A Final Word About Marriage and
Reader, you have seen many marital difficulties solved as
you stopped pointing the finger of guilt to the other half
out there” and began to see that one as an aspect of the
Self you are. Now, watch the happy wonders that will
happen in your marriage as you stop thinking of yourself
as a member of the marriage institution! To believe that
is to yield yourself a servant who can be smothered by it.
The Awareness that includes the organization has the
dominion, not the organization. You are not a member of
the marriage institution even though it may appear so.
That institution is your member, an aspect of yourself.
This is to see that the institution of human marriage does
not have the authority to make us either happy or
miserable, whether part of our experience or not!
Now, be cautious lest you let the intellect look on this as
a threat to itself, under the guise of a threat to “home
family and marriage.” The dominion of Allness is not a
threat to itself, nor to anything that is real—and there is
nothing real but Allness.
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We do not belong to an organization no matter how many
of them include our names on their roster of members.
Rather, the organization, institution, fraternity or
whatever, “belongs” to us, included within and as the
Consciousness we are.
How can life belong to an idea it includes within itself?
While the tangible point in time and space (called Bill or
Mary) may “belong” to this or that organization for
intellectual or social purposes (and there is nothing
wrong with that!) that does not mean that identity-I has
surrendered its heritage. Our slowly arrived-at knowledge
of this Fact is the start of the conscious recovery of our
holy Birthright. In Truth, it has never really been
surrendered except in the binding, blinding belief that
there is a medical fraternity, a scientific or religious
organization, a marriage institution, a business and
financial institution, a human society or a body
organization to which we are subservient members and,
therefore, supposed to bow down, salaam three times and
do what “they” say or pay the consequences “they”
The dominion is ours. “And God gave man dominion…”
“Know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves servants
to obey, his servants ye are…?” The New English Bible
puts it: “You know well enough that if you put yourself at
the disposal of a master, to obey him, you are slaves…”
Now, does this mean that we are to do battle with the
appearances of “principalities and powers” “out there”?
Not at all. It means that we see the Power here as I, not
there as that. And then act in accord, and then act in
“What if the institution will not permit me to act in
accord?” Then we are forced to live (in order to know)
that the institution has no authority to prevent the
Self-all-is from being the Self-All-is. This is what is
going on in the world of appearances right now. The only
institutions that will survive the growing turmoil are
those that yield up their pseudo-authority to let ISNESS
be the Authority.
Now hear this: That yielding is not done out there with
the appearance of the institution. It is done here as this
awareness we are! Do you see this?