Receptive  Enthusiasm 

November, 1983

Session with The Herald, Held at Mississauga, Ontario

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(These notes were provided in an earlier session with The Herald, and were then distributed to the group to set the tone for the session, this being the second one being held at the earlier dates {October 1983 thru June 1984}.  This is Chapter 2 of The Seeker Sessions – Patterns in Life.  It should be noted that the speaker for this session was not the speaker for the one to follow; therefore, you will note a slight difference in how things are phrased, for instance. Several different ‘speakers’ are available, and occasionally two or more will share in the same session. Other than voice, tonal and phrasing changes, the material retains consistency and consensus, and the “group voice and purpose” remains constant.)

There is an attitude prevailing in our present social and economic structures that the more one shares with their brother, the less they will have for themselves. To a dismaying degree, this is especially true on the attitudes of supporting charitable organizations. However, if we are guilty of with-holding in the economic arena of life, it is also generally reflected in our attitudes of giving and sharing in other areas as well.

Ask yourself:

How many smiles did I withhold today?

How many kind words did I NOT say?

Did I neglect to lend an ear,

To touch in love, or to dry a tear?

Perhaps it could be that we really don’t understand the principal of giving, because we haven’t learned how to receive. For instance – a simple compliment, given freely without motive or innuendo may often cause us to blush in embarrassment. Why? Because we hold an attitude of mind that says "I’m not worthy". Therefore, that "unworthiness image" can also prevent us from receiving other good things in life. And, as we look at others around us, we see a reflection of ourselves, and withhold what we could share.

Does holding a receptive attitude mean that we should look for or seek reward in sharing? No, it isn’t necessary to seek after or look for a reward. The joy that instantly floods us when giving has been from the heart is the Soul’s reward – and that reward is poured forth directly from God.

St. Paul wrote to the Philippians: "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:13-15). He also later wrote to them: "Be careful for nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God" (Philippians 4:6).

We can be prepared to receive enthusiastically, by acknowledging thankfully what we already have. If it appears to us that we are lacking in anything, it’s because we neglected to acknowledge and understand our position relative to God – as His children. To this end, we share the following statement with you, in hopes that you will use it and pass it on to others as well.

In full acknowledgement of my divine Heritage,

I AM NOW receiving the full abundant flow

Of My Father’s treasure of

Peace, Joy, Love, Prosperity, Health, Wisdom and Power.

I give continual thanks that I AM.

God’s river of blessings flows into you endlessly, and abundantly – more than enough to share with others when you open yourself to receive enthusiastically.

Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 


THE HERALD: Indeed, most enthusiastically we begin.

What is receptivity? Is it something that you can see? Feel? Touch? Hear? Is it something that you taste? Is it something that you give? Is it something that is given to you?

Receptivity can (be) and is all these things. When you feel the touch of a feather on your nose, this is being receptive. When you taste a chocolate bar, when you smell a rose, when you touch a stone, and the impression you receive is hard and cold – all of this is being receptive. What exactly are you receiving, though?

For instance, the feather on the nose: are you receiving the softness, the tickle? The cold hard stone held without your hand; what are you receiving there? Are you receiving cold? To a certain degree, yes. Are you receiving hard? Again, to a certain degree, yes. What is the essence of this hard, or this cold, or this tickle feeling? What is the essence when you taste the chocolate bar? One portion of your tongue will send back a sensation that says "sweet": another portion of your tongue will send back the sensation that says "bitter". Two very extreme sensations that combine to give you the taste that you label "chocolate": yet what are you receiving when you taste chocolate?

When you listen to a bird singing in a bush, or in a cage, as the case may be, are you receiving the song, are you receiving the message of the song? But do the notes that you hear go beyond what you hear?

In all instances that we have just described, indeed so. Your receptivity is directly related to your interpretation, at conscious levels and at sub-conscious levels, of the vibration that you receive from each of these items. The feather tickles the nose; perhaps because it is so light it has a somewhat more rapid vibration where the air passes through the fibers, and therefore the sensation "tickle", the vibration being fast. Touching the stone, holding it in your hand, feeling it hard and cold: the vibration is slow – indeed there is vibration, however to your sense of touch, and to your own physical vibration, which is tremendously faster, the stone is cold and hard, solid, because of the slower vibration it carries. And this you receive also. In listening to the tune of a bird, at times you will need strain to hear the sound – it may be covered by other sounds; the rustle of leaves, the pass of traffic. Yet if you listen, attuning yourself, then you hear the bird. Then you receive the message. You receive the vibration that is given forth.

Now – when we speak of vibration, we give also that all things, whether it be the grass under foot, the cloud in the sky, the mountain peak, or the stream that runs to the river that runs to the ocean – all of these things vibrate. All of these things give, and as you prepare yourself for reception to them, you bring one or more of your senses into action, which in itself is a giving, and therefore, you receive. If you were not prepared, in one way or another, to touch the stone, to hold it in your hand, and you would not actually do this, therefore you do not receive. By looking at the stone, you can see that it has certain shape, however in the looking, this does not necessarily give you a clear conception of what exactly the stone has to offer to you. What can the stone give you by way of its looking round? Indeed, even there, there is a reception, however a truer reception comes when you combine the seeing with the touching – then you are preparing yourself to receive more fully, in a more expanded manner.

In adding all of this together, it can be stated here, quite briefly in fact, that as you prepare yourself more so to receive, by bringing into play each and every sensation mechanism that you have available to you, you then have greater expanded experience of the receiving. Now, of course, it is not always possible to bring yourself into such a wide experience, at least not in the normal sense, as you are used to using the physical sensing mechanisms. For instance, taking the bird which you hear in the bush, now you may not be able to see this bird, but you can hear its lovely song. However, closing your eyes, and using an inner vision, is it then possible to see the bird? Perhaps what you will see, at first, will not exactly resemble that particular bird. However, in opening these channels of awareness that are ignored by many people, and passed over lightly by quite a few others, by using these they are gradually developed into continually strengthened elements of experiencing.

Now – removing ourselves somewhat from that particular area of concern, we come into another area of receptivity. A certain individual goes to the office in the morning. As they walk through the door, they are greeted by ‘the boss’, and ‘the boss’ frowns, dourly, sourly and grumbles, and walks back into his own office: the individual just coming in is faced with a situation. He has not asked, necessarily, in terms that you would understand, to partake of this situation, however, none-the-less has the situation at hand. The question is: Will he be able, in the course of the day, to have the situation in hand, rather than at hand. There is a difference here, you see, for if the individual is able to bring the situation into some semblance of order and harmony, then the situation is in hand. The situation has been, then fully received.

To give you another example: An individual is in the process of preparing a book. now, in the process of this, there is work being done day and night and because of this, there is irregularity of sleep pattern; there is an avoidance of the normal, everyday activities such as cooking, taking care of clothes, doing all of these normal everyday things. The book must be completed; it is a very pressing matter. Indeed, there are also other pressing matters to be considered, however, the book has prominence. Now: the individual sees one particular goal. They do, indeed, see the other things that require attention – how, indeed, can one then prepare themselves to receive that book when the life itself is totally, almost disastrously, disorganized? Could it be possible that if the individual prepared themselves to receive from higher levels of consciousness, from subconscious and from Superconscious, the guidance that would be given for the book, and then also prepared to receive the normal everyday experiences, would it not then be possible that the book would be greater, for having prepared oneself to do these things? This may seem to be a far-out example to use in the course of this session, however, we do see here where it has application.

In the setting forth to receive each of the things that come to one, as they come to one, then there may, indeed, be on occasion a small backlog produced. However, for the most part, if things are taken care of, one item at a time; if things are received one item at a time into the life, then there is a greater possibility, also for the giving.

Now – adding this to the concept of enthusiasm: What is enthusiasm? Can you become enthusiastic about doing dishes? Can you become enthusiastic about mowing the lawn, or walking the dog? Indeed, these are all experiences where you receive, and again, indeed, if you will open the mind – all of the mind, not just the thinking, rational part – all of the mind, including the intuitive levels – then you can be prepared at a greater frequency to receive more enthusiastically.

Now – we do believe that this would be the proper place to pause in this lecture to answer questions, as we do feel the greater portion of the material can be covered better in this manner.

BUD: Okay, we’ll go to questions then.

QUESTION: Can you make this simple?

THE HERALD: Indeed, it is a simple idea, once you have grasped it. Indeed, the simplicity of it is to open oneself to receive it – enthusiastically. Now, we are not here trying to be, shall we say, too humourous, however, we are certain that you will see somewhat the humour of it when you have received it.

To attempt to explain this to you: When you are able, in your mind, to receive anything, even though you may not have experienced it up to that particular moment-point, when you prepare yourself to receive it, then it is in one manner or another being brought toward you. To give you an example that might be somewhat on the negative side, yet may prove our point to you: when an entity envisions themselves being followed by a mugger, an individual that would do them harm, they begin walking in a very strange manner – they walk, they look over their shoulder, they attempt to stay to the most lighted areas, and in fright, they may even trip. Now – they have brought to reception of mind the concept "I am going to be done harm." They may not have clarified it to the point of the mugger actually banging them over the head, however, in the process of bringing to mind the worrisome idea "I am going to be harmed," they create situations for themselves where eventually they are harmed – they fall into the gutter perhaps, or trip over a fence post. Therefore, the creation in the mind of the receptive attitude, be it for positive or be it for negative, then simply brings it to you.

Now – at times it takes time, as you know it, for these things to materialize, and depending upon the amount of energy that is projected toward or given out, will depend then upon what is received back. Therefore, when one sends out enthusiastically with regard to something that they desire, such as a new car, and by enthusiastically, what we intend here to mean it that they use all of the thinking power, conscious, subconscious, objective and intuitive that they can muster – then they give enthusiastically, and eventually, depending on the energies developed by this giving enthusiastically, they will receive enthusiastically also. Does this clarify for you somewhat?

ANSWER: Yes it does. I was relating it to some of my own thoughts lately, and it makes very good sense.

QUESTION: Can this be described in any way as the power of positive thinking, or am I missing the point in keeping it that finite?

THE HERALD: Indeed, the power of positive thinking has much to do with the topic at hand. It could just as easily be given, of course, the power of negative thinking. The idea behind the power of positive thinking, in the greater sense that it has been expressed, is that one comes to depend upon a higher power than themselves. This, of course, works with the power of negative thinking, for then, one also looks toward a power that they feel is more powerful than themselves. What is being neglected here to be understood is that as a child of God, as an intricate working part of ALL THAT IS, one does have ALL of the energy, ALL of the power necessary to do anything that the mind can conceive, provided they will put forth in enthusiasm, and then also, to be prepared to be receptive enthusiastically.

It is as though an individual perhaps goes to a bingo game. Now – They are giving out a certain portion of money for a certain number of bingo cards, and they sit there very dully, putting pieces of corn or little dots on these cards. They find a way, indeed, to pass an evening, however, they may be this one individual who buys one card, and then sits down, and sees just before each number is called, that number in their mind. And they concentrate on it, and somebody hollers out – B2. And then I-2 is called, and they have an N-24, and so forth. Yet they see these numbers in their mind before they are called. Now – This is somewhat a far-out example, yet it has happened. All of a sudden, they have a full card. They have the line that can be drawn one way or another, and they can very enthusiastically then, jump up and holler "BINGO".

So you see, if you understand that, with that power that you have as a child of God, that when you lean all of your energies, all of your faculties into the giving, and then you open yourself, you empty yourself, like a cup or a chalice that is emptied completely, then – all of this can pour back to you, in the manner in which you see it coming to you. If you see it coming to you negatively then it comes negatively, and with as much force and power as if you had been able to see it positively. In interpretation of this, the one thing that needs to be developed to greater faculty is an inner seeing, not necessarily a seeing clairvoyantly, yet an inner seeing, a clear seeing of purpose. Along with this, the listening, the inner listening to the higher portion of self, for guidance of when exactly is the moment to put forth this power, this vision, this energy.

QUESTION: Can we think of God, of ALL THAT IS, as being a part of ourselves?

THE HERALD: Indeed so.

ANSWER: Thank you. I needed to hear that.

THE HERALD: God is totally within all of His creation and God completely surrounds all of His creation. ALL THAT IS would be without limits with regard to time, with regard to concept of space. This space not only includes the farthest flung galaxy, this space also includes the minutest portion of one being. Therefore, learn to experience by accepting, by being receptive to that spark of Divinity that is within you, and of being receptive to that total energy that encompasses and enfolds you. Be receptive enthusiastically to this, and all else comes. There is no need then for want or care. Therefore, in the words of Paul "Be careful for nothing." If there is care or want or anxiety for something, then there is, in the back of the mind, a fear that it may not occur, that it may not come, that it may not be possible to have it. When one develops the attitude of not caring, in the sense of being anxious, or worried, then one does not have to combat the negative energies projected in order to have the positive energies flow toward them. Do you understand this?

ANSWER: I understand it in theory, with the top of my head. When it comes to apply that concept in my life, I’m struggling.

THE HERALD: Indeed, and so are many others. Of course, this is part of the learning of how to use creatively what is given as a heritage, as a birthright, being a child of God, of knowing, trusting, that all of these things are taken care of. Now, we must here also state that this does not encompass the attitude of carelessness, for there is a vast difference. Carelessness is, in other terms, a devil-may-care attitude, a reckless attitude. The attitude proper is acceptance, is being receptive, and in being receptive, the more enthusiastic you can be, by undertaking thanks for all things, by acknowledging them as they are given outward to you, even before you actually receive, yet in knowing that the giving is coming, then being thankful. Therefore you are receiving enthusiastically. And we have time for one more question, if there be.

QUESTION: Could you comment a bit on the fact that all things are for good?

THE HERALD: Indeed. When one takes the attitude that there is a force that is inimical to them, is against them, then one draws that force. When on takes the attitude of all things being for good, indeed, there may come a point in the life where there is loss, where, perhaps a loved one is lost, or a certain portion of money is lost. Yet, in being receptive to the idea of all things being for good, this brings a grace to the lesson that is being learned, and because of the grace that is brought forward, and therefore being able to be received, there is a passing away of that portion of karma that is termed hard karma – the karma that necessarily needs be learned over the space of several lifetimes – would be then reduced to a single point of loss. Therefore, again, receiving as it would be good, rather than receiving grudgingly, or with disdain or distaste; acknowledging the lesson, and understanding indeed that the lesson is a part of God also – it is a part of the energy that flows from God, and therefore cannot be but good. Think on this for a while – it may take some time to be understood fully by any here present.

And we do thank you so much for your kind attention. We of The Herald here have received enthusiastically this evening, and we are thankful.