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"Welcome. This class will begin with a discussion of reality and the ways it is designed, assembled and understood. Later on we'll discuss the difference between relative truth and the Whole Truth, and how the realization of the difference can cause awakening. First, let's set forth some basic principles:
Reality comes in levels.
There is always another level.
There are two sides to everything.
Nothing can exist without its antithesis to balance it.
Everything is made of energy.
The two fundamental energies are outward moving and inward drawing.
As above, so below.
As within, so without.
Reality is relative and finite.
Truth is universal and eternal.
Reality is a truth, with a small "t".
Truth, with a capital "T", is independent of any reality, it includes all realities.
Reality is a subjective experience and can be explained.
The Truth is obvious, needs no explanation and can not be captured with words."
Lesson One: Where is the World?
"This is Spirit. We will first discuss reality as you experience it and in later classes, Truth as I know it. As noted above, the Whole Truth is universal and does not depend on anyone's perception of it. Reality, on the other hand does not exist except in the mind of the one who is perceiving it.
"The experience of reality is always a subjective experience because it is only through perception that you can know of anything. Any experience of sight, sound, touch, taste, smell, feelings, thoughts, subtle energies, etc. is completely dependent upon you being there to perceive it. There has been much said by your philosophers and mystics about the illusory nature of the world. The truth is that the world with all its beings and objects exists. But it does not exist 'outside' of you as it seems.
"The illusion has been that there is an objective, outside world that you can know and experience. The truth is that the only evidence you will ever have of an outside world must come to you through your perceptions -- and your perceptions are within you, they're part of you. Even if there was a world outside of yourself, you wouldn't be able to know anything about it except for your perceptions of it. You must rely on your perceptions to bring you the facts of anything, and your perceptions and the facts they bring are all part of you.
"You have had many experiences that can validate this truth for you. You know that if ten people witness an accident, there will be ten different reports of what happened. Some will be quite different from each other, others will be similar, but each will be unique. Each witness is limited by their specific perceptions and their memories, which are also perceptions."
The World is Part of You
"Since the world is not outside of you as it seems but rather is inside of you, your relationship to the world is obviously very different than what your culture teaches. Your parents and teachers and your habits of thought all tell you that you are a part of the world. Although this is what seems to be true, it is not good understanding.
"The truth is that you are much larger and grander than you've been taught. Your true beingness includes all of Creation -- the world is part of you. The deepest and truest part of your being is me and the Mother, and we're not part of anything else. Even if you were part of something more than yourself and your perceptions, it wouldn't matter because there is no way you could know of its existence."
You Own the World
"In order to know about anything, you must perceive it -- and when you perceive anything at all, it belongs to you. It is your perception and it resides inside of you, the perceiver. To perceive it is to own it.
"You own the world because its existence is in your perceptions, in the place inside I'll call your domain or 'venue'. This is your show and you're responsible for it whether your involvement is as a performer or only a spectator.
"The two essential elements of reality are the perceiver and their perceptions. The perceptions belong to the perceiver, not the other way around. The world belongs to you because it is you and only you who can perceive it."
You are Hosting the World
"Because the world exists inside of you and belongs to you, you are essentially the host or hostess of the world. You are the innkeeper who accommodates all of your perceptions. All apparent beings, objects, feelings, thoughts and facts of the world are actually perceptions which reside in the space you provide for them inside of yourself. If there is someone or something in your life, it is because you have invited them to be a guest at your inn. If you feel a certain circumstance, person or event in your life is not of your choosing, then you are asleep to your role as venue owner and host.
"If this is a new idea for you, please open yourself to even more understanding here. There are other guests in your world as well. Not only are you host to all of your current perceptions, but also to every perception you've ever had, including the ones you thought you'd disowned. Your conscious mind is a relatively small bubble floating on the surface of the great unconscious part of your mind that contains all perceptions presently out of your awareness."
When the Host Sleeps
"Just as there is an apparent outside world that contains other people, there are parts of the self who vie for consciousness and expression. Your inner parts are like the people in the 'outer' world who are guests in your venue. If you are awake to yourself as the host, you can choose whom to invite into your venue,when they should come and when they should leave."
"If you are asleep to your hosting role, both inner and outer 'guests', arrive and disappear in what may seem like a random or even chaotic order of events. Even when you think you have a situation well in hand, it can turn in a direction you did not anticipate. This is not because there is an outer objective world that you do not control. This is because you have been asleep to Who You Truly Are and your role as host of your own world."
When the Host Awakens
"This is the turning point of the drama playing in your venue where the victim becomes the liberator. As you wake up and become aware of your true identity and your responsibilities as the world's host, you regain your greatness, freedom, power and strength of purpose that was lost when you fell asleep long ago.
"Awakening to the liberation and return to power of the individual has been the true aim of all religions, all art, philosophies and sciences. It has been the message behind all prophecy. The Truth can be known. Although it is beyond the power of words to express, you will know the Truth when you are fully awake.
"In the next lesson we will discuss the phenomenon of projection as it pertains to reality creation and waking up."
What do I do with my perception of this reality I experience as pain and how do I change my perceptions to include what I want?
"You have asked three very powerful questions. I will rephrase and answer each of them. First, 'Is my pain real or only a perception?' Yes it is real, and will be healed more quickly when it is honored as real. Yes, it is your perception and therefore you are responsible for it no matter what person or situation may seem to be 'causing' it on the 'outside'. The pain is a guest in your venue. The first thing you can do is make it feel welcome. Next, if you want it to heal, take whatever time is necessary to find acceptance for it as you might for a child who is unhappy and crying. Then if you like, go inside and ask me to help you understand and heal the pain, and I will. The Four Steps to
Wholeness is a complete formula for healing pain of all kinds.
The second question is, How do I change my perceptions?
"You change perceptions through the Sacred Act of Choice. The most important, valuable and probably the least understood gift I have given you is Free Will. You and only you can choose what you will perceive and what you will make of your perceptions. It is important to understand that it is not the feeling or the perception of the feeling of pain that hurts. It is the meaning or interpretation that you give to the perception, your resistance to it. The same perception on one day may feel pleasurable and on another day feel painful. This is not a feature of the perception, but rather the result of your interpretation or judgment of the perception. The truth is you are perceiving a sensation, in this case an emotional feeling. You can choose to interpret the feeling as 'pain' or as something else. There is much more to this, and it will be covered as we discuss the 'nuts and bolts' of the healing process in the healing class, The Quest for the Mother.
God, I "understand" to a degree that we all create our own reality, and that we're invited to drive the bus. But isn't it true that some things are real, and they are not a matter of perception, but just the "real" thing? I want to be creating harmony and love and bliss, but I can't let go of the Newtonian model of what's real. This is a stopping point for me.
"There is a 'baseline' consentual reality that is created through you and in concert with the others in your world. This happens at a deeply unconscious transpersonal level. The seemingly densest parts of your world like trees, the sky, ocean and other physical 'realities' are created by me, from within you. The reason it seems like you are not creating certain parts of your world is because you are not aware that you are doing it, just a you have been unaware that I, the creator, am working from inside of you.
"You are right to question what I have said here because it comes from a source outside of yourself. Interestingly, the things you first learned at home and in school did not come through a 'dubious' filter, and yet they form the standard against which you now compare new information. The Newtonian model can seem more real than your own perceptions and logic, not because it is the correct model, but because it explains things in a way that seems to be true, and more importantly it's the hallmark of your paradigm, it's 'what everyone knows'.
"I would like to point out that 'what everyone knows' once included the 'fact' that the Earth is flat and there is danger of falling off the edge if you sail too far out into the ocean. 'What everyone knows', has always proven to be untrue eventually, even though it seemed certain until it was questioned and disproved. For instance, it was quite difficult for your ancestors to let go of the idea that the Sun, Moon and stars revolve around the Earth. Once they did, however, they could get a much deeper understanding of physics. This new understanding was the foundation upon which Newton formulated his model of reality.
"Now Newton's model is threatened. Einstein has muddied Newton's water and now that 'everyone knows' there are four dimensions of space-time and everything is relative, it doesn't matter which way you look at it. It makes no difference if the Sun revolves around the Earth, or the Earth revolves around the Sun. It's all relative, depending on your point of view. Which brings us back to perception.
"Reality is a subjective experience because in order for something to be 'real' it must be perceived by someone, it must be 'realized'. If there is no perceiver, there is no 'venue' or place in which reality can exist. This raises the issue of my perception. In a way you are asking, 'Isn't your perception as God sufficient to make anything, including the whole universe, real without needing me or someone else to perceive it.?' However the question is phrased, the answer is not in how perception works, but rather in how Creation works.
"I am creating the universe in every moment, 're-creating' it you may say. But where am I as I create it? The answer is I am inside of you. Most often you have been unaware of my presence at all, let alone as the creative force inside of you. This other level of reality of which you have very seldom been aware has had various terms such as 'God Consciousness', 'Cosmic Consciousness', 'Self Realization' and 'Enlightenment'.
"The key to understanding how all of this works is in the realization of a level of awareness other than the one to which you're accustomed, other than what you were taught in school. This is my whole point in opening this channel of communication. I want to reach that part inside of you that is aware of creating the universe you perceive. I want to reach the part of you that is me. In doing this I will need the help of the other part of you that experiences 'individual consciousness', the part that feels disconnected from your source, that feels like just one object among billions of other objects.
"To this part of you, the dubious Newtonian physicist, I say there is much more to you than meets the eye. For instance, you may remember times when you have felt connected, powerful and at one with all that is, while at peace and secure in the certain knowledge that all is well and will be so forever. This is where God Consciousness begins. This is where you can find me. Experiences like this, however, do not play well in a venue of individual consciousness.
"God Consciousness is the kind of experience that is easy to forget because it is not validated by your culture, Newtonian physics or the education system. In fact, your culture and customs discourage it. They tell you that experiences of eternal oneness, peace and power are flights of fancy that are dangerous to believe in.
"The saddest part of this has been that although these experiences have the unmistakable ring of Truth and provide the answers to all questions, they have been denied and forgotten because they were not in agreement with the relative 'truths' you were taught in the first lessons you learned.
"The good news is that you can decide on who and how you want to be. You can choose again, and I will help if you ask me."
I have tried visualizing what I want, but it doesn't work very well. How can I get it to work?
"Visualization may not be the easiest way to get something. If what you want, however, is to get visualization to work the short answer is to not only visualize it, but desire it into existence. The desire that something exist coupled with the belief that it can and does exist creates the space for it, and holds it in existence. Desire is the most generative force in the universe and is the only absolutely essential factor in the existence of anything. There is much more about True Desire in the Quest for the Mother class. In this class, however, we will focus more on thoughts and beliefs.
"This idea that using the mind can make things happen is heading in the right direction. Visualizing or imaging what you want is generative. In the presence of desire, images, thoughts and beliefs are creative, they guide creation and help form your reality. Every being and object in existence, every situation, movement and particle of matter had its beginning as a thought that filled a desire. The image or thought is the Light, the Spirit that communes with Desire to manifest and give form to the thing.
"A less well known and even more powerful approach to manifesting at the mental level is mentioned above. Perform the Sacred Act of Choice. Choose the reality you want. Choose to be what you want to be, to do what you want to do and to have what you want to have. To choose is to decide, and to decide is to cut off other possibilities and focus only on the one chosen. Once you've chosen, expect the results of what you have chosen. There will be more on this in a later lesson, so we'll leave this topic open for now."
Next: Truth and Reality Class, Lesson Two: Projection and Perception
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