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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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Someone Needed To Remind You Of This

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Sunlight At the End Of A Dark Tunnel

I remember the first time I listened to a Nikki Giovanni recording. I remember the golden voices of the gospel choir that sang in the background as she read her poetry. One particular poem evoked the joy of seeing sunlight at the end of a dark tunnel. I played that poem over and over again. It wasn’t the entire poem that grabbed me; it was just the opening words. “One ounce of truth benefits like ripples in a pond.”

Picture it. A little boy throws a stone into the middle of a still pond. Water circles ripple from the center to the circumference of the pond. One stone, many circles. One ounce of Truth does benefit like ripples in a pond. One ounce of Truth. Not a quart, not a gallon, but just one ounce of Truth.

How Many Books Do You Have To Read To Handle The Situation?

The spiritual implication of this means that you don’t have to read an entire shelf of Truth books. Just one sentence from one book is enough to “benefit” every area of your life. Haven’t you sometimes felt that you didn’t know enough Truth to meet your need – to handle your emergency? Then, perhaps, you flipped through book after book hoping to find some magic Truth statement that would fix the situation. “One ounce of Truth benefits like ripples in a pond.” Any Truth statement from any book would have been enough!

Haven’t you sometimes felt that your present understanding of Truth wasn’t enough? Whatever Truth you do understand is enough to meet any need. If you really know one statement of Truth, rejoice. That one statement will carry you through the rest of your eternal life. Of course, you will contemplate that one statement, and you will listen in silence as it unpacks all of its mysteries and secrets. Out of that one statement will come a hundred and one Truths.

What Is Your Favorite Truth Statement?

Do you wonder how one Truth statement can benefit every area of your Life? Here’s how. Every statement of Truth is your Life. It is not a statement about your Life. It is your Life. One statement of Truth understood shows itself, in some way, to be the reality of your Life.

What is your favorite statement of Truth? I mean that one you default to when the going seems rough. Imagine that statement to be a nutshell, and inside that shell (statement) is every Truth that has ever been written or spoken. When you contemplate that statement and ask it to reveal its mysteries, you open the door for all Truth to flood your Consciousness. This is Revelation. Every statement revealed to you then shows itself to be the reality of your Life – every aspect of your Life.

Right this very moment you know enough Truth to handle any appearance of lack, limitation, disease, etc. Don’t believe otherwise.

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This Is All You Need To Know About Fear

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The Story Of The Mysterious Pus-Oozing Bumps

One night I woke up about 3 a.m. Something felt wrong, but I didn’t know what. I happened to run my hand over my shoulder, and what I felt made me shuffle to the bathroom to take a look. When I looked in the mirror, my mouth opened wide as a canyon. My upper body was covered with pus-oozing bumps. How could this be? Hours earlier, when I took a shower, my skin was smooth as satin – or maybe kid leather.

I went back to bed thinking, what the heck is this, and what am I going to do. Fear took over, and my body started shaking like a paint mixer. I couldn’t stop it. Going to the Emergency Room was not an option. I didn’t believe any medical practitioner would tell me “Allen, you’ve got nothing to worry about; God is all there is.”

Lying in bed, I knew I had some fear to conquer. If I didn’t, nothing good would follow. To conquer fear, there is one way that always works for me. What I did, you can do. No matter how bad it seems, no matter how life-threatening the appearance, you can as do I did.

Conquer The Fear And You’ve Conquered The Problem

I took my mind completely off of the body and all that appeared to be wrong with it. Then, I turned my prayerful attention to one thing only: realizing more of God’s Allness. Healing was not my focus. God realization was. It didn’t happen immediately, but soon enough I was swathed in a blanket of peace. I knew, then, that all was well. I lay there basking in the peace.

After a while, I got out of the bed and looked in the mirror. Most of the pus-oozing bumps were gone. By morning, it was like nothing ever happened.

My reason for writing this post is to share with you what I learned about fear, and how to handle it. Note that in this story the fear abated before the situation “changed.” Here’s why. When you take your attention off of the trouble and refocus it on the highest Truth you know, or on knowing more Truth, the Christ, or God-Mind, in all its peace and serenity, is experienced as your only Mind.

Mind Does Not Fear

Mind does not fear. It knows nothing about the ghosts and goblins that seem to haunt so-called human experience. Mind knows no disease to fear. This is why you can experience peace despite monstrous appearances. Mind knows Oneness. Mind knows the Allness of Peace. Mind knows all is well because It is the All being Well.

All you need to know about fear is this: THE MIND THAT FEARS, AND THE THING IT FEARS, ARE NOTHING. NO THING AT ALL.

 

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Have You Called Several Practitioners Without Results?

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The first time I called a practitioner was for employment – or so I thought. Within a few days, job offers poured in. I called the practitioner again and said, “Please stop. I decided I’m not ready to work.”

The second time I called a practitioner, I was in a financial crisis. In a few days, the supply came in. Then, there was the time when I just left the Emergency Room. The doctor said unless I had an operation tomorrow, things would go badly for me. I called the practitioner and was healed within hours.

Reader, to tell you the truth, a Pink-rumped Rosefinch could pray for me, and the results would be similar. It seems that I’ve always responded to prayer. But, this post is not about me. This post is for those of you who seem to get no help from a practitioner.

Marie Watts (of The Ultimate) told me many times that she never received help from a practitioner. During her time in Christian Science, she was acquainted with some of the best practitioners in the movement. Yet, they were not able to help her.

Then, she said these words, “Allen, when a person has tried many practitioners without receiving help, it’s because they are able to do the work themselves.” I believe this. I sincerely believe that if you have tried one practitioner after another without getting help, you can successfully help yourself. Don’t be afraid! You can do it.

Below are two approaches for “doing your own work.”

LAY IT ON THE LINE

In this approach you lay out all the troubling appearances that seem to be real, and then you ask (God Consciousness) what is really going on?

For example, “It appears that my eyes are red and swollen. It seems as though my vision is blurry and out of focus. These are the appearances, but right where this trouble seems to be happening, what really is going on?” Then, you listen. If no answer comes forth immediately, repeat and listen. Don’t lose heart. Consciousness will reveal what is true.

SKIPPING APPEARANCES ALTOGETHER

If there appears to be trouble in your experience, it’s not what it appears to be. It looks troublesome, and it may even appear to be life-threatening, but it’s not. This troublesome thing is drawing your attention to some Truth of God.

In this approach, you simply ask in prayer, “What is the Truth that I most need to know now?” Or, for those who are rattled by the duality of such a question, you can ask, “What is the Truth that I am knowing right now?”

Reader, I’ve used both approaches. When something seems so horrific that it knocks me off balance, I opt for the first approach. Either way, your focus is not on healing but knowing what IS. I repeat the words of Marie Watts, “Allen, when a person has tried many practitioners without receiving help, it’s because they are able to do the work themselves.”

You can do your own work!

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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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Mind – Impersonal and Universal

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One Mind

One Consciousness

One Awareness

Where are the unillumined minds? Nowhere! Where are minds that have only an intellectual understanding of Truth? Nowhere! Where are the dualistic minds believing in a presence and power other than God? Nowhere!

At one time, we all believed that mind was a personal possession. We spoke of “my mind,” “her mind,” a “child’s mind,” etc. We even believed that God had a mind, albeit a sort of super mind. However, these personal minds are not Mind. They are to Mind as Monopoly money is to real money, equally useless for day-to-day living.

Mind is God, and God is Mind – infinite, impersonal and universal. Mind is Omnipresent, but this means zilch until you consider what Mind knows. And what Mind knows requires just two words: I AM. I AM is the Universal Fact of Existence, and Existence unceasingly revels in this Fact.

Isn’t it a joy to know that you don’t have a mind, but that you are Mind? Isn’t it thrilling to realize you are Infinite Mind knowing Itself to be all there is? It’s a relief, isn’t it, to know that Mind is impersonal, to know you don’t have to spend a lifetime trying to enlighten a personal mind? The struggle is over. You and I can relax in the enjoyment of Illumined Awareness.

Reader. You know the Truth, and you know that you are free from every seeming illusion.

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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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Embrace Effortless Awareness

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Flashing Of The Neon Lights

For almost two weeks, like neon lights in the black sky, the words CONSTANTLY CONSCIOUS kept flashing in my awareness. No matter where I was or what I was doing, the words blazed in my mind: CONSTANTLY CONSCIOUS.

Here’s the back story. One night while silently praying, the universal, impersonal Consciousness revealed this idea: YOU ARE CONSTANTLY CONSCIOUS OF GOD BEING THE ONLY PRESENCE, POWER AND EVIDENCE WHETHER YOU ARE CONTEMPLATING OR NOT.

Even When You Think You’re Not, You Are

Reader, please read the revelation again. This is your Truth, and it is your Truth now. Even when you seem to be caught up in the busy-ness of daily living – not even thinking about Truth – you are CONSTANTLY CONSCIOUS OF GOD BEING THE ONLY PRESENCE, POWER AND EVIDENCE.

Knowing that you are CONSTANTLY CONSCIOUS, isn’t it a relief from that inner struggle to attain Illumined Awareness? Let’s further explore this idea.

Consciousness Is Impersonal

Consciousness is not a personal possession. Illumined Consciousness is a universal presence and a universal Fact of Being. It is God. You, reader, are Illumined Consciousness Identified. All that you are (including your Body) is Illumined Consciousness CONSTANTLY CONSCIOUS of being all that God is as you.

It’s Marvelous

Now that you have considered and embraced this Fact, your days and nights will never be the same. At once, you notice that your days and nights are filled to overflowing with indescribable joy. The effort to think True thoughts and to hold onto Truth is now replaced by experiences of Truth spontaneously surging as your awareness. Effortlessly, you are “praying without ceasing,” and serenely, you are “dwelling in the secret place of the Most High. It’s marvelous.

 

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The Way Out of Grief, Sadness, and Depression

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Grief Is Unbearable Because …

Somehow the subject of death popped up in the conversation. Responding to the man sitting next to me, I said, “Should a loved one appear to die, the first thing I’d do is call a Practitioner.” A woman sitting at the other end of the table said, “It’s a little late for that, isn’t it?” Without a moment’s hesitation I said, “No! The seeming loss is bad enough, but the grief would be unbearable.”

Grief is unbearable because it is not a natural state of Mind (God). Mind’s natural state is unfettered revelry in Its unchallenged and unopposed Allness.

Reader, answer these questions:

  • Can you steadfastly be aware of Perfection’s unopposed Allness and entertain one moment of grief?
  • Can you bask in the awareness of Love’s boundless Allness and be sad?
  • Is it possible for you to dwell in the awareness of uninterrupted Completeness and be depressed?

Your Mind’s Natural State

Mind, the Mind you are, is this constant awareness of Perfection, Love and Completeness. This is “your” Mind’s natural state. Connect the dots and you clearly behold this fact: Joy is the natural state of the Mind that you are.

The bleak greyness of grief is like a millstone around the neck of joy, drowning it in a sea of sadness. And, sometimes the pull of grief seems inescapable. Many people ask, “Allen, don’t you think there are times when grief is justified? After all, even psychologists talk about the stages of grief.”

What Do The Psychologists Know

Reader, perhaps you have asked the same question. But ask yourself this, “What mind are the psychologists talking about? Aren’t they talking about a mind that is conditioned by appearances and the drama of human experience? Are they knowing the Unconditioned Mind that is God?” Again, connect the dots: If psychologists are not talking about the Mind that is God, are they talking about any mind at all?

In the stillness of prayer, you have known times when you experienced a realization of God’s Allness. You experienced a deep peace, didn’t you? And there was joy too, wasn’t there? Many times you experienced one or both. Peace (and/or joy) always accompanies revelation.

Reader, have you ever realized God’s Allness and experienced sadness? How about grief? I’m sure your answer is “No!” Why not? Because peace and joy are natural states of Mind. Sadness and grief are not.

This Always Works For Me (It’ll Work For You)

Whenever I’m feeling a little down (which is not that often), I do this one thing and it always works. I pray. My prayer is just for greater realization of the I AM that I AM. I’m not praying to feel better. I’m praying for a grander realization.

If the first prayer doesn’t reveal the I AM, I pray again. I repeat this every fifteen minutes until I realize more of this I AM Presence. At some point Truth is revealed. God is experienced. A joy takes over my entire being, and I realize I am Joy.

After the first time I did this, I understood the full implication of the experience. I understood that Joy is the natural state of Mind. I perceived that sadness, depression, and grief are unnatural (unreal) states of Mind.

Don’t Do It

Reader, don’t accept grief. Don’t accept depression. Don’t accept sadness. JOY IS YOUR NATURAL STATE OF MIND AND YOUR NATURAL WAY OF BEING.

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The Most Popular Mind Games — Have You Played Any?

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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.

[Game 1] I Don’t Know Enough Truth

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.

[Game 2] I Wish I Were As Enlightened As _______

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:

  • Jesus Christ
  • Mary Baker Eddy
  • Joel Goldsmith
  • Henrik DeLange
  • Alfred Aiken
  • your “spiritual leader”

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.

[Game 3] The Closed Class Game

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.

[Game 4] I Can’t Wait Until I Am Enlightened

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.”

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