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Person is the self-existent, self-motivated,
self-energized, self-propelled,  
independent entity which we all pretend to be.  
Presence is the quality of consciousness present; it
is a “place” where Divine Love-Intelligence can
reveal Itself;  it is an individualization of the divine
Presence;it is the “I am” presence of the “I AM”
(Ex. 3:14);  it is a nondimensional
transparency through which the good of God can
shine into the world.
The etymology of person is enlightening (from the
per, by + sona, sound). This derivation is
attributed to the Greek tragedies where the actors’
faces were covered by masks, corresponding to the
emotion or emotions being portrayed, which meant
that the actors could only be truly identified by the
sounds of their voices. This word derivation points
to the idea that our true identities are masked by
our appearances and pretenses and our play-
acting and that our true vibrations can be discerned
beyond our visible form. Each “person” is a unique
vibration of the I AM  Presence. If our vibratory
frequencies (the contents of our consciousness)
are “in tune” with the Divine, we are manifesting
harmony; if our vibratory frequencies (the contents
of our consciousness) are not “in tune” with the
Divine, the disharmony can be perceived,
regardless of our masks. But, in either case, the
tangibility of our physicality tends to hide the
intangibility of our true identities as spiritual — our
unique, divine vibration — which has led us to
imagine that we exist apart from God. It “seems to
be” that we are material persons, but we are really
spiritual beings, masquerading as phenomena.
God never created “persons;” God knows nothing of
“persons,” (or matter or dimensionality) and, as the
Bible says, “God is no respecter of persons” (Acts
10:34). God created each of us “in his own
image…and after his own likeness” (Gn. 1:26,27),
as nondimensional consciousness whose
substance, like God’s, is spirit. We must
remember, we are defined by God, not the other
way around. Coming to understand this truth does
not negate the physical “experience” of individual
existence in the phenomenal world; it only
abolishes the concepts of “persons” and
“personhood” as real and important. As these
“persons” we seem to be, we have personalities,
personal reactions, personal opinions, personal
experiences, personal histories and interpersonal
relationships — and we personalize everything,
whether it is ignorance or truth. The basis of
personhood involves being very preoccupied with
making something of ourselves, so we can be
better persons and more important persons than
other persons.  But all this is a dream which
distracts us from discovering the truth-of-being.
Seeing ourselves only as psychological or physical
persons is a misperception of Reality; we are
“judging by appearances” and experiences and
living from our senses, which leads us to false
conclusions. Our appearance implies
separateness and gives rise to the mistaken
impression that we are self-created persons with
minds and wills of our own, with talents and gifts of
our own, attributes and faculties of our own, acting
independently from any Deity. The belief in an
existence apart from God is demonstrated in the
collective illusion of personhood. But the Bible
corrects this idea, informing us, we are “without
father, or mother or genealogy, and [have] neither
beginning of days nor end of life…” (Heb. 7:3).
Contemplating the Zen koan, “Show me the face
which you had before your parents were born,” can
help to expand our consciousness beyond life in a
finite dimensional context, so that we can really
come to know the meaning of the eternal words,
“Never born, never dying” (Heb. 7:3). It is necessary
to become interested in seeing more than meets
the eye, to begin to awaken to the understanding of
the mystics which sees that this material world is a
dream we are collectively dreaming, to see that it is
hiding an invisible, perfect Realm and our perfect,
“birthless and deathless,” invisible life in It. We
discover our true being in the context of God when
we can see our hidden identity as eternal and
spiritual substance, when we can understand our
place and purpose in the universe, not as a person,
but as an individualized presence through which
the Presence of God can reveal Itself in infinite
ways. Dr. Hora beautifully elevates our vision with
these words: “God created a perfect universe and
‘peopled’ it with perfect, spiritual reflections of
As we awaken to become conscious of our spiritual
identities, able to discern spiritual values and truth
and to appreciate them, the limited concept of
person is gradually replaced by the limitless
concept of a nonpersonal eternal presence.
Presence points beyond visible form to the
invisible, spiritualized contents of consciousness
— it is able to reveal itself to us in juxtaposition to
personality. This means we become increasingly
aware of the existence of presence within us as we
identify the personality we believe ourselves to be
and the truth-of-being begins to dissolve it and
transform us. Person belongs to the finite, material,
dream-world of phenomena — presence reflects
the infinite, nonmaterial, divine Reality. They are
qualitatively different. The quality of a presence is
discernible through the “vibrations” (or “vibes”) it
emanates, and ultimately by what the
consciousness values — what it cherishes, hates
and fears. Every individual presence has the
inherent ability to reveal God’s Infinite Presence in
the world as an individualized aspect of It, once the
consciousness has been purified of its mistaken
identity and spiritualized through right knowledge.
(The word individual, derived from Latin,
means undivided, and the word identity, derived
from Latin,
idem, means the same or like.) The
more we can come to see our identities as the
same as God and our undividedness in all its
divine aspects, the more we are living consciously
as spiritual beings. The more an individual is
interested to know what it means to be “here for
God,” the more he will be able to shed personality
traits and human characteristics and, thus, realize
his essential and authentic identity as presence.
Like the rays of the sun which show forth the
qualities of the sun — warmth, radiance and power
— so can each of us as a transparency emanate all
the spiritual qualities of God — goodness, love,
intelligence, peace, vitality, assurance, joy,
harmony, freedom, wisdom, compassion. The
infinite potential of the Infinite Presence is always
available to each of us as an infinite presence —
this means, even “greater works than these [than
the Christ demonstrated] shall you do” (Jn. 14:12).
As a consciousness is gradually cleansed through
prayer and practice, the false sense of the person
diminishes and the beauty of the presence can
emerge. “He [the Christ presence] must increase,
but I [personal identity] must decrease” (Jn. 3:30).
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— Thomas Hora
We must refuse
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and insist on
being  spiritual.

— Thomas Hora

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