William Samuel

William Samuel
William Samuel

Monday, January 21, 2013

A Short Story


A little story: 

 There was this old man who had the rug pulled out from underneath him, that is he had a debilitating stroke due to heart ailments--the doctors did not expect him to live. He is lying there on the hospital bed with tubes sticking in and out of him all different places. A nurse comes to his bed, bends down and whispers in his ear, "Does you know what love is?" 

The old man wondered for a moment, he had been talking about love for thirty years, but still he answered truthfully, "No, I don't know what love is."  The nurse bent down and whispered again in his ear, "It don't matter, 'cause I love you and God loves you!". 

 From that moment, the old man started to get well and and later when he tells the story of how his healing began, he would say, "No, I don't know what  love is -- but I know that love IS!"   


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Monday, January 7, 2013

The "Old Man" To Be Put Off


                                                        By William Samuel

About the "Old Man" Who Is to Be "Put Off " and Exactly How to Do It

We have examined Awareness to discover it includes all things. Awareness is the function, the activity, of Mind, Consciousness—but whose Mind? Whose Consciousness? Here is the crux of the matter! Whose Awareness is this? Who owns the Awareness that is presently reading these words? Is it yours? Mine?

Ask these questions and answer them for yourself before reading another word. Stop; put the book aside and consider this Awareness. Have you been considering it "yours"? Have you been acting on the assumption—perhaps unconsciously—that this consciousness is "mine"? Have you been thinking of it as the activity of your own mind? Be completely honest.

The perception of this point was basic in my comprehension of Reality, so I want to make it very clear to the reader. I ask you to look at the table across the room or at the blue sky outside your window. This "seeing" is Awareness in action. By now we surely understand that the blue sky and the table, like images on the television screen, are "within" this Awareness that is aware; but listen closely; have we not thought of this consciousness as a personal possession?—as "mine," "yours," ours," "his"? Reader, this is precisely what mankind believes; this is the position from which he has acted since the beginning of time; this is what religion, philosophy and education have taught to this very moment, but it is not true! Such a concept is entirely false, and it is upon this false premise that the trials and tribulations of humanity are constructed.

Understand this: this Now-awareness is neither yours nor mine. it does not belong to someone called "me" or "us." It does not "belong," period! Awareness (Life) IS!
  
But who are we?

Awareness is who we are! Awareness itself! We are not the ego, the personality or body, who says Awareness is "mine." THAT is the incorrect identity, the "old man," the "liar from the beginning" the "deceiver," the devil himself. THAT is the one to be "put off." That is the one to "come out from . . . and be ye separate."

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Listen carefully: The basic building block for our entire personal belief in an inharmonious human experience is the incorrect assumption that our present identity is one who wons-possesses-contains-the Awareness of these words; the belief that Awareness is the function of "our" personal mind; That we are the custodians of consciousness; That we are the recipients of Life.  

As long as we believe we are the container of Awareness, we identify ourselves, not as Awareness itself, but as an empty ego; as the one who attempts to have Awareness show us the things we want, the way we want them. As long as we believe this, we are acting a role outside the realm of the Real, attempting to make a servant, a slave, a lackey of God's own consciousness of being!
  
Ponder this basic fact. Once the Truth of it is felt, we do not long continue to identify ourselves as the "old man" who must be put off or as the mortal who must die. Rather, we claim Awareness itself—Life, Reality, Truth, Infinite Intelligence itself—as the sole and only Identity.
  
The Awareness that sees these words is this Identity! The Awareness-being-I includes the Universe entire! We can never actually be the one who claims to possess, contain, imprison, enslave and make a servant of Awareness. When we believe ourselves to be that one, we live as "a house divided," in bondage to our own false sense of Self.
  
Reader, you are not one who is aware. You are AWARENESS!

From "A Guide To Awareness And Tranquillity"  By William Samuel


About Misidentity


                                                   By William Samuel 

Dear Mr. Samuel,

Why in the world did you write to me about the fictitious "old man"? A fiction is a fiction and to write about a fantasy at all is not absolute enough for me; it is but foolish delving into duality!
Yours truly,

ABOUT MISIDENTITY 

For those who wonder why we write about an identity that doesn't even exist in Reality, let me say this again and, hopefully, have done with it. When one has finally put away the old man, the "liar from the beginning," he no longer takes issue with what appears to be degrees of attainment, correctness, absoluteness, nor with the words another uses.

It appears that many I talk to about their Identity as Awareness fail to comprehend what is being said until first they come to recognize the identity they are not; until they discover who and what the "old man" professes to be in relation to themselves; that is, in relation to who and what they appear to believe themselves to be.

Simply to be told the human identity is a "nothing claiming to be something," a phantom or "a dream that isn't really going on," does not relax the tenacious grip with which we clutch our personal opinions of ourselves. The ego is only a seeming, true, but a seeming is a seeming until it doesn't seem to seem. Seeming ill health and unhappiness, a seeming world filled with turmoil, are only slightly more palatable than the genuine article, if such could be possible. Those who have had done with all seeming have discovered its mystery and know why these words are written.

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TO PUT OFF THE OLD MAN

 How long has humanity been trying to put off the old man? Has it been successful? Not at all. Churchdom has been wrong in its identification of the pseudo-ego because churchdom is the product of the pseudo-ego, consequently its admonitions as to what to do about it are incorrect and misleading. For instance, classical theology has thoroughly indoctrinated its adherents with the belief that the way to put off the old man is to divest him of his worst qualities, his immoralities, passions and appetites.

Humanly, this is commendable, but even if such a program were carried to a successful conclusion, the old man himself would still be left: a paragon of virtue, of course; upright and passionless, but still the old man, the deceiver, the wrong identity; and we would still believe ourselves to be that one! Even the most perfect human attainment leaves one believing himself "born of woman," while he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater."

The admonition remains to PUT OFF the old man, then put on the new. Proclaiming the allness and onlyness of the "new" first is like attempting to put new wine into an old wineskin, or a new patch on an old garment. Until the misidentification is seen for what it is with relation to this Awareness, right here, right now, our proclamation that "God is all" is so much babble.

The Light declares what is, revealing what is not. Those who have found the Light to be their Identity know precisely what the "little-I" pretends to be. They have the ability to expose it honestly and effectively. Then, turning to the Light as the Light, one is nevermore concerned with darkness, with a false identity that only seemed. To the new Identity uncontained and unpossessed Awareness itself—“the only thing that counts is the new creation." Sorrow, sighing and seeming flee away. .

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THE SURRENDER IS NOT DIFFICULT

The tender simplicity of Reality first comes from the Heart. We have identified the Heart as the "place" of the immaculate conception where the Christ Truth is found. Christ and Truth are the selfsame Awareness beholding these words! Truth is the real Identity being you and me!

It is apparent that these concepts are contrary to the high and mighty intellect, contrary to theology and churchdom, but not at all contrary to the wise and tender simplicity of the Heart. While the intellect vehemently opposes Truth and tends toward arrogant self-righteousness, Truth remains a very simple, gentle and unblemished Tranquility, at peace with everything and unmindful of any suppositious opposite concerning it.

As we have pointed out, all one ever needs to consciously be and experience the Tranquility of the real Identity is to let go the personality, the pseudo-ego, the mistaken thought and action that this consciousness, right here, is an intellect which contains Awareness, Life.

This is the classical "sacrifice" of the entire old man, not just his passions and appetites, or his worst qualities. This is the axe laid to the root.

Excerpt from "A Guide To Awareness And Tranquillity"  By William Samuel