EVERY sentient being collaborates directly with Father God personally and firstly. All relationships twixt and in twain are secondary to the first and prominent relationship held between 'they and Thee'. In spiritual splendor our audacious beings have constant rapport with our Supreme Father without severance or interruption. Let no man argue this. Not in argument against our own self's knowing, or in argument with the right we hold to have our arterial connections.
That a man is incorporated with God gives him his 'independence' also, in respect to his own sense of selfhood. As men we are not subjected to a system but rather supported by a cosmic system which we navigate on our own. Spiritually our freedoms about the relative spheres enable us to prosper wherever we choose. If a man is incarnating within this world, being given to a certain country and time, it is because he (with arterial consent and choosing) has decided this and so advanced. It is not moreover, a system in which we are given to flow with - like amoebae coursing the drain pipe - even though we can add here also that from the spiritual vantage this physical world at present is the most difficult of places to be in!
Being both hazardous and awkward, this stubborn atmosphere being but mid-evolution, is confusing to the human nature and soul who can and does suffer 'entrapment' here, once committed to the body. Although this is relieved in either nightly sleep or through astral disassociation, men and women are at this point uncomfortably contained in measure. For one thing there is deterioration and death - something which is not understood by the soul to the degree as it is experienced within the body. Also, the physical world has a hardness to it which cracks and crumbles - it is a crusty compaction which pretends permanence but dies away repeatedly.
Of course all of this will alter and develop, leaving valuable remnants to seed future rounds of same corruptible world we already know. However, in this time it is not surprising that there is suspicion given where the consciousness is floundering. We can look therefore to the greatest needs there are within our modern (yet not so modern) humanity.... amidst the ecology of hardship.
The shoes don't fit,
They pinch the toes,
The smile is weak
True happiness gone,
The faith misspent –
When Christ is not known,
The self unloved,
Unproven and alone.
They pinch the toes,
The smile is weak
True happiness gone,
The faith misspent –
When Christ is not known,
The self unloved,
Unproven and alone.
Frequently we use occult means to address spiritual and essential problems, yet this is not to promulgate occultism itself as the very answer to these problems. Not all men are required to be pharmacists before taking their medication. Our pharmacopoeia is expansive and incomprehensible to most of the souls who can yet benefit from it. So given this analogy we suggest that as far as the work goes, which comes from our dissertations, there shall be doctors, chemists, on-field prescribing administrators and the ailing - Hospitallers of St. John.
The physical existence demonstrates in clarity many of the problems experienced within a given temperament and constitution; and a spiritual poverty, akin to a physical dearth, inevitably leads to a spiritual sickness eventually made apparent. We have about us men who suffer from one or from both, and it is our desire to bring supplication to these wanting souls and ease the wretchedness of all consuming afflictions.
It is not by choice that we are secreted away - albeit with the glamour of a cartoon hero (as infallible and empty) - as unknown and removed. If given the decision, each of us would (and will some day) have license to leave this 'sterile bubble' of existence for that of the popular community.
Reason before the Law
Men adore laws. This is most natural. They seek them out, they test their strength against them, they sit comfortably amongst them, they define their lives in the conciseness of them. Men adore laws.
'Law' in the Spiritual Worlds indicates 'freedom' because it offers the greater path to any given freedom. A law determines its worth by enabling freedoms which would otherwise not be able to operate: distinction, through law, gives both being and beingness protection. The fact that another being cannot overstep into our own selfhood and forcibly change our being is one of the greatest and purest examples of the freeing effect laws do provide. I am free to know I am, and remain who I am, untainted and unimpinged upon, unalterably - unless by my own choosing to change, and this shall be effected with consent only from Father God.
Now it is that some men and women enjoy lesser laws (as implied in the material world) to the extent that they trust in them as they would any other. This can be law for law's sake. Although appearing safe and uncontestable, with frame upon frame upholding the surface thoughts of identity, it is dangerous for such validity to be unquestioned by heart or good reason.
We have looked and found that Christ overturned the worldly theme of all Law - exacting the higher freedoms which require a conscious participation - an internalized validation as it were. We, with He, are minor applicants of His Love and Being, and create and re-value the laws according to their intrinsic worth - for their usefulness, their purposefulness, and their determination from the soul's perspective.
As a Lodge of Christian Teachers we do not comply with rules and laws specific to the Lodge upholding its identity. We work and move around in the world according to need at all times. We have long lost the terms stipulatory, and replaced them with carefulness (and caring), consideration and constancy - but above all ... love.
The Lodges who oppose our work have such laws and rules that are not to be questioned or contrasted, and penalties are enforced (repeatedly) which deter the freedom of attempting to reason them. Most hold to the attitude that they may 'do as they will' but in practice their wills are so slackened that invariably they are 'doing it' for another.
What might have been charity in the correct circumstances becomes as an evil when the willfulness of an individual overbearingly demands said charity. Therefore our Order is not answerable to anyone's demands or wishes if we do not choose to see good purpose that the charity be forthcoming. Such choice is never compelled by law, because by compulsion it would cease to be a choice therefore. If it ceases to become a choice and a matter of who has the strongest will and ego it is then a matter of an evil, an inequality, an inept love with no self-appraisal. A hollow act - whatever that act be.
In most relationships (even the student will find this) the stronger will concerned will be most likely be that of our own (or yours in relation to others), and so it is doubly important to respect the above and not even attempt to motivate another artificially with the energy that is your own. Even if the best possible outcome succeeds from this in the immediate, the inert purpose within the other individual is spoiled and sometimes to the detriment of their ever achieving it on their own in a single lifetime.
Teachers cannot do for their students. They cannot:
- will laws to keep their virtues lively,
- will love,
- will discrimination,
- will perspective,
- will solidarity,
- will development.
On the right hand path it would simply be counter-productive and on the left hand path it is mandatory.
The love of Father God is unconditional, and so is ours. We have watched the panorama of time prove that men are much loved continuously through episodes of great travail - as well as in their goodness. The love remains and is ever stronger, being inextricably attached to the life force itself which is empowered by the Holy Spirit. Such love loves and does not concern itself with any preliminary qualifying laws.
Further to this, all things are known for what they are, not what they should be or claim to be, or by title suggest. Although it is simply put, in relation to esoteric work it is valuable to remember. If a teacher amongst us ceased to teach well, no matter what his name or former historical identity, then he would simply be a teacher no more. There is no greater entitlement than reality itself. The reality of who we are speaks more than by name's subscription. And this becomes relative in the minute, in the meeting, in the conduct, in the translating, in the praying, and even in the willing.
Occultism & Esotericism
Remember back to the differences as described between the Principle (and working power) of something and its Persona (in being primarily and in quality secondarily)? [See Within Reason - the Fire of the Twelve ]
The occult perspective studies and implicates principles and powers which comprise the underpinning realities (also manifest in the physical existence). It enters into the dynamics of influence, the correspondence and conjoining of powers (contrary or sympathetic) and it comprehends the greater and lesser cosmology in operation throughout its many examples.
Being a science it is plain and not given to opinion, when studied or presented as is. Although the observation of consequences plays an integral part in the science of occultism, there is no means through it alone to arrive at a further knowledge of that which is being studied. There can be a materialistic approach and overview to the machinations of law, invocation and consequence. Also there can be but a maze of detail, yet not the kernel of discernment provided - neither the wherewithal to know pertinence, aptness or distinction.
Esotericism seeks out the planes of the soul and spirit and knows them as the foremost reality:
- determining, preferring, weighing, perceiving the beauteous characteristics;
- being able to spiral inwardly to the core of a truth and travel further again;
- understanding the hidden factors present;
- accounting for those things which make all other things different and outstanding;
- appreciating the presence of the Holy Power in Persona,
- coming to significance, rather than by being adrift in fact.
In Occultism one can put a name to a Master so that he is:
- known for who he has been historically, or
- is known as who he is best representing currently.
From the esoteric perspective we may look to a Master and have with him the associative impression (knowing his signatory feeling inspired within his presence), realizing that his true name is only known to himself and all other names are borrowed or spent, but inaccurate anyway.
It is flattering and at times uplifting to be well thought of (deservedly or no), but it is also disabling to a complete relationship for someone to try to adapt another into the projected images they may hold of that person, and prefer their own egoic attachment to that of the complete reality. So in this context also, names given to Masters can be presumptuous and damaging, whilst the student is no better informed by it, but separated afurther from the teacher (who, we might add here, is not dispassionate about their own identity!).
As the abstraction that they are, names often promise to qualify, but cannot of their own. Yet it is reasonable to ask of affiliates and co-transgressing streams of influence. In this we can answer:
Amongst a comedy of errors we have publicly presented in the past - each time being matched by an eventide of cross-purpose. One has to wonder at the delicate sensitivities which comprise the thought-membrane of this world at large. If change is introduced it becomes quite electric with the new thought to pass - then, alike to a sky tense with the radiant charge, until the random and intermittent strikes release and expose the powerful light. Briefly there and then largely gone, dissipated abruptly, the thought environment returns to its sultry, sulky broodiness, as the new thought is then dismissed back to its source. For thought to remain it needs to incarnate with versatility through men. It cannot remain, like an unread library book upon the world shelf, for then its life expires. With 'new' thought the life expires most rapidly.
So as a spiritual movement which has as one objective - to help marry the Earth with its spiritual empire - we have found that only through living men who commute with living thoughts, which they transact with living currency amongst their own - only through this singular effort seeding the world, have the entries begun to find existence for all others to follow. For there are some men who receive new thought more capably than their fellows; and this has to do with factors previous to any one given lifetime.
For one, they require the ability to reason well, which invariably evolves into imaginative receptivity. Though it is a divine contrast the two are not incompatible, as it is that both do come from the same source and return us also back to the same place. The operating forces achieving the pure reason and that of the imaginative cognition are one of the same. This occurs in the highermost spiritual principles, yet also is evident in the much lesser contaminated context of men's thought (being subjective in preference to objective) as well. In the Physical World this then translates as opinion, whereas in the spiritual realms the purity of both are objective fact - imagination being an expansive-by-nature substance, reason being a containing material.
It is through the etheric body that both cooperate. In males the reasoning presides, which mirrors their characteristic aspect of imaginative cognition (i.e. that which goes forth). In females there becomes the intuitive imaginative receptive thought process, which mirrors their characteristic impulse to reason (being containment and order).
Now as souls develop their etheric bodies (regardless of physical gender), they begin to function with both influences equal to each other. They will then be capable of a fine and precise reasoning which contentedly holds place alongside in the same consciousness, the projections of an imaginative mind. At this level of ability we then have an individual who is therefore capable of receiving, translating and delivering new thought into the world - having both the capability of comprehending and containing the esoteric thought, that thereafter the men and women who predominate in just the one phase of thinking can go on to receive and give further life to the thought as it has been refined by its disseminators.
Physical substance is etheric substance without the imaginative forces manifestly expressed within it. This was not always so. In former episodes of the Globe (even this planet), there were plastic times imbued with imaginative properties - empathetic and responsive to the creative faculties of humankind. Now, following alongside the course of the egoic development and the prevailing consciousness, we have a physical world which is contained with certain frames of reference - giving to structures of mineral forces, duty bound. Physical life is inseparable to its higher counterpart in the Etheric existence. Of its own it cannot replenish or renew or welcome any manner of future.
Reason unemployed is static - truth nonetheless, yet static. This world is now in danger of becoming a mausoleum of itself (thoughtfully), if not for the etheric influences still feeding life which not only promotes what has been before, but of that which will come as well.
Plants everywhere are as the living antennae to Man. They are responsive to his soul-condition, and also impressionable to the projected imaginations occurring out from him as well. It is a common enough notion to equate the emotions with astrality, and true to say that the confluence of desire is often expressed there, however the initial wonderings, stirrings and projected desires are sparked in the etheric medium of the imaginative forces - not being responsive to a specific reality at the time (unless there is a sensory reality provoking a response) - and this forecasting is itself a supernatural event. This be so with many conditions of being which become a subjective reaction (though begun in fact, the individual goes on to experience more than the situation itself has provoked) - and our interpretations are largely imaginative. Across the spectrum from despair to great joy, this is so.
The wording regarding imagination does not mean to imply that it is a nonsense or without reality - but rather that the consciousness through its forces, has the means to creatively and spiritually navigate a higher insight than the obvious. It is this form of consciousness that the plants themselves do live with here - when someone said that it is as though they were asleep, yes, except to add that the plant life dreams too. They babble on and chatter to themselves amidst their expirations of 'thoughts at play' - often contended with the enchantment of a happy sleep, unless disturbed by the saturation of a man's imagination nearby. It is particularly because the plant lives in this imaginative condition that it reacts so to the projections of men, both collectively and in the singular.
The attendant insect hosts are given moreso to the configurations of reason - once again responsive to men's thoughts (as representatives thereof), and with astrality also, which determines their usefulness or poisonousness within the world.
Creativity does not denote disorder, disharmony or chaos. The disruptive influences are known for being just that, whether they be manifest in Man or concurring against Man from the outer - perverting an otherwise natural process within him or within the world. The creative imaginative forces as borne in the Etheric realm are firstly and in all aspects, of Christ Himself. For although He is well qualified with the Divine Reason which underpins all things, it is that of the holy curiosity which demonstrates the powers Father God has given to Man - the freedoms, the very places to go, in both subjective and objective surveillance.
How privileged we are to be able to touch and know what we can through the transport of a good imagination! As a connective tissue, the fiber and filament of all thought aspires out through our egoic shell and rays into our beings as well on a return path. True creativity promotes good and useful outcome; blessed by our Father - for where Christ is, He is. Where hopeful design requests the cooperation of the eager and awaiting Cosmos, there too becomes the Holy Spirit to empower each detail.
An example of a body which has an astral life, physical existence, yet no etheric correspondent, is a vampire. This yet again makes a valuable example, for the being here is an automaton caught within unreceptiveness, with desire present (even satisfied in episodes), but with no capability for achieving new life further without bleeding others. Also there is no aspect of imaginative thinking to be had either. No humor, foresight, empathy, sympathy, optimism etc. - all which require the forces of the etheric imagination to live within the consciousness. To a lesser extent the deficits of vampirism can be found in individuals who are receding in etheric vitality (though by appearances are living tolerably within the world).
In regards to the Work it is imperative that for those who are capable, that the reasoning and the esoteric comprehension are arrived at by their own effort. If an individual does not exercise his own thinking he is not in any way helping that thought to take hold in the world and incarnate properly; and nor is he therefore truly equipped to pass it on or benefit from it himself long term.
Much good learning requires effort. Within reason and beyond, there requires a healthy flexing of selfhood, which arterially determines the value and place of a given truth - over and over again we work the surrounding cosmos in, that the incarnating Christos become in Man.
When our dear friend disseminates the teachings as he does to unknown locations - giving out the words, offering these thoughts - some are received with such love as is offered to a newborn - the arms outstretched, the heart aglow. And it is of great importance to this work and the waiting world that he himself has worked it over and comprehended the points it presents. For the thoughts and the parent concepts distributed are living entities which only find perpetuation in life through those who give life back to them expired in the processes of the actual thinking (and later in egoic resonance). If an individual passed on esoteric work that he himself had no idea about, then the reality of their work would be lifeless by the time the recipients came to it.
Now this is not so when it comes to the exoteric information printed and passed on - being received and comprehended by folk who simply purchase from an unknowing bookshop for example. However, when it comes to the nature and life of ALL esoteric thought, it is an entirely different matter. Spiritual thought (streams, teachers, teachings, and spirito-religiosity) may only survive when the links are unbroken and there are men who may knowingly pass it on. Because of this much wisdom is safeguarded in respect to what it might well evolve into if given an exoteric status in the world.
It is regretful to think that the printed word itself cannot ever offer a legacy for some to find at a later date - and yet if one could see the shadowy forms about the pages they would know that there is a ghoulish corpseness to a loved-no-more expired thought. Yes, a reader may come to a given author and know his influence in his present day being, providing that the affinity is there. However, when it comes to this work as it is, there must always be an individual responsible and available, who may lead the other (if asked) to the temple door.
There must always be a succession of thought proceeding through the world. When calling our students the torchbearers of such wisdom, it means, also sadly, that were one flame to go out ere it was passed over, the whole chain of the future would then go unlit. Thought can be traced back through its chain of torchbearers, its benefactors, to the original source (who are still with us to this day). A body of thought likewise can be attributed. To begin with we give you the names of Herodotus and Zechariah.
New thought challenges the world, and is inspired solely by Christ in His Etheric existence. The inpouring is attributable to Him now firstly, and all is good. Although it is, that the old thought may protest its appearance (and stay, adding such connotations that imply suspicion and subversive intention), we have entered into a time now which requires the esoteric infill and life-giving properties it affords. Souls are desperate for insight, and are weary with procedural practice. Canny and waiting, it is both our belief and our hope, that humanity is ready for the happy adjustments ahead.
This is our cause, and our arterial objective: that by Christ, men shall come to find Father God apparent in all things - as they are to Him.