Living in Invincibility
By Elliott Robertson
The time has come for the community of humankind to be honest about what we can do with God’s help.
God is always waiting for us to gaze into her face. God is waiting for us to look into our hearts and discover the great love we have for existence, the love we’ve had within since before we were born.
God waits for us to stand in honesty before ourselves and one another, to come out of hiding and to stand in the place of knowing that we were made to shine the light of God into the world in our own way.
God waits for us to hear her invitation to walk always toward heaven—to release the images and beliefs that pull us toward illusion.
The time has come for us to hear God clearly when she says our names, to know that God invites us to agree with her each time she says, “Beloved soul, you’re made from light and love.”
No more pretending that we know ourselves better than God knows us. No more clinging to our understanding of ourselves as living in a realm apart from God’s realm. No more painting our self-portraits using shame and guilt as reference points for who we are. No more thinking we don’t have a choice about what our self-portrait might look like.
The time has come for us to listen to God with our heart’s ears, to hear God say, “Please let my love for you convince you of the truth of who you are.” The time has come for us to say to God, “I’m willing to receive your love. I’m willing to know with every fiber of my being that I’m always your beloved.”
Be grateful, dearest one, for the willingness that was placed within your heart at birth, the willingness to say Yes to the sweet invitation to receive.
Be grateful for your soul’s design as an open window through which Love and Light must flow. Be glad you’re a log the Fire cannot help but set ablaze. You have been formed as a “place” for the Presence to be known.
Be grateful for the Newness of each day, O valiant one. Be grateful for the invitation Newness carries with it. You can grow in a new way. You can discover new ways of expressing who you are.
The power of Newness sits in its invitation to see yourself afresh, anew, to see the glorious light within your heart with greater receptivity and acceptance than ever before.
(“You’ve got it wrong,” I heard the false self say.
(“Be grateful for the false self,” I heard the angels say. “This one is showing you the paths that lead not to love. What greater help could there be along the way?”)
Say Yes to your invincibility, dear one. When the house has been taken by a hurricane, when you’ve been demoted at you job, be certain that Divinity is working then and there to bring about something better for you and all who are touched by these conditions.
The Father tends the crucible with loving care for every soul. The Gardener knows what each seed needs and fertilizes the soil in quantum ways that seem random and chaotic to those accustomed to a three dimensional world with linear clocks.
Say Yes to invincibility, dear one. Say Yes to uniting with God’s invincibility!
Know that you do not create this invincibility on your own. Rather, you receive invincibility when you surrender to Divine Intelligence.
Go to God with an intention to be heard and to hear. Follow the example set by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane when he went to the Father saying, “I don’t want the cross” and then gave his listening and his being to the Father, knowing only good and nothing else would come out of truest surrender.
Know that human needs are the container for invincibility. Without a need, how could there be a divine answer? This is the dialogue of life, for in truth your needs are met and filled by God’s love in every moment.
Be the riverbed that needs the water. In this way you offer God a place to flow. In this way you fill God’s need to love, expand, to be exactly who God is. In this way you bring to God your glorious uniqueness, the uniqueness of your soul that magnifies God’s presence and God’s love.
Know that your invincibility sits within your relationship with God. Stand before God in humble honesty. Announce your discontent; proclaim your flaws. Hide nothing from the Inner Knower who sees all. Come out of hiding and see the brilliant radiance shining through your being, the brilliant light that’s brighter than the brightest star.
We are being called to dialogue. We are being called to be the Masters of Compassion that we are.
God is always ready to receive us as we are. God is always ready to dialogue with us, just as he was ready for Jesus in the garden. For God, no time is riper, no time more precious than the Now.
God is always present to us, always ready to supply us with all that we need to flourish in heaven’s realm. God is always listening to our hearts and to our longings. God is always poised for dialogue. Know that each longing is a seed of your compassion. Know that when you bring these seeds to God in simple dialogue, invincibility is guaranteed.
Relax, dear one, into your Self, into the one you are. Know that in dialogue you find invincibility. Remember what you knew before you came to Earth: invincibility exists because the law of Love indwells all souls; invincibility requires the sweet Lover and the existence of the soul.
The time has come for each of us and all of us to move beyond resisting light, to release the false idols and addictions to which we have clung. For when these have been released, the way is opened for us to recognize and accept invincibility, to swim in the soup of Love that has always been within us and beyond.
Release all that’s untrue, all that’s out of harmony with gratitude and joy. Release false needs for specialness; release ideal images. Instead be overjoyed to be who you are.
Release the bitterness within your heart, the bitterness that dwells there when you imagine you are powerless to take the world’s burden of suffering away. Yes, Jesus knows you would relieve the world of suffering if you believed you could. He assured us of his understanding in A Course of Love:
If you could relieve the world of suffering you would, but to try and fail is too heartbreaking. Why should you not be bitter when you and all of those you love will surely suffer and eventually die? Why should you not be bitter when you believe you are powerless? (T3:8.8)
And yet he also made it clear that we are wrong to think we cannot lift the world to a new, elevated state:
Has not a part of you always known that suffering does not have to be even while you have accepted that it is? Let us now put an end to this acceptance through the birth of a new idea. This idea is an idea of love. (T3:8.13 – T3:9.1)
Be glad and singlehearted as you go through the day as God’s messenger of love. Say, “Yes, I am invincible because God cannot be defeated. God can’t be sunk, muddied, tarnished, or wronged. As God’s extension, I cannot be sunk, muddied, tarnished, wronged. The sweetness of invincibility is my very nature, my true name. My innocence has always been in God’s safekeeping. My innocence shall never leave, nor shall my union with the One be torn away.”
Celebrate your name and take joy in your great power. Remember you are powerful when you are seated in the heavens with the Father. Sing “Alleluia! Yes!” each time you hear God say your name. Remember you belong to God alone.
Elliott Robertson is a happiness coach. He has been certified by Marci Shimoff to lead “Happy for No Reason” workshops. His book, Say Yes to Life: Seven Keys to Living Full Out from Within, will come out soon. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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A Poem that Appeared
By Paula Payne Hardin
This poem appeared on my computer screen one morning 15 years ago. I do not remember writing it. Mystery. It feels like some conversation had been in progress, and the first verse is missing.
I had life-threatening cancer at the time and the message I kept getting was: “All there is, is love.”
Today I appreciate the message and the poem more than I could then.
. . . And beyond to the stars
And outer galaxies
The smallest grasshopper
Was not left out
Nor were my own flaws and failures
Redemption rolled over all
Like some cosmic ocean
And everything sang love’s song
There was no you nor me
There was only the greatest WE.
Paula Payne Hardin appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show when her first book, “What Are You Doing With the Rest of Your Life? Choices in Midlife” appeared in 1992. She is also the author of “Love After Love: Stages of Loving” (1996). Hardin directed Midlife Consulting Services and the David K. Hardin Generativity Trust in Chicago. Hardin has trekked around the world from the Himalayas to Zimbabwe. Now an Elder, she enjoys kayaking, cats, writing, and her extended family.
Our human name stands for our human self-consciousness of identity. And God’s Name stands for God divine Self-consciousness of Identity.
Since God has taken on our human appearance and character, experiencing being us as each one of us, He can call us by our name, meaning our self-consciousness of identity, remembering in us that He has given us His Name, that thus His joy be also in us.
“That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by My Name, saith the LORD that doeth this.”
Thank you very much.
It is God reading this now in human appearance.
God being the One, as each one of us divine extension we may be called “gods” and love ourselves and each other as such.
Jesus: “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I have said you are “gods”‘?
“What God seeks, he being himself God by nature, is to make us gods through participation, just as fire converts all things into fire.”
~St. John of the Cross, Sayings of Light and Love, #107.
(That “fire” is the burning love of God.)
“Accordingly, souls possess the same goods by participation that the Son possesses by nature. As a result they are truly gods by participation, equals and companions of God.”
~St. John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticles. Stanza 39.
“Preach these glad tidings to the world: that I, the Son of God, became man to make men gods;”
~Ven. Louis of Granada. Summa of the Christian Life: Selected Texts from the Writings of Venerable Louis of Granada, O.P.
St. Athanasius of Alexandria was an author of the phrase about Jesus Christ which has become popular in Christmas homilies: “He was made human so that he might make us gods” (De incarnatione 54,3, cf. Contra Arianos 1.39)
“For this they hear and observe, “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another:” not as those love one another who are corrupters, nor as men love one another in a human way; but they love one another as those who are gods, and all of them sons of the Highest, and brethren, therefore, of His only Son, with that mutual love wherewith He loved them, when about to lead them on to the goal where all sufficiency should be theirs, and where their every desire should be satisfied with good things. For then there will be nothing wanting they can desire, when God will be all in all.”
~St. Augustine, Homilies on John, Tractate LXV, Chapter XIII, 34, 35 § 1.
(Note that in some translations “dii” Latin for “gods” has been erroneously rendered “God’s.” I suppose someone was reading the text to the typesetter and “gods” sounded like “God’s.”)
“Audiunt enim, atque custodiunt: Mandatum novum do vobis, ut vos invicem diligatis: non sicut se diligunt qui corrumpunt, nec sicut se diligunt homines, quoniam homines sunt; sed sicut se diligunt, quoniam dii sunt et filii Altissimi omnes, ut sint Filio eius unico fratres, ea dilectione invicem diligentes, qua ipse dilexit eos, perducturus eos ad illum finem qui sufficiat eis, ubi satietur in bonis desiderium eorum.”
(Tractatus 65) https://www.augustinus.it/latino/commento_vsg/index2.htm
Elliot… I just love to read this …. so beautiful and true …. and I am happy to see that you are soon coming out with a book… Thank you for sharing the message of A Course of Love in such a strong beautiful loving way… Anne Solveig
I’m glad this resonates with you, Anne. I’m grateful beyond words for the privilege of writing this.