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Q: How can surrendering be more constant?
 
The secret to using this mechanism more often and more consistently is, first of all the wish to do so.  That is Step #1.  You have to want to be free of the feeling more than you want to keep it.  Sometimes it is just a matter of remembering, and you can use some kind of a cue card to remind you.
Another way is to establish a routine.  It is very good to start the day by surrendering your thoughts and feelings about your expectations, to picture the way you would like it to go, and to let go of all negative thoughts that would interfere with the day going in that way.  Then, at the end of the day, sit down and surrender anything that came up during the course of the day that you overlooked or didn’t have time to pay attention to.  This is called “cleaning up,” and most people find that they sleep better.
Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, Ch. 21, pg. 327-328.

Looking at the feelings on the level of interpersonal relationships, we now discover another law of consciousness. Our feelings and thoughts always have an effect on other persons and affect our relationships whether these thoughts or feelings are verbalized, expressed, or not.  We can likely intuit the truth of this law of consciousness from our own experience.  We generally know, for example, when someone is angry toward us, even if they say nothing about it.  Sensing their repressed angry feeling, we might ask, “Is something wrong?” Even when they reply, “Oh nothing,” we are still aware of the energy of anger and upset.

It is somewhat dismaying to discover the truth of this interfacing at the energetic level, but anyone can discover it by inner investigation.  The overall attitudes we hold about another person are influencing that other person’s feelings and attitudes about us whether we express them or not.

When first discovering the truth of this we might go through sort of a mild paranoia.  Most everyone is brought up to believe that our thoughts and feelings are private affairs and nobody else’s business, that minds are separated and that emotions happen only within the confines of the body.  As we begin to investigate this area, we find that often the set of feelings we hold about another person is mirrored back to us by their attitude and that, when we change our inner attitude about them, their attitude changes abruptly. We are unconsciously influencing others all the time because of the feeling we hold about them.  As we become more intuitive, we will laugh at our former naiveté.

The only way to get over this initial paranoia is to clean up our own act.  Finding out what needs to be cleaned up is simple and easy. Just look at what you would not want others to know about you and begin to surrender it!

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, Ch. 18, pg. 258-259

The 500 level is characterized by the development of a Love that is unconditional, unchanging and permanent.  It does not fluctuate because its source within the person who loves is not dependent on external conditions.  Loving is a state of being.  It is a way of relating to the world that is forgiving, nurturing, and supportive.  Love is not intellectual and  it does not proceed from the mind.  Love emanates from the heart.  It has the capacity to lift others and accomplish great feats because of its purity of motive.

At this level of development the capacity to discern essence becomes predominant; the core of an issue becomes the center of focus.  As reason is bypassed, there arises the capacity for instantaneous recognition of the totality of a problem and a major expansion of context, especially regarding time and process.  Reason deals only with particulars, whereas Love deals with wholes.  This ability, often ascribed to intuition, is the capacity for instantaneous understanding without resorting to sequential symbol processing.  This apparently abstract phenomenon is in fact, quite concrete; it is accompanied by a measurable release of endorphins in the brain.

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.

Power vs Force, ch. 4, pg. 112-113

Through spiritual alignment, intention, and devotion – aided by meditation, contemplation, authenticated instruction, and Truth; and assisted by the energy field of an advanced teacher – great leaps of consciousness can occur unexpectedly.  Thus, it is important to know of these leaps well in advance, as confirmed by consciousness research.

The chances of becoming enlightened are now more than one thousand times greater than at any time in the past, which means that reaching the level of Unconditional Love (calibration 540) is a very attainable and practical goal.  From the level of Unconditional love, the pathway is increasingly joyful.  At level 600, there occurs an infinite, silent stillness and peace – and progression from there is up to the Will of God, karma, and the potentialized Knowingness nascent within the spiritual aura.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 135

One of the great secrets of relationship is acknowledgment.  The behavior of others toward us always includes a hidden gift.  Even if that behavior appears negative, there is something in it for us.  Very often that something appears in the form of a signal to us to become more aware.  Let’s say, for example, that somebody call us “stupid.”  Our natural response is one of anger.  We can use the energy of that anger consciously: “What is that person asking me to become more aware of?” If we ask ourselves the question, we may come to the realization that we were being self-centered; we were being uncaring; we were failing to acknowledge them; and we were not being conscious and aware of what was going on in the relationship.

If we constantly follow this procedure, we will come to the awareness that everyone in our life is acting as a mirror.  They are really reflecting back to us what we have failed to acknowledge within ourselves.  They are forcing us to look at what needs to be addressed.  What aspect of our smaller self needs to be relinquished? This means that we have to constantly let go of pride in order to undo anger, so that we can be grateful for the continual opportunities of growth with which we are presented in the course of every day experience.

Letting Go, Ch. 8, pg. 127-128

Divine Grace determines all Creation in all its expressions and aspects.  We say that the unmanifest comes into expression as manifestation by ordinance of Divine will.  This is made possible and activated by the Presence, whose quality is to potentiate the evolution of possibility into actuality.  We could say, for instance, that a seed is dormant and inactive, but in the Divine Presence, it begins to grow.  The potential patterns for the emergence of materiality reside within the invisible domain as energy patterns.  The quality of ‘realness’ is only the radiance of the Self, which imbues the quality we call realness.  The ordinary mind attributes this quality of realness to any material and imagines that the realness emanates from the material itself.  The only thing that is real is the Self which, by nature of its divinity, radiates forth the qualities of life, reality, and existence.  Life is either present or not.

By Dr. Hawkins, The Eye of the I, hardcover, ch.11, pg. 172

Humor is an expression of freedom and joyfulness, and laughter is biologically healing …. Faith, love, and joy are the high road; doom and gloom merely lead to sadness and despondency.  Self-hatred blinds awareness of the Self as a reflection of Divine Creation.

That which I am is Allness.  To realize that one already is and always has been All That Is leaves nothing to be added.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 116 and pg. 177 top

When we put pressure on other people in order to get what we want, they automatically resist, because we are trying to pressure them.  The harder we push, the harder they resist.  Even though, out of fear, they may actually concede to our demands, there is not an inner acceptance and, later on, we will lose what we have gained.  This resistance is in all of us.  We can be aware of it as it operates unconsciously, and we evade that awareness by making excuses and plausible explanations.

…One way around it is to take the view that our responsibility is to make an effort, but not try to determine the result.  Another way is to surrender the feelings we have about what we want from the other person, and let go of the pressures we are putting on them in the form of expectation and desire.  They, then have the psychic space to become agreeable or even to initiate the desired result on their own, the result we had wished for in the first place.

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, Ch. 18, pg. 274

Realization is not a “gain” or an accomplishment, nor is it something that is “given” as a reward for being good – these are all notions from childhood.  God is immutable and cannot be manipulated into granting favors, or seduced by bargaining or adulation.  Worship benefits the worshipper by reinforcing commitment and inspiration.  God is still, silent, and unmoving.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 90

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.

The Eye of the I hardcover, ch. 20, pg. 299

It is both a large subject and yet a very simple one.  The simplest practices are the best and can be continuous throughout the day’s activities.  Formally, if we sit still, close our eyes and stay aware of the breathing, we can look at the patterns that appear to our vision behind closed eyelids.  One simply observes the procession of the mind’s activities without interference or comment.  From there, one then moves on and focuses attention to what it is that is watching this procession.  Identifying the watcher then leads into the witness, which in turn leads to the awareness of the experiencer that these are qualities of consciousness.  One is aware of the witnessing, experiencing, and watching and that these are happening by themselves.  These are impersonal qualities of consciousness. They happen automatically.  There is actually no personal entity that is ‘doing’ the watching, witnessing. or observing.  It is also important to notice that this impersonal quality is unaffected by the content of that which is observed.  The real, transcendent ‘I’ even witnesses sleep.

The Eye of the ‘I’ hardcover, ch. 17, pg.245-246

Every loving or compassionate thought outweighs many thousands of negative thoughts held by others.  We change the world not by what we say or do but as a consequence of what we have become.  Thus, every spiritual aspirant serves the world.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 81

Being a social reformer is an entirely different career from that of seeking enlightenment.  It is well to remember that spiritual advancement influences everyone else from within, whereas force tries to change the external only.  Surrendering a personal grievance or grudge is more rewarding for all society than marching up and down with provocative signs and slogans.  To the spiritually advanced persons, whether other people agree with them or not is immaterial as they no longer need to look outside themselves for validation or agreement.

The Eye of the I: From Which Nothing is Hidden, hardcover,  ch. 13, pg. 198

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.

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

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.

The Eye of the I, Ch. 9, Advanced Awareness, pg. 195-196

 

One’s Commitment should be to God and Truth only.  Teachers are to be respected, but devotion should be restricted to only the Truth. As Buddha said, “Put no head above your own” meaning that one’s only true guru is the Self (the Buddha nature). The Self of the teacher and one’s own Self are one and the same. The teacher becomes a source of inspiration and information. It is the inspiration that supports the quest.

Does spiritual commitment mean one has to give up the world? No, of course not. It means merely that worldly life needs to be recontextualized, restructured, and envisioned differently. It is not the world that is a trap, but one’s attachment to it, along with one’s observations that cloud the search for Truth.  Some attractions themselves are merely time wasters, while others are serious traps with grim consequences in which the unaware become immersed.  On the other hand, it is sometimes only as the result of the sheer agony of one’s having gone astray that hitting bottom, letting go, and accepting better choices occurs.  Therefore, one can never say it is wrong for anyone to follow any particular pathway for it may be the very means of their ultimate salvation, as painful as it may be.  We can say with certainty that anything that fails to make one go strong with the muscle-test method is not a direction that a committed spiritual seeker of enlightenment wants to follow.

The Eye of the “I”, ch. 8, pg.162

Q: What do you think is the most frequent cause for our resistance to surrender?

A: We think that somehow, if we hang on to that feeling, it is going to get us what we want.  If we get stuck in a feeling, it is useful to look at the question of what we think we have accomplished by hanging on to it.  We will almost always find that we have a fantasy that it will have some effect on some other person and change their behavior or attitudes toward us.  If we let go of that, we become willing to let go of the feeling.

Letting Go: The Pathway to Surrender, Ch. 21, pg. 328

In looking at this from the viewpoint of Truth, we can see there is no such thing as “just ego.”  It would mean that there is some place where God is not.  All positions represent ego, and the ego is then superimposed on that which is not ego.  There has to be something larger, which is consciousness itself.  To safely do spiritual work and avoid crises, it is necessary to reaffirm, look within, and discover one’s own innocence.  It really is not safe to do spiritual work unless one has a glimpse of that innate naive innocence and keeps one eye on it at all times, because that innocence is the gateway back to the Truth so one does not get lost in the swamp.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 47

The Real truth is that, as we go within and discard one illusion after another, one falsehood after another, one negative program after another, it gets lighter and lighter.  Life becomes progressively more effortless.

Every great teacher since the beginning of time has said to look within and find the truth, for the truth of what we really are will set us free.  If what is to be found within ourselves were something to feel guilty about, something that is rotten, evil and negative, then all the world’s great teachers would not advise us to look there.  On the contrary, they would tell us to avoid it at all costs.

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, ch. 5, pg. 104

Love is the Ultimate Law of the Universe.” This statement calibrates at 750.  Love God with all thy heart, all thy soul and all thy mind.  You become that love and then everything happens appropriately, automatically due to what you are.  Love thy neighbor as thy self.  It is like, “How may I be of help to you, how may I comfort you, may I loan you some money when you are broke, may I help you find a job, how may I console you when you have suffered a major loss in your family.” Lovingness is a way of being in the world, and that way you light up the world.

from Book of Slides, Clarification of Slide 282, pg. 575, (slightly edited from the original source, Sept 2011 lecture)

 

Q: Spiritual Work sometimes appears to involve anticipation of loss.

A:  Loss is a presumption based on the eg0’s perceptions and projected values. In general, the ego’s loss is illusory and instead constitutes a gain to the Self. All ego positions represent vulnerability.  Their surrender results in greater inner security and pleasure in life.  Eventually, one analogously feels ‘bullet-proof’ and independent of external circumstances.  Even the survival of the body itself eventually becomes irrelevant for its transitoriness is accepted.

Q: But is not survival itself due to the ego’s motives and mechanisms?

A: That is also an illusion.  Survival is a consequence of the Self, not the self.  It is only because of the Self that the ego is of service for a prescribed period of earthly time.  When the ego/mind is silenced, life goes on autonomously, paradoxically even seeing effort as effortless.  All comes about as a consequence of potentiality’s emerging as actuality when conditions permit.  Intention is such a condition.  Eventually, even intention subsides as the will is surrendered to God.

Discovery of the Presence of God, Ch. 13, pg. 223-224

All avenues of questioning lead to the same ultimate answer.  The discovery that nothing is hidden and Truth stands everywhere revealed is the key to enlightenment about the simplest practical affairs and the destiny of mankind.  In the process of examining our everyday lives, we can find that all our fears have been based on falsehood.  The displacement of the false by the true is the essence of the healing of all things visible and invisible.  And always, a final question will eventually arise for every questioner – the biggest question of all: “Who am I?”

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 136

 

Paradoxically, benefit is derived by the self-interest of the ego when it begins to realize that there is a great advantage to unselfishness.   When it learns of the benefit of letting go of egocentric goals, the ego itself then becomes the springboard to spiritual inquiry and the means to its own transcendence, realizing that humility is strength and not weakness, and that it is wisdom and not ignorance.  The willingness to “forgive and forget” calibrates at 450 (reason/logic).  The willingness to “forgive and surrender to God” calibrates at 540 (unconditional love).

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 42

Because pride is sometimes seen as a motivator of achievement, what would be its higher level substitute? One answer would be joy.  What is wrong with joy as the reward for successful achievement, rather than pride? Pride carries with it the desire for recognition from others and, consequently, there is a vulnerability to anger and disappointment if it is not forthcoming at some point.  If we achieve a certain goal for the pleasure, enjoyment, love of accomplishment, and the inner joy that it brings to us, we are invulnerable to the reaction of others.

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, pg. 144

The small self is dissolved by the Self.  The healing attitude of the Self to the self is compassion; it is through forgiveness that one is forgiven.  This willingness to surrender, arising out of the Grace of God, permits the power of God expressed as the Holy Spirit to recontextualize understanding–and, by this device, to undo the reign of perception and its attendant duality, which is the source of all suffering.  The dissolution of duality is the ultimate gift of God, for it dissolves the very source and capacity for suffering.  In nonduality, suffering is not possible.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 110

 

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.

Once thoughts, like objects, are depersonalized, they become devalued and lose their attraction.  Thoughts and feelings arise from desire, and the mind desires what it values.

To clear the mind, merely note that nothing at all is of special or unique “value” or “worth” except by invested, superimposed, and projected belief.  Therefore, withdraw value, worth, importance, and interest.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 65

The love of God by worship, devotion, commitment, declaration, or selfless service is the catalyst and the formal invitation for the Intercession of Divinity via the power of the nonlinear field of consciousness itself, which is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent.  By surrender of all resistances, this powerful nonlinear field becomes progressively dominant and eventually an all-encompassing Presence.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 59

The Radiance of God is the light of awareness that reveals the Divinity of all that exists.  In the stillness of the Infinite Presence, the mind is silent, as there is nothing that can be said; all speaks of itself with completeness and exactitude.  With this realization, one transcends the final duality of existence versus nonexistence because only existence is possible.  The opposite of Truth does not exist, since Reality excludes nonreality.  In this realization resides the Peace of God.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 106

It is simple to observe that although there is a “talking mind” going on at the same time, there also a silent awareness that is more global and unfocused and operates automatically.  Contemplation or meditation that focuses attention on context rather than content facilitates moving one’s identity from the transient and volitional (thereby becoming personal) to the unchanging quality of awareness itself. This leads to the discovery that one is the field and not the specifics of the content.  This jump is a level of the Buddhist state of satori.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 71-72

To transcend the linear to the nonlinear is the way of the mystic – the pathway of nonduality –- to realize the inner light of consciousness itself, the True Immortal Self.  Everyone trusts the inner sense of reality or capacity to “know” that underlies all experiencing and witnessing, no matter what the content.  The content of mind thinks, but only the nonlinear field “knows,” or how else would it be possible to know what is being thought?

Because everyone actually lives in the experiential at every moment, the Source of the capacity to know or experience is close at hand and is itself pristine. All human beings experience that they are continuously “experiencing,” no matter what the ever-changing content might be.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 111

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.  The Self is the source of life and the subjective awareness of existence…. It is beyond all dualities; there is no duality between the Self and existence.  The Unmanifest and Manifest are one and the same.  Consciousness may include content, or it may not.  By analogy, space is not dependent on the presence of planets or universes, yet it includes all of them.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 134

Letting go greatly facilitates the power of affirmations.  An affirmation is a positive statement.  Its power is limited by the fact that, either consciously or unconsciously, we have multiple negative programs that are saying the very opposite thing to the affirmation.  You can discover this for yourself by noticing that, as you write affirmations, your mind comes up with, “Yeah, but…”  It is these “Yeah, buts…” that limit the power of the affirmation and reduce its effectiveness.  If you surrender the obstacles to the affirmation, you will notice a rapid increase in their effectiveness.

The Ego is Not the Real You, Part II, pg. 51-52

All things are in a state of silent rejoicing that their consciousness is an experience of Divinity.  Unique to all things is a still, ever-present gratitude that they have been granted the gift of experiencing the presence of God. This gratitude is the form in which worship is expressed. All that is created and has existence shares in reflecting the glory of God.

The Ego is Not the Real You, Pg 83

There is nothing more wonderful than arriving back home again at one’s Source.  The illusion is that one struggles with spiritual growth by one’s own effort; in fact, we are pulled into greater awareness by the Will of God expressed as the Holy Spirit, and all that is necessary is to allow it to happen by surrendering completely. For truly, only God is God.

 The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 106

 

The infinite presence of all things is beyond all time and space, forever complete, perfect, and whole.  All points of observation disappear, and there is the omnipresence of that which Knows All by the fact that it is All.  As Reality stands forth in its stunning self-evidence and infinite peace, it appears that the block to Realization was the mind itself, which is not different from the ego – they are one and the same.

The Ego is Not the Real You, part III, pg. 101

If the goal of life is to do the very best one can do at each unfolding moment of existence, then through spiritual work, one has already escaped the primary cause of suffering.  In the stop-frame of the radical present, there is no life story to react to or edit.  With this “one-pointedness” of mind, it soon becomes obvious that everything merely “is as it is,” without comment or adjectives.

The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 66

 

Like the Sun, the inner Self is always shining but because of negative clouds, we do not experience it.  It is not necessary to program oneself with the truth; it is only necessary to remove that which is false.  The removal of the clouds from the sky to illuminate the negative allows one to experience the energy fields of that which is positive.  It is only the removal of the negative that is necessary—the willingness to let go of the habits of negative thinking.  The removal of the obstacles to the experiencing of this will result in an increasing sense of aliveness and a joy of one’s own existence.

The Ego is Not the Real You, part II, pg. 57

In the Presence of God, all suffering ceases.  One has returned to one’s Source, which is not different from one’s own Self.  It is as though one had forgotten, or is now awakened from, a dream.  All fears are revealed to be groundless; all worries are foolish imaginings.  There is no future to fear, nor past to regret.  There is no errant ego/self to admonish or correct.  There is nothing that needs changing or improving.  There is nothing about which to feel ashamed or guilty.  There is no “other” from which one can be separated.  No loss is possible.  Nothing needs to be done, no effort is required, and one is free from the endless tug of desire and want.

The Ego is Not the Real Self, Part III, Pg. 98

Even the simplest action, such as peeling a potato, can be accompanied by resentment or by devotion to life out of joy, knowing that one is supporting life through life.  In gratitude for the gift of life, one dedicates that life back as a gift to God through selfless service to His creation as all of life.  With this dedication, one validates the sacredness of all life and treats it with respect.

The Ego is Not the Real You, Part III, pg. 114

What does it mean, “to become more conscious”? To begin with, becoming more conscious means to start looking for the truth for ourselves, instead of blindly allowing ourselves to be programmed, whether from without or by an inner voice within the mind, which seeks to diminish and invalidate, focusing on all that is weak and helpless.  To get out of it, we have to accept the responsibility that we bought into the negativity and have been willing to believe it.  The way out of this, then, is to start questioning everything.

There are many models of the mind.  One of the most recent has been that of the computer.  We can look at the mind’s concepts, thoughts, and belief systems as programs.  Because they are programs, they can be questioned, cancelled, and reversed; positive programs can replace  negative ones if we so choose.

Letting Go: The Pathway of Surrender, Ch. 4, pg. 55

The mind will get critical and try to save face by ridiculing a higher state.  This is a golden opportunity because this is the very attitude that prevents a person from reaching that higher state of life. The very process of reading this material is invaluable, for it will reveal precisely what the blocks are and exactly why these goals are impossible at the present time.  As resistances, criticisms, and disparagements come up, we can begin surrendering them and letting them go right now in the process of reading about them.  It is a great opportunity to identify the inner blocks to fulfillment.  As Pogo said, “we have identified the enemy, and it is us.”

The Ego is Not the Real You, Part II, page, 54

The spontaneity of life is an expression of essences interacting effortlessly.  The miracle of Creation is continuous, and all life shares in the Divinity of its Source, for nothing comes into existence except by Divine ordinance.  Once the sacredness of life is revealed, there follows the knowingness of what is meant by the phrase, “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!”

The Ego is Not the Real You, Part III, pg. 92

Be resolute on the level of absolutely no reservation.  Avoid the lure of the astral realms.  Beware of the wolves in sheep’s clothing, for they are attracted to the devotee who is making significant progress.  Do not accept anyone into your life who does not pass the calibratable level of Truth.  Keep your spiritual goal ever in awareness, no matter what the activity.  Dedicate all endeavors to God.  Remember the true nature of God and avoid any teachings that state otherwise.

The Ego is Not the Real You, Part III, pg. 124

In Reality, everything is spontaneously manifesting the inherent destiny of its essence; it doesn’t need any external help to do this.  With humility, one can relinquish the ego’s self-appointed role as savior of the world and surrender it straight to God.  The world that the ego pictures is a projection of its own illusions and arbitrary positionalities.  No such world exists.

The Ego is Not the Real You, Part II, Surrendering the Self, pg. 73-74

The basic dictum to comprehend is that the body obeys the mind; therefore, the body tends to manifest what the mind believes. The belief may be held consciously or unconsciously.  This dictum follows from the law of consciousness that states:  We are only subject to what we hold in mind. The only power or energy that anything has over us is the power of belief that we give it. By “power,” we mean energy and the will to believe.

From Letting Go, The Pathway of Surrender, Chapter 15, Relationship Between Mind and Body, The Influence of Mind, pg. 212

 

 

All the truth that is necessary to know has already been spoken by actual beings on this planet.  All Great Teachers proclaim the same truth, for there is none other.  The Radiance of the Self within beckons one on and provides spiritual inspiration and strength.  The Presence of God within is the source of one’s existence; therefore, to seek one’s source is in accord with God’s Will.

From The Ego is Not the Real You, Part II, pg. 75

In the surrendered state, we are independent of the outer world as a source of satisfaction because the source of happiness has been found within us.

From Letting Go The Pathway of Surrender, pg. 253

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 recontextualized 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

The desire to search for God or enlightenment is already evidence of having been spiritually inspired.  As the ego vacates, the Radiance of the Self uplifts and inspires.  Henceforth, it is not possible to be alone.  At the critical moment, spiritual commitment and dedication bring forth the unseen help of the Great Beings who are no longer in physical bodies – yet their energy stands at the great doorway of the final moment when one is sustained by the Holy Spirit and the wisdom of the teachers of Truth.

From The Ego is Not the Real You, pg. 124

Revelation is a revealed knowingness.
… Ultimately, everything is only knowable by virtue of the identity of ‘being it’. The conundrums of epistemology can be solved only by the elimination of thought because all languaging is a paradox.
 
… The ego (as the illusory self) propagates itself so that it can continue to be the ‘me’. One of its techniques is to try to ‘learn about’ or ‘understand’ things. Realize that if you are something, there is nothing to understand about it. Reality is the ultimate in simplicity.
 
Man thinks but thinking is a two edged sword….Truth is the radical simplicity and obviousness of God. It is unity. The word ‘unity’ signifies the completeness of the Self-Identity of existence. All is complete by virtue of being itself. No descriptions or nominal designations are required, they are all distractions. Even to just witness requires no thought. There is no necessity to mentalize Reality, it does not enhance what is but instead detracts from it..
 
… Enlightenment is the ultimate aesthetic awareness for it allows the beauty of creation to shine forth with stunning clarity.”
 

In contrast to the ego’s perception of God, the Absolute Reality of the Self is the manifestation of God as the very core of one’s existence.  The love of the Presence is ultrapersonal and experienced as infinite peace, infinite security, and the safety of foreverness so that there is no imaginary “end” to fear.  The God of the Presence imbues the joy of completion. Love is not a “quality” of God but is God’s very essence.

From The Ego is not the Real You, Part III, pg. 88

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.

Spiritual practice in ordinary life in many ways is actually the most favorable and beneficial approach … It is a common observation that it is one thing to be pure and holy in an isolated, safe place, but another to remain committed in the world of endless temptations and confrontations.

Whereas the goal of the ego/mind is primarily to do, act, acquire, or perform, the intention of contemplation is to “become.” While the intellect wants to know “about,” contemplation seeks Knowingness itself and autonomous wisdom.  Rational thinking is time related, sequential, and linear, whereas contemplation occurs outside of sequential time.  It is nonlinear and related to comprehension of essence.  Devotional contemplation is a way or style of being in the world whereby one’s life becomes a prayer.

From  The Ego is Not the Real You, Part I, pg. 22

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.

From The Ego is Not the Real You pg. 87

The critical key to moving into the strength of courage is the acceptance of personal responsibility and accountability. This major move requires relinquishment of a victim/perpetrator dualistic fallacy that socially undermines integrity via blame and excuses based on dualistic, moral, and social relativistic fallacies and theories by which an external ‘cause’ or social condition replaces integrous personal autonomy and self-honesty. Thus, courage also includes rising above identification with the rationalizations that characterize social belief systems… that calibrate based on presumptions of blame and excuses. Even if there is or has been an external ‘cause’, it still behooves the individual to rise above it. Society is rife with well-publicized examples of such invocation of courage, even in the face of severe calamities… Courage does not mean absence of fear but the willingness to surmount it, which, when accomplished, reveals hidden strength and the capacity for fortitude. Fear of failure is diminished by realizing that one is responsible for the intention and effort but not the result, which is dependent on many other conditions and factors that are nonpersonal. 

Strong intention plus dedication assisted by inspiration surprisingly can bring success despite prior failures. This reveals the inner capacity for bravery and fortitude that greatly increases self-esteem and confidence. Many of life’s travails can only be traversed by ‘white-knuckling it’, which builds self-confidence.

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness p.188-190

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

The true validation of spiritual truth is subjective, experiential, progressive.  It often takes the form of spontaneous discovery, subtle revelation, and emergence of a new, more expanded awareness.  This is consequent to the transition from identification with content to that of context.  A subtle satisfaction accompanies inner growth that is affirmative as a knowingness consequent to surrender, which invites Divine Grace.  These are recognized to be gifts rather than acquisitions or consequences of one’s personal efforts.  One experiences that gains have not been acquired but have been granted; thus, gratitude replaces spiritual pride or the vanity of spiritual ego that seeks to claim credit.

From Reality, Spirituality, and Modern Man (HC), Ch. 10, pg. 195

Within the hidden substrate of social dialogue is Yin/Yang polarization by unconscious gender-archetypical paradigms of the male and female principles. Meritocracy is a male principle by which performance is rewarded, as it has been earned through endeavor and self-discipline plus hard work and pragmatic application. This represents the structure of capitalism (Smith’s Wealth of Nations, cal. 440), free enterprise, and personal responsibility. Thus, rewards have to be earned by effort that produces results. This is the archetypal pattern of patriarchy.
In contrast to the above is the archetypal feminine/matriarchal principle by which all children are treated equal by virtue of their very existence. Thus, the maternal principle implies obligation to provide for the needs of all, irrespective of performance. From the maternal principle, needs can then be escalated and conceptualized as basic rights to be supplied with the necessities of survival.
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.
 

All the great spiritual teachers throughout history were mystics, and the source of their awareness of spiritual truth was the result of Enlightenment and the transformational Realization of the Reality of Divinity as the subjective knowingness that ensues from advanced consciousness by virtue of being at One with the Known.  Thus, the Avatar does not speak from knowing “about” but from the actual Presence within, which radiates forth and constitutes the Essence of that which replaces the mind as the source of understanding and Knowingness (the classic Purusha).  The process whereby this transformation occurs has been described in the history of each saint, sage, and divine teacher and is often included in the scripture itself.

…The source of the highest spiritual truth is non-mental, and the intellect has difficulty comprehending this critical fact because the mind is intrinsically dualistic and limited, expecting a “this” to come from a “that.” In the advanced spiritual Reality, duality dissolves because the “this” is the “that.” The seeker and the Sought become One with the transcendence of the limitation of duality, i.e., Realization of the Self, Illumination, and Enlightenment, i.e., “The Kingdom of God is within you.”

From Truth vs Falsehood (HC), Ch. 17, pg. 365-366

… awareness allows for the development of the ‘non action of action’, which is possible by relinquishment of trying to control results. The only thing one can actually ‘do’ is to ‘be’ one’s potential to the fullest. … The ‘non-action’ of action does not move from imperfection to perfection, or from incomplete to complete, but instead from complete to complete and from perfection to perfection.

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

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 is 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.   
 

Calm reflection and introspection allow information to become integrated, correlated, and recontextualized.  Thus, a contemplative state is more relaxed, open, spontaneous, and intuitive than goal-directed activities.  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.

From Reality, Spirituality, and Modern Man, Ch. 15, pg. 291-292

… it is advisable to sit quietly and make an inner decision to let go resisting higher levels of functioning. This means to make a decision to stop denying the higher levels to yourself, and to make a decision to let go all blocks to happiness, success, health, and acceptance, love and peace. By doing this, the deed is already done, for you have set the whole experience into a context that will automatically unfold.

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. … All thinking, from a spiritual viewpoint, is merely vanity, illusion… The less one thinks, the more delightful life becomes. Thinkingness eventually becomes replaced by knowingness.

From  Discovery of the Presence of God: Devotional Nonduality, p. 88-89.

Surrender your addiction to experience. Surrender your desire and craving to experience experience. That’s the fastest way to enlightenment.

You feel the energy of experiencing coming up, and you nip it in the bud. You reach a point where you’re no longer experiencing experience. That is the state of bliss.

Let go of your identification and your attachments to the linear domain. You will then come into the presence of the Buddha nature.

You are not at the effect of anything ‘out there’. You’re doing a solo dance within yourself—for what you can juice out of it.

If you do nothing but lay back, then the grace of God reveals all to you—effortlessly. There is nothing to seek, nothing to gain, nothing to get, and nothing to experience.

Paraphrased from God vs. Science: Limits of the Mind DVD

Q: What sacrifice is required?

A: The major step is the realization that there is a source of joy and happiness that is outside and beyond the ego.  Then arise curiosity and an interest in how to reach spiritual goals.  Belief arises that is then bolstered by faith and eventually by experience.  Next follows acquisition of instruction, information, and the practice of what has been learned.  By invitation, the spiritual energy increases, followed by dedication and the willingness to surrender all obstacles.  Even the decision to turn one’s life over to God brings joy and gives life a whole new meaning.  It becomes uplifting, and the greater context gives life more significance and reward.  One eventually becomes unwilling to support negativity, within or without.  This is not because it is wrong but merely futile.  Although the journey to God begins with failure and doubt, it progresses into certainty.  The way is really quite simple.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, Ch. 18, pg.421-422

By consciousness level 500, Love is dominant as a persistent positive emotion and an influence in society, as well as a contributor to the elevation of the overall collective consciousness of mankind.  To continue to advance requires surrendering the limitations of conditional love to unconditionality.  This necessitates surrendering love as a positive attachment so that it can become an overall contextualization and potentiality to align life as a way of being in the world rather than as an exclusive emotion between separates.  As a result, love becomes not a quantitative emotion but an expression of essence whereby loving becomes lovingness and, by identification, eventually becomes what one ‘is’.  Love as a mode of existence requires no ‘others’ as objects for fulfillment or expression.  It is an independent quality with no subject, object, verb, or adjective and thus is nonlinear and unlimited.

From Transcending the Levels of Consciousness, Ch. 14, pg. 253

Q: How do I know if I’m going in the right direction?

A: Direction is a linear concept.  What you probably mean is whether the pathway you are following is suitable and valid.  This is an important question to ask and reflects a humility in the acknowledgement of the ego/mind’s incapacity to tell truth from falsehood.  One can verify the level of consciousness of any teaching or teacher, past or present.  One can also cross- check with the muscle test to determine if this is a suitable pathway at this time for oneself.

From I: Reality and Subjectivity, Ch. 1, pg. 45

Mankind’s collective spiritual inheritance (karma) and destiny were also enunciated in the Book of Genesis as a result of the lapse from the primordial, nonlinear, heavenly paradise (the Garden of Eden) to the descent into proclivity for falsity consequent to falling into the consciousness realm of duality and the linear domain (the dichotomy of good and evil).

Q: Where is that reality of eternal truth to be found?

A: Begin by accepting the very important statement that all truth is subjective.  Do not waste lifetimes looking for an objective truth because no such thing exists.  Even if it did, it could not be found except by the purely subjective experience of it.  All knowledge and wisdom are subjective.  Nothing can be said to exist unless it is subjectively experienced.  Even a supposedly purely objective material world, if it existed, could be said to exist only because of one’s subjective sensory experience of it.  Even the most rabid materialist is stuck with the fact that in the end, it is only their own subjective awareness that gives it the authority of believability.

From The Eye of the “I”, Ch. 12, pg. 233

Each person perceives, experiences, and interprets the world and its events in accord with their own predominant level of consciousness. … each level tends to be self-reinforcing … this process results in what is best described as ‘paradigm allegiance’ or the presumption that one’s own personal perceived/experienced world represents ‘reality’ (Protagorars’s error as pointed out by Plato). 
 
… For comfort and mental reinforcement, people seek for agreement and thus tend to congregate with others who share the same paradigm or worldview…
Paradigm thus predetermines the range of possible experiences or discoveries and is a factor about which the ordinary consciousness is unaware.
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.
Spiritual evolution is supported by education and information up to the point where the intellect is no longer a primary tool as it is in ordinary learning. The spiritual ‘work’ then transitions from the mental/intellectual/conceptual linear to the nonlinear region of human consciousness that relates more to context than to content and form or data. This major shift entails reliance on different qualities, such as faith, intention, devotion, volition, and will. Character traits are called into action, and attitudes are of greater practical use than specific ideas.
 
Whereas ordinary information is ‘acquired’ by effort, in spiritual endeavor the emphasis is on relinquishing, letting go, and surrendering.
 
… the core of spiritual work is aligned with undoing of and the unloading of the mind rather than its enrichment. To seek Enlightenment is major decision. The decision itself is akin to a ‘Yin” posture.  While the ordinary ego is programmed to ‘getting’, spiritual intention now shifts to ‘allowing’… The actual process is innately simple yet challenging of accomplishment by virtue of the innate structure of the ego/mind…
 
… Its actual practice is not so much a matter of ‘doing’ but a way of ‘being’ or aligning with the subjective awareness of life.
 
… Whereas the consciousness level of the witness/observer increases awareness, the ego watches with the expectation of ‘doing’ or ‘getting’ something.
 
… The field is independent of content.”
 
– Dr. David R. Hawkins, Discovery of the Presence of God p. 61-67
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 ‘willpower’, which means emotional force with clenched teeth of exertion and increased emotionality. The ego-driven will takes energy and is taxing. It could actually be understood as a form of aggression. In contrast, invoking the Spiritual Will is like opening floodgates and then standing back. The ego/will contextualizes events in terms of cause and effect in which the personal self-will claims credit or blame because it sees itself as a causal agent. In contrast, the Spiritual Will is not personal but is a quality of consciousness that changes context by surrender to an invitation to the power of the Self.

The Spiritual Will, 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. 64-66

Q: Is there not a difference between an objective and a subjective reality?

A: All reality is subjective.  Every other position is an illusion based on duality.  The subjective and objective are one and the same, just different descriptions from different points of perception, duration, description, form, or measurement.  All such attributes are those of perception itself, which is, by its very nature, transitory, arbitrary, limited, illusory, and dualistic.

From The Eye of the I, Ch. 12, pg. 233-234

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.