The Uncomfortable Talks by Bill Skiles Talk Number 13 A New Heaven and a New Earth
This is March 3rd of 2013. I have much to say to you today, and so if you will, please take a moment and practice the silence and invite the Christ to speak, and you will have a definite effect on this talk. And you say, “Well how can that be? You’ve already given it.” But that’s not true, because as you attain that silence and invite the Christ to speak, it will have a definite effect on what you hear, and so you will affect this talk. And because there’s no time, you haven’t yet heard this talk. It’s happening right now. So, if you haven’t done it turn off the talk. Find a place to be still, enter the silence, and just stop and listen for the Christ.
In the garden there were two trees. The one tree was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But there was another tree there, and that tree was the Tree of Life, the Tree of Eternal Life. For us – for everyone – we have been eating the knowledge of the tree of good and evil for centuries; many, many centuries. But those of us in this group have been invited to a new feast, a spiritual feast in which we might eat of the Tree of Life, eternal life. A life not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
And so the invitations have been sent, and we in this group have each received our invitation to come up higher. To come out from under the law of the tree of good and evil and come into the grace of the Tree of Life. You have your invitation; I have mine, and it is my feeling that all of us are ready. And of course that means we must find a way to go from the tree of knowledge to the Tree of Life. We must go from the letter to the Spirit, or the experience of God. We must go from the mind to the conscious awareness. We must go from a temple made with hands that is destroyed, a body of flesh, to the temple not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
We must make this transition this time. We have received an invitation to the feast. We must come now. And so to this end these classes continue. And today we want to – well, I happened to glance down and see this book called Consciousness Unfolding by Joel, and in it one of my all-time favorite chapters, a chapter called Peace, and this chapter has to do with coming out of the human mind and into Christ consciousness, stepping out of humanhood and into Christhood, coming out from under the law and into Grace, coming out from the letter and into the Spirit. All the same thing. And so I thought we might touch some of the high points here. And this first sentence is so beautiful I can hardly stand it. I want to just put it on my forehead or put it on the wall, put it on the mirror. Put it everywhere. Write it on my hand. And it says:
My peace, the peace of Christ! More healings have been brought about through absolute silence than through all the arguments metaphysicians have thought up in the whole history of the world. When you are called upon for help, sit down and get at peace. Think no thoughts; just sit and wait. Wait. Be patient and wait for the peace of … Christ to descend upon you. In that moment of peace, without a word, you will witness healing.
Is that not beautiful? It’s like the other statement that I love, which is: Stand still, and in the silence you will feel the movement of Spirit over the face of the deep. That’s the same as wait for the peace of the Christ to descend upon you. It’s the same experience. It’s just colored in different words. The words that I feel are the movement of Spirit. The words that he felt were the peace to descend. It’s the same thing. The point is that there’s an inner experience lifting you into that Christ awareness, or lifting you into a moment in which you witness, you bear witness to the movement of Christ. Now says Joel:
The only value a treatment has is to lift us to [the] … point … in consciousness where we are ready for [the Spirit]… to unfold.
You know, in other spiritual paths it is true that they all lead to God, but they’re not all the same path. And in many paths Joel quotes in here, and I’m going to read it to you, the Hindu path, they feel that this whole world is an illusion. He makes reference to that in the book A Parenthesis in Eternity in the chapter Reality and Illusion. He makes reference to how they feel that the whole world is an illusion. It’s all an illusion. So why bother! And he says:
[This leads]… to a do-nothing attitude.
It’s an illusion. Why are you bothering? Only God is. Well [he says], that may be true in the absolute, but here you have people suffering in poverty and sickness and at the same time saying it’s all an illusion.
Recently there was a talk by Herb and it was put up on the website and somebody heard it that follows one of these paths, and he wrote me an E-mail saying, “Why that’s absurd! This whole thing is ridiculous! Why are you bothering with any of this when it’s all just an illusion? If you knew that only God was, you wouldn’t even bother with healings.” Now I don’t think he took that tone. He was probably a lot more loving, but behind it was this belief that it’s all an illusion, so why bother? Yes. In the absolute it’s all an illusion. In the absolute only God is here. But what these people don’t see is that no illusion is ever externalized. The illusion is not this world. Illusion is the way you see this world. All right?
There is no illusory world. You are standing in the middle of heaven. You never left the garden, but in your mind, in the human mind, you have accepted and eaten of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, and so you have – well, Lao Tzu of the Tao calls it, “You have 10,000 things – the 10,000 things, 10,000 concepts. Concepts of good and evil.
Those concepts are the illusion, not the world.
If you find a way to drop all concepts, even if only for a moment, into that vacuum rushes the very presence of God, and it reveals itself as an experience, not as a theory. As an actual awareness, a descent of My Peace. A movement of the Spirit on the waters of your consciousness. And that experience is the Christ mind, and when you see through the Christ mind you behold the temple not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, or the Tree of Life in the midst of the garden. You don’t see the concepts, and so the concepts in your mind melt, and when they melt the picture out here changes. You haven’t really healed anything, but on the other hand, as the concept melts it appears as healing.
And so for you, you don’t have to sit by the side of the road begging for alms, full of disease, chanting over and over that only God is. For you, you are actually making a transition coming out of the human mind and the concepts of good and evil and seeing that this is a spiritual universe. And you bring your body with you! It is also lived in. But listen to this in Joel’s words. I think he was on a roll this day when he gave this. I usually underline the important things, and this whole two pages is underlined from the same book, Consciousness Unfolding. He says:
The Hindu mystic may let his body die and may call that a spiritual demonstration insofar as “his kingdom is not of this world.”
You see? The Hindu will say, “Well, so what? It’s a disease. Yeah, okay. But all disease is illusion and this entire world is illusion, and in fact that body is an illusion.” And so he dies.
But Jesus said, in effect: “My kingdom is not of this world, and therefore, I lift my body up to that consciousness where my kingdom is, [ I lift my body up to that consciousness where my kingdom is] and [now] I show forth my body as a spiritual body. This great truth is illumination.
You see that? If you have the book Consciousness Unfolding, look at the chapter towards the back called Questions and Answers. And on page 231 you’ll find the most amazing, amazing thing, and that’s what we’re reading. So – The Hindu mystic may let his body die, but Jesus lifts his body up. Right? This is a world of reality. Now listen. I have all this underlined because every word is important and can be meditated on. This is a world of reality. Here (he has in italics). Here is the world of reality. Right here and now is God’s kingdom. This is not an illusion: This is God’s kingdom.
All right, now again I repeat.
This is the world of reality. Here is the world of reality. Right here and now is God’s kingdom. This is not an illusion: This is God’s kingdom. [But] The way we look at it, what we see through our eyes – that is the illusion. But the world, itself, is reality. That is why we do not heal or improve it. We merely change our concept of it, because it, itself is perfect right here and now. You are the very Christ of God, the very life of God, made manifest. [But] We see you through the eyes of human concept, imperfect, but you are perfect:
You see what he’s saying there? He’s saying that we are standing in the middle of My Kingdom, but we are seeing it as this world. We are standing in the middle of a temple not made with hands, eternal in the heavens, but we are seeing it as the concepts of good and evil. And so the illusion is not in My Kingdom. The illusion is in the concepts, the knowledge of good and evil through which we look and behold My Kingdom. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; … [and] later face to face.” But that later for us is now. We have come to that later. It is time to see face to face.
We have been looking through the knowledge of good and evil, through concepts. Concepts, concepts, concepts. We’re given them everywhere. We’re given them at school. We’re given them by our parents. We’re given them by our race. We’re given them by the medical field. We’re given them by financial wizards. We’re given them by politics, politicians. We’re given these concepts and all of these concepts, so many leaves on the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This is what we look through, and this knowledge of good and evil planted in the garden – what is it? Come on, let’s be honest.
It’s the human mind.
That is the human mind. The human mind is the knowledge, or the tree of knowledge of good and evil is the human mind. And so every time you use the human mind and see through it and live through it, you are standing in the garden eating of the knowledge of good and evil. But every time you find that moment of peace, that silence within, you are eating of the Tree of Eternal Life, which is also within. You stand in the garden either way, but on the one hand you see through all these concepts, the 10,000 things, and you don’t see the garden you’re standing in or you’re resting in. But on the other hand, you see through the Tree of Life, that temple not made with hands. My Kingdom, eternal in the heavens.
And so Joel is right. No correction needs to happen out here. What needs to happen is a transition in here. What needs to happen is for us to melt these concepts. And he refers to this in his very first book. I read it to you before, The Infinite Way. He says in the very first chapter, chapter 1, Putting on Immortality, he says – well, let’s read it from the beginning because it’s so beautiful, and I’m sorry if you’ve heard it before. Get out of that mind and hear it for the first time anew.
“In the Beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God …. And the Word was made flesh.”
Which is, of course, the temple not made with hands in which you’re standing. You’re standing in the Word made flesh.
“The Word was made flesh” – but it still is the Word. By being made flesh it does not change it nature, character, or substance. Cause becomes visible as effect, but the essence or substance is still the Word, [or] Spirit or Consciousness.
In this wise, do we understand that there is not a spiritual universe and a material world, but rather … what appears as our world is the Word made flesh, [or] Spirit made visible, or Consciousness expressed as idea.
All the error that has existed down [through] the ages is founded on the theory or belief of two worlds, one the heavenly kingdom, or spiritual life, and the other a material world or mortal existence, each separate from the other.
You see? There’s no such thing as two worlds. There’s no illusory world – ever! That which is made is not made of that which does appear. There’s no illusory world. There is the real world, My Kingdom, a temple not made with hands, viewed through concepts. And so he goes on to say:
In spite of this sense of two worlds, men have always attempted to bring harmony into the discords of human existence through an attempt, by prayer, to contact this other world, or spiritual realm, and … [bring It, bring God], bring Spirit … to act upon the so-called material [world] … .
You see, that can’t happen, can it? God is functioning now in that temple not made with hands, and you’re standing there, one with God, God in expression, or the Word made flesh. But you’re up here in this mind, in this tree of knowledge of good and evil and the 10,000 concepts, praying that God would please fix his perfect creation. It’s a form of insanity, isn’t it? It’s spiritual insanity. So Joel says:
Let us [then] begin with the understanding that our world is not an erroneous one, but rather that the universe in which we live is the realm of reality about which [we] … entertain a false concept. [So] The work of bringing health and harmony into our experience is not … getting rid of, or … changing, a mortal material universe, [he says] … [the work is in] correcting the finite concept of our existence.
And there it is, the very first three paragraphs in the first chapter of the first book ever written of The Infinite Way. And so you see, it had been there all this time, but we had to come to the place where we were ready to come up higher, and we are ready. And so let us finish this part we were reading about the Hindu mystic in Consciousness Unfolding. And let’s repeat it again.
This is a world of reality. Here is the world of reality. Right here and now is God’s kingdom. [And you are in it!] The way we look at it, what we see through our eyes – that is the illusion. But the world, itself, is reality. That is why we do not heal or improve it. We merely change our concept of it, because it, itself, is perfect right here and now. You are the very Christ of God, the very life of God, made manifest. [But] We see you through the eyes of human concept[s], [through the 10,000 things], imperfect, but you are perfect.
A Hindu mystic looks at this “illusion,” and closes his eyes and says, “This is not reality.” [But] That is not correct. [No, not in the Christ path, not in The Infinite Way]. This that you see is not illusion: The illusion is the way you see it. [what you’re looking through]. When you see [the] railroad tracks that’s not an illusion. [The] Illusion lies in seeing them coming together. … You are not illusion. You are the presence of God, but what we are seeing with our eyes is illusion. We are seeing an illusory concept of you. So what do we have to change – you, or our concept of you? [He asks.] … Hindu mystic says, “This world is illusion, so I will not bother to heal the body at all.” But the body is not illusion. It is the temple of God, according to the teaching of Christ Jesus.
Let us never forget this: This is a spiritual universe. This is the kingdom of God, and the illusion is not this world, but the universal concept of this world. The only place this concept must and can be changed is in the practitioner’s thought. When the concept is healed in the practitioner’s thought, the patient responds. Why? Because the practitioner’s thought is the only place where he can behold an illusion.
You see that? The illusion is not externalized ever. The illusion is in the practitioner’s thought, but the practitioner knows this. He doesn’t try to change it out here. The practitioner knows it, so he turns within. Well, we’re going to get into – the second half of this talk is going to be what we do about these concepts. He goes within. He becomes still. He takes no thought. He feels that movement. The peace of Christ descends, and the picture changes out here. But it’s not really picture out here changing, is it? It’s a concept melting and more of the temple not made with hands appearing.
So this Christ path is very unique, isn’t it? It’s unlike any other spiritual path that has ever been. All right. So he says:
… We go within and ask for the spiritual kingdom, and then it appears outwardly right here and now. [But] When it does not appear, it is because your inner vision has not yet been changed…
You see, your concept has not been changed. Now listen, LISTEN! If you want to know about healing, he’s giving it to you right here.
When it does not appear, it is because your inner vision has not yet been changed: the light of the Christ has not yet touched it.
You see? The peace has not yet descended. The movement has not happened. The awareness is not there. You haven’t gotten the spiritual awareness of the temple not made with hands. You haven’t felt its movement through your consciousness, through your being. And so therefore the concept cannot melt because you’ve been knowing these truths with your mind only, and the mind is where the 10,000 concepts are. And do you know your concepts of truth are a part of the tree of knowledge of good and evil? Yes, they are – which is why you have to come up higher than that mind, and that’s what the second part of this is going to be. So says Joel:
See the world as Spirit. [Because] Seeing it as matter is the illusion. The world is not matter. This is a spiritual universe. Sin and disease are not actualities: they are illusion or mortal concept. Once you see that, you will never again try to heal the outside, as if it were actually something you could heal.
Now do you see how the Christ consciousness is developed to the point where when you look at an appearance you know it’s only a concept, and then you go within, drop all concepts, and let the Christ move? See, that’s what he was trying to do for all of us in the Kailua study. He was trying to lift us up above the mind, and he waited 10 years. He said that. He waited 10 years for the students to be ready, and some of you have waited a lot longer.
All right. Now I’m going to take a moment to be still, and then we’re going to go into the second half of this.
Okay. Now that we’re convinced that the only illusion is the 10,000 concepts, what can we do about them? Okay, so getting back to Consciousness Unfolding, chapter 2 called Peace, we’ll review it again.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
My peace, the peace of Christ! More healings have been brought about through absolute silence than through all the arguments metaphysicians have thought up in the whole history of the world.
Because the arguments of metaphysicians, the affirmations and denials, these all take place in the realm of the mind, and the mind we have determined is the 10,000 concepts. It’s the 10,000 things. The mind we have determined, the human mind, is the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But absolute silence where that mind is not functioning creates a vacuum into which rushes the very presence of God, and when we feel its movement, it gives us and brings with it the awareness, the spiritual awareness of My Kingdom. And so he says:
When you are called upon for help, sit down … get at peace [or find the silence]. Think no thoughts; just sit and wait. Wait. Be patient and wait for the peace of the Christ to descend upon you. [or for the movement of the Spirit on the waters of your consciousness] In that moment of peace, without a word, you will witness healing.
Now just for memory, let us look again at what he says in chapter 12 of the Kailua study series, which is called Experiencing the Christ.
Let me show you the principle [he says] … . Every time you engage in denial or affirmation you are in the world of … good or evil.
Well now, see there it is, and I didn’t even know it. I didn’t even know it, but he’s in total agreement that every time you engage in denial or affirmation, you are in the tree of knowledge of good and evil. So every time you go into your mind and you see a problem and you quickly think of a truth and you say something like, “There is no power in this; only God is present” –you have just entered into the knowledge of good and evil.
Let me show you the principle behind [this] … [he says]. Every time you engage in denial or affirmation you are in the world of either good or evil. You are in the world of appearances or the world of the pairs of opposites, which is the human world [or the human mind]. And so even if you change a discord into a harmony, you … merely changed one human appearance for another human appearance.
Do you see that? Now he says:
… the basis of the new approach is this: No activity of thought is a healing influence.
No. No activity of thought is the Christ, is it? It’s not the Tree of Life. It’s not the Christ in the midst of us. No, it’s the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the midst of us, which we have to melt. So the new basis is this:
No activity of thought is a healing influence. Therefore, no matter what I know with my mind, [it] is not going to heal anybody or help anybody or save anybody or bless anybody.
So the mind won’t help. You have reached the place in your journey, my dear friends – my dear, dear friends – where the mind cannot follow. Says Christ to the mind, “Where I go, you cannot follow.” So says Joel:
… as I observe discords and inharmonies in the world, I am not going to take thought. I am going to stop … have no opinion, no judgment. I am [not] going to make … [a]statement of … denial or … affirmation. I am not going to let the human mind into this … . I’m [not] … going to say it is no part of God,… [I’m not] going to say the only activity here is God. [I’m going to STOP]. I am going to put the finger on my lips.
Also the finger on your mind. Also the finger on the knowledge of good and evil. Also the finger on the 10,000 things. I’m going to put my finger on my lips. Yes, we can fill our thought with a statement like “Thy Grace is my sufficiency,” but it must be something … not pertinent to what we are seeing, [or] observing. If it is pertinent to that, we have entered the argument. We have come into combat … We’re back in the 10,000 things, the concepts. We are going to stand aside and not enter the human [mind] … . We are going to stand aside [with no judgment] … as to whether this is the devil or God, … As if it made any difference … what [concept I have] … .
Now, you see? Are you beginning to see what he says we must do? We must take no thought. So says Joel:
… that’s why I say, don’t search around in your thought for some [truth] … that will be applicable, because you’ll miss the mark. [Miss the mark means sin, right?] The further you can get away from any statement that applies to the situation, the better … you will be and your patient and your own experience.
So Joel is trying to teach us how to see the temple not made with hands, or My Kingdom, or the garden in which we stand. He’s trying to teach us to see with Christ consciousness. He’s trying to teach us to come above that human mind, which is the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which is the concepts. And so says Joel:
… the point I’m making is this: In being aware of the discords of human existence, instead of drawing on … your head, on your thinking, on your memorizing of truth, now [I want you] to stand stock still, and let the Father give you the … truth … . Because [this] … is the way I have to do when I’m called [on] … for help. I can’t turn to [anybody]. [I can’t turn to] any memorized statements from my writings [because they don’t have power]. …
When I’m called upon for help, I sit down in an atmosphere of expectancy, [of receptivity] …
And so it is, when I am asked … for help, you [have] all notice[d] my attitude. It’s … one of listening. …
… Do not engage in controversy with any form of error. Stand still.
Now you can entertain a truth if you want to. You can entertain some truth that has nothing to do with the situation. Somebody comes to you and says, “I need help. I just lost my job.” You can say, “Man shall not live by bread alone” or “I am the Way” or “I have hidden manna” or something that has nothing to do with that situation, but that’s not the best. That’s not the highest. The highest is to take no thought. That’s the highest. And so we will aim for the highest. We will attempt when discord appears or just whenever we’re sitting down because we want to have a meditation – maybe there’s nothing appearing. Maybe everything’s perfectly fine. We will reach for the highest. We will reach for no thought. We will try to obey the Master. Take no thought.
We will try to do what our good friend and guide Joel has said, and we will try and STOP and inside of ourselves consciously realize that human mind is filled with the concepts of good and evil, and seeing through it, or using it to try to remember some truth or to try to grab onto a truth like a life preserver – using the mind at all, we are still standing with the blindfold of the 10,000 concepts, the tree of knowledge of good and evil in front of our eyes. And so it will not work. It won’t work.
We now have been called to a higher realm that is the realm of Spirit. So now when we are confronted with a problem or when there’s no problem, but we’re sitting down to meditate, we will come within, we will recognize and realize the human mind is the tree of good and evil, and we will drop it. We will stop. We will take no thought, and we will sit still. And as he says here:
More healings have been brought about through absolute silence than through all the arguments metaphysicians have thought up in the whole history of the world. … [And so sit down and] Think no thoughts; just sit and wait. Wait. Be patient, and wait for [the Christ], the peace of … Christ to descend upon you. …
That’s what we will do. We will wait for that movement, and if it doesn’t come, like he says in the Kailua study series, we will get up, we will go about our business, and an hour later we will do the same thing.
Learn to sit down and relax, [he says]. Whether the case is sin, disease, death, or unemployment; whether or not it is serious, sit down and relax. Do not try to “handle” it! Do not try to “work” on it. Do not try to “treat” it. Sit back and, in silence, create a … vacuum for God, for the Christ, to rush in. Sit down and relinquish the thought that the human mind is a healer: [Only] Christ is the healer.
We talked about that last week, how in that dream I was shown that only Christ can love unconditionally. Well, now we know here in this week that only Christ can heal.
But let’s get rid of some of those concepts, shall we? The Christ doesn’t really heal, since My Kingdom is perfect. But when Christ rushes in, the concepts melt and you see a little more clearly My Kingdom. And so as he told us in the very first chapter of the very first book in The Infinite Way, our job now is the melting of concepts, something that the human mind cannot do because the human mind is made of those 10,000 concepts. Only the Christ can melt the concepts. You and I must come up higher now where we can rest without taking thought and bear witness to the Christ melting those concepts, which then appears as more harmony out here. The harmony was here already. The harmony was here, but the illusion was in the concepts. So our job becomes that of melting or witnessing the Christ melting concepts. “My peace I give unto you, not as the world giveth.”
That’s our job, to sit in meditation until the Christ gives that peace which melts concepts.
The human mind is not the Christ, he says. “My thoughts are not your thoughts.” So what good then is all this thinking we have been doing? The truth of the matter, says Joel, is … the human mind plays no part in any healing. Now this is the thing I want to get across to you in the second half of this talk is that when the human mind is still, when the human mind is not functioning, when the 10,000 things have become silent, when the concepts of good and evil are stopped, then into that vacuum that you create, that’s your invitation to Christ within you. That’s your invitation to the Tree of Life, and it does flow into your being, into your consciousness. And when it does some concept that you may not even be aware of is melted, and more of My Kingdom is revealed in which you’re standing.
And so the effort is to be effortless. The effort is to be but a witness, and you may not ever be aware what concept was melted. You may not be aware of it. And you definitely won’t be aware of how it works. You won’t be aware of how Christ melts the concepts. You won’t. Which is why Joel says in all of his writings I have no idea how this works! I only know after the fact – hey, look, harmony’s appearing, so some of the 10,000 concepts were melted. You see that? The mind plays no part in healing including understanding how it happened! The best that we can say is “I witnessed,” like he says in the Kailua study series. It’s like the person on the stand in a trial. They didn’t play a part in it. They witnessed this happening, and the best we can do is say, “I witnessed the presence of God, and when I opened my eyes harmony, more of the Kingdom appeared.”
So when we know this, then our path is not like the Hindus. We don’t sit around and say, “Ah! It’s all illusion. We can’t do anything about it. No. We recognize – no, the only illusion is in the concepts, and this I can do something about. This I can be still, knowing I can do nothing about except be still and witness. Create such a state of peace, such a state of receptivity, such a state of listening, such a vacuum, that into that nothing the Spirit of God flows and the concepts are melted. This I can do. It’s called the practice of meditation, and it’s called The Infinite Way.
“If your consciousness is imbued with this silence, with this peace, then it is imbued with Christ power. Healing takes place through the consciousness of the practitioner. The state of your consciousness determines the healing of those that come to you. Not that the healing is yours. No – the healing is the presence of God, the Spirit of God appearing as your consciousness.”
So do you see what we’re doing, what we’re about? You have been called to a new feast, feast of the Tree of Life in your midst.
We must know the nature of God and we must experience (in italics, he says) experience God. We should not go on … the next ten years as we have been doing up [until] … now, just talking about God. The time has now come when we must experience God. … [Do not]… pass lightly over this part of the teaching, because it is the most important part of all. We [you and I, my friends] must see God while we are yet in the flesh, … here and now … . We must experience God through our periods of silence, our periods of peace.
Now, in talking of the 10,000 things, he says:
[Do] You see the danger of believing that your affirmation or denial is necessary, or that you have to think some kind of a thought … [or think some truth? What] if you were in a position where you could not think?…
How would you heal without a mind? [he asks elsewhere].
That statement, that question haunted me. How would you heal without a mind? And the answer: Without a mind is the only way that healing can happen. You see, the Christ mind is your awareness of the movement of Christ. Only Christ can be aware of Christ. So if you are so still that you become aware of the movement of Christ, you are the Christ mind at that moment, and that mind melts concepts and reveals Itself, Its harmony, Its temple not made with hands, the Tree of Life in your midst. And so the answer is: How would you heal without a mind? By bearing witness.
“It may be true that you could never get away from the presence of God, as the Hindus also believe, but you do not benefit by it simply by knowing that. You benefit only in the degree that peace descends upon you with no thought.”
See where we differ in this path? That is why on this path we practice healing, though now we know it’s not really practicing healing, is it? What we practice is meditation. What we practice is stepping out of – well – stopping the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Stopping it long enough for the descent of the Spirit or the peace or the movement of Spirit. And then bearing witness to its movement, to its peace, to the Tree of Life in our midst. And then watching, waiting, beholding as I make all things new. So says Joel:
If we could have [total] silence for the space of half an hour, true silence, we would find ourselves in heaven.
We would find ourselves where we already are, but we would be conscious of it, because the 10,000 things – that veil would be lowered, and we would see not through a glass darkly, but face to face.
Silence is God in action.
You know, there was an old – in centuries past there was a mystic that said God abhors a vacuum, can’t abide a vacuum anywhere. All you have to do is become empty of self – that’s the 10,000 things, the human mind – and automatically you’re full of God. And so says Joel in his words:
Silence is God in action.
But silence – understand silence now is just not this (pause for a few seconds). That’s not silence. That’s quiet. Silence is when you actually inside your being step out of the human mind, and it’s a state of no thought, a state of no effort, a state of no fighting, a state of no resistance. A state of peace, a state of stillness, a state of silent awareness, a state of witnessing, a state of just is’ing, being. No effort.
Christ told me in my dream I was flapping my arms rising up above humanity, the sea of humanity, and I looked down and I started to sink, and I knew that I had to flap my arms to get back up there a little higher, and suddenly this quiet, little gentle voice in my being said, “You don’t have to work that hard.” And as soon as I heard the words my complete being relaxed on that sea of Christ, and suddenly – whoosh! I was lifted up, up, up, way up. See? You can’t with the human mind flap your arms and rise out of the human mind. No. You simply rest back on this sea of Spirit. Feeling its movement, It lifts you out of the tree of knowledge. It melts the concepts.
You don’t know how! I don’t know how it lifted me. I just know that when I gave myself to it completely, totally, complete abandon, rested back with the allness of my being – instantly – whoosh! Christ lifted, and I was lifted way, way up. So he says:
… when a problem confronts [you], … whether [it’s your] … own or another’s, [please] … sit down … find that silence and … let, [let] the solution appear.
You see? Our path is a path of peace really. Let that peace permeate your whole being, and when you have accomplished that, sit with a listening attitude and watch the light dispel the darkness. Christ will lift you up, my friends. You are a witness, watching that state of peace do the healing. Be a beholder. How many times has he told us that? Only now, only to this day have you and I finally come to understand. Be a beholder of the activity of Christ. Watch it work in you, through you, and ultimately as your consciousness. And he says:
… No mortal, [no] … human being, can see God or know God. Only the Son of God, the Christ consciousness of you … can … witness and behold the presence of God.
So that is why when you are not in the 10,000 things – that is, in the human mind, in the concepts of good and evil – when you are still, when you are silent, when you’re resting on that sea of Spirit and you suddenly become aware of the presence of God, you feel it, feel its movement. You feel that peace descend upon you. You feel the movement of the Spirit over the water of your consciousness. You witness the movement of Christ. When you do that – when you have that Christ awareness – you are standing in your Christ Self. You are the Christ, because only the Christ can witness that. And so you have left humanhood for that moment and you are standing.
Now that was John’s vision of the Christ, his vision of heaven while he was on this earth. He was right here. He was walking, talking, moving among people. He saw what no human brain or human eye can see. He saw the temple not made with hands, the spiritual universe, the spiritual body. That is what you – you, my friends – will behold when instead of using any thoughts you become a state of silence, a state of peace. When you have felt that divine reality, then you have seen the temple not made with hands, the body which is life eternal. And Joel told us in the Hawaii Hotel talks at the end of one of the chapters, he says:
It’s not easy to stop seeing human beings or the concepts or the belief in good and evil [or the 10,000 things]. It’s not easy to stop seeing human beings, [says Joel], but I finally made it.
Which is his way of saying he, too, saw the temple not made with hands in which he was standing and saw it with eyes open. He says on the next page:
The human mind is always offended at truth because [it’s] … a reversal of everything … the human mind knows. [Yes, it’s a melting of all the concepts]. Imagine saying to the human mind … when it is still and doing nothing, great and wondrous works [and] … healings can be accomplished!
And yet, that is what we are saying.
You, my friends, there are 18 of you – you have reached the place where you will be a witness of silence, peace, Spirit doing its work. There is a Spirit in man which can lift him up and guide him, and it will. It will, but the secret is – the peace that passes understanding. You see? You can’t understand that peace. You can never understand how it works.
How? How does this peace flood my being and melt concepts and suddenly I become aware of harmony in which I was standing, but I didn’t know it. We call that a healing. How does that happen? Just what does it do? We do not know. The mind cannot know. It will never know, but when you’re standing in your Christ awareness you can behold it. So he says:
Beginning today, at this very moment, remember: … your consciousness … does the work for your family, … your business, … your home, … your body. It is not some far-off God.
We said that last year – I mean, last week – seems like a year sometimes, doesn’t it? We said that last week. The only God, the only Christ there is is this movement within you when mind stops. And so It is what does the work.
It is your own individual consciousness when [it] … is imbued with silence and … peace.
All you have to do, and all you will ever be called upon to do, is to achieve that sense of [My] peace [or that sense of silence].
… there is one thing … you must practice and achieve, and that is a state of peace within your … consciousness, coupled with the realization that it is your own consciousness which is the healing Christ.
In other words – well, he says on the next page:
All that the Christ consciousness is, is your individual consciousness when you no longer fear … hate … or love error … [or the 10,000 things or the 10,000 concepts].
You see what we’re doing? You see what the transformation is? See what the transition is? We are transitioning out of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, or the human mind and its concepts. We are transitioning out of illusion, as the illusion is only in the concepts. We are knowing that I never was this concept. You’re not this concept. Everything that I knew about you in these concepts is just concepts, and it’s a lie and it’s the father of lies.
Now we are transitioning out of the human mind. We are transitioning into a state of receptivity, silent awareness, witnessing the movement of Christ, the movement of Spirit on the face of the deep, the descent of the Holy Ghost, the descent of Spirit, the descent of My peace. When we witness that, we are standing in the Christ mind.
We are the living Christ, and that my dear friends is the only Christ there is, the only God, and that melts the false – the seemingly false – and reveals Its presence within and without as the only presence, and you open your eyes and “Behold, I make all things new,” and we see a new heaven and a new earth and a new Jerusalem descending. We see it. We actually see it. It’s a real experience, and we behold the revelation that My Kingdom is here and now. And what a joy it is.
And my love flows to you hearing these words, and thank you so much for your help today uplifting my consciousness. I have been blessed immensely, and I’m sure that you have too.
“My Peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, giveth I unto you.”