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Joining in Truth Toward Planetary Enlightenment

 

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Q&A XVII - Are you really all that powerful?

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XVII. Questions: Are you really all that powerful?

  1. What stands in the way of the salvation of the world? Is God unable to save the world? Are we impotent? Is God helpless? Are we all the power in the universe?
  2. Are you as powerful as God? How is that possible? If the world needs salvation, why doesn't God just fix it now?
  3. Are you responsible for everything that happens to you? Can you be both a victim and all-powerful? Which would you rather be? Do you want to be the author of your life, or do you want someone else to be responsible for what happens to you? How does self-responsibility reestablish our power in our minds?
  4. Do you feel like you really wield all that much power? What power does ego really have? What forces have power over us if we are not vigilant? What is the difference between God and ego in relation to power? What are subconscious or unconscious aspects of mind?
  5. What will re-open the door to self-empowerment? What is self-confidence?
  6. Are thoughts things? Are we in charge of our thoughts?
  7. What happened to being all powerful if we find ourselves constantly frustrated in our attempts at getting what we really want?
  8. When is power used appropriately? What is the cause of power struggles? What form do those struggles take? When is power misused?
  9. What is the difference between power and force?
  10. Who do we give our power away to? How do spiritual students keep from giving their power away to gurus?
  11. If you find yourself in a tight spot, how might you respond to injustice? Should we resist injustice? When Jesus told his disciples to resist NOT evil, what did he mean? What is forbearance? Is it passive? What happens when you are passive in the face of injustice?
  12. What is non-violent resistance to injustice? Why is non-violence better than violence in response to injustice? Is non-violence passive?

XVII. Answers - Are you really all that powerful? YES

  1. What stands in the way of the salvation of the world? Only the idea that the world cannot or need not be saved or that we have no responsibility or power to save the world. Is God unable to save the world? God can only act at our request. Are we impotent? We must come to understand that our desire is needed to enlist the hand of Divine intervention in our behalf. Only our desire for other things rather than our one pointed desire for the salvation of the world keeps the world from being saved right now. Is God helpless? God is all the power in the universe and God is our perfect host. He will not go where He is not welcome. Are we all the power in the universe? Yes, God created us to be and have everything, that includes all the power that He has. If we so choose, we can transform hell into heaven in the twinkling of an eye. All that is required is enough enlightened minds wanting the world saved, and it is accomplished, literally, miraculously, by God's grace. You have to want enlightenment, and you have to then use your enlightenment toward the enlightenment of the whole planet. Until we attain enlightenment, our minds are limited by alliance with ego and we are not as effective as we need be in order to really, literally heal the planet.
  2. Are you as powerful as God? Yes. How is that possible? God created us equal with Him and gave us His power. Our mind is the mind of God. Our power is His. If the world needs salvation, why doesn't God just fix it now? God awaits our blessing to act in our best interest. He gave up autonomy when He created us. That means that He will not/cannot act without our blessing. His hands are tied. He cannot force His will upon us, by its very nature because He wills our freedom. God is all the power in the universe, and we direct the use of that God energy, whether for good or for evil through the power of our will. We have an awesome responsibility.
  3. Are you responsible for everything that happens to you? Yes. Can you be both a victim and all-powerful? No. Which would you rather be? All-powerful. Do you want to be the author of your life, or do you want someone else to be responsible for what happens to you? I know that I am responsible for everything that happens to me and that my destiny can be altered when my consciousness changes. How does self-responsibility reestablish our power in our minds? Self-responsibility is the bridge that takes us from victim consciousness to God consciousness. In coming into right relationship with all that is happening to us, in not depending on others outside of us to change in order that we be happy, we naturally turn within. Once we look within for answers, we will find them, for the kingdom of heaven is within.
  4. Do you feel like you really wield all that much power? We have limited our power by giving it away to ego. Ego uses the power of our minds to convince us that we are powerless. What power does ego really have? All the power of God which it uses against us, as long as we put our trust in it. When we take back our power, ego vanishes. What forces have power over us if we are not vigilant? Our unconscious mind until we bring it into conscious awareness, giving power away to someone outside of us to save us or make decisions for us. These are symptoms of alliance with ego. What is the difference between God and ego in relation to power? God gives us power while ego usurps our power to the extent that we let it. What are subconscious or unconscious aspects of mind? God created us with conscious mind only. Unconscious aspects of mind are not of God and consequently not real. They are illusion, a way to fain ignorance, ego's way of keeping us stuck thinking we are helpless to control our minds, powerless, victims of circumstances beyond our control…
  5. What will re-open the door to self-empowerment? Self-responsibility, striving to our maximum capacity for excellence in our every undertaking without attachment to the outcome, self-confidence, knowing our glorious truth, perseverance, determination, a willingness to draw our circle, to be who God created us to be. We don't have to know what to do or say. We need merely trust the hand of God to direct our every move. We reclaim our power when we stop giving it away, seeing others as greater, projecting guilt out, thinking we have no power, thinking we are helpless. What is self-confidence? Knowing who we are, knowing we are worthy of the very best, knowing that with God all things are possible…
  6. Are thoughts things? Yes, every thought has the full power of God behind it, so we must watch what we think. ‘God if you think, God you are, dust if you think, dust you are.' What we think either binds or frees us. Are we in charge of our thoughts? Yes, there is no one outside of us forcing us to think or act differently from how we are choosing to act in any situation. We are responsible and all our thoughts can be changed when we so desire. As thoughts are merely symptoms of ideas or seed thoughts, if you think that someone is inferior or superior to you, that is a symptom of the false idea that we were not all created equal. As soon as the seed thought is changed, the pattern will have been interrupted and we will see all as equal, because that is the true thought that has been covered up by an untrue one. Its just awaiting our shift in consciousness to emerge. As soon as we see everyone as our equal, our troubles are over and ego is gone. As long as we try to change thoughts on the level of symptoms, we will have very little success, because symptoms just keep popping up as fast as we try to suppress them, but as soon as we change the seed thought, we've cured all the symptoms instantly, simultaneously.
  7. What happened to being all powerful if we find ourselves constantly frustrated in our attempts at getting what we really want? We have to be willing to admit that we are getting in our own way and are doing it to ourselves, whatever we may be experiencing. We have to start by being in right relationship with our circumstances. Only then do we open the door to change. When consciousness changes, destiny also changes. Self-responsibility shifts our conscious from victim consciousness to God-consciousness from alliance with ego to alliance with God.
  8. When is power used appropriately? When it is the power of love, oneness and unity used in the service of all God's precious children. The best use of our God given power is in the service of truth and toward the transformation of ourselves and the world into the world God created perfect for us. What is the cause of power struggles? Ego wants us to be in conflict. What form do those struggles take? Competition, inequality, cause and effect confusion (i.e. thinking the cause of a problem is outside of us), thinking we are separate or autonomous, rather than one with everyone and everything. When is power misused? When used to get things, to be superior or inferior, to coerce, manipulate events, bend spoons, force circumstances, make another different from who God created him to be, i.e. guilty, evil…
  9. What is the difference between power and force? Power is assertive while force is aggressive. Power is love, gentle, confident, does not control or compete. Force seeks to dominate, intimidate through anger, violence, abuse…
  10. Who do we give our power away to? Wives to husbands or visa versa, employees to employers, students to teachers, patients to doctors, devotees to God, (even though God does not use the power against them they are creating separation and thereby getting in the way of their salvation). How do spiritual students keep from giving their power away to gurus? By trusting themselves, following their heart, looking within for answers, being aware that no one but you can save you.
  11. If you find yourself in a tight spot, how might you respond to injustice? With love, forbearance, non-violence, dignity, honoring yourself, honoring the sacredness of all life, knowing you deserve the best, asking to be shown how to bridge the gap between what is happening and what you know you really deserve. Should we resist injustice? Yes, of course. When Jesus told his disciples to resist NOT evil, what did he mean? He meant they should not meet it in kind. He did not mean they should be passive in the face of injustice. What is forbearance? Patience, tolerance, not responding to provocation… Is it passive? No, forbearance does not ask you to take a beating with a smile on your face or to enable or support injustice. Rather, it asks you to meet it with strength, fearlessness and dignity. What happens when you are passive in the face of injustice? You become an accomplice or an enabler, and ego wins while everyone else loses. If you allow a husband to be unfaithful, you dishonor yourself, if you allow a boss to abuse you, you enable him... You both lose. You feel like a dirty dishrag, because you let yourself be treated that way. There are no victimizers when all the victims stop allowing themselves to be victimized, by standing up for who they are.
  12. What is non-violent resistance to injustice? Using non-violent, non-destructive means to confront and thwart injustice, such as praying to God for a solution, bringing awareness, writing letters, taking a stand in the face of injustice, being willing to be unpopular rather than untrue, being miracle-minded, sending light to the perpetrators as well as the victims, knowing that with God ALL things are possible... Once in a movie depicting the oppressiveness of the Blacks, a Black was being beaten to death. The cotton plantation owner's wife, who was witness to the brutality, could not bear the injustice and fearlessly wrapped herself around the Black man and took the beating onto her own body. The whipping stopped after one lash. She demonstrated non-violent resistance to injustice very effectively. Why is non-violence better than violence in response to injustice? Non-violence is of God. Violence is of ego. God would never encourage responding in kind. God would never encourage harming another for any reason. Using non-violence, we can employ restraint, reform, transformation, correction, or education as directed by Spirit within,   but not punishment or correction through force. God knows what is effective and when. Always ask to be shown. I send light to Bush and to the troops in Iraq and pray constantly that our leaders be granted the wisdom to find a better way. Is non-violence passive? No, it resists evil, and that is by no means passive. To be passive in the face of injustice is to compromise your truth. Respond with love, true love, a love that has the power to transform hearts and minds and turn them toward light, love and truth.

Dedicated to peace on earth.