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Your Self Is Not That self

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One Monday, like a crazed man, I rushed from one bookstore to another trying to track down a book. Everywhere I went, I quickly scanned the shelves and dashed off to the next store. I live in Washington, DC, one of the few cities that has an Amazon bookstore. I didn’t find my book there, but what I found raised a big question.

Amazon bookstores stock popular books that sell, and what flies off the shelves are self-help books. Here are a few of the best-selling titles:

  • You Are a Badass
  • Grit – The Power of Passion and Perseverance
  • Unf*ck Yourself (real popular)
  • Make Your Bed – Little Things That Can Change Your Life

Those are the contemporary answer to classic self-help books such as:

  • How To Win Friends and Influence People
  • As A Man Thinketh
  • The Power of Positive Thinking
  • Think and Grow Rich

Whether self-help books have ever helped anyone is still up for debate. While glancing over these titles, this question popped up: WHO AND WHERE IS THE SELF THAT NEEDS SO MUCH HELP?

Time and time again, we’ve said God is the only Presence. This is true. Being true, it’s easy to see that God is the only Self. God being your Self is your only Self. Your Self is Life, Love, Light, Perfection, Wholeness, Intelligence, Infinity, and a whole lot more.

So, reader, where is the self that needs help? Does it seem that you are the self sorely in need of help? Don’t believe it! You are not that self, and have never been that self.

If you can sincerely say that God is the only Presence, then dare claim – right now – that you are this Presence. You are not trapped in a cage of human conditions, bound by the restrictions of fictitious material laws. You are the One Self, the Perfect Self, the Unlimited Self. Know it to be so right now!

If you are wondering what book I was looking for, it was The Perfect Pie by America’s Test Kitchen. Even pies are perfect.

Be Done With Illusions and Appearances

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The Promises

You will never be deceived by illusions again.

You will never be victimized by the appearance of disease, lack or discord again.

That’s what I’m promising you, reader, if you follow the suggestion of this post. In the best case scenario, you will never even seem to see or experience an illusion. Yes, this is possible because what follows also facilitates illumination – seeing what Is.

Its Power Is Unmatched

If you’ve read my books, and this blog, you know I advocate Self-Questioning. This is a practice of asking questions of “your” God Consciousness and listening for the answer. The power of this practice is unmatched.

From the previous post, you and I have realized that illusions are nothing – no thing at all. They have no power, simply because they have no presence. Oh, I know they often seem real, but they aren’t. With what you and I know about the nature of illusions, let’s bring Self-Questioning into the mix.

This One Question Covers All The Bases

Ask this question of “your” Infinite, Indivisible, All-Knowing God-Consciousness.

Since God is All, who sees or experiences an illusion (or appearance)?

Helpful Hints

Below are some helpful hints as you begin your listening adventure:

  • Don’t reason out the answer. It must be Revelation.
  • The answer may not be revealed immediately – not even the first day. Since the answer is literally life-changing, it’s worth the wait.
  • Don’t strain for the answer.
  • The answer is Self-Revelation. It is not coming “to” you from an outside source, but from within.
  • Enjoy!
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Freedom From Illusions

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The Question

One of our subscribers asked this question:

What principle (example: Eternality, Health, Life, etc.) corresponds to freedom from illusions? Is Freedom one of the Universal Principles that we can contemplate as we would, say, Eternality?

The person who asked this should be applauded. It’s obvious, by the question, that he perceives the possibility of living an illusion-free lifestyle. Many people profess God is All. Yet, they seem to believe that life is chock full of unavoidable illusions and appearances with which one must contend. Let’s explore the answers to the question.

First and foremost, everyone must enjoy the freedom to contemplate any word or phrase they feel compelled to contemplate. As long as that word or phrase is in some way associated with God’s Allness, you have the green light. So, go for it.

Freedom Is A Tricky Word

However, there are some suggestions to consider. Look up the definition of the word freedom. Below are two of the definitions I found.

  1. “Absence of subjection to foreign domination”
  2. “State of not being imprisoned or enslaved”

Whatever dictionary you use will offer similar definitions. Look closely at the definitions above. Isn’t it clear that freedom presupposes a duality? The possibility of one being dominated or imprisoned by another implies more than one. It’s very likely that the contemplation of the word freedom will have you wandering up and down the back roads of dualism.

Contemplate This Instead

Take the idea: there is One Infinite, Indivisible Presence – God. Contemplate it. Know that this One includes, and is, your very Being. In such a contemplation, you’ll find no “other” to enslave the One. You’ll find no “other” subjecting the One to adversity or hardship. You will find that the One is free to be what it Is.

Confusion About Illusion — Is It Really There?

The question concerns freedom from illusions. What is an illusion? Webster’s Dictionary gives two pertinent definitions:

  1. “A thing wrongly perceived by the senses”
  2. “A misleading impression of reality”

These definitions say all that needs to be said about illusions. They state clearly that the illusion is not present. However, something is there.

If you mistake the fire hydrant in the distance for a dog, something is there – the fire hydrant. Seeing the dog is the fire hydrant wrongly perceived by the eyes. The fire hydrant is present. The illusion, the dog, is not present. That’s all you need to know about illusions and appearances. They are not present.

You know the Truth: God is All. Therefore, you know what is present, and that’s all you need to deal with. An illusion is an absence – a nothing. No one needs to be free of nothing.

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Forgiveness and Healing

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“Sir, I have heard you say that if a person has been diagnosed with an incurable disease, they should get busy forgiving everyone that they can think of. Why is that so important to you?”

I didn’t originate this idea. Christ Jesus did. Read his words:

“And when you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father may forgive you.” [Mark 11:25]

This implies that forgiveness is the first and most essential step for successful prayer. Let’s go behind Jesus’ wise counsel and get at the heart of it, as it relates to healing.

Forgivness Is Oneness — An Essential For Healing

In any case of disease, whether curable or incurable, there is (or seems to be) the belief that the disease is a power, and it can wreak havoc on the body’s health. The Truth is, God is the only Power (Doer).

In any case of unforgiveness, the one who clings to past offenses and refuses to forgive believes that someone or something had power to wreak havoc in their life. “Look what she did to me. My life is in ruins because of it. You can understand, can’t you, why I won’t forgive her?” Yet, that person, and the thing they did, never had power to do anything. God was and is the only power in and as the life of the non-forgiving person.

What Is Spiritual Healing?

Spiritual healing is the Realization of God as the only Presence and Power. That Realization is impossible while holding on to the idea that something (fill in any name here) has power. Spiritual healing is a near impossibility while consciously holding on to past hurts.

Spiritual healing is the Realization of Oneness. While holding on to past hurts and offenses, you are holding on to twoness. Spiritual healing is impossible while clinging to dualism.

Making Things Clearer

The purpose of this post is to answer the subscriber’s question. For a better understanding of forgiveness, and how to do it, you can’t beat this post by Lillian DeWaters.

 

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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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