The Echo
Paul L. Garlington
The universe is our echo chamber. It always responds sympathetically, without judgment, to our speech and mood (feeling) with corresponding forms. Even our so-called adversities betray our negative speech and mood. The echo chamber responds perfectly to the inaudible decrees uttered in the inner sanctum of our heart. “What you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.” (Lk 12:3) Have you ever made a recording of your voice and then after listening to the replay declared, “That doesn’t sound like me!”? Well, in like manner, we say the same thing when we speak adversity, and it is then reflected in our world. We want to say, “That’s not what I said.” But herein lies the truth: Our lives are a constant manifestation of our decrees whether we like it or not! Consider the following passages. (Mk 11:22-25)

“And Jesus answered saying to them, ‘Have faith in God (i.e., have the God kind of faith; function like God). Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain (humongous problem), ‘BE TAKEN UP AND CAST INTO THE SEA,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him.’” Do you understand? If you insist that the problem is the reality, in contradiction of the truth that, “It’s all good,” you literally decree that the problem remain. It will obey your command. So man’s dilemma is that he refuses to take responsibility for his unwise decrees, his maladministration of his dominion. He then compounds the situation by looking at the mountain (problem, lack, etc.) and acting like a victim. Nevertheless, Jesus’ clear instruction remains: You, and you alone, must speak to your mountains. The universe of all good is every ready to respond immediately whenever we make our move. As soon as we have made the move, we will experience in our situation an infinitude of power, wisdom, and all the necessary resources rushing to our assistance. We call this phenomenon, The Echo.

The echo is a faithful reproduction in our experience of all that we say, even in our inner chamber, despite our protestations to the contrary. The universe doesn’t lie, although we try to. It always reflects back to us exactly what we say. And so again, “Whoever says to this mountain, ‘BE TAKEN UP AND CAST INTO THE SEA,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him.” WE HAVE THIS ABILITY WHETHER WE BELIEVE IT OR NOT. In fact, the only reason we can decree and manifest negative things so effortlessly is because we have such unquestioning faith that we can. Hence our ability to create the negative has never been an issue. We are here at Heartsight in order to realign ourselves with the truth that stands alone, decreeing only that which glorifies God, good.

“Therefore I say to you, all things (without exception) for which you pray and ask (decreeing, speaking the word, based upon the fact that the kingdom is already yours), believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you. And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions.” The echo chamber does not distinguish the difference between what you say about another as opposed to what you say in self-reference. Therefore, forgiveness is the commitment to decree for another only the things you want to be true of yourself. Stop wasting time acting like a victim, constantly complaining that life isn’t fair. Life is exceedingly fair and scrupulously just. “According to your word, so shall it be unto you.” Trust me, you don’t want it any other way. Why do we find that we lack confidence to decree good? In short, guilt, shame and fear destroys our confidence in our ability to decree good. Consider this true story.

Caroline was a massage therapist in a hospital. One day, she was assigned to massage a woman with an advanced case of cancer. Mrs. Hanson, Caroline was told, had just a few weeks to live. As Caroline began to treat Mrs. Hanson, she asked the patient about her life. The therapist knew that there is always a connection between what is happening in our inner world and the symptoms we manifest. Knowing that there is a relationship between cancer and resentment, Caroline asked Mrs. Hanson if there was anyone in her life against whom she was holding a grudge.

“My sister and I have not spoken in twenty years,” Mrs. Hanson told her. “We had a fight at a wedding, and we have been at odds ever since.”

“Tell me more,” Caroline invited.

Given the opening, Mrs. Hanson began to tell Caroline of the pain she had been carrying for so long. She really didn’t want to be mad at her sister. She really loved her, but she had a hard time letting go of the hurt she felt. As the older woman continued to speak, her voice became shaky and soon tears began to flow. The tears, which were a manifestation of the pent-up grief over the loss of love in Mrs. Hanson’s life, led to a torrent, and she sobbed heavily on Caroline’s shoulder.

Caroline knew how important it was for this woman to release her sorrow and bitterness, and so she gladly gave Mrs. Hanson the time and support she so badly needed. After awhile, Mrs. Hanson stopped crying and thanked Caroline for her caring. It was just then that the x-ray technician came to take Mrs. Hanson for some tests. The women bade each other a fond good-bye. Caroline noticed that her patient looked significantly more peaceful than she had upon their meeting.

A few days later, Caroline was on the floor where she had treated Mrs. Hanson and she decided to pay her a visit. To Caroline’s surprise, Mrs. Hanson was dressed, wearing makeup, and packing her suitcase.

“Well, what’s happened to you?” Caroline asked.

“O darling, it’s like a miracle,” Mrs. Hanson responded brightly. “When they took me down for x-rays, they found no trace of cancer in my body. The doctors were baffled since just a day earlier my body was riddled with the disease. They have repeated the test and they tell me I look fine inside. They’re sending me home.”

Caroline smiled, embraced Mrs. Hanson, and shed a few tears herself. Inwardly, she thanked God. Caroline knew that love and bitterness cannot share the same house. With Mrs. Hanson’s release of her resentment, so went her disease. (Dare to Be Yourself, Alan Cohen)

On one occasion, after Jesus had utilized Simon Peter’s fishing boat from which to teach the multitude, Jesus commanded Simon, “Put out into the deep waters and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon’s response is a classic example of how someone in the throes of guilt, shame and fear reacts to good news. “Master, we worked hard all night and caught nothing, but at your bidding, I will let down the nets.” Notice, Simon does not begin with God, good and the truth that stands alone, but with his painful experience of hard, frustrating and fruitless labor. Furthermore, he makes it crystal clear that he is not expecting anything good to occur, he is simply doing what he is told. Nevertheless, “When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish; and their nets began to break;...” Do you see it? Positive obedience that glorifies God always works irrespective of our negative thoughts and feelings. Our faith cannot contribute one iota to the truth that God is. Neither can our unbelief diminish infinite being, truth and goodness. “And they signaled to their partners in the other boat, for them to come and help them . And they came, and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.” Observe now Simon’s response to this net breaking, boat sinking manifestation of God’s goodness. “...When Simon Peter saw that (i.e., the revelation of God’s goodness), he fell down at Jesus’ feet, saying, ‘Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!’” Isn’t it obvious that guilt, shame and fear always seeks to invalidate our rightful claim to good and causes us to push it away? But thanks be to God, good—Jesus is persistent. “Do not fear, from now on you will be catching men.” (Lk 5:1-11)

Why do we continue to suffer under this despotic trinity of guilt, shame and fear? It is simple: We insist on claiming a self and mind separate from God/good. It is absolutely critical that we be clear on this point. It is the bogus mind of the false self insisting on its ability to judge good and evil that inevitably ties us to guilt, shame and fear. Moreover, we want to handle the problem, rather than confronting the absolute absurdity, as well as impossibility, of having a problem when the whole earth is full of His glory. It is that awesome constellation of guilt, shame and fear that causes us to say to good, “Depart from us.” How easily and effortlessly we do this. How quickly we play devil’s advocate in order to disqualify ourselves for anything good. We even have great difficulty accepting compliments without going through major changes. We must cease all futile efforts to change the universe. Haven’t we all wasted enough time and energy working in the realm of effects, and not cause? Can’t you see that all attempts to change other people is just another vain attempt at reordering your world by trying to manipulate the echo chamber, instead of the speaker who caused the echo? When people refuse to respond to your manipulative efforts, can you accept the fact that you are, with great self-righteousness, demanding that others change while you stubbornly refuse to change yourself? Are you now convinced that all efforts to change others are not even as effective as a dog howling at the moon? To be sure, the dog doesn’t change the moon, but at least for the dog, the barking may release a lot of stress. Contrariwise, all attempts to change others is a guarantee of just greater frustration. Still and all, the universe is a beautiful, wonderful, glorious, nonjudgmental place, faithfully reflecting in the world of our earthly experiences all that we say and feel to be true.

In the greatly beloved parable of the prodigal son (Lk 15:11-32), the elder brother’s bitter anger towards the father, because of his unconditional love, acceptance, and goodness expressed towards his younger brother, created a great gulf between the elder son and the joy of union/communion in the father’s house. “And [he] was not willing to go in.” The elder brother, because of his angry, judgmental frame of mind, could not go into the father’s house and celebrate perfect everything here and now. Do you see it? No wonder Jesus said, “Go and report to John (who was then in prison) what you hear and see; the blind receive sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them, and blessed is he who keeps from stumbling (i.e., taking offense) over Me.” (Lk 7:22,23) The elder brother’s offense towards the father and his brother effectively destroys his ability to enter experientially into the celebration of perfect everything eternally present here and now.

In like manner, Adam vitiated his claim upon Eden, the garden of delights, when he says, “The woman whom THOU GAVEST to be with me, SHE GAVE me from the tree, and I ate.” It is our absurd claim to a legitimate offense against God and our brother that makes us a STRANGER IN PARADISE. And nothing, it seems, ticks us off quicker than to see God blessing lavishly someone we have already judged unworthy. Nevertheless, the truth that sets us free is the recognition that God made no distinction between us and them. So what about it? Would you rather give up paradise than give up your offense? Don’t play the fool and err exceedingly. “Loose him and let him go.” Remember, the universe is our echo chamber and will respond to this “loosing” by causing all of God’s goodness to once again pass before us.

“They drink their fill of the abundance of Thy house (joy and satisfaction); and Thou dost give them to drink of the river of Thy delights (constant state of happiness).” (Ps 36:8) This is what the elder brother was unable to experience because of his anger towards his father and his brother. Yet we have clearly seen what happens once we release all bitterness. This is clearly exemplified by the woman who, though riddled with cancer, leaves the hospital in perfect health when she looses the twenty year grudge. The numbers are legion who are keeping themselves out of the Father’s house of the abundance of all things and from a constant state of joy and happiness, all because of their cherished offenses. They are determined to be right. Alas, many of them are dead right.

We live and move and have our being in infinite love. Love keeps no records of offenses suffered. You cannot celebrate and be merry while you nurture feelings of anger, hurt, bitterness and revenge. Are you like the woman who was dying of cancer? Will you have to come to within three weeks of staying in this dimension before you stop nurturing anger, hurt, bitterness and revenge?

So many people feel they have a right to be angry, and I concur. But remember, “Anger resides in the bosom of fools.” (Eccl 7:9) “The anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” (Jm 1:20) Be angry, but always loose it before the sun goes down. Never forget, all anger is an absurd request for more things to happen in your world that justifies having the anger. Hence, the vicious cycle is perpetuated in our experience. What do you say? Aren’t you ready to give it up? Give up the offense, give God the glory, join the celebration, and watch the blessed, heavenly fireworks!

Remember in the movie Hook, Peter Pan had to recover his happy thoughts before he could playfully manifest his desires. Even when we finally come to the point where we admit we want good in our lives, we think it requires work, struggle, and continuous efforting. But when you recover your happy thoughts based upon the truth, you will playfully manifest your desires as effortlessly as children play. Moreover, when the Pan recovered his happy thoughts, he also recovered his ability to fly. “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles...” (Ps 40:31) Recovering your happy thoughts has the same effect as throwing ballast from a hot air balloon. You rise higher and higher. “After these things I looked, and behold a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, ‘Come up here.’ ” (Rev 4:1)

The Westminster Confession of Faith asks the question, “What is the chief end of man?” The answer: “To glorify God and enjoy Him forever!” The only God that exists is the One, absolute, infinite all, besides whom, there is none other. Furthermore, this God exists wholly outside the realm of human belief or consent. Everything that God is and does, He is doing without your permission. You begin to glorify God and enjoy Him forever when you stop kicking against the prick and acknowledge that you live and move in an infinite ocean of God, good. This is the mystical baptism. At this point, awesome things will continuously find expression in the world of your experiences.

“The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.” (Rom 14:22) I can’t condemn you without having first condemned myself. Once I stop condemning myself, I am no longer capable of condemning anyone else. At this juncture, we joyfully exclaim, “Isn’t it wonderful?!” Since the universe is our echo chamber, we must stop acting like victims. Personally, at this point in my life, I don’t want to be vindicated, I just want to be happy. I don’t want to be right, I just want to be happy. I don’t care about seeing others get what’s coming to them, I just want to be happy. I don’t want to be able to say, “I told you so,” I just want to be happy. And I am committed with 100% intent to do whatever is necessary to get happy and stay happy. Again in Hook, remember the old man who had lost his marbles? Those marbles represented his happy thoughts. Have you lost your marbles? If so, find them and recover the joy of having it all.

“And Agrippa said to Paul, ‘You are permitted to speak for yourself.’ Then Paul (standing there in chains) stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense: ‘In regard to all the things of which I am accused by the Jews, I consider myself fortunate...’” The King James Version says, “I THINK MYSELF HAPPY.” How often have we all noticed our uncanny ability to think ourselves into negative moods? But remember, happiness begins with the way you think, and those who desire to be happy must think thoughts that focus on God, the good news. You cannot go around nursing hurts, wounds, bitterness, anger and expect the echo chamber to report back something else. Do you recall the commercial that asks the question, “Is it butter or margarine?”, and then with sound effects that mimic lightning and thunder, declares, “It is not nice to fool mother nature!”? The truth is the echo chamber is like a faithful witness, it will never let you succeed in lying to yourself.

So how do we change the echo? Speak the word that glorifies God, good, and assume the feeling of desires fulfilled. Keep your attention focused on the joyful mood caused by accepting the truth that before you call, you’re heard, and while you are celebrating “It’s all good,” it’s being done exceeding abundant, beyond anything the human mind could ever conceive. Believe it or not, many people have so wrapped themselves in the need to be right and the determination to be vindicated that they cannot assume the joyful feeling of the desire fulfilled. Forgiveness and the release of all offenses towards God or man, real or imaginary, is not negotiable. Remember, the anger of man simply will not achieve the righteousness of God. Are you sure you really want revenge? You must decide. For so many, this is the “Yet Point.” This is the moment when you must decide do you want to get on with your life, or do you want to see somebody get what you think they have coming to them. There comes a time when you have to shake the dust and go for yourself. You, and only you, can decide whether you want to get on with your life, or put your life on hold while you wait to see somebody get what’s coming to them. Should you realize this foolish dream, what will you then say? “Now let my soul depart in peace”? There is no peace to those who will not loose the man and let him go. Never forget, in the echo chamber, judge not and you will not be judged; bless and it will return to you a reverberating echo of good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. However, it is impossible to desire to see someone else, “Get theirs,” and not have that echoed back to you.

It is time! It is time to recover our happy thoughts. It is time to think ourselves happy. Have you reached your “Yet Point” on this point? Then let the Happy Hour begin. “You too, be ready (i.e., in a constant state of joyful celebration that it’s all good); for the Son of Man(-ifestation) is coming at an hour that you do not expect.” (Lk 12:40)

It is time!


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