This will not replace the November entry to be posted on the 1st or at least during the first few days of November, and it will be a really good entry, so prepare to open up wide. We'll have a lot to cover.
The blog serves certain functions unique to itself. Any course participant who does not keep up with the current comments following the entry to the blog is simply not getting all they could be getting from the course. One way, of course, the blog is different from the lessons is that the blog is public. Anyone is welcome to come here, as we are all-inclusive, and not exclusive in any way. People of all traditions and backgrounds come here. The comments in the blog are a great way of seeing how much alike we all are.
I loved the dialogue in the comments last month. They were more like I had hoped the comments would eventually be from the very beginning--more personal, more open, more dialogue among each other and not just with me, sharing more openly and truly getting to know each other more deeply. It is important for participants of the course to be able to converse among themselves, to share experiences and insights with each other, to discuss the course together, to get to know each other better. Then the community truly grows, organically, naturally, and we come to realize just how much we are all the same, and why we are sharing the experience of the course together, and more and more, as we progress through it, we see and understand exactly what that means.
Yes, much progress has been made since the current course first started a bit over 3 years ago. By reading the sharings in the comments of the blog, and also on Facebook, where we have a satsang of a different nature, and which is even more public, we can easily see the impact the course has had in various people's lives. Many of you have done absolutely great, and have worked to make the principles of Truth your own, so that you can live according to them without any longer having to think about it. Many could not have done much better in any way; they have given it their all.
Others, though, could do better. I do not write like this often. I believe others are most helped through encouragement, support, and inspiration; not through being told how they could do better. Yet, every now and then, it becomes necessary in order for me to completely fulfill my own function in working with you.
A large number of you are not reading, or referring to, your current lesson often enough. You are not receiving full benefit of the course if you only read a lesson once or twice and imagine you know the contents. It does not matter how familiar your mind becomes with the ideas presented. There is a certain energy transmitted through the act of surrendering to read it, and simply by referring to a few paragraphs here and there during the day, or at night before bed, we tune into that energy as well as to the Truth of the Present Moment.
The course is not about learning ideas and concepts, like you would to be able to repeat them to another, as though you already knew it, or as you would for a test on the contents, like you had at school, to check out your memory and reasoning powers. The course isn't like that. It is a process that, through surrendering to reading it more often, tunes us into an incredible energy, as well as to an incredible Love and Light that is palpable and undeniable.
Even more than not referring to your current lesson enough, you have to be more diligent about applying the principles in practical ways in your own moment-to-moment life. I do not care to discourage anyone from writing what is going on with them, for when we share, especially in public, like in the comments here or on Facebook, we become revealed to ourselves in ways that wouldn't be possible if we hold everything in and never express ourselves to another in open, real, and honest ways.
Even so, questions come and descriptions of one's life often arrive when the very answers and solutions are in one's current lesson. It's like we don't see exactly what we need even though it is right before our eyes. We read something, agree with it, think how wonderful it would be if everyone else knew it as well, and then in a few moments or hours or days, we are acting completely contrary to the principle, as though we were completely ignorant of it and had never heard of it.
It does no good to simply 'know about' something, or to 'agree' with something. Neither does it matter in the least if we 'disagree' with something. It's only a certain stance the mind has taken. Either something is true or it isn't, and it matters not at all whether we agree or disagree. Instead of trying so hard to be understood, or to prove our point, it would be much more expansive to open up to discovering the Truth no matter where it leads. And we cannot see the Truth unless we see something NEW. Seeing what is familiar is not Truth. It is only familiarity.
A basic principle of the course, presented very early in the lessons, is to treat everyone with love and respect. I have asked that this be the mark of one who participates in the course: that he or she relate to all others with love and respect. Yet some are still argumentative, challenging, contrary, unfriendly, even hostile. Not to me, of course, but at your own home, around the very ones we are closest to and love most. Sometimes we are downright nasty. Yet, if we were asked, we would insist that we treat all others with great love and respect. We love to attribute to ourselves qualities that we haven't come close to fully developing.
We refuse to see certain things about ourselves; we are blind to certain tendencies. And if a loved one were to point out something to us that was obvious to everyone except ourselves, and which would be very helpful for us to know, we might only accuse the loved one of describing us in negative and limiting ways, for always seeing us in the worst ways. If we take this stance, we can never learn anything new about ourselves, and when this happens, no further growth is possible.
If you take the course, read the lessons more. See what happens when you tune into the energy of the lesson, which is on a completely different level than the written words. There are some who go into great states of bliss simply by reading their current lesson, yet afterwards they couldn't tell you a single word they had read. Don't ever think you 'already know it.' If you do, you miss the whole point of the course. It is not something to 'know.' It is a way of life, an approach, an attitude. It is meeting life head-on from the highest perspective possible.
Reading the lessons transforms the ways our mind works, and rewires our conditioned tendencies in ways that lead to breaking free from them, and to enter something new and more expanded than before. Still, mere reading is not quite enough. The principles must actually be practiced. It is not enough to simply agree that they are great ideas, and that they will surely lead to a better and freer life someday. They have to be practiced in real life, this day and every day. They are not something to try later, when you have more time, or when you are in a better mood. Practice the principles even when it is difficult to do so. This is when we experience the greatest growth.
Okay, something moved me strongly to write this. How many taking the course will even notice that it is here? Only those who check the comments regularly, to see what is new, to stay up to date. Those who assume there's nothing worthy of their time and attention until the November blog is posted might miss this altogether.
What I hope is for us to eventually reach the point that we could never possibly miss a message addressed to all participants of the course simultaneously, regardless of what particular lesson they might be on. This message can be understood and applied at any level of understanding. Open up and let it open you up on the inside; open up to something completely new. Only then is it possible to go on to the next thing.
The November blog entry will be posted in a few days, and I look forward to your comments both here and there. It will be well worth your time to give it your all, as many subtle teachings are being transmitted.
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