If Loss Were Real

If loss were real anywhere
Then life would be unfair
If loss were really the truth
Then despair would end our youth

Look
Listen
Wake up
Death cannot take what is eternal

If we put our hope in rotting skin
Then no one can ever hope to win
For death will take away all our hope
And we must deny this death to cope

You want to live forever in your child’s mind
You think you will, in this way, eternity find
But the reality is much better than this
For when our minds join, no one will we miss

While we value loss and separation
We’ll return to this world of degradation
But it would take only an instant of desire
To leave this world and to rise higher and higher

How long will we believe in losing?
This belief is of our own choosing
But loss is not compatible with God’s will
He desires our lives with joy to fill

How long will we believe that loss is true?
How long will we believe that pain is our due?
How long until we accept love and grace?
How long until we welcome God’s embrace?

This world is old and worn!
A new world wants to be born!
Don’t join all of the cowardly beasts!
God’s preparing the greatest of feasts!

Special Love or Real Love

The ideas in this essay are abstract, but the truth is abstract because it applies to everyone. Statements about specific details are not important. What is important is finding the truth that can solve all of our problems at the same time.

All of the world’s problems came from our feelings of guilt. Actually, the whole visible world was produced and is maintained by our feelings of guilt.

Originally, we knew ourselves as a holy and guiltless spiritual presence, at one with all that is. Although we are still guiltless spirit, we now perceive ourselves as separate, guilty bodies and do not remember our state of guiltless love and joy.

While we were in our state of guiltless love and joy, we had the idea of sin. And because we were free to think and do anything, this idea of sin had the power to block from our awareness our innocence and joy. Because we began to believe in sin and guilt, the world we see was made to express and experience these ideas. Because we now believe we are guilty, we want to get rid of this guilt to make ourselves feel better. One way that we try to get rid of guilt is by forming “special relationships” and by attempting to obtain “special love.”

“Special love” is really a contradiction in terms, because real love does not see differences but instead loves everyone and everything equally. Special love separates one part of the world and tries to gain acceptance and love from this special part of the world. Because we feel that we are guilty, we search for someone who will tell us that we are special and important. Without feelings of guilt, we would never attempt the impossible and try to find union through exclusion.

Because we feel guilty, we “sacrifice” our self on the altar of the relationship and attempt to replace our guilty self with the other special self that we have found. However, when we try to steal this special self and take it as our possession, this makes us feel even guiltier, because we feel that we have nothing of value to give in return. Therefore, special relationships continue the cycle of guilt and continue the belief that we are sinful and guilty.

Another side effect of our feelings of guilt is the desire to attack ourselves and others for our perceived guiltiness. If we did not feel guilty, we would not condemn ourselves or others, for we can only see sin in others if we see the same sin in ourselves first.

We cannot get rid of guilt by ourselves because the thoughts of sin and guilt have become a habit and a cycle. We need someone who is not locked into this cycle to tell and show us that we are guiltless. We need the help of someone who does not share our belief in sin and guilt. When we listen to this voice, sometimes called the “Holy Spirit,” we will gradually learn that we have never sinned and that we are still guiltless.

The “Holy Spirit” (the spirit of oneness) teaches us to forgive ourselves and others—to forgive everyone equally. The only way to get out of the mess that we are in is to forgive, or to overlook everything that we think is a mistake. This way, we will not even see sin in ourselves or anyone else.

Special relationships make us feel fearful, selfish, jealous, and even guiltier. On the other hand, holy relationships bring us closer to the awareness of oneness, real love (which is spiritual union), peace, and joy. We are all sick until we are all well. No one can be completely joyful while one of us is separated from the whole. That is why we must all work together and help each other to forgive. We are all working together on this project of regaining our awareness of heaven. We are already within the heaven of real love, but we need to practice forgiveness in order to cleanse our minds of the remaining feelings of guilt.

You might say, “But I really am guilty, for I have done many bad things, and I have hurt many people.” In response, the Holy Spirit says, “What is real is eternal and cannot be destroyed or hurt. Only mistaken thinking can cause anyone to suffer. Are you ready to choose to forgive, let go of the belief in sin and guilt, and return to your home in heaven, which you have never really left?”

Can We Find Happiness?

Is there anything more important in life than happiness? You might say that truth or compassion is more important than happiness, but if truth or compassion does not make anyone happy, then what good is it? If I act with compassion or love towards someone, and our happiness is not increased by this compassion, then my compassion has no value. If I seek the truth, but the truth does not make me happy, then maybe the “truth” that I have found has no value. Therefore, I assert that happiness is the most important thing in life. Further, I assert that we should seek for what makes us completely happy, and that we should not be content with limited happiness or limited pleasure.

What could make us completely happy? Some traditions say that heaven (or paradise or nirvana) is where we will be completely happy. But what is heaven, and how can we get there? According to the book A Course in Miracles, heaven is “an awareness of perfect Oneness”:

Heaven is not a place nor a condition. It is merely an awareness of perfect Oneness, and the knowledge that there is nothing else; nothing outside this Oneness, and nothing else within.

What could God [the love that created us] give but knowledge of Himself? What else is there to give? The belief that you could give and get something else, something outside yourself, has cost you the awareness of Heaven and of your Identity.

In other words, when we become aware of perfect Oneness, we will have knowledge of the whole and we will be omniscient (we will know everything). This knowledge of the whole is our true identity, and it is the place where we will find heaven and complete happiness.

In our present condition, we are aware of separation from the whole, and separation from other parts of the whole. Because we perceive separation, the feelings of meaninglessness, loneliness, guilt, and fear take the place of happiness. We feel a lack of meaning because we don’t see how all the parts fit together to form a meaningful whole. We feel lonely because we feel separated from the other parts. We feel guilt because we believe that our perception of separateness has destroyed the reality of oneness. And we feel fear because we think that we will be attacked by the other parts of the whole.

All of these problems, all of these blocks to happiness, come from our belief in separateness. The part of us that wants to be separate, the ego, is afraid of oneness. That is why we continue to attack each other and believe in separate bodies and minds. We believe that to unite with other minds means to lose our existence, to become nothing. However, the very opposite is what will happen when we awaken to oneness. We will find our true identity by joining the knowledge of everything. Do we have to leave our bodies in order to know oneness? Not necessarily, but when we no longer fear oneness, we will see that we have no need of a body, except to encourage other beings in bodies to join oneness.

A Course in Miracles, when discussing psychic powers, says that

…each individual has many abilities of which he is unaware. As his awareness increases, he may well develop abilities that seem quite startling to him. Yet nothing he can do can compare even in the slightest with the glorious surprise of remembering Who he is. Let all his learning and all his efforts be directed toward this one great final surprise, and he will not be content to be delayed by the little ones that may come to him on the way.

In other words, learning who we really are will be a “glorious surprise,” a surprise that we cannot begin to imagine. It will be glorious because we will find that, in heaven, our happiness is pure, unlimited, and always increasing.

The fear of oneness is a fear that we will all someday overcome. When that day comes, we will enter the heaven of oneness. Does heaven seem too good to be true? That is only because we are still afraid of oneness and have not yet given up the ego. Be glad that there is an appointed time in which time will end and the heaven of complete happiness will come to all minds.

The Emerging World of Oneness


Contents

The Desire for Oneness | The Richness of Nature | Some Important Terms | A World Based on Attack | Levels of Organization and Emergence | The New Paradigm of Love | The Importance of the Resurrection | Electromagnetic Energy and Communication | Separation Before Oneness | Characteristics of the World of Oneness | The Earth Is not the Ultimate Goal

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The Desire for Oneness

But if tomorrow everybody under the sun
Was happy just to live as one
No borders or battles to be won

But if tomorrow everybody was your friend
Happiness would never end

Lord, don’t you wish it was true
Lord, don’t you wish it was true
–John Fogerty, from “Don’t You Wish It Was True”

The wish for everyone to live as one is not an idle wish or a powerless desire. This essay will attempt to show how a world of oneness will emerge.

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The Richness of Nature

John Denver wrote “Annie’s Song” for his lover. In this song, he compares his lover’s presence to the experience of being in nature:

You fill up my senses
Like a night in a forest
Like the mountains in springtime
Like a walk in the rain
Like a storm in the desert
Like a sleepy blue ocean
–John Denver, from “Annie’s Song”

When I was a child, in the 1980s, I lived in an average American neighborhood. I lived in a small three-bedroom house lined up close to two neighboring houses on a straight, concrete street. Each house had a small backyard and front yard. In our front yard, my dad had mowed the grass around the small oak trees that had just started growing. By the time I had reached eight or ten years of age, the trees had grown to tower over our house.

At that time, we had put up some bird feeders and bird houses around our house. One bird house that we put up was about 10 feet (3 meters) above the ground on the side of one of the oak trees. We had cut the door hole of the bird house at just the right size so that the common house sparrows could not fit inside, but smaller birds could fit inside.

It happened that a pair of chickadees (small black-and-white birds) built a nest in the bird house. One day, after the baby birds had hatched from the eggs, I climbed a nearby tree to get a better look at the bird house. When the parent birds got used to my presence, they continued to feed their offspring. Chickadees, in my opinion, have a very cheerful song, and they sang this song while they worked to feed their young. This experience of observing the chickadees cheerfully feeding their young was one of the highlights of my experience of being in nature and I have never forgotten it.

Those who have always lived in a big city or in a skyscraper might never have had the experience of being immersed in nature and absorbing all of its amazing sensory inputs. One cannot adequately describe or transmit this experience in words, for you have to experience it yourself to understand it. John Denver’s song above might sound strange to you if you have never been immersed in nature. Could it really be a compliment to compare your lover to “a night in the forest”?

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Some Important Terms

Love, oneness, God, and communication are related ideas that cannot be precisely differentiated or separated into different definitions. However, we can say that complete communication is necessary for love and oneness, and we can say that God is the intelligence of love or oneness. In this essay, you can substitute the word “oneness” for the word “God” if the word “God” makes you feel uncomfortable.

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A World Based On Attack

In John Denver’s most famous song, “Rocky Mountain High,” he sings about the joy of being in nature, either alone or with friends. However, in this same song he says,

Now his life is full of wonder
But his heart still knows some fear
–John Denver, from “Rocky Mountain High”

Why does he still feel fear? In nature, there is an undercurrent of fear, for different species attack and devour each other, and members of the same species attack and compete with each other for food, resources, and mates. For example, the chickadees in my experience had to kill insects so that their offspring could grow and survive.

My grandmother once told me about an experience she had at her house in Florida. She also had a bird house on a tree in her yard, and some type of birds had made a nest there. When the young birds were old enough to leave the nest, some of them came out of the bird house. However, an owl was patiently waiting for this event, and when the young birds left the safety of the bird house, the owl swooped down and snatched one of the baby birds for its meal. My grandmother said that she felt sad about this, but she decided that that was just how nature was.

The book A Course in Miracles agrees with this assessment of nature that my grandmother made. In fact, it claims that

The world was made as an attack on God [or oneness]. It symbolizes fear. And what is fear except love’s absence? Thus the world was meant to be a place where God could enter not, and where His Son [God’s creation] could be apart from Him. Here was perception born, for knowledge could not cause such insane thoughts. But eyes deceive, and ears hear falsely. Now mistakes become quite possible, for certainty has gone.
–A Course in Miracles

We attacked oneness because we wished for reality to be different. However, we could not destroy oneness. We simply became blind to oneness and our knowledge of oneness became subconscious. Now we consciously perceive separation and fragmentation in the world. In order to maintain the illusion of separation, we have to continue to attack each other and every part of the world. Thus, attack is the basis of the world we see.

Everywhere you look now, Murder Incorporated
–Bruce Springsteen, from “Murder Incorporated”

Attack is incorporated in the world as we know it. And attack can include a nasty look or a verbal insult, as well as a physical assault. All of these things serve to separate us and maintain the perception of the fragmentation of the world. However, on the subconscious level, we are all still one. We are like icebergs. We cannot see how we all are united by the water of energy that surrounds us. We can only see the tops of the icebergs, which appear separate from each other. We are also like sleepwalkers. We are not awake to–or aware of–oneness. We are asleep and dreaming of separation, fear, and attack.

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Levels of Organization and Emergence

There are many levels of organization in the universe, from subatomic particles to atoms, molecules, cells, organs, organisms, ecosystems, planets, solar systems, galaxies, and so on. We have no idea how far down and how far up these levels of organization extend. Let’s start with an atom. Let’s imagine that we have an isolated individual atom (something impossible, except in our imagination). When the atom combines with other atoms, it can emerge as a mass of some type of substance in some phase (such as a solid, liquid, or gas). However, when one type of atom combines with (chemically reacts with and bonds with) another type of atom, the resulting molecule usually has characteristics and properties that are quite different that the properties of either of the component atoms. In fact, we cannot guess the properties of the resulting molecule merely by looking at the properties of the component atoms. The resulting molecule has properties and behaviors that are entirely new and different from the properties and behaviors of the component atoms. This emergence of new properties and behaviors occurs with every step up to higher levels of organization. We cannot tell how a human will behave merely by studying the cells that make up his body, for the human is a new level of organization with its own unique properties and behaviors.

The awareness of oneness is what we lost when we attacked reality. Now, oneness is only subconsciously part of us. Our bodies obviously work well when we do not attack them, for they are connected to oneness. We do not fully know how our bodies work, for only a small part of our body-awareness is conscious, and the subconscious workings of our bodies are taken care of by the so-called “autonomic nervous system.” The choice that we have to make is one of joining the rest of the universe in its oneness, or choosing to continue our illusory separate existence by attacking everything that we meet. Even if we choose attack, we cannot destroy ourselves or reality, for the reality of oneness continues to surround us.

God goes with me wherever I go.
–A Course in Miracles

A cell might find meaning in its life by being part of a human, while a human can find completion by nurturing each cell in his body. In the same way, a human can find meaning in life by doing the will of God, and God can find completion by loving and nurturing each human in His care.

God Himself is incomplete without me.
–A Course in Miracles

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The New Paradigm of Love

The heart has got to open in a fundamental way
–Leonard Cohen, from “Democracy”

When Jesus lived on the earth about two thousand years ago, he “seeded” the world with a new idea. In place of the paradigm of attack, he introduced the paradigm of love (a paradigm is a framework with which we perceive the world):

[Jesus said,] “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
–John 13:34 NASB

How did Jesus love his followers? He laid down his life for them. As he said,

[Jesus said,] “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”
–John 15:13 NASB

It is this self-giving and ego-denying love that Jesus embodied and taught:

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after [follow] Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”
–Matthew 16:24-25 NASB

Many people think that they have to fight for their lives to survive (the attack paradigm), but those who hear Jesus’ message–and know that he conquered death by his return to life–have faith in eternal life, and self-giving love.

[Jesus] said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that the birds of the air can nest under its shade.”
–Mark 4:30-32 NASB

Jesus nourished the seed of self-giving love, and that seed has been spreading throughout the world. Some people accept Jesus’ message of forgiveness and love, while others reject it. Some people are inclined to accept the new paradigm of love and oneness, while others are unable to accept the new paradigm, and they cling to the old, familiar paradigm of attack.

[Jesus said,] “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end [of the age] will come.”
–Matthew 24:14 NASB

Once everyone in the world has been exposed to Jesus’ idea of self-giving love, and has been given a definite choice, the end of the age will come. Those who believe in love will form a new organism, and a world with the property of oneness will emerge. Those who are unwilling or unable to adapt to the new energy of oneness will leave the earth. Those that still cherish the attack paradigm will be like cancer cells in the body. The body (the earth) will identify the cancer cells, separate them from the healthy cells, and flush them out.

Those who choose the love paradigm do not instantly and automatically cease to attack, for the transition from attack to love requires the process of forgiveness. The feeling of guilt is what makes us attack ourselves and others, and attack, in turn, makes us feel guilty. Forgiveness of ourselves and others is the way out of the cycle of guilt and attack. Forgiveness is the process of reversing the first decision to attack reality and reject oneness. Forgiveness is the willingness to choose the reality of oneness instead of the illusion of separation. This willingness to give up attack and embrace love grows stronger with practice.

One of Jesus’ followers, named Peter, apparently did not yet fully understand Jesus’ command of love, for when some men came to arrest Jesus, Peter attacked one of the men with a sword. (His mind was still in the attack paradigm.) But Jesus immediately healed the man’s wound. (Jesus continued to embody the paradigm of love, even when being arrested.)

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The Importance of the Resurrection

It is important to understand and believe that Jesus, the Christ, died and came back to life. He was arrested (although he had done nothing wrong) and he was crucified (nailed to a wooden cross). He died on the cross and was put into a tomb. On the third day, he came back to life (a process called the resurrection) and came out of the tomb. He then appeared to his followers and his followers began to have a deeper understanding of eternal life and self-giving love. Without faith in eternal life, self-giving love becomes a joke, for who would give up his life for his friends if he didn’t believe in eternal life? As it is written in the Bible,

But if there is no resurrection of the dead, not even Christ has been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain. [Vain means empty or pointless.]
–1 Corinthians 15:13-14 NASB

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies…”
–John 11:25 NASB

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Electromagnetic Energy and Communication

The experience of being in nature does not just involve the five usual senses of sight, hearing, smell, touch, and taste, for nature communicates in conscious and subconscious ways with the whole electromagnetic spectrum. The world is bathed in electromagnetic energy, and natural systems and organisms use this energy to communicate with meaningful signals.

However, if there is too much electromagnetic noise in the environment, it becomes very difficult for organisms to communicate internally and externally, inside and outside the apparent boundaries of their bodies. If the signal-to-noise ratio gets too low, then the signal gets lost in the noise and normal communication is blocked.

When we are in nature, we don’t just see the light shining through the trees, hear the birds singing, or feel the grass under our feet. We are bathed by a symphony of electromagnetic energy. This energy is what makes us feel alive and connected to the environment. With all of the manmade electromagnetic energy in the world now (produced by, among other things, radio and television towers, cell phone towers, cordless landline phones, power lines, and Wi-Fi routers), many bands of the electromagnetic spectrum are blocked or confused. On a personal level, I haven’t received “good vibrations” from nature for many years.

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Separation Before Oneness

We can view the earth as an organism that is composed of component organisms (such as plants, rocks, animals, and humans). The world we now see was initially made as an attack upon oneness. However, Jesus initiated a new paradigm in the world that will restore love and oneness to our minds.

If you have built a house out of Legos, and you decide you want to make a hospital out of the same blocks, you have to take apart the pieces of your house first. In the same way, perhaps, the lack of communication between organisms, the jamming of their natural signals by manmade technology, has a secondary purpose. Perhaps, the old world of attack is being taken apart so that a new world of love can be assembled. Beings of attack are being electromagnetically decoupled from beings of love so that the beings of attack can be removed from the world-organism.

Love, as with electromagnetic communication, is also being jammed or blocked:

[Jesus said,] “Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold.”
–Matthew 24:12 NASB

However, even if beings of love and beings of attack are being separated by the disruption of communication, all beings still have a subconscious connection to oneness that can never be severed, for life is eternal and it does not exist in isolation.

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Characteristics of the World of Oneness

The characteristics of the new world-organism will be new and different from the characteristics of the old world-organism. However, the prophet Isaiah gives us a hint about what the world will be like when the paradigm of love is fulfilled in the world:

“The wolf and the lamb [natural enemies in the world of attack] will graze together [in oneness], and the lion will eat straw like the ox; and dust will be the serpent’s food. They [and all of nature] will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the LORD.
–Isaiah 65:25 NASB

They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD As the waters cover the sea.
–Isaiah 11:9 NASB

In other words, oneness, love, and complete communication will return to the world.

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The Earth Is not the Ultimate Goal

Life on earth is not the ultimate goal, for life on earth does not last forever. The faith in eternal life is the faith that allows one to overcome the fear of death and accept self-giving love. No one on earth is perfect yet, for if one were perfect, one wouldn’t need to learn the lessons of forgiveness available on earth. The emergence of oneness on earth provides a place for the last lessons that we need to learn before God takes the final step of bringing us into heaven, our true home.

When the body [and earthly, physical things] ceases to attract you, and when you place no value on it as a means of getting anything, then there will be no interference in communication and your thoughts will be as free as God’s. As you let the Holy Spirit teach you how to use the body only for purposes of communication, and renounce its use for separation and attack which the ego sees in it, you will learn you have no need of a body at all.
–A Course in Miracles

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A Myth of Eternity and the World

Imagine this: There is a small point of light. You are that light. The light that is you begins to expand and grow brighter and brighter. You are light, love, joy, and knowledge. These attributes are you and you are all of them. In your light, your knowledge is complete. You know everything there is to know. In your love, which is your union with all of creation, your joy continues to increase. Your love and joy continue to expand into infinity. Your mind is filled with unspeakable gratitude to your Source, your Creator, and your mind is filled with the thought, “Thank you, thank you, thank you.” You know your Creator completely because He made you like Himself. In your joy, you desire only to extend your joy, so you create like your Creator by extending your attributes into infinity. In the light that is you, you are free to express all thoughts and ideas without limit. Your play is unlimited, free, and joyful. You know that you were created as an eternal being. You don’t need to look out of a body’s eyes on a small part of the universe. You don’t need to hear with a body’s ears only sounds in a small, limited space. You are unlimited light and joy. Within this sea of love and joy, a thought comes to you: I will do something my Creator has not done. In fact, I will contradict his will. The next instant, a frown appears on your metaphorical face. Then you wink, and are filled with uproarious laughter, laughter that reverberates throughout the entire universe. You realize that you had made a tremendously funny joke, and you cannot limit the joy that you created. Your joy extends to infinity and all of creation shares your joy. All of creation realizes that creation is eternal, that life shares one will, and that the Creator cannot be contradicted. This knowledge is what keeps all of creation in complete security and happiness. You continue to praise and thank your Creator and you continue to create by extending yourself into infinity.

Why am I sharing these abstract ideas about eternity? Reality is beyond anything that we can say, isn’t it? Yes, but words can point us towards the truth, even if they cannot fully represent the truth. The previous paragraph is a metaphor, or myth, that can point us towards the truth. Eternity is unbroken, unlimited joy. However, we can be blind to eternity while we are in time. In fact, the previous paragraph basically explains how A Course in Miracles says the visible world was made. The whole world of perception that we now share was made from the idea that we had contradicted the will of God. Our whole timeline occurred in the instant that we metaphorically frowned. The next instant, we shared the joy of our joke. However, when we “frowned,” we made a world of perception and time, a world of separation in which real love, joy, light, and knowledge cannot exist. Even though eternity is not affected by this world of time, we still get to experience this world of time. The good news is that nothing we do here can destroy our eternal reality. The bad news is that we can experience time for as long as we wish and we can delay our return to the light as long as we want.

The instant that we entered time, we actually believed that we had contradicted the will of our Creator. We believed that we had “sinned.” That is why we feel guilt deep within ourselves, and this guilt is what keeps the world going on in its separated form, with separate bodies and separate thoughts. Our Creator answered our separation and guilt by creating the “Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit gently encourages us to forgive ourselves and to awaken to our reality in the light. In reality, we are not guilty of anything, because our excursion into time has no effects on eternal reality. However, since we believe we are guilty, and we continue to judge and attack ourselves, we need to forgive ourselves to reverse our thoughts of guilt and purify our minds. Once all of the parts of this world have completely forgiven themselves, everything here will re-enter the light and this world of perception will cease to exist. It is all about what we think. What we choose to think has power–the power to make unreal worlds, or to extend eternity. The thoughts that we share with our Creator are the ones that we can extend into infinity. The thoughts that we try to think apart from our Creator have the power to make inconsequential worlds of perception, and while we believe in these separate worlds, we will see them. The question is this: How long do we want to stay in this world of separation, guilt, fear, and pain? It is only a matter of time until we return to the light. We can delay this return as long as we want, but time has an appointed end, and we will re-enter the light to our great joy. This essay gives us the big picture. In a future essay, I might discuss more details about our work to make the end of time come more quickly. Let me know if you would like to read more essays about this topic.

Make Your Choice

This poem says that we must make a choice to listen to one of two voices. One voice leads to fear, and the other leads to love.

Make your choice
Hear your voice
Let the love within you arise
Or get caught in a web of lies

Make your choice
Hear your voice
One voice screams for your submission
While the other is the good physician

Make your choice
Hear your voice
One voice stirs up everyone’s hate
While the other offers heaven’s gate

Make your choice
Hear your voice
One voice offers you easy lies
While the other wears no disguise

Make your choice
Hear your voice
One voice tries to control your mind
While the other asks you to be kind

Make your choice
Hear your voice
One voice breaks in and steals
While the other only heals

Make your choice
Hear your voice
One voice threatens and raves
While the other quietly saves

Make your choice
Hear your voice
One voice hates unification
While the other heals separation

Make your choice
Hear your voice
One voice asks you to judge and attack
While the other holds no good thing back

Which voice will you heed?
What does your heart really need?
Will your heart become dark
As it refuses love’s spark?
Or will you find within you
The ability to undo
All of the mind’s sorrow and pain
As bad memories go down the drain?

In the end, you will follow
One voice, real or hollow
The hollow voice says that you are better
Than your brother, and that you will never
Know his suffering and pain
When he goes through the flame
The real voice says that you are the same
As your brother, and that you share one name

This real voice we will all hear in the end
When our enemy becomes our friend
When we let go of our dark fears
And wipe away our bitter tears
The only choice we have today
Is how long we will delay
The day of time’s final end
The day that love will transcend

So make your choice
To hear your voice
But realize that only One
Will last longer than the sun
Only one will support every being
And ensure its eternal well-being
So why delay and prolong this world of pain
When the other choice offers eternal gain?

The UniMind and the Imminent Awakening of Creation

Are you ready for the shining world transparent
When the contents of your heart will be apparent
For the mind’s eye will see what is unblocked
And the secrets of the world will be unlocked
—From “The World Transparent,” by Alan Steinle

When they [your thoughts] have been sufficiently purified He lets you give them away. The decision to share them is their purification.
A Course in Miracles

I don’t claim to be the originator of the ideas in this essay. I am simply putting the ideas into a new form. The ideas come from the book A Course in Miracles and from many other sources, but ultimately they all come from one source—the Universal Mind, or what we can call the one mind or the UniMind.

In the same way, I don’t claim to have originated myself. I am an idea in the UniMind, and I am not a body. I am an extension of the UniMind, an extension of all that the UniMind is—love (union), knowledge, joy, and peace.

If we are the creation or extension of the UniMind, then why aren’t we aware of its attributes of love, joy, peace, and knowledge? It is because we have chosen to take a “detour into fear.” We have chosen to reject the reality of the UniMind. We have rejected omniscience (or, rather, uniscience, “the knowledge of oneness”) for the perception of individual parts. We have collectively chosen to perceive the universe as a multitude of unrelated parts. This is why we live in fear and loneliness. We have given up the union of all for the experience of living in isolation.

Ironically, we first had to collectively decide to separate before we could experience separation and isolation. Why we decided to separate is not something we can understand. It has no meaning. And when we decide to be aware of our oneness again, it will be as though our fragmentation had never occurred—it will be completely forgotten.

So, our current situation is one of fragmentation and isolation, but this is not our natural state. Our natural state is to be completely happy and satisfied with perfect knowledge. How do we regain this sublime state? We have to want it more than we want the now-familiar state of separation. We have become so used to being separate from each other that we find some comfort in it, and we have become afraid of the currently unknown state of oneness. However, we cannot forever exist in a fragmented state, for that is not the will of the UniMind, and neither is it our will.

At this point in the world, some minds are pulling towards fragmentation and other minds are pulling towards oneness. Those pulling towards fragmentation keep the separation going by attacking others in large and small ways. They attack others by judging, ridiculing, or putting down other minds and parts of the universe. Those pulling towards oneness forgive others. In other words, they continually try to put out of their minds all unloving thoughts. Loving thoughts serve to unify, while unloving thoughts promote attack and separation. There are no neutral thoughts. We are either promoting separation or oneness. Since love (union) is our natural state, all we have to do to return to love is to remove from our minds all hindrances to love, and love will exert its natural centripetal force to reunite our minds. In other words, it takes a lot of effort to maintain the separation through attack, but it only takes a small willingness to let love reunite us as one.

In this tug-of-war between love and attack, love will eventually win. In the end, everyone will be on the side of love, but within the world of time, some will return to the knowledge of oneness before others. When creation awakens (or, more precisely, when that part of the UniMind that denies oneness changes its collective mind to embrace oneness again), the earth will shift to a higher level of knowledge or awareness. However, those who still desire separation will move on to other realms until they are ready to give up their isolation and their fear of love. Those who still feel more comfortable in the dark will exist in the darkness until they are ready for more light.

The earth will become a sort of stepping stone to uniscience, or the knowledge of oneness. Those who still live in bodies will learn, little by little, that they don’t need bodies. The earth will be a sort of “ladder to heaven.” While any individual mind retains any residual fear of love, that mind will be able to experiment with different kinds of union until that mind is ready for the experience of complete oneness. For example, individuals in bodies will be able to share their thoughts telepathically with other individuals with whom they feel a safe connection. If an individual feels that he is getting too close for comfort, he can back off for a while and rest by himself. However, when he is finally ready to open his mind to complete oneness, he will leave his body behind and enter the heaven of oneness.

At this time on the earth, the separation of minds is the normal state, and we believe that we have private thoughts. However, when the balance of forces shifts from separation to reunification, there will be a big change in the circumstances of all individuals on the earth. This is not a reason for fear, for life is eternal. To leave one’s body is not to lose one’s identity. It is to potentially gain a much wider perspective and know one’s identity much more completely. Individual minds will go to the places that they feel most comfortable until they are ready for complete oneness and perfect knowledge. Within the perception of time, there are differences and temporary separations, but in eternity, time disappears into a oneness of bliss.

The Most Powerful Knowledge

This poem is about knowledge, power, and the knowledge that brings us the most power or strength.

Those from the ivory tower
Say that our knowledge is power
But what do we want power for?
Will it be used to win the next war?

If all of our knowledge is applied
To increase the power on our side
Then we must find some weaker foes
That we can successfully oppose

But if we destroy the other side
Then we must further subdivide
And we must create splinter groups
Against which we can amass our troops

In this way, power divides into parts
Is this the goal of our learning and our arts?
By our power, strong and mighty
Do we wish to weaken our society?

It has been said beforehand
That a house divided cannot stand
A certain destruction is produced
When this type of power is unloosed

Does all of our learning have only one aim?
Will all of our power set the world aflame?
Or can our power be converted
So that destruction is averted?

Two forces act in the world today
One force keeps destruction at bay
By seeking to heal all separation
But the other force leads to desolation

Our knowledge has produced technology
That can be used by any ideology
It can be used to communicate
Or it can be used to promote hate

Technology is power’s child
But this child has gone wild
And we now have an arms race
That is increasing in its pace

No one wants to be destroyed
And so everyone is employed
Trying to find a safer spot
Where the fighting isn’t too hot

But isn’t this effort wasted for most?
For only one, in the end, can boast
That he has not fallen or become ill
That he is the final king of the hill

And what will be the reward for this king?
What did his intrigues and fighting bring?
Will he find satisfaction as the only one
Who outlasted all the others and finally won?

This outcome is only in the mind
And it is has only been designed
To show the logical conclusion
Of the present worldwide confusion

Some knowledge is good for temporal ends
And it seems to work when one defends
One’s body or one’s nation
Against a foreign invasion

But our defenses and attacks
As we have seen, have certain lacks
The attacks cannot be limited to foes
For the mind sends its hatred wherever it goes

But there is a type of learning
To which many are returning
It is a wise and subtle art
Of centering in one’s heart

This knowledge leads to a power
That does not struggle, fight, or cower
It is a knowledge in which thoughts of fear
Are transformed by love and disappear

What is this knowledge that is strong
And is helping many go along?
It is the knowledge of life eternal
And of its companion, love fraternal

Those who know that life is eternal
Do not fear anything external
They know that sorrow and pain
Are only a game of the brain

You say that you are not sure
If you believe you will endure
This is the place for faith’s great leap
And the time to awaken from your sleep

To give up this world and body
And all that is weak and shoddy
Is not a sacrifice or loss
For eternal life has no cost

And when we all really know
That eternal life is so
Heaven will come to earth
And fill our life with mirth

So don’t waste your time on learning
To make what will be burning
For when the fear of death is removed
The whole world will be thus improved

The knowledge that you once desired
Will no longer be sought nor acquired
Eternal life will be our guiding light
Till we attain the peace that is our right

Two Types of Democracy

In this essay I want to describe two types of democracy: the democracy of the U.S. government, and the democracy of traditional Native American cultures.

The democracy of the U.S. government is supposed to be by the people, of the people, and for the people. However, since the U.S. is so big and complex, the U.S. government is composed of elected representatives, who make laws that they think the people who elected them want. However, this type of government has a weakness. This weakness is the fact that the government is based on competition and division. The nominees for office are chosen from the people and they have to fight for their office in contested elections. These elections create divisions between the people, divisions that can be deep and long lasting. And the winners of elections often do not care about the ideas and needs of those who have lost the elections.

In contrast, some Native American cultures developed democracies based on mutual respect and the attempt at reconciliation. These small societies were governed by a group of elders who made decisions for the well-being of their society. A typical democracy of this type would be composed of a group of elders who had authority and experience. If there was a problem within the society, the elders would get together and discuss the issue. Each elder would have a chance to speak and express his views. Then a decision would be made by the chief or the elders together as to what course of action would be taken. If there were disagreements among the people, the people would look for a resolution that did not divide the people into opposing parties.

Now, the Native American societies were not perfect. There were still conflicts within the groups and between different types of Native American societies. In fact, wartime bravery was usually an important virtue among Native American men. I don’t espouse the return to the past. My point is that the U.S. government can learn a lot from the Native American societies that lasted thousands of years. I want to emphasize, as well, that the divisions that have been created in the U.S. government and among the people might cause the country to eventually collapse due to a lack of trust between people. If people are not encouraged to look for a win-win solution, then people will tend to mistrust, hate, and even attack each other.

The seeds of destruction are deep within the systems of the world. The world’s systems are based upon separation, competition, and greed. Most people want to get and keep what they believe is theirs. Few people share, either because they don’t see the value in sharing, or because the system has made it too difficult to share.

From my perspective, I see two paths that can be taken by each individual. One path is the path of greed, selfishness, and physical self-preservation at all costs. The other path is one of trust, compassion, and the giving of self. The first path leads to division and destruction, while the second path leads to healing and oneness. The path we take depends on whether we believe that a good solution is possible for all beings, or we believe that one person must lose in order for another person to win. Personally, I believe that all can “win” if we expect this and look for a good solution in which everyone benefits.

Heaven and Hell

What is heaven? What is hell? In this essay, I will attempt to answer these questions. First, I will start with the assumption that everyone wants to be happy–everyone wants joy. However, we don’t always know the best way to attain joy.

Here is what some people believe about heaven and hell:

After death, some people will go to heaven, and the rest will go to hell. Heaven and hell are eternal, that is, they are never-ending. The people in heaven will experience peace and joy while the people in hell will experience pain and torture.

Here are some of my thoughts on heaven and hell:

If we believe that some people will not go to heaven, but instead will go to hell, can we ever be completely happy? If we believe that our fellow (human) beings will suffer for eternity, can our joy be complete? Or will we feel a little guilty that we have happiness while others suffer? If we reject our fellow (human) beings as being unworthy of heaven, we are rejecting part of our own mind. Each being that we have come to know is represented in our mind as a thought, and if we reject this thought, we are rejecting part of our own mind, part of our own self. Thus, all of our being cannot experience joy while one part of our being is rejected by another part. If it is impossible for us to experience complete joy while separated from others, then it must also be impossible for God. God created us by extending the love that he is. Love is spiritual union, and love cannot be what it is while there is separation within God’s creation. It is God’s will that all of his creation be united.

Within time, we can wish to be separate individuals and we can attack each other when we get too close to each other. However, our wishes within time are powerless to cancel God’s will in eternity. Eventually, we will accept God’s will as being our true will, and time will end. On this earth, some people are currently working for separation and selfishness, while others are working for love and spiritual union. We cannot tell who is who by observing outward actions, for each person has a unique role to play. Hell is the movement towards selfishness and spiritual isolation, while heaven is the state of perfect oneness. Our joy in heaven cannot be complete while one being is excluded, so eventually all beings must join heaven if heaven is to exist for anyone. In this world, we have the choice between accepting heaven and making hell, but when we have learned how painful hell is, and that there is another option, we will all choose heaven. When we come to the limits of how much pain we can accept, we will start to look for a better way.

One reason that we choose hell is that we are afraid of heaven. We might be afraid to lose our individual identity by joining with others in heaven. However, in heaven we can only gain, and what we gain is our identity–the knowledge of ourselves as the unlimited extension of God’s love.

In summary, when we reject others, we reject parts of ourselves. Our joy cannot be complete while our being is fragmented. In this world of time, we sometimes prefer hell and nonexistence to heaven. However, we will eventually learn that being in heaven is the only way to be happy and to know our own identity.

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