Principle 28: The Observer

This entry is part 24 of 98 in the series Principles

What is the Principle of the Observer?

This principle operates on the idea of stepping aside or standing back and watching yourself and situations from a distance. This causes one to not become overly attached to the feelings generated or the outcome.

An example of this is an actor playing a part. Let us say that Jim is a good actor who is playing the role of a guy who discovers his wife is cheating on him. As he goes through the scene he feels real emotions of rage and sorrow. Tears stream from his eyes. So what is the difference between what Jim is feeling and what is happening to Bob who is going through the real thing?

They are both experiencing the same feelings so is there really a difference?

Yes, there is and it’s a subtle one. Jim is going through the experience as an observer and Bob is totally identifying with the character he is playing in life. Because of Bob’s identification with his character he suffers much more than does Jim. Being a good actor, Jim feels a sense of real discomfort as he plays his character, but because he realizes the emotions do not really belong to him he can merely observe himself as he plays the part and thus keep his discomfort to a minimum.

One may say, “But Bob can’t do that because it is really happening to him.”

Wrong. Bob can do this. The first few times it is difficult and takes a lot of self-control but all of us have this power and when we take this power to ourselves we become invulnerable to emotional devastation. The seeker can then handle betrayal, criticism, hate, jealousy etc as if he is in a play and keep his focus on the purpose of the play of life as he moves forward.

Shakespeare seemed to realize this for he wrote:

All the world’s a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts.

 

How does applying this principle help the seeker rise above the control of the emotional plane?

It is important to realize that the disciple does not leave the emotions behind. He does not turn into a Vulcan with no emotions. Those who try to do such things wind up suppressing emotion that bottles up inside creating great damage later on.

Instead, he is a good actor who allows himself to feel the entire range of emotions. He can handle them though because he has the attitude of the observer.

To attain this attitude one must make a conscious decision to observe rather than to identify with the lower self. After the decision is made self-control must be applied again and again until this attitude becomes a part of the consciousness.

 

In applying this principle, what are three important things for you to observe?

Here are three I consider important;

(1) Observe, but do not identify with, all your vehicles in the three worlds of form, the mental, the emotional and the physical.

(2) Observe the reactions of these vehicles with the realization they are not the real you but merely taking you for a ride through earth life.

(3) Observe the interplay of higher spiritual contacts with the lower self and learn to discern the difference between the two.

Why is this a principle?

I’ve talked a lot about the difference between principles and facts. Here is a new insight.

You can easily teach a fact or piece of data and even the densest of students can memorize and repeat them.

On the other hand, a teacher can explain a principle a hundred times and the student will not fully understand until he or she sees how it works. Mere memorization does not bring understanding. It must come through contemplation.

A natural question is this:

Okay being the observer sounds pretty good, but is it really possible and, if so, how do I go about achieving it? You compare it to an actor going through a painful experience and because he sees himself as an actor, separate from the experience, he can observe himself and be detached from the pain. On the other hand, if I hit my thumb with a hammer I experience real pain and there is no acting involved. The same goes if my spouse left me. That would be painful beyond just observing it.

So, is it really possible to bypass or minimize pain by taking on a certain attitude of mind?

The answer is yes and can be concretely proven. A person under deep hypnosis can have all pain taken away instantly with a simple command or the snap of a finger. A person could be badly burned and not feel a thing. In fact subjects have had major surgeries using only hypnosis as the anesthetic and have felt no pain. A demonstration used by some hypnotists is to place the person in a trance and stick him with a needle. When he is commanded to not feel pain or draw blood the subject will be as if nothing has happened to him.

Similarly one can take a subject who is deeply depressed because of lost love and make him overlook the feeling instantly and move to a state of bliss.

This illustrates that the human consciousness has the power to bypass pain and replace it with other feelings if he merely follows the right procedure.

The problem with us mortals is when pain occurs we have difficulty in taking our attention away from it. In fact, it doesn’t occur to most that they can even take their attention off of it and in addition to this many do not want to. Some who are in a state of sorrow or depression seem to derive an odd benefit from it and are unwilling to work themselves out of it.

Some yogis who do a lot of meditation are able to nullify all physical pain or place themselves in a state of peace or bliss at will, but for the average human being, who has to stay connected to his surroundings, such states are difficult to achieve.

There are steps that can be taken by us all.

(1) Realize that detachment and the attitude of the observer is indeed possible and can be achieved. After all, others have done it so you can too.

(2) Practice. When pain or an undesirable situation occurs practice being the observer. See the pain as not belonging to you, but your body. See yourself as not being your body.

You will notice that if you put attention on pain or discomfort that it will seem much more bothersome. If you take attention off of it, the pain will not seem so bad.

Let us say you are home alone and have a terrible headache. There seems to be nothing else to consume your attention but the pain.

Suddenly there is a knock at the door and it is your long lost love. She wants to get back together. For the next few hours times passes quickly as you are thrilled to become intimate again. Two hours pass and suddenly you realize something. Since she has shown up you seemed to have forgotten that your head even ached. Now you think about it you notice the pain again but the shift of attention seemed to take it away for a time.

Practice taking your attention away from the pain and eventually moving to the state of being the observer. Then the pain will still be there but it will have a minimal effect on you.

We do not want to run around in a deep trance where we feel no pain at all because pain is a message sent to our consciousness that something is amiss and needs correction. When pain is there we must register enough of it to take curative action.

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Principle 29: Sin

This entry is part 25 of 98 in the series Principles

It may seem strange that I list sin as a principle. The problem with this word is that the true meaning has been lost and this has caused the principle to be lost. In today’s religious world sin is now a fact rather than a principle. Ministers see sin as the idea that we are all sinners and that is that. Jesus will save us if we just believe.

So what is the real meaning of sin and the principle in countering it?

The orthodox Christian view of sin is that it involves breaking the laws given out by God.

The scripture says: “Sin is the transgression of the law.” John 3:4

“The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.” Cor 15:56

For instance, one of the Ten Commandments says to not steal. If you steal you are therefore transgressing the law and thus you commit sin. Sounds pretty simple and cut and dried. Not quite.

To understand sin we have to look below the surface at the principles involved and first ask this question.

What negative effect does one suffer from sin? Forget about the next world for now, for there is no way to prove what happens there, but we do understand effects from our own experience in this life. How does the sinner suffer in the here and now?

Outside of repercussions of the effects of our actions the main suffering comes from guilt. When a person feels he has violated the law of God he suffers from this.

So what is it about sin that creates the guilt?

It is this. When a person accepts a word or command as coming from God, or a strong authority, and then violates that will, guilt is a natural effect. Thus if he violates a commandment as seen coming from God or a parent figure he can feel guilt.

The strange thing that few consider is this point. The command does not have to come from God to create guilt. It can (and usually does) come from an outside authority who is a substitute for God. For a small child this can be a parent but for the grownups it is some human authority who claims to know God’s will and speaks on his behalf.

When a person becomes subject to such an authority then anything he says becomes the law and any violation becomes sin (in his mind) and produces guilt. If the authority tells him that it is God’s will he not eat peas then eating peas will be a sin to him and produce guilt.

We can see this principle at play with the Mormons. The prophet, who they believe speaks for God, tells them God doesn’t want them to drink coffee. A Mormon who thus drinks any amount of coffee violates the law of God (in his mind), sins and feels guilt when he drinks it. On the other hand, a Methodist recognizes no such authority, sees no sin in drinking coffee and feels no guilt.

Since humans do not receive laws directly from a heavenly being we must receive them from some earthly authority. Unfortunately, this substitution of an earthly authority for the voice of God is the Beast as mentioned in the Book of Revelation.

When the scriptures talk about Jesus saving us from our sins the real meaning of this is that he came to release us from the power of human authorities that produce guilt, which pain of guilt can follow us to the next world. He also came to release us from sin as it was defined in his time.

The word sin comes from the Greek word HAMARTANO which means “to miss the mark.” In other words when the Greeks, 2000 years ago, shot at a target with an arrow and missed they “sinned” (HAMARTANO) or missed the target. Therefore, to sin is to make an error. Jesus came to correct our errors which is to save us from our sins. One of the biggest errors that we fall prey to is the acceptance of an outward authority as speaking for God, thus creating many unnecessary laws that result in guilt and pain.

Notice how Jesus attempted to correct this false idea:

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” Matt 22:37-40

So on what hangs all the law and the prophets? The law of love.

What does this mean?

It means that if you are motivated within from true spiritual love that you will automatically follow all the laws of God and guilt will have no power over you. He who is motivated by love needs no commands or law from outer authority for he has the law written in his heart as predicted in scripture:

“After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, (no more outward authorities) and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD.” Jeremiah 31:33-34

True salvation from sin comes from the realization that sin is merely an error which can be corrected by listening to the inner voice of God that speaks to the heart and mind.

True salvation from sin is given in this verse:

“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written IN THEIR FOREHEADS.” Rev 14:1

The key to escaping guilt from sin is to realize that the Father, God, is in your forehead or within your own mind. You escape the outward authorities trying to control you by replacing them with your true source which is God within yourself. It is as Jesus said, “the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21.

 

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Principle 30: The Atonement

This entry is part 26 of 98 in the series Principles

The principle of atonement releases us from the negative effects of sin or error. The negative effect of sin or error is guilt. Guilt is caused by looking for God in the wrong place. “The kingdom of God is within,” and that is where the principle of atonement lies. The seeker At-One-Moment shifts attention from the outer god to the inner. When he does this all guilt disappears and he sees a vision of a path that leads away from error into the light of truth.

The orthodox idea behind this is that “we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God.” This causes each one of us to be unworthy to enter heaven and be happy and at peace forever. To rectify this problem God sent his one and only Son, Jesus to be crucified for us. The idea is that His pain and the shedding of his blood atoned or paid for our sins. This atonement only works though if we believe in the right Jesus and accept the gift he gave us. If we have wrong beliefs about Jesus all bets are off, even if we accept him – so they say.

It is interesting that it is believed that the atonement of Christ removes all sin from those who either repent or accept Christ.

This is obviously flawed thinking which is revealed when we examine the Biblical use of the word “sin.”

As previously stated sin comes from the Greek word HAMARTANO which means “to miss the mark.”

So to sin is basically to make an error. Therefore, it is interesting to ask those who believe they have all their sins removed if they still make errors. The answer is, of course they do.

Therefore, the atonement must stand for something more than the removal of sin or error.

The atonement removes guilt; and guilt often has more to do with imagined causes rather than real causes.

One always feels guilt when he violates the commandments of his religion no matter which one that may be. Judaism was a religion with a great number of laws, most of them manmade and there probably was not a Jew in the days of Jesus who did not suffer some guilt for some violation of what he perceived to be God’s will.

If you feel that God has commanded you to not dance and you break His will and let it all hang out then you will feel guilt. Even though dancing causes no real harm you still need the guilt removed. But then if a savior comes along and reveals to you that your guilt is produced by illusion and reveals the truth, the guilt magically disappears. This is how the magic of the atonement works.

It is best expressed in these words of Jesus:

“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

The true atonement is a revelation of the truth so illusion passes away and guilt is lifted. Then real progress can be made. That is a lot different than the idea of being released of the responsibility of all misdeeds by confessing Jesus at a revival or a death bed repentance.

The word was used a lot in the Old Testament in reference to animal sacrifices and cleansing processes as atoning for the sins of the ancient Israelites.

This process tended to have a similar effect to the current principle of Catholic confession. The sacrifice or the confessions by themselves do nothing to change cause and effect, but they do have a powerful effect.

What is that?

The effect is that it removed guilt from the participants.

As I have previously written, this is also one of the effects of looking upon the sacrifice of Christ as a great and final sacrifice. It does not remove karma, or cause and effect, but it can remove the sense of guilt that plagues so many.

It is an interesting fact that the word “atonement” was never spoken by the mouth of Jesus in the New Testament scriptures. Neither was it written by any New Testament prophet. The King James has Paul speaking it once, (Rom 5:11) but it is mistranslated from KATALLASSO, which means “restoration.”

The natural question arises then – why is it that Jesus Himself was silent both in His life and in various revelations given about this principle?

Could it be that His silence was a witness to the possibility that the common understanding of the principle was not correct and they were not mentally prepared to hear and understand the true principle?

Is it possible that the ancient prophets, good men though they were, had an imperfect understanding that needed correcting in a future time?

This, I believe to be the case. We have heard that there is significance in the word itself as it is broken up into a trinity of syllables as follows: AT-ONE-MENT.

Some have expressed the idea that AT ONE moMENT in space and time a great synchronization between God and man happened.

There is more truth in this than writers on the subject have realized.

The true atonement, as brought by Jesus, took place when AT ONE moMENT in time and space the lower man was lifted up in consciousness to be AT ONE with the higher spiritual life of the eternal Son of God.

What then, is the atonement in relation to us as individuals?

Our atonement comes when we have faith, not on the man Jesus, but on the words which He brought as taught in the scriptures:

John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

John 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

Thus we see that His eternal words “are spirit, and they are life” and if we keep them God will make His home with us.

When we accept the eternal words of Christ and they stimulate the life of the spirit in us AT ONE moMENT, in this “holy instant” God as Spirit descends and we as humans ascend meeting at the midway point of the Christ consciousness.

At this instant we leave our errors (sins) behind never to be the same again. Never will we let a substitute for God control us with guilt. The disciple has now tasted the greater life and the blending AT ONE moMENT of spirit and matter has an everlasting and eternal effect on him so he can never again return to the person he was. He is not perfect and will yet make many mistakes, but he has been atoned toward a new life and path that will forever eclipse the old one.

But what the disciple does not yet realize is that there are numerous atonements and they are all infinite. The first great atonement through the words of Christ is the attainment of soul contact, but after this is achieved there are further steps to take to return to our true home.

The multiple atonements are steps on a great stairway and when one of the steps is taken and the new vision obtained the ascent becomes infinite, for the pilgrim does not retreat, but goes onward forever in eternal progression and BECOMING until he achieves a fullness of BEING.

 

Dialogue on The Atonement

Thinker: So, what is your thinking on the atonement of Christ?

True Believer: I believe he died for my sins and through the shedding of his blood I am saved.

Thinker: And what have you done to be saved?

True Believer: I believe on Him and accept the gift he has given me.

Thinker: And what are you saved from?

True Believer: My sins.

Thinker: All your sins or part of them?

True Believer: All of them, of course.

Thinker: Are you saved now?

True Believer: Yes, I’m saved through the blood of Jesus.

Thinker: Does this mean that your past sins will be as if they never happened?

True Believer: Yes.

Thinker: Theft is a sin, is it not?

True Believer: Yes. The scripture says, “Thou shalt not steal.”

Thinker: Let us suppose that before you were saved you robbed a guy on the street of his money that was going to pay for an operation to save his daughter’s life. Without the money the kid dies but shortly thereafter you find Jesus and get saved. Is the kid still dead?

True Believer: Of course.

Thinker: So, even though you are now saved, your sin still has a terrible effect and the father hates your guts. Sounds like your sin still has an effect even though you accept Jesus.

True Believer: Well, I suppose our sins have a residual effect in this world, but when we accept the atonement we have a clean slate in God’s eyes for the next world.

Thinker: So, even though you are saved your sins have an effect in this world but none in the next.

True Believer: Yes.

Thinker: Let us suppose that the sick girl was not saved when she died but was on the verge of it and would have found Jesus if she had lived. Because of your sin then she goes to hell instead of heaven. Does that sound like your sin will have no effect in the next world?

True Believer: There’s no way to tell if she would have been saved.

Thinker: We do know that a lot of kids do eventually accept Christ. That is a fact and in our example we are talking about one of these. Now, let us place ourselves in the kid’s position after death. There she is suffering in hell with the realization that she was going to turn her life around if she had lived, but this didn’t happen because of you. She curses your name even as you are enjoying bliss with Jesus. Does that sound like your sin has no effect in the next world?

True Believer: God will take away the memory of my sins so I will not be affected by anyone in hell.

Thinker: Where does it say that in the Bible?

True Believer: I’m not sure. It’s in there somewhere.

Thinker: Wrong. It’s not in there. And even if this strange idea were true it would be pretty cold hearted to ignore the eternal suffering of a child, by blotting out the memory, when that suffering was your fault. Don’t you agree?

True Believer: God’s ways are not man’s ways. If we could understand God then it would all make sense. We can’t use the reasoning of this world.

Thinker: But it sounds like you are using the reasoning from your mind in this world to make sense of the atonement. What makes you think that reasoning from your thinking in this world is correct?

True Believer: That’s what faith is all about.

Thinker: So your faith is based on the reasoning of this world?

True Believer: You’re twisting things. My faith is based on the Bible, the Word of God.

Thinker: And what makes you think you understand it since you have to use your worldly mind to read it?

True Believer: The Bible is clear. I just accept what it says.

Thinker: Let’s see if you accept this:

Gal 6:4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

Gal 6:5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

Gal 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Would you read verse five for me?

True Believer: “For every man shall bear his own burden.”

Thinker: Does that sound like Jesus is going to negate the effects of our mistakes or sins?

True Believer: You’re taking things out of context.

Thinker: But the context continues in verse seven. Read that.

True Believer: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Thinker: So, even though you have found Jesus this does not negate the fact that you robbed a guy and caused his daughter to die and go to hell. What do you suppose this will cause you to reap?

True Believer: I will reap heaven because I am saved.

Thinker: Not so fast. Read Revelations 14:13

True Believer: “And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”

Thinker: So, even though you now accept Jesus and are righteous what happens to your works?

True Believer: (He doesn’t want to answer.)

Thinker: Since you won’t say it, I will. It says “their works do follow them.” It is clear here that it is speaking of our works following us into the next world. Concerning our debts, Jesus said something interesting. He stated that those who are cast into prison “shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.” Matt 5:26

So let us sum these scriptures up. They tell us that we will bear our own burdens, that we reap what we have sown, that our works follow us to the next world, and finally we have to pay our debts to the “uttermost farthing.” That doesn’t sound like a simple belief in Jesus is going to instantly undo all the damage created by the robber who cost the girl her life, does it?

True Believer: But the scriptures clearly say we are saved by the blood of Jesus. How do you explain that?

Thinker: One of the problems with the scriptures is that those who prize them greatly often misinterpret them the most. A prime example, from the Christian viewpoint, is the ancient Jews belief in the Messiah. From diligently reading the scriptures they thought he was going to come as a conquering hero, destroy the wicked and restore the kingdom to Israel. Did that happen?

True Believer: No.

Thinker: Correct. They missed reality by miles. He had no army, he said to love our enemies and his kingdom was not of this world. Yet you can’t blame them because when you read the Old Testament it does sound like they could have been right. Have you ever considered that you may also have wrong interpretations of the scriptures?

True Believer: No, because I interpret them just the way they are written.

Thinker: And so did the Jews who were looking for a conquering Messiah – and so do the hundreds of religions who disagree with you. They all think they are interpreting the scriptures just the way they read, but obviously they are not all correct. Would you agree?

True Believer: Some people just read things into them that are not there.

Thinker: Well, let us see what is there. Since you give much weight to the scriptures that tell us that we are saved from sin through the sacrifice of Christ let us examine those words. The word “sin” in the New Testament comes from the Greek word HAMARTANO which means “to miss the mark.” In other words, when the Greeks, 2000 years ago, shot at a target with an arrow and missed they “sinned” (HAMARTANO) or missed the target. Another way to phrase this would be to say that to sin is to make an error in their aim or judgment. Would you agree?

True Believer: I suppose.

Thinker: The word “saved” comes from SOZO which is “to save or deliver.” The similar word “salvation” comes from SOTERIA which is more correctly rendered “deliverance” or “rescue.” Therefore, when the prophets wrote of being saved from sin they were literally saying they were delivered from error. So what did Jesus do to save the people from error?

True Believer: I’m not sure what you are getting at,

Thinker: Let us look at the actual words of Jesus. He said to his disciples, “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.” John 15:3

Notice that this was spoken before his sacrifice of the cross. He didn’t speak of blood saving them from sin but something else. What was it?

True Believer: His word.

Thinker: Good. In other words, that which delivered the people from error was the words of Jesus. He also said, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63

So what did he say his words were?

True Believer: Spirit and life.

Thinker: Here’s another powerful scripture giving light on the words of Jesus: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” John 5:24

So, his word can lead to what?

True Believer: Everlasting life.

Thinker: Notice that he taught this salvation before he shed any blood. Now let us read the advice of James. He advised us to “receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” James 1:21-22

So, what is it that can save our souls?

True Believer: The word.

Thinker: Yes, Jesus’ words were so powerful he was referred to as the “Word of God.” Now we see that when he saves us from sin he really delivers us from error. How did he deliver people from error when he was alive?

True Believer: I see what you are getting at. You want me to say his word.

Thinker: That’s what the Bible you believe in says and it is quite a simple principle. When we make an error we can be corrected through words that set us on the right course. For instance, the people sinned or erred in thinking that they should hate their enemies but the words of Jesus corrected or saved them. He told them to love their enemies and do good to those who despise them.

What error did the sacrifice on the cross correct?

True Believer: I’m not sure.

Thinker: Again, the answer is quite simple. People had very limited ideas of how far we should go in showing love and forgiveness. Jesus not only forgave those who crucified him but volunteering for the great sacrifice was an unheard of act of love that saved or delivered the people from their wrong thinking. One could say that the shedding of his blood saved many from their errors. Because of him many take the principle of love to a much higher level than before.

True Believer: Wow, you are really twisting the scriptures.

Thinker: No, I’m following in the footsteps of Jesus and attempting to save you from your sins by the power of the word. In other words, these teachings have power to deliver you from your errors of judgment and wrong interpretation.

“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” John 17:17

Conclusion: You are sanctified, or receive an atonement, through the corrective power of spiritual words, or words of truth.

 

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Principle 31: Forgiveness

This entry is part 27 of 98 in the series Principles

Forgiveness plays a crucial role in the atonement which makes us At-One with the heart of God. He who refuses to forgive cannot be raised up in consciousness to join with the mind and heart of God to see through the eyes of Spirit.

Before we explore this principle let us consider several questions about this important subject.

(1) What does it really mean to forgive?

(2) Many say they have forgiven when they haven’t done so completely. What must we do beyond saying, “I forgive.”

(3) Lack of forgiveness creates grievances. How does this injure us both physically and spiritually?

(4) Is the person you do not forgive damaged by your hurt? How and why?

Forgiveness is not usually looked upon as a principle. This is because forgiveness is not fully understood by many.

To forgive is generally identified with forgetting the offense as if it never occurred. This is not forgiveness because this approach is rarely successful. An action that hurts or offends did occur and no power in heaven or earth can make it as if it never was. When the seeker attempts to forgive in this way he only denies his feelings or suppresses them. This plants a negative seed in his heart that grows into something destructive later on. It will either manifest as disease or harmful behavior, not seemingly connected with the pseudo forgiveness.

How then does one truly forgive?

Forgiveness is letting go of hurt and grievance while at the same time facing the full realization of the repercussions of the hurtful act. In other words, instead of divorcing oneself from reality, or what happened, the seeker stays connected to reality and the cause and effect of his actions. He becomes the observer, takes everything in but is not negatively affected by offensive events or actions.

He who forgives can meet the offending person with full realization of what he has done, full memory of the pain inflicted and embrace him and wish him Godspeed. He can do this because he has not attached himself to grievance and has let it go. He realizes his brother is merely in error and will eventually learn his lessons. A tiger is a tiger and you do not hold a grievance because he may eat you if you get in his way. Even so, the forgiving soul sees a wayward brother for what he is, lets go of emotional hurt and uses wisdom I dealing with him as e would a dangerous animal.

So what must one do beyond saying “I forgive?” The key is to rid oneself of all grievances and negative feelings connected with the offense. If the seeker is honest with himself and examines his heart he will be able to tell when the negativity has completely lifted. Here are steps that can assist.

(1) While it is true that merely exclaiming “I forgive” is not a cure all, it can have a positive effect, especially for minor offenses. If it doesn’t do the trick proceed to step two.

(2) Think the whole matter through with the mind and try to assume the vantage point of the observer. You don’t hold a grievance against a wounded dog that bites you. Allow your mind to calculate why not forgiving does a lot of damage body and soul.

(3) If you still carry a grievance then contact the person who offended you and explain to him that you would like to forgive him but are having a difficult time. Tell the person that it will help a lot if he will just listen to you relate your feelings and try to understand them.

Normally the person will be touched and glad to help.

Once in a while though you may encounter a hardened individual who merely stokes the flames and will tell you that you deserve the hurt you feel and more.

If you encounter such an individual do not lose faith. If you raise your consciousness up to the soul level you will be beyond his power to hurt you no matter what he says. The fact that you put everything out on the table will be a big help even in dealing with a very negative person.

So, what if the person is dead and you can’t just call him up or go see him?

In this case either go to his gravesite or just imagine his presence and share your feelings with him or her as if he is present. Chances are he will pick up the communication in the spirit world and do what he can to comfort your heart. Your own soul will also assist you in lifting the negativity.

One of the reasons forgiveness is so important is that grievance from not forgiving hurts us physically and spiritually. A grievance can stimulate diseases of congestion such cancer, heart and lung problems. Often the lifting of a grievance will cause immediate health benefits.

Spiritually a grievance places a cloud between the seeker and his soul leading to many spiritual mistakes in life.

While it is true that most of the damage of not forgiving affects the victim, it also negatively affects the perpetrator if he is truly to blame. In this case, he will pick up your negativity and it will interfere with him bringing in light from the soul. If your grievance is caused by illusion or misunderstanding, and he is innocent of wrong doing, then he will receive little negative impact. If he is sensitive he may pick up the need to help you work through your grievance.

It is important to realize that a grievance in a victim places a link between him and the perpetrator that prevents the victim from being spiritually free. A grievance causes the victim to suffer karma from the very crime committed against him.

To forgive is a way of announcing your freedom to the world.

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Principle 32: Justice

This entry is part 28 of 98 in the series Principles

The next principle is that of justice. Here are some questions for consideration.

(1) Does forgiveness affect or negate justice?

(2) Can justice be negated?

(3) How does illusion corrupt justice and cause more injustice?

(4) What is the great purpose behind justice?

Some think that forgiveness negates justice – that if you forgive a crime justice becomes unnecessary. This is not quite the case. Forgiveness releases the seeker from grievance and desire for vengeance, but in the mind of the wise justice must always prevail. Justice can never be negated, but only delayed. If one misunderstands forgiveness and tries to negate justice then justice still waits to materialize, but with interest.

Suppose a neighbor abused your young daughter. Should you forgive him? Yes. We should forgive all people. If you forgive him what do you do? You see him as you would a tiger that got out of hand. You let go of hurt and grievance, but still demand justice. You seek for justice not for revenge but to assist, by the aid of law, in rendering the abuser harmless, to protect society from harm and to guide, by justice, the offending person away from his error.

The principle of justice is this. The person must pay for his crime in such a way that he gives back to society as much as he has taken away and learns to understand the hurt which he has inflicted. True forgiveness does not get in the way of this.

(1) Does forgiveness affect or negate justice?

For instance, let us say Lance steals $100 from Bob and he forgives him and tells him to keep the money. Is justice served or altered?

The first thing to consider is that there are numerous circumstances that could have been at play. Remember the story in the Aquarian Gospel where a guy stole a loaf of bread to feed his child who was starving? In this situation Jesus condemned those who would not show charity to the family.

Let us suppose Lance stole the $100 because he was forced to at gunpoint. In this case the crime lies with the person with the gun.

On the other hand, there are few circumstances where stealing is justified and karma is not accumulated. Let us assume that Lance is just a regular guy who would like to have an extra $100. He is visiting Bob and uses his bathroom and notices his wallet on the counter. He examines it and notices it has four $100 bills and thinks to himself that if he just took one them Bob may think he just lost track of how much money he had.

After he takes the $100 Bob does notice the missing money, suspects Lance and confronts him. Lance confesses and tells him that he already spent the money on a present for his girlfriend. He says that he will pay him back later.

Bob then figures he will never get paid back so he forgives the debt with the advice to not do it again.

Lance is relieved but not reformed and next week he gains access to Sam’s wallet in a similar fashion as before takes his debit card and withdraws $500.

Now one can make the case that Bob’s easy treatment on Lance caused him to not learn his lesson, leading to him stealing $500 from Sam. So is Bob partially responsible for the new theft? Most likely, yes. Perhaps if Bob had demanded justice Lance would have thought twice about further theft, especially from a friend.

Ideally, then how should Bob have handled he situation?

First Bob should have let Lance know how upset he as with the theft, that it amounted to a betrayal of their friendship. Releasing negative feelings makes it possible for Bob to not hold a grievance, which is the main purpose of forgiveness. He should then tell Lance that he expects to be repaid either in cash or something else of value. He then forgives Lance but does not forgive the debt as he is a believer in justice.

(2) Can justice be negated?

Justice is only negated when justice is served. In many instances it takes good judgment to see what true justice is as demonstrated by the controversy over the Zimmerman verdict and later the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. One advantage of soul contact is the soul recognizes true justice.

(3) How does illusion corrupt justice and cause more injustice?

When a person’s feelings are hurt his emotional self will often see through the eyes of illusion and demand justice where none is warranted. For instance, the Jewish leaders had their feelings hurt by Jesus and thought that justice warranted his death. Obviously, they did not understand true justice. Sometimes offense is 100% our own fault and justice makes no demands on the person who offended us.

(4) What is the great purpose behind justice?

Justice is perhaps the greatest teaching tool that life has for us. When we make an action that harms our fellow travelers we are brought back to reality when justice is served on us and we realize what we have done. Justice pushes us forward on the great path of spiritual evolution. Justice is karma in action.

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Principle 33: Doing Unto Others.

This entry is part 29 of 98 in the series Principles

Jesus gave out one of the most quoted ideals in human history when he said, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.”

On the surface it seems pretty simple, but is it?

When Jesus said “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you,” he was acknowledging a principle within the Law of Cause and Effect, or Karma.

In other words, he realized that “as we sow even so shall we reap.” Therefore, if we want good to come back to us a good rule of thumb is to follow the Golden Rule. This throws into motion a cause that will bring back to us effects that we will be happy to receive.

Even though this principle seems so simple that even a child can understand there are those who are successful in warping its meaning.

The most popular corruption is found in the thought: “Do it to him before he does it to you.”

Even though most intelligent people realize this is miles away from the principle other sincere people still don’t get it right. Many misunderstand the meaning by changing it in their minds to read: “Do unto others as they want done to them.”

Probably the majority of people see this twist in the meaning – yet this is not what is implied in the Golden Rule.

Let us suppose your child wants to eat sweets all day long. If you do unto him as he wants done then you will give him all the candy he wants for breakfast lunch and dinner.

On the other hand, the responsible adult will ask himself how he would have liked to have been treated when he was a child. He will think back and understand that, on reflection, he would have liked to have been raised on a healthy diet. Therefore, to treat the child as he wants to be treated would require him to not let the child ruin his health. The parent would deny him some of his desires.

When we realize the true application we will see that two different people can live the Golden Rule, yet apply it differently. Two different people will have two different ideas of what they want done to them.

Let us give two examples.

A local freeloader comes to Jim and asks him for a loan. Jim thinks, “If I needed a loan then I would want someone to give me one so I guess I’d better loan him money if I am to obey the Golden Rule.”

A similar freeloader comes to John, but John thinks differently. “When I was young I asked a friend for a loan and he denied it to me. This was the best thing that ever happened for it forced me to make the money on my own and changed my life for the better. If I obey the Golden Rule I will deny him the loan so he too may learn from his struggle.”

How about if someone was “down-and-out” and needed food?

If the person were in such a bad way then it would be dishonest for John to deny him, for any sane person would want help if he or his family were short on food. Assisting those in great need is always a good way to apply the Rule.

What if someone is a masochist and gets a warped pleasure from pain, such as being whipped? Should he go about whipping everyone in his path in order to obey the Rule?

Common sense tells us this violates the spirit of the Golden Rule as well as throwing into motion cause that can come back as a negative effect.

The principle of harmlessness also comes into play. If we want something done to us that would cause harm to another (if done to him) then we should not do it. The overriding principle to look at is cause and effect or reaping what we sow. Most of us have a sense of whether our actions are planting good or bad seeds. If we sincerely attempt to plant the good seed while doing unto others as we would have others do unto us then there is a good chance we will be using the Golden Rule as intended by the Master.

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Principle 34: You Find What You Are Looking For

This entry is part 30 of 98 in the series Principles

This is an offshoot of the spiritual principle behind: “energy follows thought.”

The principle is this. If you look for verification of something that you have a preconceived notion is true, then you will find evidence to prove it, at least to yourself. This will happen whether the notion is true or false.

Energy follows thought. Because of this then when one places attention on proving a thing, even if it is false, energy will be sent forth to retrieve evidence to support the illusion.

Conspiracy theories demonstrate this and there is probably no better example than the belief that going to the moon was part of a conspiracy and fabricated. As soon as this notion was conceived those who were looking in this direction found dozens of pieces of evidence confirming we did not go to the moon. Even though scientists have refuted all of these, millions of people have been duped to believe this because we find that version of truth that we look for.

The same goes for the 911 conspiracy theories, the John F. Kennedy assassination, the coming one world order and many others. When a person looks for evidence of his belief with a desire to find it then he will find what he is looking for. Even if the evidence supports a falsehood the seeker will believe it until he drops his preconceived notions and looks with fresh eyes.

Many are deceived because this principle is not understood and experience problems such as:

  1. Falling in love with the wrong person.
  2. Starting the wrong business.
  3. Loaning money and expecting it back.
  4. Falling for “get-rich-quick schemes.”
  5. Seeing their religious leader as being infallible.
  6. Seeing only good in their political party.
  7. Believing those who lie.

People fall for these and many other deceptions every day because they find what they look for rather than being centered on finding the truth.

So why is it that many are sure they have found verification of something that is false?

The answer is there are two types of seekers. Type one seeks for verification of a preconceived notion and type two seeks for the truth no matter where it leads.

Once in a while a preconceived notion turns out to be true but even if this is the case the seeker has not learned his most valuable lesson. If preconceived notions are the guide then the seeker will not be aware of when the truth is found or when error is seen as truth. His whole belief system will be off key.

The true seeker must have the goal of finding the truth, even if it upsets his belief system. There is a silver lining in this quest, however, because truth, once discovered and embraced, leads to enhanced livingness.

It is indeed possible to find the truth but it only happens to the person who first loves the truth above his preconceived notions.

If finding the truth is possible then how do we go about doing it?

If I had to answer this in a nutshell I would give this advice: Disconnect yourself from all preconceived notions and seek the truth wherever it leads. This is much more difficult to do than many realize for many there are who think they already do this who are far from this ideal. Expose yourself to all points of view on a subject and see in your mind’s eyes why the various views are accepted.

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Principle 35

This entry is part 31 of 98 in the series Principles

Ask and You Shall Receive

Seek and You Shall Find

Question: Two key words here are “ask” and “seek.” Why are they so important and key ingredients to becoming an initiate?

We human beings have a natural laziness and inertia that must be overcome. To ask and to seek takes effort and the natural instinct of human beings is to not put forth any effort unless we have to. If one has no thirst for new knowledge then why bother with the effort to get it? This is especially true when we consider that there are countless people out there who are happy to tell us what to believe.

Being told what to believe and accepting it takes no effort and removes the necessity to ask and to seek.

To initiate the task of asking and seeking is the first major step in freeing oneself from the mark of the Beast.

Are these statements really true? After all, it does seem that we do not always get what we ask for. Even one with a high degree of soul contact does not get all his answers in the short term. But the answer to every question is available to those who seek and do not give up. If the disciple continues on his quest and “endures to the end” he will one day find, in an unexpected moment, the answer to his question.

There are three things the disciple must do to successfully apply this principle.

First he must overcome the spiritual inertia that plagues us all. He must use an act of will to force himself forward on the path of asking questions and seeking the answers.

Secondly, he must ask the right questions. They must not be too simple or complex. By simple I mean something you can find out for yourself through Google or a good book. Why would your Higher Self be bothered to help you when you are not first trying to help yourself?

By complex I mean something that is several steps above your current thinking. You don’t seek immediate understanding of advanced math until you comprehend simple math. Seek the knowledge required for the next step in your progress, not for something 20 steps down the road. Seek for basic soul contact before you try to walk through a wall.

I remember when I first heard the advice of Jesus to seek and you will find when I was a kid. I thought this was a great promise because I had many questions. But then to my disappointment I found that just asking God for an answer did not seem to work. Finally, I found the following scripture which gave me encouragement. Here it is in a modern English translation.

Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You would shout up to him, “A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit and I’ve nothing to give him to eat.” He would call down from his bedroom, “Please don’t ask me to get up. The door is locked for the night and we are all in bed. I just can’t help you this time.”

But I’ll tell you this; though he won’t do it as a friend, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you everything you want; just because of your persistence. And so it is with prayer; keep on asking and you will keep on getting; keep on looking and you will keep on finding; knock and the door will be opened. Everyone who asks, receives; all who seek, find; and the door is opened to everyone who knocks. (Luke 11: 6-10)

Jesus taught a very important principle:

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For EVERY ONE that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, HOW MUCH MORE shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7: 7-11)

Indeed. We know how to give good gifts to our children, and whenever they ask for any good thing no matter how bad they have previously been, we will go out of our way to give it to them. We would not consider saying to our children: “I will forgive you for a certain time period, and then no more for all eternity.”

They think they are more righteous than God, that they will go to greater extremes to save their children than God will for us. NO, NO, NO!!! The opposite is true. God knows how to give better gifts than we do and when we ask for a good thing he is committed to give it to us. He has put no time limit on it. He did not say ask only if you are righteous, but merely ASK.

When a seeker sincerely asks and/or seeks for greater knowledge the request is sent to the higher realms where all truth is available. Time in this realm is sometimes called the “Eternal Now” and your request is impregnated there as in a womb. If this womb is nourished by thought and desire then eventually new truth will be given birth to your understanding. The answer you seek may come instantly or it may take many years. I have received answers in unexpected moments, years and even decades after I first sought for the answer.

Conclusion: When we ask and seek without ceasing, energy follows our thought until that which is sought is found and that which is asked for is received.

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Principle 36

This entry is part 32 of 98 in the series Principles

The Principle of Cycles

There are repetitions or cycles involved in many aspects of time and space. Some cycles repeat with precision and others just roughly. What is the difference?

Many of the cycles in nature repeat with great precision. Two macrocosmic examples would be the length of a day and a year. A microcosmic example would be the half-life of radioactive elements. It is interesting though that even these very stable cycles will change slowly over time.

Other cycles in nature are not so precise. For instance, the seasons from a larger point of view are very predicable but exactly how the seasons will play out is not. Some summers are hotter than others and sometimes there is an Indian Summer that extends into the fall.

I would categorize the cycles this way. There are cycles of low resistance and high resistance. The cycles which are very predictable are those of low resistance. For instance, the earth circles the Sun in the vacuum of space. Because its motion is met with very little resistance the length of each year is extremely consistent.

On the other hand, let’s look at Ed who undergoes cycles of being asleep and awake. He loves his sleep and when it is time to get up he always feels the need to get more sleep. He knows he must rise and shine but his body has a high hesitance to moving into the awake cycle. He can usually force himself to wake up when the alarm goes off but sometimes he just turns it off and goes back to sleep. Then on days off he sleeps till around noon but rarely rises at the same time on these occasions.

From a larger view we know that Ed will go through cycles of being awake and asleep and nothing can prevent this. But unlike cycles of low resistance it is difficult to predict when the shift will occur.

So, how accurately can one predict the future by analyzing the repetition of cycles and if we understand cycles why can we not predict the future with greater accuracy?

Because two things are at play, predicting the future in detail is very difficult.

History and time are composed of cycles within cycles within cycles. We can develop an elementary understanding of some of these cycles but others are beyond our reach for they encompass great quantities of time.

We find that cycles which have high resistance create wild cards that make two things difficult. First, it makes it difficult to assess the point when one cycle will end and the other begins and, secondly, it makes it difficult to predict the exact happenings within a cycle.

Prediction is much easier when we are dealing with low resistant cycles. For instance, scientists have studied the cycles of the moon and have calculated that it is moving further away from the earth at a rte of about 1.5 inches per year. It’s low resistant cycles are so predictable that they can tell us how far away the moon will be in a million and even a billion years.

Because of the low resistance of space they can send a rocket to Pluto, billions of miles away, and arrange for it to arrive at the exact location predicted almost a decade later.

Another thing that helps to understand the difficulty of prediction is that time does not progress in circular order but as a spiral. Instead of going in an exact circle each orbit of time and creation goes in an ever expanding spiral until a maximum is reached. Then a reversal occurs and the spiral gets smaller as creation disintegrates.

Even with the difficulties of prediction, students of history have a huge advantage when attempting to assess the future. If we had a knowledge of the past dating back millions of years we could be much wiser still in looking ahead, but just looking back a couple thousand years will tell us much of what we can expect in the years to come.

How can you use the knowledge of cycles beneficially in your own life?

One thing you can do is to calculate your biorhythm cycles which start at birth. They are three in number as follows:

(A) The physical (23 days), describing your physical energy, reflexes, strength and stamina.

(B) The emotional (28 days), describing your emotional stability and empathy.

(C) The intellectual (33 days), describing your mental aptitude, creativity and problem-solving capabilities.

Here is a site that gives free biorhythm charts:

http://www.facade.com/biorhythm/

DK tells us that we have ten year cycles in our lives and if we examine the last ten years it will give us clues as to what to expect in the next ten years.

The Saturn cycle of just over 29 years is also a helpful one to study. If we are lucky we go through three of these in a lifetime. Each of these is like a lifetime within a lifetime and a new cycle brings a lot of opportunities.

It is also helpful to examine your life for cycles of giving and receiving, learning and using that which is absorbed. Try and assess if you re in a receptive mode or a giving radiant one.

Overall the basic principle of cycles is this: Cycles are repetitions in time. Some repetitions are one hundred percent predictable, such as birth and death, building and destruction, but within and without of these major cycles are greater and lesser cycles that may be understood using the Law of Correspondences. One cycle is like another, but with subtle differences that must be seen with the intuition.

The principle of cycles is what makes prophecy possible. We have heard that “history repeats itself.” This is because of the principle of cycles. However, the one thing that we can rely on about the repetition of history is the birth and death of kingdoms and nations. That which happens between the birth and death is also cyclic but not exact repetitions. The reason they are not exact is because the cycles of time move forward in a great spiral, ever progressing. Because time moves in a spiral a revolution brings one to a different location, but similar situation than before.

Young people often do not like to study history. This is partially due to the method of teaching it and the forced memorization of dry date, names and events. But when the student understands the law of cycles and that which he reads of in the past will reappear in the future in a different form, history becomes fascinating. It then becomes more interesting than any video game as one puts the pieces of the puzzle together to see what will happen tomorrow and how it can be changed for the better.

“Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity we shall harness the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Principle 37

This entry is part 33 of 98 in the series Principles

Becoming – or – Eternal Progression

(1) What is the difference between the state of being and becoming? What state are you in now?

Being and Becoming are merely two aspects of the great duality. Other manifestations of duality include such things as positive and negative, male and female, hot and cold, up and down, light and dark etc.

Many teach that the state of Being is the most desirable or even the ultimate state of existence, but that is like saying one sex is better than the other or hot is better than cold. The truth is both parts of duality are essential and pretty much equal in importance in the overall scheme of things.

The state of Being is a state of rest or inactivity where an entity recharges and absorbs the qualities of his last stage of Becoming. But after the rest is finished the pilgrim will again venture forth into the state of Becoming so he can continue to grow in intelligence and enjoyment of existence.

Both states are eternal just as duality itself is eternal.

(2) Most of the religions teach of an ultimate goal or salvation that, when reached, the entity will rest in bliss for eternity. Why would this be a disaster?

The answer to this should be obvious, but unfortunately it is not for billions of religious people throughout the world. They really think they can be in some static and blissful state with God for eternity and be satisfied. But think about it. No matter how good a food is you will get bored with it if that is all you eat. No matter how fun a ride is you would be driven crazy if you did it 24 hours a day. No matter how much you enjoy sleep, sooner or later you have had enough and want to rise and do something.

All life desires and flourishes with change and variety.

(3) Why is eternal progression desirable?

If we were to cease to progress then we would have no purpose. Without purpose there are no decisions and without the exercise of decision life itself diminishes until it becomes as if it never was. Because life needs the food of progress and change we move forward and continue our existence toward the Great Unknown.

(4) What is the one thing that never changes?

The only thing we know for sure that never changes is change itself. It is always occurring and will continue to occur in future universes.

We, as humans, often approach change kicking and screaming with resistance but, if accepted with the right attitude, change works toward our own good.

Even though all creations of form appear, disintegrate and reappear, time and cycles themselves eternally manifest. This means we can eternally progress and are eternally Becoming. In between cycles of Becoming we enter cycles of Being and blissful rest.

It is the natural desire of our lower nature to want an ultimate reality or achievement so when this is reached one can cease in the great struggle and enjoy bliss and satisfaction forever. What needs to be realized is that after a period of achievement and resting on the laurels of the past the pilgrim becomes bored and again desires to enter the game and struggle of life.

We ourselves are subject to a great cycle and that is the cyclic impulse to manifest, to live and to move forward no matter what the risk. Because of this we are in a state of eternally Becoming and eternally progressing. It is fortunate indeed that we never reach a state that makes us eternally content. If we did then all that gives life meaning and purpose would cease to be. Instead we decide TO BE and Becoming cyclically manifests.

To be, or not to be, that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles

And by opposing end them. To die—to sleep,

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to: ’tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;

To sleep, perchance to dream—ay, there’s the rub:

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come…

Shakespeare

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