An Excerpt from The Impersonal Life by Joseph Benner on claiming credits for oneself and God Working Through us!
During the writing of the ‘Elemental Grace Alliance, The God Awakening’, now page 97, quite randomly, I opened and read this passage from the book, “The Impersonal Life” by Joseph Benner, that for me was very reflective of what I was deliberating upon within myself at the time. This is what it said about how God uses all aspects of human characteristics and expressions of thought forms to fulfill His Purpose, and how no-one is entitled to any credits, no matter what wonderful Truths He speaks or works He performs through us, unless we, ourselves, live these Truths, daily, hourly and make these works serve as a constant reminder of Him and His Power, which we ever pour out freely for all in use in His Love, Light and Light through us!
“As all things are for use, and use only, let us study the use you have hitherto made of other faculties, gifts and powers I have given you. You must realize by this time I have allowed you all things. All you have, or are, be it of good or evil, of blessing or suffering, of success or failure, of riches or lack, I have allowed you or attracted to you. Why? For USE in awakening you to a recognition and acknowledgment of Me as The Giver.
“You could not honestly acknowledge Me as such until you know I Am, The Giver. Your personality, in fact, had become so engrossed in trying to get rid of or to exchange many of the things I had given you for other things you thought were better, that of course you could not even dream, much less acknowledge, Me, Your Own Self, as The Giver.
“Possibly you do now acknowledge Me as The Giver, as the Inner Essence and Creator of all things in your world and in your life, even of your present attitude toward these things. Both are My doing, for they are but the outer phases of the process I Am using in the expression of My Idea of your inner Perfection, which Perfection being My Perfection is gradually unfolding from within you.
“As you more and more realize this, will the true meaning and use of the things, conditions and experiences I send be revealed unto you. For you will then begin to glimpse My Idea within, and when you glimpse that Idea will you begin to know Me, your own Real Self.
“Before you can truly know Me, however, you must learn that all things I give you are Good and that they are for use, My Use, and that you personally have no interest in or actual right to them, and they are of no real benefit to you, only as you put them to such use. I may be expressing through you beautiful symphonies of sound, colour or language, that manifest as music, art or poetry, according to human terminology, and which so affect others as to cause them to acclaim you as one of the great ones of the day.
“I may be speaking through your mouth or inspiring you to write many beautiful Truths, which may be attracting to you many followers, who hail you as a most wonderful preacher or teacher. I may even be healing through you diverse diseases, casting out devils, making the blind to see and the lame to walk, and performing other marvellous works which the world calls miracles.
“Yes, all these I may be doing through you, but of absolutely no benefit is any of it to you personally, unless you use and apply these harmonies of sound in your every spoken word, so that to all hearers they will seem as the sweet music of heaven and unless your sense of colour and proportion so manifests in your life that only kind, uplifting, helpful thoughts flow from you, proving that the only true art is that of seeing clearly My Perfection in all My human expressions, and of allowing the quickening Power of My Love to pour through you into their heart, picturing to their inner vision My Image hidden therein.
“Likewise no credit attaches to you, no matter what wonderful Truths I speak or works I perform through you, unless you, your self, live these Truths, daily, hourly and make these works serve as a constant reminder of Me and My Power, which I ever pour out freely for you, My Beloved, and for all, to use in My Service. You, to whom I have apparently given none of such gifts and who deem yourself unworthy and not yet advanced enough to serve Me in such ways, to you I would say:
“Just to the extent that you truly recognize Me within and seek in real earnestness to serve Me, just to that extent will I use you no matter what your personality, no matter what its faults, tendencies and weaknesses. Yes, I will cause even you who thus seek to serve Me to do many wondrous things towards the quickening and awakening of your brothers to a like acknowledgment of Me. I will cause even you to influence and affect the lives of many of those whom you contact, inspiring and uplifting them to Higher ideals, changing their way of thinking and their attitude towards their fellows and therefore towards Me.
“Yes, all you who seek to serve Me, no matter what your gifts, will I make to be a vital force for good in the community, altering the mode of life of many, inspiring and moulding their ambitions and aspirations, and altogether becoming a leavening influence in the midst of the Worldly activities in which I will place you. You at the time will probably know nothing of this. You may even be still longing to serve Me, and hungering for a more intimate consciousness of Me, thinking you are doing nothing, are still making many mistakes and failing to live up to your Highest ideals of Me not realizing that this longing and hungering is the avenue through which I pour forth My Spiritual Power, which being wholly Impersonal, is used by you, unconscious of its being I within you using it, to bring about My Purpose in your heart and life and in the hearts and lives of My and Your other Selves.
“So, as you finally grow into the realization of all this, as you surely will, and prove it by the practical use of all you have in My Service, will I gradually give you the strength and ability to consciously use Impersonally My Power, My Wisdom, and My Love, in the expression of My Divine Idea, which is eternally striving to manifest through You Its Perfection.
“Therefore will you soon see that your human personality, with all its faculties, powers and possessions, which are in reality Mine operating and manifesting through you, is likewise for My Use wholly, and that true success and satisfaction can never be found except in such Use. For such Use develops, as the Planted seed develops the harvest, the ability consciously to use all My Spiritual faculties in the final perfect expression of My Idea, which can be expressed only through your human personality”.
Apart from a much more expansive message that was very simply expressed in my last communiqué I sincerely believe it is also the deeper awareness that we require as human beings to Bridge the Chasm of Consciousness that this Proposal is all about. Not to mention of course the Chasm of any denial of Unity Consciousness. What God I Am is saying in the above excerpt from ‘The Impersonal Life’ is that there is no separation in anything, regardless of whether it is personality and the ego or that of God Himself expressing the Christ Consciousness. It is all a matter of perception and willingness to accept the Higher Truths of our realities, both perceived and unseen.
This morning as it is within the Flow of God, Sue and I also read together a section of A Course In Miracles that spoke of this very subject about perception. When we pay attention to what is happening around us God shows us when we are on track and by the end of the morning I knew that things could now move forward with the Elemental Grace Alliance once again! Here is that excerpt from A Course in Miracles about perception.
How Can Perception of Order of Difficulties Be Avoided?
“The belief in order of difficulties is the basis for the World’s perception. It rests on differences; on uneven background and shifting foreground, on unequal heights and diverse sizes, on varying degrees of darkness and light, and thousands of contrasts in which each thing seen competes with every other in order to be recognized. A larger object overshadows a smaller one. A brighter thing draws the attention from another with less intensity of appeal. And a more threatening idea, or one conceived of as more desirable by the World’s standards, completely upsets the mental Balance. What the body’s eyes behold is only conflict. Look not to them for Peace and understanding. Illusions are always illusions of differences. How could it be otherwise?
“By definition, an illusion is an attempt to make something real that is regarded as of major importance, but is recognized as being untrue. The mind therefore seeks to make it true out of its intensity of desire to have it for itself. Illusions are travesties of creation; attempts to bring truth to lies. Finding truth unacceptable, the mind revolts against truth and gives itself an illusion of victory. Finding health a burden, it retreats into feverish dreams. And in these dreams the mind is separate, different from other minds, with different interests of its own, and able to gratify its needs at the expense of others. Where do all these differences come from? Certainly they seem to be in the world outside. Yet it is surely the mind that judges what the eyes behold.
“It is the mind that interprets the eyes’ messages and gives them ‘meaning.’ And this meaning does not exist in the world outside at all. What is seen as ‘reality’ is simply what the mind prefers. Its hierarchy of values is Projected outward, and it sends the body’s eyes to find it. The body’s eyes will never see except through differences. Yet it is not the messages they bring on which perception rests. Only the mind evaluates their messages, and so only the mind is responsible for seeing. It alone decides whether what is seen is real or illusory, desirable or undesirable, pleasurable or painful.
“It is in the sorting out and categorizing activities of the mind that errors in perception enter. And it is here correction must be made. The mind classifies what the body’s eyes bring to it according to its preconceived values, judging where each sense datum fits best. What basis could be faultier than this? Unrecognized by itself, it has itself asked to be given what will fit into these categories. And having done so, it concludes that the categories must be true. On this the judgment of all differences rests, because it is on this that judgments of the world depend. Can this confused and senseless ‘reasoning’ be depended on for anything?
“There can be no order of difficulty in healing merely because all sickness is illusion. Is it harder to dispel the belief of the insane in a larger hallucination as opposed to a smaller one? Will he agree more quickly to the unreality of a louder voice he hears than to that of a softer one? Will he dismiss more easily a whispered demand to kill than a shout? And do the number of pitchforks the devils he sees carrying affect their credibility in his perception? His mind has categorized them all as real, and so they are all real to him. When he realizes they are all illusions they will disappear. And so it is with healing. The properties of illusions which seem to make them different are really irrelevant, for their properties are as illusory as they are.
“The body’s eyes will continue to see differences. But the mind that has let itself be healed will no longer acknowledge them. There will be those who seem to be ‘sicker’ than others, and the body’s eyes will report their changed appearances as before. But the healed mind will put them all in one category; they are unreal.
“This is the gift of its Teacher; the understanding that only two categories are meaningful in sorting out the messages the mind receives from what appears to be the outside world. And of these two, but one is real. Just as reality is wholly real, apart from size and shape and time and place for differences cannot exist within it so too are illusions without distinctions. The one answer to sickness of any kind is healing. The one answer to all illusions is truth”.
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