To receive one another without a past, one must first accept that we have been creatures of habit and social conditioning. Beliefs in politeness and inclusion need to be questioned before we can begin to relinquish this buffer to Presence, and truly meet our Brother and Sister afresh.
Coming to stay in a Mystical Community like the Monastery offers such an opportunity. The heavy garments of roles and habitual ways of relating can be gently laid down. Who you or others seem to have been in the past is no longer the gateway to connection. This Holy Instant offers you True Intimacy and Eternal Belonging.
I could tell you stories about my life
but it wouldn’t speak to Whom I Am
unless it is shared as parable—a miracle story relevant in the moment
to illustrate something being faced in the mind now.
You are invited to courageously drop your stories of undoing and meet one another in the pristine present without reference to family, lifestyle or the journey so far. Start from Innocence with one another, instead of describing your challenges and the process by which you came here. You will find (seemingly in time) how unnecessary and often limiting this is to truly feeling joined.
~ You will face many temptations in accepting this invitation ~
This exercise, although it may seem artificial at first, will encourage you to embrace your discomfort as you lovingly offer awkward silences to the Spirit and begin to see how even language can be a defense. You will notice vulnerable feelings emerge; a fear of hurting another by being unresponsive, a desire to explain, and possibly a passion for sharing which is actually covering over anxiety.
This seeming cool disconnect from how you usually measure yourself and your social standing and acceptance within a group is really the fear of the unknown arising. The invitation is to open up to Trusting that you are acceptable exactly as you are this moment!
Many times people fear that they are not seen and feel a need to assert recognition of their existence or plight, to confirm acknowledgement for the small self. You are soooo welcome here, so Beloved and seen in the Truth of Whom You Are. We appreciate what it takes to come and dive in deep like this. The Trust you have already demonstrated is warranted and will grow. The certainty you felt that this was your next step was prayed upon by many so you need not second guess your decision to simply say YES to answering the call of your heart now!
You have been guided to join a mature community who are very familiar with the ups and downs of awakening, so your most important activity is to stay present to “how you feel” authentically. By being willing to expose any fear or resistances as they arise and joining with given mighty companions, you will discover the Joy of seeing they are not your thoughts! This helps to keep the air clear and restores a sense of safety and inclusion. You need not disguise what is unfolding for you, it is mostly likely already in awareness.
That is why silence is so important in dropping beneath the chatter and noticing the attitude in the mind, which tends to speak louder than even the polite words and smiles of the “face of Innocence.” Devotion to Forgiveness and reverence in the moment to our common call can be felt as a spacious invitation to join.
You may be tired your first week, emotional, and experiencing a lack of peace, this is all simply a settling in and a dropping of the pseudo-peace you would have easily maintained when you seemed to have more control over your daily life flow. This is why we have all desired to have things “our way” to minimize the fear and maintain a false sense of security. Now we are safe in our joint devotion to face the fear as unreal and therefore come into a relaxed sense of Invulnerability. You need be neither careful nor careless; you need merely cast your cares upon Him because He careth for you. (T-5.VII.1-4)
Pretty soon you will feel relieved to be easily in touch with your emotions, transparent with your attitudes and up-front with your seeming judgements because at long last you will have begun to see they are not yours! This is an undoing of personal responsibility and a true acceptance of Forgiveness as our one function in our one mind. This total commitment to responsibility for sight is where the shift in focus comes. We move from problem solving in the world to acknowledging “I am perceiving an external conflict which is stemming from an inward condition, and it is there that I must address my lack of peace.” LevelsOfMind.com where you can learn to do an instrument for peace, will be invaluable in seeing that “I have conflicting beliefs and desires which are being mirrored in the world I see.” It is only at the mind level that conflict resolution can occur, never between people.
You will begin to welcome all that the world’s mirror can offer to show you where you are already upset but have not yet noticed! In mysticism we are draw increasingly to the unseen and we can choose to see the hand of God in everything (all things work together for good) instead of getting caught in the mesmerism of daily ego drama and conflict resolution.
The Spirit can use everything you freely offer for peace, your responsibility is not to the error but the Correction. Here correction is not a focus on wrong-doing but merely a noticing and acceptance of how mistaken and Innocent we are! It is a relief to see where I have been wrong because it indicates a belief I am holding about myself which is untrue and that has arisen now to be questioned. When a belief is seen as being painful to uphold it is easy to release. The relinquishing of desire is in fact a handing over of all cares and worries to the Spirit in order to have them given back where they can be supportive as whims rather than demands without which we refuse to be happy.
This is a very direct yet simple overview of how to begin settling into Mystical Community. Clear lines of communication are always outlined so as to relax the mind.
I like to think of everyone as being in a continual conversation with the Spirit. So if I am to speak to them I like to be mindful of whether it is essential or not. Is this the correct person even or the right moment? This tuning in becomes very natural the more we have been willing to face our own original discomfort. This is why monastics used to wear large hoods to blinker the world, walking mindfully with their heads down so as to minimize interpersonal communication while their minds soared in Communion!
You can’t truly disturb anyone so welcome their response or non-response as an indicator of what’s helpful rather than a rebuke. Pause and pray as you walk this Way with Christ. A most intimate relationship is blossoming—allow welcome for this Presence in the stillness of your heart.
A Course in Miracles – Chapter 5 – VII
~ The Decision for God ~
Why should you listen to the endless insane calls you think are made upon you,
when you can know the Voice for God is in you?
God commended His Spirit to you, and asks that you commend yours to Him.
He wills to keep it in perfect peace, because you are of one mind and spirit with Him.
A Course in Miracles – Chapter 31 – V
~ Self-Concept versus Self ~
A concept of the self is made by you. It bears no likeness to yourself at all.
It is an idol, made to take the place of your reality as Son of God.
The concept of the self the world would teach is not the thing that it appears to be.
For it is made to serve two purposes, but one of which the mind can recognize.
The first presents the face of innocence, the aspect acted on.
It is this face that smiles and charms and even seems to love.
It searches for companions and it looks,
at times with pity, on the suffering, and sometimes offers solace.
It believes that it is good within an evil world.
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