The other day I wanted to celebrate. I was finishing up a number of things I had been working on one way or another and I wanted to treat mySelf. So I picked a fancy restaurant, chose one of the warmer days of the week – it’s wintertime and it’s during COVID so the eating is outdoors – and I took a taxi to this fancy place.
And guess what? They were booked. That afternoon and all evening. Then I went to another restaurant that I had seen earlier and that had looked “festive” to me but no! they had no tables available.
Then I asked the person in charge if he knew of another place like this one that was nearby and he said he knew of one so I walked there and there was a line.
The search for a place to eat had taken time so I now needed to meet someone shortly and preferred the quick service of a take-out place with outside service. I found one and ate some vegan sushi.
Then I had a Learning. The Celebration, I realized, is inside. Go “out there” to “celebrate” as I had done and I get duality – booked solid, long lines, open, shut, open, shut, whatever.
Here, with God, is the Celebration. The Real One.
That Learning came to me either after an Open Hour or a session with My Teacher in which I shared some details of my “celebration” outing, after which My Teacher asked me if I had put it into the Light Of The Most High for the Highest Good, to which I said “yes.”
Ah! What happened was for the Highest Good! I had been insisting that the “celebration” be in my timing at “my” choice of a place instead of my having a simple preference and leaving the results to God!
I Knew shortly after that that the Celebration is with God, is always with God if I choose to Place my Focus There. That’s the Joy.
Another Learning arrived: my “search” for that celebration reminded me of the Satsang that My Teacher had recently given Titled “Hey, Good Looking!: For What Are You Looking? Why Are You Looking? Where Are You Looking? Are You Focused On Looking? – A Participatory Satsang” And the same four questions in the Process led by Our Teacher during that Satsang. “Are you Focused on Looking?”
During the recent Holiday Satsang Given by Our Teacher, Our Teacher Instructed us regarding the message of Christmas: “So There’s a Way. That Positive Polarity … the extension of God into the world – is here. That’s an important part of the message. God is in this world. … So Jesus comes along … and shows mankind its next step. We have to incorporate that God is within. …”
Yes, I do.
Both Satsangs are summarized in the January/February/March 2021 Issue of the Cosmos Tree/CRASS Newsletter SpiritCentral, Which I highly recommend. The quote above is taken from There.
And the Celebration takes Loving Choice, the Choice to do the Inner Work by placing my Focus at God. It’s moment-to-moment.
From There, as My Teacher Teaches, I’m met more than halfway by the Lord, God. It’s both Loving effort and It’s Grace.
From There, if the outer stuff happens, fine; if not that’s fine, too.
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