This is another audio event
This is another audio event
The audio excerpt is from my second book, Sounds of the Trumpet. One of my favorite chapters from this book is From Glory to Glory, and it is from this chapter that I am reading.
After reading the last post, some people responded, “Yes, Allen, all of that sounds fine in theory, but I’m still not seeing the Evidence in my daily living.” If you had a similar response, are you willing to rethink that thought?
With much resistance, I’m pulling out the ol’ snake and rope analogy, but I need your imagination.
Picture you’re strolling through your award-winning vegetable garden. Two feet ahead of you, you spot a black and red snake. Your heart races, but your body freezes. One slow step at a time, you back away.
Later that evening, your three-year-old son ran to the dinner table swinging a red and black rope – the rope you thought was a snake. Answer this question: What did you see? You saw a rope. On the retina of your eye was an image of a rope. You never saw a snake.
Why, you wonder, did your heart race and your body freeze if you only saw a rope? “According to your belief is it done unto you” (Matthew 8:13).
God is the only Presence. As there is nothing else to be present, God is the only Evidence. All that is present to be seen is God. Think about this for a moment. Do you accept this? If so, read on.
Go back to the snake and rope analogy. When you thought you saw a snake, you could say, with conviction, “I don’t see the evidence of a rope.” However, all you ever saw was the rope. Similarly, today you might say, “I’m not seeing the evidence of Truth,” but that’s all you are seeing. Because you know God is All, you know this is true.
From this day forward, frequently remind yourself, “I AM SEEING THE EVIDENCE OF OMNIPRESENT PERFECTION, FOR THAT’S ALL THERE IS TO SEE.”
That’s telling the whole Truth and nothing but the Truth!
Jesus once proclaimed, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand”– meaning that the evidence of Truth is already evident. He urged, “Repent,” – change your mind from believing in the appearance of God’s absence. Paraphrasing Jesus’ words: IF IT APPEARS THAT YOUR LIFE AND AFFAIRS ARE IMPERFECT IN ANY WAY, DON’T BELIEVE IT. THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS ALREADY VISIBLY EVIDENT, RIGHT WHERE DISEASE AND DESPAIR SEEM TO APPEAR. Why would Jesus dare to say these words to apparently troubled hears and mind? Because Jesus knew that God Is All. He knew that only God can be and Is evident.
Reader, have you seriously considered why you really mean when you say, “God Is All”? Certainly you mean God is the only Presence, the only Power, and the only Identity. And you must mean God is the only Substance, Form and Activity. But have you considered that since God is All, God must necessarily be the only Manifestation – the only Evidence? Answer honestly. You cannot sincerely acknowledge God as the only Manifestation and Evidence while hoping and waiting for the evidence to appear. That is implying that God is both present and absent at the same time. Is this a firm foundation to base you life on? No!
Dear reader, know that it is impossible to sincerely acknowledge God as the only Evidence without also experiencing that Evidence right where you are.
I have learned how to make Science a thing of life, not words, and I am going to tell you what the wonderful secret is, for it is wonderful. Now it is this: not to see or hear or repeat any kind of imperfection. It is seeing, hearing, and repeating only good at all times, under all circumstances, in spite of everything that appears to the contrary.
I make this resolution every morning when I wake up, when first I open my eyes, and I review it every hour of the day. I see perfection, a perfect cause and effect, perfect God and perfect man. And I refuse to admit the slightest imperfection in myself of my friends, and in my so-called enemies, in my affairs or in the affairs of the world. I take my radical stand every day for the perfection of God in everything and everybody He has made.
I look upon the world with God’s eyes and see it as He sees it. I refuse to see it any other way. I stop a dozen times a day to review this resolution and to make sure that I am not giving way to fear or criticism. I watch my thoughts about people – the lame, the old, the unlovely (to sense) that I meet – and stray animals. I have taken a radical stand for the perfection of all things, and I will not, absolutely will not, release the perfect standard.
The results have been marvelous. Try it, and you will forget to wear your glasses, as they will not be necessary. You will be seeing with God’s eyes.
“All of the metaphysical literature I read states there is no evil. But, Allen, all I see around me is evil. Please help me understand how there is no evil.”
I think I wrote on this subject before, yet there is always more to say. So, let’s jump right in. The easy answer is: Because God is Love and God is All, there’s no place for evil to exist. However, that’s too easy. Let’s dig deeper into God’s Allness for a better answer.
Take a look at this list of evil appearances:
By no means is this an exhaustive list, but it’s enough to get the ball rolling. Read the list again. What do the listed items have in common? There is a common denominator here. Do you see it? The answer is duality. For any of these appearances to exist, there must be more than one present. In each case, something is done to something or someone else. In each case, there’s more than one.
From Jeremiah 23:24 we read, “Do not I fill heaven and earth says the Lord?” Then turning to Isaiah 45:5 we see, “I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me….”
Despite all appearances, there is only one Infinite, Eternal, Indivisible Presence present. Because it denotes one unified whole, Indivisible is the key-word here. This One, as all Action, is called (in human terms) LOVE. That’s why you often read, “Love is the only Power.”
Since there is only One, do you see the impossibility of actual evil? Whenever there appears to be the threat of evil in your life, remind yourself that Infinite, Indivisible Perfect Presence – God – is all that is Present.
I know firsthand that sometimes the threat of evil will make the heart race and the mind conjure up pictures of doom and disaster. The antidote is the crystal clear realization of Indivisible Oneness. Have you ever prayed for a realization of Oneness? Try it.
The questioner states, “all I see around me is evil.” Yes, that may be true. And it’s equally true that all a Midwestern farmer will see when he looks at his land is a flat earth. Without an aerial view, he wouldn’t know better.
Christ Jesus and his followers looked at the same land. They saw a troubled earthly environment while he saw the Kingdom of Heaven. What’s going on here? Christ had an aerial (transcendent) view, and we can enjoy that same view of our environment.
If what you are seeing troubles your soul, know that you are not seeing what IS. It’s an alert to reassess what you are seeing. This is, as you’ve guessed, an “inner” approach. In silent prayer ask of “your” God Consciousness: Is this God appearing? Now, wait for the answer. You may have to rinse and repeat, but it’s worth it.
She describes it as an astonishing Revelation that shifted her entire viewpoint on knowing Truth. The Revelation: “I am the Principle and not a student at all.”
Before this inner discovery, Lillian DeWaters said she was alone, considering the plight of the math student. DeWaters reasoned that students of mathematics would always face an endless round of problems. Suddenly she cried out, “O’ to be the Principle instead of the student.”
Like a streak of lightning, it flashed in her consciousness – “I am the Principle and not a student at all.” Of course her actual discovery was: I am the Principle of Truth and not the student of Truth.
Basking in this discovery, she often reminded herself, “I am not trying to do, to think or to know something; but I am doing, feeling and being the Truth of Life and the Way.” Every area of DeWaters’ life was touched and polished by this grand discovery: I AM THE PRINCIPLE OF TRUTH.
Reader, I know that you want this so-called new year to be a magnificent year. At the very least, you would like some assurance that this year will be a great year. It can be. Here is the way: MAKE ONE SPIRITUAL DISCOVERY THIS YEAR.
Not something read. Not something heard. This discovery must rise from the vast ocean of Truth that is your Consciousness. It may be a quiet bubble of realization, or it may flash like a streak of lightning. One thing is for sure. Your viewpoint will make a wonderful shift. You’ll “see” everything and everyone through the lens of this discovery. Without lifting a finger, astonishing things will happen. To so-called others, it will look like lady luck is finally smiling on you. Yet you will know that it simply is the Kingdom of Heaven revealing Itself more clearly.
Are you wondering how to proceed? It starts with a desire to know and experience more Truth (God) than your present knowledge and experience. Then, with this desire as your motivation, you take a deep dive (via listening prayer) into the unchartered depths of your God Consciousness. Pearls of discovery await you. And, so does a great year – perhaps your best ever.
Brightly lit tree in the family room
Inflatable Santa on the front lawn
Hallmark Christmas specials on the television
Christmas is almost here. How many Christmases have you celebrated? Here’s a better question: How much lasting value have you gotten out of this yearly budget-buster? Don’t misunderstand me. Turkey parts drizzled with mushroom gravy sided with sweet potato casserole and honey-glazed brussels sprouts are wonderful. So are the caroling and revelry.
After the chewing, sipping and singing are over, are you healthier? Are you more prosperous? Are your problems over? I ask these questions because I believe a true Christmas celebration can have long-lasting practical consequences that leave you healthier and happier in the year that follows.
Because this season focuses on the Christ, take advantage of it. Focus your attention on the Christ. We, in this Truth teaching, talk about Christ. We sing about Christ. But have you ever asked your Self, “What is the Christ?”
God is All. All is God. God being each Identity is the Christ Identity. God being your Identity is your Christ Identity. Lift your “I” out of the deceptive grave of mortality, and you stand as the Living Christ of God.
Your next-door neighbor – the one you wave to as you hurry to the car – she’s the Living Christ of God. That seemingly unmanageable teen sitting at your dinner table … Lift him out of the deceptive grave of mortality, and there before you is the Living Christ.
Perhaps it’s hard to believe, but the meanest of the mean is the Living Christ of God. And once you divorce yourself from your human judgment of them, your Consciousness is flooded with the Light of Truth. “There before me is Christ – God identified.”
The Living Christ of God. It’s a fuzzy phrase lacking any practical value. Let’s un-fuzz it. In your heart, you know that God is:
The Living Christ of God is all the above being each Identity in the universe. But, let’s keep it going.
Despite the social restrictions that are in place these days, it’s still possible that you will share a Christmas dinner with others (not too many, but perhaps one other). What if you made a decision today that from this day forward and throughout the holiday season, no matter who stands before you (friend or foe), you will acknowledge,
“I am not deceived by your appearance. I know God is All, therefore I know you to be the Presence of Infinite, Eternal Perfection. I know you to be free and unrestrained by material laws of time and space. I know you to be the one and only Power evidenced as Love, Light, and Eternal Life. This is what I know to be true of you.”
No, you don’t memorize it. That’s unnecessary. Let’s look at what’s going on here. You’ve simply taken the list of God attributes from the bulleted list above and acknowledged them to be the reality of the Identities that you encounter. By doing this, you (1) acknowledge God’s Allness, and (2) take Christ-mas to a new level. Reading this post is one thing. Living this post is Christmas.
Today, many are wondering why they do not accomplish more through their study and prayer. Reader, are you one of these? Do you question, Why does not God, the Truth, heal me entirely? Why am I not quickly brought into prosperity and success? Why must I wait longer?
The reason why one has not known the correct answers to these questions sooner, and so found the true solution to the problems at hand, is because he thinks from the mistaken viewpoint that he is not the One Identity, not the One Life, not the One Being, but another being called man.
So long as you believe yourself to be someone besides the “I,” you can never understand nor experience the Truth of your Being.
Tragically enough, however, if you do not know and identify yourself as the perfect Self, but with an assumed personality or mentality, you live in mystification and ignorance. Assuming another identity, you become weak, sick, poor, and limited in every direction.
Moreover your whole existence now becomes a search to find yourself – to find Truth, to find love, peace and immortality. Your one idea now is to become what you already are – strong, well, wealthy, happy and satisfied.
Never, can you, or anyone, truly realize your hope to be well and happy, prosperous and satisfied so long as you identify your “I” with anyone but God – the One Alone.
Listen! There is but ONE God, ONE Self; ONE I; ONE Life; ONE Being. Therefore, to believe that you are another – such as image, idea, expression, man – is to be self-deceived … and thus at the mercy of your own misconception.
To illustrate. Every time anyone seeks to change or spiritualize his thinking, he is unwittingly identifying himself with a personal mind.
Furthermore, every time one attempts to heal his body of discord or disease through some kind of thought or prayer, he is ignorantly identifying himself with perishable flesh.
Really, you are not separate, apart from Me, nor other than I AM. Aware of the truth of Being, you can say – “I am the Truth now.”
Count your many blessings,
Name them one by one.
And it will surprise you
What the Lord has done.
Count your many blessings,
See what God has done.
That’s the refrain of a popular hymn sung in many Protestant churches in the United States. It’s a hymn of gratitude – a timely topic this Thanksgiving season.
In many churches, pastors urge their congregants to take their watchful eyes off the barren places in their lives and refocus them on the good that’s already present. Some respond by making a nightly list of all the good things that happened that day. Have you ever done that? It does seem to soften the rough bumps and hard blows of the day.
Such a list might look like this:
Nothing is wrong if your list looks like this, but let’s elevate it. The list above is likely to change tomorrow, and the following week it’ll be forgotten. Meaning, there’s another way to build a “gratitude list” that’s enduring and changeless. Such a list is built on spiritual reality. It’s a list that can be contemplated for days on end, revealing even greater wonders.
As you read the list below, it will trigger other ideas. That’s good. It’s supposed to do that. Let those ideas flow. Sit with them. Contemplate them. In doing so, you’ll squeeze all of the juice out of this enchanting moment of contemplation.
NOTE: This gratitude is not to a God outside of you for so-called gifts given to you. Rather, this gratitude is another way of saying, “I’m so glad that I’ve come to realize the freeing Truth of God’s Allness.” It’s an exercise in spiritual mindfulness.