Loving Oneness Now
Raj Excerpt -- Course Study with Raj/Jesus -- 2003-01-09
If you ask me [Jesus] if your choice is in accord with mine, and after having asked and experienced the answer and the meaning that accompanied it you are sure that it is in accord with mine, there will be no fear. There simply will be no fear. Because the fear wasn't occasioned by something fearful. It was occasioned by being unjoined, being alone. You see?
The answer always lies in breaking the isolation. The answer to what? The problems, the distresses that you experience as a result of choosing to be alone, isolated, and separate. Join with Me. Join with your Guides. Join with the Father. "Join" is the key word. You do not have to do all of this on your own by yourself. You are not isolated entities that are the product of a sperm and an egg and a physical universe, with a mind that's in your brain. Join, reach out, ask, inquire, be curious, and let in the response. And your fear, and your confusion, and your distresses, and your anxieties, will be nonexistent in the communion. (C-030109/R-219) through (C-030109/R-220)
Raj Excerpt -- Course Study with Raj/Jesus -- 2003-01-09
One of the key lessons in the Workbook is, "Today I will make no decisions by myself." Whew! Well, that's what I'm talking about. Break the isolation. Stop valuing the independence. Prefer to find out what the Experience of Unity is, what the Experience of Family is, what the Experience of Communion with All of Creation is like. And be curious constantly, as often as you can, without bringing your imaginations into play.
Doing this is not going to take you away. You will not suddenly be lifted out of the world, separated from loved ones, separated from the beauty that you do see around you. What will happen is that everything that has nothing to do with What Is Real around you, will vanish, so that everything that is around you will be experienced in its full Meaningfulness, full Divine Meaning. Everything you are experiencing right now will be infinitely enhanced. And so, the only thing it's going to cost you are your illusions. (C-030109/R-223) through (C-030109/R-224)
Raj Excerpt -- Course Study with Raj/Jesus -- 2003-08-31
So there's only one problem you have. And that problem is having chosen to imaginatively create in your mind a space in which you could conceive of yourself as being independent and autonomous from the Mind of God, which is the only Mind you have, and then you bind yourself to that by the way you interact with each other. So now you could say we have two steps involved in coming Home. One is to abandon your attempts to be autonomous and independent so that you might join with the Father once again or with me [Jesus] or with the Holy Spirit in Inner Communion so that you might be infilled with perspective not embraced by the [ego's] definitions you've given to everything. And the second part of it is that you must stop using each other to confirm your autonomy. (C-030831/R-77)
Raj Excerpt -- Book: Graduation (1991)
This communication is not interdimensional. These communications have always been a demonstration of Unity Consciousness. To come back into your right Mind, is to "regain Consciousness." And we will say Consciousness with a capital "C," not a dream state.
I want you to notice, Paul, that as we talk about "regaining Consciousness," which is what Graduation is about, and as it has begun to sink in that this is what it is about, you have found yourself getting sleepy. Not truly sleepy from exhaustion, but heavy-lidded, dopey, and irresistibly drawn into sleep. That is why I have said to converse with me with your eyes open.
You see, it is an interesting phenomenon in that if you allow yourself to be aware of your presence Here at Home with me, you are experiencing what you might call a great state of unconsciousness. In other words, it is as though your only sense or experience of being Here is one of Hearing me, which then truly implies that there is more for you to be aware of that is not registering with you. To be unconscious of it is not experienced as desirable. It does constitute a limitation which does not set well with you. Indeed, from this standpoint, it is easier for you, as I said the other day, to look. In other words, "want to see."
On the other hand, if you conceive yourself to not be Here with me, but rather in the three-dimensional frame of reference, listening to me over some great distance, some infinite line of communication, it seems as though you are fully conscious. And that in order to make this shift, you must become unconscious--unconscious of whatever the illusion is. And so, in order to avoid the loss, you withdraw from me--or shall I say, the sidekick, Bumbling Paul, withdraws from me--by becoming sleepy, and becoming even more unconscious. But this is a means of avoiding the loss.
Can you see how consistent it is with the limited frame of reference, that one would protect it, substantiate it, by literally becoming even more unconscious. It is almost irresistible. From one standpoint, the Fourth-dimensional standpoint, unconsciousness is something to be relieved of. Whereas, from the standpoint of the three-dimensional-only frame of reference, it is unconsciousness which is desirable, advantageous, and worthy of an investment of trust.
You have not cooperated with this feeling of the desirability of sleep. You have conscientiously chosen to remain awake by moving around, by keeping your eyes open, and by checking in with me rather frequently. This is excellent. But, as I have said, I want you to understand this perspective that I have shared with you.
The reason this drowsiness, this sleepiness, is occurring is because, as I said, there actually is a movement, a shift occurring called "regaining Consciousness." This is not in your control. It is happening because it is inevitable. It is happening because it is natural to you to be Awake--to be in your right Mind. Therefore, I am saying, be prepared for some surprises. Be prepared for that which you are not expecting, because this movement is happening.
The experiences of today were unexpected. The experience yesterday of feeling light-headed, of feeling like you were coming apart at the seams, but not in collapse--rather, in upliftment, because protocols were losing their integrity and falling away--was unexpected.
You see, we cannot proceed further--and I mean this is terms of the work--until you are able to find yourself with me. Else you will experience more of the sense of vulnerability and insecurity that you have recently been experiencing, because you have discounted yourself in the process of expressing what I am saying.
This discounting had its place initially, because without it you would not even have heard me. But now your Being, and shall I say the unfoldment of Being, Itself, is moving beyond the threshold that your discounted sense of self can bear. And you must enlarge enough to embrace your Presence, along with mine. Your conscious intent to be present with me, knowing that you are present with me rather than my being present with you, must be consciously experienced. After all, this process isn't for the purpose of uncovering me. It is for the purpose of uncovering You to you as You.
If you continue trying to be a three-dimensional man channeling a Fourth-dimensional energy, you will collapse. This is why I am repetitively expressing the fact that being with me is entirely, for lack of better words, a Fourth-dimensional relationship that doesn't bridge any gap between the Fourth and the third dimension. It is therefore time for you to get to know your Self--something you can only do in communion with me, or in communion with the Holy Spirit, or in communion with the Father. It requires a joining from the Fourth dimension with That which is Fourth-dimensional.
There is no such thing as a joining with something Fourth-dimensional from the third dimension. Therefore, it must become clear to you that since our very first conversation, you and I have been functioning Fourth-dimensionally. That is why I told you that you had crossed over into the Fourth dimension well, even though I did not elaborate. And until now you have had no idea that you have been functioning Fourth-dimensionally, at least to this extent: when we have been working together, either privately or with groups or with individuals.
I can tell you now because nine years of experience are absolutely undeniable, and your ego can do nothing with the information to undermine it, and therefore this expansion can occur.
Now, you must carry this picture with you, this context that you have grasped since we began this series of conversations; that indeed our communication has been communion. It has been occurring entirely in the Fourth dimension. In other words, it has been entirely Fourth-dimensional. And that therefore you have been functioning Fourth-dimensionally without knowing it.
You must begin to choose for this constantly. And you must choose for it in this context of already being Home. Not as an absolute idea, but as an actual experience of nine years' standing. And you must, in the clarity of that context, contrasted with your three-dimensional perception of things, find it easier to release the investment of faith and energy and attraction to ignorance, isolation, and illusion. (B-GRAD/R-243) through (B-GRAD/R-256)
Raj Excerpt -- Book: Graduation (1991)
You are coming Home. You are in "a process" of regaining Consciousness at this very instant. And I encourage you to give ultimate permission--that simply meaning, withholding yourself in no way from the movement. The more distracted you are from the communion, the more distracted you are from "my voice," the more engaged you are in unconsciousness. But, the more you let my voice fill your awareness, and the more you pay attention to the feeling of being free of the distractions of conditioned thinking and definitions, the more present you are Here where I am, Here where we--you and I--Are, and therefore, you are experiencing more of your right Mind.
Indeed, we are all Here with you. Let go of the nagging feeling that you are neglecting something essential. You are, indeed, neglecting illusion, and you are indeed neglecting to energize a sense of separateness. You are indeed neglecting the sense of tininess. You are indeed neglecting body identification--identifying with a body reclining on a bed and accomplishing nothing, physically speaking. You certainly are neglecting those things. But, those things are connected to definitions which substantiate a tiny sense of self, which does constitute a distraction from your being conscious of yourself Here with us as one of us. And so, you are neglecting that which imprisons you. You are neglecting that which renders you unconscious. (B-GRAD/R-570) through (B-GRAD/R-571)
Raj Excerpt -- RAJ NEWSLETTER Volume 2 Number 1--January 1985
RAJ: You certainly are. It is important to understand that the body is the visibility and tangibility of your Individuality.
The expression or Movement, which God is, which moves into expression as Individuality, is not a nebulous expression, nor is it invisible. It is identified and identifiable to Consciousness. In other words, it is visible and tangible to Consciousness.
The visibility and tangibility of MIND occupies what you call three-dimensional space. But the Consciousness, which is thus identified, always remains Fourth-dimensional. You can see from this that the fundamental difference between Fourth-dimensional Consciousness and three-dimensional consciousness is where one places his sense of "I-ness."
The ego says that it exists IN the world, IN the universe, IN the three-dimensional frame of reference as one of many objects or organisms. Fourth-dimensional Conscious Being Knows that It is the Consciousness or Mind IN WHICH all conscious experience takes place, including the conscious experience of form, substance, tangibility, density, weight, etc. All of those are conscious experiences.
All forms are structures of Consciousness. Your body is a structure of Consciousness, or Mind. It therefore deserves your respect and your honor. But, again, it does not exist as the visibility and tangibility of the ego. It exists as the visibility and tangibility of your Individuality. It is therefore an aspect of the direct expression of the Life-Principle and is absolutely, for lack of better words, divine.
As a structure of Consciousness, your body has an intent, as all structures do. Your body's intent is to identify You, your Individuality, perfectly. When you are not functioning from the level of the ego sense, your body, even as you now perceive it, reports back no dysfunction. When you are operating from the level of your ego structures, you are always experiencing anxiety to one degree or another, because anxiety is inherent in the ego frame of reference. (N-0201/R-35) through (N-0201/R-40)
Raj Excerpt -- Book: Graduation (1991)
I will tell you, the great joy, the great fulfillment that comes from being pure Awareness is constituted of the direct experience of Reality, because no interposing activity of the mind comes into play. Pure Awareness is, as you will find, Mind Knowing. Knowing what? Knowing what God is Knowing. And what is God Knowing? Himself/Herself. And what does that Knowing appear to be? Creation; the infinite visibility and tangibility of the Father/Mother, the First Cause, Knowing Himself/Herself. It is everything you are already aware of and infinitely more, experienced from God's perspective. But, that perspective will not be available to you to experience directly and undistortedly until the busy-ness of thinking is released so that the underlying Ground of Being called pure Awareness may be discovered to be the constituting presence of conscious Individuality -- Self.
The experience of this Self is the experience of God's perspective. And thus the word Self no longer connotes separated identity, but infinite conscious Being. The meaning of the infinite conscious experience of Being will not be experienced until you dare to stop thinking all the time!
Now, let us consider the meaning of Awareness, of being Aware. Does it mean studying everything? Hardly. You see, being Aware is not an activity you engage in. It is what is unavoidably occurring when no thinking is going on. It isn't something you do. It is something you Are. Now, you have heard those words before. They are not new. But, you are, if you are willing, at the threshold of experiencing the meaning of those words by virtue of vacating the imaginary position of being a thinker. I will say again, the time for thinkers has come and gone! The time for Conscious Being, the time for being Conscious...ness is upon you.
Raj Excerpt -- Course Study with Raj/Jesus -- 2004-01-18
You know what? At the bottom line the reason you don't let go of it is because you would have to abandon whatever sense of power you presently think you have, whatever authority you presently think you have. And you think that this power and authority that you personally have is the very life-force of your being--the utterly, simply essential element of your identity. And so you are obsessed with your power.
That's why the word "yielding" is such an unappealing word. "Yielding. Ooohhh! You mean let someone else be in charge of me?" No. What I mean by the word "yielding" is abandoning your sense of power, your sense of authority, not so that something else can be in charge of you but so that you might discover that in the absence of your expressing power and authority, you will find that you have the Conscious Experience of Reality, of the Kingdom of Heaven, wherein no one is exercising authority or power because the Movement of Being, the Movement of Creation is already done, is already being done, is already inexorably in Movement and no one has any personal responsibility of being in charge of it. Everyone has the freedom to be in full acknowledgement of the Infinite Perfection and Beauty and Bliss of Creation in which you are benign and invulnerable along with everything else.
And because of this lack of need for power and authority, you can be fully present with the whole Brotherhood. You can be undefendedly present with every aspect of Creation because there will be no fear that it might kill you. You will have no fear that if you are walking in the forest, a tree might fall on you and kill you, because God is indivisible and therefore unconflicted, and therefore Creation is incapable of being at odds with any other part of Creation.
The purpose of letting go of this power that you think is essential to and inseparable from your identity, the reason for abandoning this power is so that you might find that it is completely irrelevant to Reality and that its maintenance constitutes a constant distraction from your capacity to be present with everything without defense. And therefore, that you have the capacity to feel the Meaning of Everything fully as some aspect of the Infinitude of You. (C-040118/R-57) through (C-040118/R-60)
Raj Excerpt -- Ashland, Oregon--1989
Now the moment you can begin to look at these roses and let go of the sense of them being a material form, but rather as a gathering or gelling of energy that expresses the intent of the meaning of the conception of the idea, you will begin to be able to transcend the other aspects of the illusion of matter. We are the Movement that is conceiving this flower.
And when I say "we," I mean you and everyone, whether you are consciously embracing that fact or not. I am not speaking of the elite Awakened ones, "we" every single member of the Brotherhood are the conscious Movement of Creation that God Is. And every idea is absolutely tangible and experiencable to this One Mind [of God and All-That-Is in that Mind] that is the Movement called the manifesting of an intent and meaning. That is enough for right now. (G-1989A/R-114) through (G-1989A/R-115)
Raj Excerpt -- Course Study with Raj/Jesus -- 2003-06-08
Mind spake and Form appeared. That's a brief description of Creation. Or, Mind speaks and Form appears. But understand that this Form is not matter. Mind speaks and recognizes Itself in that Act or Action. And it's all mental. It's all Mind. And the Substance of the Experience is Spirit, not matter.
Now, what I want to bring home at this moment is that nothing that you are experiencing right now is matter. Not the chairs you're sitting on. Not the bodies that are sitting on the chairs. Not the trees. Nothing that you are experiencing is matter. And, therefore, nothing that you are experiencing right now is bound by what you would call the laws of matter or physics.
Form follows Function. Mind spake and Form appeared. Mind spake and Function functioned and was recognizable and identifiable. The Movement of God, of Creation, is Be-ing -- the verb Be-ing. It is Movement. It is Function. If Form follows Function, it serves Function. It renders Function visible and tangible. Not materially tangible, but experienceable. With what? The only thing there is, Mind. And that's what's going on right now for every single one of you. It's the only thing going on, period.
(C-030608/R-54) through (C-030608/R-56)
MISCREATION, CO-CREATION and DECISION
A COURSE IN MIRACLES [ACIM] — LESSON 152 [Annotated by Alexander]
Lesson Title: The power of decision is my own.
INTRODUCTION [by Alexander]
This is one of the most important lessons in the Course. The Lesson unequivocally tells us that we (individually and collectively, as Sons of God Beings) are causing all our human experiences on this planet NOW, a situation that is completely in accord with quantum mechanics and the power of Consciousness to create our physical and non-physical realities. We are manifesting all our internal and external states, both "subjective" and "objective" from the realm of ideas. Is this planet Real? This is where it gets tricky. Suffice it to say here that we human Sons of God are miscreating a fear-based overlay or distortion that we superimpose on God's Perfect Ideas about ourselves, this planet and the Universe, and this should be kept in mind as the Lesson is studied. For example, even the food chain is a distortion of Truth we are causing NOW and it has to go, along with everything else that is founded on fear and anger. Your ego will find every way it can to deny the validity of the content of this Lesson -- simply because for you to Know this Lesson is True would be the ego's own demise, its own disappearance forever. Can you truly say, "Goodbye ego," and be Free?
ACIM WORKBOOK LESSON 152
The power of decision is my own.
No one can suffer loss unless it be his own decision. No one suffers pain except his choice elects this state for him. No one can grieve nor fear nor think him sick unless these are the outcomes that he wants. And no one dies without his own consent. Nothing occurs but represents your wish, and nothing is omitted that you choose. Here is your world, complete in all details. Here is its whole reality for you. And it is only here salvation is.
You may believe that this position is extreme, and too inclusive to be true. Yet can Truth have exceptions? If you have the Gift of everything [that is True], can loss be real? Can pain be part of Peace, or grief of Joy? Can fear and sickness enter in a mind where Love and perfect holiness abide? Truth must be all-inclusive, if it be the truth at all. Accept no opposites and no exceptions, for to do so is to contradict the Truth entirely.
Salvation is the recognition that the Truth is True, and nothing else is True. This you have heard before, but may not yet accept both parts of it. Without the first [the Truth is True], the second [nothing else is True] has no meaning. But without the second, is the first no longer true. Truth cannot have an opposite. This can not be too often said and thought about. For if what is not true is true as well as what is true, then part of truth is false. And truth has lost its meaning. Nothing but the Truth is True, and what is false is false.
This is the simplest of distinctions, yet the most obscure. But not because it is a difficult distinction to perceive. It is concealed behind a vast array of choices that do not appear to be entirely your own. And thus the truth appears to have some aspects that belie consistency, but do not seem to be but contradictions introduced by you.
As God created You [as an eternal Mind-as-Such Beingness], You must remain unchangeable, with transitory states by definition false. And that includes all shifts in feeling, alterations in conditions of the body and the mind; in all awareness and in all response. This is the all-inclusiveness which sets the Truth apart from falsehood, and the false kept separate from the Truth, as what it is [in Reality].
Is it not strange that you believe to think you made the world [an un-Loving world based on fear and anger] you see is arrogance? God made it not. Of this you can be sure. What can He know of the ephemeral, the sinful and the guilty, the afraid, the suffering and lonely, and the mind that lives within a body that must die? You but accuse Him of insanity, to think He made a world where such things seem to have "reality." He is not mad. Yet only madness makes a world [an un-Loving world based on fear and anger] like this.
To think that God made chaos, [that He] contradicts His Will, [that He] invented opposites to Truth, and [that He] suffers death to triumph over Life; all this is arrogance. Humility would see at once these things are not of Him. And can you [Really] see [except in fantasized imagination] what God created not? To think you can is merely to believe you can perceive what God willed not to be. And what could be more arrogant than this?
Let us today be truly Humble, and accept what we have made as what it is. The power of decision is our own. Decide but to accept your rightful place as co-creator of the universe, and all you think you made will disappear. What rises to awareness then will be all that there ever was, eternally as it is now. And it will take the place of [fear-based, angry] self-deceptions made but to usurp the Altar [of eternal Loving Communion between and] to the Father and the Son.
Today we practice True Humility, abandoning the false pretense by which the ego seeks to prove it arrogant. Only the ego can be arrogant. But Truth is humble in acknowledging its mightiness, its changelessness and its eternal Wholeness, all-encompassing, God's perfect Gift to His beloved Son. We lay aside the arrogance which says that we are sinners, guilty and afraid, ashamed of what we are; and lift our hearts in True Humility instead to Him Who has created us immaculate, like to Himself in Power and in Love.
The power of decision is our own. And we accept of Him that which we are, and humbly recognize [ourselves and each other as] the Son of God. To recognize God's Son implies as well that all [egoic] self-concepts have been laid aside, and recognized as false. Their arrogance has been perceived. And in Humility the radiance of God's Son, his gentleness, his perfect sinlessness, his Father's Love, his right to Heaven and release from hell, are joyously accepted as our own.
Now do we join in glad acknowledgment that [the ego's] lies are false, and only Truth is True. We think of Truth alone as we arise, and spend five minutes practicing its ways, encouraging our frightened minds with this:
The power of decision is my own. This day I will accept myself as what my Father's Will created me to be.
Then will we wait in silence, giving up all self-deceptions, as we humbly ask our Self that He reveal Himself to us. And He [our Real Self] Who never left will come again to our awareness [full Consciousness], grateful to restore His home to God, as it was meant to be.
In patience wait
for Him [your God-Self] throughout the day, and hourly invite Him with the words
with which the day began, concluding it with this same invitation to your Self.
God's Voice will answer, for He speaks for you and for your Father. He will
substitute the Peace of God for all your frantic thoughts, the Truth of God for
self-deceptions, and God's Son for your [ego's] illusions of yourself.
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