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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’. 
 

Q: What does ‘surrender to God’ really mean?
A:  It means to surrender control and the secret satisfactions of the ego’s positionalities. Turn only to love and to God as the source of life and joy. This choice is available in every instant. When finally chosen, the reward is great. By invitation, spiritual awareness illuminates the way. The key is willingness.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 314

Q: What else is to be surrendered besides the ego’s secret payoffs?

A: One has to see through the mind’s illusion that it knows anything.  This is called humility and has the value of opening the door for realizations, revelations, and intuitive knowingness.

The mind searches for meaning and is therefore circuitous in that it can reach only its own definitions of meaning.  In Reality, nothing has any meaning for it has no attributes to be discerned.  Everything merely exists as it was created – complete and perfect.  Everything fulfills its purpose by merely being what it is.  Everything is the fulfillment of its own essence and potentiality.  The only ‘requirement’ for anything that exists is to just ‘be’. Its destiny under the conditions of any given moment is already completely fulfilled.  Therefore, that which it is represents the completion of all past possibility up to that very moment; everything is the way it is supposed to be.  As essence fulfilling its potentiality, it is witnessed by a corresponding level of consciousness.  In any nanosecond of observation, nothing is actually changing.  What are changing are the position of the witness and the point of observation.  Change is merely a process of sequential perception.

Life can be pictured as a series of stop frames, like the flicker pads of childhood.  This poses the conundrum: Is it the world that is moving or the mind that is moving?

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, ch. 18, pg. 422-423

The task that confronts the spiritual student, devo­tee, or aspirant is how to actualize conceptual spiritual information into subjective, experiential reality. Thus arises the necessity for application of practices and techniques that evolve progressively into that process whereby the potential becomes the actual. In addition to devotional prayer and authenticated sources of truth, there are the major, basic, time­-honored avenues of meditation and contemplation, the efficacy of which is increased by intention and devotion.

… Contemplation allows inferences and general principles to formulate spontaneously because it facilitates discernment of essence rather than the specifics of linear logic. A benefit of contemplative comprehension is revelation of meaning and significance.

Whereas meditation generally involves removal from the world and its activities, contemplation is a simple style of relating to both inner and outer experiences of life, which permits participation but in a detached manner. Intentional doingness is focused on result, whereas contemplation is related to effortless unfolding. One could say purposeful thinking is quite ‘yang’ in character, whereas contemplation is very ‘yin’. It facilitates the surrender and letting go of attractions, aversions, and all forms of wantingness or neediness.

… Whereas the goal of the ego/mind is primarily to do, act, acquire, or perform, the intention of contemplation is to ‘become’. … Devotional contemplation is a way or style of being in the world whereby one’s life becomes a prayer.

… replacing instinct­-based emotionality with spiritually based comprehension.


From Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man, p. 291-293
Worship is recontextualized by devotion. It is not done for the benefit of the worshipper or the imaginary benefit to God, but instead, it is merely an acknowledgement of Reality. It is aligned with gratitude for the gift of awareness/consciousness as the Reality of the Knower/Self. It is by virtue of the truth of the Reality of Divinity that the Reality of Divinity can be realized (apperceived and comprehended), which results in gratitude for the capacity for the recognition. Thus, devotion is not the same as piety, nor is it a mood, but instead it is a way of life and a way of being with oneself, God, and the world.
 
Divinity emanates as consciousness/awareness, which sources Creation in its expression as the emergence of existence. The conditions implied by the term ‘beingness’, ‘existence’, ‘awareness’, or ‘consciousness’ are without subject or object and devoid of causal qualities. The Nonlinear is therefore a field of Infinite Power by which manifestation emerges as the consequence of potentiality, which itself is an expression of Creation. Within that which is perceived is the Unseen as the Source of All that Exists.

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

Q: How can contemplation be instituted, started, or learned? It is a decision?

A: It is only a matter of awareness.  It is really nothing new and therefore does not need to be learned but only given attention.  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, ch. 4, pg. 88-89

The separation from the source of happiness is not only in space, but it is also in time, so it is something that is going to come into our life tomorrow, or the next day, or the next week, or the year after, or when we finally graduate, or when we reach middle age, or when we get that big house or Cadillac. Because it is always in the future, we are always separated from the source of our happiness and never feel complete. The realization that we are the source of our happiness, and that we can create it at any second, gives us a sense of completion.

… Joyfulness accompanies the experience. There is no tomorrow about it because of the sense of completion. If someone enjoys the presentation, so much the better. That is only frosting on the cake because it is not essential.

What one does in the world has to be accompanied by the sense of completion in the doing of the thing itself. The payoff is not something that is an aside, something that is outside or separate from the doingness; it is the experience of it in this moment. The completion is with the experiencing right now, not something separate from it. In that, one is then aware of the lovingness of all experience. That is the way one is with experience. It is the loving of life in all its expressions, including its disappointments. It is the ups and downs, the continual learning process of making the mistake and learning from it, so it is nothing but a mistake.

One might say that depression is nature’s way, God’s way, and our own psychology’s way of saying to us that the way we look at our life is not okay. It is our psychological, biological, and spiritual way; it is our body, mind, and spirit saying, “Look at what is out; look at what needs to be fixed. Please understand me out of your compassion; heal me; heal all of it.” The defect is an inner sense of separation that we will not be complete and whole unless we become united with something ‘out there’ or in the future. The ego moves from incomplete to complete. In contrast, the Self moves from complete to complete. True happiness is always in the ‘right now’ of this moment. The ego is always anticipating completion and satisfaction in the future “when a desire gets fulfilled.”

From Healing and Recovery p. 385-387

The elucidation of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle was pivotal in its discovery that consciousness itself has a profound effect on the submicroscopic substratum of the observable, measurable universe.  Intention itself became recognized as instrumental to the appearance of events.

Rupert Sheldrake (Sheldrake,1981) formulated the principle that form occurs first within the field of consciousness, so that ‘morphogenic’ patterns plus intention are essential to activating potentiality into actuality.  Current string theory postulates that the ultimate substratum of all that exists in the universe consists of a universal energy, so all that can be said to exist arises out of a common substrate. The possibility of the transformation from potentiality to actuality is provided by the infinite power of the primordial substrate of all existence…

The universe is now defined as an interactive wholeness of myriad energy fields of infinite, potentially differing frequencies merely awaiting the influence of the introduction of intention plus form.  Thus, we now have a means by which to describe and understand the easily identifiable principle that Creation and Evolution are actually one and the same process…

 
Q: We see that the ego is a necessary step in the evolution of consciousness…
A: … The study of form is fascinating to the intellect in its expressions of physics, chemistry, astronomy… Humanity then begins to ask where the universe came from and where it is going. Actually, this demonstrates another animal instinct that is very important, that of curiosity. In order to find food, a mate, or shelter, the animal seems to have an insatiable curiosity. Exploration is innate to mankind, and its highest levels lead to spiritual inquiry. This brings up the questions of who am I, what am I, where did I come from, what is the origin and destiny of the self, and who and where is God.

Q: How can one stay detached from such human catastrophes?

A: …Detachment from positionalities, and especially the positionalities occasioned by labeling, leads to serenity, freedom, and security.  Greater serenity arises from relating to the context of life rather than to the content, which is primarily a game board of interacting egos.  This broader style of relating to life leads to greater compassion and emancipation from being at the effect of the world.

It is well to keep in mind at all times that the ego/mind does not experience the world but only its own perceptions of it.  The media exploit emotionality and sensationalism in images and languaging to elicit sentimentality, or outrage, or to satisfy prurient curiosity.  When seen for what they are, these invitations to reactivity can be declined.  All life ebbs and flows.  Everyone is born, suffers afflictions, and dies.  There are happiness and sadness, catastrophe and success, increase and decrease.  The stock market rises and falls.  Diseases and accidents come and go.  The karmic dance of life unfolds in the karmic theater of the universe.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, ch. 11, pg. 259-260

If, in Reality, there is no separate ‘this’ (me) or elsewhere ‘that’ (God), how do the illusions of the Unreal become replaced by the Real?  The way is not by acquiring even more information or knowledge about God but instead by surrendering all suppositions.  The core of devotion is humility and the willingness to surrender all belief systems and illusions of ‘I know’.

The Realization of the Presence of Divinity unfolds of its own when the ego and its perceptual positionalities are surrendered.  To ‘Know’, it is necessary to drop the limiting impairment of the illusion of knowing ‘about’.  The mind collects knowledge, facts, and mentations that are limited by context and paradigm of mentalization.  The Realization emerges from a paradigm different from the linear, conceptual mind. Thus mind is replaced by Mind.  While mind is talkative, Mind is silent and unmoving, yet do all seeming ‘things’ move within it.  In contrast, evolution appears to ordinary mind as the consequence of cause and effect because of the perceptions of form, time and change.

Thus, spiritual evolution means to move from identification with content (linear ‘mind’) to context (nonlinear Mind). Spiritual evolution in itself brings forth the transformation in the nonform of Realization, which is beyond conceptualization or languaging and instead becomes apparent and dominant without the necessity of thought.

From Discovery of the Presence of God, ch. 1, pg. 38-39

Intentional
The stream of thought is propagated and energized by layers of motives and intentions that can be identified as follows:
 
1. The desire to language emotions…
2. Anticipation: Making plans for expected or possible future events or possible conversations or encounters.
3. Rehashing the past.
4. Rewriting scenarios, real or imaginary.
5. Creating imaginary scenarios – daydreams.
6. Remembering – reruns and recalling.
7. Solving problems.
 
Unintentional
 
1. Unasked repetitions of the above.
2. Senseless ramblings, phrases, fragments of mentations, background voices, and music.
3. Commentary.
4. Dysphoric memories, painful moments, unpleasant events and feelings.
 
Just before the world disappears altogether, you notice that everything is happening spontaneously.

 
The most important thing to know is that everything is happening in and of its own. Nothing is being caused by anything. All phenomena are the automatic consequence of the field.
 
The field is one of infinite, invisible, omnipotent power, all encompassing, like a giant electromagnetic field – no beginning; no ending; either spatially, or in time – forever and always, present.  

This field is infinitely powerful. (The human mind cannot conceive of the Infinite except as a concept.) Its presence is exquisitely gentle and exquisitely powerful. The field is so powerful that potentiality is activated by the field, to become an actuality. All things happen by virtue of the infinite power of the field. 
 
What the world considers evolution is the witnessing of creation, which is continuous. The Unmanifest, beyond the linear, becomes manifest by Divine Providence as the totality of creation; this happens effortlessly.
 
Within the field, potentiality is actualized by intention. Therefore, each thing comes forth manifesting its karmic inheritance, you might say its “innate potential.” And, when the conditions are appropriate, the potentiality becomes an actuality, in and of itself. In and of itself, as a consequence of the infinite power of the field!
 
The field is so powerful that, if you continuously hold a thought, it will become a happening.  Otherwise, no one would become enlightened. Therefore, one’s intention is all-powerful.
 
The ego is very clever. As a potentiality begins to manifest, it takes credit for it. There is no inner, separate personal self, making anything happen.
 
All is happening in and of its own. By Divine ordination does the Unmanifest become Manifest; in and of itself, because of the infinite power of the field, and for no other reason.
 

In all societies, the prudent acknowledge God, even if they personally harbor doubts or conviction. The universality of the acknowledgement of Divinity throughout time in all cultures and in all ages represents the intuitive awareness and wisdom within the collective consciousness of all of mankind…

From Discovery of the Presence of God, p. 74

Spiritual progress is accomplished by aspects of consciousness which become more powerful when it is recognized that they are not personal attributes but specific qualities having to do with the nature of consciousness and not aspects of ‘me’ or ‘mine’ or the common ‘I-self’. Spiritual inspiration, understanding, and the awareness that arise from compassion are not personal qualities but operate as catalysts by virtue of the innate quality of their essences. They are activated by spiritual motivation and intention. They are actually aspects of God’s grace that become operational by consent of the seeker’s will. They are facilitated by humility and surrender of the vanity and domination of the ego-mind and its belief that it ‘knows.’

This is an attitude of withdrawal of emotional entanglement in worldly affairs. It leads to serenity and peace of mind. It is supported by refusing the emotional seduction of other people’s upsets and problems. It also involves a willingness to allow the world and its affairs to work out its own problems and destiny. Reactive involvement and intervention in the world can be better left to people who have a different calling.

A ‘good person’ is one thing; enlightenment is another. One is responsible for the effort and not the result, which is up to God and the universe.

Nonattachment is not the same as indifference, withdrawal, or detachment. Misunderstanding that the development of detachment is required often ends up as flatness or apathy. In contrast, nonattachment allows full participation in life without trying to control outcomes.

From The Eye of the I p.144-145

Emotions blind perception and guarantee error. Duality is thus a separation of truth and error which is sourced by the vanity of perception and the ego.

Q How does perception result in duality?

A: Arbitrary selectivity results in a positionality, which is a point of view that artificiality polarizes the oneness of Reality into seemingly separate parts. These parts are apparent only and not actually separate in Reality. The separation into parts occurs only in the mind and not in Reality.

… In an attempt to reconnect that which has now been conceptually separated in the processes of the mind’s thoughts, causality is invented to explain what is now viewed as ‘relationship’. In Reality, there is only identity; there is no cause of anything nor is it required in the Newtonian paradigm of linear causality of ‘this seems to be causing that’. In Reality, everything is already complete, and the total oneness is beyond time, space, and separation or definition. It is obvious that nothing is the cause of anything else as that would require a dualistic separation in time and space, which is impossible.

… It is relatively easy to see that the ’cause’ of anything is the totality of the entire universe throughout all time, being what it is in all its expressions as existence. All things exist as an expression of identity, and the essence of all things shines forth by its presence. All things are self-created by divine expression as existence. Therefore, each ‘thing’ can only be what it is because of the totality of the entire universe.

 

Q: What is the most serviceable presumptive view of the world for a spiritual student/devotee/seeker?

A: Presume that the world’s actual ‘purpose’ is perfect and fully known only by God.  See it as neutral overall but with the benefit that it provides optimal opportunity for spiritual growth and the evolution of consciousness.  It is a school for enlightenment and the revelation of Divinity whereby consciousness/awareness reawakens to its Source.  Thus, to pursue enlightenment in and of itself serves the world and God.

From Discovery of the Presence of God, ch.10, pg. 168

Science had decided that unless something was definable and measurable (‘reality is measurement’), it was unreal and imaginary. Thus, science invalidated any serious study of inquiry into the human value of love, compassion, beauty, forgiveness, inspiration, faith, compassion, loyalty, gratitude, hope, and happiness – in other words, all that constitutes the actual core and reality of human existence and motivation.
 
Science is also unable to grasp the significance of the subtle and the intangible. It is, however, the best tool man has had the thus far for evaluating and manipulating the physical world.
 
… significant to earthly life, they have even more importance for spiritual destiny when physical life ends. Consciousness both precedes this physical life and continues long after it.

It could be said that within a certain context, the only real significance of this earthly life is the consequences that ensue to one’s spiritual reality, which has a timeless trajectory. The destiny of the spirit will be for better or worse, depending on the choices and decisions one makes. This statement is in agreement with the teachings of every major religion and true spiritual teachers throughout human history.
 

Love emanates from the heart.  When we are in the presence of people who love each other, we pick up that energy.  The love of our loved ones, pets, and friends is the love of Divinity for us.  When we go to bed at night, we give thanks that we were surrounded with love all day.  Each moment is possible only because of love.  The writing of this book (Letting Go) is possible only because of love.

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…

From Letting Go, ch. 12, pg. 176.

Q: Is the Self the ‘I’?

A: It is difficult for the mind to understand absolute self-identity.  The mind is used to thinking in terms of a subject and a predicate in which a statement adjuncts a noun with a verb, such as beingness or is-ness or doingness.  That which has existence is already total and complete or it would not exist.  Existence does not require dependence on some other condition.  Conditional existence is therefore an illusion of the ego/mind which believes that nothing exists except as dependent on something outside itself.  Existence is self-complete and unconditional. Existence is solely by the grace of God, by Divine ordinance. (This statement verifies at calibration level 998.) Appearance reflects conditions and is therefore transitory.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, Ch. 7, pg. 200

The naïve spiritual initiate is easily swayed by trappings and reputations of spiritual figures and the charisma of those who have many followers. Without the spiritual awareness of advanced states of consciousness, the spiritual seeker has no means of guidance, and popularity clouds judgment. … Earmarks of true teachers are humility, simplicity, lovingness, compassion, and peacefulness. There is no financial charge for conveying truth, as there is no interest in money, personal power, or gain.

Great leaps in level of consciousness are always preceded by surrender of the illusion that ‘I know’Frequently, the only way one can reach this willingness to change is when one ‘hits bottom’, that is, by running out a course of action to its end in the defeat of a futile belief system. Light cannot enter a closed box; the upside of catastrophe can be an opening to a higher level of awareness. If life is viewed as a teacher, it then becomes just that. Unless the painful lessons of life with which we deal are transformed through humility into gateways of growth and development, they are wasted.

From Power vs. Force, p. 266

 To transcend the world requires compassion and acceptance.  They are the result of inner humility by which the world is surrendered to God with increased peace of mind.  One of the most valuable spiritual tools about which, historically, little has been said is the great value of humor.  Comedy arises as a result of the comparison that is made between perception and essence, and the resolution is a consequence of the acceptance of the ambiguity.

Humor is quite different from ridicule or malice as it is compassionate in that it accepts human limitations and foibles as being intrinsic.  It therefore assists ‘wearing the world like a light garment’ and illustrates that in being like the reed that bends in the wind, one survives instead of being broken down by rigidity.

The relief of laughter via a joke expresses the pleasure at dissolution of conflict, and the capacity to laugh at oneself is essential to positive self-esteem.  To respond to everything as though it were highly important is a result of the vanity of the narcissistic core of the ego ( e.g. being ‘sensitive’ or offended’). Humor recontextualizes experiences and events and thus facilitates enjoyment without moralistic judgmentalism.  Humor evolves as philosophical acceptance and has a healing effect.  It thereby decreases suffering, conflict, and negative emotions.

From Reality, Spirituality, and Modern Man, ch. 16, pg. 312-313

.. the spiritual seeker wants love and joy but that intention triggers the surfacing of all that obstructs it and prevents its appearance. Those who dedicate themselves to love and peace automatically pull up from the unconscious all that is cruel, unloving, and hateful to be healed. … These were, after all, what had obstructed the love and joy, so one can be thankful that these deterrents have been brought up to be resolved by the spiritual tools available.
From I : Reality and Subjectivity p. 71
Direct one’s focus inward to the absolute subjectivity of all experiencing.
 
… Ask, ‘How am I aware or even know that I exist?’ … It is consciousness itself. Identify with that consciousness instead of ‘what’ it is conscious about. That is the direct route to the Self.
 
… The subjectivity of consciousness is the Illumination of the Self as the universal ‘I’ of Reality. …That ‘I’ is the Essence of All That Is and includes the totality of the Presence as the ever present Source of Existence, beyond all time or place. It has no beginning and no end. 
 

Q: Much publicity is given to negative health information.

A: Much so-called health information is distorted and merely reflects a hidden political or financial agenda. It is a self-serving positionality which the naïve public believes represents objective ‘scientific’ reporting. Nothing could be farther from the truth. All supposedly scientific statements represent the exposition of a positionality. The data are selective and, more importantly, imbalanced in that only part of the story is presented, and the facts that would change the influence of the report are suppressed.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, ch. 4, pg. 66

Q: What replaces the mind when it disappears?

A: Divine wisdom unfolds.  Consciousness/awareness remains but it is an autonomous quality or condition.  Loss of mind does not result in ‘nothingness’; on the contrary, it is replaced by Allness.  The leaf is not the tree.  It is safe to abandon any identification with what one thinks or believes one is for none of it is real, and ‘nothingness’ is purely an imagination.

From Discovery of the Presence of God, Ch. 4, pg. 86-87

… to benefit the world, it is necessary to change not the world but oneself, for what one becomes is influential by virtue of its essence (nonlinear) and not its actions (limited and linear). The purpose of action is to control others. Force (emotional or otherwise) results in counter force; power comes from the nonlinear level of consciousness itself.
 
Straight and narrow is the path, for without inner discipline, the spiritual energy becomes dissipated in diverse attractions. Profound silence is more influential and beneficial than an avalanche of redundant words and actions that emanate from the spiritual ego and its platitudinous rationalizations.
 

Q: Is aware mind primarily a different perspective?

A: The ego conceals, whereas awareness reveals.  The answer to many defective ego positions could be subsumed in the commonly overlooked sanity of ‘common sense’.  The ego is naïve despite its pretentiousness.  It pompously demands proof of the obvious, and in doing so, it is slyly nonintegrous.  It could be best described as sophomoric in its facile solutions and self-importance.

The ego feels threatened by common sense and piously recites how society has been mistaken in the past.  In so doing, however, it does not cite examples of common sense at all but instead cites historical examples of faulty collective ego positions.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, ch. 18, pg. 429-430

… the churches no longer emphasize sin and fear. They speak now of the God of Love.

 … Like springtime, the promise of a new era in man’s understanding of God is emerging. Now the level of consciousness of mankind is high enough to be able to recognize the truth of a God of Love instead of worshipping the god of guilt and hate.
Mankind now stands at the great threshold of a real awakening…
… Humanity is now in the process of being reborn, and the God of Joy is replacing the God of dread and fear.
 … Responsibility replaces sin, ethics replace vindictive moralizing, and understanding replaces condemnation…
 
We have innate within us a tremendous, intense, powerful devotion. There is in us already, pre-existent, an energy of such enormous power…You won’t find the willingness within the ego structure…The ego, in of itself, cannot transcend itself – it requires the presence of God. It is by Divine Grace one transcends the ego. It is by Divine Grace one moves from mind to no mind. That what you are looking for is not beyond you, it is not something you have to develop. It is not something you have to search for. One only surrenders to that which already exists.

Q: How does one transcend the opposites?

A: Consciousness does so automatically when understanding occurs through reflection, familiarity, prayer, meditation, or inspiration. It is also facilitated by the words or level of consciousness of the teacher.  What is impossible at one level of consciousness becomes obvious and simple at a higher one.  A human being is both spirit and body; therefore, it is at all times actually existing in both the linear and the nonlinear domains.  The body, unless imbued with consciousness and subjective awareness, is not aware of its own existence.  It takes action only when it is motivated and presented with value, such as the desire for enjoyment in the experience of life.

From The Eye of the I, ch. 20, pg. 386

In addition to inner-directed spiritual effort, the ‘karma yoga’ of selfless service is also supportive of the evolution of consciousness. Inner satisfaction becomes more important than worldly gain or the desire to control or influence others. Attraction replaces promotion. Eventually, resistances are no longer related to worldly life and its perceived values. Instead, the inner intention is one of purity and selflessness. Thus, evolution becomes the consequence of the process itself rather than as a consequence of seekingness or acquisition.

The reason to let go of selfishness is not because of guilt. Not because it’s a “sin.” Not because it’s “wrong.” All such motivations come from lower consciousness and self-judgment.  Rather, the reason to let go of selfishness is simply because it is impractical.  It doesn’t work.  It’s too costly.  It consumes too much energy.  It delays the accomplishment of our goals and the realization of our wants.  Because of its very nature, the small self is the creator of guilt and its self-perpetuator; that is, out of guilt we strive to accomplish and achieve success.  Then when we achieve success, we feel guilty because we have it.  There is no winning of the guilt game.  The only solution is to give it up, to let it go.

Our mind would like to make us think that guilt is laudatory, and the guilt-mongers of the world love to make an idol of it.  Which is more important: to feel guilty or to change for the better?  If somebody owes us money, would we rather they feel guilty about it or pay us the money? If we intend to feel guilty, we should at least consciously choose it instead of being unwittingly run by it.

When we move from being selfish with a small “s,” we move into being Selfish with a capital “S.”  We move from our smaller self to our greater Self.  We move from weakness to power, and from self-hatred and pettiness to lovingness and harmony.  We move from strife to ease, and from frustration to accomplishment.

From Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender,  ch. 7, pg. 121-122

To the normal person, anger is seen as a detriment. It is a transitory annoyance and viewed as disruptive. The obvious antidotes are those of compassion, acceptance, love, and the willingness to forgive. 
Transcendence requires the willingness to surrender primary positionalities:

Harboring chronic resentments and milking ‘injustices’.

Unrealistic expectations of the world and relationships, including expectations of convenience, agreement, approval, compliance, and others.

Surrendering self-centeredness as a lifestyle and focusing on changing oneself instead of the world.

Willingness to surrender the residual infantile expectations (of age two) of self, others, and the perceived imperfect world, e.g. ‘God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference’ (as per the 12-step program).

Taking responsibility for bringing inner infantile attitudes to the surface and subordinating them to mature and essentially more gratifying processes, such as reason, balance, and concern for others.

Realize that resentment or anger is not about what others ‘are’, but about what they ‘are not’ (i.e., ‘not’ generous, rather than stingy; ‘not’ unselfish, but selfish; ‘not’ careful, but thoughtless, etc.)

… The processing out of anger requires inner honesty and the willingness to surrender what is not integrous and essentially unworkable and replace it with self-confidence.


… Willingness enables the surrender of short-term self-indulgence for long-term spiritual growth.

With a shift of focus from the subjective participant to the observer, one sees the narcissistic emphasis on expectations as an ego positionality that makes the individual a petulant or anger-prone person. The angry person secretly feels entitled to its wants and desires and has impossible expectations of life. Anger can also be an attitude and a vulnerable ego positionality. It leads to aggression rather than the healthier alternative of self-assertion.

The basic antidote to anger is humility, which is the counterbalance to the egotism that feeds it. The infant within the angry person rails against the unfairness of life, which is actually the perception of the petulant, spoiled child. Narcissism engenders the belief that one deserves to get what one wants, for the narcissistic core of the ego is concerned only with an inflated self-importance. When it dawns on the infant that the universe is indifferent to the ego’s wants, it goes into a rage that transposes into patterns of interpersonal conflict. Anger then becomes the futile attempt to control others who become objects to be manipulated or blamed for frustration.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 196-197

Willingness supports intention and facilitates the purification process of spiritual evolution, which often requires the willingness to face inner discomfort for the sake of reaching a higher goal.  Willingness summons forth the extra energy required for the effort of overcoming obstacles and resistances.  It also requires commitment to periods of endurance to reach the higher goal.  It includes a positive attitude toward the process of learning itself and the acquisition of necessary spiritual information and commitment.  Willingness is a positive attitude as contrasted with the attitude of willfulness, which is a form of resistance.  Surrender of positionalities is a consequence of willingness and is therefore an important quality of serious inner spiritual endeavor.

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness,  Ch. 11, pg. 212  

Acute catastrophes are the times when we make great leaps, when we face them directly and fixedly say, ‘I will not veer from this spiritual work.’ Now we are really confronted with truly spiritual work. It is not reading some pleasant-sounding phrases in a book or looking at some happy picture. Instead, we are right in the thick of it, in the teeth of it. The teeth of spiritual work occur when we are confronted with that which we cannot avoid. It is the direct confrontation that requires a leap in consciousness.

These are the golden opportunities that are priceless if we see them that way, if we are willing to be with them and say, ‘Okay’. The willingness to go with them, no matter how painful it may be, enables a giant leap in consciousness, a real advance in wisdom, knowledge, and awareness. That which we read about in the books then becomes our own inner experience.

… The trick of the mind is to not see that. It tries to change what goes on ‘out there’, tries to figure it out, and then falls back on the intellect and finds that the intellect is not going to resolve this kind of problem.

… There is the awareness in acute overwhelm that we really can handle the experiences. Part of the panic comes from the realization that what we think we are – our powerless, limited self – is no match for the power of this experience. That is precisely what is going on – the limited, individual, personal self cannot handle the overwhelm. This is the precise spiritual value of it.

From Healing and Recovery p. 250-251

Harsh viewpoints are not conducive to spiritual growth. Even if they are ‘right’ or ‘justified’, a spiritual seeker cannot afford them. One has to give up the luxury of revenge or enjoying that ‘justice has to be done’ when a supposed murderer is executed. One cannot violate basic spiritual principles without paying a price. The spiritual seeker sees through the illusions and therefore gives up the role of  judge and jury. Nobody goes ‘scot-free’, as people indignantly protest.

From Eye of the I, pg 193

A useful approach is to let the love for God replace the willfulness that is driving the seeking. One can release all desire to seek and realize that the thought that there is anything else but God is a baseless vanity. This is the same vanity that claims authorship for one’s experiences, thoughts, and actions. With reflection, it can be seen that both the body and the mind are the result of the innumerable conditions of the universe and that one is at best the witness of this concordance. Out of an unrestricted love for God arises the willingness to surrender all motives except to serve God completely. To be the servant of God becomes one’s goal rather than enlightenment. To be a perfect channel for God’s love is to surrender completely and to eliminate the goal seeking of the spiritual ego. Joy itself becomes the initiator of further spiritual work.

From  The Eye of the I p. 37

Q: How should one envision spiritual work?

A:   The process is one of discovery and is thus directed within.  It is by  influence of the Self that spiritual endeavor becomes chosen as a life goal.  It is primarily a decision.

Q: But cannot spiritual commitment and endeavor be disruptive to one’s customary lifestyle?

A: Modification is ordinarily sufficient, at least in the beginning.  Intensity of focus may bring about changes that are seen as disruptive; however, major life changes also occur as a result of lesser ambitions, such as changes in relationships, occupation, locality, illness or other life circumstances.

From Discovery of the Presence of God, ch. 9, pg. 151-152

From a spiritual or humanistic/moral viewpoint, the 1800s were America’s darkest period. Sweatshops and the abuse of workers were prevalent, and an orchestrated genocide of the Native American Plains Indians was horrific and savage, as was the purposeful killing of fifty million buffalo. The nobility of the great Plains Indian leaders, such as Black Kettle, White Antelope, Sitting Bull, and Crazy Horse was unrecognized, as they were perceived as “heathen,” despite the fact that White Antelope had been awarded the Peace Medal by President Lincoln.

… The downside of the whole era was the consequence of the dominance of the survival emotions of hate and fear coming from the old animal brain of the evolutionary ego.

From Truth vs. Falsehood p. 173-174

A useful approach is to let the love for God replace the willfulness that is driving the seeking. One can release all desire to seek and realize that the thought that there is anything else but God is a baseless vanity. This is the same vanity that claims authorship for one’s experiences, thoughts, and actions. With reflection, it can be seen that both the body and the mind are the result of the innumerable conditions of the universe and that one is at best the witness of this concordance. Out of an unrestricted love for God arises the willingness to surrender all motives except to serve God completely. To be the servant of God becomes one’s goal rather than enlightenment. To be a perfect channel for God’s love is to surrender completely and to eliminate the goal seeking of the spiritual ego. Joy itself becomes the initiator of further spiritual work.

From The Eye of the I p. 37

As we let go the negative, we come into our own power.  It happens of its own.  Happiness was in there all along and now it shines forth after the blocks to it have been surrendered.  We are now influencing everyone with whom we come into contact in a favorable way.  Love is the most powerful of the emotional energy vibrations.  For love, people will go to any lengths and do things that they would never do for any amount of money.

When the negative blocks and “I cant’s” are removed, whole new areas of life open up to us.  Success stems from doing what we like to do best, but most people are tied down to what they imagine they have to do.  As limitations are relinquished, whole new avenues of creativity and expression become available.

From Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, ch.16, pg. 229-230

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 immanent, 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 p. 289

To survive, the ego has to believe it is real, and that it has a separate, independent existence…

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. With good fortune, one comes upon the teachings of true enlightenment…

… 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 p. 115-116

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, ch. 13, pg. 268

Q: The pursuit of Enlightenment appears to be a very major decision with possible major impact on ordinary lifestyles.

A: … The Self manages the transition. Most questions about adjustments or seeming sacrifices do not take into consideration the power of decision itself, which increases in intensity as the barriers are removed. Devotion dissolves fear, doubt, and hesitation and clarifies uncertainty. Intention also becomes ever stronger as does trust in God…

The evolutionary pathway is self-reinforcing and self-confirming as it progresses. The ‘you’ that anticipates the future now is not the same ‘you’ that will have to later adjust to very different conditions. Identification shifts from the content of personal self to the contextual field of transcendent Self. What is seemingly impossible to the self is easy and simple to the Self.

… Therefore, all anticipations and projections into the hypothetical future are illusory because the Self that emerges becomes progressively dominant and is free of worldly attachments or projected values. … A butterfly no longer needs a cocoon.

… Resistance is to be expected and accepted as an innate quality of the ego. … It does not like to feel out of control or off balance and is thus resistant to being questioned or examined, which is perceived as a potential threat to its sovereignty.

The ego has a vested interest in its positionalities, presumptions, and assumptions. There is therefore an ambivalence regarding change…

 
In addition to inner-directed spiritual effort, the ‘karma yoga’ of selfless service is also supportive of the evolution of consciousness. Inner satisfaction becomes more important than worldly gain or the desire to control or influence others. Attraction replaces promotion. Eventually, resistances are no longer related to worldly life and its perceived values.
 
… Pleasure at gain is replaced by gratitude for the unfolding of the inner process itself. The need for externals disappears spontaneously. The evolutionary process requires less and less effort as it becomes a way of being in the world.

… An unseen benefit of spiritual endeavor and evolution is its positive influence on the collective level of human consciousness itself. Each evolving spiritual devotee counterbalances the negative effect of great numbers of people of a considerably lower consciousness level.

From Discovery of the Presence of God p. 100-102

The naive seeker is fair game for any and all would be captors via various ideologies through the sheer influence of numbers, persuasion, and charisma. Peer pressure for the gullible is also prevalent so that finding one’s way through the thickets of profuse religious and purportedly spiritual teachings becomes hazardous and problematic. It requires some inner conviction and means of guidance to not follow the throngs of worshippers because the herd instinct is so strong. Surely, one’s mind says to itself, ‘All those millions of people could not be wrong or misled by error.’ To find the answer to this paradox, we merely need to examine the makeup of those throngs of often-zealous believers. That human error is not only possible but also certain and probable becomes evident…

From The Eye of the I  p. 61

Pride

There is a normal benign level of pride that is more correctly termed, ‘self-esteem’ or ‘self-care’. This refers to putting one’s best foot forward and normal satisfaction that result from successful effort and achievement.  These forms of positive self-image are the result of effort and are therefore appropriate and not necessarily inflationary to the ego. They have been earned and have a realistic foundation.

Pride as a spiritual defect refers to pridefulness as an attitude and a positionality. It is an arrogance that can apply to beliefs, thoughts, opinions, and the general attitude of being better than others.  This is an over evaluation of self-worth and is commonly referred to as egotism. Since it is not based on accomplishment and is unearned, it is fragile.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, ch 12, pg. 266

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.

Love is self-fulfilling and thus does not seek gain or to compensate for lack.  Because it does not need to ‘get’ it is therefore free to peacefully ‘be with’ and appreciate. To love, the world is more benign and its people appear more friendly and available.  There is an increased feeling of safety and identification with mankind in general and concern for the welfare and happiness of others.  The energy field is accompanied by a radiant aura that intrinsically has an effect on others who themselves then tend to become more benign as do their perceptions.  This energy field has an influence on all of life, which intuits the safety of Love through the field effect. Characteristics of this level are an unmistakable ‘sweetness’ of personality, speech, attitudes, and lifestyle that is inwardly nurturing.

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, ch 14: Love,  pg. 252-253

 

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…

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.

Relationships

Question: I’ve been on a spiritual path for many years and do not understand why I still experience negative emotions.

Answer: There’s a common illusion that spiritually evolved, loving people never have any negativity, as though they are already angelic.  They get annoyed that they still have negative feelings, and then it’s compounded by their guilt and self-frustration.  They have to realize that feelings are transitory, whereas their intention to evolve remains constant.  Let go of feeling guilty that you are still just an ordinary human despite your angelic ambitions! Having compassion towards your innate humanness, its nervous system, and the brain function that goes with it allows for greater equanimity.  Heavenly ambitions do not necessarily make us angels!

From Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, ch. 21, pg. 320

… The ‘exceptional life’ becomes so by virtue of context and meaning whereby choice sets up a hierarchy of values that motivates all activities. The difference between the ordinary and the exceptional life is primarily one of context. To value love above gain is already such a major shift of attitude that it transforms life.

From The Eye of the I, p. 71

Q: What, then is illusion that we hear about so much?

A: The entire perceptual illusion that 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 that positionality stem all the pointless sacrifice and sufferings of the world.

From The Eye of the I: ch. 12, pg. 239-240

Q: Is curiosity then an advantage to the spiritual seeker?

A: With humility, it is a useful servant.  Without discernment, however, it can lead to serious pitfalls.  Curiosity can lead the naïve seeker into blind alleys and useless distractions as well as snares and serious, painful traps.  This is where a true teacher is necessary.  Again, humility means acceptance of the indisputable fact that cannot be repeated too often: The human mind is incapable of discerning truth from falsehood.  Were this not so, there would have been no wars in history, no social problems, and no ignorance or poverty.  Everyone would be enlightened, and the consciousness level of mankind would not have remained at 190 century after century.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, ch. 6, pg. 117

It is essential to understand that the nonphysical spiritual reality cannot be understood in terms of ordinary intellectualization or reason. The linear and the nonlinear arise from different paradigms and different contexts. … Both the heartbeat and the brain waves are merely the consequences of the presence of life: they are not life itself, which is intangible.
 
… Life itself is not subject to death. … The human imagination assumes, of course, that it goes ‘elsewhere’. In Reality, there is no ‘elsewhere’. Outside time, location, and temporality, there is neither ‘here’ nor ‘there’; there is neither ‘now’ nor ‘then’.
 
The Presence is a continuum that completely occupies what had appeared previously to ordinary perception as vacant, empty space.

What is the Essence of Spiritual Practice?

To activate by inspiration, dedication, and decision of will those aspects of consciousness that  become progressively self-actualizing.  They are empowered by compassion, devotion, humility, and the willingness to surrender to unconditional love.  Perception then transforms into spiritual vision.  This evolution evokes a supportive response from the highest levels of consciousness for it takes great power to overcome the ‘gravity’ of the earthly life and its habits of perception.  The act of worship is an entreaty and invitation to these higher energies for assistance in one’s spiritual endeavor.

From The Eye of the I, ch. 9, pg. 186

Q: What can we actually do to be helpful to the world?

A: Make a gift of your life and lift all mankind by being kind, considerate, forgiving, and compassionate at all times, in all places, and under all conditions, with everyone as well as yourself. That is the greatest gift anyone can give.

From The Eye of the I p. 257

So, the spiritual person now is confronted with how to contextualize and comprehend and understand the current world events, but then again, it has been that way since I have been on the planet. World War One had just expired and then came the Great Depression, and then World War II, and I don’t know how many wars since then. And so, we’re always confronted with the spiritual—the seeming spiritual dilemmas of the expression of the ego in its expression as the actions- collective actions- of society.

In any case, all any of us can do is within our own heart to reach the highest level of compassion and understanding and try to recontextualize it compassionately because in so doing, we undo it. So each of those who were able to undo great negativity did so because in a way their heart was supported by the hearts of all of us. They just didn’t reach 550 all by their lonesome, out there on an ice floe, you know. So, the evolution of the consciousness of mankind is dependent on the contributions of all of us. So, each one of us counts and each one of us counts quite decisively. Each one of us certainly counts quite decisively. [Testing]: “That’s a fact-resist.” (True). Hahaha. You know, I’ve always been suspicious of holy-sounding religious teachings, you know what I’m saying, Hahaha. Holy-sounding religious teachings, you say, “Yeah, right.” I want to see is that a fact or is that not a fact.

From Radical Subjectivity: The ‘I’ of Self, Feb 2002 lecture, disk 3

Q: There are contrasting terms and concepts, such as form versus formless, unmanifest versus manifest,  linear versus nonlinear, and duality versus nonduality. How can these be resolved?

A: The resolution is by means of the awareness of the nature of thought.  Perception itself is an illusion; it is like a mirror looking back at a mirror that is looking at a mirror reflecting a mirror.  There are contrasting terms and concepts.  God is both immanent and transcendent, both form and formless, both duality and nonduality, both manifest and unmanifest, both linear and nonlinear.  All is God.

From The Eye of the I: ch. 17, pg. 341-342

Everyone is familiar with resolutions that quickly fail, and changes of behavior turn out to be easier to formulate than to implement.

… Unaided, the mind is too weak and ineffective to bring about major change…


Hopelessness, suffering, and pain, however, may be the final straw that breaks the ego’s back, and in despair, the person invokes the only possible last source of power itself by turning to God, Divinity, and the spiritual domain by whatever name it may be addressed, a “power greater than myself,” and to which surrender accesses a whole new dimension…

The key element to the empowerment of the Will is consent. … The intention then intensifies the emergence of potentiality into experiential existential reality. This is also the mechanism described at length in the famous A Course in Miracles (1975). It is also the critical first step in Alcoholics Anonymous and other faith-based groups that admit, “without God’s help, we were hopeless and helpless” (Alcoholics Anonymous, 2000).

.. In Reality, there are no events; there are no beginnings or endings. The backdrop is silent, still, and undisturbed by the movie. One’s reality is the context and not the content. … The movie itself has no intrinsic reality as perceived. The actual locus of the sense of realness lies totally within consciousness as subjectivity. Even if there were such a thing as an independent, objective reality, it would only be knowable because of one’s internal subjectivity.

… God can only be known and not proven. Beyond subjectivity, no world exists. Without the presence of God, nothing could be known or experienced, including one’s own existence. Existence as subjectivity is complete, total, and whole, and it is the very basis of joy. The Self is the Presence of the Source of Existence as the Infinite ‘I’.

… The novelty of sequential experiencing disappears, as do expectation, regret, or the desire to anticipate or control. Existence as Existence is total and complete. All one’s needs are already fulfilled. There is nothing to gain or lose and everything is of equal value. It would be like all movies being equally enjoyable because the pleasure stems from ‘going to the movies’, and the movie that is playing is irrelevant.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 178-180

In the spiritual world, the basic dictum is, “There are no justified resentments.” This statement is abhorred by the ego.  “Oh yeah,” it says, but what about so-and-so?” It then goes through its laundry list and litany of horrors, violations of ‘rights’, injustices, presumptive arguments of ‘ethics’, ‘morality’, etc. Every counselor, sponsor, or professional is familiar with such recitations.  To recover, the question one has to face is whether one wishes to cling to it (and thereby get the ‘juice’) or give it up.  This is the point of decision, without which healing cannot occur.

…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.

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, ch. 2, pg.56-57

There is a shift of perception of the universe and of our relationship to it. The inner Self prevails. The personal self has been transcended, with all of its feelings, beliefs, identities, and concerns. This is the ultimate state sought by all seekers, whether they are religious, humanist, or have no spiritual or philosophical identification at all.
 
We have all had moments of profound peace where time and the world seemed to suddenly stop, and we have come in contact with the Infinite.
 
… With continual surrender, we begin to experience these states of peace with ever-increasing frequency.
 
At times, they may become quite profound and of greater and greater duration. When the clouds are removed, the sun shines forth and we discover that peace was the truth all along. Surrender is the mechanism that uncovers the true nature of our existence.
 
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.).

… The Spiritual Will is not like the ego’s understanding of will as ‘will power’, 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, 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, counter arguments, 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.

From Discovery of the Presence of God: Devotional Nonduality p. 65-66

1. Be kind to everything and everyone, including oneself, all the time, with no exception.
2. Revere all of life in all its expressions, no matter what, even if one does not understand it.
3. Presume no actual reliable knowledge of anything at all. Ask God to reveal its meaning.
4. Intend to see the hidden beauty of all that exists – it then reveals itself.
5. Forgive everything that is witnessed and experienced, no matter what. Remember Christ, Buddha, and Krishna all said that all error is due to ignorance. Socrates said all men can choose only what they believe to be the good.
6. Approach all of life with humility and be willing to surrender all positionalities and mental/emotional arguments or gain.
7. Be willing to forgo all perceptions of gain, desire, or profit and thereby be willing to be of selfless service to life in all of its expressions.
8. Make one’s life a living prayer by intention, alignment, humility, and surrender. True spiritual reality is actually a way of being in the world.
9. By verification, confirm the levels of consciousness and spiritual truth of all teachers, teachings, spiritual groups, and literature with which one intends to be aligned or a student.
10. Accept that by spiritual declaration, commitment, and surrender, Knowingness arises that provides support, information, and all that is needed for the entire journey.

The most powerful tool that is in the province of the will is devotion. Thus, it is not just spiritual truth but the degree of one’s devotion to it that empowers it to become transformative. A great classic that demonstrates the efficacy of simplicity and devotion is that of Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God (1692), which emphasizes the importance of constancy.

 
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.

Question:  ­­­­­­­­­What can you do in this lifetime to negate any karmic responsibilities that you may have acquired? Do you have any shortcuts?

Answer: “Do good at all times to all people and cross your fingers, hahahaha. I guess one follows one’s spiritual direction to the best of one’s ability, which is all that’s required, you know what I’m saying?

That’s all that’s required. It’s not that God is a cruel taskmaster. See, God is not arbitrary. God is completely non-arbitrary. One earns one’s way out by one’s own good intentions. And you watch Dickens’ Christmas Carol every year. It’s worth watching every year because I think it’s a great spiritual treatise. I think that Dickens’ Christmas Carol is one of the greatest spiritual treatises ever written. The “Ghost of Christmas past”- we see where it would take us in the future and now, we have the chance to choose differently, that’s all. He was a great spiritual teacher.”

From Jan 2002 Causality: The Ego’s Foundation, DVD Disk 3 01:27:35-01:28:53

 

What really varies from individual to individual is the degree to which one is enslaved by its programs. The degree of dominance is therefore determined by the extent to which one identifies with it. Inherently, it has no power, and the power to decline the ego’s programs increases exponentially as one progresses spiritually.

… When we see how people are dominated by the ego’s programs, we realize that, without awareness or insight, they are relatively unable to help themselves. We say they are ‘driven’ by greed, hate, fear, addiction, or pride. … To be unconscious means just that; thus, ‘sin’ can be seen really as a limitation in the evolution of consciousness. This limitation was termed ‘ignorance’ by both the Buddha and Jesus Christ.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 112

It can also be observed that many basic postulates have such wide acceptance that they are automatically uncritically subscribed to. … To the spiritual student, this awareness is of critical importance because each postulate establishes a context that is a constraint and limitation, with the resultant dualities of perception and belief.
 
Some common examples that illustrate the principle of limiting postulates are:
 
1. There is a right side and a wrong side to every conflict.
2. There is a cause for everything.
3. Someone is responsible for everything.
4. Someone is to blame for unfortunate events and accidents.
5. There is an answer to every question.
6. Everything has an opposite.
7. Everything has a meaning.
8. Everyone is capable of reason.
9. Everyone’s reality is really basically the same.
10. Some things are better than others.
11. Time marches on.
12. Some things are more valuable than others.
13. Reason is a reliable tool.
14. Logic is proof.
15. There is a self-existent, discoverable, objective reality ‘out there’.
16. Man is superior to animals because he can think.
17. Everyone knows right from wrong.
18. The guilty deserve punishment and the good deserve rewards. 
 
While these postulates may seem different, they are actually inherently all the same in that they create a restrictive structure and limitation to transcending the dominion of form and the ego of structure itself.
 
… Everything reveals the miracle of existence and therefore, everything without exception, is equal to everything else by the virtue of its existence.
 
… Mentation, reason, logic, and language are all structured dualistically based on the axiom that there is a subject and an object, that there is a ‘this’ doing or causing a ‘that’. Reason strives to find a connection between a witnessed phenomenon and some antecedent that is most commonly located in prior time. Logic then concludes that which precedes an event must somehow be the ’cause’ or explanation. It confuses temporal sequence with causation.
 
The ’cause’ of anything is always the same. It is the totality of all that exists now or ever has existed in history. Context is the total universe.
 

We have the opportunity to choose whether we want to hang on or let go of emotional upsets.  We can look at the cost of hanging on to them.  Do we want to pay the price?  Are we willing to accept the feelings?  We can look at the benefits of letting go of them.  The choice we make will determine our future.  What kind of future do we want?  Will we choose to be healed, or will we become one of the walking wounded?

From Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, ch. 3 pg. 45

Dicken’s A Christmas Carol is the story of all our lives. We are all Scrooge. We are all Tiny Tim. All of us are all selfish and lame in some areas. We are all victims like Bob Cratchit, and we are all as indignantly moralistic as Mrs. Cratchit refusing to toast Scrooge. The Ghost of Christmas Past haunts all our lives; the Spirit of Christmas to Come beckons us all on to make the choices that will both enhance both our own existence and that of others.
Throughout eons, consciousness has evolved as the ‘soul’. It reincarnates in a successive series of lifetimes, physical or otherwise, which are recorded in the awareness level of consciousness as karma. The interaction of the karmic patterns with the totality of the universe is expressed as the details of an identified lifetime. … As the consciousness of the soul evolves, it eventually seeks to identify and reunite with its true source.

… Although the  ego identifies with the linearity of form and time, its source of life stems from the nonlinear. This is intuited as an ephemeral, intangible, indefinable reality or ultimate Source. 

… the fallacious beliefs easily held sway over the majority of mankind. The god of wrath and destruction seemed believable. Throughout these centuries, only a few enlightened mystics were able to fully comprehend the real nature of God.”

From I: Reality and Subjectivity p.373-375   

Q: By nonpositionality, the sense of self moves out of the ‘movie’ of content and withdraws from its identification with it. It still recognizes form because of the awareness of the observer. How, then, does one transcend identification with the observer?

A: The ascent of the sense of self progresses through the layers of perception to awareness to the realization that consciousness itself is the screen upon which everything is reflected. It is the innate primordial substrate that illuminates the faculty of awareness/witnessing/observing. It is seen as an impersonal, automatic capacity that is ever present and not subject to editing or volitional alteration. It is the formless faculty that just ‘is’ on its own. It is unaltered by experience or concepts.

Like the surface of the pond, it reflects but is unaffected by that which is reflected. The surface of the pond makes no selection. When the intrusion of thoughts, positionalities, and opinions stops disturbing the surface, it reflects impartially. The surface does not act nor does it have purposes or goals. It exhibits no favoritism or oppositions. The reflecting surface does not edit or distort but is always silent and peaceful. It cannot suffer loss or profit from gain. It is the reflecting Light of the Self.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 300-302

Q: Is the purpose of becoming familiar with the ego to disarm it and open the way to acceptance?

A: We see that trying to ‘overcome’ the ego without really understanding it brings up guilt, self-condemnation, and other negative feelings, which is one of the main reasons why many people are reluctant to become involved in spiritual work.  Because of this, people are afraid to be honest with themselves and tend to project the downside of the ego onto others or even onto God.  Jealousy, retaliation, vengeance, partiality, etc., are all attributes of the ego and not of God.

From a greater, context, we can view that the ego is not ‘evil’ but is primarily a self-interested animal.  Unless the ‘animal self’ is understood and accepted, its influence cannot be diminished.  Like a pet, the inner animal can be comical and entertaining, and we can enjoy it without guilt and look forward to getting it trained and properly house broken.  This training is what is meant by the word “civilization’.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, ch. 9, pg. 178-179

Inner satisfaction becomes more important than worldly gain or the desire to control or influence others. Attraction replaces promotion. Eventually, resistances are no longer related to worldly life and its perceived values. Instead, the inner intention is one of purity and selflessness. Thus, evolution becomes the consequence of the process itself rather than as a consequence of seekingness or acquisition.

With spiritual evolution, nurturance is no longer sought from the narcissistic ego but instead from the Self. Fulfillment of potential is rewarding in and of itself and is not needful of recognition or gain. Pleasure at gain is replaced by gratitude for the unfolding of the inner process itself. The need for externals disappears spontaneously. The evolutionary process requires less and less effort as it becomes a way of being in the world.

From  Discovery of the Presence of God: Devotional Nonduality, p. 100-101

Q: What is a workable goal?

A: To verify spiritual truth experientially and to become it rather than just conform to it. The process is an unfolding of discovery resulting in greater happiness and diminution of fear, guilt, and other negative emotions. The motive is inner development, evolution, and fulfillment of potential, which is independent of the external world. Life becomes progressive rather than just repetitive. All experience is of equal value and innately pleasurable so that life stops being an endless sequence of alternating pleasure and displeasure. With inner progress, context expands, resulting in greater awareness of significance and meaning, and, therefore, gratification of potential.

Q: Inner spiritual work seems to require discipline and endeavor.

A: These requirements are activated by intention. There is an innate gratification in spiritual growth and the evolution of consciousness itself. Progress is the consequence of clarification and greater understanding that arise from the expansion of context. Recontextualization then results in transcending the distortions of perception.

From: “Discovery of the Presence of God” (2006), Chapter 2: The Inner Path, pp. 56–57

 

Forgiveness is an aspect of love that allows us to see life events from the viewpoint of grace.  We forgive ourselves for the errors we made when we were less evolved.  It is helpful to see the ego or small part of ourselves as a cute little teddy bear.  The teddy bear is not “bad”; we don’t hate or scold the little bear.  We love it and accept it for what it is: a cute little animal who doesn’t know any better.  We transcend the smaller aspects of ourselves by accepting and loving them.   We see the ego as “limited,” not “bad.”

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.

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

The way out of conflict is not to try to eliminate the negative but instead to choose and adopt the positive. To view that one’s mission in life is to understand rather than to judge automatically resolves moral dilemmas.

… Much relief is experienced when we realize that by adopting a spiritual life, righteous condemnation and the hate that ensues from it can be left to others. This pursuit of the spiritual ‘good’ benefits all mankind, and it could therefore be said to be the most praiseworthy vocation of all.

The spiritual commitment then defines a distinct role that differs from that of the uncommitted person. It implies a different set of standards and focus of energy and attention from the ordinary seeking of the vanities of the ego and worldly accomplishments. One sacrifices material or egocentric gain for spiritual progress, and in so doing, the transient is subordinated to the permanent, and that which is of true value is chosen over that which is only an illusion.

From  The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing Is Hidden p. 67-68

Everyone is exposed to life in its expression as nature, and also human interaction, called society. This interaction is impersonal, and the vicissitudes of life are inevitable and unavoidable. This can be either challenging or depressing, depending solely on one’s point of view. Without positionalities, life is experienced as serene and interesting. It potentiates growth and, hopefully, wisdom rather than self-pity or bitterness. Everyone is free to make a choice. The rain does not determine whether one will be happy or disappointed. The surrender of willfulness/positionality brings peace in all circumstances.

Q: What is your advice to a spiritual aspirant who is serious about realizing the state of enlightenment?

A: Spiritual commitment simply means to recontextualize the goal and meaning of one’s life. This needs to be done totally, all inclusively, so that life does not become segmented into spiritual work versus ordinary life. All life now becomes spiritual practice because context becomes the priority that encompasses every act, thought, or moment. This poised point of view already results in a degree of nonattachment.

From this viewpoint, the emphasis in practice is to observe all the content of evolving life without making any comment, criticism, or judgment. The prevailing attitude can be stated as “That is how it seems to be.” The observer/witness becomes detached from commentary about life and is then capable of transcending opinionation, likes, dislikes, aversions, attractions, arguments, or objections.

Life unfolds of its own and does not need commentary. The habit of editorializing about what is witnessed needs to be voluntarily surrendered to God.

From: “I: Reality and Subjectivity” (2003), Chapter 17: The Inner Path, p. 300

On examination, we see that power arises from meaning. It has to do with motive, and it has to do with principle. Power is always associated with that which supports the significance of life itself. It appeals to that in human nature which we call noble, in contrast to force, which appeals to that which we call crass. Power appeals to that which uplifts, dignifies, and ennobles. Force must always be justified, whereas power requires no justification. Force is associated with the partial, power with the whole.

On the level of acceptance, because of the major change in the way we perceive others, we now become aware of the inner innocence behind the frantic, fear-driven struggles that have obscured it in ourselves and in our neighbors, friends, and family.  The great teachers have said that the negativity which we see in a person or in society is really due to blindness, ignorance, and unconsciousness.  This inner innocence, once it is perceived in others, is also perceived in ourselves.  All that we did was done because we didn’t know any better at the time.  If we had known a better way at the time, we would have done it that way.  “It seemed like a good idea at the time,” we say.  We see that same blindness operating in others, and we can look past their character defects and see the innocent child within.

From Letting Go, ch. 11, pg. 167

What is the surrendered state?
It means to be free of negative feelings in a given area so that creativity and spontaneity can manifest without opposition or the interference of inner conflicts. To be free of inner conflict and expectations is to give others in our life the greatest freedom.
Q: “Why Is ‘Work’ Even Necessary in Spiritual Endeavor?
A: The ego can be thought of as a set of entrenched habits of thought which are the result of entrainment by invisible energy fields that dominate human consciousness. They become reinforced by repetition and by the consensus of society. 
… To overcome the gravity of worldly thoughts and beliefs requires the work of implementing the decision of the spiritual will to deprogram consciousness.  This includes the refusal to accept the ego/mind’s presumptions and statements as though they were reality. Instead, there is an insistence on a higher understanding.

Like all of time, even the ‘now’ is an evanescent illusion. To merely notice something does not create some self-existent, objective reality called ‘now’. There is neither ‘now’ nor ‘then’, ‘past’ nor future’. For example, a road is already complete from beginning to end. The traveler does not create some special place in space that becomes ‘here’.

Q: If the ‘now’ disappears, then the infinity of Always takes its place. If the ‘now’ is an illusion, then when does one supposedly have existence?

A: Even to think ‘exist’ is to grab at a passing split second in consciousness. The absolute Reality is beyond even existence. To ‘exist’ is again a passing notion. There is a presumption that some independent, objective reality is depicted by that statement. All such statements are merely products of consciousness. Reality is beyond even existence itself. Existence is only possible as an evanescent experience in consciousness within consciousness itself, with no independent beingness or independent reality.

Q: If there is no actual ‘now’ or ‘past’ or ‘present’ and Reality is completely outside of time, then when does the ‘I’ exist?

A: The answer now is obvious; it doesn’t. The absolute Reality is forever, always. Note that the words ‘is’, ‘was’, ‘exists’, and ‘beingness’ are all denotations of time. All these statements are merely mental categories of thought.

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’.

From The Eye of the I p. 287-289

When belief systems are examined, they turn out to be based on presumptions that are prevalent in society, such as right versus wrong or good versus bad. For instance, “I have to have chocolate ice cream” (content) “and then I’ll be happy” (context) is based on another positionality, that the source of happiness is outside oneself and has to be ‘gotten’ (in overall context). All these propositions indicate a series of dependencies (e.g., the Buddha’s Law of Dependent Contingencies or Dependent Origination), and when they are surrendered, the source of happiness is found to be in the joy of existence itself, in this very moment and, beyond that, in the source of one’s existence—God.

Attachments are to illusions. They can be surrendered out of one’s love for God, which inspires the willingness to let go of that which is comfortably familiar.

From: “I: Reality and Subjectivity” (2001), Chapter 20: Perspectives, pp. 351–353

There is great freedom in the realization that I ‘have’ a body and a mind, rather than I ‘am’ my mind or body. Once the fear of death is transcended, life becomes a transformed experience because that particular fear underlies all others.
Q: To choose to pursue Enlightenment is uncommon in our current society, with its emphasis on worldliness and the dominance of the media that in turn focus on the contentious or glamorize the superficial. What true value can be derived from worldly life?

A: The world can be seen as an optimal stimulus for inner growth as it is merely a projection of the ego in overt dramatic expression. It is best to learn from it rather than to be seduced by its illusions or entrapped by them via identification or attachment.

… Q: How can one simultaneously participate yet not get attached or involved? Does that not lead to avoidance?

A: It is the motive that determines the effects of participation. Activities are merely what one ‘does’, but not what one ‘is’. All seeming events present learning opportunities. One can participate and at the same time experience phenomena from the level of the witness/observer and watch what arises from within the psyche. It is important to differentiate detachment from nonattachment. Detachment can result in avoidance or withdrawal, whereas nonattachment allows for participation without taking a stake in the outcome.

Q: How then should one best relate to the world?

A: To be ‘in’ it but not ‘of’ it. The world is a means and not an end. Nonattached interaction reveals habitual styles and attitudes that are consequent to inner ego positionalities.

From Discovery of the Presence of God p. 101-103

… electricity, which is a generic type of energy and therefore ‘impersonal’.  When it runs through a toaster or a fan, the device would then mistakenly identify itself as being the primary source and not realize it is only an outlet unit.  Without the ‘life’ energy of electricity, each receiving unit would be inert.
 
… To continue the analogy, the primordial source of life energy is independent of localization as units.  The units assume themselves to be the primary rather than merely expressions of the universality.  The energy of life is a radiance from the field of consciousness… The capacity for Enlightenment is merely a consequence of consciousness returning to its source…
 
The ego/self identifies with its various functions and qualities and labels them by ownership as ‘me’ and says that is ‘who I am’.
 

The ego/mind is attracted to novelty and therefore searches frantically for interesting form and sensation.  This can be refused and replaced by interest in the silent, formless substrate that is always present and merely has to be noticed.  It is comparable to the silent background without which sound could not be discerned.

The phenomenal world is like a giant Rorschach card – the figure ‘means’ whatever one wishes it to.  Sound is discernible only because it is superimposed against the background of silence, and thus form can only be recognized because it is superimposed within formless space.  Likewise, the content of mind is only identifiable because of its formless, silent background screen.  The experiencer can thus be directed to focus on the silent, formless backdrop.  The substrate, because of its silence, has an innate feeling of peace.  Silence and peace can be chosen, appreciated, valued, and welcomed as relief from the constant tension of the ever-watchful  expectancy of the experiencer function.  When peace is more valued than the entertainment of the insatiable ego, it will be discovered to be ever present and available. 

From Discovery of the Presence of God, ch. 15, pg. 247-248

The mechanisms of the human organism are also regulated by the neurochemistry and structure of the brain, with its inherent pain/pleasure responses. This self-actuating reward mechanism is another trap that has to be bypassed. Human ingenuity has baited this mechanism by the discovery of artificial reward/pleasure devices, such as artificial substances to which the chemistry of the brain is vulnerable and reprogrammable; thus, there is even an inherited genetic propensity to addiction that then eclipses and replaces all other goal seeking.

… Although this recapitulation of the biological roots of the ego may seem obvious, the purpose is to increase awareness of the origin and importance of these mechanisms that are inherent and inborn rather than personally self-created. … It can be accepted compassionately as such without condemnation and is therefore neither good nor bad. Mankind lives in the realm of tension between emotional instincts and the counterbalancing power of spiritual awakening (i.e., the animal/angel conflict).”

From I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 111

There is anger and resentment, as well as fear at loss of control when loss is involuntary and unexpected. Disruption of life by the unexpected also creates anxiety at the forced readjustment, which may require major decision-making. … all suffering and emotional pain result from resistance. Its cure is via surrender and acceptance, which relieve the pain.

… A basic truth to be realized in the process is that there is no possible, actual source of happiness outside one’s self. Loss really brings long-standing illusions to the surface, along with opportunities to lessen its dominance in the psyche. The ego has a multitude of attachments to beliefs, slogans, objects, people, titles, money, conveniences, entertainment, furnishings, sentimental tokens, and memories of all the above. The ego/mind cherishes that which is temporary and transitory because it is valued as ‘special’ and therefore sees it as a ‘source’ of happiness.

Paradoxically, loss is simultaneously freedom and the opening of new options. Loss services inner adaptations and qualities that represent opportunities for growth. Simultaneously, the mind regrets and would like to undo change and return to the comfort of former circumstances, but evolutionary developmental growth is insistent. 


… All forms of loss are a confrontation to the ego and its survival mechanisms. All aspects of human life are transient; therefore, to cling to any aspect eventually brings grief and loss. Each incident, however, is an opportunity to search within for the source of life, which is ever present, unchanging, and not subject to loss or the ravages of time.

Grief or loss, like any stressful situation in life, can be seen as a valuable growth opportunity and a time for reassessment of values and goals. If this is followed, eventually it is possible to let go of all attachments, including belief systems, and experience the source of happiness that emanates from within.

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness: The Stairway to Enlightenment p. 94-96

The person who is involved in spiritual work is always looking at what is occurring in life, seeing it as the teacher, as the grist for the mill. What is happening represents that which is being worked on, so an acute catastrophe would just be a continuation of the process that is going on anyway. As a result, the person who is intensely involved in spiritual work would then see it as a golden opportunity, painful and regretful perhaps, but one of great benefit. The essential nature of spiritual work is to remain focused on what arises from instant to instant and become aware of ‘what’ is experiencing and where it is being experienced.

… Out of this experience comes an ever greater willingness to rely on that inner Presence, with less and less reliance on the small self. Less frequently, then, does the person look to the small self to handle life’s problems, as there is a progressive willingness to surrender to one’s higher Self. The progressive loss of identification with the small self and the increasing identification with the Presence, along with the willingness to surrender life and all of its aspects to the will of God, become the very core of the person’s spiritual exercise and experience.

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. 258-259

Q: Is it the all-pervasiveness of attachment that is the obstacle, no matter where one starts self-inquiry?

A: All serious inquiry eventually uncovers the obstacles to realizing the Self.  To examine attachment or its corollary, aversion, is a time-saver; it is ubiquitous, pervasive, and the core element of every obstacle.  We can look at it and ask what is the intention of attachment.  There is an illusion or fantasy associated with all of them–security, survival, success, pleasure, and so on. That pervasive quality of attachment has an origin or root that can be uncovered.  The mind is attached to or identifies with what it values, including its hopes, dreams, and illusions.

Attachment is a very peculiar quality of the ego.  It can be totally undone in all its pervasive and multitudinous forms of clinging by simply letting go of one’s faith in it or belief in its value as a reality.  This one giant step is a confrontation to being unaware of one’s attachments.  The attachment to ‘self’ or ‘me’ or ‘I’ is a basic trap.  One can seek out its fantasy value–the self gets attached to what it values.  We note that attachment requires and is sustained by an energy and an intention.  The mind is attached to the very process of attachment itself as a survival tool.  Letting go of the ego is based on the willingness to surrender attachment to it as a substitute for God and just another illusion.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, ch. 18,  “No Mind”, pg. 422-423

Q. What does it mean to be a victim?
A. To be a victim, is to be a victim of the ego.

The ego gets a grim pleasure and satisfaction from suffering and all the nonintegrous levels of pride, anger, desire, guilt, shame, and grief. The secret pleasure of suffering is addictive. Many people devote their whole life to it and encourage others to follow suit. To stop this mechanism, the pleasure of the payoff has to be identified and willingly surrendered to God. Out of shame, the ego blocks out conscious awareness of its machinations, especially the secretiveness of the game of ‘victim’.

… That is the secret about secrets. The payoff is a gain of a pleasurably satisfying reward. The ego has learned to be very clever in order to survive. It is capable of resorting to any lengths or ruse of self-deception and camouflage. The world we witness is merely the drama of the collective egos acting out on the perceptual stage of form and time.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 244-245

Spiritual endeavor starts with taking responsibility rather than depending on naïve impulsivity or prosely­tization. It is important to realize it is not just a literal wording of teachings but also the entire energy field of a teacher or organization that has a subtle, unseen field effect upon students. There is wisdom in the old dic­tum to “stay with holy company” and avoid that which is nonintegrous. Just on the face of it, it would appear to be foolish to disregard the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Buddha, or Krishna… and substitute for them the pseudo-deification of the teachings of atheistic anarchists whose false teachings have brought on the death of literally hundreds of mil­lions of people just in this lifetime.
Q. Is the ego the source of karma?
A: It is the locus and repository. It is very important to realize that the ego and karma are one and the same thing.
… In Reality, there is only one life with periodic reincarnations because conditions are favorable for the resolution of certain problems.
The psychological ego mechanisms most frequently found are:
1. Undoing – one repeats past patterns in order to have the opportunity to make better choices this time.
2. Reaction formation – one takes an extreme opposite view in this lifetime to keep its opposite repressed and out of awareness.
3. Projection – that which is painful to own about oneself is projected onto others.
4. Return of the oppressed  in this lifetime, what one did to others one now suffers in reverse as the victim.
5. Denial – the motivations and thoughts are completely repressed and dismissed as ‘not me’.
…these concepts need to be available for quick recall, as these mechanisms are involved in spiritual purification.
From I : Reality and Subjectivity p. 439
The ego’s survival relies on the defeat of truth… For one thing, spiritual truth challenges the ego’s presumption that it is sovereign. This is seen socially in the rising popularity of secularism… The current appeal of relativism… is that it subserves the ego’s wish to reign supreme by virtue of the statement that there is no absolute truth at all. This currently promoted philosophy is actually based on nihilism…

It may be dismaying at times to discover that surrender to the Self for one’s salvation and spiritual evolution is in conflict with the ego’s devious machinations to maintain control.  One can be sure that the narcissistic core of the ego is certainly not going to welcome humility or the fact that the ordinary mind, unaided, is intrinsically not even capable of knowing the difference between truth and falsehood.

It is also well to know in advance that all suffering is not intrinsic to spiritual gain but strictly due to resistance to it.  Suffering is due to dragging one’s spiritual feet and the ego’s insistence on having its own way.  Abandoning the ego as God and turning to Divinity is what serves the evolution of consciousness.

If all life experiences are surrendered as they occur, they become transformed by gratitude into the miraculous and seen as gifts.  This transformation is not within the province of the human will but is a gift of the Grace of God.  To turn over one’s life to be a servant of God, to grow spiritually, and to commit to the service of Divinity are very powerful acts of the human will.  Faith is reinforced by remembering the promises of the Ninety-first Psalm and Upanishads that “all who call upon Me by whatever name are Mine and dear to Me.”  Faith in the infinite benevolence of Divine Love is itself transformative.  At times, that is the only thing to which one clings in times of desperation.

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, Ch. 19, pg. 333-334

The mind acts as a processor of data simultaneously from both within and without. It categorizes, sorts, prioritizes, contextualizes, and interprets simultaneously as it concordantly draws on memory banks, emotional centers, and conditioned responses and their correlations. All the above are orchestrated contextually with emotional/animal instincts that are sorted, rejected, accepted, or modified. In addition, this multilayered complexity is simultaneously subject to options, choices, and the will. Options and choices related to meaning and value overall are under the influence and dominance of an all-inclusive, overall field of consciousness having concordant and variable levels of power to the level of consciousness that is also influenced by karmic propensities. Simultaneously, the mind assesses degrees of relative truth, credibility of information, and suitability and probabilities of action within similarity multilayered behavioral social limits, including moral, ethical, social, and religious principles.
…To choose to forgive by giving up the ‘juice’ of justified resentments and grudges disconnects all the associated thoughts and grievances from them, along with their multiple rationalizations and memories…By removing the motherboards of each level, one witnesses that everything merely is just what it is, and judgmentalism is surrendered to God.

Although commonality of belief is persuasive, it is not indicative of truth. As will be pointed out later, media play into this back ­and­ forth gaming of manipu­lation as politicized ‘spin’. Threat of media attack is now used to intimidate via orchestrated ‘blog’ attack composed of well­-crafted malevolent falsity… Under the banner of ‘free speech’, plus propagation via the Internet, ‘hate’ Web­site malevo­lence has gained ground and facilitated the decline of Western civilization.

From Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man p. 158

Q: “You seldom mention the physical body. What is its importance in spiritual work?

A: The body is a product of nature and part of the animal world. One might say it is owned by nature but rented to us provisionally. It has only a temporary existence and thus does not justify undue attention or importance. Its value is its capacity for communication, a means of conveying information and sharing awareness. If adequately tended, it is hopefully a source of pleasure and a means of accomplishing work and expressing affection. Essentially, it is a temporality, an experience of perception or position in space and time. Perception claims it as ‘me’, or at least ‘mine’. This is a major restriction and limitation of identification of the self with physicality and form. Like any other living thing in nature, the body responds to kindness, respect, and consideration. It can be cared for and loved like a cherished pet without necessarily identifying with it or becoming unduly attached to it.

One of the most difficult areas for clarification of the differentiation between self and body is the functioning of the senses. These are experienced and believed to be functions of the physical body itself. As strange as it may seem, the actual locus of sensory experience is within the invisible domain of the inner energy body that activates the physical body. The physical body in and of itself has no capacity to experience anything at all!

From The Eye of the I p. 229

The difficulties of this world appear to be the consequence of all different levels of evolutionary development being thrown together simultaneously, which results in social turbulence.  Simultaneously, however, the availability of such a wide spectrum allows for the greatest opportunity for growth and the undoing of ‘bad karma’ and, by choice, accumulating the merit of ‘good karma’ .  Thus, this domain is one of maximum spiritual opportunity with a great multitude of options and choices that provide maximum potential for the evolution of consciousness about which one can be grateful instead of resentful. As the Buddha taught, “Rare is it to be born a human being, rarer still to have heard of Enlightenment, and even rarer still to pursue it.”

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness ch.  14, pg. 255

… The Buddha taught that to be a human is already a great good fortune and the opportunity should not be wasted, therefore, waste no time for life is fleeting. He stressed the importance of taking advantage of the golden opportunity and not to spend it in world pursuits, for they are ephemeral and based on transient illusions. This admonition was also repeated by Jesus who taught that it is better to store up treasures in heaven where they are eternal, rather than on earth where they are transient…”

From I : Reality and Subjectivity p. 161-162

To choose love for God activates the love of God by prayer and worship. Therefore, despondency may be the very trigger that opens the door to the emergence of spiritual interest and progress. Many have found God only in the pits of hopelessness and despair. The ego is so strong that sometimes only severe ‘hitting bottom’ is a strong enough stimulus to activate the willingness to surrender allegiance to the ego’s domination. When activated, the spirit within is renewed, and apathy is replaced by hope. To ‘pray ceaselessly’ may be the only option available to work through some severe or prolonged periods of karmic debt. It is sometimes referred to as a ‘test of faith’, which is best traversed by conviction that ‘this too shall pass’, and “They also serve who stand and wait.”

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness p. 88

… 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.

Although the mind will at first deny that it gets secret pleasure from suffering, it will reveal upon rigorous self-examination that the reason it clings to its content is for the ‘juice’ it gets out of its positionalities. With even a little self-honesty, this is a rather easy fact to discover.

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 p.310-311

Q: What is the best attitude from which to view society?

A: One of compassionate benevolence.  The average person’s psyche is overwhelmed by layers of programmed belief systems of which they are unaware.  Out of naiveté and the belief in the principle of causality, the supposed causes and their solutions are sought ‘out there’.  With maturity and the wisdom of spirituality, the search becomes directed inwardly where the source and resolution are finally discovered.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, ch. 4, pg. 141

Power comes from integrity and accepting responsibility for the consequences of one’s own actions, choices, and decisions. All choices have inherent risks, and to pretend otherwise is not integrous and is game playing for gain.

… The wolf comes through the door in sheep’s clothing; thus, it is critically important to identify truth from falsehood when political programs are presented by some segment of society. All self-seeking schemes are hidden under pious-sounding agendas to win popular approval.”

From I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 73
… true love for the self arises from something that is greater than the self…
 To look within for the actual source of love leads to the discovery of the Self. Like the sun, the Self is ever present, unconditional, and not subject to thought, opinion, or attitude. The Self can only love because that is its essence. The love of the Self is not earned, deserved, or subject to limitation.
 … Love is beyond duality; it does not need a subject or an object. It is a quality of Reality that is independent of circumstances.

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That quantum space of infinite potential, demonstrates then how consciousness can effect the manifest world. …the observation is not measurable in the manifest world, but its affect is. It would explain then, the space in which prayer could have an effect. Prayer changes the context, it has a profound energy within the field of consciousness, so you might say prayer changes the spin of many photons in the universe and affects the consciousness of many things and many people.

From Perception and Illusion, Lecture 5, May 2002

Every plant is aware of its surroundings and the admiration and respect for it. It returns to us by reviewing its own intrinsic perfection and beauty. Each plant stands forth as a unique, creative sculpture and is a perfect expression of its essence. Divinity shines forth from all Creation to those who can see. Nature becomes not unlike a children’s cartoon where the trees smile, animals talk, and flowers move gaily. When perception ceases, the world of wonder reveals itself. Consciousness is in all that exists. It recognizes itself manifesting as the Allness of Creation.

Q: How can such a wondrous revelation come about? 

A: By the mere intention of kindness, respect, and consideration for All That Is, without exception, and in every detail, including oneself. We see what we believe and accept that we ourselves are. The qualities of gratitude, thankfulness, gentleness, and appreciation are themselves powerfully transforming. Our experience of the world and life is totally the result of inner beliefs and positionalities. Out of love and respect for God arises the willingness to surrender all these prejudgments, and the humility that ensues opens the doors to the splendor of reality which is the revelation of the self. Love is the magic catalyst that brings about the awareness. In the end, faith is replaced by certainty, and therefore it is said that God is found by those who seek Him.

From The Eye of the I: ch. 15, pg. 298-299

Q: What is your understanding of the core of the ego?

A: It is pride beyond all else. Pride in the form of the vanity of thought, mentation, concepts, and opinions are all the basis of ignorance. The antidote is radical humility, which undoes the domination of perception. Ask for truth to be revealed instead of assuming that you already know it.


… Reality is infinite whereas thought is finite.”

From Eye of the I  p. 261-263

 

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.

From Discovery of the Presence of God p. 43-46

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.

Sooner or later, the seemingly miraculous  may begin to appear spontaneously.  It is important to recognize that the phenomena are not of one’s own doing or of the personal self, and that they do not represent some magical ‘power’.  Miraculous events are merely the actualization of potentiality that appears when conditions are appropriate.  One of those conditions is the presence of the energy of a high level of consciousness.  From an even more advanced level of consciousness, it becomes apparent that all phenomena are actually occurring spontaneously as a consequence of the evolution of the universe itself, and therefore not only is life perfect at any moment, but it is also a continuous revelation in which one is a participant/observer.

From Reality, Spirituality, and Modern Man, ch. 19, pg. 350 – 351

To accept the inner core of one’s existence as a self-existent reality requires letting go of any definitions of self as a ‘who’ and, instead, seeing oneself as a ‘what’.
The evolution of consciousness is one’s karmic inheritance because it is a quality innate to human consciousness itself. Courage arises from commitment and integrity of alignment and dedication. A valuable characteristic of dedication is felicity, which eventually becomes empowered as a quiet but persistent inner fervor. The value of watchful witnessing is that even just awareness of an ego defect tends to undo it…. Each step, no matter how seemingly small, is equally valuable.
Q: How can meditation persist in one’s daily existence? 
A: By merely constantly posing the question to oneself of ‘what’s’ doing the acting, talking, feeling, thinking, or observing? This is a focus of attention with no languagingThe spiritual teacher Ramana Maharshi called that process ‘self-inquiry’, which he recommended as a technique that was suitable at all times in all activities.
From The Eye of the I p. 247

Q: What is the state of “no mind” like?

A: Initially, the awakening into a whole new realm is overwhelming. What is left of the former self is stunned by the massive revelation and the magnificence of the condition. Everything is brilliantly alive, and all is One and startlingly, massively divine. There is, however, also an infinite stillness and peace, a profound sense of having at last returned to one’s real home. No fear is possible. What one really is, is beyond all form and always was beyond all time and space. These realities are self-evident. All thoughts, ideas, and mentations stop and the stillness is everywhere present, all-pervading.

The Self is realized to be now everywhere instead of localized. All human activities and attitudes have ceased. There is no desire for anything. All is known and equally present so there is nothing left to know or know about. All questions are answered so there are none to ask. There is nothing to think about nor would there be a purpose to thinking. All feeling disappears and is replaced by absolute peace.

From The Eye of the I p. 247-248

Q: What is the essence of the spiritual quest?

A: The spiritual quest could be simplified as the task of transcending the limitations of linear, sequential duality created by perception so as to reveal Reality, which is unlimited and nonlinear and therefore nondual.

On a calibrated scale of consciousness, we can see that the weakest levels below 200 have to rely on force as a substitute for power.  As one gets closer to Reality, the power increases exponentially at a rapid logarithmic rate.  The 400s denote the realm of the highest development of the Newtonian paradigm and indicate mastery of the physical domain.  The world of science is unsurpassed in its capacity to comprehend and manipulate the world of materiality.  Science gets us to the moon, but only man’s consciousness gives the feat meaning or significance.  Likewise, joy does not come from figures or statistics but from what they mean.

From Eye of the I From Which Nothing Is Hidden, Ch 17, pg. 286-7

Q: “How can we stop judging others?

A. Through compassion arises the desire to understand rather than condemn. With understanding we see that people cannot actually help being other than they are at any given moment. People are generally unaware that they are run by programs inherent in society…”

From The Eye of the I p. 247-248

On this planet are examples of the most savage, degenerate, and cruel acts. Also in mankind are the highest levels of life as represented by the saints, or even those who are enlightened. Thus, between the two extremes, innumerable choices are possible, plus the appearance of ‘time’, during which error and correction have room for the potentiality to be experienced.

… In such a realm, the spirit is free to work out its own fate through decisions and options. The growing soul consistently learns to surrender poor choices and choose wiser ones. The choices are made repeatedly and the lessons are learned until the more mature spirit reaches the certainty that it is going in the right direction.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 396

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. … 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.

From The Eye of the I p. 253

The universe responds to love by revealing its prevalence.  It is hidden to ordinary perception, but the awareness is finessed by lovingness itself.  Awareness is a capacity that is beyond the senses or emotions.  If one ceases anthropomorphic projections and limitations, it is revealed that all that exists is innately conscious and emanates love as a consequence of the divinity of Creation.

Every plant is aware of its surroundings and the admiration and respect for it.  It returns to us by reviewing its own intrinsic perfection and beauty.  Each plant stands forth as a unique, creative sculpture and is a perfect expression of its  essence.  Divinity shines forth from all Creation to those who can see.  Nature becomes not unlike a children’s cartoon where the trees smile, the animals talk, and the flowers move gaily.  When perception ceases, the world of wonder reveals itself.  Consciousness is in all that exists.  It recognizes itself manifesting as the All of Creation.

From The Eye of the I, ch. 15, pg. 298

The more advanced seeker has heard that there is no ‘out there’ or ‘in here’ and thus takes responsibility for all that happens. There is the dawning awareness that all which seems to occur really represents what is being held in what was previously considered as ‘within’.  Thus, the proclivity to project is undone.  The ‘innocent victim’ positionality, with all its spurious ‘innocence’, is unmasked.

Adversity is thus seen to be the result of what had been previously denied and repressed into the unconscious. By looking within, one finds the source of adversity where it can be addressed and corrected.

Beliefs are the determinant of what one experiences. There are no external ‘causes’. One discovers the secret payoffs that are obtained from unconscious secret projections. One’s underlying programs can be discovered by simply writing down one’s litany of grievances and woes and then merely turning them around into their opposites.

… Thus, if we take responsibility for being the author of our world, we come close to its source where we can correct it. By being loving towards others, we discover that we are surrounded by love and lovingness. When we unreservedly support life without expecting gain, life supports us in return. When we abandon gain as a motive, life responds with unexpected generosity. When we perceive in this way, the miraculous begins to appear in the life of every dedicated spiritual aspirant.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, p. 21-22

In the beginning, it takes effort because of resistance, but when willingness becomes perfected due to progressive surrender, the tool takes on a life of its own.
…This shift of viewpoints is consequent to the evolution of consciousness, which has moved from want/have/seek to effortless attraction by virtue of what one has become. 
At the lower levels of consciousness, effort is applied within the context of cause and effect, but as evolution of consciousness progresses, phenomena are the consequence of attraction by the energy field itself rather than as a consequence of personal volition. At a higher level, it is only necessary to ‘be with’ rather than to ‘own’.
Consciousness is the irreducible substrate of the human capacity to know or experience, to perceive or witness, and it is the essence of the capacity for awareness itself. It is the formless, invisible field of energy of infinite dimension and potentiality, and the foundation of all existence.  It is independent of time, space, or location, yet all-inclusive and all-present.
It is helpful to realize that the anger is not at what ‘is’, but at what ‘is not’.  We are angry not because someone is selfish or stingy, as we think, but actually because they are not considerate, generous, or loving.  If recontextualization is done in this way, then people are seen as being limited rather than wrong.  Each person has developed only up to a specific point in their evolution, and therefore, it is easier to see and accept limitation rather than fault.  
From The Eye of the I, p. 365

In spiritual work, understanding in itself has the capacity to bring about change.  It acts as a catalyst and opens new ways of looking at things.  It brings about growth and spiritual advancement.  As spiritual growth continues, old styles of thinking and contextualizing are surrendered and accompanied by the joy of new discoveries.  Anger at the absurdities of life is now replaced by laughter, and what a lot of the world bemoans and makes much of as melodrama is now seen as comical.  Spiritual teachings need to be accepted to become integrated.  Resistance comes from the ego, which lacks humility, and that, out of pride, resents being ‘wrong’.  It is better to realize that one is not giving up wrong views but instead is adopting better ones.  That peace is better than war and that love is better than hate makes sense to the intellect, but the ego may rebel at giving up its favorite hate and justified resentments.

From The Eye of the I, ch. 8, pg. 167-168

The mind’s reality is a fiction. With that realization, it loses its reign as the arbiter of reality. Through the eye of the ego, life is a kaleidoscope of constantly changing attractions and repulsions, fears and transient pleasures. It bases its security on overvalued positionalities, but, with maturity, it progressively looks within for enduring qualities that can be relied upon. Without spiritual direction or information, it does not know which way to look and may merely settle back into basic survival techniques that have had pragmatic value.

… There is ‘thinking mind’ and ‘aware mind’. Awareness is automatic and inclusive of the totality of life’s situations. It relies on knowingness rather than on thinking or figuring things out.  Its function is spontaneous and silent rather than calculating.

… Aware mind is not prone to banal positionalities or judgments nor does it get entrapped in frenetic endeavors. It tends to be easygoing and mellow and prefers to observe rather than to become involved in the world’s dramas.

… To the ego, peace sounds inactive and passive because the ego thinks in terms of ‘doing’ something, such as seeking control, gain, or avoidance.
… It does not rely on actions but on total vision. The ego relies on force; the spirit influences by power.
In normal persons, deviation from truth and honesty results in the accumulation of guilt that is then repressed because of its unpleasant, painful nature.  Thus, over time, a sizable reservoir of guilt accumulates, which escapes attention or awareness unless discovered by periodic, fearless inventories.  This is a very common condition that contributes to social discord and contention. Moral/ethical lapses are often excused by rationalization, but the unconscious mind is not fooled by deception and innately knows when it is being lied to by self or others.

… The capacity for forgiveness arises from accepting with honest humility the limitations inherent in the human condition itself, which is, after all, merely on a learning curve of the evolution of consciousness.

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, p. 65-67

Q: How does humor fit in with devotion? Are they not diverse?

A: Devotion is the dedication to Truth and Love by which humor becomes a handmaiden to assist in realizing the goal.  It diminishes the value of fallacy by contrasting truth with falsehood by putting them into juxtaposition.  The underlying intention of humor is actually quite serious and dedicated to liberation from illusion, fear, hatred, and guilt.  It unmasks the ego, thereby decreasing its dominance.  It leads away from the self to the Self.

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, ch. 22, pg. 366

Moralistic polarity is traditionally the greatest conflicted area of civilization. It is responsible for the killing of more people than any of nature’s catastrophes for it segments mankind into hate, guilt, revenge, murder, suicide, and more. It also sets up the ideological basis for all the pseudo-religious wars that parade under the banner of some religion, yet it completely disregards and violates all the premises of the religion under which the persecutions and terrorist attacks are conducted, ostensibly in the name of God.

Even ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’ are not opposites but merely quite different spiritual regions. The same phenomena occur in political ideologies, such as communism versus democracy, totalitarianism versus freedom, and communism versus socialism. If we examine much of what the world traditionally calls evil, what we discover is not evil, which is an abstraction, epithet, and label; instead, we see behaviors that could be described as primitive, infantile, egotistical, narcissistic, selfish, and ignorant, complicated by the psychological mechanisms of denial, projection, and paranoia in order to justify hatred.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 174

Maturity entails the capacity to live with the unanswered and uncertainty and take pleasure from the fact that it is a stimulus to learning and further growth and leads to progressive discovery.

The mature mind knows that it is evolving and that growth and development are satisfying and pleasurable in and of themselves. Maturity implies that one has learned how to be comfortable with uncertainty and has included it as a legitimate ingredient. Uncertainty leads to discovery…

… The most important quality necessary for true growth and evolution is the practice and principle of humility. … Humility, despite its negative public and social image in some quarters of society, is indicative of expertise, wisdom, and maturity.

Choices determine consequences, which is a mechanism that is really impersonal and operates automatically because energy fields are invited in as a consequence of choice.  The individual, as a consequence of choices, is like an iron filing whose position in the field is the direct consequence of its own decisions.  To accept this reality is simultaneously uplifting and freeing.  At the same time, it is frightening and brings about some degree of consternation.  Therefore, the only true freedom in the universe is the freedom of choice, which is the gift received by mankind.  One then realizes that there is no hand on the tiller but one’s own and that “I myself am heaven and hell” (cal. 700+). The acceptance of this overall truth brings the strength of resolve instead of futile wishing.

What really frightens people about spiritual reality is that it confronts one with the reality that their destiny is solely within the power of their own hands.  Heaven, like hell, is the result and consequence of one’s own choices; therefore, the key to freedom is by the grace of the given karmic inheritance of all mankind by Divine ordinance.

From Truth vs Falsehood, ch.13, pg. 253-254

The technique of purposely presenting propagandized falsehood has been progressively and professionally refined. One strategy calls for first intentionally creating shock by a purposefully extreme statement, subsequent to which the public will be less likely to protest the false program, which is the propagandized rhetoric that has been carefully prepared and then sold via the media to the public by perpetrators who seek control. Another favorite ruse is ‘salting the mine’ with fallacious statements to be later quoted. The ‘straw man’ attack is also common.

The current media barrage, as would be expected, calibrates at only 160, which represents fallacy as a consequence of prevalent philosophical systems that declare all truth to be merely arbitrary, subjective bias. Inasmuch as there is supposedly no such thing as objective truth, distorted and biased subjective value judgments are purported to be of equal merit. These then often become memes (slogans) that convince listeners of their purported truth by sheer repetition…The net result of the above programming is an actual diminution in the human capacity and capability for reality testing. Thus, there is the actual destruction of the very ability to discern truth from falsehood at even the most basic levels.

The rationalization for moral anarchy is termed ‘ethical relativism’ (cal. 155) by which good and evil become equated. By epistemological slight-of-hand, however, this reversal of good and evil itself is viewed as ‘good’, and traditional ethics then become a ‘bad’. Fallacy is fashionable but its calibration at 155 indicates a more serious violation of truth than does philosophical relativism (cal.190), which is operationally primarily intellectual error.

From Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man pg. 202-3

Safeguards against being programmed by society are (1) emotional detachment, in which all information is viewed as provisional, (2) awareness that ordinary mentalization is unable to discern perception from essence, and (3) knowing that the wolf often hides beneath sheep’s clothing. This suspension of belief is the practical application of the basic dictum to “wear the world like a light garment.” To “be in the world but not of it” is a mode of attention that nevertheless still allows spontaneous interaction and function in society.

From Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man pg. 158

The human mind presumes that the commonality of a belief system is evidence of truth, and, of course, history is full of obvious examples to the contrary (e.g., Extraordinary Popular Delusions, Mackay). Some centuries ago, everyone believed that the sun rotated around the earth and that the earth was flat. These examples merely demonstrate that all information is presumptive and not absolute because even the ‘laws’ of science are constantly changing (e.g., there are now only eight planets instead of nine as of August 2006.)

…Historians have noted that democracies seldom last more than a few centuries for the same reasons that were initially pointed out by Socrates. He viewed that integrity would unlikely prevail as the voting masses would award themselves more and more benefits to the point of eventually losing their freedom.

…Modern man is profoundly influenced by the media whose presentations of ostensible truth include even extreme falsehood, which is then given publicity as thought it were of equal, integrous validity…Because the mind is intrinsically unable to discern perception from essence or truth from falsehood (as detailed in Truth vs. Falsehood, Section 1), a common presumption of the naïve mind is that truth is established by popularity and commonality of agreement. Thus, the mind looks for confirmation and searches for reliable information.

From Reality, Spirituality and Modern Man pg. 151, 155-6

 

Importantly, level 500 indicates that the subjective condition called Love has now become not only significant but also dominant, not just as a feeling and emotion, but as the guiding principle.  While the energy of Love may be focused as a consequence of interest or motive, it represents a breaking away from restriction and limitation of self-interest.  Love serves, whereas ego seeks to be served in its pursuit of gain.  To Love, the long-term satisfaction and pleasure of givingness replace the evanescent, short-term ego satisfaction of gain.

The energy of Love has a unique, timeless quality that gratifies potentialities that are subtle and difficult to logically describe.  As Love becomes progressively spiritualized, it emerges as an alignment with Divinity, which is the ultimate source and province of Love.  It thereby becomes viewed as holy, sacred, and the substance of devotion, religious faith, and mystical awareness.

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, Section Three-Overview, pg. 242

“Every step you take forward spiritually, benefits all of mankind. One person that you forgive, already affects the conscious level of all of mankind. … Therefore, everyone is a potential savior.”
Spiritual commitment simply means to recontextualize the goal and meaning of one’s life. This needs to be done totally, all inclusively, so that life does not become segmented into spiritual work versus ordinary life.
Ethical sense results in fairness, reasonableness, and a modest diplomacy, which are evidence of respect for the feelings of others. People who are the ‘salt of the earth’ are friendly, polite, considerate, and have a sense of balance. In addition, they are generally benign and supportive and refrain from dumping their negative emotions on others or acting them out.
… Collectively, these positive attributes are called ‘character’, and indeed, their acquisition does require personal effort, self­-control, and patience.

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 that the seeker of spiritual enlightenment needs to forego.

… The calling of the private-life 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 in a manner that is unsung but discernible and demonstrable by spiritual research.  The calibrated level of the consciousness of mankind is a composite resultant of everyone’s stage of evolution, and the higher calibrated levels are immensely more powerful than the negative ones.

From The Eye of the I, ch. 5, pg. 104-105

Start with the certainty that if you are spiritually oriented you will make progress. Start, therefore, with a feeling of security. Instead of insecurity or self-doubt, tell yourself that anyone who wants to evolve spiritually will receive the necessary assistance and his success is guaranteed by God, which is another name for his own Higher Power. Get rid of self-doubt, any idea that you are not worth it, or you are not capable of it, or that it is not the right time in your life. It is always the right time in your life. Accept without reservation that you are worthy of the quest. Be resolved to totally surrender to the truth about God and that your spiritual evolution is aligned with His will for you.

… This is devotion, dedication and the way of the heart.”

From Book of Slides (Slide 226) p. 463

The infinite glory, greatness, and power of God has been severely and grossly underestimated and not comprehended by man. With the replacement of the self by the Self, the power of omnipotence is known by virtue of the fact that the Infinite is one’s source and reality.
… then emerged the exquisite onset of a state of consciousness in which the mind melted and became silent. A Presence – timeless, gentle, yet infinitely powerful – pervaded, and its overwhelming Love replaced mentalization.
 
Time stopped and the awareness of Oneness with eternity replaced all thought or sense of a personal self. The ‘I-ness’ of the Presence revealed itself as Allness. It was knowable as being beyond all universes – unspeakable, invisible, all pervading, inexplicable, and beyond names.
 

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 and 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

The more advanced seeker has heard that there is no ‘out there’ or ‘in here’ and thus takes responsibility for all that happens. There is the dawning awareness that all which seems to occur really represents what is being held in what was previously considered as ‘within’. Thus, the proclivity to project is undone. The ‘innocent victim’ positionality, with all its spurious ‘innocence’, is unmasked.

Adversity is thus seen to be the result of what had been previously denied and repressed into the unconscious. By looking within, one finds the source of adversity where it can be addressed and corrected.

Beliefs are the determinant of what one experiences. There are no external ‘causes’. One discovers the secret payoffs that are obtained from unconscious secret projections. One’s underlying programs can be discovered by simply writing down one’s litany of grievances and woes and then merely turning them around into their opposites.

… Thus, if we take responsibility for being the author of our world, we come close to its source where we can correct it.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity p. 22

In the United States Declaration of Independence, for instance, it was stated with great clarity by the originators that the rights of man stem from the divinity of their creation, and thus was established the principle of spirituality. However they differentiated this from religion by saying that citizens are to be free from the establishment of any religion. The founders were aware that religion divides and is based on secular power, whereas, spirituality unites and has no worldly organization.”
Q: What prayers are useful?
A: Ask to be a 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 amongst all other options.
Commit to the goal of unconditional love and compassion for all of life in all its expressions and surrender all judgement to God.

Q: As a spiritual person, what is our responsibility in relation to world events?

A: This depends on one’s current prevailing level of consciousness.  Confusion arises from mixing the levels.  To act according to the spiritual principles of mercy, forgiveness, love, and compassion applies at all levels, of course, but how these are interpreted and what they are understood to signify regarding action depends on perception and degree of spiritual maturity.

Earthly life affords maximum karmic opportunity to not only acquire ‘good’ karma but undo negative karma.  For example, whole populations and groups have accumulated both positive and negative spiritual consequences as the result of barbaric savagery, just as they do in today’s headlines.  Thus, there are spiritual ‘debts’ as well as benefits.

…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.

From Discovery of the Presence of God, ch. 10, pg. 160 & 161

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