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Love is effortless attention.
In remembering the Divine, in that recollection of the truth of ourselves, we bring to the forefront of our heart and mind an all-encompassing Presence that cannot punish itself, or any other; whereas in forgetfulness, we forgo this relationship, and fall under the authority of a dark nature whose intent is to make a victim of us... for its glorification.
Just as there are some things we can't live without, namely what we are given by our earth: air, water, and food... So are there some things without which we have no life, namely what we are given by Heaven: the Light of Wisdom, the Faith to Love, and the Grace to surrender ourselves to the Will of the Divine.
Attention touches whatever level of being into which it reaches; sustained attention connects these levels and, if maintained, allows an exchange of energy between them. Consistent connectivity gradually grows into a form of systemic symmetry, until the levels are permanently integrated.
What power has any painful moment over us save for having become unconsciously identified with our own negative reaction to it. Seen properly, this means the event we blame for our suffering is like looking in a mirror... and blaming the reflection for whatever we don’t want to see in it!
Our willingness -- and the inner work it takes -- to be aware of the hopelessness in any negative reaction is the first step in transforming its innate futility into a new, true, and higher destiny.
Nothing in the universe can make us relive some painful moment as long as we choose to live from the Higher Understanding that no dark thought has the power to define us, let alone drag us down. Without our unconscious consent, the past is powerless to punish us in the present moment.
Let every disappointment in life be as the lighted wick of a lamp to first illuminate, and then to consume the attachment now revealed.
The beginning and the end of all true religion is one thing: surrender. Which begs the question: Surrender of what... and to what? The one who finds the answer to these two seemingly separate questions is the one who realizes they are not separate questions at all, but rather that they are mysteriously complementary... much in the same way as midnight and daybreak cannot exist apart from one another.
Any time we dream of a time when we’ll become whole, we miss seeing two truths: first, imagined destinations lose their luster the nearer we get to them. And when we’re in a dream, we can’t see the nature of what is Real: our true Self is a magical field whose riches are immediate and everlasting.
The present moment, what we call “Now” is a Presence; (it is) the revelation of what is being born -- living and dying -- in an eternal act of Creation; and because it is untouchable, incorruptible, it is only “be-able.” It can only be entered into and realized as the source of our own Being by attending -- consciously -- to its perpetuity.