Sunday, May 11, 2008

Accept NO Substitutions

The fearless mind can accept only peace and will not substitute delusions for Truth. Your "spectrum of fear" has many levels and degrees, but only one experience and that is absence. Whenever you are absent of deep and abiding peace, know that you have accepted fear and seek to change your mind by thinking with me.

M: I can’t seem to incorporate this into my life.

J: Nothing need be incorporated, just believed as True. Only delusions need be integrated, simply because obsessing on parts obstructs understanding the whole. If you do NOT believe this then it is understandable that you are deluded into making something a part of you, that you have never been without.

M: Then how come I don’t know it as me?

J: There is nothing to “know.”

M: Is this a riddle?

J: Paradox is your invention and it exists only in your mind. Dissolving paradox is your choice as well and all that you need do is make the choice to SEE it differently.

M: It seems clear that you know God. But I do not have such a personal relationship.

J: There is only one very simple criterion to such knowledge and without it, such knowledge is inaccessible. The only criterion is that you MUST want it.

M: That’s it? I just need to want it? I think I have demonstrated that I want this knowledge. What more am I expected to do?

J: This may seem rather elementary to you, but if you look closely you will understand that of all the things you do want, Truth is usually not desired. When you want this knowledge, you will have it and it will be as if it were never lost to you. However, since you seem to experience being without it, you must ask yourself if you are certain that you want it?

Demonstrations are unnecessary to Truth, however, you have found it very important to demonstrate your need for sacrifice. Notice how you struggle to rely on sacrifice even though I teach that it is unnecessary and was never needed, since I proved it is unnecessary.

Everyday you look outside your mind and speculate on what might provide you "happiness" and everyday you find what requires sacrifice and varying degrees of suffering. There is beauty and goodness to SEE, but never for long, since permanence is not a category of your thinking and therefore, it is not a factor of your "world." But, no matter what you believe you see, it is always an absence that you experience. Make no mistake you are absent of nothing, but you need seek WITHIN to learn that Truth.

Therefore, in answer to your question, what you are expected to do is simply remember your completion and believe it as fact. At present, this is believed as an expectation, since I teach that you could never be anything but complete. Your amnesia is a state of mind that does not affect the Truth in any way. The Truth is that you could NOT forget your Being even for one single solitary moment.

M: You seem to be constantly taking me in circles. I am absent of nothing but forgot that I am absent of nothing, although you state I have never forgotten.

J: You have asked of me what is expected of you. I answer that nothing is expected of you, but that which you expect from yourself. You have not forgotten simply because to forget is to be absent of memory and, as I state, you are absent of nothing. Therefore, as I teach now, and have taught throughout "time," what is of you by nature of your Being, can never be lost to you.

If you substitute your "expectations" for Truth, then you have convinced yourself that remembering Truth has no value and what has no value you easily forget. In the exact split second that you choose to remember, that memory will extend beyond time. But know this, to forget is your choice as well and from this choice alone, "time" emerged and became "real" for you.

M: So although I am not absent of the memory of Truth, I choose to absent myself from it. In other words, I do know what I seek, but am afraid to be aware of what I know, which you are saying, is what I seek. This doesn't make sense!

J: To "make sense" of the world demands the body teach you what it could never understand. I can teach you Truth, since, unlike you, I do NOT fear nonsense.

M: There is absolutely no way to be without fear.

J: BE with perfect peace.

M: You speak of it as if I could magically conjure it up from nothing and, abracadabra! The world is at peace. All I need do is think peaceful thoughts and the world will magically conform to my thinking. This is just so completely opposite of what I experience.

J: Nevertheless, this is exactly what I teach!

"World peace" IS your highest thinking and to demand it NOW, particularly while you think so little of yourself, has only served to further confuse you since you are so utterly fixated on "time" and have no understanding of NOW. However, rest assured there will come a "time" when you will think of yourself completely without fear and peace will fill your mind as an "experience" never before known.

You should still continue to look for world peace and the more you believe you will find it, the more it will be SEEN. Currently, however, you believe you must be fearful and thus, you have accepted fear rather then peace, and this is what you find. Therefore, since fear occupies your mind, it would be beneficial to understand why.

M: So why do I fear?

J: Because you do not think with ME.

I informed you previously that fear permeates your mind so deeply that you are never entirely without it. Because of this, you actually have come to rate the quality of your life by the varying degrees of fear you experience from moment to moment. There is never complete joy, but only fluctuating levels of fear. In fact, your "happiest" moments are when you are less fearful, rather than more "happy." It is important that you understand that your "pursuit of happiness" is nothing more then seeking to reduce fear.

Of course, this way of life is absurd and has never been effective in ending your suffering, yet you choose to live by such insane contrasts. To truly learn and experience what I teach, your mind must be fearless, otherwise, you will only distort the message through the self-protection that fear requires.

Recall how even today you struggled hopelessly with your abstract fears. Although you frequently fail to adequately identify the sources of your fear, you do define the struggle as one of LESS “happiness,” rather than MORE fear and you ask, "why am I NOT happy" rather than "why do I fear."

Be certain that with any minimized experience of "happiness," there is always a maximized acceptance of fear in your mind. Do not seek out what can make you happy, but what it is that demands you fear. When you learn what that is, extinguish it through my guidance and allow peace be restored WITHIN.

You must learn to more accurately define yourself by what you have ACCEPTED rather then by what you DENY. When you deny Joy, then clearly you have accepted fear instead. You may feel this distinction is superficial, but I assure you it will result in greater clarity and understanding. This is because fear clouds your mind and makes Truth increasingly more inaccessible. Essentially, it is the end of fear that will bring you "happiness," rather then your current futile attempts to "pursue" it.

Do NOT negate peace through an acceptance of fear on any level. Your mind must accept either peace or fear. If you accept fear, you will experience that acceptance by degrees and often you will be unclear as to what degree and to what purpose you have hinged your acceptance. Fear is always abstract and based on uncertainty. Peace is concrete and based on the certainty of what is REAL.

I can inform you of what is REAL, since your life is testament to your consistent uncertainty as to what is REAL. From this uncertainty and incompletion, "reality" unfolded within you and, in fear, you made parts of your mind external to your own thinking and you call that your "world."

M: All this seems to make sense, but I need more concrete approaches to reduce fear and experience greater peace.

J: Know without doubt that any moment you are NOT experiencing joy it is because conflict has been erroneously accepted as a substitute to peace. Conflict is indicative that you have decided what you NEED in order to experience “happiness.”

Know also that in determining that you KNOW what you need you have denied the peace I provide. In these moments you have allowed your “self” to be your counsel and advise you in the choices you believe must be made. If you rely on that which does NOT know who or what you are, you will NOT learn what you need. I know who and what you are and therefore, I will teach you what you need.

M: I’m not experiencing joy in this very moment right now. But then, I’m not necessarily experiencing happiness, joy or peace either.

J: This evaluation is incorrect and that can only mean that you are learning from a poor teacher. If you do not experience peace then it is fear that you choose to learn.

Even the slightest anxiety, the mildest annoyance or agitation, can withhold from you an entire universe of Truth and an experience of indescribable joy.

M: So what would you advise I think in this very moment?

J: That there is nothing you need in this or any other moment. However, you have yet to fully accept this advice and thus you remain deeply obsessed with substituting "happiness" for peace. This only results in unnecessary suffering in your stubborn refusal to understand that YOU DO THIS TO YOURSELF.

In any moment that you do not experience peace, recognize that you are choosing fear. Fear is always experienced as a mood that is based on your projection of past learning into an expected future. You believe that if you could only correct the "sins" of the past, you would experience a future more to your liking. I teach that there are no sins of the past simply because you are forgiven and this is inherent in your Being.

NOW is the only Truth and when you accept fear, you replace peace with conflict and NOW is lost to you. From this point forward, allow no substitutions and accept ONLY peace.

2 comments:

  1. it does seem like suffering is necessary in order to rid ourselves of delusion, that discomfort need be experienced before one can awaken. maybe the suffering is delusional, but it still seems very real when being experienced.

    Also, would you care to touch on what you think J means when he says that focusing on the parts obscure the whole? or just that one should focus on the whole and not the parts?

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  2. "Notice how you struggle to rely on sacrifice even though I teach that it is unnecessary and was never needed, since I proved it is unnecessary."
    this is unbelievable. why would i remain in hell when i could get to heaven without any sacrifice? I mean again, maybe sacrifice is delusional, but it seems like you won't realize that until you've awakened to truth, which requires perceived sacrifice, which will seem very real.

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