In that chapter called, “The Act of Commitment,” by Joel, and followed by, “The Workers and the Fruitage” I think, he has a place called, The Womb of Creation, which is obviously trying to make you think of a different kind of Womb than a physical womb.
And in today’s, or rather this series of talks that we have had, we have talked about an Eternal Womb and we have said, “this is the thing to remember, is that whoever is born in an Eternal Womb, is an Eternal Being; whoever is born in a temporary womb, is a temporary being.” And the secret of the Christ message is, “to know God aright is Life Eternal.”
Now therefore, if you are to follow Joel’s recommendation, if we may call it that, or his spiritual command, that an act of commitment must follow the knowledge that you receive; this is your obedience to the Spirit.
Therefore, if you are born in the Eternal Womb, and are an Eternal Self, you must banish within yourself, all that is temporary, for all that is temporary is a mirage of the senses. There is nothing temporary in the Spirit of God and your ‘act of commitment’ is a complete erasure, a total cleansing of the temple, of the mind – a new Womb, of pure absolute unvarying Truth.
Now you being an Eternal Being, are Self-sufficient. I mean there is nothing from anyone in the universe that you need. It will come to you from others in the universe, but it will flow to that which identifies itself as the Spirit of God. You in your Eternal Self are Self-complete. And that means NOW. And any time you act from a standpoint of incompletion, you are denying that which is your Self and the power is shut off.
Therefore, being Self-complete must become an inner theme of your Soul. I am Self-complete. And I’m not talking any more now about a human being who is self-complete. The Self-completeness is your Self, not your human sense of self. And if you are not living in your Self-completeness, you are piercing the Christ. I don’t care if you’ve only studied a year or ten or twenty. The one who has studied a year is as Self-complete as the one who has studied for twenty. The length of your study has nothing to do with your Christhood.
Now, we’re told in the Bible: Seek, Ask, Knock. This is a sign to you that you are Self-complete, because you simply Seek, Ask, Knock within your Self. I don’t care what your momentary quest is. If there is something that puzzles you about the Spiritual Quest, the answer is in your Self. Everything you need is provided within your own being. And if you have a book in your library, you’re not going to go to the library to get that book. If you have the Truth in your Being, that is where you must go for it. Now, when you’re told to: Seek, Ask, Knock, — if you will accept that in the Spirit that it is given, you find it is the key to everything you thought you were missing. For instance, we had a question and answer period. The questions that were asked during that period could have been asked of the Christ within you. And the Christ within you will either directly give you the answer or direct you to where the answer is. And you’re going to learn how to be Self-sufficient that way, even if you’re on a raft in the Pacific where there’s no one to ask BUT the Christ within you.
The problem with Seeking, Asking, and Knocking has always been, maybe it’s of the word IT. And IT shall be given to you. IT shall open to you. So, what do we do? Somebody says, I’ll ask for better health. Maybe that’s what IT means. And then the better health doesn’t come, because we ask for better health. Someone asks for financial security and IT doesn’t come, because it doesn’t mean that. And we say, What is this IT that shall be given to me then?
And we forget that Spirit has said: IT has no human ears. God hasn’t a human ear to hear a human mouth. We forget that although Scripture has said: Ask, Seek, Knock, IT shall be given, — IT shall be opened unto you, — IT has also said, God is no respecter of persons. So what can a person do turning to God and saying: I’m asking, I’m seeking, I’m knocking. You must be qualified. And you can qualify yourself. YOU KNOW THAT GOD CAN ONLY HEAR THE SON OF GOD. The only one who finds the ear of God is the Christ. GOD ONLY HEARS THE SON OF GOD! If you’re going to ask, and not identify as the Son of God by your acts of commitment, — not just by the word of mouth, — you’re not reaching to the core of your being. You want Divine Power, and now face the fact that Divine Power can only function in Divine Substance.
And if you, by your way of life have not identified as Divine Substance, there can be no Divine Power functioning through you. So you can ask all day as a human being, and you can rap until your knuckles are blue. Where will you knock? And how do you knock? The word righteousness comes in here. Your righteousness comes in there. Your righteousness, your identification as THE Spiritual Self, not asking with words, and examining your motives. What are you asking for? Whoever asks for material things from a Spiritual God is just wasting time. And we think the word “ask” means somebody talking to someone else and saying: This is what I would like.
Now listen with the Soul, and you will see that asking in Spiritual Language is acceptance. The synonym for ASK in Spirit is to accept. You accept what God has already given you, and that’s how you ask. And what has God given you? EVERYTHING. Now, what are you going to ask for? You’re really going to sit down and learn how to accept what God has given you. The acceptance of the Kingdom of God by obedience, and service, and love, and gratitude, — all these qualities open you up, — and you find the only way you can accept God is in the Spirit of Being, not the Christ sitting in a chair, or the Christ walking down the street, but you must accept that there is One Infinite Christ, which you are, And that is the asking. You must know God aright. To know God aright is your asking. You cannot ask by not knowing God aright. And you cannot know God aright if you do not know yourself aright. And you cannot know yourself aright if you cannot know your neighbor aright.
And so it comes down to the fact that you must fulfill My Commandments to qualify you. And my Commandments are very simple. You’ve been asked to love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, thy mind and thy soul; and thy neighbor as thyself. And in the fulfillment of those two Commandments, which is Spiritual acceptance as the Allness of God, all your asking is complete, all your seeking is complete, all your knocking is complete. You have established the identity, which NOW sits back and knows that my own will come. Out of my substance will flow that which the Father has bequeathed unto me. You are accepting your Spiritual Heritage.
You are also told to lay up treasurers in Heaven. Now that doesn’t mean laying up treasures on earth. It means the very opposite. And so if you were to seek things of the earth, to ask for things of the earth, to knock for things of the earth, – right there; you have come back to the very barrier; mortality, materiality. There’s nothing of that nature in our Spiritual Kingdom. And after you have asked for these things and have not received them, it becomes clear to you that you must learn how to live here, in the Kingdom of Heaven in order to lay up treasures in heaven. You cannot lay up treasures in heaven if it isn’t here. And that is telling you that earth is not where you live, but Heaven is where you live. And you don’t go anywhere to live there.
We should all leave here today knowing that we have always lived in Heaven, and there is no place else to live. And any time you walk back to earth, to material sense, you walk back into the body of darkness, the body that has a finite ending. Now, that’s a very difficult chore, — to live in Heaven. That’s the only way you can lay up treasures in heaven. You can’t do it unless you live there.
And then, you understand why you were taught at the first lesson here; that you must live outside time, because time is not in heaven. You’ll have to wrestle with that. You cannot live in Heaven if you live in time. You must live outside time to live in Heaven. You cannot lay up treasures in time. That’s the point. Now, however subtle these may be, and however you may think you understand it, you’ve got to live with it carefully.
Now, what are the treasures that you lay up in Heaven? And HOW do you lay them up? Apparently there’s a difference between physical material treasures and Divine Treasures. And one of the greatest treasures is that to know Heaven aright is Life Eternal. You cannot lay up Life Eternal on this earth. You must walk through this earth into the Invisible Reality behind it to lay up the Eternal Life treasure. But the fact that you’re being told to do it means; it is a command. It therefore can be, and must be fulfilled.
Therefore, you should know that you can lay up Eternal Life, which means, Realize It. A human being is reading the Scripture and a human being who is reading the Scripture is told to Realize Eternal Life. That means: Each one whose eyes see these words CAN lay up Eternal Life by stepping out of that human hood. Now, you cannot be mortal and lay up treasures in Heaven. And therefore, you must accept Immortality NOW. The moment you accept Immortality NOW, you renounce mortality and all that it conveys. All that’s implied in mortality cannot be accepted if you are accepting Immortality NOW, which is part of laying up treasures in Heaven NOW. There is no Grace in mortality. There is only Grace in Immortality.
In the Womb of Silence, Joel found a great rhythm. He called that the One Rhythm of the Universe. This may have come to you that way too, in your meditations. There is a vast Infinite Rhythm flowing, and it is the rhythm of your own Being. It is YOUR One Infinite Rhythm and you must learn to feel Its throb, to accept Its presence, and to know that all the treasures of the Kingdom are flowing in this One Infinite Perfect Eternal Rhythm of your very Life. This is a CONSTANT without end. This is the Substance of your own Being. And this Eternal Rhythm of your Substance never can be interfered with by any so-called power on this earth. You need no power to make It activate, to make It flow, to make It continue. It is the normal possession of Spirit, Itself. It is really the Substance of all that you are. And if you can sit back and accept It, you will find that you are laying up treasures in Heaven.
And let’s see if we cannot feel the Infinite Rhythm of the Universe as a positive reality of being, and identify yourself as IT. Not an individual or a mortal or a speck receiving It and letting It flow through him, but the great quality of Being invisible to human eyes, invisible to every capacity of man to perceive and to receive is this great force of Light.
There is no name you can give IT. For every name is inadequate. The moment you name It, you’ve lost IT. IT is Being Itself, — and IT is You. And you should know that every time YOU in the slightest way deny that YOU and this Being are the same identical Self, you will lose that much more of Its power, Its grace, Its substance, its fruitage. And the more you can face every form of outrageous persecution of this world, still knowing, this Infinite Spiritual Rhythm is the very Substance of ALL Being, the more It will express in you. It’s your acceptance and this is how you ask; you accept.
Now, there’s no pain in that Rhythm of the Spirit and any second rhythm is a mirage. And if you can let a mirage torment you, you are denying who you are. And I have had a few of these mirages, quite a number. And I know what a trial and tribulation it is to suffer through them. And I also know what it is to suffer through them knowing who you are. And I assure you that this is part of the Great Plan, the suffering through those antagonisms that come to disturb us, is part of the Great Plan that forces you ultimately into the High Realm of Soul, above senses, above mind. And in Soul, you find all treasures have already been laid up before the foundation of the world.
Now, I want you to think, for the moment, of some disturbance that you have recently had, and I want you to see that the moment that “clicked” into you, and you felt this disturbance, it was YOUR function to cleanse the temple of the mind. The moment! And if you didn’t, it delivered you to the judge. The moment you let it enter without instantly asserting you Divinity, — by knowing THIS cannot happen to the Self that I am, It’s happening to the mortal sense of self, not to the Self that I am. This must be known. You must separate yourself from the self that experiences this momentary, — instantly you must come out of the body is what I am saying.
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If you’re still lingering in the body, you’ve been trapped. To lay up treasures in heaven out of a human body is impossible. How often during the day, do you think about stepping out of the body concept? You find to your shock and amazement that sometimes weeks go by before it even occurs to you.
I say: Make this a daily event! You cannot lay up treasures if you’re living in a physical form. You must have periods, — and it seems like we have periods, and periods, and periods and you wonder how you can find that many periods. BUT, you must know this: that you must find periods to step out of that form. And eventually you’ll find this period, and that period, and the other period in which you’re doing different things all come together in one. And in ONE period, you’re accepting Self, you’re stepping out of form, you’re knowing Truth, — you see, it all comes together. Like all the parts of an automobile, suddenly there’s an automobile.
I say to you: Step out of the body frequently. How? You’re not in one. That’s how you step out. No, you’re not in one. And find that twenty seconds of knowing, I’m not in a physical body, until you feel it. You know, FEEL IT. I don’t mean, say it; I mean, it registers! And in that second, or twenty seconds, when you FEEL you’re not in a physical body, you’re in the Kingdom of Heaven. And there is nothing more to do. All the treasures are there. They’re already laid up. You’ve got to go to Heaven. You can’t go there in a physical form. You step out of the body concept. That is how you lay up treasures in heaven. And the Full Infinite Rhythm of the Father which is ever pulsing through Itself and Filling Its Completeness with Its Completeness becomes your daily bread. It actually appears outwardly as YOU. That daily bread is the appearance of you in the world. And you’re more than an instrument for the Spirit. YOU ARE IT expressing Itself.
Now, what is you single eye? If you’re not in It, you are in a body of darkness, It says. And a body of darkness is the same as a body of death. But if you’re in It, you’re in a body of Light, which is the same as Eternal Life. What is your single eye? Is it something over here? Or is it Infinite? We’ll have to see that our Infinite Soul is our single eye. And as long as you remain in the mind, you’re not in your single eye. As long as you remain in the five senses, you’re not in your single eye.
And remaining in the five senses means believing what the senses experience. You don’t get out of the senses; you rise to the level where you do not believe the senses. You believe the senses are reporting a material world, and that’s all you believe. But you know that the senses cannot report a Spiritual Universe and then you’re out of the senses. They still continue to function like traffic signals. But you don’t put your total life into what they are saying any more. You are in a realm above them. You‘re in the single eye which ONLY sows to Spirit, without any effort. You’re in the fields that are “white to harvest”. And you’re watching the fruitage, the treasures of the Kingdom externalize as the very daily bread of your True Being.
Now, what are the traps? When without realizing it, you deny who you are. If you don’t recognize the traps, you’ll fall into them one by one, in recurring fantasies.
You know, there’s something that sounds very holy about the first chapter of Genesis, but you can bring it down to a place where you see it, almost the way Moses intended it. He just looked at the chaos of his people, and he said, Oh, my goodness! Just look at that! Everything is wrong out there, and I don’t know how in the world those people are ever going to learn WHY it’s wrong. And rather than give them a long lecture he just said a few words. He told them what their condition was, was not what God had created. He said, Yes you’re all of this and that and the other thing, all these terrible things, but remember this: God created man in His own Image. He was telling them that this physical person out here, this physical human race, all these suffering people, — he was saying to them very simply, You’re not the Divine Image, you’re not what God created. You simply are not what God created and as long as you stay in that condition of being what God didn’t create, there’s no hope for you. God created His Image and Likeness and that means there is an Image and Likeness of God that you’ll have to accept for yourself; not this thing that you call a person.
Jesus had another way of saying it. He just looked out on the same people, the same suffering humanity, and he labeled them. He told them who they were. He said, you know who you really are, — you’re just the “poor in spirit”, that’s all. That’s all you really are. Don’t worry so much because I know you’re suffering and all that, but you’re only real problem is, you’re the poor in Spirit. And the Truth is that you‘re really blessed. You’re not “poor in spirit” at all; you just don’t know that THIS that is walking out here, this “poor in spirit” individual isn’t YOU at all. The “rich in spirit” is you. YOU ARE THE SPIRIT. Not the “poor in spirit”. And when you know this difference, you’ll stop being the “poor in spirit”. The “poor in spirit” are those who are living as matter. That’s the only fallen race there is; those who live in matter, because they don’t know they are the Spirit.
Now, this form; the clue to us was given many ways, that this form isn’t us. And that’s why, when Jesus took on Simon, he changed his name to Peter. You have a certain given name, fine. But it doesn’t want you to see yourself as that person. Simon becomes Peter, meaning matter has now been advised that it is Spirit, that the matter is an illusion of the senses and the Spirit is there. You don’t have to take on a new name other than Christ, Spirit. Your function, hereafter, is to live in Heaven and to be Spirit. Everything else that you will be taught will be to help you BE Spirit, living in Heaven. It’s yea to that, and nay to the other.
Now, anything else that I have to say is really a repetition at this point. We’re going to do an important exercise now and it is to find and accept your Infinite Self in all of Eternity. You can never be less because God is ALL and God is never less. We want you to come out of the confines of the mortal mind. In this exercise, you are living in every century that ever has existed, right now. That is the Truth of your Eternal Self. It can’t live in a passing century as the human mind does. It lives in the Allness, Always, and that is the only YOU there is. You’re not in passing minutes or days or hours, or months or years, or even centuries.
You must extend yourself throughout all time that ever has been in one direction, and throughout all time that ever will be in the other direction, and just let it keep going in both directions as far as you can, and swing it around in a great big vast Infinite Circle, so that you know, THIS IS YOUR LIFE, NOW. And it’s not experiencing the passing parade of centuries as man does. We are laying up treasures in Heaven.
We, who have come from the Eternal Womb, live in Eternity. And we simply rest in that knowledge. And whatever will appear will be the Substance of Eternity, made Flesh. There are no heart-beats in your Eternal Self. There are no bones or muscles. There are no life-spans. THERE IS PURE ETERNAL BEING. Before Jesus, before Isaiah, before Moses, before Abraham, before the first so-called man appeared on earth, YOUR BEING IS, AND ALWAYS IS. And far out into the thirtieth century and fortieth century, call it whatever century you like, into all of the Infinitude of time, if you are living in the knowledge of your Eternal Self; that which flows into your present, will be from the fullness of your own substance. It will be ordained. It will be the Father, living Itself. You can do more, in ten minutes a day with this, than you can do by working forty hours a week on a job. I mean that sincerely.
That doesn’t mean that all of us should turn away from our vocations or anything like that. It means, give this ten minutes of your time, and watch what it does. In other words, we’re getting into acts of commitment. If the Spirit says, Lay up treasures in Heaven, do something about it. Realize your Eternal Life in a ten minute meditation, and you’re laying up treasures in Heaven. Step out of the physical body, and you’re laying up treasures in Heaven. Do you see what I’m trying to get to? Do something about it? Something Spiritual. And every time you read another command, do something about it. Don’t be satisfied to read it. Without an act of commitment, you’ve got a little seed in your hand with no soil. It isn’t planted. It won’t grow. These acts of commitment, in Spirit, in which you are willing to accept the miracle of Spirit, and to step out of the finite boundaries of a mind that says, Impossible! And be open to the unexpected. These are the moments when the greatest work is done.
Do you know that when you extend your conscious awareness to your Eternal Life, that you are erasing past karma; and allegedly future karma? You are! You are reaching into that which is no longer time and you are erasing that which seems to have happened in time. You are filling empty vessels of time with Spiritual Substance. You are taking a dead past, and making it a living NOW, and a dead future, and making it a living NOW. And, though the mind may not grasp this, the fruits of it are enormous.
So it is with space sometime, just as we did in class several times ago. Do it in time. Do it in space and you’ll find you’re out of the form. This is how you lay up treasures, and this is how you develop the single eye. This is how you sow. While you’re doing THAT, the cosmic mind is absolutely powerless against you. These are those time-bombs that we drop to the levels below the subconscious even, to the very lowest, deepest levels of the subconscious. By standing in the Eternal Self that way, we dissolve all false powers of the world mind.
And one of the great traps that people fall into in denying who they are is that they want to use this power against the false power. That’s not too bad compared to other things you could have done, but there’s a higher way, and it’s the knowledge of this Rhythm as your Being. And It is telling you that nothing else but Itself can happen. Whatever is other than Itself is a mirage. And you don’t try to remove mirages. If you do, you merely solidify them. The knowledge of you Being is the knowledge that I have need of no power, for there is no other Being on this earth. YOUR Eternal Self is the only inhabitant of the Universe. There is no other. There is no second. And you can walk, physically, anywhere in this world, knowing that there is no other Being than YOUR Eternal Being.
And when you do, you will discover the POWER is automatic, and there is NOTHING to oppose it. It is Self-realized. It is Self-existent. It is Self-complete. THAT IS THE TRUTH OF YOUR BEING. So, whenever you’re trying to find a power to protect against something else, or to attack something else, or to defend against something else, you’re not accepting who you are, and you’re not asking, you’re not seeking, and you’re not knocking. You’re not in the single eye. You’re not laying up treasures in Heaven; you have descended to mortal sense.
Now, some of our friends with us have had some physical problems during these meetings, and we’re all going to meditate together with them. All of us. We’re all going to know the Truth that ONLY GOD IS HERE. And THAT is the Truth. ONLY GOD IS HERE. There’s not even healthy people here. JUST GOD’S PRESENCE IS HERE. There’s no God’s Presence AND another. YOU ARE THE PRESENCE OF GOD. And we are One Complete Eternal Presence of God, with no boundaries in space or in time. We are that ONE and we accept it for everyone here, and for everyone in the universe, and for everyone in universes we don’t even know about. There is ONE, and I am that ONE, and you are that ONE. And that ONE is ever Immaculate, even NOW. This is living in the Finished Kingdom of Heaven, Here and Now. And the sense mind will face this consciousness with no power to enter and defile. It will quietly dissolve itself.
Release your conscious human mind from thought, it is in the way.
Something that’s been reoccurring, coming back again and again, is the recognition that we need to die. Paul said, “I die daily.” And we are told that we must die and be born again. This is an actual experience, a spiritual experience that takes place with in us as we walk this path.
Now, all of us are familiar with this thing called a personal sense of self; a personal sense of life. And this is the self that gets itself entangled in all sorts of problems and difficulties.
This personal sense of self can become quite ill. A personal sense of self can have lack and limitation as an experience. A personal sense of self can be lonely and can age. A personal sense of self can die. A personal sense of self can be born. But now we really must face the shocking truth that this personal sense of self that we have been living in and through all these many years and centuries, this personal sense of self is not a self at all.
The self that calls itself mom or dad, grandma or grandpa, or child, this self isn’t a self at all. This self is an impersonal mental image. The personal sense of self is an image in thought, not created by God and not under the law of God. The personal sense of self is an image of self projected out of the collective consciousness of humankind. And that is really another way of saying that the personal sense of self is a product of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It is a part of the belief of good and evil; a part of the belief of two powers.
If you have a personal sense of self that calls itself Mary or John or Linda or Ed or Bill or Tom, then you have a personal sense of self – out looking for God somewhere. So you have God and a personal sense of self. And that is the belief in two entities, two identities. That is duality.
We have lived in a personal sense of self maybe for this whole life time. But now it is time to come out of that; to come out and be separate.
And so we must face the fact that everything we think is a personal sense of self, is an impersonal mental image projected by the world mind, the world consciousness and has no life in it. God did not create this personal sense of self. And so if we are walking around in a personal sense of self and there is no life in that sense of self, we are the personal sense of self – the walking dead. We are the walking dead. That life is the walking dead. And it is time to arise. It’s time to be resurrected out of the grave of the walking dead, out of the tomb of the walking dead and into our Christ identity.
When Christ tells us, “I am the resurrection,” Christ is telling us that we are dwelling in the grave, in the tomb of a personal identity and it is time to be resurrected. The resurrection is the resurrection out of a personal sense of self and into that Life, that Eternal Life which is your very own Christ identity.
Now we see this in a new light, this dying. We are to be resurrected out of a personal sense of self and into our Christ identity, because our Christ identity is Eternal Life here and now. Do you see what we are doing? The resurrection is not something that happens sometime in the future. The resurrection is something that happens right now. Right now we are resurrected out of personal sense and into our Eternal Life known as Christ.
Over and over again we are given several clues such as “Call no man on earth your father, for one is your Father and that is God.” So you see God never created a personal sense of self.
Now listen to this – that personal sense of self has no creator. God expresses Itself as your true identity right here and right now. This other thing, this human thing, is an impersonal mental image. Do you see what we have to do here? Do you see what we have to step out of , rise up out of ? And do you see what we have to step up into.
Listen to this chapter from the book The Mystical “I” by Joel Goldsmith because this will perhaps give you a sense of your true identity. It is called “The Temple Not Made With Hands.”
“There is within every person the Christ self, the real self, the I. On the spiritual path the goal is attaining the conscious union with this self or the attaining of the realization of the Christ as our identity.” Do you see that? The Christ is our identity. We have no other. If your are entertaining another identity, a person that has flaws and defects; perhaps a person who is so many years old, or limited by their background or environment. If you are entertaining a person that is presently ill with this sickness or not doing too well financially, all of this comes under the heading of a tomb, the walking dead. This is the very self that we must be stepping out of because it says “We must realize the Christ as our identity.”
So you see we have got to face this, this is something we must do and do here and do now. And he goes on to say, “If we can overcome the human self, if we can die. If we can put off that human self with its belief in good and evil and awaken to our true identity, then we are through with patchwork, through with demonstrating some good today , wondering what we will have to meet next year.” We are through with the happy dream. “Within each of us is the perfect Self, it has never fallen, has never left heaven, and can never gain heaven. It is already a state of heaven. It is already living the perfected life, the spiritual life, the Christ life – that can never be crucified, can never be resurrected and can never be ascended. It is already the perfect Self, the son of God, the Christ within us. It has been called the hidden manna, the pearl of great price and the robe of immortality. The son of God is you, it is I. Actually it is our Self and we do not patch it up, we do not demonstrate it, we do not heal it. We cannot even make progress with it. We can however bring to light in our experience this perfected Self – our Christ Self. But in order to accomplish this, we do not go into meditation with the idea of meeting some outside problem. Our spiritual goal is not developing a self that has no problems, but dying to the self that has them and being reborn to our already perfected Self.”
Do you see? We need to face this. If we do not step out of this personal sense of self, this mental image called a person and into our Christ identity, then we are going to be the same tomorrow as we are today. We will be the same next year. We will be the same in the next century.
This is an act, an actual act that takes place within our consciousness; that of dying to a personal sense of self and awakening to our Christ identity. And it must take place here and it must take place now.
The personal sense of self looks out at the world and as a separate being; it has to struggle for its survival. Where am I going to get next month’s rent? How am I going to overcome this physical problem I am having? What am I going to do if the city I live in is attacked? How will I protect myself from the current flu epidemic? What am I going to do to provide for my grandchildren or my children? How will I ever save enough for my retirement?
Do you see? Any and all of these thoughts are emanating from a personal sense of self. Let us not concern ourselves with all of these problems. Let us finally and really lay the axe at the root of the tree – the tree of duality, and the root is a personal sense of self. The root is a mental image projected by the collective world consciousness; known as the tree of knowledge of two, good and evil.
Do you remember in that garden there was also a tree called the tree of life which if we ate thereof we would live forever? And that tree of life is I in the mist of you. That tree of life is your Christ identity. You have one identity and that is Christ, made in the image and likeness of God; God the Father, God the Son, one, not two. And now we must be resurrected, lifted up into that Christ identity and we must live out from that Christ identity. That means that we must be the Christ. We must be the Christ right here on earth and we must live that Christ life.
All that God has, “I” the Christ of you, have. All that God is, “I” the Christ of you, am. The Christ of you, your true identity can feed five thousand. The Christ of you is always about the Father’s business. But this won’t do us any good unless it becomes a living experience. We must become consciously aware of this Christ living in and through our being and then it becomes reality. Then I have realized, made real, the Christ.
How do we do that? How do we make this transition? There are specific principles which we can practice to make this transition .
There are specific principles that we can practice in our day to day experience to die to this personal sense of self and to allow the Christ identity to come forward. And one of the most important principles we can practice is learning to be a beholder; learning to be a witness of this Christ acting through us.
When we go into our meditation, which by now we all should be practicing first thing in the morning, it is with the idea that we are going to leave this personal sense of self, this mental image outside our temple and we are going to commune with the Christ within us. We may begin with contemplation. We simply remind our self that I already am the resurrection.
I am the ascended One. I am the perfect One. By virtue of my oneness with the father, I already am clothed with Immortality. So that which I have been seeking, I Am. This other identity is a mental image and I do not have to do anything with it. I simply let it drop away. I do not ask for any headings or any improvement or any patching up of an image in thought. I simply drop it. Now, I in the mist of me, I Christ, am mighty. I am the life. This I is Christ identity and this is your Christ identity. This I go before you to prepare a place for you. This I is living your life. I am come that you might have life and life more abundantly – My Life. You step aside and rest. There remaineth a rest to the children of God and I Christ, your true identity; I am the child of God. There remaineth a rest. And so I live as a beholder; watching my Christ identity flow forth, pouring out a blessing to whom so ever will and I only have to rest. I only have to be still. And in this stillness, in this silence, I let go. God the Father is God the Son. God the Father is living me. No more twoness, only one and I am that one. Be still be and know I within you am God and I am living you.
And so we complete our morning meditation. And now we live life differently. We do not live life as a personal self. When we get up from our meditation, we are looking to see what direction God wants to move in. If there are things at hand to do, we take care of them knowing that “God performs that which is appointed for us to do.” So the responsibility is on God’s shoulders. God really is living itself now.
And if we have taken care of our tasks at hand, and there seems to be nothing in front of us to do, then we turn within again and we say, “God fulfill thyself, this is your life, and you live it. Pour forth a blessing; pour out something of your Divine nature. And we take a breath, become still, and something will open up; there will be a phone call, there will be a letter, there will be an opportunity for service. There will be an opportunity for love. But remember, this is not a personal sense of love; this not that person again saying, “I love my grandchild, or I love my spouse, or I love my animals,” this is the impersonal Christ Self. This is an infinite Love flowing out to all of God’s creation to whosoever will. And we are no longer in charge of who we are going to love.
Now, how do we practice this when we are confronted with an image of a tyrant or dictator? We must apply the same principles to that picture as we do to our personal sense of self, because this is that same mental image that same collective consciousness, the same tree of knowledge of duality. This is that same mental image that same image in thought being projected. Only now instead of seeing a personal sense of self where we are, we are seeing a personal sense of self where they are. It is the same mental image. We cannot get into heaven and leave our brother or our sister outside. We can only get into heaven if we bring everyone with us. And so now when we are confronted with that picture whether it is on the news or on the radio, or in a discussion with someone, we must pull our attention within. We have got to die to a personal sense of self, not only where we are, we have to die to a personal sense anywhere – everywhere.
So we can no longer afford to accept a personal sense of self where this dictator appears to be; where this tyrant appears to be. We have got to die to a personal sense of self there also.
When we are confronted with that image in thought, we must find a way even if it’s only getting off by ourselves for a couple of minutes. We must find a way to dismiss that. We must find away to recognize that only Christ Self is there.
You see we can’t claim infinite omnipresent Christ as our identity and have another identity out there; anywhere.
We can’t have any other personal self and this doesn’t matter if it’s a evil looking self, or if it is a good looking self; if we have a personal good self out there, or if we see ourselves as a good personal self then we are entertaining the walking dead again. And so we must look out there and if we see that mental image we must see it for what it is – this is a mental image, an image in thought being projected. I do not accept it. I do not battle it. I do not fight it. I simply see that it is not real and so I drop it. If we like, we can say to our Christ identity, “Christ what is really there? Show me what is really there? ” or we can simply recognize Christ is Omnipresent. What I am looking at is my Infinite Self and right where this mental image has been appearing, my Christ elf exists right now.
Do we begin to see what we are doing? We are stepping out of the tomb of mortal existence and into our Christ identity our Immortal Self. We are not only recognizing our own Immortal Self right here where I am, but we are recognizing our Immortal Self everywhere present – the only Self. And we are recognizing only one Father – God. We are recognizing the One. We are eating of the tree of life in the mist of us.
The specific principles to die are to recognize Christ where we are and to recognize Christ where they are, to live as a beholder watching as Christ lives itself through us and to realize Christ everywhere. These are the principles that when we practice will bring this thing alive, will resurrect Christ, your very own Christ, out of the tomb in which it has been buried.
We are told that there are two commandments and one is: “Love God with all your heart, mind and soul.” And this means to see only Christ where you appear to be. We are told, “To love our neighbor as ourselves.” And this means to do the same thing for your neighbor. You love God with all your heart mind and soul when you see the Christ where you appear to be; when you see the presence of God where you appear to be. And you love your neighbor in exactly the same way as yourself when you see Christ or God where they appear to be. This is what we need to do. We need to die to our humanhood and awaken to our Christhood.
In the same chapter Joel says “Sooner or later you must be willing to put off the I that is full of errors, full of resentments, injustices, inequalities, and declare within yourself, “I am ready to assume my true identity. I am ready to awaken to the Light of my own being. I am willing to accept the Master’s statement that I am to call no man on earth my Father, but acknowledge divine Sonship for myself.” Until you can do that for yourself, how can you love your neighbor as yourself? You have not even begun to love yourself. You do not love yourself until you acknowledge your true identity. You are not supposed to love your human self because even when your human self is good, it is not very good. It is not your human self that you are to love. You must love only God and his universe; His world, His creation. You must love only God and the offspring of God. You must love only your spiritual identity because it is your perfected Self.”
Do you see, loving yourself and loving your neighbor as yourself, is not an emotional experience is it? There is much, much more here. Loving yourself is really the recognition, the realization of your spiritual identity. And loving your neighbor as yourself is the recognition and realization that the one spiritual identity is also their identity. So this loving, these two great commandments are really another way to die to personal sense of self and awaken to our true identity.
Do you see how over and over again we come back to the same experience? We are here finally in this age ready to hear this message that has been shouted down through the ages and that is: “I stand at the door and knock.” Your Christ identity has been knocking for centuries. Will you now put on this robe of Christhood? Are you finally ready to let go of that personal sense of self? The Christ of you is saying, “”Follow Me,” let that human sense of self go, but remember you cannot just let go of your human sense of self, you have to let go of all human sense of self -everywhere. You can no longer have a good human being somewhere; you can no longer have a tyrant, a dictator, an evil human being somewhere. You can have neither – both have to go. Are we ready now; really ready to awaken from the dream?
That I is the secret of life. That I has come so that the whole human race may be lifted up into the “Temple not made with hands.” You see, here it is again hinting again at something that isn’t a personal sense of self. It’s a temple not made with hands. No, because God made it – It wasn’t made by flesh. Your true identity is a temple not made with hands.
We are to be lifted up into our true Consciousness; a consciousness that does not have degrees of good and evil. It has only Infinite Immortality, Infinite Eternality. What we are dealing with is the truth and when you begin to know yourself as the I that I am, the I that is one with God, then you have hidden manna. Because you see this I, your Christ identity, has meat to eat that you know not of. All of these scriptures are hinting that there is another Life, another identity and when we put off this mortality and put on our Immortality, all that this identity has is ours; all that this identity is, you become or It becomes you.
When Christ says, “Father, restore to me the glory that I had with you before the world was,” this is what Christ is saying, “Let me have my true identity. Let me have the conscious awareness of my true identity. Let me experience my true identity that you created before the world was.” “Before the world was,” was before we ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; before we accepted the belief in two powers. “Before the world was,” was our experience in Oneness called the Garden of Eden, where we communed with God, our Father moment by moment.
And so, I submit to you that this world, this world of twoness, this world that we entered once we ate of the knowledge of two powers, two identities, this world will come to an end in that moment that you die; in the moment that you have died to a personal sense of self, and Christhood is resurrected and begins to live and move through you, in you and as you, in that moment this world ends and you have found Eternal Life. And so yes, “Father, restore to us the glory that we had with you before the world was.” In other words, restore to us our Christ identity so that we can remember that all that the Father has is ours; that all that God is I am. And that “I”, within you, am your real identity.
Let us be of the few that complete this transition. Let us not consider a new year, as that date rolls around, let us consider a “New Self.” We are going to do this – we are going to die to the personal sense of self; step right out of the grave of mortality and be resurrected into our Christ identity. This is the birth of Christ – this is our Christmas. Finally we are accepting our Christ identity.
Blessings to you who die and are born again in Christ.
Soul to Soul and Spirit to Spirit. Blessings to one and all.
Well, by now I am probably somewhere up near Canada in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan or on the way back. One thing is for sure, I’m several hundred miles away from here and yet I’m traveling in my very own consciousness. We cannot get outside of our own consciousness.
Now yesterday I had a meditation which started to reveal something and I will share that with you today. I guess we all struggle with this spiritual principle that this world is an illusion and the reason is, we have a tendency to want to say everything out here is an illusion, so why bother? And Joel, in his book “A Parenthesis in Eternity”, in the chapter, “Reality and Illusion” explains this really well. He talks about how there are races of people who believed that everything out here is an illusion so why bother with anything? And they just sort of sat down where they were in the mud and let everything fall apart. He says it led to a do-nothing attitude. Now, of course, you don’t grow spiritually if you do nothing. Spiritual growth takes effort, internal effort, extreme effort. Effort sometimes like you can’t imagine, you wouldn’t believe it if I told it to you.
So this concept that the world out here is an illusion is an erroneous concept or it is error. If you believe the world out here is an illusion, you’re wrong, you’re not seeing the truth, you are not seeing things correctly.
The next part of this that makes it difficult is you cannot look out here and say this world that you’re seeing is the kingdom because we are told repeatedly, thousands of times in The Infinite Way writings that there is no God in the human scene. The human scene is mass hypnotism, mental images in the world-mind.
Well that makes it really quite difficult to find this middle path between these two extremes. On the one hand, the world out there is not an illusion because no illusion is ever externalized, it says quite plainly. On the other hand, this world that you see, hear, taste, touch and smell is not the world of God’s creating and God is no where in it. Well now, if God is no where in it, sounds like it’s an illusion, doesn’t it? But the world out here is not an illusion. “This world is real,” says Joel.
Then where is this illusion located and what can be done about it? The best way I can explain it is by some of the things that have been revealed to me and maybe you can take them and run with them and maybe you can’t. But we’ll try and we’ll see.
Now, the clue that helped me the most is in that chapter, “Reality and Illusion” in “A Parenthesis in Eternity” because I knew the answer had to be there somewhere and I poured over that chapter and I contemplated and pondered and looked and prayed and begged and tried to see what was being said and so the clue was: “No illusion is ever externalized.” So that placed the illusion firmly within and yet, here comes the next quandary, we are told the kingdom of heaven is within you. Well now, how can I have the kingdom of heaven within me and the illusion be within at the same time? Oh, you can just rack your brain, going round and round and round to solve this.
Yet, I believe it is understandable or not understandable but I believe you can – let me rephrase that – I know it can be experienced, the truth can be experienced about this and then the understanding will follow. First the experience of the truth and then the understanding will follow.
So let me give you a few pointers if I can. Now, listen to a portion of the New Horizon. I know I have been covering this a lot, yet Joel says you should study it for two or three years. So perhaps we’re not doing too badly by looking at it once more.
The first glimpse of Reality—of the Soul-realm—comes with the recognition and realization of the fact that all temporary conditions and experiences are products of self-hypnotism.
All right, so you can pretty much take that to the bank. Is it temporary? If it is temporary, it’s illusion. Is it permanent? Is it eternal? Is it immortal? Well, if it’s eternal and immortal, it’s Reality. So now look around. Can you see with your eyes anything that isn’t temporary? No, I don’t see a thing. There is nothing I see with my eyes that isn’t going to dissolve into nothingness, given time. A law of entropy will strike everything I can see here in this room including this physical body. Then everything the eyes are showing me, is an illusion.
Ah, but you said that this world out here is not an illusion. That’s right, I did. Well then how come everything I see is an illusion? And the answer: Everything you see is not out here.
Well, let’s take the ears. Can you hear something that is eternal or is everything that you hear temporary? Well let’s just ponder that for a moment. I hear my wife’s voice. Is that eternal? No. We know that voice box will someday cease to exist. So that voice is not eternal. What about these birds I hear outside right now? Is that eternal? No, it’s not. Every one of them will drop off the limb sooner or later, given time. Well, then what is eternal that I can hear with my physical ear? And the answer is, nothing.
Furthermore, since no illusion is ever externalized, everything I hear with my ear must be taking place somewhere within. Then everything I see is not out there. Everything I hear is not out there. Everything I touch is not out there. If I smell it, it’s not out there. If I taste it, it’s not out there. Well now we know that the senses can only report an illusion. And yet, an illusion that is not out there. Then what are the senses showing me? Well look at the beginning of this chapter, “The New Horizon.”
The senses which presents pictures of discord and inharmony, disease and death, is the universal mesmerism which produces the entire dream of human existence.
Now that tells you right there, human existence, the entire human existence from the cradle to the grave is an illusion or mesmerism, hypnosis.
It must be understood that there is no more reality to harmonious human conditions than to discordant world conditions.
Ah, so there you go. All of the good—all of the good that the senses report is an illusion. Not an illusion out here because no illusion is ever externalized.
What about that purple mountain majesty that looks so beautiful? It’s not out there. Even a mountain can be destroyed in an atomic blast. What about the beautiful sunset? Sorry, not out there. Even the sun will eventually one day, wind down, given time. What about—well, let’s take Jesus. Is not Jesus eternal? Excuse me, where is he? Certainly not on earth. You might go so far as to say, Christ, the Consciousness that formed Itself as Jesus is eternal, but not Jesus. What about Joel? Where is he? Well I think they buried him, didn’t they or did they cremate him? I’m not sure which, he sure is not around; not eternal. Ah, but now the Consciousness that animated him, that is another story.
Well, I can’t see Consciousness or hear Consciousness, not with my physical ears and eyes. That’s correct. The physical ears and eyes can only show you an illusion and nothing but an illusion. So even the good pictures are, number one, an illusion and number two, not out there.
It must be realized that the entire human scene is mesmeric suggestion and we—you and I—must rise above the desire for good human conditions.
Uh, oh. I thought I was going to God to turn this bad health into good health. Isn’t that what happens when you practice spiritual principles? I thought I was going to God to fix my finances, which are in a mess. I thought I was going to God because if I went to God, the right companion would appear.
Well, I’m sorry. Joel has told us over and over, God cannot be added to humanhood. You can’t pull God into the human scene, ever at any time. God will never operate—I just read it today somewhere—God will never operate in the human scene—ever.
Well, then what is the use of all this? I thought we were trying to take a bad life and turn it into a good one? If you succeeded in doing that, you would still be standing square in the middle of the cosmic illusion and the joke would be on you, because you will have turned a bad illusion into a good illusion and it will still be made of the same fabric, which is nothingness.
The spiritual path has got nothing to do with exchanging a bad illusion for a good one. If you’re looking for that, you’re looking in the wrong place.
And so to continue…
Understand fully that suggestion, belief, or hypnotism is the substance, or fabric, of the whole mortal universe and both human conditions, good and evil are dreams, dream pictures having absolutely no reality whatsoever.
And don’t forget that clue we started with. We are still carrying that clue with all this. No illusion is ever externalized.
All right. So all of these things must be going on within somewhere; the illusion of bad and the illusion of good; the knowledge of bad and the knowledge of good; the knowledge of good and evil must be going on within. That is the only illusion there is.
So he says we must be willing—willing for the harmonious as well as the inharmonious conditions of mortal existence to disappear from your experience in order that reality may be known and enjoyed and lived.
Ah, okay. So there is a clue. I’ve got to be willing for both to disappear from my experience. Well, now that really sets up a quandary.
Let’s see what we have so far. So far, we know that if the senses report it to you, I don’t care if it’s your cute little grandchild and I have one of those or your beautiful seaside cottage or mountainside retreat. I don’t care if it’s a Rembrandt hanging in your living room or Mozart playing on your speakers. If the senses report it, if it’s temporary in nature and not eternal, it’s not out there. It is in here somewhere as a knowledge of good or evil. That is what we have so far.
Now, says Joel:
Above this sense-life, there is a universe of Spirit. Now here are two clues right here. Above this sense life means there is some way to ascend up over the senses and there is a universe of Spirit, governed by love, peopled with children of God, living in the household or temple of Truth. This world is real and permanent.
All right. What do we have here? If we can ascend out of the senses we will see and hear and maybe touch a universe, a universe that is invisible to the senses, a universe of Spirit, which is governed by God’s love. God enters that universe. Yes indeed. And it is peopled, there are entities in that universe, called children of God which are living in the temple of Truth. And that universe is real and eternal: Its substance is eternal Consciousness. In it there is no awareness of discords or even of temporary or material good.
What do we have? We have, no illusion is ever externalized and if the senses report it and it is temporary and not eternal, it is an illusion. And the illusion is somewhere inside of me, somewhere inside of you and it’s made up of the substance of some sort of knowledge of good and evil. And yet, if I can transcend that, that mind that has that knowledge, if I can come out of that mind, even briefly, I might be able to catch a glimpse of reality.
And Reality is a universe, a universe invisible to me right now, a universe of Spirit, governed by love, peopled with all the children of God that have ascended before me. That universe is real and eternal. Its substance is eternal Consciousness. And in that universe, there is no more awareness of discords or temporary and material good.
Well, by golly, does that not sound like heaven? Aren’t we told, even as children, that when we go to heaven there is no more crying? No more death? Sounds an awful lot like that same place. Now what do I have to do to get there? Do I have to die physically? No, it doesn’t say that. It says I have got to find a way to come above the sense life or the senses which are reporting this illusion.
All right, now let’s see. What do we have? No illusion is ever externalized. So this world that the senses are reporting are out there, as out there, is not out there. The world that the senses are reporting, the body that the senses are reporting, the wife, the husband, the partner, the senses are reporting; nature that the senses are reporting—all of it is somewhere within. And since it is the senses reporting it, all of it is in the sense mind and so the sense mind must be the instrument of—well, the sense mind must be the world mind. Yes. The sense mind is the world mind because the sense mind has pictures and thoughts about a world, a world that is not out there.
So the sense mind, within you, is the culprit, that is the Satan, that’s the hypnotism, that’s the illusion, it is hypnotizing me into seeing a world—people, places, things, conditions—and making me believe they’re out here.
But the kingdom of heaven is the only thing that God made and God is Omnipresent. So God is out here. I’m walking around in the center of God Being. I’m hypnotized while walking in God, seeing a world that was never made.
Aw, but don’t lose hope. Here stands one named Jesus, who says, I have overcome the world. I have overcome the world. And now his name is changed to Christ Jesus.
Here stands one name Gautama and he says the world is a dream, Maya. But I have come out of that. I am no longer in the wheel of rebirth. I have come out of the wheel, the cycle. I am free, I made it. Well, he seemed rather lofty.
Then here is this man named Joel. Well, what does he say? He says, in his very first book, that he has come above the sense mind and found a universe of Spirit, governed by Love, peopled with children of God, alive, eternally, living in the household or temple of Truth. He’s met them. And he says that this universe is real and eternal and that its substance is eternal Consciousness and that in it there is no awareness of discords or temporary, material good.
Here stands Joel, a man like me, a person like you, and he says I’ve seen it. I have come up over that sense mind world. I have overcome the world, the world of duality, Maya, the illusion. He didn’t have to do anything about a world out here because it wasn’t out there and as long as anybody thinks it’s out there, they won’t find the answer. That’s what he says. Since he found the answer, I believe him.
And so the clues are all here. We’ve only read a page and a half, probably less than three hundred words. And yet, in it is revealed to us that the entire illusory universe is taking place in the sense mind within you and this sense mind is showing you pictures—thousands, millions of pictures daily, based on a knowledge it has acquired over the centuries, all about good and evil and you believe it.
And so you can see, some of the places that I have gone with this, pondering this—this has taken years by the way—to come to this understanding.
Now, this man Joel, has told us that you can ascend out of this mind made up of the knowledge of good and evil and when you ascend out of this mind, you will find an invisible universe, suddenly—well, let’s hear it in his own words, shall we?
The first glimpse of Reality—of the Soul-realm—comes with the recognition and realization of the fact that all temporary conditions and experiences are products of self-hypnotism. With the realization that the entire human scene—it’s good as well as its evil—is illusion, will come the first glimpse and taste of the world of God’s creation and of the sons of God who inhabit the spiritual kingdom.
So, there he is saying the same thing again. You will catch a glimpse. You will see into another universe and you will see children of God there.
Now, in this moment of uplifted consciousness, we are able, even though faintly, to see ourselves free of material, mortal, human and legal laws. We behold ourselves separate and apart from the bondage of sense, and we glimpse the unlimited boundaries of eternal life and of infinite Consciousness.
Now, the substance of this world, the world that is an illusion, what is the substance of it? We’ve been told seventy five thousand times over the years in the books and the tapes, what is the substance of this world? Well, you know the fabric of this world is hypnotism, illusion or world mind, world thought, carnal mind. Right? Sense mind. That’s the fabric and since there’s no God in that, there’s no Reality in it; it has no life, its dead.
What is the substance of this new universe? This invisible universe that the eyes and the senses can’t show you? Ah, he says, its substance is eternal Consciousness.
We glimpse the unlimited boundaries of eternal life and of infinite Consciousness. The fetters of finite existence begin to fall away.
All right, so what do we know? We know we have to find a way to go within and ascend up over this sense mind and set everyone of those senses aside. And if we will do that, and persistently do that, a moment will come when within your being another faculty awakens, rouses up and expands and you will catch a glimpse, perhaps your first glimpse, of the kingdom of the living God, which is eternal. Only it won’t be invisible to you, you will see it with your inner eye; a new sense, a new faculty, a spiritual faculty, a soul faculty. You will see into this invisible universe but it won’t be invisible to you. And you will see the spiritual children of God in that universe and you will know it is made of the fabric of eternal Consciousness
That’s what we know from reading not even yet two pages. He says:
The experience at first will be like watching the world disappear over a horizon and drop down from before us.
And so I imagine you better put your seat belt on because when you have this experience, everything that makes up this world, all of the senses, all the sense pictures, all the mortal thoughts, all the knowledge of good and evil, all the good as well as the bad, is going to drop down from before you; disappear over a horizon—all of it. And in your inner being, in your meditation, you will find that you look into that invisible, permanent, eternal universe, the universe that God made, the universe formed out of God Itself. God is the substance of that universe; that is why it is eternal, for God and Consciousness are one.
Now he says, There is no attachment to this world that is dropping before you and disappearing over the horizon. There is no attachment to that world, no desire to hold onto it anymore. And here is another clue, so listen. Probably because to a great extent the experience will not come until a great measure of our desire for the things of “this world” has been overcome.
Now do you see why we can’t go to God and say, “God, will you fix my illusion and make it a good one? It’s been bad for a while. Would you please wave your wand and make it good?” Do you see why we can’t pull God into the human scene? How can you pull eternal, infinite spiritual Consciousness into a box called world mind, called the sense mind, with all of this grand knowledge of good and evil? How are you going to pull eternal Consciousness into a mind that doesn’t exist? That mind itself is temporary or you couldn’t ascend out of it now, could you?
It can’t be done. It can’t be done. That is why all of these prayers and statements of truth that we think we can use to manipulate God, somehow appearing in this scene; that’s why it doesn’t work. It can’t work.
Let us be mature enough—well, what does Paul say? When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I played with childish things, but now I’m a man, a spiritual man. Let us grow up. Let us see that we are going to have to leave ‘this world’ behind in order to enter the kingdom. You can’t hold on to this world and enter the kingdom.
Therefore, he says, There is no attachment to this world, no desire to hold onto it—probably because to a great extent the experience does not come until a great measure of our desire for anything of “this world” has been overcome. Even him and her and it.
Now, when you have this experience of peeking into the invisible kingdom and communing with the children of God, in this universe governed by Love, made of the substance of eternal Consciousness, at first you cannot speak of it. There is a sense of “Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended”—I am still between these two worlds.
One, the mental image of a ‘this world’ which is only within and no place else and two, My Kingdom, which surrounds you forever and ever, in every direction, for infinity. I am still between these two worlds. Do not touch me or make me speak about this new invisible Kingdom because it may drag me back here. Let me be free to rise and then, when I am completely free of “this world” of the mesmerism and all the mental images and its pictures. Then, I will tell you of many things which human eyes have not seen nor human ears heard.”
Now, are you hearing this? Do you see why he said to study this for two years? I’ve been doing it. I have been doing this.
A universal illusion binds us to earth—to temporal conditions or temporary conditions. Realize this, understand this, because only through this understanding can we begin to lessen its hold upon us and arise out of it. The more fascinated you are with conditions of human good and the greater your desire for even the good things of life, the more intense is the illusion with you. However, in proportion as your thought dwells on God, on things of the Spirit, the greater freedom from limitation you are gaining.
And I read this whole thing just to get to this part here. Think neither on the discords nor on the harmonies of this world. Now that line right there, hit me yesterday. Think neither on the discords nor on the harmonies of this world. Let us not fear the evil of this world nor love the good of human existence.
Now, there you have it—right there. We are not to love the good of human existence—any of it—not her, not him, not them, not it. Well I mean you’re free to love them but you’re loving an illusion created in the mind. When you rise out of that mind and peek into that invisible realm, the Kingdom of the living God, and there behold the children of God and the universe governed by Love, then—then—is when you love the children you behold there.
Now that’s a clue. See if you can take that into your closet and ponder it.
Now, in proportion as we accomplish this, not loving the good of human existence or not fearing the evil, in proportion as we accomplish this, is the mesmeric influence lessening in our experience. Earth ties begin to disappear; shackles of limitation fall away; erroneous conditions give place to spiritual harmony and death gives way to eternal life.
The first glimpse into the heaven of here and now is the beginning of the ascension for us.
The first glimpse into the heaven of here and now is the beginning of the ascension for us. You see, this is an ascension. You’re not rising out of “this world” out here into some kingdom of heaven in the sky, by and by. That was all wrong. That was from people that did not understand, had not yet had this experience. Because they did not ascend, they had no way to describe it. They didn’t know it existed. This is one who has peeked and is peeking into the invisible Kingdom, here and now. And he tells us there’s a Kingdom here and now. The first glimpse into the heaven of here and now is the beginning of the ascension.
It’s done within your being; it’s done in each meditation. Not only is this principle about your entire life, ascending out of this world and into the Kingdom, it’s also applicable to each and every meditation. Each and every meditation is where you have a glimpse of the heaven of here and now, by ascending out of the sense mind.
So this ascension, he says, is understood now as a rising above the conditions and experiences of “this world.” But this world is not a world. It’s not out there. “This world” is the name given to everything you see with the senses which is ‘in here’ in the sense mind; the mind made up of the five senses; the brain; the human mind. That mind is showing you a world as if it is out here, but it’s not. It is a world of knowledge of good and evil in here. In your meditation, as you become still, as you’re not looking for good or running away from the bad, as you step out of or ascend up over that sense mind of good and evil, and all the knowledge that goes with it, then in the stillness, in the silence, you have a glimpse; you peek into the heaven of here and now, because you have ascended up over “this world” and you behold the “many mansions” prepared for you in spiritual consciousness—in the awareness of Reality.
We’re going to stop there. There’s just a little bit more but we’re going to stop there because that says everything we need for right now.
Now, here is what came to me in conjunction with that yesterday. You’re body is not the illusion and so if you look and you see a body out here, and you think that this body out here is an illusion, you’re wrong. If you think you have an illusory body, you’re mistaken. The body is not the illusion. Your body is eternal, spiritual Consciousness formed. Or put that sentence backwards: Eternal, spiritual Consciousness formed your body; forms Itself as your body. In other words, eternal, spiritual Consciousness is your body. So your body is eternal. The body is not the illusion. The illusion is in your thoughts about the body. Your thoughts about the body is what constitutes the illusion.
So, you look; you think you have a physical, material body out here. It’s 50 or 54 or 36 or 27, and you have a belief that you have a material, physical body that is 60 years old and its beginning to lose its faculties. Oh, soon you’ll need a hearing aid and your eyes are going and your reflexes aren’t as quick; you’re almost over the hill. You’re not walking as quick as you use to; it’s harder to get up in the morning; you don’t digest as well; you’re aging. You may even have age spots on your hands. It’s obvious. Any doctor or psychologist would tell you to deal with reality. Don’t pretend that you’re not aging when you are. So that’s the belief about your body. Right? You believe it’s a male body or it’s a female body; it’s a young body or it’s an old body; it has a life span, doesn’t it? Three-score years and ten, maybe a little bit more with the marvels of modern medicine, I think you ought to be able to add ten years in a nursing home where they spoon feed you. Well, that sounds good. Yeah, I want those ten years. How about you?
That is not your body and that’s not out there. If you’re going to come into the truth about your body, the one God made, what are you going to have to do? Well, he just told us, didn’t he, in that chapter? You’re going to have to sit down to meditate. You’re going to have to close your eyes, shut off all senses and what they are reporting about the body and in the quiet you are going to have to realize: “That body is not out there; this is in here. This is a mental image, an image in thought. The sense mind has formed these pictures. But these pictures were never made. God didn’t make these pictures. God made nothing temporary, ever, at any time. Consciousness formed Itself as eternal body. This can’t be my body. This is a part of the knowledge of good and evil; part of the knowledge of two-ness. Well, now let me be still about that since nothing can be done about an illusion other than let it go.”
I am still, I am quiet. God, Consciousness, reveal the body You made. Reveal the eternal body not made by hands, eternal in this kingdom, in this heaven. What is this infinite, eternal body You made? What is my body really like? Father, let me feel that body You made. I will be still now and listen.
If you do this in your meditation and you are persistent, you will have an inner glimpse, a new faculty will rise up, a Soul faculty and show you an infinite, invisible, incorporeal, eternal body; the body of Christ, the Son of God. It’s yours. I can’t tell you about it, you must experience it. If you would know what your body really is, you are going to have to do this in your meditation, several times, until you begin to get a glimpse. And it will come. It really will come. God will reveal to you what your immortal body is and you will feel it. It’s an actual feeling. You may even step into it momentarily. You may actually feel your Self as that infinite, everywhere body. It has happened to me and several that I know. Why not you?
Since we understand now that this world is not out there, since we understand that this world is made up of beliefs in good and evil, in a knowledge of good and evil and that it is in the sense mind and only in the sense mind—to come up over that, all that is necessary is to take no thought about it. When you reach the place—that is why meditation is practiced by us in The Infinite Way, because when you reach the place of ‘no thought’, if only for a second, you begin to have this glimpse of this invisible Kingdom in which you live and move and have your being right now.
You have always lived and moved and had your being in the invisible Kingdom. You’ve never left it. You haven’t left it and you’re not going back. You’re there now. You never left. But you had no awareness of it because you’ve been looking through a glass darkly, made up of the knowledge of good and evil, forming itself into pictures, looking like a world out there.
But now you understand, don’t you? You understand that there is no world out there. You are standing in the Kingdom, here and now. But to have an awareness of the Kingdom means that you are going to have to reach that place inside of you where the world drops away over a horizon and you become aware of an invisible Kingdom. You become aware of an immortal body. You become aware of an eternal companion. You become aware of an infinite supply. You become aware that God Consciousness formed Itself as Itself, everywhere. And you become aware that that is what I am. You are going to become aware of an infinite Christ body, incorporeal, invisible, untouchable by the human mind. You are going to become aware of an Omniscient mind which has all wisdom, all truth in it and it is yours. You are actually going to tune into it and hear your real thoughts. Not the thoughts of the sense mind. Oh, no. You are going to hear the thoughts of the mind which was in Christ Jesus. The Infinite, Omniscient mind which is the mind that goes with your incorporeal, indestructible, eternal body. You’re going to find out that Consciousness really did form Itself as you and that you are that Christ right now.
All right. Take your body as we did here, into your meditation and start from the premise that no illusion is ever externalized. If you can see it, hear it, taste it, touch it, or smell it, it is of the sense-mind and was not made by God and was not made. With that as your premise, step out of that mind, rest for a bit and ask your Father, God, to reveal to you the Christ, what body He gave you, what mind He gave you.
Do the same thing with your sense of supply, the human sense of supply, as if it is something out here. Recognize that no illusion is ever externalized. It must be within in that knowledge of good and evil and so that is not supply at all. Drop that. Ascend up over that belief. Ask your Father to reveal to you, what is Spiritual supply? What is this eternal, infinite supply, ever pouring forth as the expression of God’s Love. What is that? What does it feel like? What does it look like? And see it. Discern with your spiritual eye.
And do the same thing with companionship. We know what the sense of companionship is out here, appearing to be out here. Sometimes here, some gone; sometimes living, sometimes dead; sometimes happy, sometimes sad; sometimes friendly, sometimes mean; sometimes loving, sometimes selfish. That can’t be companionship. That has got to be pictures, in here, in the sense-mind. Set them aside. Set them down. There is no good or evil but thinking makes it so. So stop thinking and you have the solution. Come up over that thinking sense-mind. Be still. Ask your Father, what is companionship? What is the real Companion? What is the Eternal Companion that will never leave me nor forsake me? What is this God Presence? What does this Presence feel like? What does it discern like? And let the Father show you that Presence that God is, that dwells at the center of you, and in which you dwell; forever one.
It is time, to ascend out of this world, so that you and I, whether our name on earth is Bill or Mary or Susan or Britta or Laura or Dennis or Al or Monty, whatever your name is, Peter or Michael—that’s not your name and you know it now. That’s a sense mind name. One of the names Adam gave to something he couldn’t understand.
It is time for you and I to step out of that existence, out of that name, into—well, a new name. To him who overcomes will I give a new name, a white stone on which is written a new name. And no one knows that name saving him that receiveth it.
So now you know. If you will overcome, if you will come up over that sense-mind, into that place of stillness where the Father can reveal who you are, you will be given a new name. And that name is……