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What’s Happening With Spiritual Healing?

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The other day I picked up The Understanding Series by Lillian DeWaters, and in it she succinctly explains why healing seems to be delayed.

Healing seems to be failing people everywhere. It is very disturbing to them because they cannot understand how this could be. Many say, “Years ago, healing was simple and certain. Now I read and study and am more faithful than ever, yet without perfect results.” Yes, it seems so. Others say, “I accept this great Truth that I am the Self, yet the trouble, expense, or limitation continues.”

The reason for this is that greater understanding is now demanded of us – not to heal diseases, loss, grief, and so on, but to see their utter impossibility to be or seem (appear) to be; to exist or seem (appear) to exist. It is necessary that we abolish any and every discord with and by the awareness and knowledge of its nonexistence.

Reader, note that DeWaters not only says to see the impossibility of trouble, but to also perceive the impossibility of the appearance of trouble. True perception is where both the trouble and the appearance of the trouble are perceived to be non-existent. What’s left? God.

 

All You Need To Know About Revelation

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I write a lot about Revelation. Outside of a few authors, not much is written about it. In this post, my intention is to share what is essential to know about Revelation and clear away some of the cloudy misconceptions about it. Let’s get right to it.

REVELATION IS A NATURAL EXPERIENCE

There’s nothing supernatural or mysterious about Revelation. Although it doesn’t seem to be, Revelation is your natural experience. REVELATION IS YOUR MIND KNOWING GOD’S ALLNESS, FRAMED IN THE WORDS AND LANGUAGE THAT YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH. If you are French speaking, you will not experience Revelation in Farsi. Furthermore, Revelation may be experienced without words, but that’s for another post.

Your Mind, being the Mind of God, is always knowing God’s Allness – even now.

Revelation seems mysterious because it’s often experienced as occasional flashes of spiritual insight. Yet, Revelation is happening all the time.

Do you remember, as a child, being totally engrossed in a television show or computer game only to hear your mother say, “Didn’t you hear me?” No, you didn’t hear her, because your attention was focused elsewhere. It’s the same with Revelation. It’s going on all the time, but while you are focused on the fiction of human phenomena, you don’t seem to “hear” it.

REVELATION IS SELDOM EXPERIENCED WHEN YOU ARE TRYING FOR IT

Some people, serious about this “God business,” approach prayer with the same exhausting effort of a professional bodybuilder working out in the gym. They strain and labor for Revelation. The prayers and meditations are laced with anxiety. Nothing good ever comes out of this.

Most often, Revelation is experienced while you are sipping coffee at a neighborhood bistro, leisurely strolling the neighborhood, or gently squeezing the kumquats in the supermarket.

Your quiet time of contemplation opens the gates of Revelation, but you may not experience it while praying or contemplating. The important thing is this: stop trying.

REVELATION = DEMONSTRATION

This is the magic, but often ignored, formula. No Revelation = no demonstration.

While nearly drowning in a sea of debt, Linda Little repeated the words “All that the Father has is mine.” She said the words all day, every day, for weeks. Sinking deeper in debt, she said to me, “Allen, this Truth stuff doesn’t work.”

“Linda,” I said, “you repeated the words of Christ Jesus. Were they revealed to you, or were you merely saying words you read in the Bible?” She confessed that she was merely repeating words she read.

This is not witchcraft where mere incantation leads to demonstration. The formula restated is: TRUTH REVEALED = TRUTH DEMONSTRATED. Yet …

REVELATION IS NOT CAUSATION

Revelation does not cause good things to happen in your life. Revelation does not heal your body, nor does it fill your wallet. And, of course, Revelation does not make God be present.

Imagine that you are searching for a small gold screw in a dimly lit room. You need more light, so you grab your new LED flashlight. Shining it on the floor, you exclaim, “There it is! Right in front of me!”

Did the flashlight create the screw? Did it place the screw in front of you? Or, did the flashlight merely reveal the presence of the screw?

Revelation merely reveals the presence of what is already present. It reveals the whole body right where the sick body seemed to be in a darkened sense of reality. It reveals ever-present abundance right where lack seemed to be.

In Truth, there is no cause AND effect. There is just God being All.

YOU ARE THE REVELATION YOU ARE SEEKING

The reason why Revelation is a normal experience is because YOU ARE THE REVELATIONS THAT YOU SEEM TO SEEK. This fact eliminates all the unnecessary struggle.

Yes, you are the Revelation. You are the source and essence of Divine Revelation. Precept by precept, we are going to see why this is true.

  • God is All
  • God, being All, is the absolute Truth
  • Only Truth can be revealed
  • Truth revealed is God revealed
  • God is the Revelation
  • You and God are One
  • YOU ARE THE REVELATION

Contemplate these ideas. For the next few weeks, review them daily. Presently, you will see for yourself that everything written above is true.

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How To Read A Spiritual Book

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Most, so-called Truth students, have shelves (or piles) of Truth books, and they’ve read all of them once or twice. Usually, a few favorites are kept on the nightstand for quick access when inspiration or comfort is needed.

There comes a time when every sincere “student of Truth” thinks, “I’m tired of merely reading these books. I want to be the books. I want my life to be a living testimony of these statements I’m reading.” Reader, what about you? If you had the choice of reading a hundred Truth books or having your life be a living testimony of just one of them, which would you choose?

Books are wonderful. And Truth books, when well read, are awesome. No writer of a Truth book intends for you to be shackled to their work for a lifetime. The book is intended to be a springboard to higher realization and grander living. A Truth book, well read, should leave the reader happier, healthier, more successful and prosperous. If, after reading a book from cover to cover, your life is the same, that book was not well read.

In this post, I’m offering two methods of book reading that I promise will deliver more of what you were hoping from your reading. At first glance, both methods seem slow – slothfully slow. Yet, both will fulfill the mission of your living the book, and not merely reading the book. Let’s get to the methods.

METHOD #1 – SNAIL’S PACE  METHOD

  1. Select one of your favorite books.
  2. Start reading from the very beginning (the introduction if it has one).
  3. Read until a word, line, or paragraph grabs your attention and STOP!
  4. Write the word or line, and the page number.
  5. Shelve the book until later.
  6. For 7 days, contemplate your selected word or passage.
  7. Take it into your daily silent listening, asking your Consciousness for greater understanding of it.
  8. Once the 7 days are up, grab the book and continue until another word or passage grabs your attention.
  9. Repeat steps 4 through 7.
  10. Continue until the entire book is read.

METHOD #2 – QUICK-READ METHOD

Because you do read an entire book, this method seems faster.

  1. Select one of your favorite books.
  2. Read the entire book within a week, if possible.
  3. Highlight only words or passages that grab your attention.
  4. Once you’ve finished, reread only the highlighted sections.
  5. Choose one of those highlighted sections. [Choose wisely because you will be working with this section for an entire year.]
  6. Contemplate that section every day, followed by a brief period of silent “listening.”
  7. Throughout the day, remind yourself of the Truth in that highlighted section.
  8. In prayer, ask your Consciousness for greater clarity and understanding of that passage.
  9. At some point, the contemplation of that section will reveal more Truth.
  10. Take the newly revealed idea and follow steps 6 through 8.
  11. Repeat with each new Revelation.

The brilliance of this reading approach is the opportunity to witness for yourself that a single statement of Truth contains all Truth.

Whichever method you choose, you will never be the same. I trust you will try these suggestions. Please let me know how it goes for you.

 

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Revelation Is A Normal Experience

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The Backstory

Here’s the backstory of this post. Before Marie Watts (The Ultimate) “passed,” she talked incessantly about her latest manuscript. “This book must be published,” she said. “It’s the most radical thing I’ve ever written.” I was just as excited about its publication as she was.

The book was never published. However, I knew the manuscript was kept in a box of her private things, and occasionally, when I talked to Jacqueline, her granddaughter, I hinted at the manuscript. She never took the bait. For a few years I wondered what could be more radical than her last books. I wanted to see that manuscript. What follows, in this post, is how I satisfied my curiosity.

Why Did They Throw My Book Away?

My first book, God is All, has seen more trash cans than a city sanitation worker. I’ve seen folk toss the book aside in a fit of suppressed rage. Others have confessed to throwing it away – even burning it. And it’s all because of a few sentences in the first chapter of the book. Granted, those few sentences compel the reader to confront what they truly know about God.

Here is the excerpt: “We cannot live parasitically off of another’s realization of Truth … however each and every person must come into his own recognition of who and what he is via revelation and realization.”

These words provoke the reader to think the following: “Everything I know about God, and everything I know about my spiritual identity, I’ve learned from a book or a tape. Nothing has been revealed. I’ve been living parasitically off of Joel Goldsmith, Marie Watts, Alfred Aiken, etc. I really don’t know anything. Hmmph, I don’t like the way this book makes me feel. I’ll show him just what I think about his book.” Right here you can see God is All flying into a nearby trash receptacle.

You Already Know All The Truth There Is To Know

Often, I open my seminars by asking “How much of what you know about God is from something you read or heard?” Asking for a show of hands, I proceed, “How much of what you know about God is by direct inner revelation?” No hands go up.

Where I’m going with these questions is summed up in these words. ALL THE TRUTH YOU WILL EVER READ OR HEAR IS ALREADY IN YOUR CONSCIOUSNESS. IT WAS THERE BEFORE YOU EVER READ OR HEARD IT, AND IT’S BETTER TO GET IT THERE THAN ANYWHERE ELSE.

Don’t Settle For Quotitis

Along the way, I’ve met many people in the advanced stages of “quotitis.” Perhaps you’ve met some yourself. These people can quote long passages from the Holy Bible, Science and Health, and books by Joel Goldsmith, Marie Watts and Alfred Aiken. But, spend a day walking in their lives. There is no evidence they have ever heard or read a word of Truth. Until Truth is Self-Revealed, all you have are letters and sounds. No demonstration. The Golden Formula is Revelation = Demonstration.

Why settle for quotitis when you can experience direct Revelation? I know Revelation seems to be a supernatural experience reserved for the really serious. Not so. Revelation is a natural and constant experience of the one Infinite, Indivisible Consciousness – your Consciousness. I try to make this fact clear in the Prayer Project.

Try This Instead

Now, let’s move this blog post from theory to actual experience. Before we proceed, I acknowledge that here, lately, I’ve been playing a one-note Samba. What follows is nothing you haven’t read before. The question is: Are you doing it?

For the next few weeks, keep up your so-called spiritual practice, which hopefully includes a period of silent “listening.” Be sure you are not working on specifics, or even hoping that some situation will be worked out. Proper prayer is not the place for that. In your listening, let this be your attitude: “In these moments of silence, I’m letting Consciousness revel in its own Illumination.” Then be still (with no other motive in mind), and I guarantee you will experience how natural Revelation is.

In case you’re wondering how I satisfied my curiosity about Marie Watts unpublished book, it was by realizing any Truth in that manuscript is already in Consciousness – mine and yours.

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Effortless Prayer

Allen, I read and enjoy your blog. My problem is that when I sit down to pray or contemplate, it always seems to be a struggle. After a while, I just give up. Any suggestions?

Struggle and effort should never be mentioned in the same sentence with prayer. Prayer, true prayer, is a peace-filled and joyous adventure. When effort and tension start prowling around the “prayer closet,” something is off. And usually, it’s the focus.

In most cases, effort shows up when the prayer focus is on getting or getting rid of something. Usually it’s an emergency or troubling situation where a quick resolution is wanted. Nothing good will come out of such praying or contemplating. It can’t.

Think about it. If what drives you to pray (and I use that term interchangeably with meditate or contemplate) is the problem, your attention is on the problem. Your attention is on the very thing that seems to be making you anxious and fearful. What can you expect but more anxiety and more struggle? For all that effort, you might as well stop praying and go lift a set of eighty-pound dumbbells.

Remember the Golden Rule of Prayer: Start with God, stay with God and end with God. Proper prayer is God Realization. The intent is God Realization and the result is God Realization. The absolute truth is that prayer hasn’t actually started until the moment of Realization.

If you find yourself restless at the outset of prayer, examine your motive. Ask yourself, “Why am I doing this?” If your honest answer is, “I’m praying to get or fix something,” get up and do something else. Come back when your motive is purely for God (Self) realization.

Reader, have you ever sunk into the cozy comfort of an overstuffed armchair? That’s what it feels like when prayer starts with a right motive.

But, what if you can’t settle into prayer? What if the pain is so bad, or the condition so overwhelming that you can’t shake the struggle? YOU CAN! You are constituted that way. Remember, your Identity is God-Identified. Using the Sit and Repeat Method, you are going to get back to true prayer.

First, establish your motive – the joy of God Realization. When you sit down to pray, as soon as you feel anxious, get up. Do anything enjoyable. Ten minutes or so later, sit down to pray again. At the first sign of a struggle, again get up. Repeat this cycle until you can sink into the Realization of God’s Allness. You will, and you will on the very same day you try this method.

Notice, I have not addressed the problem that seemed to alarm you. That’s because once you are aware that God is All, the seeming problem will no longer be a concern. Why should it? You’ve already discovered that right there where the problem seemed to be, GOD IS.

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The Truth About Healthy Eating?

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  • Broccoli
  • Blackberries
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Garlic
  • Tomatoes
  • Salmon
  • Whole Wheat Bread

plus 93 others in the list of Time Magazine’s 100 Healthiest Foods. I rifled through the pages to see if a McDonald’s Fish Fillet was on the list. It wasn’t. These 100 foods are supposed to keep your body brimming with health and vitality.

I Have Some Questions For You

There are a lot of questions in this post, so let’s get to them. Do some foods promote good health? How did you answer that one? Here’s another question. If you believe that God is the only Presence, can you believe that some foods promote health? Before you commit to an answer, here’s one more question. Would a carrot, or a handful of blackberries make a changeless God more Godly? I have every confidence that you immediately answered, “Allen, of course not. There is no thing that affects God in any way.”

What about your Body? Does food affect it in any way? Can food enhance your Body’s health? Don’t try to be “nutritionally correct.” Answer from your heart.

You read this blog because you agree that God is the only Presence, and because you do, you might find these next questions too easy. What is “your” Body made of? What is the Substance of your Body? Yes, God is the Substance of your Body. A micro-lesson in holiday baking is in order here.

God Is The Dough Of The Universe

Did anyone in your home make cut-out holiday cookies during the Christmas season? Reindeer, bell, tree and Santa-shaped butter cookies, all with a hint of vanilla? The Santa cookie tasted just like the tree cookie. That’s no surprise, since they were all made from the same dough.

God is the dough of the universe. Everything is made from the Presence of God. As God is Light, Life, Spirit, Perfection, and Wholeness (Health), everything in existence is made of these qualities. Your Body is constituted of Light, Life, Spirit, Perfection, and Wholeness (Health). Yes, your Body is constituted of Health. So, how can some extra thing give your Body what it already is?

Everything is made of God – your Body and the food you eat. Constituted of the same “dough,” one cannot be beneficial or harmful to the other (especially when you consider that they are one indivisible presence). Read that last sentence again. It is the death knell to the illusion of food allergies. How can the Body be allergic to that which is constituted of the same Substance?

After an evening of Old Bay spiced steamed crabs and other seafood, Roland woke up one morning, swollen from face to foot. Alarmed, he went to his family doctor and discovered he was allergic to seafood, and one more seafood orgy could be fatal. “No way am I giving up crabs,” thought Roland. And, he didn’t.

Roland went on an inner quest to get spiritual answers. That’s when he discovered that his Body and seafood were comprised of the same Substance – God. That discovery ended his allergic reaction.

Do We Have To Eat At All?

By now you have to be asking if it is necessary to eat at all. Here’s the short answer. To the degree that you and I have a material sense of the Body, food will seem to be important to the Body. As we discover and embrace the God-nature of our Body, food will be less important. With this in mind, I offer one dietary suggestion: Make it your business to discover the Truth concerning your Body. You cannot read your way into this discovery. It must be Revelation.

Once you discover, to any degree, the God-nature of your Body, watch what happens. Your eating habits will effortlessly change. When and how much you eat will make a surprising change. Yes, what you eat will change too, but not for health reasons. After all, your Body is constituted of Health.

Here’s One Way I Put This Into Practice

Here’s one way I live this post. For the longest time I never said grace. It wreaked of dualism. Instead of a “grace” thanking a distant God for food, I now take a moment to acknowledge that the Substance of the food I’m about to eat is the One Substance. It is the same Substance that constitutes my Body.

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Success Is Normal

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This excerpt is by Marie Watts from the booklet Success Is Normal

If it seems that you are not being successful in your business, your profession, or your employment, it is necessary to be specific in your realization that you are the universal Principle, Success, in action as your business, your profession, or your employment.

But do not attempt to block off your business or your professional success from the entirety of your successful Existence. The universal Principle is inseparable. It cannot be divided into blocks or areas of success. It simply will not be apparent completely unless you are aware that this Principle is complete, omnipresent, and equally present and active everywhere and eternally.

In like manner, if you seem to be unsuccessful in your home, it is necessary to specifically recognize the fact that success is omnipresent. Thus, it has to be present and evidence in and as your home. But, of course, you will not attempt to limit this Principle to your home.

What we are pointing up here is the fact that the indivisible nature of the Principle, Success, must be realized if you are to be conscious of being completely successful. But this does not mean that you should not be alert and recognize success to be present in any specific activity that might temporarily seem to be unsuccessful. The Infinite Principle remains the same successful activity, whether it is evident as universal activity, the activity of adding a column or figures, or baking a cake. And because you know that you are the I that I AM, you also know You are this universal Principle in action.

You are not concerned with being a success. You know that you are successful because you are the very Principle called Success. Thus, you do not labor, struggle, plan, or strain to accomplish being that which you already are.

 

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The Complete Power of Self-Love

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This excerpt is from Lillian DeWaters’ book Who Am I? The Chapter is Love.

Which Viewpoint Are You Loving From?

How long the world has sought after true love! Yet true love shall be denied until one is aware of their real Identity, and functions therein.

For a lifetime, nearly all have lived and loved from the basis that one is human. However, none can arrive at perfect love from this mistaken viewpoint. Only to the extent that one places their affections upon Perfect Love as their only Identity and Being, shall he find true thought, true love and true living.

Self-Love Is The First Love

Therefore, whom shall one love first of all, and more than all else? Thou shalt love the Lord, thy Self: for the Lord is truly one’s very Self. Without supreme and transcendent love for Oneself, how can you hope to ever entertain such love for your neighbor?

As the perfect One, the pure and perfect Consciousness, your thoughts are perfect; your desire and your love are perfect also. In fact, only as the One shall you ever be able to love perfectly and truly, and in such a way that never can there by any misunderstanding, dissatisfaction, separation or divorce.

You Either Have It Or You Don’t

Don’t look outside your Self for love, happiness or companionship. Nor consider perfect love as something you should seek to obtain in order to have and enjoy. Anything that you seek, desire,or long for is based upon the false supposition that you are without it at the present time. This misconception prevents your awareness of it.

Do you say that you know the Truth but you cannot prove it or bring it out in your experience? Is experience something other than the Truth? Is the Self one thing and experience another? Let go of the belief, “I have not proven; I am not experiencing; I cannot demonstrate,” for the knowledge, “I and my experience are one; I AM Self-contained and Self-supplying.”

Love Unconditoned and Undefiled

Love is not conditioned by nor contingent upon anyone or anything. Neither is Love some specific form of thinking, living or doing. Love cannot be put on as one would select a new garment; nor is it to be thought of as barter, exchange, bargain, or some commercial enterprise.

Love is the Undefiled and Undefilable. Love is Principle, and Principle is Love. Love is Life, and Life is Love. Verily Love is I! And I Am Love!

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