What Happens After You Die?

The “author” of this story is not comfortable writing, so she has given me permission to share her story.

I’ve been a Truth student all of my life. I’m not on walking water, but I’m fulfilled. My life works because of Truth. I’ve experienced many healings: body, relationships, career, finance, and emotions. Life’s been great.

One afternoon an idea flashed in my mind, “Sharon, you’re going to die – soon.” I was not sick. To tell the truth, I was feeling rather robust. But the idea was insistent – so insistent that I started making plans to die. Days passed and the certainty of dying grew stronger.

“What do I do about my family?” I asked myself. “Should I warn them or keep silent?” My only question was when! In my heart I knew it wouldn’t be a tragic death. I felt that I would just drift off and it would be over. No pain. No drama.

Weeks passed – perhaps even two months – and then it happened. Just as easy and quiet as a sunrise, I died. Describing it the best I can, it was like a snake shedding its skin. Better still, like a caterpillar emerging into a butterfly.

I died to past hurts, regrets, self-imposed limitations, and misconceptions. I died to my human view of my world, my self, and others. I was a new creature and I felt like it. “Born again” is how the Bible describes it.

I died for sure, but not in the way I thought. I never imagined death could be so wonderful. The same people are in my life, but I see them in a completely different way.

I walk around in the same body – but it’s a brand new Body – perception wise. I live in the same home, but it has a new glow about it. Everything is the same and yet everything is different. Life is better than I thought possible.

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How To Handle Longstanding Problems

Today’s post is an audio post. Enjoy

Today’s post is an audio post. Enjoy! This is a new system, and I haven’t figured out how it works yet. By the next post, I’ll have it down.

Experiencing Illumination

This Is Visual Illumination

It’s just an ordinary day, doing ordinary things – like walking in the park. It’s the same ol’ trees rooted in their same ol’ places, surrounded by the same ol’ sun-parched grass. Nothing out of the ordinary. And then it happens.

The entire park lights up – grass, trees, people, and all. For a moment it’s all living Light. You don’t know whether you are seeing the Light or being the Light. It’s marvelous. Wonderful! It only lasts for a second, but you know you have seen Existence as it Is. This is an experience of visual Illumination.

Although it’s short-lived, the glow of the experience lasts for days. If you experience visual Illumination only once in your life, it is sure to be your most memorable experience. And, like all good experiences, you’ll long to have it again – soon.

It’s the middle of the night – about 3am. For no particular reason, your eyes open, and you just look around the pitch-black room. And then it happens.

You look at your right foot, and it’s lit up like a neon sign. A current of joy shoots through your body. It’s marvelous. Wonderful. This is another experience of visual Illumination. Visual Illumination is simply seeing the world as it is – a spiritual Presence.

What You Can Do To Experience Illumination

Recently I was asked, “What can I do to experience visual Illumination?” Spiritually minded people hunger for the experience of visual Illumination. For many, it’s the crown jewel of spiritual enlightenment. The truth, however, is that visual Illumination is no more important than the many other forms of Illumination. There are even countless ways to experience visual Illumination.

Know this. There is almost nothing you can do to induce visual Illumination. No special diets, postures, procedures, or mantras. Strange as it seems, anxiously wanting the experience is a sure way to delay it. However, once you’ve given up all hope of ever experiencing Illumination, it is then that your whole world lights up – literally.

Did you notice the words “almost nothing” in the last paragraph? There is one thing you can do to induce Illumination, but let’s build up to it precept-by-precept.

  • God is the Only Presence.
  • God is Illumination (Light).
  • All is Illumination.
  • You are included in (as) the allness of Illumination.
  • You are completely Illumined right now.

Admit This And You’re Well On Your Way

The one thing you can do, and you can do it today, is admit that you are already a completely Illumined Identity. Reader, acknowledge this fact now. Acknowledge it every day. Don’t judge by the appearance that you are an un-illumined being waiting for Illumination. Go back through the precepts. Contemplate every one of them. And then rest in that last Truth by acknowledging, “I am completely Illumined right now.”

Say the words because they are true. By virtue of God’s Absolute Allness, they must be, and are, true. When you sense/feel the rightness of these words, you have done the only thing you can do to enjoy the experience of a Universe of Light.

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Don’t Fear The Pandemic — Or Anything

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Masks Can’t Hide Their Joy

Churches are reopening in some parts of the United States. Like cold molasses, people are slowly dripping into their chosen churches. Even mask-covered faces can’t hide the joy of people reuniting with their church families.

It’s been slow. Each week one or two more people show up – at least at the church I pastor.

When my church decided to reopen, I suggested that we take a poll to see how many people were comfortable coming back. Enough replied, “I’m ready and I’m not afraid,” so we decided to reopen. But many – far too many – are afraid. One woman said, “I will support the church financially, but I’m scared. I won’t return until this thing is over.”

I commend the people who have honestly admitted, “I’m afraid.” Now, they can take the necessary steps to move out of that space.

Did The Fearful Admit This, Too?

There is something larger here than mere church attendance. Mind you, these are the same people who, for years, sat in church and mouthed the words, “God is the one Presence and Power – in, through and as all the universe.” I wonder if they have been equally honest with themselves and admitted, “Although I came to church every Sunday and affirmed God is the only Power, I must not know it. If I did, I wouldn’t be afraid?”

This is the kind of courage and honesty that is needed to move out of this seeming trench of fear. Be clear. Moving out is a must. One cannot allow themselves to stay in the mindset that something is going on other than God. Why? Because it’s a fictitious mindset.

How Long Are You Going To Loiter In Fear

No one can continue to read the books and listen to the lectures proclaiming God’s Allness and expect to experience this Truth as a practical reality if they allow themselves to loiter in fear. Fear is not a comfortable experience. Nothing unreal can ever be comfortable.

Reader, perhaps the coronavirus (or something else) has you cowering in fear. If that’s so, I have two questions for you. Are you going to linger in fear? Or, are you going to say to yourself, “I’m not willing to stay here. I believe in my heart that God is the only Presence and I’m going to dig deeper in silent prayer until I strike a clearer realization that God is All?”

It Starts With The Heart

People have said, “Allen, I’m afraid but I don’t want to be. How do I get out of this place?” Here’s a suggestion on how to proceed. First set your heart on knowing God’s Allness. It starts there. If your heart is not in it, nothing will come of it.

Then, in your quiet time, ask of your impersonal God Consciousness, “Is there another Presence and Power other than the Presence You are?” Listen. Listen expectantly. Listen intently. You will strike oil. The answer will be revealed. Your fearless Self will be revealed in all its resplendent magnificence.

 

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The Gospel Of Thomas Class Is Coming

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Soon I will be offering a new class called The Gospel of Thomas – A Gospel of Practical Spirituality. I’m determining how to best present the class. The class will be either a teleconference class or delivered to you as weekly audio files.

Perhaps you attended one of my touring lectures on The Gospel of Thomas. Or, you purchased the 6-hour audio set. I promise there will be new information in the upcoming class. Since those earlier classes, greater insights have been revealed.

Concerning the fee, I’ll continue with my pricing method that seems to unsettle so many people. The class is not free, however there will be no set fee. You have the option of determining the value of the course and paying accordingly. Whenever possible I offer most of my seminars this way. I think it works best for all concerned.

If you are interested in this class, it would be good to purchase a copy of the book. I have several editions, but my favorite is published by Concord Press and edited by Raghavan Iyer. I prefer this edition because it’s not heavily annotated.

You will be hearing more from me concerning The Gospel of Thomas – A Gospel of Practical Spirituality – soon.

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God Is All — What Does That Mean?

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The Million Dollar Question

“What does that mean – God is All? I say the words, but I honestly have no clue what they mean.” These are the words of a not-too-recent caller.

“I feel like I’m just saying words that I’ve read,” she continued. This caller was honest. It’s good to be honest. Many say all the right words but haven’t faced the fact that they are merely parroting words they’ve read and heard. Once this fact is faced, wonderful things happen.

First, you throw out all your stuff– your preconceived notions of those “right” words and phrases. In that seeming vacuum of unknowing, Light, Wisdom, Intelligence, and Knowledge flood your Consciousness.

Nothing Satisfies Like Truth Revealed In Consciousness

The Light has always been there. So has the Wisdom and Knowledge, but they were buried under a layer of learned words. The caller asked the question: What does God is All mean? Well, there’s a simple answer to that question: ONLY GOD IS. Dig deeper and you hit up against her real question: WHAT IS GOD?

Have you ever asked yourself that question? Did you answer it? Where did your answer come from? A book? A preacher? The Bible? Youtube? You deserve better. Nothing will satisfy like the answer revealed in “your” Consciousness.

Reader, you can know what God is. “You shall know the (this) truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The congregation of the Unity Church in Silver Spring is filled with PhDs. Repeatedly I’ve said to them that if people sought the answer to the God question with the same zeal, discipline, and dedication it took to get those degrees, they would be the happiest and most prosperous people in the world.

What Are You Going To Do About It?

Although you can know what God is, you may never be able to articulate it. As soon as you try, you’ll know that you’ve put a limit on the Unlimited. If you feel as this caller does, that you don’t know what God is, and you don’t know what God is All means, what are you going to do about it? Languish in ignorance?

No! That won’t satisfy. What will satisfy is discovering the answer via silent prayer and receptive listening.

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You Are Wanted And Needed

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Your Participation Is Requested

I can’t remember the last time Absolutely Yours sent out an All-Hands-On-Deck post, urgent posts asking you to join our prayer-response to a seeming emergency. These apparent times dictate the need for one. Yes, this pandemic and its devastating consequences seem real, but God is still All.

Reader, you know God is All. But let’s take that knowledge to its ultimate conclusion – knowing God’s Allness so clearly that It shows forth as the only Evidence.

The Contemplation

For the month of July, join me as we contemplate the Fact (Absolute Truth) that GOD, PERFECTION, IS THE ONLY PRESENCE, POWER, IDENTITY, ACTIVITY, AND EVIDENCE – EQUALLY PRESENT AND EVERYWHERE PRESENT. THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE IS THE ONE INFINITE I AM. THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS HERE, NOW.

Thanks For Joining In

This is not a fix-it formula. You don’t have to use these exact words, but please keep to the idea behind the words. Remember, you are not trying to make these statements become true. Rather, you are acknowledging these statements are already true – already the current state of affairs. Thank you for joining me. If you want to know more about the value of group prayer, read Is Group Prayer Really Effective?

There will be no posts for the month of July. I look forward to being with you again in August.

Should I Or Shouldn’t I

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“Whoa, Allen! Put the brakes on, and back it up. In your book, God is All, you said that we should only pray for the realization of God’s Allness, but in your last post, you encouraged us to call a Practitioner about our mundane concerns. I’m confused. Should we, or should we not pray about so-called human concerns?”

That’s the email I opened a week or two ago. Okay, I did add a few words for dramatic effect, but it’s pretty much word-for-word.

I’m glad this person reached out to me for this opportunity to clear up any confusion our readers might have. Yes, prayer should only be for the realization of God’s Allness. And, yes you should contact a Practitioner if you seem to have a problem. The two fit hand in glove. You enjoy the freedom to keep your attention rightly focused and have your problem resolved.

Sometimes stuff happens – or at least appears to. Despite knowing that God is All, the appearance of disease, lack, grief or trouble pops up. Naturally, you want this appearance to dis-appear. Quickly. Yet, it doesn’t. What do you do?

In the face of seeming trouble, you don’t have to come down from your high place of God-Realization to monkey around with the appearance. You can still keep your prayerful focus on God-Realization. Let the Practitioner deal with the appearance.

“Well, Allen,” you may ask, “isn’t this just shifting the problem over to the Practitioner to focus on?” Not at all. The Practitioner knows that it is nothing. Even as you are presenting it as something, she knows that Omnipresent Perfection is All that is present, active and evident.

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Working With A Practitioner

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So many questions have come in about Practitioners that I’m devoting this post to those most frequently asked.

What happened to the Practitioners List that used to appear on this blog? I tried clicking on the link and nothing was there.

Oops! My mistake. I thought I removed all the dead links. The Practitioners List was discontinued a few years ago. Here’s why.

Many people reading our blog have never heard of a Practitioner before. They do not understand that like doctors, nurses, and plumbers, Practitioners are paid for their services. Many people were getting the help they requested but were not paying the Practitioner.

On the other hand, there were some Practitioners on the list who did not provide adequate service and still expected to be paid. As many of you know, I hold firm that shoddy “work” does not deserve compensation.

Finally, some of our readers have been used to working with Christian Science Practitioners who are available any hour of the day. There were complaints about the availability of the listed Practitioners. One or two, if you recall, lived out of the country and the time-zone issue kicked in.

For these reasons, I thought it best to discontinue the list.

How long should I work with a Practitioner?

What would trigger such a question? Mainly, cost and effectiveness, and both deserve some attention here.

If cost is your concern, most likely you have worked with a Christian Science Practitioner in the past. They are the only Practitioners that charge per call and send a monthly invoice.

I will say this about every Christian Science Practitioner I know. They are sincere, dedicated people and will work with you. Simply tell your Practitioner that you are concerned about the cost – especially if costs are mounting without seeing any results.

I know some Practitioners reading this post will take exception to what follows, but let’s look at the facts. The whole Practitioner model is supposed to be based on Christ Jesus’ method of healing. How many times did it take for Christ to get it right? How many “treatments” did He give?

If a Practitioner is working a long time on a majority of the calls that come in, trust me, there’s nothing wrong with the caller. It’s the Practitioner – myself included.

Spiritual “healing” is the natural offshoot of Understanding. (I capitalize the word because I mean Understanding the Allness of God.) It is not a thing in and of itself. If a majority of the cases seem to take a while, the Practitioner needs to take some time off for greater spiritual clarity in order to reach that Understanding.

But, Allen, some Practitioners do this for a living and can’t afford to take time off.” Any Practitioner who “heals for a living” has either missed the boat or boarded the wrong one. You don’t heal for a living. Christ Jesus healed BECAUSE of his living. He healed BECAUSE of his knowing.

Reader, you heal because of your knowing. Healing is incidental to your knowing. Knowledge is king. Any other approach and the Practitioner risks falling into a ditch of nonsense screaming “I need sick people so I can put a roof on the house and get new tires for the car.”

I still haven’t answered the question of how long to work with a Practitioner. I’m going to take a different approach to this question by answering a different question: Why would I continue to work with a Practitioner?

  • In the case of a so-called incurable condition, it’s obvious why you would continue your work with a Practitioner. There’s no other help.
  • You want a spiritual solution to the problem. You know that anything less than a spiritual solution (based on God’s Allness) is just a fix-for-the-moment. The real solution is spiritual realization – either yours or the Practitioner’s.
  • You are confident that you are working with the right Practitioner and want to continue until the problem is resolved.

I once read that Practitioners would rather you call about prayer for spiritual enlightenment rather than all this other human stuff people call for? Is that true?

No! And it’s the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard.

When Christ Jesus was in Capernaum, he visited a home and started teaching. Rumor spread that he was at the house, and a large crowd gathered. The house was packed.

Four men, concerned about their sick friend, carried him to the home where Jesus was teaching. When they arrived, they couldn’t get in. Determined, they went to the roof, broke through it and lowered their friend down into the room. After all of that, do you think the first thing they did was look up to Christ Jesus and said, “Please give my friend spiritual enlightenment?”

When the disciples sensed that the multitudes were starving in the desert, does the Bible record that they asked Jesus for enlightenment? In any of the healing miracles, can you find one case where the request was for spiritual enlightenment? No, you can’t. And you cannot find anywhere in the Bible where Jesus denied someone a healing because they didn’t ask for enlightenment.

No one should ever think that a Practitioner is a genie out of the bottle, and no one should ever become dependent on a Practitioner. However, there is a higher cause to the work of the Practitioner. That cause is to show that the solution to every seeming problem is a spiritual solution.

As the Practitioner is doing nothing but knowing the Allness of God, it is proof positive that THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE ALLNESS OF GOD IS THE SOLUTION TO EVERY SEEMING PROBLEM.

I have been a Practitioner for years and have been dealing with a health challenge of my own. Should I continue taking calls?

By all means, if it feels right to take a “case,” take it. Some Practitioners have done their best work while dealing with personal challenges. However, don’t be lax. Do clear up your own issue – by spiritual realization of course. In the long run, it will help your practice.

Let’s say that you seem to be dealing with a long-standing lung condition. It’s been clinging to you like a tree monkey. Finally, through a clear realization of God’s Allness, the matter is resolved. From this point on, it is likely that anyone who calls with this same condition will be healed instantly. Why? Because here you are absolutely clear on the nothingness of nothing. Most likely, from this point on, many of the calls you get will be related to this seeming condition. That’ll be explained in another post.

 

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Illumination Often Looks Like This

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Years ago, I wrote a post entitled The Ten Must-Read Books. That list has not changed, but there’s a new list in town, and I’m calling it The Most Fascinating Reads. Topping this unfinished list is Cosmic Consciousness by Richard Bucke.

Cosmic Consciousness is about Illumination. Bucke, however, calls the experience “Cosmic Consciousness.” It’s a long and dense read, but I’m not recommending the entire book. It’s the short chapters (10-36) in Part IV that are fascinating. Here you’ll read thrilling experiences of Illumination by both the famous and not famous. You will read many of these experiences and say, “Wow, that’s happened to me, too. I just thought it was something weird going on.”

Marie Watts cites Cosmic Consciousness in many of her audio recordings. That’s how I discovered it. The book can be purchased on Amazon.com, but it is easier read by following this link. Free stuff is always good.

You will enjoy reading the various experiences of Illumination, and you may be tempted to continue reading the rest of the book. Be careful here! Certain sections are unnecessarily discouraging. Cosmic Consciousness mentions some prerequisites for experiencing Illumination. Trust me when I say you can ignore them.

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