Gifted by Thieves

. . . the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night (1 Thessalonians 5:2)

. . . ye know not what hour your Lord doth come (Matthew 24:42)

Let us first rephrase the latter passage: Let us call our “Lord” the “Truth in which Love is no longer denied” and let us say that this Truth does not “come” but rather that we regain – or recall – our awareness of it. For what we say is God is not absent from us, and what we are – right now, right here – is capable of knowing this non-absence (this here-and-nowness) as the singular fact of existence. Nothing is that isn’t God. That is the Truth!

There is no separation: there is only a belief in separation. And when we look gently and closely at this belief – which is simply to raise it to the light of understanding – then it will naturally dissolve, like a handful of salt thrown in the sea.

We need do nothing but give attention. A Course in Miracles teaches us that “Truth comes of its own will unto its own” (T-13.XI.6:5). Who looks will see, and who sees perceives correctly, and who perceives correctly knows at last “what is capable of being wholly shared” (T-13.XI.4:2). We do not need to know what that is right now; indeed, we only need to know that we don’t know. That is honesty and honesty calls forth Truth. We are not bereft. Salvation is sure.

The coming and going of specific forms are akin to faint ripples on the lake’s surface at dawn: they are not separate from the lake, and the lake’s wholeness is neither impaired nor improved by their brief and shifting presence.

We did not invent love: we did not make peace. The words, yes. The images and ideals, yes. But the essence of love and peace? The truth of love and peace? Those transcend the limitations of our apparently separated selves: and yet are also available right now within us, because separation is an illusion. Go beyond the image you make and go beyond the words you use: what do you find? What do you experience? Because Truth is there: it can be encountered outside the limits of time and space.

When you have learned that you belong to truth, it will flow lightly over you without a difference of any kind . . . Have faith in only this one thing, and it will be sufficient; God wills you be in Heaven, and nothing can keep you from it, nor it from you (T-13.IX.6:6, 7:1).

When we make attention our gift to the world – which is to say that when we offer it without condition or exclusion of any kind – then it is given us to become aware of that which was always was: Love, peace, the stillness of Heaven. Call it what you will because the words are not what matters: the same force that brings the bluets each Spring bears you along as well. The coming and going of specific forms are akin to faint ripples on the lake’s surface at dawn: they are not separate from the lake, and the lake’s wholeness is neither impaired nor improved by their brief and shifting presence.

We are not what passes: not the forms that come and go, not the landscape forms traverse, and not the wordy ideas they use to fuel their passage. We dwell in an invariable peace beyond (but not opposed to) the reach of change. Merely question your belief that truth – and you – are other than this wholeness, other than this deep and abiding peace.

You do not have to know that Heaven is yours to make it so. It is so (T-13.XI.10:5-6).

The hour is now: the doors are open. And we can look now at the first biblical passage of this post: Paul’s admonition that the day of the Lord is like a thief in the night. But it is given us to see that the thief is neither a stranger nor a criminal but a brother and a savior: and he comes not to steal but to offer a gift: remembrance, through Truth, of the peace and love forever composing us.

For how can you remember what was never true, or not remember what has always been? It is this reconciliation with truth, and only truth, in which the peace of Heaven lies (T-13.XI.11:7-8).

In the end it is simple, so simple we are apt to miss it: we don’t have to say yes and we don’t have to beg. We only have to see what is now.

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  • Eric October 24, 2014, 8:17 am

    Hi Sean,

    This may seem a bit off topic, but me and my wife are expecting our first child, so I have been feverishly trying to prepare myself to being the best dad I can be. I know, it’s probably futile and I’ll never be fully prepared.

    Anyways, I have been reading all kinds of books, delving deep into serious meditation and letting go of less desirable behaviors. But I came upon James Allen’s book, “As a Man Thinketh” at Barnes and Noble, and for some reason I decided to buy it. I’m not sure why, as I have always thought this book to be like the LOA Napoleon Hill books and others. There is also a bonus book with this one called, “From Poverty to Power.”

    As of now I am reading this bonus book and I have to say how surprised I am of the content. There is an earnest and sincerity in this book that rivals Tara Singh’s. I bring this up, because I was just reading it earlier and then came upon this blog about truth. I thought I’d share a few quotes from this book.

    “Truth is so simple, so absolutely undeviating and uncompromising that it admits of no complexity, no turning, and no qualification. Self is ingenious, crooked, and governed by subtle and snaky desire, admits of endless turnings and qualifications, and the deluded worshippers of self vainly imagine that they can gratify every worldly desire and at the same time possess the truth.”

    “If you really seek truth and not merely your own gratification, if you love it above all worldly pleasures and gains, more than even happiness itself, you will be willing to make the effort necessary for its achievement.”

    ” The giving up of self is not merely the renunciation of outward things. It consists of the renunciation of inward sin, the inward error. Not by giving up vain clothing; not by relinquishing riches; not by abstaining from certain foods; not by speaking smooth words; not by merely doing these things is truth found; but by giving up the spirit of vanity; by relinquishing the desire for the riches; by abstaining from the lust of self-indulgence; by giving up all hatred, strife, condemnation, and the self-seeking, and becoming gentle and pure at heart; by doing these things is truth found.”

    “You may renounce the outward world and isolate yourself in a cave or in the depths of the forest, but you will take all your selfishness with you, and unless you renounce that, great indeed will be your wretchedness and deep your delusion.”

    Eric: I have to say that I a surprised at this book. It is not what I expected, but Allen’s from poverty to power is not really about going from poverty in the material sense to power, but poverty in the spiritual sense to power.

    There is a term he used in the book in the section of meditation that I really like. He decribes spiritual meditation as the pathway to the Divine; the ladder that reaches from earth to Heaven, from error to truth, from pain to peace, and he says this is much different than the “petitionary prayers” we’re accustomed to. I really like that, petitionary prayer, or as the course calls it, praying to get something.

    He speaks of the thing veil of the material universe seen through the eyes of error and ability to see “beyond” this to the vision of the universe at it is. I have to say, I am really enjoying this book and am rather surprised as to its content. Allen speaks of meditation, the attempt at serving two masters: self and Truth, the importance of service, the realization of selfless love, and spiritual power.

    OK, well off to work.

    Eric

    • Sean Reagan October 24, 2014, 3:49 pm

      I have to say: I kind of stopped reading after you wrote that you and your wife are expecting a baby. I ran into the kitchen and told Christoula “Eric is going to be father!”

      Then I had to tell her who Eric was.

      That is such beautiful news . . . babies are incredible, birth is incredible, becoming a father is incredible . . .

      Nothing in my life has been as amazing or wonderful or transformational as having children. Even now, when they’re 7, 10 and 15, it’s still hard for me to believe I have this family. Lately we’ve been having poker tournaments. So you know, after the diapers and all that, you can look forward to having them take your chips. They are great teachers (of life and poker).

      I hope you and your wife are doing well – I’m sorry you’re not closer. I’d bake you guys a meal and bring it over.

      I am always interested in what you are reading . . . we tend to resonate in the same ways when it comes to spiritual writing. Your sense of Allen’s writing – and the quotes you shared – make sense to me. I too tend to steer clear of LOA and the like but I am very much committed to this idea of abundance as a spiritual thing, not a material one.

      I am always visiting and revisiting Matthew 6:25- 34. A good friend once observed you could boil it all down to “seek ye first the Kingdom of God” and just forget the rest.

      Anyway . . .

      Congratulations again Eric – again, I can’t say enough how I hope you and your wife are doing well and all of that. I know there’s a few thousand miles between us but if I can do anything or offer anything let me know.

      ~ Sean

  • Cheryl October 25, 2014, 11:08 am

    Hi Eric,

    Just wanted to add my congratulations to Sean’s! Parenthood is such an incomparable and amazing adventure. For me, it changed everything — and so broadened my concept of and capacity to love.

    How fortunate your child will be to have a father so spiritually grounded and so ready and willing to share from such a loving base.

    Good luck to you and your wife,
    Cheryl

  • Eric October 25, 2014, 3:27 pm

    Thank you Sean and Cheryl for the thoughtful comments. I really appreciate it. Truth be told, I am rather nervous about it all, and I am sure that my daughter is probably going to be my greatest teacher. I am determined not to make the same mistakes as my parents did, though I am fairly certain I will make some new ones.

    I’m sure you can appreciate this Sean, I just recently bought what may be the most important book for me at this point in time written by Tara Singh. It is called, “How to Raise A Child of God: It Is Trust That Frees the Mind, Not Education.” Out of the five books I own by Tara Singh, this one is by far the biggest book, clocking in at about 350+ pages. I look forward to reading it.

    Thank you both again for the kind words and well wishes.

    Eric

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