From A Guide To Awareness And Tranquillity
WE MAKE NO DEMANDS
the attempt to make experience (Awareness in action) conform to the demands of
the "Bill" or "Elizabeth"-container-of-Awareness we have believed our Identity
to be. There is neither "Bill" nor "Elizabeth" identity outside the belief that
they, as the possessors of Life, are who we are. Letting go that belief (to be
the Identity we are instead), "things" appear beautifully, perfectly, gloriously!
How else should Isness see Isness? How else should perfection appear to Perfection?
How else can Health, Sufficiency, Tranquility and Peace appear to the Deific Godhead,
"Father" of this very consciousness-I-am?
see, only the pseudo-identity, the "Bill" or "Elizabeth," sees "things" as fouled
up, messed up, mangled and mashed. Only "Bill" and "Elizabeth" see images as separate
and apart from themselves, "out there." They live a lonely, limited, lackluster
life of lack because they hold themselves in another world, unreal from beginning
to end. Holding themselves separate from "things," they hold themselves separate
from Reality, which is being "things," and, for them, "religion" is just what
the word means-a binding back to God, a prodigal's return from the land of Nod.
Religion seeks to return the possessor of Awareness to that place from which Awareness
itself has never departed. By now, we understand that God's own Self-knowledge
has never gone awandering, and we are that Self-knowledge! We are God's awareness
of Himself. Could anything be more wonderful than to be the knowing of everything
Infinity determines to know of Itself?
Listen carefully: If this very instant we
completely let go the idea of "me" as image, thing, idea, man, possessor, etc.,
awareness is still here and being very much aware; consciousness is still going
on, right here, right now. We still see mountains and trees. No "thing" has changed.
Seeing is still seeing, but it is God's seeing, God's Consciousness of being,
God's own Self-knowledge.
Reader, you and
I are that Deific awareness itself; God's consciousness of existence is this reader-consciousness
of events. God is being this Identity-we-are and is responsible for it. God is
being the trees, mountains, rivers, oceans, stars and galaxies. God is being everything
this Awareness "sees" and is conscious of in any way whatever.
WE STOP CRINGING BEFORE APPEARANCES
because there is no ISNESS in the image does not mean the objects of everyday
perception do not exist or are "just a dream going on"; it means there is no value,
power or importance in them, no matter what they are, or what they appear to be
doing or not doing. It means the bird, the bee, the tree, flower, son and daughter
are being just what they are-bird, bee, tree, flower, son and daughter-but there
is no power there. The Eternal Value is the basic, primordial ISNESS being those
objects of perception. Isness is the power and importance, forever maintaining,
sustaining every "thing" as Itself.
we can stop the foolish business of attaching values to qualities and attributes
that have no value. We can stop worshipping dollar bills and automobiles and making
graven images of personal possessions. Furthermore, we can stop cringing before
appearances; then, when we're not wasting our time cringing, we know what to do
among the valueless images to which the greatest value is given is the me-judge
opinion holder who is the one who attaches the values and worships the valueless.
We cease playing the part of that ridiculous identity the instant we stop making
judgments, the process by which we arrive at opinions and attach values to the
is being this Awareness-I-am as surely as it is being the bee, the tree and the
thundering sea. This is why "the things I see are the Self I be" and why judgment
is always self-judgment. "By what measure ye judge says the One.
this carefully: We do not have to determine what is to be seen, or how it is to
be seen, because Awareness has no responsibility in the matter and does not have
to go anywhere to see certain sights or hear certain sounds or feel certain feelings.
Isness is completely self-sustaining, effortlessly "caring for" this Awareness
This is certain: The Awareness beholding
these words will never stop, will never "die," I but will continue beholding the
glories of Infinite Being forever, plumbing the depths of God from joy to joy,
laughter to laughter, flower to flower, little boy to little boy and little girl
to little girl, from evening star to morning star. There is no death of Identity,
no end of the Awareness God is being. That Awareness is this eternal Awareness-I-am.
Dear Reader, this is the Identity you are, and it is forever!
How do I know? I know because it has been shown to me.