Week 34

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Week 34 Assignments

  1. Disidentify and observe the operations of the self. Observe (without judgement) the behavior of the Not-I’s and their underlying motives, conflicts, negative emotional reactions, etc.
  2. Write down what “I” value using a sheet of paper with marks from bottom to top – “1” at the bottom to “100” at the top.

  3. Each evening, look back over the day and ask self: “When two or more things that could be done at the same time came about, which one did I choose? Let’s see how “my” time, efforts, and money was spent. What received the greatest attention? What did I do first, second, third, and so on? What was left undone? What part of the day, how much time did I spend on the Teachings? What percent of the day was spent on other activities, thoughts, plans, etc.? (In other words, what was “my” head or mind occupied with throughout the day?)  

  4. Repeat this daily and begin to observe what one actually values – without condemnation, justification, reasoning, defensiveness, logic, explanation, excuses, or the desire to change… Just observe.

Science of Man

Week 34 Transcript

Continuing our study of the Teachings that are related in the many parables and Teaching stories, we will start reading today from:

Mark, Chapter 4, Verse 2 [to 25]


“And He taught them many things in parables, and He said to them in his instruction, His Teaching, ‘Hear! Behold, the sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside, and the birds came and ate it up. And other seeds fell upon rocky ground, where it had not much earth; and it sprang up at once because it had no depth of earth; but when the sun rose it was scorched, and because it had no root, it withered away. The other seeds fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. And other seed fell upon good ground, and yielded fruit that grew up, made increase and produced, one thirty, another sixty, and another a hundred-fold.Then He said, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear.'”


Now we’ll look at just a few words in here. Now one has “no earth”, it says it had no earth, not much earth. Now earth has no means of the personality, which is in the practical uses of everyday being – the ability to observe, the ability to somewhat value things. So they had “no earth.” So much of what this is about is how much one values the Teaching, how much one puts to work on it. Obviously, the person who went out to sow was sowing the instructions, the Teaching, as he was doing at that moment, and that many times it has no value on it. One has not had enough experience in the world to see value in something unless it can be eaten, worn, used in some means or other to produce senses. But one who has developed a certain amount of workable personality – the older brother in this parable of the prodigal son – does see some practical use in it and begins to see a value in it. And if it has none of this, that very quickly it’s only seen as something interesting and it has “no earth,” no use on this world and so it’s very quickly gone. It’s as much like not having clothes or shoes.


“And when He was alone, those who were with Him and the Twelve asked Him about the parables,” – the twelve students and there were some other people who were allowed in some level of the Teaching about – “and He said to them, “To you it is given to know the mystery of the Kingdom of God,” – in other words, to know the meaning of parables; to know what these parallels or these symbols are about – “but to those outside, all things are treated in parables.”


We’ll only tell them a little. And if they are really interested, they have some ability that something within has questioned the purpose of living, they will see some value and continue. And He quoted Isaiah about them that they could hear and not understand and eyes to see.


“And He said to them, ‘Do you not know this parable? How then will you understand all the parables?”


The reason being that this is considered to be the very central Teaching story, the central parable of all the other parables. It has all the aspects of all the others. So here is one that when one understands, the others begin to fall in place because one can begin to see what they mean.


“The sower sows the word” – and the word, of course, is the Teaching, the instruction that He was giving to people – “and those by the wayside are they in whom the word is sown, and as soon as they have heard it, Satan – or mammon – at worst comes and takes away the word that has been sown in their hearts”.


In other words, the whole bit of: “Did it make pleasure?” “Did it leave you any comfort?” “Did it get you attention?” And of course, it’s all gone, so mammon won that round in those number of people.


“And those likewise that were sown on the rocky ground are those who, when they have heard the word, receive it immediately with joy.”


They have very little within themselves, “And here sounds like some way that “I” will really make out.” It is considered in the Teaching that unless one has managed to exist and have more than one way to make a living in the man-made world, that one is capable of performing without being identified with it, that one can do very little with the Teaching. They are considered to be these people who are “shallow earth.” They have nothing in them that has been able to get along even in the man-made world with seeing some of its jokes, but manage to be able to earn a living, to provide for themselves and their families. These people – these “shallow ones” – hear this and say, “Oh, that’s great. Now I can involve myself in that. I can be a philosopher and I won’t have to work, and then I’ll be a success. I couldn’t make it in the business world, I couldn’t make it in farming, I couldn’t make it in working, I couldn’t make it in running a business, but now here’s something I can really do – I can talk.” So we’ll find out what happens to them:


“When they heard the word, they receive it immediately with joy; and they have no root in themselves, but continue only for a time; then, when trouble and persecution come because of the word, they at once fall away.”


In other words, they wanted it to bring them pleasure and comfort, and they wanted it to provide them a way to live. They didn’t expect that when one started using these Teachings, that one would find drastic adversaries in the man-made world — of all kinds of institutions that wouldn’t like for people to have this and be free — so they began to be persecuted. And of course, they leave right quick because what they’re looking for is an easy way to get along in the world – not a means of having something that is of great value, only of value to them. not something they value so much that they serve it, or work with it, and provide for it. But they expected it to provide for them. And of course, this is the ones who have no root in themselves. They have nothing that can be of value. They see no value except what it will do for them.


“And those who are sown among the thorns are those who listen to the word; but the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires about other things entered in, choking the word, and it is made fruitless.”


They attempt to serve both God and mammon – feeling that if they could do this Work, but at the same time gain pleasure and comfort on all other levels, gain riches. It’s very easy for mammon to say, “Well, you could do a lot more work if you had a lot of money.”


Now, obviously, you know if you had two million dollars you could set up a beautiful school and you could provide for all the students; and you could transmit the word and it would be so much better. So, let’s make a couple, or three, or four, or five million dollars. When two are made, of course, four more is needed because then mammon says, “Well, by now inflation has come along and you’ll need something like six million to put on this grand and glorious school that you’re talking about. We think it’s really wonderful, but it would be so much better if we had a few million more.”


So, then the effort is spent among the weeds and the thorns, which says that this, of course, is a representation of mammon to gain pleasure and comfort, attention, approval, be important, really take care of everything. And of course, it chokes out the word. The person was really interested in the word, was greatly enthused about it; but they were also enticed by mammon – that if one just had enough money, one could do so much good. If one just had so much power over other people, then of course one could force a lot more people to really straighten up and know themselves and this would be much more worthwhile. Above all, we could provide for so many people. Maybe we could build a really worthwhile school that would be permanent, and it wouldn’t fade away every so often when somebody disappears. Let’s make a permanent one. Maybe we should train a lot of teachers. Maybe we can get enough money and then, of course, we could train teachers because that’s all they would have to do… and mammon sounds so convincing.


Mammon is the greatest salesman in the world. You know, all salesmen first make you believe you have a need, and then that he has a solution to the need. Of course, the need is always something to his advantage for you to have. Mammon is the very greatest of all salesmen.


“And those who are sown upon good ground are they who hear the word, and welcome it, and yield fruit, one thirty, another sixty, and another a hundred-fold.”


When we welcome something, we value it. When the Work is valued – not for what it will do for me, but for I see its value regardless of what it does for me – I try to do something with the Work. I see it as of value. I see its greatness. I see while it sounds very simple with a simple number of precepts and ideas – that of studying self, being self-aware, observing all the attributes of the self, observing the accounts receivable being built, observing the conflict going on, observing the judging, the condemning or justifying according to some ideal, and the constant setting up of ideals – it is rather simple.


But one finds as one applies it, that it is very profound; and that it is not simple to apply. And that if one values it, one must, as in an old saying, “gird up one’s loins.” One must do battle. One must be ready to do forth all the work that is necessary. One finds that it is work and that the Work doesn’t come to an end in a day or two. That what one is working on is the self – not identified with it – but as a self, and that it has many powerful forces, great adversaries to I being fully awake; that it works constantly to hypnotize I and that the hypnotic effect is very powerful.


Did you ever see a hypnotic state in wild animals? It is very, very interesting to observe. Watch sometime and you will probably get to see it. You will see how powerful it is. And as you see the creature that’s being hypnotized – more than likely by a snake – they’re the only ones I’ve ever seen hypnotize another – you will see that the bird, or the rat, or whatever creature it is being hypnotized by a snake, is very representative of “I”. And that the snake represents mammon. And that it continually and with great patience fascinates until it draws its victim (in this case “I”) into its very mouth and swallows it.


“And he said to them, ‘Is a lamp bought to be put under the measure, or under the couch?”

In other words, the Teaching is a lamp. If somebody buys something, they value it. They don’t bring it home and put it in a closet, or in the basement, or they don’t hide it under the couch.


“Is it not rather to be put upon the lamp stand?”


In other words, it’s put in the most foremost place inside the self, inside the Awareness where it will continue to cast light. The Teaching is used by the Awareness as its greatest value because it is the tools by which it can be what it is designed to be – a servant of X.


“For there is nothing hidden that will not be made manifest,”


If one uses the Teaching, there is nothing hidden. It may take a long time; but it will be manifest. It will be brought to Awareness and one can see clearly.


“..nor is anything concealed that will not come to the light.”


The light of the Teachings throws a light on every hidden aspect within the self. Every hypnotic state and every tiny bit of conditioning is brought to the light if one values. If one values, one uses the Teaching. One uses self-awareness, observing the self without condemning or justifying. One has many tools by which one may do the observing. One has a road map that points out what one can observe. So the Teaching is a light that brings everything that’s hidden to the light. Everything that’s concealed is brought into the open.


“If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”


Let him hear what the Teaching is about, what his whole purpose is, and that one would see the value of it.


“And he said to them, ‘Take heed what you hear.”


In other words, pay attention to whether you’re hearing this as some words, or hear something of some little practical value, or as some way you should behave, or is it referring to one’s very deepest inner state?


“With what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you, and more shall be given to you.”


Now, “what is measured” means how it is valued. How does it stack up on the scale of values? If it is valued at the very highest level, then of course one has measured it as being very great. If one measures it, “Well, that’s something I will do a few minutes a day.” That’s something, “Well let’s see, I’m too busy today. We may have to go out and see so-and-so at the park, so we’ll do that tomorrow.” Then one has measured the Work or valued it as being of very little value to one’s existence. It is something interesting, something to while away some time when there isn’t something more interesting to do, like going to visit Mrs. Jones at the park, or taking the children to the zoo, or whatever it may be.


But if one values it, one finds time to put it first and foremost; and it’s working every minute of the day. It is the first thing in all other things. One sees everything else as a school of opportunity to allow one to use the ideas in the Work. When one sees this, one has measured it, and has measured it or valued it as of very, very great value – first and foremost, like the lamp. It’s put on the lamp stand. It’s put in the most prominent place so that it will cast light in all directions. When one is seeing the Work in this as of value; and in this value something rather wonderful happens. Let’s see what he says that might happen in the instruction.


“For to him who has shall be given,” – him who has the value of the Work, who has the ability to question the purpose of living and to begin to see that the value is not in mammon, but in what the Work teaches is of value, what the instruction that the Christ was giving. That it is used every day, every moment. Then it says when one has this, more will be given. But you see if you don’t use that which is that is available, you don’t value it, no matter how many books, how many talks, how many articles were handed you, how many people came by to visit you, they couldn’t give you one bit more because you haven’t put the value on it. There is something more important to do. There’s a party to go to, “And I would like to talk to you, sir, tomorrow. And could you see me, oh, I don’t know, maybe about 11 o’clock tomorrow night? Maybe we could get some time worked in.”


So many great beings with great information have visited many, but they were busy with some insignificant little idea, or opinion, or their pet theories and they really didn’t have time to find out what the Teaching was. So, it is not because more is not available to everyone, but it is all in accord to what one values – where one places the Teaching on the scale of value – where they put the measuring rod to it. Does it measure at the top, the middle, way down towards the bottom, or does it have scarcely any value every day? Just now and then we come upon it; and while we will do something here today – “Oh, “I” think that will be interesting.” But you see, that is to put it, measure it as being of very little value. And there’s so many of “my” pet opinions – that’s things we still own: “my” opinions (we haven’t renounced those yet), my” theories, “my” interests, “my” recreation, and “my” business. All these have to come first. If they come first, one receives very little.


Always you receive exactly as you value. So, it is rather easy to see how we value because we can see how much we’ve received.


“For to him who has, shall be given; and for him who does not have, even that which he has shall be taken away.” One has had instructions, one has studied self, one has observed the self, one has done a certain amount of dis-identifying; but one values many other things greater. Pretty soon he sees it is all gone. And oh, yes, he’s talked to someone: “Yes, I studied that for quite a while. I got pretty far in it, but you know we had that sickness in the family, and I kind of got out of the habit of doing it.” or “We had an emergency at the business”, or “One of the help got sick, and I didn’t have time to continue it.” And so, one loses it.


It is a very delicate, very precious, and most valuable thing in the world to this one. What it is to another, I know not. However, we have observed that each gets from it exactly in proportion to how much one sees its value.

So, suppose that we have as something this week in the scale of a measure. And we’ll will put 100% value at the top – zero value at the bottom; and a hundred marks in between. And let’s see where we put things through the week. You see, we usually are not conscious of how we value things on a measured scale. We think we value everything about equal, and we don’t notice that there is definitely a scale in the valuing of things. So, let’s establish this scale from 1 to 100. The things at 100 are the most valuable. The things at zero are of no value. One is of a little value. And let’s see by the spontaneous actions what we really value.


You see then we might be in a position to observe self some more rather carefully – with more intensity, probably. So, let’s see how we spend our time, our efforts, our money, what comes first when two or more things that could be done at the same time – which one of them comes about? We want to observe that which is spontaneous, so we will write it down at night: What came first through the day? What came second, what came third, what was totally left undone through that day? We will make one of these for each day of the week. They will represent to us this measure, how we measure many things. One thing we’ll pay attention is to where the Work is measured on our paper, where the Teaching, the instruction, that has been given to us, where do we put it on the scale of our values? Does a minor inconvenience mean more? Does someone asking me to a party?


You know, there is another parable which we will discuss very briefly at this moment that a man went out to invite many people to a great dinner. He gave a feast – a feast of instruction – and he invited many. But on the hour that the dinner was served (which is when the instruction is used; you know, the dinner is of no value till we start eating it), he noticed that nobody had arrived. So he sent runners, servants out to see where all the guests were. The first man he came to said, “Oh, I know, I meant to come to the dinner; but I have just married a wife and I can’t leave her, so you will have to excuse me from attending the dinner.” Then he went out and asked another man. And the man said, “Oh, I meant to come, but I have bought a team of oxen.” Today, he would say, “I bought a new semi and I will have to go out and try it. Or he bought a new tractor and “I will have to go and try it out and so I will have to be excused.” Another one had purchased a farm and he had to go look it over and see what his plans were for the farm. So, he would have to be excused.


So, many are “called” – given the Teaching – and few value it very much. Then it says that the man that served the dinner forgot all of his invited guests and sent his servants out to gather up the people out of the hedgerows, and the byways, and wherever they could find someone, that his table could be filled.


So you see the Teaching falls to whoever values it. Whenever someone values something else greater than the Teaching, of course, he has refused to come to a “feast.” Having refused to come to the feast, he loses what he’s already had. He sees it of very low on the scale or measure of values. This is WHAT IS; and we will observe it. We want to find out where we value it. So we will keep what we do spontaneously – what we put off until tomorrow, and what we do today.


Obviously, work will go on, but there is a time and place in the mind – in the Awareness – for the Teaching to be first. Whether one is at work, whether one is at home with the family, whether one is entertaining or is being entertained, always one can put the Teachings to interpret all the symbols of the man-made world and to be more aware, more awake.


And in this, one is gradually dis-identifying from many of the things that one has heretofore been identified with, or that has been in control – that conditioning is still operating.


So we will keep our charts and observe what is given first and foremost. We will see what thoughts are most frequently occupied with. This tells you where the VALUE is. It’s really not so very difficult. … See what the thoughts are occupied with mostly through the day, and what they’re occupied the most next with. And we’ll see whether they’re occupied with the Teaching much of the time, or whether that is something that gets an hour or two or a few minutes – an observation here and there or maybe totally forgotten a day. Or whether it is the thing that is most frequently in the thoughts or the Awareness. What is running through that busy section called the Awareness, or the mind?

“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there!
for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. ”

- Luke 17:21