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A spiritually-oriented person values all of life’s experiences and sees each one as an opportunity to evolve spiritually. The technique of processing out involves very simple steps that all depend on willingness and the capacity to surrender.

Stay with the feeling and stay focused on it unswervingly. Realize that all pain is due to resistance. The suffering of loss stems from the attachment and specialness.

Be willing to become immersed in and surrender to the feelings without avoiding them. Notice that they come in waves and that surrendering to the most intense waves tends to decrease their emotional severity.

Ask God’s help and surrender the personal will to God.

… Be willing to endure and suffer out the process. If not resisted, it will process itself out and come to an end.

… A helpful source of strength during the processing out of painful emotions is to identify with all of humanity and realize that suffering is universal and innate to the phenomenon of being human and the evolution of the ego.”

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness p. 98-99

The progressive letting go of positions and moving into an ever-enlarging context brings us to the overall general nature of spiritual work itself.  All that is within the Scale of Consciousness is the ego, from high ego states to low ego states.  The letting go progressively is beneficial because the levels represent points of view – letting go of judgment and vanity that come out of prideful “I know.”  Surrender through humility allows the process of revelation by which the truth is revealed.  There is the progressive process of letting go of these restrictive positions, all of which block the inner consciousness and awareness of the truth.  This awareness automatically emerges out of an energy field and gets progressively higher until it finally reaches a point where one is open to the Grace of God.

From Healing and Recovery, ch.  5, pg. 164

Q: “How does the inner pathway differ from traditional religious experience?
A: The emphasis is on the inner experiential subjective realization and internal validation of spiritual truth. In contrast, religion is formalized and historically structured in an authoritative context that stresses conformation to observances, rituals, customs and belief systems. … In religion, Divinity is contextualized primarily elsewhere in time and location and is also described as having human motivations, limitations, and defects. Religion emphasizes belief rather than inner realization of truth.” 

It is surprising that the only thing to be handled in these acute catastrophic events is the energy of the emotions themselves. If we look at the experience, we see it is not the event that happened or we think happened in the world that is the problem but the way we feel about it. Who cares about facts? They do not mean anything in and of themselves. It is one’s emotional reaction to the fact. The fact is only a fact, a ‘nothing’. How we feel about the fact is therefore the only thing we really ever have to handle about the events in life.

From “Healing And Recovery”, Handling Major Crises pg 234-35

 

Q: So what can the spiritual seeker do to be of help to society?

A: To endeavor to evolve spiritually is the greatest gift one can give. It actually uplifts all mankind from within because of the nature of power itself. Power radiates and is shared, whereas force is limited, self-defeating, and evanescent. All society is subliminally and subtly influenced by every kind and loving thought, word, or deed. Every forgiveness is a benefit to everyone. The universe notes and records every action and returns it in kind. Karma is actually the very nature of the universe because of the innate structure and function of the universe itself. In the universe time is measured in eons. Beyond that, it does not even exist at all. Every kindness is therefore forever.

From:  “The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing is Hidden” (2002), Chapter 13: “Explanations”, pp. 203–204

Q: Is a given event an opportunity, or is it a temptation?

A: From the view of consciousness itself, one might say that the world is really amorphous, and that all meaning is a derivation of projected value, perceptual interpretation, and mentation. If the predominant lesson that is arising at a certain level of consciousness is nonattachment to success, desire, or pleasure, the temptations of the world could be refused. Also, a surrender of positionalities might result in deciding to actually surrender the world to God. A person in a similar situation might see a worldly event as a call for selfless service. Another might view it as a call for taking an integrous stand or, on the contrary, refusing to take any position and may be seeing it as a reflection of perception and any decision as a vanity of egoism.

There is no point to jumping in to ‘save the world’ when the perceived world is merely an illusion of projected values, presumptions, and interpretations. The integrous student chooses what appears to be the highest, and to evolve spiritually is actually the greatest gift one can give the world. This is done by virtue of what one is and not just by what one does. The truly great have come and gone, and what they left behind was the consequence of what they were and had become.

From Discovery of the Presence of God, ch. 6, pg. 162-163

Q: “What is the most useful information to know? Is there a major key understanding?

A: Resistance subsides when there is a clear understanding that what is being surrendered is not of intrinsic value but is instead imagined to be of value solely because of the juice or payoff the ego extracts from that position. The principle of willingness need only be applied to the ego’s payoff and not to the object or condition desired.

One can ask oneself the question, Is this worth giving up God for? Thus, ego positionality has a price, which is where the willingness should be addressed. Each positionality is based on the presumption that its fulfillment will bring happiness. Thus, nothing is really valued aside from the illusion that it will bring that about…

Q: What is the critical central focus of the ego, i.e., its critical factor?

A: The ego is focused on one point, the experiencer, which is programmed to seek pleasure and survival through gain. It views happiness as something one acquires, possesses, and incorporates. Therefore, the experiencer is programmed to ‘get’. The experiencer’s function is to get pleasure and possess it. It is not concerned with the soul unless it fortuitously becomes spiritually oriented. Then its goals shift, and it discovers that the source of pleasure is completely within. When it is discovered that the source of ongoing pleasure is the Self, and not the self, the result is independence from the world. Gratification of the ego’s desires is within the linear domain. True happiness arises from the nonlinear. With relinquishment of dependence on the experiencer for pleasure and happiness, one discovers that the source of happiness is one’s own existence, and the realization of the Self is happiness itself.”

Freedom is the opportunity to fashion one’s own destiny and learn the inherent spiritual truths that are essential. For merit or demerit to occur, the choices have to be made in a state of belief and experience that they are ‘real’. Thus, even illusion subserves spiritual growth for it seems real at the time.

Human life thus subserves the spirit. The world is less painful to witness if it is appreciated as the ultimate school whereby we earn salvation and serve each other by our own lives.”

From I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 81

The story of Truth has been told repeatedly throughout the ages, but it bears telling again. Into the void-like space created by the ego’s realization that in actuality it knows nothing suddenly flows the love of God, like a dam that has been opened. It is as though Divinity had been waiting all these millennia for this final moment. In a moment of serene ecstasy, one is home at last. The Real is so overwhelmingly, obviously, and totally present that it seems incredulous that belief in any other kind of ‘reality’ is even possible. It is like some strange kind of forgetting, like the story of the Hindu god who willed himself to be a cow and then forgot that he had done it and had to be rescued by another of the gods.

Sometimes the ego misidentifies itself more specifically as the personality. It thinks, “I am such-and-such a person.” And it says, “Well, that’s who I am.” From this illusion arises the fear that one will lose one’s personality if the ego is relinquished. This is feared as the death of ‘who I am’.

By internal observation, one can differentiate that the personality is a system of learned responses and the persona is not the real ‘I’. The real ‘I’ lies behind and beyond it. One is the witness of that personality, and there is no reason one has to identify with it at all.

From “The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing is Hidden” Chapter 6: The Resolution of the Ego, pp. 131-32

Q:      What is the benefit of learning teachings that seem incomprehensible at the time?

A:      They only seem obscure to the intellect. They plant the seed, and the aspirant’s spiritual aura incorporates the transmitted energy field of the teacher’s aura. Certain information is transformational in itself. Exposure to high truth initiates a yearning in the psyche. The Buddha made that observation when he said that once a person has heard of enlightened truth, he will never be satisfied with anything less, even though it takes innumerable lifetimes to attain it.

Q:      What characteristics facilitate comprehension and transformation?

A: Dedication, devotion, faith, prayer, surrender, and inspiration. When the barriers are relinquished, Truth reveals itself spontaneously.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, ch. 7, pg. 205-206

When one has chosen the spiritual pathway, the question arises of how to proceed through ordinary human life now that one has a different overall motivation. … the degree to which one values one’s own life determines the answer. Those who see it as a precious gift do not wish to waste it on that which is trivial and transitory, for the demise of the physical body as an inevitable certainty. The pleasures of life can be accepted as a gift while rejecting becoming attached to them.
 
… the inner process is primarily one of de-energizing illusions rather than one of acquiring new information. Awareness is predominantly revealing in nature rather than a private acquisition. The Self is already aware of Reality and does not need to learn more about it.”   
 

What of Daily Life?

There is a shift of values from worldly accomplishment to spiritual realization, which colors all activity. It places it in a different context. The overreaching goal of life becomes altered, and life’s events take on a different significance and meaning as though placed in a new dimension. Eventually, the focus is on the inner, silent, motionless, still presence of Awareness itself rather than on its passing content. Suddenly, the sense of ‘I’ shifts from the content to the context, which is the universal ‘I’ of the Self.
From The Eye of the I p.187

Q“What, then, is illusion which we hear about so much?

A: The entire perceptual illusion which the ego claims to be reality is completely and totally the product of positionality. This is very important to unravel and understand in one’s own experiential awareness. If you observe carefully, you will note that at the time the mind is taking a position, that position stems from choice, training, desire, emotion, or political or religious viewpoint. From the arbitrary positionalities of moralizing, all actions and events can be categorized as right or wrong. From that positionality stem all the pointless sacrifice and sufferings of the world.

Q: What is the cause of this error?

A: Judgmentalism. This is the great vanity of all egos. Scripture says, “Judge not, lest ye be judged.” Also, “Judgment is mine; sayeth the Lord.” Christ said to forgive. The Buddha said there is nothing to judge because perception can only see illusion. Perception is always partial and limited by an arbitrary context. In truth, no judgment is possible.”

… The swiftest way out of problems and ignorance is by acquiring an understanding of the nature of consciousness itself. Awareness of the nature of consciousness catapults one through all problems, limitations, and human endeavors. It is the most important subject of all subjects to be learned because it underlies all human experience and enterprise. Science itself has progressed only to the point where it can advance no further without understanding the nature of consciousness.”

From The Eye of the I  p. 180-182

One benefit from a life crisis is greater self-awareness. The situation is overwhelming, and we are forced to stop all of our diversionary games, take a good look at our life situation, and re-evaluate our beliefs, goals, values, and life direction. It is an opportunity to re-evaluate and let go of guilt. It is also an opportunity for a total shift in attitude. Life crises, as we pass through them, confront us with polar opposites. Shall we hate or forgive that person? Shall we learn from this experience and grow, or resent it and become bitter? Do we choose to overlook that other person’s shortcomings and our own, or instead do we resent and mentally attack them? Shall we withdraw from a similar situation in the future with greater fear, or shall we transcend this crisis and master it once and for all? Do we choose hope or discouragement? Can we use the experience as an opportunity to learn how to share, or shall we withdraw into a shell of fear and bitterness? Every emotional experience is an opportunity to go up or down. Which do we choose? That is the confrontation.

From Letting Go, ch. 3, pg. 44 – 45

God’s grace could be understood as the absolute certainty of the karmic coherence of the entire universe in all its expressions as realms and possibilities. Grace is the provision within the realm of consciousness for the availability to use all the means to salvation and absolute freedom. By choice, one determines one’s own fate. There are no arbitrary forces to be reckoned with. Love chooses love and goes to love. The mechanism of forgiveness affords that very forgiveness. The entire universe is encompassed by compassion, which is available to all. Prayer is effective. God does not ‘decide’ in some arbitrary manner. The innate qualities of Divinity are mercy and compassion. There are no favors to be sought. It is only necessary to accept that which already exists as a given. Grace can only be accepted or denied. An individual soul may deny acceptance because it does not feel it deserves it, but  ‘Judge not,’ sayeth the Lord.’ Otherwise, one would be at the mercy of the positionalities of the ego.”
The spiritual practice of seeking Enlightenment via nonduality is the consequence of intention and commitment. Its practical practice is not so much a matter of ‘doing’ but a way of ‘being’ or aligning with the subjective awareness of life. … Attention is aligned with the field/context rather than the customary focus on content and details. … Also, spiritual work is more like noticing and becoming aware rather than ‘doingness’ per se.
Attitudes that may just seem merely ‘nice’ to ordinary mind become very powerful tools when aligned with spiritual intention and commitment. For instance, to strictly live by the dictum of ‘good will to all life’ is transformative when energized by the Spiritual Will. The decisions to ‘be kind to all of life’ or to respect the sacredness of all that exists are powerful attitudes in spiritual evolution, along with the virtues of compassion, the willingness to forgive, and seeking to understand rather than to judge. By constant surrendering, perceptions dissolve into discernment of essence.
 …Reason deals only with particulars, whereas Love deals with wholes.
… Love takes no position and thus is global, rising above the separation of positionality. It is then possible to be “one with another,” as there are no longer any barriers. Love is therefore inclusive and expands the sense of self progressively. Love focuses on the goodness of life in all its expressions and augments that which is positive. It dissolves negativity by recontextualizing it rather than by attacking it.

… As Love becomes more and more unconditional, it begins to be experienced as an inner Joy. This is not the sudden joy of a pleasurable turn of events; it is a constant accompaniment to all activities. Joy arises from within each moment of existence, rather than from any external source.


… Characteristic of this energy field is the capacity for enormous patience and the persistence of a positive attitude in the face of prolonged adversity.

That which is injurious loses its capacity to harm when it is brought into the light. And now nothing need remain hidden. Every thought, action, decision, or feeling creates an eddy in the interlocking, interbalancing, ever-moving energy fields of life, leaving a permanent record for all of time. This realization can be intimidating when it first dawns on us, but it becomes a springboard for rapid evolution.

In this interconnected universe, every improvement we make in our private world improves the world at large for everyone. We all float on the collective level of consciousness of mankind so that any increment we add comes back to us. We all add to our common buoyancy by our efforts to benefit life. What we do to benefit life automatically benefits all of us because we are all included in that which is life. We are life. It is a scientific fact that “what is good for you is good for me.”

From Power vs Force, ch. 7, pg. 150

The Radiance and Effulgence of the nonlinear Self are autonomous, consequent to relinquishment of the linear/ego positionalities and emotions that preclude their realization. The phenomenon of Enlightenment is thus analogous to the shining forth of the sun when the clouds are being removed. 
 
… The way to Enlightenment is simply that of surrendering the barriers that preclude the state of Realization. The personal self, therefore, does not become enlightened but instead falls away and is replaced by the previously obscured Reality of the Self as the Radiance of God Immanent. This is in contrast to linear concepts and beliefs about God as being primarily only transcendent and therefore ‘elsewhere’ in time and location.”
 

To survive the ego has to believe it is real, and that it has a separate, independent existence. The other motive for its continuance is the belief that through the ego and its betterment, happiness can be found at last and the perfect conditions for it are secured. Therefore, the ego/mind constantly seeks control and gain in all its various forms and appearances. It seeks successes by whatever yardstick it measures that illusory goal. Happiness is always around the next corner, so it strains harder to achieve its goals.

At some point, the illusion breaks down and the opening for the start of the spiritual quest commences. The quest turns from without to within and the search for answers begins.”

from The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing Is Hidden, p. 115-116

Emotion is not an indicator of truth as it is both reflective and determinative of positionalities and conditioning.

… In ordinary life, the mind focuses on linear content, specific details, and emotionalized perception. The ego is thus energized consequent to projected, inflated estimates of worth or value. The process of energizing perceptions and desires is based on the ego’s expectations of gratification and reward. In contrast, in spiritual endeavor, the focus is not on the result but instead on alignment with an overall field of intention.

The ego is oriented towards specifics and the linear content of the field of vision. Its effect on vision itself is exclusive and limited in order to focus primarily on the near side of objects (so as to facilitate manipulation). Spirit is oriented towards context and the whole, and is thus inclusive and focuses on the far side of objects. Its field is diffuse rather than local.

To relate to the overall field rather than become involved in the details of specifics is characteristic of a contemplative lifestyle, which is conducive to spiritual evolution. In meditative practice also, there is a shift from focus on specifics at the outset but then progressive identification with the overall field and eventually with context itself.”

From Discovery of the Presence of God p. 63-64

 Q: How can God be recognized unless one is already well along the path?

A: The first evidence of the presence of God is an awakening curiosity or interest in spiritual matters. That is the crack in the ego’s dam. When the person begins to desire or practice spiritual goals or pursue spiritual information, the Presence is already taking hold of one’s life.

If the desire arises to surrender all obstacles to love and to God, then God is already present in the form of willingness. When one reaches devotion, there is already quite an advanced Presence that is dissolving the ego and illuminating the way. Spiritual progress and discovery are accompanied by joy, which is the radiance of the Self and quickly replaces the surrendered ego’s positionalities. Spiritual inspiration increases in intensity each step along the way. When the self stops looking to the world or to the ego, it discovers that is source has been the Self all along.

From  “I: Reality and Subjectivity”, ch. 18, pg. 422

Ask, “How am I aware or even know that I exist?” That question is the best that can be acted upon for it leads directly and nonverbally to the ever present Reality. Identify with that quality, capacity, or condition of ever present subjectivity which is experienced as an underlying awareness. It is consciousness itself. Identify with that consciousness instead of with the ‘what’ it is conscious about. That is the direct route to the Self. It is actually the only practice that leads directly through the doorway. There is nothing to know, to learn, or to remember.

From: “I: Reality and Subjectivity” (2003), Chapter 22: Applications, pp. 397–399

Q: What does the Self feel like?
A: It is like the ultimate completion of being home. There is a knowingness of finality, conclusion, completion, fulfillment, satisfaction, perfection, and beauty. The quality of Love dissolves all possibility of suffering or wanting. No mentation occurs, nor is it necessary. A profound sense of certainty prevails. Divinity is unmistakable.
There is absolutely nothing in ordinary human experience to compare with the joy of the presence of the Love of God. No sacrifice is too great nor effort too much in order to realize that Presence.
 

Acceptance is the great healer of strife, conflict, and upset. It also corrects major imbalances of perception and precludes the dominance of negative feelings. Everything serves a purpose. Humility means that we will not understand all events or occurrences. Acceptance is not passivity but non-positionality. The development of a spiritual ego can be avoided by the realization that spiritual progress is the result of God’s grace and not the result of one’s personal endeavors.

From The Eye of the I, ch. 9, pg. 196

… one transcends the negative by merely choosing the opposite. With the internal discipline that stems from passionate commitment, the negative choices are no longer seen as options. We all then become conscientious objectors when we draw the line and set boundaries. This rather automatically occurs as a consequence of choosing spiritual goals that we value above the goals of the world.

Spiritual views are not very popular in society in general. It is not necessary to impose one’s views on others. Proselytizing is best done by example rather than by coercion and lapel grabbing. We influence others by what we are rather than by what we say or have. To express views that are contrary to public opinion may be sociologically praiseworthy, but to do so leads to conflict and enmeshment in the arguments and discord in the world. The pursuit of ’causes’ is the role of the social and political reformer, which is an activity different from that of the seeker of enlightenment. Praiseworthy endeavors can be seen as deserving of sympathetic support, but they are also perceptually defined positionalities with intrinsic limitations and agendas. Embroilment in the issues of society is a luxury which the seeker of spiritual enlightenment needs to forego.

Each person has their own karma or destiny to fulfill and it is best not to confuse these missions. The spiritually motivated saints of history did indeed uplift mankind, and such was the nature of their missions and the merit of spiritual courage which often included even the sacrifice of their physical lives. Collectively, these social saints inspire whole nations and cultures and thus, by their public lives, silently serve all mankind for generations.

The calling of the private-life spiritual aspirant is more socially humble but equally important and of service to the whole of mankind. The social saint uplifts by external action and example. The devotee uplifts by internal progression. Every increase in the level of consciousness affects the consciousness of all mankind…

… We change the world not by what we say or do but as a consequence of what we have become. Thus, every spiritual aspirant serves the world.

Q: What about action?
A: Actions are the automatic consequence of the integration of context, field, and intention. All action is actually spontaneous and reflects karmic propensities and local conditions that may or may not favor expression. To depersonalize actions, it is only necessary to let go of the belief that there is a separate, independent causal agent called ‘I’ or ‘me’. This awareness allows for the development of the ‘non-action of action’, which is possible by relinquishment of trying to control results. The only thing one can actually ‘do’ is to ‘be’ one’s potential to the fullest.

Q: Can you please explain more about identity?

A: The ego fears dissolution and therefore resists giving up the illusion of a separate existence in an imaginary ‘here’ and an imaginary ‘now’. It fears it will dissolve into being nothing and, therefore, the conscious awareness will also cease. With examination, it will become clear that one’s reality is not a ‘who’ at all, but instead is an intensely loving Allness, which is realized and known to be much closer and more comforting and fulfilling than the prior sense of ‘I’.

In the evolution of consciousness, the sense of the small ‘I’ is replaced by a more profound, invulnerable and nontransitory sense of universal presence. The sense of ‘I’ is now infinite, more grand, more gentle, more powerful, more aware, and more gratifying than the sense of the little ‘I’ had been. The small ‘I’ is like a penny whistle compared to the full symphony of the Self.

From: “The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing is Hidden” (2002), Chapter 19: Commentaries and Examples, pp. 287–289

There is only one Divine, Absolute, Supreme Reality that transcends all potentialities, dimensions, realms, and universes and is the source of life and existence. Enlightenment is merely the full, conscious recognition that innate truth is the core of one’s own existence, and the God as Self is the illumination whereby that realization is made possible. The Infinite Power of God is the manifestation of the power of Infinite Context. The Unmanifest is even beyond Infinite Context.
 
 The Glory of God shines forth as the Source of Existence and the Reality that is knowable by the subjective awareness of the Self as the Infinite ‘I’. 
from  I : Reality and Subjectivity p. 553-554 

Q: Is there a simple way to undo the ego?

A: Yes. By commitment to inner honesty, it will become apparent that the underpinning of the ego’s responses is the pleasure that is derived from them. There is an inner satisfaction that is the payoff of self-pity, anger, rage, hate, pride guilt, fear, etc. This inner pleasure, as morbid as it may sound, energizes and propagates all these emotions. To undo their influence, it is merely necessary to be willing to forego and surrender these questionable inner secret pleasures to God and look only to
God for joy, pleasure, and happiness.

Everyone gets a secret pleasure from resentments, from being the martyr or the victim, and from feeling misunderstood, unappreciated, etc. Society and the law even reinforce these benefits with legal and monetary rewards so that one can be compensated for ‘having their feelings hurt’, for being ‘slighted’ on the job, for enduring ‘stress’, for ‘feeling uncomfortable’, etc.

When the payoff is no longer valued, these feelings disappear. They persist only so long as they serve a purpose. When this ‘ego juice’ is abandoned, it is replaced with inner peace.

from I: Reality and Subjectivity, ch. 18, pg. 417-418

Thought is powerful because it has a high rate of vibration. A thought is actually a thing; it has an energy pattern. The more energy we give it, the more power it has to manifest itself physically. This is the paradox of much so-called health education. The paradoxical effect is that fearful thoughts are reinforced and given so much power that epidemics are actually created by the media (e.g., the swine flu). The fear-based “warnings” about health dangers actually set-up the mental environment in which the very thing that is feared will occur.

from Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender pg. 213

Reluctance to forgive is a consequence not only of unwillingness to let go of the ego juice of perceived injustice but also the illusion that others do not ‘deserve’ it. In reality, it is the forgiver and not the forgiven who benefits the most. The purpose of the example is to demonstrate that even the most severe conditions can be transcended, but only by an act of the will and the willingness to surrender the nursing of hatred and revenge.

One might ask how could such a saintly transformation even be possible, given the horrific circumstances on both sides, including imprisonment in POW camps, starvation, personal torture, gross cruelty, and carnage. In actuality, and psychologically, it really could not be done by the ego/mind at all because it lacks the necessary power when it is caught up in the energy field of hate… Therefore, the transformative source of power cannot originate from the mind or the personality called the personal ‘I’. The necessary power resides in the nonlinear quality of consciousness termed the ‘Will’, which alone can open the gates to the power necessary to dissolve the ego’s positionality.

By invitation, the Holy Spirit transforms comprehension by virtue of the presence of the healing power of Grace. What the ego cannot lift with all its might is like a feather to the Grace of God. As a consequence of the process of transformation, not only are the views of others transformed from hateful to benign, but the view of self is also transformed.”

from Transcending the Levels of Consciousness p. 55-56

What is the best attitude for spiritual work?

A ‘Yin’ type of position that is persistent and unwavering. The work consists of understandings, realizations, and a general attitude of allowing rather than getting. Know that what is being sought is all present, innate in All That Is, invisible, and is silent. It is the requisite condition for existence itself. It is the one quality that is of prime significance and is the absolute, irreducible matrix for anything to ’be’.

from The Eye of the I, ch. 13, pg. 255

Discernment of reality and truth has always been problematic to the human mind, whether it was aware of it or not (i.e., the subject of epistemology). The process is now made even more difficult by the overall impact of the media, the effect of which is both subtle and unconscious as well as visible and apparent. The most obvious influence of the media is by virtue of the selection itself, as well as the time devoted to its reporting, all of which are enhanced on television by visual as well as musical pictorial additions. Emotional and political distortions and dramatizations add to the editing impact reinforced by the sequence and style of presentation. … The overall impact of the media is the production of a ‘virtual reality’ that includes distorted values.

While the modern, sophisticated viewer is subliminally aware of the foregoing, persons of lower levels of consciousness are not so aware and, like children, they tend to believe fiction is truth and live in an “alternate reality”… Thus, falsehood dominates the thinking and reality testing of the majority of people in today’s world. As the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels observed, if a lie is told frequently enough, it is eventually believed to be factual (a virtual reality) because the population lacks the capacity to discern truth from falsehood.

from Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man p. 137-138

Nothing in the universe happens by chance or accident. The universe is a coherent concurrence and interaction of innumerable conditions attendant on the infinite number of energy patterns. In the state of Awareness, all this is obvious and can be clearly seen and known. Outside that level of awareness, it could be likened to innumerable, invisible magnetic fields which automatically coalesce or repel one’s position and which interact according to the positions and relative strengths and polarities. Everything influences everything else and is in perfect balance.
from The Eye of the I From Which Nothing Is Hidden p. 170

The letting go of all pretensions to knowledge or of knowing about anything is a great relief and is experience as a tremendous benefit instead of as a loss as one had feared. One had been, without knowing it, in bondage to the content, and therefore the release from mind is accompanied by a profound sense of peace and absolute security. When this occurs, one is finally profoundly at home at last, with no doubts remaining. There is nothing more to be gained, nothing that needs to be accomplished or thought. Its finality is absolute, profound, motionless, and still. The endless nuisance of desires and wants and pressure of time have come to a final end and their hollowness stands revealed.

from Eye of The I, Chapter 7: The Mind pg. 149

Simple kindness to one’s self and all that lives is the most powerful transformational force of all. It produces no backlash, has no downside, and never leads to loss or despair. It increases one’s own true power without exacting any toll. But to reach maximum power, such kindness can permit no exceptions, nor can it be practiced with the expectation of some selfish gain or reward. And its effect is as far-reaching as it is subtle.

In a universe where “like goes to like” and “birds of a feather flock together,” we attract to us that which we emanate. Consequences may come in an unsuspected way. For instance, we are kind to the elevator man, and a year later, a helpful stranger gives us a hand on a deserted highway. An observable “this” does not cause an observable “that”. Instead, in reality, a shift in motive or behavior acts on a field that then produces an increased likelihood of positive responses. Our inner work is like building up a bank account, but one from which we cannot draw at our own personal will. The disposition of the funds is determined by a subtle energy field, which awaits a trigger to release this power back into our own lives.

from Power vs Force, ch.7 pg. 150-151

A useful decision or choice is to decide to stop mentally talking about everything and refrain from interjecting comments, opinions, preferences, and value statements. It is therefore a discipline to just watch without evaluating, investing worth in, or editorializing, commenting, and having preferences about what is witnessed. One then sees the rising and falling away of phenomena and the transitory nature of appearance, which, with ordinary mentation, is conceptualized as a sequence of cause and effect. It is an informative practice to ‘pretend’ to be stupid, and by the invocation of radical humility, Essence shines forth. All thinking, from a spiritual viewpoint, is merely vanity, illusion, and pomposity. The less one thinks, the more delightful life becomes. Thinkingness eventually becomes replaced by knowingness. That one ‘is’ does not really need any thought at all. It is helpful, therefore, to make a decision to stop mental conversation and useless babbling.”

from Discovery of the Presence of God p. 88-90

The acute catastrophic experience is a key learning opportunity that teaches us to go to the very core, to the very essence of the experience, to see what it is and handle it at the level of experiencing within the energy field of consciousness itself. There is the willingness to surrender and to let go of wanting to change what happened ‘out there’. There is the letting go of wanting to control by thinking about it and trying to handle it with the intellect and the emotions. There is the willingness to surrender to the essence of the experience without calling it anything, or labeling it, or putting names on it. There is the willingness to handle the energy field of it and go directly to the inner experience. The surrender to the inner experience is the open doorway to the experience of something greater than the small personal self.

from Healing and Recovery, p. 259

Meaning is defined by context, which determines motive. It is the motive that establishes spiritual value. To dedicate one’s actions as a service of love to life is to sanctify them and transform them from self-seeking motives to unselfish gifts. We define excellence as dedication to the highest standards. Every act can then be held as an opportunity to glorify God by sheer purity of endeavor. All physical tasks and labor can be ingredients in one’s contribution to the world. Even the smallest task can be seen as serving the common good, and if viewed in that light, work becomes ennobled.

How life is contextualized can bring either joy or resentment. Begrudging is replaced by generosity. If others benefit from one’s efforts, so much the better. Everyone has the opportunity to contribute to harmony and beauty by kindness to others and thereby support the human spirit. That which is freely given to life flows back to us because we are equally part of that life. Like ripples on the water, every gift returns to the giver. What we affirm in others, we actually affirm in ourselves.

from The Eye of the I, pg. 106-107

The universe holds its breath as we choose, instant by instant, which pathway to follow; for the universe, the very essence of life itself, is highly conscious. Every act, thought and choice adds to a permanent mosaic; our decisions ripple through the universe of consciousness to affect the lives of all.

from Power vs. Force page 122

“Somebody asked that we finish it up with a prayer today, in line with Devotional Nonduality… That which is the Voice of God is Silence. That we sink into the Voice of God, we sink into the Silence, which is indicative of Divine Presence. Behind the thought, behind the thinkingness, is an Infinite Silence, and the Infinite Silence is the source of all existence. And between the thoughts, under the thoughts, is the profound Silence and all we have to do is to become aware of that Silence, all we have to do is become aware of that Silence, by realizing it’s there.

(Pause in Silence)

 Behind all the sounds of the universe, the Silence is forever there. Behind the sounds in the woods, the woods are silent. The sound of the bird doesn’t have anything to do with the Silence. You see, the Silence is maintained even though there’s sound above it. But the only reason you can hear the sound is that it’s against a background of Silence. So the Silence is there, right in the middle of the sound. So, you focus on the Silence, which is ever-present.

In the middle of cacophony and catastrophe, as the bullets are flying around and the planes are crashing, and all hell is breaking loose, there’s nothing but the Infinite Silence. So you identify with that Silence and just maintain awareness. You can go about your daily life and do everything that you need to do and, at all times, still be aware of the presence of the Silence. So that gives you a centering. So, a centering kind of prayerfulness is you’re always aware of the Silence, which is the infinite context. The reality of the Presence of God is an Infinite Silence. And then, that which you hold in mind in that Silence tends to manifest, not as a result of causation, but potentiality manifesting.

And we thank Thee, O Lord for Thy Divine Presence, as the Infinite Silence, out of which arises our existence. Amen!”

– Paraphrased from the end of the August 2006 lecture, “Reason vs. Truth,” DVD Disc 3, ~ 014400-014740

With the experience of inner peace comes great strength. An energy field of total peace is unassailable. The person who has found inner peace can no longer be intimidated, controlled, manipulated, or pro­grammed. In this state, we are invulnerable to the threats of the world and have, therefore, mastered earthly life. When the state of peace has become established, ordinary human suffering is no longer possible because the very basis of that vulnerability has been totally relinquished.

from Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender pg. 188

It is obvious that higher states of consciousness have profound effect on our relationships, because one of the laws of consciousness is like goes to like. Our inner states are actually radiated to others. We can positively affect others even when we are not physically with them. Feelings are energy and all energy gives off a vibration. We are like sending and receiving stations. The less negativity we are holding, the more aware we can be of what others are really holding about us. The more we love, the more we find ourselves surrounded by love. The replacement of a negative feeling by a higher one accounts for the many miracles one can experience in the course of life. These become more frequent as one continues to surrender.

As we surrender, life becomes more and more effortless. There is a constant increase in happiness and pleasure, which requires less and less from the outer world to be experienced. There is a diminution of needs and expectations of others. We stop looking ‘out there” for what we now experience as coming from within ourselves. We let go of the illusion that others are the source of our happiness. Instead of looking to get from others, we now look to give.

from Letting Go, ch. 18, pg. 271-272

In the state of acceptance, there is the feeling that nothing needs to be changed. Everything is perfect and beautiful the way it is. The world is to be enjoyed. There is compassion for others and for all living things. In this state we are automatically nurturing and supportive of others without any feeling of sacrifice. Because of the inner security and feeling of abun­dance, there is generosity and ease of giving, with no expectation of return or record keeping, such as, “Here’s what I am doing for you.” Whenever are in a state of acceptance, we love our friends instead of being critical, and we are willing to love them in spite of their limitations, which we willingly overlook.

from Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender pg. 165

As we consistently let go of resisting our fears and allow them to be surrendered, the energy that was tied up in the fear is relinquished and now becomes available to shine forth as the energy of love. Therefore, unconditional love has the greatest power of all, and that love is the power of the celebrated saints.

from Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender pg 95

Through inner observation, there is the realization of something that remains constant and the same, no matter what goes on in the external world or with the body, emotions, or mind. With this awareness comes a state of total freedom. The inner Self has been discovered. The silent state of Awareness that underlies all movement, activity, sound, feeling, and thought is discovered to be a timeless dimension of peace. Once identified with this Awareness, we are no longer at the effect of the world, the body, or the mind, and with this Awareness come an inner calmness, stillness, and a profound sense of inner peace.

from Letting Go, ch. 17, pg. 254-255

“Everybody has their quirks. So easygoing-ness of course is an ideal which most of us find difficult to be that way all the time. So, some of these qualities, the value they have to us is they act like pointers. When something throws you out of easygoing-ness, that’s something in your self. So, all these things are valuable. Therefore, you take what you consider, from a spiritual viewpoint, a negative and you turn it into a positive. It’s like a light going on “Look here” “Look here” “Look here”… So, when you’re not easy going, when you’re not thoughtful, when you’re not tolerant, when you’re not calm, etc. then that is pulling up something that you gotta clear.

And how do you clear it. You clear it by looking within yourself and finding it there, owning it, forgiving yourself for it, because everyone is a fallible human being. So the kindness that you show to yourself, the willingness to forgive yourself, then transfers into willingness to forgive others out there.

So, instead of feeling guilt about the negative, what you do is ya turn lemons into lemonade.”

from “Emotions & Sensations” April 2004 dvd

In an acute catastrophic situation, the mind tries to cling to that which is familiar. It tries escapism, distractions, tranquilizers, drugs and alcohol, and various other ways of trying to ameliorate the situation rather than face it directly and work through it.

The essence of a catastrophic situation is total surrender to the discovery of that which is greater than the personal self. The experiencing through completely of a catastrophe brings us into a connection and a realization that there is something within ourselves that has the power to sustain, no matter how catastrophic the experience appears to be. As a result, we come out on the other side of it as a greater person with the awareness that there is something within, that there is a Presence, a quality, or an aspect of life within that has the power to sustain us through the most seemingly impossible situations.

from Healing and Recovery, ch.8, pg. 256

“Happily, you don’t have to deal with the content of mind, because the only thing you have to notice about it, is that what it’s doing, it’s doing spontaneously. It’s not the content of mind that’s interesting at all, what is of interest is the process of mind, it’s going on of its own. It has nothing to do with you, couldn’t care less about you. It’ll say very nasty things about you, you know what the mind does. “You’re guilty, you’re weak, you’re wasting your money, you’re a creep!” You can’t trust the mind at all, it’s not even your friend. It’s not even a friend. It just goes on and willy-nilly says all kinds of, when it runs out of thoughts, it’ll say, ibbity bibbity boo, boppity, bop, bop, bop. Picture some erotic scene from some movie when you were a teenager. It’ll think of something horrible about the future. Oh my, when the mind gets threatened with no thoughts, it really gets wild, it’ll just do anything crazy, think of stabbing yourself or something. You know, it’ll just do anything bizarre to keep going. When you look at the mind, then, don’t be bothered with it. It’s an endless phantasmagoria. I like that word, phantasmagoria. It just proliferates endless BS.”

From  “Realizing the Root of Consciousness: Meditative and Contemplative Techniques” June 2002 DVD, Disc 1

 

Beneath thinkingness, beneath feelingness, beneath all ideology, beneath all form, there’s that which is non-form, that which you call “me”, the Self. If I take off one leg you’re still me, if I take off another leg you’re still me, if I take off an ear, you’re still me. The “me” is not the physical body, because we can remove it piece by piece and you’ll still say, “I’m me”. Donovan’s brain sitting there thinks I’m still me. The sense of self then is independent of physicality. To know that, you know you’re not the physical body. The sense of self does not change with thinkingness. Certainly as one gets older one’s thinkingness can totally change about just about everything, and yet the sense of I, the Self, is not changed, the Atman, the Self, Self with a capital S.

It seems strange to Christian tradition to call the presence of God within, Self with a capital S. Sounds strange and somewhat foreign. To those who are familiar with foreign spiritual literature it is not strange, but to people with a Christian background it seems strange to call the center, the core of one’s existence, Self with a capital S. Soul is more acceptable. To experience one’s soul then, one’s eternal soul, as one’s reality would become closer to common Christian thinking. As the awareness, as the reality unfolds, there is no difference between that which you are, there is no difference between God immanent and God transcendent. Those are just styles of languaging. That which is the source of one’s own existence is not different than that which is the source and the essence of all of the universe throughout all of time. That’s the first stunning awareness, that one ever even worried about life seems like the ultimate joke. How one could have forgotten such a stunning and obvious reality is rather startling. That which shines forth, that which shines forth and gives one a sense of reality, you see, you accept a sense of reality of your experience without question. Why should you experience that which you experience as reality? Is there something out there that would give a special sense of reality? You see how you just assume that as a given. That which you’re looking for is that which you overlooked because you assume it as a given. That which you assume as a given is exactly that which you’re trying to find.

It’s like you’re so used to living in space that you fail to recognize space anymore, you just take space for granted. It’s miraculous that one can experience anything. It’s miraculous to have the capacity to experience. Does a rock experience? To be conscious, to be aware, to experience one’s own existence, is already a rather incredible event, but we take it for granted. But once one grasps the significance of that, you realize to exist and be aware that you exist is miraculous. The miracle of one’s existence, of thee O’Lord, I am. Without God you would not exist, and the source of one’s existence is not different than the core of that which you are. So the soul cannot be “not-God”, it can only be part and parcel of all that exists in a particular expression.”

from “God: Transcendent and Immanent” Nov 2002 dvd set

 

It will be helpful if one can accept the fact that one does not have to do anything about external events or even figure them out. A person cannot make any progress by looking at the thoughts because they are endless. One is not going to make much headway in handling the problem by looking at the specific emotion, but there will be a very profound effect if one allows oneself to focus on the energy below the upset. As one catches the experience earlier and earlier, one will notice that the energy is diffuse and almost nameless. It is like a container of pressurized gas that is seeking release. Its energy has been accumulating for a lifetime, and now it has a way out. The event that has happened in life has opened the sluices, the gates, the doorway, and now this container of compressed, suppressed emotional energy is using this opportunity to escape. Once the barn door is open, all the animals run out.

How can one get out of the way of the running animals? One cannot; however, the experience can be cut through quickly by accepting the fact that one cannot escape it. To try to escape will only prolong it. The mind will try to figure out ways to escape the emotional energy as though that will reduce the pain; however, the pain actually comes from resisting the experience. To handle this, one just sits down and lets go of resisting it, choosing instead to be with it. The faster one opens it up, the faster the energy is let out, and the quicker the experience will be over. The whole thing can be released instead of allowing it to drag out endlessly, agonizingly, through hours, days, weeks, months, years, or even a whole lifetime.

from “Healing and Recovery”  Handling Major Crises pg 238-239

Affairs of the world are perceived and interpreted in accordance with one’s level of consciousness. Therefore, the world may appear to be tragic, sad, miserable, or fearful, or it may, on the contrary, seem tempting, exciting, and challenging. In the high 500s, it is viewed with compassion and seen as beauty. In the 600s, it is seen as peaceful, and then, in the 700s, as Ramana Maharshi said, “The world you see (i.e. perception) does not even exist; therefore, surrender it to God.”

Human life is a major spiritual opportunity for consciousness to evolve and even reach Enlightenment. It is an expression of the gift of life, through which one can eventually realize the Self. Worldly temporal life is transitory and brief, but its consequences are very long term. It is therefore best to treasure the opportunity with gratitude. Spiritual endeavor is, in and of itself, an expression of appreciation for that gift of life.

Q: But what about the vicissitudes of life?

A: Each has a hidden gift. Sometimes it is an opportunity to undo past suffering brought to others. Sometimes the suffering is due to resistance and is a consequence of the ego’s personal will and therefore needful of surrender. An overall attitude of humility is very helpful, and by surrender, the hidden gift is revealed. How a specific situation is handled depends on how it is conceptualized and contextualized, and therefore, what it seems to ‘mean’.

from Discovery of the Presence, ch. 10, pg. 161-162

The world pretty much runs people with fear because their personal lives are also predominantly run by fear. But once we have learned a way to avoid getting cornered by fear, we begin to transcend the world as well as transcend being a victim because the world can threaten us only by fear. If they cut off our bank account, conduct an audit, run away from us, leave us, or fire us, the gun at our head is always the same gun-the gun of fear. There can be the fear of losing a part of the body-there is no end to the number of fears, but there is an end to fearfulness and of being a victim of fear.

from Healing and Recovery pg. 270

Fear is a level of consciousness to be addressed where it is, not in its expression and extension into the world-fear of this, fear of that-and not trying to handle it on the level of the particular but handling it instead as a level of consciousness. This is done by becoming aware of that which we are, which is greater than the fear, and learning to disidentify with the emotion so we are not that. We are an overall field in which fear is being experienced. It becomes a small thing occurring within the greater context in which we become aware of ourselves as that which we really are.

from Healing and Recovery pg 267

Q: What is the ultimate truth of one’s reality?

A: One’s absolute reality is beyond consciousness itself. It is the substrate of consciousness; it is beyond Allness or Voidness. It is prior to Creation, beyond the manifest and the unmanifest. It is prior to existence, beingness, or is-ness. It is beyond identity, yet out of it arises the Self. It is neither transcendent nor imminent, yet both. It is the infinite potentiality out of which the All and the One arise. The Self is the Presence expressed as existence, and out of that consciousness arises the sense of Existence.

from The Eye of the I, ch. 19, pg. 372

“The straightest way to enlightenment is through devoted introspection, meditation, and contemplation of the inner workings of the ego so as to understand consciousness. The process is energized by intention, dedication, and devotion, and the total effort is supported by spiritual inspiration. The dedication is focused on the process itself as a surrender to God. The focus needs to be intense, and it is energized by fixity and deliberateness of intention. The process is one of discovery and becomes progressively self-revealing.

Every period of focus and practice is equally valuable. Eventually, the tool of ‘one-pointedness of mind’ becomes perfected, which in itself is quite an accomplishment that requires devotion to the task. The devotion becomes self-fulfilling and rewarding.

… Under ordinary life circumstances, the automatic functioning of the ego/mind is taken for granted and not subject to scrutiny. The very process of studying the mind already begins to diminish the ego’s grip. The sense of self begins to shift locus, and the feeling of one’s inner ‘I’ begins to progress through the layers of consciousness.”

from I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 291-292

The State of Inner Freedom

What does life become when one continuously surrenders? What is possible?

In the surrendered state, we are independent of the outer world as a source of satisfaction because the source of happiness has been found within us. Happiness is shared with others so that, in relationships, the surrendered person is supportive, sympathetic, encouraging, patient, and tolerant. There is an effortless appreciation of the worth and values of others and a consideration for their feelings. Power struggles, being “right,” and proving our point have been relinquished. There is an automatic nonjudgmental attitude and the supporting of others to grow, learn, experience, and fulfill their potentialities. There is an easy-going, nurturing acceptance of others. We fell relaxed, vibrant, and full of energy. Life events flow automatically and effortlessly. We no longer respond from a motive of sacrifice or “giving up” something for others; instead, we see ourselves as being of loving service to others and the world. Life events are seen as opportunities rather than challenges. The personality is gentle and open with a willingness to let go and surrender nonstop because of the unfolding and ongoing inner process of continuous revelation.

from Letting Go, ch. 17, pg. 253-254

Force is vulnerable to an infinite number of oppositions, but power has no possible opposite or enemy. Like space itself, power is immune to attack and forever invulnerable. People think that they are ruled by their unruly minds and that they are the victims of circumstances. This sums up how a person feels from moment to moment. People see themselves as victims of their stream of consciousness or feeling states and transitory circumstances. The prevailing view is that there are no options to one’s current state of mind and feeling tone or emotions.

This succumbing to ‘it’ (the mind) and ‘out there’ (the world) is accepted as natural and normal. Few people suspect that there is actually any other option. By self-examination and inward focus, one can discover that all states of consciousness are the result of the execution of an option. They are not unchangeable certainties determined by uncontrollable factors at all. This can be discovered by examining how the mind works.

… One is not ‘forced’ to feel resentment by a negative memory, nor does one have to buy into a fearful thought about the future. These are only options. The mind is like a television set running its various channels for selection, and one does not have to follow any particular temptation of thought. One can fall into the temptation of feeling sorry for oneself, or angry, or worried. The secret attraction of all these options is that they offer an inner payoff or a secret satisfaction which is the source of the attraction of the mind’s thoughts.

If these payoffs are refused, it will be discovered that, at all times, behind the thought screen, there is a silent, invisible, thought-free space of joy. This is an option that is always available, but to be experienced, it has to be chosen above all other tempting options. The source of joy is always present, always available, and not dependent on circumstances. There are only two obstacles: (1) the ignorance that it is always available and present and (2), valuing something other than peace and joy above that peace and joy because of the secret pleasure of the payoff.

The experience of the presence of God is available and within at all times, but awaits choice. That choice is made only by surrendering everything other than peace and love to God. In return, the divinity of the Self reveals Itself as ever present but not experienced because it has been ignored or forgotten, or one has chosen otherwise.”

from  The Eye of the 1 p. 47-48

Love takes no position and thus is global, rising above the separation of positionality. It is then possible to be ‘one with another’ as there are no longer any barriers. Love is therefore inclusive and progressively expands the sense of self. Love focuses on the goodness of life in all its expressions and augments that which is positive. It dissolves negativity by recontextualizing it rather than by attacking it. As such, it is benign, supportive, and nurtures life; consequently, it is the level of true happiness.

from Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, ch. 14, pg. 247-248

The energy of love has the capacity to heal our
bodies when conditions are appropriate. On the physical
level, because of the prevailing positive mental
state, physical illnesses often resolve themselves. Some
diseases automatically heal without any particular
attention being paid to them, and those that still
remain usually respond to consciousness techniques.
Persistent illnesses that are unresponsive to treatment
are viewed as karmically, symbolically, or spiritually
significant. Overall, there is a decreasing awareness of
the body, which now goes about its business and
seems to take care of itself on its own. We are no
longer identified as a body. There is a loss of interest
in dealing with health matters on a purely physical
level, and there are times when awareness of the body
disappears altogether, unless we focus on it for some
particular reason.

from Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, pg. 177

Meaning is defined by context, which determines motive. It is the motive that establishes spiritual value.  To dedicate one’s actions as a service of love to life is to sanctify them and transform them from self-seeking motives to unselfish gifts.  We define excellence as dedication to the highest standards.  Every act can then be held as an opportunity to glorify God by sheer purity of endeavor.  All physical tasks and labor can be ingredients in one’s contribution to the world.  Even the smallest task can be seen as serving the common good, and if viewed in that light, work becomes ennobled.

How life is contextualized can bring either joy or resentment.  Begrudging is replaced by generosity.  If others benefit from one’s efforts, so much the better.  Everyone has the opportunity to contribute to harmony and beauty by kindness to others and thereby support the human spirit.  That which is freely given to life flows back to us because we are equally part of that life.  Like ripples on the water, every gift returns to the giver.  What we affirm in others, we actually affirm in ourselves.

from The Eye of the I, ch. 5, pg. 106-107

“… love leads to the capacity for reverence for that which is intrinsic and innate within the spirit of ones’ partner. … Is romance based on first an illusion and then the illusion wears off?

… it is opposite to the way the world sees it. …when you first see that person and flash on them, that’s reality. …Then as time goes on the ego raises its ugly head and starts to demean it. But in the beginning you saw who they really were, their incredible perfection and beauty…”

from  God: Transcendent & Immanent Lecture 11/02

The substrate of all existence and creation is the state of subjectivity. God is the very essence of subjectivity. What is aware of existence is the awareness of the presence of God within us. With this realization, we resolve the spiritual conundrum of that which is seeking is that which is sought; in essence, it is the subjective searching for the subjective. The illusion that there is a dualistic set of opposites called subjective versus objective dissolves. It is the ultimate human paradox that man’s dependence on perception precludes his being able to know his own identity.

from The Eye of the I, ch. 15, pg. 289

 

The consciousness levels of Love formally calibrate from 500 and above, and by level 570, they are often considered to be saintly by virtue of unconditionality. The energy field recontextualizes all experience and relatedness to self, others, and to all life.

The obstacles to Unconditional Love (cal. 540) are attachment, resentment, specialness, and judgmentalism. The power of the high energy of Unconditional Love is transformative to self and others and precipitates the appearance of the miraculous by which the seemingly impossible is transformed into the actual. The energy of Love is complete within itself and is thus free of need, considerations, limitations, or seeking of gain. To be free of wantingness is liberating, and in some spiritual traditions, Enlightenment is termed ‘Liberation’(Moksha). In Christianity, the dissolving of the personal self into the Self of Divine Love is referred to as Unio Mystica.

from Reality, Spirituality, and Modern Man, Ch. 14, pg. 287-288

As we surrender, life becomes more and more effortless. There is a constant increase in happiness and pleasure, which requires less and less from the outer world to be experienced. There is a diminution of needs and expectations of others. We stop looking “out there” for what we now experience as coming from within ourselves. We let go of the illusion that others are the source of our happiness. Instead of looking to get from others, we now look to give. Others now seek to be with us, instead of avoiding us. In Charles Dick­ens’ A Christmas Carol, Scrooge experienced the pleas­ure of giving instead of looking to get from others. The joy of that transformation is available to us all.

from Letting Go pg 272

Q: What is love? Often it seems to be unreachable.

A: Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others. Love for God or nature or even one’s pets opens the door to spiritual inspiration. The desire to make others happy overrides selfishness. The more we give love, the greater our capacity to do so. It is a good beginning practice to merely mentally wish others well in the course of the day. Love blossoms into lovingness, which becomes progressively more intense, nonselective, and joyful. There is a time when one ‘falls in love’ with everything and everyone they meet.

from The Eye of the I, ch. 17, pg. 328-329

As egocentricity and selfishness diminish as motivators, the capacity for concern with the happiness and welfare of others gains dominance, and thus love… and its gain or loss become dominant. As this propensity matures, lovingness becomes the expression of what one has become… and is unconditional. Love then becomes the field and the context as well as the content of intentions and actions.

… Thus, the human world represents a purgatorial-like range of opportunities and choices, from the most grim to the exalted, from criminality to nobility, from fear to courage, from despair to hope, and from greed to charity. Thus, if the purpose of the human experience is to evolve, then this world is perfect just as it is.

– from I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 208-209

In ordinary life, we surrender a little bit. Under greater pressure, we are willing to surrender more and realize that we do not have to put ourselves under catastrophic pressure in order to be willing to surrender at great depth. The transformation of personality, the whole shift in one’s spiritual position, traditionally comes from surrendering at great depth.

What does it mean to surrender at great depth? How can we surrender at great depth without having to put ourselves through a terrible emotional catastrophe in order to accomplish the same spiritual work? By seeing the essential nature of the process, we become educated. Our positions shift and we are different in the way we are. We are willing to be with life in all its expressions. The willingness is then experienced as an inner state of aliveness. Arising from that is the willingness to take the chance because we now know that we are accompanied by something greater than the personal self. It is not the personal self that has to handle what comes up in life. The Infinite Presence that is always with us is more powerful than the human will and ego. The self brings pain and suffering; the Self radiates healing and peace.

from Healing and Recovery, ch. 8, pg. 261

“… Seek to ‘know’, not to ‘know about’. Know’ implies subjective experience; ‘know about’ means to accumulate facts. In the end, all facts disappear, and there are none to be known.
 
… Each piece of information contributes to intuitive understanding and recognition. Truth is recognized. It presents itself to a field of awareness that has been prepared in order to allow the presentation to reveal itself. Truth and enlightenment are not acquired or achieved. It is a state or condition that presents itself when the conditions are appropriate.

… Humility is of greater value than all factual accumulation.”

Realization and Revelation

The relinquishment of the ego’s positionalities reduces its dominance and opens the door for comprehension and awareness that are nonlinear and nonconceptual. Thus emerges the ‘knowingness’ of the Self by which conflicts spontaneously dissolve. These inner transformations are accompanied by quiet joy, relief, and a greater sense of internal freedom, safety, and peace. The power of the Love of the Self progressively predominates and eventually eclipses all negative feelings, doubts, and obstacles.

Transformation is thus not experienced as the loss of the self but rather as the gain of the emergence and unfoldment of the Self, which is of a much greater dimension. What actually emerges is a change of state or condition that supersedes and replaces the old. Thus, the lesser is replaced by the greater, by which spiritual evolution reveals the Presence of God as Immanent. This discovery is the change in the state of consciousness historically referred to as ‘Enlightenment’ or ‘God-consciousness’.

from Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man, ch. 14, pg. 284-285

Spiritual evolution occurs as the result of removing obstacles and not actually acquiring anything new. Devotion enables surrender of the mind’s vanities and cherished illusions so that it progressively becomes more free and more open to the light of Truth.

Illumination refers to those spiritual states where sufficient barriers have been dropped, either deliberately or unconsciously, so that a greater context suddenly presents itself, and in so doing, illuminates, clarifies, and reveals an expanded field of consciousness actually experienced as inner light. This is the light of awareness, the radiance of the Self that emanates as a profound lovingness.

One’s commitment should be to God and Truth only. Teachers are to be respected, but devotion should be restricted to only the Truth. As Buddha said, “Put no head above your own,” meaning that one’s only true guru is the Self (the Buddha nature).

The Self of the teacher and one’s own Self are one and the same. The teacher becomes a source of inspiration and information. It is the inspiration that supports the quest.

Does spiritual commitment mean one has to give up the world? No, of course not. It means merely that worldly life needs to be recontextualized, restructured, and envisioned differently. It is not the world that is a trap but one’s attachment to it, along with one’s observations that cloud the search for Truth.

from The Eye of the I, ch. 8, pg. 162

All of a sudden, a state more astonishing than any I had gotten used to over the years – being in that Presence – now became even more. It was like the splendors of Heaven showed that there were more, higher, advanced levels of Heaven. The revelation of spiritual truth was now spontaneous and occurring; and in that instant, that was when the ego really died. … That was the agony of letting go of ever being “me” again, letting go forever. It was the foreverness. I knew at this point one would never be an individual ‘I’ again.” 
– Dr. David R. Hawkins, Dialogues on Consciousness and Spirituality, p. 41

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Spiritual progress is energized by intention that reinforces dedication and commitment as well as alignment with spiritual principles and practices. This results in dedication and willingness to focus effort, determination, and patience that require overall good-will towards oneself and the process of spiritual endeavor. The above could be subsumed as a devotional attitude towards oneself that transcends any specific linear definition. Goals automatically prioritize value and meaning, which thereby tend to provide the necessary energy for spiritual effort.

from Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, ch. 20, pg. 337

Q: If there is no ‘objective’ right or wrong, then what guides behavior?

A: One’s awareness of Reality recontextualizes all meaning and significance as well as any appearances. There are no gains to be desired, no wrongs to avenge, no winners or losers, no causes to sacrifice for. The guide to all action becomes an unconditional lovingness, kindness, and compassion. All choices have consequences, and there is actually no injustice anywhere to be seen when one’s vision is unlimited by time, space, and perception.

from The Eye of the I, ch. 11, pg. 223

Q: What prayers are useful?

A: Ask to be the servant of the Lord, a vehicle of Divine Love, a channel of God’s Will. Ask for direction and divine assistance and surrender all personal will through devotion. Dedicate one’s life to the service of God. Choose love and peace above all other options. Commit to the goal of unconditional love and compassion for all life in all its expressions and surrender all judgment to God.

from Eye of the I, Ch. 13, pg. 264-65

Although the personal self likes to think that the thoughts going through the mind are ‘my thoughts’, they are actually only ‘the thoughts’ that prevail at a given level of consciousness. It’s like different depths in the sea attract different types of fish. Thus, if one’s calibrated level of consciousness is primarily in the field of pride, then the field itself impersonally attracts similar supportive thoughts that are quite different from the ones that prevail with an overall attitude of neutrality or acceptance.

Spiritual intention subserves, reinforces, and focuses on witnessing and observing rather than on doingness or specifics. Spiritual processing is like positioning oneself in the wind or in a water current.

Spiritual motivation, intention, and alignment could be likened to changing the magnetic or gravitational field of influence by which context is shifted, revealing a different understanding. For example, a presumed loss becomes recontextualized as a hidden gain (greater freedom, opening of opportunities and choices, etc.). By comparison, from the level of Pride, the options are few and limited, but from Willingness, Surrender, and Acceptance, the options are multitudinous.

The Will

The Spiritual Will is not like the ego’s understanding of will as ‘willpower’, which means emotional force with clenched teeth of exertion and increased emotionality. The ego-driven will takes energy and is taxing. It could actually be understood as a form of aggression. In contrast, invoking the Spiritual Will is like opening floodgates and then standing back. The ego/will contextualizes events in terms of cause and effect in which the personal self-will claims credit or blame because it sees itself as a causal agent. In contrast, the Spiritual Will is not personal but is a quality of consciousness that changes context by surrender to an invitation to the power of the Self. The Spiritual Will calibrates at 850, and the personal will calibrates at only the person’s current level of consciousness.

The Spiritual Will, invited by complete surrender, is thus capable of performing the seeming ‘miraculous’, whereas the personal will, paradoxically, often automatically triggers resistances, as anyone knows who has tried personal ‘willpower’ to overcome even minor habits.

Surrender of the personal will to the Will (Wisdom) of God (or Providence, Higher Power) signifies relinquishment of control. One can expect the ego to resist doing so, and it invents excuses, counterarguments, and multiple fears in order to maintain illusory control. The ego’s positions are reinforced by pride as well as desire for specific results. Thus, to the ego, to step back and invite the intervention of Divinity seems like a loss, whereas, to the Spirit, it is definitely a win. 

Another limitation of the personal will is that it has no knowledge of karmic propensities or propitious timing, nor does it have the wisdom (omnipotence) to comprehend beneficial sequence. The Self orchestrates with an inner knowingness of capacity. For instance, to try to face a certain conflict prematurely may be unsuccessful, whereas it would have been successful after a few other layers of the conflict had been resolved.

From: “Discovery of the Presence of God: Devotional Nonduality” (2006), Chapter 3: Orientation, pp. 64–66

Choosing the Positive

One surprising effect of the willingness to let go of our inner negativity is the discovery that the polar opposite of the negative feelings exists. There is an inner reality that we can term our “inner greatness” or “Higher Self.” It has much more power than the inner negativity. In return for letting go of the payoffs that we were getting from the negative position, we are now surprised by the positive payoffs that stem from the power of our positive feelings. For example, when we let go of blame, we experience forgiveness.

Our Higher Self, which we might say is the composite of our higher feelings, has almost unlimited capabilities. It can create employment opportunities. It can create situations for the healing of relationships. It has the power to create the opportunity for loving relationships, financial opportunities, and physical healing. As we stop giving authority and energy to all of the negative programs that stem from our own thinking, we stop giving away our power to others and begin to own it back again. This results in a rise of self-esteem, the return of creativity, and the opening of a positive vision of the future that replaces fearfulness.

from Letting Go, ch. 4, pg. 63-64

“There is, however, a growing segment of the population that is admittedly spiritual and embraces the practice of spiritual values in daily life without the necessity of formal religion per se. … friendly to religion but at the same time may keep a formal distance because they see it as too sectarian, restrictive, or decisive. Spiritually-oriented people tend to become familiar with the tenets of a variety of religions and seek to identify the inherent truth that is essential to each. Thus, the most common search in today’s world is for universal, practical spiritual principles that are self evident, have intrinsic value, and do not depend solely on ecclesiastical authority or dogma. To be kind, supportive, and compassionate to all of life is a common, overall prevailing attitude.”

Serious inner spiritual work may sound tedious and demanding (to the ego), but it is exciting to the spirit, which is eager to return home. Consciousness innately seeks its source. In so doing, it encounters obstacles from which it may periodically retreat, and this may result in periods of reflection and reorientation. Periods of resistance or even dismay are normal and to be expected. Their resolution is often the consequence of recontextualization.

Although the personal will and motivation, plus the mind and intellect, are strong tools, in and of themselves they do not have the strength to disassemble the ego because they are part and parcel of it. However, once a seeker becomes devoted, the strength of the spiritual Will via the Presence of the Self supplies the necessary power.

from Discovery of the Presence of God, ch. 10, pg. 155

Spiritual evolution is a lifetime commitment and a way of life by which the world and all experience subserves spiritual intention. There is no greater calling than to choose to be a servant of God. With spiritual progress, each increment is of equal importance for, analogously, it is only by the removal of a single brick that an entire wall collapses, and the seemingly impossible becomes possible.

From: “Reality, Spirituality, and Modern Man” (2008), Chapter 19: Practicum, p. 350

The steps out of failure, unhappiness, frustration, lack, want, anger, and depression are deceptively simple. Life is a voyage comparable to being out at sea in which a shift of one degree on the ship’s compass will determine by the end of the trip whether or not one is hundreds of miles off course. The strongest tool, which already exists within, is the spiritual will itself, which, when firmly set, will face and take on any obstacle. It is this spiritual will that determines the success of the venture. From subjective experience, as well as many years of clinical practice, spiritual education, and research, it is confirmed that the spiritual will is the primordial rudder that determines not only this lifetime but also the course of one’s consciousness over great expanses of time, classically termed karma (cal. 1,000).

Truth vs. Falsehood, ch. 13, pg. 250

 

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In the energy field of love, we are surrounded with love, and that brings gratitude. We are thankful for our life and for all the miracles of life. We are thankful for the doggies and the kitties, because they represent love. We are grateful for every act of kindness from others, their affection, caringness, and thoughtfulness.

…In the state of love, we wake up every morning and give thanks for another day of life, and we seek to make life better for everyone around us. Because of the presence of love, things go better; the eggs get fried better; the ducky gets saved; the kitty gets fed; and the doggie is adopted from the pound and brought home. We share our love with everything around us, all forms of life: kitties, doggies, other people, all living things.

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, ch. 12, pg. 175-176

Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

This beautiful story moves me to tears every time I hear it.

Dr. Hawkins: One of the most profound experiences society had a few decades back, there was these duck hunters, and this hunter and the hunter, the ducks are flying over, and the hunter shot a duck and apparently it was a male duck and it came down to earth with its wings broken and then its mate swept down, opened her wings and sheltered him…..
Anyways, the hunter gave up. The hunter went through a powerful transformation, powerful illuminating transformation, because what was revealed to him was the sacredness of all of life. Tens of thousands of hunters when they heard the story, saw the picture of the mother sheltering him, the injured drake, tens of thousands of hunters gave up hunting.
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Q: Why is the ego so difficult to overcome?

A: One becomes addicted to the ego and preoccupied with its contents. It attracts all of one’s attention so that one becomes obsessed with the mind and its feelings. If the person believes that the mind and its contents are the real ‘me’, then the focus is certainly understandable. Basically, this error is due to naiveté. The mind is an amusement park, full of thrills and spills and curiosities. It is also a theater of the absurd for the drama of feelings and social identifications. It is an ‘act’ in that it is a personal characterization, dramatization, and display.

I: Reality and Subjectivity, ch. 18, pg. 416

Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

Susan: Today we’re going to speak on what is meant by spiritual.

Dr. Hawkins: Oh my, that’s a tough one. Religion is easy. Spiritual is the essence of religion. Spiritual means the realization that one’s reality is beyond the physical, that it involves other realms. These other realms are different qualities, nonphysicality, nonlocality. To feel the presence of God is so overwhelming, but there’s no way of explaining it. If a person has never had the experience of the presence of divinity, it’s very hard to explain to them. But you can attempt that a great feeling of beatitude and beauty and you’re aware that there is an infinite presence.

The infinite presence becomes overwhelming and dominates all that exists. And then as one’s talking at you, you realize that that same spirit is what is speaking through you, what is speaking through me right now, is of divine origin. The spiritual energy of the Ultimate Reality segments down, you might say, to the time, the place and the individual. But it’s ruled by intention. Intention is to rise to the highest possible level of awareness for the purpose of communication and because that level has a certain energy. So what I’m saying right now is comprehensible to many people who calibrate above a certain level and incomprehensible to people who calibrate below that level.

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Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

Q: Is the ego ‘wrong’?

A: The problem with the ego is not that it is wrong; it is just that it is limited and distorted. To conceive of the ego as an enemy is to become polarized, bringing forth conflict, guilt, anger, and shame. Positionalities support the ego. By enlarging context, opposites are transcended and problems are dissolved. Humility removes the ego’s underpinnings of judgmentalism, positionality, and moralizing. In Reality, there can no longer be opposites any more than there can be winners or losers.
The Eye of the I, ch. 12, pg. 244

Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

I thought that this exchange between Dave and I was a good example of the difference between forgiveness and actually surrendering your perception of the event or person.

Susan: When you say to pray to the Holy Spirit for a miracle to see the truth about a situation or a person, are we to forgive that person if there was a conflict or just accept them for what it is?

Dr. Hawkins: No, because you’re still seeing them the same way or you wouldn’t be forgiving them. Through “The Course in Miracles” for instance,  the miraculous occurs, but not as the consequence of how you’re seeing it, because you may still see it the same way and yet it happens. So when I ask for a miracle, I’m surrendering my perception of how I see it and then it’s transformed. And when it’s transformed, I see that it still is loveable, yeah. I see that somebody I’m angry at cannot help but be that way. So now instead of hating them or being angry, I feel sorry for them and I say it’s too bad that they can’t see it the way I’m seeing it. Because I know their life is painful the way they are seeing the world and when they see it my way, the world stops being painful. Yes, uh, huh.

Susan: OK

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Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

We fear that the inner voyage of discovery will lead us to some dreadful, awful truth. In its programming of our minds, this is one of the barriers that the world has set up to prevent us from finding out the real truth. There is one thing the world does not want us to find out and that is the truth about ourselves. Why? Because then we will become free. We can no longer be controlled, manipulated, exploited, drained, enslaved, imprisoned, vilified, or disempowered. Therefore, the inner voyage of discovery is cloaked over with an aura of mystery and foreboding.

What is the real truth about this voyage? The real truth is that, as we go within and discards one illusion after another, one falsehood after another, one negative program after another, it gets lighter and lighter. The awareness of the presence of love becomes stronger and stronger. We will feel lighter and lighter. Life becomes progressively more effortless.

from Letting Go, ch. 6, pg. 106

Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

I thought this conversation between Dave and I was fitting on this Halloween.

Susan: How would you say is the best way to teach children about spirituality?

Dr. Hawkins: Well, I think teaching the value of love. I think the reverence in which we hold spiritual figures, Jesus Christ and the Saints and how all of society holds God. So I believe in teaching children from very early on about God and Jesus Christ and saints and good persons and the value of going to church and how we love the clergy, we love the priests and we love the nuns. We love them all those who help the church. The reverence in which society holds the spiritual domain. The reverence in which the integrous members of society hold it.

Other people, it’s their enemy. Holiness and spirituality and that which is Divinity is the enemy of people that are anti-God. There’s a lot of people that hate God and hate Divinity and hate spirituality and they exist in every religion. They hate Muslims, they hate Christians. So a good deal of hatred gets mixed into their religious sectarianism. So it’s very paradoxical, you know. Hate people who picture God in a different style than you than what you do so, you hate them. It’s tragicomic, tragic comical.

Susan: What is the spiritual significance of a couple choosing not to have children?

Dr. Hawkins: It’s not necessary. They might do it for spiritual reasons if they thought that having the children was going to interfere the spiritual design of their life. But that would be a selection that everybody makes, whether to get married or not in the first place and then whether to have children or not and the part that spirituality plays in that.

Nuns and priests don’t have children, you know. Well, priests do, in the Episcopal church, you know. Well, Catholic priests don’t. So in some churches you can’t have a family and other churches like Episcopal, you can have a family. So, it’s how it’s pictured. It can be pictured as a positive contributor to one’s spiritual dimension or could be pictured as retarding it. I think it’s how you hold it in your mind. I don’t think it is intrinsically is one way or the other.

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Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

It is necessary to develop respect for spiritual endeavor. Straight and narrow is the path; waste no time or effort. Precision is discipline that is innate to serious commitment. Some students may yet be in a period of exploration, but once one gets the “fire in the belly,” the urge to reach God becomes a relentless drive – or even, in the eyes of the world, a “madness.” From that point on, there is no patience for amusement or diversion. It depends on decision, will, the level of consciousness, and karmic propensities. As it gets more intense, the love for and of God allows no delay.     Dissolving the Ego, Realizing the Self  ch. 7, pg. 120.

Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

This is a great little story that Dave shared at this lecture:

“I was happy being poor. I have been poor, I have been rich and frankly there is no difference between the two. You get up that day and you are happy or you are not happy. When I first came to the West, I slept on a cot I got at the Dime Store. We had an apple to celebrate any special occasions. I tested the teachings of A Course in Miracles. I left the house with no money, no food, and everything was provided for me. By 11:00 AM someone would say, ‘What are you doing for lunch? Come along with me.’ Everything I needed just appeared. I drove the old truck to Sedona; just as I needed a pair of pliers to fix the truck, on the side of the road was a brand new, never used pair. I fixed what I needed and went on. Everything went that way. It is true you do not need anything at all except faith.”

from “Serenity” August 2005 lecture and “Book of Slides” pg.125

Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

Q:  If practically everything in one’s life depends on the evolution of the level of one’s consciousness, it would seem that, aside from mere survival needs, developing that level of consciousness would eclipse all other endeavors in importance.

A:  That would seem to be so, but that has to be integrated into the overall context of one’s life.  Endeavors and activities can remain the same but need to be recontextualized and repositioned within a spiritual framework.  To spiritualize one’s life, it is necessary only to shift one’s motive.  To constantly be aware of one’s actual motive tends to bring up positionality and the pairs of opposites, such as gain versus service or love versus greed.  These then become visible and are available for spiritual work because one is now conscious of them.

…In spiritual work, there is no tangible worldly gain to be acquired, but there is instead an inner reward of pleasure, satisfaction, delight, and even joy.  Goals replace gains as motives.

from I: Reality and Subjectivity, Ch. 5, pg. 155-156

Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

I thought all you folks would enjoy this great technique from one of Dave’s lectures on how to eliminate fears:

“In surrendering a stack of fears, you can use the technique of “And then what?” You take a fear and say “And then what?”:

I lost my car. And then what?

I won’t have transportation. And then what?

I will lose my job. And then what?

I will have to walk to work. And then what?

There aren’t any jobs like that and I won’t have any money. And then what?

Then I’ll be poor. And then what?

Then I will starve to death.

So at the bottom of every stack of fears is the fear of death, physical death. So once you’ve accepted physical death, then, most of the fears that we have which are focused on the body and loss of possessions and things disappear. You do that by acceptance.”

from “Serenity”, August 2005 lecture, disc 2 and “Book of Slides”

Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

Choosing the Positive
We can ask ourselves: “When was I ever trained in the techniques of emotional self-healing?  When I went to school, did they teach me courses on consciousness? Did anybody ever tell me that I had the freedom to choose what went into my mind? Was I ever taught that I could refuse all of the negative programming?  Did anybody ever tell me the laws of consciousness?  If not, why beat ourselves up about having innocently believed certain things? Why not stop beating ourselves up right now?

We all did what we thought was best in the moment.  “It seemed like a good idea at the time” is what we can say about our past actions and those of others. We’ve all been unwittingly programmed without our conscious assent.  Out of our confusion, ignorance, and naiveté, we bought into the negative programs.  We let them run us.  But now we can choose to stop.  We can choose a different direction.  We can choose to become more aware, more conscious, more responsible, and more discerning.

from Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, ch. 4, pg. 66-67

Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

Guilt is an attempt to purchase salvation, manipulate God, and purchase forgiveness by suffering.  These attitudes stem from the misinterpretation of God as a great punisher. We think we will assuage His righteous wrath by our pain, suffering, and penance.  There is actually only one appropriate ‘penance’ for wrongdoing, and that is change.  Instead of condemning the negative, we choose the positive.

To make progress and to change takes more effort than feeling guilty, but, it is a more appropriate response.  We note from the Scale of Consciousness that Guilt is way down at the bottom, whereas God is way up at the top.  Consequently, wallowing around in guilt at the bottom of the field of consciousness does not get us to the top.

Humility means that we see our own life as the evolution of spiritual consciousness. We learn from mistakes.  Maybe the most useful of all quotes to revise whatever the past behavior is, ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time’. Later, of course, in retrospect, it becomes recontextualized and seems to be in error.  However, if other people are intrinsically innocent because of the nature of consciousness, then so is the self of the spiritual seeker.      The Eye of the I, ch. 9, pg. 193-194.

Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

Dave was so right on with this passage and his humor came out with every lesson he taught, allowing us to laugh at ourselves in the smallest detail.

Susan: I don’t know, I look at people and I see that so many of them, their wants are so large. Their wants are more than what their earnings are. “I have to have that car and I’ll be happy”. “I have to have this house and then I’ll be happy” and then “I have to have this pool for the house and then I’ll be happy”, but then when they get all that, it’s always another thing that they’re not happy with.

Dr. Hawkins: Yes, that’s the error of seeing happiness as something outside of yourself, something to be gained. The value of things is purely a projection, each and every thing of its own, you know. If you were starving to death in the middle of the desert, the Hope Diamond wouldn’t do you much good. So it’s desirability, then, and it’s called glamour or the energy of glamour is projected onto things. We think the attractiveness is out there. There’s no attractiveness out there. All attractiveness is in here. It’s because you desire that, want it and value it that it looks desirable and attractive to you. Pickled beets look very good to you, if you like pickled beets and if you don’t they aren’t attractive, you know.

So that’s the projection of value onto the external world and that of course is the basis of materialism and the whole economy is based on wanting this and wanting that and wanting something else and to instill such wants if you don’t want something then you’ll get programmed to wanting it. Better burial benefits! They’re out to sell you something. Prepaid funerals, I mean they are right down to the very last thing. Better coffins, you know what I mean. So, there’s no end to programming people to wantingness. So wantingness is the backbone of our economy, the backbone of our economy is wantingness. And when people stop wanting things, it all comes to a halt. But when you let go wanting the physical, then you want the emotional and you want the spiritual. What you’re looking for the world cannot provide. What you’re looking for is the return of love. A glance of love is all that you really wanted that entire day.

—from the “What is the World?” Feb 2009 lecture

 

In serious spiritual work, it is necessary to have a few simple basic tools that are absolutely dependable and safe to rely on in order to walk through fear and uncertainty.  One basic truth that is of inestimable value and usefulness is the dictum that all fear is fallacious and not based on truth.  Fear is overcome by walking directly into it until one breaks through to the joy that the fear is blocking.  The joy that follows facing any spiritual fear comes from the discovery that it was merely an illusion without basis  or  reality.
The ego/mind is limited to the Newtonian paradigm of reality and is not capable of really understanding the nature of life itself.  In reality, everything occurs of its own, with no exterior cause.  Every thing and every event is a manifestation of the totality of All that Is, just as it is at any given moment.  Once seen in its totality, everything is perfect at all times and nothing needs an external cause to change it in any way.  From the viewpoint of the ego’s positionality and limited scope, the world seems to need endless fixing and correction. This illusion collapses as a vanity.
The Eye of the “I”, ch. 7, pg. 151

 

 

Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

I thought everyone would enjoy this passage from one of Doc’s books:

Lovingness is a way of relating to the world. It is a generosity of attitude that expresses itself in seemingly small but powerful ways. It is a wish to bring happiness to others, to brighten their day and lighten their load. To merely be friendly and complimentary to everyone one meets in the course of a day is revealing. That this is not a commonplace attitude is revealed by people’s responses when they encounter it. Often, they respond with surprise or even a pleased state of shock. “Nobody ever compliments what I do; they only complain,” is a remark that will be heard. Most people, because they are focused on their own wants and critical attitudes, apparently do not even see the positive aspects of life and cannot respond to them. They take others’ service for granted with the explanation, “Well, they’re getting paid for it, aren’t they?” (Which is really beside the point.)

Major segments of society operate on the level of lovelessness. Giant corporations and government agencies can only be described as dourly functioning. Gratitude does not appear nor is it even considered to be socially appropriate. Love is belittled as ‘touchy-feely’. Love is therefore socially restricted to romance, mothers and their children, or one’s dog. Expressed elsewhere, it becomes an embarrassment. There are a few masculine areas where love is okay, such as for family, sports, one’s country, or a car.

The large area of life that is socially acceptable and open to everyone is that which is called ‘caring’. To ‘care for’ is a wide open avenue for the expression and expansion of love. People say they can’t find love as though it were something to be gotten. Once one becomes willing to give love, the discovery quickly follows that one is surrounded by love and merely didn’t know how to access it. Love is actually present everywhere and its presence only needs to be realized. 

 

From: “The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing is Hidden” (2002), Chapter 15: Clarifications, pp. 226–227

It has come to my attention that some students of Dr. Hawkins are advertising their Airbnb or other rentals as special locations near where he lived, places where he personally visited, or that the house is aligned with Dr. Hawkins in some special way. This kind of promotionalism implies that the rental space offers a special spiritual benefit to you. Beware of such profit-seeking. Remember Dr. Hawkins’ guidance to avoid using spiritual teachings for personal gain, and his assurance that the energy of the teacher is present and available to all who call upon it with a sincere heart.

 Q.  How can meditation persist in one’s daily existence?
 A.  By merely constantly posing the question to oneself of ‘what’ is doing the acting, talking, feeling, thinking, or observing.  This is a focus of attention, with no languaging.  The spiritual teacher Ramana Maharshi called that process ‘self-inquiry’, which he recommended  as a technique that was suitable at all times in all activities.  Continuous meditation could be likened to a mudra, or posture and attitude, in which every act is sanctified by its surrender as an act of service or worship.  When one’s attitude towards everything becomes a devotion, Divinity reveals itself.
The Eye of the I, ch. 17, pg. 321
Thoughts & quotes from Sir David R. Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. & Susan Hawkins

Beautiful guidance to practice daily that I wanted to share with you all:

“So you identify with that silence and just maintain awareness. You can go about your daily life and do everything that you need to do and at all times still be aware of the presence of the silence.  So that gives you a centering. A centering kind of prayerfulness is you’re always aware of the silence, which is the infinite context, the reality of the Presence of God is an Infinite Silence.”
– Dr. David R. Hawkins

The relinquishment of the ego’s positionalities reduces its dominance and opens the door for comprehension and awareness that are nonlinear and nonconceptual.  Thus emerges the ‘knowingness’ of the Self by which conflicts spontaneously dissolve.  These inner transformations are accompanied by quiet joy, relief, and a greater sense of internal freedom, safety, and peace.  The power of the Love of the Self progressively predominates and eventually eclipses all negative feelings, doubts, and obstacles. 
Transformation is thus not experienced as the loss of the self but rather as the gain of the emergence and unfoldment of the Self, which is of a much greater dimension.  What actually emerges is a change of state of condition that supersedes and replace the old.  Thus, the lesser is replaced by the greater, by which spiritual evolution reveals the Presence of God as Immanent.  This discovery is the change in the state of consciousness historically referred to as ‘Enlightenment’ or God-consciousness’. 
Reality, Spirituality, and Modern Man, ch. 14, pg. 284-285

 

 

Before searching ourselves for negative feelings, it is best to remember that these feelings are not our real inner Self. They are learned programs we have inherited from being humans.  Nobody is exempt from them; everyone from the highest to the lowest has or has had an ego.  Even the few who are enlightened had an ego at one time before it was finally transcended.  This is the human condition.  To be able to observe our feelings honestly requires a nonjudgmental attitude.
We first have to be aware of what is really going on inside of us before we can do anything about it.  As we let go of a feeling, it is replaced by a higher one.  The only purpose for recognizing and admitting a feeling is so that we can relinquish it.  To be surrendered means that we are willing to relinquish a feeling by allowing ourselves just to experience it and not to change it.  Resistance is what keeps it there in the first place.
We may think that some of the negative emotions are necessary to us; however, upon examination we will discover that this is an illusion.  The higher emotions are far more powerful and effective in bringing about the fulfillment of our needs.  Letting Go, ch. 18, pg. 268.
“It is only necessary to institute rather simple procedures and processes that could be likened to ‘spiritual engineering’ by which identifying the structures and forces involved automatically reveals the necessary processes required to undo the basic structural functions. 
 
… A person feels trapped by what is believed to be a worldly goal, such as money, fame, or possessions. With analysis, it becomes clear that it is not the ‘things’ themselves to which one is attracted or attached but primarily the ‘juice’ or pleasurable emotional gratification attached to them. It is really not ‘winning’ that is desired or important but the payoff of the juice of emotional satisfaction itself. Thus, the question arises not whether one can relinquish the desire for wealth and fame but ‘could one’ surrender the ‘juice’ of the payoff to God. With resistance, the mind may think…  Therefore, the underlying process of resistance is not ‘could’ but ‘would’. ‘Can’t’ implies impossibility, whereas ‘don’t want to’ or ‘would’ implies that the real, underlying resistance is that of unwillingness.
 
To surrender a goal does not mean to automatically lose it. What is illusive via greed often effortlessly materializes as a consequence of evolving to a higher level of consciousness…
 
… The mind is often aware of error and character defects, but it lacks the power or incentive to surrender them. Devotion is of the heart and has the strength and motivation to overcome resistances and obstacles beyond the capacity of mere mentalization. An aspect of devotional love is constancy, as well as loyalty and commitment, “no matter what.” Devotion includes fortitude and alignment with endeavor and is like the glue that holds all these aspects together.
 
Devotion is like an inner valor or fortitude that incorporates courage, willingness, and conviction, together with the knowledge of essential information. It develops wisdom, patience, and forbearance with experience. … By virtue of devotion, there is alignment with inner integrity that results in the self-honesty and conviction necessary to transcend the seduction of transitory emotional payoffs of the intransigent ego.
 
… the choice is by decision and assent of the inner will, and by this assent, the enormous power of Divine Will aligns with intention and empowers devotion to overcome all obstacles.   
 
– Dr. David R. Hawkins, Discovery of the Presence of God p. 43-4

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I: Reality and SubjectivityIt is of considerable importance to appreciate that it is consciousness itself which is the source of life, and that innate to that consciousness are the qualities of creative growth and evolution which appear to seek a return to its Source. Although consciousness evolves from the ‘bottom up’ in evolution, it was sourced from ‘above to below’. An analogy is sunlight that pours energy onto the Earth upon which life progresses upward from the simplest to the most complex, and finally, through man who, through enlightenment, again returns to the Source of Life itself.”
– Dr. David R. Hawkins, I : Reality and Subjectivity, p. 546

 

 

I want everyone to remember what Dr. Hawkins said in this January 2002 lecture that I found in the Book of Slides and to not get caught up in “numbers”, but to realize that all that matters is that you are on the path:

“One level of consciousness is not better than another. Each level is suitable for that which it is. Somebody at 700 is not suitable as a carpenter, is not suitable to run a church, and is not suitable as a president. You do not want anybody at 700, as most of them cannot function at all. They just sit in their ashram and if they still survive, people come and say ‘hello’ to them and they smile happily at them and that is that. The 200s and the 300s, who are the builders of the world, the construction workers, the steel workers, the people who go to work every day, they are the backbone of our society. The 400s is the world of the intellect and reason that dominates America. 500 is rare, with 540 being extremely rare and upwards from 540 there’s practically nobody really.”

“I want you to live in such a way that your life is a prayer. I want you to live your life in such a way that you have no anxiety at all about meeting God. Are you willing to be answerable for who you are and what you’ve done with what you are? What more can you ask? What more can you ask, that I live in such a way that frankly I am not scared of talking to God. I have done everything I can in every direction here. I have pushed myself to the limit to be the fulfillment of my potential. That relieves me of all guilt because now I can make a mistake. Yes, I make a mistake, but in the overall context, you see, I have sanctified that mistake by overall intention.

So, by intention then our life becomes a devotion. We become the prayer. By virtue of that we invoke divinity and then through the heart, through the heart, through the devotion, through the alignment with divinity, we empower all mankind. So we say, Gloria in Excelsis Deo! Glory to God in the Highest! And what more could be said?” from the preface of “Book of Slides” and Dr. Hawkins’ 2005 Lecture, “Transcending Barriers”

Enlightenment is not something that occurs in the future, after 50 years of sitting cross-legged and saying “OM.” It is right here, in this instant. The reason you’re not experiencing this state of total peace and timelessness is because it is being resisted. It is being resisted because you are trying to control the moment. If you let go of trying to control your experience of the moment, and if you constantly surrender it like a tone of music, then you live on the crest of this exact always-ness. Experience arises like a note of music. The minute you hear a note, it’s already passing away. The instant you’ve heard it, it’s already dissolving. So every single moment is dissolving as it arises. Let go of anticipating the next moment, trying to control it, trying to hang on to the moment that has just passed. Let go clinging to what has just occurred. Let go trying to control what you think is about to occur. Then you live in an infinite space of non-time and non-event. There is an infinite peace beyond description. And you are home.”

 

David R. Hawkins, ” Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender”

 

 

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20 thoughts on “Blog”

  1. Thank You Susan and God bless you for all that you’ve done and continue to do to keep us connected to Doc’s
    work.

  2. Thank you Susan. The context that Dr. Hawkins has made available for us to approach spirituality from continues to create greater understandings for me as time goes on. I feel so fortunate to have been able to have met him and known of his work. Please keep on promulgating this work in whatever manner you can.

  3. Dear Susan,

    Thank you for continuing Dr Hawkins legacy.
    Do you have any plans on writing a book on Doc’s life as it would be so amazing to have Doc’s official autobiography.

      1. Oh my gosh!! Amazing. I cannot wait. When I started reading Dr Hawkins and studying his teachings I was so disappointed that there is no official autobiography about his life. Thank you!

  4. Dearest Susan,
    I am delighted to find this blog. My husband, Bill Keep died this past March and I am just now beginning to find myself emerging on the other side of this loss. Recently, I’ve listened to some of the Cd’s I was given of Doc’s Satsang lectures and was surprised to hear myself on one of them asking for your blessings as I was leaving the Unity ministry there in Sedona. I think of you often and how lovingly supportive you were and still are of Doc. It is a blessing know you are still so devoted to sharing his teachings online. I am still on the path. Thank you and bless you.

  5. Dear Susan,
    I lost my wife in July of this year after 4 months in Hospice. Your blog on the “Human Condition” is so helpful to me as a next step to compliment my daily listening to Dr. Hawkins’ CD “Handling Major Crises” – a CD that is a miracle in my life. We were there with you and Dr. Hawkins in Sedona at one of his seminars – a weekend of driving a long way and being so spiritually raised. Thank you for continuing his work. I share it with everyone who is interested.

  6. Hi Susan and everybody on the blog,
    Hope your Journeys are at least as wonderful as in my case:)!
    Brimming with new enthusiasm and energy, I’ve been wondering if you know of a commune or a location where followers of Doc live close to each other?
    With Love,
    Stan

    1. Hi Stan,

      There are some students that live here in Sedona. It is not a commune, but we have a study group here. Alternately, you may check our study group tab on the site and there may be a study group in your area.
      Blessings,
      Susan

  7. Thank you for bringing forth this spiritual legacy . It has given me immense clarity in my spiritual journey

    Smita
    Pune , India

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