Session 860


"Redefining Terms: 'Teaching,' 'Love,' 'Compassion,' 'Opinion'"

Tuesday, July 3, 2001 (Private/Phone)
Participants: Mary (Michael) and a new participant, Merrill (Fiona)
(No date/time stamp on video; arrival time is 25 seconds.)

ELIAS: Good morning!

MERRILL: Good morning, Elias! (Elias laughs) You can't imagine what a thrill it is to hear your voice. First of all, I want to thank you for your personal visits and all the energy you have lent me. When you turn on my computer at night, that soft blue light floods the whole house. I feel your presence and I use the energy you lend to great advantage. In fact, I think my intuitions, impressions, impulses, and indeed the whole quality of my life has improved since I started reading the sessions and since you started visiting me. I invite your presence any time it is possible.

ELIAS: And so you shall have it my friend! (Chuckles)

MERRILL: And by the way, I thank you again for ringing my phone until I finally did call Mary again and arrange for this session.

ELIAS: (Laughs) Therefore, you have received my invitation. Ha ha ha!

MERRILL: First of all, I would like to get some statistics on myself and six others. This would be very helpful. On my own, I'd like to give my own impressions first. Then we can move through the others rather rapidly.

ELIAS: Very well.

MERRILL: Essence name ... the name Noah came to me once, but I don't suppose that is correct. (Laughing)

ELIAS: You are inquiring of yourself?

MERRILL: Yes, myself.

ELIAS: Essence name, Fiona, F-I-O-N-A (fee OH nah).

MERRILL: Essence family, would that be Sumafi?

ELIAS: You are correct.

MERRILL: Essence family alignment, either Sumari or Milumet?

ELIAS: Sumari.

MERRILL: Sumari. That's what I thought; that was my first impression. (Elias laughs) And orientation - common?

ELIAS: You are correct.

MERRILL: I would like to ask, am I a final focus?

ELIAS: Correct.

MERRILL: I AM a final focus; I didn't know that for sure! (Laughs) And now for my wife, Lorraine, could you first give me her essence name?

ELIAS: Elvina, E-L-V-I-N-A (el VEE nah).

MERRILL: And her essence family?

ELIAS: And your impression?

MERRILL: No, I don't have an impression, just on myself.

ELIAS: (Laughs) Very well. Essence family, Ilda; alignment, Borledim...

MERRILL: Borledim? You're pronouncing it differently than I had been pronouncing it to myself. Could you spell it?

ELIAS: You may inquire of Michael, and he shall clarify.

MERRILL: And her orientation, is it common?

ELIAS: Yes.

MERRILL: Is she in final focus?

ELIAS: No.

MERRILL: Is she in transition? I have the impression she is.

ELIAS: Yes, you are correct.

MERRILL: Next, my son Barry who is in California, would you give me his essence name, family, alignment, and orientation?

ELIAS: Essence name, Cadmus, C-A-D-M-U-S (KADE muss); essence family, Gramada; alignment, Tumold; orientation, common.

MERRILL: His daughter, Jessica?

ELIAS: Essence name, Boyce, B-O-Y-C-E (BOYSS); essence family, Sumari; alignment, Zuli; orientation, common.

MERRILL: And the essence name for her mother, Karen?

ELIAS: Essence name, Ingmar, I-N-G-M-A-R (ING mar); essence family, Sumafi; alignment, Milumet; orientation, common.

MERRILL: I'm communicating with Patricia B in Florida regarding the Elias sessions, and I would like this information to pass on to her.

ELIAS: Essence name, Jomo, J-O-M-O (JOH moh); essence family, Sumafi; alignment, Tumold; orientation, common.

MERRILL: Thank you, and one more, Norman K who is in Pennsylvania. We have been communicating about the Elias sessions for some time.

ELIAS: Essence name, Kudi, K-U-D-I (KOO dee); essence family, Sumafi; alignment, Vold; orientation, common.

MERRILL: Thank you very much. Now I would like to get on with my first question. It pertains to exploring other focuses of my essence in an attempt to gather more information about myself and widen my conscious awareness. In the last week, while meditating, I finally began to get a few weak impressions. Do I have a focus in the British Isles, possibly in Scotland, maybe in or near Edinburgh? I might have been male, maybe in the 17th century, give or take a century.

Is there any validity to these impressions first of all, and could you give me any more clues to follow? How many focuses do I have with similar tone that I might explore more easily, and could you give me clues about others I might explore?

ELIAS: Very well. I shall express to you that you are correct in your exploration of this particular focus - the time framework, 16th century. You are correct in your assessment, male individual, and I may express to you, location is Edinborough.

MERRILL: Edinborough. And that's a port city?

ELIAS: Yes.

MERRILL: And was this person employed in shipping or that type of occupation?

ELIAS: In a manner of speaking, yes.

MERRILL: Could you give me any other clues that would help me proceed with that investigation?

ELIAS: This individual does engage the action of shipmate.

MERRILL: Did he have a partner?

ELIAS: Not one (laughs), but engages relationships with SEVERAL individuals. Ha ha ha ha!

MERRILL: Oh, I see. (Elias laughs) Would you have his name?

ELIAS: I shall allow you to investigate, and as you offer yourself impressions I shall validate those.

MERRILL: Did I have a focus in Ireland, maybe around Dublin? That was a very weak impression I got.

ELIAS: Yes, you are correct.

MERRILL: At about what time period?

ELIAS: Time framework, early 19th century, and I may express to you that this individual did not engage this focus for extended years in time framework.

MERRILL: Oh! At what age did he disengage?

ELIAS: Fourteen.

MERRILL: And he lived in or around Dublin?

ELIAS: Yes.

MERRILL: Could you give me clues on three or four others I might investigate?

ELIAS: Very well. (Pause) I may express to you that you may investigate another focus within the time framework of 11th century, tribal individual in physical location [of] South Africa. This individual incorporates gender female and has allowed the entrance, so to speak, of six other essences which manifest as her children.

MERRILL: Interesting. I'll follow up on that one. Do you have another of similar tone?

ELIAS: Yes. You may also investigate 18th century Indonesia. This individual also incorporates the gender of female and expresses an occupation, so to speak, in prostitution.

I also offer to you that you may investigate two focuses incorporating the manifestation that you identify as Native Americans - one in northern America, one in southern America - one as a male within what you now identify as Alaska. This individual is a fisherman.

MERRILL: What time framework? (Pause)

ELIAS: This also 18th century. This individual may be described as being held in high regard within his village.

I may offer to you identification of Brazilian male, merchant offering select cloths - a cloth merchant.

MERRILL: I thank you. This gives me a great deal to explore and find out more about myself.

My next question involves accepting belief systems as an important part of moving through this shift in consciousness. There must be upwards of 10,000 to 20,000 or more aspects of belief systems, or birds, in those 10 or 12 cages. Do I need to accept each of these aspects or birds individually, or are there shortcuts?

For example, if I work on the concept of acceptance - acceptance of self, acceptance of others, acceptance of beliefs and such - could I then free these birds in flocks so that I would have a reasonable expectation of achieving this shift in consciousness in a reasonable time framework?

ELIAS: You already are widening your awareness, my friend, and you already are presenting yourself with the noticings to be accepting and moving in that expression. I shall express to you also that in actuality it is unnecessary to be identifying every individual bird within each of these birdcages.

Let me express to you that in your presentment of aspects of belief systems to yourself, you choose to be examining what may be identified as the most affecting birds in relation to yourself and your automatic responses: those birds which you have fed quite well, those birds which create the most movement and are the most influencing of you individually.

Now; in addressing to certain aspects of belief systems, you also automatically allow yourself to be releasing other birds within the cage. In this, were you to be individually noticing, examining, addressing to and accepting individually every aspect of each belief system, this would present quite a challenge; and as you do incorporate linear time framework, this would also require more of your time framework than is being incorporated in the actual movement in this shift. (Laughs)

This is the reason that you engage counterpart action, that you engage the action of observing essences, that you have created a type of dimension that also incorporates many, many facets and aspects of yourself individually, for you offer yourself many different avenues to be experiencing and to be accomplishing many movements simultaneously. This is an efficient action of essence which is expressed within your physical dimension, allowing you to be accomplishing many more actions than one in any particular moment.

You may be addressing to aspects of one particular belief system individually, but you also engage counterpart action with many, many, many other individuals, and therefore those individuals may also be addressing to the same belief system but different aspects of it; which you benefit from their movement in the counterpart action and likewise other individuals benefit from your movement in their counterpart action with you.

I may also express to you that in the movement of this shift in consciousness, as you are dropping the veils of separation within your physical dimension, this also creates a type of movement in which as any individual creates a movement in acceptance of any aspect of any belief, this offers energy and an ease to other individuals throughout your dimension to be creating the same action.

Therefore, there are many expressions which are occurring within consciousness that are beneficial and offering energy to you each to be accomplishing this movement in relation to this shift in consciousness to allow you to accomplish it within the agreed upon linear time framework.

MERRILL: It seems to me that every major choice that I have made in this focus has drawn me into another teaching experience, and to me the information that you present in these sessions is so fantastically important that I am compelled to study it and try to completely comprehend it and experience it.

In view of my draw toward teaching, I wonder if someday I might hold the knowledge and experience that I might help others assimilate this information. How could this be accomplished most effectively? And should I follow some particular path, or is it sufficient to just be the straight little sapling and make myself available to answer questions and interact with others? Is there some such particular role in all this for me? I am interacting now with a few people as pen pals around the Elias materials. Would you comment on that?

ELIAS: Very well. I will express to you, my friend, that this is the nature of redefining terms in relation to this shift in consciousness, and therefore also redefining your reality.

For the term of "teaching" within your reality is being redefined as you widen your awareness, and you recognize that you are not teaching, and other individuals, or yourself, are not learning. You are travelers, and you are sharing. You are dropping the veils of separation, you are turning your attention to self, and you are moving into the expression of genuinely becoming the straight sapling, and therefore offering an expression of example and a vulnerability or OPENNESS to be interactive with other individuals but holding your attention upon self naturally, and this offers a beneficial expression to other individuals. This is the nature of acceptance.

For as you redefine your terms and your reality, you recognize that the expression of teaching, so to speak, is that which implies that there are individuals or essences that hold more knowledge than others, and this is incorrect; or that there are individuals or essences that are set apart or greater than others, and this also is incorrect. It also implies that the learner is less than, and this once again is incorrect.

Now; this is not to say that you do not share information, knowledge, and experiences with each other, for you do. And in that sharing, you offer energy to each other in widening your awarenesses. You share experiences and information to be allowing yourselves and others a greater exploration of your physical dimension and an expansion of your participation within it.

Now; in this, you may also view the analogy of the straight little sapling. It is not isolated unto itself only. As you allow yourself to visualize a sapling, saplings grow upon your earth in proximity to other trees, for there is no creation of a sapling independent of other trees. For in your terms, the sapling is born of other trees; there is no separation. Therefore, also, there is interaction, in a manner of speaking. It may not be expressed in the same manner that you interact with other individuals, for your species are created differently, but there is interaction. The sapling interacts, but it grows without instruction and without instructing.

MERRILL: That's very helpful information. I'll be interested in reading it more carefully when I get the manuscript.

I'd like to ask another question about my son, Barry. What can I do, more than I'm currently doing, to help him improve the quality of life and get over this deep depression he is in?

ELIAS: What may you do? Let me express to you, my friend, what you may incorporate in interaction, which shall be more helpful than all that you have incorporated thus far, is to express acceptance, is to discontinue judgment and the expression of attempting to fix.

I may express to you that this genuine expression moves quite contrary to your mass beliefs and what is familiar within your officially accepted reality. For the automatic expression is that the other individual is experiencing conflict and discomfort, and therefore you define that you are expressing compassion and a desire to be helpful; but the manner in which you are familiar with this type of movement and expression in actuality is not helpful and is not expressing acceptance, and the lack of acceptance expresses an energy to other individuals that they receive and reinforce their own expression of a lack of acceptance of self.

This is an automatic expression, my friend, and it is extremely familiar. In this, I may not express to you, or to any other individual, strongly enough that although you define that you love and incorporate compassion for other individuals, this also is what is being redefined within your reality, for your understanding of love and compassion is associated quite strongly with your beliefs, and NOT associated with the expression of the truth of these concepts. As a truth, love is knowing and appreciation.

I may pose to you, my friend, a genuine question that you may allow yourself to examine. Do you genuinely know and appreciate the experience that your son chooses to be creating? THAT is the expression of love. And in knowing and appreciating, there is no necessity for fixing, for you recognize in acceptance that the individual is not merely creating their reality, they are CHOOSING their reality. They may be experiencing discomfort as you ALL experience discomfort at times within your individual focuses, some individuals more so than others.

But I may express to you, one of the reasons that you or any individual may experience discomfort in any of your choices of experience is that you do not accept your own choice. You objectively do not recognize that you are choosing. You express the role of victim to yourselves, and this is reinforced through the false compassion of other individuals. For compassion is expressed in GENUINE acceptance and understanding - THIS is the nature of compassion.

These are the concepts, the terms, and aspects of your reality that you are redefining in this present movement of this shift in consciousness, and I am acknowledging of you and of all other individuals in the recognition of the challenge which is set, so to speak, in this redefining of your reality. For this is quite unfamiliar, and there are many aspects of beliefs and duplicity that rail against this type of openness and awareness and acceptance.

But the wondrousness of this movement is that you have chosen to be creating this shift to be offering yourselves great freedom and to be eliminating much of your conflict. If you engage conflict in genuine acceptance and awareness in relation to this shift in consciousness as you accomplish it, you shall experience conflict intentionally, objectively.

MERRILL: That was marvelous to hear that, and I'll have to read it more to get the full impact, but I know how important it is. Thank you for that information.

ELIAS: You are quite welcome, my friend.

MERRILL: I have a short question here, getting back to accepting beliefs. I think you said once that in the acceptance of a belief you also could hold an opinion.

ELIAS: Quite.

MERRILL: Just how can you hold an opinion without holding judgment?

ELIAS: This once again is an expression of redefining your terms and allowing yourself a greater understanding of what you are in actuality expressing. You may incorporate an opinion and you also may simultaneously be accepting of a belief system, for your opinion is merely a reflection of your preferences. Preferences are not in opposition to acceptance. They are individual expressions of directions that you choose to lean into and explore in relation to self. This is not, in a manner of speaking, at odds with acceptance.

Now; you do associate presently opinions with judgment, for you are not accepting and you are not recognizing the tremendous influence of duplicity in relation to all of the aspects of all of your beliefs.

In this, as you allow yourself to continue to widen your awareness and address to these aspects of beliefs, accepting them and accepting self, you also automatically are moving yourself in the direction of recognizing what your definitions are for certain concepts and terminologies, which thusly influence your perception and therefore create a particular reality which is quite influenced by your beliefs. Moving your attention to self in acceptance allows you a clearer understanding and expanded recognition of your terminology and therefore of your reality.

As you recognize in actuality that your opinions are merely a reflection of your preferences, but that they also are influenced and interplay with duplicity and other aspects of other beliefs, you may allow yourself the freedom to accept the beliefs and therefore no longer attach those beliefs in relation to your expression of preference, therefore allowing yourself to be accepting and to also continue to express opinions.

MERRILL: That's very, very interesting.

I should like to have the experience of living in a society that has moved fully through this shift in consciousness. To me this would involve making a choice such as living to age 200, or disengaging and remanifesting. In terms of present probabilities, is it reasonable to expect that I could experience this, and what would be an efficient pathway to achieving this experience?

ELIAS: Within the expression of your individual focus presently and the associations with your individual beliefs, I may express to you that you are not presently creating a probability which shall move in extreme opposition to your beliefs; therefore you are not presently creating a probability to be extending your focus in linear time framework for many, many, many years.

But I may also express to you that you are correct, there are many manners in which you may allow yourself to experience this shift in consciousness subsequent to its complete insertion and accomplishment. You may be allowing yourself that experience presently. You may be allowing yourself that experience within your own individual focus, dependent upon your movement into acceptance, or you may allow yourself to step sideways within your consciousness, in a manner of speaking, and merge with what you identify as a future focus and allow yourself to be experiencing another time framework in relation to another focus.

Let me express to you, my friend, all of your focuses are present in you now. They are not removed from you by space or time. They all exist within you now. It is merely a matter of turning your attention.

Your attention is FOCUSED in this one manifestation and line of experiences. But time and space are relative to the design of your physical dimension, therefore in a manner of speaking they may also be viewed as an illusion. All space occupies the same arrangement; all locations are superimposed upon each other. Space is a design of physical dimensions. Time is fashioned in the type of expression that you choose. It is not absolute. It is flexible, and in actuality, all of your focuses are present now, in this same space arrangement, in your very home. It is merely a question of blinking or turning your attention to be experiencing your reality in a different manner. For all of your focuses are you; they are merely different attentions of you.

MERRILL: I understand that, but it is hard to keep all of that in mind all the time! (Elias laughs)

Our time is waning here, and I would just like to make one other observation. In the area of my physical body, I feel that I am in general good health, but I would desire to have my body functioning at the highest level of wellness just as it was originally designed to do, and I have asked my subjective self and my body consciousness to create and maintain this state of perfect health. But I have a few glitches and malfunctions, like my hands are stiff and a bit painful, but I know I've created this to bring my attention to something which apparently I have not figured out yet because I have not been able to uncreate this. Is it unreasonable to expect that you could bring your body into a perfect health condition?

ELIAS: No, it is not unreasonable, nor is it impossible. It may be challenging at times in relation to an individual's beliefs, but it is not impossible and is also not unreasonable.

I may express to you, my friend, you may be inquiring of Michael in relation to information that I have offered concerning energy centers. And if you are so choosing, you may be allowing yourself to be playful with your energy centers and manipulating your energy centers to be altering the energy which is expressed in relation to your body consciousness.

Be remembering, your subjective awareness IS moving in harmony with your body consciousness for your subjective awareness is directing it, and your body consciousness is ALWAYS compliant with the direction of your subjective awareness, and your subjective awareness is not hidden from you. It is communicating to the objective continuously through creations in relation to your body consciousness, through all information offered in the expression of inner and outer senses, and MOST affectingly through the expression of emotion.

But I shall also once again suggest to you that you allow yourself to be paying attention to your energy centers and recognizing their movement, and allow yourself to be playful and manipulate these energy centers in a manner which shall accomplish what you want.

MERRILL: That's very good, and I thank you for it. Just one question before we leave: from time to time you have expressed something as a truth such as consciousness, tone, color, light, and this sort of thing, and I'm wondering if truths also include certain properties or functions of these things. For instance, "consciousness attracts like consciousness," or "there are no closed systems," or "there are no separations of consciousness," or "all things are interconnected." Are these statements truths, also?

ELIAS: In a manner of speaking, they are related; you are correct. They are translations into your physical reality and language, but yes, you are correct. For a truth, as I have stated, is an expression of consciousness that may be associated with ALL areas of consciousness and is not merely relative to any particular area of consciousness.

MERRILL: Well, I guess we've about used up our time. This has been a marvelous unique event for me, this first session, and I'm glad to talk with you in the physical and I do invite you to visit me any time you have time. I enjoy that, and I very much appreciate this session and all the energy that you've lent me to utilize in the way I see fit. And so I thank you, and I hope we will be talking again.

ELIAS: Very well, my friend. You are quite welcome. And I shall continue to be interactive with you and offering my encouragement to you also. I anticipate in love our next objective encounter. To you, my friend, this day, au revoir.

MERRILL: Au revoir, and I look forward to the next one also.

(No date/time stamp on video; session running time is 1 hour, 12 minutes, 45 seconds.)

(1) This is the straight little sapling analogy, excerpted from Session #37, 9/13/95.

ELIAS: ...I will give you a small story which you may contemplate through this week. In this, be thinking of belief systems and of connections. My story incorporates two saplings, both exactly identical, both newly growing; one growing naturally and reaching towards the sun and basking within its rays and drinking naturally of the rain and resting to the moon. The other is looking around and is viewing the sky and is seeing the sun and is saying to itself, "Maybe I should be growing at night. The sun is very hot. It may burn me or it may sap my energy, and the rain is very wet and it gets all over me and I am not sure I am liking of this rain and I am not sure that it is making me grow properly, and maybe I should be investigating where this rain is coming from and I should be analyzing the sunrays to be sure that I am incorporating the proper vitamins, or maybe the moon is more friendly to my growth and I would grow taller if I am growing at nighttime, while this idiot sapling next to me is being stunted by the sun." And in the morning, the one sapling is stretching its newly formed branches and uncurling its soft leaves and growing within complete trust, and the other sapling in the morning is viewing the same sun and is looking at the beautifully formed other sapling and it is looking like this: (Here, Elias twists his body and face into a grotesque contortion)

Now; this story is about belief systems and the noticing of these belief systems. It is also about trust and connection. It also incorporates proper personal responsibility. The one trusting sapling incorporates a genuine personal responsibility in not trying to change or help the analyzing sapling, but as it grows true and strong and trusting, it radiates an example. It shines in its essence as an example to the other sapling, and as the other sapling convolutes itself throughout the day, it notices the straight sapling and it chooses the focus of effortlessness and trust as being easier, for it has been shown an example. Therefore, be all the trusting straight saplings, radiating your example.