These are my personal notes from the Tuesday May 6, 2014 Venice Class entitled Monster Died
1) Read the Transcript below without the audio.
2) Sit quietly and listen to the Talk, as though you were there with me in the class.
3) Read the Transcript as you listen to the audio. If you have time, do the meditation also. It only takes a few minutes :))))))))))
Read on and enjoy!
~ Tuesday May 6, 2014 ~
Erich: Are you ready? Excellent.
Do you remember the three homework assignments I have been suggesting? I haven’t said them lately. That is why I am remembering to say them right now. But, for the last year or two, there were three homeworks I have been recommending a lot. This morning I was reminded again of how awesome they are, and therefore I don’t mind saying them again. Unless anyone has a question or a comment about anything right now…?
Let me preface this by saying, the most favorite thing in the world of mine died this morning, and I am sad. My little kitty. I found him out in the street this morning. It is just a cat, but it was my cat, you know what I mean? And I loved him.
That is what reminded me of the homeworks. Homework number two was, practice love, where it is easy. And Monster, that was his name, Monty… he wasn’t a monster. It was more like he was such not the monster that he was… We called him Monster. Except, he was territorial. He owned our yard. To anyone else, to any cat-critter, he seemed like a monster.
He moved into our house. I went into the garage one morning, and there was a little kitten rolled up in a little basket we had in the garage. Not much bigger than this. It was a little basket, and he was in there curled up. And he looked up and, “Mew.” And I fed him. It was probably ten years ago. And every day, he has had a very good appetite. He would fall down, roll over, and purr. He was the easiest thing for me to love. And for all these years, I would feed him in the morning, I would see him at night. And I loved him.
And it is interesting… you know, there he was this morning in the street, stiff as could be. Ants in his eyes. You know what I mean? Blood on the street. And I just petted him. I petted him like I always did. And I know there is no such thing as death, but whoa. You know what I mean? It is such a bittersweet experience. I have had it with people too, but this is the current example.
And it hurts. But, it feels good to hurt, to feel the hurt of the loss. And it reminded me that I am so glad that every morning when I had the chance, that I did pet him, love him, pet him, love him, pet him, love him. And so, I am just reminded of that. Life IS ongoing and forever, but it is always changing. It is never going to look like this again. You might be here. You might be somewhere else. Your existence is guaranteed. Monster is still flowing on, wherever he is flowing, but he is not in my experience right now, except as a spirit-presence.
I don’t know. I am just saying, love the ones that are in your experience while you can. Be grateful. And I am mostly talking to myself. I am just happy that I loved him as much as I did.
But, anyway, good morning!
That was homework number two: On things that are easy for you to love, Practice Love, more. Monster was the easiest thing in the world for me to love. Love more. Love, when you are petting him, when you have the chance, while you have the opportunity. When you see someone, when you think of someone, more than you normally would, love things, people, a little bit more — is my vote. That was homework two.
Homework number one is, Relax. Sounds like it would be easy. It is not so easy to relax. But, the insight is that when you relax… Let me put it the other way. If you are NOT relaxed, then you are tense, to some degree. If you are tense, you are dense. Your energy will not be flowing as freely as it could. And, if your energy is not flowing as freely as it could, wow, that is how YOU are going to feel.
Therefore, whenever it occurs to you, relax, and relax, and relax. Your body doesn’t get tense all by itself. The tendency is to think, “Oh, my body is tense. I’ve got a headache. I’ve got a bad body.” You know? “Genetically, I’ve got crummy genes.”
But wow, even that is not accurate. Your real DNA is G-O-D. Again, keep getting the insight on that. You are not subject to your grandmother’s DNA only, as though that were the truest thing about you. You are not subject to cultural or racial DNA only, as though that were the truest thing about you.
The deepest, truest thing you are subject to is G-O-D. Therefore, start subscribing, ascribing . . . start realizing that, increasingly. Because, when you do, you will find yourself relaxing. Your energy will then flow better. Things that are good for you are easier to suss out. Things that are bad for you are easier to avoid.
Which takes you to the third homework, which is to trust your impulses about what to do or not do. Trust them more. If you have an inner impulse to do something, give yourself a little more permission — to maybe do it — than you normally might. The more relaxed you are, and the more you are practicing love in the moments that you can, you will find that your deepest impulses are trustworthy. You are not just enacting your deepest conditioning.
That is why people do not trust themselves. “Wow, if I trust my deepest impulses, I’ll end up in the gutter again. I’ll do something stupid again!” You know? We are basically walking around in a state of mistrust, which is such a weird place to be in.
But again, the huge insight on all of this is that you only exist because The All is being YOU. Your deepest impulses are coming from The Infinite. They are trustworthy. If anything is trustworthy, it is the impulses of The Infinite, and they are what you are, already. All you have to do is relax a little bit more, so your conditioning washes out of your field. Shut up a little bit more, so you are not mentally energizing your conditioning all the time. And then, bingo, next thing you know, the impulses from The Infinite DO flow through you more clearly.
Beth: There’s a fourth one.
Erich: Let’s hear it.
Beth: You forgot to say, “meditate.”
Erich: Meditate, yes. Definitely.
Beth: That used to be number one.
Erich: Yes. And, the real number one is the holy instant, which is the…
Beth: The pause.
Erich: Yes, the pause. The conscious awareness of the new Now that you are always in, always in, always in, always in, always in, always in, always in — always in, effortlessly.
So, that is the real practice. Be aware that you are consciously conscious in the new Now. Do that a lot. Be aware of that a lot. Inwardly ask, “What is the truth of this new Now moment, really?” Then, in addition to that, meditate, relax, love. It doesn’t mean you want to get married to everybody. There is no “come on” to it. It is just more appreciation of how awesome Life actually IS.
OK. So, why don’t we start with the meditation.
Arthur: There were also the Five Sentences.
Erich: Yes. The sentences.
Linda: Boy, it’s tough when you’ve been teaching this . . .
Erich: There are so many homeworks. Which sentences?
Ashley: “Today I will make no decisions by myself.”
Erich: Yes. That one.
Arthur: That’s my favorite.
Erich: Oh, good. See, I never know if anyone does any of this.
Kathy: “I see you, I love you.” I like that one, too.
Erich: Exactly. Brilliant. Good.
Gail: “What is the truth of what I’m feeling now?”
Erich: Yes, good. OK.
I see you and I love you.
Today I will make no decisions by myself.
I want to do what You would have me do.
These are all good chapter titles, themes, headlines, easy thoughts. And, they are all saying the same thing.
Come to a seated position first.
Thank you for coming today. I don’t think I have said that yet.
With Love and Pranams,
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