Understanding Your Desires

Strike The Word From Your Vocabulary

What do you desire? More important, why do you desire it? Is it because you feel something is missing from your experience? Humanly speaking (and I can’t imagine why anyone would do too much of that), desire and lack are joined at the hip.

Let’s continue from the spiritual point-of-view. Does God desire? Your answer, I’m sure, is, “No, Allen, God being the One Infinite, Indivisible Presence is All and therefore has All. And, Allen, now that I think about it, that word should be struck from my vocabulary.”

Desire Is An Alert – Not An Alarm

You and God are (is) One – the same One. You have All because the I of your Being is All. You are eternally complete. Yet, we do seem to have desires. Why do we have them? Imagine you are waiting for a pizza delivery. Twenty minutes pass, and the doorbell rings. What does that bell signify to your salivating mouth? The presence or absence of the pizza? Yes, the bell signifies the presence of something you desired. Similarly, desire is an alert signifying the presence of something that seems to be absent. If desire could talk it would say, “Don’t overlook me. I’m here.”

Every Desire Alerts You To God’s Presence

Every desire signifies the presence of a spiritual (God) quality. Take a look at these God-qualities:

  • Life
  • Wholeness
  • Joy
  • Infinity
  • Beauty
  • Love/Peace (Oneness)
  • Eternality
  • Completeness

You can trace every so-called human desire back to one or more of these God-qualities.

Someone once asked, “Allen, what about my neighbor’s wife? Sometimes I have desires for her. How do you explain that – spiritually speaking?” In a nutshell, that desire symbolizes the Presence of Completeness.

Simple – But Will You Do It?

Let’s move this from the theoretical to the practical. Whenever a desire emerges, rejoice. Rejoice because the desire is saying, “I think you’ve overlooked me. All you have to do is acknowledge my Presence and understand why I am present, and you will experience my Presence.” Do you understand why the seeming desire is present? It’s because God is Present. Therefore all the qualities of God are Present, and they are present right where you are.

Don’t spin and scurry around trying to get God (or any aspect of God). Simply acknowledge that God is present as that particular aspect of Itself. If you will do this without wavering, you’ll experience the Presence of that which seemed to be absent.

If this unwavering acknowledgment doesn’t seem to work, get busy praying to understand that the entirety of God is present in your life (as your life) right now and always.

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Pills, Surgery and Medical Treatment

The Call

One day a call came in asking about taking pills. The man was diagnosed with a heart condition and prescribed a pill he had to swallow twice a day. “How,” Allen, “can I say that God is All and pop these pills every day? Should I toss the pill and simply trust God?”

The Quick Answer

In many variations, I’m asked similar questions. Sometimes the question is about an upcoming surgical procedure, and other times it’s about a doctor’s appointment. Here’s the quick answer: If you have to ask whether to take a pill, take it. At some point, Consciousness (the conscious KNOWING that God is All) will take the pill out of your hand, and you won’t have to think or ask about it again. Furthermore, there will be no fear of the consequences. You will know with absolute certainty that there is no reason to take that pill. There’s nothing to fight and nothing to heal.

Living Up To A Misperceived Notion

You’ve heard of cases where Christian Scientists refused medical treatment or prematurely tossed their pills in the trash can. The consequences were not good. In each case, the pill tosser was trying to live up to a misperceived notion that Christian Science forbids help from materia medica. But it’s not true. Here’s an excerpt from the christianscience.com website: “Christian Scientists are always free to make their own decisions about health care, and indeed, every aspect of their lives. They respect the individual rights and conscience of those who choose medical care, just as they respect the humanitarian motives of those who provide medical care.”

It’s All About Wholeness

The pill. What does it represent? No one takes medication because they want to be sick. They take it because they want to experience Wholeness. Whether a person decides on a surgical procedure or a pill, it’s because of an inner certainty that they should always be whole and healthy. The pill or procedure is a material representation of Wholeness – not sickness.

Here we are at the point of Truth. Wholeness (Health) is the nature of God, and it can only be found in God. Pills and medical procedures give you an approximation of Wholeness, but they cannot give you Wholeness itself. God is Wholeness. What every pill popper wants is Wholeness – not an approximation. At a point, every pill-taking Truth student understands that what they desire is a greater realization of God’s Allness. That realization translates into the experience of Wholeness.

Should you have to take medication, do it without entertaining guilt. You can do this when you understand that the medication is only temporary until the real thing comes along – the realization of God’s Allness. Let’s explore what’s going on here.

It’s Just An Alert

The problem, whatever it seems to be, is an alert. It’s informing you that there is some greater Truth to be perceived. Your task is to discover this Truth. Meanwhile, medication offers temporary relief so that you can devote your attention to perceiving that Truth. Take advantage of the relief medication gives you so that you can engage in higher pursuits.

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Recipe For A Great New Year

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You, like everyone else, want this so-called new year to be a great year. You want to be done with those chronic problems. You want to experience better health, greater happiness and abundant prosperity. Bottom line: You want to experience total fulfillment in every area of your life. Why not!

This post is about you enjoying a great year, and if the suggestions are followed, this year may seem magical. Joel Goldsmith, the founder of Infinite Way, once wrote, “There is no external change without an internal development. You may wonder as you go through the years with no apparent change in your affairs, why this thing called God isn’t doing something for you. You can go on for your entire career and still find no increase or improvement unless there is inner expansion, a broadening of spiritual vision.”

Using his words as a springboard, here’s a short recipe for a wonderful year.

Give Up Your Definition Of A Wonderful Year

If you can define or picture what a wonderful year might be, already your year is limited. Just like God cannot be defined or pictured, a year constituted of God cannot be defined or pictured.

No matter how lofty and wonderful the definition, or how grand the picture, it’s going to have some human-perception baggage attached to it. A prisoner held in a gold cell is still in jail. No matter how magnificent your definition of a wonderful year is, it is still limited. Let go of your idea of a good year.

Leave Your Problems Alone And Get A Divorce

Stop working on your problems. Stop praying, meditating and contemplating to resolve your problems.

Your problems may seem devastating – even life-threatening; nevertheless, stop working on them. For just this year, give up using God (Truth) to solve your problems. It’s selfish.

If you are a Bible reader, did you notice that Christ Jesus never taught people to pray about their problems? Yes, he did say, “Ask and it shall be given.” He was talking about the kingdom of God. Ask for the kingdom of God (the realization of God), and you’re guaranteed to get that kingdom.

Did you huff and puff when I stated that asking God to solve your problems is selfish? When you pray to solve your problems, where is your attention? On your self. When you contemplate, hoping that it will untangle a knotty problem, where is your attention? On your self. All of this attention on your self is plain self-ish-ness.

But, what self is it? This sick and troubled self cannot be included in the Allness of God. If so it would be perfect. If it is a self separate from God, where could it exist? God is Infinite.

Answer this one question about this problem-laden self that’s swaddled in so much prayerful attention: Is it the God-Self? No! Tell the absolute truth: It is no self at all. Why pray to heal a self that doesn’t exist? The same is true of a seemingly vexed or troubled self. It doesn’t exist. What’s more, you are not that self. Someone once wrote, “What tears are wasted upon illusions.” More prayers than tears have been wasted upon a self that doesn’t exist. There’s no better way to divorce your Self from that self than to stop praying for that non-existent self.

Go For The Gold

I once wrote about a woman who was surprisingly healed of an incurable disease (AIDS). After her doctors gave her a few months to live, she decided to make the most of her remaining time.

She did not hope or pray for healing. At that time, no one had ever been healed of AIDS, so she decided not to waste her time praying to be healed. She believed in reincarnation, and she wanted a head start in the next life. So this woman decided to learn as much about God as she could in her remaining days.

Every prayer and meditation had one purpose – knowing God via revelation. All of this God-focused attention resulted in her healing.

There are many stories like hers where people were freed from tormenting circumstances by forgetting all about the problem and focusing all of their prayerful attention on knowing God – directly.

Reader, you don’t need disease or difficulty to drive you to know God (via direct revelation). Today you can choose to learn as much about God as you can. Each God-discovery will yield an experience far greater than you can imagine. Get started today and the year has to be a great year.

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Some People Are Doing It

Allen, why hasn’t anyone since Jesus demonstrated their Christ nature as he did?

This Is How It Appears

Let’s first rephrase the question to include what’s missing: Judging by appearances, why hasn’t anyone since Jesus demonstrated their Christ nature as he did? I had to do this because any answer to this question has to be based on the appearance that people aren’t demonstrating the fullness of their Christ nature. Let’s dive into the answer.

Just Enough God To Make It Through The Week

Following a church service, a married couple had a rare discussion concerning spiritual matters. The wife poured out her heart’s desire to know and experience God as the reality of her Identity. Dead silence followed. The husband then replied, “I’m not interested in God to that degree.”

That is the chief reason why people are not demonstrating the fullness of their Christ Identity. They are “not interested in God to that degree.” It seems enough that their diseases are healed, their wallets are filled and their human goals are attained. It seems enough that they have more good days than bad, more smiles than tears.

The Consecrated LIfe

As a boy, Jesus announced, “I must be about my Father’s business.” His heart was fixed on knowing God. Knowing God was the focus of his life. Today millions worship, pray, and talk about God, but how many have made it their life’s focus to know God – to be God taught? Not many. Where the husband said, “I’m not interested in God to that degree,” Christ Jesus’ life implied, all I am interested in is knowing God.

Great Expectations

Christian Science practitioner, author and lecturer, Dorothy Rieke, was often asked why so many Christian Scientists are passing on. Her quick reply was, “Too many are planning on passing on.” In short, no one expects to live forever.

Similarly, most are not showing forth the fullness of their Christ nature, as did Jesus, because no one expects to. It seems to be enough to know that we have a Christ nature, and to talk about it. It seems to be enough to muse about the possibilities of healing sick family members, turning tap water into fine wine, and multiplying seafood suppers to feed unexpected guests, but few expect to do it.

There you have it! – the two main reasons people are not demonstrating the fullness of their Christ nature like Christ Jesus.

  • No one is interested
  • No one expects to

Be Counted In This Group

I can’t let it rest here. There is something you must know. People today are instantly healing the sick. These same people are doing additional things indicating an even fuller demonstration of their Christ nature. Just like Christ Jesus, they have been called upon to raise the clinically dead.

Like Christ Jesus, they are defying the seeming limitations of so-called material laws. Proving the omnipresence of the I AM, they have verified accounts of bi-localization. And they have instantly traveled thousands of miles to other states or countries. These people are able to see through and move through solid objects – just like Christ Jesus. None of this is for ego-driven public display.

Hiding — Maybe In Plain Sight

Where are these people? They may be in your very midst. Or most likely, they’ve made a gradual retreat from society. Here’s why.

These people have seen, heard, and experienced many things that, to most people, are unbelievable – even fantastical. Rather than endure ridicule, they keep silent and retreat.

The one thing all these people have in common is that the realization of God is all that is important to them – JUST LIKE CHRIST JESUS.

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Thanksgiving — Its Spiritual Significance

This except is by Marie Watts from The Word.

We know that God really is All, and there is nothing that is not God. This being true, we are aware that God is the entirety of our Existence, and the entirety of our Intelligence, our Life, our Consciousness, and the entirety of our Body.

Furthermore, God has to be the entirety of our experience, and God has to be the One who experiences. As there is no God outside of, or other than, our Self, whom or what are we going to thank for a greater Realization of Perfection? There is only one answer to this question: There is no one to thank at all other than our God Self.

To give thanks, and to be grateful, mean exactly the same thing. We are grateful, but our gratitude is not to God. Neither is it for things or for healing. Our gratitude is not for the fact that something that was already perfect was revealed to be perfect, for the realization of the evidence of supply when supply has always been present. We cannot be grateful that God is God or that omnipresent heaven is the Presence of heaven right here and now. So, let us perceive the true meaning of the word “gratitude,” and why we are grateful.

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord even the devils are subject unto us through thy name” (Luke 10:17). The disciples knew that they went forth in their right and only Identity. They also knew that the name of their Identity was the same name as was that of the one called Jesus – I AM. “…in this rejoice not that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). Right here is the key to the tremendous significance of that word, “thanks.”

We rejoice (or give thanks), “because our names are written in heaven.” We rejoice because we have discovered that the I AM Identity is eternally perfect, free, joyous, and abundantly aware of infinite Supply. We rejoice (give thanks) because we perceive that our I AM Identity is eternally in heaven, because our I AM Identity is the very Presence of heaven Itself.

That which had appeared to be hate is perceived to be Love, and that which had seemed to be darkness is seen to be Light. Above all, we rejoice because we have discovered our genuine and only Identity, and our name is I AM.

Our joy is boundless because we are actually “seeing” things as they are, rather than as they appeared to be when we seemed to “see through a glass darkly.” Our gratitude is really our great joy in realizing this true and only perception. This is our Thanksgiving. This is our gratitude, and this is our eternal song of Joy.

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How To Profit From Change

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“Everything must change.
Nothing stays the same.
That’s the way of time.
Everything must change.”

These are the lyrics of a popular song (link here) by Benard Ighner. It appears to be based on a familiar passage in the Holy Bible (Ecclesiastes 3:1-7). It’s all about change. Reader, how do you cope with change?

Things Always Seem To Be Changing

It seems that we are always dealing with change.

  • a change of heart
  • a change of mind
  • a change of plans
  • change of circumstances

And what about those unexpected changes?

  • A once happy marriage/relationship turns sour.
  • A loved one suddenly dies.
  • A new home in a new state or country.
  • A change of employment.

I could go on about the many changes you may face, but this post is not about change. It’s about how to cope with and profit from seeming change.

A woman boards the train. She finds a comfortable seat by the window. She’s waiting for her husband to come with the mocha lattes. “What’s taking him so long,” she wonders. She looks through the window to her left. Another train is slowly pulling out of the station. She panics. Thinking it’s her train that’s moving, she looks out of her window hoping to see her husband hurrying down the platform. Then she realizes that her train is not moving at all.

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize

This scenario is the fundamental key to coping with seeming change in your life. THOUGH MANY SCENES AND THINGS MAY APPEAR TO CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE, KEEP YOUR EYES AND HEART FIXED ON THAT WHICH NEVER CHANGES.

“For I am the Lord, and I change not.” Things and scenarios may seem to change in your life, but if you keep your focus on the changeless Presence of God, you will squeeze every drop of goodness out of any change.

It’s All A Matter Of Consciousness

Some changes seem troubling. It’s like a black curtain has circled your life. Life seems dark, gloomy, despairing. Even then I ask you, if Infinite Goodness is equally present and everywhere present, isn’t it right there where the seeming gloom and darkness appears to be? How could you flee from God’s Presence of Infinite Goodness? You can’t.

It’s a good thing for you to contemplate the Infinite Goodness of God as a fixed, changeless fact in your life.

Coping successfully with change is a matter of CONSCIOUSNESS. It’s all about your attitude and what you are perceiving.

When you find yourself fearing change, don’t look out the window at that which seems to be moving in your life. Turn your gaze to the platform: the never-changing presence of Infinite Goodness. Things and scenarios may seem to change in your life, but GOD’S GOODNESS IS A FIXED FACT IN YOUR LIFE.

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Are You The Only One?

Allen, I don’t feel like I have any spiritual support. I’m the only one in the household who believes this stuff. It’s difficult. What do you suggest?

Finding People Who Believe As You Do

I’ve heard this question, expressed in different words, a zillion times. Since I started Absolutely Yours, people have written or called telling me how they are the only ones in their family or social circle who are into the Absolute (God is all there is). Whether they write or call, you can sense a desperate cry to find people “who believe as I do.”

The Allness Of God Is All –You’re Not The Only One

Getting back to the writer. She writes, “I’m the only one who believes this stuff.” [Let’s both ignore the word “stuff.”] Her own admission is the root of the problem. She claims she believes that God is All. Beliefs, as I’ve always said, are like weather vanes. They constantly change according to the winds of emotion or external influence. Reader, you have to know that God is All – not merely believe it. When you know it, you know that All means all. It doesn’t just include everyone in your social circle. The Allness of God is everyone in your social circle.

The One that is All is the one and only Mind that exists. Yes, it’s true: The Truth knowing Mind is the only Mind. There is no other. There is no mind that doesn’t know God to be All there is.

Is There One Mind Or Minds Many?

When I was touring with my Infinite Way sponsored lectures, many hosts asked me to have closed classes like,Joel Goldsmith used to have. These classes were for the more advanced students. I refused. The whole idea smelled of dualism. Doesn’t it reek of minds many instead of the One Mind? It’s the belief in many minds that appears to out-picture as “I’m the only one in my social circle….”

People Who Know As You Know Are All Around You

I remember a popular Truth teacher saying that you can people your world with the living Christ simply by recognizing that Christ is their reality. Have you tried that? Here’s a way to get started.

For the next seven days, try this. Going about your business as usual, every now and again pick out a person and acknowledge, “You are the Living Christ. You are the Living Understanding of God’s Allness. You know God is All, for you are the Allness knowing Itself.”

Never mind what they seem to be or what they seem to believe. That’s none of your business. Your business is the constant acknowledgment of God’s Allness. It only matters what you know to be true.

As you continue to do this, it will seem like the people around you are changing. They will appear more loving, and their conversations more pleasant. They are not changing. You are seeing their true nature more clearly. It’s wonderful.

Select That One Person

What I’m suggesting next will require a bit more commitment, but what you get in return is priceless.

Select someone in your immediate social circle who does not accept God as the only Presence and Power – at least that’s the way it seems. It may be your spouse or loved one living under the same roof. Or, perhaps you have a close friend who seems to have no interest in God or spiritual matters.

Choose someone who fits one of these profiles. You are going to use them to deepen your awareness of the Truth that Divine Mind (God) is the only Mind. They don’t have to know what you are doing. This is a matter of you knowing the Truth.

Your next step is to pray. You are not praying for them; you are praying to perceive them as they are. There are many ways to approach this, but whatever way you choose, God’s Allness is at the helm. Let’s proceed.

The first approach is easy. Whenever you see your “chosen” person, do what was suggested earlier. Acknowledge: You are the Living Christ. You are the Living Understanding of God’s Allness. You know God is All, for you are the Allness knowing Itself.

At first, it will seem as though you are just saying words – words that don’t appear to be true. Never mind. You know that God is All, and therefore these words must be true.

At some point, a light of understanding will flash in “your” Consciousness. You will know that the words are true. This knowing will change how you perceive this one. But that’s not all. They will seem to change as well. Don’t be surprised when they start holding conversations about God. Don’t be surprised when they blurt out some recent spiritual discovery. And don’t be surprised when your relationship with this person changes for the better.

The Silent Way

This next way is my favorite. Take your “chosen” person into a silent prayer session. You are going to acknowledge what appears to be true, but you won’t stop there. The purpose of this approach is to discover whether the appearance is genuinely true. Let’s say that your chosen person is named Tom. You’ll proceed like this – using your own words.

It appears that Tom has a mind of his own and that he believes that disease, age, lack, limitation and prejudice are really present. Does Tom have a mind of his own that believes there is a presence and power other than God?”

Don’t reason out the answer. Nothing worthwhile will come of it. The answer must be revealed. Wait silently for Consciousness to reveal what is true. It will. You may have to do this a few times, but when the answer is revealed the dynamics of your social life will change.

Give this a try. Put your heart into it. After a few weeks or maybe months, get back to me and let me know how it went for you.

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Remember This

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During a challenging time, I was all out of prayers and words. Desperately, I cried out, “Consciousness, you’ve got to give me something – anything – to hold on to.”

I waited in silence, but nothing happened. When I was just about to open my eyes, the words came, and they were enough.

Never forget, You Are the One Presence.
Never forget, You Are the One Power.
Never forget, You Are Eternal Life.
Never forget, You Are the Light that is the World.
Never forget, What I AM, You Are.

As there is no personal Truth, I leave you with the same words – slightly altered.

Always remember, You are the One Presence.
Always remember, You are the One Power.
Always remember, You are Eternal Life.
Always remember, You are the Light that is the World.
Always remember, What I AM, You Are.

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Body 101 (Part 2)

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You’ve read the last post, and by now you have your list of questions written down. You will be referring to these questions many times. Having them on paper eliminates the anxiety of trying to remember them during a “listening session.”

If listening is the greater part of learning, then hearing is the prelude to knowing. This blog post is about being God-taught by hearing the voice of “your” God Consciousness. It is not enough to listen. Listening must progress to hearing and conclude with knowing. It is the knowledge of Truth that frees you from the false ideas about your Body.

How To Begin A Listening Session

Unless you have your questions memorized, begin by reading over your list. Approach each session with an open mind. The answers most likely will surprise you. As expected, none of your answers will support ideas based on a material concept of your Body.

Next, settle in and ask the question that is uppermost in your Mind. If closing your eyes works for you, then close them. Now, you simply listen intently for the answer. Give it a minute or so and then proceed to the next question. You can, if you decide, go through your entire list of questions in one session. I never do.

I’m always asked how long a listening session should be. I can’t tell you that. Whatever feels right to you. Sometimes it may span two or three minutes. Other times, it may be much longer. The essential thing is that your listening sessions be approached with joy and enthusiasm.

Where Are The Answers Coming From?

Sometimes you will have a listening session where nothing is heard. It happens all the time for me. Nevertheless, you want to cut out any unnecessary delays to hearing the answers to your questions. This means you must understand that answers are not coming “to” you from a God outside of you. We are through with that kind of dualism.

All of the answers are already within your Consciousness. They are bubbling up within you. To tell the Truth, you are the answer to every question. This fact, understood, eliminates the delay caused by time and distance.

Don’t Despair

Ideally, every listening session will result in your hearing the answer to one or more of your questions. If you’re anything like me, you start your sessions with the hope that the answers come quickly – without delay.

That can happen, but to be honest, for me, it doesn’t often happen like that. Sometimes you have to ask repeatedly, for many days. Don’t despair. The answer is worth the wait. An answer heard gives you both a new view and a new experience of your Body.

Whatever you do, don’t drop the ball. Don’t get so frustrated that you completely abandon your listening sessions. One day, you’ll look back and say, “Allen, this is the best thing I’ve ever done.”

How To Handle “The Mosquitos”

The other day my brother called and asked me how to handle those pesky little thoughts that buzz about in your mind. It seems as soon as you decide to listen, thoughts about the new lawnmower; the grocery list; the booster shots; etc., come up.

You try fighting them, but like mosquitos, they keep coming back. Give those thoughts exactly what they want – attention. Rather than fighting them, tell them, “I promise I’ll give you a few minutes when I’m done.” Usually, something like this keeps them at bay.

One thing I know for sure is that if you are serious about hearing, you will find an effective way to deal with these thoughts.

The Answer

When an answer is revealed, you will naturally go into contemplation mode. That’s a good thing. You will probably contemplate the answer for many days. And it is possible that your listening sessions become contemplation sessions. In this case, that’s a good thing. In a short while, you will get back to your list.

In your journal, you have your list of questions. That journal should also contain the answer to your questions. You will refer to these answers many times – mainly for inspiration.

Again, I encourage you to enjoy the entire process.

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