QUESTIONS OFTEN ASKED
OF WILLIAM SAMUEL AND HIS WORK
by William Samuel in 1978)
Q: Were you
ever a Christian Scientist?
A: Yes, for many years--until I awakened to
the fact that all philosophies and religions exist within the awareness I am.
All churches are a member of me to the exact degree I identify as the awareness
within which they appear. I was raised in C.S. and for many years was an unlisted
practitioner. I withdrew from the movement voluntarily in order to write philosophy
without the censorship required by the church rules. I perceive Christian Science
now as only one of many lovely flowers blooming in the garden of awareness and
it is unique in its insistence that God is all.
How long have you been a teacher?
A: I've been telling my own story--how
it happened and what it has allowed me to understand--for over 30 years. That
is not the same as being a teacher.
Who comes to study with you?
A: Folks from all walks of life and from
all parts of the world--at first primarily metaphysicians but now people of all
religious and philosophical outlooks, Eastern and Western.
Why are you called "The teacher's teacher"?
A: Perhaps because so many
teachers have come to study here. There has been an inordinate number of philosophers,
theologians, and members of the academe. In the past few years, physicists and
mathematicians. I seem to get the most earnest and dedicated students of Truth--and,
differing from most of the metaphysical groups I know about, as many men have
studied with me as women. Quite a number of Taoists and Buddhists have found our
message and come to study--even some who are called Masters. Many have gone from
here to become authors, writers and teachers. In some marvelous way my story had
been found by the metaphysical and scientific elite of all the word--at least
by a few. When it is told perfectly, my whole world will hear.
Do you have a foundation or are you sponsored by one?
A: Perhaps some day there will be one if it can be arranged
so I may remain unattached and unbeholden to it. The Seminal Idea of Truth is
capable of standing on its own, without an intermediary, however. Once upon a
time I looked out and saw Samuel groups springing up everywhere. I was honored
to think it was evidence I had developed a mode of expression my whole experience
could understand, not just philosophers and metaphysicians. Perhaps it was, but
as an organization began to grow, I disassociated myself from it as quickly as
A: I found myself
writing to a group instead of my whole selfhood, the world. And Samuel began to
get personal credit that doesn't belong to a person. It belongs rather to the
Awareness who perceives and understands person. You see, every time the Seminal
Idea has appeared in the world as an articulated philosophy that can be understood
and put to the living test, it has been distorted by its own cult of leader worship.
In all history there are few Lights who have withstood the temptation to accept
personal veneration. Most began to believe the high praise heaped upon them--and
at that moment, their statements lose consistency. Look what churchdom has done
to Jesus, and what a golden calf Christian Scientists have made of Mrs. Eddy.
How much time is spent worshipping the fountain rather than drinking its water!
Q: But wouldn't a foundation be a good
way to get your ideas to greater number of people?
A: Yes, I'm sure it
would help. but that is for others to do. Not me. This is a difficult point to
make clear but-- listen softly-- I am not getting ideas to people! Identified
as awareness, as the Self-awareness of Isness, all humanity lives and moves and
has its being, here and now, within (as) consciousness--GOD-consciousness. As
I live this Selfhood honestly, striving to understand the Scene-I-be, "humanity"
gets the message--and so do principalities and powers and trees and mountains
and galaxies and angels. Life is the message.
Then why do you teach at all?
A: People come here and ask questions.
To answer those questions if I can, and as honestly as I can, seems the tender
thing to do.
Q: Why do you go out and lecture?
A: I don't often. I pay my bills with the gifts from those who are benefited
by such talks. And I only go where I'm invited.
Why do you not permit a following?
A: I think that's been answered already.
It isn't that I don't permit a following; I simply don't encourage one. I go to
great lengths to stop any personal veneration of Sambo. Please understand, to
whatever extent I allow Samuel to be the object of praise and veneration (instead
of God-self) to that same extent I create the tangible situation which must appear
to bring Samuel down in the eyes of the venerator. That is self-flagellation I
can do without. It is difficult enough already for the few of us on earth who
have been given the task of waging worldwide battle against the power of belief.
Most tenacious among those beliefs is the insanity that one must be either a leader
or a follower. Allness leads what? Singleness follows whom? The Seminal Idea discloses
Identity to be nothing less than the Ineffable's very own Self-awareness! Every
grain of sand and star in the heavens shouts the proof of this fact. Every flower
that blooms and wild bird that flys verifies the changelessness of this fact.
When the story is told properly--and listened to as a child listens--the individual
awakens to DOMINION, to his birthright, his heritage from the beginning, and there
is no more need of teachers. SOMEONE must make the honest statement in such a
manner, and at this time that one is me--and shall be--until it comes to me to
do otherwise. Tell me, if on the world scene I have been successful in disclosing
DOMINION to those who have come to me, would this produce a following of sycophants?
No. We are a camaraderie of living Light and love to whom the entire world will
turn when our time has come. Like LaoTse who lived his Light silently and alone
while working square in the middle of the teeming scholasticism of his day, we
avoid human entanglements and personal popularity like the plague. We honor the
Light that is Life, that every person is. We may very well appreciate a mirror
that speaks to us with clarity and honesty--and we may consider that mirror unique
among mirrors--but the authority lies with the awareness that looks into that
mirror, and not the mirror.
Q: You have
mentioned a new method of communication you are beginning to use. Is that correct?
A: Yes, but I doubt if it is new. Perhaps we are just now becoming consciously
aware of something that has been around as long as words. In any event, it is
a use of words in such a manner that allows one to reach out beyond the ordinary
limit of words and communicate beyond intellectualism.
This sounds terribly arcane and mysterious.
A: Just the opposite. It
is so simple and obvious it has been overlooked.
Q: What is the importance of communicating "beyond intellectualism"?
A: Because the Seminal Idea and its peace are "past finding out" intellectually.
Q: Aside from your style of writing, how
does your work differ from others in the same field?
A: In very significant
ways--ways that allow the earnest and heart-led to find the little Chinese librarian
hidden in his basement office (yet the only one on earth who could make the statement
he did at that time). Ways that allow the sincere to take up the undistorted mirror
that discloses the scene as it is, warts and all, and not as a desireful ego hopes
to see itself, smooth words and all. To start with, on all the earth there is
only a handful in THIS field. In philosophic terms, "this field" is Deific Solipsism.
That is to say, it is a position that begins with the intellectually unknowable
Ineffable, or Godhead, as all in all--and perceives consciousness to be God's
own Self-comprehension in action. The honest statement of "Deific Solipsism" starts
here and STAYS here. This "field" should be limited to the statements that do
this. Unfortunately, however, there are ten thousand messages from leader-led
followers who proclaim the allness of God (Mind) then turn right around and unwittingly
write from the standpoint of a HUMANISTIC Solipsism. Deific solipsism approaches
absolute SIMPLICITY and arrives effortlessly upon the surrender of a me-identity,
a me-mind, etc. Humanistic solipsism approaches absolute COMPLEXITY and confusion.
But, just as the shadow leads straight to the tree, so does the examination of
self ultimately frighten one into the discovery of Self, which has been here all
Q: Why are there so few in the
world who write as you? If you have truly found the cornerstone that produces
an inner peace and answers many of life's enigmas--and you say many have it--why
aren't they all writing as you are?
A: Oh, for many reasons. I haven't
time to list them all. For starters, while the experience of "Illumination" is
common to all of us, few of us recognize it for what it is. All an Eastern "Master"
is is one who can tell his student, "This is it!" and be believed. Ah, but LIVING
a divine solipsism, living the world and one's experience as subjective doesn't
go well at all with all prior conditioning.. Few can hack it--and many fake it.
The me-sense doesn't yield easily--and those of us who dare help our greater sense
of self sunder the veil they seem to cherish as much as life itself can take an
awful battering. While that battering is harmless and extremely instructive, it
grows old in a hurry. Most simply turn from it, as unnecessary self-flagellation,
and disappear into the forest as Huang Po did. Yet there are those who are given
to understand that, by the stripes of the Self-to-self-to-Self dialogue, their
view of the world is "healed."
And there are
many other reasons. As Meister Eckhart said, it is almost the assurance of physical
starvation. But that keeps us humble, he said. LaoTse said, "Everyone else has
an aim and purpose in life, but I alone am confused and wander aimlessly like
a child with no home".
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