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Love breaks down the ego’s walls of separateness. It reconnects you with your true self. Love awakens the soul. The power of totality, no matter whether we call it God-power or Buddha-power, is not somewhere “up there” or “out there.” The power is within each of us. Ego survives solely through attachment, like a virus, which cannot function independently from its host cell. It cannot be emphasized too strongly that the ego has no life of its own. It is an illusion which keeps perpetuating itself through attachment to the individual and, by its various methods, tricking the individual into believing that he or she is the ego

Love breaks down the ego’s walls of separateness. It reconnects you with your true self. Love awakens the soul. The power of totality, no matter whether we call it God-power or Buddha-power, is not somewhere “up there” or “out there.” The power is within each of us. Ego survives solely through attachment, like a virus, which cannot function independently from its host cell. It cannot be emphasized too strongly that the ego has no life of its own. It is an illusion which keeps perpetuating itself through attachment to the individual and, by its various methods, tricking the individual into believing that he or she is the ego.

Through this divine Heart

 A Divine Soul Song carries divine frequency and vibration.

Love breaks down the ego’s walls of separateness. It reconnects you with your true self. Love awakens the soul.

All the while, we keep up our daily practices, which are the underlying cause of the transformation. The rise of pure silent bliss consciousness, a fundamental constituent in this process, keeps us beyond the grip of ego attachment to the widening sensory experience.

Advanced Yoga Practices are global practices that will be purifying all of our nervous system, no matter what else may be going on inside. That is why we use meditation and spinal breathing first. These will do the global housecleaning, and we are not dependent on any particular experience coming up in any particular part of our spiritual anatomy. Sooner or later, everything will open up. When experiences come up, great. We enjoy them. In time we will have them twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. When they come up in practices, we just stay with the practice we are doing. When they come up while we are in daily activity, we can enjoy them however we like. Our perception of our inner and outer world will change very much for the better. This is the fruit of practice, not the practice itself. Once meditation and spinal breathing are well established, we can add on practices for stimulating from both ends of the spinal nerve to awaken it to ecstatic conductivity, which spreads out through our entire nervous system automatically. These practices have been given already in previous lessons. In upcoming lessons we will look at additional practices for moving prana more from both ends of the spinal nerve toward our center, our heart.

The guru is in you.

It means listening to the teacher within, the God within, the guru within, guidance, or whatever you want to call it. We have a free university within us, and we can learn as much as we are able to perceive.

Only when you take I refuge in the guru will you receive grace. You must unite your heart with the guru’s heart and hand your responsibilities over to him. Let them be his. Hand over your body, your possessions and your soul to the guru. Your body must become the guru’s body, your life itself should be the guru himself—your body continues as the guru’s body while the life within you is the guru. Give every responsibility to the guru who lives within your body. This is your soul, your life. When you surrender all responsibility for everything this way, you will discover how to reach that state of merging and living within the guru.

This Guru is your inner Master of your Higher Divine Self.

When you take refuge in such a guru you will see God. You become the guru, disappearing in him while the guru disappears in God. Three flames become one God. God is a flame, the guru is a flame, the disciple is a flame. As the two disappear in One, this is the triple flame.

The divine wisdom imparted through the words of the guru what is taught according to the words of the guru—is exalted divine wisdom. You must have faith, certitude and determination in the guru’s teachings. The true wisdom of the guru, the true words of the guru and his true blessings are the true powerful forces within the mystery of this path of truth. Only when the disciple is accepted by the guru will he be accepted by God.

He Guru will open your Gnostic Eye and show within you everything in the universes and God Who is Omnipresent. If the wetness of Wisdom is not found within you, the Spiritual Master (Guru) will not be able to do anything.

The stock provided to you by the Guru can be kept inside and sealed by the Guru. The Guru’s seal can be impressed clearly. The seal will stick clearly and will not break. When you have filled the house fully with hay, you cannot keep anything else inside it. You cannot even open the door. You cannot even open the ridge of the roof. In the same manner, when your heart is full of the hypnotic attractions of the world which cause spiritual torpor, it is not possible to keep in it the stock the Guru gives you. You cannot open the door of the heart. You cannot remove the ridge of the roof of the heart.

Then God within you will talk to you , help you , guide you from moment to moment . This is what the Guru teaches you . God within , from whom you receive inspiration , is none other than your Guru.

The power of totality, no matter whether we call it God-power or Buddha-power, is not somewhere “up there” or “out there.” The power is within each of us. Great compassion is within you; wisdom is within you; God and Buddha are within you. If you have a dualistic concept that you are down here and Guru is somewhere up there, you will never comprehend the unity.

Guru yoga is pro-found; it cannot be expressed in mere words.

You can understand the qualities of Guru Vajradhara only according to your own level of spiritual development. You cannot push and you cannot intellectualize. When you understand that there are many different levels, the practice of guru yoga becomes quite reasonable. In Buddhism, we say that you can see your own level and perhaps project a little above it.

For example, when you reach the advanced level of realization known as the path of accumulation, you will be able to see a little of the next stage, the path of preparation. When you reach the path of preparation, you will be able to project some concept of the path of seeing, because you will already have some experience of emptiness; and so on, all the way to enlightenment. For example, consider the external, internal, and secret meditations of Guru Yoga. First you communicate with the external level of  knowledge. Next, at a deeper point, you communicate with the internal level. Then, when you go still deeper, you communicate with the secret level. 

You should not feel any separation between you and your inner Guru. You should not think, “The guru is so high and I am so low.” Instead, you have to unify with Guru, dissolving him into you. You recognize your own mind as the dharmakaya experience of Guru. This blissful wisdom consciousness is the absolute guru, and in order to experience it, you need to practice guru yoga.

We must also learn to recognize the guru in each moment. Even if our most egotistical, miserable, dissatisfied mind is present, instead of expanding this egocentric mind we must recognize its dharmakaya nature, its totality-of-the-guru nature. This direct, organic energy is digested into the great wisdom of unification: “You are the guru, you are the deity, you are the daka and dakini, you are the Dharma pro-tector.” This is the teaching of tantra. This is similar to Christianity, which accepts one God as an embodiment of the principle of totality. The Buddhist tantras describe many deities, dakas and dakinis, and Dharma protectors, but in fact they are all embodiments of the one reality of totality. As we develop in the path to enlightenment, we ourselves become the guru, the deity, the daka and dakini, the Dharma protector. We practice guru yoga in order to discover this unity.

`Truth can always stand the test of scrutiny. Nothing is self-sufficient. The ego need not stand in the way of learning from an expert; there is no shame in surrendering to superior wisdom’ from ‘`God dwells within you as you… When the senses are touched by the Guru’s grace, then the Guru’s knowledge arises from within and you see the play of the self everywhere’.

GU-RU (meaning darkness-light). This is the definition of a Guru—one who can lead you from the darkness to light. Sometimes they are called Saints be-because of their purity and enlightened state.

For example to illustrate these highest powers so a GURU can; A Siddha Guru is a perfected master who is united with God and has the ability to awaken the dormant energy, known as ‘Kundalini’ . The name given to this transmission of energy is ‘ shaktipat’ and a Siddha can awaken a person by thought, word, a look or touch. . . .

`Success depends on a cheerful disposition, perseverance, courage, self knowledge, unshakeable faith in the word of the Guru, and in the avoidance of all (superfluous) company’.

Kundalini works through and purifies the mind and thoughts, and basi-cally takes a person to the realm of pure absolute consciousness (chitti.) It is the latent life and spiritual force in man and it carries great power.

To find your guru is the greatest blessing that can come upon you.

It’s taught that if you always apply yourself solely to devotion to the guru, resting in an uncontrived state of mind, and looking at the mind, this practice will cause the way things truly are to appear from within.

The GURU is the consciousness within us. As you are active in your Divine Self, your authority becomes present in frequency and in action.

This state of ego created separation from the Divine and attracted more dark forces. From that moment, over a period of 8,500 years, the experiment, which was the hope of the universes, devolved until it became too ignorance, fear and darkness to sustain.

With the triggering of egos, fear and suspicion crept in. As soon as this happened, the vibration went down and people could not sustain their psychic powers. What started at the top moved through the priesthood and into the populace, and many people began to lose their natural spiritual gifts.

We have brought ourselves collectively to planetary crisis. and we don’t have the luxury of delaying much longer. We are in a time of profound choosing. We must realize that our destiny is one with all people and all life. Not only arc we co-creators with each other, we are also in partnership with the Divine. Evolution pushes us either willingly or by means of hardship into accepting that. Each of us is a magnet that pulls into our world whatever we hold in mind. Mind is much more than just the brain. Mind embraces our consistently fueled intentions, thoughts, actions, words, and images. Mind establishes and sustains the fire of consciousness.

The single most potent force you have is your will. For most of us it is the least understood. Yet everything we see around us, from social conditions to personal relationships, has been willed into existence. As we move dvough the intense changes of the new decade. we are going to hear more and more about the will. What is it really and what is the difference between God’s will and human will? How do we know when we are in accord with God’s will?

Many people arc having similar impressions of the world that is to come out of the dark and dangerous passage we are experiencing now. The message in all of them is to hold tight to a vision of our world in ecological. racial, economic, social, and political balance. How this new world will come into being is through us. While we cannot know the whole plan. each of us can know our place in it. It is not a secret that someone else can unlock for us. We carry it inside us. The divine gene that carries our cosmic DNA includes our plan for this lifetime. All it really takes to activate it is what an anonymous fourteenth-century writer called the lively longing for God.” The whole journey of transformation is really about rediscovering our true identity and will.

Most of us feel some confusion when we hear such expressions as ‘Surrender your will to God.” Of course this is what we ultimately do when we wake up to who we am. But we also know intuitively that the will is important to survival. and surrender sounds a lot like annihilation. On the surface. surrender does look like death to the ego. But in fact surrendering to the Higher will restores our true identity. Try substituting the phrase Higher will for God k wilt The concept of surrender of will takes on new color when we feel we’re giving up a little self to a bigger self-one that is connected with God.

Things don’t just happen; they are willed into being either consciously or unconsciously, either by individuals, by groups or by the whole species—even by our species interacting with the will of other realms of nature. We know that everything in the universe is vibrating. All of those trillions of cells that make up our individual biospheres are in a constant state of motion. For all its material appearance. nothing is solid.

Track even the densest materials back to their molecular pans. and there they arc, dancing to an unseen beat. The space between all the atoms in your body is a hologram of the spaces between the stars—all of it connected, all of it in a state of constant readiness. For that connecting space is the medium through which any living. vibrating thing. from a planet to a thought. sends its message to the whole universe. Moving in, around over, under, and through all space is a cosmic river of flowing energy. That energy has been recognized and called by many names in many languages.

In Sanskrit; ranch in Hebrew; and mana in Polynesian. to mention just a few. In the West. of course. it has been given very scientific sounding names such as “odic force- and -orgone energy .” It’s all the same energizing stuff of life. This river of energy can be harnessed to enliven anything at any frequency. It can give life to a thought. a feeling. a physical body. However the blueprint is signed. this energy will bring it into being.

And once the design is no longer needed, or has fulfilled itself and dies, the energy flows back into the river. This energy can be gathered, harnessed. shaped, expanded, or contracted, but it cannot be destroyed. If the blueprint of a body. thought, or desire is clear and unblocked, this energy will flow through it unimpeded and the intention will come to full fruition.

However if the blueprint is blocked. compromised. or ambivalent, then the energy will amplify the distortion. We get to choose what we’ll do with it. and we’re equally responsible for what we bring to life with it Once we get through the shock of realizing we’ve been carefully building our own world—and participating in the building of our joint world—the next realization is that the power for creating in new ways is unlimited.

The Higher will sees a universe of unlimited abundance. one in which there are plenty of resources for everyone. Living in oneness with God, it draws to itself all that is needed. It does not perceive the universe as a reluctant supplier: rather it uses knowledge as the instrument of wisdom. living in faith that all is unfolding in perfect order. It experiences life fully. making choices from inner rather than outer direction. It lives in love.

A person living under the domination of the lower will is neither good nor bad, just asleep and young in understanding. But before we can begin to surrender the lower will to the Higher, we have to know we have a will to create in the first place. The gift of free will allows us to explore our abilities to create, and when we are ready to give up the lower for the higher, we do so as fully conscious beings, not as sleepwalkers. There was a time when we were aware of being totally at one in the Source.

Our myths remember that time for us—we call it paradise, home. In the story of the Fall the ego usurped the will and used it for its own vehicle of validation. Sadly. as we became more civilized, we deepened the split, and Spirit became the enemy of the flesh. We both loved the Earth and at the same time struggled with it as the prison of our spirits.

The divine gene is our wellness gene. It travels with us. no matter how many lives or experiences it takes for us to wake up. It guarantees that one day we will be sick and tired of using our wills to create dramas that leave us unfulfilled. We will want to get well. And the coding in this gene carries all the information we need to do that. Planet Earth is the training ground for will-intraining. But we can become so identified with all that we are creating that we forget who we are.

We get to make up all kinds of movies here, anything that suits our fancy—melodramas, comedies, romances. The trick is to realize that we are the creators, not the movies we have created. Until we understand the difference, we keep making lots of sequels with the same characters am similar plot lines.

In the West we are deeply conditioned to “do something.” Doing, not being, is often the focus. Then a beloved teacher said to me in Spirit. ‘The point is not to do anything. The point is to realize who you are. And when you realize and then become who you are. you will literally change the vibrations of everything in your environment.”

The ego principle has created separate individualities in human beings, but no divine centres of luminous self-awareness. This ego is not one’s real self but an instrumentation of nature, and by this instrumentation the individual acts as if one were a separate being having a separate existence in the material universe. The ego is a pragmatic and effective fiction, a subjective substitute for the true self. The dissolution of this limited ego is the necessary means for cosmic Life to arrive at its divine fruition. The disappearance of the ego does not bring with it the destruction of one’s true individuality, one’s spiritual existence; the separate ego is replaced by the true spiritual Person and the sadhak can become a pure instrument of the Divine.

Once the inner and higher levels are sufficiently developed, the ego is replaced by the inner or psychic being and by the higher illumined or intuitive mind.

When will you understand that you are part of the bigger picture of creation? That you are here to learn and evolve to continue the story with the Creator’s perspective? That you are a divine creation of God? That you are not meant to stay down when you are down? That no matter how many times you fall or crumble, you must rise above it to evolve, to become the person we are meant to be with God’s perspective, in God’s eyes. We pray for His mercy and love, so since we are created by Him, can we not also extend these two virtues to those around us? Can we not emanate His love through us? You were not created yesterday or today. You have always been in creation. You have always been in His mind and heart. You are part of Him. You really are a God-gene, so how are you honoring this legacy? Is it with love or fear?

It is impossible to comprehend the depths of human depravity, as it does not gel with our metaphysical make up. We are love, and as human beings we are faced with the human concepts of good and bad, right and wrong. Where does this classification come from, and what are the intentions behind all deeds or actions? Where did these behaviors originate? Was it in this life or past life? Was it your life or an ancestor? When faced with the highest truth, we understand that there is a remarkable similarity of the intent behind every action. We all want peace, joy, love, and abundance. The feuds and wars are those of generations who have handed down their limiting values and ego systems.

As soon as we enter the Landscape of the Mind, we smack firmly into our own ego. Right inside the gates of mindfulness meditation, ego awaits us—suspicious, defensive, afraid. We come to meditation looking for peace, or for the ability to concentrate, or for solace, or wisdom. We sit quietly, following the instructions of those veterans who have already traveled the road. Perhaps we think that after a few deep breaths we’ll follow the leader straight to heaven or enlightenment, and we’ll be free at last—free from anxiety, from confusion, from unhappiness. This is not what happens.

The ego does not want to quiet down, let go, and awaken into a new reality.

In fact, our egos don’t want to know about any reality save the one that focuses on ego itself. Ego does not want to wake up. It does not want to become fully conscious. I once saw a bumper sticker that read, “Consciousness: That annoying time between naps.” That’s ego’s message. “Don’t wake me up,” ego demands. “Don’t question my take on reality. Don’t make me change anything.” But it is ego’s limited vision of reality that keeps us anxious, confused, unhappy. Its fearful, self-preserving mode of behavior confines us in a cage of delusion. The ego’s delusion is that each one of us is a separate and finite entity that must fight for self-preservation. Therefore, ego takes a me-against-the-world stance. It tells us that we are at risk, even when we’re not, and we believe it. We are like the trapped wild animal accustomed to its cage and afraid of freedom.

Gravity is a force that attracts objects in the universe. Here on earth, gravity is the force responsible for attracting and preserving matter in a form that we call life. Without it, the stuff of life—water and air and soil and rocks—would change their form. Things would come apart; the earth would not exist as a separate entity in the universe.

The gravitational balance that allows life to flourish on earth is a mysterious and awesome phenomenon. From Aristotle to Galileo, and from Newton to Einstein, physical gravity has been the one force in the universe most puzzled over, studied, and theorized. It’s easy to imagine what would happen if the force of gravity suddenly became too weak or too strong: we’d spin out into space, like an astronaut cut off from the mother ship; or we’d be crushed along with everything else into a solid, heavy mass.

Your ego is a form of gravity. It holds you together in a pattern that you consider to be yourself. It gives you a sense of self as separate and solid. Psychic gravity—the ego—is poised in the same delicate balance as physical gravity.

When the ego’s force is too strong it dominates reality, forcing us into a confined, heavy sense of self. We all know what this feels like. Ego’s excessive pressure can be experienced as an over identification with our individuality—a sense of self-importance or of isolation. Conversely, a weak ego is felt as a fearful state of helplessness, no boundaries, a lack of a center. Too much ego identification is no better nor worse than too little.

We are each somebody and nobody. Spiritual work honors both. Meditation addresses the part of us who is “nobody,” who is free, unlimited, spacious, eternal. Psychological and emotional work address the part of us who is “somebody.” As “somebody,” we go to work, pay the bills, have relationships. We deal with illness, stress, and loss. In moments of enlightened thinking we may understand that there really is no distinction between our “nobodiness” and our “somebodiness.” But usually the two feel quite distinct.

Our goal should be to unite them—not to deny either one—because we won’t get very far if we enter into holy warfare with our own minds. It does no good to pretend that you are only “nobody”—that everything is an illusion, that only God is real—when you most certainly are somebody in daily life. And it also betrays the truth to deny that there is another less confined way of being beyond the sphere of ego’s gravity. Jung believed that the combined use of psychological and spiritual processes led to the unity of these previously contradictory forces. He called the unified state the Self, with a capital S.

“When the Self makes its impressive presence felt,” writes Eugene Pascal, in Jung to Live By, “we cease being as a captive of the petty, hypersensitive, personal sphere of the ego, and rather feel as though we have somehow acquired a freer, broader, more circumspective and more objective view of life.” The Self does not negate the ego; it includes it into an expanded, more objective view of our own life and of life itself.

The ego does not want to give up control over the embodied soul. Even during the transition into bodily death, the ego-mind usually, in one form or another, accompanies the soul out of the body and continues with it on its journey. The physical death does not insure the death of the ego-mind. It is only through the process of awareness with acceptance that attachment to the ego is atrophied.

The ego is very aware of its tentative position and lives in constant fear. This fear is manifested in the diaphragm and solar plexus and, with practiced attention, can be directly experienced and known by the individual. This fear energy of the ego-mind is what interferes with the natural course of breathing.

The ego’s fear of extinction becomes encoded in the body, altering breathing patterns and creating greater physical tension and distress. In this way, the ego continues to maintain control over the embodied soul’s consciousness.

The ego knows that if the individual becomes aware of his or her physical tension and distress, the consciousness is likely to become preoccupied with its level of physical health and comfort and to react in various ways to this concern.

By attentional focus with love’s acceptance, breath itself can be the starting point that initiates the physical/emotional release process. Breath is a part of the physical/emotional complex which has become blocked by ego’s fear for survival and ego-mind’s thoughts and beliefs.

Ego survives solely through attachment, like a virus, which cannot function independently from its host cell. It cannot be emphasized too strongly that the ego has no life of its own. It is an illusion which keeps perpetuating itself through attachment to the individual and, by its various methods, tricking the individual into believing that he or she is the ego.

When attached to the ego, the individual doesn’t “see” the ego.

The ego has become invisible because the individual believes the ego is what he or she is and therefore, there is no experience of consciousness as separate from ego-mind. The attachment is complete.

When attention is turned inward, the process has begun which will eventually result in the individual “seeing” the ego and finding its true Self. As the unfolding cascade of inner experience is witnessed over time, the individual becomes aware how challenging it is to remain aware of all unfolding phenomena without attachment.

The ways of the ego are dever and its roots seem deep within the individual. The ego’s habit of reacting to phenomena is so practiced that the individual notices how easily he or she is “recaptured” and finds itself in reaction of some sort. Overtime, the individual discerns more clearly and sees how this occurs in the most subtle of ways. With this greater discernment, the individual becomes able to see that it is the ego, and not he or she, which is doing the reacting /attaching. And in that realization, the embodied soul has once again regained equanimity and remains dis-identified from the ego.

Identification with the ego creates the illusion of separation and the concept of “mine.” The ego longs for or tries to avert various experi-ences. It wants some experiences to be part of it (“mine”) and others to be outside of it (“not mine.”) Through fear of survival and its con-ditioned intellect, the ego has formed and believes in its self concept. The ego longs for and identifies as “mine” those experiences that are congruent with its self concept. The ego denies, avoids and fights those experiences that conflict with its self concept; these are the “not mine” experiences.

All things work together for good. There are no exceptions except in the ego’s judgment. The ego exerts maximal vigilance about what it permits into awareness, and this is not the way a balanced mind holds together. The ego is thrown thither on balance because it keeps its primary motivation from your awareness. and raises control rather than sanity to predominance. The ego has every reason to do this, according to the thought system which gave me to it and which it serves. Sane judgment would inevitably judge against the ego, and must be obliterated by the ego in the interest of its self-preservation.

A major source of the ego’s off-balanced state is its lack of discrimination between the body and the thoughts of Ood Thoughts of God are unacceptable to the ego, because they clearly point to the nonexistence of the ego itself. The ego therefore either distorts them or refuses to accept them. It cannot, however, make them cease to be. It therefore tries to conceal not only ‘unacceptable” body impulses, but also the thoughts of Ood, because both are threatening to it. Being concerned primarily with its own postman on in the thee of threat the ego perceives them as the same. By perceiving them as the same. the ego attempts to save itself from being swept away. as it would surely be in the presence of knowledge.

Any thought system that confuses God and the body must be insane. Yet this confusion is essential to the ego, which judges only in terms of threat or non.threat to itself. In one sense the ego’s fear of God is at least logical, since the idea of film does dispel the ego. But fear of the body. with which the ego identifies so closely. makes no sense at all.

The body is the ego’s home by its own election. It is the only identification with which the ego feels safe, since the body’s vulnaubility is its own best argument that you cannot be of God. This is the belief that the ego sponsors eagerly. Yet the ego hates the body, because it cannot accept it as good enough to be its home fiery is where the mind becomes actually dazed. Being told by the ego that it is rally part of the body and that the body is its protector, the mind is also told that the body cannot protect it.

Therefore, the mind asks. ‘Where can I go for protection? ” to which the ego replies. “‘Tuns to me.”lhe mind, and not without cause, reminds the ego that it has itself insisted that it is identified with the body. so there is no point in turning to it for protection. The ego has no real answer to this because there is none, but it does have a typical solution. It obliterates the question from the mind’s awareness Once out of awareness the question can and does produce uneasiness, but it cannot be answered because it cannot be asked.

This is the question that must be asked, “Where can I go for protection?’ ‘Seek and ye shall find’ does not mean that you should seek blindly and desperately for something you would not recognize Meaningful seeking is consciously undertaken. consciously organized and consciously directed. The goal must be formulated clearly and kept in mind. Learning and wanting to learn are inseparable. You learn ben when you believe what you are trying to learn is of value to yon. however, not evelything you may want to tarn has lasting value. Indeed. many of the things you want to lam may be chosen because their value will not last.

The ego thinks it is an advantage not to commit itself to anything that is eternal, because the eternal must come from God. Eternalness is the one function the ego has tried to develop. but has systematically failed to achieve. The ego compromises with the issue of the eternal. just as it does with all issues touching on the real question any way. By becoming involved with tangential issues, it hopes to hide the real question and keep it out of mind. ‘The ego’s chametenstic busyness with nonessentials is for precisely that purpose.

Preoccupations with problems set up to be incapable of solution are favorite ego devices for impeding learning progress. In all these diversionary tactics, however. the one question that is never asked by those who pursue them is. “What for?” This is the question that you must learn to ask in conflation with everything. What is the purpose/ Whatever it is. it will direct your efforts automatically. When you make a decision of purpose, then, you have made a decision about your future effort; a decision that will remain in effect unless you change your mind.

The ego does not recognize the real source of “threat,” and if you associate yourself with the ego, you do not understand the situation as it is. Only your allegiance to it gives the ego any power over you. I have spoken of the ego as if it were a separate thing, acting on its own.

This was necessary to persuade you that you cannot dismiss it lightly, and must realize how much of your thinking is ego-directed. We cannot safely let it go at that, however, or you will regard yourself as necessarily conflicted as long as you are here, or as long as you believe that you are here. The ego is nothing more than a part of your belief about yourself. Your other life has continued without interruption, and has been and always will be totally unaffected by your attempts to dissociate it.

The rewards of God, however, are immediately recognized as eternal. Since this recognition is made by you and not the ego, the recognition itself establishes that you and your ego cannot be identical. You may believe that you have already accepted this difference, but you are by no means convinced as yet. The fact that you believe you must escape from the ego shows this; but you cannot escape from the ego by humbling it or controlling it or punishing it.

The ego and the spirit do not know each other. The separated mind cannot maintain the separation except by dissociating. Having done this, it denies all truly natural impulses, not because the ego is a separate thing, but because you want to believe that you are. The ego is a device for maintaining this belief, but it is still only your decision to use the device that enables it to endure.

How can you teach someone the value of something he has deliberately thrown away? He must have thrown it away because he did not value it. You can only show him how miserable he is without it, and slowly bring it nearer so he can learn how his misery lessens as he approaches it.

It is clear that while the content of any particular ego illusion does not matter, its correction is more helpful in a specific context. Ego illusions are quite specific, although the mind is naturally abstract. Part of the mind becomes concrete, however, when it splits. The concrete part believes in the ego, because the ego depends on the concrete. The ego is the part of the mind that believes your existence is defined by separation.

Everything the ego perceives is a separate whole, without the relationships that imply being. The ego is thus against communication, except insofar as it is utilized to establish separateness rather than to abolish it.

The communication system of the ego is based on its own thought system, as is everything else it dictates. Its communication is controlled by its need to protect itself, and it will disrupt communication when it experiences threat. This disruption is a reaction to a specific person or persons. The specificity of the ego’s thinking, then, results in spurious generalization which is really not abstract at all. It merely responds in certain specific ways to everything it perceives as related.

In contrast, spirit reacts in the same way to everything it knows is true, and does not respond at all to anything else. Nor does it make any attempt to establish what is true. It knows that what is true is everything that God created. It is in complete and direct communication with every aspect of creation, because it is in complete and direct communication with its Creator.

This communication is the will of God. Creation and communication are synonymous. God created every mind by communicating his mind to it, thus establishing it forever as a channel for the reception of his mind and will. Since only beings of a like order can truly communicate, his creations naturally communicate with him and like him.

This communication is perfectly abstract, since its quality is universal in application and not subject to any judgment, any exception or any alteration. God created you by this and for this. The mind can distort its function, but it cannot endow itself with functions it was not given. That is why the mind cannot totally lose the ability to communicate, even though it may refuse to utilize it on behalf of being.

Existence as well as being rest on communication. Existence, however, is specific in how, what and with whom communication is judged to be worth undertaking. Being is completely without these distinctions. It is a state in which the mind is in communication with everything that is real. To whatever extent you permit this state to be curtailed you are limiting your sense of your own reality, which becomes total only by recognizing all reality in the glorious context of its real relationship to you. This is your reality. Do not desecrate it or recoil from it. It is your real home, your real temple and your real self.

God. Who encompasses all being. ercated beings who have everything individually, but who want to share it to inercase their joy. Nothing real can be increased except by sharing. That is why God created you. Divine abstraction takes joy in sharing. That is what creation means. “How.” “what” and “to whom” are irrelevant, because real creation gives everything, since it can create only like itself. Remember that in the Kingdom there is no difference between having and being, as there is in existence. In the state of being the mind gives everything always.

The Bible repeatedly states that you should praise God. This hardly means that you should tell him how wonderful he is. He has no ego with which to accept such praise, and no perception with which to judge it. But unless you take your part in the creation, his joy is not complete because yours is incomplete. And this he does know. He knows it in his own being and its experience of his son’s experience. The constant going out of his love is blocked when his channels are closed. and he is lonely when the minds he ereated do not communicate fully with him.

God has kept vour kingdom for you. but he cannot share his joy with you until you know it with your whole mind. Revelation is not enough. because it is only communication from God. God does not need revelation returned to him, which would clearly be impossible. but he does want it brought to others. This cannot be done with the actual revelation: its content cannot be expressed, because it is intensely personal to the mind that receives it. It can, however, be returned by that mind to other minds, through the attitudes the knowledge from the revelation brings.

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