“We want you to enjoy the contrasting experience, just like you enjoy the contrasting buffet. And we want you to reach the place (and practicing Virtual Reality will help you to gain this confidence) that whenever you’re in front of a buffet that has so much that you do like to eat, as well as some that you don’t like to eat, you don’t feel frustrated that there are things there you don’t want to eat. You don’t feel compelled to put them on your plate and eat them; you just pick the things that you like. And the Universe of thought is the same way. You can choose from it the things that you like.” — Abraham [Excerpted from Salt Lake City, UT – Saturday, June 29th, 2002]
A very applicable and time-sensitive reminder. The close world of family and environmental things, and the somewhat further world of people, governments and things, all offer what Abraham calls a contrasting buffet that we can embrace within us, or refuse to embrace within us. Each carries with it a vibrational energy that is keyed into what we perceive is happening, and once we embrace it, meaning giving strong attention to it, the vibrational energy then becomes part of consciousness…our consciousness. “But it’s there…it’s all over the news.” Yes, it is there, but now we have a choice as to what to do with it and its energy. We can stir around in it and launch out in a sundry amount of similar paths, each one feeling worse, or if the initial exposure didn’t feel good, then a more productive choice might be to fork our attention (focus) away from what doesn’t feel good, and into a focus of a blessing of love, and leaving it there.
A story is told of Joel Goldsmith. He was in Hawaii. There was a dutch door in the kitchen leading to the outside. The top half of the door was open allowing in the breeze and happy sounds. Joel heard a scratching at the door and went over to investigate. There was a dog – one that Joel didn’t know, scratching. Joel opened the door and the dog walked in and lay down on the hard surface of the kitchen floor. He remembered saying, “I’m not sure why you have come here, but let’s pray together,” and knelt down beside the dog, place his hand on its head, and in Joel’s tuned-in fashion begin to acknowledge Oneness. Before long a large quantity of ticks were seen crawling out from under the dog’s unkempt hair. They were swept into a dust pan and taken away. The dog got up and walked away.
Perhaps think of unhappy buffet choices that the world sometimes offers as ticks we don’t want to keep or allow to multiply. Perhaps think of their appearance on the screen of our moment as only a call for prayer to acknowledge love and Oneness, and then swept up and move on. Perhaps?
“Every living thing, animal or human, or tree experiences that which is called death, with no exception. You’ve all accepted that one a long time ago. Spirit, which is who we really are, or Source, is eternal. So what death must be is a changing of the perspective of that Eternal Spirit. If I am standing in my physical body and am consciously connected to that Eternal Spirit, then I’m Eternal in nature and I need not ever again fear any endedness, because, from that perspective I understand that there is not any of that.” — Abraham [Excerpted from Albany, NY – Saturday, May 6th, 2000]
Everyone will experience what Abraham calls “A change of perspective” when they move into the non-physical sphere of life. Our perspective of Life changes instantaneously and if any fear was present it automatically dissolves into its native nothingness. Where will we go? Nowhere specific unless we make the choice to do a little exploring, but it is all here and now. What will we do? Gravitate to where we will engage in conversations and experiences which are stimulating and enjoyable. Will we be greeted by those once familiar to us? We will have access to the essence from which they expressed life, and they will have access to the pure, positive and wonderful essence that is who and what we truly are. Will I have to meet *#@%& again? Perhaps, but good ‘ole *#@%& will now be fully immersed in his/her God self and no longer the SOB I chose to see in them. Will I again return to this dimension? Probably and for a variety of reasons that will again be so very clear to us. Will I again be able to see who I once was and where? Initially it will be a point of interest, but soon it will no longer be of interest for what is, is much more important and fun.
“Worrying is using your imagination to create something you don’t want.” — Abraham [Excerpted from Asheville, NC – Saturday, September 5th, 1998]
Worry carries with it an energy, as does everything. It has a vibrational imprint, almost like a bar or QR (quick response) code carries with it a point of connectivity with something. In this case the “something” is read by the Perpetual Scanner called God, and worry is a “message” that is asking for more that is same. “It’s almost midnight and my daughter, who is out on her first date with a boy I hardly know, has not come home or called…he promised me she would be brought home no later than ten! What do you want me to do?” Of course, the mind easily shifts to elements of worry, concern, apprehension and foreboding. However, what we can do is inject into the moment the awareness of what the use of our imagination is doing, and to make the choice to consciously shift the focus of the energy of our imagination as we envision what we really want to have happen, and then to sit (or pace) in the energy of this redesigned point of focus. Other things might not be as momently challenging as a daughter long overdue, but the Principle is the same. Everything carries with it a vibrational imprint that is asking for a connection with more of a something. Pause to remember what is really happening, and then endeavor, with a different energy pattern, to shift to something that carries with it an element of optimism and buoyancy. You/we are creators of our own lives, and imagination is but one of the tools we are perpetually using.
“Have you accomplished your point of attraction deliberately or by default? Have you prepared the climate or atmosphere around you by deliberately meditating; by quieting your mind; by looking for thoughts that feel good; by making lists of things that please you? Or is your point of attraction a knee-jerk response to something someone else said; or to something you are observing around you? What is the reason for your point of attraction? Why are you thinking the thoughts that you are thinking? Are you doing it on purpose? Or are you doing it by default?” — Abraham [Excerpted from North Los Angeles, CA – Saturday, February 22nd, 2014]
This is a reminder of an exercise that could be made part of our day because it is so easy. Upon awakening close to the time we want to rise and shine, to purposefully and consciously choose a focus upon something that feels good, in other words, something of our choice, not what we remember from the previous night’s news or similar…something of our choice that has the side effect of good and happy feelings. The analogy of being a thermostat or thermometer is another analogy that says the same thing. A thermometer bases its reporting on what is fed into it by the environment; a thermostat creates the environment we choose. We in Unity often speak the phrase, Life (our) is consciousness (ours expressing back to us). With today’s quote, our point of attraction upon which our moment, day and beyond is formed can be knee jerk or deliberate. Deliberate is better.
“Make fun of death. We are as dead as it gets, and we are fully aware of this joyous experience. We are with you every time you allow it. We are in every singing bird and in every joyful child. We are part of every delicious pulsing in your environment. We are not dead, and neither will you ever be! You will just get up, one day, and get out of the movie.” — Abraham Excerpted from Boulder, CO – Saturday, June 11th, 2005
This is a subject that usually we don’t want to entertain, but it is an event that we each face many times, and Unity would echo the Abraham understanding of an non-event as seen within an eternal and cosmic sense. Death is such a non-event because it means cessation, and we never cease to be. Certainly we can miss someone, but we are learning to trust, more and more, the process that brings us in and out of the physical experience. Just think how many times we have entered and exited and then exited and entered again and again. Why here in this physical dimension? The physical provides so much more contrast out of which to make choices and decisions. We are always in Oneness, we are always in God. To borrow a something from someone, “God is togetherness.” This means that if we have a wonderful relationship with someone to trust that Love will again bring us back together.