Until we awaken enough to see that within us lives the same nature as our “enemy” of the moment, we will never know the freedom or the forgiveness found in this great liberating truth: no enemy exists for us until the judge within us makes one so.
It seems to me that the main reason we suffer, as we do — over the things we do — is not because these things, in themselves, have the “power” to punish us, but rather because we forget in these moments that who we really are cannot feel “punished” without having forgotten that God is good.
This last idea can be stated this way: It is forgetting the truth of ourselves that keeps us in the prison of unwanted states. It’s not unlike standing outside in a raging storm because, for the moment, usually due to resisting our circumstances, something in us “forgets” that we have a home we can return to where we’ll be safe and warm. To discover the nature of this forgetfulness is the first step in reclaiming one’s right to be free.
Freedom is not created, which means it cannot be destroyed any more than the onset of night destroys the light of the sun; and we are “nearer” this true freedom for which we hope each time we remember the truth of this fact.
We must literally learn to shake off the forgetfulness born of allowing negative states to provide us with their memories, otherwise we have no choice but to be the captive of that limited level of mechanical consciousness. It’s imperative that we see the truth of this last idea for ourselves. When one is angry, what real choices does one have? We see and do what anger “remembers” as being good and viable. Darkness is our guide. Small wonder that we seem to see what needs to be done, and never see our undoing at its hands!
Stop giving your life away to what amounts to unconscious “memories.” Choose instead to be present, remember yourself, and therein allow God to show you the true nature of goodness.
Seasons and Tides,
Seasons and Tides,
Everything In . . .
Then back Outside!
Have you ever snapped at a family member? Have you ever fought over a parking place? Have you ever jumped up to make a phone call to straighten someone out? These are moments when you sell your soul.
What you are involved with at such times is the outrage that someone should take something from you or do something to you. The “you” looking at life through the negative state is the negative state itself… it’s not you at all. There is only the condition and the pressure of the emotional state that is dictating to you what you must do in order to come out a winner… and you sell your soul for the victory, for the possession, for the hoped-for resolution of the fiery state inside of you. A false sense of life drives you, and nothing is helping you choose what is in your best interest.
So the next time you catch yourself being taken over by a negative state, ask yourself, “What is this thing compared to my soul?” When you ask that question, you actually break the grip of the emotional state, the false life. Then, in the moment you ask the question, you are asking God for His life, Truth for Its life. You are saying, “I want the eternal, not the temporary false life that drives me.”
Remember to ask the question every day… let it become your breath… “What is this thing compared to my soul?” Ask that question enough and your soul will always show you what is true. When you choose in favor of what your soul wants, you choose in favor of eternity. This is a real action, a real choice. Let everything in you want to choose in favor of your soul.