Loving Oneness Now
(Alexander) consider this excerpt from a
It is, by far the most profound document I have ever read. Endeavor to study it
with an open mind. The annotations in brackets have been added by me for further
It is, by far the most profound document I have ever read. Endeavor to study it with an open mind. The annotations in brackets have been added by me for further clarity.]
Could you tell us just a little bit about God, the Father?
About God, the Father. [pause] Just anything? [some audience laughter]
Well, I will say that unlike you, He does not have glorious gray locks, nor is
He sitting on a throne.
elicits an answer that must necessarily be in more absolute terms. God is not a
person, not a personage. God is, for lack of
better terms, “Mind” -- intelligence, infinite, indivisible.
And the “Movement” of this Mind is called “Creation.” And every
Idea that is formed in this Mind is recognizable to the Mind which formed it.
And the Movement of Ideas, which is the Movement of Mind, is what God is.
and experienced Its Movement as recognizable Ideas. And the recognition of the
Movement of Mind by the Mind that moved, is what you would call
“Consciousness” -- the recognition of Self, you might say.
“And God saw everything that He had made, and behold it was, verily,
God.” The Bible says, “...and behold, it
was very good.” Its meaning is that God
recognized Himself in the Movement.
Now, God is
not just Mind, but God is “Love.”
The Movement of God is “Life.” The
essence of all that God is, is -- because it is indivisible -- utterly True.
God is therefore the essential “Truth” of All That Is.
Because God is not physical in the sense that you think of physicality,
and yet everything has substance, there must be a way to identify what substance
is, and that is “Spirit.”
capacity to experience and recognize the infinite Movement that He is, is not
just a mindful or intellectual experience. It
feels like something -- and here is a word I cannot translate to you better
than to call it an experience of “feeling.” The
capacity to “feel” the “Meaning” of the essential Truth of all that God
is, is called “Soul.”
Now, thus God
constitutes an infinite and, we could say, spaceless and timeless experience of
“Presence” -- Presence that can be recognized and felt as what It is: God,
Life, Truth, Soul, Spirit, et cetera.
Now, when I
look at each of you, I [Jesus] see this Presence that is God.
When I look at anything that is present, available to see, I see this
present that is God, that is timeless, spaceless, and nonphysical.
All that you call “physical” is nonphysical. And every
stone in these walls, every reed in the ceiling, embodies the totality of what
God is, and embodies Meaning, with a capital “M” -- the Meaning set into
motion by the Movement of Mind that God is.
What you are
going to find as you practice this curiosity that I’ve been talking about to
see “the more of what’s Really here” than what you’re currently
seeing and “the more to you that you Are” than what you are currently
experiencing, you will find that you will not lose your body. It will not
disappear and the world will not disappear, but you will begin to
identify more with the “Presence of Mind” that you are, which is God.
shifting from the specific visibility and tangibility of your presence to
the Presence of Mind that you Are, you will find yourself having a more
infinite experience in which there is no division between you and your Brothers
and Sisters, no division between you and your perceived world and this conscious
experience of Unity in which there is incredible infinite intimacy. You will
allow your body to be what it is without being preoccupied with it any more.
Your frame of reference, as it were, will no longer be your body, but the
Conscious Experience of Being that you are.
happens, wherever you give your attention is where you will find your
body will be. You would call it “teleportation.” You will shift your
attention, and the specific identification of you will be there. All of you who
might have imagined what it would be like to teleport have imagined that by
moving [teleporting] your body, you would move yourself. But as this
shift of frame of reference occurs, you will find that your Mind is everywhere
at once, and you can give specific attention to any place in the infinite
Movement of God, and the specific identification of you will move there. But it
will follow you instead of taking you there.
is indivisible, He is undivided, and therefore there is no conflict, and
therefore the infinity of Creation is utterly harmonious.
But it is not harmony that is the result of the purity of one single
element. Harmony, like music, is the result of many tones.
And the infinite expression of God called “the Kingdom of Heaven,” or
“Creation,” is an infinite expression or conscious experience of specifics
that are always in utter harmony with each other.
there are an infinite variety of specifics, God is never minimized or confined
to them. An Idea in the Mind of God is like a
hologram that embodies all that God is. And
so whether you take the Whole or whether you take one straw from this ceiling,
you will find the Whole there. And so there is no such thing as competition.
But for the
sake of sounding a little ridiculous, I will say that the conscious experience
of Reality is very interesting, far from dull, fuller of real Meaning than you
good does it do for me to tell you something like all of this?
Not much, unless there is a way for you to access it.
I’ve already said today that there needs to be a curiosity as to what
Truth is, and to not look for It outside of yourself in some, I will say,
“infallible” source, because it needs to be sought within yourself, which
brings into play your inherent capacity to recognize Truth -- which none of you
solidly believes in yet. And so there’s
this little element of risk as you open up to It and are willing to make
commitment to what you find being revealed.
That is part
of the way to promote or facilitate this shift of frame of reference that I’ve
just been speaking about. There is another aspect that really is the one
that most rapidly facilitates your experiencing this shift of perception, and
that is literally to begin to express Love.
Most of the
time, your concepts about love are based upon your need to have a pleasant
experience. And so love becomes a series of
techniques that you employ to manipulate each other to be nice.
“So I love you so that you will be nice to me.
And in order for me to find out what love is, I have to get to know you
so that I can find out what you like so that I can do the things you like and
not do the things you don’t like. And that
makes you feel good, which makes me feel good. Ah, we’re in love!”
going to suggest to you that in spite of wonderful, loving relationships that
you have had, that many of you have had, that maybe you don’t know yet what
Love really is. And the reason you don’t
know is because you haven’t yet experienced “being loved” -- being
loved by one whose Love is impulsed by the purity of what God is
as Love. What I am saying here is not being said to minimize any degree of
harmony and sweetness and affection you have all brought into your lives so far,
but I want for you to have a more complete experience of what Love is so
that that can be shared.
Now, all of
you have within yourself this “place of Silence,” this place in which when
you meditate through whatever means of meditation you use, you can come into an
absence of thinking -- a place in which there is just peace -- a place in which no
matter what the circumstances are in your life, strenuous or peaceful or
whatever, in spite of them this place of peace is within you.
This place, you could say, is the vestibule to your enlightenment, the
vestibule into your clearer experience of your divine Sanity, because in the
absence of thoughts, you can hear something new, you can feel something new.
realize that if there’s only one thing going on and that’s the Presence of
God, which you could call the Kingdom of Heaven -- and there’s really no other
choice of an experience of Life -- then, when you are thinking that all of this is
something different and it doesn’t change what it Really is, then what
it Really is (because it has its source in the vitality of the Presence
of God) will constantly be pressing against whatever perceptions,
whatever imaginative perceptions you [as ego] have come up with that disagree with what
the Kingdom of Heaven is? And so, if you have created a fantasy about it all --
little biased perception of it all -- what it Really is, is going to
constantly undermine and eat away at your precious [ego] concept as to what it really
means. What everything Really is, is constantly insinuating Itself into your
imaginative perception which you have overlaid upon it.
The reason I [Jesus] am saying this is so that you might understand that when thinking stops and you move into the Silence and you feel the Peace, you are no longer engaged in inserting a preferential fantasy between yourself and Reality. And in the absence of that, the Presence of the Kingdom of Heaven, the Presence of Reality as It is, has a chance of registering with you.
I say this so
that you might understand that you don’t have to work at seeing everything the
way it is. You simply have to stop working at
seeing it the way it isn’t!
One of the
things that you find in the Silence within you is that where at first it seemed
empty but utterly peaceful, it’s not empty at all.
But you won’t find that out if you don’t spend time in the Silence --
in the Void, if you will -- in the place of not-knowing. As you give
yourself the opportunity, repetitively, to experience the Peace of your Being,
you will begin to find, as I said, that something else is there.
And what is there is the Presence of Love. And
this Presence of Love is embracing you.
Presence of Love is so pure, unmistakably pure, unmistakably unconditional in
content that the very experience of Its Presence reveals to you your Innocence.
And to arrive at the clarity of your Innocence isn’t something you will
arrive at through reasoning. It’s just unmistakably
clear that this Love by which you are loved is, Itself, the proof
that you are utterly Innocent, because nothing but that which is Innocent could
be so purely loved. And you will feel loved and Innocent simultaneously.
And yet --
pardon, if you don’t mind my language -- it will be obvious to you that
you’re the same “ass-hole” who sat down to meditate. Now it’s important
what I’ve just said, because that’s where it’s at, is discovering that in
spite of all of what you thought you had to do to become worthwhile, you, in
whatever state of humanness you currently see yourself in, are sitting right
there experiencing being loved by a Love that proves your Innocence -- such
Innocence, and such secure Innocence, that you realize you don’t have to do anything
to become worthy.
This is so
important. And I’m going to say it again. The “ass-hole” that’s sitting
there experiencing being loved, and being shown by the Presence of that Love
that you are absolutely Innocent, discovers, for lack of better words, that
coming into the experience of your Christhood has nothing to do with growth, but
it has to do with your Birthright which was from the beginning.
you have an experience of being loved. And
what that Love has revealed to you about you, has revealed to you everything
about your neighbor (the “ass-hole” next door) or your husband (the
“ass-hole” upstairs). You see?
of the experience of Love “that has illumined your Innocence” has changed
your whole perception about your fellowman, because you know that the
“ass-hole” that sat down isn’t any better than the “ass-hole”
upstairs, and now you know that the one upstairs is as Innocent as
you, and your new experience of yourself
causes you to spontaneously be able to love that one upstairs (or the neighbor
next door) with new eyes. And if you cultivate this experience by choosing to
stay in your Peace as consistently as possible, and connecting with this Love
that is loving you, then your behavior toward your fellowman will change.
And as I said earlier about recognizing the integrity of your
fellowman, now you have a real -- this is a poor word -- but a real
“understanding” of what the integrity is that your Brother has because
it’s been uncovered to you in you.
And so now
your experience of your integrity and your Innocence and your capacity to feel
Love, begins to bless your neighbor while you still sit in your chair, not
having gotten up from your meditation yet. It
also changes the way you will behave on an ongoing basis where you’re actually
What God is,
is not separate from what you Are. And the
Love that you find yourself loved by in your Peace is the Presence of God loving
you, illuminating Its Meaning that It has embodied as what you call yourself.
So you’re not going to really understand God until you let God
And when you let God in, it isn’t God that’s going to be revealed to
you. It’s who you Are
that’s going to be revealed to you.
And as that
revelation grows, you will ultimately discover that you have been finding
out what God is. But I’m expressing it this
way so that you might understand that understanding God will not happen apart
from your getting acquainted with yourself -- the divine one that you Are, the
“ass-hole” sitting in each of these chairs at this moment. I use that [term]
because I don’t want any of you -- and of course, you will do what you’re
going to do anyway -- but I don’t want any of you to let your attention be drawn
to some other place in an attempt to find God, when the only place you’re
going to find God is in the clearer experience of who you Are at this moment,
with all of your apparent faults. Is that
clear? [Audience replies in the affirmative.]
attempts to be spiritual, there is a tendency to demean all that is human about
you, to rise above it. And yet, the human
being -- which when properly understood is a humane being or a movement of humane
beingness -- when you realize that the human being that you are, is where God is
present to be seen, experienced, uncovered, revealed, you will begin to take a
lot better care of yourself. You will love
yourself a lot more. You will begin to be
more humane toward yourselves.
it before: The most direct route to your divinity is right through the center of
your humanity. Again, it’s right in that
vulnerable, risky place where you consider the possibility that you don’t know
what is true, and you are curious about what is true, and you dare to
listen, and then make commitment to the revelation of Truth that has occurred
within you, using or utilizing your inherent capacity to recognize Truth that
you don’t think you truly have. You see?
It all happens in your heart, you might say.
Now, I have
given a very broad answer to a very broad question. And
I’m very glad that you asked the question, whether you’re happy with the
answer or not. [some audience laughter]
I asked for a little, but I got a lot. And I thank you very much, Raj. Thank
You are welcome.
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