In these uncertain times I was interested in what Dr. Bob said about money. This is some of what I found:
. “Give and it shall be given to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they pour into your lap.” But, you know we don’t quite trust that. So we have $200 and we see somebody that would greatly relieve them of much misery. We would be an expression of mercy to give them, possibly, all $200 of it. Or say even a hundred of it. And we will begin to think, “Well, I’ll need that for the rent. I will need that for the car payment. I will need that for so-and-so. So I will give them a good word and try to see what I can do to help them.” But we don’t turn it out because we do not trust the endless supply of X. However one cannot do this as an act of will. One can only do it as one experiences agape. And it is interesting when one finds out what one has not been able to experience, then one can begin to look at what is obstructing it. You see all the states of the spiritual man, agape, faith, grace, are all available to us at all time. But we have them blocked off by various obstructions in the self until we cannot express them, we cannot experience them. So it is not a matter of making an effort to gain something. It is to be aware of the obstructions. And these instructions bring to Light very carefully, very beautifully if one applies them, as to what the obstructions are. (Science of Man Lesson 31)
…….He said to his students, ‘Therefore I say to you, do not be anxious for your life”. Now, here is where we start the assignment for this week. We’re going to take these and see how many of them we can live by without suddenly fouling up. In other words, it will tell us whether of not there is still many areas of the self that has been unobserved by I, the observer, and reported to X. So let’s take these and see how many of them, as they occur in the next few weeks, that we can see them as they are. “Therefore I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, what you shall eat, not yet for your body, what you shall put on.” What kind of clothes you wear. How am I going to get a new suit? Etc. “The life is a greater thing than the food, and the body than the clothing. Consider the ravens, they neither sow nor reap. They have neither storeroom nor barn, yet God feeds them. Oh, how much more value are you than they. But which of you by being anxious about it,” making it important, and so-forth, “can add to his stature a single cubit.” We shall say today, a single inch. How many of us, if we’re 6’1” can by taking thought, even positive thought now and really thinking positive about it for many days, can be 6’2”? And this, of course, is considering that we are an adult, grown up. “Therefore if you not able to do even a very little thing, why are you so anxious concerning the rest?” Here is the reminder. We don’t even know how to walk. We don’t know how to grow. We don’t know how to throw a ball. We don’t know how to move an arm, a leg. We don’t know how to eat. But still, all of it takes place. And if you can’t even do these little things, why be so anxious about what’s going to happen tomorrow? the next day? the next week? Where is the money coming from to get new clothes. Where is the money coming from to buy food? Have enough food today? Have enough clothes today? “Consider”, which means to think deeply about. Take it under due observation. “Consider how the lilies grow. They neither toil no spin. Yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these. ….if God so clothes the grass which flourishes in the fields today, but tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more you, oh, you of little faith.” Ones who have not experienced faith, here is the challenge, to find out why one hasn’t experienced more faith, why one hasn’t experienced it in a greater degree. Something is obstructing it. And where is that obstruction? It is some unobserved area of the self. Some area that mammon can still get a word in say, “But look you must make arrangements so you will comfortable later. You will have to have food and you will have to have clothing. Those are essential.” And, of course, that sounds very logical. So, here is the area where one is given a challenge. It said, “Oh, you of little faith”. If you have little faith, you’ve experienced very little, or maybe, none of faith. (Science of Man Lesson 32)
I have been watching the events taking place all over the Planet such as global warming, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, droughts (we haven’t had rain for 3 months. Our trees are dying), political unrest; violence, toxicity, hatred, greed.
“What is going on?” I ask. I remember what Dr. Bob said one time: “Things have to be broken up before they can be re-built. Maybe this is what is going on. The old paradigm is no longer working. So Life, in its great Wisdom, breaks things up so that a new consciousness can emerge. I don’t know if this is valid or not or if it is only my own wishful thinking. So…
What can I do? I have only one answer. Stay in the present moment. Be conscious in this precious moment. Don’t let my thoughts drift into the unlived future or regress into the past. This takes some practice. The Not-I’s have only one purpose: Destroy the living being! Wasting energy on trips into the future or past is self-destructive. (Unless I need to make airline reservations, of course.)
IN THIS MOMENT I have food to eat, a house to live in, a car to drive, clothes to wear, interesting things to do and interesting people with which to do them. I HAVE IT ALL. THERE IS NO FEAR. ALL IS WELL. I can refuse to let fear control my behavior. What a glorious place in which to live—this moment! I can fully embrace this moment. It really makes sense when I realize that this is all I have, anyway. Of course I have challenges. It seems that everyone does. I cannot allow them to control the inner state. They come to teach me, then pass on.
If there is a new consciousness emerging, staying alert and aware in this moment is the greatest contribution I can make to the Planet. A least I am not contributing any negativity or toxicity to the group consciousness (or sometimes called the Critical Mass). And, of course, who benefits the most from this position?
ONE-LINERS (Verbatim quotes from the Teaching material)
- Spirit is our Partner. I, the awareness, gets to live with it, experience it, watch it, work with it, constantly. The Spiritual path is recognizing that Spirit is running
- I am a Spiritual being having a human experience.
- We live in that which we radiate
- Human service is the way to Divinity.
- Prime misconception: That I can live on Planet Earth without being disturbed.
- When my needs are great enough and my wants are small enough, all difficulties are removed.
- I refuse to react to other people’s reactions.
- Suggestions are brambles that choke the seed.
- Don’t ever look for Truth. Look for illusions. When you have seen illusion for what it is, you have seen the Truth of the matter. The Truth sets us free.
- Depression is the same as self-pity or apathy.
- Only as I, the observer, sees some idea of the self as an illusion, is it free of the tendency to identify with that idea.
- Pain and discomfort have value.
- We are sowers of seed. What kind of seeds do we sow? Peace? Love? Joy? Our mood, attitude, is our seed. We live in that which we radiate.
- Read and listen without interpreting. Interpreters are “Not-I’s” on an ego trip to show how smart we are. Read and listen and let the material work on us instead of trying to interpret it.
- Spirit is not concerned with how ‘good” we are.
- The teaching material does not allow us to be less disturbed. But we will be less disturbed because we don’t care anymore if we are. When we are free to be disturbed, we don’t get all torn up about it.
- The ability to make up the mind singly is called faith.
- “But” cancels everything that comes before it.
- We cannot control circumstances or how other people treat us. We can choose our responses. This is freedom.
- If we’re looking for the ideal, it is impossible to make a choice or decision. If we are not looking for the ideal, it is easy.
- Life sets up all sorts of situations for us to be able to apply the Teaching material so we can learn.
- What we really experience all day long is our inner state of being. Everything else we sense
- .If we let circumstances determine how we feel, we are not in charge of our inner state. When we are responsible we can feel anyway we choose to feel. We don’t have to let the clouds determine how we feel. What (or who) keeps me from feeling good—right now?
- I can make a contribution to a pleasant, harmonious mood wherever I am.
- We attract to ourselves events that are in accord to our inner state of being.
- A conscious person is consciously choosing a role and playing it.
- A conscious person lives without struggle, conflict or resistance. A conscious person is in charge of his inner state of being.
- As long as we feel that we have to, must, should or ought to, we are in conflict. If we do something because we want to, there is no resistance
- .If we want to feel good, we start acting like we feel good
- .If we remember that it is fatal to fall asleep, we would put great value on staying awake, or conscious. We forget anything we don’t put value on. Being a conscious person is the most valuable thing we can do. If we forget that, we will think being non-disturbed has the most value.
Before I knew the best part of my life had come, it had gone.
Normal times may possibly be over forever.
It was all so different before everything changed.
Either this life I’m in is very dream-like, or this dream I’m in is very life-like.