Sovereignty vs. Brotherhood
The following is a conversation between Paul and Raj which occurred on October 5th, 2018.
PAUL: This is for the birds. I keep doing this over and over again. I can’t seem to just sit down and do what’s necessary. And I don’t like it to be necessary. Why must I keep begging? Why must everyone know exactly how much we need . . . and the fact that we need it? Nobody wants to hear about it!
RAJ: Paul . . . we must do it because that’s the only way it works. If everything we do is a gift, then everyone must participate. It must be a group endeavor. Even if you were independently wealthy, we would have to teach the principle of Caring—of actual involved participation in extension. It’s not the norm. It’s not the context of relationships at the present time—at least not beyond one’s immediate partner or family. But it has to replace the current context of self-sufficiency and the pride which accompanies it.
This pride absolutely interferes with the willingness to be involved—which really means the effort involved in actually relating to another, connecting with others, getting outside one’s self-absorption with proud independence and “sovereignty.”
I’ve said it before: Sovereignty is “insulation” against Brotherhood. And the quickest way to restore Brotherhood is to interfere with the ethic of sovereignty and the claim of “excellence” associated with it, which destructively colors one’s perception of himself, and gets projected on others as the excuse for neglecting to care about or for them (which means “being involved.”)
I taught two commandments, didn’t I? “Thou shalt love the lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind” . . . and the second is like unto it. . . “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” That is involvement. Also, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” That is involvement . . . not independence . . . not sovereignty . . . and it’s a state of being in which control, authority, power and abuse cannot exist. This is why it is important.
What we are doing here, every time we invite support, is a small introduction to a new way of behaving toward each other—one which centers around being sensitive to, acknowledging, and participating in meeting needs—which means for the purpose of meeting needs! It goes way beyond simple financial support.
It is the action of Love.
This new way of behaving involves, as we’ve said, looking into your brother’s eyes and remembering God, which means actually healing the “poor thought models” you presently use to define yourself and others, and which others use to define themselves and you! That, of course means being present with your brothers and sisters, being present with each other in much more intimate ways than sovereignty and independence allow.
We share the specific needs, like paying the electricity bill, the costs of having an internet presence, the “down and dirty” practical everyday needs which don’t make anyone “look good” when they are made public, but are nevertheless essential and valuable parts of the fulness of the movement . . . we share them so as to illuminate them as worthy of attention, providing an understanding of what the caring is for and about—thus rendering the support meaningful and keeping spirituality grounded in the actual meeting of human needs.
But there is an other element, an other learning embodied in this understanding, and that is that the “essential and valuable parts of the fulness” of everyone’s life, even though they don’t make anyone “look good,” are worthy of being cared for and about, deserving of being met instead of being suffered from . . . and that what makes it possible is the defenselessness—the abandonment of sovereignty and independence—which allows everyone to begin to care for and about others, gifting them with intimacy and involvement—brotherly love—and setting a new tone of Wholeness that, in the gifting, everyone gets to keep.
PAUL: Before we continue, I am still feeling an absence of inspiration and motivation. Yet, I am aware of the practical need and I do desire to be back in an unstressful meaningful flow of our activity.
What you said in our conversation yesterday, is triggering something in me right now. You said:
“If our mind is part of God’s and we are very holy, then we are in constant contact with our capacity to know what is True. Therefore our constant curiosity should be present behind our gaze as we constantly ask, “Father, what is the Truth here?”
And surely, our Father will answer.”
RAJ: Yes, Paul. But the answer lies in another part of that conversation, when I said:
Listening must be a patient persistence in the face of the evidence before the senses until the evidence before the senses conforms to what is Heard.
The key word there is “patient.” Impatient persistence is willful, a state of assertiveness instead of receptiveness, effectively blocking the influx of inspiration—the answer the Father will surely provide.
Of course there is an absence of inspiration when inspiration is needed! And, of course, there will be no motivation when “absence” is the focus of your attention instead of the “need”—together with the direction it provides and its promise of fulfillment. You must learn this so you can “patiently persist” instead of “authoritatively object” to the perceived injustice of it all.
Now, intimacy without caution, involvement in a genuine state of defenselessness, is not a dangerous proposition, even though one’s conditioning, one’s experience, says it is. But what we’re talking about is abandoning defense as the condition upon which everything else rests—a perception which arises entirely from the sense of being isolated. In other words, from “independence” itself! And we are talking about abandoning independence, not by joining more determinedly with other independent “selves,” but by remembering your unalterable relationship with God.
Being joined determinedly with other independent “selves” and making it “safe” by means of influence and mutual agreements is a state of complex social defense—an ever-present state of war/tension stabilized by negotiation and called “peace.” And it is the way society works right now. But the answer is Brotherhood! The answer is Caring! The answer is Love!
Intimacy and involvement in Brotherhood means having looked into your brother’s eyes—involvement! It means remembering God as the source and condition of one’s being—involvement! It means relating to everyone and everything from our “constant contact with our capacity to know what is True.” There is no vulnerability in that.
The state of defenselessness, because it establishes our constant contact with Truth, makes us invulnerable to abuse, manipulation and usury, because the clarity of Truth provides the means to inspire those who would abuse and manipulate, by defenselessly illuminating, educating, and mentoring them, as I am doing . . . and as every Teacher of God does. Of course, that means “being involved.” That means “being present with.” It means Brotherhood . . .
. . . which means the loss of privacy.
To be continued . . .