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Success Is Normal

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This excerpt is by Marie Watts from the booklet Success Is Normal

If it seems that you are not being successful in your business, your profession, or your employment, it is necessary to be specific in your realization that you are the universal Principle, Success, in action as your business, your profession, or your employment.

But do not attempt to block off your business or your professional success from the entirety of your successful Existence. The universal Principle is inseparable. It cannot be divided into blocks or areas of success. It simply will not be apparent completely unless you are aware that this Principle is complete, omnipresent, and equally present and active everywhere and eternally.

In like manner, if you seem to be unsuccessful in your home, it is necessary to specifically recognize the fact that success is omnipresent. Thus, it has to be present and evidence in and as your home. But, of course, you will not attempt to limit this Principle to your home.

What we are pointing up here is the fact that the indivisible nature of the Principle, Success, must be realized if you are to be conscious of being completely successful. But this does not mean that you should not be alert and recognize success to be present in any specific activity that might temporarily seem to be unsuccessful. The Infinite Principle remains the same successful activity, whether it is evident as universal activity, the activity of adding a column or figures, or baking a cake. And because you know that you are the I that I AM, you also know You are this universal Principle in action.

You are not concerned with being a success. You know that you are successful because you are the very Principle called Success. Thus, you do not labor, struggle, plan, or strain to accomplish being that which you already are.

 

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You Really Do Know What To Do

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“I don’t know what to do. Please help.”

Sometimes trouble seems overwhelming, and you reach out for help. Although you have read all the books and heard the stirring sermons, you feel like you don’t know what to do. To anyone who is seeking a spiritual solution to a seeming problem, I am stepping out on the skinny branches to make this bold assertion: YOU DO KNOW WHAT TO DO.

First, let’s start with the fundamental FACT that you are the living presence of Infinite Intelligence. Know-how is the warp and woof of your Identity. This supports my original assertion that YOU DO KNOW WHAT TO DO, and what follows is a suggestion to make this very practical.

Most likely, as I previously stated, you have read an assortment of spiritual books. You’ve attended lectures and have been exposed to a lot of information on spiritual living. You might even be a class-taught Christian Scientist. Plus, you pray daily in listening, God-focused prayer. All of this helps. What follows involves a lot of imagination, but it’s not the mental trickery of visualizing your good.

If you feel like you’re in a jam and want a spiritual resolution, find a quiet place to sit. If you can, place another chair in front of you and imagine someone sitting there. This imaginary person is coming to you for consultation. Their problem is exactly the same problem you seem to have. So have them spill it all out just like you would to a practitioner or counselor.

Now that you’ve heard it all. Advise them of the spiritual approach to their dilemma. Lay it out step-by-step. Keep “advising” until you sense a clarity in your approach.

Am I right? Don’t you see that you do know what to do, and even how to do it? The challenge is in this next step. DO EXACTLY WHAT YOU ADVISED YOUR IMAGINARY PERSON TO DO – AND DO IT CONSISTENTLY.

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Grief — How To End It

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I Never Believed She Killed Her Husband

“She must’ve killed her husband,” whispered a band of women huddled in the corner of the sanctuary. “How else can you explain how happy she is after the police just found his body in the woods?”

When I heard about the rumors of Venus killing her husband, I laughed. In a typical church, I could understand what they would expect of Venus – obvious signs of grief. But this was a metaphysical church. This was a church that teaches death is not real. This was a church that has as a motto, “Nothing can disturb the calm peace of my soul.” That’s why I laughed.

Did the women spreading this rumor ever stop to consider that maybe the teachings of the church were more than mere words for Venus? Did they consider that perhaps Venus was living the teachings, rather than merely mouthing them? Could it be that Venus clearly realized that since God is All, there is nothing to grieve? Contrast this with the following story and decide which best exemplifies God Mind?

Grief Is Not Natural

I once worked with a man who would break out into uncontrollable sobbing every day. A river of tears would run down his face. Between short gasps for breath, he’d sputter something about his mother. I pieced together that his mother must have recently passed.

One day following another outburst I asked him, “Cal, when did your mother pass?” Wiping the tears from his eyes, he said, “Ten years ago.” I thought to myself, “There’s a problem here.” But as it is said, “Everyone grieves differently.” But, is grief necessary? Is it based on the Truth, or a lie about the Truth?

Not too long ago, a friend asked me, “Allen, what would you do if your mother died?” [Be honest, don’t you find this a strange question?] Yes, I was taken aback by the question, but then I replied, “I’d call a Practitioner right away.” “A Practitioner,” she said, “Isn’t it a little late for that?” “No, it’s the ideal thing to do,” I said. “The reason I’d call a Practitioner is to head-off a possible encounter with grief.”

Someone has to say this bluntly: Grief is not natural.

Let me expand on this. Grief is not natural to the Christ or God-Mind. God-Mind knows that Life is all there is. God-Mind knows the inseparability of Life and Identity. God-Mind’s natural state is Joy, and from this state it never drifts. The most important thing to know is that God-Mind is the only Mind.

Is There A Mind Other Than God-Mind?

Do you argue that grief is natural? I agree with you. Grief is natural to the so-called human mind, but answer this question. Where in the Allness of God is the human mind? Nowhere! The human mind is the finite, distorted experience of God-Mind. Analyze that sentence carefully and you must come to one conclusion: The human mind is NOTHING.

Here’s the question you must ask and answer for yourself. “Your” mind. Is it the human mind or God-Mind? You can’t have it both ways. Which is it? If you answered, “Allen, of course my Mind is God-Mind,” then grief is not normal for you. Rather, unbridled Joy is your natural state.

Break Free Of Grief Today

Does it seem that you’re caught in the cold clutch of grief? Would you like to break free? It would help if you at least believed, despite all appearances, that God-Mind is your only Mind. From here it is simple.

Throughout the day, when it seems that you are overcome by a wave of grief, say to yourself, “Right this moment, I am willing to experience Joy.” Later, during your time of silent God-focused prayer, open with those same words. Don’t try to be happy. Don’t reach up and out for joy. This is a process of revelation. Let the Mind of Joy be revealed and experienced as your Mind.

Why does this work? It works for the same reason spiritual healing “works.” Spiritual healing, as you know, does not try to change a sick body into a well body. Spiritual healing is KNOWING that right where there appears to be a sick body is the whole and perfect Presence of God embodied. And right where there appears to be a grieving mind is God-Mind – Joy-Mind.

When you state your willingness to experience Joy, you state your willingness to experience the natural state of the ever-present God-Mind – your only Mind.

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Skill Mastery — A Lesson Learned

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It Happened At The Piano

One afternoon I was practicing a difficult section of Beethoven’s Sonata (Op. 110). I tried all the practice tricks but could not master it. Frustrated, I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. I thought about all the pianists I admired who recorded this sonata, and this flashed in my Consciousness: SKILL IS UNLIMITED. SKILL IS INFINITE. SKILL IS UNIVERSAL.

Then came further insight. THERE’S ONLY ONE DOER – GOD. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A PERSONAL DOER. YOU ARE NOT A PERSONAL DOER.

All of this happened in half a heartbeat. When I went back to the piano, I nailed that section – but not as a personal doer. And that day I learned what is necessary to master any skill.

Michael Jordan and Julia Child

While we’re on the subject of skill mastery, I remember when teenage boys watched Michael Jordan’s dazzling skills on the basketball court. He was Superman. No one, it was believed, could match his skills. The same with culinary superstar, Julia Child. Both professional and home cooks knew they were watching a master. Her skills seemed matchless. But, were they?

Reader, I’m asking you a few questions. Was Michael Jordan’s skill a personal skill? How about Julia Child’s? One last question. How about your skill – is it personal or not? You’ve probably worked at it (whatever the skill is) and became quite good at it. But, is it personal? I hope not.

Personal skill, by its very illusory nature, is limited skill. You want no part of it. Skill is universal. Skill is impersonal. It never belonged to Michael Jordan. God was (and is) the doer. It’s the same with your skill. It’s not personal. God is the doer and that’s why “your” skill is Infinite and Unlimited.

Greater Works

Christ Jesus is recorded in the Bible as saying that you and I can match his works, and do even greater works. How can that be? Because Christ knew he was not a personal doer – “I of myself can do nothing.” (John 5:30) Christ knew God to be the only doer; therefore the doing (skill) is as Infinite as the Doer.

Skill-Mastery Hints and Helps

Below are some infallible hints on how to do anything better.

  1. No matter how skilled you seem to be, give up the idea that you are a personal doer. This step is essential.
  2. Every now and then contemplate the Truth that Infinite Intelligence (God) is the only doer and always knows what to do and how to do it – without labor and practice. Do you see how this takes non-existent time out of the skill-mastery picture?
  3. Know yourself to be Infinite Intelligence in action.
  4. When you are in the midst of performing any skill, remind yourself that the Infinite, Infallible Intelligence of the Universe is doing this as you.
  5. Occasionally you will see (or hear) someone do something with skills that are beyond belief. Know that the One Universal Doer is the doer. Then ask yourself, “Isn’t this the same Doer that I AM?” After answering this question, draw your own conclusions about your unlimited ability.

Keep these ideas in mind and you will sizzle with excitement as you quickly master new skills and bypass the laborious, time-laden human way of skill acquisition. Watch how practice time shortens while you achieve greater results. Try it and let me know how it worked for you.

 

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Possessed By Infinite Goodness

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I’m Possessed By Infinite Goodness

A man recently told me he thinks he is possessed by “Infinite Goodness.” “Allen, I can’t stop thinking about it. All throughout the day, I’m thinking about Infinite Goodness.”

When I read this man’s email, I wanted to jump out of my seat. In the last few months, I’ve used the term Infinite Goodness in many of my Sunday morning messages. Every Sunday our services start with an acknowledgment of Omnipresent Goodness, and this sets the stage for a great morning service.

There Is No Evil

Infinite Goodness really means Infinite Godness. Just for a moment, let’s make a left turn down a dark, phantasmic road and look at badness, or evil. In one metaphysical textbook, it clearly states, “There is no evil.”

People read that statement and immediately point to the absurdity of it. Why shouldn’t they? All around them are countless instances of evil. The media profits on reporting evil in every grotesque form imaginable. Face it, judging by appearances, which we are urged not to do, there’s hard evidence that evil is real. Yet, it isn’t.

Let’s take a closer look at why there is no evil. Answer this question. What does evil require in order to exist? Did you answer duality and separation? You are right. In every seeming appearance of evil (or badness), there is duality and separation.

There’s More Than The One Here

Granny is sick with pneumonia. There’s duality and separation here. There’s a body, and then there is a virus or bacteria infecting the body. Count for yourself. There are two or more here.

Mark cannot find a job. So, twoness and separation are busy at work. On one hand you have Mark, and on the other hand you have the employer. That’s two. Then, there is the space that seems to separate Mark from his ideal employer. So far, I’ve counted three. What did you come up with?

During recess, Johnny punched Bobby in the face. They scuffled on the ground until the vice-principal came and separated them. Nobody would say fighting is good, but go back and count the culprits. Whether it’s a scuffle on the playground or countries at war, you have duality.

For evil to exist, more than one is required. Or, more than the One is required. Yet, there is only One Infinite, Indivisible, Presence. Where there is one Infinite, Indivisible Presence, there is no evil. Where there is One Infinite, Indivisible Presence that is Love, Light and Perfection, there is Infinite Goodness.

Here’s Another Way To View Existence

Look at existence as One Infinite, Indivisible living spiritual “organism.” And know yourself to be that organism. Seeing existence this way, and not being duped by the appearances of separation, you can see why all is Infinite Goodness and Infinite Goodness is All.

Right this very moment, you are living in and AS the Presence of Infinite Goodness. Contemplate the fact of Infinite Goodness, and don’t be surprised if you, like the man mentioned earlier, find yourself “possessed” by the idea of Infinite Goodness.

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If God Is All, Why Do I Have To Pray?

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Is God Within You, Or Being You?

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The excerpt below is by Marie Watts. It is from her newsletter The Word (1962), available from Mystics of the World.

We often hear someone say, “Oh, I know that I am in the presence of God, and that God is present in me.” This very statement, of itself, is evidence that the speaker comprehends very little of what is meant by the Presence of God.

If we are merely in the Presence of God, then we must exist as something other than God. If God is merely in us, we must have or be a substance that contains God but is not God. If either one of these premises could be true, it would mean that God is not All.

If God is All, God must be All that is presence and All that has presence. In order to really comprehend the total significance of this word Presence, we must go all the way in our acceptance of the fact that God is All.

You are the Presence of God because there is nothing but God to be present as your Presence. You are the Power of the Presence of God because there is nothing but the Presence of the Power of God present as you.

It is true that the illusory world certainly appears to present a picture of presences and powers that are not God. These false pictures cannot deceive you when you know that there is only one Presence, only one Power.

If some fallacy of weakness should attempt to deceive you, it is so easy to just realize that you are the Presence of the Power of infinite strength, and you are the Power of the Presence of infinite strength.

If there should seem to be a lack of any kind, you can contemplate the fact that you are the Presence of the supply of that which seems to be lacking or absent. No matter what the seeming need may be, you are the Presence of the Supply, thus you are not the presence of a need.

Now when you say, “I am the Presence of the Power of God,” you will experience a greater, deeper realization of the tremendous spiritual fact that you have stated. Furthermore, you will experience the joy of knowing and of seeing the evidence of that which you know.

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So Are You Saying …?

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Below are questions that have come up regarding the last two posts about those “Stubborn Problems.”

Allen, what you’ve written in the last two posts sounds like old Christian theology where God sends adversity to teach us a lesson. Am I missing something?

Yes, you are. These posts could not suggest anything like that. It’s clearly stated that the problem, no matter how long-standing, is not real. By not real, I mean not really present. However, these problems seem real and appear to be very present.

God cannot send non-existent difficulties. As you must know, God (Perfection) is right there where the difficulty seems to be. For many years we have declared that God is the only Presence … until a problem arises. Then, the One becomes two – God and the problem.

These two posts about “stubborn problems” are merely saying there is still just the One Presence and Evidence. Part 2 offers suggestions on how to see and experience the One, and only the One. Reader, our whole business in life is to know, see, and consciously BE the One, and that’s because there is only One to know, see and BE.

You write a lot about asking and listening. Even your last post boils down to asking and listening. That’s hard for me. Any alternatives?

It was a challenge for me as well. However, I realized that without revelation, you only have words you’ve read or heard. Words, just words. Revelation establishes these words as verifiable facts.

If you are asking for a suggestion, here’s one. Read the last two posts again. Then, if you appear to have a problem, make a decision to resolve that problem via the suggestions made in those posts. Take no human steps to resolve the seeming problem. All steps are inner steps of mounting realization. No matter how long it seems to take, resolve it only in this way. Having done that, I know you will never default to any other way. Furthermore, the listening and hearing will be much easier.

The Solution For Stubborn Problems Pt. 2

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So far, we’ve established our foundation:

  • Don’t tolerate any appearance of imperfection – no matter how long-standing.
  • Don’t give in to the appearance.

If it seems as though your problem is still clinging like a tree monkey, it’s time for more decisive action – the activity of God realization. From this point forward you’re going to move beyond all of your frustration and confusion.

Perhaps doubt has snuck in through the back door of your frustration, and you thought, “This Truth isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.” You’re going to move beyond this illusion of a doubting mind to embark on the most thrilling adventure of your life. I mean it. Despite the many pleasures and happy moments you have enjoyed, nothing compares to what is about to happen for you.

The thrill of discovering a God-fact via direct revelation is matchless. Why? Because that God-fact, revealed, shows up as a so-called “healing” of the problem. Let’s start the adventure.

LOVE YOUR PROBLEM

Don’t fear it! Don’t resent it! Love your problem! Love it. Not because it is real, but for what it can reveal. If you’ve endured a long-standing problem, you’ve probably said many times, “Why is this happening to me? After all the Truth I know, how could this happen to me?” Loving your problem is going to reveal exactly what is happening.

The problem, no matter how long-standing exists (or at least seems to) for one purpose – to draw your attention to a specific God-fact. Once the God-fact is known, the problem has served its purpose. The God-fact reveals a Truth of God, and in the wake of that revelation is the perception of God’s presence right where the problem seemed to be. Had the problem not appeared in the first place, most people would not be steadfast and faithful in wanting to move beyond their present understanding of God’s Allness.

I HAD A PROBLEM AND LOVED IT BECAUSE …

It was not a long-standing problem, but one that seemed life-threatening. All night I was in and out of silent, God-focused listening prayer. The revelation that came forth was a watershed moment completely changing my perception of the Body. For that reason, I loved the problem. Otherwise, I would not have been pushed to go beyond my present understanding of the Body.

Is the problem necessary in order to discover the God-fact? Absolutely not! But let’s be honest. Most people pray more fervently when things are going wrong. And that’s when more God-facts are realized. Do you see why I urge you to love your problem? The God-fact that it is turning your attention to is priceless.

DISCOVERING THE GOD-FACT

It’s time to turn and see exactly what God-fact your seeming problem is signaling. God-facts cannot be reasoned out. God-facts cannot be intellectually discerned. They can only be revealed by way of silent, listening prayer. There are many ways to approach this, but I’m suggesting two.

Go Directly For The Fact

After you’ve settled in and are ready to listen and “hear,” simply ask your God-Consciousness, “What is the Truth I most need to realize?” You ask and you listen. Repeat if necessary. In this approach, you are totally bypassing the seeming difficulty and your total focus is on the spiritual discovery of a God-fact.

The Springboard Approach

This is the approach favored by many. I think it’s because the seeming problem is at least addressed, and then immediately dismissed. Here you start with the problem and use it as a trampoline to spring to greater awareness of God’s Allness.

After you’ve settled in and are ready to “hear,” you lay it all out on the table as it appears to be. Below is an example:

It seems that I’ve been suffering from kidney pain for the last fifteen years. The doctors say that it is due to a rupture of some type and that I need surgery. Sometimes the pain is unbearable, and I can barely move. Then, I spend the rest of the day in bed. This is all what appears to be, but what is the Truth I need to know?

That last sentence is the most important. Again, you ask and listen, and repeat if necessary. In either approach, you continue until the Revelation of the God-fact is experienced. Your question may be, “But what about my problem?”

Problems, long-standing or otherwise, remind me of the Mission Impossible movies. Have you ever seen one? The adventure-packed film opens with Ethan receiving a plain envelope. Inside there is a gadget with the IMF mission that concludes with “Your mission, should you decide to accept it ….” After that, the device self-destructs. Problems alert your attention to a God-fact. Once the God-fact is discovered, the (seeming) problem self-destructs. Or, in spiritual language, its “something” is revealed and evidenced to be nothing.

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The Solution For Stubborn Problems

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What You Can Do About A Stubborn Case Is This

It’s time I wrote about those stubborn cases – those problems that seem to cling like barnacles to a whale’s belly. This could be a chronic disease such as asthma, diabetes, arthritis, etc. Or it could look like a chronic case of “I never have enough money.” Then again, it could appear as chronic dysfunctional relationships. Whatever the case may seem to be, the problem looks like it’s been hanging around for years, and you just can’t beat it. Reader, you can’t beat it, but you can know the nothingness of it.

Starting from our basic premise that God is the only Presence, and this Presence is changeless Perfection, you can rest assured that Perfection IS the only Presence and the only Evidence. This, and not the barnacles, is your starting point.

Do you have a long-standing problem that seems real? Have you been trying to heal yourself, or get rid of it? Go back to the starting point and stay there. This has to trigger the realization that since Perfection (God) is All, this thing cannot be, and it is not present. No matter how long-standing the problem has been, a clear realization such as this is like sunlight flooding a room that’s sat in darkness for years. The darkness (trouble) is now nowhere to be found.

Regardless of how stubborn and resistant a problem seems to be, no appearance of imperfection should be tolerated. Stiff and aching joints, frequent migraines, tumors and tubercles, turbulent relationships, paycheck-to-paycheck living – none of these should be tolerated.

Getting Cozy With A Problem Is Not Getting Rid Of It

When a problem seems difficult to “heal,” some resort to snuggling up and getting as comfortable as possible with it. At night, those who seem to suffer from arthritis reach to the nightstand for some pain-relieving ointment. They slather it all over their aching joints and hope for a good night’s sleep. All the while, they have resigned themselves to a lifetime of joint rubbing.

There are some who can’t seem to shake the “I can’t make ends meet” dis-ease, and they enslave themselves to the latest magic-working budget plan. Or, as a woman once told me who could not shake a seemingly dysfunctional relationship syndrome, “I’ll just stick with my same jacked-up friends.”

These are examples of snuggling up to a problem rather than perceiving the nothingness of it. Stop! The realization that God is All must goad you to rise up and say to these hallucinations, “This far and no further.” If you seem to be experiencing a stubborn case of “whatever,” imagine there’s a large black billboard in front of you, and in big bold red letters are these two words: Don’t Resign!

Instead Of The Stubborn Situation, There Is The Perfection Of God

You’ve heard it said that behind every problem is the Perfection of God. For the sake of this article, behind every stubborn case is the Perfection of God. However, this is very dualistic language, so let’s correct it now. Let’s take the next step and know that INSTEAD OF THE STUBBORN CASE, GOD’S PERFECTION IS. Doesn’t this stay true to our starting point? Staying and not straying is the key to resolving seemingly stubborn situations.

The Takeaway

Don’t give in and don’t give up is the take-away from today’s part one of a two-part series. Maybe it’s been months, perhaps years, that you’ve endured your seeming problem, but all the while it was a lie about the Omnipresent Perfection.

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