The Outer Garment
“Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.” Rev 3:4
This Sardis period could be called “The Dark Night of the Soul.” Here the seeker must move forward even though he may be discouraged and feels he is at a far distance from true spiritual power. Many give up for a period of time and seek to be a “normal” person again. Not all, however, take a detour on the Path for there are “a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments.”
How does one defile his garments?
The garment represents the life of the seeker in the outer world. The inner world of the seeker cannot be defiled, for that is where God is and this cannot be disturbed. It can be ignored by the seeker, but not defiled. However, the actions of the seeker in the outer world may revert to serving self over the good of the whole, and thus stain his outer garments.
It is written that those who keep their garments pure “shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.”
How do you walk with God “in white?” White is all seven colors combined or synthesized into one. Those who walk with God in white in reality walk or work with the whole rather than focus on the individual self. In focussing on the “whole” they become “holy.”
“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Rev 3:5
White raiment is a symbol of the reward of a holy person or synthesizer. Not too often in life do we meet a person dressed all in bright white. If we do he will really stand out and cannot be ignored. Even so, the seeker who successfully treads the path of wholeness will stand out, not because others see an actual physical garment, but they will see his works and way of life. These will be as a synthetic white garment that projects the intent of purity.
The actions and work of the pure in heart are as the writing of a name that is also pure and the soul within sends a vibration to higher realms (the Father) that the seeker has passed the test in Sardis and is ready to move on.
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” Rev 3:6
Again, the reminder to listen to the Spirit within. This is always a necessity if the seeker is to progress to the next stage.
The Ray of Sardis
At Stage Five, the seeker is governed by Ray Five, The Ray of Science or Concrete Knowledge.
Here the aspirant must use his concrete mind to “be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain.” He must remember and reflect upon the knowledge he has received and use that which is logical and reasonable to move ahead.
A reader quotes me as follows:
“The interesting thing is that global warming caused by human intervention may actually make a future ice age a little more palatable.”
Then he expresses doubt that humans are doing anything to warm the planet.
If you have read my posts the past year or so you know that I do not accept the premise of the global warming activists. I have given many quotes that show that most global warming is not caused by humans.
Now let me explain my statement above. I talk about global warming caused by humans, but there is also global warming caused by nature. The majority of the global temperature changes are caused by nature and not humans. Even so, humans releasing CO2 in the atmosphere does have some effect, even though it may be small, it has definitely been proven that CO2 is a greenhouse gas that does have a warming effect. My point in the quote was that perhaps we should be thankful for an extra little warming effect if we are facing a cyclic ice age.
Here’s an interesting quote from the book State of Fear, by Michael Crichton, Page 387,
“Next they’ll bring out a chart showing a football field. And they’ll say, Imagine the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere as a football field. Most of the atmosphere is nitrogen. So, starting from the goal line, nitrogen takes you all the way to the seventy-eight yard line. And most of what’s left is oxygen. Oxygen takes you to the ninety-nine yard line. Only one yard to go. But most of what remains is the inert gas argon. Argon brings you within three and a half inches of the goal line. That’s pretty much the thickness of the chalk stripe, folks. And how much of that remaining three inches is carbon dioxide? One inch. That’s how much CO2 we have in our atmosphere. One inch in a hundred yard football field. She paused dramatically, then continued, “Now, ladies and gentlemen of the jury,” she said, “you are told that carbon dioxide has increased in the last fifty years. Do you know how much it has increased, on our football field? It has increased by three-eighths of an inch–less than the thickness of a pencil.”
Nothing is impossible. Some things are just less likely than others. Jonathan Winters
Feb 1, 2007
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