The Zero Point and Service
A reader asked for more information on the following statement I made:
“This sounds like you are asking if some of the Masters who have overcome death have chosen to incarnate as regular humans at this time in order to serve. Yes. A small number have. But when a master incarnates as a regular human he has to start again from point zero and regain all his ability and knowledge. He will not automatically have the energies balanced within him and he has to pass through all the lower initiations again. Thus it is not only a great sacrifice for a master to do this, but it also is quite a risk.”
The point of contention here is my comment that when incarnating a master has to start from “point zero.” Some of you seem to interpret this as meaning that we start our spiritual progression all over again. This is not the case.
What is the case is that we all start at the zero point at birth. For instance, even though in past lives we all knew various languages and could communicate by speaking we all had to start at point zero and learn to speak all over again.
If you were a doctor in your last life then you will have no medical ability at birth, but will have to regain it step by step until you arrive at your proficiency in your past life.
If you had a conscious awareness of some continuing mission in a past life, you will have to regain it in this life.
Does this mean that if you wish to be a doctor in this life that your last life as a doctor is no advantage to you?
No. It does not. The reason is that you do not start at the zero point in intelligence. That comprehension of light, intelligence and principles that you acquire in one life will stay with you and carry over to the next life. This acquired intelligence is not apparent at birth and even the manifestation of it starts near the zero point, but it is there in the incarnating ego nevertheless. Also of note is that your soul is not fully linked with your body until around the age of seven or eight. This greatly handicaps the intelligence we have available and prevents us from having full self consciousness.
Especially after the age of eight those with the experience of many past lives have a big advantage over those with less experience. They are able to access their past intelligence and quickly relearn knowledge and lessons from the past that are required in their current life. This relearning continues until around the age of 21 at which we arrive at the conscious awareness and manifestation of intelligence that we left off in our latest incarnation. Then from the age of 21 onward we work on new lessons and forms of service.
This principle applies to all humanity, including a Master, should he decide to incarnate.
A Master is one who has passed through five or more initiations. If he decides to incarnate for some purpose, he too must start at the zero point, as a baby with a clean slate. But because of his great intelligence he is able to progress much faster than the average person and usually achieve his fifth degree consciousness by age 21.
Whereas a new initiate may work several lifetimes on one initiation a Master will usually go through five by the time he reaches adulthood. Each will be a challenge to him but be will have the internal fortitude and light to pass through them where the less experienced initiate will stumble and fail.
Does this mean that it is a sure thing that a Master (or the rest of us) will reach our past level of achievement by age of 21.
Answer: This will usually happen, but because of free will, some become lazy and not apply their full abilities. For this cause even a Master will risk retrogression when he incarnates. There is almost zero chance of him choosing the dark side, but he can get trapped again in the cycle of incarnation which may cause him to spend several lives to get back to the fifth initiation level.
Why We Serve
Comment: You say that every decision every life, even a master, makes is motivated by its own interests and benefits. That sounds selfish and not very spiritual. Shouldn’t we love and serve only because we love and desire to serve?
Before I comment it might be of interest to note that the Bible itself gives one of the prime motivations of Jesus. In the book of Hebrews we read:
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Heb 12:2
So what was the self interest that motivated Jesus to endure the pain of the cross?
The scripture answers: “for the joy that was set before him.”
This was a motive that was much deeper than service for the sake of service. Many of the Nazis, cult members, and subjects of tyrants serve for the sake of service and love their leader for the sake of loving him. It does not occur to many robotic followers of various hypnotic systems to question their motives and simply ask themselves this question:
“Why I am serving this man, this leader or this concept of God that is in my mind?”
Not only must this question be asked, but it must be honestly answered.
If we are only serving God, Jesus, Buddha etc for the sake of service then what happens if our notion of God, Jesus or Buddha is entirely incorrect as is the case with most people?
Some people thought that Hitler was the second coming because he fit the image of Jesus that was in their consciousness. These blind followers found their service to Jesus became transmuted to service to a ruthless dictator.
Service for the sake of service to an unknown God has been the cause of great pain, destruction, suicide bombers, and almost every war that has been upon the earth.
Now some may say that this is not a problem because they know the true God and the true Jesus. Millions of people with diverse views say this to themselves every day. Some of these people see God as a dictator who is happy to destroy millions of people on a whim because they are the wrong race or have the wrong belief system. Others see a fairly loving God, but a God that isn’t that bright.
The only real safety in our progression is to serve for a cause that will bring the largest benefit to the greatest number of people to which we are connected. Because we are all connected by Soul serving others brings similar joy to serving ourselves.
Some people are motivated to serve because their religion promises them some material reward such as 70 virgins, streets of Gold, crystal castles etc, but these are rewards that appeal to the lower self, or the dark path. These motives must be transcended and be replaced by the joy of service to a cause greater than the lower self
Jesus had a vision of the great joy his service would return to him, and this was indeed a motivation for him to go in the direction that he took in the service of humanity.
As many of you know, I have spent many tireless hours of service in teaching this group. And what has been my motive and reward? It has certainly not been money, for it has cost me a good deal of time which could have been applied making money to do it. Nor does my motive have anything to do with ego fulfillment, the need for more friends or anything else connected with the lower self.
I have been given a taste of the joy which the purpose I serve can render, not only for myself but for others. Because of this I can completely understand why Jesus was motivated by joy.
What good would eternal life be if we served without reservations yet were dismal and without joy, peace or any enjoyable livingness?
Many of us here serve because we understand the value of enhancing the whole, but we must not forget that each of us are a part of that whole; and if even one individual is denied a fullness of joy then the group will also fall short of wholeness, or holiness.
Below are three interesting quotes from A Course in Miracles:
“But unless you take your part in the creation, His joy is not complete because yours is incomplete. And this He does know. He knows it in His Own Being and its experience of His Son’s experience. The constant going out of His Love is blocked when His channels are closed, and He is lonely when the minds He created do not communicate fully with Him.”
“God is incomplete without you because His grandeur is total, and you cannot be missing from it. You are altogether irreplaceable in the Mind of God. No one else can fill your part in it, and while you leave your part of it empty your eternal place merely waits for your return.”
“Whenever you question your value, say: God Himself is incomplete without me.”
This is an interesting thought that agrees with Chapter 22 of “The Lost Key.” God himself is motivated to serve those lower than himself because of what he gets out of it. He is motivated to complete himself. If he already felt complete, then perhaps this fallen world would be completely ignored.
Fortunately, the lower lives are not ignored by the higher because there is more reward for them than service for sake of service only.
Jan 16, 2003,
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