THE AWARENESS OF SELF-DISCOVERY
BY WILLIAM SAMUEL
Then how do we study?
With the gentle grace of Light examining Itself. From the position of Intelligence already intelligent, happily examining and being amazed by its infinite detail.
We study by tangibly, practically, actually LIVING the Light of our Self that has already been disclosed and by ending our reticence to surrender the uttermost farthing of the former(more limited) concept of Self.
We study by learning the lessons that come from living our Light enthusiastically--and by telling "others" of the wonders we have found. But we study best by returning to the native, intuitive, heartfelt Child we are.
The "profundities of paradox" may titillate and inspire us but the Child we are understands them.......
Gentle Reader, "I" means IDENTITY, not a suffering, human concept of Self. See these words as your own: I let go the role of an awakening student.
I end the identification of gendered mortal learning this or that. I am not a member of the human race, a one among many, working, striving, struggling, straining, arriving at Truth line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, there a little. I am an identity INFINITELY greater, grander than that, and I am not ashamed to say so to my world of appearances even when the charges are that of vaingloriousness and self-deluding insanity. I take the Divine Awareness of GOD to be "my" identity. I am THAT. That is "me" and I do not hesitate to SAY so to whomever may be interested.
Furthermore, I live this identification to the best of my ability, despite the fact this appears to be running up-stream, contrary to the world's way of doing things. And I maintain this position to the best of my ability, reminding myself as often as necessary that AWARENESS is the WHO I am, the WHAT I am, the WHY I Am--and that identity is not a human one, not a worldly one, not a sick, sinning, ignorant or quarreling one but the HOLY WHOLE SINGLE ONLY ONE, AND THAT AM I!
We know what we have found. We know of the inner peace, the light, love insight and wonder of Being we have found Truth to be. The Heart of the one who reads this knows what the Truth has meant over the years. All the hell-fire and damnation the "world" can muster cannot efface the Grace we have felt. The challenges we face, like lions in Coliseum, may appear to tear the old nature apart, but all that is torn, or can be, is a concept that was never real. The Grace of IDENTITY stands untouched, untroubled, singing.....
It has been said that the discernment of Identity is an uphill struggle but it isn't really. We are what we are whether it is seen or not and the simple knowledge of this fact is an immense aid in our discernment. Awareness is our identity and awareness functioning is ever effortless, ever going about its business of seeing, hearing, feeling and including thoughts all within itself just as it is about the business of seeing print on this page at the moment.
Much of the effort goes out of our daily affairs the instant we expand our sense of identity from the body-point from which "things" are observed, to awareness doing the observing. As this expanded identity the body-point is not excluded but seen as the central point within an infinite identification that includes all "body-points" within itself. This grander identity looks on human intellectuality and knows that it pertains only to the body-point and its relationships with all the images. It sees that the Intelligence beyond intellectuality is its own Self-knowledge of singleness, aloneness, wholeness, oneness. It sees that intellectuality can only know Isness indirectly, via qualities and attributes. But, identified as awareness, we know "God" directly as God's Self-awareness. As awareness, we know as God knows Himself to be. We see with the Eye by which we are seen. So, we live this "child of God" that we are already, and we live it without effort, without struggle, and most wonderfully, without inhibitions.
You see, this conscious awareness being "us" is Deity's Self-awareness in action, for which Deity alone is responsible. The weight of the world is lifted from our shoulders the instant we stop trying to be something of ourselves--a human personality, an ego, a phantom big cheese protecting his family from the outspoken teachings of this one or that one, intent on healing Perfection when Perfection stands tall and perfect, quite without need of healing. To question the wisdom of this utter discard of personal, ego--responsibility is the natural reflex of the ego bent on self-preservation at all costs. But, in one way or another, we are finally brought to gird up the loins and LET God be the Alone One on the Scene--even as God really IS the all and Only One. Right here. Right now. Already!
LIGHT IS LOVE
The "final days" (and this is all that is significantly meant by those ominous words) is the arrival of the world's final enlightenment. These days are in progress already. The light is dawning because it is already here. New ideas are coming into focus and old landmarks are passing away. Cherished notions, some the them the very pillars of society, are being shaken to the roots. We are finding most of them built on sand.
Many institutions charged with the revelation of God, Truth, Reality, are found not to be giving freedom to their charges but withholding it; not dispensing Light, but darkness; not unbinding men, but shackling them; not seeking out the new Rays of Light and investigating them impartially, but, for conscious or unconscious reason of self-preservation, doing everything in their power to keep new Light from being seen--for fear, say they, their present Light will be adulterated. As if the Truth needed protection!
Oh, but let it be understood, these very institutions are a blessing and they are serving a most necessary purpose.
How could we know that Identity is Omniscience itself without first attempting to place that omniscience "out there" in a bible or institution or philosophy?
How would we learn beyond all doubt that Light itself is being our Identity without first living the futility and impossibility of a weary traveler trying to reach the Light?
So now, to make this statement from still another direction: We come to see the Light which reveals that we are the Light. I have found that acting this Identity "on faith" first helped disclose the Light-I-am that removes every doubt. And this Light of Self-discovery blooms in illumination and insight--fragile, fragrant, and flowery display of beauty and love divine. Sparks! Enthusiasm! Zest! Strength and youth flooding back! The bloom of Light Divine--the simple Love that is Identity, revealed.
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