PAUL: Good morning, Raj. I need our communication opened up. I’m uptight and distracted by irrelevancies. I need to be on the beam.
RAJ: Indeed. And you will be if you will very specifically bring your attention to me as you have just done. It will have to be specific, though, as you can see.
PAUL: Why? What’s going on? Is it impact? Is it physical? Am I somehow actually afraid to hear from you?
RAJ: No. You are attempting to do the “Do” part before the “Listen” and “Learn” parts. You know, “Listen, learn, and do”?
The shift has to do with behavior—and I’m not talking about behavior at the level of the “Do.” I’m talking about the choice you are making relative to the teacher which inspires behavior at the level of the “Do.” A voice says, “You need to feed the squirrels,” or “You need to get a shower,” and you are not first determining the source of that voice before doing what it says.
I’m going to tell you something: It doesn’t matter who else is or isn’t doing this “checking in about everything.” If you’re not checking in, you’re doing something alone. If you’re doing something alone, you’re unconscious of Reality, of Truth—unable to be the presence of Love and Life as It truly is. Whatever is being “done” is flat, lacking the vitality of Life and Love, and it is meaningless.
So, you’ve caught the idea!
It is never what you’re doing in the world that matters. It’s where you’re doing it from . . . no matter what you’re doing! You need to be very clear on this, and the best way I can put it is that it won’t be the action you engage in that will matter, but the Love with which you engage in it. And the only way you will engage in anything with Love is by joining with It and letting It inform you as to what to “Do.”
Holding a Study Group, putting on a Thought for the Day, keeping the website fresh, thanking everyone for their support—these are not more worthy or transformational activities than riding in the car to the store or paying bills or taking care of the yard.
Activities are not transformational!
To be the presence of Love is to let Love inform your presence, and that is the only thing which is transformational. Do you see that I’m not saying that as you’re riding to the store, or engaging in whatever you determine to be a “mundane” activity, that you are to bring Love into that activity? That would be to direct Love, with you in charge, when it is Love that is to “inspire, illumine, designate and lead the way.”
Let’s look at this as well: The amount of time in which you engage in “good works,” the one’s that “really count,” is minuscule compared to the time spent in “mundane” activities—the one’s that “don’t count at all.”
You can’t be the salvation of the world by devotedly engaging in the “works” of salvation—whatever those exclusive activities have been imagined to be! Life gets in the way! Which means that wiping your ass, blowing your nose, taking out the garbage, being patient with another’s willful stubbornness WILL interfere with the works of salvation until you realize that YOU must stop seeing them as being outside the scope of Love’s embrace—meaning: beyond your willingness to be in your right mind FIRST by joining with Love FIRST, and letting IT inform you as to what is true in those very circumstances.
Right-mindedness changes the world. It is the correction to whatever needs to be corrected. And the proper placement of your attention does this.
“When thine eye is single,
thy whole body also is full of light.”
The simple fact is that Love cannot inspire, illumine, designate and lead the way if you haven’t turned to It. And, if you haven’t turned to It, your whole body (the world) cannot be full of light . . . redeemed.
Bring me . . . bring the presence of Love . . . with you everywhere—to the bathroom, to the trash can, to the difficult encounter, to the trips in the car—and know that in so doing, you ARE bringing salvation to the world, just as surely as you know you are when letting me speak with others.
Your holy work is to be the presence of Love in every moment, no matter where you are, no matter what you’re doing . . . letting Love inform (give rise to) your “Doing.”