by William Samuel
LETTER TO LAUREL
Yes, the Child is the Guide—ever available, closer than fingers and toes, our very Selfhood.
But all of us are humbled first. We are MADE to bow our arrogance and human dreams before Something Unseen. THEN, the Child comes alive, pulling us, pushing us, kicking us up the mountain, past every human mess, past all the old temptations, through the most amazing, intricate, narrow pathway which is one Child wide. You are on your way Laurel! The Christ Child of your very Selfhood will NEVER leave you nor forsake you—and it is a Mystery of Mysteries.
There is Something Marvelous, and it all has to do with our WILLINGNESS to surrender the me-sense to God—and to accept SELF as subservient to Godhead.
I know why this perception comes so slowly to metaphysicians—and with such reluctant surprise: Because of the built-in metaphysical insistence that we, as the “real Identity,” ARE God. Not so, not so, simply not so. We would like for that to be so, and we rationalize that it is in the name of GOD AS ALL IN ALL. But exactly as the Carpenter said time and again, only God is God, and we are the Children of God. “My Father is greater than I.” Yet, “My Father and I are one.”
The Child is pure and perfect
without sore knees or high blood pressure
without a tribulationwithout a battle with age/time/space/world that It doesn't UNDERSTAND as GOOD going on—and then see confirmation of that good.
Ever since the “beginning,” the human problem has wavered between the same two ridiculous extremes: The attempt to be a separate self hood apart from God and the attempt to BE God. Both end in the prolongation of the Discipline, the world not understood.
“Lest ye become as children,” said the One who had it straight. It is hidden from the wise but revealed to the simple and childlike.
Laurel, along the way I found the Absolute which called God ALL. Then I worked very hard to make God all. Then I tried ever harder to make Bill God. Then, brought to my knees, I found how NOTHING in ITSELF Bill (and Bill's world) is—but how marvelous LIFE is. Then I learned that Life, Awareness, belongs to God—and that Awareness, Life ITSELF, is the CHILD, the Image of God! With the Child's help, I somehow managed to let go the me-sense who was trying so hard to understand God, and found myself already living as the Child of God, holding God's hand every step of the rugged discipline's way. Suddenly—or precept upon precept, here a little, there a little—the “world” was revealed for what the world IS—and I consciously became less Bill and more Child.
The absolute position of metaphysics is a step along the way—our most arrogant time. But the demand has ever been, to learn LIFE'S lessons and let go the imposter who believes he OWNS Life and its bodies. That word “surrender” is in all the holy books of the world, and it is an accurate word in my own experience which is all I can really tell about.
Yes, as you said, we can let our human arrogance go, our pride of accomplishment, our human attainments, even the pride in our lessons learned, and do it ON THIS SIDE OF “THE GRAVE” if we really want to. But it takes the doing. In actual fact. More than profession. It takes a real “turn around” and return to the Child Heart within us—“in dust and ashes” humility. You've DONE that, my gentle Laurel, LOVE takes in a Stranger. The Stranger is the very Child of God we are.
In the tangible sense of limit/world/measure/time and space, we (as a measuring mortal) are all brought to zero in this world or the next.
The surrender is traumatic but it is worth it!
Upon the surrender to the Ineffable Unknowable Beyond time and space, we are shown a marvel of marvels and given a subjective world to reign over.
Every word of this is TRUE, as you are slowly and PERFECTLY learning, Laurel. You've learned it just as I did. We loose and unbind our world, DOING for it as we can. That doing is essential.
You will have the strength, the means and the ability to do what you are intended to do here in the linear world of time's unfolding. But we're brought to bow before God first—most of us in our extremity, and most of us unwillingly. This is true especially for those who have heard a different drummer and have hewn their own pathway in the world. Even that is as nothing before God. But, becoming “nothing before God” becomes ALL POWER in the new world. You will see. It is amazing and wonderful.
A JOURNAL ENTRY
It goes a little like this, Father: We write in our journal one day, “Hey, come alive, Child inside of me!” and then, one day we find ourselves writing, “The child LIVES and is ALIVE inside me!” Finally, somewhere along the line we write, “Hey, by damn! I AM the Child!” and we perceive the fictitious nature of the 'me' who thinks the Child is inside a physical body! THAT one was the deceiver and is nothing! Then, still later, as time goes to the not-child—and when the Child has proven a reliable, honest Guide up the mountain of searching, confirming that EVERYTHING is God—we hear ourselves saying to those with ears to hear, “Hey, there's a Child within who can explain things to you and save you from your anguish. Find it! Live it! It will lead you to the Original One, the “Christ Light of Godhead!”
Excerpt from The Child Within Us Lives! A Synthesis of Science, Religion and Metaphysics by William Samuel
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