Today is a little different. My imaginary friends asked me to look up the religious definition of grace, and we’re also going to talk about the news.
This is a pretty good working definition of grace for us to have, but let’s keep in mind that you’re God, and so is the other guy. So are we. We have a lot in common! This is precisely why you don’t have to be good little people in order to earn grace. Because you and all others are fully worthy, you always have access to grace.
Whenever it feels as though you do not have access to grace, it is because of a choice that you are actively making in this moment. Remember this, because every moment is a chance that allows you to choose again. Every experience of grace happens because you have set down conflicted will. Every experience you have is a reflection that allows you to choose again.
What do you choose between? You choose between the efforts and struggles of a separate person or the free-flowing fountain of grace that is always there. You choose between the love you truly are and the fear you sometimes pretend to be.
When we allow the benevolent force we are to flow in and run things without the conflicted interference of the ego, we can call this grace. Grace is always available to us. Think of it as the most renewable resource there is. You have a never-ending fountain of it that follows you around at all times, and so does everyone else. The only problem you or anyone else ever has is recognizing that the free-flowing fountain of grace is always where you are.
Seeing the light that encompasses events
Now let’s talk about waffles. Let’s talk about waffles and victims and death and green jackets and nudity and guns and heroes and Tennessee. Your news media presents this story to you. What are you to make of it? First of all, there is no obligation to make of it anything at all, but if it resonates with you in some way, it is an opportunity to stop and see situations and events (as they are presented to you in story format) as the opportunities they are without hiding from them or struggling against them.
We’re going to walk you through this, and then you can stop and see any situation or event this way, whether it appears dramatic or relatively ordinary. If it disturbs you in any way, it is always an opportunity to do the work you’re here to do.
To do the work you’re here to do.
Let that just sit there for a moment. Let it sink in. Each one of you, without exception, plays a specific and integral role in our journey back toward the full awareness of our shared Self. This stopping to see things as they are is the foundational work we all do before we differentiate out into our separate yet complementary roles.
Separate yet complementary roles. This is a good place to start when we choose to read about or listen to or watch accounts of shared experiences. Do you notice our terminology here? Each of the accounts attempts to assert something about what happened, about what it means. Every account is a bit different. No account–no story–is ever what really happened.
But when we have reactions to these accounts, it’s a starting point. It’s an opportunity to unwind our ideas about who and what we think we are. We can come to see that all the characters within these accounts have separate but complementary roles.
“But these are people! Real people! Why are you calling them characters when they are real?” When we are in the midst of judging a being expressing through a human body, best to stick to the idea of characters with complementary roles. There are beings, and then there are characters. If you can come to see the beneficial roles that the characters play, then you are ready to see the loving beings behind the characters.
If you become willing to see the loving beings behind all characters, you may find yourself dropping all aspects of your false character and allowing the loving being you are to shine into the world at all times.
Looking with compassion
With a situation like a shooting, with events that involve victimization and loss and death, best to look at it slowly and gently, with much compassion. You’re only looking at yourself, after all. The hero, the victims and villain are all reflections of you. So tread slowly and with love as you encounter temptations to see them as better or worse than yourself. Every event is an opportunity to see you all connected in your shared Self of Love.
How to see this? How about your old buddy the light? Cue her to enter stage left.
Okay, so let’s get to work! We are telling you…pick a character, any character. Pick a role, any role…pick a person, any person. Oh, so you’re going to dive right in. We will start with the villain. We will start with the shooter.
We are going to use another word. We would like you to think of him as an enactor. He enacted scenes in order to present us with our next opportunities to awaken. In other words, he did exactly what you are doing today. That’s all people can do. We are all enacting scenes that give everyone around us opportunities to awaken.
When we are joyful enactors, we are reflecting our orientation toward who we truly and collectively are. When we are enactors of pain and confusion, we are showing the extent to which we still (collectively) make the choice for ego over unity. Because we are all reflections of each other, we’re always teaching and learning.
The enactors who carry out the leading roles in showing us our choice for violence are under the spell of ego to a great and intense degree. They believe and act upon the painful and conflicted thoughts that ego suggests to them.
Start with compassion. We certainly understand what it is to be confused, how it feels when we lash out because we are believing thoughts the ego suggests to us.
To the degree we are unwilling to recognize the ego operating in our daily lives, it shows up in outer forms to let us know when we have an opportunity to choose love over fear.
Enactors are reflecting our successive choices for fear back to us. Think about how we wish to locate blame elsewhere. If we need to push anything away from us, it’s going to take a form outside of us in the world we’re co-creating.
When we’re reliant on ego and duality, we participate in the evolution of enactors who attract and hold and eventually express that rejected energy back to us. This means that we all pulled the trigger. We all planned the shooting. We all intended to destroy in search of some kind of relief.
If we need to blame, that energy is going to seem to locate itself outside of us. In those ones who are oriented strongly toward pain, they may take this on for us, hold it, magnify it, and reflect it as they enact it.
What can save them? What can save us? We are all each other’s saviors. When we recognize the reflection, we can take responsibility for what we are projecting out into the world we share. We can eventually learn that there is no need for projection, for seeing us as separate from one another, and we can instead turn our focus toward extending the good, the holy and the beautiful into the world we share.
Innocence is located everywhere. When we encourage ourselves to see that, the world does not need to shake us awake.
So when we think of this enactor, this one who pulled the trigger, what service will we perform for him right now? What service will we recognize that he has performed for us?
Thank you, enactor, for reflecting us back to ourselves. Thank you for this opportunity to set down the false and to focus upon the true.
This is what we can do instead of hate and blame, frustration and powerlessness and even hiding. If we find the need to set ourselves apart as innocent in comparison to an enactor, then the world will present us with a succession of scenarios that play out this innocent vs. guilty dynamic.
Recognizing shared selfhood
If we join with the enactor in shared selfhood and in responsibility for all experience, without exception, we usher in a new way of relating to one another. Our minds were touching the enactor’s mind when he first felt pain as a child, when he first blamed himself. Our minds were touching the enactor’s every time he accepted a belief related to rejection, conflict and blame and magnified the pain with which he identifies. Our minds were touching the enactor’s when he picked up the gun. Our mind’s were touching the enactor’s every time he aimed and shot. We’re all responsible. That doesn’t mean we’re guilty. It only means we’re able to respond. From Love. From what we all are. From what we always have been.
Are wake-up calls necessary when we consistently respond with and from the Love that we are? Let’s look at the service we can perform for the enactor (and therefore for ourselves and all others in shared Selfhood) right now. We, collectively, are the light. Right now, that enactor, similar to us, is journeying through his incarnation, looking for a sense of relief, and suffering when he feels pain.
Can we see that spark of light inside the enactor, no matter how much he is oriented toward pain? There we are. Look at all of us, inside him. We are the love and light. He is the love and the light. But something is obscuring our shared identity from the perspective of this world. It is difficult for him to see the love and the light he is. It is difficult for us to see the love and light he is when we are caught up in the judgment and reactivity we have chosen, but it is quite simple when we stop. Just for a moment. We see that spark within.
Now see what encompasses the enactor and all the situations he has found himself in. There it is–the light. There is no situation or experience across time and space that has not been encompassed by the light and love that you are, by the light and love that we are. We are truly that vast and powerful. It only takes a moment to stop and remember.
Now see that spark of light within the enactor growing because of your attention to it and your knowledge of who he is. We can see the light that always encompasses him because it is the same light that encompasses us. Now we can see the rays of light extending from within the core, outward. We can see the light extending toward him as it lovingly surrounds him. We can see light meeting with light. We can see it shining everywhere.
This is the service we can perform for him whenever he, our divine sibling, visits us in thought. We can allow our rays of light to touch his. We can see the light from within and the light from without meeting, in every situation. This is the service we can perform for all others. This is the service we can perform for ourselves.
Acting simply in service
This habit of remembering who and what we are, this service we can perform for ourselves and others in just a few seconds, it seems deceptively simple. According to our previous assumptions about life, we are much better off tangling with others in the physical world–confronting, achieving and triumphing in order to bring about desired conditions.
The truth of the matter is very, very simple, however. You are the light that powers the illusion, and you can always shine through it.
We have performed this divine service for the enactor–seeing him as he truly is. In doing so, we have accepted healing for ourselves (transforming our distorted perceptions) that we might share it with him.
Now let’s look at the other role-players in this story as it has been presented to us. We’re emphasizing the idea of the story, not to insist upon a version of events that actually happened in contrast to another version of events that some might call lie, but just to recognize that you encounter stories all the time. Rather than judging stories as lies, you can simply see through them to the love that is present everywhere, in everything.
When you do this, you bring the energy of allowing to the world of pain you chose, and you allow that very thin, brittle world to transform–to resolve into brilliance and resilience. Focus on the transformative power that is you and all others. See all stories and phenomena through this lens, and all will be transformed in your sight. It couldn’t possibly be any other way.
Acting from our empowerment
So in this story, there is a one called hero. The hero wrestled the gun from the shooter and ended the shooting. The one people are calling hero is quoted as saying this: “I hope we can bring violence in all facets — not just gun violence, but all facets of violence — to an end.” Is this reflection of your hope, too? Do you believe you are empowered to bring violence to an end?
You may have noticed we are not using names? That’s because names are not important. We want you to see and feel your unity. Throw all the names out the window for a moment. You can pick them up if you need them later.
The hero has another label we can use: enactor. The hero played the role of enacting our desire to transcend limitation and to set victimhood down. What a lovely role. Did you notice that he needed the shooter in order to play that role so lovingly and so poignantly? That’s how it works. When you choose conflict, all around you evolves out of that conflict. The conflict itself is innocent, but it leads to human suffering.
When you feel well and truly done with human suffering, you will set the conflict down, in your own life, in your own thoughts. You will see that reflected back to you in the world around you. The one called hero allowed this energy of empowerment to flow to and through him. He engaged in conflict, but he is recognized as ending or minimizing the conflict.
By his own account, the hero acted selfishly. He said that he just wanted to live, and the action he took was completely for himself. When you are all others, the action you take in Self-interest benefits all others. He acted in the interest of the Self. When you take action on behalf of the Self, it never feels like a sacrifice.
So we can see that light within this enactor–the hero. We can see it radiating outward. Let’s place him next to the first enactor, the shooter. We can see the rays of light from the hero-enactor’s core reaching out to and touching the rays of light emanating from the shooter-enactor’s core. We can see the light encompassing them both, and we can see the rays extending inward. We can see those rays meeting, and the light extending everywhere. The hero-enactor reminds us of our empowerment. His actions encourage us to set down the notion of victimhood. His actions lead us to the place where we can see we have granted people holding guns a power they never had, while completely missing the power they truly are.
Victim-enactors grant us the power to end victimhood
Let’s look at three victim-enactors. One was uninjured but traumatized, one was physically injured, and one was said to have died. Report of death are always greatly exaggerated, since it is not possible for any being to die. Beings can and do set down the physical body exactly on time. It is not possible to die. Always good to remember that.
Here is another thing that is impossible. It is not possible to have an experience that does not benefit you. Remember, all experience reflects your orientation. It either shakes you awake or reflects your joy and expansiveness back to you. All experience serves, and serves us all. That’s why true victimization is impossible.
On the soul level, all the victim-enactors collaborated with the shooter-enactor and the hero-enactor to demonstrate something to their divine siblings. You are the observer-enactor, and you get to decide whether to view the situation with love, forgiveness, and empowerment, or through a false and vulnerable self.
Shall we see the five enactors all together? They represent the whole of the experience. We can see the light at the core of them. We can see it extending out. We can see the rays of the inner light touching the rays of the ones thought to be separate. We can see (and even feel) the light that encompasses all. We can see the rays of this light reach in to all the enactors–rays meeting rays, light meeting light. We can see the light flowing through and over all. Seeing the light is much more powerful than any judgment, positive or negative.
What have we just done? We have seen correctly, that we might share that seeing with others. We have accept healing for ourselves, that we might extend this healing to all others, unconditionally, at all times, without exception. There is no one who is not your divine sibling. Add this to the list of impossibilities: It is not possible to have an enemy.
Here’s what is possible, within this experience. It’s possible to believe in an enemy. It’s possible to believe in vulnerability. It is possible to believe in victimization. You see your beliefs projected out into the world. That’s how it works. The enactors just showed you a range of your beliefs.
You can release all separate and therefore possibly conflicting beliefs in order to focus upon the one truth of love that you and all others are, which allows that love to extend into your world , shining away all conflict. When you allow that love to extend into your world, you share healing with all of the enactors across time and space.
Returning to grace
So let’s return to grace. We can access that bountiful fountain of grace at any moment. While you are using this body for communication here in form, use this glorious resource to accept and share healing with all others. Those you call heroes demonstrate how to access the grace that is always there for all of us. When we look at villain-enactors in the light of love whenever we are given the opportunity to do so, we help to reunite them with the grace that is always available for them, too. This is looking and seeing is divine work that you do, and it is grace that makes it possible.