If we have been wondering how to focus on positive aspects in a situation that occurs that we can’t change or that we didn’t want to change, the change back to standard time gives us an excellent opportunity to practice positive focus. In this world there are always two ways to look at anything, i.e., the upside or the downside. It’s likely that not too many of us want to be suddenly plunged into darkness at 5pm when just the day before it wasn’t getting dark until at least 6pm. We can choose to feel bummed about that and focus on the loss of light at the end of day. Or we can focus on the sunrise and feel good that it will occur an hour earlier every morning, and for quite a while we’ll have more light to begin our day. Focus is as simple as that…unless we make it harder than that!
Whatever we decide to focus on in any situation, upside or downside, will either cause us to feel good or not so good as we do. Because the vibration of our focus causes us to feel the way we feel, we’ll either be emitting a good or not so good vibration wherever we are. And, we can rest assured that if we don’t like how we’re feeling wherever we are, we’re not going to like what we’re calling to us as experience. We read in A Course in Miracles, “Every decision you make is for Heaven or for hell and brings you the awareness of what you decided for.”
On Halloween both Heaven and hell are often represented in costumes that children and adults wear. Some dress up as heroes, princesses and angels, while others dress up as ghouls, goblins and devils. But either way it’s okay because no matter what the masks look like we know it’s all for fun, and that none of the masks are real no matter how real or scary they look!
Mystical theologist, Alan Watts, wrote: “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” We wouldn’t take life so seriously if we remembered who we and everyone else truly are behind the human masks we wear. This world wouldn’t bring us down if we weren’t so easily fooled by our own human disguise and those of others. In fact, our Earth life could be fun if we remembered that we came here to mix it up with each other; to play our parts in each others lives to see how well we can do as we interact with one another and choose who we want to be, and how we want to be, behind the human mask we wear that we’ve shaped and formed using the tools of our human experiences.
If we remembered that behind every human mask, no matter who’s wearing it or what it looks like, that it is Love saying, “No worries! It’s me!,” we would live fearlessly. We’d learn from each other the Holy lessons we came here to learn, and the worst we’d ever say about anyone would be “good mask!”
Alan Watts likens the masks we wear as a particular human that looks different and separate from other humans as our worldly disguises of separation, and our interactions with each other as a Divine game of hide and seek. It’s an easy game to play in this world of “this and that” because when we look at everyone around us, we believe that because we’re this way (the way we see our self) and not that way (the way we see someone else), that that way must be separate from us. It’s easy to believe we’re cut from a different cloth than others, when in reality we’re all cut from the same Spiritual Cloth, and we’re each using that Holy Cloth to create our costume.
The metaphor of hide and seek can help us to understand how we can all look, speak and act so differently, and still remain all the same spiritually—One Life, One Creator, and One Creation within which there is no separation. Alan Watts tells us in his metaphor of hide and seek that when God (Spirit, Love, Source Energy) plays “hide” and pretends that He’s you and me, He does it so well that it takes Him a long time to remember where and how He hid Himself. But that’s the whole fun of it, just what He wanted to do when He took on a form. He doesn’t want to find Himself (or Herself) too quickly for that would spoil the game. That’s why it’s so difficult for you and me to find out we’re God in disguise, Spirit, Love pretending not to be our True Self
He goes on to write, “You may ask why God sometimes hides in the form of horrible people, or pretends to be people who suffer great disease or pain. Remember, first, that He isn’t really doing this to anyone but Himself” as the very expression of Divine Creative Freedom.
We all know that in almost all the stories we enjoy, there has to be people who seem bad as well as people who seem good because the thrill of the tale is to find out how the good guys will get the better of the bad guys. Every day we get to make choices to be our best self (or not), to make our best choices (or not), and then to see how our choices get the better of every situation (or not).
It’s not always choices between obvious extremes of good and bad. It’s every choice we make in the moments of our life between human limitation, vulnerability, judgement, and separation, or spiritual power, freedom, love, and oneness. Our choices in each moment are influenced by who we believe we are behind our human mask—either a physical duplication of the image we see in the mirror, a self separate from all we see through the pinhole view of our human mask, or a spiritual being who is one with the Pure Positive Energy of Life and one with all Life, that allows us to see beyond human limitations of the world and fully enjoy the game of life.
There is no one, anywhere, who is more or less spiritual than anyone else. How our true spirituality is expressed (more or less) depends on awareness of It. Nisargadatta Majaraj wrote, “Awareness is ever there. It need not be realized. Open the shutter of the mind and it will be flooded with light.” When we enjoy the game of life, we’re the life of the party! We’re not afraid of the world around us because we know that every new thought, every loving thought, changes what we experience.
Alan Watts goes on to say: “When the game has gone on long enough, all of us will WAKE UP, stop pretending, and REMEMBER that we are all one single Self, the Presence of God who is all that there is and who lives forever and ever.” God (Spirit, Source Energy, Love) is all there is behind every mask no matter how unlike God that mask appears to be. How can we not all be Spiritual Beings right now when there is nothing else for us to be? We read in A Course in Miracles, “When God gave Himself to you in your creation, He established you as host of Him forever. He has not left you and you have not left Him.”
So let’s consider some questions that only we can answer for our self: Has the game in which we’re disguised as a powerless victim vulnerable to the bad things that happen in the world gone on long enough? Has the game in which the world appears to be peopled with separate good guys and bad guys, and as the good guys fight the bad guys we cheer them on…have those war games gone on long enough? Has the game in which we pretend that what we focus on in our mind and in the world doesn’t matter because it has no affect on what we see or what we call into our experiences gone on long enough?
Are we ready to wake up and remember that we are all powerful spiritual beings, and stop pretending we’re not the creators of our own experiences? In other words, are we ready to unmask our Divinity? In The Way of Transformation we read, “The call is being sent to you to arise and assume complete responsibility for all that you see, all that you think, and all that you choose. Rest assured, if you hear this call, it is because a deeper part of you has called it to you as a way by which you remember that these things are already contained within you.”
It’s all right there within us—all the Clarity, all the Peace, all the Love, and all the Joy we desire. If we’re ready to unmask our Divinity and assume responsibility for our experiences in this world, it’ll be a game changer!