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How To Have Real Dominion (no dualism)

In the last post, I quoted verse two (2) of The Gospel of Thomas:

Let him who seeks, not cease from his search until he finds. When he finds; he will be bewildered, and when bewildered he will wonder and reign over the all.

Another translation reads:

Let him who seeks cease not to seek until he finds: when he finds he will be astonished; and when he is astonished he will wonder and will reign over all.

The Seeking Stage Is Just The Beginning

All of us start this so-called spiritual journey as seekers. In the beginning, we are seeking to know and experience God. Or, we seek realization of some specific truth. Whichever the case, the seeking phase is the start of a wonder-filled life.

We don’t stay there. No sincere “seeker of Truth” should be content as a mere seeker, nor should one spend their entire life seeking God. Sincere seeking always results in finding God. For this reason, when you turn your heart to the knowledge and experience of God, don’t stop “seeking” until you find.

In some spiritual circles, so-called seekers pride themselves on being dedicated seekers. They deify the seeking stage as if seeking is the goal. As a result, they joyfully spend a lifetime seeking without ever finding.

To Christ, this is unacceptable. He says, “Let him who seeks, not cease from his search until he finds.” Don’t stop until you find. The road may seem long and meandering – sometimes even disheartening, but keep going until you find. You will find.

It’s Not Difficult. It’s Motive

Are you thinking, “Allen, it’s difficult. I’ve been seeking all my life and have come up with nothing. I wouldn’t say it’s been a waste of time, but I can’t say that I’ve gotten much out of it either.”

I hear something like this more times than I care to count. But peeking behind the curtain of their words, I always find that they were seeking God for some thing, or for the resolution of some difficulty. God Realization was never the focus. In short, they weren’t seeking God. Again, seeking God always results in finding God.

Bewildered And Briefly Bothered

Next comes a tsunami of emotions. Read the verse. It says when you find, you will first be bewildered or astonished. Then you will wonder. All of this will happen simultaneously.

One of the definitions of bewildered is to cause to lose one’s bearings. Have you ever lost your bearings? You know the feeling. It’s like being lost. Imagine wandering around Hobart (Australia) thinking you are in a section of your hometown. Nothing looks familiar. You wander up and down the streets looking for a familiar site. Yet, you cannot find one. You’ve lost your bearings. You are bewildered. This is the type of bewilderment Christ speaks of.

Seeking God always leads to finding God. But in finding God, all that was familiar in a material (human) sense of self and existence is nowhere to be found. Once, you seemed to walk in an earthly kingdom quite familiar with its roller-coaster experiences of highs and lows, pleasures and pains, etc. No more. You’re walking in Truth – as Truth Itself. The discovery that You are the Truth you’ve been seeking may be disorienting for a moment. But you quickly recover.

Reading Truth Has Its Place, But It Won’t Do This

The following must be pointed out. Reading Truth may motivate you. To a degree, it may stir your soul. Certainly it will inspire you. But reading Truth will never bewilder, or astonish you. It will never cause you to lose your bearing. Only God found, or Truth realized, will do this. The same Truth that stirred your soul and inspired you when read, will astonish you when Revealed in “your” Consciousness.

Kingship Is A Matter Of Consciousness

Bewilderment is not a stopping point. It’s a brief phase. Finally, the promise is that you will “reign over all.” Like a king reigns over his kingdom, Christ says that you will reign over all. As heart-lifting as this sounds, there is a hint of dualism here. Believe me, it’s not intended. Christ knew that there is One Infinite, Indivisible Presence. He knew there was no other to reign over. Therefore, this reigning and ruling business must be a matter of Conscious Awareness.

You Are Not A Victim

Not too long ago, I faced a seemingly insurmountable problem. To resolve it, I had to jump through many bureaucratic hoops. The hoops, however, were not there. The pandemic closed many offices, and appointments were hard to schedule.

Left unresolved, the problem was costing me hundreds of dollars. I should’ve known better, but I tried everything humanly possible. Once the human sense of things gets involved, nothing gets resolved. Exasperated, I stopped all effort and prayed.

Troubles, no matter what they appear to be, indicate a God-Truth waiting to be revealed. In silence, I listened. These words flashed in my consciousness: I AM NOT A VICTIM. Immediately I knew that this I AM is the Infinite I AM that I AM. I perceived that Infinity cannot be victimized by a non-existent other. In that moment of realization, I was free from all concern. By the next afternoon, everything was resolved.

To “reign over all” is to realize that You are the All. You are the Infinite, Indivisible All. This is True Dominion. Here there is no other. Here there is nothing to victimize or traumatize you. There is Love, Oneness.

In Short

This verse from The Gospel of Thomas is a lesson in spiritual dominion. Let’s review the phases.

  • Seeking Truth – Don’t stop here
  • Finding Truth – You won’t stop here
  • Experiencing Bewilderment – Embrace it
  • Reigning Over All – Your true state of existence

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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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News To Know

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Dying Is Profitable

Whatever you do, please don’t fork out $2,000 for my second book Sounds of the Trumpet. Sounds crazy, I know, but after I “died” (according to rumor), used copies of my first book God Is All sold on Amazon.com for thousands. Once it was discovered that I’m very much alive, prices dropped back to normal.

No More Books

I’m writing this post to inform you that Sounds of the Trumpet is no longer available for purchase. As many of you know, Mystics of the World has shuttered. They were the life support for Sounds after it abruptly went out of print. Until further notice, only used copies are available. News like this has used booksellers swarming cyberspace like vultures hoping to make a quick profit. Don’t buy at an inflated price! Wait until we’re back in print again.

It Wasn’t Supposed To Be This Way

It was not supposed to be this way. I had high hopes for Sounds. I expected it to be more popular than God is All. Sounds was supposed to be the darling of all its distributors (more so than God is All). Rather than being an underground success like the first book, I really thought Sounds was going to go mainstream. Despite its auspicious beginning, none of this happened.

Unlike the self-published God is All, Sounds of the Trumpet was published by Big Sur in the United Kingdom. Things went sour very quickly. A foreign publisher and a stateside distributor is not the ideal combination. I never made a dime from the publisher who eventually shut down.

Why did I expect so much from Sounds? Of my two books, it’s my favorite. And that’s only because it shows the practicality of the Absolute in just about every conceivable situation. One reader recently described it as “one of the great books,” and I agree.

Here’s How You Can Help

Reader, please know, along with me, that Sounds of the Trumpet will “find” the ideal publisher to put it in the hands of interested readers at a decent price.

 

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