Here are two mystical writers, known by their first names, Neville and Mary, who are discussing in their unrelated individual books the fundamental questions of who we are and why we are here. Although the two writers have no apparent relationship to one another, I began to see a relationship in their ideas and am putting these two discussions together into my spiritual crockpot to boil, steam and otherwise cook together in my heart and mind.
To begin, I hold the mystical beliefs expressed here by both writers: that we are all One and our lives are purposeful. Through this process may I be led to a deeper understanding that each of us is the love of God, and it is this Love that has created us for a purpose; May I be led to a deeper understanding that we are all here as a piece of God's infinite puzzle. And finally a deeper understanding that there is a pathway available to lead us to our purpose. For now I will just present excerpts for the two writers and in the next blog talk about what new spiritual lessons have come bubbling up.
Mary says in All That You Are: "Somewhere in your being is a longing . . . somewhere within you lies a loneliness, a desire to feel a oneness with that which created you, that which you call God.
You are not a lost unit in the great, great spaces of endlessness which are creation. You are, but one infinitesimal part and yet you are as important as the largest part of that creation.
This is the first lesson to become aware of and to accept; that you are no less than and no more than anything that exists.
God's love is impartial and it is boundless. There is no measuring stick attached to his love . . . The Creator loves equally the murderer, the minister, the financier and the pauper. He does not make any differences between them, and the degree of his love varies only in the ability of the individual to accept it, for it is felt in proportion to the love a being is able to return.
Because God created all things, he is impartial to all of his beings so you need not feel you are neglected, ignored and unloved. You are as close to the heart of God as anyone who has walked the earth. You need only to learn to express the God within you to become fully aware of this fact.
You have been less in your surface expression than what you truly are in your being. If you wish to find yourself, you may begin at once by practicing the awareness that you are where you are because you were created for that place. You are not a misfit, you are not a mistake. You are just right.
Learn to express yourself as an individual, as you. You are a fascinating person. You have wisdom to impart. It is within you. You have only to gain the habit of expressing.
Have faith that nothing can stand in the way of your search for understanding. When it is sincere and humble, it is a God-power put into action, and it is invincible."
Neville in the The Power of Awareness discusses the meaning of I AM:
"'All things when they are admitted are made manifest by the light: for everything that is made manifest is light." (Eph. 5:13)
THE "LIGHT" is consciousness. Consciousness is one, manifesting in legions of forms or levels of consciousness. There is no one that is not all that is, for consciousness, though expressed in an infinite series of levels, is not divisional. There is no real separation or gap in consciousness. I AM cannot be divided. I may conceive myself to be a rich man, a poor man, a beggar man or a thief, but the center of my being remains the same regardless of the concept I hold of myself. At the center of manifestation there is only one I AM manifesting in legions of forms or concepts of itself and "I am that I am."
I AM is the self-definition of the absolute, the foundation on which everything rests. I AM is the first cause-substance. I AM is the self definition of God.
I AM hath sent me unto you.
I AM THAT I AM.
Be still and know that I AM God.
I AM is that which among unnumbered forms, is ever the same. This great discovery of cause reveals that good or bad, man is actually the arbiter of his own fate, and that it is his concept of himself that determines the world in which he lives.
When you know that consciousness is the only reality - conceiving itself to be something good, bad, or indifferent, and becoming that which it conceived itself to be - you are free from the tyranny of second causes, free from the belief that there are causes outside of your own mind that can affect your life."
Gene Ford Runnels