“Love is omnipresent in the universe, yet you have a hard time staying connected to it. Why is this?
The reason is that you believe that there is something wrong with you. You are afraid of being judged or rejected by others. For most of your life, you have accepted other people’s ideas and opinions as the truth about you. You have established the authority for your life outside of yourself. You have accepted as truth what mother, father, teacher, minister or other authority figure said about you. Yet what they said was just their opinion, not the truth, about you.”
[Truth is not limited to facts. Truth is the significance, the meaning of the facts – and we rarely have the ultimate point of reference for that – FL]
„One can distinguish between scale and size. Usually, we are happy with the issue of size—if it’s small, it’s small; if it’s big, it’s big. But scale is a question of the individual. Each person, everyone ever born, has a unique scale. They have it like a unique fingerprint. You can decide to find your scale. The day you find it is a day you remember. It changes your life. Your parents may determine your size, but you determine your scale. Your creative dimension allows you to create yourself in a more significant way than how you are created by your parents. Life offers each of us that possibility. It’s sad how few take it up.” – Richard Tuttle
“All human beings betray themselves in the search for love and acceptance. They internalize the feedback they receive from others and develop their self-image based on it.
In other words, the “you” that you know is the creation of other people’s beliefs and judgments which you accept as true about yourself. Even your so-called “personality” is a set of behavior patterns you adopted to accommodate the needs and expectations of the significant others in your life.
Where then is the “real you” in the equation of self and other? The real you is the unknown factor, the essence that has heavily clothed in the judgments and interpretations which you have accepted about yourself.
This is true for everyone, not just for you. People relate to each other not as authentic, self-realized beings, but as personae, masks, roles, identities. Often, people have more than one mask that they wear, depending on whom they are with and what is expected of them.
The True Self gets lost and forgotten among all these disguises. And its great gift of authenticity is not seen and acknowledged.
The True Self is not bound by the limitations, judgments and interpretations that the persona lives with. Indeed, it can be said that the Self and persona live in different worlds. The world of Self is bright and self-fulfilling. The word of persona is dark and needy, seeking light and fulfillment outside of itself.
The Self says “I am”. The persona says “I am this” or “I am that”. The Self lives and expresses unconditionally. The persona lives and expresses conditionally. Self is motivated by love and says “I can”. Persona lives in fear and says “I can’t”. Persona complains, apologizes and makes excuses. Self accepts, integrates and gives gift.
You are Self, but believe yourself to be your persona. As long as you operate as persona, you have experiences that confirm your beliefs about yourself and others. When you realize that all personae are just masks you and others have agreed to wear, you learn to see behind the masks.
When that happens, you glimpse the radiance of the Self within you and within others. You see a bright being, eminently worthy and capable of love, dynamically creative, generous and self-fulfilling. That is your inmost nature. And that is the inmost nature of all beings.
When you accept your true Self, your arguments with others cease. For you no longer do battle with their personae. You see the light behind the mask. Your light and their light are all that matter.
When you contact the truth about you, you recognize that a great deal that you have come to accept is false. You are not better or worse than others. You are not stupid or brilliant, handsome or ugly. Those are just judgments someone made that you accepted. None of them is true.
When you know the truth about you, you understand that you are not just a body, although you need to accept your body and take care of it. You are not just thoughts and feelings, although you need to be aware of them and see how they are creating the drama of your life. You are not the roles that you are playing – husband or wife, mother or father, son or daughter, employee or boss, secretary or plumber – although you need to make peace with whatever role you choose to play. You are not anything external. You are not anything that can be defined by something or someone else.
The purpose of your journey here is to discover your True Self and leave the persona behind. Yu are here to find out the Source of love lies within your own consciousness. You do not have to seek love outside of yourself. Indeed, the very act of seeking love in the world will prevent you from recognizing it within yourself.
You can’t see the light in others until you see it in yourself. Once you see it in yourself, there is no one in whom you do not see the light. It does not matter if they see it or not. You know it’s there. And it is the light you address when you speak to them.
The world of personae is a chaotic and reactive world. It is fueled by fear and judgment. It is real only because you and others believe in it and define yourselves by the conditions you find there. But those conditions are not ultimate reality. They are simply a collective drama of your making. Yes, the drama has its own rules, its costumes, its inter-relationships and its plan of action. But none of this matters when you take your costume off and step off the stage. Mind you, the play will go on. It does not depend on you alone. But when you know it’s just a play, you can choose to participate in it or not. If you participate, you will do so remembering who you are, understanding the part that you play without being attached to it.
Suffering ends when your attachment to all conditions dissolves. Then, you rest in the Self, the embodiment of love, the Source of creation itself.”
“The Self is all-powerful. The persona is not. The only reason persona seems to be powerful is because you are invested in it. The persona is a temporary container for Self, which is deeper than any experience or set of conditions.
When you remember Self, you go beyond your attachment to the idiosyncrasies of your persona. You experience a peace and a freedom that lies beyond the conditions that appear to bind you.
As Self, you are never a prisoner of conditions. How could you be? If you see yourself as a prisoner or hapless victim, you are in your persona. When you dwell in your Self, you know yourself to be totally innocent and free, regardless of what others may believe about you.
Christ can be crucified, but he cannot be forced to hate those who attack him. He stands committed in his love, regardless of the hatred that dwells in other people’s hearts. Christ is gentle with himself and all others, yet he will defend the truth fearlessly. No one can intimidate him, nor would he intimidate any brother and sister. His only call to his siblings is a call to awaken and accept the mantle of love.
Christ is simply the True Self fully acknowledged and empowered. He is the revelation of truth, the Spirit awakened in the flesh. Do not think that I alone am Christ, or you will miss the entire point of my teaching. Every one of you is challenged to awaken to your True Self. When you do, you too will be the anointed one.
Waking up to the truth about who you are does not make you special or give you special privileges. You will still inhabit a human body. You will still live in a world dominated by masks and roles, but you will live in that world without buying into it. You will live in the world of persona, but you will not be of that world. You will be of the world of Self, where all are equal and all are worthy of unconditional love.”