Last Sunday, despite a snowstorm and very icy streets, three intrepid souls showed up at my home for a lengthy discussion of Lesson 8 of The Way of Mastery, “Dropping Pebbles into the Pool of Awareness.”
Jeshua is kind but adamant in his direction that not one of us is a victim of our circumstances. We choose what to allow into our awareness (items he refers to as pebbles), and from these we form beliefs, ideas, and ways of being that we adhere to, sometimes with little understanding.
Jeshua’s message seemed especially timely after the pain of losing my friend to bone cancer, and the chaotic swirl that has followed the outcome of presidential election. He stresses that we are connected to the web of relationships all the time, even if we are unaware of the connections. But the main point is that we bring all these events and ideas into our lives, and that we give them power over ourselves because we often want to claim the “victim” status. All events are neutral, he reminds us, but our judging mind considers everything from the standpoint of “good” or “bad.” This also includes “better” or “worse” as in our comparisons with others, and “useful” or “frivolous” based on our judgments. At times, I am overcome by how busy my mind is with all this judging.
He lovingly and playfully reminds us that “Surrender, then, is the process in which you finally relent; you give up resisting the fact of your very existence” as a beloved, wise and worthwhile child of God, and that you “stop whining about it.” Accept your individual magnificence, he tells us. We cannot be separate from our Creator. Truly, “There is no place to hide and nowhere to go.”
When Jeshua talks about “creating as Christ” he encourages us with “You think as God thinks, and God thinks lovingly. God thinks infinitely, timelessly, patiently, certainly, and above all, God thinks playfully – full of play!” In today’s world, it seems that most of us have forgotten how to play.
One especially significant thought he shared, at least for me, given my recent car accident, was this: He reminds us that “I and my Father are one!” And then he states, “You on the other hand have said, ‘That sounds very good, I and my Father are one. Oh, here is a pebble that says my car needs to break down today.’” I nearly sullied myself when I read that. He was talking to me!
His last paragraph in the Lesson speaks directly to what I’ve been seeing as chaos in the world. “Beloved and holy friends, remember that I come not to bring peace to the world, but to shake it up so that those beings that make up the world can discover where true peace is truly hidden – within themselves. And where Heaven abides – within themselves. And where Christ lives – within themselves.”
That statement helps me to adjust my view of the world, and remember that all is truly in perfect order.