Subduing the Ego

Subduing the Ego

“And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.” Rev 20:1

After humanity is enlightened enough to discern true authority from false authority to the extent that false authority can no longer take the place of the inner spirit of God that is within us, “an angel came down from heaven.”

Again, the angel is a messenger, but a very special and powerful one who brings with him higher consciousness (heaven) and represents the Ancient of Days to fulfill the following prophesy of Daniel:

“I beheld, and the same horn (Beast) made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” Dan 7:21-22

The Ancient of Days is unlikely to come in person in the coming age, but most likely will overshadow a disciple. This will enable this person to work with great power upon the earth. Just as Christ works with love and wisdom, as has no other, even so will this messenger wield great power for the good of humanity.

“…having the key of the bottomless pit”

As explained earlier, the bottomless pit refers to the emotional/astral world. The reason the Beast had such great power to deceive is because emotion, rather than reason, governs so many. This messenger has the “key” to this bottomless pit. In other words, part of his great power is mastery of the emotional world. He is not only master of the emotions within himself (as all advanced disciples are) but he can direct the emotional attention of humanity toward that which is real, rather than that which deceives.

To this day, no one has ever been able to do this, but this scripture tells us that such a day will come.

And he had “a great chain in his hand.”

This emphasizes the power that this future messenger will hold. He will need all possible power to fulfill the next verse:

“And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,” Rev 20:2

The spreading on the earth of the consciousness of Christ neutralizes the Beast and his agents (the false prophets), but they will soon return if their source of power is not also bound. This powerful messenger realizes that he must go after the source and slay the Dragon, “that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan.”

The Dragon represents the lower ego, which receives power through the lower emotions. Unless the out-of-control egos of humanity are somehow checked this new deadly wound will again be healed and false authority will govern the world just as it did before. To prevent this he will take action:

“And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled:” Rev 20:3

To control the ego, one must control the emotions. The false ego originated in the bottomless pit of the emotional world. To prevent the ego from deceiving the world, the messenger teaches the people to recognize the source of the ego and directs the attention of the world toward high ideals to which the emotions can respond.

The realization of humanity that the emotions can all be directed toward brotherhood and unity sends the adversary of the love of Christ to the bottomless pit. When humanity then sees the difference between the world as it was – when ruled by the Dragon compared to universal brotherhood – something wonderful happens. The Dragon is shut up and sealed by the power of an awakened humanity.

This period of peace and higher awareness lasts for 1000 years. The time period may not be exact by any means; the number is to signify a long period of time.

“and after that he must be loosed a little season.”

Notice it does not say the Dragon or serpent was destroyed but was just imprisoned. After the cycle of brotherhood is complete, the desire for the ego will be reborn and many will again be captivated by a god without.

The Two Resurrections

“And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the Beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

“Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.” Rev 20:4-7

To understand these verses we must examine them as a whole. There are two groups of people here: those who escaped the mark of the Beast and endured whatever persecution necessary for the sake of truth, and those who did not stand up for truth and bore the mark.

The first group of the faithful is to come forth in the first resurrection and “live and reign with Christ for a thousand years.” The unfaithful are to come forth in the second or possibly later resurrection.

What are these two resurrections? They are described in the other famous book authored by John.

“The hour is coming in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” John 5:28-29

The word “damnation” is from one of the most mistranslated words in the Bible, the Greek word KRISIS.

Translators don’t quite seem to know how to handle it and have rendered it according to their bias rather than giving the actual meaning. In the King James Version it is translated as “accusation, condemnation, damnation, and judgment,” but none of these portray the word accurately.

The modern English word “crisis” (which is derived from the Greek word KRISIS) is a more accurate rendering than the Bible translations. The actual Greek word implies a decision that brings correction. It is hard to give the meaning of this word with one English word, but the word “correction” would probably be the closest.

We thus have a resurrection of life where people will experience the life of Christ manifested within and without. These are they who will be reborn on the earth when the Christ himself, or the presence of Christ working through disciples, will be here on a fairly peaceful and stable Earth.

The second resurrection will come after the New Age of Peace becomes somewhat shaky again. Then, those in need of correction will incarnate again into not-so-peaceful situations so they can learn their needed lessons and work off some of their negative karma.

We are told the faithful who reap the resurrection of life will receive numerous benefits as they return to life during the Age of Peace. Among them are:

(1) “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them.”

The thrones are the positions of power throughout the earth. Presently, and in past ages, most of them are held by those who worship personal power and the authority of the Beast. Finally, in the New Age, these positions will be held by the most enlightened who will govern with wisdom and judgment.

(2) “…they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”

They will go in and out of incarnation and find pasture during the Age of Peace where Christ consciousness dominates.

(3) “…they shall be priests of God and of Christ.”

They shall not only rule in the governments of Earth but shall be spiritual teachers and true servants of God and of humanity.

“And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,” Verse 7

Nothing good lasts forever in this round. After all the good souls have had a chance to enter the New Age, the not-so-good start incarnating again and causing trouble. This releases negative adversarial power that upsets the fragile balance that ensures peace and brotherhood.

I’ll be more enthusiastic about encouraging thinking outside the box when there’s evidence of any thinking going on inside it. Terry Pratchett

Sept 22, 2006

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Principles of Discovery, Part 16

Principles of Discovery, Part 16
Seed Thoughts

This is similar to the principle of planting and harvesting but different. In the previous principle the seeker experimented with truth by testing a belief through embracing it and testing the results.

A seed thought is not a belief. Instead, it is just a thought that is designed to stimulate and lead to more thought. As it leads to various lines and branches of thought the seeker then uses his soul to register whatever truth is exposed in that which comes forth.

Any phrase that stimulates additional thought can be a seed thought. A seed thought is basically any thought, sentence, phrase, or idea that you choose to focus on with contemplation over a period of time. Because all words are symbols of some truth all seed thoughts have the capacity to generate higher realization.

Some teachers have emphasized having a monthly seed thought and this is not a bad idea, but I recommend having at least three working out within you at all times.

  1. A seed thought around a great mystery that may take you a lifetime to solve.
  2. A seed thought around an idea that will bear fruit within a month or so.
  3. A seed thought around a concept that will reveal light in a short period of time.

Plant a seed thought in your mind and heart, and feed this thought with contemplation and meditation. Observe the fruit that comes forth, and accept that which is sweet and registers with your soul.

Here are six sample seed thoughts given out by DK to a disciple. He was to use one a month over a period of six months.

First month: Let the song of the soul be sounded forth by me, and the clear high notes bring peace and joy to others. My word today is Joy.

Second month: Let the quality of the soul be seen in me, the quality of love. It is a love which visions not the little forms of self, but the One Self in all. My quality today is self Forgetfulness.

Third month: Let the word of my soul go forth in strength to others. That word for me, in this short period of my life, is Understanding.

Fourth month: Let the vision of my mind be clear and sure; its outline true and real. That vision is one of mankind’s need, of suffering and of pain, for it is there in all the world. The key for me today is Service.

Fifth month: Let the glory of the Lord Who is my life, be seen. That glory is the glory of the One. Distinction and all differences fade away. The word that is for me the meaning of that life is Identification.

Sixth month: Let the actions of the soul be the motives of my daily life. I am that soul and unto that I dedicate myself. That soul is one in all my fellowmen and I am one with them. The keynote of the action of the soul is Sacrifice. Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, Page 565

These are more lengthy than other seed thoughts he gave out but they suffice to make the point.

Profound scriptures also make good seed thoughts.

Here are a couple good ones:

The truth shall make you free.

In righteousness does he judge and make war.

The kingdom of God is within.

Love never fails.

Except you become as a little child you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

I am the light of the world.


Pick a seed thought and contemplate it a few minutes three times a day and see what additional thoughts come from it. See if your soul recognizes some additional light from this. Do this for a few days and take note of your experience.

One more thing one can do to make use of this principle is to memorize on a regular basis. I memorized quite a few scriptures and what I saw as profound thoughts when I was younger. They have been invaluable to me over a lifetime. Sometimes twenty years after I memorized a phrase it will be passing through my mind and further light will come.

Here is the next principle: “Faith in the Dominating Good, or a belief that God is good.”

The realization that this is a true principle is a discovery of truth in itself, but when this truth gets firmly planted many other discoveries are possible.

How does this aid in the discovery of truth, one may ask.

When one realizes that good dominates, he can eliminate a common teaching that causes much illusion which is this. It is believed by many that good and evil are exact opposites – that they cancel each other out. But if evil cancelled out good then what would we have? There would be no room for joy and happiness.

The correspondence of the dominating good lies in the manifestation of the universe itself. Scientists tell us that in the beginning of the Big Bang that if positive and negative forces were exactly equal they would have cancelled each other out and nothing would have manifest – that we would have only empty space. Now most of the universe is apparently empty space, but if we look up in the sky, we see clumps of matter called stars and galaxies which were formed because of the dominance of one force over the other.

Now the universe is over 99.99 percent empty space so the dominating force barely tipped the scales, but that slight edge was enough to create all there is around us in all its beauty.

Even so, that which is good, which creates with intelligence, which moves us forward in our evolution dominates over mindless destruction and collapse of intelligent building and creation.

The realization of this principle is the beginning of faith. If one learns an ideal, which is good and desirable, then he can believe with certainty that sometime in the future the ideal will manifest. Will it manifest right away? Probably not, for the destructive forces are almost as powerful as the building ones. But because good dominates the disciple has faith that in the end the good will securely manifest.

For instance, the idea of peace on earth good will to man spoken 2000 years ago still seems impossible to many – but not to the faith of a disciple. The reason is the disciple knows that this good and beautiful ideal has to eventually manifest because in the end, good does dominate.

Good dominates because intelligence gravitates toward the good and seeks to manifest it. When intelligent activity is focused on an ideal then it is only a matter of time before it manifests and achieves relative perfection.

It is as hard to see one’s self as to look backwards without turning around. Henry David Thoreau

Sept 21, 2006

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The Lake of Fire

The Lake of Fire

“And the Beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the Beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.” Rev 19:20

We have two entities cast into the lake of fire. The first is the Beast and the second, the false prophet. To understand their situation, we must first examine the lake of fire.

Most believe that the lake of fire and brimstone is “hell” which the wicked will enter after death, but notice that the Beast and false prophet were not dead when they entered the lake, but “alive.” If they are alive then the lake of fire must be here among the living.

The word “fire” is from the Greek PUR, which can be translated as “fire, fiery, or lightening.” The word indicates a display of light and is a symbol of enlightenment.

“Burn” is from KAIO, which means “to set on fire”, or “to consume.”

‘“Brimstone” is an interesting word. It comes from THEION which is the neuter of THEIOS which in turn comes from THEOS. THEIOS is interpreted as “Godlike” or “divine”, and THEOS is “God.”

John is telling us that the Beast and the false prophet are to be cast into a situation where they encounter fire or light (disciples filled with light and love) burning with “brimstone” (the God within).

In this situation, the Beast and the false prophet will eventually be destroyed, and those governed by inner light will dominate in their place. All the sons of men will eventually become the Sons of God even as Jesus said: “Even so it is not the will of Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.” Matt 18:14

The lights, or the birds of heaven, will thus consume the flesh of the Beast so he no longer has a body of mindless followers in which to dominate. When unjust authority loses its hold on humanity, the Beast is naturally cast into the lake of fire where even he will see the error of his ways.

The false prophet represents those powers that support the wrong use of authority. These are the intellects who proclaim the authority of the Beast must not be questioned, or such a rebel will suffer and be punished to the fullest extent of the law. Those who support the unjust authority of the Beast are in every field – science, law, education, medicine, unions, religion, politics etc.

Let me just give one example of how the false prophet works:

Wilhem Reich attained some prominence as a psychiatrist, author and psychoanalyst, and even had an association with Sigmund Freud in the 1920’s.

He later left his field and entered the field of healing where he had no recognized authority by the Beast and came up with some innovating thinking which led to his creation of a device called an orgone accumulator.  This device was supposed to draw a universal healing energy to restore a patient’s health. What really alarmed the beastly authorities though the number of patients who enthusiastically testified that orgone energy was real and assisted with their healing.

Authorities went after him with a vengeance. They made increasing drastic demands until March 19, 1954, when a court ordered that all his writings on orgone energy be destroyed. We thus have an example of state-sponsored book burning in the modern era. Not only were all books, papers and pamphlets explaining orgone energy destroyed, but Reich was prohibited from publishing any book that even mentioned the word “orgone.”

Wilhem Reich was unable to comply with all the demands made upon him and shortly thereafter went to jail and died there.

The false prophet demands all the miracles be held within his own power.

In medicine, for instance, there are many things controlled by unjust authorities which people consider to be miraculous: heart and organ transplants, radiation treatments, miracle drugs, surgery and numerous other procedures. If anyone challenges any of these treatments he is seen as a quack and the Beast goes after him. Natural healers who have done no harm have gotten longer jail sentences for defying the Beast than rapists and murderers.

The Beast and the false prophet are alive and performing miracles in many other fields. There are numerous miracles in science; the false prophets claim authority over such miracles and seek to destroy anyone who poses a threat to their position.

The modern automobile is a miracle, but many of those who have sought to dethrone its current status with better engines or cleaner fuels have found themselves on the outside looking in.

Anyone who defies the ideas of the status quo on global warming is labeled as a crackpot.

Scientists who do not accept the Big Bang are ostracized.

Those who acknowledge intelligent design beyond human or the existence of spiritual substance in any field of learning are laughed out of their jobs.

Thus does the false prophet manifest in every field of life. He continues his work until the light of truth becomes so bright that his flesh is consumed and he is himself forced to see the light.

“And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.” Rev 19:21

The remnant are the supporters of unjust authority. When truth is revealed with such clarity that neither the Beast, the false prophet or even the rank-and-file can deny or negate it, then the sword of truth cuts through all illusion; the body of supporters (the flesh) are consumed by the lights of the earth and no longer are a base for the Beast and the false prophet.

I have found power in the mysteries of thought. Euripides (484 BC – 406 BC), 438 B.C.

Sept 20, 2006

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Freedom of the Press

Freedom of the Press

Question: You say that the press hides things from us and distorts the news. Could you elaborate?

In my quote DK said that one of the main things that keep us from having a free unbiased press is the forces of evil deal “mainly with the psychological angle because it is so exceedingly potent.”

One of the ways this happens is not by blatant lies (though this sometimes happens) but more often through selective reporting of facts. By leaving out important details and emphasizing others they use psychology to influence public opinion toward their bias.

Wherever there is an overwhelming majority of people with one view gathered together there will be a bias and the news will be distorted preventing us from having a free and open  press.

Talk radio is dominated by conservatives and the conservative slant certainly dominates there. If that were all we had to listen to there would be no free press for the other side would not be heard. On the other hand, conservative talk radio commentators do not claim to be unbiased and freely admit what they believe.

However, the hard news media often claims to be unbiased and will not admit that they slant the news. This greatly hampers the freedom of the individual to get accurate news.

“The Media Elite,” a book written in 1986 by Robert Lichter, Stanley Rothman and Linda Lichter, surveyed 240 journalists at ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Newsweek, and US News and World Report. It found that in the presidential elections of 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976, on average, 86 percent of responding journalists in America’s top media voted Democratic.

In 2001, Rothman and Amy Black updated the “Media Elite” survey of national journalists and established that 76 percent voted for Michael Dukakis in 1988 and 91% for Bill Clinton in 1992.

A Freedom Forum Poll also reinforced the “Media Elite” survey when it documented that 89 percent – nine out of ten – Washington reporters and bureau chiefs voted for Clinton in 1992 and 7 percent voted for George W. Bush.

The problem with this slanted press is that they actually believe themselves to be fair minded enough to present a balanced view of the truth.

The problem is that a balanced view will never be presented when a huge majority of presenters in any media have a certain belief. The only way to achieve balance is to have both sides presented. Two shows which have done this somewhat successfully in the past have been Crossfire on CNN and Hannity and Combs on Fox.

One of the reasons for the success of talk radio is that conservatives have often felt that their views were suppressed and now have found an outlet. They still feel shortchanged to a degree because talk radio reaches maybe 25 percent of the population whereas the hard news reaches close to 100 percent.

When any media is dominated by one view distortion occurs, but the problem is not the presenting of outright lies or fiction. Instead, the problem is the use of psychology in the presenting of news. Several things cause this.

[1] Selecting the material to be reported.

Suppose a news media is against the war in Iraq and doesn’t want to make anything about it look good. What will they do?

Here is what the New York Times did. For 32 days straight beginning April 29th of 2006 they reported negative stories on the military concerning Abu Ghraib with virtually zero positive stores about what U.S. soldiers were doing in Iraq.

By placing selective emphasis in a direction that supports their bias they present a distorted view of reality.

[2] Selective reporting of facts.

For instance, there may be five facts supporting an issue and five against. The biased reporter may use three of the ones supporting his view and one against. He thinks he is fair minded because he threw the opposition a bone. The end result is a distorted presentation.

[3] Selective questions asked in interviews. Easy questions are asked to those hat are favored and difficult ones to those who are not.

[4] Emotional emphasis on the reporter’s point of view. If a reporter feels outraged or offended it is usually obvious and influences the opinions of many listeners.

The solution to this problem is not to expect the media people to be unbiased as they are not now nor will they ever be.

The solution is to present both sides to all stories so people can make up their own minds. All media that claims to be fair should have a balance of reporters and writers on both sides of the political spectrum. We should never have a situation where only 7 percent of those controlling the news voted for the man who becomes president. That puts the president into the lion’s den.

A major breakthrough on this is the internet which indeed always has both sides to major stories. The only problem with this is that one side will bookmark the liberal sites and the other will bookmark the conservative ones and will still be exposed to distortion. But even with the shortcomings the internet is still a major advance in freedom of the press. If the major media were conscientious enough to have both sides of a disputable issue presented then that would be the best solution. Better still, if the public demanded fair presentation of the news the media would have to obey.

UPDATE FROM 2023 We had a fairly free flow of information on the internet when this was written, but now information is more controlled in social media than in news outlets of old. We are ever reminded of the quote from Thomas Jefferson who said, “The price of Liberty is eternal vigilance.”

Sept 17, 2006

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Politics and DK

Politics and DK

Comment: Wouldn’t you say that the following quote reveals that DK was a liberal socialist?

“In politics there are great and wise statesmen who are endeavoring to guide their people wisely but have as yet too much with which to contend; of these Franklin D. Roosevelt was an outstanding modern example, for he gave of his best and died in the service of humanity.

Such inspired leadership is now being given to humanity by Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, in contradistinction to the focused leadership of the forces of materialism through Hitler and another man in his group.

“What at this moment appears to prevent world unity and keeps the United Nations from arriving at those necessary settlements which the man in the street is so eagerly awaiting? The answer is not hard to find and involves all nations: nationalism, capitalism, competition, blind stupid greed. It is an intense emotional nationalism which made the Polish nation so difficult a member of the family of nations; it is materialism and fear, plus a lack of spiritual interest, which makes France so constant an obstructionist and has led her to work against united world action; it is fanatical adherence to an ideology and national immaturity which prompts so much of Russia’s activities; it is a rampant capitalism which makes the United States one of the most feared of the nations, plus her gestures of armed power.” Problems of Humanity, Pages 173-174

Like most enlightened teachers DK can be seen as being very conservative by some and liberal by others. This is because the true teacher seeks to emphasize the midway point as taught in The Lost Key of the Buddha. This middle point can be conservative in one circumstance and liberal in another depending on where the attention of the whole is.

Notice the two men he praised. The first was FDR, a noted liberal of his time. But the second was Winston Churchill who was quite conservative at that point in his life. The relationship was a little like Bush and Blair with the conservative/liberal roles reversed.

If Churchill had been in power in 1936 he probably would have taken Hitler out and occupied Germany and would have been accused of an unnecessary war as has George Bush. No one could have proven what a great feat was accomplished. Who knows! Maybe if Saddam Hussein was still in power we’d be headed for a conflagration of Biblical proportions.

As it is, one of the most consistent criticisms of DK against the United States is that we tried to mind our own business as Hitler was rising to power. DK had the belief that we should have acted and stopped him before he gained the power to wage war. He made this criticism even before the war.

The trouble is that any nation that wages a preemptive war (however just) is in for a boat load of trouble with the press of the world.

The interesting thing about FDR is that he was indeed considered a liberal in his day, but by today’s standards he was about as conservative as George Bush. He would have liked the term “compassionate conservative.” In fact, Bush’s prescription drug program, immigration policy and education programs would have probably been too liberal for him.

FDR wanted to take more preemptive action against Germany but was held back by many liberals in his own party.

Some think that FDR and Eleanor were a team the way that Bill and Hillary Clinton were. While it is true that Eleanor’s politics were a lot like Hillary’s, FDR was more like George Bush than Bill Clinton. Imagine Bush and Hillary as a couple, but belonging to the same party and you have an idea of the situation with FDR and Eleanor. Both of them had external love interests.

DK often sounded as conservative as he was liberal. He supported nuclear energy for power as do the conservatives today. He also spoke numerous times against mindless pacifism. Here he sounded like a typical Republican today saying this:

“The second point upon which I would touch is the arguments brought out by the pacifists of the world. All true and good people are pacifically minded and all hate war. This is a fact which the academic idealist and pacifist often forget. Such people tell us that two wrongs do not make a right; and to meet murder with murder (which is their definition of war) is sinful; that war is evil (which no one denies) and that one must not take part in it. They contend that thinking thoughts of peace and of love can put the world straight and end the war. Such people, fighting the existent fact of war, usually do little or nothing concrete to right the wrongs which are responsible for the war, and permit their defence-personal, municipal, national and international-to be undertaken by others. The sincerity of these people cannot be questioned.

“It should be remembered, in countering these ideas and in justifying the fighting spirit of the Christian democracies, that it is motive that counts. War can be and is mass murder, where the motive is wrong. It can be sacrifice and right action, where the motive is right. The slaying of a man in the act of killing the defenceless is not regarded as murder. The principle remains the same, whether it is killing an individual who is murdering, or fighting a nation which is warring on the defenceless. The material means, which evil uses for selfish ends, can also be employed for good purposes. The death of the physical body is a lesser evil than the setting back of civilisation, the thwarting of the divine purposes of the human spirit, the negating of all spiritual teaching, and the control of men’s minds and liberties. War is always evil, but it can be the lesser of two evils, as is the case today.” Externalization of the Hierarchy, Pages 179-180

He also criticized the press for being too biased and controlled. This is a big complaint of conservatives today against the media, which polls show the media writers to be 80-90% Democratic Party voters. He says:

“In spite of much shouting, demanding and proposed organisation, there is no truly free press anywhere; particularly is it absent in the United States, where parties and publishers dictate newspaper policies. The main reason why there is no really free press is based on two factors: first, the fact that humanity is not yet free from its predetermined reasonings, its basic ignorances of factual history, or of nations and their psychology; humanity is still controlled by racial and national bias and by prejudice. Secondly, the fact that all this is nurtured and kept alive by the forces of evil, working upon the inner side of human affairs and dealing mainly with the psychological angle because it is so exceedingly potent. This they will increasingly do as this planetary war draws to a close; they will seek to offset the work of the Hierarchy, to hamper the activities of the New Group of World Servers and to cloud the issues involved to such a degree that the men of goodwill everywhere will be bewildered and will fail to see the clear outlines of the factual situation or distinguish between what is true and what is false. Forget not, the forces of evil are exceedingly clever.” Externalization of the Hierarchy, Page 452

DK indeed criticized the United States, but he also dished it out to other nations. On the other hand, he made numerous positive comments to the nations including the United States.

Here are some more positive things he has said about the United States indicating he had a balanced view on the subject.

“It is obvious that the governing faculty of the Ray of Will or Power is the outstanding characteristic of Great Britain. England is an exponent of the art of control and her function has been to produce the first tentative grouping of federated nations the world has seen and to demonstrate the possibility of such a grouping. The United States is doing a somewhat similar thing and is fusing the nationals of many nations into one federated state with many subsidiary states, instead of subsidiary nations. These two powers function in this way and with this wide objective in order eventually to give to the planet a system of groupings within one national border or empire, and yet with an international implication which will be symbolic of the coming new age technique of government.” Destiny of the Nations, Pages 51-52

“The United States represents the intuitive faculty, expressing itself as illumination, plus the power to fuse and blend.” Destiny of the Nations, Pages 51-52

“The keynote of this world centre is ‘I light the WAY;’ this is the privilege of the States if its people so choose and permit worldwide humanitarian, self-sacrifice (self-initiated) and a firm decision to stand by righteousness to govern their present attitudes and policies. This is slowly coming to pass and the selfish voices of blind idealists, the fearful and the separative are dying out. All this is happening under the inspiration of service, motivated by love. Thus the two major democracies can eventually restore world order, negate the old order of selfishness and aggression and usher in the new order of world understanding, world sharing and world peace. Peace will be the result of understanding and sharing, and not the origin of them, as the pacifists so often imply.” Esoteric Astrology, Page 523

“It is the force of the Hierarchy which can express itself increasingly through the United States of America, for an intuitive recognition of subjective realities and a real sense of the higher values can and frequently do control the impulses governing this group of federated states.” Externalization of the Hierarchy, Page 132

“Some nations, particularly the great democracies, like the British Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of America, now realise that these attitudes and activities must end and that the hope of the world lies in the spread of right human relations, in economic interchange, broad unselfish international politics and the growth of the spirit of cooperation. They believe unalterably, and as a basic national policy, in the rights of the individual and that the State exists for the benefit of that individual; to that they add the belief that the State also exists for the benefit of all other states and for humanity as a whole.” Externalization of the Hierarchy, Page 374

“The forces of evil will now endeavour to utilise the character of humanity as a whole (at its present total point of development) to hinder the Forces of Light, prevent the attainment of world tranquillity and world understanding, and thus delay the day of their own final defeat. This defeat, when accomplished, must include the three worlds of human evolution-mental, emotional and physical. For long these evil forces have used psychology in order to reach the ends they had in view, and have used it with amazing success; they are still using it, and can be depended upon to employ its methods to the uttermost. They use the press and the radio in order to distort human thinking; they present half-truths, impute false motives, rake up past grievances, foretell (with foreboding) imminent difficulties; they foster ancient prejudices and hatreds, and emphasise religious and national differences. In spite of much shouting, demanding and proposed organisation, there is no truly free press anywhere; particularly is it absent in the United States, where parties and publishers dictate newspaper policies. The main reason why there is no really free press is based on two factors: first, the fact that humanity is not yet free from its predetermined reasonings, its basic ignorances of factual history, or of nations and their psychology; humanity is still controlled by racial and national bias and by prejudice.” Externalization of the Hierarchy, Pages 451-452

“A capitalistic nation is not necessarily wrong; capital has its place, and Russia (the enemy of capitalism) is by no means free from capitalistic bias. The motives of the United States are very mixed motives: greed of money or its equivalent, such as oil, and at the same time sincerely good intentions for the establishment of human freedom in a democratic world-modelled, of course, on American democracy. Other motives are an appreciation of the armed fist and, at the same time, a longing for economic sharing and for that essential kindness which is such a strong American characteristic-a mass characteristic. These mixed motives will produce eventually a very confused world, one in which it will be found that humanity has learned very little as the result of the World War (1914-1945) and is acquiescent to the cycle of well-intentioned money control.” Externalization of the Hierarchy, Pages 638-639

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.” Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945)

Sept 16, 2006

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The Gathering of Lights

The Gathering of Lights

“And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;” Rev 19:17

“And I saw an angel standing in the sun;”

The angel standing in the sun is a messenger (or messengers) who stands in the soul with the mind focused, immovable in the light – with the consciousness of Christ through the oneness principle.

“and he cried with a loud voice”

It is interesting that “loud” comes from the Greek MEGAS and “voice” comes from “PHONE.” It doesn’t take much imagination to figure out where the word “megaphone” came from.

Actually, MEGAS does not necessarily mean loud, but in a context like this could be more aptly translated as “great, significant or profound.”

PHONE is often more accurately translated as “sound” and can imply a message.

We could translate the phrase as follows:

“and he intensely expressed a profound message.”

Now let us examine the next phrase:

“saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven,”

Here, fowls or birds signify seekers who are independent thinkers not subject to the unjust authority of the Beast. Heaven, as we have said, signifies higher consciousness.

The messenger who stands in the sun and receives a profound message through the soul calls to those independent souls who are not mentally enslaved by the Beast and gives forth a profound message:

“Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;”

The lights of the earth are in a scattered condition, and, with the coming of the Christ consciousness as well as the presence of Christ himself, there must be a call to these fowls of heaven to gather together.

Why are they to gather?

They are to gather “unto the supper of the great God;”

What is the supper of the great God?

To understand the need for the supper we must go back to a prophesy from the Old Testament. It reads:

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.” Amos 8:11-12

For the true seekers of the earth there has been a famine in the land, a famine of words of light. It is also a famine of freedom of the human spirit to teach and learn without the interference of the Beast seeking to control them, and a famine of spiritual substance and soul contact that feeds the inner self.

Revelation tells us that the famine will soon be over and the independent souls of the earth will be called to gather together so they can enjoy a spiritual feast.

What will happen at the spiritual feast?

“That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.” Rev 19:18

What kind of spiritual feast is it with the lights of the earth eating the flesh of men and beast?

To understand, we must discover who these entities are that provide the meat for the feast. It is revealed in the next verse:

“And I saw the Beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.” Rev 19:19

When the lights gather together, the Beast, or the authorities of the earth, will gather together to make war against them and seek to destroy the message and teachings they espouse. Above all, the Beast will seek to put an end to the lights thinking for themselves and taking their inner souls for their guide, rather than outer appointed authorities.

When the lights finally successfully gather, their combined light will be so great that this time the darkness of the Beast will be overcome and the sword of truth will fall upon all who love darkness rather than light.

When the sword of truth gains the needed strength and falls upon the Beast and his minions, the great feast will take place and the lights will “eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men…”

The flesh of the agents of the Beast is that illusionary substance upon which the deceived people lean for strength. Leaning upon such is called in the scriptures “leaning on the arm of flesh.” The scriptures continually emphasize the need for disciples to lean on the arm of Spirit rather than the earthly authority of outward men of flesh and bones.

The flesh of kings is the excuse people use to obey those who take the place of God. These prophets and priests tell them what the word of God is – which is, of course, their own words.

The “captains” are non-religious leaders with great authority who control people unjustly by the power of their position. These are politicians and government leaders.

The flesh of “mighty men” are people who have authority given them because of their status. Some of these are Nobel Prize winners, Oscar winners, famous authors, movie stars and media personalities.

The lights of the earth will show that the wisdom of the inner God is greater than the wisdom of the world and thus will consume their flesh.

The last to be consumed: “the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.”

The horses represent the combined wisdom of the world as gained without the aid of Spirit and soul. Those who sit upon them are the intelligentsia of the world, respected for their positions, papers and credentials. The rest mentioned are the rank and file who follow the authorities of the Beast without questioning. They may think they are independent because they question those who their authorities give them permission to question, but they do not question their own authorities.

The sword of truth from the lights of the earth – those who receive their authority through the soul within – will thus fall upon all the agents of the Beast, and all their delusions of darkness will be consumed by a great light. The temporary life that animated the flesh of the agents of the Beast will die…and their flesh, or substance, will be consumed and have power no more.

Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821)

Sept 16, 2006

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The Evolution of Humanity

The Evolution of Humanity

Question: Does the story of Adam and Eve relate to the evolution of human consciousness?

The midway point of the fall occurred when the Ancient of Days initiated incarnation into an animal type body over 18 million years ago. The first Adam did not immediately become self-conscious but was asleep for a time while the animal consciousness dominated. Then at a certain moment after reaching maturity his self-conscious self-awoke and became the first human to be self-aware. He immediately became the leader of the other animal men who were stimulated by the human consciousness and others soon drew human sons of mind to the bodies which followed the example of the first Adam and became human in consciousness.

Here is a statement by DK that sheds some light:

“At the later initiations, and after the fifth Initiation of Revelation, he sees with a new clarity some of the karmic liabilities which have led the planetary Logos to create this planet of suffering, sorrow, pain and struggle; he realises then (and with joy) that this little planet is essentially unique in its purpose and its techniques, and that on it and within it (if you could but penetrate below the surface) a great redemptive experiment is going forward; its prime implementing factors and its scientific agents are the “sons of mind who choose to be the sons of men and yet for all eternity remain the Sons of God.” These “sons of mind” were chosen, in that far distant time when the fourth kingdom in nature came into being, to carry forward the science of redemption. There is a true historical and spiritually esoteric significance in the words in The New Testament that the “whole creation groaneth and travaileth together in pain until now, waiting for the manifestation of the Sons of God.” Discipleship in the New Age Vol II, Page 385

The story of Adam and Even has been repeated numerous times in the history of the earth since that ancient time. Each time there has been an advance in human consciousness Adam has awakened from a sleep of part of his nature to a greater awareness.

Question: What causes the human physical body to be ready for a human to incarnate into it and what exactly was it prior?

The question needs to be reversed. When a higher entity is looking from the subtle planes to incarnate – it is he who is asking questions such as:

[1] Are the bodies under consideration suitable for my use?

[2] Is the situation where I will incarnate productive enough so my incarnation will have purpose and be helpful?

For millions of years the answer was no for the first human consciousness, but then when the bodies were usable and the situation right a higher consciousness incarnated into a human body.

Actually, the Ancient of Days was higher than human, but assistance from a super high consciousness was necessary to raise animal man to a higher state.

Another interesting point is this. Through the creation of computers, we are creating the ingredients for a body which could house a self-conscious intelligence. Some day in the future an advanced intelligence will look at some super computer and say: “I think I will jump into that and use it as a vehicle to explore.”

Lower lives exist in our bodies but they have not fully identified with higher consciousness. For the majority of humans it is the other way around. Many identify more with animal consciousness than with the consciousness of the “son of mind.”

When the human molecule, the next  great advance in consciousness, is first created the identification of humans with the higher molecular consciousness will be in its infancy and it will take some time for the individuals to fully identify and to come to a full realization of that of which they are a part.

A molecular body is not one human but a certain number of them and a molecular life will need more than one human to use as his body, but an individual can tune into the higher consciousness.

Members of a molecule will not be perfectly unified but must be unified enough to produce group soul contact.

Higher than human lives paved the way for human consciousness because we could not do it for ourselves within the needed time period.

We could have done it without the Masters help but DK tells us that our evolution would have been greatly hindered and the typical man today would be like a primitive native.

Who knows – maybe even this meddling will backfire and we will blow ourselves up because we gained knowledge too quickly. The Ancient of Days did take a risk on us, one that was not taken on many other worlds.

Question: What is the difference between those who become planetary logoi and those who do not?

There are two things at play.

First each of us is at a different point on the path and have had different amounts of experience in the material plane.

Secondly, we have free will. Each of us use that free will to make a different quality of decisions than any other being in the universe, making each individual unique. Each of us is the result of all the past decisions we have made. He who becomes a Planetary Logos arrives at that status because he made decisions that took him in that direction.

This is a lesson for us all. We must look at what we want to become and then start making decisions that take us to that end goal. Before one can become such an exalted being he must work with other Logoi and learn the necessities of the path.

Question: What happens to those who do not make the grade in his earth system?

DK tells us that 60 percent of the human population will make the grade at the end of our evolution on this earth. The 40 percent who do not make it will be sent to another system for overtime summer school programs. The 60 percent will move on to higher things.

Question: Were the first humans in Atlantis?

We are talking about the Lemurian period, not Atlantis. The remnants of these first self-conscious humans are the Aborigines, but the Lemurians were less refined. The Atlanteans were more oriental in appearance.

When the first self-conscious humans appeared there was no fifth kingdom of masters as there is today. The Ancient of Days belonged to the seventh kingdom and was more than a master.

We are not told much about the first human but I would assume that both a male and female incarnated together. It’s quite possible that the female awoke first since we are told that Eve was the first to taste of the forbidden fruit which caused them to be aware of their nakedness (self-consciousness).

Question: Were these primitive animals serpents?

The earliest human like creature discovered by science was Toumai man which lived here 7 million years ago. You can see his reconstructed picture HERE

The intelligent serpent creatures existed before the first human and became extinct in the days of Atlantis. Very little concerning intelligent life which lived over 100,000 years ago has been discovered by archeologists. For instance, they have found only one skull of Toumai man from 7 million years ago. There is about a three million year gap to the second oldest man, yet there had to have been many millions of humanoids during that three million year gap.

Question: You say that many get revelations from their own thoughtforms. How does that work?

A thoughtform is merely a sophisticated computer program created by thought and feeling. A program does not take nearly as long to create as the programmer.

It is interesting to note that even though humans created computers that computers are able to do many tasks better than we can.

In the same way a thoughtform can give the appearance of being more intelligent than its creator, but this is illusion unless an outside intelligence is at play.

The thoughtform will not understand principles, but will have the knowledge of the principles understood by its creator. The creator, through his own initiative, can advance to an understanding of new principles but the thoughtform cannot. It must be fed the information by its creator.

A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends. Baltasar Gracian

Sept 13, 2006

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Handwriting and A Course in Miracles

Handwriting and A Course in Miracles

 A reader sent me a copy of Helen Schucman handwriting. She was the receiver of A Course in Miracles

  It’s odd when you think of it as to how many innovative female teachers of the new age are called Helen. There’s Helena. P. Blavatsky, Helena Roerich and Helen Schucman.

It matters little whether the writing is shorthand, or even in English. Most of the analysis is determined by the strokes.

The most interesting thing at first glance is Schucman’s handwriting show’s high intelligence, comparable with Madame Blavatsky’s. With a little help from inspiration, her higher self or a well-developed thoughtform she could have written A Course in Miracles, though she would have needed help of some kind. The same goes for H. P. Blavatsky. It would have been possible for a woman of her high intelligence to have come up with all her writings without the help of masters.

Alice A. Bailey is another story. She was more intelligent than average but not as sharp as the two Helens. She definitely could not have written the DK books without outside help.

In addition to high intelligence Schucman’s handwriting shows basic honesty, simplicity, directness and not much desire to come up with a fabrication to draw attention to herself. She does show a desire to initiate though. It also shows a large range of emotions with some inner conflict as if two emotional selves are fighting for dominance. One suppresses and is subject to guilt and denial. The other is expressive, uninhibited and free.

I can see why she expressed a desire for knowledge as exists in A Course in Miracles before the messages came to her.

There’s much more I could say about her handwriting but these are the pertinent things.

That said here is my best guess as to how A Course in Miracles came to be.

We know that Helen was contemplating the need for a course something like A Course in Miracles before it was written. I believe her thinking on this was much more than a passing thing but nearly consumed her because of her own inner conflicts and struggles with residual, possibly unrecognized, guilt.

As she contemplated solutions to her own conflicts as well as that of others the answers began to come. The problem was the answers were somewhat of a religious nature and she was not a religious person, but a trained professional.

She thus restrained herself from writing the answers that were formulating in her mind. Energy follows thought and the energy of her suppressed thought created a powerful thoughtform. The thoughtform grew in strength until one day it came to life and began speaking to her as if it were the greatest authority in spiritual matters, even Jesus.

She did not realize she was receiving from her own thoughtform but did sincerely believe she was receiving a revelation from God. The fact that this seemed to come from outside herself made it acceptable to her and she paid attention to it and began writing that which beforehand was too uncomfortable to write.

Was then A Course in Miracles a product entirely of Schucman’s inner mind and outer thoughtform?

Possibly not. It is quite possible that one of the Masters, or even Christ himself, was aware of her thoughtform and saw the great influence the course would have on the world. If this were the case then such a master could have added some of his own thoughts to the thoughtform and thus enhanced the amount of truth that Schucman would present.

Whatever the case A Course in Miracles needs to be approached in the same manner as all other teachings, including my own. That is, the seeker must run all things by his own soul. He then should go with that which registers and reject, or put on the shelf, those things that do not.

(For more current comments from me on this subject check out this link to my book)

Question: How does justice become much more Scientific?

When someone seriously breaks the law today, they are either given a large fine or thrown in jail. Sometimes they are given community service but that is often ineffective.

Nonviolent criminals should not be fined and the money given to the State, but they should be forced to repay their victim with interest plus some extra to the State to pay for overhead. This way the victim gets some benefit. He gets nothing if the person is just sent to jail as it exists today. If the criminal does not repay then the victim he could then be sent to jail.

Jail today is often just an education camp that teaches people how to be better criminals. They are called correctional facilities, but concentrate very little on the correction part. This should be more vigorously pursued with more schooling and even some Dale Carnegie type courses.

Some correctional facilities have internal businesses, but the inmates usually make something like 25 cents an hour. They should pay them a reasonable salary and then take most of it away and give it to their victims and pay for overhead. This would give them a continual sense of loss that would remind them of the effects of their crime.

But the pride of working and getting paid and then paying for their crime with their labor would better prepare them for the outside world.

Question: Was there a family organization before we were born that is different than what we have on earth?

To understand the organization of souls in the higher worlds we must look at the principle involved. The principle is this: “Like gravitates to like.”

The higher the worlds you go to the easier it is for this principle to operate. In the higher mental the gravitation is almost instantaneous, but by the time you get down to the physical plane the magnetic force has to pull through sluggish resistance. The principle still applies but it takes time. Eventually light will gather with light and darkness with darkness but in the present, light and darkness are mixed together on earth in what seems to be a random combination.

Take a look at your family on earth, for instance. How many are searching for light as you are? I’m sure you see quite a strange mixture when you think of it.

After death, material forces of separation have less power and you will gravitate to more like-minded souls. This will be good if you are in the light, but not so pleasant if one is in the dark.

The goal of some teachers in alignment with Purpose is to reorganize the lights of the earth so they can blend their energies on earth as it is in heaven so peace on earth goodwill to humanity can manifest.

Nothing real can be threatened.

Nothing unreal exists.

Herein lies the peace of God.

–”A Course in Miracles”

Sept 10, 2006

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True Opposites

True Opposites

Question: I was wondering how you define “opposite.” For example; would you say that the opposite of Love is Hate or is it No love?

Finding the opposite of a thing is fairly simple and somewhat cut and dried without a lot of mystery. I always try and use the general dictionary definition unless the right word cannot be found and then I will either create a new phrase or use an old word giving an expanded definition. Here are two dictionary definitions which express the general idea in human consciousness of the word “opposite.”

Two words that express opposing concepts.

Being the other of a pair that are corresponding or complementary in position, function, or nature (members of the opposite sex)

Either one of these works for me.

That said, what is the opposite of love?

A Course in Miracles makes the interesting statement that love has no opposite and that hate is not its opposite. It makes the point that hate is temporary and based on illusion whereas love is real and eternal.

This may be true when we consider the highest aspect of love, but not love as it is understood by general humanity.

Both love and hate, as it is understood by the masses, are lower manifestations of everlasting love. Lower love is in harmony with the higher octave and hate is out of sync with it. This corresponds to playing Middle C on a well-tuned piano and then playing it on one that is out of tune. It is the same note, but one is out of harmony.

This is why love and hate are so interconnected. We hate those most who we were first attracted to by passionate love.

As the world understands love, hate is indeed its opposite. Why? Because love is a magnetic force that pulls two people together and hate is an opposing force that separates them. The effect of the two fit very nicely into the definition of “opposite.”

Absence of love would not be the opposite of love because the opposite of love must repel. No love would exist between hate and love and would neither attract nor repel.

I would like to comment on one popular teaching that I see creates illusion and much confusion and it is this; that two opposites are really the same thing. For instance, some say that hot and cold are the same thing. The reason for this belief is that hot and cold are both created by vibrations or molecular movement.

But this is a common ingredient in both hot and cold, but a common ingredient does not create sameness.

For instance, a Porsche and a Ford both run on wheels, but that does not make them the same car.

Wheels and the engine both use circular motion, but that does not make them both the same.

A rock and a human body are both composed entirely of vibrations, but again, they are not the same.

All opposites have common ingredients but they are not the same.

The common ingredient of hot and cold is molecular motion. Hot has fast molecular motion and cold has slow, two entirely different things with entirely different effects.

Between hot and cold is a comfort zone (defined by the entity effected) which is neither hot nor cold. I would define this comfort zone as between 60 and 90 degrees F (15-32 degrees C). Anything over 30 degrees away from my comfort zone is certainly hot or cold and is definitely different to my perception.

If we were to go the sophist direction and maintain that opposites like hot and cold are the same because of a common ingredient then we would have to say that everything in the universe is the same and we would only need one word to sum everything up.

Since we need more than one word to communicate in this sphere then we need to recognize that differentiation exists and must be incorporated into our thinking if we are to remain sane.

Question: What makes hate less real compared to the other emotions? Why would it be any exception?

I never said hate was less real than the other emotions. All the emotions from the astral plane have a beginning and end and thus are not real from a higher point of view. They seem real to us and hate seems as real as the rest.

Higher love which does not originate in the emotional body is eternal as Paul says: “charity endureth forever.” Charity, of course, is a little bit of a mistranslation. The original Greek is love, love endures forever.

He was talking about the unselfish love that Christ brought, not the lower love. If lower love endured forever then we would have no divorce.

Question: Isn’t all love the same, Isn’t it just love?

To say that love is love, or all love is the same, indicates to me that you have only felt one of the octaves of love. When you experience the higher spiritual love and contrast it to the lower you will never again say that love is love or all the same.

Astral love (which is the highest love most people have experienced) and hate are a lower reflection of divine love. A reflection is reversed and not seen correctly. When the reflected love is distorted, it turns to negative emotion such as hate.

Consider the two great lights in our sky. The first is the Sun. This generates its own light and corresponds to divine love. The second is the moon. It does not generate any light, but reflects the real source of light. The reflection is much dimmer than the original.

Even so, the reflected love we see among general humanity is very dim when contrasted to the higher spiritual love that motivated Christ and other servants of humanity.

The absence of love often exists between love and hate. George falls crazy in love with Sally. After a year he grows bored and falls out of love. He neither loves or hates her but is in a zero state of astral love toward her. Then Sally sues him for all he has in a divorce and afterwards runs over his Harley Davidson with her car. Now he hates her with the same passion as he previously loved her. Zero love was between these two extremes.

Question: If one does not have love then wouldn’t he be hateful?

No. When George was in a state of no love, or neutrality, he neither loved nor hated Sally until she took vengeful action..

Comment: Just like with the absence of light, darkness must be present. You are saying the absence of light is not darkness. That does not make sense. Because darkness must be present if light is not.

Using your logic the opposite of heavy would be no weight. No weight is not its opposite, but light in weight is the opposite of heavy in weight. Neither are weightless or no weight.

We call the night dark but it is not completely dark for we still have the moon and the stars giving light. Even if one goes into a dark cave the atoms of the surrounding matter will still be giving off light invisible to our normal seeing.

In the day time there is also no ultimate light but a contrast of light and darkness.

Opposition as defined by the dictionary is created by finding the midway point and calibrating opposite points in the divergent directions.

Comment: Everything in the universe is a whole. I think that word you’re looking for is “God”.

I wasn’t looking for such a word for it does not exist. Saying the word “God” does not make everything in his creation the same. Saying God does not make hot, cold and cold, hot.

Question: Do we cease to exist during pralaya?

DK said it well when he said:

“All these mark the points for the disappearance of the unit into pralaya. We need here to remember that it is always pralaya when viewed from below. From the higher vision, that sees the subtler continuously overshadowing the dense when not in objective manifestation, pralaya is simply subjectivity, and is not that ‘which is not,’ but simply that which is esoteric.” Treatise on Cosmic Fire Pg 130

When all things are folded up we never have that “which is not” but “that which is esoteric.”

There are two correspondences to look at for understanding. The first is sleep.

Every day we have a mini pralaya when we go to bed. In sleep we have not disappeared into oblivion, but we have ascended to a higher plane. We still exist and are active on another plane. When we awake, we cannot remember all that went on because the activity was outside of the physical brain.

Even so, when the great rest occurs, we have a larger correspondence to sleep. There is not a condition of no existence, but an existence that is “esoteric” or hidden from that which is below.

The second correspondence to consider is the permanent atom as taught by DK. Each of us has a permanent atom for each of our bodies. This atom goes with us after we die and has all the programming of our past bodies of previous incarnations.

The physical universe also has a permanent atom with all the programming within it to create a new one better than the last. The last part of Book 4 of The Immortal illustrates this, but remember that this was a description of the physical plane and there are numerous higher planes, the next one up being the astral.

Light and love never completely disappear but always exist within the permanent atoms and within the subtle planes. The power of decision also always exists. As evidence of this is the realization that each creation is the result of this power operating behind the scenes.

A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read. Mark Twain

Sept 9, 2006

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The Sword of Truth

The Sword of Truth

“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Rev 19:15-16

“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword…”

What is the sharp sword and why does it come out of the mouth of Christ?

Because the sword is a symbol, not just of speech or words, but the word of truth. There is nothing sharper and more penetrating than words of truth communicated with such clarity that they cannot be resisted or confounded.

These words of truth, or eternal words, are spoken by disciples of the Master who share consciousness with him, and thus the words of the disciple carry the same potency as the words of Christ.

Just as a powerful sword of a great warrior can overcome any foe, even so can words of truth which convey true principles, and destroy all the arguments of those in illusion to the confounding of all enemies.

“that with it he should smite the nations:”

Whether the words are spoken by the Master himself or his servants it matters not; but when the time comes that such words are released with freedom to circulate, then groups instead of just a few individuals will be affected. Eventually, entire nations will be reached and raised in consciousness. When this begins to happen, great conflict will ensue. Some of this will be on the physical plane but the coming focus will be on the astral, or emotional plane, with some reaching into mind and reason.

Truth is never in conflict with itself but greatly disturbs illusion; and from illusion and error arise many enemies to battle. These enemies only stand for a short moment, for after the sun rises their arguments will dissipate as the morning dew.

“and he shall rule them with a rod of iron:”

This almost sounds like the Master will rule with an iron fist as have many dictators of the past. Perhaps a misunderstanding of this scripture has inspired atrocities of the past such as the Conquistadors who fiercely ruled the American natives, and the Christian kings who ruled their people.

Will the gentle Christ or his servants rule with an iron fist then?

Not quite, but he will rule with a “rod of iron.”

The rod of iron and the sharp sword are the same – after all, a sword is a sharp rod of iron. This is a powerful way of telling us that in the coming age, those with the Christ consciousness will rule with the force of truth rather than lies, illusion and fear.

A ruler or teacher speaking the truth in an atmosphere of freedom will have a much more powerful hold on the people than a tyrant ever will. It is compared to iron because truth is the strongest force of all.

“and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”

What is the symbolism of treading the winepress?

The regular winemaker of old pressed the grapes with his feet, which squeezed the juice into a lower trough to be made into a delicious wine. In this case, the grapes or fruit are the people of the nations containing a strange mixture of good and evil people of all sorts. Such a mixture must be attacked with the sharp sword of truth; and the attack must be with fierce and powerful feeling so as to cause the people to drink the wine or nectar of truth, leading to peace on earth, goodwill to men.

“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

First let us analyze the name which is, “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.”

Why is this name associated with a Christed one? The simple answer is that he rules with the sharp sword of truth, and truth is the greatest authority in the universe. There is no king or Lord higher than truth. Therefore, he who is infused with the Spirit of Truth is lord of lords and king of kings because he who knows only truth is the ultimate king, authority and lord over his own universe.

He had a name written both on his vesture (clothing) as well as on his thigh. Why was it written two places?

The name on the clothing symbolizes recognition by the outer world of the truth he teaches, and the name on the thigh represents recognition by the disciple himself that he is one with God and thus has access to all truth. The disciple or servant must see himself as an extension of the mind of God before others will give him any outward recognition.

True inner intelligence is always followed by the unfolding of the outer.

The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession, what there is of it. Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

Sept 9, 2006

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