, and wherever you look, there will be God.
And Christ Jesus says: “Believest thou not that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? I can of mine own self do nothing, but the Father that dwelleth in me, He doeth the works.”
And our friend, Paul, says: “I live, yet not I. Christ liveth my life,” and henceforth I know no one after the flesh. I know only God. I know only Spirit everywhere.
Now … we must take this step. It’s a hard saying, bitter in the belly, yet we must take this step. The principle is: The Father within doeth the works. This must be our experience not only with the inharmonies. Not only do we stand still and become beholders as God reveals Itself where the inharmony was appearing; now we must take the more difficult step and stand still even while eating or walking or swimming or driving and allow God to reveal Itself where the harmony appears. In this way the entire human scene is transformed into Heaven here and now. But it means you have to let go of some of these cherished mental images, doesn’t it? Yes, sir – it sure does. Yes, ma’am – it sure does.
I will lay down my life for you, Master! Will you lay down your life for Christ? Will you? Yes, this is the point of transition. This is the point where Christ liveth our lives in all of our affairs. This is the point where we completely die to any false sense of self as Jacob told us, and God lives in us and we see God everywhere. Christ lives Itself.
Let us be still for a moment and see if this completes today’s talk. Father, you doeth the works. I stand still and listen.
And so I wish for you, all of you – a new Self. As in our human world 2012 turns to 2013, I wish for you that you step out of that and into the flow of eternity in which Christ liveth Its life. Not by might. You cannot make the change yourself physically nor mentally with any statement of truth that you think. And it’s really not about meeting problems by being still and letting Christ consciousness speak.
It’s really about meeting this world in its entirety with nothing but silence and allowing Christ to reveal God’s omnipresence, or the Isness of God. Not evil, not good. The pairs of opposites must go. On this path in this new Consciousness the pairs of opposites cannot exist. You cannot have evil anymore. Ah … but also you cannot have good anymore. You can only have what God reveals as Its Isness.
I will lay down my life for this Isness. Well, if this is true then you know what you must do. Completely die to the world of opposites and be reborn into a new awareness of whatever Christ, the Father within you, reveals as that which Is, as that which I Is.
Blessings to you my dear friends. May we rest back in the Oneness of Christ Consciousness and see the heaven of here and now. Thank you so much for drawing this forth today.