March 24, 1999
The Path of Truth
In the past many of you have expressed a lot of interest in enhancing your soul contact and we covered a number of subjects that we hoped would help. Some, such as maya, glamour and illusion, are difﬁcult to understand completely.
Now we arrive at another subject that may help clear the barriers of that illusive contact, but the advantage here is that we are now on a subject that is fairly easy to understand. Outside of some politicians, most people know what a lie is and what a promise is. Thus we ﬁnd ourselves dealing with a principle that we already understand and basically accept.
The basic principle behind lies and broken promises that interferes with soul contact is deceit. Lies deal with an attempt to deliberately deceive others and broken promises are caused by self deceit. If you make a promise believing you can carry it out, but then ﬁnd that you are unable to fulﬁll it, then the promise was broken because you were self deceived about what you could or could not do.
One of the basic differences between the Masters who have overcome death and us ordinary, mortals is that their word is always to be trusted and their promises are to be relied on. Let us suppose that you were visited by Christ himself who taught you certain things and made you certain promises. Doesn’t it register with your soul that you should be able to trust His word? Well, why is it right that we should be able to trust His word but He cannot trust ours? This is not right. We must aspire to becoming as He is.
The big question in everyone’s mind is this. Complete honesty and one hundred percent accuracy in the fulﬁllment of promises is a ﬁne ideal, but it is not realistic. All of us encounter situations where it seems we have to lie or break promises.
The way to achievement in honesty and the keeping of our word among us human beings, as it is done in the kingdom of heaven, is an important key and the path is not as you may have been taught. The path to having a reliable word and BECOMING one with the WORD yourself is not a steel will or having such a hard heart that you would have told the Nazis where a loved one was hiding..
It is true that to attain honesty a certain amount of discipline is necessary, but to tread the path, wisdom is more important than discipline or will. The key to telling the truth at all times and fulﬁlling your promises at all times is the principle of conscious projection. This principle involves your conscious attention on a daily (and sometimes hourly) basis.
The ﬁrst thing you must understand before using this principle is your own ring-pass-not, or your own limitations, and we all have them whether we are a slug, a human or a God. All lives in the universe must ﬁnd their limitations before they can become unlimited. If our limitations are not discovered, or known by us, then our limitations will ﬁnd us, reveal themselves to us, embarrass us and sometimes cause great pain.
To become totally honest and open wide the doors of soul contact we must ﬁrst “know ourselves” and explore our inner resources and ask these questions. How far would I have to be pushed before I would lie? How much would circumstances have to change before I would break a promise? What type of promises am I likely to keep? Which ones would I be likely to break? How much pain would I have to endure physically or emotionally before I would lie or break a promise? Am I more likely to tell the truth or keep a promise to a loved than a salesman or an irritating relative?
Ask yourself every question that you can think of that reveals the borders of your limitations.
“But what if I do not know what I would do in a certain situation?” one may ask.
This is where conscious projection comes in. Project yourself into this situation where you are not sure of your limitations and push yourself through it with visualization and if you are true to yourself and have the courage to face your own power of decision you will come to a knowledge of how you will react in any circumstance.
Here is another principle. If two paths lie ahead and a new choice is to be forced upon you then most will always chose the easier path (usually the worst choice) if they have not used conscious projection to see themselves making the decision ahead of time. On the other hand, if you see the two paths approaching and analyze the beneﬁts of the two choices ahead of time and you make the decision before the event occurs, then you will generally have power to follow that pre-made decision when the path approaches, even if the decision is a difﬁcult one.
Once we have discovered and understand our limitations then we must project our minds into the probable future on a daily basis. If we do this we will see close to one hundred per cent of the coming temptations to lie or break a promise. Once we see in advance the temptations to deceive, we can just about always ﬁgure a way around them so we can be true to ourselves and others, yet at the same time follow the path of harmlessness.
How about our marriage vows then? The group seems to universally believe that if things are not working out then these are promises to be broken. Actually we should be looking at this concept in reverse. The marriage vows as they exist in many countries are promises that should never have been made.
Most of them contain the phrase to be faithful “until death do us part.” Well, what if you ﬁnd out a week after your marriage that you married an ax murderer? Would you feel justiﬁed in breaking your vows then? Probably so, but the problem of the broken promise lies not so much with the new information you have discovered (for this always happens to some degree in a marriage) but in the vow itself.
The current marriage vows are like playing Russian Roulette with your word. Even as you give your word at the marriage ceremony there is about a 50-50 chance that you will discover that this person you seem to love will drive you to the brink of madness. Where will be your power to keep your word then?
The key to keeping your marriage vows is not to become so self-sacriﬁcing that you dedicate yourself to a miserable life just so you can keep your word. Instead, the key is to write your own marriage vows in such a way that you can keep them even if your spouse goes off the deep end. The marriage vows made by my wife and I are worded this way and I posted them not long ago. They commit us to work toward union, but not “to death do us part.”
We discussed the Beast in Revelations at length earlier. The marriage vows as they are used today are the creation of the Beast and an instrument in the hands of the Dark Brothers to keep a barrier between human beings and their souls.
One should never use a vow or promise that is written by an outward authority unless it is fully understood and endorsed through considerable reﬂection. If you want to be a nun and do not like the wording in the vow you are asked to take then don’t take it. All your desires to tread the spiritual path will be clouded if an unrealized vow is hanging over your head.
So what then should we do if we have made some promise, such as the marriage vows, but now realize that we made a mistake and it seems best that we get out of the deal? This is a no win situation, but the best thing to do is access your damages and move on with a determination to never allow your word to get in such a trap again.
This is a little like the guy who buys a car and doesn’t think to get insurance then has a wreck. Once you are in this situation you have to realize that there is no escape from a certain amount of loss and the best thing to do is move forward in life with a commitment to never get caught in the same circumstance again.
To keep your word you must be very careful about giving your word. Never give your word without ﬁrst projecting your consciousness into the future seeing every possible situation that may come up.
I ﬁnd that careful wording changes a promise into a conditional goal. For instance, someone may ask me if I can get a job to them in three days. I may give an answer such as: “Unless something crazy happens you’ll have it.” or “Nineteen times out of twenty we can do this in three days, providing UPS does its job and all the parts get here in time.” By using careful wording one can avoid that one time out of twenty that someone you are dependent on screws up forcing you to break a promise.
If you feel somewhat guilty about lies you have told or promises you have broken, and wish you could just make a new start, there is an interesting way for you to do it. Make a commitment to yourself to tread the path of complete honesty and then ﬁnd a friend to baptize you by immersion. Notice I say ﬁnd a friend, not a minister or priest. It would be best if this friend is not particularly religious, but just a good person. Let that friend pronounce the words as given in the scriptures: “I baptize you in the name of the Father [or Father-Mother], and in the name of the Son and in the name of the Holy Ghost… AUMAN.”
After he or she says these words then let him place you completely under the water and raise you up out of the water. As you feel yourself being raised up out of the water, see yourself as an innocent infant in the eyes of God and that you have a whole new life before you. If this is done in the right spirit a powerful effect can be generated. Baptism is not just an once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can perform this ceremony when ever you feel like you want a new lease on life.
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