William Samuel

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

About Positive and Negative Thinking




Excerpt from 
A Guide to Awareness and Tranquillity   

by William Samuel 



ABOUT POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE THINKING

  It is a well-known worldly fact that man sees what he looks for and confidently expects to see, whether it be "good" or "bad,” “success" or "failure." We have seen the results of "positive" expectations and have watched the apparent failures that negativity brings. Within the human picture of things, those who look for certain "effects," confidently expecting to see them, generally get to see what they are looking for.

  From out of this phenomenon has grown the cause-effect metaphysics of the Western world, generally an expansion of the Eastern idea of "karma." It teaches, in part, that one's personal experience will be greatly improved if he will turn his thinking from the negative into the more positive expectation of "good." There is an expanding assortment of books along this line of "positive thinking," as the Eastern idea gains in popularity around the world.

  But, reader, listen carefully. Is this expectation and realization of "positive good" what one really wants? Undoubtedly, for a time it seems so to us all, but is there any lasting freedom in such action? None at all! On the contrary, this "positive thinking" is to take the weight of the entire world on one's shoulders, endlessly having to determine what is positive and what is negative, what is "good" and what is "evil," and then to make positive calculations and eliminate negative thoughts, expecting positive results and refusing to anticipate negative effects. This has us attempting to judge, heal and make over the universe to fit a personal judgment of positiveness.

  This, of course, is what the world is doing, but such action is widening, not lessening the apparent dualisms of "good and evil," "real and unreal," "truth and error," etc.
  "Positive thinking" is only the humanly judged "good" aspect of thinking, planning, calculating and evaluating. All personal thinking, every bit of it, positive or negative, glosses over the transcendent NOW and leaves us trying to manufacture a personal idea of another perfection; it places this Now-awareness in another time and in another place.

  "Who by taking thought can add one inch to his stature?" Jesus asked. "Take no thought . . ." said He. We have done with all personal thinking, positive and negative alike!
  How? The big question, how? Of himself, the personal thinker can never stop thinking. Thinking is his entire activity, his happiness and sadness from birth 'til death. Like Macbeth, thinking is his role on the stage and is all there is to him. "I can't stop thinking," says he. "Neither can you," he adds. "Thought goes on even while we are sleeping."
  
This is true; the personal thinker, the great possessor of mind, cannot concentrate himself out of thinking, cannot meditate or ponder himself out of thinking. Then how? Listen softly: One ceases thinking as a personal thinker just as quickly—and only—as he stops believing himself to BE a personal thinker. At that instant, in the twinkling of an eye, he is the thinking of the Divine Mind; he is Awareness itself, filled with joy-full thoughts—not the plans and calculations of the manipulator, but wonderful thoughts of a beautiful and complete NOW! Indeed, as thought-full Awareness itself, he becomes aware of thoughts that are a continuous surprise and delight, thoughts that are spontaneous, automatic, effortless—so wide, so all-inclusive as to astound the old judgmental sense of self. This is "the Mind by which the prophets spoke"; this is "the Mind which is in Christ"; this is the Mind being the Awareness I am—this Awareness right here, right now.


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  I see a grain of sand on the ground. How much effort must it expend to be there? How much work must it do to be just what it is? And over there is a pebble. How much labored activity must the pebble engage in to be a pebble? There is a tree, effortlessly being just what it is, reflecting every law of life and grace that is being the tree.

  The mountain there—must it do anything to be a mountain? The rivers? The lakes? Must the ocean muster its own energy to pound the shore, or is a greater law being the power of the tide? How much effort must this earth expend to turn on its axis and wheel in its great circle about the sun? Consider the sun in its galaxy of countless stars; how much power must it expend to maintain its place in the spiraling nebula? None at all. None at all.

  In the infinite universe where Reality so orders everything from the wheeling galaxies in the heavens to the little pebbles at the edge of the brook, why must man, of all the images within consciousness, struggle and strive so, stretch and strain so, to reach the Order, the Harmony, the Power, that is inescapably here and all already?

  Everything is Harmony, present as a perfect universe. Reader, look at the sunshine. See the blue sky. Behold the bird soaring there while the earth turns so silently. Look at the effortlessness of yon flower just being a flower.


  All this serene effortlessness am I. 



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

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thought, Meditation and Miracles




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

Chapter XIV  Thought, Meditation and Miracles 

TAKE NO THOUGHT: BE STILL AND KNOW—ABOUT MEDITATION

QUESTION: What is meant by meditation, "practicing the silence," and what is its importance?

ANSWER: Many things we read and study, many philosophies and the teachers of them, tell of the wonders of meditation and of the benefits to be reaped from "practicing the silence." Throughout history we have heard the many admonitions to "take no thought," to enter into the silence, to meditate in quietness and to "be still and know." Judging from the letters I receive and from the comments of those with whom I talk about this matter, many feel that they have failed and feel guilty because they find themselves unable to "exclude thoughts from consciousness." Many say to me, "To take no thought means that I am to become a mindless blank—a vacuum! How in the world can I stop thinking?"

  Understand this: Even though to "stop thinking as a personal thinker" (as a possessor of Life) appears mandatory, nonetheless it is effortless! And it does not mean that we must become a mental blank. Not at all!

  A story has been written that will make this clear. It is about a prince who was raised as a poor woodcutter, unmindful of his kingly identity. For many years, the prince labored and toiled, felling the huge oaks of the forest one after another, cutting them into kindling to sell at the market place. Despite the magnitude of the toil, he was barely able to provide for his family. The fervent prayers that came forth from his agony went unanswered. Then one day, in the midst of a great despair over his hopeless situation, the lost prince was found by his father, the king, who told him of his royal identity and kingly heritage. At first, the prince didn't believe it; it was simply beyond his comprehension. But then he was taken up into a high mountain by the king and shown the entire kingdom that was his very own. There, on the mountain top, his heart whispered, "It is so!" and finally the prince believed. With this, he received the mantle and scepter and was told to commence his reign. Then, in great relief, he threw down the heavy axe and shouted aloud:

"I have sought Truth all my life, but lo That that I seek, I am!
Every tree in the forest is mine!
And every forest in the land is Thine, oh Mind that is Me! 
The borrowed axe was borrowed from Myself;
The acres leased were rented from Myself; 
The wood was cut for Me alone."

  With some reflection, this story should serve to make clear that one does not have to stop thinking and "empty out his thoughts" before he is enabled to assume the rightful identity. Just as quickly as the prince recognized his honest identity and accepted it as his own, he instantly and effortlessly stopped thinking as a woodcutter. But he did not stop having thoughts! He did not become a blank! He thought consciously as the king, not as the woodcutter. His thoughts were effortlessly kingly. He stopped thinking limitedly, narrowly, impoverishedly, hungrily, greedily, angrily and desirously. Such woodcutter-thinking was let go without hesitation. Why? Because he was the prince and always had been, not a woodcutter. Furthermore, it was immediately apparent to the prince that thinking and acting as the misidentification had resulted in the misidentification's trials and tribulations!

  So what do we do? We accept and assume our rightful heritage, our proper Identity. This is an effortless task because Identity is an already-fact. But we can assume this heritage only as we stop playing the role of the woodcutter. We cannot continue to keep consciousness full of woodcutter plans and calculations, woodcutter fears and phobias, woodcutter judgments and thoughts. How can we do that and simultaneously be the New Identity? We cannot serve both. We must "choose this day" one or the other. Really, there is no choice in the matter; Identity is established. It exists outside the influence of a phantom's personal choice.

  So, the "silence" we practice is the silence of the woodcutter's thinking; a silence of worry and concern for what appears to be going on in the woodcutter's affairs; a silence from the plans and calculations the misidentification makes in order to establish peace where peace already exists. We practice silence from fault finding and judgment.


  This is not to become a mental blank. This is not to sit in a chair and attempt to push out every thought, erase every image, silence every sound, negate every emotion. Not at all! Our silence is to sit loose and simply be the thoughts of Deity, the thinking of the One Mind, the Awareness of beauty and harmony, which assuredly includes more wonderful thoughts, ideas, sounds, images and emotions than the world has dreamed of!



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

Monday, October 13, 2014

Identity and Awareness






Excerpt from
"A Guide to Awareness and Tranquillity" by William Samuel 

 Identity  and Awareness                 By William Samuel

The musician begins with the principle of music, not the discord.  The mathematician begins with the principle of his science, not the error.  WE BEIGN AS THE IM-MACUALTE, PRISTINE, PURE AND PERFECT IDENTITY WE ARE ALREADY, not the personal sense of things, not the world’s ideas, opinions and judgement of things.  We ‘begin’ with God, the ALL that Isness is, and rejoice at the wonders this ever new view reveals.  We LET that Mind be us which IS the awareness of the Truth we are.
Awareness is the common denominator which includes ALL.  

Nor is Awareness separate from the images within it, any more than the television screen is separate from the cowboys and commercials there.  Therefore, we can see that our identification as awareness ITSELF is not a withdrawal from the world, from people or from the adventure of living.  It is a withdrawal from our own valued opinions, notions and prejudices of them.  

To the contrary, this work appears as revitalized interest in everything that appears as conscious identity (Awareness) – and that is everything!  As we live childlike-awareness-being-effortlessly-aware, we find our daily experience expanding into undreamed of new action – plus the strength and means necessary for that action.  

This Identity we are is AWARENESS, the action of Mind, God. Its purpose (Our reason for being!) is to delineate itself.  Deity’s SELF-Awareness in action.  And this is our heritage!  This is our inescapable.  Identity, already the only fact of Allness.  All is already infinite.  Infinity is already all.  We look on ‘others’ as awareness simply being very much aware. 

 We are not about the business of determining how images are supposed to look, walk or talk.  Rather, we are in the business of seeing images-out-there as what they are: perfect images, doing what they are supposed to be doing – and that perfectly!

Excerpt  from A Guide To Awareness and Tranquillity   

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Real Identity


A Guide To Awareness and Tranquillity        by William Samuel 
Excerpt from Chapter X 

The Real Identity 
Awareness existed before any manifestation. Which is more significant awareness or manifestation? It is the Heart that instructs, not the words. The heart goes beyond words and cannot be fooled. There is no one reading this book to whom the Truth has not been revealed many times and for whom the Truth only needs to be lived. Additional enlightenment and its tangible experience called ‘healing’ come with LIVING – just beyond the wailing wall of words. But the light that is being the awareness of the words – the light identity is – cannot be revealed by word alone. 

Now listen softly. Wisdom comes out of warm quietness and simplicity, not from the bombast of overpowering words, intellectual mumbo jumbo and hard talk. Knowledge comes out of simple tenderness and childlikeness. We let weighted concern go! Frustration and fear have no authority! They cannot alter the Identity being us. We let go the struggle to define the infinitesimal. We end the battle to outline the relationship of an endless microcosm – foolish task! We come home to Awareness. The identity Awareness which gives us the power to be aware of this frustration and fear. We return to simplicity, to the warm tenderness and inescapable effortlessness of the Already-Identity Awareness is, right here, right now reading these words. This is not to laboriously ponder the mysterious paradoxes as though wisdom depended on that. This is to joy in letting go the thinker, and find ourselves the THINKING of Isness.
Consider this ‘here’ and ‘now’ a moment: When do we read these words? When do we look across the way and see a familiar face? Or any face? When do we see children scampering with their toys? NOW is the ‘time’ that ‘seeing’ takes place. Seeing is NOW.

Listen again: the here and now are present as this consciousness reading these words. This is the here- and- now consciousness that individual identity is! And this is the only one we are ever concerned with. 

Actually we have never been concerned with another conscious awareness. Even when we think we have been confronted with ‘another’ experience of son, daughter, husband, wife, partner, associate, leader, national figure, potentate, King, Christ Jesus or the hosts of heaven, hell and the universe, the knowledge of these figures and the consciousness of their actions are always this conscious awareness even now examining these words! They are everyone included ‘within’ and ‘as’ this here now consciousness that says ‘I am!’ Who can deny that conscious awareness lives forever as itself, here and now the eternal moment and infinite place of all that we call ‘our own’ Identity – Experience? 

We dream in the now. We have missed many tangible wonders in our here and now while wrestling with tangible dreams of a not-now or worrying about events that are not hereSuppose we resolve to ‘begin’ this New Now looking ‘with the eyes of God’ at the majesty and wonder Isness-as-us is.  Let us further resolve to let go, as persistently as we can, Bill’s, Jack’s, Mary’s or Jane’s view of things.  To do so to find ourselves letting go the ‘old man’s or the ego-personality’ fears, frustrations and confusions.  To do so is to find ourselves looking at a tangible harmony on the here – and – now –scene- a harmony we can see even when others won’t.  To do so is to live a deep and abiding JOY that cannot be taken from us even if our personal opinions and their pleasures appear to be.
Excerpt from "A Guide To Awareness and Tranquillity"  By William Samuel 
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Presence



The following is transcribed from the DVD William Samuel Seminar in White, Georgia. Of course the video, seeing and hearing William speak, adds some deeper layers to this these words. However, I think the simplicity and Light in the following will be very touching to most of you.  Love you all  -- Sandy Jones -- Literary Executor  

Transcribed from DVD  Seminar With William Samuel - White, Georgia May 1993

There is a presence in this room right now and its here. It’s completely here, totally here, fully here, not partially here, its fully here, a presence, and its here. 


You can flee to the hinter most parts of the world, you can make your bed in hell. You can do anything like that you want to do, but the presence is still present. 

I went to the mall recently, and I saw a little boy just at the moment he realized he was lost. His mother and father weren’t there. All of a sudden he was by himself and he was frightened, just as I happened upon him, and so immediately I picked him up and I said  “everything is alright, everything is alright, we’ll find momma and daddy”  and I held him up so his head was up here and he could see over the crowd and he saw his mother and father on the other side of the room.  They hadn’t seen him yet, but he saw that his mother and father were present, were present. And immediately began laughing and clapping his hands. Then his mother and father saw him, and came over and announced there presence and said “everything is alright” and thanked me for doing what I did.

I just wanted to tell you that there is a presence, right here, right now, that is just like that. Fully here, totally here, and doesn’t care what we do as human beings, doesn’t care how sinful we be, how fallen we seem to be -- doesn’t care. It is taking care of us, just as we are, just as we are and happy to get us through the human experience, to climb Da Shan {this time-space world} to stand with our foot above the earth -- and by the way, the little boy just had to know that the presence was present-- the presence didn’t have to come and do anything, didn’t have to bring him an ice cream cone, didn’t have to do anything, except be there.

So it is that there is a presence here and we don’t have to do anything to bring it.

I mentioned the photon that we have gotten ourselves down to in our quest for the big bang  This photon is vastless and spaceless and it moves at astounding speeds and it carries information.  Well, everything, it has been discovered  seems to have an opposite particle, what would be the opposite particle of the photon?-- and this is what science is working on at the moment. They have done everything but find the opposite of or the 
equivalent of all photons, to infinity and infinite, so what would be the opposite of this little creature that is zipping around here at the speed of light?   What would be the god particle? It is the photon that is already present, that doesn’t have to move because it is everywhere present and nowhere absent. That is the presence that is here this moment, attending all of us perfectly, from which we can’t escape. 


So there is a photon that moves and if it has an opposite, like everything else, there must be a photon that doesn’t move, that’s still, that’s at rest.  


Jesus said “I come from the Light, and I’m going back to the Light” Lao Tse said that, Buddha said that. 

Science is discovering the photon that is everywhere present and nowhere absent. Yet, we can’t prove it. At the tail end of everything, we can only admit that its here, present, and that’s all we’re required here to do.

 Is God here here or not? We accept, rather than reject. We  can’t prove the presence of God, but we certainly can accept the presence of God. 

When we accept the presence of God, it is amazing at the little things that happen that prove, that prove the presence is here. The little boy didn’t have to do anything for the little boy to be relieved, the little boy just had to know his parents were present. 

We don’t have to do anything, we just have to know there is presence present, that’s all we are required to do. 

And listen, for those of you are wondering why should I throw away the old man and put on the new -- well, miracles start happening when you do. You find yourself writing books and you find yourself talking where you had never talked before and you find people smiling at you that had never smiled at you before. And the presence proves that it’s present. You fly airplanes and you clap hands with glee. And you realize all beauty is within myself, all Truth is within my self, not out there a measurable distance away, not out there with a preacher, a minister, or a holy book or anything else that I must follow its directives --- Its here already as I -- and then we live the equation, we live It.

I want to talk just a little about the equation .........



DVD     Seminar With William Samuel --White, Georgia 1993

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