Your story about DivinityWe have, we have come to meet you in great numbers today. Even though it is not strictly accurate to talk of enumeration, or even individuality, relative to us, what we are suggesting is that we are present powerfully and intentionally – ‘in great numbers’ is how we have put it with you here.Notice we did not say for you. The idea that a Divinity exists for the wishes and requests, sometimes even revenges, of humanity has not stood up to testing, or to truth, because it is not that way. Your Divinity is not for wishes, or for an attempt to control all that which you wish to control. You should have given up on that idea of Divinity a long time ago, simply from noticing that it does not work. It does not matter what path you follow, how disciplined you are, how hard you work, or any tricks or techniques you practised, you must have noticed that no matter what you do or how good you are, you cannot make life do what you wish it to do, or avoid it doing what you would prefer it not to.And so that old-fashioned story of Divinity as a wish-granter, or as a powerful protector against suffering, has not served you, because it is not true. And to give up on that story is not only rational, but also the only way you might make some space for a far more true – and indeed useful – experience and story of Divinity.We are using the word ‘story’, because it always will be that your beliefs and ideas and practises around the Divine will be a story. That is not to disrespect them. That is not to suggest to you that they have not validity or cannot serve you very well. But the human brain is not designed, and has no need, to comprehend the full story, the big picture, the complete truth about everything. To believe that you can access that kind of full knowledge is to be severely misled, and also to rob yourselves of so much in terms of joy and experience, simply because you do not intellectually grasp it.And so the full story about the Divine, about the planet, even about your individual purposes within that system, is not available, not to anyone, which means that you will always be working with a story about life, about Divinity, about the planet, and about yourselves. There is nothing wrong with working with a story, provided that your story holds up to the following:
Check that the stories you are telling are not full of delusion. If you are deluding yourself about what you see, what you hear, what is real, what you feel, what you desire, what you fear, your story will not be useful to you, no matter what it is.
Check that the story you tell about who you are, about what life is for, about what is happening at the moment, about God for that matter does not spring from a wound that you are still carrying. This could be a disappointment you have had, a suffering you have gone through, a hurt that you hold, a protection you would rather have. Because under that set of circumstances, just as under delusion, no story you tell that springs from a wound – as opposed to wonder, perhaps interest, joy, love – is going to be able to serve you. That is the second quality we invite you to check in the stories that you all tell, the different stories that you all tell, about the truth.
Check the effect of the story you are telling on your own happiness. We see so many of you working from beliefs about what is and what isn’t, about what is right and what is wrong, what should be done and what shouldn’t, even though the stories you are all telling about all those things don’t make you very happy. If, as we are suggesting, if all you have access to within the human context is a story, a version of the full picture, why not insist that the story you do tell produces for you results that you do want instead of leave you perpetually critical, or inadequate? And that is the third suggestion that we bring.Take responsibility for your StoriesIt is time for humanity to take much more responsibility for the stories that you tell yourselves, and the stories that you are telling collectively. Every philosophy, every religion, every movement, even every lifestyle, every trend, is another story humanity is telling itself, or pockets of humanity are telling themselves about what is important, who is right, how we should live. They are all stories. And when you try and pretend to yourselves, and then to others, that they are the full truth, that is the way of avoiding responsibility for what effects your particular story is actually having on your happiness, on your health, and on how you move forward collectively.You are not obliged to any beliefs,even if previously you have held them as sacred. Even if your lineage has told you that these are right. Even if everyone around you clings on to it, you are not obliged to any beliefs, unless they are serving you very well. Humanity has been at the mercy of its stories for too long. You have been willing, historically, to exchange your peace of mind, your freedom to love, you have been willing to exchange these things out of loyalty to a set of stories. You have traditionally made the stories more important than your happiness, your freedom, your peace, your ability to get on. And there is no need for you to give more power to your stories than to your experience.That is one of the major shifts that you will see happening in this next phase of being on your planet. For a long, long time the stories – whether you want to call them religion or philosophy doesn’t matter – were more important than the experience of all of you. That has begun to change and will continue to change.There are some who read this change as very worrying. They are worried about the loss of moral fibre, some will say. They are worried about the losing of tradition, some will say. But look very carefully when these things happen, to check whether those morals (also just another word for stories) and those beliefs, check whether they involve, number one, delusion, number two an attempt to protect against fear, and number three check whether they were really serving the actual experience of happiness of all of you. Check those three things before you worry about the story’s power diminishing, and the experience of human hearts gaining more significance. That will be one of the clear changes.The first shift to expect: from story to experienceThese changes are not new, they did not begin now. They began when you intended them, and that was a while ago. But yes, as with all development, at least in this sphere, it begins slowly, and at a moment reaches a tipping point, and then becomes what you would all call normal. And so, indeed, the changes we are going to speak of today are not new. But you perhaps have not noticed how normal they have become and are still going to become. And that is the first that we mentioned here: a shift in power away from being loyal to stories, to being far more attentive to the actual, real, lived experience of all of you.The second shift to expect: from achievement to peaceThe second enormous shift that you are living in (you are living in this change, it’s not happening to you it’s happening with you) is of course related to the first. The second change we want to mention here today is a shift in focus from achievement as the goal to peace as the goal. They are very different, they are very different, and you can see on a global level how very different actions might be taken if peace was the pursuit as opposed to achievement. But this is just as true on the smallest decision each of you makes, in the smallest moments of your life.If you are motivated more by achievement – and we include in this all kinds of achievement, including spiritual achievement – if you are more motivated by achievement, you will not be choosing peace. And this is the second shift you will see that within your lifetimes more and more people, and, even institutions, will begin to make. It’s almost unthinkable to some of you sitting here, because of the way you have been raised, the times in which you have grown up, to think that peace might be more important a goal than achievement. But achievement has not served you all very well. It hasn’t served your planet but, more than that, it hasn’t served your joy.We are not interested at all in telling you the right way to be. We are not suggesting that peace is a better goal than achievement, not once have we said that at all. Because it’s not our choice, not our agenda, not our game. But within yours, within your existences, within your game here, have a look at what an achievement goal has actually given you, all of you. You can think globally, but you can just as well think personally, and you will find the same.We are not suggesting that achievement has not value, not at all. But as an end goal it has let you down. Check for yourselves, never just take another story, for this is all that this is, never take another story without testing it against the three criteria we’ve already given. But you check whether achievement has let you down. You’re allowed to make your own peacefulness the goal of your lives! Some of you are indicating to us that that feels irresponsible. To that degree you have bought into the story of your culture and your time, that life, and thereby also you, are only worthwhile if you are getting something done in a specific way, in other words an achievement orientation.You are allowed to make your decisions, run your lives, use your resources towards the end goal of cultivating the greatest sense of peace that you would like to have. Does this mean you won’t achieve at all? No. Does it mean you will retreat from life, lie on the couch forever more? No, that will not be peaceful for you. If you are focused on your own state of peace, you will have to face what needs to be faced. Not only on an emotional level, but also in your relationships with each other, and with your money, and with your bodies, and with the time, and with your idea of Divinity and purpose. You cannot con yourself into being peaceful when you are deluding yourself. No.But think just for a minute how differently you might go into the coming year, and go into the rest of your lives for that matter, if your goal was deep and authentic peace, rather than the idea of what you must achieve before you are worthwhile, and before your life has mattered. You won’t be able to be peaceful without contributing, we can say that to you. So it’s not that if you choose your peace above achievement that you will not participate in life, that you will no longer work, no longer serve. Not at all. But that is the second shift that we are pointing to.We haven’t chosen this shift, neither are we predicting it. We’re observing it, that’s all. You will see, you may already have seen, more and more people refusing to compromise their peace for very much anymore. It has been appropriate for you as a group to devote yourselves to achievement. It has been very appropriate. But it is no longer giving you what you thought it would, and what you thought it should. So do not be loyal to achievement if you no longer wish to be. That is the second shift that we open up for you here.The third shift to expect: better balance between group and individualThe third one we want to talk about we have mentioned before once or twice. And it has to do with what is in fact a very challenging part of being human, and that is the tension as well as the potential that exists between individual and group. This is a mightily frustrating, even vexing issue for you as a species. How do we operate as groups, without compromising the individual? How do we harness the power of the group – because there are things you can create for yourselves only if you are doing it together – without dominating minority voices? This is another area that will be focused on a lot, also in your individual lives and as a collective.Indeed there will be some of you thinking deeply about specifically this, and you will see there will be many more studies, disciplines of study, ideas, techniques being tried out along this specific issue, because it holds so much significance for all of you. Anyone in an intimate partnership recognises what we are saying very well. You know that there are certain kinds of things you can only create as a partnership, and yet the sacrifices, the compromises are also real, and in many cases undesirable.So this particular issue of how you maintain individual respect, dignity and freedom, while belonging to not only a partnership, but also bigger groups is of supreme importance. And those of you who learn even the smallest bit of wisdom about this, we encourage you to share it. Indeed your species is at infancy level around this particular aspect. You will find that many of the animals surrounding you as you are here, are far better at that particular skill than human beings have been.But there is an entire new pathway, kind of living if you like, that is possible. It’s not desirable to all human beings, only to some, and therefore only possible to some, but only from harnessing collectively your learning, your time, your resources on all levels. We understand that many of you are reluctant to do that, you’d rather be alone. You’d rather do your own thing, in your own space, in your own way.We know, we know, you have been deeply compromised in the past from belonging, we know. But we are also saying to you very clearly: the only way to build a substantially different experience of being human is to do so collectively. And so this is the third aspect that we raise here.Do not worry about trying to solve this issue around global crisis, unless of course that will thrill you. Begin in your own bedrooms, begin in the smallest details of your lives, to learn in a sophisticated way how to harness what you have, to create what you would love, without too much compromise of the individual. We will be bringing a lot more learning on this to those of you who are interested and who desire it.We want to say to you also – over and above the three significant areas of change you can expect. and over and above our imploring of you not to give away your power to stories – we also want to stop for a moment here with you today and say: we know it has been difficult. We are very aware of the levels of stress that most of you are, and have been, experiencing.The real Battle you are fightingUnderstand that, mythically, where you are at the moment is in battle. Mythically or symbolically battles always come at a certain point in the story, do they not? They always come, firstly, and they always come at a certain point. You are not battling against evil forces, as some have interpreted it to be. You are not battling against low consciousness even. This is just another fancy word some use to discriminate between you and the others. You are battling, you are in a battle, but you are battling against choices. You are battling against one thing, and one thing only: you are battling against your own choices that have not served you.It is an enormous ask to make new choices. We can say it just like that. It’s three words: make new choices. They’re not long words, they’re not difficult, the concept does not require any education to grasp, or any degree of strength or wealth or status, or even intelligence to do. But it’s the hardest thing. All the battles you have read about, watched, in all the literature, the mythology, the religion and so on, those battles are between old and new choices. We have great respect for this.We do not consider it easy at all, even though some of you are flippant about it. It is the hardest thing to really, actually, make new choices. Even if the new choices would turn your worlds around, free you of things you no longer want to carry, and release you into many of the joys you desire.So we wish to say to you today that we have deep respect for the battle that indeed you have been waging for a while. The battle you are waging is against your old choices, your habitual choosing, your old stories. It is the biggest battle you will ever wage. There’s nothing else in your way. The government is not in your way. Your families are not in your way. Your money or lack of it is not in your way. Your health, your age, your children, they’re not in your way.It’s your old choices that trip you up again and again. Not just choices of what to do, but choices of how to respond, how to react, how to love, when to love, if to love. Your choices of being are as significant, probably more so, than your choices of doing. And this is the sole cause of the struggle that many of you, we are seeing, are under. This is why we have made such a fuss about taking caring of your own peacefulness. It makes no sense on any level to become utterly exhausted depleted, burned out, from this battle.So take care of your rest. That has been the message we have repeated more times than any other this year. Rest properly. Not leisure, not recreation, not entertainment, but a certain quality of stillness, and most importantly, non-performance and a break from identity, so that you are renewed, and refreshed, enthusiastic again. But we are here in high numbers not just today, but at this particular time, because we are with you. We are with you in your choosing, we are with you in your fatigue.It’s not our job to save you, much as that has been a story humanity has been rather fond of for a long time. Understand that the privilege, but also the deep challenge, of being human is free will. That is the essence of this experience. Why would we ever usurp it? And that is where the battle is being waged. Not one force against another force, but within the everydayness of your choices. That is the location of the struggle, because that is where both your power and your downfall lie – in that single aspect of choice.The difficulty of new choicesThere is nothing more powerful, as we have said earlier, nothing else is in your way, nothing holds more power over you than that. But that does not mean that that is simple or easy to make new choices. The reason it is not is because you’ve told yourself the choices you have previously made are who you are. You have attached your identity, your sense of self, to the choices you always made. And so to make new choices is a risk on the level of the ego, on the level of identity, that’s why it’s not easy. There’s no book you can read, or program you can go on that will you suddenly have you making new choices by tomorrow, because choices relate so deeply to the story you have told yourself about who you are.You latch onto a certain kind of story about who you are, hold fast to it, and in that you entrench a group of choices that match that. And even if they no longer serve you, you continue to make them again and again, because of what it might mean to your identity if you don’t.Why rest is so critical to making new choicesThis is why we keep on suggesting to people to put their lives down and be still. There’s nothing else you can do that will help you more to make new choices from a different sense of self than that, nothing else. Because in stillness – and by that we simply mean that nothing at all is required of you, that you don’t need to be in any certain kind of identity – in that space there is extra room you begin to experience in your identity. Any other thing you might be busy with is not going to give you that. So if you wish to help yourselves to make new choices, exit your identity, and exit your lives. You don’t have to go away from home to do this, you just need to take a few moments once or twice in your day to disconnect entirely.We have said this over and over, and we are saying it again, because it is the most helpful way to make all the shifts that we have indicated are upon you. You’re already in the change, it’s not surprising. This is an evolutionary universe, things have always changed. It’s not new. But to go against the tide of change is very painful, very exhausting. Many fall by the wayside. So to assist you with this, we are very close at the moment, and we urge you take care of your peace so that you drop your resistances to the way life is moving forward.If you do this you will have more energy, you will be more creative, less disturbed, less critical. You can be those ways, if you like, if they serve you, if they help you. You are welcome. But it’s unlikely that they do.We began this conversation by saying to you that the stories about Divinity as a protector from hurt, a provider of what you need, a wish granter, it does not take much to look around and notice that those stories are not true. But neither are they desirable. They’re not desirable to those whose idea of themselves is large enough, whose idea of self-worth is big enough.As you enlarge your sense of self, you must enlarge the story you tell about Divinity, and the ways in which we serve, and are served by, you. So by all means throw out the old stories that don’t make sense to you, but give yourselves the chance for a new story that meets you well where you are, and still allows you to be supported, and not to do it all on your own.In this moment nothing more is required of you. No one needs anything from you. You do not have to be any more than you already are. And we invite you to rest in that.Thank you.