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Revelation Made Simple

meantime

I’ve been accused of hammering away at one idea: Revelation is important. But not too long ago someone said to me,“Allen, I haven’t experienced Revelation. What do I do in the meantime – while I’m waiting?” The question had me hunting down the hallways of my memory to find out what I did in the meantime. This post is dedicated to anyone waiting in the meantime.

Because it reveals God’s Presence, Revelation is important. When you’re in the flaming fire of a hard time, God seems to be missing in action. Revelation pulls back the curtain of this illusion and exposes the glory of God’s Perfect Presence and Activity. That’s the power of Revelation. Furthermore, if you want a good God education, Revelation is the best way.

Still, the question remains: What do I do in the meantime? Below are some ideas to consider.

Revelation Is A Natural And Normal Experience

Would you be surprised to find fish in the ocean? Why not? Because water is their natural habitat. Think about this. God is the only Mind there is, and there is no other. This Mind is always in a state of Self-Awareness, and it is your Mind. It is the Mind of everyone. Your Mind is constantly aware of God being All. For this reason, Revelation is a natural and normal experience. Just as you expect to find fish in the ocean, expect Revelation to be a natural experience.

Stop thinking of Revelation as a supernatural experience granted to a chosen few. It’s a self-defeating and Revelation-delaying lie.

What about the human mind? Think of the human (mortal) mind just as you do the crescent moon. The crescent moon is an incomplete view of the full moon. The human mind is an incomplete experience of the One Mind. When someone reports they had a Revelation, they simply had a fleeting experience of their full Mind – their only Mind. Catch a glimpse of this fact, and Revelations last longer and happen more frequently.

You Are The Revelation

The common belief is that Revelation comes to you from a faraway God. But you know better than that. You know God is the essence of your Being.

Revelation does not come to you. Since Revelation exists as your Mind, you are the Revelation. Think about what this means.

  • You don’t have to wait a lifetime to experience Revelation.
  • You don’t have to deserve the experience.
  • You can experience Revelation anytime and anywhere.
  • You are the Revelation of every Truth that is revealed.

Give Up The Guilt

You’ve tried to experience Revelation. For years you have been hoping for it, and now it seems hopeless. Why do you think you haven’t experienced Revelation? What reasons can you come up with? Do you believe God is withholding Revelation because of that “bad” thing you did in the past? Or do you have other reasons?

Whatever reason you can come up with, it’s nonsense. Nothing can separate you from the “Voice of Revelation.” Why? Because it’s “your” Consciousness that is the Revelation.

Take a moment to make a mental list of all the reasons you think Revelation has been delayed. Next, mentally chuck that list into an imaginary trash can and be done with it.

Sink Into Revelation

Revelation and tension are like light and dark. You’ll never find them in the same place at the same time. Yet so many so-called Truth students’ prayers are riddled with tension.

Their prayer starts off well. Ideas of Truth are contemplated. All is well. When their contemplation ends, and silent listening begins, there’s an effortful reaching out for the Light of Revelation. It’s as if Revelation is something outside of their Being that must be grabbed and held. It’s not.

Revelation is the essence of “your” Consciousness. There’s no need to reach out. Sink into the experience like you would an overstuffed chair.

In The Meantime

There was a time when I hoped, prayed and waited for Revelation. I did everything I’ve advised you not to do. Yet, one day it happened. Truth was revealed. It was the best experience I have ever had. True, there have been many Revelations since then, but the first time always seems the best time.

Here’s what I did – in the “meantime.” Every day I contemplated the one Truth that spoke to me: God is All. As I contemplated this statement, I had no agenda to use it for personal benefit. I followed each contemplation with a period of silent listening. I asked God to Reveal Itself to me in a clear and unmistakable way. And that’s what happened.

I once read this statement: “If you keep on making statements of Truth, it will gradually lead to realization.” All day long I thought about God being All. No effort was involved. Many have found that keeping a Truth statement percolating throughout the day leads to Revelation. But be careful.

This is not like using affirmations to improve your situation. You’ll spin your wheels and go nowhere. It’s better to choose a statement of Truth you would like to understand more clearly. Let it percolate throughout the day. Just be sure to take your statement into silent prayer. If you follow these suggestions (all of them), Revelation is inevitable.

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I Simply Held On To Truth And Was Healed

The Question

Allen, I’ve read many stories of people in the so-called metaphysical community who were healed just by merely holding fast to the idea that “I am well,” despite being seriously ill. Yet, there are many others who tried the same approach, and they didn’t fare as well. Why?

The Whole Story Wasn’t Told

Many people have read or heard such stories. After being uplifted and inspired they thought, “If he can do it, I can do it too.” There were many painful days, but they held on. Results of medical examinations gave no hope, but they held on. Day in and day out they kept repeating, “I am well,” but things did not turn out well for them.

In each instance of success, all that was shared and reported was “I simply held onto the fact that I am well.” This was the publicly known version of the story. The part that was never spoken or printed holds the answer to their success. I’m going to share a story with you.

God, Please Let Me Die

It was not a fatal disease, but according to Thomas, from morning to night, his body screamed out in pain. Weeks went by and Thomas was completely healed. When he shared his testimony, Thomas said, “Despite the pain and limited mobility, I simply maintained that I am well.” To the hearers it seemed a simple but effective approach. However, those in his spiritual circle knew the entire story.

One night feeling hopeless and frustrated, Thomas sat up in his bed and cried, “God, please make me well or just let me die.” A voice replied, “Because I am well, Thomas, you are well.” Thomas caught the vision. Despite his aches and pains, Thomas knew that he was well. He didn’t hold onto a Revelation. The Revelation held onto him. Soon, his body was free of all aches and pains.

Don’t Judge By Appearances!

When holding onto a spiritual idea doesn’t work, it’s because there was no Revelation supporting it. In these instances, “holding on” demands monstrous mental effort. And that approach is not sustainable.

For a moment, I’m switching to a different subject: appearances. After a paragraph or two, you will see why.

“Judge not according to appearances,” said Jesus. That was good advice. Things are not always what they appear to be. The sun isn’t really sitting on top of the Redwood tree, and the train tracks do not come together in the distance. Yet both appear to be so.

The Other Appearances

Keep those facts in mind and broaden Jesus’ counsel to mean judge not according to sensory testimony. As well as seeing, it includes hearing, tasting, feeling and smelling. How often have you heard a baby crying in the alley, only to discover it was a just a cat in heat?

The so-called human senses can be deceived. They can all report the presence of something that isn’t there. All of these deceptions can be lumped in the category of appearances. An appearance is something that seems to be but is not. The last two words are the most important – is not.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, it’s because you sense or even know that God is All – the only Presence and Power. Think about what this means. It means that you know, despite any appearance, that ALL IS WELL. Answer this question with one word. Why, in the midst of your seeming difficulty, is it so hard for you to say “I am well?” Here’s your honest answer: APPEARANCES.

You can appear to be so sick, pained, or infirmed, that it seems impossible for you to say, “I am well.” However, consciously knowing that the appearance (like the flat earth) is not present, empowers you to say it with conviction. Consciously knowing what is true is the ability to, as the questioner wrote, hold fast to an idea and be healed. Of course, the healing is nothing more than the Revelation of God’s Presence.

In the last paragraph, consciously knowing is italicized because it is the key to remaining steadfast despite the appearances. Consciously knowing Truth, despite appearances, is the result of Revelation. When Thomas cried out, “God please make me well,” Revelation kicked in and revealed, “Because I am well, Thomas, you are well.”

What I Thought Was Real, Isn’t

At that moment, Thomas’ perception of his reality changed. Revelation does that. Before that sublime moment, he perceived himself as a sick man, and a host of appearances supported that perception. After his experience, Thomas perceived himself as a well man – regardless of appearances.

Are you asking, “Allen, if the appearances continue to hang around such that you still have to hold on to Truth, what good is the Revelation?” The answer is simple. Once you know (via Revelation) that appearances have no genuine presence (or power), their days are numbered if the healing is not instantaneous.

The Bottom Line — God Is All

All that you have just read boils down to this: When Revelations changes your perception of reality, you don’t hold fast to Truth, you simply know the Truth. GOD IS ALL.

The Essential Missing Piece

The Question

“I’ve heard Marie Watts and Joel Goldsmith say that they don’t like healing testimonies. Being that they were once Christian Scientists, I find that strange. Healing testimonies are what keep me in Christian Science. Why do you think they disliked them?”

The Root Of Healing Testimonies In The Metaphysical Church

Both Marie Watts and Joel Goldsmith were class-taught Christian Scientists and therefore well-acquainted with the Wednesday testimony meeting. Yet they both professed to dislike testimonies. On occasion, however, they did share a testimony or two. The public testimony of spiritual healing has its roots in the Christian Science Wednesday testimony meeting. If you have ever been to one of these services, you can understand why Marie and Joel frowned on them.

I Was Blown Away When He Shared His Story

If it appears that you are troubled and beset by a problem, these Wednesday night services can comfort, inspire and give you hope to stay the course. I have enjoyed them. I remember a particularly lively service (sometimes they can be dead as a doornail) where healing testimonies followed in rapid succession. But one stood out. A tall, well-groomed and suited man stood up and grabbed the microphone. He shared that one night he had a heart attack, and without medical intervention, was quickly healed. The next day he won the gold medal in a Senior Olympic race.

At that moment I was impressed with this so-called quick healing. Later, I mentally flogged myself for being so impressed. Something was missing, and that’s why Watts and Goldsmith slowly backed away from testimonies. Just take a moment to think of God as the only Presence, and you’ll discover what the missing element is.

Only God Exists — An Eternal Truth

Only God exists. Only God has ever, or will ever exist. There is no other presence to usurp the Presence of God. Never has been. Where, then, has dis-ease ever been present? Nowhere! When has dis-ease ever been present? Never! When has a healing ever happened? Never!

When I heard the story of the Senior Olympian’s healing of a heart attack, I marveled. Later, I asked myself why. Temporarily, I took in the “lie” that this man actually had a heart attack – an impossibility considering God’s Allness. For a moment I, to my surprise, believed this man was healed of something that never could have occurred. [I am aware that something did appear to happen.]

The Missing Element

Let’s get to that missing element in most healing testimonies. If you’ve been to one of these services, you know that in every testimony the attestant tells the story of the difficulty and how, through some spiritual practice, they experienced a healing.

They all tell their testimony as if something really happened – as if they overcame an actual condition. Only once did someone conclude the story with the realization that IT NEVER HAPPENED. THE DISEASED CONDITION NEVER HAPPENED. IT WAS NEVER PRESENT. This realization is the missing element in most testimonies.

Marie Watts and Joel Goldsmith, like every other Practitioner, base their practice on this one fact: ONLY GOD IS HAPPENING. I believe they would be more inclined to hear testimonies if the attestant would conclude with words similar to this: “And then I realized that I was not sick. I never was sick, and I could never be sick, for God is always ALL.”

I am not suggesting that people should never attend a Christian Science Testimony service. What I am suggesting is that you attend with a discerning heart and ear. When the attestant shares the difficulty, know that it never happened. Maintain God’s Allness in your awareness. Don’t get caught up in the difficulty. However, I think it’s right to delight in their freedom from an illusion.

What This Means For You

This post is no help unless it offers something of practical value for you. It would be great if a problem never popped up in your life from this day forward. However, if it should, what are you going to do about it?

Rather than try to heal it, or get rid of it, focus your prayerful attention on the truth that the “it” is neither a presence nor power – it is not present. Focus your prayerful attention on knowing (not reciting) only God, and what God Is, is Present. If that seems too difficult, then ask “your” Consciousness this one question: What is really present here? This will lead to a true testimony, the realization of God’s Allness.

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Living It Is Better Than Reading It

Let’s Live The Post

Most likely you’ve already read the last blog post, How To Read A Truth Book. Did you merely read it, or did you read it well? Are you living it? After re-reading that post, I invite you to choose a start date and live it for 30 days.

Let’s make beholding the Christ (or God Identity) a lifestyle. We say that we believe (even know) God is the only Presence. God, therefore, must be the only Presence of every Identity in this wonderful “heaven” we call Earth. Let us, then, look at what appears to be human identities and perceive only God Identities.

Know What You Mean When You Say It

Before you start on this project, let’s clarify what you’re doing. It’s not enough to just say, “I behold the Christ as you.” You must know what you mean when you say it. The list below gives you a hint:

  • You are exactly what God is as you.
  • You are the Presence of Eternal Life.
  • You are Immortal.
  • You are Living Perfection.
  • You are Illumination in living action.
  • You are Light, Love and All-Knowing Intelligence.

That’s enough to get you started. During your 30-Day Exercise, other ideas will percolate and pop into Consciousness. When that happens, you will not miss a Christ-beholding opportunity.

Below I answer a few questions you may have before starting this project.

Do I include myself?

Yes. Every morning you see your reflection in the mirror. Don’t pass up this Christ-beholding opportunity. It’s a great way to start your day.

Am I to try doing this for everyone I see during the day?

No. That would induce unnecessary stress. It’s better to randomly select people throughout the day. Pick the driver in the car next to you, or someone in a crowd crossing the street. Throughout the day, you could choose a different co-worker. You get the point.

Because of health complications, I am housebound. Can I still do this exercise?

Of course you can. Do you watch television? You can choose any actor on the screen. Do you talk to friends and family on the phone, or on facetime? That’s another perfect opportunity – even as you are talking.

Once, you get started, you’ll discover plenty of opportunities to behold the Christ.

What if I’m resistant to beholding the Christ of a family member?

To get the most out of this 30-day exercise, I’d start with that particular family member. With this family member, all you need is a simple willingness to let go of the resistance.

Take this family member into your contemplation and start by saying, “I am willing to let go of my resistance to beholding God as the reality of your being.” Then, be still. Listen. Let the revealing Word come forth in Consciousness. It will.

There will not be another post until September. However, I would like to hear about your experience with this exercise.

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How To Read A Truth Book — For Maximum Benefit

How Long Does It Take To Read A Truth Book?

Between the ages of 12 and 19, I devoured Truth books. If there is such a thing as Truth-book addiction, I was an addict.

Once I became a minister in the Unity Church, I noticed that most so-called Truth students were also addicts. Some had rooms dedicated to just Truth books. Some could glibly quote passages from Eddy, Fillmore, Goldsmith and the Brooks sisters. However, their lives weren’t matching their lips. For many years I asked, “How can this be?” Later, the question was answered. I made two discoveries:

  1. A Truth book, well read, may take a year or more to complete.
  2. One book well read is enough.

The Gift Of Love

Are you thinking, “Allen, what do you mean by well read?” A well-read Truth book is one that is lived as well as read. For example, let’s take this paragraph from Joel Goldsmith’s book, The Gift of Love.

“As we begin the practice of beholding the Christ in everyone we meet – in our household, our neighborhood, the market, the post office, the department store – the world will begin to present a different picture to us. People will act in a different way. The world will respond differently to us because the world will bring back to us what we have given to it.”

Getting More Out Of Your Reading

Even merely read, this excerpt lifts the heart. It opens your eyes to the possibility of living in a brand-new world of harmony and peace. But, until it is lived, all you have is fine-sounding theory. Is that all you want?

If you intend to get the most out of this passage, turning a mere eyes-read-the-words passage to a well-read passage, there’s more to do. What follows works for any Truth book.

First, ask yourself, “What does this passage promise me?” In the excerpt above, there are a few promises:

  • The world will begin to present a different picture to you (more magnificent).
  • People will act differently (more Godlike).
  • The world will respond differently (more favorable).

The second question spills out of the first: “Am I interested in experiencing these promises in my daily living?”

If you answered, “Yes,” to this question, the third question is crucial: “What must I do to experience these promises?” In this excerpt, the answer is clear and simple. You must behold the Christ in everyone you meet – all day, every day.

The final question is simply, “Am I willing to do what is required?”

From Reading To Living

Now that you’ve read the passage and answered the essential questions, it’s time to get on with the living. But don’t move too quickly. Contemplate the passage and consider all of its implications. A word or phrase may stick out that causes you to pause. In this instance that word could be “everyone.” Everyone includes the:

  • irritating co-worker
  • boy bullying your child
  • boss that denied your promotion
  • cheating spouse
  • booze-addled neighbor

You understand the implications and you’re off to a good start. After waking up in the morning, the first person you see is your teenage son. Today is different. This day you look beyond his adolescence and know that before you is the Presence of the living Christ (God Identified). Here is Infinite Goodness, alive in all its splendor and glory. Here is all-knowing Wisdom and Intelligence.

All day long, you do something similar with everyone you meet. As the hours hasten by, it becomes a game to you, and you feel great. You have a few slip-ups, but that’s okay. For the most part you remain on point.

After a few days, it starts getting stale. You feel like you are merely watching your thoughts and saying words. That’s the time to “up the game.” In your daily practice of “listening prayer,” you ask your God-Consciousness, “What more do I need to know in beholding the Christ?” You listen expectantly for an answer. Whatever is finally revealed, you start to implement right away.

Handling The Rough Patches

So far, you haven’t run into someone you resist beholding their Christ nature, but today it happens. You can’t do it. In times like these you remember, “Of myself, I can do nothing. It’s the Father within me that doeth the works.” The translation here is, “As a human being trying to behold the Christ of another human, I can’t do it. But as God-Identified, I can do as God does, know as God knows and perceive as God perceives. I yield completely to my God nature.”

After a few weeks of doing this, it seems as though you’re walking in Paradise. You are kinder and people are wonderful. Doors of opportunities fling wide open for you. It’s fantastic. Continuing on a few weeks more, beholding the Christ becomes your natural way of living.

This is just a single paragraph on page 3. There are one hundred and forty-seven more pages. If you never read another page, you have lived the main thrust of this book.

Some paragraphs in this book and other books are supporting passages. They explain and clarify the “doing” passages. These paragraphs are begging for prayerful contemplation. They point out something easily overlooked in casual reading.

Contemplation Reveals Overlooked Truths

Take for example this paragraph on page 4 of the same book:

“The person we meet today is presenting his Christhood for identification. He thinks he is presenting a sick body to be healed, a diseased mind to be set at peace, an empty purse to be filled, or morals to be cleansed.”

Prayerfully contemplating a passage like this reveals overlooked Truths. While contemplating the above passage a burst of light flashes in your awareness. You realize that when seemingly troubled people come to you, they don’t want you to sink into the quicksand of duality with them by giving human advice. They want you to look at them and know, “Right here is the living Perfection of God’s Presence. Right here is the living Light of the world.”

Consider all that you have read in this post and answer this question. How long would it take to read a hundred-page book, and read it well? It’s not the quantity of your reading. It’s the quality.

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Have You Ever Wondered About This?

I am so disappointed when I hear that a Truth teacher is having health challenges. Why do enlightened students and teachers of Truth still get sick and have problems?

Did You Believe This Too?

Most so-called “students of Truth” think all their problems will be solved once they realize God is All. No more sickness. No more sadness. No more stormy relationships. Realization, they believe, zaps away problems forever, and life trips merrily along amid rainbows and rose-strewn pathways. Not so!

Here’s the truth. After realizing God is All (and not merely reading and saying the words), problems pop up, but they don’t alarm. Problems no longer mean what they did before. Yes, it may cause you to totter, but they won’t floor you. Why? Because you understand the marvelous significance of the problem.

Flashcards To The Rescue

During your school days, did you ever study with flashcards? These were cards with a word or question on the face of the card. The other side had the definition or answer. You tested your knowledge of a subject by going through the flashcards.

Imagine you are studying for a French vocabulary exam. There are 15 flashcards. As you go through the flashcards, you nail 13 of them with the correct answers. However, you struggled with the last two answers. That’s okay. The “magic” of flashcards is they reveal gaps in your knowledge of a given subject. That’s all. Now, all you need to do is close the gaps.

Closing The Gap

For the enlightened students (and teachers) of Truth, problems are like flashcards: They reveal seeming gaps in their knowledge of God’s Allness. After the gap is revealed, the student goes about the business of closing the gap.

One way of closing the gap is with a simple prayer like this, “God, reveal the Truth that is most important for me to know.” Then it’s listening – expectantly – for that Truth.

Some see problems as devastating blows to their happiness and well-being. That’s because they see the problem as a real power – even a real presence. The enlightened student of Truth sees the problem and thinks, “I know this problem seems real, but only God’s Presence is real. I’m grateful for this opportunity to close this gap in my knowledge of God.” Then, they pray the gap-closing prayer in the previous paragraph.

Few And Far Between

Do we ever reach a point where there are no more problems? I believe we can. More specifically, I know that you do experience long stretches of problem-free living. As the seeming gaps close, the stretches get longer and longer. Rather than a life strewn with troubles, it’s more like rose-strewn pathways under rainbows in the sky.

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Getting Rid Of Toxic Relationships

The Question

As I scroll through emails and social media, I am bombarded with articles and quotes on eliminating toxic relationships/people. Is it true that, in order to have a fulfilling life, we have to actively remove toxic people from our lives?

Wouldn’t it be nice if, once a year, a big sweeper-like machine came through and swept toxic people out of our lives? Something similar to this does exist. I call it C.A.R. – Conscious Awareness of Reality.

To get into C.A.R., you have to go back to these basics. There is only One Presence. This Presence is Life, Mind, Activity and Identity. This One, which you are, is indivisibly One, and there is no other. There is no toxic other.

You’ve heard it said that people come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Can you recall someone who came into your life for just a season? Do you remember the good times, the laughter, the moments of encouragement and emotional support? It was wonderful, wasn’t it? Then, like a smoke ring, it vanished! No harm done.

Relationships (of any type) tend to sour when the season is over and one party clings like a finger monkey to a thumb. It’s over. Let go!

However, I can’t leave it here without addressing the harebrained notion that God brings people into your life to teach you valuable lessons. You’ve heard the theory before. For just a second, think about it. Did you notice that this theory is riddled with dualism? God (Indivisible Oneness) is not a professor or a Life Coach. God does not use illusion to teach Truth. Furthermore, God (Indivisible Oneness) does not know of an other that needs to learn spiritual lessons. God is not aware of an unenlightened Identity – and neither are you.

“But, Allen, I’ve got to do something to get these people out of my life. What do I do?” Here’s what you don’t do. Don’t block their phone calls. Don’t move. Don’t avoid them. Do not take one single human step to detoxify your life. “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord Almighty” (Zechariah 4:6).

Remember the big sweeper – C.A.R.? It has to be by Conscious Awareness of Reality. Yes, you must realize that this so-called toxic other is the One Infinite Indivisible Presence of Truth, Life, Light and Love. This is not a matter of mental gymnastics where you hurl affirmations at the person. Affirmation without realization is like a car without an engine. True realization makes affirmations unnecessary. The thing is to get a clear realization that the seeming toxic one is just the One. In a flash, what appeared to be a toxic person is swept out of your life. The person may remain, but only as the One.

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Understanding Your Desires

Strike The Word From Your Vocabulary

What do you desire? More important, why do you desire it? Is it because you feel something is missing from your experience? Humanly speaking (and I can’t imagine why anyone would do too much of that), desire and lack are joined at the hip.

Let’s continue from the spiritual point-of-view. Does God desire? Your answer, I’m sure, is, “No, Allen, God being the One Infinite, Indivisible Presence is All and therefore has All. And, Allen, now that I think about it, that word should be struck from my vocabulary.”

Desire Is An Alert – Not An Alarm

You and God are (is) One – the same One. You have All because the I of your Being is All. You are eternally complete. Yet, we do seem to have desires. Why do we have them? Imagine you are waiting for a pizza delivery. Twenty minutes pass, and the doorbell rings. What does that bell signify to your salivating mouth? The presence or absence of the pizza? Yes, the bell signifies the presence of something you desired. Similarly, desire is an alert signifying the presence of something that seems to be absent. If desire could talk it would say, “Don’t overlook me. I’m here.”

Every Desire Alerts You To God’s Presence

Every desire signifies the presence of a spiritual (God) quality. Take a look at these God-qualities:

  • Life
  • Wholeness
  • Joy
  • Infinity
  • Beauty
  • Love/Peace (Oneness)
  • Eternality
  • Completeness

You can trace every so-called human desire back to one or more of these God-qualities.

Someone once asked, “Allen, what about my neighbor’s wife? Sometimes I have desires for her. How do you explain that – spiritually speaking?” In a nutshell, that desire symbolizes the Presence of Completeness.

Simple – But Will You Do It?

Let’s move this from the theoretical to the practical. Whenever a desire emerges, rejoice. Rejoice because the desire is saying, “I think you’ve overlooked me. All you have to do is acknowledge my Presence and understand why I am present, and you will experience my Presence.” Do you understand why the seeming desire is present? It’s because God is Present. Therefore all the qualities of God are Present, and they are present right where you are.

Don’t spin and scurry around trying to get God (or any aspect of God). Simply acknowledge that God is present as that particular aspect of Itself. If you will do this without wavering, you’ll experience the Presence of that which seemed to be absent.

If this unwavering acknowledgment doesn’t seem to work, get busy praying to understand that the entirety of God is present in your life (as your life) right now and always.

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Pills, Surgery and Medical Treatment

The Call

One day a call came in asking about taking pills. The man was diagnosed with a heart condition and prescribed a pill he had to swallow twice a day. “How,” Allen, “can I say that God is All and pop these pills every day? Should I toss the pill and simply trust God?”

The Quick Answer

In many variations, I’m asked similar questions. Sometimes the question is about an upcoming surgical procedure, and other times it’s about a doctor’s appointment. Here’s the quick answer: If you have to ask whether to take a pill, take it. At some point, Consciousness (the conscious KNOWING that God is All) will take the pill out of your hand, and you won’t have to think or ask about it again. Furthermore, there will be no fear of the consequences. You will know with absolute certainty that there is no reason to take that pill. There’s nothing to fight and nothing to heal.

Living Up To A Misperceived Notion

You’ve heard of cases where Christian Scientists refused medical treatment or prematurely tossed their pills in the trash can. The consequences were not good. In each case, the pill tosser was trying to live up to a misperceived notion that Christian Science forbids help from materia medica. But it’s not true. Here’s an excerpt from the christianscience.com website: “Christian Scientists are always free to make their own decisions about health care, and indeed, every aspect of their lives. They respect the individual rights and conscience of those who choose medical care, just as they respect the humanitarian motives of those who provide medical care.”

It’s All About Wholeness

The pill. What does it represent? No one takes medication because they want to be sick. They take it because they want to experience Wholeness. Whether a person decides on a surgical procedure or a pill, it’s because of an inner certainty that they should always be whole and healthy. The pill or procedure is a material representation of Wholeness – not sickness.

Here we are at the point of Truth. Wholeness (Health) is the nature of God, and it can only be found in God. Pills and medical procedures give you an approximation of Wholeness, but they cannot give you Wholeness itself. God is Wholeness. What every pill popper wants is Wholeness – not an approximation. At a point, every pill-taking Truth student understands that what they desire is a greater realization of God’s Allness. That realization translates into the experience of Wholeness.

Should you have to take medication, do it without entertaining guilt. You can do this when you understand that the medication is only temporary until the real thing comes along – the realization of God’s Allness. Let’s explore what’s going on here.

It’s Just An Alert

The problem, whatever it seems to be, is an alert. It’s informing you that there is some greater Truth to be perceived. Your task is to discover this Truth. Meanwhile, medication offers temporary relief so that you can devote your attention to perceiving that Truth. Take advantage of the relief medication gives you so that you can engage in higher pursuits.

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Recipe For A Great New Year

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You, like everyone else, want this so-called new year to be a great year. You want to be done with those chronic problems. You want to experience better health, greater happiness and abundant prosperity. Bottom line: You want to experience total fulfillment in every area of your life. Why not!

This post is about you enjoying a great year, and if the suggestions are followed, this year may seem magical. Joel Goldsmith, the founder of Infinite Way, once wrote, “There is no external change without an internal development. You may wonder as you go through the years with no apparent change in your affairs, why this thing called God isn’t doing something for you. You can go on for your entire career and still find no increase or improvement unless there is inner expansion, a broadening of spiritual vision.”

Using his words as a springboard, here’s a short recipe for a wonderful year.

Give Up Your Definition Of A Wonderful Year

If you can define or picture what a wonderful year might be, already your year is limited. Just like God cannot be defined or pictured, a year constituted of God cannot be defined or pictured.

No matter how lofty and wonderful the definition, or how grand the picture, it’s going to have some human-perception baggage attached to it. A prisoner held in a gold cell is still in jail. No matter how magnificent your definition of a wonderful year is, it is still limited. Let go of your idea of a good year.

Leave Your Problems Alone And Get A Divorce

Stop working on your problems. Stop praying, meditating and contemplating to resolve your problems.

Your problems may seem devastating – even life-threatening; nevertheless, stop working on them. For just this year, give up using God (Truth) to solve your problems. It’s selfish.

If you are a Bible reader, did you notice that Christ Jesus never taught people to pray about their problems? Yes, he did say, “Ask and it shall be given.” He was talking about the kingdom of God. Ask for the kingdom of God (the realization of God), and you’re guaranteed to get that kingdom.

Did you huff and puff when I stated that asking God to solve your problems is selfish? When you pray to solve your problems, where is your attention? On your self. When you contemplate, hoping that it will untangle a knotty problem, where is your attention? On your self. All of this attention on your self is plain self-ish-ness.

But, what self is it? This sick and troubled self cannot be included in the Allness of God. If so it would be perfect. If it is a self separate from God, where could it exist? God is Infinite.

Answer this one question about this problem-laden self that’s swaddled in so much prayerful attention: Is it the God-Self? No! Tell the absolute truth: It is no self at all. Why pray to heal a self that doesn’t exist? The same is true of a seemingly vexed or troubled self. It doesn’t exist. What’s more, you are not that self. Someone once wrote, “What tears are wasted upon illusions.” More prayers than tears have been wasted upon a self that doesn’t exist. There’s no better way to divorce your Self from that self than to stop praying for that non-existent self.

Go For The Gold

I once wrote about a woman who was surprisingly healed of an incurable disease (AIDS). After her doctors gave her a few months to live, she decided to make the most of her remaining time.

She did not hope or pray for healing. At that time, no one had ever been healed of AIDS, so she decided not to waste her time praying to be healed. She believed in reincarnation, and she wanted a head start in the next life. So this woman decided to learn as much about God as she could in her remaining days.

Every prayer and meditation had one purpose – knowing God via revelation. All of this God-focused attention resulted in her healing.

There are many stories like hers where people were freed from tormenting circumstances by forgetting all about the problem and focusing all of their prayerful attention on knowing God – directly.

Reader, you don’t need disease or difficulty to drive you to know God (via direct revelation). Today you can choose to learn as much about God as you can. Each God-discovery will yield an experience far greater than you can imagine. Get started today and the year has to be a great year.

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