Spirituality means waking up. Most people, even though they don’t know it, are asleep. They’re born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed children in their sleep, they die in their sleep without ever waking up. They never understand the loveliness and the beauty of this thing that we call human existence.

You know, all mystics – Catholic, Christian, non-Christian, no matter what their theology, no matter what their religion – are unanimous on one thing: that all is well, all is well. Though everything is a mess, all is well. Strange paradox, to be sure.

But, tragically, most people never get to see that all is well because they are asleep. They are having a nightmare.

Last year on Spanish television I heard a story about this gentleman who knocks on his son’s door. “Jaime“, he says, “wake up“! Jaime answers, “I don’t want to get up. Papa“.

The father shouts, “Get up, you have to go to school“. Jaime says, “I don’t want to go to school“. “Why not“? asks the father. “Three reasons“, says Jaime. “First, because it’s so dull; second, the kids tease me; and third, I hate school”.

And the father says, “Well, I am going to give you three reasons why you must go to school. First, because it is your duty; second, because you are forty-five years old, and third, because you are the headmaster“.

Wake up, wake up! You’ve grown up. You’re too big to be asleep. Wake up! Stop playing with your toys. Most people tell you they want to get out of kindergarten, but don’t believe them. Don’t believe them! All they want you to do is to mend their broken toys. “Give me back my wife. Give me back my job. Give me back my money. Give me back my reputation, my success“. This is what they want; they want their toys replaced. That’s all.

Even the best psychologist will tell you that, that people don’t really want to be cured. What they want is relief; a cure is painful. Waking up is unpleasant, you know. You are nice and comfortable in bed. It’s irritating to be woken up.

Awareness – Anthony de Mello

Everything vibrates in a frequency. [ …] when you vibrate at a frequency, that is the frequency that you are aligned to, and when you are aligned to a frequency, that is what you call to you. That is your experience of yourself and you’re experienced by others in this way as well.

So it’s no big deal that you are in frequency. The question then becomes, what frequencies are available to you, and what do they mean? What does it mean to be in Christ at a certain frequency in tone, as it were?

Paul is saying “tone,” as in sound, and we will say yes, in an extended way, that is what we mean. Because tone implies resonance, and when something resonates, something is in alignment with itself and will call to it other tones, frequencies, expressions of the Christ that are vibrating at a similar level.

Now the Christ frequency, as it is understood now, is a high one and it has been misappropriated, entitled, by most people, who have assumed it to be a Christian basis in religion, and a religion, unfortunately, that has received alignment to the wrong-mindedness of men throughout time. And once you bypass the religion and you understand that the Christ is a consciousness, is a frequency, is an offering to man from the Creator to align to, then you begin to have a very different experience of understanding who you are.

There can be no Christ in man without man’s aligning to it. It is there as a silence until it is awakened, and when it is awakened it has one duty, which is to seek itself in realization.

[ …] When we talk about Christ, we will be clear now, we talk about Christ as a creation of the God Self inhabiting man in its fullness. We do not say, “You are Jesus” any more than we say you are a thing, or a that, or a light thing that can be called Jesus.

Jesus is a personage of the Christ, a manifestation of the Christ in fullness, and there are others as well who have ascended to this level of understanding and frequency. And in part, their wisdom will be informing the text that we work with through Paul and through this process of understanding.

[ …] Now to wonder what a miracle is is to ask yourself: What am I? What is the one before me? What is the sky? What is love? What is a tree? What is my name? You are a miracle. All these things are miracles. And what we are consigning to you is a miracle of understanding that will bring forth, in its way, the triumphant Christed Self into manifestation.

Now we do not say this lightly. This is not a tour book. This is not a how-to book. This is not a book that will solve your problems or take away the responsibility for your lives. That is very significant. Because when people buy books that are going to save them, they are paying someone to do the work for them, and, in fact, that is always a false truth, because the work can only be done by the self and the self’s own worth is received in consciousness. So when the self does not believe it can be fixed, healed, responded to as Christ, you know well that that cannot be undertaken.

I AM the Word – Paul Selig

The first step in awakening is to allow into the mind this axiom of truth:

Nothing that you experience is caused by anything outside of you. You experience only the effects of your own choice.

The Way of the Heart is not the way of the intellect. For indeed that aspect of the mind was never designed to be your master. It was designed to be the humble, and—if you will pardon the expression—very stupid servant of the awakened heart.

The heart is that which feels all things, embraces all things, trusts all things, and allows all things. The heart is that in which the soul rests eternally. The heart is that which is beyond space and time and is that spark of light in the Mind of God, which is called Christ. Only in that will you find the peace that you seek.

You will discover that the pathway of awakening is not a pathway of avoidance, but a pathway of truthfulness. It is not a pathway of accomplishment and pride, but a pathway of releasing from the consciousness every hope and every wish to be special—to see yourself as having made progress—so that you can pound a fist upon the chest and spread the tail feathers. It is a transcendence of the hope of somehow getting God’s attention, so that He will look upon you and say, “Oh, you have been such a good person. Yes, we will allow you into the Kingdom now.”

It is a way in which you will come to cultivate—regardless of your inner experience or degree of awakening—the willingness and the art of returning to the simplicity of empty- headedness and not-knowingness with each and every breath. It is a way of life in which all things and all events become an aspect of your meditation and your prayer until there is established once again within you the Truth that is true always: Not my will, but thine be done. For of myself, I do nothing. But the Father does all things through me.

The Way of Mastery – Part 1: The Way of The Heart – Shanti Christo Foundation

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