The Awareness of Self-Discovery by William Samuel pp. 61 - 65
The primary prop upholding the dream is the
belief that the awareness (life) reading these words is the personal possession
of an ego, a personality, a selfhood separate and apart from Single Isness. The
flat-earth belief has been foisted upon us that we are the recipients of life
and the religions of the world are busy perpetuating that belief by having us
worship a bestowing, life-giving god that doesn't even exist.
atheistic or "Communistic" statements? They are not! Not even remotely. We are
not proclaiming the non-existence of "God." We are about the happy business of
disclosing that the very life reading these words is the Life that God IS, Reality
IS, Isness IS. We are pointing out the Light which reveals that life (Life) is
"God," closer than fingers and toes, closer than breathing. A single, divine,
all-inclusive awareness is who and what we are already-and we do not have to go
begging and importuning our way up the leg of an imaginary god via the rituals
and procedures of a world that is included within awareness.
is the Deific Awareness of Being dominated by that which it includes within Itself?
By analogy, the tail is wagging the dog, for St. Peter's sake; the images on the
screen are pulling the television set around by its tubes; the dream is whipping
the dreamer to death. Oh, but for a purpose. His growing nightmare awakens him!
Thank you for your great letter, dear Rebecca…
…it is apparent
that yours is a happy home. You have noticed too, that lightness is appreciated
wherever love is tangibly apparent. I have always wondered about the staid presentations
of Truth-the restraining dignity, the whispered utterances, the voices that never
wavered from the sonorous and saccharine when all the while the Love I felt was
bounding like a free-spirited colt turned to new pastures. Love breaks forth in
tender tones, certainly-and in a serious, dignified manner if that is what appears
appropriate at the moment-but the Joy Truth is appears unfettered and free to
me, unbounded by convention, incapable of becoming the tool of a dignitary. It
laughs and teases like a child. Tall though they are, my stately pines dance in
a storm. So do your majestic redwoods. And so do you and I and all the unencumbered
A monumentally helpful point for metaphysicians to "get
straight" is the simple, basic and very gentle fact that awareness-consciousness-is
God's Self-perception in action, not the personal tool of an ego. In our work
here, awareness, consciousness and life (Life) are synonymous terms. Awareness
is the action of God, the activity of Mind, the Life that God is. Indeed, the
consciousness presently reading these words, that perceives the scene outside,
that hears the rustle of pots and pans in the kitchen and gathers in the evergreen
thoughts and feelings of the Season, is the living that God is, the awareness
that Mind is, the all and only perceiving of Deity going on. This consciousness
right here and now is the life divine that never ends-the awareness of God.
are not two awarenesses, one that belongs to Bill, Mary, John or world, and another
somewhere afar off, marvelous and mysterious, that belongs to God. All there is
to "mortal mind" is the now-to-be-discarded notion that the consciousness reading
this page belongs to a finite personality with a responsibility for "his" experience.
Consciousness, awareness, "seeing," "perceiving"- or whatever else it may have
been called-is GOD'S responsibility and God's consciousness in action.
of what? Of all there is to be conscious of: the infinity of all that God, Reality
is. THIS life we are is God's own Self-appraisal, God's Self-seeing, Self-knowing,
Reader, listen softly: Awareness and life are one. Relax for
a moment and admit the simple, gentle Fact that All is all, hence the consciousness
that even now surveys this printed page is the goal of the sages from time immemorial,
the LIVING that God is, the Life Divine that neither begins nor ends. See this!
Comprehend this! Admit this. Rest here and find old fears vanishing like morning
mist before the sunshine.
Our heritage is the life that
Isness is. Who could want more? Who needs more? What a delight to discover that
this seeing, this hearing, this feeling, this visioning, this listening, this
delighting HERE AND NOW is the all and only action of God being God.
can happen to this consciousness, the Life-I-am, the awareness I am? Naught but
what can happen to God. And what can happen to Singleness, Omnipotence, Purity,
Perfection? Nothing, nothing! I tell you the seeing of these words is God's eternal
Self-witnessing in action, already here, already now. No wait. No struggle. No
suffering. No testing or waiting through the pendulum's dark swing in order to
find a measure of relief at the other end. The struggle has only to do with the
fruitful, but not necessarily easy, task of letting go the old view of oneself
as a possessor of life, as the grand custodian and manipulator of experience.
Look outside at the sleeping tree there. Who sees the tree?
Bill or Deity? Does a body do the seeing or does awareness, consciousness, life
see it? What sees the tree? Consciousness? - or a body-centered custodian of consciousness?
Where is the tree. Fifty-seven feet removed from a body-oriented ego-container
of awareness, a judge who likes or dislikes what he sees? - or is the tree within
awareness? Is the seeing of the tree the activity of a separate-from-the-thing-I-see
recipient-of-life, a so-many-year-old male or female pump-filled organism who
looks out through bloodshot eyes and answers to the name of Bill? - or could it
be that it is Deity being the "seeing'! Indeed, isn't it just possible that Isness,
Reality, God, is the seer "seeing" and being the seen? Could it just be that "seeing"
itself is the identity "we" are? Could we be Life itself rather than the recipient
of it? Indeed we can! We are!
But lordy, lordy, what this does to the old
theological concept of a bestowing God. What this does to the theological view
of a man born in sin, a recipient of Life-or to the oft expressed metaphysical
view that Self-ignorance, via its own effort, must lift itself up to Wisdom. We
awaken to find the great gulf twixt God and man has gone. God is no longer remote.
We are no longer a fawning, cringing recipient of Life, worshipping a non-existent
Bestower. This life right here is it. This living, this seeing, this being is
the IT which God is being. "Closer than breathing," even as the prophet said.
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