Submitting To Love

edited May 2013 in Spiritual Growth
Someone asked what stops him from submitting to love — growth — what is the barrier there for him to the emotional experience. His SRG is Old Priest, Spiritualist, Arrogance, Emotional part of Intellectual Center.

FIRST OF ALL WE WOULD LIKE TO CORRECT A SEMANTIC SLIP. THAT IS, THAT “KNOWLEDGE” IS UNDERSTANDING. WHAT HAS NOT PASSED INTO UNDERSTANDING WITH YOU IS INPUT — NOTHING MORE — INTO THE COMPUTER TO BE STORED. THE TRANSFORMATION ONLY OCCURS WHEN THE CHOICE HAS BEEN MADE — THE COMMITMENT. THE METHODS YOU SUGGEST WOULD OF COURSE BE IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO ENFORCE, ALTHOUGH WE DO OF COURSE RECOGNIZE THE METHOD. IN THIS LIGHT WE HAVE SUGGESTED TO YOU AN ALTERNATIVE METHOD WHEREIN MUCH STRIPPING (of the barriers of maya and false personality) WOULD OCCUR, AND YOU WOULD ALL BE FORCED TO CONFRONT YOUR OWN AND OTHER STUDENT’S PERSONALITIES. WHEN YOU COMMIT YOURSELVES FINALLY TO A CAUSE, WHATEVER THAT CAUSE MIGHT BE — CHRISTIANITY, OCCULTISM, REVOLUTION, ETCETERA, ETCETERA — THERE IS TOO MUCH AT STAKE TO PULL OUT, AND YOU ARE FORCED TO CONFRONT YOUR BLOCKS, AND EITHER SINK OR SWIM WITH THEM. THE CONCEPT OF EXTENDED COMMUNITY OR FAMILY IS ONE ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH THIS CAN COME ABOUT. THE STUDENTS CAN SOMETIMES OVERCOME THESE BLOCKS OR BARRIERS RAPIDLY WHEN THEIR LIVELIHOOD DEPENDS UPON IT. RIGHT NOW IN THIS CADRE NOTHING REAL IS AT STAKE. THERE IS NOTHING TO LOSE IF THE STUDENTS ARE UNABLE TO WORK THROUGH THEIR BLOCKS. THE BARRIER BETWEEN YOU AND THE EMOTIONAL CENTER IS ONE THAT MANY IN THIS CADRE SHARE — YOU ARE NOT ALONE. THE SACRIFICES, YES, ARE NECESSARY IN YOURS AND OTHER CASES, FOR ONLY THROUGH THESE “SACRIFICES” WILL YOU BE ABLE TO HAVE THIS EXPERIENCE. AS IT IS NOW, THERE IS NO GOOD REASON, AND YOUR PERSONALITY IS WELL AWARE OF IT. IN MANY WAYS YOU AND OTHER STUDENTS ARE MUCH LIKE THE SUNDAY CATHOLICS THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, WHO DO NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE EITHER, BECAUSE THERE IS NO COMMITMENT. WE WOULD SEE YOU ALL EXAMINE YOUR SHORT-TERM GOALS WITH RELATION TO THIS TEACHING. THAT IS, WHAT IS IT YOU HOPE TO GAIN FROM OUR ASSOCIATION. IF THIS INCLUDES THE POSSIBILITY OF SPIRITUAL GROWTH, THEN WE WOULD SUGGEST THAT YOU REEXAMINE THE STEPS TOWARD THAT GOAL THAT WE HAVE OUTLINED. IF YOU ONLY EXPECT TO GAIN DATA, THEN THIS WILL SURELY BE A DISAPPOINTMENT TO YOU IN THE LONG RUN. MANY OF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE EXPERIENCES YOU SENSE THE OTHER STUDENTS ARE HAVING, BUT YOU ARE UNWILLING TO WORK FOR THIS IN THE WAYS WE HAVE SUGGESTED. YOU ARE CONTENT TO SIT BACK, SIGH, AND SAY, “OH, SHIT”. THIS IS OF COURSE AN OPTION, BUT ONE WE DO NOT ENCOURAGE. HOW MANY TIMES HAVE WE REPEATED THE STEPS YOU MUST TAKE? EXAMINE THE TENETS OF THE WORLDS GREAT RELIGIONS AND THE GREATEST TEACHINGS NOW EXTANT ON THIS PLANET. YOU WILL FIND THIS SAME ADVICE AGAIN AND AGAIN — PERHAPS CLOTHED IN DIFFERENT SEMANTICS, BUT NEVERTHELESS THE SAME — THAT UPON WHICH CHRISTIANITY WAS BASED, THAT UPON WHICH JUDAISM HAS SURVIVED FOR THE CENTURIES, THE PILLARS OF ISLAM, THE TEACHINGS OF SIDDHARTHA GUATAMA, THE TAO TE CHING. UNTIL THIS TEACHING BECOMES A WAY OF LIFE FOR YOU, THERE WILL BE NO EXPERIENCES FOR ANY OF YOU. THE ONLY WAY WE KNOW OF TO EXPERIENCE ANYTHING IS TO LIVE IT — WHETHER YOU BE ON THE PHYSICAL, ASTRAL, CAUSAL OR THE HIGH PLANE, IT DOES NOT MATTER. COMMITTING YOURSELVES BEGINS THE TRANSFORMATION. THE CONCEPT OF “PILGRIMAGE” IN SOME OF THE BEST TEACHINGS EXTANT ON THIS PLANET DO A MARVELOUS JOB OF STRIPPING, IF THE PILGRIMAGE IS PERFORMED IN THE PROPER STATE OF MIND. WE HAVE SUGGESTED TO YOU SOMETHING EVEN HARDER IN THIS CULTURE: THAT OF LIVING TOGETHER. SOME OF YOU WOULD MUCH PREFER TO WALK ACROSS THE DESERT FROM MEDINA TO MECCA THAN EVEN TO CONTEMPLATE LIVING TOGETHER. THIS IS WHY IT WOULD IN THE LONG RUN BE VALUABLE. IT IS PERHAPS THE HARDEST TASK YOU WOULD EVER UNDERTAKE ON THE PHYSICAL PLANE, FOR EVERYTHING IN YOUR CULTURE MITIGATES AGAINST IT. THE ENTIRE CULTURE IS ACHIEVEMENT-ORIENTED, AND THIS ALONE IMPLIES ALIENATION AND COMPETITION. ANTI-ACHIEVEMENT GROUPS ARE FRIGHTENING, AND THEREFORE ANTI-CULTURE, AND TO BE ELIMINATED. FINANCIAL INTEGRITY IS THE WATCHWORD OF THIS CULTURE, AND THEREFORE FRAUGHT WITH MAYA. THIS CAN ALWAYS BE EASILY SEEN IN ANY CULTURE. THAT WHICH IS HELD UP AS THE GOAL OF SOCIETY IS THE GOAL OF FALSE PERSONALITY, AND THEREFORE OPPOSED TO SPIRITUAL GROWTH. NOW, WE ARE NOT SUGGESTING THAT YOU PLUNGE YOURSELVES INTO POVERTY. WE WOULD SEE THAT YOU LIVE WELL SO THAT THERE IS NO STRUGGLE TO SURVIVE, FOR THE MAIN REASON THAT IF YOU MUST STRUGGLE TO LIVE, YOU CANNOT DEVOTE THE AMOUNT OF TIME NECESSARY FOR SPIRITUAL EVOLUTION. THIS IS A LIFETIME COMMITMENT. IT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN WORK ON ON SATURDAY NIGHT AND FORGET ABOUT FOR THE REST OF THE WEEK. YOU COULD NOT KEEP IT TUCKED AWAY IN SOME DIM, DUSKY, CEREBRAL CORRIDOR AND ONLY TAKE IT OUT WHEN COMPANY COMES. WE HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU MANY — NO, COUNTLESS — TIMES ABOUT WHAT YOU AND WE CHOOSE TO CALL A “TRUST LEVEL”. THIS TRUST LEVEL IS OF COURSE ESSENTIAL TO AGAPE OR A SPIRITUAL LOVE. THE PERSONALITY CAN NEVER EXPERIENCE THIS. THE PERSONALITY CANNOT TRUST, THEREFORE CANNOT LOVE. IF THIS TRUST LEVEL IS TO DEVELOP, IT MUST DEVELOP IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF ALMOST CONSTANT EXPOSURE. IF AGAPE IS TO DEVELOP, IT MUST DEVELOP IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE STUDENTS OBSERVE EACH OTHER IN ALL FACETS OF LIFE, NOT JUST WHEN THE STUDENTS ARE ON THEIR GOOD MEETING BEHAVIOR. IT IS EASY TO LOVE MOST OF YOU DURING THE WEEKLY COMINGS TOGETHER OF THIS CADRE. WE DOUBT THAT THIS WOULD HOLD TRUE TWENTY FOUR HOURS A DAY WITHOUT MUCH WORK. MOST OF YOU TRUST EACH OTHER ONLY SUPERFICIALLY. NOT ONE OF YOU FEEL THE BONDS THAT WE WOULD FOSTER IN THIS CADRE, BUT THE ABILITY IS THERE, AND A START HAS BEEN MADE SEVERAL TIMES. HOWEVER, WHEN IT BECOMES FRIGHTENING, IT IS QUICKLY ABORTED, AND THE SUBJECT IS CHANGED RAPIDLY OVER TO SOMETHING LESS SCARY. WE HAVE RECENTLY DECIDED THAT THIS WILL NO LONGER BE THE CASE, AT LEAST WHERE WE ARE CONCERNED. WE WILL NO LONGER GO ALONG WITH THE WHIMS, THE CAPRICIOUSNESS, OF VARIOUS STUDENTS WHO DO NOT WISH TO FACE THEIR BARRIERS. PERHAPS THEN WE SHOULD SAY THE WINNOWING HAS BEGUN.

Anything else?

ONLY THAT THE CHOICE IS STILL YOURS. YOU CAN WALK OUT OF THIS TEACHING NOW, OR YOU CAN STICK AROUND FOR THE EXCITEMENT.

SOURCE: Michael Teachings Transcripts
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