# The Three Criteria

2000-10-2 10:09:00

I see our new member, Yvon has been jumping in with both feet and deserves recognition for her interesting words. Of note is the following: "If we have questions or disagree with someone's post perhaps the best way to proceed is to clearly state what we disagree about and why. Clear communication can only help." Good advice. I have no problem with someone disagreeing, but it does really help me to answer them if they are clear on exactly what the disagreement is.

I do not believe I have welcomed Alberta either. I have a sister by that name whose nickname is Bertie.

The current question is:
There are three main criteria in finding the correct path at the Middle Way. What do you suppose they are?

The first was common sense on which we have all ready elaborated. The hint for the second was two phrases and a question: follow the highest that you know, and keep your mind steady in the light. How do these two statements work together to lead us to that straight and narrow path in the Middle?

First let me clarify "the Middle" as it is being presented here. The Middle Way I am presenting leads to a path. A path is not the end of a journey but a beginning. As we find the path in the middle and walk upon it, we are still functioning in the world of duality. But by finding the path we make maximum progress in this world. We learn to "live in the world but not of the world."

At the end of the Path, ages and ages hence is a pralaya of rest or a point of absolute stillness from our point of view. Even though some call this the No Thing, and it may seem to be just that from some points of view, it is not "that which is not, but [it is] that which is esoteric," as Djwahl Khul expressed it.

We didn't get a lot of response on the last question, but Lorraine made a good stab at it:

"In order to stay in the middle I must be able to see a big picture. Therefore, I must stand in the light at all times. Also, in order to stay in the middle I must know where my next footstep should fall and in order to do that I must have direction. Therefore, I need to be able to follow the highest that I know. If I make a mistake, I can correct myself and try again.

"So, to stay in the middle I must know where I am at and know how to get to the next step.

"How did I do?"

JJ
You did well and glad to see you posting regularly again. Lorraine made several good points that I would like to elaborate on.

(1) See the big picture.
If our attention is on one piece of doctrine or dogma then we will not see the whole picture and without seeing the whole we will never correctly decipher the part.

(2) Stand in the light at all times.
We may not have all the light and all understanding, but each of us will always have some light on the truth. If we want more light we must stand in the light which is seen.