Saturday, January 6, 2018
Living in faith, working on faith
7:20 a.m. My friends, I am nearly finished in my initial edit (adding subheads) to the book of Nathaniel that I am thinking about as Only Somewhat real. It will take a while to prepare for publication, and then I will have not one but two books reading for press, and the prospect of publishing them only one per year, with It’s All One World not slated till September, and Awakening from the 3D World not even beginning to sell except a few through TMI and my friends. I feel fortunate to have a publisher at all, given how few books sell, and at the same time I feel like I’m working strictly on faith, as the only sign that the books will live is the individual feedback I get (certainly not the sales figures.)
So now I’m toying with the idea of trying to write a book spelling out the new world-view I have been given, these past 25 years – 35 years, come to think of it, if we date from the Shirley MacLaine conference. Maybe it’s too much to ask that people accompany me on the journey. Maybe they need a shorter, simpler precis. So I’m inviting your thoughts on the matter.
Record what you got Thursday and Friday.
[Thursday 8:35 a.m. “My God, this is good stuff, but it’s all hidden! That popped out of my mouth as I was editing the book of Nathaniel. I’m going to have to produce summaries.]
[Friday 8:30 a.m. Editing the Nathaniel book, having to fight despair in two flavors. Despair of ever getting a good enough handle on it to be able to summarize and clarify; despair of ever getting to a larger audience.
[Both sources of despair are the same: the mistaken idea that you are on your own.
[I should know that by now! But I do fall back into it. Thanks.]
Yes, I haven’t lost sight of that, but it isn’t entirely satisfactory. Living in faith I can do. I do. But faith is better for at least a glimmer of hope to go along with it.
Do you want practical advice, or general reassurance?
I don’t think I need general reassurance. I really do trust. But some practical advice is always appreciated. I am practical chiefly in allowing myself to be guided by knowings, and of course it is easy to go wrong along the way, by mistaking an idea or a wish or a fear or an emotional pattern for a knowing. So yes, suggest away.
Keep working, keep open to possibilities, keep trusting that what you need will come to you. The revolutionary turns in one’s life can never be predicted by the 3D mind using 3D logic, or they wouldn’t be revolutionary in nature. But they may be felt, as non-3D knowing is heeded. You do remember what the Church defined faith as being?
Belief in things unseen.
Could you fairly say that faith has ever let you down in your life? Even when you pinned that faith to the wrong specifics? Even when it led you to what looked like dead ends?
No, I can’t. When something got in my way, it usually – maybe always – turned out to be me.
It generally does, because that is the working-out in 3D of the pattern you embody. We keep emphasizing: There can be no problem disconnected to one’s being, because inner and outer are the same thing.
I guess I’ll stop whining, or is it sniveling? Just keep soldiering on, I take it.
90% of life is just showing up. Why do you suppose that is?
Well, I guess if we wind up showing up at the circumstances resulting from what we are, that saying is a restatement of Thoreau’s saying you don’t have to go count the cats in Zanzibar.
Correct. You can relax to the extent of not having to worry about finding your task or struggle or accomplishment or passion in life. Life will provide.
Let’s change channel, then. Given that the process of producing a book through reason and selection is different from producing one by taking dictation, can I look for assistance of a different sort if I do begin to summarize the new view of life that has been given us? I can’t just sit down and listen; it’s different.
The difference is more apparent than real – and of course this goes not just for you and your task but for anybody. Only stay connected and all will go well. Digging ditches is different in nature from pushing paper or designing buildings or operating on a medical patient or contriving theories, but any of these – and any occupation you could name, paid or unpaid, done from necessity or done from love of it – connects the same way. You can live your life connected or you can live your life as if you in 3D were on your own, but the choice is up to you.
How guidance expresses will vary with every individual, and will be the same (in a way) for all. You might as well intend to work without breathing as to work without connection – so what’s the point of worrying about whether you’ll have assistance? A nurse struggling through her shift at work may feel alone and overwhelmed, but her day will go better to the degree that she knows she isn’t alone, not really. And the same for all of us – of us, for we and you extend into each other, we remind you.
And that’s enough for now, strictly because that rounds off the point.
Okay, thanks, from all of us.