THE NECESSITY OF INCLUSIVENESS
The “How To” process must include the mind as well as the subjective, intuitive experience of the I Am that is beyond the words and thoughts of the intellect. “Practical Mysticism” uses all that we are as tools in order for our consciousness to evolve, individually and collectively.
The paradigm shift that is driving us forward with record speed is tearing away at the walls of exclusivity. The fall of the Berlin wall is symbolic of the breakthrough of inclusiveness upon the consciousness of humankind.
- Describe the meaning of I Corinthians 12:12-21, written by Paul.
- What current changes in the world around you signal a change in consciousness from exclusiveness to inclusiveness?
- What can you do to help this spiritual process?
- How would the practical implementation of inclusiveness in your life change the way you think and act?
- How are your “spiritual” values and ideals still somewhat separate from your daily objective actions and interests?
Remember, the universe is listening! Countless ears hear every breath. Infinite threads connect each one of us to the information system of the whole — each frown, each smile ripples the membrane of consciousness. You are never alone, not even in the dark of your room; the energy of God fills all spaces, including what appears to be empty space. With your help, wherever you are, the Spirit of inclusiveness sends vibrations of Love throughout the whole, and all are transformed.
- I am not alone; I am enfolded within a friendly, loving universe.
Our Inclusive Selves
We are made in the image of God:
- We are infinite and all-inclusive
- Within our individualness is the hologram of infinite inclusiveness
- Infinite represents total inclusiveness and infinite can’t exist minus anything
Once we realize our oneness with all that is God, we will be able to access that flow of infinite Allness
We can have it alL
Rather than eliminate – replace
Contrary to many teachings, we must NOT exclude anything. All aspects of our nature are included and used in the process of infinite, evolving consciousness. The process to guide you forward uses aspects, such as fear, anger, and doubt. Too often we are taught to eliminate fears, doubt, and passions, instead of using these as signals and guideposts. Even the shadows are part of the God process of ascension consciousness.
- What does it mean to you to “use” your anger, or negatives, rather than be “used” by them?
- I am made in the image of God
- That infinity can not exist minus anything
Love It All
Shadows are the fertilizer that feeds the flower and sends it rising into the light. Negative energies are there to be transformed and redirected, adding power to your forward progress. Denying your feelings and negative emotions is like resisting evil, and will only cause them to build greater walls around your heart and cloud your mind.
If we do not first look at our shadows, accept them, and listen to what they are telling us, we will not be able to use them and see the reason they appeared. This does not mean that negatives are our “faults,” or that we should feel guilty about them. We are all on an evolutionary growth process toward the full realization of Christ consciousness.
A note from Walter:
No one is saying shadows are good and to be encouraged. For a time the church seemed to make a virtue out of suffering. It isn’t a virtue. We don’t want to do that because in thinking it is a virtue our imaginations will create more of it for us. But because God is ultimately the only power, without blessing our shadows we can forgive them. We do that by finding some kind of good that can come through them at our difficult times. The way we do that is to realize that though the shadows are not the light, not the truth, they do show us where the light is. As I said, they are the opposite direction of the light. They tell us to turn around and head the other way. They encourage us by affirming that the light does exist because otherwise there would be no shadows. Remember, the womb is dark but out of it the light is born.
· By including our shadows, we are not divided against ourselves
· The energy in our shadowy faults can be transformed into the fire of virtue
· When we exclude any part of our nature, we are denying God
God is all.
Our oneness with God is our oneness with all spiritual being.
- How are our weaknesses redirected to contributed to our strengths.
- Why, if the prodigal son is like our shadow side, did the father kill the fatted calf for him?
- Are you denying all that God is?
- How are your shadows fertilizing your flowers?
- The Scriptures at the beginning of the Chapter and Section
- The necessity and purpose of the shadow side
Every thing or condition serves a purpose while it is present in our lives, like it or not.
· Evil is not an illusion, it is the reverse side of good
· Denying evil will not help you become more fully conscious
· Words such as “good” and “bad” exclude and divide our understanding of omnipresence
The only way we can arrive at the conviction that it is all God is by including every experience and person in that oneness.
God is the only Power
- Why is including every experience and person in our truth of oneness the only way we can arrive at an experiential conviction that there is only one life source and one energy?
- How have difficult situations or conflicts with others helped you to realize some truth about yourself?
- Embracing your difficulties, to allow them to fulfill their divine purpose
- Do you see how this is the proper way to begin all meditations?
Exclusion and Forgiveness
Forgiveness is our inner process of giving to another by releasing them from judgment and including them in our Love. Forgiveness is fore giving.
- The opposite of holding on, or judging
- Releases all to be included in God’s oneness
- Includes our hurts and replaces them with the Spirit of Love
- A matter of Spirit
A note from Walter:
Earlier I pointed out that there are two kinds of forgiveness. There is subjective forgiveness, which is spiritual. In a way, subjective forgiveness is selfish. I personally have to release others from judgment because I do not want to poison myself with hate or misconception. Anyone who had done anything that I think of as a violation of the principle of love is doing so because they are hypnotized by ignorance. In that respect it is not their fault and I can release them, “Forgive them, they know not what they do.” But objectively, in terms of the flesh being, forgiveness takes another, and seemingly contradictory, form. I am not loving another person if I seem to be condoning their bad spirit. Often keeping quiet sends a message implying that what they are doing is O.K. No. I must hold the truth up before them because it isn’t their true being I am confronting. If they mind, they can either see the error of their ways and then I will indeed forgive them seventy times seven as long as they keep trying to change. But if they battle me or continue in their negative ways, I must shake the dust from my feet and no longer be in their presence. Oddly enough, leaving a person who is in violation is a love offering because when the chips are down they may come to see what they have lost and want your love enough to be willing to listen.
We have to release God, forgive God, from our wants and expectations. God is not the grantor of our every wish or expectation. God is not a Supreme Being who judges one’s worthiness and bestows rewards or punishments. Everything is included in God and is perfectly part of the divine plan.
- Why is it important to realize that everything God has created has a place and purpose?
- Why would Starcke say that the only security or happiness one ever achieves comes about by realizing that God is all, and that everything and everyone is included in that Allness?
- What does it mean to forgive God?
- How does forgiveness release us from judgment
- I now release God from…
Exclusivity and Loneliness
By thinking of one’s self as alone, one is excluded from realizing their oneness with God. At the heart of our deepest fears is the fear of being excluded from God; this is spiritual loneliness.
Aloneness is the opposite of loneliness:
- Aloneness is “all-one-ness”
- Loneliness is one’s feeling of being excluded and one’s act of excluding
- By including one’s self in God, loneliness becomes true “all-one-ness”
- How has loneliness affected your life? Is this loneliness, at its deepest level, really a fear of being separate from God?
- How is loneliness selfish?
- I am included in God
Agapé love came into being with the birth of Christ consciousness.
Before Agapé Love, love was:
- Exclusive to all but one’s race, family, or life partner
- The product of a material or physical process, objective
The Agapé Love of Jesus:
- Subjectively and universally included everyone
- Put Love of others before objective, personal love as well as before personal treasures
- What does love mean to you?
- God as Love
- I Corinthians 13
A note from Walter:
I am you and you are me. There is one omnipresent presence and as you are that presence and I am that presence I acknowledge it by loving the one being that we are. If I mouth those words and exclude you from my love or if I spurn your love I am the blind leading the blind. To expect everything from one person, and to be jealous or somehow feel incomplete if that person finds love from another who may be fulfilling him or her in ways you cannot, is spiritual hypocrisy. There are sacred areas in a relationship. There is a degree of intimacy that most likely cannot be shared with more than one person at a time, but that does not mean that all areas of love have to be satisfied by one person. We are all extensions of the one whole, and we should honor that in ourselves and in our loved ones.
A “special relationship”:
- Focuses exclusively on another person to supply one’s need for love
- Sees others objectively as cause
- Does not see that another is really God appearing as that person
- Partners project their subconscious “guilt” and belief that they are separate from God onto the other person
- Denies the infinity of one’s own nature
A “Holy Relationship”:
- Is whole and inclusive
- Focuses on how God appears as another person
- All relationships can be “Holy” and inclusive
- Expresses Love equally, but different, for all others simultaneously
- How would your life change if you loved inclusively through “Holy Relationships” instead of “Special” exclusive ones?
- The necessity of inclusiveness in your own life
- It’s All God