The Sword of Truth

The Sword of Truth

“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Rev 19:15-16

“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword…”

What is the sharp sword and why does it come out of the mouth of Christ?

Because the sword is a symbol, not just of speech or words, but the word of truth. There is nothing sharper and more penetrating than words of truth communicated with such clarity that they cannot be resisted or confounded.

These words of truth, or eternal words, are spoken by disciples of the Master who share consciousness with him, and thus the words of the disciple carry the same potency as the words of Christ.

Just as a powerful sword of a great warrior can overcome any foe, even so can words of truth which convey true principles, and destroy all the arguments of those in illusion to the confounding of all enemies.

“that with it he should smite the nations:”

Whether the words are spoken by the Master himself or his servants it matters not; but when the time comes that such words are released with freedom to circulate, then groups instead of just a few individuals will be affected. Eventually, entire nations will be reached and raised in consciousness. When this begins to happen, great conflict will ensue. Some of this will be on the physical plane but the coming focus will be on the astral, or emotional plane, with some reaching into mind and reason.

Truth is never in conflict with itself but greatly disturbs illusion; and from illusion and error arise many enemies to battle. These enemies only stand for a short moment, for after the sun rises their arguments will dissipate as the morning dew.

“and he shall rule them with a rod of iron:”

This almost sounds like the Master will rule with an iron fist as have many dictators of the past. Perhaps a misunderstanding of this scripture has inspired atrocities of the past such as the Conquistadors who fiercely ruled the American natives, and the Christian kings who ruled their people.

Will the gentle Christ or his servants rule with an iron fist then?

Not quite, but he will rule with a “rod of iron.”

The rod of iron and the sharp sword are the same – after all, a sword is a sharp rod of iron. This is a powerful way of telling us that in the coming age, those with the Christ consciousness will rule with the force of truth rather than lies, illusion and fear.

A ruler or teacher speaking the truth in an atmosphere of freedom will have a much more powerful hold on the people than a tyrant ever will. It is compared to iron because truth is the strongest force of all.

“and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.”

What is the symbolism of treading the winepress?

The regular winemaker of old pressed the grapes with his feet, which squeezed the juice into a lower trough to be made into a delicious wine. In this case, the grapes or fruit are the people of the nations containing a strange mixture of good and evil people of all sorts. Such a mixture must be attacked with the sharp sword of truth; and the attack must be with fierce and powerful feeling so as to cause the people to drink the wine or nectar of truth, leading to peace on earth, goodwill to men.

“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

First let us analyze the name which is, “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.”

Why is this name associated with a Christed one? The simple answer is that he rules with the sharp sword of truth, and truth is the greatest authority in the universe. There is no king or Lord higher than truth. Therefore, he who is infused with the Spirit of Truth is lord of lords and king of kings because he who knows only truth is the ultimate king, authority and lord over his own universe.

He had a name written both on his vesture (clothing) as well as on his thigh. Why was it written two places?

The name on the clothing symbolizes recognition by the outer world of the truth he teaches, and the name on the thigh represents recognition by the disciple himself that he is one with God and thus has access to all truth. The disciple or servant must see himself as an extension of the mind of God before others will give him any outward recognition.

True inner intelligence is always followed by the unfolding of the outer.

The universal brotherhood of man is our most precious possession, what there is of it. Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

Sept 9, 2006

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Principles of Discovery, Part 15

Principles of Discovery, Part 15

Ask Questions

This seems to be a very simple principle of discovery, but you would be surprised at how overlooked it is, perhaps even with yourself. The problem with the discovery of truth is that if the seeker isn’t asking questions and seeking the answer to such questions he is not going to discover much.

I used to think that most people were like me and had a lot of questions they wanted answered but what brought home to me that most do not ask questions until some authority directs them to was an interesting experience.

In my younger days, when I was a bit naïve, I was teaching a Sunday School class. Part of the class was covering the Second Coming of Christ so I thought I would ask a question to the class of about 30 people. Here was the question:

“Let us suppose that the Second Coming had just occurred and Jesus himself was here and you were in his presence. You can ask him any question you desire. What would you ask?”

To my astonishment not one hand went up. There were several in the class I thought were quite spiritual and assumed they were curious like me, but their hands did not budge.

After a moment of uncomfortable silence, I picked on one of the more intelligent members. “Surely you would have something you would like to ask Jesus,” I said.

He was silent. He couldn’t think of anything.

Then I singled out a female who was a dedicated member of the church. “This would be the greatest opportunity people have had for 2000 years. Isn’t there anything you would ask him?”

She thought a moment and replied, “I suppose I could ask him how our family could improve on our Monday night family activities.”

I gazed on in astonishment. Here in a class of thirty or more people this was the only question anyone could think of. This was the beginning to a personal awakening for me as to how little curiosity there is among the rank and file.

So now I throw the question out to the group, who I hope are much more curious than orthodox religious people. Suppose you had a chance to talk with the Christ, God, a Master or higher being who had access to all the mysteries. Name three questions you would ask.

(We let this assignment sink in for a day)

Great questions. You are definitely several steps above the Sunday School class I mentioned.

Here are several questions I liked.

I’ll start with my favorite and in doing this I should in no way diminish any other question asked. There were many very good ones that we just will not have time to cover.

Here’s the one that gets the gold star.

Do you need my help, and if you do, what is the best way I can help?

The natural inclination is to take the opposite approach and ask God to help us and tell us about ourselves and tell us what to do.

This person comes up with the interesting question as to whether or not God, or the higher lives, need our help. Maybe they don’t need us, but if they do then what kind of help do they need? Is it possible that what they need from us is much different than we suppose?

What makes this question different is that most people would not even consider asking it. Why? Because many feel that God is beyond needing help of any kind. The reader questioned orthodoxy here and in doing this he is going against the grain, and going against the grain will lead to knowledge if a person is open and receptive.

Every life in the universe needs help from other lives higher and lower in some way. Seeking out another life and actually asking if help is needed will manifest the love of God.

His other two questions were also very good. I’ve written quite a bit about them, but one of these questions would make for a good audio presentation in the future.

How can I have your constant presence with me?

How can I tell if what I’m “hearing” inside from the spirit is my inner self, or the devilish self? Or, how can I be more “in tune” with the spirit, and know that it is the true spirit that’s communicating to me at that moment?

Here is another interesting question:

How is it possible that anything exists and why?

This is a question that is most mysterious in my mind. I would word it this way. “How is it that anything exists at all?” If only one rock existed in the whole universe it would be amazing and perplexing enough, but every possibility exists.

We know that something exists out there because we experience it. Descartes thought long and hard upon this and came up with Cogito, ergo sum or “I think therefore, I am.”

We know we are experiencing being here, and that there is such a thing as form, thought and existence, so our real questions must circulate around what we perceive to be reality. How the foundations of reality came to be is a thing I have never even seen an attempt to explain. Creation, yes. Many thinkers have attempted to explain this, but how existence, or God Itself came to be, is here is another thing.

I’ll end with this question. Why is the art of asking questions so important to the seeker? Why does it take an advanced consciousness to ask a question that leads to new knowledge?

“To see the truth, you need to see the lies.” Angela’s Eyes, TV series

Sept 6, 2006

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Results of Attachment

Results of Attachment

I have previously stated this:

“Strong emotion such as love or hate, desire or repulsion, fear or protectiveness creates not karma, as we understand the term, but an energy link that will bring you into repeated contact with the person with whom you share such emotion. If such emotion carries with it any degree of attachment, then this person must be faced in relationship again and again, life after life, until you learn to let go of him and the emotion connected with the relationship.

“Even the lower octave of love creates this problem. Love from this angle would be defined as: “the desire to keep another in relationship because of what they do for you rather than what you can do for them as the prime motivator.

“This is why forgiveness is so important. If you hold a grievance and do not forgive, then that negative feeling creates a link that will draw that person back into your life until you do learn to forgive him on all levels.”

Question: What happens if I have moved on but others associated with me have not? Am I cursed to meet up with my ex-spouse again?

What happens then if you have a mean-spirited ex-spouse who is still attached to you, but you, on the other hand, have moved on and have tuned them out and are completely unattached?

In between lives when you are merged with your soul and planning your next life you will look at and consider the link of energy that he or she is sending toward you.

You may ask yourself:

This means she is going to enter my life in some way – how I am going to handle this energy she is sending my way?

Shall I take her as a wife again and attempt to guide the energy in a positive direction?

Am I crazy? No way!

Maybe I should accept her as a daughter. I can just see it now. When she misbehaves I’ll grab her and spank the dickens out of her and find myself enjoying meeting out the punishment. I’ll probably wonder if I am some sort of pervert for enjoying it so much.

Actually, accepting the attached person as a family member is a way the person often chooses to deal with the attached person. This explains why many complain so much about family. The unattached person will often choose this method as a way of helping the wayward soul without having to endure the misery they can cause through a close marital relationship.

Now suppose that you had such a bad relationship that you do not want the person as a spouse or a family member. You do not want to see them again ever!

If you feel very strongly about never seeing them again this is a subtle form of reverse attachment that will link you up with them once again. True detachment will cause you to mentally look at the energy the person is sending your way and to seek to direct it to harmlessness. The disciple always seeks to serve his fellow men even if they are irritating.

On the other hand, unless you have a debt of karma you have a right to keep your distance to the extent that this person will not bring you painful experiences.

So you look at the situation and see no value in taking the person in as a family member or spouse. You sense there is little you can do for their progress in the next life – that he needs to learn a few things without your help or interference – what then?

The obnoxious person still has his free will and may come cross your path in some way. He may be a neighbor, a classmate, a fellow worker, a student or just a person who stumbles across you and a bell rings in him stirring up the old feelings.

He or she will then have an attraction toward you that he cannot personally explain. He will then go after you seeking a closer relationship. When this happens your power of detachment will be tested to the hilt. If you yield against your better inner judgment, you will find yourself jumping into that misery you sought to avoid. If you deal with the person correctly, they will often move on and the energy link will dissipate. On the other hand, sometimes the person will become a fatal attraction and then you will have a major problem to deal with. In this case there is usually some residual karma to work out on your end.

A good possible example of this is the situation with Jodie Foster and John Hinkley Jr. It is quite possible that they had a past life link and Hinkley had a strong emotional attachment, but Jodie had moved on and was detached. When Hinkley saw Jodie on the screen the old feelings came back and he sought her out. She was wise enough to completely avoid him but he could not let go and became so destructive he attempted to assassinate a president just to get her attention.

Because Jodie had moved on, she did not have to endure a painful relationship with him and the harm he caused was entirely his responsibility and added to his karma and not hers. Her soul probably saw no way she could have reached out and helped him. Sometimes there is just nothing we can do to help another soul avoid a serious mistake. They often have to learn through their own painful experience.

In his next life Hinkley will probably be able to let Jodie go for he will have plenty to handle without concentrating on her.

All people come into our lives because their consciousness shares a certain note with our own consciousness. If you apply the principle of attrition and do not play the shared note with the irritating person then he will fade out of your life and not show up again.

This statement is very true concerning people with whom there is no major past life link. Attrition will prevent you from bringing additional problem people into your life.

If you have a strong past life link, but are unattached you will encounter them again, but if you wisely navigate you can avoid them bringing you unwanted grief.

Question: You say that the student and teacher who start in harmony together will (as a general rule) eventually have conflict. Could you elaborate on this?

You can see this principle playing out regularly in real life. Often two people marry feeling they are in great harmony, but a few years later they discover that there are many areas where they disagree to the point they cannot stand each other.

Two business partners at first see eye to eye but when the progression of the business reveals more details about each of them they soon have many conflicts with which to deal.

Unless both teacher and student have overcome glamour and illusion further progression will reveal personality differences which will lead to conflict. Then too, conflict usually follows when one or both of them are centered too much in the ego or glamors. If the teacher is wise and the student receptive the conflict can be resolved.

Some of my strongest supporters here have, in the past, been hit with teachings that have thrown them for a loop and have strongly disagreed with me. Fortunately, these situations have usually been synthesized and the relationship moved onward. Other times the student became disgruntled and went his own way.

Here is a statement from DK concerning a disgruntled student:

“It is with deep regret that I ask for your resignation from the group. If in later years you indicate to me a change of heart and a freedom from your present glamour, I will most gladly take you back into some group-though not into this one. I believe that you are prepared for this decision of mine. The reason for it is that I cannot any longer permit your group brothers to be hindered in their group work from your constantly recurring tendency to glamour. They have suffered with patience for many years, in order to give you the time to pierce through into the light, but the urgency of the times is such that all workers are needed and the group work must go forward.” Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, Page 616

Sept 1, 2006

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Crowns of Glory

Crowns of Glory

“His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.” Rev 19:12

“His eyes were as a flame of fire…”

When the disciple comes face to face with the Christ within he sees through the eyes of the Spirit, as if his vision were powered by a spiritual fire. He is also aware of the flame of fire that proceeds from the crown of his head and links him to the world of Spirit. This link opens his eyes to vision by fire, the source of light, rather than light itself.

“…and on his head were many crowns;”

The many crowns symbolize many lives, many accomplishments, numerous initiations, many enemies defeated, many works of service and more. It especially symbolizes lives where the disciple accomplished what he was supposed to do which paved the way for greater accomplishment. The disciple now understands that the greatest kingdom over which he can rule is within, and he is a king with a kingdom greater than ruled by any outward king on the earth.

“…and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.”

There is disagreement among scholars whether this should be translated as “name” or “names.” Some think that the name would have been written on the crowns and thus there would have been a different name on each crown. Most think it is a singular name, known only to Christ.

Either way, both have meaning that presents the truth.

In each life (symbolized by a crown) the disciple has a different name. It is said that when one becomes a master he is shown all his past lives. When this happens to one near the end of his human evolution, he is aware of names of his past where victory was achieved. Instead of broadcasting to the world, saying “Hey guys, I was Elijah in a past life”, he will note whatever success he has had in the past and keep it to himself for his own purposes. Whenever you see a person telling you to follow and believe in him because he was a great one in the past, you should get out of his way and allow him to make a fool of himself – but don’t let him make a fool of you.

If we interpret the verse by using a singular name we find another true meaning hinted at in the next verse which says:

“and his name is called The Word of God.”

The literal phrase “the Word of God” is not the name which no other man knows, but is a realization. To hear preached to us that Christ or the Word of God dwells in us is a much different thing than realizing that we are truly one with Christ, or the Word of God. When this realization comes the disciple has a vision of the mission that he must accomplish. He is the only one who fully understands the mission, which is the true hidden name.

“And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” Rev 19:13

The vesture dipped in blood symbolizes the pain, suffering and trials he has been through in all his lives to reach this point where he is now. And where is that? It is the realization of Christ in him and that he is one of the words of God made flesh, just as was his master, The Christ.

“And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.” Rev 19:14

Notice that the armies of heaven did not have vestures dipped in blood, but their garments were “white and clean.”

This tells us that the disciple has reached a level of consciousness where he can soon leave behind all the memories of pain and suffering of the world. Even so, for the moment he has a mission to fulfill that uses all the resources of heaven as well as earth within him. Pure thoughts and intent from heaven follow him as he goes to battle to move forward the will of God. The white horses symbolize the wisdom of the Spirit which will accompany him to battle – a wisdom that no man grounded upon the earth or leaning upon the power of the Beast can stand against.

Here are the next verses to contemplate:

“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

“And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:15-16

“Down from the mountain top I come, bringing the light of Life, the life of Light. Into the chalice of the form I pour that light which life confers, this life which light sustains. I see this golden light transform the darkness into day. I see the blue of life divine pour through the form, healing and soothing. Thus is the task performed. Thus is a man of earth transformed into a Son of God.” Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, Page 460

Aug 30, 2006

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Sensible Seeds

Sensible Seeds

A reader has a question on these two previous statements I have made:

[1] If a teaching just seems to make no sense do not trust it until it does make sense.

[2] Plant a seed thought in your mind and heart, and feed this thought with contemplation and meditation. Observe the fruit that comes forth, and accept that which is sweet and registers with your soul.

Question: Should we plant a thought or teaching then if it makes no sense?

It would be a waste of time to plant seeds that your common sense definitely tells you are wrong or non-sensible. For one thing it could not even be impartially planted. For instance, you could not give a good planting or fair trial to the idea that the moon is made of green cheese for this is entirely unbelievable and to plant the seed takes an experiment in belief.

What kind of things can we plant then?

Often in life we come across a crossroads of belief. There are two things that could be true and you’re not sure which, if either, is true. Either belief could make sense but you do not have enough knowledge to confirm.

A popular one is whether or not there is a God. Many arguments have been made on both sides. Now you cannot prove a negative such as atheism but you could experiment with planting a belief in God. Plant the belief and act for a while as if it were true and see what grows within you.

Then if you receive a positive on this you can go further by choosing a number of alternatives with which to experiment such as:

Is God a composite being of which I am a part, or a single individual who sits upon a throne?

Is God more like the Old Testament Jehovah who orders women, children and gays killed when it suits him or a God of love as taught by Jesus?

Is Jesus the God of the Universe?

Is Jesus a special creation or is he a brother just more advanced than the rest of us?

Will those who believe in Buddha have the same chances of salvation as a Christian?

Did Bush make the right decision in invading Iraq?

I threw that last one in to illustrate the importance of an impartial mind in getting results. Obviously, if you already have a strong opinion the seed is not going to get properly planted. In order for this principle to work one has to have an open mind to the possibility that either side of the equation could be correct. If the seeker cannot apply this principle with an open mind, it would be a waste of time to use it.

A reader makes a good point we should not reject any idea out of hand because our internal reaction may be negative. Yes, we should always be open to all possibilities, but to effectively plant a seed as noted in this principle of discovery the idea must be credible enough to at least temporarily consider it.

Question: Is this a true statement: The Christ cannot reappear down here on Earth, until the Lights manifest him to reappear.

An important point to realize within the overall picture is that he who is the representative of the Christ energy for this earth, the one who appeared through Jesus, is an individual entity with free will just as you and I are. He is merely further along on the path.

He can decide to appear wherever he wants, but, all indications are that he wants to appear when the opportunity is right.

Think of a parent deciding when he will visit his kid’s class at school. If the kid is invoking his father by requesting again and again that he come at a certain time then the probability of him appearing at that time may be fairly high. On the other hand, the parent may decide to come when the kid is not expecting it and appear at a completely unexpected time.

DK tells us that the Christ is waiting for the world to acquire a little political stability before he comes so he can work more productively. There also has to be a significant number of people ready to receive what he has to offer.

“Each Pilgrim on the Road must carry with him what he needs: a pot of fire, to warm his fellowmen; a lamp, to cast its rays upon his heart and show his fellowmen the nature of his hidden life; a purse of gold, which he scatters not upon the Road, but shares with others; a sealed vase, wherein he carries all his aspiration to cast before the feet of Him Who waits to greet him at the gate.” Glamour, A World Problem, Page 51

Aug 29, 2006

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The Grand Revelation

The Grand Revelation

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.” Revelation 19:11

This is the climatic point within the book and the life of the disciple as well as his Master. The day finally arrives that the conquering Christ appears to right the wrongs of the world.

Standard interpretation tells us that this is the traditional Second Coming of Christ in the clouds of heaven. One day all mankind will look heavenward and see Jesus and his angels lighting up the sky coming to save the righteous and burn the wicked.

But is this the true meaning?

Not quite.

This coming of Christ is written in symbolic writing and those who try to apply a literal meaning to this and other scriptures in Revelations will be consistently wrong.

What is the meaning then?

Let us take a closer look.

”And I saw heaven opened…”

First, it is important to remember that this appearance of Christ represents the Bridegroom appearing to marry and defend his bride (Israel, the saints, true disciples, purified lower self, etc).

Before the disciple can see the Christ, he must do more than to merely look toward a physical sky. The heavens must be open. In other words, the disciple must be elevated in consciousness until he becomes one with God. Jesus spoke of this goal for disciples in these words:

“That they (disciples) all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one.” John 17:21-23

When the disciple realizes that the most important coming of his Lord is within then “the heavens open” and he sees that he and Christ are one. Not only this but he realizes that the Christ and the Father are one which means that he and the Father are one also.

Then the revelation comes:

”…and behold a white horse”

Earlier we interpreted the meaning of the four horses of the Apocalypse as representing intelligence manifesting through the lower self of quaternary.

The white horse here is different than the lower white horse of chapter six. The white horse there represented the Christ consciousness manifesting through the intelligence of the lower self. This white horse represents the intelligence of Christ manifesting without the restriction of the lower forces pulling it downward. In other words, the disciple progresses from living in the world, but not of the world to living in the God consciousness and focusing there without being distracted by the pull of the world.

”and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True,”

Whereas the white horse represents the knowledge and wisdom of Christ, he who rides the horse is a Master of great wisdom and knowledge.

When the disciple breaks through and becomes one with the Christ consciousness he taps into the Oneness Principle, the minds of the holy ones of the past and the knowledge of all principles becomes available to him. He uses this knowledge skillfully, as does the rider of a fine white horse. This is hinted at in the following scripture:

“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.” Hebrews 12:22-23

There are two important qualities one must have to be one with Christ. He must be “Faithful” and “True.”

In other words, to tread the path to be a Master of Wisdom one must be a person who can be trusted and relied upon (Faithful) and his word must be his bond (True). That which he speaks must be true and that which he promises must be fulfilled.

Verse 11 then ends with this curious statement:

”…and in righteousness he doth judge and make war”.

Why do I call this curious? Because it presents an idea in total opposition to the preaching of many of the religious people about Christ.

They call him the “Prince of Peace” and proclaim that the Messiah would never support any war. In fact, most of the peace activists say they are attempting to be like Christ in opposing all war.

But here the scripture presents a different Christ than the common notion concerning the gentile Jesus. We are told that Christ will actually “make war.” But there is a qualification here. If he does make war, or judge, he will do so “in righteousness.”

Most wars in our history have not been fought in righteousness, but there are several upon which there is fairly united agreement that right use (righteousness) was made of war.

The first would be the American Civil War that ended with the freeing of the slaves and the second was World War II with the necessary defeat of Nazism.

Would Christ have supported such wars? According to the scripture, if they were just and right then he would have.

If we look only to physical wars, we are missing most of the meaning of this scripture. The Christ in us will in righteousness make other just wars. Here are a few.

[1] He will make war on the plane of the mind on ignorance and fight boldly for the establishment of truth

[2] He will make war on separateness, hatred and bigotry by seeking to love, accept and include as much as possible, but then chase the moneychangers out of the temple when all else fails.

[3] He will fight injustice wherever it appears

[4] He will fight for the freedom of the human spirit on all planes whether it be physical, emotional or mental.

[5] He will fight hypocrisy wherever it shows its deceptive head.

Indeed, wherever a dominating good needs a foothold established upon the earth the spirit of Christ will be there fighting in righteousness.

“Upon that Road one wanders not alone. There is no rush, no hurry. And yet there is no time to lose. Each pilgrim, knowing this, presses his footsteps forward, and finds himself surrounded by his fellowmen. Some move ahead; he follows after. Some move behind; he sets the pace. He travels not alone.” Glamour, A  World Problem, Page 51

Aug 27, 2006

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Principles of Discovery, Part 14

Principles of Discovery, Part 14

Principle: “Put your attention on finding that which is true rather than that which is in error.”

How does this help us to discover that which is true? Does using this principle mean you will not see errors or even overlook them?

The first question to ask ourselves is why this principle works – why does focusing on that which is true work better than focusing on error?

The reason is revealed when we realize that two other principles are at play.

[1] Energy follows thought.

This tells us that if our thought is focused on that which is true then energy will follow and take us toward that which is true.

If thought is focused on that which is in error then the energy created will lead the person to error. He will see the error and usually miss the truth.

[2] You find what you are looking for.

If you look for that which is true then truth is what you will find, but if you look for error you will find this also.

We can see how this plays out in real life. Think of people you know who are very critical and seem to find error and fault under every rock. Do these people ever come up with a truth that inspires and uplifts? Rarely, if ever.

On the other hand, think of those who seek to be positive and see the good, the beautiful and the true in every possible situation. Think of how much closer to the soul and the truth you feel when in communication with these types of people.

It is true that one of the principles of discovery is the process of elimination, but when using this, the truth seeker will seek that which is true in the process. In other words, he will have as his focus the seeing of that which is true as he eliminates error. This is different than the negatively polarized person whose prime objective is to find error.

If a person is focused on error he can easily find what he believes to be error in any writings on the earth, even the words of Jesus.

Does using this principle mean you will not see errors or even overlook them?

One can still discover error on the path to find the truth, but seeing the error while in a positive mode will be an entirely different experience than seeing it while in the negative mode.

While in the negative mode the person will relish finding error and will even sometimes have a negative “aha moment” of glee like a vulture coming across dead flesh.

The positive person has his “aha moments” when truth is revealed and does not pounce upon the error when he sees it, but will take note of it and move on. He only places any attention on error when either he or truth he presents is attacked, but even here the focus is to highlight that which is true.

Principle: “Seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened – Ask and you shall receive.”

Part of the reason this principle works is obvious, but part is not. Why you suppose this principle can lead one to that which is true.

This principle comes from these words of the Master:

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

I remember when I first heard this scripture when I was young. I thought this was a wonderful promise because I had many questions. But then to my disappointment I found that just asking God for an answer did not seem to work. Finally, I found the following scripture, which gave me encouragement. Here it is in a modern English translation:

Jesus said: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You would shout up to him, “A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit and I’ve nothing to give him to eat.” He would call down from his bedroom, “Please don’t ask me to get up. The door is locked for the night and we are all in bed. I just can’t help you this time.”

“But I’ll tell you this; though he won’t do it as a friend, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you everything you want; just because of your persistence. And so it is with prayer; keep on asking and you will keep on getting; keep on looking and you will keep on finding; knock and the door will be opened. Everyone who asks, receives; all who seek, find; and the door is opened to everyone who knocks.” Luke 11:6-10

I received encouragement when I read this. This seemed to be a key. Obviously, one does not immediately receive that which he seeks, but must be persistent over a period of time. This is what I decided to do. I would ask and seek until I received even if it took a significant period of time. Sooner or later, I would find out if the principle worked.

I thus set about seeking various mysteries that appealed to me. For quite a length of time not much seemed to happen but then in quiet moments when I was not expecting anything the inspiration began to come. At first the inner voice was so still and so small that I thought it was my imagination. Other times principles seemed to come to me as if in a blaze of glory, but over time I began to balance the intense with the inner quiet and to my delight I found that the answer to any question could be acquired. Some just took longer than others.

There are many questions that I have not yet received the answer to, but most of these I have not sought to know with intensity. Those things that I have sought to know with great energy have always been answered over time.

This brings us to the next principle: The point of tension.

The point of tension is a point of stress that precedes all creation as well as advances in knowledge and intelligence.

If you take a model airplane and wind up its propeller, the rubber band will incur more and more stress or tension until it becomes taut. At first it may seem like little is happening, that no tension is being built, but if the person persists the tension will indeed come. The flyer must use judgment and reach the right point of tension. If he winds too much the band will snap and disaster will occur. On the other hand, if he winds the right amount, he can constructively harness the energy of the tension to fly the plane.

Another, but different example of the point of tension is the adding of sugar to a glass of water. If you add a small amount the sugar it seems to disappear as if nothing is happening because its particles go in the empty spaces between the water molecules. But if you keep adding sugar the space between the molecules fills up and a point of tension occurs in the water. When this point of tension is reached the sugar becomes visible and some of that which was hidden materializes along with the added sugar.

This corresponds to finding what you seek. As you put attention on that which is sought and send energy to it, it may seem that nothing is happening for a period of time. But when the point of tension is reached an almost miraculous materialization will occur. This may come in the still small voice, a fiery confirmation or a flash of intuitive knowledge.

Rest assured that the parable of the persistent neighbor is true. If you keep on seeking, that life which is higher than yourself will finally yield and give you what you want.

“Three things the Pilgrim must avoid. The wearing of a hood, a veil which hides his face from others; the carrying of a water pot which only holds enough for his own wants; the shouldering of a staff without a crook to hold.” Glamour, A World Problem, Page 51

Aug 25, 2006

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Principles of Discovery, Part 13

Principles of Discovery, Part 13

To see the point of truth between the two extremes pointed out in the Pendulum Principle takes another principle – The Principle of Discernment.

In particular the disciple should seek the power to discern beyond physical seeing so he can see the difference in effects from the astral/emotional world, the mind and the world of the soul.

Discernment or correct seeing is difficult enough in the physical world. Just go to any courthouse and listen to two witnesses describe the same event. Sometimes there will be small differences and other times great ones, but always there will be differences. Then even with physical observation a witness may believe he sees more. For instance, the witness may believe he sees evil intent or guilt or he may see innocence or a “nice guy” in the defendant.

The problem with correct emotional seeing is that many try and discern it by physical evidence only. These people are easy to fool by an unscrupulous salesman or a con artist. The reason is that sometimes outward actions are a reflection of inward intent, but other times they are not. Unless the person can discern true emotional feeling, he will find himself to be wrong quite often when he sizes up a person’s inner nature by outer evidence.

So how does one learn to discern the true feelings and intent of others? The answer is he uses the principle that energy follows thought. Concentrate on reading people’s feelings and energy will follow your thought and eventually establish an emotional link that allows for consistent emotional communication.

Another key is to nurture the feeling of empathy. Seek to identify with the feelings of others, as with your own feelings and the communication link will increase.

As the emotional communication link becomes firm the pilgrim will suffer some disturbing, somewhat painful adjustments to his own emotional body. After the adjustments are made the storms will settle down and stability and added sensitivity will be the result.

The next step up is to establish a mental link. This will cause the seeker to develop the essential key of “reading between the lines” of what the other person is doing. When pure reason is developed the other person does not have to be physically present or even alive. The perceiver can merely study his words and discern many of the writer’s thoughts and intentions.

This mental discernment is invaluable when studying inspired works such as the scriptures. Those who go by a black and white interpretation only will always be in error. On the other hand, those who discern by the power of mind and reason can gain many more truths and with greater accuracy than those who are merely memorizing data.

Finally, we come to the great key of discernment through the soul. Here the person comes in contact with the Oneness Principle and grand vistas of knowledge and principles become available. He who is in the soul feels a vibration of confirmation whenever truth is spoken and discernment is greatly enhanced.

Quote from DK: “My words to you in the last series of instructions have sunk deeply into your consciousness and, little by little, the inner programme which should govern your life is slowly taking form-even if you remain as yet somewhat unconscious of it. How seldom do those who have the time and the leisure serve as do those who have no time or leisure! Reflect upon this statement and see to it that some form of life service takes shape in your consciousness which is other than the daily round which falls to those who tend a home. So oft the tending of a home, the functioning as a wife and mother and the performance of the social round, is deemed an adequate expression of service. For some it may and should be so. For others it is not, and you are among those who should function creatively and whose life should be dedicated to the expression of inner reality through the medium of some outer form. What will you, therefore, do if these words of mine are true?

“The world emergency is such that those who are affiliated with or who are members of the Hierarchy are calling for all the conscious creative aid that we can find. I call on you. It is for you to find the way to serve and to gain the needed sense of proportion, the necessary realisation as to the basic essentials of the spiritual life, and the tested discrimination and discerning faculty which will indicate to you the manner, the time and the mode of your service.” Serving Humanity, Page 374

Here is the next principle: “Seek proven authorities and learn from them.”

Since I have taught that the principle that makes the Beast is unearned authority some have taken this to mean that all authority is the Beast, including myself. There are, of course, positive authority figures who can demonstrate or who have mastered that which they teach. Even the Logos of our planet has an earned authority in the Hierarchy above him.

Assignment: Excluding me, name three earned authorities for you and tell us why they have earned that position.

Here are three important to me:

[1] DK, or Djwahl Khul who gave to Alice A. Bailey most of her writings.

There are a number of reasons he is an earned authority with me. The main one being that he comments on a principle that touches my soul in almost every paragraph he writes. No other writer does this for me.

Another reason is that often when I have had things revealed to me through the Oneness Principle, I later will be reading DK and discover that he had written about it either directly or indirectly through hints.

I find it interesting that the writings that Alice A. Bailey did by herself rarely say anything that I consider profound, that overall, a page of DK’s writings equals the light in one of her books – and her books are pretty good from a standard point of view. The difference testifies that Alice A. Bailey did not write the books attributed to DK.

Now one can say that some tricky evil spirit dictated the DK books, but they definitely did not come from Mrs. Bailey.

I believe the writings come from a true master of Wisdom and thus when his writings take me into unknown territory, I give then strong credibility.

Does this mean I automatically accept all he writes? No, but it does mean I give weight to all he writes. I personally find it amazing as to how much I automatically agree with because of soul confirmation as I read. After decades of study there are only two or three things I have on the shelf – on which I have not received soul confirmation and which I may disagree.

[2] The scriptures.

I say the scriptures because this includes other scriptures than the Bible such as the Aquarian Gospel, A Course in Miracles, Mormon scriptures and some from the East.

The most powerful of these are the actual words of Jesus.

These are strong authorities with me because I have received soul confirmation on many of the teachings. I have not received a blanket confirmation on any of them but enough so I take them all seriously.

[3] Teachers who have learned a skill, art or application of some kind. There are many good teachers who have reasonable mastery over a skill and are reliable to use as an authority. These are practical teachers recognized by the world, but when we get to the area of spirituality or metaphysics true authorities are few and far between.

“The Pilgrim, as he walks upon the Road, must have the open ear, the giving hand, the silent tongue, the chastened heart, the golden voice, the rapid foot, and the open eye which sees the light. He knows he travels not alone.” Glamour, A  World Problem, Page 51

Aug 21, 2006

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Marriage of Spirit and Matter

Marriage of Spirit and Matter

“And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God: For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand. And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

“And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.” Rev 19:1-6

When the disciple overcomes his personal Babylon, keeps his mind steady in the light and makes right use of money, sex and power he will establish a consistent soul contact. When this is done he will feel an internal rejoicing and know that indeed he has taken a major step toward becoming an inhabitant of the Kingdom of God.

He is now in a position to use good karma to serve the will of God and his fellow men and women.

“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” Rev 19:7-8

Notice it says “the wife hath made herself ready.” The whore or prostitute is gone, burned with fire and that which remains is the true wife of God or the lamb. The true wife does not worship the false gods of corrupted money, sex and power. Instead, she focuses on the light, love and will of God and dedicates all energies in this direction.

“And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Rev 19:9-10

The marriage supper is sponsored by the soul and marries the world of Spirit to the world of matter within the disciple. He or she then carries within the true Christ Consciousness at all times. No longer does he waver as his attentions shift back and forth between the world of form and Spirit. His focus is now sure and reliable.

John fell at the feet of the angel who delivered the revelation and commanded him to write. The angel refuses to allow John to worship him because he is “of thy brethren.” The angel was once a mortal man like John and his brother, and should not be worshipped.

As I said, we learn from DK in the writings of Alice A. Bailey that this angel is the Apostle Paul who was certainly a brother and had a testimony of Jesus.

“Down from the mountain top I come, bringing the light of Life, the life of Light. Into the chalice of the form I pour that light which life confers, this life which light sustains. I see this golden light transform the darkness into day. I see the blue of life divine pour through the form, healing and soothing. Thus is the task performed. Thus is a man of earth transformed into a Son of God.” Discipleship in the New Age: Vol I, Page 460

Aug 19, 2006

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Principles of Discovery, Part 12

Principles of Discovery, Part 12
The Anti Majority Principle

“Take that belief which is embraced by the world, or the majority in a group, and look in the opposite direction. In this opposite direction much truth lies hidden.”

I have found many hidden morsels of truth by using this principle. A natural suspicion has always arisen in me when I have seen a belief being widely accepted that has not been positively proven.

Often is the case that I have asked myself, “Is this true, just because the vast majority says so?” Then I did something that most do not do. I ask “what if the opposite were true?” Is there any logic to support it?

Global warming is a good example. Almost all the media and visible authorities believe the earth is warming to an apocalyptic degree and humanity is the main cause. They think we need to spend trillions directly combatting the threat. I have given out some interesting facts that I have found from my research indicating the opposite may be true.

Here are some facts.

[1] Humans do release the greenhouse gas of CO2 and it has some effect, but no one can yet prove how much.

[2] CO2 is a plant fertilizer and has the positive effect of causing more greening of the earth and an increase in food production. Some greenhouses pump in additional CO2 to increase yields.

[3] In the past the earth has had over ten times the CO2 as it does now and there was no apocalypse.

[4] Much of the proposed spending will have little effect and the money would be much better spent to prepare for possible climate changes rather than to change the climate. For instance, a third of the Netherlands is below sea level, but they have wisely spent money in adapting to the situation rather than changing the climate.

Then one must also look at the majority belief within groups, even small groups, for all groups are influenced by the general thoughtform created from its members.

A majority belief among those who totally reject global warming seems to be that they think it is their right to drive as big of a gas guzzler as they want and by damn, they’ll go out of their way to drive what they want.

They may have this right but we all have a responsibility to apply the Law of Economy and use only those limited resources that we need and avoid waste and pollution as much as possible.

Now let us examine some fairly universally accepted religious beliefs to which I have applied this principle.

[1] God is perfect.

He is? How do you know this?

[2] God knows everything.

Everyone believes this, but why? They have no evidence.

[3] God is all powerful.

And we know this because? Maybe if he was all powerful things would be different in this world.

[4] God knows what I am thinking.

Maybe he’s not interested in what you are thinking.

[5] Jesus is the savior of the universe.

What the reason for thinking this? The universe is a big place. Maybe the earth by itself is a big enough job for a savior.

[6] God is infinite?

Maybe not.

[7] The mark of the Beast is a computer chip or some mark upon the right hand or forehead.

Maybe not. Maybe it is something everyone has overlooked.

[8] Life is not fair.

Maybe it is if we consider reincarnation.

Always be suspicious when you see a belief that is gaining great popularity and look in the opposite direction. In that direction is much truth to be found.

If you can think of any interesting bits of enlightenment you have found by looking in the opposite direction of the majority let us know.

The Pendulum Principle

Understanding the Pendulum Principle is a powerful key to aid in the discovery of truth. It can basically be stated as follows:

Average humanity swings back and forth in their beliefs from one extreme to the other. The reason for this is an extreme belief requires little thought or judgment. One can be lazy and not use the mind, but rely completely on feeling which swings to the extreme without check. In other words, everything is viewed through a black and white mode. All is good or evil, right or wrong with no shades of gray.

The reason this principle is important is that in most cases the extreme position is filled with error. If the seeker understands that some widely accepted beliefs are really an extreme position taken by the lazy in thought, then he can look at the middle, use judgment and discover much truth.

Let’s go through some popular beliefs and see how this plays out.

Extreme Belief Side One: Jesus is the God of the universe, is all powerful, all knowing and created all the billions of galaxies.

Extreme Belief Side Two: Jesus was just a regular man if he existed at all.

It is most likely the truth is between these two popular extremes. Good judgment can find it.

Extreme Belief Side One: Global Warming is caused by man and threatens our very existence within the next few years.

Extreme Belief Side Two: Global warming has not been proven so ignore what they say.

The most likely truth is that we will successfully adapt to any warming or cooling that may come just has humanity has done in the past.

On the other hand, we cannot just take it for granted that we are not creating a problem for the future and should work toward a reasonable understanding of our possible effect on nature.

Extreme Belief Side One: There is a conspiracy behind every major tragedy that happens.

Extreme Belief Side Two: All conspiracy theories are silly and to be ignored

Again, the truth is somewhere in the middle. Obviously, not all disasters are caused by government conspiracies, but then we know from history that sometimes there are true conspiracies. However, these often involve assassinations rather than some very complex plot that would involve thousands of people.

I tweaked the extreme conspirators after the Tsunami in Indonesia. I joked that someone would accuse Bush of planting a100 megaton atomic bomb in the ocean to cause a Tsunami to destroy lots of Muslims. It was only a couple days later that such a conspiracy theory did surface.

Extreme Belief Side One: We must cease from drilling for new oil for we are running out of resources and destroying the environment.

Extreme Belief Side Two: We must drill for all the oil we can for the foreseeable future.

Truth: Oil needs are still high so we will need new domestic oil production, but if we are wise, we can switch to alternative fuels within the next 30-50 years. Then we will need very little oil.

Extreme Belief Side One: the president is totally evil and I hate him.

Extreme Belief Side Two: The president is totally good and I love him.

Truth: All our leaders have their flaws and should be judged as doing their best, not as a Hitler or a saint.

We could go on and on but the sad truth is that many of the popular beliefs and positions of average humanity are extreme and lacking judgment. Some of these extremes are accepted as being moderate if popularized by the mainstream media. The true seeker will see where the true extremes lie and avoid taking a blind unthinking position on that extreme as he would a plague.

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Aug 18, 2006

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