Review by Bob Pajer for Speakeasy

What if we really listened to Jesus and told his story — not the one we made up?  Well, we would wake up and say to ourselves, “What the hell was that all about.”  A fitting question, upon knowing that All has given us all, and only insanity would take us from a creation like that.  The world would completely wake up to what is eternal mind, God’s mind, first finding we never left, and then realizing, that was a bad dream, not a real choice after all, one being real and the other only seeming to be real, but now knowing only real is real and that we brought a story onto ourselves that that we know is impossible now and all the ways we look at this tired old sad world would disappear and leave our minds to be as they are:  only love, God’s extension of Him/her Self on to us, just as God is. Simply, the most and only most powerful existence in the universe, in the mind of God — no longer are we a sunbeam that does think is is sun, a droplet of water that believers it is the ocean can’t exist, and its insane to think so. 

Hamilton and all the characters in this book, along with the author clearly   have an awareness of Jesus’ message, as we all do. it is the one we hide, however, that keeps us in a world that seems to invite its own destruction.  We are so fearful of fully seeing it that all we experience here in this world is a distortion.  Think about it.  Jesus comes to us to be with us, to be a part of salvation, an awakening to truth and love, to help us come out of our dream of separation — and we build large cathedrals which all depict the crucifix with Jesus hanging from it, as though he came here and we really killed him. This is the mass neurosis that underlies our insistence we can build a world apart from God.  Forgetting Jesus real message is always simply love, as reflected in this world as forgiveness, the inevitable and only way to  return to God, through our own resurrection. 

So why do we keep thinking if we just get our world right, get things straight once and for all, atone for our sins, sacrifice, or become martyrs we’ll be something, we’ll have the peace of God. While we already and forever will be what we are:  an extension of God’s love for us.   

This is a splendid book, telling a story of all of us.  We fall here and we find that falling leads to more falling, hopelessness, suffering, guilt and more suffering.  We are separated from God, and in that thought doing what we believe is possible.  These are all aspects of idolatry.  We try over and over to somehow get it right and don’t.  It is why the First Commandment says, in its deepest meaning, we cannot do idols.  “the  shalt not” means we can’t.  Yet we do and do over.  Change the illusion to a better idol we have great hope will work.  We think that things like the Lease of Nations will end all war.  Or, a bigger bomb will end war based on more effective fear of one-another.  we continuously work on our concept of God, thinking that’s the answer, not remember Adam tried and got us to where we are.  (What kind of God would kick us out of the heaven and tell us we’re out at His hand, put two angels with swords to make sure we don’t come back the same way, and worst of all — we’ll now have to work for what we get. All, exactly what our ego wants, for us to determine who God is and how He operates, as one more idol among idols.  False gods we got.  Plenty. 

God does not play this way and Jesus came here to tell us so — and we killed  him.  Or at least thought we did.  The result of that false notion, comes out as more blame.  It wan’t enough that Adam blamed his wife for doing the fatal deed, we continue and  blame his death on some group, a group not the same as we are.  Projection is seemed to kill Jesus in the form of the “other.”  Blame is what happened to Hamilton and Burr.  They simply could not give up blaming.  So they engage in a killing game, one loss and the the other loses, fully intending for one to lose and one to win, a game we are so good at that we prove we can separate by losing, or winning.  Fortunately, God doesn’t play such game and nor does Jesus.   

Jesus teaches, on the other hand, that we cannot do anything that is not eternal love, what we are.  We think otherwise, that we can defile the alter God places in us, and really do it as a matter of sin.  Which Jesus is here to tell us otherwise.  We can’t  separate from anyone, because separation is an attack on God, who is not attackable.  Thank God. 

Hamilton’s affair and his duel are interestingly told about in this book.  We can one more time see the fall of God’s perfect son, so loved by his Father that his father does not ever forgive him, for He never condemns him.  If forgiveness were possible for God, so would condemnation and punishment be possible.  Either of these are of God and never will be.  We cannot change this.  We condemn, in our seemingly separated mind,  and think we must out of the goodness of our hearts, forgive.   In the process we don’t forgive we pardon someone who has sinned in some way, and feel ourselves more innocent.  Jesus on the other hand teaches us we can’t sin, but when we think we sin, pardoning someone is a hallow gesture.  And we underneath our actions in the process, we know this.  Forgiveness on the terms of this world, means that one of us is better than the other, or lots of others. In the great goodness of our hearts, in separation we pardon this person for what we think we never do.  The ego has long ago interpreted forgiveness this way, probably the moment Jesus uttered the term and its meaning as our lonely way to God, here in this world.  Not in heaven because there is no forgiveness where it need not be.  No in hell, because there is no hell accept that one that resides in the depths of our own hearts, known to be hateful and sinful — only a notion about our selves fortunately and nothing to do with how God thinks about His children.  We think we have other reasons for being in this world, on its terms, as a part of its unholy trinity:  sin, guilt and death.  Once in that pattern of thinking and behavior we have no way out.  God does fortunately:  in our inevitable return to love, our home where we have never left, not “out there” where we play the games we play and ‘die” playing them.  “The wages of sin are death.”  Jesus teaches us there is no sin and there is no death.  Did we ever ask God about sin or death.  I think we make up a lot of stuff. 

Jesus came to bring us home and he is doing that, on God’s terms, not ours. 

What this review has to do with this book is that much of what I have said here is discussed in the book, but  in different ways however — the ways that does not mention there is is no sin, because Jesus there is no sin. That’s not so difficult to figure out, but it does depend on our concept of God, which some might say is impossible to have, a concept of God.  However, the world runs on a concept of God.  I want mine to be true, and Jesus, as my inner teacher, miserable sinner that i am, is the only concept I want to listen to  There is no power but God’s, our Father’s proclamation is we are His only begotten Son (the Christ in us All) having a dream of separation, where we go all out to defend ourselves at all costs, forget about His love for us, forget about the fact that we are defending ourselves from God’s perfect hotness in each of us, forget that we are His love, we have all and are All with Him/Her, as long as we don’t leave His mind. We are not bodies, we are free.  Learning, or unlearning al the blocks to truth and God’s love, is our way home.  Teaching and learning are the same to His holy children.  What we teach we learn.  What we learn we teach.  Atonement, which we all need, is not sacrifice or punishment, but just recognizing we can’t be harmed in anyway and all suffering is a defense against this miracle of invulnerability within us all.  That is what Jesus teaches us here today.  It is also true that we are still afraid of Jesus’ message, for, as Christ’s message, it scares the hell out of us, as we perceive it to be.  Who stands up against an army of hate and says you can tear my body apart, kill it, but I’m not a body and you in reality have done absolutely nothing, but hurt yourself.  You can hang me on the biggest cross around, and nothing will happen to me, or you.  You’ll hate yourself, wallow in the guilt you already carry for ages, never smile again and you will nave done another.  Would my Father, and yours let this happen?  No, Our Father, doesn’t even think in your terms.  Our Father doesn’t know from bodies.  Only His/Her creation means anything.  And He/She doesn’t deal in the ephemeral.  Our minds, joined in a Oneness you can’t imagine, live and minds can’t attack.   

Also we don’t listen very well. 

The depiction of Hamilton’s life in this book is told slightly off track.  It seems to me an old story: fix ourselves, make the world a better place, find the right hero, sacrifice, avoid sin and prepare for death and a better place somewhere else (while trying so hard to unsuccessfully immortalize the life we live in a dead world.)  Jesus never ran for office, was hardly a financial expert, (maybe), never talked about having even intentions about  having a plan to change the world ,because he made none, as far as I can see. 

The crucifixion is quite the opposite from changing this world:  surrender.  He would not even make a sacrifice or be a martyr.  What a disappointment I suppose to those who were looking for someone to save them, smite the evil we suffer from here.  No, he says simply “Father, if is done.” the “it” being I have heard only your voice, there is no world without You, I came to get the attention of my brothers and sisters, so that they would see the battle is over, and You dear Father have won, because there was no battle. Who in their right minds would battle against the only Power there is, and the very power you gave them?   That, the message you gave me message is complete equality, even in a world that dreams otherwise, as we are all one, in unity with the only One, You.  There is nothing to fight, because we can only dream there is something we need to defend.  God’s children can only seem to be harmed in the world it makes up to include the idea of harm.  If we do not believe this, and only this, we do not believe Jesus’ message, today and always.      

Could we do what Jesus did?  Yes. He teaches us he is no different than we are, in that he was able to hear only God’s Voice as a single and only connection, an undoing of his own separation and Atonement.  That is what he truly did for us:  if I can do this, my brother/sister, so can you. 

For Hamilton and Burr to hear God’s Voice, as Jesus did he would have had to say to Burr:  “Brother, I forgive you for what you did not do.” There is no need for a duel, as we are here in this world together, knowing my interests are clearly no different than yours: our only purpose and function here is  forgiveness.   

Burr in return, would have to say, “Alexander you are right, I thought for a moment I could harm you because I thought you harmed me. I have a lot of hate in me, perhaps you understand that, and you became my specific, the special person I need to go on hating. I regret so much of my life and I will never be able to let go of the guilt in me.  Then  I made that mistake we all make here and the moment I thought I was protecting myself, I lost sight of the fact that in any defense of my self (my ego), I lose once again,  by attacking my own invulnerability.  God does not make what can be harmed — reflecting Jesus message from the cross and his resurrection, which is:  “teach only love, for that is what we are.” 

Taking steps in the opposite direction of where we stand,  waling away from one another in fear, then turning to face one another to hate yet more, aiming the and killing is clearly not love, and this act we do cannot be.   I see now its rather my own anger at myself for whaat i think I’ve done in my own separation from God and of course you.  But, boom!  “I had this strong terrible feeling that I am protecting my honor, as though it could be lost, and I could alter God’s perfect love for me.  He loves me, and there is no change possible in that. Boom. I will now lead the rest of my life, perhaps in more guilt and terrible suffering, not because I made a mistake, but clearly, I have sinned.  My ego has had its day with me, error becomes sin, the very mistake our Savior came to take away from the world in us.  I must be guilty, the wages of sin are death and I must too now die at your hand.  I recognize I could have lived at your hand, good brother 

All “Burrs” suffer over this same thing. But it is, like all suffering we choose to undergo, a rebirth into learning truth, there is no sin, only forgiveness and that there are only two things going on in this world:  love and a call for love.  And Burr, will surely learn as we all do:  my response can only be love, for that is what I am.  We will all learn this at a time where there is no time, when we are ready to see that we already have.  Our spiritual awakening is just that:  universal and required.  When we awaken to the fact it is our only real choice here.  As long as we continue to believe the “better way” involves a change in the world, and not in our minds about the world, we continue to do what we think will be sacrifice over and over, expecting a different result. (From Albert Eistein’s view of the world.)

There are great moments in this story about Alexander Hamilton, certainly an inspiring figure in our history,  and in the author’s words as well.  We “resonate”  because truth always finds its way into our hearts where it finds its likeness, our image of Our Father Who bore us into His own perfect love and holiness, where will also be found the tiny mad idea that told us for a spit second in time  we can separate from God and set up on our own account. Let’s give it a whirl! A kind of game of opposites, where following the rules, or not following them, leads equally to the truth, being, we can either have heaven or hell.  And yet there is no opposite that we can find to truth, whatever path we choose to take to All. 

Jesus has a wonderful way of putting it in his “A Course in Miracles:”

“All things are lessons God would have us learn.”

Bob Pajer

I received this book free from the author and/or publisher through the Speakeasy blogging book review network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,Part 255.

One thought on “God and Hamilton ~ Spiritual Themes from the Life of Alexander Hamilton by Kevin Cloud

  1. Really like this review. The message is clear. But following it is difficult because our minds are so powerful and emotions so very strong. You never need to stand and fight. Just turn around and walk away. You always have a choice. Always.
    Easier said than done. And that’s alright. As long as we keep trying, we’re ok.
    Thanks Bob!


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