Hello everyone. This is Bill Samuel in
Mountain Brook, Alabama. Coming to you at
the beginning of the new holiday season. The
new holiday season. Every day is part of the
holiday season. Christmas really is all year
long is it not? Some day, some day we are
going to have a Christmas month and a
thanksgiving month. And a new beginning, a
new now month. And our holiday season will
last for three months instead of three days.
Well my mail lately has been concerned
with basics and I would like to perhaps
discuss them just a little bit.
We are all interested in the secrets of life.
And when one seeks the secrets of life, the
secrets of the universe, the secrets of
science or of arithmetic or of God or of
anything. In reality he is searching out the
vistas of his own identity. Those who know
this are the ones who find the true answer.
And all they find, all the answers they find
are invariably simple. Not complicated.
Not arcane nor abstruse nor mystical.
Now those who do not know that the
search for truth is really a quest for one’s
own identity inevitably find their answers
in the more complicated places and ways
of their own making. Until such time as
they are struck by the enigmas of their
The experience of mankind presently is
growing more frustrating every day.
Human pressures are mounting on every
hand. As various segments of humanity
find themselves unable or unwilling to
keep up the frantic pace. Or longer battle
the self-imposed frustrations the manmade
lids are beginning to pop off. And when
will it end? Well apparently not until a
misidentified mankind is forced out of his
mis-identification. In a self wrought and
But you and I are not waiting for the world
out there to awaken. We leave the
unawakened world, the struggling world
behind. We let it go. We rise above it, so to
speak. By the simple willingness to put
God first. And let God, Is-ness, presence,
ineffable, allness or whatever else you
want to call it. Allow that inferable
presence to be the all and the only of us.
Now this is not an impossible task. It is
not even all that hard to do. It is only from
the standpoint of a judgement maker that
it even seems necessary much less a
difficult job to be undertaken. The fact is,
God already is the all we are.
It is not difficult to stop judging
everything. After it has been discovered
that judgement is the cause of most of our
apparent suffering. It is not hard to stop
cherishing the things that the world calls
valuable when it is found that they have no
value. It is not impossible to stop feeling a
sense of personal responsibility when
there is no real personality. No real
identity to feel responsible. Not a real one.
Friends when the final statement
concerning God is made. However it is
made. Well it will be supremely simple.
When the last words about reality are
written. Who ever writes them. They will
not be an academic presentment or a
mysterious metaphysical maze requiring
much musing, meditating and persevering
study. When finally it is made clear to
humanity what it must do in order to come
out and be separate from it’s frustrations.
I know this; the doing will not be difficult.
It will not be an arduous path to follow.
Neither will it be a step-by-step
overcoming. It will be neither a putting off
nor an awakening. Not even an awakening.
Though of course it is difficult to speak of
it, to use words of it in any other way.
When the final statement is made it will be
an utter simplicity. A Child-like simplicity
that excludes no one and no thing. The last
instruction for a doing will be a quiet
simple un-demanding demand for no more
effort at all. The simplicity of reality, deity,
isness, ineffable, presence, whatever you
want to call it. It is the effortless being of
total perfection. Which is here and now
already the exclusive fact of existence.
At the moment mankind believes the
knowledge of God is limited to a very few,
if any. According to the religious systems
of the day the blessings that a knowledge
of truth bestows on a suffering humanity,
and those blessings are experienced only
by those who belong to this or that secret
order or church. Or those who study this
or that philosophy. Only by those who
overcome, who struggle, who strive, who
contend, who demonstrate, who
experience illumination and all that bumf.
Or who take drugs. Hocus-pocus. Hocus-
We leave. We leave and let go the human
sense of things. The judged sense of
And happily discover that we also leave
complexity. We return to the deific
identity. Awareness itself. And find
ourselves in a garden of tender simplicity
where there is no concern for good or evil.
Where there is no talking serpent who
makes us give values to every thing.
Things that are seen are simply seen. And
they are seen without a critical analysis.
And they are seen without a mis-mis-
Here experience and awareness.
Awareness and experience. Are one
activity. Belonging to whom? To me? To a
me-sense? No no a one activity belonging
to the ineffable presence, God. Here
awareness is God’s self-perception.
Therefore it is God’s responsibility.
Let me say that again. With this realisation
awareness is God’s self-perception going
on. And therefore it is God’s responsibility.
We feel the weight of the world taken off
our shoulders. We rejoice, oh with a new
joy. And we recall the promise of old.
Come unto me all ye who are weary and
heavy laden and I will give thee rest.
Deity, or the ineffable, or Godhead, or
presence is a paradox to man who cloaks
his measly little bit of wisdom with an aura
of profundity to impress others. And to
feed his own insatiable ego.
But to those sincerely interested in
ascertaining reality or the presence. There
is an area of break-through available, a
place of break-through. Now listen. Listen.
Where is it? Where is it? We are in the
fertile centre of that area the very instant,
the very instant we stop playing the judge.
The great evaluator. And of course in order
to stop being the judge of awareness we
stop being the me-sense, the great owner
of awareness. The one who says, this
awareness is mine.
Here in judgeless being tribulations,
human tribulations are rooted out,
smothered and returned to their native
nothingness. And in it’s place, or in their
place, grows a burgeoning tranquillity. A
grand tranquillity that exists where the
elations and depressions of personal
judgements seemed before to hold sway.
God is not a complexity far off and
unattainable. The presence, the ineffable is
available. Else presence would be a plum,
pluckable only by the plucky few who have
the wherewithal to plough through many
an ancient volume of forgotten law.
Volumes of witchcraft and transcendental
bunk. And even those scholars, even those
scholars only touch the hem of truth’s
Reader. Presence. Ineffability is felt as an
enlightenment, as a breaking through. As a
lifting. As a gentle rest. As a rolling up of
the scroll. As the lessening of a load. As
peace and happiness. And these words,
these words are but poor sounds to signify
the simplicity of God. Not the complexity
of God. Not the mysticism of God. Not the
great metaphysical paradoxes of truth. But
the tender simplicity of the presence.
Happiness comes with the letting go not a
taking on. By ending concern not
The unencumbered, those who live just as
gentle awareness itself, like children,
enjoy the Now without worry over
yesterday, or tomorrow or next year. How
children joy in fragrances and colours and
moving things. Their sweet simplicity is
why the world is so wonderful to them.
Their enjoyment of the Now is why the flip
of a cricket or the silent plop of a podgy
frog is a momentous event. Credulous
innocence is their entry into every activity
with gusto. It is also why their imagination
runs so freely from fancy fairytale to
wondrous dream. Why the sounds they
hear seem so sharp, sight so exciting and
air so crisp and filled with all it is filled
This child-like simplicity appears to
become veiled by the processes of
education. Growing up is to become
brainwashed, conditioned and accustomed
to playing the pseudo-identity. Adult,
adulterer, chief evaluator, and judge,
me-sense. Aha but the unencumbered, the
sweet gentle unencumbered with the
freedom of angels remain unconcerned
with the world’s evaluations. Even while
remaining hyper-aware of everything in
Oh reality is not lost sight of. There is no
sticking the head in the sand. Our simple
child-likeness continues. Our alertness
remains undimmed. Who does not speak of
the innocence of youth? Who does not
wonder at the idealic credulousness of
childhood? Who has not longed for the
exhilaration and exuberance of youth
again? For the health, happiness and
carefree excitement of childhood. And who
has not heard the Christ saying, except ye
become again as children.
Listener you can become as a Child too.
And do it without appearing foolish.
Without ignoring home and family. Without
withdrawing from society. We become
Child-like in the most effortless way
imaginable. As we stop making vain and
un-necessary evaluations. As we stop
trying to be the possessor and the owner
of this awareness. And live the instance,
this instance called Now.
Let me talk about identity for just a
moment. Identity. Who we are. What we
are. Identity. I-identical.
The search for truth is in essence the
search for the real identity. The genuine
identity. Ultimately that search for the
genuine identity is the search for God.
Because we find out that God is the only
identity on the scene. But let us come back
home to right here right now. Which
inevitably includes a me-sense. The me
who islistening to a tape recording. Or the
me who is talking into a microphone in the
process of making a tape recording. The
me-sense. What is the me-sense identity?
The me-sense identity is the one we have
lugged around with us from the beginning.
The me-sense identity is the one who never
knows what to do. The me-sense identity is
the one who does too much or who does
not do enough. That eats too much or does
not eat enough. That exercises too much or
does not exercise enough. That says the
right thing or the wrong thing. That makes
the right investment or the wrong
investment. That stands up when it should
sit down and sits down when it should
stand up. The me-sense identity is the one
that is a few days and full of trouble.
Well what about this me-sense? Well one
thing we know about the me-sense that it
is, it seems, wrapped up in a body. That
has two feet, two hands and a head. Eyes
and ears and all that sort of thing. The
me-sense is contained in a body that goes
by a certain name. Bill, Rachael, Mary,
John, Jesus. The me-sense seems to be
limited in time and space. It always
occupies a point in time and space. The
me-sense always says I am here and you
are over there. The me-sense is bound by
time. It says I was born on such and such a
date. I will probably live for so many
years. I am at present so many years old.
And the me-sense says my well-being
hinges on how well this body feels. How
well it is attired. How many dollars it has
got in the bank. The me-sense is a few
days and full of trouble. It never has
enough dollars. It never has enough
happiness. It never has enough friends. If
it has dollars they are lost. If it has friends
they are fickle. If it does have time on it’s
hands it does not know what to do with it.
And if it does not have time on its hands it
wishes it did.
The me-sense is always concerned about
the body sense and how I feel. The
me-sense looks in the mirror and says my
my my I am getting old. The me-sense says
oh my, another wrinkle. Another grey hair.
The me-sense says oh how time is flying
here the holidays are on us again.
Well what about this me-sense? The
me-sense says this life that is mine is
made up primarily of consciousness,
awareness. I am aware the me-sense says.
I am aware at the moment of listening to a
tape and a tape recorder. I am aware at
the moment of making a tape. I am aware
at the moment of sitting in my little study
here listening to the buzz of yon little
refrigerator. Hoping that the furnace does
not turn on and drown out the sound.
Hoping that the dogs will not bark outside
again and mess up another tape.
The me-sense says I am aware of people,
places and things. The me-sense says I am
aware of a body in time and space. And
this is what identity is to the me-sense. A
body in time and space that is so many
years old. It has had this experience or
Well now what alternative have we for
identity? As we began here with a
me-sense one thing we have to be
absolutely positive about is that awareness
We were talking about the me-sense,
which is not much to talk about. But let us
define what the genuine identity is right
here at the moment. The me-sense says I
am aware because if the me-sense could
not say I am aware the me-sense would not
exist at all because awareness is
absolutely essential for life. As a matter of
fact the me-sense says that awareness and
life are synonymous terms. I am aware. I
am alive. This living is awareness going
on. And it all belongs to me. As the words
of the song go. It all belongs to me. And
who is the me? Why to the me-sense me is
the one who owns this awareness that is
aware. Right here right now listening to
Now when the answer to identity has been
found by what we call the lights of the
world, the prime-movers, the founders of
the great religions, the mystics. When
identity has been discovered lo and behold
a strange thing happens. Awareness is
retained and the me-sense that owns
awareness is seen for the idiocy and the
nothingness it is.
Let me say that again because folks as I sit
here and talk to you now I have no papers
before me to read. I have no notes to work
from. This comes from the heart I am.
When identity is discovered awareness is
retained. The me-sense is let go. Right
here right now. Awareness listens to the
words on this tape recording. Awareness
hears. Awareness sees. Awareness feels.
All the seeing that has ever taken place is
taking place within this awareness right
there. All the hearing that has ever taken
place, or ever will take place takes place
right here within this awareness. We
cannot get outside of this awareness to
make certain that any hearing takes place
anywhere else. Or that any seeing takes
place anywhere else. Or that any feeling
takes place anywhere else.
So awareness then is basic. But as I say
the me-sense is let go. The me-sense. That
which says this is my awareness. Who is
this one who says this is my awareness?
Who is it? Is it the body? We say well yes
yes of course it is this body. Awareness
belongs to this body. But has that view of
life accomplished anything? It seems to
have brought the world to the brink of
absolute destruction. It seems to have
been searching for happiness for lo the ten
thousand years past but lo having found
none it grows old and weary and aches.
And says my time is short. The me-sense
that is a few days and full of trouble has
been disparaged by all the lights of the
world. We have been told to let it go. To
put it off.
So the me who says this is my awareness
is just a concept. Who says it belongs to
the body? Because the body is included
within awareness. The only place where
one is conscious of a body is within
awareness. Without awareness there
would be no consciousness of the body.
Where do we see the fingers and the toes?
Where do we see the face in the mirror?
Where do we see the protruding belt-line
or the sagging busts line? But within
Awareness is the primary. And that which
it includes are its qualities and attributes.
So the me-sense then is a fiction. A fraud
from the beginning. And we can this
moment right here even now as we listen
to the tape machine making strange clicks
in the background. We can even right here
let go the me-sense. And what does it
leave? It leaves awareness on the scene.
We retain awareness and let go the
I have a letter here that seems applicable
at this moment. The gentleman writes. He
says ‘Dear Mr Samuel I enjoy your
philosophy’. And he goes on to say ‘but he
would like to have a very practical
answer’. He says ‘please be practical. Tell
me exactly how this awareness business is
applicable to me. And how it relates to my
daily affairs. Tell me how it should feel to
me’. Then he asks this question that I
would like to answer for everyone. ‘Am I
supposed to feel the same when I am
working as when I study and meditate?’
Well let me address that. ‘Am I supposed
to feel the same when I am working as
when I study and meditate?’
Now listen gently. Please just listen gently
with the heart. When one takes hold of
awareness to be his identity. That is, as we
understand that awareness itself is
identity and we are not the possessor of
awareness. Rather we are awareness
itself. Now as we do this we began, and I
must say it is a slow beginning, but it is a
consistent, persistent beginning that
continues. We began to experience a
practical and tangible and very obvious
absence of anxiety. Of fear. Of the old
human consternation and apprehension.
And especially there is a lessening of
human desire. That is a desire for anything
other than a knowledge of the truth itself.
This feeling of equanimity remains I guess
in this odebliss state. This is the term that
the Oriental have given it. Awareness
remains in this odebliss state for just a
time. For just a time. And then it slowly
blossoms into quite a new dimension that
has an entire new set of sensations that, I
do not know how to describe it except to
call it peace. My peace.
I can in no way describe this peace. I have
tried. I do not think anyone can describe it.
But I can tell you how we go about our
daily affairs with it. Our daily affairs seem
to have a new vigour within it. We find
ourselves with new insight. We find
ourselves filled with new ideas continually
coming. And they are not ideas that just
benefit us as an individual but they are
ideas from which the whole world can
Now what do we do about our daily
We continue just as always. To make a
living. But we somehow do it now without
the old interferences of worry, frustration
and vain desire. And there is less family
dis-harmony. You know we still see trees,
flowers, and things. Our children still
appear to go through all of the growing
We still have to discipline them if they
appear to need it. And yet all we do, all we
see, all we experience; when we live as
awareness itself begins to be experienced
within some … atmosphere of peace. Of
satisfaction. A sense of all rightness. A
sense of peace. A tranquillity. And we find
ourselves knowing the meaning of things
we never knew before. We find ourselves
watching others. Knowing their motives
even before they speak. And we find
ourselves knowing what to do. Knowing
what to do about most of the situations
that present themselves to us. If not
immediately then eventually. It is as if a
voice were behind us saying ‘this is the
way walk ye in it’. When you turn to the
right hand and when you turn to the left.
Indeed living as this simple credulous,
child-like awareness we are so instructed.
We have all heard about the old man who
is to be put off. Well the old man and the
me-sense are the same one. The old man is
simply that one we believe ourselves to be
when we consider ourselves a point in time
and space to whom awareness or life has
been given. We let that one go when we
take life, awareness to be the one we are.
And dismiss the concept of ourselves as
the one who owns it. As the one who
contains it within himself.
And it seems to me that it is well to repeat
awareness. This one right here. When we
speak of the personal judgement of this or
of that, we are not talking about the
judgements and the opinions and the
evaluations that the world out there make.
We are talking about those that are made
right here as this awareness. As this
awareness called oneself. As this
awareness called I.
When we talk about the old man we are
not talking about the misidentification of
our friends, and relatives, and the people
down the street. Or about the incorrect
opinions that they appear to have of
themselves. We are talking about the
misidentity only we can presume ourselves
to be right here right now ourselves.
To put off that one is not for others to do
but for me to do right here. Others have
nothing to do with this. The picture of the
world, including others is all right here
and now. This awareness being I. Not
another. Seest thou this? The fabled last
judgement. The great fabled last
judgement takes place here. Right here as
I be awareness I. Instead of the container
of it, the possessor of it, the owner of it.
As I live as simple, credulous, Child-like,
gentle awareness and not the possessor of
it, the grand custodian of it.
Once upon a time we had looked out on
experience and we saw it divided into a
good and evil world. We took sides. We
choose to fight with the right against the
wrong. We took up the cudgel. As valiant
soldiers we march to war we undertook to
slay the dragon and to heal the world. We
shouted to our universe ‘this is the way
walk ye in it’. Well now the circle, nearly
closed we see that all we see is precisely
as it should be. We see that the levels of
education, even as they appear are neither.
Neither right nor wrong. Good nor bad.
Material nor spiritual. Or real nor unreal.
Or dream nor any other such thing. What
are they? Why they are perfect images.
Just being perfect images. Isness. Amness.
Iness. Being isness. Being exactly what
But who am I? Who am I? Why nothing of
myself. Awareness is being aware of all
that God is mindful of. And this awareness
right here right now is busily perceiving
the infinity of perfect being. This is who I
am. This is what I, identity am. And what I
am doing. Nothing else.
And the awareness the consciousness
listening to these words. Is the self same
awareness. The self same awareness. God
awareness. And nought else.
Comprehendest thou this? Of course you
do. Of course you do.
Years ago someone wrote that all the
people on earth, if they were assembled in
one place standing side by side would
occupy only a square mile of land. Well
they would certainly cover more land than
that today. But let us use that square mile
for the sake of an illustration that will
make a point.
Imagine in your mind’s eye that all
humanity is brought together into a great
glass pyramid whose four corns cover a
square mile of earth. Now these people
are standing jammed together like young
people at a rock concert, inside the great
crystal pyramid. And all of them are
facing the centre. Well now how would
each person describe what he sees as he
looks up? Well each one would see the four
quadrants of glass coming together at the
top. Now let us suppose that they can see
the stars beyond including Polaris, the
North Star whose position remains
constant. And these people are asked to
give a description of the North Star’s
location. Have you got that? Everybody
inside a big glass crystal pyramid. There
are looking beyond.
They look up and they see the North Star
and they are asked to describe it’s
Well those who stand in the east of the
pyramid would make different
measurements to plot Polaris than do
those who are in the west. As a matter of
fact everyone down there every man,
woman and child would have a slightly
different version of the North Star’s
location relative to the great glass panels
that come to a point up above them.
Therefore each person within this great
glass pyramid represents a unique point of
view. Now next suppose that certain
creeds and dogmas about the star’s
location have developed through the
centuries. The east side view of things
would certainly be different from the west
side view. Similar to the differing religious
views we have in the world today. Further
most people who are too busy with family
and other affairs to even look up and
measure for themselves so they have
grown accept whatever idea is popular in
their own locales. There is an eastern
pyramid view of thought. A western, a
northern, and a southern view of thought.
Well now can you not see how religious
ideas, all pertaining to the same Polaris,
the same God but seen through the eyes of
different cultures have developed through
the centuries? Well now we have
worldwide communication that is
linking and we are beginning to see these
strange differences. That the Muslim has a
point of view. That the Christian has a
point of view.
And the Jew still another point of view.
Man’s personal views of his relationship to
Godhead is not unlike the pyramid
people’s view of their relationship to the
North Star. Religious ideas generally refer
to the same one. To the same God. To the
same ineffable. But each one has it’s own
sets of proofs for validity. And in truth
every statement is valid. That is every
statement about Godhead is valid so far as
it’s major goals. Is it not strange that some
of the world’s religions can perceive these
differences and allow for it while others
stand like staunch old southern pines in
the wind refusing to give any other point of
view an inch. Claiming that their own
perspective is the only valid perspective of
Oh my just recently a storm blew through
here and it twisted so many pines. Tops
right off. Staunch unyielding points of
We see that all eyes pointing to the top,
looking up at this pyramid, represent
individual points of view. Individual lines of
Now so let me show in a simple way how
powerful subjectivism is. Now the new
wave of things happening in the world now
is this subjective view. Subjective thinking
is the new wave of things that is to come
for mankind. Well now just one person
down there having learned the top-down
method of thinking and comprehending,
which is the basis for subjectivism is like a
person in that glass pyramid who has
broken away from the masses and he has
climbed up to the top of the pyramid. He is
up at the very peak. Now his view is like a
great eye at the top of the pyramid. And up
there he is looking down at everyone who
is looking up. The top-down view includes
all of the bottom-up views within itself
almost simultaneously. That is if everybody
is looking right up at the point of the
pyramid and there is a great eye there at
the top looking down. The top-down view
includes all of the bottom-up views. The
top-down view is quantum. Whereas the
bottom-up view is individual.
Now this is the advantage of subjectivism
and its comprehension that the world
exists within awareness. Subjectivism is to
human thought what quantum mechanics
has become to physics. Today we see the
leading edge of science on the brink of
discovering the subjective idea. They have
found that the experiment is tied to the
awareness that observes the experiment.
Well that is a start. Today we have science
backing into God. Discovering God and
afraid to admit. Afraid that their own
colleagues will criticise them for admitting
that they have backed into a totality new
marvellous top-down view of things.
Science will discover the power of
subjectivism I think before religion does.
And certainly before so many of the
metaphysicians who claim to know it
already but they do not know what to do
with it. We guess the scientists will know
because his arithmetic
suggest and then insist and cause him to
prove. Prove me now herewith.
Well now does the eye at the top quarrel
with the opposing views at the bottom? No
understands the basis for the difference of
opinions. And it understands the wholistic
reasons for mankind’s behaviour.
Oh but the top-down view would certainly
object if one of the groups along, let us say
the eastern or the western wall went towar
against its opposite number over on the
other side in the name of a creed or a
dogma, or holy book.
So what do we do? We discover the Child
within ourselves. And that Child takes us
more or less quickly to the top of the
pyramid. To the view that includes all
views within itself. Down on the sandy
floor of the pyramid extremism in the
defence or the promulgation of anyone’s
holy book, and or bottom-up view of the
ineffable causes man in black to make
strange utterances in the name of localised
views of God and a call for holy wars that
could destroy civilisation. Now on the floor
of the pyramid one hopes that will not
happen. But from the top one sees that
something must happen among the
warring unloving throngs to call
attention to the Child’s top-down view that
understands and forgives.
Well the prophets have all said, to a man,
to look up; to look up willingly, or be
forced to look up in some kind of a
personal anguish, personal Armageddon.
Two thousand years ago Christianity came
along to say let that mind be in us which is
also in Christ. Which is the subjective view
of things. But just look how Christianity’s
dogmatic creeds are warring among
themselves. Not just Christianity but all of
the religions. They are all warring among
themselves. What ever happened to the
Child’s view that Jesus and others gave
their lives to tell about? We get the
top-down view. And then we live it down on
the sandy floor of life right here in the
objective view of things.
How do we do that? Well we find the Child
within ourselves and we run with it. It is
the Child within ourselves that breaks
away from the masses and climbs that
glass pyramid and says I want to see what
everybody is looking at I want to go up and
see it for myself.
We find that Child. It is in us. It is here.
Right now. And then we run with it. We
publish peace. That is we tell people of our
own knowledge of this Child within. Just as
we have been admonished to do.
We finally understand the exclusivity and
arrogance of unyielding creeds and
dogmas that discourage the individuals
climb to the top of the pyramid. We see
why the objective views have labelled
subjectivism silly solipsism. And
subjectively from the top we can see that
one with God is a majority. And so the
world unfolds within. Subjective
consciousness within this divine
It is us right here right now. Listening to
and being these words.