Wednesday, December 24, 2008

You Made It All Up

M: I don’t understand how you can say that there is no world?

J: I do not teach that there is “no world,” only that the world you see cannot possibly exist the way you SEE it. Everything you SEE as "real" is contingent on it being “real” before you SEE it and not as you SEE it. If you continue to apply properties of the past you will never realize the NOW that does not require "time."

Nothing exists as "real" until the moment YOU experience it. When there is NO "before" to your world, your world will be free because you will no longer chain your "self" to it.

M: I experience the world as real. “Real” means it exists for me.

J: You define it as “real” and, therefore, it “exists.” Obviously, “real” is what you say it is, for why else would you say it.

M: No. It exists and so I define it as real.

J: But who defines the "I" that defines the “real”? Make no mistake, you define everything and everything bends to conform to your concept of "self." The solution is quite simple. Change the "self" and change the "world."

M: Ok, I get where you’re going with this. So I should just live in my mind and not trust my senses? But, how would that keep me from walking into walls?

J: If you lived exclusively through the mind and not the body, "walls" could be moved as easily as mountains.

M: How does one “live exclusively through the mind” without using the senses?

J: If the mind is cause of the body, what need for the body and if the world you “sense” through the body is cause of fear, what need for fear? If fear caused the world, what need for the world?

If mind is source of all that you experience, what needs could you have that cannot be provided? Yet, you believe you need much more than your mind can provide. Thus, you have created a "world" for which to escape from your "self." But this is delusion because nothing leaves you.

Contrary to the world’s teaching, you do live exclusively through your mind, yet you have assigned yourself responsibility for only parts of the whole. You allow responsibility for anger, but not for war, although both have been justified as "real." I teach that there is no difference because bodily sensation is a delusion. Nevertheless, rest assured, nothing ever leaves YOU.

M: But I experience the world as outside of me.

J: This is because you are alienated from your ‘self’ and it stands to reason that all else must bend to join with that “experience.” The experience of being "outside" yourself is symbolic of alienation, but only because you do not know who you ARE. Know the Truth and experience must conform accordingly.

M: So how do I rejoin my “self”?

J: By realizing the “self” is not what you ARE and that you made it up. You take very seriously that which you feel controls you and this helps you deny that you made it thereby giving it power to MAKE YOU. You do not take seriously that which you make, because you feel powerless to make anything that will save you. Recognize you made the “self” and regain the control necessary to save your world.

M: So you’re saying that I should take myself more seriously?

J: Take serious what you made, but only to understand that you made it. In that way, it can no longer seriously trouble you. But recognize that you made everything and, in that realization, you will not have a care in the world. The world can no longer harm you when YOU are its maker, since you will no longer make it harmful.

M: Where does God enter into this equation?

J: God made you, but NOT as you know your “self,” but as God KNOWS. Learn who YOU are and know God. This is not at all complicated simply because there is no “formula” to Truth. Yet, you live by your formulations and so, must die by them, since YOU made death.

M: But I don’t want to die.

J: Then seek me out in another and LIVE. You are ready for the next stage of the curriculum and we must not delay. Because you are so deeply obsessed with an “outside” world, it is there that you must look to find Truth.

Make no mistake, I have returned. Why do you refuse to see me?

M: I didn’t know I was looking for you.

J: There is so much that you do SEE and, therefore, it is no surprise that I have been missed. It is time for you to give up your useless search for salvation and seek only for ME. I will wait, as I always have.

CHRISTMAS: An Experiment in Truth

M: Each year I seem to have more difficulties with the Christmas holiday then the year before. I find no value in it whatsoever.

J: When you state that you “find no value” what you mean to say is that you give no value. Value is a product of your mind that precedes and determines what you see, for otherwise, you would not SEE anything at all.

Indeed, what you DO value is your “difficulties with the Christmas holiday” and you DO see that with little difficulty.

M: So I should value the rampant consumerism and materialism of the holiday?

J: You do value this, for why else would it be perceived and attacked. Although this type of “valuing” adds by subtraction and thus, fails to correct for what could be seen. Perception in the name of attack, must always find its target.

You do recognize that the holiday, or "holy day," was originally established to celebrate the birth of your “savior,” but you also value this perception in order to subtract and not add to your experience. This is because you believe you have NOT experienced salvation and thus you see a “world” unsaved and guilty. Hence, you believe your withholding of value is justified on both counts.

M: That’s right, the day has no meaning. What meaning should it have?

J: I simply ask that you SEE it as a day free of ALL “difficulty.”

However, even this perception would be “difficult” because you have become accustomed to valuing your “self” based on your reaction to “problems.” Self-esteem is based on the ability to effectively overcome and cope with the problems that the ‘self’ creates. This self-imposed circular value scale is reliable, but completely invalid. It is only reliable because as long as you rely on it problems are expected.

The scale is invalid because it is determined by the variables being separate, or “outside,” the mind and thus beyond the realm of control. No problems could ever exist if the variables, or cause of problems, were accurately evaluated as to origin. Essentially, this IS your only problem.

The mind is the origin of ALL problems and correction is only applicable at that starting point. You do apply corrective measures to your value scale thereby adjusting the degree of difficulty you experience, but you MUST always perceive difficulties. Difficulties and problems are experienced, but at varying levels based on what you give value to IN the “world.” Even problems attributed to the “self” are dependent on the self being IN the world.

Nevertheless, you deeply wish to be problem-free, but refuse to believe that this would require discarding your value scale entirely, since it is the cause of all your problems. It is always how you SEE and not what you SEE that is cause of suffering, which is why I ask that you SEE DIFFERENTLY.

M: So if I get rid of all values will that improve how I see Christmas?

J: You could never accept being without some scale or system of value. The “self” could not exist in nothingness because you have determined that it be "something." This is why I provide a system more adequate to OUR goal, which is the complete eradication of ALL fear. Perceiving Christmas, and all your “days,” absent of fear, with no resistance to that absence, would cause perfect peace to inevitably fill the void. There must always be one or the other, but never both.

You either SEE through a prism of light or through a facade of fear. A prism spreads light, making Truth easily discernible. A facade only blocks the Truth that the light would permit you to see. Either way you must SEE through what YOU have determined as valuable. I simply ask that you discard your values and accept mine.

M: You’re actually saying that my problem with Christmas is that I fear it?

J: On some level, and you believe you “exist” through a multitude of levels, you fear everything you perceive. This is solely because perception, or the need to find meaning through the body’s “eyes,” originates from fear. Your fears are grounded in your inability to control an “outside” world that your “eyes” give witness to as uncontrollable, denying this is your choice. At times, you take great pride in an illusion of control, although you do recognize that the slightest opposing breeze could send your plans whirling into oblivion. Even in your greatest feats of control, you fear it could all come crashing down without a moments notice.

Christmas holds a unique position in your spectrum of fear, since it allows you a sense of control in projecting your fear onto a specified target. You have many specialized targets, yet Christmas is special in that guilt is tailored, not to a single individual, but to your whole world. This allows you the delusion of innocence through indictment of a guilty world “outside” you.

But you must suffer, since even this delusion of control does little to deny that their guilt is YOURS because there is no division.

This is the “difficulty” as you perceive it, based on your skewed value system, which seeks only to absolve YOU of guilt. This merely intensifies the fear of an uncontrollable world that you are part of, by denying that you are THE WHOLE.

The “self” is very clever and sophisticated in its attempts to offset YOUR guilt by projecting it outward to a “world.” In this way, your problems are detached from YOU and can only be found in an “outside” world. Yet, as I teach, you are your world and there is nothing you can find IN the world that is not first IN YOU.

M: I still don’t see how this will help me have no difficulty, or even less difficulties, with Christmas.

J: You can always have “less” difficulty by adjusting your perceptions to SEE with LESS fear. But you can never have NO difficulties as long as you value fear above peace. Therefore, I would suggest you accept the need to be free of your values because they are solely based in fear. To be completely free of difficulty is to be completely free of fear. Truth has no “difficulties” because fear is a lie.

Forget what you need, deny your losses, ignore what you lack and have trust in the values I teach. This involves a “leap of faith” that you have been loathe to even consider.

Nevertheless, for just one day you may wish to experiment with Truth.

For just one day, you may wish to drop your values and replace with mine. I value everything BUT fear. I assure you that by doing so you will experience something quite profound and never before encountered. I cannot adequately describe what a total absence of fear would be like, since the “self’ would seek to negate by making comparisons, all based in fear. Besides, you cannot understand an experience you have steadfastly refused to remember, at least until you refuse no longer.

Make no mistake, this time was established BY YOU and is completely under YOUR CONTROL as long as you are without fear. YOU have determined that this one day, out of all others, should have profound significance. I ask that you discard your values and substitute mine and finally experience the meaning of that significance. It is certain you will, but when is your choice.

Choose this one day in time to escape the limitations of time for all eternity. Essentially, you have nothing to lose but fear and you will gain everything in return. If you value Christmas completely free of all fear, you will see it without difficulty and celebrate not with "difficulty," but through absolute freedom.

Let the world be reborn through YOUR FREEDOM from fear.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Defined by Lack and Loss

M: Seems like the economic system is collapsing and I find myself worried for my families financial future.

J: A “self” defined by external circumstances can only substitute fear in place of perfect peace, because you have determined that external circumstances conform to “chance” and therefore, you LACK control of your “self."

Circumstances do not determine your destiny, because you are God’s Choice and that is devoid of time constraints and beyond all circumstances. This Creative “choice” must also be available to you, because your WILL is not divided or separate from Creation. Therefore, as God lacks nothing, you lack nothing and have everything.

M: If I could just create money, I wouldn’t have to worry.

J: Worry would no doubt continue, since HAVING only reinforces LACK as the faulty premise of your Being - and there is no argument that you deeply desire to BE.

There is no end to this circular logic, since a belief in lack precedes and fuels your belief in NEED. Essentially, to substitute your belief in lack with infinite HAVING would be to change your definition of BEING entirely. You might wish to consider this viewpoint since it does entail less fear.

You determine your worth based on your circumstances and if circumstances are lacking you are determined to suffer. Circumstances must always be lacking, since your lack subsequently defines your NEEDS and the “self” must have needs in order to exist as an active “self” engaged in fulfilling needs. Hence, you must always suffer, since you have many needs.

Imagine needing nothing at all. The very moment you experience the NEED for nothing is the very moment you will no longer experience your “self” as you have defined. This will be a very Sacred Moment, indeed!

M: So I could just “think” money into existence, right?

J: Not if you define your “self” as IN NEED, which would be a definition based on belief IN LACK. This is exactly how you currently experience yourself and this makes you victim to circumstances since you would not define yourself in this way if the world did not corroborate and support that definition. Yet, this is the “world’s” purpose as YOU have determined it.

BEING is of the mind and in the mind, but only because there is no division between an "outside" and an "inside" except when YOU divide them up. However, to one who “exists” based on the need to fill a lack, fear must always define that existence. Your fear directs your needs and never a thought enters your mind without pointing to a past or future means of filling a need and this you have ultimately defined as “happiness.”

Seeking for happiness is the definition of hell, because to seek what you lack means you have not found what YOU require. Hell is lack and lack is of your making since you were Created needing nothing.

To one who lacks nothing, no fear exists and a joy unconditioned by lack or loss guides your existence. This joy is indicative of complete fulfillment and the end of all “seeking.” Consider this: would you not be happier, if you no longer needed to seek happiness because there is no lack of it?

In your mind, “lack” must be present, but only because you would not exist as you now define yourself. Not to be, what you BELIEVE you are, is very frightening to one defined by seeking to fill a lack. Defining yourself by lack clearly limits what you can “think into existence.” At present, you could NOT “think money into existence” since that would collide with your belief in lack, which would negate the “self” from ever having existed, since it "exists" by and through lack.

M: So “lack” does not exist, even though people are starving for “lack” of food.

J: Lack and loss are of your making and you believe very strongly in what you make REAL, so much so that you deny you are its maker in order to achieve subservience to what you make by separating and dividing yourself from it. You see lack and loss everywhere and it does result in suffering, because that is the purpose you have assigned it in your separation from what you made. Your mind IS impoverished if starvation is what you see. An impoverished mind must project “lack” which demands that “others” must also need. This is because division is a fantasy you devised to hide from yourself. The mind is unconditional and does NOT lack for anything, but it can engage in conditional fantasies.

The complete healing of One Mind can nourish entire continents if that mind WILLS to be healed completely. I have proven the Truth of this, although it was misinterpreted as an external phenomenon and denied as possible within all minds.

M: So I can feed the starving multitudes?

J: If you are adverse to heaven and choose hell, the “multitudes” choose with you because WILL is the only correspondence you share. You do not share separate experiences of hell, since hell is clearly an experience of separation, but you do share the WILL to experience hell. However, you can share the WILL for Heaven just as easily, since that was the purpose of your Creation and you cannot lose or lack your purpose through your insane ideas. Unfortunately, for now, you continue to see this as the more difficult of the two and this is why you see only one.

M: But I don’t only see lack and poverty because I also see people with great wealth, too.

J: The self requires a contrast of opposites in order to uphold its allegiance to separate suffering. How else would you resist the Truth that has no opposite, if not through such opposing perceptions? Concepts of “wealth” must be conceived in order to establish NEED as the self’s founding principle. However, all deluded principles become inconsequential upon return to sanity.

M: So I should just believe I have everything?

J: I would suggest that you recognize you NEED NOTHING, as opposed to HAVING EVERYTHING, because the “self” will not then seek to inventory the “everything” I claim you HAVE, but you do not yet believe. You should not seek to demonize the “self" you idolize, but simply allow Truth to slowly dawn upon it. It will melt like ice in the light of Truth and in this way you will not be shocked or appalled at what you thought REAL.

In fact, this melting of fear is exactly what is occurring. The self is composed and constructed of fear. Therefore, the more fear that can be denied it, the more truth it will eventually experience. This is NOT God’s decision, but the path you have chosen and ask that I guide you and, so, it is the learning path we follow. Accurate learning cannot occur in an environment of fear and your mind is the environment through which learning must take place. Although learning is certain, fear causes distractions within the classroom thereby obstructing efficient apprehension of the chosen curriculum. This is the distracting delay you experience but deny that fear is the cause. Be distracted no longer by fear and know the Truth of what you ARE.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Look for Your Completion

M: How can I get beyond this feeling of sacrifice and loss in relation to what you teach?

J: Loss is defined by sacrifice, and you must ask how you can feel loss when there is nothing you can lose simply because there is nothing you are WITHOUT. You are not incomplete but whole, thus nothing can be lost to that which is complete as this would negate completion.

There is nothing here that can sustain you and valuing it for that purpose only perpetuates your lack of sustenance and your feeling of loss. Valuing anything as necessary to attain completion, only reinforces your belief in your incompletion.

Nevertheless, you have always felt that something was missing. You have lived with an emptiness that your struggles to fill have only served to further deepen. Every “loving” relationship, every moment of pleasure, every object coveted, has left you still feeling incomplete. Your relationships drain and disillusion you, your moments of pleasure fade and all objects lose their value. You are desensitized to the very reality you manifest simply because nothing can complete that which is already complete.

Your search is over simply because you have no "needs" and, thus, there is nothing to seek.

However, you do sense something there, beyond your perception, that you believe must sustain and complete you. Yet, you will never seek further then your expectations allow. As time passes, your expectations become less desirable only because you expect less, yet still hope for more.

You will eventually exhaust the search simply because in the end, death is your only prize and this is your most valuable expectation, since this you do not doubt . In your world you believe death is the only "need" you must fulfill. I teach that this, of all the beliefs you idolize, must be doubted above all.

This would be so very sad if even one aspect of this predicament were true. However, I teach that every belief you hold in your mind is patently false. Nothing you see or hear and every thought based solely on what the body’s “senses” need is delusional. Every concept in your mind that you employ to inform your choices is an indisputable lie and although you DO dispute this, the truth simply awaits your acknowledgment.

The only completion required is the complete disposal of all you have learned that teaches you are incomplete. You are beginning to have faith that there might be something more then what you have learned and this brings heaven that much closer. Heaven does not require sacrifice, only acknowledgment of its total completion and in that you acknowledge your own completion.

M: The problem is that I can’t let go of every belief, since how would I be able to interact with others or, in fact, do my job. If I let go every belief that I have based on the past, how could I continue to function? I’m afraid that what you teach is sacrifice to my mind.

J: Fear is your teacher and demands you teach what IT taught, therefore you have no idea of your function. Look at your world. Do you not teach what it taught you? Every thought in your mind teaches what you believe MUST be true.

I am here to teach you how to perceive differently so that learning can change. God does not “perceive” and heaven has no “perceptions” for which you will choose one above another. Love does not discriminate, but in a world that must be perceived, love cannot be SEEN and so, must be taught. If you learn from me, love is what you will teach and that curriculum is fearless.

I am teaching you to perceive love where you believe it is NOT and from that learning your perceptions will inform your actions, simply because what you perceive was determined before you perceived it. This is the goal that we must agree on.

In relation to the things that you “must” do, there is no reason to discontinue your “doing.” Yet, through a change in perception your "doing" will be transformed.

If you examine your current beliefs, you will see that what you DO must entail some degree of suffering. This is what you WILL experience in everything you DO as long as you do it for the reasons YOU think.

You have no idea of the reason why you DO anything, although you DO allow the world to determine your purpose and this is why you suffer. The world cannot teach what it does not know, so why allow it this function?

Consistent inquiring into your "purpose" may assist you in processing goals for your future, since currently, you do believe in your future. However, the goal must be determined from that part of you that has no investment in the world you believe is real. That part waits within.

Do you set your goals by the voice for truth or are your goals determined by the voices of the world, which loudly proclaim your incompletion and your need to suffer. Each day you must ask “whose goal do I choose?” Once the correct goal is determined, you will easily transform everything you do into a platform for ever greater peace and joy.

Inevitably, you must choose, and what you experience determines what you HAVE chosen. Do you experience joy or sorrow, peace or war, love or fear, freedom or bondage?

As you can plainly see, what I teach is very easy to learn and in what you experience there can be no mistaking the teacher you have chosen. What is your experience right now?

Do you really believe you know what you need? Do you believe you were Created incomplete and thereby have needs that must be filled? You must, since you live as if this were true and in all your goals and purposes you merely substitute the Truth of Heaven for your belief in incompletion. Look no further then your suffering, as it proves this substitution has occurred.

There is ever only one goal and that has been established by your Being. In time, all your goals will attest to your completion since you will teach it and, therefore, you will perceive it everywhere you look.

Look for it now!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

To Know It, You Must Teach It

M: I would like you to comment on the first part of this prayer by St Francis of Assisi

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;"

J: "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace ."

You ARE peace as God Created, yet you are NOT fully aware of what you are because war distracts your attention and fills your mind and thus you deny what you ARE, because you believe you have no choice. You believe you must prepare for war, yet still seek peace. However, if you believe that war is possible, you deny that you ARE peace.

God does not Create opposites, but God did Create YOU. When belief in war is alleviated, you will no longer SEE it. Every thought in your mind that does not attest to perfect peace, is a belief in war on some level and an affirmation of opposites. Nothing can oppose what God Created why would you believe the opposite?

Perfection has no opposite simply because there is nothing opposite God. Your belief in the opposite of peace is a belief in the opposite of perfection and this is why your mind holds both peace and war. God is unaware of your opposites.

You taught yourself war and, therefore, to learn peace you must teach it instead. Otherwise how could you ever know it in a world where peace is opposed by war. When peace is ALL you know, then there will be nothing to oppose the perfect peace that you ARE.

"Where there is hatred, let me sow love;"

You ARE love , yet you are NOT fully aware of what you are because hate distracts your attention and fills your mind and thus you deny what you ARE, because you believe you have no choice. You taught yourself hate and therefore, to learn love you must teach love instead. Otherwise, how would you ever know it in a world where love is opposed by hate. You believe you can have thoughts other then love. Therefore, you deny your perfection because perfection can have no opposite.

You will always seek oneness in a world of multiplicity and therefore, love must be sown for oneness to be known. Because God does not know hate , when you know love and nothing else, you will be love and nothing else. This is the "likeness" of God.

"Where there is injury, pardon:"

You were never pardoned because you have NO guilt . Yet, you refuse your innocence because judgment distracts your attention and fills your mind and thus you deny what you ARE because you believe you are guilty . Creation made you perfect, you judged yourself guilty and now you must forgive ALL in order to know your innocence. YOU are the world and the world is NOT separate from YOU, indict the world and YOU must suffer.

What God Creates requires no judgment of any kind, since what God creates cannot be harmed and thus, is guilty of nothing. To know your innocence you must teach forgiveness, otherwise how would you ever learn of it, in a world were all are judged and guilt demands vengeance. Make no mistake, those who believe in guilt, believe in harm.

Because you deny yourself as God Created, and project your "self" as something else, you have many choices and what you choose you will learn by teaching . You have learned war, hate and guilt and if you teach it, you must continue to learn it and this will fill your mind and you will deny what you ARE in your awareness of something else.

You may deny truth and choose something else, but you cannot negate it. If you fill your mind with peace and love, you will be fully aware of the perfect innocence that you ARE. But to learn the truth...

you must teach it...

Monday, December 1, 2008

All of It (conclusion)

M: I still don’t think it's possible for anyone to eagerly embrace suffering.

J: In what ways do you suffer?

M: Well, I’m not really suffering at the moment. I feel a little tired and I have a slight headache. I am a bit discouraged about my money situation and a little worried about the future, with this “economic meltdown” we seem to be going through.

J: You will remedy your headache with medicine and your tiredness with sleep and these discomforts you have normalized. The body only follows the mind’s lead and it is the mind that gives the body its direction, although you often reverse this.

However, you will seek to escape your discouragement and anxiety. Yet, they will return, causing you to seek other means and so on. It is fear that defines your need to escape.

I ask that you NOT fear your mind.

I ask that you not fear you moods or emotions. Nor need you fear your secret thoughts, your anger or rage, your accusations and complaints, your fantasies and dreams, your failures and successes. Do not fear your judgments and your hatreds nor even the regret and remorse that always follow. Let your memories be fearless so that you can seek to remember ALL OF IT.

Do not seek to predict your actions in order to hide from your judgments. Although you prepare for your world in many ways, recognize there is no need to prepare because preparation denotes fear and fear has always demanded you escape it.

If your mind gives you visions of horror, do not hide from what you see and if you wish to see more, do not deny this desire. When you become enraged by your world, do not seek to escape the “self” that rages. When you desire more of what you do not need, do not attempt to abridge or impede the extent of your desires.

You must be guiltless in order to see clearly, what CANNOT BE. When you SEE it, you will be willing to part with it and joyfully we will exchange gifts.

M: So you want me to live my life in fear.

J: Your life IS lived in fear, yet you seek to escape that fact. I ask that you no longer deny by seeing it clearly. This you have yet to do, but it is certain you will.

You will only see clearly when you no longer run from your mind , but seek to fully know ALL OF IT. Do not fear what you made REAL because what you made real was made to be feared and we must change that purpose. A new purpose will appear, but only when you SEE DIFFERENTLY what you made and that is contingent on that you see ALL OF IT.

M: What about love? Should I give that to you as well?

J: That is the product of our exchange, but only when you are ready to exchange. When you keep FEAR for yourself, I cannot receive, nor can I take it from you, simply because it does NOT exist. Yet, you believe you HAVE it and this is why you do NOT have love. You must exchange fear for love because you cannot have both as one has conditions, the other none at all.

Feel free to suffer with this as long as you so choose.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

All of It (part2)

M: I’m still stuck on this idea of “eagerly embracing” my suffering. So when I’m feeling some negative mood or I’m angry or bored, I should eagerly embrace these moods?

J: By embracing your suffering, you are no longer hiding from your own mind. Eagerness demonstrates to yourself a desire to exchange what you now know and suffer with, for what I know, which brings only infinite peace.

M: So if I’m angry I should just stay angry?

J: You should neither stay nor leave, but expect me to take what you offer in the recognition that it is yours to give.

In NOT attempting to escape or run from your mind, you are demonstrating your faith in my interceding for you. But this requires that you end your belief that of yourself you can somehow end your suffering. As the past demonstrates, you have never ended suffering, only permit its changing form. Suffering is always the same experience, yet you project it onto an array of “external” circumstances, thereby believing that each experience is somehow different, each requiring a different means of escape.

It is all the same. “There is nothing new under the sun” and that includes your suffering.

M: So I should be happy that I’m suffering?

J: It is good that you take note of the contradiction. However, this is exactly what I ask. Be “happy,” but only in the realization that there is no need to fear your mind and thus you need not run from it or escape it by any means. This is because YOU have allowed no means of escape.

M: There are psychological therapies that advocate not resisting negative emotional states. They advocate sitting with it so that it might dissolve. Is this the same thing?

J: In your world what appears to “dissolve,” only returns in countless forms and this repetition is what the world offers.

What you offer to me cannot return because that is the purpose of our exchange. It is a gift of faith that I return a million times more. Such an exchange is infinite. Yet, any exchange is impossible if you have nothing to offer, while I have EVERYTHING.

You have many methods of escape, yet none can impede your return to bondage. What eventually dissolves is your reliance on the methods that simply cause you to further seek other methods. Your only chance is to give up the search and embrace what YOU made real in the knowledge that YOU made ALL OF IT.

M: But if I made it, why can’t I unmake it?

J: We have discussed this previously, but you resist considering just how much your suffering defines “you.” You are still NOT prepared to closely examine this fact of “existence” and your only goal has been to escape this fact.

In seeking to escape, you will never SEE that it does NOT define you and you have always been FREE.

Of yourself, you cannot “unmake” that which you believe you ARE, because YOU would cease to exist as YOU have defined yourself, and this is your greatest fear. The task of “unmaking” is monumental and beyond what your fearful mind can consider in its weakened state. But such consideration will occur when you are ready. Yet, this is beyond the scope of my teaching, but NOT beyond God’s.

M: So what if I were to lose my job and become unable to pay my mortgage and lose my house. I should be happy with that? What you teach is a denial of reality.

J: Precisely.

M: So why don’t I deny reality a little more and rob a bank!

J: “Thou shalt not steal” is accurate, since there is nothing you NEED. This is why God would not command such a thing and it is absurd to even consider that God could. However, to one who has NEEDS, laws are necessary.

Everything you determine must be done in order to escape suffering, leaves suffering firmly imbedded in your mind. In your seeking ways to deny reality outside your mind, you deny inside and inside is where IT IS.

M: I think I’m suffering with this idea. It just doesn’t make sense

J: You suffer through much that I teach. However, although you discount and negate what I teach, we continue to talk. There is a part of you that feels that this is required.

You cannot suffer from the Truth. Yet, you can resist and suffer based on that decision only, but the decision is yours. Your suffering will save you when you decide it will. When you no longer fear the contents of your mind, what you will then experience is beyond what I can describe. Although I could describe it, you would only seek to escape the message.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

All of It (part1)

M: I keep hearing “all of it.” I don’t understand what you mean by “all of it.”

J: YOU cannot escape your suffering. Yet, you deny this fact by seeking to free yourself, believing that YOU can. I ask that you NOW eagerly embrace it and, make no mistake, only through that embrace will you be willing to give it to me because you will finally see it clearly. I will free you from your suffering, but only if you give ALL OF IT to me.

M: Hey, no problem, you can have it! I gladly give it to you.

J: To give ALL of your suffering to me, is a very frightening idea that you have yet to "gladly" consider. This is because suffering is HOW you define your “self.” If suffering were to cease, so would the “self” you have become accustomed to perpetuate as REAL.

In so many ways have you suffered. The pains of the body and the complaints of the mind. The hopelessness, boredom, anger, worry and depression. In so many ways, large and small, do you lament your existence. But always with the goal of seeking a way out; a way to erase all suffering. There is NO escape from what you made until you realize you made ALL OF IT. Until then, you will continue to make compromises in order to flee what you make REAL

It is NOT the pains and complaints that remind you of your suffering. It is your need NOT to experience what you make real that makes suffering your most powerful experience.

M: Oh that’s great! So your saying I should love my suffering!?

J: I ask that you no longer seek to escape your suffering. Not to suffer less, your methods seem to aid you in that goal, but only so that you are finally able to give it to me and suffer NOT AT ALL.

M: That makes no sense. In fact, why don’t I go out and look for more ways to suffer and really make the best of it.

J: You could and many do. The problem, however, is that they believe suffering is of God and not of their own making. Therefore, they embrace it for themselves and do NOT allow me to intercede. They are not willing to surrender that which defines them and, in fact, many believe their suffering makes them more worthy of God. God is NOT aware of your suffering simply because it is REAL only for YOU. Give it to me, and be aware of God.

M: So how do I give it to you?

J: Simply stop running from what you made and “gladly,” I will take it.

M: What do you mean, “stop running”?

J: There is no path in this world that will lead you away from your suffering. This is because you made both the path and the world, but only so that you could DENY you made suffering. It does NOT matter what you DO to seek solace from suffering. Everything you DO to avoid suffering, denies you made it and so it must persist.

M: I don’t know that I could ever love suffering.

J: I do not ask that you “love suffering,” since you have no idea what love IS. You must only acknowledge that you made it, so that you will be willing to give it away in the recognition that it is no longer needed.

Every path in your world, every action and every thought exists only to move you farther from suffering, thereby denying that you made ALL OF IT. Thus, you affirm that which you seek to negate.

You will only give it to me when you realize you can. You will only realize you can, when you no longer wish to escape it.

M: But others have taught this idea of “acceptance” and it doesn’t seem to have made much difference to the suffering in the world. It certainly hasn’t made much difference to my own individual suffering either.

J: The world’s “acceptance” is a resignation because you are resigned to accept what you believe you cannot change, thereby denying that YOU are its maker. I ask neither for acceptance nor for denial, only that you SEE it. When you SEE ALL OF IT completely free of guilt or remorse of any kind, you will offer it to me.

Turn to your suffering and eagerly embrace it and I will insure that it trouble you no longer, because you will then be willing to give it ALL to me. Until such time you will continue to spend your “life” seeking a means of escape.

To be free of suffering you must give ALL OF IT to me. You will not give to me that which you are choosing to escape in the belief that escape is possible and that all you need do is find the correct method. Your methods have been tried and failed. My method is guaranteed by God and this means that failure is IMPOSSIBLE.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

There is NO "Happiness," Only Peace

Your seeking "happiness" has no other purpose then to conceal Truth. Peace is all you require and it is what you seek to HAVE. Fortunately, it is available to the mind that no longer seeks happiness in a world where happiness cannot be found. Perfect Peace is your destination and it is also the way home.

M: So you’re actually saying that I should not trust in myself for anything?

J : Why would you?

M: I agree that I often do not know what is in my best interests. But, I do not have 24 hr access to this type of guidance you seem to ask that I rely on. I must rely on myself for some things.

J : This will only prolong your disappointment and delay learning Truth. In this way you can only HOPE to succeed in your endeavors, but you can never be CERTAIN of success. I offer certainty and my offer is NOT in anyway based on your belief in “time.” I do not follow your schedule, but ask that you follow mine, since I am not victim to your beliefs.

M: So you can inform me on the correct lottery number so that I can win the million dollar jackpot?

J : ALL of what you have determined as advancing your “happiness,” only succeeds in advancing your fear and subsequent discouragement. As I have stated previously, it is not "happiness" you seek, but Perfect Peace. What you now seek can only result in continued conflict, which, you will admit, is what you never seem to be permanently without. You may now wish to seek within because there is where permanent peace resides.

M: I should just stop trying to be happy?

J : The "self" you idolize would certainly NOT approve of an end to your search, since it is predicated on your seeking, but not finding. This is because the “self” is idolized purely for its ability to provide this abstract and obscure experience IN your future. It seems evident that this function has not served you effectively and a change in purpose would be beneficial. Seeking peace is that change in purpose and relies on fact, not fiction. This is because "happiness" is fictional and derives its allure from your belief in future nonsense.

If nothing is outside your mind, then your seeking happiness in an outside "world" is destined to fail because it is a fantasy within the context of a dream. There is nothing external to your mind that will bring you what you seek. Fortunately, when you end the search, peace will be the natural result, but it does require that you CHOOSE to end the search.

Contrary to “happiness,” peace need not be sought simply because it is not concealed from you, but is naturally revealed the moment you desire it. Are you NOT weary of seeking for what cannot be found? Do you not yet realize that what you continue to seek does not exist and never has?

Your world is a reflection of the conflicting purposes of your mind. Do not seek happiness through conflict any longer. Let peace overwhelm your sensation and fill your mind with the Truth of what you ARE. This is contrary to the “happiness” you demand to HAVE and, therefore, must always expect to experience, but never NOW.

Through peace, opposites do not conflict, but converge and trouble you NO longer. Allow a new purpose to your “seeking” in the confidence you will find it the very moment you choose it.

M: Then why I am not at peace all the time?

J : Simply because peace cannot be known by the mind which chooses to be preoccupied with “happiness” and therefore, you must choose differently. The longing for happiness has so occupied your thinking, that you fail to adequately define what it is and thus, you have no idea what you seek. Nevertheless, this minor detail does not impede your “pursuit of happiness.”

Make no mistake, the Truth does NOT require your experience of Truth for it to be True. It only requires experience to be True for YOU.

To SEEK happiness simply confirms that it IS absent, whereas HAVING peace is confirmed BY absence. In an absence of conflict with the world there is an absence of FEAR through which you can HAVE only peace. Happiness demands you seek that which you FEAR you may never find. Yet, once the seeking is over, peace easily and effortlessly returns to that which seeks for nothing, since peace was never lost nor need it be found. Peace is the freedom from ALL conflict that MUST result in profound joy.

M: Unfortunately, although much of this makes sense, it does not resonate with me as I believe it should. It still seems too obscure and distant to be experienced. Isn’t it true that for me to believe it as truth, I must experience it?

J : Why would you resist experiencing what makes sense?

M: Because it makes sense on a deeper level then sensory perception. However, it is sensory perception that continues to determine my choices.

J : Then you must ask why would sensory perception determine your choices if what makes sense is on a “deeper level”? If you resist what makes sense, you will determine your choices based on nonsense. This can only result in fear and conflict.

M: Many would say that what you teach is nonsense.

J: This would be true if there were “many.” It is not true, precisely because there is only ONE. An embodied 'self' must see the “many” in order to confirm it is only one of billions all seeking "happiness." This is your "crush of humanity" and it symbolizes a world obsessed with seeking for what cannot be found.

M: I don’t feel as though I am resisting and I want to learn what you teach, but I don't feel moved or profoundly shaken by these concepts.

J : Then clearly, you DO resist and so you should, only because you still require “time” through which to learn what I teach. Actually, although you wish to “awaken,” you deeply fear that what I teach might actually BE true and if what I teach IS true, then there is no “you” for which to be “moved or profoundly shaken.” Soon this idea will liberate you beyond anything you have ever experienced.

It is your desperation that obstructs learning, since you are very desperate to know the Truth, yet, you are just as desperate to avoid. Desperation will only confirm what is NOT true, only because desperation is a belief that allows only FEAR be true.

Do not learn from fear, but learn to see fear for what it is; nothing at all. As fear recedes Truth must be immediately available to your mind because your mind was made to hold ONLY Truth. Do not be afraid of what you really want since this will confuse you and keep from you that which is really yours and awaits acceptance from a liberated mind.

You could HAVE complete, permanent joy and peace in this very moment, but you do not want it for fear “you” would be harmed and make no mistake you do believe such profound joy would harm the mind that believes it MUST “suffer” and this is really the only definition of 'self.'

This is how YOU see it and therefore, this is why you resist. It is NOT my purpose to aid you in attaining what you believe would cause harm. It IS my purpose to aid you in learning that harm is impossible to anything Created from the Mind that knows NO fear, but is aware of permanent Peace. This is what you came from and this is what you are and this is what you seek. Let nothing come between that.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

I Know What You are, You Have Yet to Learn

M: So what do I do when I’m stuck in some fear-based state of mind, like when anger has taken over and there seems no way of getting out? In those instances, when everything has been said and done, all I’m left with is regret.

J: Forgive yourself for doing what you could NOT HAVE DONE, and then ask me what you should DO.

M: So I should just pretend that it never happened?

J: On the contrary, what you did was “pretend,” although in your mind, what “happened” seems very real to you.

M: So when I say or do something bad, I should just forget what I did and go on as if nothing occurred?

J: This strategy of “forgetting” has never been effective and this is because you could never forget what you make REAL. Therefore, you have always suffered through your memories.

The only possible solution to this dilemma is for you to realize that NOTHING you make IS real and everything you see...you made.

A world of insanity could not emerge from Absolute Truth, but it will dissolve within that Truth when that Truth is all you know. This means that only love IS real and anything you DO that is not within that experience, cannot possibly exist. So forgive yourself for believing it was real and allow me to take you beyond your delusional experiences.

You believe that the world gives you both love and fear. I teach that fear does NOT exist. Yet, because YOUR fear threatens to overpower you, you manufacture your own ideas of love, to reduce that threat. Unfortunately, since the world was made from fear, you are forced to literally stretch the mind in order to project your fantasies of "love" into the world so that you can “find” them when you expect to. You relentlessly persevere in your demand that love be present, to the point that actions clearly based in fear you refer to as “loving.” Many have died for “love” and, of course, this makes entirely no sense whatsoever. But, often, you have considered it "common sense."

Although you “pretend” that fear IS real, it is this pretending that you must eventually forget and, in that forgetting, love is the only experience that can be REAL. For now, you demand “pretending” that you are guilty and your attempts to “forget” your guilt only make you increasingly more guilty.

Why remember what could NOT possibly exist? You were not Created to be condemned by that which Created YOU. What right do you assert in condemning yourself? Unless, of course, you believe you are your maker.

M: It happens! How can I live as if these things don’t happen?

J: They “happen” to a mind that believes it is guilty and lives with the expectation of punishment. To be guilty is to expect punishment and not one day passes without your recognition of guilt. Simply looking into the eyes of your “loved ones” involves you in guilt and onto this, you substitute their guilt to excuse your own. To look deeply into the eyes of another is often a very frightening act for you. Is it any wonder it rarely occurs?

Essentially, you have no other choice. You could continue to respond to the world through your “fear-based states” and continue to expect guilt. This is the circularity you have always relied on, and, make no mistake; you have come to depend on this process continuing. And so it will, until it is no longer relied on.

You attack and defend and then, somewhere within this dance, you seek to resolve or end the struggle. Unfortunately, even when you believe resolution has occurred, inner peace is absent because guilt remains. You have not yet determined how to alleviate your guilt. Nor will you, without my assistance.

You have never forgiven yourself for your transgressions and they have gradually built a wall of guilt around you so deeply impenetrable that only I can help you tear it down. Without my aid, your guilt will maintain and reinforce your fear of the world because the world is as guilt ridden as you.

This is because IT IS YOU.

Although you believe you are separate from a world outside your mind, I teach that there is no such division. You are not now, nor have you ever been, an “entity” separate from YOUR world. But because you demand separation, it is easy to understand how you frequently tend to believe that the world hates you as much as you hate yourself.

Fortunately, “these things don’t happen” and it is all pretend. You have called on me to help you to STOP pretending because there is a part of your mind that has always known that this IS NOT REAL.

M: As much as I try to relate to the world as if it is not real, I can’t because my experience is that it is so very real.

J: I do not expect YOU to relate to the world as if it were “not real,” but to relate to it as if it were INNOCENT.

It can DO nothing to you.

First, you must learn that YOU are innocent, so that the world can be set free with YOU. You cannot go alone.

The most important part of my initial answer is that you ask me what you should do. This is because, even amidst all your pretending, I know what you ARE, while you have yet to learn.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Protecting Your "self" From Yourself

M: I just feel stuck and hopeless that I can ever understand what you teach. Therefore, nothing seems to change.

J: Once again I ask, what is it that you want to change?

M: Me!

J: In seeking happiness through the world’s values, this “me” you identify with is victimized, because you have denied YOU are ONE with your world. You are maker, NOT God.

You still refuse to be guided by the part of “you” that understands this message and can make the world anew.

I am that part of you. I am that part in every mind divided through judging fear by separate thoughts of self-protection. Think with me and SEE the world differently by unifying all perception through only one judgment. The world will never bring you joy, but you can extend that gift to the world and change the world eternally.

M: Yes and I am trying harder not to refuse, but it’s not easy for one who has relied on his own guidance for so many years.

J: Essentially, you have never relied on your “own guidance,” but merely the guidance of an “external” world that you believe made you and will eventually consume you so that you will be no more. The world teaches that you were born to die and you have no control of either.

This bipolar existence literally enslaves your mind, making everything in between birth and death a useless dance to a meaningless tune.

You feel compelled to follow the world’s guidance and therefore, you have made yourself victim to it. Victimization must always “wound” those that it enslaves. In following my guidance, you heal the wounds of the enslavement that has caused your suffering. But, if you continue to suffer, know that you are refusing to heal and ask yourself why you would DO THIS TO YOURSELF.

Do NOT answer for yourself, for you know NOT what you DO. Wait for my answer and in acceptance of my answer is the choice for healing accepted.

M: I suppose that every answer you provide simply informs that I must listen to you. But why am I not convinced? Why do I so often choose opposite your guidance or even refuse to listen at all?

J: Everything I teach is opposite what you believe “true.” Even the messages you allow to influence you in some small way, you bend and distort in an attempt to make it conform to what you believe and not the Truth I teach. This is how the world was made. Delay is to be expected but cannot last for long to one who deeply desires the Truth above all else.

With each and every moment of suffering, allow your fear to fade with the statement “I do this to myself.” Whenever you perceive attack upon your “self,” seek peace with “I do this to myself.” You must give up the need to protect your “self” from yourself, otherwise you will continue to SEE a world that supports your self-protection by attacking you.

M: How can I live in the world and not worry about self-protection or taking care of myself.

J: By taking away its power to hurt you in any way. You worry that if you replace the world’s values with mine, you will fail to function adequately IN the world. You fear that if you live by different rules, the world will then neglect and abuse you. My brother, YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF. There is no other because the world is IN YOU, as am I.

Are you not weary of self-protection? Are you not exhausted by your need to maintain vigilance against everything outside your mind? Are you tired of judging friend and foe?

Have faith that when you finally and forever let down your guard, the world will embrace you in a deep and loving JOY and you will worship one another for the gift of peace you have exchanged together as ONE. This will replace your misguided worship of a "god" that you could never know as long as you fear each other, thereby making fear the god you worship. God is REAL, but can never be found is a world made from FEAR. But, make NO mistake, God is there waiting for you to SEE.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

It Was You All Along

M: I need something more consistent than words. I need something on the outside. Some kind of miracle that I can see to prove what you say.

J: You have lost faith in the message?

M: I don’t think I ever had it. This is just me, writing down my thoughts. There is no “you” teaching a message.

J: Then the message must be false?

M: Well, didn’t you state that to learn your message, I needed to make the differentiation in my head between your words and my own?

J: That is required because you fail to trust yourself and, as in this very moment, you judge yourself as inadequate and useless.

The world has taught that I am “Son of God” and to know me is to know God. Through this declaration, you have denied your own inheritance and this requires I bring it to YOU.

To believe in the simple message that nothing is outside you, you require something outside be revealed, otherwise the message is false. Thus, you will never give yourself what you look to receive because the outside is IN, and only there will you find it. Seek within and receive your inheritance. That is my only message.

M: But I can’t tell if the message I hear is from you or me.

J: The problem is more a matter of your desire to hear ONLY you. When you desire to hear ONLY me, then that will be the ONLY voice you learn from. Until then YOU will require a separate world inform you of separate beings with separate souls and YOU will continue to be discouraged because what is separate cannot teach unification.

If you did NOT choose to write these words down, you would rarely listen. You chose to learn through this medium. If I had NOT allowed you this choice, we would NOT be talking and this is because you are very stubborn in what you believe.

Do you really believe that what you write are merely thoughts you constructed out of thin air?

M: Well, I have done some reading on spirituality in the past. Why couldn’t I simply be pulling up stuff from past memory?

J: Indeed, you could reach such a conclusion, since you have learned ideas from a host of other teachers. However, if this is true, then what part of your mind determined which teachings were worthy of attention, thereby resulting in what you learn now? I ask this because you do feel that much of what you write is true and that is why you post it for the world to see.

I have been with you always and have influenced your choices in ways you are not yet ready to have revealed, since it would only be cause for fear.

M: So it was not me determining what was true, but you all along?

J: Always!

Your “ego” is simply the part of you that has as its only purpose, resisting me. The world was constructed from that resistance in order to maintain separate "things."

M: But if the ego is a part of me, then who made it?

J: It was NOT “made,” because it could NOT exist.

M: But that makes no sense. I thought you said the ego’s only purpose is resisting you through construction of the world. Who or what is resisting you, then?

J: Nothing. A different purpose must be inconsequential and can change nothing if, in fact, it does NOT exist. Only one purpose exists and it is your only purpose. The world resists as long as you choose to learn from the world because there is no separation except in your mind. Only in your mind will the world be saved or continue as it is.

M: But then why am I resisting? Because it is clearly true that I am, more often than not, failing to follow what you teach.

J: You cannot resist certainty. You CAN impose your standards upon what is certain and you will believe in such limitations simply because you believe an “ego” CAN exist and give you certainty, even though it never has and never will.

However, this belief only delays the certainty that I exist IN you, as you exist IN me because there CAN be no division IN thought or in message because nothing else exists but thought and message.

As I have stated previously, YOU teach YOURSELF. But this idea confounds the ego’s deluded need for separation and division and for now, I must work within the limits of that need. You do believe in your ego-self and every thought you refuse to THINK WITH ME, confirms what YOU believe true. But there is no need to worry. Fortunately, you cannot be led astray by what does NOT exist. But, for a little while you CAN believe otherwise. This just wastes time but does not negate certainty.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

The Problem is NEVER Outside You

M: Parenting children must cause conflict since it means setting limits and teaching discipline. It seems impossible to be a good parent and still seek this “perfect peace” that you speak of.

J: Love is NOT aware of conflict and if you are, then you are unaware of love, while other goals are clearly more significant to you. If peace were the precedent guiding your actions then conflict would be substantially diminished. In your world, peace is never the guidepost because the world was made from the conflict inherent in separation and division and therefore it is fervently expected. When conflict is expected love is NOT.

M: But I love my children very much.

J: There is a part of YOU that is aware of love, but YOU are unaware of that part. However, you are aware of many different concepts of love and these you superimpose upon all your relationships. Sometimes your concepts seem to lift you, while other times you must suffer from what you believe, Yet, beyond your concepts of love is a love that cannot be conceived of, or even exist, in conflict.

The world teaches that sometimes love must hate and, although you adamantly deny that you could ever hate those you love, your moments of anger are composed of the same hate that you reserve for those you most despise. In fact, ironically, often those you profess to love the most have been the most despised.

M: I don’t feel like I hate my children in my moments of anger

J: This is true, but only after the moment has passed, at which time the ego seeks for a rational explanation to dissolve your guilt. Make no mistake, you comforting rationalizations are no different from the thoughts that rationalize war.

You construct many levels of fear in your world and this demonstrates the proficiency of the ego in minimizing what is entirely the same in ALL situations. Love cannot possibly be present in anger or fear and, although you will seek desperately to find it, in the moment you banished it you merely delay your greater goal. Frequent delay wastes time and makes the goal seem entirely unattainable. Goals evaluated as unattainable will inevitably be substituted by more attainable goals.

This is how your world was made meaningless.

M: But I have to teach my children how to effectively negotiate the world so that they can be successful in life.

J: As I have stated previously, your greatest successes are often misinterpreted as failures and your failures erroneously evaluated as success. These are the confused standards that cause your suffering and therefore, you expect others suffer through the same because, as you teach, "life ain't easy and you have got to be strong."

M: So I should not try to teach her how to succeed in life?

J: What you wish to learn is Truth, therefore, you must teach IT instead of your confused standards and this is because essentially the only one who must learn is YOU. You have always known the truth for I am always with you. But in your moments of anger and rage you discard me like you would a soiled handkerchief and seek to create your own means of salvation, which only serves to reinforce your bondage.

M: So I shouldn’t care if my children fail school or become teenage drug addicts. Your advice makes no sense in this world.

J: In a world of nonsense, you deny the absurdity by applying more nonsense, only you call it “common sense.”

M: First, you tell me that I don’t love my children and then you basically inform me that I shouldn’t teach them how to live a successful life. There is nothing of use in these recommendations. I cannot sit by and watch someone I love fail in life and become unhappy and miserable.

J: In SEEING “someone I love fail in life,” you have applied standards that exclude love, but idolize what the world values and the world certainly values "sucess."How much has been lost in the name of success?

Love does NOT see failure, but only Perfect Peace, regardless of actions or behaviors. Indeed, Perfect Peace sees a world where concepts like failure and success do not exist and therefore, all conflict is abolished completely and love is seen in perfect clarity.

What you SEE is in direct proportion to what you believe and, although it seems that this has no bearing on the objects of perception, the world conforms directly to belief. Perception gives you “failure” and “success” in direct correspondence with your confused standards, but neither concept has any relation to Truth.

Nothing can disturb the mind in Perfect Peace and therefore, nothing could “exist” that does NOT exactly conform to those parameters and this includes all your relationships. The problem is NEVER outside your mind. But, if you continue to believe it resides “there,” then there is where it must be experienced as perpetually unresolvable and therefore, compulsively repetitive. History must continue to repeat itself.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Past Regret, Future Promise

Every day you awake in hopeful expectation that future promise will dissolve past regret. You expect the “less” that you were yesterday be expunged by the “more” you hope to become today. There has always been one problem with this equation that you resist seeing. The result of all your hopeful expectations for more accounts for nothing but a decline to less through death.

The fact is that you are neither more nor less, but only because there is NO death. What is eternal cannot be defined by qualities you made up, but only through what Absolute Truth created.

M: You have asked that I no longer seek for happiness in the world outside my mind. Now I no longer seek outside, but the inside is empty as well. Now, I just seem indifferent to everything and when I do experience pleasure from an outside event or circumstance, I tend to negate it because it is not from within. What am I doing wrong? How can I find this inner peace you speak of?

J: You are beginning to understand that external circumstances are wholly inadequate in providing peace and joy. However, you still have not dissociated yourself from belief in external circumstances as the origin of suffering. Therefore, you will never believe that joy IS NOT available from an outside world as long as you continue to believe that suffering IS.

I have not taught that not only is joy is unavailable IN your world, but that joy is unavailable FROM your world. I simply ask that you become the origin and cause for that joy and NO longer expect it FROM the world. Stop seeking to GET, only then will you RECEIVE what you ask for simply because you will see that it has been with you always.

“Indifference” originates from fear and is a futile attempt to withhold value from everything. You believe that by withholding value you then cannot be threatened because if you value nothing how can you lose. Therefore, that which was created to HAVE everything by BEING everything, denies it is created as such and remains incomplete and must suffer from lack.

I teach that when you SEE value in every direction you look, a deep peace will be your experience. When I ask you to SEE DIFFERENTLY, I ask that you see it free of YOUR values, but not free of God’s.

You value fear. God does NOT.

M: But I can’t find this joy you speak of within myself?

J: If you continue to LOOK for what was SEEN before, you will expect your experiences to conform to the past. This is what the world teaches and how you continue to reinforce your weakness and inadequacy because the world has taught you to worship your PAST. Make no mistake, belief in the past is belief in future decline rather than increase, since death must always come to those who require “time.”

M: So, how will I know when I have begun to “see” free of the past?

J: When the world’s teaching no longer holds value, you will LOOK on the world differently and you will immediately see it free of the past. Currently, you fear that this will result in an unbearable emptiness, but I assure you that when you are emptied of the past, you will be naturally filled with a joy unimaginable to a mind that currently believes in death.

You may have begun to recognize that happiness is not IN your world, nevertheless, if suffering is still found, you must still hold to a glimmer of hope that happiness will somehow also be discovered. The past proves this is so, simply because happiness is still missing, thus you believe the future must hold great promise. But how can the future hold the promise of increase through a decline to death?

In recognition that neither promise nor death can be found “outside,” only joy CAN be experienced “within” and this must always include the world since you have only imagined a separation. This miraculous vision does NOT require that your “eyes” see it FIRST, because what you see will always correlate with what is WITHIN. Seek it there and nowhere else, for nowhere else is it found.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Do You Prefer Heaven or Hell?

Your “preferences” determine your experience and neither God, nor your world, interferes in this process of cause and effect. However, interference is your preference, due to the misattribution of God and the world as cause of your suffering. Therefore, your preferences are profoundly important to you, and from them you will experience the hell of your choosing.

M: I feel like some kind of shift in perception has occurred, but I can’t define what or why.

J: Many have experienced such a “shift,” although without guidance, interpretation is usually inadequate and a return to fear always results in quickly resuming the search for what YOU value in a world that taught you WHAT to value.

Now you are beginning to question the values that have determined who and what you are. Subsequently, you are also beginning to recognize that there is another way to SEE the world. But, you must recognize that this is only possible because you have chosen to allow my guidance, because, of yourself, you know NOT what you DO.

M: I feel slightly detached from the world, although I continue to participate in all the activities and tasks of daily living just like before. I can’t quite put my finger on what changed, but even though it is slight and barely perceptible, I do sense something.

J: A drop in baseline fear will always result in changed perception. However, contrary to “detached,” I would suggest that you interpret this as a greater engagement with your world, since only those free of fear can fully engage through Vision. Vision engages the world from an experience of deep peace and because this is within, it translates effortlessly to perception and literally alters the world you SEE. Nevertheless, I would suggest you leave the function of interpretation to me, as you are likely to misinterpret what is incomprehensible to an ego that interprets based on what IT believes you need.

What you are detaching from is fear since fear is your only attachment. In fact, fear is specifically defined by “attachment.”

M: But will this last?

J: As I have taught, your course is certain. Rest assured that what you have chosen to SEE differently, can never be seen the same again. Nevertheless, changed perception can never “last,” because if based on correct interpretation it can only increase, but the rate of increase is dependent on how much you desire to SEE the world without fear. You will progress at the pace you choose, since all that is needed is one solitary moment completely without fear for the world to be transformed. Nothing more than that is needed and nothing more than that will save the world.

M: I still experience a struggle, particularly when I must do things that I don’t want to do.

J: This is only because you believe YOU know what must be done and as I teach, there is nothing you “know” that has ever helped you except the fact that you know correct interpretation is needed. I teach that nothing NEED be done, but you doubt this and thus continue to expect that what you “do” will somehow, someday save you.

Make no mistake in that your “pursuit of happiness” is nothing more than an expectation that some aspect of the world, some value the world holds as "true," will provide you salvation. Obviously, attempting to extract salvation from what does NOT contain any redeeming properties will incorporate great struggle indeed. “Struggle” merely symbolizes that, although you desire guidance, you doubt what I teach and continue to learn from your preferences and you do prefer to be saved by the world rather than from the world.

Look closely at your preferences. To “prefer” is to make one choice above another, based on a value system you believe is your own. Yet, not one thought you reference to guide your conduct has ever been your own. Nevertheless, these are the thoughts you “prefer” to guide you.

Yet, It is your “preferences” that delivers you hell, simply because choices based on delusional thinking can only cause suffering. But, rather than look to the origin of your preferences, you merely compulsively repeat your choices in the expectation that only you can “decide” what is best. In so doing you have become your Source and if this is true, then your Source is lost to you. But never are you lost to your Source. Your Being was God’s preference and in that, no further consideration is required by YOU.

M: So you’re saying I should make no decisions based on preferences?

J: Decisions NOT based on Truth “decide” nothing whatsoever, since delusional thought can only create further and more complex delusion and this conforms to cause and effect. Decisions based on Truth are infallible and in fact, create Heaven and this too, conforms to cause and effect.

Your preferences give you the opposite of Heaven and this experience you often refer to as “hell.” In Truth, Heaven has no opposite, but in your mind, “hell” seems very real and thus, easily and effortlessly availed.

Your preference for hell takes many forms but, make no mistake, all experience is based on your preferences and nothing else. Make choices based on your preferences and observe how even the slightest impediment to what you “prefer” will subsequently thrust you into a hell of your own making. Such is your preference for hell.

M: How can I not prefer one thing over another? How can I live in the world and not have preferences?

J: By recognizing that you do not “live in the world,” but rather, the world lives IN you.

This simply means that any differentiation between “self” and “world” is entirely based on your preferences only. Preferences “include by exclusion” and all your relationships originate from this principle. In fact, your relationship with the world is built on preferences and what you do NOT prefer is excluded from a world you believe you live IN. But if the world lives in you, you have essentially cut away parts of yourself keeping what you prefer and discarding the rest.

M: But I still see parts that I do not prefer, so how could I have discarded them?

J: If the world is IN you, then nothing leaves your mind. How else would you give value to your preferences if not in contrast to what you discard?

I ask that you gather together these discarded remnants that fear has ripped asunder and fully participate in Creation. You so deeply long to be whole, yet you continue to fragment yourself through preferences. The constant toil of fragmentation is virtually intolerable to you and this makes you feel victim to the world. Yet, you continue to condemn the parts you do NOT prefer, but the parts have neither the the power to victimize nor the power to save that which relies on exclusion.

M: I would “prefer” not working for a living. How does that enter into your theory?

J: What would you prefer instead?

M: That money simply come to me with no effort on my part.

J: You may “wish” that this were true, yet you believe the opposite and this is what informs your preferences. Therefore, your preference to “work for a living” is clearly compatible with what you believe is true and certainly NOT what you “wish” were true. Wishing the “world” were somehow different than what you believe it IS does not negate what it is, because YOUR belief made it.

You have also considered writing these dialogues for a "living.” However, again this wish is incompatible with belief, since you do not attribute “value” to what you write. This is because you do not attribute value to what I teach and therefore, you continue to negate your “wish” simply through what you believe is “true.”

M: So I just need to change my beliefs to be compatible, without a doubt, to what I wish to occur?

J: This is all that need “occur” and I have NO doubt that it will. However, to perform this operation you would first need to believe “without a doubt” that I teach is Truth. This is all that is meant by “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me.”

Your world attests to what you do believe, without a doubt, and what you “prefer” is always within the context of your belief in the “world.” What I teach is not aligned with that context in any way whatsoever. Yet, you MUST learn it nonetheless.

You are so deeply enmeshed within the context of your world, that for you to truly understand the magnitude of the work required would immerse you in the deepest sense of hopelessness, and you do sense the immensity of this task at times, but not fully.

This is why you cannot proceed through preferring what the world teaches, because the world teaches that you are alone. To go alone is NOT to go at all, for Truth does NOT recognize parts, but SEES only the whole. This is what YOU must SEE.

To prefer the whole above the parts is to prefer infinite freedom, and not simply that your body be allowed to move from place to place and make choices based on preferences that benefit no one. To exclude nothing is to join with everything in the realization that everything is YOU and this is blissfully preferable to being alone.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tailgating

J: Notice your bodily tension.

M: Yea, well, I think I have a right to be tense since this person behind me is rudely tailgating me. Unfortunately, I’m not enlightened like you and inconsiderate people still cause me anger.

J: It is the seeking of this obscure and ambiguous state of mind you call “enlightenment” that has always distracted you from knowing my message and I assure you that to know my message is to KNOW more than any concept you could ever conjure up through your distorted thinking and absurd beliefs.

Obviously, you do not believe you have found “enlightenment,” therefore, while you construct inner fantasies, you will continue to rely on the tools you believe effective in negotiating a "world" you imagine as “external” to mind.

Although you do recognize anger has never been effective in bringing peace to your world, you compulsively refuse to discontinue valuing it as a tool to avert fear. I teach that anger IS fear. However, by complicating the simplistic you believe you impose order to chaos and thus, your names for fear are many and complex. Thus, in your world, anger serves to empower as well as to hate and often you are confused as to which "name" you choose to experience as “truth.”

Your current bodily tension is a symptom of a mind in fear, and not a world in chaos, since fear is always unorganized and projects that disorganization onto a “world” which you experience as chaos.

M: I understand that you teach there is nothing outside the mind. But, it isn’t that easy to change my perspective since I have always lived from the perspective of an outside world. It is no easy task to see this differently. In fact, this has been very difficult and often I feel it is downright impossible.

J: Essentially, habitual fear, and its many derivatives such as anger, seem much easier to access and experience than love or peace and many of your habits took years to nurture and incorporate within your “self.”

In fact, you really have no idea what life would be like without your anger. Without your anxieties and your varying needs to experience depression, what would your “self” be like? With no disappointments, discouragement or disgust how would “life” be experienced? You have often wondered what life would be like if you had absolutely no fear whatsoever. I say to you, the “self’ you made is made from fear and if you had no fear; no anger, anxiety or depression; no discouragement or disgust and no worries whatsoever, the “self” that you embrace as resembling “you” would not be SEEN at all, but VISION would most certainly continue. Now, you must wonder, what you would SEE in place of this.

However, when you look in your rear view mirror, what do you see?

M: A pickup truck, but what difference does that make?

J: Who is driving?

M: I don’t know! It looks like a man or possibly a teen aged boy. Again, what difference does it make who is driving when the fact is, I’m being rudely tailgated by an inconsiderate person?

J: Have you ever failed to “consider” another? Essentially, you have constructed a world were “consideration” is reserved for the very few and nestled in your tiny coalitions of concern, the parts you choose to include must also exclude.

M: Okay, I know where you’re going with this, the old “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” song and dance! Yes, I imagine there have been times in the past when I have been inconsiderate and maybe even tailgated another car. But that does NOT cancel out what is occurring now, nor does it help to take away my anger.

J: My intention was not to introduce old and tired “scriptural” verses into our discussion. Nevertheless, in doing so, you have identified that there have been times when you have “sinned,” just as there are times when you are victim of "sin"?

M: Sin! I don’t consider the driver behind me a sinner. They’re just being rude and inconsiderate and causing me anger.

J: Therefore, you have indicted the driver as guilty.

Make no mistake, whenever anger is experienced, guilt has been automatically determined and righteously applied because to your mind, “sin” has occurred. You would like to believe that there are degrees of guilt just as there are degrees of innocence, but I teach that there is NO such difference, but only because there is NO SIN. Sin demands guilt and what is guilty must be excluded from the whole. Although YOU will admit to errors in judgment, as you are “only human,” sin is ERROR MADE SACRED and demands guilt run deep and punishment be swift.

How would you expect he be punished?

M: I don’t think I want him punished. I just want him off my butt.

J: So even in this instance a price must be paid for innocence to be restored. If he ceases to tailgate you, will he be redeemed or will his guilt remain with you? Will anger be dissolved and no longer direct your sight or will you remember your anger in order to SEE future guilt.

M: I suppose if he were to back off or turn onto another road, I would eventually no longer be angry.

J: Would that signify his innocence? Or will the next occasion of "tailgating," even if perpetrated by another, merely resume his guilt?

M: How could he be guilty if someone else is tailgating me?

J: Condemnation runs wide. You rarely know the names and often fail to see the faces of those who are guilty and even when you do identify a separate “body” for which to blame, your vengeance condemns the whole. Therefore, are they NOT all the same to you?

M: Not the same people, just the same actions.

J: Actions are not guilty and punishment is reserved only for the mind guilty of "sin." Make no mistake, although you may no longer use the archaic label of “sin,” you still seek out guilt and judge it worthy of condemnation and vengeance.

In fact, there are even times when what they DO is often less important than the guilt they are believed to represent. In your world, the color of skin can determine guilt as easily as “actions.” In your world appearances demand judgment. What you SEE determines the degree of fear or anger and the level of vigilance you must embrace to protect yourself from possible threat. In your world, it is often impossible to identify and separate victim from victimizer, saint from sinner. This is because there is NO difference, except in YOUR mind where YOUR world resides.

They are all both victims and victimizers. They all experience fear and, like you, are vigilant to protect from threat. Yet, like you, they all suffer and wish for redemption.

You are that redeemer. Yet, if you reject this function, then their guilt is yours and you will accept the judgment you project. If you reject redemption, you then ask for guilt. However, If THEY are redeemed, YOU are innocent.

M: So I asked to be tailgated?

J: It is what you do NOT ask for, that you do NOT see and you do NOT ask for the peace of innocence, because you believe you are guilty and the world joins in that guilt. You believe in your guilt and thus, you see it everywhere. When you realize innocence, it will occupy your sight and ALL will see what you SEE.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

There is NO Division

M: Christianity seems to be constantly focused on our sins. What is ‘sin’?

J: Sin is the attempt of a “world” outside your mind to justify your suffering and make it REAL. I teach that only YOU can justify the world and it is ONLY what you THINK and nothing more.

“Sin” informs you of guilt and you see it everywhere you look simply because everywhere you look is YOU. Sin is required by a world obsessed with maintaining insanity through the belief that what was Created from Absolute Joy and a Love absent of all conditions, could somehow be altered by the body’s need to be an object of conditions. You are NOT a body and thus, under no such conditions.

Sin demands that you judge what you see and thereby make real what is NOT of God in anyway. Judge no more and see it fade like darkness with the morning sun. You world is desperately in need of such light and waits for YOU to see the world free of all guilt. This is the “awakening” your ancient master’s teach and it is a profound and incomparable joy.

If you could NOT judge as guilty that which you see, would you see it at all? If there were no guilt anywhere in your world, what would you see instead? Contemplate this deeply for it IS your only goal. It is the perception that stops time.

M: You’re saying that the world was made from judgment and sin?

J: Sin demands judgment and judgment assures death. By judging your world you have condemned yourself to suffer the same fate as that which you SEE simply because there is NO DIVISION. What is divided must decay because it believes it is apart from what sustains it. The world has never sustained you.

Does not the world demonstrate the inevitability of death? The wages of sin are death and you do believe in death, therefore, you do believe in sin. The magnitude of this judgment must follow you to the grave since death is sin’s only consequence. The world is condemned in your eyes and through that judgment you have condemned yourself.

There is no sin in God’s Reality, but in your “world” sin is the law of the land and all your laws seek to deal with sin through a justice that demands vengeance.

A "justice” that condemns sin is certainly blind, but not to sin. You wish to believe that you have discarded the ancient labels and that you are above the archaic judgments of the past. But your JUDGEMNT is a direct result of past learning. Your judgment is centuries old and although you no longer speak of “sinning” you do condemn those who break the laws that sin has made necessary. “Vengeance is mine saith the lord,” because YOU have no reason to consider it when Truth is relied upon rather then your judgments. Give it to the ONE who can banish it without a thought, simply because it is not worthy of your thinking and could never exist in an Absolute Mind that knows nothing of sin.

Sin no more, by seeing sin, nowhere.

M: What about those who steal and murder. Are they not guilty and deserving of punishment?

J: This was asked of me regarding my betrayal, but I could not SEE what they saw because my mind was free of judgment. I could SEE no sin and therefore, I did not KNOW of vengeance.

The mind that believes it can be “murdered” must protect itself from its own belief, seeking to escape what IT made real. The mind that believes it is incomplete can have “stolen” what it believes is needed for completion. When you choose to protect yourself from your own beliefs, you can only be destroyed, because you believe destruction possible. Self-protection insures your death. Be thankful God has insured infinite life. Your judgments have no effect beyond “time,” but they are a great burden that YOU place upon your time.

I have asked that you change your mind from thoughts of incompletion and death, to completion through infinite life. You cannot be harmed because what cannot perish is invulnerable to thoughts of death. But you must know this as fact so that you can make invulnerability real in your own mind. Therefore, it would benefit you beyond measure to no longer consider death as fact.

M: I don’t know about your world, but in this world, people must be punished for violating laws otherwise anarchy would rule.

J: Anarchy is the “rule” you follow, yet you make compromises with insanity so that you can call it “common sense.” My world is yours and the order is divinely determined based on laws that do NOT limit Truth but allow it to Create endlessly. I ask you to join me and it is certain you will and you will not need to do a thing because all is in order. I only wait until you have finally decided nothing NEED be done and thus give up the need to demand order from insanity.

When you end the fixation on death, you will seek reprieve from what you have done to yourself since, in that moment, you will have no doubt that YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF. Through that understanding are all “others” freed from what you would have THEM DO UNTO YOU. God needs only ONE MIND to see the Truth, for all minds to benefit as ONE.

There is NO division.