Living Light

On Seeking and Finding True Faith

What greater gift could we give ourselves than to wake up and bring forward the Christ consciousness that dwells within. To become a living light. Indeed, every time we listen for the truth, we will find the light of Christ within. And there is nothing greater for us to uncover than this, and to find true faith. For that’s the moment we’ll know there is truly nothing to fear.

What greater gift could we give than to find true faith and become a living light.

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Author’s Note

CONTENTS | Living Light: On Seeking and Finding True Faith

Read in any order:

  1. THE FORCES OF ACTIVITY AND PASSIVITY | Searching Inside the Serenity Prayer and Finding God’s Will
  2. MOBILITY IN RELAXATION | Could This be the Answer…to Everything?
  3. SELF-CONFIDENCE | How Can We Get More?
  4. DISCIPLINE | The Fine Art of Self-Discipline
  5. BURIED BELIEFS | Really, How Bad Could they Be?
  6. TRANSFERENCE VS. PROJECTION | The World is Our Mirror
  7. FREE WILL | Why Doesn’t God Take Away Our Suffering?
  8. SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT | Nourishing Ourselves with Truth
  9. FORGIVENESS | One Tough Nut to Crack
  10. THE FIVE STAGES OF LOVE | Insecure and In Love: Is this Even Possible?
  11. ATHEISM | Where Does it Come From?
  12. DENIAL | The Mind-Blowing Damage of Denying Our Darkness
  13. MONEY & POLITICS | The Almighty vs. the Almighty Dollar: Which do we Trust?
  14. SHAME | The Right and Wrong Kind
  15. SHAME OF THE HIGHER SELF | We’re Ashamed of our Best Self. Crazy, Right?
  16. NEGATIVE PLEASURE | The Link Between Pleasure and Cruelty
  17. THE PAIN OF INJUSTICE | The Pain of Injustice and the Truth about Fairness
  18. THE MASS IMAGE OF SELF-IMPORTANCE | The Folly of Needing to Feel Special
  19. THE THREE STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT | The Movement Toward Giving
  20. THE WALL WITHIN | Where, Really, is the Wall?
  21. THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT | Who Runs the World?
  22. FAITH VS. WORKS | Is it Really One or the Other?
  23. EASTER | On Rising Again
  24. CHRISTMAS | The Brilliant Message of Christmas Lights
  25. THE VIRGIN MARY | What if Mary wasn’t—*gasp*—a Virgin?
  26. THE CROSS | What is the Symbolism?
  27. THE REAL MEANING OF MEEK | Meek vs. Mild: Which Delivers the Goods?
  28. BAPTISM | Doing the Work vs. Dipping in Water: Which Saves More?
  29. THE LIGHT | How Do we Uncover our Light?

THE FORCES OF ACTIVITY AND PASSIVITY

          Searching the Serenity Prayer to Find God’s Will

On Finding God's Will in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: Make no mistake, it is God's will for us that we grow ourselves up and become strong, independent people.

There are many ways to slice the pie of life, but in the end, we can split the universe down the middle into two basic principles: active and passive. The kicker is to know which to apply when. It’s a misnomer to believe that applying our free will means to be active, and following God’s will means to be passive. No. We’ll need to use plenty of our own willpower to find and follow God’s will, a motion we often then confuse with pressing too hard on the accelerator of our self-will. Read

Reading Time: 6 minutes

MOBILITY IN RELAXATION

         Could this be the Answer…to Everything?

On Resolving Problems in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: Distorted thinking about mobility in relaxation is the root cause of all our problems.

Whatever conditions we find ourselves in, this is the form that life has taken as the outcome of how our consciousness has impressed this life substance. And that creation process is never ending; it’s in continuous motion. If we can come to understand the rhythm and method of this movement, we will have an important key that can unlock many of our life’s mysteries. Read

Reading Time: 4 minutes

SELF-CONFIDENCE

          How Can We Get More?

On Self-Confidence: Our real self knows what it is doing and we can trust it.

We’ve all felt self-confidence, at least a time or two. It’s that moment when we’re solid and we know what needs to happen. We’re aligned with our truest nature and living from our real self. So what exactly is this real self? Read

Reading Time: 11 minutes

DISCIPLINE

         The Fine Art of Self-Discipline

On Self-Discipline in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: When something is freely chosen, it is pleasurable, but when we do something because we must, it is horrible.

As long as we do things because we think there’s no other way and we have to, we are then constantly obeying some authority but with the brakes on. On the other hand, when discipline becomes a freely chosen act, it’s not a burden. It actually becomes pleasurable. So when something is freely chosen, it is pleasurable, but when we do something because we must, it is horrible. Read

Reading Time: 3 minutes

BURIED BELIEFS

           Really, How Bad Could they Be?

On Buried Belief in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: Karma and hidden wrong beliefs work as a team.

To be clear, these faulty conclusions we’ve drawn about life are 100% ours. No one gave them to us, not even our parents. We came up with them a ways back, stuffed them down into our unconscious, and then completely lost sight of them. Now here we are once again orbiting the sun, hoping this time to find them and face them. For they exist and they are responsible for all the challenges we face in life. Yeah, they matter that much. Read

Reading Time: 3 minutes

TRANSFERENCE VS. PROJECTION

           The World is Our Mirror

On Transference vs. Projection: Both are nothing but mirrors for what are actually aspects in ourselves.

Transference applies to how we react to a human relationship, and projection applies to how we react to a trend or quality we see in someone else. Both, however, are nothing but mirrors for what are actually aspects in ourselves. Read

Reading Time: 2 minutes

FREE WILL

           Why Doesn’t God Take Away Our Suffering?

On Free Will in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: God's not the cause of our struggles nor the one confused about their origin.

So then the question comes up: If God is all-loving and all-knowing, then God knows the future. Which means when God gave us free will, he must have known this would happen, i.e. we would become destructive and petty and hell-bent on getting a leg up on everyone else. In other words, that we would struggle mightily just to get along. Why didn’t God act to prevent this? Embedded in this question is one of humanity’s oldest conundrums. Read

Reading Time: 6 minutes

SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT

           Nourishing Ourselves with Truth

On Spiritual Nourishment: Just like a human body, a spirit can't run for long on junk food.

We all know that if we don’t feed ourselves well, we will become tired, weak and eventually sick. In a similar way, when our spirits are undernourished, we react from tired old habits and can’t find an ounce of inner peace. Whether we realize it or not, we’re full to the gills with hidden untruths, which are the equivalent of spiritual Twinkies. And just like a human body, a spirit can’t run for long on such junk food. What we need then is a regular intake of spiritual truth. Read

Reading Time: 4 minutes

FORGIVENESS

           One Tough Nut to Crack

On Forgiveness in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: With a shovel of goodwill and a bucket of stick-to-it-iveness, we can heal this divide.

It can be humbling, in a healthy and healing way, to ask others to forgive us for our faults and misunderstandings. Yet typically the tougher nut to crack is to be on the other side, to be the one doing the forgiving. Forgiveness is so hard, in fact, the Lord’s Prayer makes special mention of it: Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Turns out, we all need help on this one. Read

Reading Time: 4 minutes

THE FIVE STAGES OF LOVE

            Insecure and In Love: Is this Even Possible?

On Love & Insecurity in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: Often, we believe if only we had love, then we'd be ok. We'd be safe and secure. But is it really possible to love when we are insecure?

The realistic way out of our insecurities is to face them, admit them and accept them. Or at least that’s a start. Then we’ll need to sift through our inner errors and misunderstandings until we find the solid ground upon which we can withstand the storms of life. So is that what we usually do? In a word, no. Instead, we try to escape from ourselves. Let’s take a look at the Love Scale so we can get a sense of where we fall in our current love capacity. Read

Reading Time: 7 minutes

ATHEISM

           Where Does it Come From?

On Atheism in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: In many ways, atheism brings us back to ourselves.

If we allow our minds to grow in only one direction—instead of using them to resolve their own problems and conflicts—our relationship with God will continue to be a false one built on wishful thinking and fears. The longer this goes on, the more false our concept of God will become until we have truly made a farce out of God. This is when the pendulum swings out to the other extreme, causing a counter-reaction to set in. And then where do we go next? We become an atheist, of course. Read

Reading Time: 8 minutes

DENIAL

           The Mind-Blowing Damage of Denial of Our Darkness

On Denial in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: Our goal is to know and accept the darkness that lurks within us. But to accept does not mean to condone.

Whenever we dim our awareness as a way to repress undesirable parts of ourselves, we make ourselves more weak, more confused, and ultimately unable to solve this painful riddle of why we suffer so. All the teachings from the Guide are primarily focused on helping us find and face these cut off parts so we can come out of our self-imposed blindness. Read

Reading Time: 14 minutes

MONEY & POLITICS

           The Almighty vs. the Almighty Dollar: Which do we Trust?

On Money & Politics in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: Money is often used to turn us into puppets of the dark forces.

For many, we feel stranded in a world of our own making that is disconnected from the greater truth of a greater reality. We oftentimes feel isolated and unsure of who and what to believe, while at the same time locked in a vicious race for the almighty buck. What’s key to consider is that while money is a necessary ingredient for a typical life, and while more money does add more amenities to said life, if money is the end-all-and-be-all of our life, we’re lost. Read

Reading Time: 8 minutes

SHAME

         The Right and Wrong Kind

On Shame in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: Loneliness is linked to having the wrong kind of shame.

One of the most effective motivators for doing the work of self-development—for purifying ourselves—is feeling badly about something. We want to make things right, to atone for messing up. Underneath this is a feeling of shame, which propels us to go in a positive direction. Without this inner push, we’d remain stuck. This right kind of shame, then, is constructive. Necessary even. There’s another kind of shame though that is wholly destructive. Read

Reading Time: 10 minutes

SHAME OF THE HIGHER SELF

         We’re Ashamed of our Best Self. Crazy, Right?

On Shame of the Higher Self in Living Light: Our betrayal of our best self darkens our whole outlook on life, destroying our self-respect.

As children we wanted exclusive love and approval. That’s just the way all children are wired. But then we mixed up this desire with the fact that one of our parents withheld it. In short, we got confused and we attached our desire for love and acceptance to what we actually felt we got: rejection. When that happened, the rejector became desirable.

We came to believe: “If I am unloving, I will be desirable.” And that’s how we have come to now think—again, unconsciously—that being cold and void of feelings is a behavior pattern that will get us the goodies. Read

Reading Time: 8 minutes

NEGATIVE PLEASURE

         The Link Between Pleasure and Cruelty

On Negative Pleasure in Living Light: This is what fuels fantasies that involve hurting and being hurt.

Mere negativity when left to its own devices is just that: negativity. It’s a bad attitude that wants to throw shade. Where things turn interesting is when our destructiveness attaches itself to our desire for pleasure. When that happens, the fan better duck, because things are about to get ugly. In other words, when our positive life force gets wrapped around a destructive attitude, seriously unpleasant things can happen. Read

Reading Time: 4 minutes

THE PAIN OF INJUSTICE

         The Pain of Injustice and the Truth about Fairness

On the Pain of Injustice in Living Light: Distortion of truth must live within us. For if it did not, outer chaos wouldn't light a fire deep in our bellies.

Once we clear our resistance to facing our Lower Self traits, working through their consequences and painful effects, we experience profound relief. It’s like a weight lifts off our shoulders; the puzzle pieces fit and fall into place. What’s happening here? It’s because in that moment, we have a personal experience that life is, in fact, fair. It’s totally just. And our perception of things can be corrected; our impaired vision can be restored. On the other hand, a universe in which evil can win—well, that can’t be corrected, and that’s a thoroughly dismal prospect. Read

Reading Time: 11 minutes

THE MASS IMAGE OF SELF-IMPORTANCE

         The Folly of Needing to Feel Special

On Self-Importance in Living Light: When we feel dependent on needing approval, our soul gets twisted into knots. That's when we sell our soul.

If we look for it, we’ll find this part of us that wants to be elevated to first place. We want to be special. It’s really not enough to call this pride. Rather, it’s the deeper belief that if we are special, our feelings of inferiority will disappear. Poof. It’s the belief that if others are on our team, agreeing with whatever we think or believe, we’ll become worthy. Finally. What’s happening is that we are using prideful behaviors—presenting ourselves as better than the rest—to save ourselves from a make-believe disaster. Read

Reading Time: 8 minutes

THE THREE STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT

          The Movement Toward Giving

On Giving in Living Light: The only way for societies to survive is to realize this third stage.

Moving into this last stage means something very specific. It means coming to realize that giving out is a way to enrich ourselves that transcends, by far, the self-enrichment we experienced through the second stage of self-nurturing. But what this brings up for many is a fear that our giving will make us poor. And so we must die into this fear, because it is an illusion. Read

Reading Time: 6 minutes

THE WALL WITHIN

         Where, Really, is the Wall?

On the Wall Within in Living Light: The walls we build in our outer material world are far easier to destroy than this inner wall.

As we do our work, we are taking certain attitudes and trends, one by one, out from behind our wall, and transposing them back into conscious awareness. Bit by bit, the wall goes down. On this side of the wall lies everything we know about and are willing to face. On the other side of the wall is where we store all the stuff we don’t want to face. This is a collection of unpleasant faults and weaknesses, along with whatever frightens us and confuses us. We seal all this shut using an unconscious wrong conclusion, like, if I see this about myself it will confirm that I’m bad. With that, we lock the gate and throw away the key. Read

Reading Time: 7 minutes

THE FATHER, THE SON, AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

         Who Runs the World?

On the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: We've gotten things confused over the ages between who is who, and who does what.

We’ve gotten things confused over the ages between who is who, and who does what, sometimes wrapping God up together with the son and the holy spirit, as though they are all one and the same. In truth, only God is the creator of all, while the son and all the holy spirits are creatures belonging to God. It’s fair to say then that God is the owner and master of all creation, spiritual and material alike. Everything belongs to God. But the management of it all has been turned over to the son, much the way we might understand a factory is handled when the owner puts the running of the business in the hands of the oldest son. Read

Reading Time: 5 minutes

FAITH VS. WORKS

         Is it Really One or the Other?

On Faith vs. Works in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: Faith's automatically released to the same measure we straighten ourselves out.

According to the Pathwork Guide, it is a misunderstanding for us to think that any act—even the greatest act of love—could be enough to free us from all our inner chains. And anyone who believes this does so because it would be so very comfortable for us if that were true faith. But alas, this is not the case, and Jesus’ words were never meant to imply that it was. Read

Reading Time: 5 minutes

EASTER

         On Rising Again

On Easter in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: The truth may be buried, but it's not dead. Like Christ, it's poised to rise again in each and every one of us.

The truth may be buried, but it’s not dead. Like Christ, it’s poised to rise again in each and every one of us. That, in fact, is what the next coming of Christ will look like. As the Guides tells us, there’s no reason for Christ to come again as a man, for Jesus was successful in his mission. But make no mistake, Christ will come again. For Christ Consciousness is what wakes up as we do our work of healing and unraveling the untruths inside us—as we come to have true faith. Read

Reading Time: 3 minutes

CHRISTMAS

           The Brilliant Message of Christmas Lights

On Christmas Lights in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: The light inside us knows all, fears nothing, and lives forever. It is the light of Christ.

There is no greater gift we can give to ourselves than to create a connection with this source within. For this light inside us is our true identity. It knows all, fears nothing, and lives forever. It is the light of Christ. So with our feet firmly planted in both of these worlds, our task is to bring this inner reality out into our lives, to infuse matter with this newly born light. This can happen in every minute of every day, if we are willing to make the effort to find it and bring it forth. Read

Reading Time: 4 minutes

THE VIRGIN MARY

         What if Mary wasn’t—*gasp*—a Virgin?

On the Virgin Mary in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: We heard that "Mary was a pure spirit" and jumped to the wrong conclusion.

Christ, quite simply, could never have been born to a mother who had herself participated in the Fall. The upshot of this is that Christ, by necessity, could only have been born to a pure being, a soul who had never strayed from God and gone sliding through the Lower-Self mud of resistance and wrong thinking. When this powerful message was conveyed through a channel, we heard that “Mary was a pure spirit” and due to the level of our own fledgling development at the time, jumped to the wrong conclusion. Read

Reading Time: 3 minutes

THE CROSS

         What is the Symbolism?

On the Cross in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: The cross represents our twofold nature. We are at cross-purposes with ourselves.

The symbol of the cross represents our twofold nature. We are at cross-purposes with ourselves. This is the great struggle we must overcome by exploring our innermost conflicts and problems. All truth teachings observe humanity’s fundamental twofoldedness, and the cross demonstrates this by the two bars, one horizontal and one vertical, indicating two opposing directions. As long as the opposites cannot be brought into harmony, pain and suffering must result. But once this battle is successfully concluded, the real person is resurrected and lives in harmony, peace and joy, with true faith. Read

Reading Time: 2 minutes

THE REAL MEANING OF MEEK

         Meek vs. Mild: Which Delivers the Goods?

On Being Meek in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: In today's terms, "meek" really refers to "people who don't hate or resent others, who have no self-will." Ah.

When Jesus told his followers that the meek shall inherent the Earth, was he really suggesting we should become doormats if we want to bring home the good stuff? Actually, in historical context meek refers to “people who don’t hate or resent others, who have no self-will and no fear.” Ah. Read

Reading Time: 8 minutes

BAPTISM

         Doing the Work vs. Dipping in Water: Which Saves More?

On Baptism in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: If we do nothing other than clean our own inner house, we will be doing enough. Beyond that, what we "believe" is of little value.

The point is, baptism was a public confession of one’s faith, and people frankly often had more fear of retribution. This was a big deal. It meant they weren’t yet ready to enter the kingdom of God. That’s why Christ stepped up and got dunked himself by John. He too was making an outward show that he sponsored what this man was telling them. Gospel truth, folks, happening right here! Read

Reading Time: 7 minutes

THE LIGHT of True Faith

         How Do we Uncover our Light?

On Finding Our Light in Living Light, a book about finding true faith: Every time we listen for the truth, we will find the light of Christ within.

The illusion we are separate is a good one. But it’s still an illusion. And once we start to see through it, we’ll start to see what really exists: a oneness of consciousness. Each of us is a beautiful aspect of God—a shining ray of Christ’s light—and we each behold a unique original face. Indeed, every time we listen for the truth, we will find the light of Christ within. And there is nothing greater for us to uncover than this. For that’s the moment we’ll know there is truly nothing to fear. Read

Reading Time: 4 minutes

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