After three rings, I picked up the phone. A young woman’s voice said, “May I speak to Allen White?” “This is he,” I said. She went on to say, “I am a ballet dancer. Next week I’m entering a ballet competition. I don’t know exactly what it is that you do, but can you pray for me to win?”
I remember this, because it was my first call as a Practitioner. Mind you, I was new at this, and it wasn’t the type of call I was expecting. As she was talking, I thought, “This young lady thinks practitioners are wizards of some sort. Does she want me to put a spell on the judges? What the heck is going on here?”
“Miss,” I said, “I can’t do that. That’s not what I do.” Then I explained, “You are not the dancer. God is. It is God dancing and moving as you. Therefore, your dancing is flawless, effortless, graceful and uninhibited. By its very God-nature, your movements are perfect and beautiful. They are God’s beauty in living action. This is the Truth that I know to be your reality.”
“But, will I win?” she asked. Because I have competed in many piano competitions, I understood her anxiety. Winning a competition means more opportunities. It means being placed in the best venues to showcase your ability, and make more money.
As far as winning, I said, “I cannot guarantee that you will win, but I can assure you that the outcome of Truth-focused prayer will be more expansive than merely winning a competition.”
Whether it appears to be artistic or business competition, here’s how to operate above the fray of competition. Keep in mind that everything following this sentence is based on the Fundamental Fact of Existence: There is one Infinite, Indivisible Presence – God – which is never in competition with Itself.
“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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
I read your recent post “This May Be Better Than God”, and I’m on board with you. For years I’ve been contemplating I AM.
Here’s how I do it. I break it up into two syllables, I and Am. Sometimes, to be honest, I never get past the I. When I say I, there’s a sense of boundlessness, bigness, infinity. As they say, “center without a circumference.”
As I share this story with you, I want you to get that I know I’m not confined to the form of my body. This is what happened:
One morning I woke up with one side of my body in pain. Allen, I’m talking from head to toe. I couldn’t put any pressure on my left foot. I limped into the kitchen, but double backed to the bed. “This won’t do.” It was really strange that just one side of my body could be in so much pain.
This went on all day long. But, Allen, I had an important engagement coming up in a few days. I had to be up to snuff.
That night I contemplated the words I AM and lingered on the I. Then I realized that I cannot be immobilized. Since I is not confined to this body form, I’s mobility cannot possibly be confined to this body form. It could not be impaired. Allen, I realized that if I’s mobility could be impaired, then the movement of the planets, waters, and winds would be impaired. After all, I is all.
I asked myself (got this from God is All), “Have the planets stopped moving?” I said no. Then my movements cannot be stopped. I realized that I am mobility. The next morning I got up and with just a mild pain went about my business free to Be.
All the while, Allen, I kept my thoughts on I Am not confined to my body. I Am boundless, free and infinite. I am not bound by my body. I can move. I Am movement.
Allen, I know I don’t have to tell you that by afternoon, I was going up and down the stairs, around the house and through the hardware store with perfect ease. Thanks for your blog.
Yes, it’s true. There is just one Presence, and this Presence is Existence itself. But more than that, reader, YOU ARE THIS PRESENCE.
This one Presence is Intelligence. It is Awareness. It is, as we say, Mind. Mind, being God, is Existence. To make sure we are on the same page of the same book, I’m going to rephrase what has just been written: The one Presence (You) does not have a mind. It is Mind. Did something click? Did you say to yourself, “I get it! I don’t have a mind. I Am Mind.”? Now we are on the same page, and we can have some fun.
We are going to play some Mind games. I did not invent these games. It seems that many people have played them for thousands of years. There are no special purchases, but there are some essentials. To play these Mind games you will have to pretend that God is not All. You’ll have to pretend there is not one Presence – not one Mind. These games are like solitaire. You don’t need a partner to play. Let the games begin.
This is a popular game among the dedicated and sincere. In this game you have to have a problem – a serious problem. To win, you have to convince yourself that you have a personal mind that is not the One Mind. Then, you have to convince yourself that the mind you have does not know enough Truth to “handle” your problem. However, there is someone else (a Practitioner, author, or guru) with another mind that does know enough Truth to handle your case.
Fill in the blank with any name you choose. To jumpstart the game, I’m giving you a few names you could put in the blank:
How many minds are on this list? How about your list? Each of these minds seems to have a little more or less light than the other. But more than that, they all have more light than you. The only way this game can be won is that you always have to be the spiritual dimwit – a dimmer light than everyone on your list.
This game is awesome. Not just for its unbridled dualism, but also for its self-aggrandizing pomposity.
When I am invited to give a lecture, a small group of people ask me to give a “closed class”. A closed class is for the (please don’t gag) “advanced students”. When someone asks me this, it implies “I and a few others are a tad higher in Consciousness than the rest. Will you have a class just for us?”
My answer has always been “No!” Reader, I’m going to spend a little more time discussing this game.
To play this game, you have to imagine God (the Infinite, Indivisible All) to be divided into levels of Itself. Then, you have to imagine that there are others out there on a lower level than you. Do you see any difference between this game and racial prejudice, gender discrimination, and other social ills based on supposed differences?
This is a dangerous game. PLAY AT YOUR OWN RISK.
I remember the joys and thrills I got from playing this game. It’s a game of self-deception. This is the only physically challenging game on the list. To play it well, you are constantly reaching up and over your shoulder to give yourself congratulatory pats on the back for “really” wanting to know God.
You will hear players of this game saying, “Every day I sit in the silence contemplating God’s Presence and Power. I never miss. I can’t wait until I experience my first revelation (or illumination).”
To play this game well enough to win, you have to start with the belief that there is a mind (not Mind) that is presently unenlightened. However, with enough sincerity, dedication, and silent moments, this mind will one day become enlightened. It’s all a crap shoot. It may happen, but most often, it doesn’t.
Again, reader, you are Mind. You are the very presence of Illumination. But, you have to sacrifice this fact to play the games. How long you play any of these games is up to you. “You are the light of the world.”
If we look upon appearances and accept them, we are bearing false witness. The human self, as we see it, is not real at all. Jesus was continually admonishing his disciples to deny themselves. When enlightenment came to Gautama Buddha, he said, “The self (that is the human concept) does not exist. Truth (the Great Self) is all.”
If we can see that as a limited human identity, we do not exist, we can see that we and all are Truth, and this is bearing true witness.
We do not need to blame ourselves for our mishaps either. How shall we think, then? That the mishaps and misfortunes are not real nor actual, but right where they seem to be, right there is the presence of absolute good.
Mr. Rawson would tell us to describe the kingdom of heaven to ourselves, and to know that it is where our fears seem to be. Your misfortunes have no history at all. At any moment they can be healed instantly and perfectly, now matter what the seeming cause or history.
We only have to know the Truth. We do not have to get behind it to make it operate; it does not have to be stimulated or insisted upon. There is an expression in the Sanscrit – “by mere knowledge”, all demonstration is by mere knowledge.
If you added a column of figures incorrectly, you could change the result by mere knowledge. So we correct our experience by the knowledge that the Self is all.
We deal only with the Lord and not with people. One who has not had some experience in the power of understanding to correct one’s life would never dream what this one piece of information will do for him.
If one were buying a garment from a salesman in a great department store, he would seem to be dealing with the salesman. But if the garment were unsatisfactory, or if the salesman had misrepresented it, he would go higher than the salesman. He would remember that he was dealing with the owner of the store.
We must remember that we are dealing always, and only, with the Lord. When we remember this, we lose our fear of people, of competition, of unemployment.
I had many responses to my most recent blog (The I AM Exercise). One that really caught my attention was from Johann who lives in South Africa.
“Hi Allen, I followed your suggestion as per the blog entry and yesterday I went to fetch my niece from College. I called all I AM in my mind and had such great experiences.”
He goes on to report: experiencing friendly people, easy parking, and then states that something else happened.
“I was waiting for my niece at a coffee shop and while waiting had a desert. When I left I went to the cashier to pay. I took out of my wallet R40 (1x R20 bill and 2x R10 bills) the cashier then showed me she has R50 in her hand (1xR20 bill and 3x R10 bills). This was amazing and it afforded me to leave the friendly waitress a bigger tip. This is my motto now, see all and everything as the I AM.”
I hope that Johann’s letter (written just two days after the post) inspires you to start the I AM exercise right away. Here is the exercise.
Why stop at saying that the Truth of things is perfect and that Heaven is Perfect in Itself, when it is your self, your body and your experience which you wish to see picture forth the “Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory?”
Open your vision to the fact that there is only one Being, and that this is your Being. For Being is not dual. Claim the completeness, the infinity, the perfection of your entire Being which includes your Body
All creation is ideal, lovely, enchanting and satisfying. There are really no “others,” for in your universe you stand as one with all. In such realization of Yourself as The One there is no mistake to be corrected, no sickness to be healed, no person to be redeemed.
The seeming problem disappears: simply to withdraw from all belief of duality, multiplicity and sense of otherness, and to hold the High Watch, brings instead the vision of the completeness and infinity of all Good, all Health, all Abundance, all Joy now here and anywhere.
In proportion as one can rise to perform this act of the Truth can he fulfill the commission “Heal the sick and raise the dead.” And who are the sick? Who are the dead? Verily, who can they be and where can they exist if the Self be ALL? The commission is fulfilled in Revelation.
Every writer of the Absolute agrees that all of our seeming troubles stem from a false belief that there is another presence and power beside God. The word we give to this diabolical belief is dualism –the belief in twoness.
Haven’t you heard someone emphatically say, “I know there is only one presence, and I know there is only one power,” yet in the next breath they confess, “But I cannot say I am God.”? This is a most subtle form of dualism, and it needs to be completely wiped out of awareness.
Reader, if you are not God you must be some presence other than God. This idea has to scare the bejesus out of you for two reasons: (1) It flings open the door to every seeming form of trouble imaginable. (2) It reveals that God is not really all to you.
Just thinking I am God gives some people a sudden attack of dry heaves. Why? Here’s what I’ve been told: “It’s blasphemy. How, with all my faults, flaws, and foibles, can I say I am God?” Translation: How dare I elevate my humanity to divinity!
You can’t, and you don’t! The born i (and its entire human history) is not the I that you are. You cannot elevate the born i. However, you can realize its nothingness. You can eliminate it from your awareness by claiming the unborn I as your only I. The finite, time-space bound i is not the I that you are. You cannot elevate this i, but you can eliminate it from your awareness by claiming the Infinite, Eternal I as your only I. The I that you are does not need lifting. It only needs recognition and acceptance.
Claiming the Infinite, Eternal, Omnipresent I as the I that You Are is how you completely eliminate dualism.