On A Conversation With Christ
on the conversation with my Inner Advisor, its content is both very
personal and universal. To the question of how to assume total
responsibility, the answer given was reassuring. It revealed that our
responsibility is to be childlike: like an infant, we are to learn by
example. Examples are given according to our ability to receive them. We
don’t need to be some sort of spiritual superstar. All we need is a
healthy spiritual appetite and a thirst for Truth.
next thing that stands out is how precisely we are led to scriptchanging
people. The right people at the right time appeared in my life to replace
painproducing perceptions in my childhood emotion picture. Guilt
loomed large in that picture. So did religious people who didn’t walk
their talk. Love and the power of the Spirit were frequently discussed
and seldom lived. Many of my Shadows formed around these unhappy
correction process began, in each case, through people who demonstrated a
world free of guilt and filled with unconditional love, power and
unalloyed happiness. The man who defined happiness in my early image
correction was Rufus Mosely, a professor of philosophy at the University
of Chicago. He brought the idea of joy in living to a new level for me. He
was distinguished for his transition from agnosticism to a mystical
devotion to Christ. The professor was also admired for his irrepressible
humor. His laughter would light up a room and his natural, insightful
humor would fill it with laughter. However, on one occasion, a woman who
looked like she had been weaned on lemons thought his humor excessive.
Offended she asked him, “Do you think that Jesus laughed?” “I
don’t know, lady,” he replied, “but he sure fixed me up so I
could.” Mosely brought an appropriate levity to spirituality I needed.
Although your Shadows will differ from mine, the process is identical.
When ready, everyone is led to illumined people, to inspiring new script
Models who serve as Shadowfigure replacements.
ScriptChanging Christ Who Is Everyone
dialog concluded with an explanation of the role of Jesus Christ in
everyone’s life. When I first learned this concept, it was a crucial
correction of one of my early erroneous beliefs. Although I had been
taught that he was opposed to any religion but Christianity, he describes
himself as the one whose consciousness of God’s love is a gift to
“everyone, everywhere, always” regardless of ones religion or belief
system. Further he said that he collaborated with the great spiritual
leaders of other religions. What a breath of fresh air that was for me! It
fairly blew away the sectarian smog that had clouded out the vision I
found in my Light experience: the union of everyone under God. The old
Shadow walls of exclusive religion disappeared. Now I knew why. Because he
had become Everyone. How could I claim to follow him and not seek to see
him where he is, as he is Everyone? At times that vision seems distant.
So does the vision of a world lived in peace. But with the heart of a
child and the will of a man I choose to hold to these visions until
together they become a manifested reality.
Universal Desire To Be Happy
all of this seems a bit too mystical, that’s all right. We can unite
around a single aspiration, the one universal desire: to be happy. Not
everyone wants to be spiritual or brilliant, rich or powerful, popular or
sexy, but there isn’t anyone who doesn’t want happiness.
happy life is the product of a happy mind. A happy mind is a reflection of
a happy Ideal. To attain happiness, it is essential that you bring before
the mirror of your mind an image of happiness seen in another. A basic
question, therefore, as we undertake the writing of a happy script is,
“What is my Ideal?” or “What is my Model?” This query holds the
same importance in lifescript writing as “What is my motive?” does
with behavior. In each case, the answer determines your quality of life.
If the mental image isn’t already clear, make it a priority to choose
your Ideal, your happy Model for living.
To Internalize Your New Model
out of your Shadows through forgiveness, you are ready to replace the old,
ugly images on the screen of your mind with new, peaceinstilling ones.
You have asked the Holy Spirit, “What is my Ideal? Who is the Model I
need as a replacement for my old peacerobbing Shadow puppet?” Once you
identify that ideal person, take the following steps:
identify the Shadow actor you wish to replace in your emotion picture, a
parent, relative or friend of the family. Next, identify the person who
represents your Ideal. There have been a number of examples in the lives
of people you have met in this book. David found his Ideal as the
beautiful woman/mother figure born out of his soul. Mai Ling discovered
hers in the man she met at a workshop. The Viet Nam vet found his in
Jesus. Each ideal met their specific needs. As you ask for the guidance of
the Holy Spirit, you will find the right person to replace your old Shadow
personality. As with the antagonist, it could be a parent, sibling,
friend, relative or public figure, living or deceased. You will be
directed to the right person. This is not a guessing game, nor is it an
emotional beauty contest. Model forming is a sacred replacement process to
be approached with reverence and confidence in the Spirit’s wisdom.
selection of your Shadowfigure replacement, you are ready to internalize
it. Closing your eyes, visualize your Ideal person standing before you.
Sense the qualities in this person that you admire and then bring onto the
screen of your mind your Shadow, the antagonist. Without dwelling on what
made that person a painful part of your past, see the antagonist flowing
into your Ideal person. If you meet resistance, if this merging doesn’t
happen, it indicates the presence of unforgiveness. To overcome this,
imagine yourself turning your back on the antagonist. After a moment,
turn around to see him or her lifeless, lying on the floor. As you see the
person dead, acknowledge that they had died within your heart. Remember
that this is simply a visual
See light descend on the body and invite your Ideal person to lie down and
embrace the dead figure. At this point, ask to be shown the broken child
within the shadow figure. After seeing or sensing the reason for this
pain, will to give that unhappy child what you would give to
a child you love. Give it forgiveness. See Light from your Ideal figure
enter the lifeless person. This will resurrect them and they will open
their eyes. If your imagination remains uncooperative and you don’t
“see” this positive change, will to forgive. This will always initiate
forgiveness and transformation of the Shadow. Be assured the Holy Spirit
will do the rest. Forgiveness will be realized. Now with the antagonist
accepted and blessed by you, focus again on your Ideal Person, your model.
Affirmation For Internalizing Your Model
next step in the internalizing process involves the creation of a specific
affirmation. Reflecting on what makes your model an emotional gift,
consider how these attributes contrast with the ugly qualities in your
Shadow antagonist. Since your Shadow figure is almost always a parent
figure or surrogate, it may help to review the qualities of an emotionally
healthy mother and father found on pages 8889. With these in mind, the
affirmation will evolve something like this: If it is a shadowed
father/male figure, you may say, “As I relate to my father through the
heart of (the name of your ideal father/male figure), I know
him to be strong, responsible and loving. He is spiritual.
He cherishes my mother and me. He always affirms me. He
provides a mantle of security and wellbeing for our home,
and he makes me feel good about my developing manhood/womanhood.”
If the new Model is a mother/woman figure the affirmation may be, “As
I relate to my mother through the heart of (the name of your ideal
mother/female figure), I know her to be unconditionally
loving and nurturing. She is spiritual, strong and kind. She
cherishes my father and me. She is always there for me and makes
me feel safe and secure. As I mature, she lets me feel free
to be who I am, and I honor who she is.” Immediately
upon opening your eyes, write down your affirmation. Review it frequently
through the day, and just before going to sleep. Memorize the affirmation
and review it daily until it feels comfortably yours. It may take weeks,
but it is an investment toward your happiness. One word of caution: At the
beginning of your memory work, you may develop an aversion to the process.
This is ego resistance; it doesn’t like the destruction of the Shadow
it controls. Move through these feelings. It won’t be long until your
ego will realize that your true Self is now in charge, and will give up
the struggle. As you continue this discipline, you may think of additional
qualities you want to add to the affirmation. Follow your guidance and
make the changes. You are the creator.
The Soul In Model Forming
visual process uses the mind to teach the heart to see the Model, the
chosen Ideal. This is a vital step, but it cannot stand alone. To enlist
the creative power of the soul, use any meditative method familiar to you.
If you are unfamiliar with any, close your eyes and “observe” the
process of breathing in and breathing out. You may add as you breathe in,
the affirmation, “I breathe in the Spirit,” and “I breathe out
Love,” as you breathe out. See a sphere of light in the center of your
forehead. Then see the light descend to the level of your heart. At this
point, sense the good feelings your Ideal Person provides. Sense those
feelings being bathed in that heartlight.
man in a weekly Men’s Support Group I facilitate told how he used this
method. After a bitter divorce, he met a woman who was warm and nurturing.
She appeared to be “perfect” for him. Although the relationship was
healing, he realized that she was not interested in marriage. Instead of
feeling bitter, he was grateful that she, however briefly, had entered his
life. The qualities he loved in her were real and had enriched him.
Repeatedly, he sat in the silence seeing his heart bathed in the feelings
of love, nurture and caring he had received from her. The soul does the
rest, internalizing those qualities which enable him to develop a
positive feminine image.
That The World Lives In You
that we don’t have either the skill or knowledge to write the happy
drama we must produce for our emotion picture theater we turn to the will.
We are in charge of undoing each dark image with guidance of our Codirector
and Scriptwriter, the Holy Spirit. By daily commitment to the creative
process, our sense of helplessness as a player on our personal and world
stage gradually recedes. We develop authority over circumstances instead
of being a victim of them.
shift from victim to victor in the world of conflict was explained by one
illumined teacher in this way. One of his students said in frustration,
“I just get the feeling that you live in a very different world than I
do.” “No,” the teacher replied, “it’s the same world.
The difference is, you believe that you live in the world while
I know that the world lives in me.”
this minor perceptual shift we become the creator in each moment. Free of
past Shadows, we create the new models or ideals that make inner peace
possible. The world lives in you, totally. Anyone who doubts this needs
only try it. You are not being asked to be a true believer. If you are
unhappy in your skin, or in the world you think is “out there” and
beyond your control, isn’t it time to try this process? It will prove
itself. No faith in it is necessary; only the willingness to begin to
doubt your doubts. Or as they say in A.A., “Fake it ‘til you make
Happy Marriage Created From Within
continuation of David’s story represents the shift from “out there”
as a victim to “in here” as creator. You will recall that he came for
counseling because he hated his wife. The hatred became so consuming that
although he was divorcing her, he knew he had a problem he needed to deal
with. He vowed he would not stop therapy until he had found the solution.
In our first session, he saw the correlation between his bitterness
toward his wife and his anger toward his tragically dysfunctional mother.
His breakthrough came when a beautiful woman appeared from nowhere, in
the midst of an imagery session. She seemed quite real to him, and he felt
implicit trust in her. That was an emotional first for him. Until that
moment, he had been unable to visualize any woman he could trust. On the
level of the subconscious, such imagery is lovely imagination. Lifted to
the level of ones soul, it creates as surely as God. David was soon to see
how creative it is.
had moved to Ashland, Oregon where he was employed by the renowned
Shakespearean Festival as a craftsmen in set construction. Six months
later he called me. He said he had met a new friend and wanted me to meet
her. And was I free that evening? “Come on up,” I said, “I’m
looking forward to seeing you and meeting her.”
hours later the door bell rang. When I opened the front door, there stood
David. His countenance said
it all. He was in love. Beside him stood a beautiful, darkhaired, young
lady. David and I greeted and
embraced. “Cliff,” he said, “I’d like you to meet Linda.” After
welcoming her, I invited them into the living room. As we walked toward
the sofas, I ask him if she was the one he had seen in his visualizations.
“No, but she is just like her!”
they were seated, I turned to her and said, “Tell me a little about
yourself.” She was from New York. Before coming to Ashland, she was a scriptwriter for A.B.C.
Television. I guessed she was in her early thirties. I asked if she had
been married. When she said, “No,” it caught me by surprise. A
beautiful, bright woman with a charming personality, and she hadn’t
been married? What came out of my mouth, I wanted to retract. “Why?” I
asked. That was none of my business, but she was gracious. She smiled and
said, “Because I have never been in love before, and now I am.” How
months later I officiated at their wedding. It has now been six years
since their marriage. David occasionally comes in for his “tuneup
and maintenance.” They have yet to have an angry argument: not one fight
to tarnish the love that brought them together. Too good to be true? No,
just too good to be simple imagination. They live in a world of marital
happiness and spiritual growth because they created it. David made the
shift from a world of misery to one of domestic happiness he created
only happens when the soul, reflecting its Source, creates from its
vision. The woman who rescued David’s heart was born in his soul. Only
then did it appear in the subconscious as “the evidence of things not
seen.” And only then did it manifest in the world out there as beautiful
Linda. That is the creative progression.
Creative Genius For Building A New Model
the realms of science and art, such a level of creativity is known as
genius. It is Einstein knowing that Energy equals Mass times the speed of
Light squared ten years before he could prove it in the laboratory. It is
Walter Russell with a fifth grade education discovering plutonium years
before it was isolated in the laboratory. It is George Washington Carver
with little formal education discovering three hundred marketable items in
the peanut. His discoveries saved a substantial part of the agricultural
economy of the South from ruin. In art, it is Van Gogh looking through the
bars of an insane asylum window and seeing the night sky, as he
interpreted it on canvass “Starry Night.”
A copy of that painting hangs on my office wall in honor of beauty
seen in the midst of physical and psychic darkness. In music, it is
Beethoven writing a symphony for the ages, the Ninth. When he composed it
he was too deaf to hear it, but in the chamber of his soul he heard and
then wrote it so we with lesser ears could hear it too. It is Ray Charles,
his head rocking, singing “America The Beautiful” as nobody else can
sing it. In truth, the list of geniuses who bless the world includes your
name and mine as well. Our genius allows our souls to recreate the
vision of ourselves as we really are. This means that we will affirm, in
whatever terms we may choose, that we are infinitely powerful children of
God, created by our creator to create through perfect love and infinite
wisdom. Regardless of how you compose it, this affirmation is entrusted
to your will, not your feelings. Will power is soul power. Soul power is
God power. And God power creates.
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