Loving Oneness Now
Raj Excerpt -- Book: Graduation
RAJ/JESUS: You see, you never ever left the Kingdom of Heaven. You have been on your "Fantastic Journey" to "Fantasy Island," if you will, while never having left Home. In other words, it was an act of choice which you alone must reverse in order to bring yourself back to the Conscious embrace of Where You Are. You were not kicked out, or else, indeed, enticing commercials advertising the desirability of coming back would be in order. But, you chose not to embrace Reality, and embrace dreams instead, and now you must make the choice to release dreams and embrace Reality again.
You will get all the support you need, all of the encouragement you need, to promote your ... not moving further, but to promote the substantiation of the steps you have taken. And that is an important point to understand. Each footstep you take toward Home must be for your reasons and your reasons alone. We will not give you reasons for taking the next step. But we will give you reasons for standing firmly at the furthermost step that you have taken.
This means that you cannot afford to look to me, you cannot afford to look to God, you cannot even afford to look to the Holy Spirit for giving that push, as it were, that is needed to move you across the little gap. But you may know that we all stand with arms open in welcome invitation and embrace when you, for your reasons, move across on your own.
You know well enough from all of our prior conversations that we do not need to provide the push or the motivation, because it is present in you as your unreasonable desire to wake up, because of That in you which has never forgotten Home, because of That in you which remembers Home more and more clearly as you place less and less value in the ego and its false suggestions.
You see, it is almost as though you have to show your pass to come back through the Gates. And the "pass," the Gold Card, if you will, is your recognition, your discovery of your divinity. That which qualifies you for entrance is your remembrance of Who You Are. Your Identity is what identifies you as a resident of the Kingdom of Heaven, and your membership in the Brotherhood. (B-GRAD/R-329) through (B-GRAD/R-333)
Raj Excerpt -- Course Study with Raj/Jesus -- 2003-05-18
RAJ/JESUS: Last week I suggested that the word "up" should be added to "make." "Make-up," to make-up something, an imagination. To make is what the mind does when it has separated itself from the Father and experiences, or seems to experience itself as independent, then it makes things. But the making doesn't constitute Creation. Now the point is that not a single one of you has ever stopped being the direct Expression of God.
Your apparent capacity to believe yourself to be independent, to be unrelated to God by virtue of being at the end of a chain of evolution that started with a big bang and all you are is the result of a joining of a sperm and an egg, that is a made-up view of yourselves. And everything you do on that basis constitutes a making of things, and as I said, does not constitute Creation at all.
Now, it is still the Son of God making things as opposed to the Son of God creating things. You have not become an ego. You have not become what you think you are. And any power you have to draw a breath as a human being separate from God is derived from the fact that at this very moment you are the Son of God, the direct Expression of God, God embodied. This is very important for you to understand because it's in this way that you can understand what I mean when I say you're having a dream on a grassy knoll in the Kingdom of Heaven. At this moment you are exactly as you were created by the Father. This is why an ego does not have to refine its soul to get back Home. You're already at Home. You're already the Son of God pretending you're not and believing the pretension. If that's clear to you, your awakening will be much simpler.
Even in miscreation, the mind is affirming its capital "S" Source. You see that? Right now, you are, no matter how you see yourself, affirming and being the Expression of God, but you're doing it unconsciously. And as a result of doing it unconsciously, you're goofing up all over the place. You are mis-creating, and you are misunderstanding Creation.
The mortal dream of existence is what you experience when you make of the Kingdom of Heaven something other than it is in your mind, and then believe and devote yourself to your belief. But it's still the Son of God confronted with and seeing the Kingdom of Heaven with all the power and all of the glory of your Divine Being active, but occurring unknown to you while you are devoted to your perception of it all. Period.
The experience is an uneasy experience. It is an unpleasant experience. It's an experience in which there are these things called sin, disease and death. "But, oh, you accept the challenge of trying to overcome them" instead of coming back Home where they don't exist at all because they were only ever imaginary.
It is the Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. That statement only means something if you're in the mortal dream, the made-up concept of existence and the made-up sense of yourself as being separate because, divinely speaking, Creation is the undivided and inseparable manifestation of All That God Is, which includes you, and so Creation is the extension of you as well.
But if you have taken a stance of independence and you're choosing to see things the way you want to see them, then the infinite embodiment of What-You-Are/God-Is becomes something you stand in receipt of. The very Presence of your Being becomes something separate from you that can't become separate from you, and therefore, it can only be understood as God's Gift to you.
But, you know what? The way the ego works, the way being is experienced when you have claimed independence from the Father is that the Gift, all of Creation, is also seen as independent of the Father. Independent in this sense: The very scientific physical sense that the Universe has nothing to do with God at all. It's purely physical and started from a big bang. And everything about it is the natural evolution of matter and the way matter works. Now the Gift has become separated from the Giver. You see that?
Just as the one seeing the Gift separated from the Giver sees himself as separate from his Source, thinking that he is the source of himself and therefore has free will to be in whatever way he wishes without accountability to any other part of Creation, and it's called the capacity to be original and introduce something new into the human condition. And then, this supposed capacity to be so independent that one can be so original that something valuably new can be introduced into the human condition becomes a source of pride.
Now, when you conceive of yourself as self-created, as independent from God, as I said, it's an uneasy and uncomfortable experience. No one enjoys it and everyone does want to escape from it. Everyone wants to become free from suffering. And the manifestation of that independent stance is called dis-ease, lack of ease. (C-030518/R-10) through (C-030518/R-20)
RAJ/JESUS: And as I said last week, Knowledge is the direct perception, you might say, of Truth, the direct Experience of Truth. You, each one of you are the salvation of the world. "Ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free." That doesn't mean that you will have an idea about the Truth, but you shall experience directly the Truth about anything you're experiencing. When you're engaged in your function of being the salvation of the world, you are glorifying God. And you could say that in glorifying God, you are calling God forth in whatever it is you're experiencing, instead of muddling along in your mutually-agreed-upon [egoic] definitions of what that thing is. (C030501/R-6)
[You maintain that] the one, "poor dear who needs to be home in bed," can't possibly be the Glory of God. The perception you have of them cannot be a recognition of the Glory of God. And you know what? The picture you project upon her is the one that governs you. And the Truth that you let in blesses her and blesses you as well. Whatever you think you know about someone else is what you think you know about yourself. And whatever you truly Know in the sense that the Course is speaking of Knowledge, whatever direct Experience of Truth you have is unavoidably the direct Experience of the Truth about you. (C030501/R-12)
Raj Excerpt -- Course Study with Raj/Jesus -- 2004-05-23
RAJ: Perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of awakening is that you have to ask God what it is you're supposed to understand, and you have to ask God what the understanding is, without trying to figure it out for yourself, or without making up an understanding of it by yourself. You have to be willing to abandon, for instance, your allegiance to time, so that you might be in the Flow of Creation, honoring It and rejoicing in It and reveling in It, and being surprised by It on Its terms. Thy Will, not mine, be done. That's the stickler, at least for the ego.
I'm going to go back.
RAJ READING HLC Sparkly Book Version of ACIM: All perceived problems in identification at any level are NOT problems of fact. They are problems of UNDERSTANDING, since they MEAN that you believe what you can understand IS up to you to decide. The ego believes this totally, being FULLY committed to it. It is not true. The ego therefore is totally committed to untruth, perceiving in total contradiction to the Holy Spirit and to the knowledge of God. (H-#171)
RAJ: Now, of course, it's going to perceive in total contradiction to the Holy Spirit because this imagined ego states that there is something going on besides the Singularity that is God. So it says there's something else in the water--vinegar--or, let's say something more pleasant--honey. It says that the Singularity is divided, therefore it's going to perceive everything in total contradiction to the Truth, because the Truth of everything is Singularity. It can't see any other way. That which arose out of an imagined postulate of division is going to see division, be division, elicit division, and try to manifest division.
RAJ READING: You can be perceived with meaning ONLY by the Holy Spirit because your being IS the knowledge of God. (H-#172)
RAJ: Let's make this even more relevant. Your Being is the Acknowledgement of God. Your Function is the Recognition and Acknowledgement of God in each and every thing. Your Function is to be the awareness of What God Is Being. It is your Function to be that which glorifies God by seeing nothing else anywhere.
The book says:
RAJ READING: …your being IS the knowledge of God. (H-#172)
RAJ: Well if you are recognizing, delighting in, recognizing and glorifying God, then you are the Knowledge of God.
RAJ READING: Any belief that you accept which is apart from this will obscure God's Voice in you, and will therefore obscure God TO you. (H-#172)
RAJ: Why will it obscure it? Because you're giving preference to an imagination. You're giving preference to a daydream. You're giving preference to a figment of your imagination. Your wrongly placed attention is obscuring God from you. It is also nullifying your Function, because you've abandoned it temporarily to indulge in the satisfaction of having a particularly original viewpoint about Creation, because you're choosing for a supposedly satisfying expression of self will.
RAJ READING: Unless you perceive His creation truly you cannot know the Creator, since God and His creation are not separate. The Oneness of the Creator and the creation is your wholeness, your sanity, and your limitless power. This limitless power is God's gift to you because it is what you ARE. (H-#172)
RAJ: Again, you don't have a mind; you are Mind. Mind is a Singularity. It's Whole. It's Infinite. So there is only one, and that One is God. The Mind of God is the Mind you are experiencing. But as long as you're intent upon having an experience of your own that you're making up, you will not have available to you the Sanity of the Experience of your Unity with God.
RAJ READING: This limitless power is God's gift to you because it is what you ARE. If you dissociate your mind from it, you are perceiving the most powerful force in the universe as if it were weak because you do not believe YOU are part of it. (H-#172)
RAJ: Well not only do you consider it weak, some of you consider that it doesn't exist. [You say:] "There is no God. There's just us mortals doing the best we can to survive and maybe improve things a little bit for our children who are also nothing more than a product of our bodies, purely material, with a brain. And they will have minds of their own, and hopefully we will have improved things so that they have a head start further along than we did, and can do better than we did." You see? (C-040523/R-59) through (C-040523/R-76)
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