I have a friend who goes by the unlikely name of “Blitz.”
Blitz is a student of life, and hence, he has become a student of CwG. And so, we keep in touch.
Blitz is an American living in Paris. The other day, he sent something out to his personal mailing list, and made a special effort to make sure that I got a copy. Here is what his message said:
The French always say you can tell a foreigner on the Metro because they are smiling. The other day I had a beautiful learning experience. I was smiling on a somewhat crowded Metro with only a seat here and there available.
At one of the stops nine people got on together, seven were smiling and haltingly walking to find a seat along with their two unsmiling “Chaperons.” They dispersed to find seats and, to my amazement, as they would sit down the people next to and across from them would get up and leave—with the exception of myself and one other person.
These seven beautiful souls had a lesson to teach all of us. They were challenged…and yet, they were happy, loving and kind to everyone. Their movement was somewhat erratic, their speech not totally coherent, and yet there was a sparkle in their eyes and love in their hearts. They showed love for one another and everyone.
One was enamored with his glove and held it to his cheek and kissed it. Another with a button. Some people would say that they were “out of their minds.”
My questions are: Do we have to be out of out minds (and into our souls) to show love and compassion? And are those of us who do “foreigners”?
Love, Light, Kindness, Peace, Gratitude and Oneness…
My answers to your two questions, Blitz, are: A qualified “Yes” to the first, and a qualified “No” to the second.
In a sense, we do have to be “out of our Minds” to show the level of love and compassion that transcends ourselves and extends out to all the world, to the entire Universe, and to God. Yes, you have to be “into your Soul.”
Yet in order to be “into your Soul,” you have to use your Mind. This has been my experience. The Mind is the Doorway to the Soul. And so, the idea is not to be, literally, “out” of your Mind, but rather, to give your Mind a chance to get out of its own way; to give your Mind the instruction and the opportunity to refocus its attention.
The purpose and function of the Mind, remember, is survival. This was made very clear to us in When Everything Changes, Change Everything. The Mind is a mechanism, a marvelous tool, which we have given ourselves in order to ensure our survival in the Body for as long as we need in order to do what our Soul came to physicality to do.
Our Soul came to physicality in order to have a Direct Experience of Who and What It Really Is. And Who and What is this?
The Soul is an Individuation of Divinity. A Singularization of The Singularity. An Aspect of God, expressing in Differentiated Form. It wishes to know Itself as that, and it uses physical life as the means by which that wish is fulfilled.
The Mind can be of great assistance to us in this endeavor. But the first thing we must learn to do is instruct the Mind to ignore its original mandate. We must make it clear to our Mind that survival is no longer the issue. This was the issue only so long as it took for us to realize that this is not the issue. (Or, in other words, until we evolved enough in our Awareness to become clear that our survival is guaranteed.)
We could not become clear about this, of course, unless and until we became equally clear about Who We Really Are.
If we imagine that we are our Body, or think that we are our Mind, or some combination of the two, we will be unable to embrace the notion that our eternal survival is guaranteed. Only the Soul knows that It Lives Forever. Yet, Blitz, you cannot attempt to be “out of your Mind” in order to get to this information, which lies in the Soul, because the Mind is incapable of turning itself off. You will always be thinking of something so long as you are in the physical.
And so, it is not a question of whether you will be thinking, but of what. This is a matter of focus. There is not an On/Off switch in the Mind…but there IS a Focus Ring, as one might find on an expensive camera. You can focus in what is near, or you can focus on what is far.
The trick, Blitz, is not to turn off the camera, but to focus on what is far. That is, not on what is right in front of it, in day-to-day considerations and experience. This can be done through meditation. In meditation, one takes one’s Mind off of the daily world of illusion and focuses on the distant reality of one’s eternal and everlasting Being.
Now to your second question, Blitz. Are those of us who do this, “foreigners?” Well, yes and no.
“No” in the sense that when we focus on the distant reality of our True Being we have, in fact, come home. We have realized that we are never foreigners anywhere; that it is impossible for us to be foreigners any place in the Universe and beyond.
“Yes” in the sense that, as we mingle among our Others here in our daily environment, we may feel as Strangers in a Strange Land. The Illusion of our Earthly life may cause us to appear and feel different from others and different to others. Yet this is both to be expected and accepted, since Differentiation was the whole point of becoming physical.
The trick here is to experience Differentiation without experiencing becoming Divided. What you have described having happened on that bus, Blitz, is division, not differentiation. So long as the fingers are attached to the body, they can in no way be divided from each other. Yet that can be, and are, differentiated.
Our job, then, is to remain attached to the Body.
I speak, of course, of the Body of God. We are each as fingers in the Body of God, part of the hands that are doing the work of Divinity. When we forget this, our opportunity and invitation is to remember. That is, to re-member ourselves. To become a member once again of the Body of God.
And that, Blitz, is the answer to your questions. I will see you in Hawaii next month. There are only two of 18 places still open for our intimate Hawaii spiritual renewal retreat. If any person reading this would like to know more about how they can be one of those two remaining people, simply follow this link:
I wish all of you a peaceful and joyous re-membering, and a wonderful day.
— Neale Donald Walsch
In Ashland, Oregon