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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News To Know

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Dying Is Profitable

Whatever you do, please don’t fork out $2,000 for my second book Sounds of the Trumpet. Sounds crazy, I know, but after I “died” (according to rumor), used copies of my first book God Is All sold on Amazon.com for thousands. Once it was discovered that I’m very much alive, prices dropped back to normal.

No More Books

I’m writing this post to inform you that Sounds of the Trumpet is no longer available for purchase. As many of you know, Mystics of the World has shuttered. They were the life support for Sounds after it abruptly went out of print. Until further notice, only used copies are available. News like this has used booksellers swarming cyberspace like vultures hoping to make a quick profit. Don’t buy at an inflated price! Wait until we’re back in print again.

It Wasn’t Supposed To Be This Way

It was not supposed to be this way. I had high hopes for Sounds. I expected it to be more popular than God is All. Sounds was supposed to be the darling of all its distributors (more so than God is All). Rather than being an underground success like the first book, I really thought Sounds was going to go mainstream. Despite its auspicious beginning, none of this happened.

Unlike the self-published God is All, Sounds of the Trumpet was published by Big Sur in the United Kingdom. Things went sour very quickly. A foreign publisher and a stateside distributor is not the ideal combination. I never made a dime from the publisher who eventually shut down.

Why did I expect so much from Sounds? Of my two books, it’s my favorite. And that’s only because it shows the practicality of the Absolute in just about every conceivable situation. One reader recently described it as “one of the great books,” and I agree.

Here’s How You Can Help

Reader, please know, along with me, that Sounds of the Trumpet will “find” the ideal publisher to put it in the hands of interested readers at a decent price.

 

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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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This Is Better Than A New Years Resolution

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The desire to have, do, and be more in the new year is the engine that drives New Years resolutions. Did you make any? Are you thinking about making some? Put down the pen! Today, Absolutely Yours is offering you an anxiety-free and more fulfilling alternative to making New Years resolutions. Here it is. CELEBRATE YOUR SPIRITUAL MILESTONES.

Believe me. You do have some to celebrate, and once you acknowledge these milestones and deem them worthy of some sort of celebration, there will be plenty more. That’s a promise.

Right now, you are probably wondering what constitutes a spiritual milestone. To jump-start your own thinking, here is a list of possible “milestones.”

  • Facing down a fear knowing God is All.
  • The moment you realized that people, places, conditions and things have no power over your success, happiness, health and well-being.
  • Any spiritual insight that has changed your outlook and behavior in such a way that it is more consistent with God being the only Presence and Power.
  • Finally starting a consistent practice of God-focused silent prayer.
  • Forgiving someone, or coming to that place where you are willing to forgive.
  • Realizing your Body is included in the Allness of God as a spiritual presence.
  • Finally understanding that time and so-called years have no power over your health and Body.
  • The day you stopped comparing yourself to others because you realized there are no others.
  • Your first experience of illumination (or the most recent one).
  • The day you realized because Joy is your nature, you can let go of grief and depression.
  • The day you finally gave up the fear of calling a Practitioner to help you see the nothingness of that seeming problem.
  • That victorious moment when you made a decision to take a spiritual, rather than human, approach to a seeming difficulty.
  • The so-called healing that resulted in perceiving the Truth that God is all.

This is not an exhaustive list. I’m sure you can think of many more to add.

After you have taken some time to list your Spiritual Milestones (this is not something you can rush through), the next step is to celebrate them.

Whether you list one or one hundred, your Spiritual Milestone(s) deserves to be celebrated. I am urging you to take some time to think about a way, or ways, you can celebrate them. I know you are not planning a wedding, but your milestone is important. It doesn’t have to include others, but it does have to be honored and celebrated.

You know how most New Years resolutions made in January never live to see February? Spiritual Milestones, celebrated, have a life-long effect. Try it and see. I’m leaving you alone now to make your list.

You Are Never Separated From The Evidence

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Did you read the last post? Many readers pulled their hair out trying to guess which of the “Holy Trio of Ones” was the last One. No one guessed the right answer: EVIDENCE. One reader wrote, “I never heard of that one.”

A few writers of the Absolute, trying to convey that God is the only Evidence, use the term Omnievidence. Just as Omnipresence means all Presence, Omnievidence means all Evidence. We’ve done it before with the other Omnis, so let’s look at Omnievidence syllable-by-syllable building on what we already know.

  • Om = all
  • Ni = no (or nothing)
  • Evidence

Ni or nothing falls between all and Evidence. This has spiritual and practical implications. Look at this way. Nothing exists between you and the all-Evidence of God’s Presence. Nothing. No wrong thoughts, no false perceptions, no appearances, and no mortal identity exist between you and the all-Evidence of God’s Perfection.

If you’ve doubted any of the writings of Absolutely Yours, do not doubt this. NOTHING GOOD WILL EVER COME OUT OF PERSISTENTLY DECLARING THAT YOU DO NOT SEE THE EVIDENCE OF GOD IN (AS) YOUR LIFE. NOTHING!

Instead, try this. Declare that you do see God’s presence. I know this was suggested in the last post, but let’s get more specific.

Innately, you know that God is Perfect (Perfection Itself). Assert that you are seeing Perfection now and always. Don’t question why you are not seeing the evidence of Perfection. Such questioning is denying that God is All. Tear yourself away from the notion that in time, and with enough prayer, you will eventually see ever-present Perfection. Now is the day of salvation.

Here is the Absolute Truth. Because Perfection is All, you are seeing Perfection right now. You really are. Don’t wait to live this post. Right now, look all around and declare, “I am seeing Perfection, for Perfection is all there is to see.”

One More One — Don’t Forget This One

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The Holy Trio Of Ones

Most readers of this blog agree on two facts (and they are facts): (1) There is only One Presence (2) There is only One Power. Is this always enough? Haven’t there been times when you’ve said one or both of these statements and the problem still seemed to cling like a barnacle?

One Presence and One Power are just two of the “Holy Trio of Ones.” The most important One is often the most forgotten One, and that One is THERE IS ONLY ONE EVIDENCE. Think about it. What’s the point in saying, “There’s only One Presence and Power” if you admit that something other than the One can be evidenced?

Never Discredit What You Know

It’s right here that most people think, “How can I say that there is One Evidence when my eyes clearly see something that cannot possibly be God evidenced?” Let’s you and I reason together. In your heart, you know God is All. Never, for any reason, discredit this knowing. Christ said it this way, “And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out” (Matthew 18:9). Here is the spiritual significance of this line. IF YOUR EYES REPORT THERE IS SOMETHING GOING ON OTHER THAN GOD, DON’T BELIEVE YOUR EYES. BELIEVE GOD IS ALL.

Every Open Eye Is Not A Seeing Eye

The following is a story told in the Old Testament of the Holy Bible. At sunrise Elisha’s servant jumped out of bed, dressed and stepped outside to enjoy the morning air. Looking up he saw an army of chariots and men on horses. He ran to Elisha, pulled him outside and cried out, “What shall we do?” Elisha, cool as a breeze, said, “Do not fear ….” Then he prayed.

Elisha’s prayer was a simple prayer: “Open his eyes, Lord, that he may see.” In one sense, this is a strange prayer as his servant’s eyes were already open. But, he was not seeing. Open eyes are not always seeing eyes. Open eyes are only seeing eyes when they are seeing God’s Presence.

What Am I Seeing When I Seem To See Imperfection?

If open eyes are not seeing God’s Infinite Goodness (Godness), what are they seeing? What they are seeing is nothing to be afraid of. Why? Because they are seeing NOTHING. They are seeing what is neither a presence nor a power.

It’s A Good Idea To Contemplate

It all boils down to this. Because God is the only Evidence, there’s nothing to see but God (Life, Light, Love, and Perfection) evidenced. Reader, contemplate this sentence. For a while, it would be good to remind yourself that there is One Evidence and that you are seeing that Evidence all the time.

CAUTION: Don’t do this hoping to change an undesirable appearance. That’s starting from nothing. Do this because in your heart you know that the “Holy Trio of Ones” is the ever-present Truth.

If you feel that you don’t know that God is the only Evidence, daily contemplate the “Holy Trio of Ones,” and you will know it with an unwavering certainty.

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.