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Saturday, September 11, 2010

On 'Food Parcels' & Fresh Springs of Inspiration

We offer what we can from our table. Those who share their plate get pudding for dessert. Those who don't won't, and they'll complain forever and a day after that they never ever feel satisfied!

Friday, September 10, 2010

On the Gentle Path & of Quiet Moments - Tracing

Tracing will relax a man. The best example of this was with Japanese script and brush. Using a rice paper imposed upon it, the brush would be trailed along the path of the character beneath it. In this the will of the fellow did relax, and in place of what would have been effort he was given to concede into the message that he deliberately followed.

The script of many monks was traced for this purpose; and their learning of the Gospels, in the hand-printing was greatly accentuated.

You may try this for yourself: in taking a favorite contemplation that you wish to absorb - one that is healthy we warn. Ask another (preferably someone who holds good picture comprehensions of this thought) to write or brush it out quite largely onto paper. Then, as you copy over with an intent to follow only the lines over and over and into a monotony, there is a switch that ensues that we may experience the words to which we work upon and their full meaning.

It is very nearly impossible for a man to exert himself with a thought (by speaking out loud for example) and directly experience that which he is expressing at the same time. He may, if well practiced, synchronize his expression and pause that he may do both one after another, but not in concurrence. This is because the act of will which cooperates with the speaking or the conveying (the writing perhaps) takes the consciousness along its own path, and so the actual essence of the thought is temporarily pushed out.

With tracing we are excusing ourselves from the same distractions of practice, and if our first writer holds a wonderful comprehension, then also their nature in this matter may be adopted.

One warning though: do not scribe another's signature.

On the Economics of Sadness & the Spiral Nature of Love

In the ever widening advancing up-reaching spiral, there is always a short decline preceding the larger incline, returning down to the level of the highest point of the incline before it, then yet to rise higher again and exceed that point twice equal.

This, with regarding sadness in a spiral upwards, is the leverage and also the grain for the pleasures forthcoming. All life expressions have this spiral in one form or another; that we are counter-balanced upon necessity to return to the previous plane, which in the light of the most recent elevation, is as a comparable low - particularly when known from the opposite vantage.

This swinging around and up to back and down, gives us our comprehension of full value. Love itself raises us higher, whilst at the same time we may also come to the further elevations of love and loving as our being unfolds and works its investments. It inspires the greatest reasons and perturbations, and is circular in nature, thus compelling all spirals, not only its own.

When it recedes down the spiral it may move only so far, and is guaranteed to then return, because the sadness is impetus for further advance, and such love will move rapidly out from that position returned to.

Everything has its night and day, no less with love. If we encounter sadness within our personal or outer lives we can believe in the compensatory force which will also accelerate the same soul experiencing such into bliss. 

This is why people grow to expect a pending disappointment or gloom when they are sensitive to forecast what they know will usually follow. But dark thoughts bring on their own measure of sorrow, and if indulged in, the individual becomes quite frozen to all experience, neither moving up nor slightly down, or advancing on, but instead is held back with this fear of ever falling. 

The meditation of the spiral will help answer this, as it is proven as reality within the inner constitution, and once recognized we may understand the subtle balances and expansive rise we are brought to upon each plane we come to, time and time again.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

On Acts of Commitment to the Higher Path

When a truth is adopted into practice and the serious student-teacher has developed their choices accordingly, there are both tests and strengths which will come in outstanding proportion.

If he is to be beset by demonic challengers, who with chaotic and indiscriminate intent seize upon his equilibrium - often there are contests that only he can manage for himself – his friends, his teachers, his muses and spiritual colleagues may or may not understand the full weight of the contest ongoing or about this man. Furthermore, the closer he may be to becoming equipped and enabled, the more he may find that he is dissuaded from his original intention by the mischievous interruption that ensues.

Yet above all of this, he shall find his way through, neither corrupted nor dissuaded from the higher path he strives for, regardless of such distractions. It is good to go to the quiet meditations during this time, in faith that the outward storms will resolve and desist their botheration, tiring themselves eventually.

He is as the knight valiant, flanked both by fire and water besides; each which becomes holy to him. The very fire that would scald him and deter him from his going forward, inspirits his passion for all he holds important enough to protect and to fight for. The waters that would rise up upon him recede at the feet, bringing honor to his soul; and herein all Heaven shall be reflected in their stillness for his viewing.

He is good, strong and capable. When it comes that he is moved to act upon a truth put before him and he does well, then further strength will come to him as never before.

On Hopes Invested & Accrued

Disappointment is inconsequential to hoping. Hopes are good for a man; they are of Sun-material, Christ-material, and 'future-stuff'.

Dreams and longings go well also, but hopes are not fainthearted: they are resistant to defeat because they are planted in the future! When doubts are done the hopes go on. They are the seeds of Man's own creativity. And each one if maintained, is fulfilled.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

On Windows of Insight

Imagination transports our thought beyond our immediate fixed knowledge. It is intuitive, and therefore reactive upon an altogether higher plane, giving emphasis to qualities rather than components. The quality of something speaks to us distinctly, but not always perceptibly as to why. 

The reasoning that we may come to with direct insight brings the knowledge transcended as from above, from the heart working outwards; whereas the reasoning which follows a stipulated course of conjecture works its way up and into the heart in correspondence (if it is correct).

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

On Companionship

There are two roads to God and He is to be found at their convergence.

With true spiritual companionship we are taught of the freeing of limitations. By freedom it is meant that the constrictions of prejudice have fallen away, that in mutual respect there are no considerations held to be more important than the friendship itself. The inner being has been recognized and outward appearances are no longer reconciled or weighed. Race, age or gender are unremarkable to the soul and without consequence to those who hold a genuine commune in spirit.

From this the World at large can take example. They may come to understand that the faces of men shift and change and are not reliable to the complete characteristic of the man within. As they enter into the many differing streams of incarnation they change; as they come to age and then to resemble their fathers and then to youth again they change; but the love which is spiritual cares not for the appearance for it knows only the higher nature, and the true face of that man that is forever.

If our rapports are independent of likeness, at odds rather than at evens, then we shall find that the higher nature overrules the objections which proceed from a prejudice and exoteric distinction. Great and lasting fellowships have been born from men of differing faiths and varying contradictory circumstances, and regardless of 'sensibilities' have proven the soul's greatest friend and true deliverer.

On Death

The spirit is supple. As the breath departs our bodies, it is there upon that exhalation that fly the colored aspirations of a translucent being, which then goes on to reform and rebuild, in concentration and in expansion.

Spirit sight, the eyes of soul, are awash with wonder, and such bright eyes they are! Here in the worlds of spirit which are sought to be revealed and made known, it is the eyes themselves which cast a light distinct from the shadow. The eager gaze calls in the spiritual Sun particles of soul intent. May I see? Oh yes! And our marvels are graced by that internal light. True enough it is most surely, that it is the eyes of love that best may see this beauty that is all about us!

How gently the arms of death enfold as we are brought into now our greater life. Pray well for those who have gone on, moving from this World, for each message sent is known to them with more substantiality that we ourselves do realize or experience.

To our consciousness the prayers we issue present vaguely. However in imparting a thoughtful prayer, they are then taken up and worked upon, made much of, being then decorated by angels who gladden in making them all the more beautiful with 'gift-wrappings' of scent, memory, or sweet-soul impressionings drawn in from the surrounding accompanying substance/nature of they who do pray. Happy recollections, sympathetic and joyous laughter, moments of indefinable bliss ... and to these they add flowers, flowers which hold all the essences of their passionate natures, adorning the thought-sent prayers, betokening great happiness to the receiver.
Be sure of this: that it is not the minutes but the hours which shall remain after death - all that was noted by the soul as important to our spiritual being shall continue on and all that was not will fade from existence.

Monday, September 6, 2010

On our Future Self: that Part which Resides & is Kept Safe ahead of Time

Remiss we are, and yet in time our future's self has a portion fulfilled already. Beyond the 'city-limits' and passages out from, on roads which stream to and fro from Father God, divinely there is an allotment of future and provision for Spirit, in a place where no more a truer self than any that we own can be found.

This underpins the Holies’ confidence in Man, for they have seen this selfhood, both quiescent and realized. Be assured that in the silent stillness of firm attitude you may encounter this aspect and own it in the present.
For to meet the present with this future, to welcome our designated glory, is fresh and new in the very combining. When a man brings all of his experience to meet with his God-self, his experience enables him to perceive his own blessedness, whilst his inherited self is enhanced by his learning along the way from here to then.

Some Healing Thoughts & Meditations…14th August 1996

On Revelation

Revelation is when we catch sight of God looking at us and our gaze meets momentarily, when we know He knows that we know He is looking. And it all happened because we found Him in that mystery which drew our original attention and wonder.

All natures and beings adore to have attention poured upon them, to be taken notice of and appreciated. It is true that even the most exquisite landscape needs appreciation given to it, that it may thrive all the more - yes you may say that, and take that thought just a little bit further. 

For what is appreciation - considered and thankful, rejoicing and then wondering - if it is not in substance also, a gift of furtherance to that which we come to? We substantiate and transubstantiate that which we lovingly appreciate. We take on the eyes of our Creator and make a wish to further the life and being of that which we in humility adorn with love.

To appreciate is to bring life, and in revelation we experience our own selves being appreciated from beings much higher. As they give to us we may be mindful of this and of their love.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Question on Alcohol- continued- 4th August 1996

THAT it is not that which goes into the mouth but rather that which comes out of it, may well be used as a good measuring stick in relation to the breath and words emitted from the inebriated man. However the nature of poison is that it defiles and ceases life, encroaching where it may not, invasive on many planes once taken in.

The commonplace man learns best by good example, this is true. There are many ways in which one can temper their appearance of goodness if the goodness itself is contemptible to the sinner. By and large we meet infrequently with most, and it is that every meeting with every individual holds significance, wonderful significance and opportunity also…………….

But if a man cannot come to love or to meaning without the illusion of such then it is better to know what is what and what is not.

Granted, the cunning is there ... that a man believes the doorways are then opened, that in sharing the common drink the magic has awakened one unto another. The happiness from this mistake is embittered by the shrinking within; for shrinking it is…………… we find that the vitality of the etheric case has dulled and sagged within his aura. The subtle form takes on a cower, as the thinking becomes depressed and the feelings become heavy. 

It is understood that the subscription to moderation is an appeasement for all concerned. In the strictest of terms however, it should be explained that the forces which interact with a man in conjunction with any amount of alcoholic beverage are depressive to the ego and depressive to the overall condition of Man as well…………….

It has been said that we as teachers are aloof from the karmic recourse inspired by our students. With a romantic idealism our same students believe that they can bear all responsibility for us and protect us from outcome lest things ever go awry. But this is not so - neither is it of our ability or choosing.

Having said that, the consideration therefore remains: that we may only be attached and involved with our beloved providing that they do not misrepresent us or cause harm to other brothers in our name. For in relation to our work and representation all becomes our responsibility first and foremostly, and in being so we are answerable for what is passed from one unto another. Even though our co-workers strive to ease their brother's condition and being, we must warn against what we know to be perilous, and withdraw from those who encourage other men to partake in this way.

For a teacher, be it here or there, the actual sharing out of any amount of alcohol denotes a karma which is responsible for the blight upon that man's ego. It is therefore the very worst encouragement a teacher could offer - in or out of 'hours', the karma remains the same. And all of this does not take into account the actual upset it causes within the weaker constitution and how sadly the ego of a lesser man is injured yet once more.

So you can see that it is for the safety of our future work with other men that we cannot afford to keep associations intact where in truth we have already been departed from. Why this to such importance? Why not gluttony, greed or ill-temper? When Man stands on the side of death and willingly invites those repulsive forces into himself then he defies our Father and Christ into the bargain. The laws are exactly the same as with the man who chooses suicide - to poison oneself and yet 'live' is still remarkable to that which would turn back upon itself; it is unholy.

Gluttony is an abundance of life so desired beyond the capacity to make profitable that consumption. It is excessive by nature, but in virtue may be transmuted into great effort and further striving. The same forces which plague that temperament also imply that same person shall take on upon themselves more work, more prayer, and ever more promise, ever stretching themselves beyond their immediate reach; and when managed well they do bring the recipe also for an extended man when the sin of gluttony makes its way for the greater virtue of deliberate striving.

Pride in its shortcomings inhibits the true perspective of a man, that he may not measure himself in accordance with the reality of Grace being his greatest benefactor. When put to remedy, pride transforms back into the heavenly dignity which asserts its righteous self fixed firmly in Christ. To be lukewarm in identity and in ego does not necessarily imply that one is without pride. Often as not it is pride which queries the 'right' to a firm standing in righteousness. Its virtue leads us to know of the upright power within the man which identifies his Christly demeanor.

In sins of passion it is the man who travails the expression and experience himself……….
The consequence of heroin or marijuana usage is that the bodies of the man lose their cohesiveness, slipping out from each other; the ego may become divorced and detached, but is left nonetheless, intact.

The consequence of alcohol is that the etheric body is shot with premature expiration; the lower astral body is imbued with 'life' force and so stimulated; the higher astral body is cut off from the consciousness as the gateway through the heart is then closed……………

In this we have a direct strike to Christ who in truth resides in our egos equally to that of our hearts, for it is in the developing Man that He has invested unique qualities which have given him the opportunities to self-realize, God-realize, correspond and co-create with a consciousness that will one day define the very constellations.

You ask why it is that all this has not been put to you as clearly and dramatically as is now. Occult knowledge has always the propensity to be used for evil ways. Whatever the esoteric learning concerns there is, unfortunately, an element that could be misused and turn powerfully dangerous…………….

Whether or not the goodhearted student may fathom the complexity, we can only add to this by saying that there does exist in the world such forces which would bring all men down, would that they could. Not all evil is naive, but rather is maliciously designed in aggressive onslaught. To these concerns which we do not always openly give our attention to, or acknowledge, we still hold a quiet vigilance against, as do our supporting team of the practicing 'good guys'. It is a marvelous inspiration to all (for teachers included) that the pious should desire to be examples to and of our future Man.

In the sacrament of Holy Communion, where wine is in use, we are witnessing an exorcism (when achieved) when Christ may reclaim once again his men. "This is my blood" we are told by Christ - that our blood is of His Ego……………And for this there is a mighty consequence, further to the Incarnation when we restore Christ into our beings and into those spaces to which He belongs.

But in practice one could not safely [do this] every time they were to take the recreational sip!
Our Lord is the True Vine, and for that which, before His coming we may have sought Him in, let it be now sung in praise that He may come to us directly - not even in extraction, or in substance, but before us whole and presently as known by our heart. The greater mystery of ego is that we can know Him; to knowingly know Him.

As the individual ego is reclaimed after a period of time, the revelations shall be all the more marvelous, the experiences of soul more gracious and vivid. Time periods differ from one man to the next, and the astral clouds which enshroud the consciousness may hover for many months after the very last gulp. However, in contrast to this the strengthening begins almost immediately in that the etheric renewal can work a constant at last, and the inspiration incoming does excite the imaginative forces (rather than the lower astral centers involved). The rewards of study and of prayer are in time quite intensified, whilst a new sense of egohood begins. The naturalness in aspect and in worship is once again brought in to the being of the adult within.

For some unfortunate folk who may labor with even the thought of abstinence, we may understand that their wills have been weakened in the experience, and this weakening itself is endorsed every time in the combining. Of course whether it be in this lifetime or the next, there is only one action, one statement, one pathway to cease the spiral downwards.

Every man, as with heroin also, has his own limit of strength, and it is impossible to forecast that one last time the decision is to be had before there becomes no turning back. For some it could be that they remain to be seemingly unchanged in self, but in esoteric observation we cannot recommend a moderate approach offers any more safety than otherwise, for it is that the powers invoked are present in any quantity of the substance and the man is immediately affected whatever the potency.

Also in summation, we may understand something of the 'commonplace man' and the conditions he may be caught in. We can view all mistakes compassionately, knowing that most men move about the world quite oblivious to its underside or brighter side. 'Normal' life confounds them whilst the actual day-to-day marvels elude them. Thinking becomes habitual, rather than experiential and the humblest of desires prevail. Yet all the while each man lives in preparation, and also in a reliance that there will be those somewhere that they can depend upon, that they may look to, to find their true soul's glory. If we are so fortunate as to be removed from a tangle of problems, then we are in the very best position to live that example so mentioned. Homeopathically we can be then either very very good for the world, or sadly we can also impact to great detriment; but a man who has kept his clarity saved but for Christ is always reliably 'on call'.

And on call he is, for there are moments all around the Globe whereupon souls are necessary to be at worship, and be with insight in their region. While some sleep and some are occupied it is required for the very sake of the spiritual life of all, that there are a number of men who can meet the spiritual worlds with this, so that Christ may continue His Living Link. Every man who can add to this with his being is exceptionally important - particularly at this time, when the incarnating souls are still so few. Even with some who have had lifetimes of readiness, we have watched them simply 'disappear' (as it is to us) out from the realms of their spiritual linkages. Some come in and go out. Some remain. It is far more alarming to us to have such go, and know that it could and should have been otherwise.

We love you too.
God keep you safe always.

Rudolf Steiner on Alcohol

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