expect the end of human problems, global problems, problems in nature or from
cosmic reaches, the end begins here and now with the Awareness viewing these words.
One does not arrive at the end of catastrophes, shortages, wars-personal or global-while
waiting for others to discover the truth with us. No! If we wait for others to
discover and live the truth with us, we wait in vain past the midnight hour. ALONE,
all alone, we begin right here and do the job for our world ourself! As Awareness,
we do this ourself.
The Millennial Peace begins with YOU reader. The heralded
Era lies in you hands of comprehension-not a government's, not in many working
in organizational concert. The onus is yours to act on here and now! So, we get
at it!……not we, but I. "I" get busy and return to the beginning. I return to the
primal Christ light that observes and understands the perfection before it. I
do. Not my others. Others see this example perhaps and as an added thing may go
and do likewise. But, the perception of others perceiving and beginning to live
the Truth comes as intellectual confirmation and really isn't important, for even
when we see the world still destroying beliefs and dreams of misplaced value,
we understand THAT appearance too-and understand why it is good. Not bad-good!
The tangible Millennium yet to be seen in
space-time awaits ones UNDERSTANDING what is before the eyes. There is no need
to change Anything but there is the divine command to UNDERSTAND everything.
does that start if not HERE as I-awareness? With others? No. With I. We, as the
wisdom and comprehension of God, look for the perfect reason undergirding every
appearance. "EVERY appearance? Aren't some of them illusion and dream?" EVERY
APPEARANCE. The dream has its reason for appearing too, else how would one know
There are those who come
to us asking. What do we tell them? That THIS Awareness reading these words is
the Christ life, finally come to set all things straight.
"Even the affairs
of the world?"
ESPECIALLY the affairs of the world!
By understanding appearances within Awareness and the perfect reason for their
existence. We end the fixation with personal affairs to tend the world scene,
the WHOLE scene! The grand librarian LaoTse wrote, "Understand the All, the Whole,
and that alone…Be the stream of the UNIVERSE--- the sage takes care of ALL men
and abandons no one. He takes care of ALL things and abandons NOTHING." "This,"
he said, "is called 'Following the Light.'"
that keeper of words who wrote so few, said, "Understand Virtue (perfection) in
yourself and Virtue will be real…comprehend virtue in the universe and virtue
will be everywhere!" Who is to do this if not this one whom you call I? Someone
else? There is no one else. Someone out there? There are none out there. ALL are
within This Awareness being I.
"The world is a
perfect vessel that cannot be improved."
Yes, yes-but how this flouts
the scientific, judgmental opinion that sees everything going straight to hell!
How many times LaoTse must have been asked, "If all is perfect, master, then what
are we to DO?" His answer again and again, "Non-action is All-action."
"inscrutable answer" can be comprehended now. Listen softly. The attempt to balance,
heal, secure or correct the world scene is shadow play-sheer foolishness that
has become so futile a child can see its headlong plunge into chaos, carnage.
BUT TO COMPREHEND WHY THE SCENE BEFORE THE EYES IS PERFECT JUST AS IT IS is to
BEHOLD the scene healed, balanced, righted and secure. Immediately! NOW! Without
wait and without effort; without the horrendous human struggle that avails nothing
We comprehend, we understand, we
know. This is the non-action that is ALL action. This is the wisdom that appears
to the eye as the healing of the nations. We want the Millennial Peace that brings
the end of sin, sickness, disease and death? Then we BE it! Nothing less will
do. We BE it consciously! We gird up our loins and BE it-then DO what that being
demands! These words are just such a doing.
attempt to heal a situation, personal or worldwide, is primarily the old sense
of self at work. Ah, but to UNDERSTAND old-self at work is Self at work, Self's
comprehension of Self. To UNDERSTAND personal or worldwide inequities is Self's
comprehension of Self. Self's comprehension of Self perceives the reasons for,
thence the END of, self and its inequities, individual or worldwide. This is the
'way' of enlightenment. "This is called 'Following the Light.'" This is the healing
of the nations.
REFRESHING WATER CLOSE BY
If people give me smiles because I smile at them, I suspect there are some who
can give a cool drink of water too, should I need it. Just as the tree along the
river bank, I receive from within; I receive from without-inside and outside the
I remember my first journey across a desert.
When things began to seem hopeless, when the first hints of anguish began to appear,
someone always appeared with water-cool, refreshing water-respite from thirst
So it is, there is always
an oasis near us-within/without us-being all there is TO us. Sometimes that refreshing
aspect of Selfhood appears an inner glimmer along the pathway of inner search.
But as often as not, its confirmation comes as someone who, while appearing 'out
there,' is PLAINLY another view of the Selfhood-I-Am, capable of showing us the
tangible water we thirst for-clear water, clean water, undistorted and healing
QUESTIONS, ANSWERS AND FRAGMENTS
Words purporting to speak of the Absolute must be as honest as words can be. If
they are well done, they contain both the precision that satisfies the intellect
of us and the love that lets the Heart know they have been LIVED as well as written.
This requires a dedication and intensity "the world" simply doesn't understand.
At least to this point in history, metaphysical
writing is a veritable miracle of obfuscation and intellectual hogwash that says
nothing in plain, simple words. The "metaphysics of the Absolute" is fast becoming
the world's new mysticism which allows one to read whatever he likes into its
interpretation. That sort of stuff doesn't "wake the dreamer." It only makes the
dream more comfortable.
So, how to say what the Absolute
discloses without the mystifying, muddling mess of metaphysical language? That
is what has me so long at Woodsong. How to write what can't be written with words
alone? That's what has me wandering the back trails and fields. Not searching
for the Real but for ways to tell of it-for words that sing to the Heart and say
there is noting BUT the Real-either to be seen or do the seeing.
are the ways to say such things? It is easier to count the stars in the night
sky than find them. But they exist-and there are many of us with pen in hand.
"Bill, are you still prattling about a 'perfect world'
now that it is falling around our feet" Do you still maintain that 'God is all'
in the face of governments near collapse, crashing markets and economic systems,
warfare and greed, murder and madness everywhere? Do you still insist there is
nothing but GOOD going on even as we are haunted by the specter of shortage at
every turn?…Do you still say there is no devil, discord, disease or death?…If
you do, you are as mad as a hatter."
Yes! I'm still singing the same song and my hat fits! I'm still telling about
a perfect universe for which you and I are the AWARENESS. And I'm not stating
personal opinions or beliefs I simply wish were true. I'm telling of a perfection
I KNOW about-a perfection that stands tall and straight right in the middle of
the world's frustrations. Everyday more and more are finding It. I know. There
are hundreds of letters here telling me so.
one sees nothing but a perfect world, why DO or WRITE anything at all?"
I don't write because I have an answer but because there's a song in my Heart
disclosing that I (you) AM the Answer.
write to heal someone or some thing, nor to make the world over. I write because
there's a song in the Heart disclosing I AM the world and all that's in it-even
as "you" are.
We don't write to DO anything, but,
like a child full of gladness, we write to let the inside out and sing-to make
the unsounded Symphony HEARD.
By whom? Myself alone.
isn't an "I" that sees perfection, but God who, as this Awareness I-Identity am,
sees naught but that God is. Everything. And it IS, by God JUST AS IT IS, perfect!
"Some teach that the Absolute is not material,
therefore not finite in any sense of the word. I see material things all day long.
Is there any reality in them at all?"
Is there any arithmetic
in the number? Is there any Symphony in the printed note? Is there any tree in
its shadow? We look for the Principle behind the number. We listen for the Symphony
being the note. We look up from the shadows and find the Tree. What ever the "thing"
we see, it is ISNESS being made plain. We don't throw the thing out a mental widow
calling it "unreal" or "just a part of the dream." We learn to acknowledge that
Light which is being the sight, sound or experience. We stop giving undue importance
to the thing and acknowledge the Ineffable Symphony for which things are either
chords or discords making the Symphony clear. But listen, listen: The Symphony,
and the notes, that make it known, are ONE Symphony!
well known woman practitioner-writer-teacher- has told me countless times I had
better 'get busy and know the Truth.' That's what I thought I had been doing but
evidentially not. After all these years in the practice I'm not certain of anything
anymore and am feeling quite guilty about it. Precisely what IS the primary difference
between 'enlightened thinking' (knowing the Truth) and the ordinary thinking one
is engaged in during the day?"
The "ordinary" thinking
of the world begins its calculations from the position of a humanity with a problem,
sinful and struggling, attempting to achieve a degree of wisdom. It begins from
the position of an ignorant mortal, born in sin, attempting via an uncounted number
of pathways to arrive at a "unitive knowledge of Reality."
the other hand, the "philosophy of the Absolute" when correctly stated and understood
aright begins its statement from the position that Reality, God, is All-absolutely
all in All and All is well. The Absolute "begins" with a real Perfection very
much PRESENT-then, from that position EXPLAINS THE SCENE AT HAND, allowing the
Heart to tell us what to DO about it.
The difference between
"enlightened thinking" and the ordinary sort is precisely WHICH starting point
gives rise to our thoughts. Is God really ALL? Is Allness, God, actually omnipotent
or is there another power outside Allness struggling to get back in? Is God really
the omniscient, all and only Mind, or is there another mind, sinful and ignorant,
struggling, striving and straining to educate itself? Is God really omnipresent
or is there another place OUTSIDE Allness and Onlyness with in which Omnipresence
is absent and sin, sickness and death present? Ordinary thinking (frequently called
"mortal mind") begins at the bottom with the multiplicity of sense data before
it and from here struggles to climb up to God. Enlightened thinking begins at
the top AS God, AS Singleness, AS Allness, AS Omnipotence, Omniscience, Omnipresence,
and from THERE looks roundabout at ITSELF with gladness and signing and twinkle
in its Eye!!
Now, listen carefully; listen softly:
Both positions view the same Scene! The same mighty mountains and snow flowers
are present to both views-the same children are tumbling in the same green fields
and examining the same crawly things-the same events appear to happen "but only
God can understand God," as the bibles of the world so elegantly confirm, and
"no man can understand the ways of God."
top position, one looks, understands and knows. FROM the bottom, one looks into
the face of a proliferating multiplicity to be smothered by it and ultimately
forced to change perspective. AS the ALL and ONLY, one looks, and understands,
is troubled for a time, then marvels and reigns! From the bottom, one casts his
lot with the leaves and shadows of a far country.
but-as the TOP, even the leaves and shadows and mistakes are UNDERSTOOD for the
grand purpose they serve. From the top, our choosing first one position, then
the other, is understood. We are without GUILT and it is all "good"-even the husks
and tares; even the Hatter's madness.
"What does the
Absolute have to say about the present energy crisis?"
is no ENERGY crisis HERE. All that is ever "here" for anyone is AWARENESS, LIFE-and
awareness is the functioning, the activity, the energy of MIND. Isn't it?! Mind,
God, is All. Consequently, the awareness that reads these words is the only Energy
around and It isn't in short supply. Is it?!
awareness to be the energy of Mind but what is the short supply of oil, electricity
and gasoline for my home and business all about?"
electricity, atomic power and all the forms of energy are the "out there" appearances
that make the "in here" Energy that AWARENESS is apparent-just as the notes of
the Symphony make the Symphony apparent. Just as the colors of the spectrum make
white light apparent. Colors are subservient to Light. The images of energy are
subservient to the Awareness that comprehends them and whose Energy they make
plain. Oil is the EVIDENCE of energy, not Energy ITSELF. It is the shadow, not
the Tree it points to. One doesn't hit the panic button when the Tree's shadow
grows weak. He knows the Tree is still there, untouched and unaffected by the
shadow's wanderings. But, if one has been worshiping the shadow, glorifying the
shadow, buying and selling the shadow as though SHADOW were the Value rather than
Tree, then the shadow's shortage is certain to become one's necessary concern.
Why necessary? Comfortable as the shadow, the Tree-I-am
remains unseen and unlived. Discomfort FORCES and end to the shadow's reign and
the false values we've given it.
For a moment,
consider the world's love of the sundry shadows that fall across its face. Does
it contain a thought of the Tree at all? All the years of weighing and measuring,
the shadows, buying and selling the shadows, possessing, struggling for and lusting
after the shadows hasn't allowed the world even to understand the SHADOWS, much
less find the Tree. What do the sciences of the world know of this very world
they measure? Only that less and less is certain, and every "answer" turns into
a dozen new questions yet to be answered. The shadow-study institutions move ever
deeper into their own maze of multiplicity, birthing more shadow studies to ask
still more question, to measure the reach of tectonic plates, ponder the problems
of polarity and search for Black Holes in the sky already dark with night. Ever,
the measure of shadows rises no higher than the ground they fall on.
humanity has arrived at the "point in time" when its shadow-study and shadow-worshiping
confusions have it allocating, rationing, fighting over and finally destroying
the very sand foundation on which the sciences or mortal thinking stand.
does it go from here? One day soon, soon, to GIVE UP in its self-imposed agony
for the split second of reflection and REST-the Sabbatical rest that lets one
say, as God, "Behold, everything is good!" And, by dang, here is the Tree that
has been here since all Eternity! Yes, yes. Identity is "Tree," not a shadow-limb
trembling before a shortage of shadow-leaves.
again. From the position of shadow-as-most-important, the human sciences can go
no higher than themselves, whether they are political, religious, economic or
whatever. Oh, but from the standpoint of TREE ACKNOWLEDGED, the shadow can finally
be understood in its entirety! THEN mankind will discover things about the sticks
and stones, flowers and bones, of nature never dreamt before-and will know the
difference between shadow-fact and non-fact. Identified as Tree, one can tell
the wheat from the tare.
Be assured: Both the
present shortage of shadows and the abundance of shadows labeled "shortage" lead
STRAIGHTWAY to the Tree of Identity called LIFE. Life is where the action is.
Life is what the "energy" is.
The days ahead are
certain to contain a mighty storm that casts new shadow atop the old, from strange
directions, as the lightening rages roundabout. We will see many shadows come
and go, human values change, human ideals altered, icons smashed. BUT IT WILL
ALL BE HAPPENING "OUT THERE" WITH THE SHADOW-VALUES. We choose to hang in here
as the Tree of Light and Life, letting the shadows take care of themselves.
once the Tree is found, there is hardly a concern for the shadows that led us
there-except to thank them.
not surprised by the strange and foreboding events happening in the world today.
The present international drama, as well as every individual experience, is Truth
appearing-and every bit of it is good, whether it seems so or not.
is prone to view his own personal experience in one light and the events happening
in the world in another. Only the metaphysical (solipsistic) outlook recognizes
how closely related the personal scene and world scene actually are. Only the
metaphysical outlook discloses (to the thinking, rational mind) the wonders that
are ours with the realization that both scenes live and move and have their being
within the awareness that takes note of them. Within this realization, the personal
scene and world scene are seen to be ONE scene-the Scene new-seen! Furthermore,
the top-down metaphysical view makes a logical explanation to both the heart and
intellect of us as to how and why this is so. In rare moments it even explains
how everything happening is Good-beyond-human-good, no mater how awful it seems
to the old nature of us.
The paradox so difficult for most to understand
and believe is this: Circumstances, personal and global, will continue as persistently,
forcefully, and sometimes chaotically as is necessary to disclose the perfect
scene already at hand. Events, however they seem to us, individually as a personal
experience or collectively as international affairs, are the intellectual appearing
of the irrepressible All-rightness which has been here all the while.