An Impromptu Gathering
on June 29th, 2016
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QUESTION: Raj, I had a question about your last message about embracing everyone and everything which I recognize is the big Picture . . . is there more you’re going to talk about in the interim, on the world situation about the terrorists and all the nonsense that’s going on and how that’s supposed to be approached?
RAJ: Oh, yes, I will certainly be saying more.
QUESTION: Um . . . it’s a little confusing right now—I find it a little confusing.
RAJ: I understand.
QUESTION: The politics are all confusing, on how this is being approached and whether it’s going into denial, or whether it’s the way it’s supposed to be. I mean, I just . . . it’s over my head. And I’m sure it’s over a lot of people’s heads.
RAJ: We will certainly be exploring it.
QUESTION: Thank you. Look forward to hearing what you have to say.
RAJ: It won’t be long before we do.
SUSAN: I just heard something: The terrorists are practicing defense—attack and defense. That’s the message they are sending out. And they want it confirmed. You see, it’s like Darth Vader, you know, “let me see your hatred, let me see your vengeance, let me see your attack” we’d be just like them . . .”
RAJ: . . . in other words, “justify my defense.”
SUSAN: And then, therefore, make attack and all that accompanies attack, which is sin, disease and death accompany attack, make that real—join me in making attack real.
Now it’s still a confounding thing, how you handle it, but I just heard that that is the secret attraction—the attraction to death, . .
RAJ: . . . that is correct.
SUSAN: . . . the invitation to do the same of what they’re giving—confirm with them that death is real—sin, disease and death borne out of attack is real . . . confirm the anti-Christ.
RAJ: Indeed. I’m not going to pursue this subject in depth right now.
QUESTION: Okay, great, I understand. I’m glad to know that you’re going to talk about it more, cause there definitely needs to be more explanation.
RAJ: You are correct.
QUESTION: Thank you Raj. Also, can I ask one more question?
QUESTION: I’m aware that the Light of Love is increasing on the planet—the vibration—and it’s affecting us all, and does that also mean there are physical symptoms that are accompanying it? Cause I feel like . . . I feel like a knot on a log, it’s all I can do to move from my kitchen to my bedroom these days. I don’t have any motivation and I don’t know what’s blocking it . . . but I’m aware I’ve been involved too much on the negative news.
RAJ: That is correct.
QUESTION: I want to look at it more objectively, not take sides which I have done.
RAJ: I’ll put it simply: You are watching more news than you are presently capable of allowing the holy instant to reconcile.
QUESTION: That makes sense. Thank you. I recognize I’ve got to be more conscious about joining when I do view it so that I don’t get caught up in . . .
RAJ: . . . and take it in little doses. Turn it off, and become clear about it before you turn it back on. Also, there is not that much new news each day, and to listen to it over and over and over is a complete waste of time.
QUESTION: I agree. Thank you, it got me off track I guess, the last week or so. My Guidance said I need to get out more and this will be refreshed, is that correct?
RAJ: That is quite correct.
QUESTION: Okay, then I’ll feel . . . but this kind of off dizziness . . . what’s that about?
SUSAN: Yeah . . . the instability . . .
QUESTION: . . . and I feel like I’m almost out of breath, is that going to pass?
SUSAN: That’s grief, too much world-wide grief.
QUESTION: Is that what it is?
RAJ: It is simply too much emotionalism, too much reaction, too much rehearsing the awfulness and the unknowableness of the situation. Not that it’s unknowable, but you don’t know at the moment and you feel it in all the different ways you can possibly feel it, instead of stopping.
Like I said to Paul, “you wander in wondering.” Instead of stopping the wondering, becoming specific, getting the Answer and being done with it. When you wander in wondering and it is accompanied with strong reaction, you have lost your balance and you lose your balance literally. The breathing is just a loss of balance in breathing which naturally occurs when you’re relaxed. You don’t have to think about breathing.
[Chuckle] The answer isn’t in the problem, so stop examining the problem so extensively.
QUESTION: Thank you. There’s nothing I can do to fix it anyway except not be a part of . . .
RAJ: . . . Oh-h, you’re clarity, your peaceful clarity that comes from practicing the holy instant absolutely makes a difference. That’s in the part of my letter that you haven’t read.
QUESTION: That’s right . . . so even though I’m not out “doing,” just Being is doing? . .
RAJ: It absolutely is.
QUESTION: Because I don’t feel I’m contributing very much these days. I have to be honest . . . but maybe that’s what cuts me off from my motivation. I dunno . . . from the inspiration . . .
RAJ: You’re correct, you aren’t. What occupies your mind is automatically what you are giving. And if what you’re giving is an energy of depletion, you will experience being depleted . . . and it adds that energy in the world.
SUSAN: You know, what we have to bring is the feeling and thoughts we’re having when we’re feeling union or unity.
SUSAN: You mentioned the “great disturber” is what Raj calls the darkness of the anti-Christ. Because when we’re in our peace we’re allowing the already existing unity—we’re magnifying it, allowing it to . . .
RAJ: . . . to naturally magnify itself because disturbance isn’t being introduced . . .
SUSAN: . . . which is the first obstacle to peace—the desire to get rid of it—get rid of peace.
SUSAN: So whatever answer there is to the horrors, we can’t fall into the trap of, you know, the invitation to get rid of peace.
QUESTION: Raj, didn’t you say something about “you don’t deal with it until it’s on your doorstep?” Is that what you said? In other words, trying to conjecture what’s going on and all the pros and cons and back and forth and yady ya . . . nothing you can do anything about except get into your peace. But the point is there’s no problem until it hits your doorstep? There’s no real problem to deal with?
RAJ: Well, you cannot deal with something you’re unconscious of. The only thing you can deal with is something you are conscious of, which means it’s on your doorstep.
Now, the key is though, don’t . . . well let me put it this way: The less often you listen to the news, the less you bring something to your doorstep.
SUSAN: Unless we’re guided to.
RAJ: Indeed. Another way of putting it is, that what you invite into your conscious awareness by turning on the news, or engaging in conversation with an angry person, brings that to your doorstep to deal with. So use intelligence as to how involved you get, remembering that involvement is the goal.
QUESTION: You said we have to be involved, but from the vantage point of the Holy Spirit, not from our opinionating, without all the facts.
RAJ: That’s correct.
QUESTION: So if we look at the news, we have to be joined so that if there’s something that disturbs us, then we ask for the Answer and the Answer puts it to rest and we’re done with it. Is that correct?
RAJ: That is correct.
QUESTION: Gee, I never used to watch the news . . . and I was a happy person. [laughing] I never got into politics, I could care less who’s running for office and all of a sudden now I’m totally involved with it and it’s not feeling good. So I appreciate your . . ..
SUSAN: But yet, there is so much that’s already in the Course that is preparing us for this time and that is why the Course has come because an Answer for these times is needed.
QUESTION: I agree totally. I forget it’s all happening in our mind, it’s not “out there” even though “out there” is the effect of what’s going on in our mind.
SUSAN: Right. And so we’ve got to know what move to make to not add . . .
QUESTION: . . . to the problem . . .
SUSAN: . . . to the panic and terror.
RAJ: Physicians in the Emergency Room are faced with trauma repeatedly at their doorstep. They cannot do that twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. There’s only so much of it you can cope with, so when the invitation arrives that says, “spend more time dealing with trauma” you must say “No.” You must exercise wisdom. And wisdom does not mean hanging up your shingle and going and contemplating your navel for the next hundred years. It means take a break to recuperate so that you may come back again and be the Presence of Love that corrects the trauma and blesses your brother or sister.
So, you’re not going to stick your head in the sand . . .
QUESTION: Well, see that was just it . . . do I go into denial? You know, because I see that happening too, I mean . . . whoa . . . the truth is coming out, no matter how ugly it is about all that’s not of the truth. So how do I look at that without reacting . . .
RAJ: You see, I will say this: What is distressing to so many at what I said, is the fact that it calls for increased involvement and the abandonment of independence which of course, is what a boundary is. It’s a line of demarcation that says, “this is me and that is not me.”
QUESTION: This is very difficult to get past.
RAJ: But it is what is on the plate. And so it is the reluctance to embrace where something awful is occurring. But it is what is required, because otherwise your brother doesn’t get loved in the form that allows transformation to occur.
Now, the practice of the holy instant is a definite practice. It’s not a sweet quiet mental state. It is first, becoming still. But then it is the request “Father what is the truth here?” “What is the truth that I am not aware of yet which is keeping me from being able to be that which dissolves the hate and restores harmony?” You see?
It’s a request for you to Know what you don’t know yet so that you can be in a way you haven’t been yet with your brother. And that is a lot more work than most people want their spirituality to involve, but that is the issue.
QUESTION: Thank you. You know, what comes to mind when you said that, was all the monks that went and prayed in a certain city and the violence went down? In other words, the more focus we put on praying for the healing of our brothers’ minds, the more effective that’s going to be rather than resisting what he’s presenting.
RAJ: Yessss . . . but you do not go in with a specific prayer for what you currently think the healing will be.
Those who go into a city that is in turmoil, those who, we will say, practice TM (Transcendental Meditation), do not go in with a design in mind which they are wanting to bring forth. They go in literally, to engage in the holy instant. They become still, they find their peace and they be there so that their conscious awareness of things in that state becomes their clarity . . . not a clarity of specific ideas, but a clarity of peace, of integrity, of will. And in THAT pregnant void, as I’ve referred to it, the Father fills you up—fills them up.
Now, when that happens, your behavior changes, not by plan, but because there’s nothing interfering with your experiencing your true nature which is inseparable from the Father—inseparable from God.
What you need to understand is, that behavior will be, for lack of better words, the result. You will do things, you will become involved in the spots and with the people where transformation is needed, but not by some pre-conceived plan which your wonderful practice of spirituality has caused. It’s because there’s less of you on your mind practicing spirituality. And in the absence of that ego activity, the divine one that you Are—the Infinite Mind that is your Mind which is inseparable from the Father’s, I was going to say, becomes you, but it is uncovered as all there ever has been of you—in that instant you become aware of that, you feel that.
And that makes you a different Presence from the one who might have had a spiritual plan to benefit his brothers and sisters.
QUESTION: I see what you’re saying. It really is moment to moment.
RAJ: It is . . . and what cannot be overlooked any longer is the behavior part of it. You see, to sit down and think spiritual thoughts means that you’re sitting down rehearsing things that you already know. Where is there anything healing in that? I say that, because in that it’s just preoccupation with self—preoccupation with self’s ideas and thoughts and memories. There is no joining with the Father. There is no breaking of the isolation yourself. And it’s the breaking of the isolation that is the lowering of the barriers that allows the influx of what the Father is Being as you, in that moment . . . Is.
You feel like sleeping or staying in bed, because the demand seems overwhelming to do what I just said. And the meaning of what I just said is what has made it difficult for you to let yourself fully into the sharing I recently made, because it calls for that.
It’s time for everyone to begin to make that effort.
Instead of trying to renew boundaries, one needs to practice the holy instant to learn how one behaves without them . . . successfully.
Remember, there is another way to look at this. And the different way of looking at it does not involve renewing boundaries and independence which does nothing but secure and re-establish “the Fall” and keep it from being released—abandoned—which is called “Waking up!” It is the professed goal of those on their spiritual path.
Now, the key is [chuckle] to swallow the overwhelming one bite at a time. Practice the holy instant regarding, we’ll say, bits of the problem. When you find yourself disturbed and the disturbance is just beginning, stop right there and deal with it. Don’t let it grow and grow and grow until it’s impossible to deal with, and it sends you to bed or causes your body to become ill.
QUESTION: I really appreciate that clarity. Got the work cut out for me.
RAJ: You have the blessing of the Course In Miracles to embrace. You see, you provided the words, [strong emphasis] “we’ve got our work cut out for us!”
QUESTION: [laughter] I mean, I’ve got my work cut out for me.
RAJ: But . . . but you could have said other words that didn’t express that idea. Those words had a heavy duty meaning to them and that will probably keep you in bed two more days . . .
QUESTION: [laughing] No, no, no, . . no, I didn’t mean it that way.
RAJ: But the words you used DID mean it that way. And you must be careful how you use your words. You can jokingly say about somebody who’s being terrible, “I’ll kill the bastard!” “Well, I didn’t mean it that way.” You see? But nevertheless, one doesn’t usually use those words unless in some way you do feel that way. And that’s what governs.
You see, you just wrote the script, in a way for what’s to come. You could’ve said, as I said, “Well, an opportunity to discover the joy of what A Course in Miracles is all about.” But that isn’t what you felt. And so you didn’t say that. And to have said that when you didn’t feel it, would’ve been dishonest and meaningless as well.
So, be alert so that you catch yourself writing the script against yourself, writing the script against your ease so that you can take that specific thing into the holy instant and have your mind changed so that now you can use different words that arise out of what you’re feeling.
Do you see what I mean?
QUESTION: Yes I do. I take it seriously. Thank you. This is really good. I’m so appreciative.
PAUL: Well, we’ve got it recorded.