“June is bustin' out all over
The feelin' is gettin' so intense,
That the young Virginia creepers
Hev been huggin' the bejeepers
Outa all the mornin' glories on the fence!
Because it's June...
June, June, June
Just because it's June, June, June!”
Hell raising, spiritually opening lyrics from Carousel by Oscar Hammerstein II, wouldn’t you say?
If you’ve seen Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, you've felt your heart opening … your soul opening … your crown opening … every part of your being opening as you were lifted into a swirling whirling rendition of this song. Wow! It felt good!
How in the world could you have felt so great just listening to a song? Answer: you weren’t in your world. You “busted out,” allowed yourself to be taken out of your world.
"But how did I do that? What did I do to do that?"
While listening to this song, you simply quit all your doing … and did nothing. The “bustin’ out” was done for you.
"But doesn’t everyone do nothing while listening to any song?"
We wish it were so. People listening to songs may be doing all sorts of things. They may be relating, crying, laughing, emoting, picturing, analyzing, judging, thinking, purposely moving with the music … anything but doing nothing with their mind.
The difference is this song is about bustin’ out all over. And bustin’ out all over is what happens when we let go of all our ego's doing, when we disengage our mind altogether and no longer think, picture, emote, or relate … but literally do nothing with our mind.
“But you just wrote the bustin’ out was done for you. Who is the doer?"
Wouldn't it be a fun trickery of the gods if it were June? Or Juno?
Our month of June was named after the ancient Roman goddess, Juno, daughter of Saturn; sister and wife of Jupiter, mother of Mars and Vulcan. Juno’s other name, Lucina, literally means: “she who brings children into light.” Beyond all the illusory surface appearances we are beings of light, and Jesus the Christ tells us we must become as little children. Bustin’ out all over simply means surrendering to being who we really are. Some call it “going to light,” or “becoming as little children and letting ourselves be opened to light.”
Like Saturn, Juno can throw lightening bolts. When we first learn to do nothing with our mind, wouldn't we say those holy instants of bustin’ out or breaking free feel like we’ve been jolted by bolts of lightening? Such a practical jolt ... er, joke!
To make it even more fun, Juno’s messenger is Iris, whose name can mean both “inner voice” and “I join.” Our illusory ego would certainly consider it dangerous to listen to our inner voice and join with Juno, wouldn’t you think?
Never mind. No need to think.
In fact, that’s the whole point. We open spiritually only when we disengage the mind. All the reading in the world of half-baked spiritual authors leaves us with our mind still engaged … in the world. All the mantras or other spiritual practices in the world help train the mind not to think so much, but using a mantra or spiritual practice is still a doing … in the world. All the inner observation in the world may also train the mind, but observation is still doing. All the Course in Miracles lessons in the world are designed to nudge us closer by slowly breaking our addiction to doing, but still leave us … in the world. Ultimately we have no choice but to learn to do nothing with our mind.
Here’s how Jesus Christ states it in A Course in Miracles:
You ARE prepared. Now you need but remember YOU NEED DO NOTHING. It would be FAR more profitable now merely to concentrate on this, than to consider what you SHOULD do.
When peace comes at last to those who wrestle with temptation, and fight against giving in to sin; when the light comes at last into the mind given to contemplation, or when the goal is finally achieved by anyone, it ALWAYS comes with just ONE happy realization, - "I need do nothing." Here is the ultimate release that everyone will one day find in his own way, at his own time. We do not need this time.
You are not making use of the course if you insist on using means that have served others well, neglecting what was made for YOU. Save time for me by only this one preparation, and practice doing NOTHING ELSE. "I need do nothing" is a statement of allegiance, a truly undivided loyalty. Believe it for just one instant, and you will accomplish more than is given to a century of contemplation, or of struggle against temptation. (ACIM unedited version, Chap. 22)
So the question ego asks (our holy spirit has no questions) is: how can we learn to do nothing?
First, it helps to know that it’s all being done for us. We are not Romans so it's not a goddess named Juno doing it for us. But we are Christians and it is the Christ doing everything that needs be done. There is no need for reading books by teachers who have rushed into print while not yet fully enlightened. There is no need for mantras, or spiritual practices, or contemplations. Even A Course in Miracles says in so many words, “you’ve done the lessons, now we’ll do the rest:”
No more specific lessons are assigned, for there is no more need of them. Henceforth, hear but the Voice for God and for your Self when you retire from the world to seek reality instead. He will direct your efforts, telling you exactly what to do, how to direct your mind, and when to come to Him in silence, asking for His sure direction and His certain Word. (ACIM Workbook Epilogue)
In the Bible, Jesus says it yet another way: "Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (It would be tempting to smile if lilies usually bloom in June. But to Jesus all time is now, June is now. So whenever!)
Second, it helps to know that all human doing is defense, and defense is very painful. When we rest at peace, not seeking to defend against the world, not feeling the need to defend against anyone, not thinking we have to defend against whatever wants to happen … the miracle unfolds wondrously. When there are no defenses created in our everyday lives there is also no defense against God … and God’s Will is done.
Third, it helps to know that Home is here and now. To paraphrase Jesus: Quit doing, quit defending, for the kingdom of heaven is already here and now. ("Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 4:17)
Now and finally, nothing remains but enjoyment. We might even feel like singing:
The feelin' is gettin' so intense.
I'm laughing and I'm flying,
No more doing, no more trying,
And I couldn't if I want to make defense.
It must be June, June, June
I simply must be June!"
"...nor will people say, 'Here it is,' or 'There it is,' because the kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21)
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