PAUL: I am not succeeding at letting you respond to everything. It’s too hard to remember to turn to you whenever someone asks me a question, or simply makes a comment that invites a response.
It’s also hard to want to hear what you have to say when what you say is perfectly clear and makes perfect sense, but doing it isn’t perfectly easy or easily perfect. So, what is the answer that will inspire me? What do I need to know?
RAJ: It’s really very simple, Paul. Persist. You must simply take every opportunity, as it occurs, to turn to me without regard for how well you did it yesterday, or a moment ago. To have someone who can alert you when you’ve gotten off the beam is as valuable for you as it is for the driver of a car to have a passenger who can quickly say with some urgency, “You’re drifting too close to the edge of the road!”
There really aren’t any circumstances where it isn’t important to be joined, even if there aren’t dire consequences. Of course, you can respond out of habit, abiding by the mutual agreements and protocols well enough to not arouse negative reactions, but that simply confirms and extends “the human condition,” the unconsciousness of God, the illusions of sin, sickness and death. So, being joined is never unimportant, and being casual about it is never wise.
Let me put it this way: It is extremely wise, even essential, to treat the holy instant — the state of being joined — as though it is profoundly important in every instant. Why? Because it is the stepping stone out of the illusion of mortality and all of the suffering it involves.
Let’s be clear here. To operate on the basis of memory and mutual agreements as an independent thinker is to be unconscious of being the holy Son of God. Lack of “serious consequences” — in other words, to be fairly comfortable in that state of mind — is a ridiculous and insane concept when you are already experiencing the most severe consequence there is: You don’t know who or what you Are, and you believe you are what you think you are. Insanity!
You can dare to treat each moment as though joining is a life or death issue, a Sanity or insanity issue, because it is! The instant you are in IS the threshold — the difference between — death and life, insanity and Sanity. Make the choice in that instant with the commitment you would bring to anything profoundly important, and don’t be offended when someone is clear enough to recognize the “call to choose” and points it out to you.
You’ve gotten the point.