The following has been transcribed from a video of Candice O’Denver’s Balanced View talk on being perfectly beneficial which you can watch here. Please enjoy her enlightening words.
First of all we have to recognize that education in the nature of mind is possible. So a time comes when it’s more than a glimmer of hope inside us, and we recognize that education in the nature of mind is possible. Then for many of us, we might try many different approaches before we find one that really works, and what we look for in terms of what works is results. The results have to be evident in the community of people that are practicing the teaching. When looking for education in the nature of mind then, we want to see the results in the people; we want to see people that are recognizing their strengths, gifts and talents and are able to display those, to actually demonstrate them. This is key, because when we then see people who are demonstrating the immensity of all-accomplishing activity, then we know that it’s possible for us too. This is very important, it is very, very important. In fact, it is a profound basis for the actual introduction to the nature of mind to take place—a very profound basis.
When we see the result evident in so many people, right away in our own mind it sparks something that hasn’t been there before. Instead of just a glimmer of hope, we now have a recognition that is occurring for us. At that point we’re really ripe for the introduction to take place, for the introduction, the authentic introduction, which is both symbolic and non-symbolic, that lives within a profound lineage throughout humankind of people everywhere all over the world who have been introduced to open intelligence and the profundity of beneficial quality and activity that is inseparable from that.
Once the introduction to the nature of mind takes place—boom! Instead of just an intellectual understanding of what is possible and some kind of recognition, the recognition becomes bright and clear. It is obvious to us what the recognition of the nature of mind is. We now have an instinctive recognition, and the instinctive recognition for some…Some people come with a naturally restful mind, and so the instinctive recognition then is easy and increasingly obvious from then on. Others proceed in quantum leaps, leaping along like a kangaroo. Then for others it is more gradual, and the practice of short moments repeated again and again until open intelligence is obvious forever, this is what is suggested.
This is a very powerful and profound practice. It is a practice of open intelligence on the fly. I’m going into all of this, because this is the basis for recognizing strengths, gifts and talents. The first short moment of introduction is the first short moment of immediate benefit, the first short moment of immediate beneficial potency. In that we now have something that we have clearly identified as ourselves that we know we can count on for immediate benefit, no matter what is going on.
We may forget that it’s available at first, but eventually we see that we can trust; we can trust that this is present all the time and we can trust that it is our go-to. It is our go-to in every circumstance. Initially we may just once or twice a day remember short moments, and then we recognize the introduction. The introduction is already present; it’s simply a matter of recognition. Short moments provides that instinctive recognition.
As we settle into the immediate benefit of open intelligence, we are settling in to its immediate beneficial potency, and this completely saturates our mind, and it changes the way our mind is. It changes the way our speech is and our body, qualities and activities. So, all this you see is the basis for identifying strengths, gifts and talents, for even coming to a conclusion of what those might be. All of us, no matter who we are, there are things we like to do and other things we don’t like to do. So the things we like to do, within the range of those, it might not be exactly clear how we want to proceed.
However, we can know by simply becoming more and more familiar with the reality of our own identity—the great vast body of open intelligence, vast and inexhaustible, beyond any kind of comprehension or description—that that vast body is our own body. Our physical body is the momentary shining forth of open intelligence’s primordial purity whenever that happens to enter mind, which is very rare. So it becomes easy to see that actually open intelligence’s primordial purity is always spontaneously present as every appearance, every data stream, and this is our primary body of quality and activity, endless and inexhaustible.
The quality and activity of open intelligence, as I just said, is endless and inexhaustible. It is aimlessly and directionlessly, ceaselessly available as the benefit of all. So for each of us, we sink into that; we sink into the reality of what that means for us, and we have the support of the whole worldwide community. We have the support of the training itself; we have the support of the trainer and we have the support of the simple practice of short moments. Through all of this for each of us, no matter who we are, I can guarantee it will become clear; it will become very clear.
In my own case I realized from the time I was very young that there would come a point where I would be involved in something like Balanced View. I had no idea when that time would come, and that was fine with me, because I would just say to myself, “Well, I’ll know when the time has come. I will just know and leave it at that. Why bother with any kind of worry or other concern?” Because I could see that life proceeds without any effort and without anything needing to be done, that there’s nothing that needs to be done for the spontaneous self-release of the here-and-now; it’s guaranteed. All that is indivisibly present all along is open intelligence, primordial purity, its immediate benefit; that’s all that is present all along with each spontaneous release of the here-and-now.
I invite anyone, I challenge anyone, to try to hold the here-and-now in place or measure it or analyze it or assess it in any way. I challenge everyone in the world to try to do that. That in itself is humbling, entirely humbling. As much as science and technology have tried to measure reality, the occurrence of what is reality, the measurement, the analysis, the assessment, the curation of all the data accumulated, no one can figure it out. What we do see in our own direct experience, which is really what is important in the cases of each one of us, is that—boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom—in fractions, measureless fractions of a second the spontaneous self-release of the here-and-now is guaranteed.