Awareness of Self-Discovery
by William Samuel pp. 27 - 32
THE HERENESS AND NOWNESS OF
I do not know of a better way to begin a discussion
of the Truth than to call attention to the here and now of conscious awareness.
Our "work" in the Absolute begins with the hereness and nowness of the conscious
awareness presently reading these words.
Awareness is self-evidently
ALL-inclusive. Our "beginning" has to do with the perfect ALLNESS that ALL, GOD,
THE SINGLENESS OF HERE AND NOW AWARENESS
here-and-now is perfect. All we are actually concerned with is this here and now.
The Christian era began with the words, "The time is fulfilled; the kingdom of
heaven is at hand." What is this but the statement that Heaven, Harmony, Perfection
are here and now the Fact?
Consider this "here" and "now" a
moment: When do we read these words? When do we look across the way and see a
familiar face? Or any face? When do we see children scampering with their toys?
NOW is the "time" that "seeing" takes place. Seeing is NOW.
do we hear the sounds of children at play? When do we hear the voices of friends,
the sounds coming from the television, the rustle of leaves underfoot? NOW. Hearing
is ever NOW. When do we catch the smell of breakfast bacon frying or feel the
touch of a hand? NOW is the time of all tangible experience, isn't it? Tangibility
is NOW-not yesterday, not tomorrow, not even the next moment, but NOW. (And where
is the tangible "demonstration" so many are looking for? In the tangible now of
Now consider: where is this conscious experience
going on? Where do we do all this seeing and listening and experiencing? Not somewhere
else-but HERE. And not another time, but NOW. The tangible aspect of conscious
awareness is ever HERE and NOW
Listen again: the here and now
are present as this consciousness reading these words. This is the here-and-now-consciousness
that individual Identity is! And this is the only one we are ever concerned with.
This is the one we "put in order." This is the eye from which we remove the beam.
we have never been concerned with another conscious awareness. Even when we think
we have been confronted with "another" experience of son, daughter, husband, wife,
friend, partner, associate, leader, national figure, potentate, king, Christ Jesus
or the hosts of heaven, hell and the universe, the knowledge of these figures
and the consciousness of their actions are always this conscious awareness even
now examining these words! They are every one included "within" and "as" this
here and now consciousness that says, "I am!" Who can deny that consciousness
lives forever as itself, here and now the eternal moment and infinite place of
all that we call "our own" Identity-Experience?
"But, Mr. Samuel, my here-and-now is so limited."
here is infinitely more than a point in space and the now is so much more than
a moment in time, despite education's declaration to the contrary. Illumined consciousness
reveals ("illumined consciousness" is simply unbound, uninhibited, childlike awareness
freed of personal possessorship) an expanding consciousness-an expanding hereness
and nowness such that we find the strictures of space-time losing their grip and
letting us go. Youth reappears tangibly! Love blooms anew.
simple honesty demands that we come in from a disproportionate time in the boondocks
of the not-here and not-now, from the agonizing world of fear we create for ourselves
by the too long sojourns into the past or the future. Notice that even these sojourns
are now-experiences because the resurrection and reliving of memories is done
in the now. We make plans and calculations in the now. We dream in the now. We
have missed many tangible wonders in our here and now while wrestling with intangible
dreams of a not-now or worrying about events that are not here.
Enlightened philosophy often speaks of finding the beginning
and staying there. The beginning for us is this present here and now awareness.
"Take no thought for the morrow," said the one called Jesus. Sufficient unto this
day, this NOW … let us get the beam out of THIS eye, this here and now awareness
I am, then shall we see clearly … Perfection is even NOW spread over the face
of the land … Beloved, NOW are we the Awareness of Mind. Coming home to the here
and now "it doth not yet appear what we shall be," but we "see" unfolding consciousness
AS IT IS (because we are unfolding consciousness) and not as it appears in the
dream of a not-here, not-now.
activity begins with a "coming home" from the far country of not-here and not-now.
We "return" to the fact of this here and now awareness ITSELF that presently includes
these words. We end the tortuous meanderings of the prodigal and leave the pig
sties of his far country. We make a personal discovery of the present consciousness
being Identity. This is where we stay.
Said Jesus, "Blest is
he who shall stand at the beginning, and he shall know the end and shall not taste
death." Said Laotse, "The Sage is the one who has found the beginning and then
does not wander from the ways of the ancients." Here is the "secret place." This
NOW is the Shekinah. This here and now consciousness is the Holy of Holies into
which nothing enters to make a lie.
Oh, but the action of "remaining"
here is not the lethargic task one might think. For myself, I became aware quickly
and painfully of the old nature's reluctance to give up the ghost. I was sorely
shocked at the tenacity of old habit and the lingering smell of smoke. I had to
bring myself back time and again to that place where, in actuality, Awareness
had never left. I had to bring attention back repeatedly to the conscious recognition
of a perfect awareness, the real and only fact of now.
NOW IS NEW
Happy new Now, reader. This year, this day, this
moment is new. The life that reads these words is God's consciousness of being-an
eternal Identity about the business of Self-discovery, Self-contemplation and
consideration, Self-communion and enjoyment. Awareness is Mind's Self-functioning,
not the personal activity of one called Bill, Jack, Mary or Jane.
we resolve to "begin" this New Now looking "with the eyes of God" at the majesty
and wonder Isness-as-us is. Let us further resolve to let go, as persistently
as we can, Bill's, Jack's, Mary's or Jane's view of things. To do so is to find
ourselves letting go the "old man's" fears, frustrations and confusions. To do
so is to find ourselves looking at a tangible harmony on the here-and-now-scene
-a harmony we can see even when others won't. To do so is to live a deep and abiding
JOY that cannot be taken from us even if our personal opinions and their pleasures
appear to be.
The musician begins with the principle of music,
not the discord. The mathematician begins with the principle of his science, not
the error. WE BEGIN AS THE IMMACULATE, PRISTINE, PURE AND PERFECT IDENTITY WE
ARE ALREADY, not the personal sense of things, not the world's ideas, opinions
and judgments of things. We "begin" with God, the ALL that Isness is, and rejoice
at the wonders this ever new view reveals. We LET that Mind be us which IS the
awareness of the Christ Truth we are.
Reader, I write these
words so that during the coming pages we may study together from a common ground-the
absolute totality and aloneness of this single, simple and perfect Awareness-we-are.
You shall find that an honest, selfless examination of Awareness discloses perfection
already at hand, merely awaiting our acknowledgment and honest action in accordance.
additional study on this subject see A GUIDE TO AWARENESS AND TRANQUILLITY: Pages
9 - 26; Page 36, the selection Happiness is Here; Page 38, the selection About
A LETTER ABOUT AGE AND NOWNESS
My dear friend,
After nearly three weeks away from my green
hills, I return and find your letter waiting for me. How nice to have homecomings
It is good to hear that you are snapping back.
Why not? You have never been away! We do not have to be concerned about the events
of last night's dream. We snap home to the Now to find that everything is all
right. We live in the Now, as the Now of perception. We look around enabled to
say, "Behold, everything is very good!"
Awareness does not
"retire" but goes on being all there is to "activity" itself-forever and ever!
my back-road and river-bank regards to everyone you love.
It is always NOW-and right now, everything is all right.
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