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Your Soul Is Always Smiling

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Laugh For No Reason At All

Have you ever laughed for no reason at all – laughed just to laugh? Try it! Supposedly, it changes your body’s chemistry and healing happens. But that’s from a physiological (dualistic) point-of-view. We’re beyond that.

The opening question is based on the title of a popular book, Laugh for No Reason, by Dr. Mandan Kataria. Dr. Kataria is most popular for his Laughing Yoga movement. I’m not a practitioner, but I am an advocate of Laughing Yoga. Here’s why.

A Reason For Your Joy

Too many people believe that you need a reason to laugh. A crazier notion is that you need a reason to be joyful. What happened to me many years ago best illustrates this. I was walking down the street, and a portly man with curly blond hair was walking towards me. He caught me off guard when he stopped in front of me and blurted, “What are you so *&*** happy about?” He didn’t bother to wait for my answer. He scratched his head and kept walking.

The man was right. I was feeling joyful but for no particular reason. After our brief face-to-face I asked myself, “Do I really need a reason to be joyful?” I direct the same question to you, reader. Do you need a reason to be joyful? You shouldn’t. You and I have a right to be joyful every second of the day. That’s because JOY IS OUR NATURE.

Nothing Can Disturb The Joy Of Your Being

Galatians 5:22 of the Holy Bible lists nine fruits of the Spirit. The first three are love, joy and peace. Thus, Joy is a fruit (natural manifestation) of God’s Presence. And what is your Being but God Being You? Joy is your nature. Joy is as natural to you as perfume is to the rose.

You’ve heard, read and probably said that God is changeless. That’s a fact. And what God is, God always is. Nothing affects or changes God. How can it? There’s nothing going on but God. The Joy of God is as changeless as God. Joy is an ever-present constant. This is why, despite all seeming, the Joy that You Are is forever and never changes. Irrespective of how you seem to be feeling now, or at any time, you remain the very Presence of Joy. JOY IS YOUR NATURE.

Does this make sense to you? Don’t think about your answer. Think about God’s Allness and then answer. Where there is Joy, there is no grief. There is no down in the dumps depression.

Get Out Of The Dumps And Recover Your Joy

There’s no doubt that sometimes you don’t feel Joyful. Your joy seems to be clouded over with sadness and grief. But just as the sun is unfazed by the clouds, so your joy is unfazed by sadness and grief. And you can prove it. Try this.

  • First recognize that the unpleasant feeling you seem to be experiencing is not natural – is not God – and decide that you won’t accept it.
  • Next, go on a mini pray-a-thon. These are short, two-minute bursts of silent prayer. You may, as I have, repeat these sessions as many as twenty times. That’s a small price to pay to get out of a funk.
  • Each prayer is for one purpose – to realize more of God’s Presence. For this to work, that must be your only purpose.
  • At some point, and it usually happens the same day, God-Realization happens. The seeming clouds disperse and it’s all sunshine and Joy – for no reason at all.

You don’t need a reason to be joyful. You Are Joy.

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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5 Tips To God-Realization

Tip-Sheet

Does the experience of God-Realization seem more elusive than a Big Foot sighting? Are you frustrated because nothing happens when you listen for the “still small voice?” Have you ever thought to yourself: Why can’t I know Truth like Eddy, Aiken, Watts, or Goldsmith? You can. Below are five tips that are sure to open the door of God-Realization.

TIP #1: PURE MOTIVE

The password for God-Realization is a pure heart. Your motive must be pure. Why are you seeking God-Realization? What do you hope will happen once God-Realization is experienced? If the answer to these questions is anything other than the joy of knowing God directly, your motive is not pure. The experience should be (and will prove to be) enough.

TIP #2: YOU ARE THE REALIZATION THAT YOU’RE SEEKING

God is All. God is your Being. There is nothing – not even the false belief of separation – between you and God. There is just God as You. When you consider this fact, it’s easy to see that there is nothing separating you from God-Realization. God-Realization is simply Self-Realization.

The reason Realization seems so elusive is because the so-called seeker is starting from a place of separation. When you sit or lie down to hear, suspend the belief that you and God-Realization are separate. Be willing to accept the idea that the Truth I AM seeking is the Truth I AM.

Realization is not coming to you like a check in the mail. The God-Realization that you seem to be seeking is your very Being. Here’s the Truth: YOU ARE IN A PERPETUAL STATE OF GOD-REALIZATION.

TIP #3: GIVE IT UP

If you can come up with any reason why you cannot realize God’s Presence, that reason will seem to obstruct your realization. That’s as simple as it gets. Although the obstruction is not real, it will seem very real to you. Below are three self-imposed obstruction to God-Realization:

  • guilt
  • self-condemnation
  • unworthiness

You and I have already agreed that there is nothing separating you from the experience of Realization, but do you understand that word nothing? It means no thing. No thing! Not even false ideas or feelings can separate you from God-Realization.

  • What you did in the past cannot separate you.
  • Feelings of unworthiness cannot separate you.

Be willing to give up your self-imposed barriers. When you pray, acknowledge this fact: THERE IS NOT ONE THING THAT SEPARATES ME FROM THE EXPERIENCE OF GOD-REALIZATION.

TIP #4: FORGIVE

Forgiveness facilitates God-Realization. No, anger is not an actual barrier to God-Realization, but it triggers feelings of unworthiness that are hard to shake.

What someone (seemingly) did to you has only the power you give it. All the while, God’s Infinite Goodness is all that is going on in your life – as your life. Knowing this, just forgive. Is it hard for you to forgive? Then, be willing to forgive. A simple willingness will work wonders.

TIP #5: DON’T GIVE UP

I would not be surprised to hear that after taking these tips to heart, you had your first experience of God-Realization. Or, that experiences of God-Realization are more frequent. However, if that is not the case, don’t give up.

Christ Jesus said it best in these words from The Gospel of Thomas: “Let him who seeks not cease from his search until he finds. When he finds, he will be bewildered. He will wonder and reign over all.”

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Are You Seeing The Evidence? (M. Watts)

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Sometimes one will say, “I see all of this Truth so clearly; and I accept it fully, but I do not see or experience the evidence of it.” In this very mis-statement we have the basis of our seeming failure to experience the full evidence of the Truth we know to be true. If we question, “Why isn’t this Truth evident?” we are actually claiming the absence of God’s evidence of Itself. We are also claiming the presence of some utterly false evidence. Beloved, this is a very insidious delusion. And it behooves all of us to refuse to be deceived by its fallacious claims.

God, Truth, being omnipresent, is ALL THAT IS PRESENT NOW. Thus, Truth – the Truth you know– is ALL THAT IS PRESENT NOW. That which is present is EVIDENCE. To disclaim the evidence of Truth would be do disclaim, or to deny, the Omnipresence that is God. Let’s never claim that God is All, and then disclaim the Allness that is God by a denial that the evidence of every Truth we know is present right here and right now.

Perhaps it may not appear that Truth’s evidence is present; but we cannot accept this illusion any more than we accept the miasmic picture of disease, trouble, or lack. We should gently but firmly insist that the evidence of God is God. And that this evidence is just as present as is God.

It is natural to expect Truth, and Its evidence, to be simultaneous. But, if we keep looking for the evidence; if we keep expecting the evidence to appear, we seem to be deceived in two ways. First, it appears that Truth’s evidence of Itself has been absent and may now be visibly present. Next, the illusion that Truth’s evidence is not present, now, but we expect it to become evidence. In either case, it is a denial of the constant fact that the Truth you know, and the evidence of this Truth, are inseparably ONE.

Hold steadfastly to the PRESENCE OF THE EVIDENCE OF TRUTH THAT IS PRESENT, AND YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT IT REALLY IS THE ONLY EVIDENCE, AND IT IS THE ONLY EVIDENCE THAT HAS BEEN PRESENT ALL THE WHILE.

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Why Die?

This question is particularly addressed to you if you are associated with Christian Science, Unity, Infinite Way, or some of the other so-called Truth movement – even the Absolute: Why die? Have you ever asked yourself that question? Approaching the question from a different angle: Why consent to death?

Without much thought, you can jot down a quick list of science-backed reasons to die. But, are those reasons backed by the Truth you say you believe? Below are some of the commonly accepted reasons to die:

  • Disease
  • Accidents
  • Age
  • Crime
  • Natural causes

If you are associated with one of the Truth movements mentioned earlier, you probably have already connected some dots. A spark of realization flashed in “your” Consciousness, and you thought, “That’s right Allen, why should I die?” Or, you may be asking, “What dots should I have connected?” To answer that, let’s go through the five commonly accepted reasons to die and examine them in the Light of Truth.

DISEASE

“Sit down, Allen,” my employer said. “I understand that you are a Practitioner. Several years ago, I was healed of AIDS. I called a Christian Science Practitioner, and he worked with me until I had a complete healing.”

That was the first time I heard of someone healed of AIDS by spiritual means only. He then shared the Practitioner’s name which made me smile. He was the same Practitioner that “healed” my mother of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Mary Baker Eddy, founder of Christian Science, says of disease what all other Truth movements imply: “To say there is no disease is all right, but to know there is none is what we require.” This, of course, is based on the Truth that God (Wholeness and Perfection) is all there is.

Reader, answer this question. Can you know there is no disease and simultaneously consent to death by disease?

ACCIDENTS

One of my favorite quotes from Mary Baker Eddy’s seminal work, Science and Health, is “Accidents are unknown to God….” Many Christian Scientists have been quickly healed of injuries from an apparent accident by turning to that Truth.

There is only One Presence – God. Accidents require two. Yes, there appear to be many, but there is just One. Knowing there is One Presence and One Activity is your immunity from accidents of every type. You, knowing this Truth, have ruled out death by accident.

Even injuries seemingly sustained from accidents have been completely “healed” by the realization that an accident never happened.

Right here we have eliminated accidents as a reason to die. Let’s move on.

CRIME

Every day a shot is fired and someone dies. In the United States, where guns can be bought as easily as a bag of chips, death by bullet is commonplace. What is your immunity from death by crime? Crime requires the presence of two. There is only One. As long as you keep your head above the clouds of dualism, knowing only One Presence, your immunity is guaranteed.

Take a look at how far you’ve come. You’ve ruled out death by accident and crime. Let’s continue.

AGE

Every time I think of age and death, I think of my cat Jeppetto. By midnight, it was obvious that she was suffering. I called a 24-hour animal hospital. The veterinarian asked me, “How old is your cat?” I answered, “Twenty-two.” I was stupefied when he said, “Don’t bother bringing her in. She should’ve been dead.”

Does the so-called passage of time mean debilitation and certain death? “According to your belief is it done unto you.” However, your belief may not be rooted in Truth.

Does time age the Body? Does it exist at all? There is no time in God, and no God in time. Although this is the simple Truth, it’s a cop-out. Let’s approach it from a different angle.

The question to be answered is this: Does it matter to the Body if time exists or not? The answer is No. Your Body is constituted of the Substance that is the Presence of God. This matters because God is Changeless. God, as the Substance of your Body, never lapses from Perfection to imperfection. God never lapses from Eternal Life to temporal life. The so-called “passage of time” does not change your Body one iota.

“But, Allen,” you say, “you cannot deny that the body changes from infancy to adolescence and matures to adulthood.” No, I cannot deny that it appears that way. But, is it that way? Who told you that it is? Appearances? The bottom line is this: THE ILLUSION OF AGE IS NO EXCUSE TO DIE.

NATURAL CAUSES

The other day I read the most bizarre story on the internet. Apparently, a twenty-three-year-old man died from “natural causes.” The article rambled on without detailing the specifics of this natural cause.

To die by natural causes implies that death was the effect of a natural cause. Cause and effect. How many is that? Two. As God is One Infinite, Indivisible Presence without an other, Life (God) is all there is. There is no cause and no effect. There is just God (Life).

CONCLUSION

This post is especially targeted to those who profess that God is indeed the ONLY Presence.

Consider everything that you’ve read so far and ask yourself this question: WHY SHOULD I CONSENT TO DEATH BY DISEASE, ACCIDENT, CRIME, OLD AGE, OR NATURAL CAUSES?

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The Real Reason You Pray

The audio excerpt is from my second book, Sounds of the Trumpet. One of my favorite chapters from this book is From Glory to Glory, and it is from this chapter that I am reading.

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ARE YOU SEEING THE EVIDENCE OF TRUTH?

 

Can You Picture It?

After reading the last post, some people responded, “Yes, Allen, all of that sounds fine in theory, but I’m still not seeing the Evidence in my daily living.” If you had a similar response, are you willing to rethink that thought?

With much resistance, I’m pulling out the ol’ snake and rope analogy, but I need your imagination.

Picture you’re strolling through your award-winning vegetable garden. Two feet ahead of you, you spot a black and red snake. Your heart races, but your body freezes. One slow step at a time, you back away.

Later that evening, your three-year-old son ran to the dinner table swinging a red and black rope – the rope you thought was a snake. Answer this question: What did you see? You saw a rope. On the retina of your eye was an image of a rope. You never saw a snake.

Why, you wonder, did your heart race and your body freeze if you only saw a rope? “According to your belief is it done unto you” (Matthew 8:13).

Do You Accept This?

God is the only Presence. As there is nothing else to be present, God is the only Evidence. All that is present to be seen is God. Think about this for a moment. Do you accept this? If so, read on.

You Are Always Seeing The Evidence

Go back to the snake and rope analogy. When you thought you saw a snake, you could say, with conviction, “I don’t see the evidence of a rope.” However, all you ever saw was the rope. Similarly, today you might say, “I’m not seeing the evidence of Truth,” but that’s all you are seeing. Because you know God is All, you know this is true.

A Reminder Never Hurts

From this day forward, frequently remind yourself, “I AM SEEING THE EVIDENCE OF OMNIPRESENT PERFECTION, FOR THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO SEE.”

That’s telling the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth!

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The Secret

This excerpt was sent to me by one of our readers. The author is Christian Science Practitioner and Lecturer, Irving Tomlinson. It’s message is simple and practical. As one of my colleagues once said, “We don’t talk enough about Perfection.” This excerpt does.

I have learned how to make Science a thing of life, not words, and I am going to tell you what the wonderful secret is, for it is wonderful. Now it is this: not to see or hear or repeat any kind of imperfection. It is seeing, hearing, and repeating only good at all times, under all circumstances, in spite of everything that appears to the contrary.

I make this resolution every morning when I wake up, when first I open my eyes, and I review it every hour of the day. I see perfection, a perfect cause and effect, perfect God and perfect man. And I refuse to admit the slightest imperfection in myself of my friends, and in my so-called enemies, in my affairs or in the affairs of the world. I take my radical stand every day for the perfection of God in everything and everybody He has made.

I look upon the world with God’s eyes and see it as He sees it. I refuse to see it any other way. I stop a dozen times a day to review this resolution and to make sure that I am not giving way to fear or criticism. I watch my thoughts about people – the lame, the old, the unlovely (to sense) that I meet – and stray animals. I have taken a radical stand for the perfection of all things, and I will not, absolutely will not, release the perfect standard.

The results have been marvelous. Try it, and you will forget to wear your glasses, as they will not be necessary. You will be seeing with God’s eyes.

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This Will Assure You Of A Great Year

Which Would You Rather Be?

She describes it as an astonishing Revelation that shifted her entire viewpoint on knowing Truth. The Revelation: “I am the Principle and not a student at all.”

Before this inner discovery, Lillian DeWaters said she was alone, considering the plight of the math student. DeWaters reasoned that students of mathematics would always face an endless round of problems. Suddenly she cried out, “O’ to be the Principle instead of the student.”

Like a streak of lightning, it flashed in her consciousness – “I am the Principle and not a student at all.” Of course her actual discovery was: I am the Principle of Truth and not the student of Truth.

Basking in this discovery, she often reminded herself, “I am not trying to do, to think or to know something; but I am doing, feeling and being the Truth of Life and the Way.” Every area of DeWaters’ life was touched and polished by this grand discovery: I AM THE PRINCIPLE OF TRUTH.

Do This One Thing For A Great Year

Reader, I know that you want this so-called new year to be a magnificent year. At the very least, you would like some assurance that this year will be a great year. It can be. Here is the way: MAKE ONE SPIRITUAL DISCOVERY THIS YEAR.

Not something read. Not something heard. This discovery must rise from the vast ocean of Truth that is your Consciousness. It may be a quiet bubble of realization, or it may flash like a streak of lightning. One thing is for sure. Your viewpoint will make a wonderful shift. You’ll “see” everything and everyone through the lens of this discovery. Without lifting a finger, astonishing things will happen. To so-called others, it will look like lady luck is finally smiling on you. Yet you will know that it simply is the Kingdom of Heaven revealing Itself more clearly.

How To Proceed

Are you wondering how to proceed? It starts with a desire to know and experience more Truth (God) than your present knowledge and experience. Then, with this desire as your motivation, you take a deep dive (via listening prayer) into the unchartered depths of your God Consciousness. Pearls of discovery await you. And, so does a great year – perhaps your best ever.

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GRATITUDE ELEVATED

Count your many blessings,
Name them one by one.
And it will surprise you
What the Lord has done.
Count your many blessings,
See what God has done.

That’s the refrain of a popular hymn sung in many Protestant churches in the United States. It’s a hymn of gratitude – a timely topic this Thanksgiving season.

Focus On The Good

In many churches, pastors urge their congregants to take their watchful eyes off the barren places in their lives and refocus them on the good that’s already present. Some respond by making a nightly list of all the good things that happened that day. Have you ever done that? It does seem to soften the rough bumps and hard blows of the day.

Such a list might look like this:

  • I am so grateful that the business transaction went through without a hitch.
  • I am so grateful that the doctor says my body is healing.
  • I am grateful that I wasn’t hurt in the car accident.
  • I am really grateful that I won $200.00 in the state lottery.

A List Built On Spiritual Reality

Nothing is wrong if your list looks like this, but let’s elevate it. The list above is likely to change tomorrow, and the following week it’ll be forgotten. Meaning, there’s another way to build a “gratitude list” that’s enduring and changeless. Such a list is built on spiritual reality. It’s a list that can be contemplated for days on end, revealing even greater wonders.

As you read the list below, it will trigger other ideas. That’s good. It’s supposed to do that. Let those ideas flow. Sit with them. Contemplate them. In doing so, you’ll squeeze all of the juice out of this enchanting moment of contemplation.

The Elevated List

  • I am grateful to know that despite all contrary appearances, God (Perfection) is the only Presence.
  • I am grateful to know that I and God is one, and all that God Is, I Am.
  • I am grateful to know that the kingdom of heaven in all its resplendent grandeur inheres my very own being.

NOTE: This gratitude is not to a God outside of you for so-called gifts given to you. Rather, this gratitude is another way of saying, “I’m so glad that I’ve come to realize the freeing Truth of God’s Allness.” It’s an exercise in spiritual mindfulness.

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