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How can I best listen to my soul? If the soul is the boss, really, how can I make sure I get those memos from the front office?
The first thing you might do is get clear about what the soul is after-and stop making judgments about it.
I'm making judgments about my own soul?
Constantly. I just showed you how you judge yourself for wanting to die. You also judge yourself for wanting to live-truly live. You judge yourself for wanting to laugh, wanting to cry, wanting to win, wanting to lose-for wanting to experience joy and love-especially do you judge yourself for that.
Somewhere you've come across the idea that to deny yourself joy is Godly-that not to celebrate life is heavenly. Denial, you have told yourself, is goodness.
Are you saying it is bad?
It is neither good nor bad, it is simply denial. If you feel good after denying yourself, then in your world that is goodness. If you feel bad, then it's badness. Most of the time, you can't decide. You deny yourself this or that because you tell yourself you are supposed to. Then you say that was a good thing to do-but wonder why you don't feel good.
And so the first thing to do is to stop making these judgments against yourself. Learn what is the soul's desire, and go with that. Go with the soul. What the soul is after is-the highest feeling of love you can imagine. This is the soul's desire. This is its purpose. The soul is after the feeling. Not the knowledge, but the feeling. It already has the knowledge, but knowledge is conceptual. Feeling is experiential. The soul wants to feel itself, and thus to know itself in its own experience.
The highest feeling is the experience of unity with All That Is. This is the great return to Truth for which the soul yearns. This is the feeling of perfect love.
Perfect love is to feeling what perfect white is to color. Many think that white is the absence of color. It is not. It is the inclusion of all color. White is every other color that exists, combined.
So, too, is love not the absence of an emotion (hatred, anger, lust, jealousy, covetousness), but the summation of all feeling. It is the sum total. The aggregate amount. The everything.
Thus, for the soul to experience perfect love, it must experience every human feeling.
How can I have compassion on that which I don't understand? How can I forgive in another that which I have never experienced in Myself? So we see both the simplicity and the awesome magnitude of the soul's journey. We understand at last what it is up to:
The purpose of the human soul is to experience all of it-so that it can be all of it.
How can it be up if it has never been down, left if it has never been right? How can it be warm if it knows not cold, good if it denies evil? Obviously the soul cannot choose to be anything if there is nothing to choose from. For the soul to experience its grandeur, it must know what grandeur is. This it cannot do if there is nothing but grandeur. And so the soul realizes that grandeur only exists in the space of that which is not grand. The soul, therefore, never condemns that which is not grand, but blesses-seeing in it a part of itself which must exist for another part of itself to manifest.
The job of the soul, of course, is to cause us to choose the grandeur-to select the best of Who You Are-without condemning that which you do not select.
This is a big task, taking many lifetimes, for you are wont to rush to judgment, to call a thing "wrong" or "bad" or "not enough," rather than to bless what you do not choose.
You do worse than condemn-you actually seek to do harm to that which you do not choose. You seek to destroy it. If there is a person, place, or thing with which you do not agree, you attack it. If there is a religion that goes against yours, you make it wrong. If there is a thought that contradicts yours, you ridicule it. If there is an idea other than yours, you reject it. In this you err, for you create only half a universe. And you cannot even understand your half when you have rejected out of hand the other.
This is all very profound-and I thank you. No one has ever said these things to me. At least, not with such simplicity. And I am trying to understand. Really, I am. Yet some of this is difficult to grapple with. You seem to be saying, for instance, that we should love the "wrong" so that we can know the "right." Are you saying we must embrace the devil, so to speak?
How else do you heal him? Of course, a real devil does not exist-but I reply to you in the idiom you choose.
Healing is the process of accepting all, then choosing best. Do you understand that? You cannot choose to be God if there is nothing else to choose from.
Oops, hold it! Who said anything about choosing to be God?
The highest feeling is perfect love, is it not?
Yes, I should think so.
And can you find a better description of God?
No, I cannot.
Well, your soul seeks the highest feeling. It seeks to experience-to be-perfect love.
It is perfect love-and it knows this. Yet it wishes to do more than know it. It wishes to be it in its experience.
Of course you are seeking to be God! What else did you think you were up to?
I don't know. I'm not sure. I guess I just never thought of it that way. There just seems to be something vaguely blasphemous about that.
Isn't it interesting that you find nothing blasphemous about seeking to be like the devil, but seeking to be like God offends you-
Now wait minute! Who's seeking to be like the devil?
You are! You all are! You've even created religions that tell you that you are born in sin-that you are sinners at birth-in order to convince yourselves of your own evil. Yet if I told you you are born of God-that you are pure Gods and Goddesses at birth-pure love-you would reject me.
All your life you have spent convincing yourself that you are bad. Not only that you are bad, but that the things you want are bad. Sex is bad, money is bad, joy is bad, power is bad, having a lot is bad-a lot of anything. Some of your religions have even got you believing that dancing is bad, music is bad, celebrating life is bad. Soon you'll agree that smiling is bad, laughing is bad, loving is bad.
No, no, my friend, you may not be very clear about many things, but about one thing you are clear: you, and most of what you desire, are bad. Having made this judgment about yourself, you have decided that your job is to get better.
It's okay, mind you. It's the same destination in any event-it's just that there's a faster way, a shorter route, a quicker path.
Acceptance of Who and What You Are right now-and demonstration of that.
This is what Jesus did. It is the path of the Buddha, the way of Krishna, the walk of every Master who has appeared on the planet. And every Master has likewise had the same message: What I am, you are. What I can do, you can do. These things, and more, shall you also do. Yet you have not listened. You have chosen instead the far more difficult path of one who thinks he is the devil, one who imagines he is evil. You say it is difficult to walk the path of Christ, to follow the teachings of the Buddha, to hold the light of Krishna, to be a Master. Yet I tell you this: it is far more difficult to deny Who You Are than to accept it.
You are goodness and mercy and compassion and understanding. You are peace and joy and light. You are forgiveness and patience, strength and courage, a helper in time of need, a comforter in time of sorrow, a healer in time of injury, a teacher in times of confusion. You are the deepest wisdom and the highest truth; the greatest peace and the grandest love. You are these things. And in moments of your life you have known yourself as these things.
Choose now to know yourself as these things always.
Whew! You inspire me!
Well, if God can't inspire you, who in hell can?
Are You always this flip?
I meant that not as a flippancy. Read it again.
Oh. I see.
However, it would be okay if I were being flip, wouldn't it?
I don't know. I'm used to my God being a little more serious.
Well, do Me a favor, and don't try to contain Me. By the way, do yourself the same favor.
It just so happens I have a great sense of humor. I'd say you'd have to when you see what you've all done with life, wouldn't you? I mean, sometimes I have to just laugh at it.
It's alright, though, because you see, I know it'll all come out all right in the end.
What do You mean by that?
I mean you can't lose in this game. You can't go wrong. It's not part of the plan. There's no way not to get where you are going. There's no way to miss your destination. If God is your target, you're in luck, because God is so big, you can't miss.
That's the big worry, of course. The big worry is that somehow we'll mess up and not get to ever see You, be with You.
You mean "get to heaven"?
Yes. We're all afraid of going to hell.
So you've placed yourself there to begin with in order to avoid going there. Hmmmmm. Interesting strategy.
There You are, being flip again.
I can't help it. This whole hell thing brings out the worst in Me!
Good grief, You're a regular comedian.
It took you this long to find that out? You looked at the world lately?
Which brings me to another question. Why don't You fix the world, instead of allowing it to go to hell?
Why don't you?
I don't have the power.
Nonsense. You've the power and the ability right now to end world hunger this minute, to cure diseases this instant. What if I told you your own medical profession holds back cures, refuses to approve alternative medicines and procedures because they threaten the very structure of the "healing" profession? What if I told you that the governments of the world do not want to end world hunger? Would you believe me?
I'd have a hard time with that. I know that's the populist view, but I can't believe it's actually true. No doctor wants to deny a cure. No countryman wants to see his people die.
No individual doctor, that's true. No particular countryman, that's right. But doctoring and politicking have become institutionalized, and it's the institutions that fight these things, sometimes very subtly, sometimes even unwittingly, but inevitably... because to those institutions it's a matter of survival.
And so, to give you just one very simple and obvious example, doctors in the West deny the healing efficacies of doctors in the East because to accept them, to admit that certain alternate modalities might just provide some healing, would be to tear at the very fabric of the institution as it has structured itself.
This is not malevolent, yet it is insidious. The profession doesn't do this because it is evil. It does it because it is scared.
All attack is a call for help.
I read that in A Course in Miracles.
I put it there.
Boy, You have an answer for everything.
Which reminds Me, we only just started getting to your questions. We were discussing how to get your life on track. How to get it to "take off." I was discussing the process of creation.
Yes, and I kept interrupting.
That's alright, but let's just get back, because we don't want to lose the thread of something that's very important.
Life is a creation, not a discovery.
You do not live each day to discover what it holds for you, but to create it. You are creating your reality every minute, probably without knowing it. Here's why that is so, and how that works.
1. I have created you in the image and likeness of God.
2. God is the creator.
3. You are three beings in one. You can call these three aspects of being anything you want: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; mind, body, and spirit; superconscious, conscious, subconscious.
4. Creation is a process that proceeds from these three parts of your body. Put another way, you create at three levels. The tools of creation are: thought, word, and deed.
5. All creation begins with thought ("Proceeds from the Father"). All creation then moves to word ("Ask and you shall receive, speak and it shall be done unto you"). All creation is fulfilled in deed ("And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us").
6. That which you think of, but thereafter never speak of, creates at one level. That which you think of and speak of creates at another level. That which you think, speak, and do becomes made manifest in your reality.
7. To think, speak, and do something which you do not truly believe is impossible. Therefore, the process of creation must include belief, or knowing. This is absolute faith. This is beyond hoping. This is knowing of a certainty ("By your faith shall ye be healed"). Therefore, the doing part of creation always includes knowing. It is a gut-level clarity, a total certainty, a complete acceptance as reality of something.
8. This place of knowing is a place of intense and incredible gratitude. It is a thankfulness in advance. And that, perhaps, is the biggest key to creation: to be grateful before, and for, the creation. Such taking for granted is not only condoned, but encouraged. It is the sure sign of mastery. All Masters know in advance that the deed has been done.
9. Celebrate and enjoy all that you create, have created. To reject any part of it is to reject a part of yourself. Whatever it is that is now presenting itself as part of your creation, own it, claim it, bless it, be thankful for it. Seek not to condemn it ("God damn it!"), for to condemn it is to condemn yourself.
10. If there is some aspect of creation you find you do not enjoy, bless it and simply change it. Choose again. Call forth a new reality. Think a new thought. Say a new word. Do a new thing. Do this magnificently and the rest of the world will follow you. Ask it to. Call for it to. Say, "I am the Life and the Way, follow me."
This is how to manifest God's will "on Earth as it is in Heaven."
If it is all as simple as that, if these ten steps are all we need, why does it not work that way for more of us?
It does work that way, for all of you. Some of you are using the "system" consciously, with full awareness, and some of you are using it unconsciously, without even knowing what you are doing.
Some of you are walking in wakefulness, and some of you are sleepwalking. Yet all of you are creating your reality-creating, not discovering-using the power I have given you, and the process I've just described.
So, you've asked when your life will "take off," and I've given you the answer.
You get your life to "take off" by first becoming very clear in your thinking about it. Think about what you want to be, do, and have. Think about it often until you are very clear about this. Then, when you are very clear, think about nothing else. Imagine no other possibilities.
Throw all negative thoughts out of your mental constructions. Lose all pessimism. Release all doubts. Reject all fears. Discipline your mind to hold fast to the original creative thought.
When your thoughts are clear and steadfast, begin to speak them as truths. Say them out loud. Use the great command that calls forth creative power: I am. Make I-am statements to others. "I am" is the strongest creative statement in the universe. Whatever you think, whatever you say, after the words "I am" sets into motion those experiences, calls them forth, brings them to you.
There is no other way the universe knows how to work. There is no other route it knows to take. The universe responds to "I am" as would a genie in a bottle.
You say "Release all doubts, reject all fears, lose all pessimism" as if you're saying "pick me up a loaf of bread." But these things are easier said than done. "Throw all negative thoughts out of your mental constructions" might as well read "climb Mt. Everest-before lunch." It's rather a large order.
Harnessing your thoughts, exercising control over them, is not as difficult as it might seem. (Neither, for that matter, is climbing Mt. Everest.) It is all a matter of discipline. It is a question of intent.
The first step is learning to monitor your thoughts; to think about what you are thinking about.
When you catch yourself thinking negative thoughts-thoughts that negate your highest idea about a thing-think again! I want you to do this, literally. If you think you are in a doldrum, in a pickle, and no good can come of this, think again. If you think the world is a bad place, filled with negative events, think again. If you think your life is falling apart, and it looks as if you'll never get it back together again, think again.
You can train yourself to do this. (Look how well you've trained yourself not to do it!)
Thank you. I've never had the process set out for me so clearly. I wish it were as easily done as said- but now I at least understand it clearly-I think.
Well, if you need a review, we have several lifetimes.
Book 1 -- Excerpt 1 -- pages 61-- 68 on Word file.
Book 1 -- Excerpt 1 -- pages 59-- 65 on Pdf.