On existence

“There is no need to justify your existence. You do not need to write or preach to justify your existence. Being is its own justification. You do not have to knock your gut out, in other words, and this also applies to our friend Ruburt. Consciousness is its own justification, and this goes for each of you. Only when you realize this, can you begin to utilize your freedom. Otherwise you try too hard.

You have been much given to thoughts of death this evening. Now, I have been a very lively corpse many times, but then, so have you all. And the inner portions of yourselves know this well. You have walked away from more graves than you can remember and will, indeed, many of you, walk away from more. Why then do you worry about justifying your own existence in this hour?

If you become too determined to justify your existence then you will begin to close out areas of your life.

(To Sue) Only those areas that mean – only those areas that mean to you safe justification have meaning and the others will begin to disappear. If you write, therefore, to justify your existence then in time other aspects of reality will lose their meaning for you. You do not have to justify in any terms.

Now, if you would each, for ten minutes a day, open yourselves to your own reality there would be no question of self-justification for you would realize the miraculous nature of your own identity. I have said this before in class, you are as dead now, and as alive now, as you will ever be. In life you can be as dead as you think any corpse is, by contrast far deader.

You form the reality that you know, not esoterically, not symbolically, not philosophically; some great oversoul does not form it for you, you cannot put the burden there either. And though I stare at our friend here, who asked the question, this applies to each of you and to our friend, Ruburt. You form your reality and until you understand this completely you cannot change it, nor can you use your freedoms.”

Early Class
Session 3
February 9, 1971
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