P. 44-45 (also attached to this email or at the bottom of this blog are p. 105-108— a continuation of the material on forgiveness. As was mentioned in class, we could work with this now or wait until we get to those pages)
I have probably used this quote before, but it struck me again as I was thinking of vibration and raising vibration for ourselves as well as those around us.
Yoda speaking of The Force:
“Life creates it. Makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us, and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you. Everywhere. Here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere. Yes, even between the land and the ship.”
We could just as easily substitute the concept of love in the quote above and think about the vibrations within and around us. You see, I choose love, I choose to hold my life and the lives of others in Truth, in love, in light. Again, we must realize this is not an emotion or passiveness or victimhood. We do whatever else it is we need to do in love, not anger, fear or retaliation.
It is the power of our intention that changes everything. Remember that wonderful Thomas Merton prayer when he states, “I believe the desired to please you does in fact please you.” Isn't that beautiful. There is no difference between the intention and the reality. So my desire to love you or to act lovingly bypasses my feelings, my desire to be right, and anything else that might get away.
“Now this, as we said, is an encoding of language that carries with it a vibrational power. When you work with this decree, you will feel the frequency of it. It will call you to it. It will call you back into present time, which is the only time you may know anything. When you are frightened of yourself, when you are in a situation you do not know what to do with, you may use these words to anchor yourself back into your vibration as your true self. You will feel the shift in vibration as you come home to your true self.”
We’ve explored that idea, but it always bears repeating, since it is so easy to get lost or trapped in our thinking minds. Sacred scriptures from many religions have been around for thousands of years. What makes them so viable is not the words, but the vibratory energy of the message!
We repeated these words, “I know who you are; what you are; how you serve.” I realize that we all struggle with that one because as soon as we voice that truth, the thinking mind, the limited ego consciousness will begin to object: “How do I know? How do I know that I know? Am I just fooling myself? Am I telling myself a story, trying to convince myself of something that I don't really believe?”
Let us just turn that around for a moment. Suppose you said to yourself, “I don't know who I am; I don't know what I am; I don't know how I serve.”* Notice what happens. Instead of our ego jumping in and objecting, my inner voice, my intuitive self says, “Wait a minute, I do know who I am; I do know what I am; I do know how I serve. None of that might be provable fly external means, through the senses or even through the intellect, and yet the knowing is there.
*(There are times when this idea of “how I serve” hangs us up because we are taking it too literally. To be of service doesn’t necessarily mean being a nurse or an EMT or a teacher or whatever other service role you might think of. Simply put, being of service is dealing with whatever is put before you, and doing it with love. We already know this raises your vibration and that of all around you. In the East this kind of practice is called karma yoga. It is lovingly working with whatever shows up in your life., whether that is a spilt cup of coffee or winning the lottery.
I could even look at a personality self that I might find tremendously challenging and abrasive and say or think, “Beyond this illusion of personality, behind this mask I know lives a child of God. And we do know that.
“When you attend to your brothers in the same way, “I know who you are, what you are, how you serve,” you align their vibration to their own worth and to their own knowing, and you support them in shifting out of a paradigm of lack, of fear, of knowing not what they are but what they have been. Now the joy that you bring to your fellows as you lift them is what is sung by you as your consciousness.”
“Truth lies within ourselves; it takes no rise from outward things, whatever you may believe. There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness and to know rather consists in opening out a way whence the imprisoned splendor may escape that in effecting entry for light supposed to be without.” – Robert Browning
I have a confession to make. Usually I can remember most of what transpired during our Sun. Morning classes, but this one just kind of flew right through me. The only conclusion I can draw from that is we experienced much more energy than words. We were all taught and healed with vibration rather than intellectual thought.
We are truly blessed.
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p. 105-108 Now, why is it you are not forgiving? Why does one not forgive? Because one is frightened of what will happen if one forgives. “I will be harmed again.” “I will be slandered.” “I will be judged.” “I will be persecuted.” “I will be used.” You have a long list, as everybody does, of reasons you must not forgive. But the ideal of forgiveness as we have expressed in previous teachings is to release the one that you hold hostage and bind yourself to. As you are willing to forgive, you may indeed be forgiven and the chapter that we would teach, on forgiveness perhaps, would come forward easily. We can only work with you as you allow yourself to be worked through. We cannot control you, nor do we intend to. This book will be completed, we promise you this. But not before you forgive yourself and your fellows for what you believe they have done. Now, when you decide that you cannot be forgiven, that you are not allowed forgiveness, you entrench yourself in a belief system that you are stuck in and cannot be changed. Not to forgive is to keep something static that seeks movement. To release something to its freedom is required. To stay in your power as the one who knows what she needs is a requirement. Now you will ask yourself this: Why do you deny forgiveness? Why is the claim on you and your fellows one to first judge and then decide if it is safe to offer forgiveness to? When you offer yourself in forgiveness, you give others opportunities to forgive you as well. When you judge yourself and give yourself permission to close a door on forgiveness, you decide in advance that there will be no forgiveness and, consequently, no movement. Now, the damage you each do to yourselves through this action or, if you would like to say, inaction, is surmountable and there is an easy way to forgive, if you will allow it, and this is to give peace, to offer peace, to claim peace in the rage, to decide in peace where there has been frustration impressed upon a situation. To deny the self, this entrenches the self. To deny this for your fellows entrenches your fellows in the same response. If you wish to move the response, you may, but you must first attend to the self. “I know who I am, I know what I am, I know how I serve” will align you to peace, if you allow it. And we must underline this, if you allow it. If you bring peace to a situation from deciding that you can allow it, you will claim peace. And as you claim peace, you express peace and you call peace to you, and that is what happens very easily as you decide you can be forgiven for judging yourself so harshly. You may decide this for your fellows as well. /Now of course we are teaching through you, Paul, because we are trying to get you to learn. As you exhibit your frustrations on those you encounter, you damn them in your own way. Do you understand this? When you are frustrated with somebody else for not adhering to what you think they should do, you are condemning them in your own way. And what gives you the right to decide for your fellows how they should be, what they must know, how they must live their lives? Now of course you may act in an awareness of others’ behavior. You may discern what is healthy and what is not for you to be in an encounter with. You may decide for yourself to maintain a friendship or to move on from it. But to condemn another, which is to decide for them and put a lid on the jar that they are in as you express yourself in authority as the one to do so, keeps them in that space in your objectification of them. They may be free as a bird in their own lives, but you hold them in this way, in your own decision about them, and you hold yourself in place as their judge. You all must understand that all that you encounter is, indeed, a reflection of your worth and when you encounter something or someone that does not merit you, that does not give you your own power, you must first ask yourself why you do not allow your own power to be perceived. Where do you have an investment still in hiding your light or seeking to claim your worth through the approval and decisions of others? If anybody can take away your worth from you, it was never yours to begin with. Do you understand this, yes? This is a very important teaching. Nobody can take your worth from you and nobody can grant it to you but you. The games you play with your fellows of who is higher and who is lower, who has this and who has that, are all temporary means of interacting based in a status quo that you have ascribed power to. It has no other power other than what you have ascribed to it. It is an illusion. It is an illusion that one may be better than another or perceived as such. In the final reckoning, you know, not only are you all equal but you are seen in your truth. And your truth, we will say, is naked and unencumbered by the things that you have amassed in this world that you use to give you power or the illusion of it. The weapons that you yield and the shields that you use to protect yourselves from your fellows are all gone and you stand with your arms extended in an awareness of who and what you have been. Now why do you need to forgive yourselves? You must forgive yourself, you know, for not knowing any better than you did at the time that you make something so. If you can do this much, you can release yourself from a magnitude of contention that you have created against the self. If you decide, right now, that every choice that you have ever made was born in awareness that you held at the moment that choice was made, you can be understanding of the way that you operated and when. If you knew now what you knew then, you may well have done differently, but you cannot know, you cannot claim what you do not know. Do you understand this, yes? So you offer yourself forgiveness by allowing for the mind to accept that its own choice was made in an understanding of a possibility that was born at a certain level of consciousness that you have moved beyond now. But to punish the self again and again, for a thing thought, a deed done, an action taken, is to harm the self again and again and the re-enactment enactment of this creates damage not only to you but for those that you encounter. Now when you offer yourself forgiveness, you must appeal to the possibility that everybody else, regardless of what you think of them, was in the same boat, choosing as they knew how based in the information they held born in their history, in the structures that they have attended to. As you respond to your own needs as one who may be forgiven, you also extend this to those around you. You cannot keep one thing hidden. You cannot keep one crime unforgiven. You might as well keep the whole thing. Do you understand this? If you have one dollar in the bank, you still have an account. When you empty the account, you no longer have it, you are free. So why do you invest, still, in those actions that would claim you back, that would call you back to your history again and again and again? There is an aspect of you, Paul, that takes pleasure in suffering. You grew up sad enough to underscore the possibility that you believe that this was who you are. And that attendance has been something that we have worked with you on effortfully for many years, and the lifting that you have done in your own vibration in support of others is a testament to this. But the memory that you hold of having been harmed and the frames that you have created that protect you from future harm are what you are attending to now. You must understand, each of you, that when you keep a frame and you keep it handy, a way of seeing the world will be made to fit the frame. The world that you hold before you is always conforming to the frame that you hold before you. So when you release that frame, you allow the new possibility to come forward. When you revert to your history, in fact what you are doing is re-creating an old frame and aligning your history to your future creations. Of course it must fit the frame. You have created the frame. You are intending that frame to be filled by what you have known. Now, how do you move beyond a lifetime of shame, of fear, of living in ways that were not for your highest good? Can a human being, in fact, be repatterned, be reborn in their own higher knowing to a peaceful way of existing? Is this possible, or is this illusion? We will tell you this: It is not only possible; it is the work we do with you, that we do with each of you as you align to us. The intention that you hold that it may be possible is what allows this to be. But the history that you have known, that you grab and you hold on to for the safety of the known is often more of a comfort than what you cannot fully hold because it has not made itself fully present, is what you are encountering when you wish to say no.