Hearing the Voice

2000-11-26 11:21:00

I see you joined the Goddess list 'privacy'. It would be indeed interesting to see how you interplay with them.

Meanwhile I see your responses are a little less negative here - a step in the right direction.

Even so you have posted a large amount of material that is off topic. The rules of the list require us to place OT in front of an off topic post and that they be short and sweet. Some of our members have old printers that are fairly expensive to print up all the e-mails and it is helpful for them and others to keep off topic posts to a minimum. If a person has a large off topic article he wishes to share he can post it on a web page and give us the address or have members request it by e-mail.

The Question:
Since most people are polarized in the emotional body and cannot break free from outward authority what are they to do? Are they doomed to be controlled with no end in sight? What is the best solution for them?

The answer is given by the ancient prophet:
"And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." Jer 3:15

Those who have escaped the mark of the beast of unjust authority have a responsibility to those who are yet in bondage. Until he who is in bondage to the emotions over mind expands his ring-pass-not there is no way that he can break out of the control of authority - whether just or unjust - on his own.

There are three categories of people talked about in the scriptures:

(1) The Shepherds
(2) The Sheep
(3) The Goats

The shepherds are those who are ascended to the plane of the mind or above and are prepared to lead others to greater learning and direction.

The shepherds are divided into two categories:
(A) The good shepherds - those who will sacrifice themselves for the food of the flock.

"And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things." Mark 6:34

(B) The evil shepherds. These have ascended to the plane of the mind, but have no soul contact and seek to use the sheep to further their selfish ends.

An example of the selfish shepherds is as follows:
Jer 23:1 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.
Jer 23:2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
Jer 23:3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
Jer 23:4 And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.
Jer 23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

The rest of humanity is divided into two additional categories called the sheep and the goats. This was discussed by Jesus:

"When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left." Matt 25:31-33

What's the difference between the sheep and the goats?

The goats are very independent and are a law unto themselves. They follow their own inner impulses and recognize no shepherd or leader.

On the New Age side of things the goats claim to be following the "God within" but instead are following their own wills and their own inner impulses and feelings.

On the Orthodox religious side they claim to be following their rigid interpretation of the scriptures and their own conceived ideals of how things should be. They are very rigid and black and white in their view of things which leaves no room for the expansive Spirit of God and soul contact.

The scriptures provide the key in recognizing the sheep of Christ.
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." John 10:27

The true sheep know, or recognize the voice of God or Christ.

John further elaborates:
"But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers." John 10:2-5

The sheep will recognize a shepherd, or true teacher who has within the spirit of God. They feel the vibration of the Spirit and follow.

"A stranger will they not follow."

A stranger is he who speaks from the lower ego and stirs not the Spirit within the heart of the seeker. Even so many who would be sheep who are on the verge of soul contact and true recognition are deceived by false shepherds and cannot yet recognize the true inner voice that speaks in the stillness of the soul.

The bottom line is this. Many who have not fully developed the mind and are yet centered in the emotions are very good people who are seeking the highest they know and the way of deliverance for them through the maze ahead is to have "good shepherds" to follow who commune through the One Spirit. By this means can one who is yet centered in the emotions make true progress upon the path.

The sheep must follow someone as a teacher yet on the earth in the physical because such is in their nature, so it is important that the shepherd they trust in will teach through the soul in a voice that they know to be from God.

Unfortunately many who would follow have not learned to recognize the true voice and are led by the ego of a false shepherd which will indeed lead them off onto strange paths.

"Today, I tell you that He (Christ) will come; that plans for His coming are already set on foot, but I set no date or hour. The time is known only to the two or three, but in such an hour as ye think not, He will come."
DK through Alice A. Bailey