very insecure hold on Being. It convinces us, and
us, with respect toUltimate Reality. We discover, in a way we cannot doubt, that we are related toInﬁnite Being. There are various ways of saying this in different theologicalsettings, but the crucial point for our self-discovery and its consequent socialtransformation power is that we are secure in being. We do not have to grasp ataids to our existence, do not have to make ourselves bigger and better thanothers, do not have to try to acquire value, because we already possessabsolutely secure existence and immeasurable value.How can we come to such a convincing, liberating, repositioning experience? Wecan't command it, but we can believe in it, and we can practice to put ourselveswell in the way of being open to it. There is a negative way, then a positive way,and again another negative way.The ﬁrst negative way, removing false beliefs. Many, if not most, of us werebrought up to believethat our worth and any approval we might receive werehighly conditional. Our value depended on our natural endowment and ouraccomplishment. These constitute our “descriptions." The kind of thing you tell(or hide from) people who ask you about yourself. A useful exercise is to make alist of these descriptions and then imagine yourself with alternatives to them, orsimply without them. If you try this, you will discover that the "real you" is quiteindependent of all these descriptions. You are still you whether they are presentor not. Along with this, you will become able to release yourself from otherpeople's evaluations of you. Their beliefs about you will no longer "stick to" you.A popular form of meditation is useful here. You simply relax deeply and gatheryourself into your central being, beyond the descriptions, and savor the freedom,peace, security, and sense of reality that you ﬁnd there. To help you stay focusedyou use a word or short phrase that brings you back to this peaceful, conﬁdent,happy center. Say it as you breathe, or say it only when you need to refocus.The positive way opens at this point. In your central being, being the real you,free of the descriptions, you notice that you transcend those ﬁnite characteristics.There is something about you that is unmodiﬁed, ineffable. This is where you areembedded in the Ultimate, the Absolute, the Unconditioned. Consider that theAbsolute Being must be Unconditional Love—that is, communication of life to allwithout stint and without favoritism and without the possibility of withdrawal fromthis commitment. If this is so, then you yourself must be so loved. Your existence,your consciousness, and your capacity for joy testify to it. So give yourselfpermission to believe this, and open yourself to the gift of experiencing it.