You Must Be Strong




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[Guitar music] You must be strong Zmar Silent Retreat 19 September 2012 S2 [Mooji:] Something has to be bigger than the threat, you see. Some people, they feel, 'No if I turn to truth then nobody's going to want me.' 'I'm never going to get married. Who marries a saint?' [Laughter] Or a monk or something like this, and 'Phew! Juuust a minute.' Postpone! Postpone! [Mooji laughs] You see? Something inside is bigger than that, and the threat is only big while you are afraid and... But when you say 'yes', everything go. Everything go. I used to teach in college, an art teacher in college, local college, and I used to invite some of my students, Come back to the house and paint. But then the life was changing very powerfully, and at a certain point I felt, I don't want this anymore. All these students... doesn't feel right anymore. They come, they drink beer, they're painting and laughing, making a lot of noise and it doesn't feel right anymore; I don't want this anymore. I remember the day exactly in the park, where it came so, so clear, and praying, Lord, I don't want this anymore. You see? I know that this has to stop, and please, just give me the strength to tell them each one - there was, like, about nine of them - to say, Look, guys, please, right now it's just not working out for you to come... and this is big thing for me because it would be like turning them down, and there was lots of things like this. But in that moment the choice was, Yes, okay, just show me how, give me the strength to speak with them. You see? Yes, okay. And you know what happened? From this day nobody came to my house. These are my students. None came. I never went to one of them and say, Look... start with the easy one... [Laughter] It's not working out. [Laughter] I never said anything at all! It just did not happen, and until this day I never asked, Why you don't come anymore? Just left it, and I knew this is Grace. But you must choose freedom, you see? Don't pretend, 'Well, let's see if it works out.' No! You must choose. Not, 'I want.' - No! 'I choose! I choose this!' And let the consequences come, because that is true, that is faith, that is trust, and walk with that. And, therefore, because of this, each one I tell exactly the same thing: Don't back away, don't run away, don't give your mind this option, don't put it on top, don't respect it, it's not your friend, not yet, it's not your friend. It's not your guru don't listen to him. So I know these things, how they come. It can manifest like this, these powerful feelings inside the body, but still, even the most powerful pulsations, the power and the presence of that inner one can stay unshakable, you see? So my attitude to this: don't go to the doctor, you don't have to go to the doctor. You want to go? go! But I would not advise you, Oh! Go to the doctor! I'd say, You know what? Take the body. Tell them, 'Take the body, then, but can you take me? Can you take what I am? Can you take what does not belong to you? Take it if it belongs to you. This is walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Not the valley of death; the valley of the shadows of death. This is what. So, my answer is simple: don't be afraid; or feel fear but say 'Yes' anyway. You want life to be served on a platter for you; we want so much, we want everything, but offer so little of our self. No, you must be bold, you must be strong, and the greatest strength is to say 'Yes' to the True. 'Yes' to the True, come what may. Perhaps this is why, somehow, your meditation did not complete it, because some other things inside was fighting against that. This voice of, you know, 'Oh! I can't do this!' You really need to examine whose voice it is because you, without even checking, you are just accepting, 'This is me.' It is not one's true... your true voice is not this. It is not, you know? It is our, kind of, cultured self, the idea we have taken to be who we are, is speaking like that. And if you live with this voice as a representative of who you are, you will not be happy. And you are happiness itself [Questioner:] I can feel it, but the pain and the pressure [M:] Yeah. [Q:] in my body, push me away from this state of acceptance. And I don't know why, it really pushed me away. Because I had the experience why I did not feel anything, and I was feeling so light, and really at peace... [M:] Something... say the pain inside pushes something, some fear comes and the feeling, 'Oh no, I can't go.' and all of this... but iI really have to ask you in all seriousness, is there not a space in which this pain and the apparent... the one, the intimate feeling of self with all its reactions and so on, is see-able? Is seen or not? And it feels a powerful effect and then it calms down and it changes, and the change is seen? The presence of a kind of 'suffering me' and the absence of the 'suffering me,' are they not sensations in consciousness, which is equal? If I cannot convey this to you, I have nothing really to convey to you because the rest is too ridiculous. If I cannot get this across to you, that you are your higher self, there's always that space, but we are so focused on the story of 'me', and the reactions that happen and this is happening to 'me', and we feel the 'me' is all you know. But the 'me' is also known, it's also seen. But then you feel, 'But there, there's no life in that knowing place, where "I" or "me" becomes only an object in that view.' But that's only another assumption, you have not tested that water. You, maybe, imagine that when the 'you' is seen to be not real in quite that way, it's only a costume, a mask worn by the Absolute, and if that is seen, it's like, 'End of life,' 'End of... no more fun,' as though mind is the seat of fun. No more fun, no more joy, it's just, 'I'm going to be sitting on a shelf like a Buddha, and what's the fun?' This is all your mind! It's all, all, all, all, all, all mind! I am not that mind. Therefore, I come to share with you, this; the infinite space that you are, which can include the small self, but just superficially, playfully. But now, this small idea of self is like your life! And even then, in this little life, you are making little compromises to just get a little bit of juice out of that. You are the mighty Being! You are the mighty Being! Not for the time being. You are the mighty Being! You see? What it means, mighty Being? You all know it. You know it's not enough, this. You know it's this, this, this is not enough. But you're afraid to find that which is more than enough, which is no distance from you, except the distance of a thought or some concepts which you momentarily treasure and give value to, like that. And it's not a blame, but it's a mighty invitation to say, Take a step! It pains me to see someone like you who... who is everything, discovering your everything-ness, reduced to a beggar in your own kingdom. And it's not about riches, you are wealth! You are the wealth! You are the wealth... Yes. There are many beings even now who are willing to die for what they believe, and you're not even really going to die; you're going to live! And you're afraid even to die the stupid death to live the timeless Being. There's a song, it says, 'Let me die now, so I don't have to die again.' What it mean? To die to what is unreal. To die to death, to kill death. I can only encourage you because I know the power is in you to do all the things that we speak, and it's not a big thing; it's big in its effect, in its impact, but for you it's not big. Sometimes to say, 'What is my life if I would not be free?' What is your life if you're not free? Each day we go out into the world, so to speak, with this label: 'I'm a person.' That's the label, that's your vibration. So therefore, you're saying to the world, 'I'm a person, treat me like a person.' Okay? And we're all doing this. But when you enter yourself and be fully there in spite of whatever, no? You don't have to go out and say anything, but at least, you are you. I cannot look on you and perceive you in any small terms because I know you are the one who dwells here. So I cannot tell you to do a lesser thing. I can tell you even, 'to do, to do,' but come on! Come on! What is this? I love you too much to treat you as a person. Hm? [Music] To each one I say the same thing: don't back away. Don't run away. Don't give your mind this option. Don't respect the mind. Mind is not your friend, not yet. Your attitude should be: 'If you can take the body, take the body then. But can you take me? Can you take what I Am?' Video extract from DVD "Free to Be Free, Free to Be Bound" Zmar, 19 September 2012, S2