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hpr1150 :: Hacking Karma And Reincarnation With The Forgiveness Discipline

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I recently ran an educational event for a society concerned with Mysticism 
and as such, gave the first speech. I recorded it "on the fly," so there 
are problems with the recording, and I had to cut a few comments that 
were too soft to be picked up at all by my head-mounted microphone. 

What follows is the script I wrote for the first three-quarters of the 
presentation.

==================================================================

The first thing to understand is that we are not really discussing the 
traditional idea of forgiveness.  We are talking about a whole new 
ballgame. This really is not your parents idea of forgiveness.  Let's 
have an example of old-school forgiveness.

"Well, you really did it. This is a real, and a really bad, situation, 
and it happens to be your fault. But I'm going to forgive you for what 
you did. You don't deserve this, but I'm just so much more perfect than you, 
I'm going to do this anyway. Because I have Jesus. By the way, you don't.
And you will always be screwing up. You could stop screwing up, but 
you wont. Because your not as great a person as I am. You could begin 
to agree with me about everything, but you won't. You could even 
believe every last thing I believe. But you won't. So, unlike me, 
there is no hope of you going to heaven. I will, but you wont. And 
I might not look sad about this, but I really do feel sorry for you."

I had a little bit of fun writing this. What's wrong with this? Well, 
just about everything. But the worst part of all of this is that it 
treats both the world, and things people do in it, as real.

Now, as a society of mystics, there are problems with what has been 
called the "objectiveness" of reality. That is to say, we actually have 
no guarantee that what we experience is actually real. I'm sure you've 
heard phrases like "the world is Maya" which roughly translates into 
illusion. It's appeared in popular culture, like in films like "the 
Matrix," where all of the world is a computer simulation. 

There are also several philosophical thought experiments, like what if 
we were a brain kept in a vat by a mad scientist that was doing some 
experiment where he was feeding it data. When you get right down to 
it, just about the only thing you can tell is that some mental data is 
coming in, and something we identify as our mind is experiencing that 
data. 

Such talk is of course, "heavy metaphysics." Let's simplify it in a 
couple of analogies.

Now, me and a few friends deeply enjoy going into the movies. You 
know, you go into a big auditorium and the lights go down and there are 
very real looking images on a screen that move and a lot of involving 
dialogue. Now if we were viewing a movie for a second time, we might 
know that a certain characters decision would lead, in the course of 
the movie, to a certain bad outcome. If we were to stand on the stage 
and try to engage the character to warn him, though, that would be 
foolish. Certainly you can see that the movie would continue through 
to the inevitable conflict, which wouldn't change. Now, if we could 
get into the projectionist's cabinet and mess with the projector and 
the film, then we might be able to change the course the of movie!

What I'm trying to lead you to, is that there is a spiritual 
discipline aimed at leading to actually changing the film. This is 
because if you just try to interact with what is happening in the 
film, you are never going to change anything.

But we don't have to look at it like a film. Another analogy serves 
well, that of a dreaming child.

If you were a mother, and you were watching you're sleeping child, you 
may be able to see that it would be dreaming. You know, you would see 
the child in the bed asleep, but it might be saying something to 
someone in the dream. It might physically twitch in a way that you 
would say "oh, the dream is about running." Something like that. You 
might even be able to see that the child is having a nightmare. Now, 
you know that for the sleeping child, "reality" has been replaced with 
a dream. Replaced even with a nightmare. But you, as loving parent, 
would you shake the child shouting "wake up wake up your having a 
nightmare!" Of course not, you would shock the hell out of the child. 
You might, however, say soothing things, like "none of this is real, 
and soon you well wake up and see that it is nothing but a dream. The 
whole thing you think you're going through is just a bunch of 
illusions." Now, I'm sure like me, you've had an experience of waking 
to finding dialogue in a dream to actually be some talk that was going 
on around you while you were asleep. The thing is that from the 
perspective of the dreamer having the nightmare, that hearing the 
whisper from the outside is the sign that I recently ran an educational event for a society concerned with Mysticism 
and as such, gave the first speech. I recorded it "on the fly," so there 
are problems with the recording, and I had to cut a few comments that 
were too soft to be picked up at all by my head-mounted microphone. 

What follows is the script I wrote for the first three-quarters of the 
presentation.

==================================================================

The first thing to understand is that we are not really discussing the 
traditional idea of forgiveness.  We are talking about a whole new 
ballgame. This really is not your parents idea of forgiveness.  Let's 
have an example of old-school forgiveness.

"Well, you really did it. This is a real, and a really bad, situation, 
and it happens to be your fault. But I'm going to forgive you for what 
you did. You don't deserve this, but I'm just so much more perfect than you, 
I'm going to do this anyway. Because I have Jesus. By the way, you don't.
And you will always be screwing up. You could stop screwing up, but 
you wont. Because your not as great a person as I am. You could begin 
to agree with me about everything, but you won't. You could even 
believe every last thing I believe. But you won't. So, unlike me, 
there is no hope of you going to heaven. I will, but you wont. And 
I might not look sad about this, but I really do feel sorry for you."

I had a little bit of fun writing this. What's wrong with this? Well, 
just about everything. But the worst part of all of this is that it 
treats both the world, and things people do in it, as real.

Now, as a society of mystics, there are problems with what has been 
called the "objectiveness" of reality. That is to say, we actually have 
no guarantee that what we experience is actually real. I'm sure you've 
heard phrases like "the world is Maya" which roughly translates into 
illusion. It's appeared in popular culture, like in films like "the 
Matrix," where all of the world is a computer simulation. 

There are also several philosophical thought experiments, like what if 
we were a brain kept in a vat by a mad scientist that was doing some 
experiment where he was feeding it data. When you get right down to 
it, just about the only thing you can tell is that some mental data is 
coming in, and something we identify as our mind is experiencing that 
data. 

Such talk is of course, "heavy metaphysics." Let's simplify it in a 
couple of analogies.

Now, me and a few friends deeply enjoy going into the movies. You 
know, you go into a big auditorium and the lights go down and there are 
very real looking images on a screen that move and a lot of involving 
dialogue. Now if we were viewing a movie for a second time, we might 
know that a certain characters decision would lead, in the course of 
the movie, to a certain bad outcome. If we were to stand on the stage 
and try to engage the character to warn him, though, that would be 
foolish. Certainly you can see that the movie would continue through 
to the inevitable conflict, which wouldn't change. Now, if we could 
get into the projectionist's cabinet and mess with the projector and 
the film, then we might be able to change the course the of movie!

What I'm trying to lead you to, is that there is a spiritual 
discipline aimed at leading to actually changing the film. This is 
because if you just try to interact with what is happening in the 
film, you are never going to change anything.

But we don't have to look at it like a film. Another analogy serves 
well, that of a dreaming child.

If you were a mother, and you were watching you're sleeping child, you 
may be able to see that it would be dreaming. You know, you would see 
the child in the bed asleep, but it might be saying something to 
someone in the dream. It might physically twitch in a way that you 
would say "oh, the dream is about running." Something like that. You 
might even be able to see that the child is having a nightmare. Now, 
you know that for the sleeping child, "reality" has been replaced with 
a dream. Replaced even with a nightmare. But you, as loving parent, 
would you shake the child shouting "wake up wake up your having a 
nightmare!" Of course not, you would shock the hell out of the child. 
You might, however, say soothing things, like "none of this is real, 
and soon you well wake up and see that it is nothing but a dream. The 
whole thing you think you're going through is just a bunch of 
illusions." Now, I'm sure like me, you've had an experience of waking 
to finding dialogue in a dream to actually be some talk that was going 
on around you while you were asleep. The thing is that from the 
perspective of the dreamer having the nightmare, that hearing the 
whisper from the outside is the sign that the battle is halfway over. 
AT that point you're coming out of it!

Now, this analogy of the dreamer is actually very interesting. Think 
of night, asleep. Imagine yourself, you go to bed, you go through a 
little adventure, then another, then you wake up and do whatever you 
do with a day. Looking at it from this perspective, you can see that 
an issue of levels begins to form. Imagine yourself going into a life, 
being born, having a bunch of these awake-or-dreaming cycles, dying, 
and jumping into a another life again. 

Also, when you look at the dreams, there is no reality that the 
dreamer is experiencing. It is all in his or her head! 

I've almost explained the whole analogy to you, but I did leave off 
the voice trying to lead you to waking up, didn't I. Well, that is the 
Holy Spirit trying to lead you back to God. I, like others, believe 
that the nursery is really where we are with God, and the Holy spirit 
is his voice leading us back to Him.


So, maybe you're asking yourself why I'm bringing God and the Holy 
Spirit into this. The reason is because God is the reality here. God 
is the ultimate reality, and I contend that what we're experiencing 
is a dream. This, all around is, is the made up part. Or you could 
call it our inferior creation. Like a dream, it is all in our head.

I would like to point out to you that I'm introducing new concepts 
here. I said "our head." Really, "our mind." Something I've been 
discussing with Ron for quite a while is the metaphysical idea of the 
one-souled universe. We're all in one mind, that is generating a 
simulation of many people, like a novelist imagining people for a 
novel!

And I've also said something else as a new term to elaborate on, which 
is the concept of "our inferior creation." This is a little more 
complex to explain.

We all say that God is perfect. It's kind of a constant in the 
religious experience. Perhaps you've noticed that there is a lot of 
not-perfect stuff going on around us. I ask you, could God, a perfect 
being, create something imperfect?

Well, God, as an all-knowing and perfect being, can do a hell of a 
lot, but if he were to create something that was not perfect, it would 
show a lack of foresight on his part. A lack of foresight is not a 
quality of a perfect being, and from that we can tell that anything 
God created would be perfect. Since this world around us is not 
perfect, we can tell that God did not create it! (An "Eureka" moment!)

Now, this rabbit whole goes on a bit further than this, but it's been 
many minutes since I've started now, hasn't it. I don't want to put 
you to sleep, so we're going to break things up with a practical. Now 
that I've imparted to you what I think is the minimum to understanding 
the metaphysics behind this, what I want to lead you through is a 
practical exercise, a "long form" forgiveness prayer. We're going to 
do this in just a minute!

You see, I have a problem in presenting this to you. It's a big topic. 
I've listened to speakers and read a few books. I've gotten a long way 
from my example of old-school forgiveness. To show you the difference, 
I've had to explain a bit. But now we have enough to try a long-form 
forgiveness prayer together. We can then build on ideas some more, We 
can use this exercise to give you a taste of the process.

The title is, you see, "forgiveness as a discipline." The idea is to 
train your mind, so that over time you move from automatically judging 
to automatically forgiving. My darling wife is quite fond of pointing 
out to me that there are plenty of things I am not forgiving! But the 
truth is that it is like playing a musical instrument. The first time 
you do it, you suck! You only get better with practice. We would all 
like a shortcut, a way of attending a brief lecture and walking out as 
enlightened as Buddha or Jesus, but I never promised you, and I hope 
you never believed, that you could become a spiritual master with no 
practice. It takes a learning curve!

Now I say that we're doing a "long form." I have done this so much 
that I have memorized this, as well as what I call "short form." But 
long form is a great place to start, because it is very detailed we 
can look at each part of it to see what it is calling for. 

So join me in prayer, won't you!

Relax, and pick a person or a situation to forgive. It doesn't have to 
be "the big one," although that might be a good one to try. Now, if 
after our practice you actually succeed in forgiving "it" perfectly, 
then you will have learned a lesson in forgiving something. The Holy 
Spirit will then do the hard work for you, moving through all possible 
life's to take that obstacle from your path, as you have overcome it. 
If you need to try again, if you don't fully forgive, or if in the 
day-to-day practice of this (if you decide to take it on as a 
lifestyle) you forget to forgive something, you can rest assured that 
the Holy Spirit will place a near identical experience in your path 
again. This is why we say "forgiveness shrinks the universe." It 
shrinks the things we are to be exposed to in our lives.

The words themselves are not important. The point is to train you mind 
to forgive-as-a-default-action, as opposed to being in a mode of being 
always judgmental.

So pick a person or situation you would like to forgive. Envision it in 
your mind's eye, and think along with me (or say aloud if you 
prefer.)

"Your not really there,
And if I think your guilty, or the cause of a problem,
And I made you up,
Then the imagined guilt or fear must be in me!
Since the separation from God never occurred,
I forgive both of us, for things that, never really happened!
Now, there is nothing but innocence,
And I join in the Holy Spirit in peace."

And then imagine yourself releasing what's in your minds eye to the 
Holy Spirit. It will do the hard stuff!


So let's step through this longish forgiveness exercise.

"Your not really there" is a generally reminder of the un-reality of 
what is being experienced.

"If I think your guilty... through ...guilt or fear must be in me." 
This hearkens back to the sleeping child analogy. Remember the idea of 
still being in God's nursery but having a dream. 

"since the separation from God never occurred," reminds us again that 
we are still with God, and still experiencing this dream of a world 
the mind created separate from God. Since the separation from God is 
not real, we are once again reminded that this is our inferior and 
unreal dream.

"I forgive both of us for things that never really happened." Now I 
don't have to beat you on the head again for the "never really 
happened" part, but "forgive both of us" needs a little explanation. 

Since there is only one mind, which is dreaming of what things would 
be like without God (IE, an imperfect world subject to death, decay, 
chaos, things falling apart, etc.) Since there is only one mind, what 
do you really do when you place yourself in judgment of what is 
seemingly another person. While our conscious mind thinks it is a 
separate and unique thing, the unconscious mind knows that we are 
really one thing fooling ourselves into believing that we are 
different things. Thus, when you judge another, you are sending a 
clear message to the subconscious, that the whole of existence is 
deserving of harsh judgment! Thus, when you judge another, in the 
subconscious where we are all connected, you are actually judging 
yourself, saying that you yourself are worthy of condemnation. This is 
the trick, which is why when you wish bad on another, something bad 
happens to you. This is why how you look at what appears to be your 
fellow man greatly determines how you are viewed by your fellow man!

"Now there is nothing but innocence, I join the with the Holy Spirit
in peace." This reminds us of the fact that since there is nothing 
really happening, that there can be no guilt, for we can't be guilty 
for things that aren't happening.

Let's look at the metaphysics of forgiveness. Because now that we have 
a basic understanding of this discipline, we have what we need to see 
some important implications.

A common question when looking at this discipline, is why a simple 
idea like "what would it be like to have a creation without God" would 
actually need to be played out. The truth is that the idea is not 
being played out. But in order to pretend that it is, the illusion of 
time must be created in order to be able to have "he did this, then 
did that, etc." Going back to the analogy of the sleeping child, did 
you have have the experience that some dreams seem epic, taking a huge 
amount of time, and other dreams seem to be quick. Remember that 
really, the dreamer is having the lucid part of the dream for a few 
minutes! In other words, time itself is an illusion. So if you ever 
hear anybody talking in the terms of your parents old-school 
metaphysics, that when you get to Heaven all these people you missed 
since they passed away will be there waiting for you, you can now ask 
yourself if there is really any time outside of this level of reality. 
Do you really think an ascended master is really waiting for us for 
these thousands of years?! No! Time only exists here, once the dream 
ends, you are outside of the construct of the dream, and in the 
eternal. There is no waiting to be gone through on the other side!

Another question is why this seems to keep going on and on. So I want 
to remind you of the movie theater analogy. If the movie is boring, 
I mean dead boring, what do you do? You leave the theater! You see, 
there has to be all this drama here to keep people from waking up and 
walking out. I mentioned the pop culture movie "The Matrix" before. 
Remember when Smith is interrogating Orpheus? He says something like 
"you know, this isn't the first first matrix. The first matrix was 
perfect, there was no conflict or fights in it. You know what 
happened? People kept waking up! Deep down they thought nothing could 
be this perfect and woke up from the dream." Politics is a great 
source of un-forgiveness, and you can still play with politics all you 
want. This discipline does not ever require that you give up 
relationships or any odd possessions or hobbies you are passionate 
about. It does, however, teach the mind to put you in control of 
whether or not you want to continue with the illusion. You can keep 
enjoying the world all you want but be mindful of what it is. Try to 
change the world? In a way you can't. But you can  keep trying all 
you want. Just understand that it is an expression of your love for 
your fellows that you are trying to change the world for the better. 
Some of you know that I dream of a dream-world where our countries 
current party structure dies off, but I know that even if it does, 
whatever emerges will still be totally screwed up. 

Before wrapping up, I want to explain the relationship of 
non-forgiveness in the metaphysics. When two things are in 
relationship, and asserting that they are what they are and they 
reject another thing that they are not, they are creating a rift in 
time and space between them.  "What?!" you may say. This needs 
example. If I say, "I am me, a guy, and I am not a woman!" That 
statement is what creates the separation of male and female. It is 
actually a statement of rejection, rejecting, in this example, 
"womanliness." That creates a duality in the dream that can be examined 
through the illusions of time and space. In this example, the space 
and time of the illusion must expand to accommodate the exploration of 
the other. Now, if in this example we could forgive the women their 
"womanliness," then the universe would shrink as all the experiences of 
the other ceased to be needed. 

Now, when I started this, I was one of those "this world is a veil of 
tears" people. And I started explicitly to get off the wheel of 
reincarnation. But a funny thing happened as I practiced this 
technique, and that is that as all the possible bad experiences were 
learned and no longer needed to be learned again, then all those good 
things I don't want to give up remained. There is, of course, 
absolutely nothing wrong with wanted to not be reincarnated again.  
And people who are more serious than I am say that with this 
technique, you could finish up in three or four lifetimes. But you 
have to keep in mind what that means. It means no more "identity." No 
more "you-ness" as you gradually fold more and more of your uniqueness 
into the great super-consciousness.  Another aspect of old-school 
forgiveness is that you are actually doing it because something else 
needs for you to it. There is no anything else! So don't forgive like 
this for somebody else sake. Forgive because it benefits you! If you 
do this, do this because you know it leads to greater control over 
your existence. Do it because your relationships will improve as you 
look at those illusory others in a better light!

And that's is my conclusion. One thing left, and that is to tell you 
the short-form forgiveness prayer. You know, just in case you want to 
do this yourself, you would need a short quick one from time to time. 
But remember, it is not the actually words that need to be said or 
thought, it is the attitude that they train you to have.

You're a creature of pure spirit,
Whole and innocent,
All is forgiven, and released!the battle is halfway over. 
AT that point you're coming out of it!

Now, this analogy of the dreamer is actually very interesting. Think 
of night, asleep. Imagine yourself, you go to bed, you go through a 
little adventure, then another, then you wake up and do whatever you 
do with a day. Looking at it from this perspective, you can see that 
an issue of levels begins to form. Imagine yourself going into a life, 
being born, having a bunch of these awake-or-dreaming cycles, dying, 
and jumping into a another life again. 

Also, when you look at the dreams, there is no reality that the 
dreamer is experiencing. It is all in his or her head! 

I've almost explained the whole analogy to you, but I did leave off 
the voice trying to lead you to waking up, didn't I. Well, that is the 
Holy Spirit trying to lead you back to God. I, like others, believe 
that the nursery is really where we are with God, and the Holy spirit 
is his voice leading us back to Him.


So, maybe you're asking yourself why I'm bringing God and the Holy 
Spirit into this. The reason is because God is the reality here. God 
is the ultimate reality, and I contend that what we're experiencing 
is a dream. This, all around is, is the made up part. Or you could 
call it our inferior creation. Like a dream, it is all in our head.

I would like to point out to you that I'm introducing new concepts 
here. I said "our head." Really, "our mind." Something I've been 
discussing with Ron for quite a while is the metaphysical idea of the 
one-souled universe. We're all in one mind, that is generating a 
simulation of many people, like a novelist imagining people for a 
novel!

And I've also said something else as a new term to elaborate on, which 
is the concept of "our inferior creation." This is a little more 
complex to explain.

We all say that God is perfect. It's kind of a constant in the 
religious experience. Perhaps you've noticed that there is a lot of 
not-perfect stuff going on around us. I ask you, could God, a perfect 
being, create something imperfect?

Well, God, as an all-knowing and perfect being, can do a hell of a 
lot, but if he were to create something that was not perfect, it would 
show a lack of foresight on his part. A lack of foresight is not a 
quality of a perfect being, and from that we can tell that anything 
God created would be perfect. Since this world around us is not 
perfect, we can tell that God did not create it! (An "Eureka" moment!)

Now, this rabbit whole goes on a bit further than this, but it's been 
many minutes since I've started now, hasn't it. I don't want to put 
you to sleep, so we're going to break things up with a practical. Now 
that I've imparted to you what I think is the minimum to understanding 
the metaphysics behind this, what I want to lead you through is a 
practical exercise, a "long form" forgiveness prayer. We're going to 
do this in just a minute!

You see, I have a problem in presenting this to you. It's a big topic. 
I've listened to speakers and read a few books. I've gotten a long way 
from my example of old-school forgiveness. To show you the difference, 
I've had to explain a bit. But now we have enough to try a long-form 
forgiveness prayer together. We can then build on ideas some more, We 
can use this exercise to give you a taste of the process.

The title is, you see, "forgiveness as a discipline." The idea is to 
train your mind, so that over time you move from automatically judging 
to automatically forgiving. My darling wife is quite fond of pointing 
out to me that there are plenty of things I am not forgiving! But the 
truth is that it is like playing a musical instrument. The first time 
you do it, you suck! You only get better with practice. We would all 
like a shortcut, a way of attending a brief lecture and walking out as 
enlightened as Buddha or Jesus, but I never promised you, and I hope 
you never believed, that you could become a spiritual master with no 
practice. It takes a learning curve!

Now I say that we're doing a "long form." I have done this so much 
that I have memorized this, as well as what I call "short form." But 
long form is a great place to start, because it is very detailed we 
can look at each part of it to see what it is calling for. 

So join me in prayer, won't you!

Relax, and pick a person or a situation to forgive. It doesn't have to 
be "the big one," although that might be a good one to try. Now, if 
after our practice you actually succeed in forgiving "it" perfectly, 
then you will have learned a lesson in forgiving something. The Holy 
Spirit will then do the hard work for you, moving through all possible 
life's to take that obstacle from your path, as you have overcome it. 
If you need to try again, if you don't fully forgive, or if in the 
day-to-day practice of this (if you decide to take it on as a 
lifestyle) you forget to forgive something, you can rest assured that 
the Holy Spirit will place a near identical experience in your path 
again. This is why we say "forgiveness shrinks the universe." It 
shrinks the things we are to be exposed to in our lives.

The words themselves are not important. The point is to train you mind 
to forgive-as-a-default-action, as opposed to being in a mode of being 
always judgmental.

So pick a person or situation you would like to forgive. Envision it in 
your mind's eye, and think along with me (or say aloud if you 
prefer.)

"Your not really there,
And if I think your guilty, or the cause of a problem,
And I made you up,
Then the imagined guilt or fear must be in me!
Since the separation from God never occurred,
I forgive both of us, for things that, never really happened!
Now, there is nothing but innocence,
And I join in the Holy Spirit in peace."

And then imagine yourself releasing what's in your minds eye to the 
Holy Spirit. It will do the hard stuff!


So let's step through this longish forgiveness exercise.

"Your not really there" is a generally reminder of the un-reality of 
what is being experienced.

"If I think your guilty... through ...guilt or fear must be in me." 
This hearkens back to the sleeping child analogy. Remember the idea of 
still being in God's nursery but having a dream. 

"since the separation from God never occurred," reminds us again that 
we are still with God, and still experiencing this dream of a world 
the mind created separate from God. Since the separation from God is 
not real, we are once again reminded that this is our inferior and 
unreal dream.

"I forgive both of us for things that never really happened." Now I 
don't have to beat you on the head again for the "never really 
happened" part, but "forgive both of us" needs a little explanation. 

Since there is only one mind, which is dreaming of what things would 
be like without God (IE, an imperfect world subject to death, decay, 
chaos, things falling apart, etc.) Since there is only one mind, what 
do you really do when you place yourself in judgment of what is 
seemingly another person. While our conscious mind thinks it is a 
separate and unique thing, the unconscious mind knows that we are 
really one thing fooling ourselves into believing that we are 
different things. Thus, when you judge another, you are sending a 
clear message to the subconscious, that the whole of existence is 
deserving of harsh judgment! Thus, when you judge another, in the 
subconscious where we are all connected, you are actually judging 
yourself, saying that you yourself are worthy of condemnation. This is 
the trick, which is why when you wish bad on another, something bad 
happens to you. This is why how you look at what appears to be your 
fellow man greatly determines how you are viewed by your fellow man!

"Now there is nothing but innocence, I join the with the Holy Spirit
in peace." This reminds us of the fact that since there is nothing 
really happening, that there can be no guilt, for we can't be guilty 
for things that aren't happening.

Let's look at the metaphysics of forgiveness. Because now that we have 
a basic understanding of this discipline, we have what we need to see 
some important implications.

A common question when looking at this discipline, is why a simple 
idea like "what would it be like to have a creation without God" would 
actually need to be played out. The truth is that the idea is not 
being played out. But in order to pretend that it is, the illusion of 
time must be created in order to be able to have "he did this, then 
did that, etc." Going back to the analogy of the sleeping child, did 
you have have the experience that some dreams seem epic, taking a huge 
amount of time, and other dreams seem to be quick. Remember that 
really, the dreamer is having the lucid part of the dream for a few 
minutes! In other words, time itself is an illusion. So if you ever 
hear anybody talking in the terms of your parents old-school 
metaphysics, that when you get to Heaven all these people you missed 
since they passed away will be there waiting for you, you can now ask 
yourself if there is really any time outside of this level of reality. 
Do you really think an ascended master is really waiting for us for 
these thousands of years?! No! Time only exists here, once the dream 
ends, you are outside of the construct of the dream, and in the 
eternal. There is no waiting to be gone through on the other side!

Another question is why this seems to keep going on and on. So I want 
to remind you of the movie theater analogy. If the movie is boring, 
I mean dead boring, what do you do? You leave the theater! You see, 
there has to be all this drama here to keep people from waking up and 
walking out. I mentioned the pop culture movie "The Matrix" before. 
Remember when Smith is interrogating Orpheus? He says something like 
"you know, this isn't the first first matrix. The first matrix was 
perfect, there was no conflict or fights in it. You know what 
happened? People kept waking up! Deep down they thought nothing could 
be this perfect and woke up from the dream." Politics is a great 
source of un-forgiveness, and you can still play with politics all you 
want. This discipline does not ever require that you give up 
relationships or any odd possessions or hobbies you are passionate 
about. It does, however, teach the mind to put you in control of 
whether or not you want to continue with the illusion. You can keep 
enjoying the world all you want but be mindful of what it is. Try to 
change the world? In a way you can't. But you can  keep trying all 
you want. Just understand that it is an expression of your love for 
your fellows that you are trying to change the world for the better. 
Some of you know that I dream of a dream-world where our countries 
current party structure dies off, but I know that even if it does, 
whatever emerges will still be totally screwed up. 

Before wrapping up, I want to explain the relationship of 
non-forgiveness in the metaphysics. When two things are in 
relationship, and asserting that they are what they are and they 
reject another thing that they are not, they are creating a rift in 
time and space between them.  "What?!" you may say. This needs 
example. If I say, "I am me, a guy, and I am not a woman!" That 
statement is what creates the separation of male and female. It is 
actually a statement of rejection, rejecting, in this example, 
"womanliness." That creates a duality in the dream that can be examined 
through the illusions of time and space. In this example, the space 
and time of the illusion must expand to accommodate the exploration of 
the other. Now, if in this example we could forgive the women their 
"womanliness," then the universe would shrink as all the experiences of 
the other ceased to be needed. 

Now, when I started this, I was one of those "this world is a veil of 
tears" people. And I started explicitly to get off the wheel of 
reincarnation. But a funny thing happened as I practiced this 
technique, and that is that as all the possible bad experiences were 
learned and no longer needed to be learned again, then all those good 
things I don't want to give up remained. There is, of course, 
absolutely nothing wrong with wanted to not be reincarnated again.  
And people who are more serious than I am say that with this 
technique, you could finish up in three or four lifetimes. But you 
have to keep in mind what that means. It means no more "identity." No 
more "you-ness" as you gradually fold more and more of your uniqueness 
into the great super-consciousness.  Another aspect of old-school 
forgiveness is that you are actually doing it because something else 
needs for you to it. There is no anything else! So don't forgive like 
this for somebody else sake. Forgive because it benefits you! If you 
do this, do this because you know it leads to greater control over 
your existence. Do it because your relationships will improve as you 
look at those illusory others in a better light!

And that's is my conclusion. One thing left, and that is to tell you 
the short-form forgiveness prayer. You know, just in case you want to 
do this yourself, you would need a short quick one from time to time. 
But remember, it is not the actually words that need to be said or 
thought, it is the attitude that they train you to have.

You're a creature of pure spirit,
Whole and innocent,
All is forgiven, and released!


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