Sometimes in times of trouble we feel our “hands are tied.” I say that in times of trouble let us feel our hands as lifted in the celebration of hallelujah! Surrender! In our physical world we see surrender as a weakness. In our spiritual understanding surrender is a gift and a blessing. A sign of wisdom! If a problem has arrived, be happy! Feel free to give the hallelujah of thanks. If a so-called unsolvable problem has arrived in our personal world it means that we are ready to take another step in our spiritual unfoldment. The solution exists and is waiting to take its place within our physical being. We carry within our being the beautiful condition of the God state. This state is our auto pilot for those times when the act of thinking cannot take us to where we need to be. We cannot always think our way to solutions for our brains do not have all the answers. Our brains are learning machines. After an experience our brain can rewire itself to integrate the new information. Once the new understanding comes to us it becomes part of our problem-solving gift. How do we arrive at the door of understanding? One way is to lay the problem on the altar of surrender. Then be still! Do not interfere! It is our interference that is often the cause and the delay to the manifestation of our desires. Be still and give wisdom a chance to speak; banish judgement about the situation and trust that if the problem has arrived; the answer is not far behind. We know that our mind can only hold what we already know. When we cannot see a solution, we often become stuck in the cliché of doing what we always have done when problems arise. Hopefully when we have exhausted all our previous knowledge, we realize we need new inspiration. Inspiration comes from spirit. Inspiration is the state of being filled with the spirit…in spirit. When this occurs, we are free from uncertainty. We are effortlessly guided to God’s plan for us and move forward toward healing whatever challenge is before us. Yes, we do have purpose! Just like our GPS, spirit, which is the truth of us, is always and everywhere present and does not let us get too far off course. We can avoid the delays and the upset if we sit in silence; in stillness. Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven! It is our interference which slows us down and prolongs our suffering. Now in reality I (most of us) find it very difficult to “trust” and to do nothing! Yet if we avoid interfering, a solution can arise as if by magic. Stay out of the problem. Do not muddy it even more with our doubt, anger, or fear. Remind ourselves that God created this world and declared it good. I suggest we practice “lack of judgement”. Judge not! Practice the gift of Trust! A course of action will present itself. If I am in difficulty, I know that somewhere, sometime, somehow, I created this detour from God’s creation and am now reaping what I have sown. Healing the situation can require some steps. Nothing can be healed or return to the goodness of life if we are filling ourselves with any negative emotions! Release judgement and accept what is at the moment. Trust that God, Infinite Intelligence, All That Is, the God of your understanding! created and declared this world good. We are sometimes so lost in whatever situation has us held in fear or anger that we forget who we are. We need from time to time to sit in the silence urged by our pioneers in order to return to our truth. We are spirit grand and glorious, sensitive and humble. We have within our being the answers and the healing for whatever situation we have created; consciously or unconsciously. And the answers can come to light as we sit in silence. If we only make one resolution for 2019 let it be a promise to ourselves to sit every day in silence for whatever time we feel comfortable. Sitting still clears the desk of our mind and allows space for whatever gifts are on our doorstep to enter our consciousness.
May all beings enjoy a healthy, happy and harmonious New Year. Namaste! emmy chetkin
True stillness comes organically through moments of solitude where we allow our minds to settle. As water seeks its own level, the mind will gravitate toward the holy. Muddy water will become clear if allowed to stand undisturbed, and so too will the mind become clear if it is allowed to be still.
“I THINK 99 TIMES AND FIND NOTHING. I STOP THINKING, SWIM IN SILENCE, AND THE TRUTH COMES TO ME.”
In the above quote Albert Einstein echoes this understanding of the need for silence and stillness that has been voiced through the ages by Lao Tzu, Kafka, Rilke, Black Elk, and so many teachers, guides and philosophers whose eyes and ears and hearts have expanded to allow greater understanding. Their sharing of what they have experienced gives us a glimpse of what is. We must walk our unique path into our own experience of knowing.
Jesus tells us “Seek ye first the kingdom of heaven and all else will be given to you.” Where is this kingdom? Where is this knowing? We do not earn this knowing, and we cannot lose this knowing. It is in each and every one of us. It is in all of life. It cannot be otherwise. Our pioneers of Spiritualism preached the necessity of going within. They knew so well that to identify with this world will for a time lead us off the appointed route. Even our GPS lets us know that we have left the appointed route. Even our GPS will re-route us or give us a new route to take us to our chosen destination. It is up to us to accept guidance or go our own way knowing that eventually life will lead us to our appointed destiny.
This world is the Maya. It is the illusion. All things physical are finite. We are infinite. We are now experiencing the physical, but we are not of it. We are of spirit. The truth of our being is not the exterior body but is our infinite self which is the source of this body. God is the infinite intelligence which resides in every cell and molecule and atom that came together to allow us this experience. Yet too much of a good thing can become less and less satisfying and even lead to illness as we desperately seek to find our way to the missing link of our satisfaction. Like all persons away from home we must check in now and then to remember who we are and where we came from. True life is the life of spirit. The physical can only satisfy us momentarily and then we are searching for more.
This urge for more keeps us searching, and in searching we learn more and more of who we are and what does truly satisfy our longings. This longing for the truth can be nurtured through our meditations and our stillness. I read the other day that fifteen minutes of silence and stillness is the best exercise we can do for ourselves!
Sometimes when we are on a long road that we know by heart we allow ourselves to relax and enjoy the drive. A few days ago, I was in just such a moment while driving. I “felt” life flowing through me nourishing and guiding me. The message was a new awareness that spirit manifesting as life through life is always present within us. I talk about this teaching of the immanence of God but somehow in that moment some part of me expanded and I accepted that life truly can be trusted. And that God manifesting as life through all of us can be trusted. That short moment was a blessing. All of life can be like a wonderful trip on a familiar road! We can relax and enjoy the ride and know that all is well.
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to us all! Namaste! emmy chetkin
We are always and everywhere manifesting, creating, and experiencing. Our sleeping self leaves the ties of body and observes what is. From that God’s eye view we “see” our solutions and our obstacles. With this powerful inner sight, we are able to receive the guidance which brings us to the answers we seek. Do we think that Spirit needs rest? Spirit needs time to think? Only the body rests; only humans think.
“we are most alive when in our dreams awake”carl jung When the body is at rest spirit, the everywhere present, impersonal power continues to be. It is the guardian angel that always cares for our highest good. Our dreams speak to us. The feelings we get in our dreams; the colors we see; the people we see; all are sign posts showing the way. Every nuance of the dream is important.
The Talmud tells us “an unexamined dream is like an unopened letter from God”. God has given us many lines of communication to use when we are away from “home”. Dreaming is a line of communication that occurs naturally every time we sleep. The experience of dreaming is in each of us as are all abilities of the spirit. No aspect of our creation was wasteful! Everyone dreams! It is up to us to expand our awareness of dreaming. It is up to us to treat dreaming with the same respect as any gift of the spirit. These abilities are part of our being and all are here for us to utilize on our earthly journey.
In olden times dreams and dreamers received respect. Today we seem to have stepped back from this language of the soul. Dreams are considered by many to be frivolous and merely a mixed-up rehashing of our day, or even a view of repressed desires. We must come to understand that dreams come from the unconscious. The unconscious brings many gifts and dreams are one of them. Lack of practice and attention to an ability can diminish its relevance in our lives . Today science and the medical field are coming to an understanding of dreams that we in philosophy and religion have long known. Sleep they say allows us to make connections that we might never have consciously formed. (natgeo 8/18)
To be more aware of our dreams we must make dreamtime important. Energy goes where our attention goes. Energy goes to what we accept as important to us. Inventors and musicians often say that their music and their inventions came in dream time. Elias Howe invented the sewing machine from a dream he had of a snake. In biblical times dreams were understood to be important. The most popular of these biblical dreamers is Joseph of the many-colored coat and his dreams for the king of Egypt. Here in our time we know Black Elk the Ogala Sioux had dreams and visions. The Aborigine of Australia are famous for their ability to dream and for their culture surrounding dream time. These Aboriginal dreamers never lost the dream time ability. They call dream time the “all-at-once” time. This principle is very similar to our spiritualist belief of “everywhere” present”. On a lighter note we could remind ourselves that often when struggling with a problem we do indeed say; I just need to sleep on it! One of my granddaughters brought the science of dreaming to my attention and I thank her for nudging me toward dreaming again. Many of us have lost the ability to understand the “language of dreams”. There is a book by John Sanford written in 1989 entitled Dreams: “Gods forgotten language”. Let us strengthen our ability to dream and respect this forgotten language of God. Next time you have a problem “sleep on it”! The morning may bring you solutions you did not know existed. Namaste! emmy chetkin
The Immanence of God: preaching that God is the everywhere present, impersonal power, manifesting as life through life!
This belief in the immanence of God was preached by Spinoza, who was shunned by the Jewish community as a result of his teachings. The immanence was also taught by Giordano Bruno, who was burned alive 100 years before Spinoza for the same preaching. I first came across this teaching after a session with a regressionist many years ago. In the regression I found myself in Amsterdam and an admirer of Spinoza. At the time of this regression I had no idea who or what Spinoza was. In fact, I thought he might be a piano! As the years went by I came to know Spinoza better and I recognized elements of Spinoza’s philosophy in Spiritualism. Next, I came across Spinoza in Anne Braude’s book where she mentions that the pioneers of Spiritualism preached the immanence of God. And finally, in preparation for a talk I was giving in the Lily Dale auditorium I discovered the immanence of God in the NSAC manual. It took me almost thirty years to realize the full impact of Spinoza on Spiritualism. My own desire to delve more deeply into the philosophy that supports our religion, and the openings it gives to greater understanding was born that day in Key West. At that regression the facilitator told me that if I lived in Amsterdam I must be a Calvinist. My response was that I was Jewish. The woman (not very professional) told me that was impossible! There were no Jews in Amsterdam. In that moment from a place inside of me, that I did not know existed, I shouted “Spinoza is here”! Guided by my grandmother in spirit I left the woman’s office. I went home to study and stretch my awareness to include more than before. I found out that Spinoza was not a piano, and that our pioneers were wise and wonderful bringers of enlightenment to the thirsty hearts of this new age of modern spiritualism.
The immanence of God! Each word is filled with a teaching that needs no ritual or the blessing of some higher authority. Everywhere present is simple and clean. Everywhere is everywhere in time or out of time and in this time and all time. We are spirit and, free of the body, we too are everywhere at once; simultaneously and with clear understanding. Many who have had near death experiences share with us their experiences of bi and tri location. And even in this physical modern world we have the evidence of Father Pio seen preaching in two different villages simultaneously. This gift is a gift of the spirit and is ours to claim. Impersonal power is beautiful. Power need not do anything. Will we ever embrace impersonal power? Not judge! Not choose sides! Power with no agenda! Allow the impersonal power that is ours by divine right to stand in knowing that we are spirit and have no need. No need to win! No need to fear! As we embrace the spirit of impersonal power no one can claim that God is on their side. No one could claim they are doing God’s work as they wage war and condemn their neighbor. War and condemnation are not attributes of God. God does not choose sides or bless one over another. The final words in the quote are my favorite and the most thrilling! God manifesting as life through life! To know without reservation that God fills every molecule of your being and every facet of life! God in and of itself conceived. Infinite intelligence! Our fears, our egos can begone! God is all there is and anything other than God is the Maya.
I will close this message with the wit of Celeste Elliott. Recently I was a guest on Celeste Elliott’s “Wake up to Spirit”; a live broadcast Celeste does weekly on Thursday mornings out of Lily Dale. We were discussing a variety of subjects. At one point in the broadcast we were discussing the immanence of God, and in particular the spirit gift of everywhere present. I spoke briefly of Anita Moorjani and her NDE; particularly her experience of all time existing simultaneously. We can focus where we choose. Moorjani could access doctors talking in the hallway, her hospital room, and also her brother on an airplane. George Rodania also gave an account of his NDE and he too experienced simultaneous situations. I also quoted Black Elk the Ogala Sioux mystic who tells us that “peace will come when we realize that at the center of the Universe dwells the great Spirit. That spirit is everywhere! It is in each one of us.” Celeste responded with this quip that was quick and witty. “Well then: For anybody you know who thinks they are the center of the universe…. they are right!”
We are amazing! We are the light at the end of the tunnel! And one day we will awaken and realize this truth.
“Thought is your enemy”! krishnamurti
Thinking is over rated! More and more we can come to realize that thinking interferes with our ability to see the light! After all thinking is just a compilation of all we have ever experienced; a pile of memories and an accumulation of knowledge stored in our mind. Old tapes running over and over. Ecclesiastes: what has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun. There is nothing new under the sun! Those who are able to see what already is do so through the process of true perception. True perception is an inner knowing and requires no thought. William Blake tells us: “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”
True perception has nothing to do with our physical eyes. True perception is beyond thought and time. True perception is the inner knowing of what already is. With the doors of perception cleansed we are able to cast aside the physical labor, and the labor of thought, which requires time. We will see clearly that we need not re-create. Do we think we can make this life better than God has created for us? Genesis says God looked at what he created and called it good. We already have all we need! We just need to see it as it is. The eternal now! All that ever was or ever will be already is. Jesus demonstrated this with the loaves and the fishes. He saw what already was and that no struggle to feed the many was necessary. And in his healing ministry Jesus saw the sick and dying as they truly are; alive and well. Any semblance of lack or disease or need for struggle is false and brought about only by our resistance to the truth of us. We are spirit! We cannot be anything else. We need not struggle to be connected…….we are connected. We do not need to ask to be closer to God. We are as close as we can be. God/Spirit is our very breath! Jesus scolds the apostles “have ye forgotten ye are Gods?” Buddha tells his followers……”I am awake”!
Our greatest moments come when we are not thinking. Our greatest moments come from that mysterious place of no time. Lionel Ritchie is a proponent of no thought; when he is acting as a vocal coach he tells his students: “Don’t think! Just sit and let it come through you!” I have heard Ritchie say this, and similar statements, often and I believe this is a method he applies to many avenues of life. Are we thinking when we are in the act of creating a work of art? Are we thinking when we are overcome with joy? Are we thinking when we move forward in the state of love to help one in need? Are we thinking when, in a moment of synchronicity, events fall into place as if by magic? Stillness envelops us when thought has been put aside. Our spirit takes over. Fear and judgement drop away and we move forward, free from thought, to be in the “God” state.
This perception; this inner knowing translates to all of our physical senses. We “hear” with our inner senses loud and clear what we need to hear. We see what is unseen, and we are flooded with “good” and gratitude. We do not think our way to self-realization! Spirit does not require our “good thoughts” to bring us to grace. . Remember Saul of Tarsus; was he thinking good thoughts on his way to persecute Christians? He was most likely thinking of ways to kill and torture! Persecution is not the answer to any conflict! And yet with persecution filling his mind Saul was “struck by light” and lifted to a new life of love and service.
Our spirit does not need our good thoughts to bring us to where we need to be. We are in charge only up to a point! We do not go beyond the point of no return. The spirit which is the truth of us enters in and saves us from ourselves!
Time is a created thing! In truth we created time in order to enjoy our creations. And thought is a process to be used in this world. However thought will not take us to the next step on our journey. Thought and time are of this world. And in this world we have made thought and time paramount. Creations that were to be our servants, have become our masters. Bertrand Russel tells us that it is a healthy idea now and then to hang a question mark on things we have long taken for granted”.
“The immanence of God: God manifesting as life through life”
Unable to sleep, restless .... mostly bored! I stared at the ceiling and wondered about the rest of my life and how it would unfold. I realized I did not want to be bored, or restless, or sleepless. I also reminded myself that I had the power in that moment to use the closest and best up-lifter that we carry; our breath! The gift of life. God manifesting as life through life. I began to breathe consciously! I took my attention off my wandering mind and began to breathe. I focused on deep conscious breaths that I hoped would allow me the gift of sleep. I reminded myself of the sacredness of our breath and how every breath is a mini birth. I acknowledged the sacredness of our breath beyond the obvious physical necessity of life. Our breath is life. We do not have to search for it or wait for it to appear. Breath carried us into the physical and breath will carry us home when our time in this dimension is over. We cannot leave home without it!
Many philosophers feel it is our thoughts that keep us from enjoying more fully this life. Our mind is a chatter box occupying space that yearns to be still. This fact is echoed by mystics; both ancient and modern.
Champion was a wonderful man who walked with tourists at the pyramids and told us tales of his youth; not all good! Champion walked with our group for a while and I was drawn to the incredible peace he emanated. I asked him where this peace came from and he told me something I never forgot. “Don’t worry, don’t hurry, and don’t think too much”. When Champion said this, I remembered a lovely woman, who was relating her near death experience to Raymond Moody. She said that in her life review all the good deeds she had done were shown to her. Yet only those deeds that she had done without thinking “lit up”. Does this mean the good deeds that did not light up were not appreciated? No, it does not. To me this incident only reminds us that the greater gifts come directly from the heart. Not from this world but from the spirit which is the truth of us.
Judge not! When we think before we give, when we think before we move forward to help; when we think before we reach out a friendly hand…. we are judging. Judge not! Discernment is just a fancy word for judgement. I feel we can teach ourselves to not judge, but to trust. Trust not our ego and the things of this world. Trust the life force flowing through us. With practice our lack of judgement and our ability to trust will bring us peace. We will be in the right place at the right time for the right reason. As we lay aside judgement our trust will not be misplaced. As we surrender to the immanence of God we surrender to life and the peace of knowing all is well. It is all for us; not against us. This peace that passeth understanding is real and it is what we seek. We do not have to be human doings! We are human beings! Sadhguru says he does not have thoughts! Hard to believe! However, think of those blessed (rare) moments when we experience pure stillness. Time drops away; space drops away and somehow “we move” in the right direction. We are the observer.
Thought is of this world and requires time. Cora Richmond tells us that as we move further into the spirit world thought drops away and is replaced by perception. Perception in its truest sense is an inner knowing that comes from within. Spirit does not think its way to knowing. Spirit is part of the whole and is knowing. Time and thought are of this world and we must surpass thought and time to be who we are. This requires stillness. “In stillness the world is transformed”. “Be in this world but not of it”.
Once many years ago I was in a therapy session and just having the biggest pity party. The student therapist did not know what to do with all my wailing. I was not seeking the light but feeding the misery! I must have been making a lot of noise because my teacher walked in and asked, “have you suffered enough Emmy” .... I was jolted into awareness......yes, I have suffered enough and thank you for reminding me. On that day I realized that we can wake up if we truly want to get relief. Restless? Bored? Sad? We can remind ourselves that maybe we just need a breath of fresh air. A reminder of who we are; a reminder that all we need is within us.
Does this mean that we do not acknowledge our grief? Our anger? Our less than perfect reactions to situations we are uncomfortable with? Steve Jobs tells us that feelings move people to action. It is in acknowledgement of our present position that we are moved to higher ground.
Namaste! emmy chetkin
“All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone.” blaise pascal
I put on my brakes this morning as I approached our Lily Dale gate from Dale Drive…….what brakes? No brakes! An icy patch took me racing towards the gate and as I looked out I saw Natalie’s beautiful house looming in front of me. I tried to stop and then I suddenly became still. A memory surfaced through the silence. A memory of my brother Richard telling a tale of an impending accident and no brakes! At the emergence of that memory I was in a vacuum of no house, no car, no Emmy! Somehow in that stillness I knew Richard was at the point in his story where he said, “I just put the car in park”.
I put the gear in park! I came to a gentle stop just inside the gate. I was in that present moment where, with no awareness of self, you just know what to do. Sometimes in those still moments you hear spirit speak in an audible voice. Sometimes in moments of stillness you sit suspended in a gentle supportive space with no thought. This morning was a new (to me) example of stillness. This was stillness in action.
I have heard Elaine Thomas call this “unconscious competence”. It is indeed! Unconscious and competent! Competence is where we could exist if we would take the time to sit in silence from time to time. Silence allows the negative to settle and reorganize itself. It allows us to see more clearly. It can help tremendously to take a moment of silence before any task we are about to do. Phil Bolsta tells us that silence can synchronize your breathing with the heartbeat of creation! And of course, our own pioneers of Spiritualism urge the necessity of going within. It is in this void of sound that earth and all that is was created. We need from time to time to sit and breathe. Stop doing if only for moments and be……still.
Our breath is the power of life. No breath? No life! Every breath today can be a new beginning and a fresh start. We release the old and begin anew. Sometimes in times of stress, or off-balance moments, or not so good moments I tell myself; “I just need a breath of fresh air”. That every day common phrase reminds me to stop and breathe; it rewrites whatever I am experiencing. That is all any of us need. A new outlook, a new beginning. A breath of fresh air! The celebration of the New Year is a ritual that inspires us to let go of the old and to enter the new with a fresh perspective. Can we, will we? Can we let go of the old and move forward into the New Year? I use my imagination to stir me to “let go”. I picture the hoarders that television so loves to portray! When we hold on to the not so great behavior of the past we are like those who fill their homes with items they cannot let go of. The hoarding of those items makes life difficult and cumbersome. Television shows us that these people cannot even navigate within the space of their homes. The hoarding of old behavior impacts our lives in the same way. Our lives become difficult in varying degrees and we are unable to navigate our lives easily and with joy. We blame the behavior of others for our state for mind. Long ago on a very difficult day I was doing just that; blaming others for my state of mind. On that day I experienced another moment of stillness. I was swept up on a powerful wave of energy. This time the voice was audible. As I lifted I was told; “it is all for you”. This life with all its joys and sorrows is all for us. For us to navigate, for us to enjoy, and for us to evolve and truly realize we are creating our own happiness and unhappiness. I do believe that as we create silent and still space in our lives we will one day evolve to a new dimension. A dimension where we awaken from the dream of Adam and are more easily able to manifest our true selves. We are beings grand and glorious! We are beings sensitive and humble! Fear and negativity have no place in our lives unless we allow them a place to flourish. Happy and Blessed New Year to All!
Namaste! emmy chetkin
“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1-5
We are now approaching the days of celebration; the day of national Thanksgiving with our celebration of abundance, and the season of Solstice and our celebration of light. It can feel difficult to claim abundance when so many are in need. It is also difficult to claim light when so many of our fellow citizens are literally without electricity. And yet this is when we must banish despair and hold the light as a beacon so strongly that those in storm tossed conditions feel our strength and the hope of brighter days. We are passing through a time of floods, and storms, and fire. We also are witness to the acts of humans who have lost control of their minds. The forces of nature cannot be taken personally. Destruction from human beings who suffer in minds crazed beyond our comprehension is more difficult to hold to the light. And yet as spiritualists we must hold all suffering to the light. When we ordain our ministers, we remind them that it is easy to love our brothers and sisters when they are at their highest and best. It is also easy to love souls who have become vulnerable through pain or suffering. As spiritualists we must learn to respond with love and healing to aspects of humankind that might not at first glance evoke love and understanding. We who witness the suffering must not turn our eyes away. We are in solidarity with all of life. The biblical quote from John 1-5 is for all generations for there has not been a time when only peace and only abundance manifested. We can give thanks for the beauty, and for the storms of our lives for we would not recognize one without the other. We continue to affirm that we create our own reality. Often our creations appear less than positive and yet the hand of the Creator is always guiding us. This too shall pass away! We continue to celebrate life for there are pockets of light everywhere lifting and blessing the fallen. In these times it is even more important for us to claim wholeness. For “you” to suffer does not alleviate the suffering of another. If we are comfortable and sheltered from the storm; free from pain emotional and physical then it is for us to shine the lamp of hope brightly and to fully appreciate the good that is everywhere present. To appreciate is more than giving thanks. To appreciate is also to elevate and improve. Let us dig deep within our being and elevate the space of healing. We hold the space for those who are feeling the power of Mother Nature. We hold the space for those feeling man’s inhumanity to man. Life’s challenges are not new, nor shall this be the last of stormy weather physical and emotional we may meet. The master Jesus is chastised by the crowd for accepting the gifts of fragrant oils to perfume his hair and anoint his feet. The disciples remind Jesus that the oils are expensive. They suggest the money for the oils could go to the poor. Jesus responds; “the poor you will have with you always”. It is an affirmation to life that we celebrate in this season and always. “You are the light at the end of the tunnel.” Would we refuse to be the light? We cannot for we come from the light. We carry the light. And it is to the light that we shall return.
The light of the Solstice brings its own healing of hope as the earth once more turns it face to the sun and better days. This season we call Christmas has been celebrated since time immemorial as the Solstice. The Solstice, like Christmas, is a time of giving. Not all giving must be of monetary value. The gift of our presence to someone in despair is a gift beyond any tinsel wrapped package. To be present and to allow another to be recognized and to be heard is a gift worth its weight in gold. To sit in silence with a friend whose grief is beyond measure is a priceless gift. We know that light can dispel the darkness. We also know that darkness cannot dispel the light. Regardless of how far a being has “fallen” that spark of light within is never extinguished. Let us rejoice with life as it continues to carry us to sights and places not yet seen. We bless our brothers and sisters who have physically braved the storms. We salute them and pray that angels of love light and mercy from the realms of spirit and from this earthly plane continue to guide us all to health and well-being. May we all enjoy a blessed and loving holiday season!
Namaste! emmy chetkin
The pioneers of Spiritualism, and before them countless mystics and philosophers, have preached this understanding of the nature of God. I first encountered the immanence of God many years ago following a regression that took me to Amsterdam and the time of Spinoza. As the regression unfolded I saw myself in Amsterdam in the mid to late 1600s. The facilitator asked me where I went to church and I responded that I did not go to church. The facilitator insisted that I must be a Calvinist or another protestant sect and asked that I walk by the church that must be in the town. As I approached the church I turned away and pulled my shawl more closely over my head. “I do not go to church; I am Jewish”! The facilitator than stated “there are no Jews in Amsterdam”! Well from somewhere within my knowingness I shouted; “Spinoza is here”! My grandmother from the spirit side of life then physically took my hand and led me from the building. How I arrived home I have no idea but I recall wondering “what is a Spinoza”? I thought it might be a piano. At home, my trusty encyclopedia then introduced me to Baruch Spinoza. I saw that Spinoza was indeed Jewish. Spinoza was the son of Jews escaping the inquisition in Portugal. These conversos/marranos (Jews who voluntarily or forcefully convert to Christianity) eventually arrived at the safety of Amsterdam where Spinoza was born in 1632. Spinoza was eventually shunned by the Jewish community for his philosophies concerning the nature of God. Spinoza was known as a free thinker who preached the Immanence of God. That God is infinite and we are all connected and all part of the one substance which is in itself and through itself conceived and whose knowledge does not depend on the knowledge of any other thing. Up to that point I had only enjoyed my grandmother’s religion, but with this regression I slowly over the years began a more thorough research of spiritualism. I saw that our pioneers had obviously studied and accepted much of Spinoza. I finally became “a card-carrying spiritualist”!
As we look at each truth expressed in the Immanence I am intrigued and delighted with the wisdom of our pioneers. If we could fully realize the immanence we would have no need for religion for all persons would realize (make real) that in a world where God is everywhere present there is no separation; there is no judgement. There is no need to search; there is only life in all its beauty. Sadhguru tells us that religions only exist because people don’t experience the creator within them. Self-realization is knowing that we are as much a part of God as is all of nature and as such we are indeed connected for there is nowhere else to be. We are one and what we do for one we do for all and what we deny others we deny ourselves. For this reason, the entrance to Delphi in Greece states “know thyself”! To know thyself is to know God.
Our road to self-realization, or enlightenment, or greater understanding, is hampered only by our fear, our guilt, and in some instances by our lack of compassion. Our path is clouded by any action or way of living that does not wish well-being for all of nature. We must include all of life! Letting go of these self-defeating energies opens our way and lightens our load. Much like unloading what is unnecessary from our luggage on a vacation. And it is all up to us…….to let go and let God.
If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things through narrow chinks of his cavern. …wiliam blake
Spinoza preached that we are all part of the one substance we call God. We are one. We are one person having many different experiences and yet we are not the experience. In this physical world of duality, we experience a sense of motion physically and mentally and yet our God self remains immutable, unchanging, and everywhere present. Does this mean we do not enjoy the show? Of course, we enjoy life! It is the greatest show ever!
Namaste! emmy chetkin
This statement of Alaric is challenging! We live in a dualistic world and duality by its very nature invites judgement. Duality is entrancing and keeps us distracted from our purpose to love and be loved. Judgement enters the picture even when it involves what we would call discernment. We do not see that these actions are also judgements. Even our opinion is just a polite way of saying judgement. What is our opinion but our view of good, better, best? Raymond Moody once aired a panel of persons who had experienced near death, (been declared dead) and had returned to tell their stories of life at the threshold of the spirit world. Many of the experiencers related dramatic and life changing events resulting from the NDE. One woman caught my attention as her story was simple, but contained an element that I never forgot. In her life review she saw all her good deeds, and there were many; but she also saw that only those deeds that she had done without thinking counted. I puzzled over this for many years. And one day in Egypt I met a man at the pyramids who walked and talked with our group. I asked him how he had learned to be so peaceful and he said it is easy; “don’t worry, don’t hurry, and don’t think too much”! When we take the time to think before we give, before we love, before we help, we are judging the pros and cons. We do not think of this as judgement but it is. The really nice woman had to think before she gave. Judgement!
Will we ever arrive at a time when we just naturally do the loving and most inclusive thing? It seems Pollyanna and not very practical to suspend judgement as Alaric seems to suggest. To any sensible person judgement is necessary! What if we went on a judgement diet? “Judge not lest ye be judged.” Judgement is a weight we carry. If we could completely trust there would be no need for judgement! We live and breathe and have our being within the mind of God Creator All That Is. Do we not trust God’s plan for us? Does not the Universe know what we need and want? In all of the animal and plant kingdom we are the only life form to interfere in God’s plan. If it crosses your path it is for you! If we resist trust we may someday have no other resource but to trust! With practice, our lack of judgement and with practice our ability to trust will bring us to include all of life. The universe knows what we want and need, and as we begin to trust the current of life, and see that we do not have to think so much, perfect solutions and perfect scenarios will present themselves to us. There is a book called “the surrender experiment” by Michael Singer. In this book Michael decides to say yes to life. Yes, to whatever is asked of him. I will tell you that Michael also added meditation to his life. A lot of it! He decided to say yes to life and not judge or weigh the issues presented to him. Michael’s life changed dramatically. His life became full and colorful and rich! He went from a struggling professor to a successful businessman who never lost his humility and just kept on saying yes to what God put in his path.
Jesus asks, “Have ye forgotten ye are gods?” God holds within Itself all that is. God does not reject but includes us all! This is our challenge! To be the Gods that we are! Do we think God’s plan would not be fun? Fulfilling? Joyful? We could begin in small ways to trust God. We could begin in small ways to cast off doubt and fear. We could become the Gods that we are!
Love is inclusion at its most divine! Namaste! emmy
You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kafka