Dark Brothers and Fear
Question: The question has come up as to whether even a Dark Brother can change and choose the path of light, for does not free will always exist?
Yes free will always does exist but so do limitations that circumscribe each one of us. Suppose that by making a bad decision you find yourself in free fall because you drove off a cliff; this does not mean all you have to do is decide to pick a safe path and all will be well.
No. In this situation, you would regret your mistakes but there would be no way out in this life. You would be doomed to dying in a car crash with the hope you would be wiser in the next life.
One can make very grievous mistakes and pay off his karma and chose the path of light, but when he makes a conscious decision to choose the dark path after the two paths are clearly presented before him then it is as if he has driven off a cliff and cannot return in this round if he wanted to.
What happens when the dark path is chosen is that a separate reality is created that is disconnected to the God principle. When this illusionary reality is fully entered into because the soul has been totally rejected, the soul then cannot be found no matter what effort is made. The failed personality is then destroyed and rebuilt in a future system. The Dark Brother will be redeemed, but it will be eons in the future.
DK tells us that we receive many warnings from the soul before the God Principle is severed. If we have within us even a slim desire to serve or to do good then we have not yet chosen the dark path.
Those who choose the teachings of light on any progressing system will be far from perfect. What you look at is the actual teachings which are supposed to be followed. For instance, many Christians have committed atrocities in the name of Christ yet the pure teachings of Christ are only good, beautiful and true. Because there are some bad apples and bad groups along the way does not diminish the light within the words of Christ.
Sometimes those who embrace the words of light do not set a much better example than those who embrace the words of darkness.
Are we to then throw up our hands and quit when we see a fellow brother or sister make a mistake? No. Because of the principle of dominating good the light will prevail in the end. We must endure in season and out of season for the time will come when each world will see a clear demarcation of light and dark. The side of light and love eventually becomes dominated with good guys.
Facing Reality and Fears
Whereas it is true that many of our fears are created by illusionary techniques the denial of fear only takes us into greater illusion. We cannot overcome fear by insisting it does not exist or that we do not feel it. Fear must be overcome by facing it.
Many people who have read the Course in Miracles (as good a book that it is) have a simplistic view of fear. Some wish to ignore it out of existence and others seem terrified to even use the word because they have the worst fear of all – the fear of fear. The fear of fear is the most important fear to overcome for if one fears fear he will refuse to even examine fears that may exist within himself. When one overcomes the fear of fear he can then talk about fear without raising the emotion of fear within himself and can take the appropriate steps in facing fears and overcoming them.
Many there are who wish the word “fear” to be removed from our vocabulary have not yet encounter the Dweller and other situations and vibrations that can induce fear that the novice has never before dreamed of. Until one has encountered all the pitfalls on the path to liberation and has slain the dragons of fear along the way he has no authority to preach to others about its final conquest. So far I have not met anyone who has preached to me about the conquest of fear who is even aware of what he has yet to face.
In saying this, I hope to not stimulate the fear of fear in any of you for each of us must smell the roses along the path and enjoy the joy of the moment when it comes. When we are ready that is the time our tests will come. There will be some fear, but if the pilgrim faces them and is completely honest with himself he will overcome and obtain tremendous joy.
Djwhal Khul says this about fear: You ask: What are the basic causes of fear? To that question, if carried far enough back into the esoteric history of the solar system there is no intelligible answer to be given. Only the advanced initiate can comprehend. Fear has its roots in the warp and woof of matter itself, and is par excellence, a formulation or effect of the mind principle, and a result of mental activity. The fact that birds and animals know fear puts the whole subject upon a wider footing than if it were simply a human failing and the result of the activity of the functioning of the human mind. It is not incident upon a man’s possessing a reasoning mind; if he used his reason in the correct way he could eliminate fear. It lies in what is called cosmic Evil-a high sounding phrase, conveying little. It is inherent in the fact of matter itself and in the play of the pairs of opposites-soul and matter. The sentient souls of animals and of men are subconsciously aware of factors such as:
- The vastness and therefore the sensed oppression of the Whole. 2. The pressure of all other lives and existences. 3. The working of inexorable Law. 4. The sense of imprisonment, of limitation, and of consequent inadequacy.
In these factors, growing out of the manifested process itself and persisting and growing in potency during the ages, are found the causes of all modern fear and the basis of all terror, above all that which is purely psychological and not just the instinctual fear of the animal.
To concretise the matter more clearly would not help. Of what use is it to be told that fear is a quality of evil (or of matter) which colours fundamentally or characterises the astral or sentient body of our planetary Logos? What have you gained if I outlined to you the problem of the great Life in Whom we live and move and have our being as He, on His Own cosmic plane, seeks liberation and faces His Own peculiar trials and tests? How can words adequate be found to convey a cosmic struggle between Lives so impersonal and exalted in consciousness that the words his, or he or tests prove simply laughable and convey no possible aspect of truth or reality whatsoever?
Treatise on White Magic Pages 298-299
Benefits of Fasting
A couple months ago I realized that I was really getting out of shape so I started jogging again after a hiatus of 12 years or so. I was surprised how difficult it was to get back into shape compared to my younger years.
The interesting thing is that I just finished a week fast on liquids only. I usually fast twice a year for a week each time. This time it had been a year since my last fast. Sometimes I just drink water and other times juice. For the last five days of my fast I didn’t feel like jogging so I took it easy. Monday, after I got my strength back I decided to go for a run again and thought I may have lost some of the gains of getting in shape because of taking it easy during the fast.
Well, I ran down the road by our house a few blocks to a hill I always go up. Usually by the time I get to the top of the hill I am pretty exhausted and have to force myself to go a little further and then I walk for a while. This time I got to the top of the hill and didn’t even feel winded so I just kept going. I kept wondering when I would lose my wind and have to walk a while, but the time never came. Usually during my run I walk about 40% of the distance, but this time I ran the whole duration.
Usually, when I return home I am exhausted and feel like collapsing. But this time I felt like I could go another round if need by.
I’ve talked to you before about the benefits of fasting but this indeed gives additional evidence of its value that even I did not realize before. I would not have been surprised at some improvement, but not to this extent. I hope it lasts.
Whenever you have something wrong with you and don’t know what to do fasting will certainly help.
Nov 22, 2002, 2002
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