I recently read an email which was sent to me from someone in the “self help” niche promoting a new book on how to make others do what you want, and I sent the following to the person promoting the book when they asked why I unsubscribed from their mailing list:
"Manipulating others to get what we want is a function of a selfish ego and does not serve to bring about the will of the Divine in the world. The father's desire is that we come to know who and what we are as embodiments of His loving Conscious, and that we create our lives in the joyous knowing of His Holy Presence within and all around us. In the process of our Becoming, when we lovingly assist one another and care for them, we help to bring about a kind and loving world. In truth "they" do not actually exist. We are all individuated aspects of the One Holy Presence as It is experiencing itself in the hologram I call The Body of God in Creation. "They" in fact are "me".. the Holy Presence of God, but we do not know it."
Doing no harm is one of the most important things we can learn on our spiritual path. When we manipulate or use others, we actually harm them, and we ultimately are harming ourselves as well. We are all One Being appearing as many, and when we hurt someone else, we are only serving to keep the darkness and selfishness of the world in place, when what is needed is Love. Love, caring, and kindness toward others WILL change the world, but it needs to be directed toward ourselves as well by choosing to do the right thing, even when the wrong thing is so appealing.
It’s in our Nature to love and to live in joy, and when we are connected to our heart, which can in part be attained through our kindness and caring actis, love will arise of it’s own accord. It is the nature of the ego to live in fear and separation however, and it’s that fear which causes us to do harm to others and to our world. The ego believes we need to do things that our hearts tell us not to do in order to survive, primarily because we’re hard wired for it. It was a necessary function in our history or we probably would not have survived, but the need for it is past. What is needed now is to BE love, and to Allow it in in every moment. Life will lead us on our path, and the Divine WILL open us to our inherent Beingness, but we must turn within and ask, and remain Present in the Now and dwell as much as possible in goodness.
The Now is the only thing there is. There is no past, and there is no future, that is only the mind reliving what was or projecting into what it imagines what might happen, or what it wants to happen. But you are NOT the mind.. you are the soul which houses the body, and the mind is an aspect of that.
The Truth of your being lies within, hidden from your sight, yet it is always Present. It is within you, and it is all around you simultaneously. As I said in the reply above, there is no other.. there is only One.. and that One is also you. You are a vast, unlimited being of unimaginable power, capable of performing miracles and of love unknown to most of humanity.
So let us become that. How? By quieting the mind, by being Present in the Now, by affirmation, prayer, visualization, meditation or whatever is your path. What some find useful others don’t, so we must each find what works for us and what doesn’t. One of the most beautiful and profoundly awake people I’ve every met never did a moment of formal meditation, but what she did do was to go within and commune with God in prayer. A wise sage once said “There are many paths up the mountain, but there is only one mountain.” and as both the mountain and the valley, and everything in between, the Divine has a way for everyone.
I use, or have used all of what I mentioned by the way, but the primary reason I teach Presence is because the Truth is already here waiting for us to open to it, and when we do that we automatically invite it in and in time it WILL reveal itself to us.. and when It does, we will experience the Truth of who and what we are. The great Cosmic Consciousness that IS already knows far better than we do what we need, and how to guide us to it, so Trust in that Infinite Intelligence and let it guide your way.. become Present, and as the Observer of your reality you will find that you have the almost magical ability to watch the mind and discover what your programing is, and to allow for it’s resolution.
Over time you will come to discover that rather than being hijacked by your patterns and spending hours or perhaps days trapped in some long ago program, you find that you are able to simply watch them as you might watch a movie, and sometimes a very poorly written one. But you can clearly see how you are “wired up” nonetheless, and there can be tremendous value in that as you Become.
So whatever path you take, know that Divine Intelligence is already 50 steps ahead and has a plan. Let go of your identification with the mind and beliefs as being “You”, and instead watch your thinking through the magic lens of the Now Moment, simultaneously understanding that the great I AM is fully able to guide you and resolve it all.
Through sustained practice of being in the Moment, along with a heartfelt desire to know the truth of who and what you are, you will find that you are on a path that is ever deepening you into the Truth of your Being, and as that begins to emerge, over time you will come realize that you are a Divine Being in the Body of God, and beyond that you will experience the pure Consciousness and pure energy and Bliss of the Love that you ARE.