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.