The Teachings are a collection of ideas that we can check out and either live from or discard. The ideas we live from construct our spiritual body or that frame of reference from which we live our lives and survives the death of the physical body. Working with these ideas over the years, I wrote down many ideas—verbatim quotes from Dr. Bob. He suggested that we could take only ONE of the ideas, work with it intensely, and we could be transformed. (Lesson 12, Science of Man begins the discussion on the building of a spiritual body) So, here are the Teaching Ideas that accumulated over the years:
The kingdom of God is peace, joy, balance, NOT a place
We can be peaceful and non-disturbed this moment. When we want future peace or safety, it is turned into a goal or ideal or illusion.
It is always now. When we see there is no future, we can live NOW.
I don’t have to change anything or anybody. I can always take a walk.
Until we find something of more value than the four dual basic urges we will continue to live from them.
What would be the greatest good to me right now? To be safe? Secure? Right?
There is nothing wrong with working to be non-disturbed. It’s only when I feel entitled to be non-disturbed. We want assurance that we will have enough money, feel good, be safe, and comfortable. We are divine beings and we deny our birthright when we want assurances.
We are spiritual beings with a body.
What is I? I owns nothing. Ownership is being sound asleep. “Have” implies ownership. I am agape, not have agape. I is being. I am.
Ask for enlightenment, wisdom and understanding and all other things are added.
Regeneration: return to Oneness.
To know the will of God we have to be free of conditioning.
We can check up on how conditioned we are by observing if we live at peace.
Conflict: difference between what is and my ideal of what I think ought to be.
Agape: Understand that whatever anyone (including self) is doing at the moment of doing they feel it is right, proper or justified.
Without agape we are DEAD.
We look for an authority because we don’t want to be responsible.
Lying is convincing myself of the reality of my conclusions. When we tell the truth, transformation takes place.
We usually try to justify our sense of limitations.
We are pure Spirit.
Non-disturbance is a by-product of being free to experience. We will have challenges, but
See everything as a challenge, not as a threat.
When you are not trying to change anything there is peace. Then higher Mind develops.
We can ask for enlightenment.
What is, is reality. What ought to be is illusion.
We are free to feel un-safe. There is no way to insure that we will be safe. We are free to be without anything.
Disappointment leads to feeling hurt. Then we look for blame. All this leads to anger, fear, guilt and insecurity. This is stress which the body is not designed to handle. So, the body adapts, which is called illness. We would literally explode if the body didn’t adapt to stress.
A quiet mind is impossible if we are making anything important.
Self-pity: self tells a sad story of self which produces a chemical call DACHA, which is highly addictive.
Pay attention to this moment. If we are not, our awareness is fragmented.
We cannot change by will power. That is self-improvement and will not work. When we are aware without judgment, it changes us. It comes to an end. This is the only way to transformation.
The Life Principle works with us. Once we have a new purpose we are bound to evolve.
There is Christ, Life Principle, in every thing that moves.
If you want to be safe and comfortable, forget about regeneration.
JOY is watching this Great Intelligence handle every situation.
All we can do is report what we’re sensing. That is being obedient to our nature. I am dis-obedient to my nature when I judge.
Anxiety: when I want something to be different than it is.
We blame when we feel inferior.
We cannot define X. We can only see it work
Being aware that we are the problem maker brings about a state where there is no problem maker.
Fear is the result of wanting to be safe.
When we know we are a privileged invited guest on the Planet at a great Party put on by the Host, Life, we are in communication with the Host.
There are no answers to “why” questions.
Our responsibility is to be conscious.
We wake up when we see the necessity of it.
If you want to be safe, you have fear.
No one is ever punished or rewarded. There is only balance.
We are here only to describe facts, not to win a popularity contest. I don’t care if you like me or don’t like me.
Picture of Man: the key to knowledge of self, without which we are lost.
The mind is constantly creating opposites. This creates confusion.
Do we believe or do we know? All we KNOW is that WE’RE HERE.
When the mind is quiet, we make discoveries.
Peace: when we don’t want to change anything.
The Not-I’s have only one purpose: Destroy the living being.
We do not have to condemn or prove anything.
Lay down unwholesome things when we see they are unwholesome.
Agape allows us to pass from death to life.
Live with uncertainty and be happy about it.
Anything we depend on we are in bondage to.
When we assume a person it not responsible we harm them
Do we want to be safe or free?
Do we want to be peaceful or conditioned? We can’t have both.
Guilt is non-peace.
A human being is a point of awareness.
We cannot evolve in consciousness if we are competing.
Meaning of words: Love, devotion, worship, God: These words cannot be defined. Don’t use beautiful words that have no meaning.
We can be integrated and function as ONE. The authorities, the assurances have to go.
Point of awareness comes as the result of the Teachings. There is no other way.
To be integrated:
a) See what we have called “good.”
b) See that the greatest gift we have is to be responsible and have freedom.
c) Release ALL authorities. We are our own authority. Circumstances can be an authority I am the authority over what I’m going to do.
The best way to destroy a living being is to turn everything over to feelings. You are on the
way to the grave.
Only a quiet mind can see “what is” clearly
When we understand we can live without conflict. It comes to an end naturally. The tricky mind can only work in darkness.
If you don’t have agape for yourself you can’t have it for anyone else.
Our conditioning is NOT based on fact.
We have one basic instinct—the urge to union—to Oneness with Spirit—the marriage of awareness and Spirit—can only be obtained through self-knowing. There are no short-cuts.
Idolatry: Anything we make important.
We use our limitations to avoid responsibility.
We gain understanding by experiencing “what is” freely.
Prayer is for the pray-er. It is to get the mind changed so see that nothing needs to be changed, not to change God’s mind; to see that ALL is in perfect balance.
Death is necessary to clean the Planet.
Nutrition: Eat what you’re hungry for.
If our attention is on evolving instead of having our own way, we wouldn’t want to change anything.
We destroy ourselves because we are subjectively involved in other peoples business. If I wish to control others and don’t want them to wake up, I would be sentimental. I think I know what ought to be for others so I will be more comfortable. Humans won’t let their kids grow up because of sentimentality.
We are so busy doing that we cannot conceive of not doing.
We CAN surrender all our preconceived opinions
Impersonal living: When we don’t know what ought to be. It is living without conflict or struggle.
Don’t try to change anything. Take things in their natural sequence. Let it happen. We want to be a butterfly when we’re still a worm.
X will work with you but not for you.
The more one thinks in opposites, the more unconscious one is.
There is nothing but death in opposites. They are a total barrier to evolving.
What am I doing? Do it consciously. Want pity? Do it consciously.
Point of awareness is to see, “What am I doing?”
Anxiety is a signal that we have made something important.
Black magician puts us to sleep and we can do it to ourselves. White magician is only interested in liberation.
Laying our treasure down: a) see that all events come to pass: b) Have 2 explanations for everything. This is saying we don’t know: c) Eliminate all sentimentality. If we are to live as human beings we CANNOT be controlled by sentimentality; d) See that the feeling of pia, eros, philia, when completed by agape, are the only feelings that do not destroy us—love. AAll other emotions destroy us.
We are going to die as long as we have one opinion. Opinions are based on speculation to be secure. Man does not want to be in a state of not-knowing.
There is not one word in the Bible about sex, except that is it a symbol of integration.
Hypnosis is a pathological state.
We are working to be conscious. Be conscious of conflict. When I see that I am setting up conflict, it ends.
The block to integration is that we see what is going on and they try to change it and find solution to the problem. It is possible to live without problems. We cease to make problems. The mind is a problem-maker.
Problem: something I want to change.
Self knows: I know what ought to be is. This is the basis of judging. I know what I need and what you need. I know the cause of everything. I know the future.
Can you worry without knowing the future?
Point of awareness grows through a process of dis-identifying. We start being a real person. We observe everything as objects. We start being ONE when circumstances don’t control us.
The point of awareness is the start of a new mind.
“If” and “When” are hypnotic words. Watch for “ifs”
Integration is the union of X and awareness. There is no struggle or resistance.
If we want to change anything or anybody we have not surrendered.
We don’t know how to do anything. X does it all.
Nothing needs to be changed. Reality is okay just like it is. If we move to be happy, we’re kidding ourselves.
To be awake is to see everything objectively. There is no judgment, no identifying with it.
Assignment: Do consciously what we have been doing unconsciously.
The purpose of living is to live as one harmonious unit—body, mind and Spirit.
Life is not the author of confusion.
Life is I. Not I am Life.
As long as we’re fighting something there is no chance for us to be integrated. For instance, free from_____________. Freedom is to freely to experience whatever comes my way
“I don’t know” is a prayer state. “I know” is a sacrilegious state.
The only thing you can really pray for is wisdom.
The adaptive process is the work of an Intelligence of a very high order.
Security is bondage.
Stay in the present moment—this is the only time we can do anything.
The Teachings bring us to this Point of Awareness where we observe as if we are on a mountain top and looking through a telescope. The time we spend observing objectively is accumulative.
We are an invisible being that inhabits the body. The invisible man is very powerful
The Work is in observing self, which brings all to the Light.
Twenty-five percent of circumstances will be the way I want them. Seventy-five percent will not be the way I want them to be. If I practice this W ill never be disappointed and the vicious cycle will never operate. It requires practice to do 25/75.
A misconception: That circumstances determine my state of being.
The only thing we complain about is that things are not like we think they ought to be.
Misconceptions: I know what I need; I know what ought to be; I know the cause; I know the future.
Any judgment I had yesterday is not valid today.
Now is not then. Be conscious and alert in this moment instead of working with accumulated data of the past.
Everything we do is for the Host.
One way of being harmless is to never put a person under an obligation. To be harmless is to not be a threat to anyone.
Human service is the way to divinity.
Pain and discomfort have value.
I don’t care what the world knows about me, but I hope my mother never finds out.
Before I knew the best part of my life had come, it had gone
My, how you’ve changed since I’ve changed.
I have abandoned my search for truth, and am now looking for a good fantasy.