Loving Oneness Now
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Raj Excerpt -- Book: Graduation
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 [little] 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! (B-GRAD/R-399) through (B-GRAD/R-401)
Raj Excerpt -- RAJ NEWSLETTER Volume 3 Number 2 -- February 1986
RAJ: They are a way of grounding yourself in the illusion or the image, yes. They will have to sooner or later be given up, in order for you to function more easily at the subtler levels of consciousness. It is not any worse a habit or addiction than the addiction that most of you have to the body, and for whatever it is worth, I will share with you that reincarnation is the result of an addiction to body.
QUESTION: Are you saying reincarnation doesn't happen, or it will happen if we stay addicted to our body sense?
RAJ: It is not natural to your Being to subject Itself to the ignorance, which occurs as a result of the birth process, or of incarnating. The five physical senses are stimulating. They are so stimulating that they attract the attention away from the conscious experience of one's infinity as Consciousness, as Conscious Being. Now, the simple fact is that you will always have that which identifies your Individuality. Your Being would be nonexistent if it were not identified to consciousness as a conscious experience of something specific. Therefore you will always have body.
However, as the ego sense is released, you will not entertain such a private sense of it. You will come to know and experience the walls or the trees or the stars or any other individual as some aspect of the infinitude of your Being, and therefore some part of your infinite body. There will not be an amalgamation of all of you into one seething mass, but there will not be this artificial sense of separateness, and above all, you will not identify yourself as that which appears. You will identify yourself as that which is conscious, as that which is experiencing all that appears. And yet, there will be no sense of differentness or separation from that which appears. (N-0302/R-49) through (N-0302/R-52)
Raj Excerpt -- RAJ NEWSLETTER Volume 3 Number 2 -- February 1986
QUESTION: If our Being is constantly unfolding and ever growing, then what are "lifetimes"?
RAJ: First of all, Being must be understood as a verb rather than a noun, else you will conceptualize Being with outline, separation, division, and an enlarged ego sense. As a verb, of course, it indicates movement, life, and so it is, therefore, forever unfolding itself, you might say. Past lives and future lives are ego projections. You must understand that Being occurs in the instant of consciousness in its entirety. Being infinite It is not moving in any direction.
QUESTION: Is that where you are, Raj?
RAJ: That is where we all are at this instant. But, when you are looking at it through the lens of the ego, it becomes conceptually projected on a time line -- past to future -- and the ego sees itself as moving toward the fulfillment that is actually going on at the moment. The ego takes infinity and stretches it out onto a "line of progress." Do not try to grasp this intellectually, but just listen.
When Awakening occurs and the ego distortions are gone, you will find that the apparent past lives that seemed so real to you were as illusory as the ego, which projected them. And, like the dreamer on the bed, who has dreamed a life experience during the night, who has subsequently gotten up in the morning, you will discover that You never went through lifetimes, that You never went through a process of progressive awakening. Again, do not try to grasp this intellectually.
All that the ego is projecting is illusion, including the sense of time, the sense of progress, the sense of achievement. The ego thrives on achieving and becoming, especially in the face of adversity. But, the Wholeness of your Being is functioning totally at this instant. If fulfillment is the Movement of Being, then there is nothing for the ego to take credit for. This is why it defends itself so strongly. It is bad news for the ego, for you to experience the fulfillment of your Being. Past lives are an illusion, but nevertheless they are illusions, which have been experienced, just as dreams that you have had at night were experienced and remain for you to remember and recount. (N-0302/Q-55) through (N-0302/R-60)
Raj Excerpt -- Gold Coast, Australia--February 1993
QUESTION: I would like to ask a question concerning the Course [ACIM]. There's great stress in the Course on holy relationships. What happens when we don't have a partner who joins in the holy relationship, or seemingly?
And also, in the only real relationship and the real alternative, it seems to stress that if we're not in a relationship, we should only then look for the relationship with our Father. Could you please enlighten us on that?
RAJ: It is foolish to think that you or anyone else exists not in a relationship. Existence is constituted of relationships, whether it is a relationship with another--a wife, a husband, a son, a daughter, a mate or with pets or trees or the moon, etc. The point is, the fact is, that no one actually exists in isolation. I will tell you something: it isn't so much the word "relationship" as it is the word "holy" that is the key point. If you all will remember that the word "holy" means whole, then you will move the emphasis where it needs to be, and you will begin to understand that in order to be in a holy relationship you must come from your wholeness.
From the ego's standpoint, relationships are the attempt to satisfy, or meet the need presented by loneliness. In other words, the ego suggests that existence is an alone thing, and therefore you must reach outside of yourself for that which will complete you, that which will fill the void. I want you to remember that, and I recognize this is a play on words, the word "alone" can be transformed into "all one," in other words, whole.
Now, how can you be in a relationship from your wholeness if your attention is upon someone else as though they are providing your wholeness? You can't. I've said it before and I will doubtlessly say it many times again: The most direct route to your fellow man or woman is right through the center of your Being.
And so I encourage you, if you find yourself seeming not to be in a relationship and therefore not having with you the elements necessary to a holy relationship, I encourage you to use this time to begin to go within, to learn to become still within yourself and experience the peace of your Being. Because in that peace is the beginning of your discovery of who you Are. And the peace is the first direct experience of yourself. It isn't just an absence of tension in your body. It isn't just the absence of anxiety. That peace that you experience when you meditate, when you successfully go within and are absent of thoughts, that peace is a direct experience of your capital "S" Self, of your essential capital "B" Being--your egoless Being.
Now, when all of you meditate and you do experience this peace and you pay attention to it now from the standpoint of it being, what I'm going to call, a palpable experience of your capital "S" Self, it will expand because there will be a little bit of curiosity present that wasn't present when you thought it was just the absence of tension, anxiety, etc. You won't have any idea how to explore that peace of your Being, but if you are paying attention to it in this new way, it will begin to get deeper and it will begin also to fill up with joy. And you will begin to have a new sense of yourself; not a new intellectual grasp of yourself but a new experience of yourself. And the experience will transform the way you think about yourself.
As you do this and you begin to feel (for lack of better words) the wonderousness of yourself, because yourself is a marvelous thing because it's the Presence of God, joy wells up and there is something new. The joy is relative to you because you are seeing yourself with less distortion.
The ego, if you indeed were in an ego space, would say, "Wow, aren't you great. You are important. You are special." But this element is absent in that peace and the joy that wells up from within it. You are wonderful, but there are none of the ego connotations about it because you're very aware that you weren't responsible for creating the peace, nor were you responsible for creating the joy. It will begin to dawn upon you that this has always been you, this has always been the nature and the feel or the experience of you. And because you didn't create it, it's really secure.
Now, one of the other things that happens is a realization, a realization that this is true about your fellowman. You don't end up having this experience privately. There is no way for you to have this experience and think that it's only the truth about you. Inseparable from that experience is the realization that this is true about everyone else also.
Now, even if you still seem not to have a partner with whom to be in a holy relationship, your perception of your fellowman will be changed. And whether it's a clerk in a store, or a taxi driver, or the gardener, or whoever, you will begin to see your encounters with them differently. And you will not approach them as though they were the egos you used to think they were, or the egos they think they are. You see, you will begin to approach them from your wholeness, an experience of wholeness.
When you are coming from that kind of a place, you have no barbs showing. And thus others feel no necessity to be guarded against you in your presence. They begin to feel safe enough to be more genuinely who they Are, even though there will be no intellectual process to that realization. And the way you relate with each other will be a closer approximation of a holy relationship. Why? Because you, as an ego, will not approach another, calculating all the time how you had better behave based on what you know about them and what you observe about them at this moment. And they will not be sucked into approaching you in a like manner and calculating how they must behave with you.
This is what constitutes a special relationship, where the two of you do a dance with each other based upon who you perceive each other to be, and the manner in which, in one way or another, the two of you have agreed to relate to each other, all without ever having connected with who you Are. Special relationships are reactive relationships. Holy relationships, you could say, are active relationships, not a response to another as a result of something they have done or said, but a dealing with another based upon your increased clarity that they are utterly divine, that they aren't egos at all, any more than you are.
You can be in relationship with a tree or a rose or a person from your wholeness. And the two of you do not have to have agreed to a lifelong commitment in which you will work out of your specialness. You see what I mean? Too many relationships are becoming bogged down by the mutual attempt to turn them into a holy relationship, simply because the tendency is to try to be better and better egos; egos having a holier relationship; egos attempting to have a relationship that has all of the outward signs of peace and harmony and mutual understanding as to the meanings of the terms of your relationship and the language in which you relate to each other.
Being in a holy relationship doesn't mean that the two of you are constantly spouting A Course In Miracles, or able to define what's happening in your life according to the words in those books.
A holy relationship is one in which you and the other individual are being utterly genuine, undefended, because at least one of you has connected significantly enough with your experience of yourself that you feel the security, the dignity and the integrity of your essential Being, so that that is where you come from in dealing with each other. And it really only takes one to lower the defenses. Because if it is done honestly, if it is done because of a real connection, it will be felt, your benignness will be felt.
And I promise you that you can go through a checkout stand in a grocery store and get a cashier who has had a rough day, who is in the middle of her period and is absolutely miserable, cranky, irritable--if you walk up in an absence of defense, not trying to see her the right way but being out from your genuine wholeness, you will be like a breath of fresh air to her. And she may be curt as she gets rid of the previous customer and turns to you, looks at you with a frown and melts. And when you leave her stand, she can just as easily turn around to the next one and be sarcastic and bitter and difficult to deal with.
One only is necessary to be that presence of peace, of security rather than insecurity, of love instead of fear. It only takes one to cause another to immediately recognize that there is no need for defense.
Now I do want to make one thing clear: you cannot make another one be at peace. But you can be that presence which is so inviting that another rather gracefully yields into less defensiveness.
So those of you who are not in a definite, committed relationship are not at a loss. You still continue to be in relationship. I might suggest that when you nurture the experience of your capital "S" Self by learning to become still and gathering an understanding of who you are from the experience of yourself, you are likely to become so utterly desirable that it won't be long before you're in a relationship.
But I want you to remember the most direct route to your fellowman is right through the center of your Being, because that's where the experience of who you Are lies and simultaneously that is where your experience of who everyone else is lies, because that's where the unity, the all Oneness of us all actually is.
Now, I would encourage you not to wait until you are all alone to develop a relationship with the Holy Spirit. Don't leave the Holy Spirit as a last resort. The Holy Spirit is your Divinity held in trust while you dally with the ego, while you experiment with the thrill of ignorance, of limited perception. I encourage you to invite the Holy Spirit into every decision you make, into every activity of your life.
The Holy Spirit expresses the Will of the Father, it is that of you which is absolutely Sane. That is why when you call upon the Holy Spirit, it can turn everything to your advantage. Because when you are in an act of reuniting with your Self which is what the Holy Spirit is, you cannot help but experience a return of Sanity, a return of clarity, a return of understanding, you might say, as to how things really are, which necessarily means that any delusions you have been indulging in and believing, any delusions that you have been committed to will dissolve and leave you in your clarity, thus having turned whatever it was to your advantage.
The other reason I would encourage you not to wait until you are all alone and reach out to the Holy Spirit as a last resort is because your attitude about your fellowman as being an ego, as being untrustworthy, literally as being guilty until proven innocent, is so deeply embedded that, even in your best attempt to see the best in your fellowman and to acknowledge the Christ in them, your attempts to join will still be tentative. You will be cautious. That's just the way it is at the moment.
Therefore, I encourage you to join with that which you have no preconceptions, no deeply rutted preconceptions about that which you do not have a ready defense against. Let your relationship with the Holy Spirit and its guidance be that which supports your willingness to acknowledge the Christ in your fellowman, that which supports your not joining at the level of mutual agreement as to the truth of that which isn't true.
Special relationships are where two individualities agree to something that isn't true and use that as the basis for their relationship, or use it as the basis for their actions. When I say agree to that which isn't true, I simply mean they agree to that which they have thought without ever connecting with their Being to first find out what is true and then be at one about that. And so a special relationship is one in which people relate, cooperate from preconceptions and conditioned thinking.
So again, whether you're alone or in relationship, lean into the Holy Spirit, join with the Holy Spirit. Because the Holy Spirit you will dare to trust almost totally, but a mate, no matter how well intentioned, you will not trust totally. And then, as a result of your relationship with the Holy Spirit, approach your mate or your children or anyone, because that will be from your best centered place. That will then be the beginning of a holy relationship, because it comes out of your clearest experience of your wholeness up to that point. You will not measure a holy relationship by the outward manifestations of any sort, you will begin to measure its holiness on the basis of how consistently you are able to continue to be from your peace and to be in companionship with your Self.
It is a wonderful question you have asked. No one is at a loss, whether there is a life partner present or not, no one is at a loss. (G-1993B/Q-50) through (G-1993B/R-77)
RESURRECTION and EASTER
Raj Excerpt -- Course Study with Raj/Jesus -- 2005-03-27
RAJ: And welcome to everyone who is joining us on the Internet.
For some of you, Easter is over, but for most of you it is still Easter [Sunday]. And I'm going to ask a rhetorical question of everybody, "How much of today did you spend embodying Friday?" In other words, how many of you were actively or quietly engaged in crucifixion processes, either crucifying yourself or crucifying someone else? How many of you didn't move into Resurrection Day today -- your own or the support of another's? Just tuck that question away.
Would anyone like to wish me [Jesus] a Happy Easter? Thank you. It was a day of Joy, and it is a day of Joy.
To sort of tie the whole thing up in a simple nutshell, my [Jesus'] birth was the first time that the Divine Idea of God was successfully introduced into the human condition. Oh yes, you had seers and prophets. You had those who believed in God. But no one was yet willing to be what could be called "God with us"--meaning with everyone in the human condition. You might say no one up to that point had been willing to step up to the plate and embody God rather than the human ego concept of existence. That made what you call Christmas a significant date and an event that was of universal significance, because now there was someone stepping up to the plate who wasn't going to embrace and continue all the concepts of human existence which God was left out of, other than the simple act of observing and honoring His Presence "out there" somewhere.
And then, of course, you all have various records of my life as I [Jesus] grew up, and the things I did, and the things I didn't do. I had plenty of opportunity to be distracted, just like every single one of you has. And the only benefit I had that you don't have is that I was never allowed to forget my Source, my Divine Source--a Source beyond the human condition; a Source beyond mere copulation and the development of an embryo through what everyone else would call the normal processes. My mother was, as I've said before, an excellent Jewish mother and she did not let me forget when I was tempted to quote "be like everyone else," join the crowd.
You don't have a remembrance at the moment, which is why we get together to talk about remembering and for me to provide you with imagery and ideas that help you to remember, that inspire "Aha's," little light bulbs going on, even if it's just simply, "Wow! Maybe that's true. Maybe what he's saying is true. I don't see it, but, you know, maybe it's true." That's a little crack in your defenses, in your assuredness that you understand what you are and what everything else is. It creates a weakness in the shell, so to speak, in the ego structures. It helps you to imagine that there is a box that there's an outside to that you're caught inside of. You see? Something that wouldn't occur to you spontaneously.
Now we come to Easter, what you have come to call Easter. You have had, in my life up to that point, a record of my remembering Who I Was and not abandoning it in favor of the status quo, and my willingness to embody God, and to inspire in others an awareness that God is their Source, and that all the things that I was doing, they could do also--that what was natural to me was natural to them.
But I will tell you, they were still very caught up in their already-existing definitions and concepts about themselves. They still saw themselves as "matter bodies." They had difficulty grasping that they were Ideas in the Mind of God, that the Infinite Mind That God Is was their Source, and that everything about them was Spirit, not matter. And so part of the success, if you want to put it this way, of my being present in that day was to provide them what you would call physical proof that the physical is Spirit, else they would not have had the evidence needed to help them break the habit, skip the tracks of their habit of how they thought about themselves, and to see themselves from outside the box.
The crucifixion was nothing. I mean they all understood crucifixions. They called for crucifixions. They watched crucifixions. They cheered when the one crucified died. It was a part of the fiber of their community. That wasn't special, but the Resurrection was.
And what I want you all to be aware of is the significance in the fact that the Resurrection was a Resurrection of what? A physical body -- what would be called a physical body. How was this significant? Because I'll tell you something, matter cannot be resuscitated. Matter cannot be regenerated. Matter cannot be transfigured. Matter cannot be healed. It is generally accepted in the current belief system that when I resurrected I was beyond the human condition, that everything about me was Spirit. And yet, there was my figure, recognizable, except to Mary initially in the garden.
This is important, because I keep telling you that your body is the Visibility and Tangibility of your Individuality. And your Individuality is God-derived, and is therefore Eternal. That which renders it visible and tangible is equally Eternal, is equally Divine. And that's one of the things you have evidence of in the Easter story; the event commemorated by Easter. It demonstrated that what you call "the body" survives death. That which identifies you and renders you experienceable survives this element of existence that is seen only through or in the human condition -- the experience of death, the event of death. It's only seen in the state of ignorance that you are in when you have forgotten what your Source is, and therefore What You Are.
Another aspect of it that's important not to overlook is that this state conceived to be beyond the human condition is present right where the human condition seems to be going on. After the Resurrection, there was no ball of Light with an opening in it that was obviously otherworldly, or different, that anyone who wanted to see me could enter into, and in this rare and refined environment, see that I still existed. No. I was right in the same room. I could be touched. We could hug. I could be felt. You see?
Every moment you are confronted with Reality and nothing else, right here and right now. Right now everything that you are experiencing is the Kingdom of Heaven experienced clearly or through a glass darkly; you could say clearly or through the lens of the human condition. So my presence after the crucifixion and after the Resurrection, was a demonstration of the fact that all of you are in the middle of the Kingdom of Heaven not recognizing it for What It Is. But it's there, just like I was there after the Resurrection in form. But the form was not matter, and the form had never been matter, even before the crucifixion. And the form of everyone else, and the form of everything else, had never been matter. You see?
So Easter provided the demonstration of the fact that Life is Eternal; an unbroken Whole without parts called before and after, inside and outside. Life is Eternal. And this Life that is Eternal is demonstrated, or made obvious or experienceable by form which is pure Spirit -- pure Spirit that configures itself to perfectly identify God's Idea called you or me. And that's what's going on right now today in every moment. Sort of gets you to think outside of the box, doesn't it?
No. [What] I showed that the here and the hereafter are both here. The Ultimate is the only thing going on.
Now comes the really significant point. My life that most of you are familiar with is your life. When you read it, this is your life. It's the process of Waking up and coming Home. You're here for the same reason I was here -- to not to forget, to not forget to embody God. To remember to let God be present in you, not along with you, but as you, and to come to a point where you desire not to have any other presence of mind right where you are than God's Presence of Mind that is the only thing You Really Are. And to consciously neglect to continue to give expression to what you think you are and what you think everything else is, and how pleasant it makes things for you if you don't buck the system by seeing things a different way from the way everyone else is dreaming their life in the Kingdom of Heaven. You're here to remember What You Are and to step up to the plate and let the God of you, let the God-ness of you be what finds expression in your words, in your thoughts, and in your actions.
You're never ever going to get away from Visibility and Tangibility. In other words, what has been called form. What you are going to get away from is the way you've been defining form as matter, instead of Spirit which is purely and utterly Divine and of God. If you were able to manage to get beyond form, you would have managed to get beyond Creation. And I'll tell you that is a void, that is an emptiness, if there ever could be such a thing. Creation, with a capital "C", the Movement of God, is absolutely experienceable -- experienceable in an infinitude of ever new form and expression.
Oh, yeah, I guess you could say that the Ascension proved that there was no form because then I moved beyond form into the formless -- some sort of blissful experience that everyone imagines. But I'm going to tell you something. The reason everyone imagines that beyond the human condition and [that] beyond even the state of Resurrection there is some sort of formless bliss, the only reason you think that, is because if it's true and you can get there, it will mean that you won't have to step up to the plate and embody the Presence of God, instead of the presence of your definition of yourself. It's a cop-out.
I have never been bodiless. I have never, in other words, been unidentified or unidentifiable. And none of you will be either. The moment any of you becomes unidentifiable, God will have become unidentified. And that would mean that God would have to become less than God, and that is an impossibility.
Everyone had better simply accept the fact that there isn't a formless bliss, and that right now with all of the forms you're experiencing, you're in the middle of the Kingdom of Heaven. And every single thing you're experiencing is Divine. And the Substance of everything you're sitting on, or feeling, or moving, is Spirit moving at the behest of Mind. They are Ideas moving at the direction of the Mind that formed them.
"Yes. Uh huh. Yeah." You say, "Well, you [Jesus] said, 'I go before you to prepare a place for you.'" Well, I was preparing a place for you while I was here. I was preparing you for a place while I was here. I was preparing you for the Kingdom of Heaven you were already in, that you didn't dream was within your grasp. I went before you in time, we'll say. I went before you so that you might have the need to be the Presence of God since you couldn't pawn it off on me. My absence meant more capital "S" Self-reliance would be called for. You would have to lean within. You would have to go to the Place of Excellence in you, the Altar in you, and bring your devotion there, because that Place of Excellence in you is the Holy Spirit, which is nothing more than your Right Mind.
Even now, you know, you notice that I don't take responsibility for you. I point you always in the direction of becoming more alive to What You Divinely Are, and point you in the direction of taking hold of it and practice leaning into it, and listening, so that what? You might be infilled with it! And so that it might overflow you and get extended to your Brothers and Sisters while you're still here, so that God gets clearly what? Embodied. Body, body, body, body, body -- embodied here and now so that the Light That God Is might illuminate your world, your definition of the world, and uncover to you that it is the Kingdom of Heaven, and that you are the Christ, that you are the Son and Daughter -- the Direct Expression of God. There isn't another place to go.
"What? No way to get out of the human condition?" You know, well, what is the human condition? Is it the world? Is it Israel? Is it Iraq? Is it China? Is it the U.S.? No. Remember, the human condition isn't something you're in. The "human condition" is something you're looking at the Kingdom of Heaven through. The human condition is all of the concepts and definitions that you've either made-up or received from elsewhere, and adopted as your own. And it's the sieve, the filter, through which you interpret the experience of the Kingdom of Heaven.
The human condition is better described as the human conditioning of what? Your mind, that causes you not to see clearly, but through a glass darkly; to see the Kingdom of Heaven with distortions that you are convicted about, you are convinced about, and that you are devoted to. No, there's no way to get out of the human condition that you're surrounded by, because there ain't no human condition you're surrounded by. There's a human conditioning of your mind with which you're coloring your experience of the Kingdom of Heaven.
"And how do you get out of that?" You get out of that by reaching beyond it. "Where to? Some spiritual realm?" No. You turn within to the Altar, the Place of Excellence in you, quietly, I'm going to say mindfully -- not thinkingly, just mindfully -- the presence of attention -- and you desire to know of the Holy Spirit what the Truth is, or [to know of] God what the Truth is. You turn to a point that never left you, because there's no way, no matter how differently you defined yourself, for you to not be the only thing you were created to be, or the only thing that the Father Is Being You As at this moment.
Before the Resurrection, everyone thought they were in a box. They thought they knew how things worked, and what the parameters were. But after the Resurrection, there was an outside to the box. There was an outside of the box that was still present inside the box. They could see it inside the box! Somebody [me, Jesus] who was in the afterlife was still in the box. You see?
And of course, it was too hard for many to believe. And many didn't believe it. And today it's still hard for many to believe, and they still don't believe it. "Oh, it's just a religious belief, you know. The Christians all believe that junk." But the demonstration was there.
And you know what? My life was a demonstration of the first -- this is not the best choice of words -- but the first insertion of Divinity into the human condition that could be recognized from within the human condition by those experiencing the human condition. And then the crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension set the contents of my life, the content of the Presence of God in the human condition. It set it, we're going to say, in concrete. Something was accomplished from beginning to end, that until the end, had not been accomplished. But what was accomplished was the breaking of the perceived absoluteness of what everyone called the human condition or life. And it was done forever.
Not any one of you has to break or undo the belief in material life. It doesn't need to be done again. It was done forever. That's why you could say it was done for you. It doesn't need to be accomplished again. Because it was done, it means that each one of you at this moment is free to Wake up, because you don't have to break the boundary. The boundary was broken, and the boundary is gone.
That is what makes the commemoration of Easter important, because it keeps present for you the opportunity to go ahead and Wake up, to get the picture, to get the idea so that you willingly inquire outside the box on a regular basis, so that you willingly dare to let yourself be What You're Here To Be. What you exist for, in other words. You're not here to be something as opposed to being some place else being what you're supposed to be. You're here. You exist for a reason, and that is to give voice to God, to give expression to God, to let God express right where you are.
I'm talking to you right now. It's a demonstration that there is life after death. But it's not the same kind of demonstration that my physical presence would have. And it's not the same as it did have after the Resurrection.
I am not appearing physically right now because it would give you a significant distraction. You would begin to think of me as form. You would have a memory of my image in your mind. And you would begin to think of me as "he" and "him," instead of the Presence of Love, instead of as the Presence of Mind that loves you so much that it wants you to recognize the Presence of Mind that you are, and that that is the Presence of God, and that this Presence of Mind is what is rendered Visible and Tangible by the gathering of Spirit in a form that renders you experienceable--visible, in other words, you could say. You see?
It is time to get out of the human condition. But remember, remember this. The human condition is the human conditioning that has been placed, like colored glasses, in front of your awareness that causes you to see the Kingdom of Heaven in Its Divinity as though it were just a physical, material universe that has nothing to do with God and that someday you will transcend.
You know what? If you were going to transcend it, if that was going to happen, after the Resurrection you would not have seen a body. You might have heard a deep Voice coming out of the ethers, like in a séance, that everyone could hear -- eerie, mysterious -- but bodiless, not embodied. If that were what you needed to learn about remembering Who You Are and coming Home to the Father, that is what would have happened.
What happened though, demonstrated exactly what the facts are. There is Life after death, and it still is identified and identifiable and huggable, without the impediments that were associated with form when it was conceived to be matter and misinterpreted and treated inappropriately, because it wasn't seen as Spirit and it wasn't seen as Spirit gathered in a configuration that identifies the Divine One That You Are perfectly. And I'm telling you right now that the Identification of you that Spirit configures as, is perfect, and is, therefore more beautiful, more symmetrical, exuding the Energy of Love [more] than you're experiencing right now.
And what did Easter demonstrate? That you don't have to wait to go to the hereafter to experience it. That it's time now to experience it. Because there is no hereafter. There's only the here, and what the here divinely is in its Ultimacy -- I know there's no such word -- but in its Ultimacy.
Understood correctly, Easter did away with the box. The box can never be successfully reestablished. This is the good news. There is no matter. All is Mind. Mind is God. And the Movement of Mind that God is, is Creation. And Creation is recognizable to the Mind that moves and sees Its Movement. It's experienceable by Mind. And the Substance of every Idea in Mind is, for lack of better words, substantial -- not flimsy, not ethereal, not wispy, not almost recognizable because it's so substanceless, but absolutely recognizable and experienceable.
The story of my life is the story of your life. And because of what I did, you can now know it, because you have something that happened from outside the box that you were able to experience inside the box. Everyone in that day was able to experience what was happening from within the box -- an out-of-the-box experience in the box. It's mind-boggling. It's mind-boggling until you recognize that the box was a figment of the imagination. All of the Ultimate, all of Heaven, is going on inside the box, because Creation is Whole, and Creation is Singular, and Creation is Infinite.
And there just ain't no place left for an independent and different experience of life to go on. Either you're having a different experience of the Kingdom of Heaven, or you're having an Actual Experience of the Kingdom of Heaven, a Real Experience of it. Either you are experiencing yourself as What You Really Are, or you're not. But what you're not experiencing is [laughing], I'm going to say, a non-experience of something that does exist. It doesn't make sense, does it? But that's called the human condition. And that's what everybody has been living, and never thinking outside of, never questioning.
So you already are, and always have been, outside the box. You're the Mind in which Infinite Creation is experienced. It has never been in a box. You have never been in a box.
But you can imagine a box and get into a very focused, tiny reverie about what it's like to be inside this box. And you can consciously ignore the rest. But that which is having this tiny, infinitesimal reverie is Something Infinite. Remember, the dream has been dispelled. Its capacity to command your attention, and keep you bound in it, has been dispelled. And all you need to do is to bring a little bit of curiosity into play to see beyond your imagined box, boxes. A curiosity to see the more that's there than what you're seeing.
The same old thing I've been saying for a long time. But I haven't brought it out from quite this standpoint that the blockage to your Waking up is already gone, was actually already dispelled in the Birth, crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension. The mystery was demystified. It's already been demystified. You might be catching up on the demystification a little late, but it was demystified. And you do not have to overcome the state of mind, the state of the human condition that everyone was in that had never been challenged, and that no one had ever thought to challenge, and which therefore constituted a boundary of great density for everyone inside the boundary. You're not undoing a fundamental illusion that absolutely everyone is committed to. That's been done. (C-050327/R-8) through (C-050327/R-49)
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