You do not have to survive.
What I learned from this lesson
I think I have often misunderstood the words, I need do nothing. I thought it meant that I didn’t have to do anything to awaken and yet I also felt that there was much to do in order to reach that state. At the very least I must decide I want to return to God. I must decide there is nothing else I want to do. So I was confused. In The Way of Mastery, Jeshua emphasizes the word need. I NEED do nothing. This is different than saying I want to do some things.
What I understand from reading this section is that I am being asked to understand that as the Son of God I was created with perfect freedom. There is nothing that I need to do, only what I want to do. When I read the words, you do not have to survive; I truly did understand that there is nothing I need do. I don’t even have to survive. I also understood how ingrained is the idea that there is much that must be done. I need to get up and go to work. I need to be careful how I speak to others, how I dress, how I present myself. I need to be careful that I don’t talk religion or politics to my customers. I need to watch my money, have a savings account in case I lose my job, have extra money to help my kids in case they need it.
I have such a long list of need tos that I could go on for pages. As I write them I begin to feel a sense of constriction. I feel like I am imprisoned within my need tos. I do not feel like I was created in perfect freedom, but rather I am governed by what must be done. I begin to see the reason I need do nothing is the second axiom. It feels very strange to think that maybe I really need do nothing. It feels a little scary to think of being outside the confines of all those need tos, as if I will not know how to act, as if I cannot trust myself to make decisions without rules to govern me, as if the need tos keep me safe. I need to is just another statement of victimhood.
If I can say that I do not have to survive, I can step outside that prison of need tos. I don’t know who told me I had to survive. I do not need to. There, my declaration of freedom! I choose to survive right now. I choose to do this journaling. I choose to eat and go to work. Right now. I may change my mind one day. I NEED do nothing.
All quotes are used by kind permission of the Shanti Christo Foundation. To buy a copy of this profound book visit their website at www.shantichristo.com. I invite your thoughts and comments.