Excerpt from 1961 Maui Advanced Work
God Made This World For Men and Women - 2 - Master #436 - Tape 3 - Side 1
I wonder how these people feel who pay a million or two million dollars for a painting, and know that we are going to have the pleasure of looking at as much as they are for just a ten cent admission. I think it must make them feel kind of foolish -- the sense of possession. How can you possess these works of art? Nobody possesses them except those who enjoy them. Those who enjoy them have the true sense of possession. So it is with the land and so it is with the sea. Nobody can buy an ocean and nobody can really buy a large enough piece of land to call it so. And yet, if only we lift the restriction of this mind -- come out of this iron clad skull and instead of seeing our own limited thoughts, our own man-made limitations -- mind-made limitations -- come out of it and live -- not exist anymore by eating three meals a day or having a place to sleep or a family to be with but come out. Come out of that mind and live and begin to see that a universe such as we have here must have been created by nothing less than what we call God. To have created this universe takes all the wisdom of an infinite intelligence, of a divine love, a great love. But love for what or whom? It must have been a love for us that all of this is given to us to love, to enjoy.
Oh you could go back to the art works that have come down to us for generations and generations, even as we have seen it over in Egypt, and in the Holy Lands, or in the Near East, or the Far East, these great treasures that have come down from thousands of years and they're here for us. The people who created them didn't own them. And the proof of it is, they had to give them up and they had to give them up to all of the rest of the world who came afterward. And that's why they're here -- not for us to own, to possess, but for us to own and enjoy through this knowledge that there must be a God.
There is a God. There is something -- a Spirit that has created this great universe and then set us down in it.
And here it is:
You see if we keep compressing ourselves inside of this skull, we're going to have no more vision than the chicken that's inside of that shell. That's going to be the limit of its world and this skull is going to be the limit of our world. And the little thoughts we think -- we think, because they are the thoughts that come from just looking around the room we're in or the town we're in.
We haven't opened our mind to receive the pictures from the Universal Mind. To receive the awareness of the divine qualities that exist throughout this world -- the divine qualities that constitute art and literature and science ---- the qualities that exist as the love of men and women. I don't only mean the family love, I'm talking about the love of relationships on a world wide scale, on an impersonal and personal scale, but yet a love that is not limited to just a few people that are around us -- a sharing in the love of people throughout the world. How can we be aware of the fact that there are people anywhere in the world? There's only one way, you have to peck that shell open. You have to break through the limitations of this mind that tries to tell you there are only the people around us -- the territory around us. And we have to open our vision until the first thing you know, we are aware of sun, moon, and stars. We are aware of oceans and of mountains, and the first thing you know our vision goes wider and wider and wider, and the first thing you know like Christopher Columbus we're looking across the sea. And the first thing you know we're discovering that there's land across the sea. We haven't seen it with our eyes but now we've stopped this limited thinking based on only what we know and we've opened ourselves to what God knows. The God that placed us here and that placed all of this here for us. And the first thing you know God is beginning to tell us there is something beyond this land. There are people beyond this land. There are joys. There are glories. There are experiences beyond this. And God doesn't make us all travelers. But we've discovered that we don't have to be. Once we've opened our mind, our consciousness, to the tremendous world about us, it begins to come to us. It comes to us in books. It comes to us in visitors. It comes to us in new experiences. It comes in interior revelations. We would never have to leave our little island and yet this whole universe could be brought right to our doorstep. And in one way or another we can enjoy the art, the literature, the sciences, the inventions, the discoveries, and the people because there always are enough of those traveling and going through and one way or another the joy would be ours of meeting them. But only if we've broken through this (head) so that we're not anchored down here to this finite sense that tells us that we're restricted to the room we're in.
Now the chick in the shell, if it could consciously think would call that its world. But then when the chick is out and it's roaming around its barnyard, it goes a step further and thinks that's its world. Well, perhaps for the chick it is but to us it isn't. We are never confined to time or space because we are not locked up in this skull. We are not even locked up in this body and this is where this 'something' that is the force that is driving us to look out to look up to look around -- we're not doing it of our own accord -- of our own accord we're going to stay in our shell. But something within us is nudging us, pushing us, compelling us to look around until we do become aware of this immensity all around us and of the beauty and the harmony and the joy and the companionship and the people and the past and the present and the future. And if we permit it, pretty soon we will have the feeling expressed by the Greek, "Man know thyself." And the first thing you know -- the chick can't do it but we can. We can begin to think, "Who am I? Who am I? Why am I here on earth? Am I living at this moment or am I only existing from one day to the other? Is my life just an existence between the home and the office or the home and the marketplace? Is my life just an existence from one meal to the next meal, from one night's sleep to the next night's sleep? Or am I living? Am I living? Am I a part of this world? Was this world meant for me? Was I born into a corner of the world or was the whole world created and presented to me on a silver platter? Aren't the heavens mine? Isn't the earth mine?"
It was said to our ancient Hebrew prophet, "Look, look out! All of this land that you can see is yours. I give you land as far as your eyes can carry from a mountain top. The higher up you go the further you'll see. The higher you go in consciousness the wider and broader will be your vision and the more you'll see."
And the first thing you know you'll realize because it'll happen -- "Why, I'm not even here. I'm not even here in this limited piece of ground. I've broken through this limitation of the skull. I'm no longer tied up inside of a skull bone. I'm not even limited to this body. All of a sudden I am I. I am I. And now as I look up and I can see 10,000 miles of sky, and 10,000 miles of ocean, and I can see people of all nations, people of all qualities, quantities -- all of a sudden I find that I am I. I'm out of the shell. I'm out of the skull. I'm on a mountain top of vision and I'm hearing it."
All that you can see is yours -- SEE, SEE, not with your eyesight. All that you can apprehend, all that you can comprehend, all that you can discern, anything that you can envision is yours.
The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof and all that I have is thine. The whole earth, the times and the tides are thine. I and my Father are one. Why, this world was created for me. I am heir to this universe -- joint heir.