Category Archives: Consciousness

Try This Contemplation Pt. 2

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Acknowledging God’s Omnipresent Perfection All Day Long

You’ve read the previous post, and you’ve contemplated the suggested idea for seven days. In this post, we are going to take that same idea, as promised, out of your seat and into the streets.

Many people say they have such great morning (or night) contemplations, yet when their day gets started, it’s as if God is omniabsent. My question is this: Are you acknowledging God’s Omnipresent Perfection throughout the day? That’s what this post is all about.

When you leave your home and look around you, it appears as though you see many things, and many identities. All of them seem separate and apart from you, and apart from each other. It’s a lie, but you are not deceived by this lie. You know that there is one Infinite, indivisible Presence and Power, and you are It.

Out Of The Seat, And Into The Street

Reader, here is last week’s contemplation taken into your daily living. Every now and then, while you are out and about, simply acknowledge RIGHT HERE IS ONE INFINITE, INDIVISIBLE PRESENCE AND I AM IT.

Doing this draws your attention to the Truth of Oneness. However, the power is in that last phrase, “and I am It.” Here you are acknowledging that you are the Infinite, Indivisible Presence that is the entirety of your world right where you are. You are acknowledging your inseparability from the people and things you see in your world – that you (God) are the Substance of that which you see.

If you are wondering when to acknowledge the above Truth, here are a few suggestions:

  • During a first date
  • During an office or conference meeting
  • Walking along a beach, or in a park
  • Shopping
  • Standing in line anywhere
  • Visiting a friend or family member
  • Watching a performer during a concert
  • Disciplining a child
  • Interacting with a cashier or bank teller*
  • During a traffic stop (by police officer)

These are just a few suggested ways, but I’m sure you will discover many more. Put your heart into this exercise. You will thrill with this new view of your world, and your Self.

* Just the other day, before this blog post was complete, I had an encounter with a grumpy cashier at the grocery store. I didn’t let this appearance deceive me. I looked in her face and said to myself, “Right Here Is One Infinite, Indivisible Presence and I Am It.” Instantly, her demeanor changed. She smiled, held a brief conversation, and wished me a good day.

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Try This Contemplation For 7 Days

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The Main Idea

There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.

For the next seven days, I am suggesting that you use the above statement as a springboard for your daily contemplation.  So that there is no confusion about the “how” of this contemplation, I am writing it out exactly the way I am suggesting that you contemplate it.  As follows:

There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.
There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.
There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.
There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.
There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.
There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.
There is one infinite, indivisible Presence, and I am It.

Seeing The Main Idea From All Angles

Imagine going to a museum and gazing at a life-sized sculpture.  To take in the full beauty of the sculpture, you have to move around and look at it from many angles.  Similarly, this contemplation takes one spiritual idea that you consider from many “angles.” Instead of moving around a physical sculpture, you view the idea in many ways by emphasizing key words.

Note that all but two words are bolded. Each of your contemplation periods will consist of the main idea repeated slowly seven (7) times. On each repetition let your consciousness savor the bolded word.  You may be inspired to linger on that word a while. You may be inspired to rest in a moment of silence, after saying the word.

On some bolded words, you may linger even longer.  That’s okay. Although you are dealing only with one spiritual idea, each word that you dwell on is sure to reveal something new.

Give Up The Control

Once you’ve completed the seven (7) repetitions, be still and let Revelations flow within Consciousness.  Although I have given the above suggestions, the contemplation will start to have its own life.  When this happens, don’t try to control it.  It’s possible that you may not make it through the seven repetitions in one sitting.

Reader, after the seven days are over, please let me know how this went for you.  I look forward to hearing from you. In the next post, we will take this out of the seats and into the streets.

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Redirect Your Attention To The Good In Your Life

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Allen, I’m confused. I read your recent post “The Truth About Gratitude,” and I agree with you. But haven’t you, on occasion, suggested that your congregation members write down what they are grateful for? If gratitude is dualism, why would you do that?

I’m guilty as charged. In the last year or two, on occasion, I have even suggested that people keep a Gratitude Journal, and I don’t take back the suggestion. Here’s why.

Many years ago a man named Carlton fell in a deep ditch of debt. As hard as he tried, he couldn’t climb out. Every time he got his head above the bills, more debt piled on, and he was back where he started.

Carlton read every Truth book he could get his hands on. He listened to tapes, attended church regularly, and followed all the suggestions given to him – hoping, of course, to get out of debt. This wasn’t Carlton’s only problem. While struggling to climb out of debt, he was diagnosed with cancer.

Every day, Carlton did his “spiritual work,” hoping for a financial windfall. One day Carlton said to me, “Allen, Truth is not working for me. No matter what I say or do, I can’t get on top of these bills. But I’m not giving up.”

Although Carlton said he saw no evidence of Truth working in his life, he was overlooking one fact. There were no more malignant tumors in his body. Carlton had no radiation treatments, no chemotherapy, no medical intervention whatsoever, yet Carlton was cancer free.

Carlton, like many others, was so focused on the “one thing” happening that he overlooked all the other wonderful things that were happening in his life. God’s wholeness was evidenced in his life, but he overlooked it hoping and waiting for the “one thing” to happen.

Reader, what would have happened if Carlton kept a record — a journal — of the wonderful happenings in his life? Rather than being frustrated by what wasn’t happening in his life, he’d jump for joy because of the many ways God’s presence was revealed in his life.

This is why I periodically suggest that people who attend my church keep some loose version of a “Gratitude Journal.” Because of the “one thing” which seems to be delayed, I know many who are overlooking the wonderful things that are happening every day.

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The Truth About Gratitude

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The Editor Asks An Important Question About Gratitude

Brenda Becker, the indispensable editor of Absolutely Yours, asked me if gratitude is dualism. I promised her I’d write about it in the next post. What follows is not about gratitude expressed when someone does something nice for you? That’s a courtesy. I’m writing about gratitude expressed “to” God for “His manifold blessings.”

When I read Brenda’s question, I had flashbacks of my first days as minister of the Unity in Silver Spring church. At the close of the service we all held hands in a circle. A man led the closing prayer with these words “We are so grateful. We are so grateful. We are so grateful.” Every time he said the word grateful, the few and fine hairs on my back bristled. I felt the ghost of “ol’ time religion” in the room.

The Trinity Of Dualism

Webster’s definition of gratitude is riddled with dualism. Gratitude is defined as “appreciation of benefits received.” Do you see the dualism? Count them yourself: The receiver (1) is appreciative of the benefits (2) from the giver (3).

In our case, this trinity of dualism looks like (1) God, the giver (2) the gift, and (3) the receiver. If the gift is big enough, or comes right in the nick of time to avoid a calamity, the receiver may look heavenward and blurt out “Thank God.” Is this dualism? You bet.

Why? Because in most cases, the person who thanks God believes God to be something other than her own I AM. Look at it this way. Have you ever bought something nice for yourself – something you’ve been wanting for a long time? Did you thank yourself after purchasing it? Most likely not? We only thank so-called “others.”

Christ Jesus Explains His Expression Of Gratitude

The Abundance of Oneness can never be experienced in the human attitude of gratitude. The two are farther removed from one another as the earth is from the sun. Indivisible Oneness of existence is the reality of Being. Here there are no gifts, no giver, and no receiver. The Allness of God is All there is.

“But,” you ask, “didn’t Jesus thank God when he raised Lazarus?” Yes, he did, but take a look at the record. “And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, ‘Father, I thank You that You have heard me. And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.’”

Did you catch the reason he thanked God? Christ Jesus knew that many still believed that God was a separate Identity. He also knew they worshiped Him as a personal doer. He often said, “I of myself can do nothing,” but they insisted that Christ Jesus, of Himself, was the doer. Publicly thanking God was Christ’s way of diverting attention away from Himself as a personal doer to the eternal action of the One Presence and Power.

The Bottom Line

Here is the bottom line:
Gratitude expressed “to” God is dualism.
Being grateful that you know God Is All is not.

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Truth Is Working Right Now

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If a glass is filled with water – really filled – is there room for ice? Is there space in that glass for even one drop of another substance? The earth and heaven are filled to capacity with the presence of God. Where is there room for man, woman, child, bird or bee? If any form is in the Kingdom, it is God formed. These forms can be mistakenly identified as anything, but that does not alter the fact that the form is God. GOD IS ALL. ALL IS GOD. The understanding of this is the sighting and experience of the Kingdom of God.

Why doesn’t Truth work? Have you ever asked your Self that question? Surely in periods of seeming dismay and despair you have asked yourself this question, but the fictitious self that you asked can no more give you the answer than it can “make Truth work.” Do you fully understand – and you must, given who you are – that any attempt to make Truth work is a vain attempt to glorify a false sense of human identity? Truth cannot and will not glorify this identity, for it knows nothing of it. All attempts by this identity to get Truth to do something for it will meet with failure and frustration.

Until God is given all honor, all glory, all majesty, and all identity, it will seem as though Truth is not working. It will seem as though time is necessary for Truth to work. What the one who attempts to “use” Truth fails to notice is that the time it takes for it to “work” is endless. The only thing working at all in these instances is the faith of the one who is hoping that Truth will someday work. God is Truth. Do you believe that God is having a problem with God? To God, Truth (God) is working and has always worked. No, this is not work to change anything. This is purely the joyous activity of Being. (from God Is All)

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Do You Want To Live Truth?

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The Question

“Allen, I’ve read all the books, traveled around the country to hear the lectures. I’ve sat in many tape groups. I’ve done all the stuff, but now I want to live this Truth. The reading, Allen, is easy. Everybody reads the Truth, but few are living it. How do I live this Truth?”

The Partial Answer

That question is asked more than any other question. The partial answer is simple: YOU CAN’T LIVE THIS TRUTH. Anyone trying to live this Truth will fail. After years of sitting in silences, and toiling away at right thinking, most reach the conclusion that “It can’t be done.” But there are a few troopers who dig their heels in by sitting in longer silences and thinking statements of Truth more vigorously. Later, they reach the same conclusion: “It’s impossible to live this Truth.” But don’t you believe it! It is not impossible.

Relax! Truth Is Living Itself As Yourself

Truth (God being All) is all that there is. Truth is living Itself all the time. Truth doesn’t need co-workers and co-creators to live Itself. Right this very moment, as you are reading this post, Truth is living Itself as the entirety of the universe – Yourself included. So, where does that leave folk who are trying to live this Truth? Nowhere. But for clarification read on.

Right Identification Is The Secret

Do you know what the secret of Christ Jesus’ mind-blowing miracles is? It’s the way he identified himself. “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus did not identify himself as a seeker of Truth, or as one trying to live this Truth. He identified himself as Truth.

Why is this important? Because when you discover that you are Truth, there is no separation between your Self and Truth. The greatest joy in life is when you discover that you are the very Truth you have been trying to live. This can’t be by merely saying words. This must be Revelation.

Prayerfully discovering that you are Truth extinguishes the anxiety and effort of trying to live Truth. Effortlessly, life “falls into place” in very pleasant ways. I’m not saying that there will be no further “so-called” challenges. And I’m not saying that you will walk across the water in your jacuzzi. I am saying, however, that as your understanding of what it means to be Truth clarifies, life shows forth more of its beauty, perfection, joy and abundance.

The Full Answer

In the opening of this post I wrote that you can’t live this Truth, but don’t despair. The full answer is YOU CAN’T LIVE THIS TRUTH AS LONG AS YOU IMAGINE YOURSELF TO BE SOMETHING OTHER THAN TRUTH.

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How To Have Better Conversations

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Do Your Conversations Stray From God’s Allness?

Conversations often stray far away from God being the only Presence and Power. You start the day knowing that God is the only Presence, but before you know it you’re talking about idiots, stupidity, disease, death, lack and a host of other un-Godly ideas. You do reach a point where these types of conversations turn your stomach.

When you find yourself in an uncomfortable conversation, you’ve probably tried changing the subject. That works for a second, and then the conversation makes a U-turn back to more dualistic drivel. If it’s a telephone conversation, you probably tried this one: “I’ve got to go. Someone’s trying to get me on the other line.”

Keeping And Getting Your Conversations On Track

Reader, this post helps when your every effort to steer the conversation into Godlier ports fails. Below are a few practical and helpful suggestions:

  • If it is a telephone call: Before you call the number or pick up the receiver, remind yourself that there is only ONE mouth and only ONE ear – God, the Infinite I AM. The speaking mouth and the hearing ear are ONE and the same Presence and Power.
  • If you are speaking in person: Look at her(him) and know that before you is the moving, living, breathing Presence of the Infinite I AM Consciousness that knows God is All.
  • As the conversation continues: You may have to frequently remind yourself of the One Mouth and One Ear. Know that all parties involved in the conversation are the One speaking Mouth and One Hearing Ear.

I know that speaking and hearing seem like human activities, but there is a spiritual principle behind them. For the next 7 days, work with these ideas. Don’t look for results. Just dive in and enjoy.

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This Is Better Than A Good Memory

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They Couldn’t Believe He Did It

For over an hour we stood in an ever-growing line waiting for the concert hall to open. All around us we could hear people speaking in hushed tones. One woman behind us whispered, “You think he’ll show up? After all, he is ninety years old.” Someone else said, “I can’t believe he’s still touring. What if he cancels?”

Well he did show up. His fingers flew up and down the keyboard faster than the wings of a hummingbird. He played the audience as well as he played the piano. At moments we laughed; at times we fought to hold back tears. Sometimes we sat mesmerized by the dazzling display of virtuosity. And this so-called ninety-year-old man played these thousands of notes all from memory. All from memory.

Memory Is Highly Overrated

My mom says her memory isn’t what it used to be. Some of my friends tell me the same thing. So what! If it seems like you can’t remember things like you used to, count your blessings. Memory is highly overrated. Good memory or bad memory, what does it matter? They both are the activities of a mind that does not exist. Memory is the illusory function of an illusory mind.

Reader, the memory-mind is not your mind. It was never your mind. Maybe they labeled your mind as a slow-learning mind, or some other mental disorder. So what, it was never your mind. Furthermore, you are not at the mercy of a dysfunctional mind. Enough about the illusion. From here on, it’s all good news.

The Mind That You Are Knows Everything, But Remembers Nothing

There is but One Mind, and God is that Mind. God does not have this Mind. God is this Mind. Naturally, Mind is infinite and all-knowing. This all-knowing, infinite Mind is the Mind that You Are. You don’t have this Mind. The one and only Mind is the substance of the I Am that You Are.

My greatest discovery about the Mind you and I are, is that it does not remember a thing – nothing. Therefore, this Mind is never in danger of forgetting a thing. RATHER THAN REMEMBERING AND FORGETTING, MIND REMAINS IN A CONSTANT STATE OF KNOWING.

It Is Practical

Reader, enjoy the practical implications of what you just read. Stop trying to remember a name or a fact. Instead, as the one all-knowing Mind, know that you know it, and you will find this to be true. Suddenly, the name, or the fact, will come forth in your awareness.

The same goes for your keys and your wallet. Stop rummaging through drawers and ransacking the den trying to find them. Instead “be still and know” that as the One, All-Knowing Mind, you know the location of everything you need at the present moment.

As for the concert pianist, maybe he didn’t memorize a thousand notes. More likely he just knew them.

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Be Still and Know

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What words of greater comfort, sweeter compassion or tenderer love and understanding could ever be whispered forth into expression? “Be still and Know.”

Beloved, let this day be to you a new day, a moment in your experience in which, if you are believing in fear and doubt, loss and separation, suddenly there opens to you a marvelous transparency of vision, when you hear the Voice of your own Soul; when you see the wonder of Life divine.

What woe cold not be hushed, what pain could not be appeased, what lack could not be satisfied by the loving acceptance of these inspiring words – “Be still and know.” Into the daily life of us all comes the need that mental storms, or turmoil, should be silenced; that the waves of fear, or the darkness of despondency be rebuked; that the mighty vision of Insight should be our refuge or our release.

Therefore the joy of certain Victory is yours. Sense is delivered from its nightmare of bondage, and its deliverer is the Truth. If before you rolls the Red Sea, if around you thunders the tempest and the uproar of dashing waves, even then be still and know that You are “The Way,” – You are the uncovered, dry land over which You shall walk to victory, to triumph and glory. Though the waters may look turbulent, angry and threatening, yet beyond, before your vision lies the Promised Land. The Power which separates these waters into a bank on either hand, so that we walk unharmed on solid, dry foundation, is that same Presence in you which bids “Be still and know.”
(by Lillian DeWaters)

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Know The Truth About Your Body

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There’s Only One Correct Answer

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Reader, you know the answer to this equation, and you know there is only one correct answer. Children, still a little shaky in math, could write ten different answers, but there is only one correct answer to this equation.

Just like the above equation, there is only one correct answer regarding the nature of the Body, and yet you can flip through several spiritual books that mention the Body and find that they each say something different about the nature of the Body. Even among authors of the Absolute, you will find contradictory opinions about the Body.

Who’s Right? Who’s Wrong?

Some authors say the Body is an idea in Mind devoid of Life, Substance and Intelligence. Other authors say the Body is God embodied, implying that the Body is Life, Substance and Intelligence embodied. Some authors take a left turn down a very dark path and claim the Body does not exist at all. Each camp has its own “followers.” And still, THERE IS ONLY ONE CORRECT ANSWER CONCERNING THE NATURE OF THE BODY – YOUR BODY. You will not be satisfied until you find that answer, and when the true nature of your Body is revealed, you will be astonished by what you discover.

A Thrilling Adventure / An Astonishing Discovery

Are you ready and willing to make this astonishing discovery? Rather than turn to so called “outer” sources, take a thrilling adventure by turning to your Self. Trust me, your Self will not fail you. Years ago a man shared this story with me.

“Allen, for years I did not think that turning within for answers would work for me. Always I reached for a book and randomly flipped through the pages hoping to land on a line or two that I could convince myself to be a revelation. But, these contrived answers didn’t satisfy.

“One day, I made a decision. I said, ‘Thomas, from this day on, you are going to trust your Consciousness to reveal the answers to your questions.’ It wasn’t easy, but I stood firm. I went through a frustrating phase of going within and coming out with nothing. Just when I was about to give up, my Consciousness kicked in gear and answers started coming forth. Since, then I have trusted my Consciousness to reveal any needed Truth. The answers are not instantaneous, but they are satisfying.”

Know That You Know What You Know

I hope the story above gives you confidence to trust “your” Consciousness to reveal the true nature of your Body.

Reader, I have a few questions for you: Is the Body an idea in Mind, or is it Mind Itself? How do you know? Was the answer revealed, or was it merely read in a book? Consciousness knows and will reveal the answer so that you will know that you know what you already know (inherently). Trust it!

 

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