Pivot 131: I am spending more time receiving the elixir of Here and Nowness


Hello. Good morning. Are you here to deep-dive or high-fly today? 

Both. To deep-dive into the materials and substance, and to high-fly in feelings, dreamings, imaginations and glimpses.

Then you are most welcome, as you ever are. 


ACIM said:

M-9.2. As the teacher of God advances in his training, he learns one lesson with increasing thoroughness. 2 He does not make his own decisions; he asks his Teacher for His answer, and it is this he follows as his guide for action. 3 This becomes easier and easier, as the teacher of God learns to give up his own judgment. 4 The giving up of judgment, the obvious prerequisite for hearing God’s Voice, is usually a fairly slow process, not because it is difficult, but because it is apt to be perceived as personally insulting. 5 The world’s training is directed toward achieving a goal in direct opposition to that of our curriculum. 6 The world trains for reliance on one’s judgment as the criterion for maturity and strength. 7 Our curriculum trains for the relinquishment of judgment as the necessary condition of salvation.

So I asked a question as I went into my meditation, “What would You have me know today?”

I eventually heard: An artist cannot ‘try’ – only receive

I got the sense of the artist in deep-dive or high-fly, setting herself aside and – without judgment – letting information travel through her and on to her canvas, with complete ease and flow. She didn’t huff and puff about it being ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. She was more amanuensis than ‘doer’, and her role was to stay in softness, in alignment, in receptivity. (Maybe that’s the subtle turnedon- tunedin-tappedon style that suits me?) Can you elaborate on this image of the receiving artist, dear Heart of My Soul?

When you are here, with us, do you doubt? No, we see you relax completely and let the words flow through you. This is the receptive mode of which you wish to speak. The effortings of the human being put her in a taut and non-aligned vibrational state – she’s thinking ‘I have to do everything round here… if I want to survive, get on, be seen, be appreciated…!’ And each second handed over to efforting is a second that could have been used for receiving the infinite intelligence of Source, and funnelling it onto this plane. 

From the spiritual plane?

This is the spiritual plane, dear Soul. There is no great yonder, precious being. There truly is only Here and Now. The challenge is for you sweet beings to Be Here and to Be in the Now. You are often mentally elsewhere, and darting back and forth from future to past. If – oh, what deliciousness! – you could spend more time receiving the elixir of Here and Nowness, you eventually would want – tolerate even! – nothing else. 

Is this why I finish some work days feeling empty…?


I see my lovely G. skilfully and focussedly creating for the better part of every day, and I see how fulfilled and peaceful he is. He doesn’t baulk at working. He seems to bask in it. And then it just flows to him…

He loves the Here and Nowness of his creative work. He truly is an artist, through and through. As are you, would you but acknowledge that truth. 

I remember being up that beloved volcano, back in 2009, and thinking, ‘I am an artist’ – and realising why/how my current work was so hard.

You could barely perceive how very hard your work was for you. It was totally linear and relentlessly ‘surface-swimming’ orientated. 

Though I loved the connection with people.

Because you loved to give up your energy in the moment. As artist, you pour energy into a piece which will energise others for years

Wow. Yes… I see. Big difference there. And so…

Trust yourself. Trust your gifts. Give your gifts with real awareness of their preciousness, just as you receive the gifts of others with true attention to their perfection. Be at peace with what you do. When you are in flow it is not linear, and you will not get to the end of the day ‘spent’. The artist is nourished by her work, and fulfilled by it, and is blessed to spend the day as scribe-amanuensis-translater-interpreter to the Source Energy flowing through her. Let go of past-future thinking and ‘trying’ and ‘efforting’, and spend more time receiving the elixir of Here and Nowness. 

I see how I am invited to let Here and Nowness be my MO. It is the softness of it that I am so unfamiliar with. It feels like a ‘treat’ and therefore my mind says it is not ‘work.’

M-8.2.6 Finding truth unacceptable, the mind revolts against truth and gives itself an illusion of victory. 7 Finding health a burden, it retreats into feverish dreams. 8 And in these dreams the mind is separate, different from other minds, with different interests of its own, and able to gratify its needs at the expense of others. M-8.3. Where do all these differences come from? 2 Certainly they seem to be in the world outside. 3 Yet it is surely the mind that judges what the eyes behold.

Amen… Ok, so today, and in future days, I shall ‘spend more time receiving the elixir of Here and Nowness’. I shall notice when I am surface swimming, and minimise that mode. I will actively rest in the deep-diving and high-flying which occurs so perfectly in the Hear and Nowness. I will receive its elixir and be nourished by it. I shall accustom myself to its softness, and take care to spot when my mind is ‘Finding health a burden and retreating into feverish dreams. I will trust that the elixir of Here and Nowness has more to offer me than the mind-gratifying fret-storm my mind would make its mosh pit. I am at peace and in that sense, I am aligned with my ever cheerful, ever blissful, Inner Being. 

I am spending more time receiving the elixir of Here and Nowness


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