M: Why? Well, I have no interest in this holiday socializing.
M: I don’t know. Anything but this, I suppose. Obviously, I’ve certainly participated in holiday revelry in the past and I’m no stranger to social activities. However, since talking with you I have found little satisfaction with past activities.
An ego without a purpose cannot continue to function adequately and YOU do desire adequate functioning. In your chaotic, relative world, you have determined that adequate functioning is the best you can hope for and this you have defined as in your "best interests."
M: Ok, so what would you have me do in this situation?
M: How can that be? I’m sitting here doing nothing. I have not actively engaged in anything with anyone.
M: You’re saying that my failure to engage in the social activities is resulting in actually my “doing” something? How can that be? I’m not really acting in any way with external events.
Of course, this makes no sense, for how could you negotiate with what is not real. Nevertheless, this is what is occurring by your own choice and you do very much believe in your choices.
Nevertheless, I have no investment in your choices and do not interpret them as real and therefore, since I am aware of truth, I can aid you in negotiating with what is not true.
Unfortunately, you have NOT considered OUR purpose, only YOUR purpose in your current decision. This is based on a previous decision as to what is “real” and whether engagement was worthy or unworthy to you in the past. Either way, you will remain dissatisfied and you always have.
M: Then what does this “do nothing” mean in relation to what is happening right now.
Nevertheless, in this moment you do not avail yourself of NOW, and thus, continue to base your decision, as to your current purpose, on the past. All your purposes are based on this bundle of misinterpretations of the “previous” and the “before” and other strange ideas of what once worked for you. You actually worship past decisions and therefore, you worship your "self" and continue to perpetuate that as the final arbiter of all that is "known." I teach that you “know” nothing as long as you continue to base decisions on your "self."
M: So in my attempt to do nothing I’m actually doing something since all “doing” as you teach is of the mind. Thus, you teach that I must think with you. But what would your thinking be in this very moment, since clearly, as you point out, I’m not thinking with you?
Nothing that you have ever “thought” and nothing you could ever “think” can benefit you in any way. You have no plans and need not consider purposes, since you know of none that has ever aided in alleviating your suffering or the suffering of the world you perceive as “out there.”
You need make no decisions and thus, can easily free your mind of all judgment as to what should occur. When nothing need occur, all will be available to the mind that NEEDS nothing since nothing is lacking. To this mind, nothing NEED be done.
M: This still does not help me in this moment or at this time. I’m here in this place and occurrences will impinge upon me and I will be forced in some way to respond or to act. So how will I experience myself when forced to act?
Therefore, it is easy to understand the opposing impressions, which seem to be your experience. In your world, everything must have an opposite for you to experience your “self” since the self demands opposition to accentuate itself as separate from others, the world and God.
You consistently resist a convergence of opposites and never the two shall meet as ONE. As such, you delude yourself into a belief that happiness is your purpose. But, how can this be when happiness means simply no conflict and thus, no opposition. I would suggest you redefine your happiness as “peace,” since this is essentially means the end of all opposition. Perfect peace is of God and this, and not happiness, is OUR goal.
Therefore, in your present circumstances, you should no longer seek for "happiness" since all your concepts of happiness are muddled, confused and chiefly based on your odd and conflicting sense of being a separate “self.”
Yet in seeking peace, you DO have a conceptual understanding of the experience of peace, although in the past you minimized this as an aspect of inadequate functioning and thus pressed ever onward in “pursuit of happiness.”
In every situation you find yourself ask in the moment of experience, is peace present. If not then clearly, your ego goals of “happiness” have infringed on peace and thus, we are NOT working together. I do not teach happiness, only peace. “Happiness” has always been your decision and thus your delusion. Peace is the only rational goal of a mind in conflict in which opposites are perceived as that which holds the world together, yet, in "reality," only serves to keep the world apart.