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(Tape 45)

Talk covers:
Attempt to be safe and secure by coming to CONCLUSIONS
Seeing everyone anew
Experiencing seeing differently
Re-evaluation, not comparing past to present
Truth, moment by moment

The Living Cycle

One of the great temptations to each and everyone of us is to come to a conclusion. We have observed something. We have made a discovery in a given moment. To be in a state of knowing at a given moment is to be in a "state of discovery" where "everything is new"; and one is "seeing new relationships". One is seeing everything in a new light, which is, the first attribute of the new man - to be seeing differently. But the temptation is that as soon as one has made a discovery, one forms a conclusion.

Now, to come to a conclusion is from the word "conclude." So one concludes paying attention--one is delighted with one's newfound discovery--and one goes to "sleep". You see, when one has a conclusion, one is asleep on that given subject. One dreams that what one has observed or discovered is permanent. But everything in the world is in a "state of change". You, I, everyone is in a state of change. Everything is in a state of change. So a discovery is valid for this moment. It gives us a new way of seeing. What we really discover is a new way of looking at things, and nothing to come to a conclusion about.

One of the greatest difficulties people have is that they come to conclusions about each other. A person comes to a conclusion--"I" know so and so, and he is a liar because possibly so and so told a great big fib one time; and one was aware that he was fibbing. But this does not mean that he fibs forever and ever. Possibly the very next day the person would be incapable of fibbing about anything; and possibly he couldn't fib about that general subject or whatever it may be. You see, in the process of change-{even in the mechanical person}, he is constantly surrounded by various influences; and something that has come about today does not mean that one can come to a conclusion. When one is "knowing",--knowing from moment to moment--one is aware, possibly, that so and so is "lying" at the moment; but possibly the very next moment. he is speaking the fact--so one could not say the person was a "liar."

You see, we come to conclusions; and all of a sudden we exist in a dead world because everything we have come to a conclusion about is {from that moment on} never seen in any other way. We never see that constant change, the constant rhythm of life, the constant ebb and flow of everything that does exist on this earth planet. Everything is in a process of change. We look out and see a rose garden, and we come to a conclusion about the rose garden; but the rose garden is, at that moment, in a dynamic set of changes; and it ever exists in a dynamic set of changes. It is an event, and every split second is an event.

Man is designed as an experiencing creature - one that experiences WHAT IS and sees the VALUE of it moment by moment. The perversion of conditioning--the effort to be secure--entices him to come to conclusions; and he concludes, of course, "that what is now will forever be". He has mistaken an event for a thing; and he feels things are permanent--that things are dependable.

However, one can observes even one individual, say a husband or wife; and observe them without any conclusion from the past as to what that person is like. In other words, one sets down the accounts one has made against a given person, and says, "I'm going to observe this individual." One will see a brand new person, and that it is not the same person one had formed the conclusion about. This is to awaken to see that everything is in a "state of change"--that there is "nothing permanent" in the visible world--that all are events are undergoing change; and one can resist the temptation to "know."

Now as we go along, we make discoveries; and of course, those discoveries are very delightful because one has seen a certain relationship one had never seen before. Having experienced this delight, of course, mammon says it is true forever and ever. Mammon says, you have found the truth. One comes to a conclusion, and then one is back "asleep".

You see, one is seeing truth moment by moment. One has never discovered THE truth. One is seeing truth from moment to moment--which is seeing WHAT IS from moment to moment, and seeing the VALUE of it. In attempting to define what the TEACHING is about, no definition is adequate--any more than trying to define what Life is. We can only define certain attributes. One of the attributes that has been given as some description of the TEACHING is that it teaches man to see WHAT IS from moment to moment. In other words, it allows or challenges man to be awake and to resist the temptation to be safe and secure by coming to conclusions. He begins to see that all conclusions are a way of "being asleep" and that really it is what sleep is about. You see, it is the "form of suggestion" that this is the case--and it's always the case; and so the person then has concluded "being"--has concluded experiencing--has experienced something in the past and begins to assume that everything will be the same from now on. The person begins to see it as whatever the conclusion says. If one has seen a given person as a liar, one always sees them as a liar. If one has seen a given person as being unfair, one always sees that person as being unfair. And if you will notice, take the case of a mate, one has many conclusions about that mate--none of which are possibly true at this moment. Sometimes a person has "come to" a conclusion that the mate is sloppy, is a nag, or is something, because at one given moment, such was observed and a "conclusion was come to at that moment". The person may be the most meticulous dresser with the most careful grooming henceforth and thereafter; but the person still has the idea that there is nothing but the same old conclusion--AND THAT WITH THIS CONCLUSION, NOTHING CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED.

We are quite prone to come to conclusions about almost everything. A child going to school, possibly, comes across someone who "picks on him" a little bit. So he concludes that "they are always picking on me." So that child will go through his entire life feeling that he is "being picked on". Just at this moment, the studio door, (while marked "Recording in Session - Do Not Knock,") was knocked upon by someone. Now, we could come to a conclusion; "people never pay attention to signs--people are very inconsiderate." However, such is not the case because most people do see the sign. We have been recording in this studio for many, many hours; and it is the only time the door has been knocked upon--so all we can say is "the door was knocked on once during the recording sessions", and that all the other times, it was not. So we can be experiencing a given situation without coming to a conclusion about it.

Sometimes a person "in a moment of anger" is judged as "always being angry" and possibly most of the time, they are not. A person has been known to steal at sometime or other; but possibly, would never be capable of stealing again. Would you say that the person was a "thief", or would you say that the person was a person who at one time took something that did not belong to him in a given moment?

You see, each person only exists a moment. Everything dies moment by moment; and man, to be awake and to be conscious and aware, is always aware that the last moment is dead. Sometimes it says, "Die to the past day," but it is "die moment by moment to the past." The past is only an illusion that it really exists. ALL WE HAVE IS A RECORD OF WHAT HAPPENED AT THAT MOMENT; BUT NOTHING IN THE PAST DOES ANYTHING FOR THIS MOMENT. WE CANNOT EVALUATE THIS MOMENT FROM THE PAST MOMENT.

If I see that I am always "being picked on"--if I came to that conclusion as a little boy of eight or nine years old - {some kid picked on him at school or some other place to or from school}, and he came to a conclusion: "people are always picking on me,"--how do you suppose the little boy, as he grew, would experience almost every day? He would experience that somebody is "picking on him". So he is firmly convinced that "it" is always the case--that people are continually "picking on him"; and there is no way one could convince him that everything is changing every moment because he has concluded; and therefore, "from now on experiences that static state". Regardless of what people do, he experiences it as "picking on him." Possibly some of us have been around those folks.

Now if we can get that person to see that each moment is new and different--if we can see that person is "new and different", we cease to come to conclusions. We cease to conclude things--to conclude is END--ending of experiencing moment by moment--ending of really being awake or alive. You see, one is only awake when one is experiencing this moment; and this is what we have started with. It is for I to arise from among the conclusions of the "ways of self-improvement", from the conclusion as to the "purpose of living"; and to be "observing the self without condemning it or justifying it"--; POSSIBLY OBSERVING THAT WHEN ONE IS DOING THIS, ONE HAS DISCOVERED AN ENTIRELY NEW LIFE - a life that is very rich--very varied--completely different every moment.

There is a saying in one of the ancient Greek schools that a man cannot step in the same mud puddle twice. They went on to say the reason it was impossible was because the second time the man stepped in the mud puddle, the mud puddle was a mud puddle that had just been stepped in. The first time it was not such a mud puddle. Beside that the second time the man stepped in the mud puddle, he was a man who had just previously stepped in a mud puddle; and the first time he was not such a man. So obviously, as one recalls these various little parables that help keep one awake, that one can remember that one's job is "to not come to conclusions". It is to be experiencing this ever changing dynamic existence called LIFE--which is ever changing--ever varying.

One begins to re-evaluate all the conclusions that one has come to and experienced through the years--that one has put 'self' to sleep with". One sees that one is amongst the dead. One arises from all those "dead conclusions" and begins to experience this moment as something new and different, and begins to see each moment as a beginning of a life. Frequently we see the phrase, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." If that be the case, then everything that happened yesterday and years ago, is totally gone. It is immaterial.


Now, here is a source of re-evaluation, both for number one and for anyone we may be working with. A person comes and tells you, "My husband is always doing so and so, or my wife is always doing so and so, or my children are always doing so and so,"--we are almost certain that that person has come to a conclusion because nobody does the same thing all the time. One will begin to re-evaluate old conclusions, begin to be aware of the present moment, begin to be obedient to one's nature, pay attention to this moment "without comparing it to some other moment"-"without comparing it to a former conclusion that was, in some vague way similar". Then one finds "one is seeing differently" and "being a new person".

Somewhere in the scripture it says, "Be ye transformed by a renewing of the mind." Now a mind that is full of "conclusions" is an old one. One is only transformed when one has a new mind empty of conclusions. It is empty of the idea that everything continues the same. It is awake. IT IS A WIDE OPEN SPACE THAT IS FREE TO RECEIVE, MOMENT BY MOMENT, ALL THE MANY "WHAT IS" THAT ARE GOING ON AND TO SEE THE "VALUE OF THAT WHAT IS FOR THIS MOMENT".

Then one is a new person. One is LIVING in a new world. One has "ceased to be bored". One has "ceased to be angry". One has 'ceased to be resentful". One has "ceased to be fearful or apathetic". One is no longer contented--one is VITALLY INTERESTED, or exhilarated, or is seeing relationships, in this moment, that one has never seen before.

The Living Cycle

One is seeing where these relationships are aiming. One "does not know" that they will continue in that direction; SO ONE SEES THAT ONE CANNOT COME TO A CONCLUSION BECAUSE SOME FORCE MAY COME ALONG AND COMPLETELY CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF WHICH SOMETHING IS GOING. One is seeing relationship of forces, relationship of persons, relationships of all manner of events that are going on; and one is in a very wonderful, wonderful state within oneself.

One who is not observing and re-evaluating old and present conclusions, is caught in the idea that all is static--"I know". So to be in a state where one feels one knows, is to be "asleep"--static because one is "tied up", one is "hung up in a given place with a given set of conclusions". One has made conclusions about almost everything in one's world. Almost every event has a conclusion about it because the attempt to be secure has demanded conclusions. Of course, the only real security is what?--DEATH! One will not be disturbed any more. It is all settled and done. That is the ultimate conclusion! When one is coming to conclusions, one is serving death - not LIFE.

One can be aware from moment to moment of WHAT IS and the VALUE of what is, without condemning or justifying WHAT IS. The only way it can be condemned or justified is when it is "compared to some old conclusion" of "what ought to be" - some "ideal". One can only condemn it because one says "something like that started once before and this came out of it." So of course, it will do it again." That is concluding that "now is then"; and of course, this is called less than sanity sometimes because every moment is completely different--completely new.

Somewhere it says, "Behold all things are made new." When a person begins to see and re-evaluate--cast aside all old conclusions--be in a "state of not knowing", one is in a state of a little child--not knowing--he is observing in a "state of wonder" at the ever unfolding of WHAT IS from moment to moment. One then has experienced everything being made new. One is in a new world, a world where there are no conclusions, where everything is vibrant, alive, and in a "state-of-being" and not in a "state of has been". One finds that all of the negative emotions cease to arise.

So in many of these areas which we have taken for granted (but are still there--like many knowings -- many conclusions) they are still in the self. These things are the subtle ones that prevent one from experiencing higher spiritual states. FURTHERMORE, AS ONE EXPERIENCES A GIVEN STATE--IT IS FOR WHEN? THAT MOMENT--AND THAT MOMENT ALONE! It is not something to attempt to duplicate. It is not something to have. It is only something that has added a new way of seeing things - a new way of being alive.

The Great Teacher said that he had come that man might have life, and have it more abundantly. The more one has conclusions, the more one is dead. The less conclusions one has, (by observing them and casting them out--{seeing them operate in the self), the more one has life. As one continues to not form conclusions, to remain in a "state of not knowing", {which is to be in a "state of discovery" from moment to moment), one has life--and life more abundantly. Life is experiencing from moment to moment--everything new--everything fresh--it is like a brand new creation for the person who has been involved in many things they knew-their conclusions.


So suppose we write on our work sheet for this week: THINGS "I" KNOW.

Then begin to notice them and write them down, and then re-evaluate them and see, of course, they were only old conclusions--and that "one doesn't really know that". What one came to a conclusion about 20, 10, 2 years ago, or even 50 years ago, has nothing to do with this moment--those conclusions are "great limitations" to man's state of being. As we observe these, they begin to fall away like other obstructions to spiritual experiencing. One begins to experience a whole new life--a whole new world; and one can understand the statement, "BEHOLD, ALL THINGS ARE MADE NEW."

Can anything be new in a state of conclusions, or is it merely that this is a repetition of yesterday? "People are always interfering"; "people are thoughtless"; "people are always picking on me"; "nobody is considerate of me"; "nobody understands me"; "I am a miserable person"; "I have been miserable all my life"; "I am sick." Now, when a person comes to the conclusion that they are sick, they will experience a state called sickness from then on because they are "dreaming that things are static"--but if one says, "I feel a certain way this moment," one begins to observe that the next moment there is another way of experiencing; and another; and another, and one forgets all about the idea of being sick very quickly. You see, there are so many conclusions.

So we will write down all the things that "we know" or that "we have concluded"-"descriptions about self", and "descriptions about others". "I am a sick person"; "I am an old person"; "I am tired'; 'I am mistreated"; "he or she is a liar'; 'he or she is a bore"; "he or she is greedy"; "he or she is always interfering in what I want to do"; "he or she never understands me","

As we begin to observe, we see a completely new world. We are seeing differently; and we have a new state of being--and being in a new state of being is to be a new person.

So let's take considerable time to check out "what we know" because most of us "know so much", and the peculiar thing about it--is that most of "what we know" simply is not taking place now. It happened some time in the dead past--or we imagine that it will happen sometime in the future--or we came to a conclusion on a momentary situation.

All real situations are only momentary; and we come to the conclusion that it is permanent like the little boy who says, "everybody is always picking on me" because one kid picked on him one afternoon on the way home from school; but find that young man when he is thirty-five, or find him when he is forty; and he still feels that everyone is "picking on him". "His wife "picks on him"; his children "pick on him'; the boss "picks on him"; the customers "pick on him"; the traffic policeman "picks on him". Everything he experiences turns into evidence for that "belief"--because he is now "static". He has concluded, he is no longer living in that dynamic world of change from moment to moment.

Let's see if we can find that ever-changing, that ever new, that ever fresh world, and then we can say, everything has been made NEW.