Hello, my friends. It's good to talk to you again.
Mindy wrote an interesting post the other day that I'd like to cover briefly. First of all let me read what she said:
"Those of you who have browsed through AAB's [Alice A. Bailey] 'Discipleship in the New Age' books know that DK refers to those he's training by initials. Upon further reading you'll note that these initials correspond to the keywords DK gives each disciple to work on in order to bring him/her more in line with the soul's plan. An example might be L.U.J. which we later find relates to the keywords of Love, Understanding and Joy. DK might describe such a disciple as being too intellectual and will oriented and needing to work on those keywords given in order to balance out the energies. He purposely provides something lacking or weak in the disciples' make-up as their focus."
I found this quite interesting. I'm curious, Mindy, if you figured this out on your own or if somebody told you. If you figured this out on your own it's a very astute observation. I never noticed it myself, that he used this method.
So my initials are JJD. This means that if he were to give me some key words it would be related to these three letters. So this is an interesting thing to consider. Maybe the name you have been hasn't been given by accident and maybe these initials that you have might be keys or keywords that might be helpful for your progression. It's interesting to consider.
So, look at the initials of your name and contemplate what words would be good keywords on which to meditate. For instance, since my initials are JJD, I could meditate on Joy, Justice and Divine or there are probably a lot of other words. Those just came to mind. This would be a good project for us. Consider your initials and what words do you think are good for you as seed thoughts.
Assaf made a comment about my statement regarding the speed of light being constant as explained by the Doppler effect. I don't think it does, Assaf. Let me explain.
For instance, when the speed of light was first studied they tested the speed of light going away from the Earth, in both directions. Now, supposing in reference to the center of the universe or whatever, we may be going half the speed of light. Logically, if that is so, it would seem like, if you shine a light in one direction and the speed of light is constant then it can't go faster than 186,000 miles per second [mps]. It would seem like light traveling in different directions would go in different speeds relative to us but as it turns out the speed of light is always 186,000 miles per second.
Let me put this in another framework. Suppose you're on a train and you're going half the speed of light and according the law of the universe here, light can't go over 186,000 miles per second. So if you're going half the speed of light it would logically seem that if you shine the light in front of you and light traveled 186,000 mps away from you when you shine the light ahead of you, you would think that light would go away from you at one and a half times the speed of light. Or if you shine it the other direction there would be a gap. But experiments show that isn't the case.
If you're going on a train half the speed of light and shine a light away from you, it still, relative to you, will go 186,000 mps away from you. And if you shine back the other direction it still goes 186,000 mps.
The scientists thought that was quite curious and it was finally explained by Einstein's theory of relativity. According to Einstein, it's relativity that made the speed of light stay constant.
Now, the Doppler Effect is a different matter. To experience the Doppler Effect you'd have to be off the train and measure the waves of the light going both directions from the train. Because of the speed of the train relative to you, the light waves would hit you differently. That's a different thing from being on the train and having the speed of light being constant relative to yourself.
If you're on a plane going the speed of sound and you speak from one end of the plane your voice will actually travel faster than the speed of sound to the other end of the plane because it's carried within the air that's packaged within the plane itself. So your sound waves will go faster than the speed of sound.
The same thing doesn't happen when you're on a plane shining a light. The light always travels 186,000 mps relative to you and any point of measurement. There is no way you can make it go faster, relative to anything in existence. So relative to the Earth, the speed of sound in the plane would be going faster than the speed of sound, or the voice carried within the plane would go faster than the speed of sound.
Using normal experiments they can't make things go faster than the speed of light. However, they've done some type of subtle experiments with sub-atomic particles that seem to accomplish that but it's open to interpretation.
When I was using this in reference to the universe I was making the point that the universe seemed to be very evenly expanding and how the speed of light is correspondingly so uniform. I think it's possible that the uniformity that we have is based on some illusion and that we may discover some principles around this that will open up avenues, making it possible to go faster than the speed of light sometime in the future. Then, of course, there are spiritual principles that can be used whereby we can definitely go faster than the speed of light. But that's another matter.
Leslie asks an interesting question. Before I go to it I'd like to comment that I'm glad to see her posting here. I do recall that she is a connoisseur of good Australian wines so she's on my good list right away.
She says, "Long lurker and grateful for your list and information. I have a question." She wants to know, "Is the Holy Order or priesthood active?" That's an interesting question. Before I go into it let's discuss a little bit about what the priesthood is according to the way it's normally defined. In most religions the priesthood is a type of order, a structure governing the church or body. That's how it's generally thought of; the higher the level of authority, the higher the office and so on.
In the Mormon [LDS -- Latter-day Saint] Church it's viewed a little bit differently; it's defined as authority from God. If you have authority from God, you have authority to officiate the church ordinances and such. In the Mormon doctrine they were given this authority by the angels. My native religion was the LDS and I was so ordained and given the priesthood there and used it a number of times. The LDS use it in healing, to officiate in church offices and functions and ordinances, baptisms, etc. There came a time when the church found out that I believed some sort of strange doctrines and since I wouldn't renounce my ideas they excommunicated me. So according to the church they took away my priesthood so that should mean I don't have power to do anything on the side of Light.
I found this interesting. When I was in the church I saw several miraculous things happen; healing the sick and so on. Then when I was no longer in the church I saw just as many or more miraculous things through healing without using the priesthood and the spiritual presence was the same.
The Mormons believe that if you really honor the priesthood, you'll have authority from God and can raise the dead and do all these things. Funny, in my own family, when my sister had cancer, one of my nephews had quite a bit of faith, so he went and commanded her by the power of the priesthood to be healed. When it didn't seem to do anything he was devastated. My sister died a short time later.
So, what really is the priesthood and where does the power come from? Is there power in priesthood? Or not? Is there really power of God in authority on the Earth? Or not? One of the most famous priests of all time called Melchizedek. He lived in the days of Abraham. Abraham paid his ties to him. He was said to have established peace on Earth in his age by the power he had through communion with God. We're told in this age that the priesthood was called Melchizedek but originally it was called the Priesthood after the Order of the Son of God. It was changed to Melchizedek to sanctify the name of Son of God so the name of the Son of God would not be overused.
According to the scriptures, what happens if you have the priesthood? Here it says, "In the greater priesthood is ministereth the Gospel and holdeth the key to the mysteries of the kingdom even the key of the knowledge of God." So if a person really does hold the priesthood he's going to have the key to the mysteries and the key to the knowledge of God. I've met a lot of people who claim to have the priesthood but I haven't met anyone with the knowledge of God. Most of these people who claim the priesthood shy away from any new knowledge. They think new knowledge is bad. Many of the churches push out people who attempt to find out the mind of God.
Here's another great scripture:
34 "Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen?
35 "Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of this world, and aspire to the honors of men, that they do not learn this one lesson--
36 "That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon principles of righteousness.
37 "That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw themselves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.
38 "Behold, ere he is aware, he is left unto himself, to kick against the pricks, to persecute the saints, and to fight against God.
39 "We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.
40 "Hence many are called, but few are chosen.
41 "Now power or influence can or ought to be maintained by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned;
42 "By kindness, and pure knowledge, which shall greatly enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile--
43 "Reproving betimes with sharpness, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then showing forth afterwards an increase of love toward him whom thou has reproved, lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;
44 "That he may know that thy faithfulness is stronger than the cords of death.
45 "Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men, and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priesthood shall distill upon thy soul as the dews from heaven.
46 "The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and thy scepter an unchanging scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee forever and ever."
That's from the Doctrine & Covenant section 121 34-46. I think those are beautiful words.
Now that I've read a few things here, let me just sum up in my own words what I believe the priesthood is. We're told the priesthood is eternal; it has no beginning and no end. That it's an order after the Order of the Son of God and it's a key to the knowledge of God and it's used by ordinances. Now, what's an ordinance? An ordinance is symbolic of something in Heaven represented on Earth.
Let's put all these things together.
What is the principle behind the Son of God? The principle behind the Son is the soul. The soul is the door to the spirit; the door that you open from Earth to Heaven, which is the Soul. Soul contact is the key to the priesthood. It's the key that opens the door so that you can have contact with the Holy Father, so to speak. So what is the key to the knowledge of God? The key to the knowledge of God is the Soul. The Soul is the symbol of the Son. The Son is the mediator between God and man; the Soul is the mediator between spirit and matter. So the key to the knowledge of God is the Soul; soul contact.
We're told that he in the priesthood has the key to the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven. Again, soul contact is that key. Without soul contact and establishing communion with the Holy Spirit through the soul there is no key to the mysteries of the Kingdom of God revealed to you or anyone else. It's all dependent upon obtaining the Holy Spirit.
It is written, "The rights of the priesthood are inseparably connected with the power of Heaven and the powers of Heaven cannot be controlled only handled under the principle of righteousness."
"Inseparably connected with the powers of Heaven." And how are the powers of Heaven contacted? They're contacted through soul contact. Communing with the Soul and getting in touch with the Holy Spirit is the key to communing with the powers of Heaven. It's the only key there is.
It is said that we will lose a connection to the powers of Heaven, any power to use any priesthood when we use our authority to compel the souls of men in any degree of unrighteousness. So what happens when a person seeks to compel the souls of men? A veil is drawn between him and his soul so soul contact comes to a screeching halt. When soul contact comes to a halt so does any spiritual authority of that man. He has no connection to the powers of Heaven any longer. It doesn't matter who ordained him or how many people proclaim him as prophet, priest or king. His priesthood comes to an end. So the true key to the priesthood is soul contact.
Then what is all the writing about why have different religions in the past had ordinations to the priesthood? Can you ordain somebody to have soul contact? The answer is this. The Brotherhood of Light has often worked, in the past, through physical ordinances and representatives here upon the Earth. When they decided to do this they have called and ordained various representatives like in the times of Moses. In the times of [The Mormon prophet] Joseph Smith they did this. But right now we've reached a point where it seems to be that those who have any power from God are those who have soul contact whether they've been ordained or not. It doesn't seem to make a lot of difference because people who have soul contact will have power and authority from God and people who have no soul contact, whether or not they've received a physical ordination, will have no power from God.
I've talked quite a bit about the Molecular Order and have a book on it. It's on the internet for those of you who are new. In a way when the Molecular Order, when it is set up, will be a form of priesthood as it was defined. We may not use priesthood in connection with it because a priesthood is merely some sort of order or structure whereby, if it's operated correctly, the spirit of God can flow through this order. One of the things that give these various orders power are the power of symbols. Whenever the priesthood has been on the Earth it there has been symbols and ordinances connected with it.
DK [Djwhal Khul] calls the use of these symbols ceremonial magic. The power of ceremonial magic is going to be amplified a lot over the next couple hundred years because the Seventh Ray, which governs ceremonial magic, is coming into power at this time. We're going to see a scientific use of ceremonial magic being developed. Let me give you some things from the Christian Church that use ceremonial magic. One is baptism, ordaining for the Holy Spirit, the Eucharist, and different things of that nature. These are all a part of ceremonial magic.
Does ceremonial magic work? Yes, if it's done correctly and those who are participating have pure intent and have soul contact, then the spiritual energy can flow through the entire group. For instance, if a group of people take the Eucharist in representation of the Son of God and say eating the bread is a symbol of partaking of the body of Christ; drinking of the wine is a symbol of partaking of the spirit of Christ. When you do this and everyone in this communion are one and are in contact with the soul then they will be one through an interplay spiritual energy flowing through the group as one living body. Thus it will be indeed, ceremonial magic. It will be the magical power of the soul manifesting itself.
The times I've attended church and taken of the sacrament (Eucharist) did not seem to produce any spiritual effect. The first time I felt any power with the communion with the spirit through this ordinance was when I did this with a small group of about a half a dozen people and it wasn't connected with the authorities of the church. When we did this I did this I felt a very strong spiritual flow and I was surprised. Now I can see on hindsight that we weren't doing it because we were commanded, we were doing it because we were seeking the spirit and everyone had pure intent at the time. So when ceremonial magic is produced there is a spiritual flow produced and you have a manifestation of the priesthood; the interplay of spirit and matter through the magical power of the soul.
Now, as far as obtaining the power of God, we on our own can go only so far in our present state of consciousness. This is why we all have to help each other. The power of the Christ is to lend a helping hand to those who have not progressed as far as us and pulling them up. This is one of the purposes of the priesthood as given throughout history. Certain people are selected as teachers and priests to pull others up to where they are. Certain orders have been instituted on the earth at various times and they usually become corrupted within a short time after they're instituted. It's happened time after time but for short periods of time throughout the Earth's history various orders have been set up and have been very beneficial and helpful to mankind. An example of a corrupt priesthood is the authorities who crucified Christ and held the mock trial for Him. In their so-called priesthood authority they condemned Him to death. Of course there was an end to their priesthood when that happened.
So right now the thing to be concerned about isn't who has or doesn't have the priesthood. The thing to be concerned with is who has or doesn't have soul contact. If you have soul contact, you will have as much power as any king or priest upon the Earth. There may come a time in the future when the Brotherhood decides a specific work has to be done and they may call an individual or a number of individuals and give them some sort of Rod of Power representing the authority of the Brotherhood to go forth and do some monumental work. Until we hear otherwise, our duty is to merely pursue the highest we know. Seek communion with the soul, and in this way when you have communion with the soul, you have authority to proceed and do whatever the Holy Spirit tells you.
Speaking of authority I like a quote here from the Book of Mormon prophet. He says in 1 Nephi 10:22, "And the Holy Ghost giveth me authority to speak these things." If the Holy Ghost gives you the authority there is no higher authority than that. When the Holy Spirit speaks you have authority to proceed no mater who says you have or do not have the priesthood then you are justified. If you're male or female, it matters not.
One of the things we're going to be doing at the Gathering [See Gathering podcasts & transcriptions.] is presenting different types of ceremonial magic which some people may call ordinances. Some you may have not seen before. There may be a different twist seen. I think we'll have some interesting results.
That's it for now and don't forget to think about what keywords go along with your initials. That's really a form of ceremonial magic when you think about it. It works on the Law of Correspondences.
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