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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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The Solution To Any Problem

The Solution To Your Problem Is A Spiritual One

There is an answer – a solution – to every problem! If you appear to be facing a problem, there is an immediate solution. No matter how big, longstanding, or overwhelming the problem seems to be, there is a solution. It is a spiritual solution.

Despite all appearances, this is a spiritual universe – chock full of the Spirit of God. Your Life is Spirit. Your Body is Spirit. All things and all people in your world are Spirit. This is a spiritual universe. That is why the solution to your seeming troubles must be a spiritual one.

Get Out Of The Mud

You know, as well as I, that this Spiritual Universe seems to be composed of matter. Yet, it is just that – a seeming. It’s not so. All of our problems are like the material world – something that seems to be but is not. The solution is not to play around in the mud of materiality trying to make better mud pies, but to get out of the mud altogether. In short, the solution to any problem is a realization of what is (Truth).

Don’t You Just Love This Quote?

I’m sure I quoted the following passage in a previous blog post, but it’s always been one of my favorites from Infinite Way founder, Joel Goldsmith:

“I do not want this problem to pass until I have seen the spiritual light that dissolves it and which, in dissolving this problem, will dissolve all the problems which may develop tomorrow or next year.”

In this short excerpt, Joel Goldsmith reveals the one approach that is guaranteed to solve your problem and ensure that you never see it again.

Here is a paraphrase of the excerpt that makes its point and purpose clearer:

What I want is a greater realization of God’s Presence revealing the nothingness of this seeming problem. I don’t just want the problem to go away. What I want is to perceive God’s Allness so clear that the seeming problem is eliminated permanently.

Read the excerpt and paraphrase one more time. What do you notice? Yes, you’re right. Both examples use the seeming problem as a redirection tactic to focus your attention on God-realization.

When you put this into practice, your attention is no longer on the problem. You’ve jumped off of the mental merry-go-round trying to solve the problem. Now, your focus is on God and nothing but God. Let’s take a look at how this is put into practice.

From Theory To Practice

Eric was in a tight corner. Unemployed, he hadn’t paid his mortgage in months. Time ran out. Eric had to come up with the money or lose his home. His mind went into spin cycle trying to come up with a human solution, but there was none.

Back against the wall, he thought to himself, “Well, I haven’t tried prayer. What do I have to lose? Now, according to Goldsmith, I’m not supposed to pray about the problem. Crazy as it sounds, I’m supposed to pray for God-realization. I’m going to try it, but I know I have to be really interested in God and not in the money. That’s the hard part.” In those first few prayers, Eric wanted money – not God. But he got there.

Now and again, his mind wanted to scurry back to the problem, but Eric was alert enough to know what his real desire was. He understood that this apparent problem was merely drawing his attention to something, and that something was a FACT OF GOD.

Forgetting all about money, Eric focused on discovering a God-fact – any God-fact. Understanding the importance of this discovery, he said to himself, “I don’t want this problem to be resolved until I discover the God-fact that will do away with this appearance once and for all.” He meant it.

Eric was guaranteed to discover this fact, and he did. His problem was resolved in a seemingly miraculous way. It’s easy to think the surprise check that came in the mail was the resolution of his problem. But, that is not true. The resolution was the discovery of the God-fact.

Again, there is a spiritual solution to every problem. Should a problem ever appear in your life, you can use Eric’s story to approach the resolution of your problem in the very same way.

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How To Handle Longstanding Problems

Today’s post is an audio post. Enjoy

Today’s post is an audio post. Enjoy! This is a new system, and I haven’t figured out how it works yet. By the next post, I’ll have it down.

Experiencing Illumination

This Is Visual Illumination

It’s just an ordinary day, doing ordinary things – like walking in the park. It’s the same ol’ trees rooted in their same ol’ places, surrounded by the same ol’ sun-parched grass. Nothing out of the ordinary. And then it happens.

The entire park lights up – grass, trees, people, and all. For a moment it’s all living Light. You don’t know whether you are seeing the Light or being the Light. It’s marvelous. Wonderful! It only lasts for a second, but you know you have seen Existence as it Is. This is an experience of visual Illumination.

Although it’s short-lived, the glow of the experience lasts for days. If you experience visual Illumination only once in your life, it is sure to be your most memorable experience. And, like all good experiences, you’ll long to have it again – soon.

It’s the middle of the night – about 3am. For no particular reason, your eyes open, and you just look around the pitch-black room. And then it happens.

You look at your right foot, and it’s lit up like a neon sign. A current of joy shoots through your body. It’s marvelous. Wonderful. This is another experience of visual Illumination. Visual Illumination is simply seeing the world as it is – a spiritual Presence.

What You Can Do To Experience Illumination

Recently I was asked, “What can I do to experience visual Illumination?” Spiritually minded people hunger for the experience of visual Illumination. For many, it’s the crown jewel of spiritual enlightenment. The truth, however, is that visual Illumination is no more important than the many other forms of Illumination. There are even countless ways to experience visual Illumination.

Know this. There is almost nothing you can do to induce visual Illumination. No special diets, postures, procedures, or mantras. Strange as it seems, anxiously wanting the experience is a sure way to delay it. However, once you’ve given up all hope of ever experiencing Illumination, it is then that your whole world lights up – literally.

Did you notice the words “almost nothing” in the last paragraph? There is one thing you can do to induce Illumination, but let’s build up to it precept-by-precept.

  • God is the Only Presence.
  • God is Illumination (Light).
  • All is Illumination.
  • You are included in (as) the allness of Illumination.
  • You are completely Illumined right now.

Admit This And You’re Well On Your Way

The one thing you can do, and you can do it today, is admit that you are already a completely Illumined Identity. Reader, acknowledge this fact now. Acknowledge it every day. Don’t judge by the appearance that you are an un-illumined being waiting for Illumination. Go back through the precepts. Contemplate every one of them. And then rest in that last Truth by acknowledging, “I am completely Illumined right now.”

Say the words because they are true. By virtue of God’s Absolute Allness, they must be, and are, true. When you sense/feel the rightness of these words, you have done the only thing you can do to enjoy the experience of a Universe of Light.

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God Is All — What Does That Mean?

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The Million Dollar Question

“What does that mean – God is All? I say the words, but I honestly have no clue what they mean.” These are the words of a not-too-recent caller.

“I feel like I’m just saying words that I’ve read,” she continued. This caller was honest. It’s good to be honest. Many say all the right words but haven’t faced the fact that they are merely parroting words they’ve read and heard. Once this fact is faced, wonderful things happen.

First, you throw out all your stuff– your preconceived notions of those “right” words and phrases. In that seeming vacuum of unknowing, Light, Wisdom, Intelligence, and Knowledge flood your Consciousness.

Nothing Satisfies Like Truth Revealed In Consciousness

The Light has always been there. So has the Wisdom and Knowledge, but they were buried under a layer of learned words. The caller asked the question: What does God is All mean? Well, there’s a simple answer to that question: ONLY GOD IS. Dig deeper and you hit up against her real question: WHAT IS GOD?

Have you ever asked yourself that question? Did you answer it? Where did your answer come from? A book? A preacher? The Bible? Youtube? You deserve better. Nothing will satisfy like the answer revealed in “your” Consciousness.

Reader, you can know what God is. “You shall know the (this) truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The congregation of the Unity Church in Silver Spring is filled with PhDs. Repeatedly I’ve said to them that if people sought the answer to the God question with the same zeal, discipline, and dedication it took to get those degrees, they would be the happiest and most prosperous people in the world.

What Are You Going To Do About It?

Although you can know what God is, you may never be able to articulate it. As soon as you try, you’ll know that you’ve put a limit on the Unlimited. If you feel as this caller does, that you don’t know what God is, and you don’t know what God is All means, what are you going to do about it? Languish in ignorance?

No! That won’t satisfy. What will satisfy is discovering the answer via silent prayer and receptive listening.

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Working With A Practitioner

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So many questions have come in about Practitioners that I’m devoting this post to those most frequently asked.

What happened to the Practitioners List that used to appear on this blog? I tried clicking on the link and nothing was there.

Oops! My mistake. I thought I removed all the dead links. The Practitioners List was discontinued a few years ago. Here’s why.

Many people reading our blog have never heard of a Practitioner before. They do not understand that like doctors, nurses, and plumbers, Practitioners are paid for their services. Many people were getting the help they requested but were not paying the Practitioner.

On the other hand, there were some Practitioners on the list who did not provide adequate service and still expected to be paid. As many of you know, I hold firm that shoddy “work” does not deserve compensation.

Finally, some of our readers have been used to working with Christian Science Practitioners who are available any hour of the day. There were complaints about the availability of the listed Practitioners. One or two, if you recall, lived out of the country and the time-zone issue kicked in.

For these reasons, I thought it best to discontinue the list.

How long should I work with a Practitioner?

What would trigger such a question? Mainly, cost and effectiveness, and both deserve some attention here.

If cost is your concern, most likely you have worked with a Christian Science Practitioner in the past. They are the only Practitioners that charge per call and send a monthly invoice.

I will say this about every Christian Science Practitioner I know. They are sincere, dedicated people and will work with you. Simply tell your Practitioner that you are concerned about the cost – especially if costs are mounting without seeing any results.

I know some Practitioners reading this post will take exception to what follows, but let’s look at the facts. The whole Practitioner model is supposed to be based on Christ Jesus’ method of healing. How many times did it take for Christ to get it right? How many “treatments” did He give?

If a Practitioner is working a long time on a majority of the calls that come in, trust me, there’s nothing wrong with the caller. It’s the Practitioner – myself included.

Spiritual “healing” is the natural offshoot of Understanding. (I capitalize the word because I mean Understanding the Allness of God.) It is not a thing in and of itself. If a majority of the cases seem to take a while, the Practitioner needs to take some time off for greater spiritual clarity in order to reach that Understanding.

But, Allen, some Practitioners do this for a living and can’t afford to take time off.” Any Practitioner who “heals for a living” has either missed the boat or boarded the wrong one. You don’t heal for a living. Christ Jesus healed BECAUSE of his living. He healed BECAUSE of his knowing.

Reader, you heal because of your knowing. Healing is incidental to your knowing. Knowledge is king. Any other approach and the Practitioner risks falling into a ditch of nonsense screaming “I need sick people so I can put a roof on the house and get new tires for the car.”

I still haven’t answered the question of how long to work with a Practitioner. I’m going to take a different approach to this question by answering a different question: Why would I continue to work with a Practitioner?

  • In the case of a so-called incurable condition, it’s obvious why you would continue your work with a Practitioner. There’s no other help.
  • You want a spiritual solution to the problem. You know that anything less than a spiritual solution (based on God’s Allness) is just a fix-for-the-moment. The real solution is spiritual realization – either yours or the Practitioner’s.
  • You are confident that you are working with the right Practitioner and want to continue until the problem is resolved.

I once read that Practitioners would rather you call about prayer for spiritual enlightenment rather than all this other human stuff people call for? Is that true?

No! And it’s the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard.

When Christ Jesus was in Capernaum, he visited a home and started teaching. Rumor spread that he was at the house, and a large crowd gathered. The house was packed.

Four men, concerned about their sick friend, carried him to the home where Jesus was teaching. When they arrived, they couldn’t get in. Determined, they went to the roof, broke through it and lowered their friend down into the room. After all of that, do you think the first thing they did was look up to Christ Jesus and said, “Please give my friend spiritual enlightenment?”

When the disciples sensed that the multitudes were starving in the desert, does the Bible record that they asked Jesus for enlightenment? In any of the healing miracles, can you find one case where the request was for spiritual enlightenment? No, you can’t. And you cannot find anywhere in the Bible where Jesus denied someone a healing because they didn’t ask for enlightenment.

No one should ever think that a Practitioner is a genie out of the bottle, and no one should ever become dependent on a Practitioner. However, there is a higher cause to the work of the Practitioner. That cause is to show that the solution to every seeming problem is a spiritual solution.

As the Practitioner is doing nothing but knowing the Allness of God, it is proof positive that THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE ALLNESS OF GOD IS THE SOLUTION TO EVERY SEEMING PROBLEM.

I have been a Practitioner for years and have been dealing with a health challenge of my own. Should I continue taking calls?

By all means, if it feels right to take a “case,” take it. Some Practitioners have done their best work while dealing with personal challenges. However, don’t be lax. Do clear up your own issue – by spiritual realization of course. In the long run, it will help your practice.

Let’s say that you seem to be dealing with a long-standing lung condition. It’s been clinging to you like a tree monkey. Finally, through a clear realization of God’s Allness, the matter is resolved. From this point on, it is likely that anyone who calls with this same condition will be healed instantly. Why? Because here you are absolutely clear on the nothingness of nothing. Most likely, from this point on, many of the calls you get will be related to this seeming condition. That’ll be explained in another post.

 

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Illumination Often Looks Like This

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Years ago, I wrote a post entitled The Ten Must-Read Books. That list has not changed, but there’s a new list in town, and I’m calling it The Most Fascinating Reads. Topping this unfinished list is Cosmic Consciousness by Richard Bucke.

Cosmic Consciousness is about Illumination. Bucke, however, calls the experience “Cosmic Consciousness.” It’s a long and dense read, but I’m not recommending the entire book. It’s the short chapters (10-36) in Part IV that are fascinating. Here you’ll read thrilling experiences of Illumination by both the famous and not famous. You will read many of these experiences and say, “Wow, that’s happened to me, too. I just thought it was something weird going on.”

Marie Watts cites Cosmic Consciousness in many of her audio recordings. That’s how I discovered it. The book can be purchased on Amazon.com, but it is easier read by following this link. Free stuff is always good.

You will enjoy reading the various experiences of Illumination, and you may be tempted to continue reading the rest of the book. Be careful here! Certain sections are unnecessarily discouraging. Cosmic Consciousness mentions some prerequisites for experiencing Illumination. Trust me when I say you can ignore them.

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Knowing The Freeing Truth

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That Old Feeling

The feeling that an all-powerful God is sheltering us in His loving arms while we go through dark and troubled times is a comforting feeling – I guess. Note the word feeling.

Many have moved from the traditional idea of God as a being separate and apart from them to an understanding that God is All. “But Allen,” they complain, “I miss that comforting feeling I got from my old-time religion God.”

Did Those Feelings Help You?

Those comforting feelings of a Savior leading you beside still waters and making you lie down in green pastures, how did that work for you? Did those feelings eliminate the pain or merely make it more endurable? Did those feelings “cure” the cancer? Did they put money in the bank account?

Feelings Defined

Think about it. Feelings are based on a reaction to some real or imagined circumstance. Psychology Today defines a feeling this way: “Feelings can be defined as a person’s response to the emotion that comes from the perception of a situation.” Feelings are always at the mercy of something seemingly outside of yourself. Yes, sometimes even a “God” outside of yourself.

God Is Changeless

Feelings are like weather vanes – constantly changing with the currents of “outer” stimulation. Yet your Holy Bible reveals a changeless God – “I am the Lord thy God, and I change not.” The mere fact that feelings are changeable is a clue that they have nothing to do with God – a changeless God. Changeable feelings about a changeless God is an indication that we’ve headed down a dark pathway toward a dead end. Stop!

The Power Is In The Knowing

Knowledge is power. You’ve heard that said. Christ Jesus said it this way, “Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.”

Do you need to be free from lack? Know the Truth.
Do you need to be free from some hopeless situation? Know the Truth.
Do you need to be free from a dis-ease? Know the Truth.

That’s the power of Knowledge. Christ Jesus did not say you shall feel a particular way and your feelings will free you. He said, “You shall know the truth.” And that truth sets you free.

There is, as you know, a difference between merely saying “I am the Presence of Infinite Goodness” and experiencing this as a living fact. It’s one thing to feel this statement is true, but another to KNOW it is true.

Every statement of Truth you’ve ever read will be just a statement – one that even a well-trained parrot can repeat. Saying the statement can give you a rush of good feelings. However, in times of seeming trouble, those statements will be as effective as fighting a lion with a feather duster. Conversely, when you KNOW that the statement you are saying is the absolute Truth, it fleshes itself out as a living reality in your experience.

Giving Up The Lesser For The Greater

Although there lacks that feeling of a helping, saving and comforting God, you have redeemed it for something of greater value: KNOWLEDGE. And with this KNOWLEDGE is FREEDOM. But don’t be confused. This is not a freedom from some illusory power. It is a freedom to enjoy the majesty of your True nature.

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There Is No Believer In Evil

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I’ve been asked why I never quote anything from Science and Health — the Christian Science textbook. It is undoubtedly a great book. Today I’ve chosen to quote from Arthur Corey, one of the brightest lights in the Christian Science movement.

Problems Are Truth Misread

When you reach the point where you know that all the errors appearing must be truths misread, you begin to realize the futility of handling appearances alone. Stopping with effects, you would fail to handle the underlying cause, so that it is like fighting the hydra-headed monster who shows another head or two for every one you cut off. To recognize that Truth perverted becomes the creator of error, is to imply a perverter.

A wrong sense of something indicates that there must be a wrong see-er, does it not? You may have to first recognize the devil’s lies as lies, in order to see who’s talking, but your work is not done until you have disposed of the devil himself. The fundamental claim is that there is someone or something to misapprehend or misrepresent divinity, and this claim is uncovered by the analysis and exposure of the lie as such.

If God Is All, There Is No Believer In Troubles

Again, to say that an error is only a belief is to admit a believer; and until you dispose of the believer, you are going to have either this troublesome belief or some other before you. You can’t alter the image in a mirror without getting at the thing imaged forth. Effect can be influenced only by way of its cause. The claim in every last instance is that there is an evil cause or believer, and so you are obliged each time to analyze the effect to uncover the fundamental error as the claim that there is an evil thinker and that this mind is yours. In human experience, this analytic approach must precede the realization of Mind as infinite and divine, inclusive of all reality and exclusive of all evil.

It may be superfluous to again reiterate that matter does not taste, feel, hear, smell, see or think, so matter cannot be the complainant. Doesn’t the claim always come to you as, “I see a sick man,” or “I see myself as sick, or material, finite, limited?” What is this I? Surely the divine Mind cannot know or experience anything contrary to its own infinitely flawless and harmonious nature. “Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity.” (Habakkuk 1:13). What is this other I or ego which seems to interpose itself? The claim that there is a conceiver or experiencer of evil is the claim we name “mortal mind,” and it is the root at which we must lay the ax, or the evil will but sprout forth in another form for us.

Are You Still Asking About The Reasons For Your Troubles?

Asking why error exists implies that it does exist as an actuality, and from that standpoint it is impossible to perceive that it cannot really be. The attitude that demands an explanation of the non-existent excludes the understanding of existence. You will never understand nothingness so long as you try to account for it as somethingness, whether in belief or otherwise, for “error” is simply a name for nothing. Mathematical understanding is not achieved through trying to explain the errors, but only by seeking the truths. Automatically thereby the errors are explained away, so that you are no longer handicapped by them. Finding God as All leaves nothing else to explain. There may be an intermediate period when you are conscious of both Truth and error, but you cannot climb up out of this while preoccupied with the error .

Rectify The Inversion

When assailed with the claim that your Mind is finite, material, mortal, counter that with the confident assertion that this that is Mind unfolding as your consciousness must be infinite, spiritual, divine, and that it cannot unfold negatively as anything else but itself and in accord with its divine nature. To see that evil mind and all its forms are divine Mind inverted – but divine Mind – is to rectify the inversion, and to find yourself truly alone with God, and all the hateful aspects of mortality fading away. “This is Life eternal” – and this is divine Mind. Appropriate your heritage through your God-given authority.

 

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Coronavirus Questions (Just Two)

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This post addresses two of the questions that have come up regarding the coronavirus. Each answer rests upon the foundation of God’s absolute Allness.

Allen, are you wearing a respiratory mask, and do you think we should?

No, I’m not wearing a mask. When I leave home, I leave knowing that I move, live and have my being in, and as, Omnipresent Love and Perfection.

It seems a lifetime ago when I read this passage by Joel Goldsmith, but I remember it like it was an hour ago.

“We will never be satisfied until we have come into the full consciousness of God as our health, which means that even if they throw atomic bombs at us, they cannot affect our health, our body, our life, our being.

Reader, did you ever experience a seeming threat to your health before this pandemic? A cold? A headache? Heart problems? Diabetes?

The appearance of a threat to health will continue until “we have come into the full consciousness of God as our health.” Then, we will never entertain the idea that anything can be a threat to our health and well-being.

As far as what you should do, ask yourself, “Do I believe that God is All?” and act accordingly.

When Will It End?

People all over the world are asking, “When will this end?” Folk, weary of concocting little projects to whittle the time away, are craving a return to normalcy.

In response to this question, a well-respected Christian Science practitioner wrote these words: “If you stopped being curious about how this epidemic was going to end, it would end tomorrow. The absence of curiosity in this regard would mean that you were putting your trust in God. The presence of curiosity just demonstrates a lack of trust.”

His response, though timely, doesn’t go deep enough. The question to ask is not When will this end, but rather, In the Allness of God, did it ever begin?

 

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