The Alpha and Omega Project -- Exaltation through Exaltation
Paul L. Garlington
 
David’s first attempt to restore the ark (i.e., the spirit of the consciousness of the presence of God, good as all there is) to Israel ended in tragic failure. By transporting the ark on a new cart drawn by oxen, in total violation of God’s clear directives, David discovered that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. When the oxen stumbled, Uzziah, whose name means strength (i.e., human ability), merely reaching out toward the ark, apparently with the intent to keep it steady, died there instantly, “for his irreverence.” (See 2 Sam 6:1-11) Had Uzziah so soon forgotten how Dagon, the idol god of the Philistines, fell on its face before the ark in broken pieces? Is this same ark of the Lord now at the mercy of stumbling oxen? Isn’t the notion that omniaction is dependent on human assistance an oxymoron? The obvious lesson here is that, “The mind set on the flesh (i.e., pride in human strength, ability and accomplishments) is death (i.e., consciousness of separation from God, good)...because the mind set on the flesh is hostile towards God.” (Rom 8:6,7) Isn’t it crystal clear since God is all in all, the only power, there simply cannot exist anywhere one iota of human power, presence or mind to boast before God? “And all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, but He does according to His will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth, and no one can ward off His hand or say to Him, ‘What hast Thou done?’” (Dan 4:35)

The pathetic irony of this whole episode is that David, who by now should have known better, was in point of fact following the counsel of the idolatrous Philistine priest. Is it any wonder that David later said, obviously from personal experience, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked”? (Ps 1:1) Lacking priests of the Lord qualified to carry the ark of the covenant, the Philistines sought to rid themselves of the troublesome ark in the most expeditious way they knew how—on a cart.

Although David is angry about what happened and afraid of God, he demonstrates that he is, nevertheless, undaunted by failure when he says, “How can I bring the ark of God home to me?” Encouraged by the report, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, on account of the ark,” David then decides to return to retrieve the ark in the divinely prescribed way. He, as an exemplary leader, accepts totally his responsibility for the previous, albeit abortive, campaign when he says to the priest, “Because you did not carry it at the first, the Lord our God made an outburst on us, for we did not seek Him according to the ordinance....No one is to carry the ark of God but the Levites; for the Lord chose them to carry the ark of God and to minister to Him forever.” (1 Chron 15:2,13) Hence, David continues laying out the new directives which in fact was the revealed method when he says, “‘Consecrate yourselves...that you may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel to the place I have prepared for it.’ Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.” (1 Chron 15:12b,16)

“They brought the ark to the place David prepared.” What is this place? Where is this place? Why is it called the city of David? Why did David build his house in the city of David in such close proximity to the tent he prepared for the ark? Didn’t Paul say, “The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth does not dwell in temples made of hands; neither is He served by human hands as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all life and breath and all things;...for in Him, we live and move and exist”? (Acts 17:24,25,28a) Moreover, it was Solomon who said, “Behold, heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain Thee, how much less this house which I have built!” (1 Kngs 8:27) Therefore, I must conclude that the omnipresent God is my dwelling place as I sanctify the Lord (i.e., concede all glory to God as One, all, besides whom, there’s none other) in my heart. To this end, Jesus instructed us to locate the kingdom within our hearts, saying, “Our Father...hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” In other words, whenever and wherever God is glorified, His kingdom of perfect everything is revealed in the earth (i.e., the relative plain of human experience) as it already is in heaven.

Do you see it? Our heart is the inner sanctum sanctorum where the consciousness of God, good as all there is is enshrined. It is from the vantage point of this glorious revelation that Jesus says, “An hour is coming when neither in this mountain (sacred place, church building, pyramid or method), nor in Jerusalem (a holy city or shrine), shall you worship the Father...the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth.” (Jn 4:21,22)

To worship the Father in spirit and in truth is the glorious consequence of asking oneself four extremely exciting and totally awesome questions. Namely:
  1. What if I actually lived my life as if God, good is all there is?
  2. What if I actually lived my life as if omniaction, that is divine action, is the only power in operation?
  3. What if I actually lived my life as if the One, infinite life, besides which, there can be no other life, is the very life I am, even at this present moment, unfolding precisely as it should?
  4. What if I actually lived my life as if my “What Ifs” were true?
Consequently, the true worshippers would be all those who enter into the spirit of the consciousness of the glorious reality that God, good is all there is, living a continuous bliss filled life of joyous celebration. This is the matrix in which the Alpha and Omega Project was conceived. It is in this context that the infinite profundity, that is the One God, is expressed at its irreducible minimum—Exaltation through Exaltation! Every committed participant in the Alpha and Omega Project will inevitably and joyfully prove, beyond shadow of doubt, that the phoenix rising out of the ashes of human futility and bankruptcy is more than just a mere myth. Even as we sank to the lowest depths by refusing to retain God in our knowledge, so shall we also rise to the highest heights by exalting the One God who alone is eternally worthy of all praise.

The Alpha and Omega Project is the research and development phase of the Heartsight Lifestyle Training Center wherein we conduct life experiments based upon a commitment to conduct our lives, on a daily basis, as if our What Ifs are true. Since this project is based upon a premise that glorifies the One true God, its success is absolutely assured. Did not the Lord say, “Those who honor Me, I will honor”? Perhaps now you can understand what Jesus meant when He said, “I glorified Thee on the earth, having accomplished the work which Thou has given me to do.” (Jn 17:4) The commitment to glorify the One God, irrespective of its (God’s) unique, individual expression, is the Alpha and Omega Project.

THE UNIQUE FEATURES OF THE ALPHA AND OMEGA PROJECT

The Freedom to Fail...In a judgmental framework or paradigm based on right and wrong, one has to be right in order to be all right. The fear of failure creates the guarantee of failure. The subsequent guilt, shame and fear of punishment leaves one mired in feelings of unworthiness and negative expectations. The Alpha and Omega Project, on the other hand, automatically assumes the inevitability of failure from the human perspective and focuses the participant’s attention entirely on the daily practice of keeping one’s heart with all diligence, knowing that from it alone, flows the springs of life. This is why God said to Abraham, “I am the Almighty God, walk before Me and be blameless (i.e., complete, perfect, having 100% intent to concede all glory to God as One, besides whom, there’s none else).” The 100% intent to glorify God alone is equivalent to perfect performance for it is all that is required to guarantee that God will keep us from stumbling (failure) and make us stand daily in the presence of His glory, blameless with great joy. Hence, we are freed from the ego, face saving need to be fail safe through a joyful surrender to a lifestyle that glorifies God alone.

The Celebration of the “God of the In Between”...Since the claims of the Infinite One, whose name is I Am, to be the Alpha and Omega are eternally irrefutable and unchallenged, the project sets out to prove, human experience not withstanding, that God, good is also Lord of the In Between; that God is all, in all, through all, for all, to all, at all.

In the Old Testament (Gen 45:3-8), Joseph’s brethren, through cruel and bitter jealousy, sold him into slavery. Nevertheless, the day came when he was able to say to them, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.” Do you see it? Joseph says, “You sold me, God sent me. Now therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God.” In every life, sooner or later, there comes that defining moment, an epiphany if you will, when we suddenly see it was God all the time, Lord of the In Between, causing all things to work together for good.

So again, Joseph says to his brothers, “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.” Is it really possible, can it actually be, that God can cause the wrath of men to praise Him? “But why,” you say, “Is this necessary?” Years of training and education in duality has left us with many beliefs based entirely upon the acceptance of two powers (good and evil). Unfortunately, most, if not all, of these beliefs operate below the level of conscious awareness. This is why all adversity becomes for us our refining pot that purifies us of all beliefs in secondary powers, thus enabling us to say to our former adversaries, “You sold me, but God sent me, therefore, it was not you, but the Lord of the In Between, the Alpha and Omega, the author and finisher, the beginning and the end of an eternal reality that’s all good.” Out of this furnace, we emerge triumphantly, without the smell of fire, into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

A TYPICAL DAY IN THE LIFE OF A PROJECT PARTICIPANT

Awaking: Reorientation...Have you ever awakened, for example, in a different city, and for a brief period of time, you didn’t have a clue where you were? It is absolutely essential, before you leave the bed, that you mentally reorient yourself as to your whereabouts. The Psalmist says, “Lord, Thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.” Because God, good is the glory that fills the whole earth, we must hold tenaciously to the grand and glorious truth that we live, move and have our being in an infinite ocean of God, good. Heaven is wherever God is, and there is nowhere God is absent. This is the point on our compass to which we must daily reorient ourselves. Don’t move until you feel the joyful assurance of your true location.

Arising: Reaffirmation...Seize the day! “Have you ever in your life commanded the morning and caused the dawn to know its place...?” (Job 38:12) Arise saying, “This is the day that the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Reaffirm your commitment to see every thing that is happening as the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in your eyes. Be prepared to say in your heart to everyone, even the most obnoxious, “Blessed is he (she) that comes in the name of the Lord. I bless you from the house of the Lord.” Do you see it? Life is daily presenting you with opportunities to bless and curse not. “You have received authority to bless and who is there to reverse it?” Command the morning and tell the dawn its place, and the Lord will surely help you when morning dawns. Remember, God is present as the very life I am and He cannot deny Himself. Move out into your new day knowing that God has already gone out ahead of you preparing the way as you. These are, so to speak, your critical pre-flight checks before you take off.

Abiding: Maintain Alertness...This is the process of staying mentally alert to the truth of God, good, here, there, and everywhere, with an attitude of joy and gratitude. Since God IS all, be prepared to see God IN all. While we do not deny that some days can seem to present us with very intimidating appearances that would suggest another power, we relentlessly place the burden of proof on the accuser. Never, ever forget, evil is always a belief seeking a believer, a parasite in need of a host, and dies from lack of attention. If you refuse, like Elisha, to be distracted, you’ll certainly receive your double portion. Hence, in the day of the intimidating appearance, turn your attention wholly to God, good as all there is.

Recording: Document Your Research Thoroughly...“Now go, write it on a tablet before them and inscribe it on a scroll, that it may serve in the time to come as a witness forever.” (Is 30:8) We call this critical data gathering phase, “Victory Reports.” “Gather up the fragments. Let nothing be lost.” Remember, we are actually scientists committed to the establishment of a premise that glorifies God as the One, infinite, absolute, that’s all good. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits.” Work with your fellow Heartmates to the end that you can accurately, “Record the vision and inscribe it on tablets, that the one who reads (is to proclaim it) may run.” It is our conviction that anyone who is sincere can replicate our research and get even greater results. More power to them! Let God, and God alone, be magnified.

Retiring: For He Gives to His Beloved, Even in His Sleep...“This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” The last thing on our minds when we retire should be Heartsight’s Big Idea—It’s All Good! Our one objective is to discover with every new day, “When I awake, I am still (conscious of the presence of God, here, there, everywhere) with Thee.” It is in the night that, “God speaks once, twice...in a dream, vision of the night, when sound sleep falls on men, while they slumber in their beds, then He opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction.” (Job 33:14-16) The goal, if you will, is to become so rooted and grounded in the spirit of the consciousness of God, good that we can say along with Paul, “None of these things (appearances) move me.”

“There is a silence in which you stay every moment, whether working or playing or resting—consciously or unconsciously, upon this ABSOLUTE POWER.
You are always held in that silence—in which place you are the expression of God, complete and eternal.”
(John Stone Banks)


 
 

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