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Thank for this, Raj
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Posted 2020-07-28 10:49 AM (#237541 - in reply to #237540)
Subject: RE: Thank for this, Raj, here is the transcript



RAJ: Good afternoon, and welcome. We will go right into our first question.

CHRIS: The first question is from Connie.

QUESTION: Many thanks for this. I would welcome your help on number two son’s dip into street drugs and husband’s burning lower legs and insomnia, and my efforts to be present and useful with it all. I’m a bit overwhelmed.

RAJ: You’re in another one of those situations where you’re going to have to take care of number one first. You can’t be much help at all if you’re depleted. You really can’t be an agent for change if you’re overwhelmed. And so, in your mind you’re going to have to back off. Release your son to the Holy Spirit. Turn him over to God in your mind, and let go of this present sense of personal responsibility for his welfare. And the same with your husband, at the moment.

At the bottom line, in all cases, each one is entirely responsible for his experience of his well-being, or his experience of poor being. All you can do when you’re not exhausted, when you’re not overwhelmed, is to be a presence that facilitates your son’s and your husband’s capacity to change their minds, to take responsibility for what they’re doing. And if they’re not comfortable with it, to change what they’re doing, whether it’s their attitude, or whether it’s their behavior, or whether it’s their associations.

Of course, you’re overwhelmed because you’re trying to be personally responsible. You’re trying to take on the load. But as I’ve said before, you cannot reach the switch that is in their mind. Only they can reach the switch and switch it, choosing for or deciding for a new way to be, a new way to think. It’s not your responsibility to change them.

And it’s not your responsibility to change them because you cannot. I cannot change you. I cannot change them. But the moment any of you are ready to change and desire to change, I can guide you, any of you, but you have to take the steps, and you have to switch the switch.

You will walk back into the Kingdom of Heaven on purpose. You will move back into your Right Mind on purpose, by virtue of a choice you make. And that’s the only way. You’re in it now, all of you. You are at Home right now, but you don’t believe it, or you don’t want to believe it. Or you want to ignore it because you have some preference as regards what you want.

They have preferences—your husband and your son—and they’re choosing for their preference. I know, they would say, “Well, I’m not choosing to have these physical symptoms.” And your son would say, “I’m not choosing to see my experience as being as detrimental as you’re seeing it. The fact that you are bothered by it is a result of your own mindsets. It’s a result of your own opinion.” Because he doesn’t want to see the truth and change the behavior that is causing him to have a much more limited experience than it’s his Birthright to be having.

I know. You say, “Well, I can’t just let them suffer!” But I’m going to ask you, “Can you stop them from suffering?” No, not as long as they’re choosing for it.

If there is suffering, there is conflict going on. And if there is conflict going on, it’s because Peace is not being chosen for. The conflict is being validated. The attention is being given to the conflict. Paying attention to the experience of the conflict is what your husband is choosing to give his attention to. He is not choosing to do whatever it takes to un-conflict his mind, which he could very simply do by meditating. 

Now, you’re going to have to give the responsibility back to them. And what that really means is, you’re going to have to stop foolishly thinking that you have the capacity to be responsible for them. And you get some rest. And when you begin to be concerned, and engage in a conflicted mind yourself, notice that that’s what you’re doing. Notice that you are choosing to experience conflict, to give your attention willingly to it, to not object to this activity of your very own mind, and not choosing to do something else instead. You see? They’re not making you to do that. You are choosing to do it, for whatever reason.

You have a justification—you’re his wife; you’re his mother; it’s your business to care for them. You have what’s called “mother’s love.” And all mothers are stuck with it, or all mothers are blessed by it, depending on whether things are going smoothly or roughly. [laughing] That’s your justification.

Well, if you’re really a mother, if you’re really a parent, if you’re really the guide, then you will guide them to their own self-responsibility. And you will neglect to confuse matters by implying to them that you want to be responsible, and that you will do everything you can to take the responsibility away from them, and handle it yourself. You see? It’s not your job. That is not your job, to be responsible for them. 

So, you do whatever it takes to find your Peace. Meditate yourself. Now, don’t meditate so that you’ll get into that place of Peace, and therefore be able to be more effectively responsible for them because you’re not upset. You see? That’s a tricky ploy of the ego. “Yes, I will find my peace and experience strengthening so that I will then be able to more effectively take responsibility for them.” No, find your Peace in spite of what is going on. And in finding it, have the demonstration within yourself of the fact that, no matter what’s going on, you or anyone can find their Peace by making the choice for it, rather than the conflict, the invigoration of the tension. You see? And point them in the direction of their finding their equilibrium, so they’re not attracted to that which is debilitating to them, because in one way or another, they are both attracted to something that’s debilitating to them.

You truly want to be able to do that which will set them free. And what will set them free is your demonstrating for them, you might say, that your Peace is available to you no matter what, and therefore so is theirs. And so you point them in the direction of that. And that’s something you cannot do for them. Be the example, realizing that the example will teach them how to be the example. You see?  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Helen.

QUESTION: Good evening, Raj. Thank you for being with us tonight. A while ago I connected with someone whose name is John. Things seem to have gone wrong, and now there is lots of silence. I feel it is not over, but don’t know what to do. Could you please advise?

RAJ: The best advice I can give you is to bring in your tentative tentacles. Let it be what it is. And don’t be hovering in anticipation of anything. Let the silence be there. And then really give full attention to what is on your plate, to what is in your presence. Embrace by not reaching for, but making room for. You’re experiencing a loss of peace because you’re trying to do something inappropriate.

Again, bring back your tentative tentacles. Let your attention be on whatever is in your presence, and give it to what is in your presence fully, because what is in your presence is God, is the Ultimate. Be present with it, with curiosity to experience more of its fullness, and be at peace. Don’t create a problem where there is none.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Ron.

QUESTION: Should I stay in the Mankind Project?

RAJ: Absolutely. It’s exactly where you belong. It is exactly where you’re needed. You need to not be tentative about it. You need to not be tentative about leaving, or tentative about staying. Make commitment to it, and bring your best to it. And stay because there is something yet for you to contribute that is essential, and you don’t want to prematurely move before what you need to give has been given. You’re just exactly where you need to be, and where you’re needed. Even if behaviors around you seem to indicate something contrary to what I’ve just said, don’t believe it and don’t act on it. Many times where you are most needed is where you are least wanted. Okay. You have my support and encouragement.

CHRIS: The next question is from Nancy.

QUESTION: Raj, are you my Guide? Who is standing there, and who is Metatron?

RAJ: Yes, I am your Guide. And you are going to have to ask the others who they are directly. You are going to have to be willing to lean into an intimacy with them that allows them to respond to your desire to know, which I encourage you to do with curiosity and great interest.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from George.

QUESTION: Should I stay with the job I have or take the position being offered me at a large government hospital?

RAJ: If you want to enjoy life, if you want to have an obvious experience of fulfillment, stay right where you are, and do not take the alternative. I cannot make it any clearer than that.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Linda.

QUESTION: Am I in alignment with God’s Will in the direction I’m going with my art career, working with young offenders. Am I hearing guidance correctly? Just need some reassurance I am not being willful.

RAJ: You’re right on target. And you are hearing your guidance accurately. I will say this. But, because it’s something you have a natural attraction to, a natural feeling for, you are going to need to continue to listen, and give preference to the guidance, so that your pre-existing feelings do not begin to guide your steps. Ask, ask frequently, inquire often of your guidance as to whether you’re on track, or is there anything you could be doing that would be more meaningful and more to the point than what you’re currently doing? What more is there for you to be aware of than that which you already have an affinity for that you already know about? You see? I could say that this will keep you on your toes. And it will keep, it will keep the work you are doing fresh and pertinent to those you’re working with.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Paul.

QUESTION: Hello, Raj. I hope I can find the words to make the question clear, as I’m not clear about whatever is going on.

I’ve had times where I feel like I’m dying. Also, I seem to have times where I feel like I want to die. This is not a suicidal feeling; just something that is present. I’m aware of both as distinct feelings. I am often tempted to believe that my body is seriously sick with cancer. I know this stuff is all bottom line “BS” [bullshit], but sometimes I really get caught up in it. It comes and goes. Can you put perspective on this for me that I may move past, or through this, in the optimum way? Thank you.

RAJ: Well, first of all, let’s tackle this idea of being done. [laughing] Ah, you will never be done being. You will never be done being the Expression of God. God will never be done expressing Himself right there where you are, appearing to be you. So a feeling of being done, is a purely imaginary concoction of, what I’m going to call, an irrational mind—not your mind, and not the Mind of God.

You will never be done. You will never arrive at a conclusion. That’s not what Being is. Being is a verb. It is a verb describing Life. It is a verb describing the specific Conscious Experience of Life. And that will never be over. And it will never be done, in the sense of having arrived at a conclusion. If there’s any conclusion that any of you will ever arrive at, it will be a matter of arriving at a complete willingness to flow with the Movement of Life, a complete yielding to the Movement of Being, where you do not resist wherever the movement takes you, whatever the movement is bringing into manifestation.

You will always be the Presence of Mind, that with which Creation is registering. It will never be over. And even if you say, “Yes, I think I really am done here, and it’s time for me to let go of this mortal veil,”—it’s all this fancy bullshit, and you appear to die—you’ll find that you aren’t done at all and that you are still at the same thresholds of discovery that you were before you apparently died. So don’t play into this idea of being done. Being is an eternal newness—eternal, uninterruptible, and unending.

So when this feeling comes, when this emotion comes, when this idea presents itself that, “Maybe I’m done,” peg it right away. Recognize it to be bullshit. Call it for what it is, and kick it out. Dismiss it.

You have the authority to dismiss anything. After all, you, along with everyone else, has dismissed God temporarily, and said, “I’m just a material organism. I’m on my own. I’m here created by God to learn how to practice all the skills that God has placed in me.” You see? “But I’m not the Presence of God. God is not presencing Himself right here where I am, and being all there is to me. No, that’s not what happened.” You see? So you’ve dismissed God. And you can dismiss Him pretty well. You can manage to feel pretty ignorant of God and of your inseparability from Him. So, I say that just so that you might recognize the power of your mind.

Now, you can, because of your omnipotence, dismiss an idea that presents itself to you that you’re done. And you can dismiss the idea that your body is ridden with cancer, and you will die. And you can, with specific authority that is divine, choose to know the Truth about You, which I’ve just been describing, and of course, much more.

You can choose where to give your attention. You can decide where to give your attention. And you can decide to stand with the Voice for Truth, which is the Holy Spirit, which is nothing more than your Right Mind, or you can choose to side with the voice for fear, which is going to speak to you of death and endings and completion. You see? The voice for fear leads most everyone to the belief that there’s a point at which you’re not going to have to grow any more. You will have learned everything there is to learn, and you will be able to sit back and relax and enjoy life. You see? Meaning you will be able to sit back and not be faced with the stress of learning anything new. You see? And relax. And it’s called retirement. Retirement, which is not Life.

Being is invigorating. That is its nature, because it’s Life, you see? Becoming, on the other hand, is always presented as something that you do for a certain period of time, at the end of which, you have become —and there is no more “-ing” on the end of it—and you can sit back and be what you have become, which isn’t invigorating at all.

Now as I said before, the switch is in you. You are going to have to decide which position it’s going to be in; the position that hooks you into the voice for fear, or the position that hooks you in with the Voice for Truth, which speaks to you what God speaks, and speaks to you what you as the Christ speaks, and keeps you forever in the midst of the invigoration of Being, and the joy of Being, even though it makes you gasp once in a while in sheer awe, because “behold, something new” has registered with you. You see?

Now, you are doing very well, in an ongoing way, with what you could call temporary relapses. Okay. So you have a temporary relapse. You don’t feel the confidence. You don’t feel the invigoration. You don’t feel the being on the right track, and so on. It’s like doing a meditation where you’re saying your mantra, or you’re paying attention to the sensation of the air as it goes past the bridge of your nose, and then you find yourself thinking thoughts. And you’re no longer saying the mantra. You’re no longer paying attention to the sensation of the air going through your nose. And what do you do? You just bring your attention back, gently, to the bridge of your nose, or your mantra. You don’t make a big “to do” out of it because you slipped the track or had a little relapse. You see?

Don’t make a federal case out of it. Yeah, you had a relapse. But you knew enough to shift your attention and desire to be in touch with the Voice for Truth. It’s like learning how to ride a bike. You go a few feet and fall over. Big deal. You go twice as far the next time and fall over. Big deal. You get back on the bike. And in a relatively short time, you’ve gotten the hang of it. You’re just getting the hang of staying on the beam. You see? So persist, and don’t cry in your beer because you fell down and maybe skinned your elbow. Man, you want to ride the bike, [and so] you get back on.

Persisting on the side of the Voice for Truth will always succeed because what? The Voice for Truth is nothing more than your Right Mind, and because it is your Right Mind, whatever has distracted you from the experience of it, cannot persist longer than What You Are. And so, when you persist on behalf of Right-Mindedness, when you persist in finding the Place of Excellence in you and coming from there, you will succeed because you are bringing yourself in alignment with the unchanging Truth about you. And there’s a point at which the recognition [finger snap] that this is You will occur fully, and you won’t backslide again.

It’s very simple, but it takes persistence; what you might call determination. And determination on behalf of What You Divinely Are is not willfulness. It’s simply Sanity. Keep up the good work. And I mean it.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Mary Ann.

QUESTION: Raj, I have trouble with motivation to do good work, to take good care of myself and my surroundings. I feel it has to do with not believing in myself or caring enough to take the actions I know that are needed. I would appreciate any suggestions to help. Mary Ann.

RAJ: Well, you’re right. And you know what? Until you arrive at a point where you really don’t like the experience, you will continue, or until you arrive at a point where you want to have a different experience, even though this one hasn’t become totally miserable.

I’m not going to give you a pep talk. I’m not going to try to get you to change your mind. I am going to clearly share with you that you have exactly what you’re choosing for. It isn’t being forced upon you. It has nothing to do with circumstances. It’s just that you have the evidence of what you’re choosing to be, or you have the evidence of the way you’re allowing yourself to be.

Now, the tendency to label yourself because of this, or your ego’s tendency to label you and call you “lazy, no gumption,” you must not play into this because the purpose is to make you feel guilty. Well, I’ll tell you something. You never have to feel guilty for having the experience you’re choosing for. You hear that? You never have to be guilty for choosing the experience you’re having.

What you have to do is decide whether that’s the experience you want. And if it’s the experience you want, acknowledge it and go on your way. But I will also make it very clear to you that there is more fulfillment and more joy, and more invigoration awaiting you than what you’re experiencing right now. And whenever you opt for it, that is what will open up for you. Whenever you opt for it.

Now, do not put other people, not even me, in the position of trying to talk you into doing it, because that’s just a game. Just be honest with yourself. You’re having the experience you’re choosing for. It’s nothing you need to feel guilty about. If you’re having the experience you’re choosing for, and it’s not optimal in your sight, then choose again. More is available.

You see, if somebody tries to give you a pep talk and tries to get you to change, you can busy yourself with trying to change, because you’re using the energy put forth by another to get you to change, to inspire you. You feed off of the enthusiasm and the vitality of someone else’s encouragement. But that won’t move you, because the movement will only come from a decision within you and your willingness to put your energy behind it. So don’t waste your time trying to find people or books that will make you change, or make you want to change. Be simpler than that and more honest. Say to yourself, recognize, “I’m having the experience I’m having because of the choices I’m making. This equals that. My choices equal my experience.” That’s a real simple equation. “My difference choices will equal a different experience.”

Doesn’t sound too exciting, does it? But you know what? When you find out how unexciting it is, and you’re not faced with people trying to get you to change, it will register with you sooner that you’re not really happy, without being sidetracked by other people trying to get you to be different, without you trying to get other people to make you try to be different. You’ll just see that you’re having a blah experience because of blah choices.

And if you know that there’s no guilt to be attached to it, then there’s not even any kind of an emotional charge that can be generated there. And so you’re just left with the simplicity of: “My choices equal my experience. My choices equal my experience. It doesn’t mean anything about me. It just means that my choices equal my experience. Whew!” Without any dynamics around it, it really will become easier for you to say, “Well, you know, just for variation, just so that my existence won’t be as monotonous, I’m going to put into place some different choices and see what kind of a different experience I’ll have.” And you’ll have a different experience.

So I guess my very clear answer for you is that whatever you’re experiencing right now, you’re stuck with until you make some different choices. Am I going to encourage you to make different choices? No. I’ll just tell you that different choices will mean different experiences, and you must take it from there, or not.

What I have said to you is empowering to you. I hope that if I’ve inspired you to anything, that it’s to the realization of the simplicity of things. I hope I have inspired you to see that the dullness of your experience is relative to the dullness of your choices, and how unsatisfying the simplicity of it is. And that together with the fact that there’s no guilt to be associated with it, and therefore no reason to resist the penalties associated with guilt, that you’re not caught in any kind of a web of guilt and suffering and punishment that you must extricate yourself from. You’re simply sitting in the middle of a simple equation: Your choices equal your experience. I hope I’ve inspired you to see that, because that leaves you entirely free to change if you wish, and leaves the onus on you to do whichever you choose.  Okay. I love you.

Okay. Next question.

CHRIS: The next question is from Micha. 

QUESTION: Dear Raj, thank you for your recent messages. I have been enjoying them. Can you reassure me that I am hearing some guidance and also of the health of my daughter’s first child to be born soon? Thank you Raj.

RAJ: I will have to put it this way. There’s a great deal more humility present in your listening. And as a result, I would have to say that the quality of what you’re hearing is registering with you more fully. You are hearing better. It is as though you were hearing a limited range of the audio spectrum, as it were, as though you were hearing-impaired, but it didn’t keep you from hearing. But in the presence of the greater humility that you are bringing to the listening process, the spectrum has broadened, so that there is more fullness and more depth of meaning registering with you. And we are very grateful for this.

And, yes, you can trust what you’re hearing more fully. I know that you experience a different quality in the hearing. And what I mean to convey by that is, more of a feeling of being on the beam, more of a feeling like the station on the radio is tuned in more on the mark; a feeling of stability that almost makes being on the beam feel as though it’s a really tangible path, a really tangible energy flow, if you will. I know you know what I mean. One could say it’s a significantly forward step for you. And again, we are grateful for it. Yes.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Sharon.

QUESTION: Hello, Raj. Yesterday I had a deeper insight and I am grateful. And I would like to know if what I understood was correct, and to ask for help in letting in more clarity and experiences. Would you speak to this a bit, please?

RAJ: Yes, you heard very clearly. And it has already broadened you. It has already enlarged your grasp, one might say, of the Truth about everything, because it was an all-encompassing, rather than specific, insight.

I’m going to encourage you when you’re listening, to really treat it as though it’s a holy endeavor and a holy experience, so that you will bring to it a less frivolous or lighthearted frame of mind. I do not mean by that, so that you will become serious about it, but so that you might approach it with an anticipation of it being fuller, in the way you experienced it yesterday. And so that silliness doesn’t cause the experience to be more shallow than what is waiting there for you to be experienced.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Jay.

QUESTION: Hi, Raj. I am an anesthesiologist...

CHRIS: Everybody understands what I meant.

QUESTION: ...and medical director of a small surgery center. I do my job well, but my heart is not really into it. My passion is to help people to get along better with one another, to listen to one another, and to work well with one another. As a medical director, I have had a chance to offer this, but it is not really being received well. My purpose is... does it serve purpose for me to continue doing this? Does it serve purpose for me to offer the gift of my heart in another form, such as being involved with those who are looking for change, truth, peace, and teaching this, rather than providing anesthesia?

RAJ: Well, let me interrupt right there.

You assume that talking to those who are looking for spirituality and health and peace, are willingly going to embrace what you have to give. I’m living proof of the fact that it tain’t so. Not everyone likes what I have to hear [say], at least sometimes not at the beginning, and then afterwards find that it was perfect.

You’re already in the position you are seeking, and just because those around you aren’t looking for it, aren’t asking for it, doesn’t mean that it’s not needed. You are right in the work place where you have the opportunity to quote “teach,” to be the illuminator of that which improves human relationships, right where it counts.

You know, you could fix yourself up an office with a nice desk and put your shingle out, and sit there and have no one come, or have a few come who argue with you. And you already have the fullness of what you are looking for. You’re already right in the middle of it. And so I’m going to encourage you to value it, and see it as your prayer answered before you even asked. And then, be the one that you are to the fullest. That’s as simple as I can put it.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Bob.

QUESTION: Hello, Raj. Just what is the physical body? Does it exist? In an out-of-body experience, people report looking at their body, so obviously it’s not them. Yet you’ve said that we always have a body which identifies us. So when we die, yet still exist, just what is lying in the coffin? Is it a vehicle, like a car, that we ride around in for a while until we get a new model, or what? Thanks very much for being here for us.

RAJ: I know this is repetitious because I’ve said it many times before, but very simply, the body that’s lying in the coffin is the after-image of you in everyone else’s mind who’s left behind. It’s as simple as that. And because everyone else’s perception of you, the image they have of you, does not find its source in you, it naturally decays, because everyone can’t maintain the image they have in their mind.

Body. It isn’t whether the body is real or not. It’s whether you’re real or not. Whatever is real, is God presencing Himself right there as that thing. And there cannot be God without manifestation. There cannot be God without the experience of God.

[pause] Paul is trying to extract something radically new from me so that I will not repeat myself.

I must come back to the fact that there is no such thing as matter. As far as your physicists and scientists are concerned, every bit of matter is pure energy. It’s a pattern of energy. Where do you think the pattern comes from? What establishes the pattern if it’s not Mind, if it’s not God, if it’s not That which is the Act of Creation?

I’m going to backtrack here. When one has what’s called an out-of-body experience, one finds himself looking back at his or her own concept of his or her body, just as everyone else sees their concept of that body. It does not mean that the one who’s having an out-of-body experience is actually unidentified or bodiless. 

God will always have that which identifies His Presence, else there would be no God. God and no manifestation equals no God. The Creator without a Creation is a non-existent Creator. So there’s always going to be the visibility and tangibility of what God is Being. That which patterns energy so that it is recognizable, are Ideas. And so body is an Idea in the Mind of God, and there is no “matter” to it.

As each of you shifts from an interpretation of your body as being matter—dense, physical, material—as everyone shifts from that to a recognition that it is pure Idea, that it is a patterning of energy that is not physical, but is pure Spirit, and one begins to consider or apprehend his body from this standpoint, his mind is less at odds with what it really is. His mind is more in alignment with what it really is. And so, there is less dissonance between the one perceiving the body and the perception. And when that happens, there is reconfiguration; what you call healing. This is very important.

You are constantly confronted with the only thing there is to experience—and that is Reality, the Kingdom of Heaven—whatever words you want to use for the unaltered, unchangeable, pure and real experience of All That Is. And again, I reiterate, there is no matter to it. It’s all Idea. And it’s not the idea of an insane mind, but an Idea formed in the Divine Mind, which is God.

As you start associating all the forms you see, with God, rather than a big bang—with God, rather than evolution of matter—you will find greater and greater harmony beginning to manifest—healing and reconfiguration. Right now reconfiguration usually only happens under dire circumstances when you are too afraid to continue to hold on to your present beliefs about your body, and you reach out beyond and invite a new awareness that does connect with God.

But, as you, in your normal everyday life, begin to consciously choose to recognize that if you’re seeing anything at all, it has to be Reality, it has to be God manifest, it has to have all the characteristics of God, you will find these transformations/reconfigurations happening spontaneously, without the stress of a dire circumstance. And this is what I anticipate all of you will be experiencing more of, because of the fact that we are bringing to light the Truth and making it easier for you to consider everything in a new light. And that’s a good choice of words because the Energy is Light; the Energy of Substance is Light.

Now, this question of the reality or unreality of the body is one that needs to come to an end. It’s  a question that needs to never occur to anyone again. Are you experiencing something? Then you are experiencing a Something, with a capital “S”, truly or through a glass darkly, truly or untruly. But what you’re experiencing is Something that exists. That means it’s part of Reality. It means it’s divine. It means that it is God infinitely expressing Himself right there.

God needs to become much more relevant, the spiritual needs to become much more relevant to what you’ve been calling “the material.” And you need to stop calling it “the material.” And you need to stop anticipating that “matter” is going to behave according to certain prescribed patterns and processes: birth, growth, old age, deterioration, death. You see? That’s the way you define “the behavior of matter.”

But if you begin to consider the fact that it’s Spirit, that it is the Energy—the energy the physicists are talking about is the Energy of Spirit, or the Energy that is Spirit, which is divine—you are going to become free of the anticipation of “the typical behavior of matter.” And you are going to see people healthier, or totally healthy, without deterioration. You’re going to begin to see yourself, not just people. But you’re going to have to embrace the shift that allows you to identify God with anything you’re experiencing. 

“Man is not material,” it has been said, “he is Spiritual.”[Sun Rose’s Note: Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, page 475.] Body is not material; it is Spiritual. Universe is not material; it is Spiritual. Matter is not material; it is pure Spirit, and needs to be considered in that light.

To reconsider “matter” in this way is going to be the one most significant shift in perception that will promote Awakening. And so everyone must stop denying matter, must stop denying objects, because “they’re matter,” and embrace the objects because they are Spirit, you see, including the body, including the shirt on your body’s back, or the dress.

Now, have fun with this; explore it. Don’t talk about it; don’t think about it. Start connecting with things with a conscious willingness to at least embrace the possibility that, for example, the lampshade, the Substance of it is Spirit. It is a Divine Idea—experienceable. There’s no matter to it. And be with it for a moment, because if it’s Spirit, it’s a holy experience you’re having, because it’s God rendered experienceable, if I may put it that way. This way you can have a whole lot of holy experiences during your day.

So it’s not a thing to think about, it’s something to engage in. It’s a way of engaging your mind that breaks the old habit, the old way you’ve been engaging your mind which automatically calls everything “matter,” and applies to it “the learned behaviors of matter,” which are just concepts. They are ideas that your physicists are already outmoding. But you don’t have to be a physicist to participate in outmoding it and moving beyond it, and getting past “the limitations of matter.” And getting past “the limitations of matter” is going to include teleportation, levitation, and more. So it’s worth exploring. It’s worth engaging in, rather than talking about, and thinking about, and arguing about, and so on.  Okay. Thank you for your question.

CHRIS: The next question is from Heather.

QUESTION: Thank you, Raj and Paul, for this continuing guidance. I still need guidance in helping me through this situation with my husband. I followed your guidance from before, and he has sought to help himself through counseling. There seems to be a shift within him, but I still need to check in with you for guidance on if I should continue in a marriage with him. The healing within him does not feel complete to me, but where it is right now feels like a miracle. Anything you can share with me would be helpful, Raj. I love you, and maybe someday I’ll have a different subject for my question.

RAJ: Indeed, you will. Appreciate what seems to you to be a miracle. Value it, and do not become discouraged. And persist. Stand with him, while requiring of him, that he keep his hand on the switch, to make a different choice so as to have a different experience. Do not soften on this point until the healing is complete, and then there will be no call for you to be unyielding in this regard.

You’ve been called upon to express a strength you were not sure you had, and you answered the call. And you have learned something about your strength. And you have learned something about not being a willing victim and not being an enabler. And your experience is changing. You made a new decision and behaved in a new way for you, drawing upon resources, that I told you, you had, but you weren’t sure of.

So now, be grateful, while at the same time, not softening the requirement for change if the marriage is to continue. And let there be gratitude for the courage your husband is expressing by taking the steps to change.  That’s the end of the answer.

CHRIS: The next question is from Reverend Donna.

RAJ: Reverend?

CHRIS: Donna. The name is “Rev. Donna,” so I’m not sure.

QUESTION: What do I need to know?

RAJ: What you need to know is that your question needs to relate to a need you’re experiencing. And so I will ask you to contemplate that, and repost a question, because always what you need to know is going to be relevant to a need you have. Let’s address that.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Anita.

QUESTION: Dear Raj and Paul.

I really don’t want to leave my partner, but I feel I have to. Our relationship seems to have become really restricted these days. I feel I am the only who is giving nourishment and support to it, wanting to see it grow and flourish. One problem, he has no interest in making love any more, not for a long time, and wants to avoid the issue altogether. I have failed to help him out of his defense.

Is there anything else I can do? What is our purpose together? What is the purpose of lovemaking? If I really have to leave, how will I find another home? How can I get beyond these issues?

 Thanks for your love and support. You have helped me so much.

RAJ: Well, first of all, you put everything you can into the relationship you have. You don’t want to be constantly harping on the problem. In other words, you don’t want your relationship to be filled with the discussing of the problem, and let’s say, how impossible it is. What you want to be discussing is the steps that can be taken to resolution. What steps can the two of you take to resolve the issue so that there is more satisfaction and more pleasure and more fullness?

You will have to become very clear that you need things to change, but you also need to draw his attention toward steps that can be taken to bring about the changes—counseling, for example. And you push for the taking of the steps that move toward the solution. If you just say constantly, in many different ways, “This is impossible. I can’t stand this. Things aren’t working. Blah, blah, blah,” all it does is magnify the stuckness. Let your energy and attention and interest lie in moving toward a solution.

You will find yourself experiencing more motivation and, what I’m going to call, more confidence, when you are solution-oriented rather than problem-oriented. Maybe you will need to get some counseling; not in the sense of getting your mind straightened out, but in terms of talking with someone who can inspire you by talking with you in terms of solutions, so that you have more to bring to your husband.

But the key will lie in reorienting your attention, together with your husband’s, towards solutions and the taking of steps to arrive at solutions, and to do this before there’s any talk about separation, or dissolving the relationship. All too often these days, individuals in relationships, in their frustration, say, “This isn’t working. I’m leaving,” or, “This isn’t working. Get out.” And the reason they’re frustrated is because their mind has not been directed toward solutions; it has been fixed on how bad things are. You can’t be an agent for change in that mentality. And the reason that so many relationships fall apart is because everybody is getting hung up, stuck on the problem. 

Someone in the relationship needs to be like a teacher or a mentor. Let’s use the word “mentor.” A child or a young person has come to a stuck place. What he needs is somebody he can talk to who sees beyond the stuck place, who can say, “Hey, don’t give up. Here’s what comes next. And it means you’re going to have to do something that I see you don’t think you’re capable of, but I promise you that you are capable of it.” You see? And so that will lead to change and growth and more fulfillment.

But if this person, this young person says, “I just can’t grasp math,” and he talks to somebody that says, “You’re right! You will never get it. You just don’t have what it takes,” you see, everybody’s stuck with the problem—when the problem is always just the leading edge of a breakthrough, a solution.

So be solution-oriented. Let your conversation deal with solutions, and how to go about taking steps that will bring your relationship into the kind of fullness you both deserve. That’s your first step.

And don’t barb it by saying, “Here are all these things we can do, but if you choose not to do it, I’ll have to leave.” You see? Tsk, tsk, tsk. Don’t let it become a point of leverage. Your faith needs to be in the solution, and in persisting with the steps that lead toward the solution, so that resolution actually occurs. And you don’t keep an ace up your sleeve that says, “And if you don’t do it, I’ll have to leave you.” Tsk, tsk, tsk. Nope. You’ve got the picture.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Gerald.

QUESTION: Am I being appropriate with my work?

RAJ: Yes, and you know that you are. Abide with that, and be at peace.  Okay.

CHRIS: Carrie asks:

QUESTION: What do I need to know about my mother’s illness?

RAJ: That it’s a result of a lack of Vision—Vision, with a capital “V”. You see, she thinks she’s governed by the laws of matter. She thinks her body is governed by the laws of matter. She thinks she’s something different from her body, in the sense that was brought out earlier, of it being a vehicle that you drive temporarily until you trade it in for a newer model. And so she’s not been in the habit of challenging illness, or challenging the normal processes of matter—and finding that in challenging them, they disappear and there’s healing. 

Now, I’m going to encourage you when you consider her, to ask the Holy Spirit, shall I say, her Holy Spirit, that which is nothing more than her Right Mind, to bless her with the grace of remembering that she’s an invulnerable Child of God. I’m going to invite you to ask the Holy Spirit to grace her with healing.

It’s the Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom. It’s the Father’s good pleasure to give your mother the full experience of What She Divinely Is. Hold her in that awareness, but remember that you cannot force her to see anything or learn anything. You leave the means up to the Holy Spirit that you are asking help from. 

I want you to remember that in spite of whatever her belief system is, she is still the Presence of God; she is still divine. And the remembrance of what is true about her is, I’m going to say, embedded in her, never to be lost, and that it is there waiting for her to rediscover, to re-embrace. And then I ask you to pray, to desire for that [finger snap] light bulb going on, that “Aha!” to occur in her, because it’s already there to be illuminated.

 I can’t talk to you about her illness, because there would have to be something real there to talk about. You see? That’s like talking about the problem, and I have responded by talking about the solution. Never make the problem real by getting a better understanding of the problem.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Cathy.

QUESTION: A few times when I have meditated in the past, and once in a lucid dream, I heard a stern, loud voice call or talk to me. Was that you, Raj? I was startled by the intensity of the voice. What is that all about? Thank you.

RAJ: Well, it was not me. It was your Guide. And what you call “the intensity of the voice” is really that when your Guide speaks, there’s no indecision, there’s no distraction. His full attention is focused, you might say, or embodied in the communication. When you speak to others, and you’re not sure of yourself, or you’re not sure of the information, or you lack confidence, your voice does not carry the weight, as it were, that it would if you felt confident, if you were well-versed in what you were talking about, if you had had a lot of experience with it. And in a sense, your voice, from that vantage point, would be clearer, louder, more easily apprehended by those listening to you.

Singleness of purpose, singleness of intention is communicated, whether you’re using a soft voice or not. And so you were experiencing intensity that amounts to your Guide’s devotion to what he’s saying. It was a good experience. Invite it. Invite it. Invite it again. Persist. Yes.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Craig.

QUESTION: Raj, my divorce is underway, and headed for court, which I tried very hard to avoid. I feel like my ass is definitely on the line. My questions are this: Am I moving through this as you advised me before? What am I being asked to learn, or release? Am I doing so? Are my sons okay? Thanks Raj.

RAJ: Everything is, as they say in England, spot on!

What are you learning? Well, as mentioned to someone else, you’re learning of your strength. You’re learning not to be an innocent victim. You’re learning to recognize that there’s a difference between what is principled and what is not. And the difference is not “a matter of opinion.” 

I know the ego would love for you to think your ass is on the line. But you know what? You can’t lose your ass, no matter how threatened you might seem to be. [chuckling] You will keep it with you, entirely.

Be willing to stand up for yourself, all the way to the end of this process. When I say stand up for yourself, I don’t mean that in any way that could be taken egotistically. “To stand up for yourself” means to not violate your integrity. It means that you will not voluntarily override your integrity. And it also means that if others demand of you that you override your integrity, you tell them “No!” so that you remain singularly clear, within yourself. And you don’t confuse it by abandoning your integrity for any reason.

So, you follow through, one footstep at a time, whether it is comfortable or not. And it will bring you to a new level of comfort. And what frightened you before will no longer frighten you in the future. And you will have grown, and you will be able to be more honest. In other words, you will be able to present yourself more honestly, with less fear—which means there’s going to be more peace and more of an experience of equilibrium—just because, just there. 

That some effort has to be put forth in the process of growth is never a sign that you’re on the wrong track. Being on the right track does not mean you will not have to put forth effort, that everything will just flow effortlessly. No. Sometimes, most of the time, growth is causing you to enlarge your borders, to embrace a greater and fuller sense or experience of Who and What You Are. And that is going to override old, inhibiting habits. And you have to apply a little bit of effort, to move beyond your old habits.

Again, I cannot fault what is happening at all. Stick with it, right through to the end.  Okay.

RAJ: Actually we’re going to take another fifteen minute break.



CHRIS: Our next question is from Reverend Donna.

QUESTION: What do I need to know about smoking? What do I need to know about what I should be doing? I need to see healing on the physical level, which I know is Spirit. Thank you.

RAJ: Well, first of all, let’s remember that all Substance is Spirit, which means that the Energy is, for lack of better words, intelligence embodied. The Substance that is Spirit is actually Love. What I’m leading up to here is the fact that everything that you encounter, whether it’s a cigarette, or whether it is a flower, is the embodiment of Intelligence. The Energy constituting the pattern that you recognize as these things, is Spirit and is therefore Love.

What this means is, then, that the cigarettes don’t stand in opposition to you, but in alignment with you. And if you come to a point of decision within yourself that you want to stop smoking, it’s not going to be a contest. Most people conceive of it as a contest, and their decision equals their experience. But the fact is, if I may put it this way, your decision to quit smoking will cause you to be met with, for lack of better words, a willingness on the part of the cigarettes to disengage from you. They will work with you because the Substance is the only Substance there is, which is Spirit, which is Love. Don’t see the cigarettes as oppositional, and you will not engage a contest.

I simply want you to understand that an actual decision, on your part, not to smoke anymore will be met with cooperation on the part of the cigarettes. They’re not interested in holding you hostage, and never have. Your dedication to them has given you the experience of what you call “a habit.” The habit is as strong as your decision was to be devoted to them. So, take this in and abide with it. And understand that there does not need to be any struggle.

Now we have talked about body and we have talked about healing, somewhat extensively today, and I really have covered the truth about it that answers your question about healing.

What I just said about the cigarettes applies equally to your body. Your body is more than willing to cooperate with your intent to see it as your ally, as the visibility and tangibility of your Individuality, which is perfectly divine. Its intent is to identify your presence perfectly—which, as I’ve said before, means that it is intent, its intent is to identify God presencing Himself right there where you are, perfectly. So it is going to reflect back to you as much of your perfection as you can justify letting in. It is eager to identify God perfectly and for you to have the conscious experience of that perfection as you.

The ego sees everything in conflicted and polarized terms, which means that anything that happens always happens as a product of polarity. Whether it’s electricity, whether it’s a battery, if an engine turns, it’s because the turning of it is a product of polarity. But polarity isn’t the way Reality functions. 

Your body has the intent because it is a complex combination of energy patterns, the energy being Spirit/Love, which is incapable of being polarized, and therefore, at odds with itself or of a polarized nature that can be at odds with you. Embrace this fact. Let it stand as the Fact, with a capital “F”, for you, instead of the accumulated beliefs associated with matter and the way matter functions. Bring God into your conscious awareness of your body.

God is not there to plead with, to intercede on your behalf, to bring a body, a material body, into health, into orderliness, even though it’s outside of God’s Creation. It’s very important. And as often as I need to share this, I will, as a reminder, so that all of you can begin to adopt a new frame of reference, a new mindset, if you will, that is more closely in alignment with Reality, so that you are introducing less and less dissonance by virtue of having an opposing, incorrect interpretation of body, that you then react to, and are afraid of. 

Okay. Thank you for your question.

CHRIS: The next question is from Freddie.

QUESTION: I love my cat, Daisy, but she has started meowing incessantly in the wee hours of the morning, near the apartment door, or sometimes in the bathrooms. She also has been throwing up her food two or three times a week. Is there anything I can know that will help the situation?


RAJ: Yes.

CHRIS: May I respond?

RAJ: [laughing] You may.

CHRIS: It won’t be enlightened or anything, but it’s just I used to have cat that had some of the same symptoms. And our cat ended up actually pulling all its hair out of its sides. And when we ended up taking it to the vet, luckily we had gotten it to them just in time; he had a bladder stone blocking his system. So it sounds a lot like it, and I’d hate to miss the opportunity to share that. Thank you.

RAJ: I appreciate the love in your response. And the fact is, that my common sense answer to you was going to be, that you simply need to take it to the vet.

Just moment. [pause] That is the end of the answer.

CHRIS: The next question is from Marcus.

And I am not going to try to answer this one. That was a joke.

QUESTION: Raj, you have spoken of an opportunity to move house, which has arisen. At the time, you said not to delay, and we have acted. There are quite a few problems with the house, and the vendor insists on a rather high price. In its present state, it wouldn’t be suitable to live there with our children. Are we to sell the house in town? Are we to use it as a center? I have listened for guidance, but I am still wondering what is the purpose of it all?

PAUL: [pause] Would you read it one more time? I’m... that’s me, Paul, asking.

QUESTION: Raj, you have spoken of an opportunity to move house, which has arisen. At the time you said not to delay, and we have acted. There are quite a few problems with the house, and the vendor insists on a rather high price. In its present state, it wouldn’t be suitable to live there with our children. Are we to sell the house in town? Are we to use it as a center? I have listened for guidance but I am still wondering what is the purpose of it all?

RAJ: Yes, pursue the house, even though it will need to have work done on it. Attend to having the work done. And do not hold on to the house in town.

PAUL: And this is me, Paul. The picture or the feel or the image is of a, like a ball of light—meaning your family. And it’s like, and your life activity, and so on, it’s like all of that moving to the new house after the repairs are done, and having all of the energy there, not divided between the new house and the house in town. So I just want to share the imagery.

RAJ: That’s the end of the answer.

CHRIS: The next question is from Dara.

PAUL: I’m sorry.

CHRIS: The next question is from Dara.

QUESTION: Can you please talk to me about self-worth, and how to develop self-awareness beyond roles?

RAJ: Well, I will tell you that the easiest way to get beyond roles is to pay attention to your needs, pay attention to how you feel. Roles always require you to act outside of your integrity. Roles are for others, not for yourself. Roles are an act that you engage in for approval or respect. As a result, all of you move through your day being artificial. As a result, it is hard to come by honest relationships, it’s hard to come by interactions that have any substance to them, because everybody is busy maintaining their image, their role.

Pay attention to your needs. Don’t try to do what you can’t do just because quote “you’re supposed to” unquote.

I’ll tell you that all of you have a need to be out from Love. When you are not acting out roles and frustrated because the roles don’t express you clearly—the emotion, associated with it, means or causes everything you do to be to some degree or another an expression of anger, which is not the expression of Love—and when you abandon the roles by paying attention to your needs so that you are attending to them rather than “what you’re supposed to do,” you will find the anger disappearing. And you will find the Love that underlays every expression of yours, when it’s not being subverted or covered over by artificiality arising and overflowing from you and being extended to each other. You’re not going to feel self-worth until you’re letting Self out, until you stop covering it over with a mask.


You know what? You would think that the expression of self would have to be powerful, forceful, declarative, because you have been so oppressed by the roles you’ve been employing. But the fact is, that when you abandon roles, when you just give up on trying to be what quote “you’re supposed to be” unquote, there is peace, and you find a gentleness to what’s left. No powerfulness is called for, just the simplicity of genuineness. No force has to be brought into play, just the honesty that comes or the honesty that is present when you’re not engaged in the artificiality of roles.

And so life becomes simpler, and the tension of contests doesn’t come into play anymore. The simplicity of things means that you don’t take the bait when it’s offered for a tug-of-war. And so life becomes simpler and happier, and your experience of who you are becomes unchallengeable, and therefore, not in need of defense, not in need of maintaining.

So, the key is to pay attention to yourself. Pay attention to your needs. Take care of your needs, whether you ought to have them or not, in everyone else’s eyes. Your needs are pretty simple. It’s the roles that are complicated and take a lot of effort. Pay attention to your needs and address them. Address them in the way that is comfortable for you, that does not bring stress into play. And realize that you’re not called upon to do more than that, even though others may imply that you should be doing more than that. 

Your worth is already right there in you. And when you’re no longer caught up in fulfilling roles, you’ll find that worth just sitting there. And because it will be what finds expression, it will bless everyone else.

And those who are not too happy about it because you’ve withdrawn from the game of artificiality, their distress will not bother you because it will be apparent to you that that was all part of the game that you literally don’t have to respond to. You see? Your need, one of your needs is not to have to respond to nonsense. And that’s what roles are.

“Oh, well, if I don’t fulfill my role, I won’t be being responsible. If I don’t fulfill my role, well, others will not see me as respectable.” Well, that’s false, because when you’re not caught up with this false obligation, and the associated anger that is always present under the surface because you’re not being yourself—in the absence of those, you know what? The Love that you are will find expression, and what needs to be done will be done—not because you were supposed to do it, but because you’re in touch with your needs and you attend to them.

And because you’re in touch with your needs, you’re also able to be in touch with the needs of your brothers and sisters. And you can attend to them when it’s appropriate. Not because you should, but because the need is obvious, and you have the love to respond to it.

Abide with that. Let it sink in. And let it elaborate itself to you.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from D.M.T.V. 

QUESTION: How does one learn to live with one’s own mortality?

RAJ: [laughing] That is an oxymoron, isn’t it? How do you live with your death? How do opposites combine? Well, you could ask, “How do you die with your mortality?”

Well, the answer is: You don’t.

Life is eternal. There is no mortality. And whether you seem to have an experience of death or not, you don’t stop existing. So you can’t die with your mortality, and you can’t live with your mortality.

It’s time to shift gears. It literally is time to shift gears. The “actuality of death” was demonstrated to be false by the Resurrection. And it was demonstrated to be false for everyone. The question of living with your mortality was settled, once and for all, then. But all of you are behaving as though the Resurrection never happened.

It’s time to come out of the old, dark ages. It’s time to come out from B.C. [Before Christ]. It’s time to live in A.R. (After Resurrection), and start claiming what has been demonstrated to already be true of you—that Life is deathless—so that you will get on with the living of life, and recognize the subtle, and not so subtle, suggestions that present themselves to you—as we’ve talked earlier—such as, “Well, the body is matter and it must go through material processes.” You must become alert to those false dark-age ignorances. It’s not necessary to live under their rule. And the way you stop living under their rule is, to stop employing them as the basis for your conclusions.

You can’t come to terms with your mortality. You can’t find a way to live with your mortality. There ain’t no such thing. There never was. But until the Resurrection, there had not been a demonstration of it in the world, so to speak, in human experience, to cause that belief to be nullified in everyone’s mind, to be invalidated, to be shown for what it is; just a fantastic, imaginative misunderstanding.

So I’m glad you asked the question. You can’t live with your mortality. Stop trying. Start living with your Eternality. Come to terms with that, because there is a singularity, there’s a consistency, and it’s in absolute harmony with the Truth, eternal Truth, which is therefore, the present Truth.

No matter where you think you are in your path of spiritual development, you’re not on a path of spiritual development that will get you to eternality and deathless Life. You are in the middle of deathless Life, acting as though you’re on a path, a development, that will get you to a point where you can demonstrate eternal Life. Stop wasting your time with this concept of development, and start paying attention to where you are, and find God in it. And embrace everything about where you are, from that standpoint, so you can start being naturally curious to see evidence of it.

As long as you’re convinced that you’re mortal and that there’s matter, you will be convinced that there’s nothing out of the ordinary to be experienced, certainly nothing of the sort I’ve been talking about. And your absolute conviction in that, well, there you go; your decision governs your experience. And that will be your experience until you say, “There must be another way to look at this,” and become curious to find out what it is. It’s time to be curious to find out what it is, because mortality went out the window 2,005 years ago. And it’s time for everyone to catch up.  Okay. Thank you.

CHRIS: The next question is from Jenny.

QUESTION: What are the body issues I have been having? What are the feelings of others I’ve been experiencing?

RAJ: Well, the body issues you’ve been experiencing are nothing more than hand-me-downs. They are traditions that have been handed down to you. And you think that because you’re a woman, you’re supposed to have this, that, or the other kind of experience.

Now I understand that you were really not expecting this, because you’re on your spiritual path, and you thought you had an understanding that would mean you wouldn’t have to have this experience. But nevertheless you are.

Does this prove that everything you believed wasn’t true? And the tradition that was handed down to you, was not just a false idea impressed into the minds of every woman, every girl, as she grew up? And they are in fact true, and you are a body, and your body is physical, and your body is matter? Is that what you do in the face of these experiences? No. No.

You just see that the tradition that was handed down is more firmly embedded in you than you thought. And you proceed with joy and expectation, to see the undoing of that tradition, that mindset, and thereby the physical evidence of it. You expect to see transformation. You expect to see and experience balance, harmony.

What is it that could age? It’s not anything that would be eternal. It would have to be matter, wouldn’t it? You see? It’s all bound up in the whole mindset of matter, which then means matter versus Spirit; conflict again; polarization.

Before the year 2000, there was a lot of expectancy, a lot of openness to radically new things. Post 2000, what’s happened? People have abandoned their expectation, even though it was valid.

What happened when you reached a certain age and these symptoms appeared? You were tempted to abandon your faith, your trust, your hope, your curiosity. Like what’s the use? It happened to my mother. It happened to my grandmother. It happened to my great-grandmother. Yes. Tradition. You see?

Keep your curiosity alive. Be willing, be willing to assume the obvious. That God is All. That God is All-Inclusive. That there is nothing going on anywhere that is not God. And that if there seems to be something going on that isn’t God moving, it’s because you, or someone else, or everyone else, has preferred their imagination, their best imagination, what they consider to be their best imagination of what everything is. And it is that element added to the Allness of God that is creating the distortion and the distress. And what’s called for is to find a way to abandon the habit of adding a little bit extra to what God is Being, and to look for God, and ask to be shown by God, God in everything. Start a new tradition.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Andrianna.

QUESTION: Dear Raj, I feel like I am in a standstill. I’m unable to move in any direction. I’m wondering whether the message is to be right where I am, even though I feel a little apprehensive and wondering what could be coming next, or even if there is a next. That’s it.

RAJ: Everything is exactly as it should be, and everything is in balance. What you’re confronted with is an antsy impatience. A feeling that you must assert some authority and make something happen. Don’t take the bait. Let yourself be where you are. Bring your full attention to where you are, and look at it from the Place of Excellence in you. In other words, ask. Go within and ask, “Father, Holy Spirit, show me the beauty, show me the harmony, show me the fullness of the Presence of God, that I’m right in the middle of, right where I am, because I wish to acknowledge it. I wish to declare it. I wish to not participate in making suggestions that anything else but God is going on here. Help me see the Truth so clearly that I stand in awe of where I am, and would therefore have no desire to be anywhere else, or make anything else happen.”

The ego is simply baiting you to assert a little authority. Don’t take the bait.  Okay.

CHRIS: The next question is from Pogo.

QUESTION: What is the earth experiment that is due for completion on or about 2012?

RAJ: [laughing] There’s no earth experiment. If there’s been an 

experiment, it’s been one engaged in by the Sons and Daughters of God who said, “Let’s experiment with having ideas of our own. Let’s experiment with making up new definitions for everything. Let’s join in mutual agreement as to what Reality is. And let us behave on that basis. And let’s do it for as long as we can possibly do it.” If there’s been any experiment, that has been the experiment.

The earth experiment. Well, if you’re going to talk about the earth experiment in that way, you’re going to be talking about a physical body in the middle of a physical universe. There ain’t no such thing. There’s Mind, infinitely experiencing its infiniteness. And the objects of Mind are Ideas. And these Ideas have Substance because of their Source. And the Substance of that, of that Source, is patterned through the patterning of energy, which is Spirit, so that it is experienceable by Mind, which is what constitutes being conscious, because to be conscious of nothing is not consciousness. That is the only thing that’s going on.

Now, as we’ve said, there are some really imaginative different ideas—not really ideas but imaginations—that have been brought into play, and many different explanations, many different religions, many different religious approaches, many different metaphysical approaches, and on, and on, and on, that have been overlaid upon this fundamental, simple Movement of Creation, in which there is no matter and no time. Stop being duped by these invitations to see everything differently from what it is.

There is no earth experiment that will be over. What is likely to be over in 2011 is the experiment that Christ’s have engaged in to imagine different meanings for creation, and joined together in mutual agreement and conviction about those definitions, and the attempt to live on the basis of those definitions, to the exclusion of what everything Really is. The enthusiasm for such an adventure will be dying out, and is already in process of waning, even though you can’t see it yet.

You see a lot of distress. It’s really the more conscious awareness that the grand experiment at being independent authorizers is no longer providing satisfaction, or enjoyment, or positive thrill. And that’s what I mean when I said that the inclination to participate in the experiment is waning.  Okay.

I really want everyone to be willing to more consistently challenge their inclination to just continue traditions—traditions of mortality, traditions of autonomous independence, traditions of interpreting everything. Please, stop interpreting everything. Abandon the interpretations, and let yourself be present with everything, innocently, with curiosity to know what a thing is, totally aside from any interpretations you’ve made up, or any interpretations that have been handed down to you.

The only way a shift of awareness is going to occur is when you invite it, and when you refrain from reinforcing old perceptions. Now you can talk and talk and talk and reason and argue, and try to come to a definitive understanding of A Course in Miracles or Christian Science, or Catholicism, or metaphysics, but nothing’s going to happen until you, yourself, actually take the time to let go of your best concepts, and to set aside all that you’ve been taught, so that you might give your attention to a thing, an object, a neighbor, whatever, innocently, really. And have some moments of intimacy, asking, “Please, let me see what this really is. Let me see what God is Being here.” Until you engage in this quote “inner work” unquote, nothing’s going to benefit you, no matter how much discussion or argument about the meaning of this, or that, or the other thing, takes place.

Shut up the arguments and the intellectualizations. Become still and become intimate with your world. And understand that if your purpose for this moment of intimacy is to confirm what you believe, your moment of intimacy will not be innocent. And the fullness of what a thing really is will elude you, because you’re wanting to confirm yourself, instead of letting Reality confirm itself to you because you’re willing to see it without introducing the something extra to the Allness of God. 

I have enjoyed being with you in this time today. And I look forward to being with you again like this. Thank you.



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