Principles of Discovery – Part 8

Principles of Discovery – Part 8

Quoting myself from the previous post:

“One of the key ingredients to effective person to person communication is that those attempting to so communicate use the same definition of words. This was the reason that I defined the word “channel” a while back so the group could use the word with unity of definition.

“Let us pick a popular word and demonstrate how even our fairly enlightened group will have different definitions of it.

“That word is LOVE.”

As happened last time, I was surprised by the quantity and diversity of thought expressed by the group – all of it good and valuable for contemplation.

If I had to express it briefly, I would say love is a magnetic pull that draws all life back to its source and in that process unites that life.

Now the interesting thing about love is this. When another person performs a true unselfish act of love in our direction a feeling of love is registered in our breasts. This feeling is the same for all of us.

Even though we all feel the same energy when love is registered no two of us seem to be able to explain what we felt in the same way.

Some say it is a state of mind. Others say it is a verb. Still others an emotional feeling, a creative force, the foundation of creation and even what God is.

So, we have a feeling that we all register and sense in a similar way yet we all define and express it differently. It is quite possible to take two people who have felt the same energy of love yet argue about what it is because their words they chose to communicate the word veil the actual truth of the experience that both have felt in the same way.

This is the problem of communicating from personality to personality. Two personalities can take exactly the same experience yet present it in such different ways that the two will soon be swearing that the other guy has no idea what love is.

Two personalities may have a similar view of God, yet because they call Him/She/It by different names they may see the other as an enemy of such God.

The problem with the personality is that even if two people experience or believe in essentially the same thing our filters cause us to see the other as one who is much different from ourselves.

The solution is soul-to-soul communication rather than personality-to-personality.

When there is soul-to-soul communication concerning love (or any other subject) why is there perfect communication even though the two may have different ways of explaining it?

How do we achieve this soul-to-soul communication? What are the obstacles in the path?

Few people are ready for true soul-to-soul communication. Such communion comes after many lifetimes of frustration due to the limitations of the personality or lower self. Then the time comes that the frustration and pain become so great that the pilgrim lifts his downward focused eyes upward in the initially shaky belief that there has to be something more fulfilling.

Many of those who read these words will have passed through various dark nights and will be ready for something higher.

For those who are seeking here are some helpful steps towards soul-to-soul communion.

[1] The first step is to desire higher communication. Many are comfortable in the world of personality communication, for sterile words without life hide meanings and distort the true thoughts behind them. This distortion produces a comfortable illusion behind which many hide until they can hide no more.

[2] The seeker must believe that soul-to-soul communication is possible. Without this belief his search will wither and die from lack of attention.

[3] Once the desire and belief in higher communion is recognized the seeker must actively seek to acquire and master it. Nothing of value is just dumped in our laps. Hard work and focus is as important here as in any other endeavor.

[4] Search for others who feel they have achieved soul-to-soul communication to a degree and learn from them.

[5] Seek communion with your own soul. Only when you have found your own soul can you then discover the soul of others.

[6] Understand the difference between soul-to-soul communication and personality communication. Soul communication looks beyond the black and white meanings of words to the thought and principles behind the words. “Reading between the lines” is the first step to higher communion.

[7] Feel true love toward those with whom you desire higher communion. Words given and received with love become alive and carry the thoughts of God within them.

[8] Believe in the natural goodness of others and see the Christ within all, especially those with whom you touch the soul.

[9] Hold no grievance toward any person.

[10] When the soul of another is touched make sure the experience is firmly rooted in your memory. Recalling this memory often will renew your faith and give you the stamina to continue on the path until another contact comes.

[11] Be aware of your own state of consciousness. When you slip away from the soul recognize what is happening and refocus. Keep your mind steady in the light.

[12] Seek to bring the communion of the soul with those who have it not. By giving that which you have received you will call forth others higher than yourself who will lift you to higher ground.

A person who trusts no one can’t be trusted. Jerome Blattner

June 28, 2006

Principles of Discovery – Part 7

Principles of Discovery – Part 7
Effective Communication

The Question: How does giving and receiving effective communication aid in discovering the truth?

At least part of this answer is pretty obvious. Without communication of some type the word “truth” would have no meaning to us humans. A truth has to be given and received through communication before it can be registered as such by our consciousness. Even though 2+2=4 whether you are conscious of it or not, this truth will be as though it does not exist to your universe until the knowledge of it is communicated to you.

A tree does fall in a forest even though no one sees or hears it, but until this information is communicated to your consciousness, it has not fallen for you.

There are several levels of communication in our search for discovery.

[1] Communication through perception of the outside world.

[2] Person-to-person communication.

[3] Communication through the soul.

If each of us could just have accurate communication on these three levels we would rarely disagree. We could all see the truth together and have a wonderful union.

So why is this not the case? Why do so many of us disagree on even simple things?

The Course in Miracles gives a good reason for this. It tells us that we “see only the past.”

Thus, when two of us look upon the outside world with the same instruments of perception we see two different realities because the present is filtered through the memory of the past.

Let us use a football game as an example. On one side we have a cheering section for team A and on the other we have one for team B.

Both groups of fans are perceiving the same game, but the filters of the past cause entirely different perceptions.

If the referee calls a penalty for team A, team B fans will cheer him while team A fans may boo him off the field.

Both groups have the same perception, but different vision because of seeing the past blended in with the present.

Now let us suppose that all memory of all fans present was taken from them concerning the two teams

Let us suppose the referee once again gives a penalty to team A. Now what will their reaction be?

I think we can all visualize here that, by taking away the vision of the past blended with the present, that suddenly the two sides would see the penalty very close to the way it really was. In other words, if two people keep their consciousness in the present (as a little child) and refuse to let the past distort their vision they will see as one. They will both see the truth as it is happening now.

Even though an eyewitness has the greatest possible credibility in court, studies have shown that they are much less reliable than the juries believe them to be.

Why?

Because their vision of the event is clouded by their memory of the past there is distortion, but there is one more reason: Faulty memory.

Our vision of the present is distorted by mingling it with the past, and the present is further distorted by imperfect memory bringing a distorted past forward as a cloudy filter, making it difficult to see the present truth.

Another thing that distorts the vision of the past is emotion. Even if you have a good memory, a very positive or negative feeling associated with a past perception can fog the vision for the present. For instance, you may have met the quarterback of Team A and found him very charming and even gave you an autograph. Then later you bumped into the quarterback of Team B and he barked at you to watch where you are going.

Even though you remember everything accurately you bring the feeling from the past into the present and decide you want Team A to win because the quarterback was a nice guy. Maybe Team B has more nice guys than team A, but you don’t care. The first quarterback planted a positive emotion in you and this greatly influences your present vision. The referee calls a fair penalty against Team A and you shout him down and call him a blind idiot.

Now the question is: How can we use this knowledge to increase the accuracy of our perceptions thus increasing our ability to perceive truth?

Quite simple. The first thing to always keep in our consciousness is the realization that the past does distort the present. Therefore, use memories of the past very sparingly as you perceive the present and when they are used make sure you only use items that are remembered correctly. Test your memory now and then and get an idea of how accurate it is so when you do filter through memory you will take into account a margin of error.

Also test your feelings and recognize the influence they have on you. When the referee makes a call you do not like, detach yourself from your feelings for a moment and ask yourself if the call was really fair. Do not allow yourself to see the call through your feelings. Instead, use pure present perception and accept what your perception gives you, even if it hurts.

Sports fans should be pleased here that even a game, or should we say, especially a game, can be a great exercise in the correct registration of reality.

There are two main communications left that reveal truth which are:

[1] Person-to-person communication and…

[2] Communication through the soul.

Does seeing the past also distort these two communications? How about faulty memory and past feelings? Do they also play a part?

We have always maintained that communication through the soul is accurate, but can even this be distorted by the past, feelings and faulty memory?

Now, let us go to the second category: Person-to-person communication.

If a teacher has a truth to reveal, but finds that he is unable to communicate it in such a way that his vision is perceived correctly then the truth stays with the teacher and nothing is given out. Perhaps the student through misunderstanding will decide the teacher is out to lunch and shuts off any reception that he previously had–all this because of lack of effective person-to-person communication.

Listen to any two friends have an argument. Often they are both making good points, but just don’t understand what the other is trying to say. If they could only understand, perhaps they would realize that they do not disagree after all.

It is interesting that many of the arguments that have happened in this group have occurred because of lack of understanding of another’s point of view. I’d say that over half the time I spend in handling confrontations is merely spent in clarifying something that I have already said, but is misunderstood by someone out there.

One of the key ingredients to effective person-to-person communication is that those attempting to so communicate use the same definition of words. This was the reason that I defined the word “channel” a while back so the group could use the word with unity of definition.

Let us pick a popular word and demonstrate how even our fairly enlightened group will have different definitions of it.

That word is LOVE.

The assignment for today: Give your definition of Love in 100 words or less.

“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” William Jennings Bryan (1860 – 1925)

June 27, 2006

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Final Logic

 

Final Logic

I must have written around a hundred thousand words on duality. There have been times that the group has been distracted for months talking about it and it was very frustrating to members to endure the same arguments over and over. I tried to respond with different insights, stories and parables to keep the dialog interesting. I covered it thoroughly so I would not have to do so again.

The “two sides of the same coin” argument was sent to me many times as if it were proof that what I was saying was incorrect when it had little or nothing to do with what I was saying. Even if we look at duality in this manner heads is still not tails. They are two different aspects of the trinity of reality.

Now we have entered a discussion with no end on predeterminism or predestination.

A lot of what has been argued about is based on semantics rather than principles. To most people two apples is a definite finite number of apples, but anyone can use a play on words to argue otherwise just as one can argue there is green cheese on the moon. It is wearisome to argue on a play on words rather than dealing with principles.

After some contemplation I have come up with logical proof that predestination is not correct and all is not happening at once in this reality.

Here it is:

[1] Time is caused by motion of form.

[2] Without motion there would be no time, space or matter for even the tiniest atom is created by waves in motion. Without motion all we see around us would cease to exist.

[3] All motion takes us toward a future point in time.

[4] If the future point in time is really in the present then there could be no motion for there would be nothing for motion to take us to.

[5] Again, if there is no motion, there is no time.

[6] If there is no motion and no time there is no form, no past, no present (as we know it) and no future.

[7] Therefore, because we do experience motion we have to be moving toward a future that is not yet formed.

[8] If the future is not yet formed then predicting it with exactness would require a knowledge of all existing causes in play.

[9] Even though this is theoretically possible another element comes into play that cannot be entered into any calculation. This element is intelligent decision.

[10] Because a decision can be made that runs contrary to all calculations, all data and all expectation, the exact future cannot be known in the present.

Our objecting reader seems to think that all decisions are predictable because “Nothing runs contrary to cause and effect.”

Okay. Someone throws a coin in the air and I am to call heads or tails. What causes and effects would you plug into God or your supercomputer to predict whether I will call heads or tails?

Let’s repeat this 1000 times. What causes and effects would you use to predict my call 1000 times without fail?

To this the reader still thinks cause and effect can predict such a thing in advance.

Okay then, how will you use this knowledge of cause and effect to consistently predict whether I will call heads or tails?

To this he gives the reasoning that each flip of the coin has a cause and is predictable in advance.

To this I would ask how this understanding (which we all have) can lead one to successfully predict whether the coin will land on heads or tails? What causes and effects would you plug into your super computer or universal mind to know a day in advance that you would be flipping a coin and what call you would make?

The reader then keeps falling back on the fact that there is a cause behind all things including flipping a coin. He seems to think I am going contrary to universal law

No one is talking about breaking any universal law. Just tell us how one could use this law to predict whether I will choose heads or tails.

You cannot because it cannot be done because one of the universal laws is the uncertainty principle. Science has elaborated on this but it extends to other things such as decision making.

He tells us that a dog can be taught to roll over on command and then we can predict when he will roll over.

But this is not an example of decision. This is an example of programming. It’s like your heart is programmed to beat and has nothing to do with your conscious decisions.

Animals do make some decisions on an elementary level, but to see this you have to put them in a situation where their instincts or programming does not take charge of their actions. If you put two paths before an animal and the choice is not related to his instincts, you will then see an elementary unpredictable decision made.

Many apparent choices humans make are not decisions but just people following a program. If a kid is indoctrinated in a certain religion and  acquiesces decision and does what he is told, then no decision is involved. On the other hand, if he thinks about what he is doing and rebels then he is using his power of decision.

Perhaps the simplest decision is the choice between two things where no programming is involved, such as the choice of heads or tails.

He thinks programming causes decisions and this is not true. Programming can influence us, but not necessarily decide for us. We are not computers or robots. We are living unpredictable beings who can decide between two alternatives.

He then tells us that a higher intelligence can understand our decisions and predict our exact future.

If what he says is correct then a scientist should be able to put a rat in a maze he has not seen before and predict each turn he will make. He cannot. If we cannot predict what a rat will do what makes you think that anything higher could predict all the decisions we would make? Why would It even want to? Would you want to know everything every rat decides to do?

Then he tells me I am breaking universal law thinking I am above cause and effect.

Where do you keep getting this nonsensical accusation that I think I am above universal law? I think no such thing. I keep telling you this and you seem to get amnesia or something about what I have told you.

He says I think that I am unpredictable to those more evolved.

Use the law of correspondences. Those lesser evolved than us are not 100 percent predictable to us, even so we are not fully predictable to those above us. DK said that Christ and the Masters of Wisdom could not predict all human decisions.

I am still waiting for an answer to this question:

Someone throws a coin in the air and I am to call heads or tails. What causes and effects would you plug into God or your supercomputer to predict whether I will call heads or tails during the 1000 flips?

The reader has danced around this, but given no answer. If he has no answer then he should consider that the future may not be completely determined.

Even with the best of maps and instruments, we can never fully chart our journeys. Gail Pool

June 18, 2006

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The Kybalion and More

The Kybalion and More

This argument on predestination is getting about as futile as arguing that the moon being made of green cheese. This is a doctrine popular during the dark ages and partially responsible for keeping the people in their darkness. Many felt it was fruitless to use free will to change anything, as everything was already determined.

Next this reader tells me that my teachings on infinity are not in harmony with the Kybalion

I took a look at the Kybalion this evening which can be found at this website:

It is interesting that the Kybalion was supposed to be written by Hermes and some think he was Hermes.

I read some of the Kybalion and some commentary this evening and it says quite a few things in alignment with my teachings. Ironically, it says some things that run contrary to what some here have been teaching.

The text I read says:

“We do not wish to enter into a consideration of Free Will, or Determinism, in this work, for various reasons. Among the many reasons, is the principal one that neither side of the controversy is entirely right–in fact, both sides are partially right, according to the Hermetic Teachings.”

This is in harmony with what I have taught, that both extremes of this teaching are incorrect. Our predestination friend teaches the extreme that all, every detail, has been previously decided. The Kybalion says that this idea is only “partially right.” The other extreme, that nothing is determined or predictable, is also only “partially right.”

I agree with the Kybalion 100 percent on this.

This is also supported in this statement:

“And yet, do not make the mistake of supposing that Man is but a blind automaton–far from that. The Hermetic Teachings are that Man may use Law to overcome laws, and that the higher will always prevail against the lower, until at last he has reached the stage in which he seeks refuge in the LAW itself, and laughs the phenomenal laws to scorn. Are you able to grasp the inner meaning of this?”

As I started reading I saw a major contraction within the teachings of the Kybalion itself. It says this:

THE ALL is SPIRIT which in itself is UNKNOWABLE and UNDEFINABLE…

It thus says that the ALL is undefinable and then proceeds spending a good portion of the book defining it. It says it is unknowable and proceeds to explain it so we can know what it is.

If God or “the All” were truly unknowable and undefinable then it would be silly to define it as “infinite” as does the Kybalion. If it were truly undefinable and unknowable there is no way anyone could be consistent and define it as infinite or all knowing. All one could say is that he doesn’t know what the dickens it is, how big it is, how smart it is or any of its characteristics.

On the positive side I thought this statement from the Kybalion was good and in harmony with my teachings about God:

“Following the Principle of Correspondence, we are justified in considering that THE ALL creates the Universe MENTALLY, in a manner akin to the process whereby Man creates Mental Images. And, here is where the report of Reason tallies precisely with the report of the Illumined, as shown by their teachings and writings. Such are the teachings of the Wise Men. Such was the Teaching of Hermes. THE ALL can create in no other way except mentally, without either using material (and there is none to use), or else reproducing itself (which is also impossible). There is no escape from this conclusion of the Reason, which, as we have said, agrees with the highest teachings of the Illumined. Just as you, student, may create a Universe of your own in your mentality, so does THE ALL create Universes in its own Mentality.”

The writer uses the term “mentally” for want of a better word. I use the foundation word of Purpose and the Trinity of Purpose/Decision/Intelligence and Purpose/Light/love as it manifests in creation.

It says: “THE ALL can create in no other way except mentally, without either using material (and there is none to use).

This is in harmony with my teachings that matter has no solid material but is only Purpose in vibration. I have also said that man’s imagination is a reflection of God’s imagination and we both use this principle to create. The main difference is that ‘we cannot out imagine God’ and thus what is unlimited with God appears infinite to the human point of view.”

It says: “Just as you, student, may create a Universe of your own in your mentality, so does THE ALL create Universes in its own Mentality.”

I can see why a reader thought I may have taken a few things from this book as this is a principle I endorse.

My critic says this: “Just like hot and cold is part of the same thing. With different degrees in between the two. There is no place where hot and cold starts or stops. There is no place where finite starts, and infinite stops.”

Actually, cold starts at minus 459 degrees Fahrenheit, and hot cannot exceed the temperature where particles vibrate faster than light. There is a beginning, end and middle to all things in the world of form including hot and cold.

Our friend continues with a number of objections to my teachings, some the result of misunderstanding. Here are some of my clarifications:

Objection: You believe God makes mistakes.

To deny there is such a thing as a mistake is to deny the reality in which we live. Would you call DaVinci ignorant because he made mistakes before he finished the Mona Lisa? Can you find a perfect world among the billions of stars?

Objection: You think God creates without knowing what will happen

God knows the end which he has imagined but does not know all the details in between, nor would any intelligent being want to know. Why would Leonardo want to know how many times he would have to relieve himself in the process of painting the Mona Lisa? Why would God want to know about all the times you scratched your armpit as you are assisting in manifesting a creation? It’s silly when you think about it.

Objection: No hinderance is possible with God.

But the Kybalion says God is unknowable, so how can you claim to know this and accept the book?

God’s will always manifest, but it works its way through many hindrances. Without such hindrances creation would be no fun and God would not even participate. Would you play Monopoly if you got the roll of the dice you wanted each time? No, you would not. Neither would God.

As God jumps into the game of creation and life through His reflections (us) He has to figure things out through us to manifest his will. It’s not that we are made the way we are on purpose. We have always been and are not created because (as the Kybalion says) THE ALL is in ALL. As creation manifests, we all have to plow with the horses we have until mastery is attained. This is verified by reality.

Objection: You think that God is without order .

I have never said God is without order. What makes things unpredictable is not chaos for chaos is fairly predictable. What makes things unpredictable is intelligence making decisions. Intelligence produces order, not chaos, and the decisions of one who is intelligent are the most difficult things to predict.

Example: Before World War II DK tells us that Christ and his Hierarchy thought they had the path of evolution into the new age figured out. Then an evil genius named Hitler made decisions that were not foreseen and created situations that caused the Hierarchy to reformulate many of their plans. We will still enter the new age as planned, but the path is different than anticipated.

Objection: You do not acknowledge that good and evil are two sides of the one polarity.

There is no such thing as two sides of a duality being the same polarity. By definition a polarity can only exist when the pull is to one side of the duality.

Dualities exist in our world, but are an illusion originating from a place where there are no polarities, except in t

Objection: There can be no problems where God’s will rules.

I would like to know where you get the idea that there can be no problems, no errors and no mistakes in life. This is not taught in the Kybalion or by any teacher of significance I can think of.

Yes, God’s will rules, but part of His will is to have a game with lots of pitfalls so he can enjoy the win in the end.

Objection: Scripture says that the son of man goes as it is written of him. That is another way of explaining predestination if you hadn’t noticed.

I do not notice. This has absolutely nothing to do with determinism as you teach it. There is no argument that some things can be predicted. The argument (perhaps you have not noticed) is whether everything down to the smallest detail can be predicted. In other words, it can be predicted that there will be a crime mentioned in tomorrow’s newspaper, but no one can email me the exact text of the details or tomorrow’s newspaper.

Objection: Your belief in a world beyond time and space is not logical

This is actually explained quite well in the Kybalion. It tells us that all things in form are created from the imagination of the mind of God. This mind does not exist in time and space, but creates it and incarnates within it.

From the Kybalion: “The Teacher instructs the student to form a Mental Image of something, a person, an idea, something having a mental form, the favorite example being that of the author or dramatist forming an idea of his characters; or a painter or sculptor forming an image of an ideal that he wishes to express by his art. In each case, the student will find that while the image has its existence, and being, solely within his own mind, yet he, the student, author, dramatist, painter, or sculptor, is, in a sense, immanent in; remaining within; or abiding within, the mental image also. In other words, the entire virtue, life, spirit, of reality in the mental image is derived from the ‘immanent mind” of the thinker. Consider this for a moment, until the idea is grasped.

“To take a modern example, let us say that Othello, Iago, Hamlet, Lear, Richard III, existed merely in the mind of Shakespeare, at the time of their conception or creation. And yet, Shakespeare also existed within each of these characters, giving them their vitality, spirit, and action.”

Objection: How could a formless world even exist? If there is no form there is nothing, right?

Not quite. The lowest of the formless worlds is a world of essential ideas. Consider the song “Yesterday” by the Beatles. Even before the formation of the Beatles, the essence of the song existed beyond time and space as an idea in the mind of God. As an essential idea it had no form. Then Lennon and McCartney tuned into this formless idea and brought it down into time and space and clothed it with vibration, vinyl and sheet music.

If every piece of form representing this song in this world were destroyed the essential idea would still exist in the formless worlds and take form again somewhere, sometime.

Look at your computer, a coffee cup, your watch… These are all ideas clothed in form. The idea behind each form (including your body) is eternal and exists in the higher worlds and is experienced by pure life energy, which resides there.

To tap into the formless worlds, we must go beyond consciousness in time and space and identify with essential life energy which is one with all other lives in a world of ideas. Actually, living there beyond time and space is beyond regular human consciousness. The best we can do is tap into these higher worlds and bring some inspired ideas from on high down to human consciousness.

I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish that He didn’t trust me so much. Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997)

June 17, 2006

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Principles of Discovery – Part 6

Principles of Discovery – Part 6
The Process of Elimination

Another instrument in the discovery of truth is the Process of Elimination. How do you suppose this principle works? Have you used it yourself to discover truth? Many of us have used this in the game “Twenty Questions.”

Whatever the case this is an important principle of discovery.

Remember the test I gave the group some time ago to guess which one digit number I had in my mind? Since no one was psychic enough to get it they had to use the process of elimination. The group assumed that there were ten one-digit numbers which are 0123456789. After half of them were eliminated, the group ceased using the guessed numbers as possibilities. They were removed through the process of elimination.

Finally, there were two numbers left and then one. Surely the number left was it, but I still said no. None of the ten guessed was what I had written down. The group went into deep meditation (a guess). Since there are ten one-digit numbers and they had guessed them all and none of them was the number then the truth may not have been as obvious as it seemed. Could there be more than ten one-digit numbers, someone finally mused?

Finally, someone used the process of elimination correctly and eliminated all positive numbers from the equation and realized that the answer could be a negative number. After the ten standard digits were eliminated, the group realized that there were nine negative digits that no one had considered yet. In other words, the process of elimination made them consider a possibility that otherwise would have never been looked at.

Finally, when the group realized they were on the right track it was only a short time through the use of the process of elimination that the correct digit was picked. As I remember, it was minus 2.

The interesting thing is that we have a number of psychics in this group, but as it turned out the process of elimination proved more reliable than ESP.

The truly accurate psychic is indeed a rare thing, but if we can, through the use of mind, logically eliminate certain items as false this leads us, with great accuracy, toward the truth. Any time the seeker has a chance to eliminate a piece of data as false he must rule it out no matter how much it goes against his belief system.

Any scientists who honestly uses the process of elimination must admit that there is a God, or at the least a higher intelligence than man. All he has to do is study the human cell and ask: Could this have been created with no guiding intelligence? Anyone using the process of elimination must admit that a creation a million times more complicated than the Mac I am staring at had to be created by some guiding hand or Purpose.

The atheist scientist illustrates one of the problems with this principle of truth. An item that must be eliminated from the equation can stare many of us in the face, yet we refuse to eliminate it.

If the prophet Rambalana takes his believers to a mountain top time after time to be picked up by Zor and his spaceship and nothing happens, the time should come that the believer would eliminate Zor and Rambalana from the equation of truth.

The sad fact is that even when that which is obviously false appears, the believer continues to believe instead of eliminate.

Take the Jehovah’s Witnesses for instance. One of the founders named Charles T. Russel predicted the return of Christ in the late 1800’s. When he didn’t show up he moved the date ahead. When he didn’t show up again the followers still did not use the process of elimination. Russel took advantage of that belief and moved the date ahead again to 1914.

Well, 1914 came and went but still no Jesus appeared in the clouds. Russel himself refused to eliminate this final date as being wrong and concluded that Jesus did come in 1914, but he just came invisibly and no one saw him. Thus, if I understand the current Jehovah’s Witness doctrine, they still to this day have not eliminated 1914 as the arrival date and accept this as the year of the coming of the Lord.

I personally grew up in an alcoholic family and pretty much fended for myself and my little sister as a kid. I eliminated my parent’s lifestyle as a desirable way of life and became active in the Mormon Church as a teenager. Then, using this same process of elimination, years later I eliminated certain teachings within the church, such as strong infallible authority, as being anti-spiritual and moved on to greater vistas of learning.

“All we can do is to train aspirants in recognized group requirements. We must also point out to them the dangers of mental pride, detail to them their personality limitations and the difficulties of true spiritual leadership, and then plead with them to mind their own business where each other is concerned and ask them to serve the human race; this of course means, incidentally, serving the Hierarchy and thus demonstrate their ability to work within an Ashram. Disciples-in the earlier stages-are apt to be didactic; they like to express in words their profound understanding of occult truth and thereby, in reality, establish their superiority over non-esoteric students, and in so doing (again incidentally) antagonise those they otherwise could help. They like to show their unique familiarity with hierarchical principles but, as they are not yet living those principles, they hinder more than they can help; at the same time, through self-discovery, they learn much thereby. They believe that in expressing their knowledge of petty and unimportant details anent the lives and methods of the Masters, a high point of spiritual understanding and development is thereby indicated. This is not by any means the case. In the last analysis, it indicates a superficial sense of false values, and seventy per cent of their information is wrong and of no importance.” DK – Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 2 Pages 108-109

June 16, 2006

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God’s Will

God’s Will

Question: What is not the will of god? If something is not the will of God. How does it even exist?

What you are describing as the will of god, is just part of what God already exists as.

One thing that is predictable is where you are going with this. We know you have the belief that everything is happening now and all is as it should be, that we live in a perfect universe and even a woman being raped should appreciate God’s will being carried out on her.

The fact that you see a rape or murder as part of God’s perfect will should make you aware that something is wrong with your belief system. Unfortunately, it does not faze you. You think that it was God that decided the woman needed to be raped. If you look around at all he has decided (in your opinion) such as Saddam Hussein running people through a meat grinder then God must be as pretty mean guy. Maybe going to heaven would be a scary thing if you were correct.

That said, let me attempt to set this straight as far as this universe of time and space is concerned. The Ancient Wisdom revealed by DK tells us that God’s will in the present is that which moves us toward the manifestation of love. Therefore, that which moves us forward in the manifestation of love, goodwill, peace on earth, friendship, unity, acceptance, inclusiveness and other aspects of love is within God’s will. That which moves us away from love runs contrary to his will.

Comment: You seem to imply it is somehow possible to not do gods will.

Yes, I do imply it. So did Jesus. His Lord’s Prayer tells us that God’s will is not yet done on earth as it is in heaven.

Question: How would it be possible to do something contrary to God’s will

Real easy. Just pick something contrary to God’s will and choose to do it. Killing your neighbor’s dog should do the trick.

We must take note that nothing resists the will of God in the higher formless worlds, but in this world of illusion a different reality is at play. Some teach that because this world is created by illusion, and that it is not even real in the eternal sense, that the true will of God is not even manifest here.

Our friend is saying that he sees that there would be no existence without form and motion within that form. He sees that from God’s point of view everything is happening at once, that there is no past or future even in the worlds of form.

When the Eternal Now is reached that state of being does not identify with form. There is no motion, time or space in this awareness.

He doesn’t think we can read tomorrow’s newspaper but thinks it is already printed. My contention is that if he is right someone should be able to read it.

Within this Eternal Now is no form, but the primordial undifferentiated substance from which all things spring.

Question: Is the real argument over predestination just semantics?

I don’t think so. Often the problem is semantics. Members will sometimes disagree with me just because of a different use of words and when we straighten out the communication, we wind up agreeing. The reader and I have a true disagreement. He thinks everything down to the tiniest detail has already been decided and brought into existence and is happening now. It appears to him that we are only in a small section of time and space because of the limitations of our consciousness.

I see the future as malleable yet the end of our evolution is pretty much set – like the end product of a blueprint is a house. In the building process though, many unexpected events occur.

I think our friend has done a good job in arguing his point, a point that can never be proven or disproved with the concrete mind. I’m sure he must have generated a few new brain cells in the process.

Now if we examine the dialog representing the reader’s view many would think he is in la la land if one thinks a judge would listen to anyone accused of rape who insist that the woman was raped for her own good. We need to use a realistic dialog that could occur in the real world if we want to convince anyone.

Consider a person who decides to design and build his own home. He works many hours and makes many corrections in the design. He’s just about done and spills coffee right in the middle of it and has to recreate it. His corrected mistakes, which were not a part of his design, did not deter him from finishing it. When the design was complete he did not see the mistakes as being anything that made the design perfect. Instead, he saw them as problems that caused delay, but not discouragement.

Next he decides to physically build the house. As he starts, a neighbor comes to him and tells him the house is already built. The builder gets such a good laugh out of this that he loses an hour of work that day because his mind is distracted. As he works away the next day, he hits his hand with a hammer and walks back and forth letting out a few choice words. The neighbor approaches him again and tells him to be of good cheer. His house is already built and hitting his thumb was part of the plan. It is good, as well as necessary, this happened.

“I drew up the plans myself and believe me it was not part of any plan,” said the builder. “What are you trying to do, irritate me?”

The next day a thief came on his property and stole some of his tools. Again, the builder was upset and this was noticed by the neighbor who approached him and said, “Friend, this theft is a part of a great plan designed for your good. Your house could not be perfect unless you went through this experience.”

The builder felt like slapping some sense in the neighbor but constrained himself. “I’ll tell you what this theft did,” he replied. “It has cost me time and money and delayed the building of my house. This thief has done nothing to add to the perfection of anything as far as I am concerned.”

“Wait and see,” said the neighbor.

Everything went pretty smoothly until it was time to paint. The builder hired a man to paint the house while he went fishing for a few days. When he returned he was aghast to discover that the man had painted the house the wrong color. As he was walking back and forth saying more choice words, the neighbor approached him again.

“So the painter got the wrong color? It would help if you understood that this bright pink is just part of a greater plan on the road to your perfect house and perfect enjoyment thereof.”

Again, the man constrained himself.

The painter skipped town and the builder couldn’t afford to hire another so he finished the job himself. It took him a week to scrape off the pink paint and change the color.

Finally, he was done. The house looked just like he had planned. He stood back and admired his work. As he was doing this the neighbor approached him again and said:

“See. It’s worked out just like I said.”

“What in the hell are you talking about?”

“Your house is now perfect,” said the neighbor. “All those things you thought were mistakes were just part of a plan to create a perfect house for yourself.”

The builder was incredulous at the man’s audacity. “Those mistakes did nothing to add to any perfection. The perfection was achieved in spite of them. All they did was cost me time and money. If they didn’t happen I could have moved in some time ago and would have money left over for landscaping. I’ll still get the landscaping done. I’ll just have to save up some more money.”

“You just don’t understand the great plan behind all things,” said the neighbor. “If you did you would see I am correct. You needed to see your house as bright pink before you could really enjoy it now.”

The builder was astonished at the smugness of the neighbor and decided to give him some of his own medicine. He bought a dog that barked like crazy throughout the night. During the second night of barking the neighbor knocked on the door and said. “That dog is driving me crazy. Please shut him up.”

The builder replied, “I have been thinking about your philosophy and have concluded that this barking dog is perfect for both of us. His barking is music to my ears and it is also part of the perfect plan that he drives you crazy so you get no sleep. You need to be driven crazy.”

The neighbor cursed the builder but his cursing was music to the builder’s ears. He encouraged his dog to bark all the more, especially at night. Maybe the neighbor would finally get it into his head that some events are not a part of a master plan, but just temporary distractions we pass through on the way to reaching our goals.

Jesus said: “The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.” Matthew 26:24

Obviously, we are better off avoiding really bad mistakes if some are so bad it would be better if we had not been born in order to avoid them.

“If winning isn’t everything, why do they keep score?” Vince Lombardi (1913 – 1970)

June 13, 2006

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Principles of Discovery, Part 5

Principles of Discovery, Part 5
The Seven Perceptions of Will

Let us return to this scripture:

“Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” John 7:16-17

What principle was the Master teaching here and how can we use it in the discovery or confirmation or truth?

Perhaps some additional questions will get us going here.

Where do we look to find the will of God?

How is following our perception of the will of God a test that proves the perception true or false?

We are also told that “By their fruits you shall know them.” What does this mean and how is it a guide to the discovery of truth? What are the different fruits?

It is inevitable that those who have a genuine love of truth and its application will display fruitful characteristics in their lives.

When Jesus was talking about knowing them by their fruits, he was saying that “false prophets” bear bad fruit and genuine teachers bear good fruit. As he taught, people were amazed at his wisdom and his teaching them as “one having authority…not as their scribes.” In other words, he displayed good fruit, the hallmark of someone people could listen to with confidence.

One of the ways of discovering truth is to identify teachers who bear good fruit and to listen to what they have to say. Unfortunately, this gift is missing from the lives of those who feel they don’t need a teacher or who are not ready to listen.

If a teacher’s creations result from his decisions and represent God’s will, then it makes sense to say that to him the will of God is the highest unselfish good he can perceive within which he acts. If he follows this inner perception of the omnipresent will, his creations will, on some level, make the world, both his and those around him, a better place. It will solve and free up instead of weighing down or complicating, bringing unity and power through harmonizing of diversity. Whatever he wills, will be consistent with God’s will in that moment of time and space.

Jesus basically told us that if we “do” God’s will two things will happen:

[1] We will “know of the doctrine.” In other words, we will discover whether or not the teachings are true.

[2] “…whether I speak of myself.” We will know whether the teacher just speaks for himself out of his own imagination or whether he speaks for one higher than he.

Question: What do we have to do to be able to have these two gifts of discernment?

Answer: We must “do his will.”

Notice what the injunction does not say. It does not say “believe his will,” or “think his will.” It does not say “preach his will,” or “write his will,” but “do.”

Do what?

”I’d love to know what God, Christ or a Master has for me to do, but I just haven’t heard any voices lately,” says the seeker.

Actually, you do not have to receive a divine revelation to know the will of God for there are always parts of the divine will that all can perceive. Then when that which we perceive is followed additional will is sensed and additional truth is also perceived.

Try and name three or more things the average seeker would correctly perceive as the will of God – that all of us should “do” so the truth can be known.

The Seven Perceptions of Will:

There is a revelatory principle behind the perception of the will of God and that is this. All of us can perceive some aspect of that Will and when it is perceived and followed a higher aspect will be given. Then when we follow that aspect, something higher still will be given. All of us (except a handful of Dark Brothers who have completely denied the light within) perceive a part of the Divine Will as it applies to us and are struggling to harmonize with it.

[1] The first perception of the Will that most of humanity understands in one degree or another is Love, perhaps best expressed in the statement of the Master: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Even the hardened atheist or skeptical agnostic accepts this concept as a good idea to incorporate into their lives.

Most of us know within ourselves that it is better to love and to give than to think of only self, and when this aspect of the will is followed to the satisfaction of the Spirit within, the person receives more light which is poured in through the soul.

Forget about being judgmental here and condemning others as being ignorant of true love. Each person has a different degree of understanding on it, but we must recognize that each normal person has an inner compass that points him in the direction of love, if he will seek it.

[2] The second one is: Good Will and Friendship.

Extending good will to all and the hand of friendship to all who need it is considered a good thing to do in the minds of all who are sensitive to any kind of positive direction and this action is within the grasp of us all.

[3] Practice telling the truth or non-deception. The interesting thing about this is non-deception is definitely within the will of God yet one does not have to be spiritually minded to appreciate this quality. Even the biggest scoundrel likes to be told the truth; the difficult thing is telling the truth ourselves. We want the truth told to us, but many find it difficult to practice honesty as we want it given to us.

[4] Work toward perfection. All of us sense that we can do better and that we should be taking steps to improve ourselves.

[5] Be responsible for your actions and for your families.

[6] Promote and advocate the principle of liberty and free will.

[7] Take reasonable care of yourself, those within the realm of your responsibility and the planet earth so future generations will have a pleasant place to live.

Just run these seven concepts by the average person and ask him if he thinks they are all good things to do and the chances are that he will say yes, even if he has no interest in the spiritual path. They have no great mystery behind them, but every thinking person will admit that if there is a God, and God is good, then these things would be within His Will.

The trouble is that many are seeking some divine calling to fulfill the will of God when all humanity already has these seven before us and many of us are miserably failing to follow the highest we know concerning them. But when we do follow these seven with devotion, the eighth stands revealed.

[8] And what is that? It is Service. But one may ask, doesn’t everyone believe that service is a good thing? Not really. The masses do not understand service as it is expressed in the Will of God. We all understand service for pay or even praise, but only a small number understand selfless service as it relates to the good of the whole. The correct feeling on this matter is a reward given to those who have followed the highest they know in the seven principles mentioned above.

[9] When selfless service is accepted by the seeker and becomes a real plan of action for him on the physical plane he then can share in the Will of God that is projected to His reflections and this is the Peace of God. True selfless service brings forth the revelation of this Peace. This Peace is sensed by all those who diligently strive to follow the highest that they know.

After the pilgrim serves and comes to the Peace then a specific aspect of the will of God will be revealed or presented before him in some way. He will become aware of a Plan with aspects higher than he has understood in the past. Nevertheless, he will sense that the Plan is from higher intelligence than himself and great joy is available to those that participate in it. He realizes that he is only one part of many participating units, but his part is unique and he begins to sense and understand his role that he is to play. When he understands this role and acts it out, he will be treading the path of great joy. If he seeks the role of another instead of his own, he will sound a note off key and become out of harmony with his brothers in service.

Let us return to the scripture under consideration:

“Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” John 7:16-17

All of us have within ourselves the capacity to recognize at least seven aspects of the Will of God and if we follow all of the Will of God that we understand then we will have the power to recognize teachers who are in harmony with that Will and we will be given a sensitivity to the truth so we will know whether or not the principles the teacher teaches is true.

The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end. Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811 – 1896)

June 12, 2006

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The Root of the Problem

The Root of the Problem

Contemplating any train of thought and bouncing it off another with different beliefs will normally yield some light and knowledge of some sort. The real question is as to whether the time spent on a detour is as productive as the pre-established road. Sometimes it is and other times it is not.

What is interesting about the recent argument is that it is one of the few that has not been presented before. In a way this is odd because many new agers believe that everything is preplanned. If something unusual happens to them you will often hear them say, “Well, I guess it was just supposed to be.” On the other hand, I’ve never met one that wants to argue the subject or even present logical reasoning as to why they believe this to be true.

While it is true that there are some things that are supposed to be, because they have already been decided, there are many things not decided in advance that happen just because we made them happen through free will.

To resolve any argument, one has to first discover the core difference and deal with it. Dealing with the branches, as we have been doing, never leads to resolution, but sometimes the branches lead to the root.

Here is the root of the problem.

Our friend believes that all springs from infinity. He doesn’t make clear whether he means God, Infinite intelligence or what, but he does tell us that infinity has every detail that has ever happened or will ever happen in the universe all constructed and that it is here now. It is set and cannot be changed. Everything in infinity has already happened.

Within this construct he says we have free will and choice, but it just so happens that whatever we choose is exactly, to the smallest detail, what has already predetermined in infinity.

He maintains that a cause cannot cause itself. This is logical to a degree, but something caused our extremely complicated DNA to manifest. Was it a causeless cause or a cause, causing itself?

That which is responsible for all creation is either a cause causing itself to do things or a causeless cause. Which is it?

To understand we must look at the causes and effects in creation and ask ourselves what they are…

When we look at creation we think we are looking into the present. By normal definition this is true and I also use the word present for simplicities sake.

The truth is we never see the present, but always see the past. The past is the only thing that can be registered by our consciousness.

Consider this, that it takes about a 64th of a second to pass for us to be able to perceive that any event has occurred and within this quantum of time lies an eternity as taught at the end of my book, Eternal Words.

It takes about a second of time to pass for us to be able to consciously register that any event has occurred. It was not by accident that the ancients gave the smallest unit of time as a second. We can perceive things more quickly than a second, but registering them is another matter.

Now what would happen if we were able to perceive all things and saw the true present? What would we see?

The answer is we would see nothing?

Nothing? Why?

Because all form is caused by motion and that which seems solid is not solid but caused by other motions of wavelengths. If all motions of all waves were stilled there would be nothing to see. This would be the true present.

But would there be nothing? Is all this form created from nothing?

Yes and no.

As far as something in the way the world thinks of as something, all is created from nothing. But the world does not realize within that which we call nothing, lies something and that something is the Original Cause behind all there is.

Within this Original cause is Decision, Intelligence and Purpose manifesting through an eternal interplay of cause and effect.

Divine Purpose created from its essence the illusion of the wavelength and from wavelengths it created all form, time and space.

If all creation were the result of simple multiplication of Original Cause, then a high degree of predictability of even small details would be possible. But because Original Cause is duplicated and endowed with intelligence and free will, the future is not set in many of its details. The unpredictability of many future events is not caused by randomness, but it’s opposite. It is caused by intelligent intervention to create that which is not random. The direction of an intelligent decision can often not be predicted in advance. An intelligence coming to three paths of equal value will often pick one for reasons that even it did not know in advance.

Entropy is cause playing itself out without the interference of outside intelligence. A radioactive element can thus disintegrate and its stages of decay are close to 100 percent predictable until intelligence is applied to change its makeup. How and when the intelligence is going to be applied, or the creative process, is not predictable as is the process of decay.

Intelligence, free will and purpose are not predictable in detail because they exist outside the illusion of time and space yet create all the causes in time and space. They are masters of form and originate new cause. Existing cause can be measured and the effects known but all the manifestations of intelligence that will initiate cause cannot be measured, nor predicted.

The future is much like the present, only longer. Dan Quisenberry

June 12, 2006

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Predicting the Future

Predicting the Future

Some are still insisting the future is exactly set. One reader tells us that predictive astrology proves this.

I have studied astrology and even did it professionally for a while. You can only predict cycles and influences, but rarely the details. And when using predictive astrology, it only works consistently with average people. As DK says, it does not work well with soul infused people because they have a more advanced power of decision and are not so predictable as to how they will respond to influences.

Then the reader mentioned the prediction by Jesus of the betrayal of Peter denying him and says “If one thing can be predicted with certainty. All things can be.”

Not so. I can and have predicted the decisions of many people including some of yours (privately to myself). You can predict some of mine, such as whether I will respond to a post, but you cannot predict them all because many are not decided yet. The future is the future and only generalities are available to us in the present.

A Master can make some amazing predictions, but still cannot see all things.

The apostle Paul thought the end of the world was coming in his age and he was a high initiate.

If one knew all the forces at play in the sea, earth, moon, sun, planets, ethers and air one could watch the seashore and predict with a massive computer many of the effects that would transpire.

Imagine such a one spending a lifetime programming data into his computer and then watching with some smugness some of his predictions of effects coming true.

He is proud of himself until a child comes along and DECIDES to build a sandcastle. The computer prophet panics. First there was no data in his computer that could predict the time of the child’s arrival. Secondly, he is frustrated about the type of castle the child will decide to build.

As the child starts to build the man attempts to predict exactly what the structure will look like. As he is in the middle of doing this the child gets up with his pail and walks a few feet to an area where there is white instead of brown sand. He fills his pail with this and begins to enhance the beauty of his castle with a different colored sand.

The man is beside himself. “What could I have ever put in the computer that would have told me that the kid would get up, move to another spot and select a different type of sand to decorate his castle?

If a great computer programmer and mathematician cannot predict subtle decisions of a child, then how much more impossible would be the predicting of the decisions of a disciple or a master?

Reality does not support the predestination view. If it did then at least one person out of the billions of people on the planet could read tomorrows newspaper today. They could even read a paper from a billion years into the future.

Whycling to a belief that cannot be demonstrated or have any effect outside of being a distraction from the reality in which we find ourselves?

We might take note that big supporters of this belief  are astral channelers. The Masters of Wisdom have never said anything that I recall that supports it but have always placed great emphasis on free will and becoming masters of our destinies.

Here is an interesting quote from Madame Blavatsky:

“Only, the closer the union between the mortal reflection MAN and his celestial PROTOTYPE, the less dangerous the external conditions and subsequent reincarnations — which neither Buddhas nor Christs can escape. This is not superstition, least of all is it Fatalism. The latter implies a blind course of some still blinder power, and man is a free agent during his stay on earth. He cannot escape his ruling Destiny, but he has the choice of two paths that lead him in that direction, and he can reach the goal of misery — if such is decreed to him, either in the snowy white robes of the Martyr, or in the soiled garments of a volunteer in the iniquitous course; for, there are external and internal conditions which affect the determination of our will upon our actions, and it is in our power to follow either of the two. Those who believe in Karma have to believe in destiny, which, from birth to death, every man is weaving thread by thread around himself, as a spider does its cobweb; and this destiny is guided either by the heavenly voice of the invisible prototype outside of us, or by our more intimate astral, or inner man, who is but too often the evil genius of the embodied entity called man. Both these lead on the outward man, but one of them must prevail; and from the very beginning of the invisible affray the stern and implacable law of compensation steps in and takes its course, faithfully following the fluctuations. When the last strand is woven, and man is seemingly enwrapped in the net-work of his own doing, then he finds himself completely under the empire of this self-made destiny. It then either fixes him like the inert shell against the immovable rock, or carries him away like a feather in a whirlwind raised by his own actions, and this is — KARMA.” Secret Doctrine, Vol. 1, Page 639

Then a reader quotes this as proof of predestination:

“Everything that happens in this world, happens at the time god chooses. He sets the time for birth, and the time for death. Time for planting, and time for pulling out, the time for killing and the time for healing, the time for tearing down, and the time for building.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-3

The first problem here is he have used a quite distorted translation. I don’t know what version he is using, but it is obviously made to be easy reading and not for accuracy. The King James, which has its faults, is much more accurate.

It says: “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

There are two words here that help us understand what Solomon is saying which are “season” and “time.”

Season comes from the Hebrew ZeMAN

Time comes from: ETH

ZeMAN is usually translated as “season” implying a cyclic occurrence and ETH is almost always translated as “time” implying an event within time but not necessarily within a cycle, as with a season.

“To every purpose” comes from, CHEPHETS and has little to do with purpose. It implies a pleasurable desire or activity–or that which is important to us. The verse is basically saying that there are cycles and times within which all that we consider important occurs.

Then he goes on to tell us that there is a right time and a place for everything of importance in the lives of men to occur.

I’ve quoted this scripture many times, as it supports my teachings that there is an exception to every rule and a time to act contrary to the norm.

The odd translation quoted adds in words that are not in the Hebrew such as “happens at the time god chooses,” “he sets,” and “he has set…” Obviously the translator believed in predestination, and this caused his biased translating.

This is evident in this verse quoted:

“He has set the time right for everything. He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does.”

Let us go through this and come as close as we can to the true meaning.

”He has set the time right for everything.”

This is way off. The old King James is much closer, “He hath made everything beautiful in his time.”

Reader’s translation: “He has given us a desire to know the future, but never gives us the satisfaction of fully understanding what he does.”

The King James version reads: “he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”

Neither one of these is that accurate as a key word is mistranslated in both of them. The Hebrew OWLAM is translated “future” in the quote and “world” in the King James. It is most often rendered as “everlasting” and implies, not so much eternity, as a long period of time or perpetual.

So what is this verse really saying? Here is how I would translate it:

“He has given man a sense of his immortality in his heart, but even so he cannot discover the beginning or end of God’s works.”

Finally, this scriptures is stressed as proof of predestination:

“Whatever happens or can happen has already happened before. God makes the same thing happen again and again.” Verse 15

This scripture merely elucidates the general principle of cycles as used in the modern truism, “history repeats itself.”

I’m surprised you did not quote this one:

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9

Each scripture must be examined in its context as well as in relation to other scriptures and, most of all, with the spirit within through the soul for no written word is infallible.

For instance, other scriptures talk of new things under the sun:

* And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. Revelation 21:5

* Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19

* For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. Isaiah 65:17

* “…and I will write upon him my new name.” Revelation 13:12

* And they sung a new song. Revelation 5:9

Indeed there are cycles where history repeats itself and then there are “new” things which are not an exact repeat.

Perhaps another earned authority will help here, our old friend DK:

“It is wise for human beings to realise that mankind is free. Even the Hierarchy Itself does not know which forces-those of good or those of evil-will ultimately prevail because even if the forces of good triumph where the war is concerned, will they triumph where the peace is concerned? Good must ultimately triumph but the Hierarchy does not know what the immediate future holds for humanity because men determine their own destiny.” Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, page 74

Then we have this: “I have now definitely decided to disband the New Seed Group. My experiment in reorganising the earlier groups into one large group has not succeeded. I have told you frequently that the Hierarchy itself does not know what decisions humanity will make in world affairs, or if mankind will profit from proffered opportunity. Equally so, the Master of an Ashram does not know what “disciples on the periphery” of an Ashram will do, because their training and testing is only in process.”

Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 2, page 74

While it is true that there are complexities to time and space (of which I have written much) we must not ignore the reality which is right in front of us.

As DK says: “It is wise for human beings to realise that mankind is free… The Hierarchy does not know what the immediate future holds for humanity because men determine their own destiny.” Discipleship in the New Age: Vol I, Page 74

It pays to be obvious, especially if you have a reputation for subtlety. Isaac Asimov (1920 – 1992)

June 10, 2006

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Principles of Discovery, Part 4

 

Principles of Discovery, Part 4

“Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me. If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” John 7:16-17

What principle was the Master teaching here and how can we use it in the discovery or confirmation or truth?

Perhaps some additional questions will get us going here.

Where do we look to find the will of God?

How is following our perception of the will of God a test that proves the perception true or false?

We are also told that “By their fruits you shall know them.” What does this mean and how is it a guide to the discovery of truth? What are the different fruits?

A student writes: “I love this concept of discovering truth without the aid of soul contact. Now, I know for a fact that I do not possess soul contact. I am extremely envious of everybody in this group who is in possession of this rare pearl of wisdom.”

Don’t write yourself off so easily. Soul contact reaches down through several reflections. Most of us have received some type of impression either directly from the soul or reflected through our mental or astral (emotional) bodies. Have you ever had a gut feeling to do or not to do a thing? Have you ever had an idea flash into your mind that just seemed right to you? Paying attention to these subtle impressions are guides that leads you to the still small voice, so still and so small (a zero point) that you will wonder if it is your imagination working overtime.

But then if you have faith in this voice and follow it, eventually the voice will seem as strong as a rushing of mighty waters and you will come into the oneness principle and know that you are never alone for you always have before you an association with others of higher consciousness who are one with the Voice.

Question: How about using soul contact to figure out whether the “Shroud of Turin” is the genuine article or not?

Actually, the soul speaks in the language of principles and not data. Remember the principle of principles.

“A principle can reveal thousands of facts, but it takes thousands of facts to understand one principle.” Unless a person is an adept at reading the Akashic records correctly (many read them incorrectly) even one with soul contact must use the same process of discovering the truth about the shroud as the average guy. Even if one has contact with the Brotherhood, he will not have the information handed over to him unless he first does all he can on his own to discover the truth, and even then, the revelation must fulfill some purpose, not just idol curiosity.

A lot of research has been done on the shroud and various conclusions have been reached. If one with strong soul contact were to study all the data it is possible that he could follow some guiding principles until he receives an inner confirmation of the truth.

To be honest, I have not investigated it in depth for it is not a high priority on my list at present.

A reader wants to know what the principles of discovery could reveal about the star system of Sirius which is the center of much speculation lately because of its alignment with the pyramids.

Let us take the information we have from science and see what we can discern about Sirius through the application of the Principle of the Law of Correspondences.

Sirius is about 8.7 light years away and is a double star, or possible triple star. The main star (Sirius A) has twice the mass of our sun but is 30 times as bright. A planet there with physical life like us would have to be about as far away from Sirius as Jupiter is from our Sun or they would be scorched to death.

The double star (Sirius B) is a dying Sun (white dwarf) of about average mass that has 10,000 times less light than the main Sun.

The two suns circle around each other over a 50 year period.

From the writings of the Brotherhood, we know that they have a strong presence on this system; therefore, we can assume that there would be planets there. We are also told that the life there has evolved much differently than here and the kingdoms as we know them (vegetable, animal, human) do not exist there but life exists in some other form, according to DK. Not much more is given.

Now let us take what we have learned from what is readily available and see how far we can go. The two suns are quite a distance from each other, further away than Uranus is from earth. Sirius B is a little smaller than earth, but gives off its own light, but much less than a regular sun. If one were to dwell on a planet situated between the two suns the main star would be about as bright as our sun, but the second star would just be a very bright point of light, bright enough to give a dim light to the planet at night. Very little heat would reach it.

If we were to use the model of our solar system, we may guess that the large mass of these two suns would suggest 24 or more planetary bodies. But something overlooked by many new agers is that Sirius is a young system compared to ours. Sirius is estimated to be 230 million years old, born in the days of our dinosaurs; whereas our sun is 4.6 billion years of age or a whopping 20 times the age of Sirius. The total lifespan of Sirius is projected to be about a billion years; therefore, it is not likely to have the time to evolve earthlike planets with kingdoms such as ours, though most likely some planets will be there. Most likely there may be gaseous planets like Jupiter and Saturn.

The first step in discovering truth beyond our senses is to first absorb what we currently know. If one were to take in all we know about Sirius and contemplate until a point of tension is reached one could receive more valid information through the soul. All I have provided here are seed thoughts.

This leads us to a seventh principle of discovery:

Gather all the reliable information you can about a subject of interest and try and see the principles suggested by the data. Then draw conclusions and run the conclusions by your soul and see if you receive a response.

Some things have to be believed to be seen. Ralph Hodgson, on ESPN

June 8, 2006

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