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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Invocation to Christ

Beloved Christ, we pray that Your Presence be amongst us,
As You stand before each and every one of us.
As You Love us, we love You also.


Behind You follows a legion of souls, faithful and illumined,
Gathering in to be close to You.
We welcome them also, and bid them take interest in this our meager work - may it be empowered with the miraculous and with Your Blessing.


Let each man come to know Your way, and each soul thrill to salvation;
Salvation that You give.


We pray for restoration:
That the hopeless regain their hope, the heartless regain their heart,
The faithless regain their faith, and the humorless regain their love and sympathy.
May we care for the despicable, nurture the outcast and shelter the lost.


We pray that we be mindful that time is Yours firstly.
Should we deny giving time to that which You would choose us do?
When all is said and done, You are the rightful Keeper of all time,
And all effort in time which is not of you, is as naught.


Dear and Beloved Christ, as Your Blood spills into ours,
We pray for the ennoblement of all Men.
Uplift us with Your Wings of accompanying Cherubim,
That we may be raised high enough to gaze upon Your Countenance.

Master of the World, we pray for Your Consideration.
Every day afforded us here is marvelous opportunity to work a good deed, forge a perfect arrow.


AMEN

Arrow = Desire

Friday, March 12, 2010

An Invitation- 1993






THERE has been but one message handed down and put to the advanced and not so advanced among men, and that is namely: of the solidarity of all men.

It is inconceivable that one should choose suicide out from his own. It is, as the Earth tremors with tensions which are essentially reflective of the inner conflicts of Man, irreconcilable to God that men are divided in any way. We do not deny individuality, we rejoice in individuality, for by such distinctions we are what we are. But let it be heard yet again until heard aright:-

No prize and no package may make up for a lost humanity, and no being other than Christ is qualified to be as Chief Example, as a Living Vision for Men as their future.


There is such a thing as corrupt and distorted esoteric truth, many may have refuted this, many are content to eat putrefied fruit and relish its soured juices. But we can tell you there is better to be had and that there are men who wish only the best for you; and offer it freely.

So if you may awaken for time enough to make a start on these works offered, we hope and pray that they are made valuable to your soul, who infills by such issue.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Invocation to Our Father


Oh Great and Glorious Father dear,
We call to You from the East to the West, from the North to the South,
In resolution of Your indefatigable Love and Consideration, for us Your children.


As each one sits awaiting supplication, our hearts and minds call out to You,
Content with all that You have given us.
We pray that we may know this contentedness more fully.
And if we become obstinate or downhearted we ask for reconciliation to be granted within.



We look for You Father, in the East to the West,
We search for You also, from the North to the South;
As Your touch inflames all life, we are ever motivated to seek You out;
We give thanks, for this our life,
And pray that we shall prove worthy of your love.


AMEN




Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Notes on the Nephilim

THERE is a good argument for including Book of Enoch in the general canon - as it is has always been in Ethiopia. It is one of the older Old Testament books and there are references to it in the existing Western canon. In the Book of Enoch is a wonderful description: (The Manicheans also had a version of this tale, entitled The Book of Giants.)

The Book of Enoch:
Chapter 6
And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.' And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.' And they all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.' Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And these are the names of their leaders: Samlazaz, their leader, Araklba, Rameel, Kokablel, Tamlel, Ramlel, Danel, Ezeqeel, Baraqijal, Asael, Armaros, Batarel, Ananel, Zaqlel, Samsapeel, Satarel, Turel, Jomjael, Sariel. These are their chiefs of tens.


Chapter 7
And all the others together with them took unto themselves wives, and each chose for himself one, and they began to go in unto them and to defile themselves with them, and they taught them charms and enchantments, and the cutting of roots, and made them acquainted with plants. And they became pregnant, and they bare great giants, whose height was three thousand ells: Who consumed all the acquisitions of men. And when men could no longer sustain them, the giants turned against them and devoured mankind. And they began to sin against birds, and beasts, and reptiles, and fish, and to devour one another's flesh, and drink the blood. Then the earth laid accusation against the lawless ones.

Chapter 8
And Azazel taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. Semjaza taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, 'Armaros the resolving of enchantments, Baraqijal (taught) astrology, Kokabel the constellations, Ezeqeel the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiel the signs of the earth, Shamsiel the signs of the sun, and Sariel the course of the moon. And as men perished, they cried, and their cry went up to heaven . . .

There is a more detailed description of the fate of the Nephilim- here termed the hosts of Azazel:


Here is an excerpt:

Chapter 54
"And I looked and turned to another part of the earth, and saw there a deep valley with burning fire. And they brought the kings and the mighty, and began to cast them into this deep valley. And there mine eyes saw how they made these their instruments, iron chains of immeasurable weight. And I asked the angel of peace who went with me, saying: ' For whom are these chains being prepared ? ' And he said unto me: ' These are being prepared for the hosts of Azazel, so that they may take them and cast them into the abyss of complete condemnation"
And now, from C.G.Harrison's
The Transcendental Universe 1893:

"It was a fall of the angels of light, the "sons of God" who "saw the daughters of men that they were fair" and united themselves to them in the bonds of matter. This fall from heavenly to earthly love brought them immediately under the dominion of Satan, the prince of this world, and inaugurated on earth the reign of physical and intellectual force.
"This union of intellect and form was the origin of the arts and sciences. Civilization advanced by leaps and bounds, but it was a curse rather than a blessing. By the time the Fourth Root Race, with its physical and intellectual giants, had reached the apex of its development, the whole earth was filled with violence, and the great cataclysmic period, known as the Flood and preserved in the traditions of all nations, swept them and their children away.
"These semi-human creatures, the progeny of the fallen angels, are known in the Hindu Scriptures as the "Asuras" and are sometimes called "Rakshasas" or demons, but they are quite distinct from the offspring of the "incubi" and "succubae" who spring from the element of water (not, of course, material water, but the aqueous or static principle of the universe).

"The Asuras are igneous, or dynamic, in their nature, and their power for evil was terrific. It was destroyed for ever by the advent of Jesus Christ, and they are now, as St. Jude puts it, "reserved in everlasting chains until the judgment of the great day."'

"Stated in scientific terms, they are held in check, unable to move backward or forward......

"This text in S. Jude has been unfortunately misunderstood, and supposed to apply to Lucifer and the first fall of the angels-hence the Miltonic and mediaeval myths."


From A.E. Waite's The Secret Doctrine in Israel:


First the argument over the creation of Adam:
"There was another class, the downfall of which was consequent on the Holy One assembling several legions of superior angels and advising them that He intended to create man. They appear to have replied by quoting the Psalmist when he said: "Nevertheless man being in honour abideth not: he is like the beasts that perish."
"Thereupon the Holy One stretched forth a finger and burned these blessed legions, after which He called others into His presence and made the same statement, to which they answered on their part: "What is man that Thou art mindful of him and the son of man that Thou visitest him."
"The Lord explained that man should be made in His image and would be superior to those whom He addressed. It does not appear what happened to these legions. There were, moreover, those Sons of God who "saw the daughters of men that they were fair," and they included Aza and Azael, who entered into a dispute with Shekinah on the advisability of creating Adam, seeing that he would end by sinning with his wife, to which Shekinah replied that before they could make accusations of this kind it must be postulated that they would prove more chaste in their own persons.1


"This was the conclusion for the moment, but the children of God had recourse to the daughters of men and "took them wives of all that they chose."
"The result was that Shekinah stripped them of their sanctity and of all part in eternal beatitude, which had been the case also with the rebellious angels belonging to the first category: these are burnt eternally in Sheol.


"When Aza and Azael were cast down, they assumed bodies on earth and were imprisoned therein. 2


"It was subsequently-according to this version--that they were seduced by women and are alive at this day, still instructing men in the art of magic, which they had begun to teach soon after their descent. They were chained on certain black mountains, which Laban and Balaam frequented for instruction in the forbidden art.
”There were in all five orders of intelligence which seem to have been cast out of heaven, and some of these were incarnated as men. These were the Giants of Genesis, the Nephilim, the descendants of Amalec, the Intruders of the Talmud, and so forth. It is on record that they destroyed the Temple.


Notes to the above:
1 Certain codices of the Zohar cause the Shekinah to intimate at this point that Adam will indeed end by sinning with a single woman, but it will prove also with her that 'he will be able to repair the fault,
while the lost angels will sin with many women and will be deprived of all reparation.


2 They belonged to that class who appeared under the form of men, and it was possible therefore for them to exist on earth. They assumed bodies to come down and because of their revolt they could not unclothe to reascend. By their union with women they engendered giants, the "mighty men of old," and "men of renown," mentioned in Gen. vi, 4.”
According to Harrison, the Nephilim are the Rakshasas or Giant Demons of the Hindu tradition. If you look up "Rakshasas" in Theosophical literature, you will get more of the story.

In H.P. Blavatsky's The Secret Doctrine, there are many explanations for this race of the Rakshasas in Oriental esoteric philosophy. See, for instance: The Secret Doctrine, Book 2, p. 288, where it speaks of ‘Rakshasas’ (giant demons) and Daityas (Titans).

Rudolf Steiner, The Temple Legend, Berlin, 10th June 1904:

"It was a sin when ‘The Sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair’ and took them wives; they took them wives from the daughters of Cain.

"From this union resulted a race of men which is hardly even mentioned in the published books of the Old Testament, but is only hinted at; it is a race that is not perceptible to physical eyes. It is called ‘Rakshasas’ in occult language and is similar to the ‘Asuras’ of the Indians.

"It consists of demonic beings who really did exist at one time and who acted seductively upon the human race and caused its downfall. This flirtation of the Sons of God with the daughters of men produced a race which worked particularly seductively upon the Turanians, the members of the fourth sub-race of the Atlanteans, and led to the destruction of humanity. Some things were preserved and carried over into the new world. The Deluge is the flood which destroyed Atlantis. Men who were seduced by the Rakshasas disappeared by degrees.

"And now I have to tell you something which will in any case appear extraordinary to you, which is particularly important. It has been an occult mystery for the outside world for many centuries and will seem incredible to most people, but is nevertheless true. I can assure you that every occultist has often convinced himself of its truth through what is called the Akashic Record. But so it is.

"These Rakshasas were real beings, they really existed — actively and effectively — as seducers of mankind. They continued to influence human desires until the time when Christ incarnated in Jesus of Nazareth and the Buddhi principle itself became present on the earth in a human body. 


"Now you may believe it or not: this is something of cosmic significance, of significance which reaches beyond the earthly plane. It is not for nothing that the Bible expresses it thus:  ‘Christ descended into the forecourts of Hell.’ It was not human beings He met there, He was confronted by spiritual beings. The Rakshasa beings were brought thereby into a state of paralysis and lethargy!

"They were at the same time kept in check so that they became unable to move. They could only be lamed in this manner because they were being opposed from two sides. That would not have been possible if there had not been two natures combined together in Jesus of Nazareth: on the one hand the old Chela nature, deeply connected with the physical plane, which could also work effectively on the physical plane and through its power could hold it in balance: on the other hand there was Christ Himself who was a purely spiritual being.

"That is the cosmic problem which is fundamental to Christianity. Something occurred at that time in occult spheres; it was the banishment of the enemies of mankind which has its echo in the Saga of the Antichrist, who was put in chains but will make his appearance again, if not opposed once more by the Christian principle in its primal force.

"The whole occult striving of the Middle Ages was directed towards nullifying the effect of the Rakshasas. Those whose vision extends to the higher planes have long foreseen that the moment when this could happen might be at the end of the nineteenth century, at the transition from the nineteenth to the twentieth century.

"Nostradamus, who worked from a tower which was open to the heavens, who brought succour during the Great Plague, was able to foretell the future. He wrote a number of prophetic verses in which you can read about the war of 1870 and several prophecies about Marie-Antoinette which have already been fulfilled. In these ‘Centuries’ by Nostradamus (Century 10, 75) the following prophecy can be found: At the close of the nineteenth century a Hermes Brother will come from Asia and bring unity to mankind. The Theosophical Society is nothing less than a fulfillment of this prophecy of Nostradamus. The annulment of the Rakshasas and the reestablishment of the primal mysteries is an aim of the Theosophical Society.

"You know that Jesus Christ remained on the earth for ten years after His death.  The Pistis Sophia contains the profoundest theosophical teachings, it is much more profound than Sinnett's Esoteric Buddhism. Jesus incarnated again and again. His task was to renew the mystery wisdom. This is no mere fact of cultural or historical interest, but it is the fact I have described to you, which is well known to all occultists, namely, the struggle against the Rakshasas. You see there is a deep and important occult secret lying hidden therein.

"You might ask: Why is that said in allegorical form and not stated openly? I must here remind you that the great teachers of humanity such as Moses, the Indian Rishis, Hermes, Christ, the first Christian teachers, all adhered to reincarnation. And this allegorical way of communicating wisdom had a good reason. When, for instance, the Druid Priest spoke of ‘Nifelheim’ or ‘Ymir the Giant’ and so on, that was, of course, no mere piece of poetic folk lore."



The Trinity of Water, Light & Fire- A Love Triangle- 8th April 1993



The prize is the Crown,
The eye is the stone,
Many eyes for many worlds,
This spoke, thus spoke,
Thus is, this throne.


Do eyes look out,
Or should eyes see in?


Behold!
There is naught but for light,
For the vision to win;
And this light falls outside,
And it shines from within.

HIGHER than communicative frequencies there is light: pure light. By definition one could call it extraordinary light, essential in spirit to that light which illumines our world. It is there for the calling. Light transcends everything it comes unto, and amorphises all realities.


Within the light live countless beings who are not to be contrasted by our experience. It is as but a window into miniscule legions who are visible to some; borderline to heavenly recesses.

There are Angels who dwell within the light itself- some to whom it is possible to converse with. They are to be found in humid spots where moisture and light intermingle. It was to these that the great artists addressed calling for their secrets of illumination. So often one may catch the light as it were, depicted in a great painting, actually streaming from the painting itself- from the eyes, from the countenance, from the skies, etc. For such works are not just color upon color, nor shade upon hue, but also with aspect of light. Those who were obedient to such light in principle mastered their depictions of visionary reality.



As too when making study of sculptured form, there is an enormous exchange of light from this and that surface; the difference of which is found by contrasting art to the expressionless form of a shop dummy. It is the light and dark which implies a living spirit. This is why translucent marbles or jades were preferred in great works, enhancing the implied life to an otherwise inanimate form.

The body of light becomes a vehicle for cosmic raying impulses which drive into the matter of the world by such passage. Such emanations within emanations, vary depending upon higher conjunctions, geographical vestibules, reservoirs of influence, in situ to the immediate hemisphere.

For example: light can contain within it remnants of that which it has passed through before reaching that destination to which we focus upon. It has an infinity of space, it has a totality of comprehension. Light, pure light, is distinct and separate to qualifying space; it transcends such realities, it permeates them, they are obedient to it.
The spirit of water provides us with an essential returning to our condition of oneness. It by nature, unifies, incorporates; it is as the blood of all! Water is significant to the ego of our Father God Himself; and this we respect. His Principal Being lent itself to that of Water.


Light is distinct from Water, it is manifestly active and by its nature is distinction. Life unfolds through light. Light may contain all and yet the mystery is that it singly illumines. We may be selective in life because of the properties light individually provides. To distinguish thus is provision for activity. Each gradient of light meets, impacts, one thing unto another. There is an interaction of awareness, a consciousness, a relationship, all because of the properties of illumination. This in the Trinity, is of the Son for it is Christ who encompasses all of the world, and yet also brings to it individual distinction whereupon all small details are significant. There becomes the activity of individuality within the all-binding fluidal purity of God.


Thus the ancients revered glass, clear glass, as depicting solid representation of holy water. How remarkable, thought they, of the manufacture of great holy qualities. It appears, but does not appear to appear, when perfectly clear! And then by tinctures of substance, came colorants for the sun to pass through and bring colors upon. These colors illuminated - be them of Mars or of Mercury, the body of the Sun itself, etc. - these colors beheld in the glass explain to us also, something of the property/influences as carried upon the light itself.

There is a further mystery in manifestation, that which is most usually overlooked. It is that of the holy linkages: that matter itself is not despicable in reality, but holy and spiritual firstly, in actuality. If we cannot arrive at such solemn respect for that which daily greets us we may not receive fully the blessings which the graciousness of life does warrant. Life is, as it were, a total package!

Therefore, one may distinguish many views with much detail, but only after the acceptance of 'the reality of oneness' as is so commonly referred to today. Every speck is valuable. Light itself is not selective, it does however, enable us to be so.

Physical matter is as a ghost to heaven. It so rapidly comes and goes, it does dissolve - it is the sheath of our expression - it is motivated, it is imbued, and it is holy because of holy decree. Physical matter is spun out from the stuff of etheric fiber and watery mass - with one other principle, as yet unmentioned: the fires of Divine Will.

Thus we have now the Trinity:-
FIRE


WATER LIGHT


- that is: Divine Water, Divine Light and Divine Fire.



See how the passive light opposes the active fire? The principles of these three may be experienced singly in meditation.

The experience of the Divine Fires of the Divine Will is that of the motivating quickening to life; that which provides the strength and the leverage to enable us to open the lids of our eyes; that which inspires breath, that for which combustion follows and exertion exerts.

These three principle realities are known to the spirit wherever he travels. They are there. Come plane, come sphere, come globe, come world: water, light and fire are both manifest and manifestative. They may not be apparent or active, however, they are nonetheless there. These three principles are essential and predisposing to Cosmic Laws. They are holy and intrinsic characteristics which move in and around the structures of definitive laws. Manifestation is obedient to certain laws, however they - the laws - are obedient to the Trinity.



I shall go to the water's edge,
And thank Thee for my being.
I shall light my little candle,
And see how the fire does consume it.


I shall praise the light -
And regard the fires with stern respect,
For too much life becomes as death,
As clarity itself, you cannot see -
As light on light, too bright for me.





Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Nephilim & the Sa'tans- 6th April 1993

There were Nephilim in the earth in those days...
- Genesis Ch.6 v.4

THE Nephilim/Gigantium were formerly known as 'the walking trees'. There was a resemblance: the thick of the neck adjoining the ill-shapen trunk; the head, by contrast, small and ill-defined; the veins protruding and the digits long and knobby; the clumsiness of movement, the charcoal voice, deep and dry - lumbering giants, if you like.

That which was human - had been human - was simple; it was a problem, in measure, that they had became ensouled in marriage as it were, by ominous entities, later to the date of their first appearance as manifest.

Matter was not matter as we know it, and the gateway threshold into earthliness was almost 'immaterial', given certain starry correlations and 'favorable' circumstances.

Mixed evolutions always settle down into there being one dominating individual. In the case of the Nephilim, that which was to be space for man became flesh - if you could call it that - for Sa'tans (pronounced Su-tans: “u” as in 'cut', “a” as in 'father').

Angels do not incarnate in this manner. Angels withdraw and depart, contributing initially what they are called upon to assist in, compelled by the will of circumstance, but not held once such form has become manifest. It would be difficult to fondly recall these Gigantium as brothers- although, in part, there is a relative link somewhere along the line. They did appear as hideously deformed, because of the fact that they were randomly cast, and the specifications altered to accommodate an entirely different entity: an embodiment of cruel forthrightness.

They were clever enough, but conducted themselves rather stupidly; the reason for this being that cleverness cannot tolerate men, men being bewilderingly elusive to thought which is purely coherent and reasonable. Because of this there was a contempt natural to them, for men, from the outset. Wicked designs were justified by such contempt and both despised the other, with probable cause.

However, men were not as they are today, and there were greater distinctions between those who were advanced, and those whose consciousness still slumbered within their soul. The fiber and the sinew was charged with an etheric pulse which later was replaced by water. A man did not 'weigh' half of what he weighs today.

Probably the worst part of the story of the Nephilim, was the interesting way they recharged their form. They did not, and could not, procreate. Stories which followed after of giant wives and giant children, related to such giant men who belonged to yet another time again, who were simple, humble, gentle and sometimes beautiful both in features and in nature.


The Nephilim had the means to extend their own lives through the extraction of the vitality of living men. Furthermore, because of the conditions of the time, organs and features of those men who were devoured were visible, hanging off various parts of the Gigantium for a time, until the astral dissipated. As a camel holds water, they were seen to have these hideous attachments; adornments, of which they were undoubtedly proud. They could not maneuver their own form very well, but could feed suggestions to a man, enticing him to go to them. Whether perceived as a god or a lover, the man would give over himself as a tribute to the spectacular being before him - unbeknown, a forgery.


The Sa'tans were rebuked in Heaven and intervention was granted soon after their appearance precursory to the Atlantean catastrophes. However, it is true that some escaped and made their way into the early civilizations under the pretence of being gods appointed to Man. This may have been believable, had they not been in the habit of eating men deliberately. This practice meant that whatever fanaticism sprang up from the worship of such a Sa'tan, sacrifice and inhumanity followed. (Baal etc.)

Even at the point where their entire physicality had deceased, the Nephilim continued to provoke and prompt men to bleeding their very life's vitality in their name and their honor, to their satisfaction.


In asking who the Sa'tans originally were, one may find a clue when they discover their ability to have entered into the physical world at all. There are times when souls are sloughed and abandoned by such men, who sadly have forfeited their connection with their spirit. These souls are usually dissolved, but occasionally are chanced upon and assumed by beings (descending angels) who would ordinarily, be naive to those reminiscences of human evolution.

The soul seeks to return to the earth. It is capable of re-entering because of the qualities it possesses. It is no longer humanly espirited, however it is impressed with memories of humanhood. Unfortunately too, it has come from a sour individual who found no love for his humanity, no savor in the actual living. 

Thus the Nephilim were enabled to graft on some experience of Man, and were attracted to Man, but were not by rights, Men; and furthermore were actually lacking in certain impulses and virtues which ordinarily could have enabled them to bridge their astral desires through to higher aspects complementary to Heaven. Therefore their sorry condition provided for a natural malevolence to men, an indifference to the value of life, and an immoral representation.

They were so impressed with the souls, that they 'fell in' to an adjunct stream of evolution. Their egos as such, were not as a man's - and not even operating within their level of activity.

Sadly, all the way along evil appears to be as lovelessness - those who are without.

The physical embodiment does not occur these days; as aforementioned, such ensembles have been outlawed by those prevailing commissions of authority. However, within the immediate membrane of this world, we do suffer their presence as a gathering gloom: a reminder of a fallen humanity which beckons the rest to follow their ghost.

Therefore we must rebuke them, and commend them to God Himself; praying that these sorry wraiths may come to peace, and the beings (Angels) conjoined, may return to their rightful places and regain their lost identities also.

Did you know a signet ring was a signature seal held by a man as a personal mark? Or concurrently, to signify one to another if given? 

And that men used to scour the shell of a turtle to find upon it the secret and mystic markings individually borne?

Monday, March 8, 2010

Benediction: to end a meeting- 1993

To Seal the Moments Passed 
SIGNIFICANTLY, the passage of the day has gone before us. Temperately, we have come to this moment in one mind. Before moving on we may take one gentle pause to review and recollect, and consciously acknowledge the many presences which accompany us here, in this moment.



Oft times, men best interact in unseen ways, regardless of words as parted with; concentrating earnestly on rather, pure intention. The intentions are sensed and spoken to, each unto all, and there may or may not be recognition of such.

If we come to meet minds or meet hearts, with a question - it may be under a presumptive doubt, or it may be with immediacy and optimism - whatever we ask and whatever we bring is paramount to the end value of this day.

As with rising to each wave, we go haplessly from one sequence, one momentum, and one distinction, only to duck and bob afresh; the interim between affording little time to qualify the preceding experience-mix. It often takes death to make a really good and comprehensive impression of events passed, and thus digested. In ingesting the worth of the day and preparing for the rise of the next, we do so shift and make shift most marvelously and for this dexterity we are grateful.

Intentions are precisely that: in-tensions - which drive our being and manipulate the forces of the Will, coherently. Amongst the secret treasures inherited by Man, his deliberate causal willing-ness is a prize as yet, quite undervalued. However immature the intentions of each and every one of us are - wholesome or marked, enhanced or bemused - the intentions enrich the future fabric and future design of destined interactions. For that is their potency; they do not only work the immediate realm, but particularly seek out, untirelessly, their fulfillment.

At times we may not feel very powerful as individuals, or capable, or equivalent to life's prospecting; and that our divinity is shielded ignites a personal suffering of separateness, an aloneness, a discontent. Our fulfillment, our expansion, is met by the extending and incorporation of our egos into the harvests of another.


As a group impartial to solicitude there becomes far more distinction and quality of experience, far more than mere gradients of 'energies' abounding. Energies may be summoned wherever, 'energies' (to wit, there are more than may be open to interpretation) are not as the vital fluid which is imparted alongside the intentions - marked intentions that are ours.

So we may take a moment to cite what it was that we harbored in our hopes for today, and what transpired.

Look to every man and woman in this room and know that you shall one day meet company again.

Know that today was as binding as any contract in life. For the promise of furtherance drives all of our circumstances.

May we come to know also, some measure of continuity. Meetings over time and out of time, appear fragmented, but to the soul - whose memory is unsequential but rather pertinent to the complete knowing required by a particular prompting - the soul does pick up and go on as the same, whether it be one day or one thousand, one year or one thousand, before coming together again.

With this knowledge, may we come to clasp the hands that may be met - once again, to seal this parting - and know quite distinctly, that with whatever has passed before us, however slight or however striking, we may be sure that we shall be given the opportunity to combine as souls again.

(Group may now shake hands)

Know that our precious qualities, intrinsic to us particularly, enrich each other as actively employed.

Know too, that there will always be time provided for us to give back to each man that which we personally have obligated afore.


CLOSING PRAYER

(Directive: One faces another clasping both their hands again palm to palm, whilst pronounced.)

Beloved Christ, I implore You
To watch over this soul who does love You,
Most definitely.
We pray that this man or woman before us,
Knows of Your comfort, Your gentle grace,
Whilst also, Your stern strength.
May Your issue saturate their being.


Kind and loving beings,
Draw closer to this soul,
That he or she may be encompassed
By Your guidance and protection.


And now, as we move to separate
From one to the other,
We give thanks for their being
For their existence,
For their consideration of us,
And for time shared.
In Christ we live.
AMEN

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Argument & the Personality- 4th April 1993





Chortleorious choirs heralding sweet winds,
Summoned with note rising and swell of song,
Gentle breath upon the earth, soothing, healing,
Into the nostrils of valley-men and mountain-men alike.

Tumultuous insult,
The winds that rise to sting and lash,
Bemoaning the cries and harsh words from arguing tongues.

This we make choice:
To seed the world by sweet rejoice,
Or plague our lands,
With unseemly pestilent argument.

SHALL we belittle ourselves by quickening to temper? And by doing so, in such severity, our beloved are as cut and stung. There is no qualification for uncompromised argument. There is no merit borne in upset and dissension. There is no happiness in provoked distemper and intentional grandstanding. As children we may be excused as incompetent, as adults we are to fault.



There is nothing that will age a man or a woman quicker than fiery upset engaged in with argument. One has only to look at the geriatric survivors, to find those who were of the sweeter disposition, uncorrupted in the flesh. It is a fact that men require much vitality to be spent when engaged in passionate retaliatory pronouncements. The ‘wick runs down, and the candle shortens all the quicker’, when energies are so misdirected.

When men become indignant and inflamed they are no longer reasonable - to be reasoned with or to offer reasonable offerings. The 'contest' has disqualified both parties at the outset, until such time as it is as contest no more. 

Were that there were more shame in filthy arguments. For all the care taken in appearances (which is commendable in itself) a man might best be awakened to shock and shame should he come to perceive the reality of worldly suffering borne entirely by maladjusted argument.

All men may discern for themselves rapidly, the difference between good-humored, good-natured interrelations and the contrast of defensive protest, injurious judgments and bad temper injected upsets. Now is as good a time as any to make a lesson of this, for we must make it known unto ourselves that our behavior shapes the world directly. Our very moods hold consequence. Our attitude can be heavenly or it may banish ourselves from connecting with Heaven. By any measure of partaking in gratuitous upset we become isolated. Furthermore, we do but sharpen our knives, entering the path of violation - cursory though it appears.



We must ask ourselves how we may provide a shield of protection for ourselves and our brothers, that we might be impervious to insult and incapable of contributing to any 'ill-will' in the world. This is a far larger issue than that of a handful of students being reprimanded.

Firstly one must realize that the tremendous personality of which we go by, is quick to become 'testy', for it knows in reality, that by standards of the soul it is incompetent. The ears will hear intimations of this and immediately the ego is addressed with echoes of complaint. For example: We are, you are, uncomfortable with this very subject, and the personality is resisting, struggling, squirming, denying, and at the ready to unrestrain a little anger in defense of itself. Is this not so? If you feel in any way uncomfortable then it is so - and may we add, you have been considering what is put before you, consciously and accurately. For even the most developed of souls know of the personality's protests. 

It is constantly requiring acknowledgment and subsequent management; for if on the other hand, one did not require to address this, and was not so linked to the ego, there would be a deficiency in character-identity. We cannot deny ourselves - like a watercolor painting using no pigment but all water - similarly we cannot blend all pigment either.

Firstly, we may establish that indignation is natural to the immature personality, for personalities are undeveloped; and whilst it is a mechanism of pride, we must learn indifference to the protests which lie at the kernel of unhappy intercourse.


There is a phenomenon that occurs when a man firmly believes that he is 'right' and that in being 'right' he is permitted to seek the means, any means, in making it known to those around him. Whether he is correct in his thinking or not has little bearing on inexcusable conduct. Other men shall not be led into revelation by the self-righteousness of another if he is delivering his argument with upset or aggression.

Quite often it can begin as frustration: we are frustrated because we long to be understood. We become short-tempered because we are feeling those frustrations crawl upon our limbs, begging for release. We sense our own disquiet. In conversation it is difficult to be mindful of the reality of self and self-conflicts, as well as those exterior to the self. We project outwards continually by habit, deflecting other’s thought, in defense of our own.

Considerations are afforded to like-minded people, but rarely do we make an effort to come to a 'middle-ground' with those who appear vastly different. This takes an exercise of will, whereby we divert our personality's frustrations and protests, and step aside from ourselves long enough to come to another's perspective. 

Rather than projecting our own thoughts and opinions out from ourselves, we may actually extend the ego to incorporate experiences presenting before us. Of course we are free to 'shrink back' and resume our personality at will. This separateness is not denial of that which is personally sacred or beloved to us, it is actually a protection of such. It is as breathing in and breathing out.

The soul of the other individual can sense quite clearly when we have released ourselves temporarily and do give them our full attention. We are relaxed in every sense of the word - and if you are not relaxed then you know that you are not achieving this - and we are content to quieten the exclamations of our personality-self and its opinions, and intentionally consider the individual's offerings before us. If this is truly achieved - and it is by no means an easy exercise: it may take a very long time to maintain - then the individual shall relax too and experience communion as rarely experienced before. These are the eyes of love.


We must be ever reminded that the woes of the world are such, because of the demons of dissension, false self-righteousness, self-indulgence and wilful violence.

The poisons which corrupt our selves and our environments are poisons of venomous behavior, not as some imagine, the manifestations in ether, earth or water - these do come after the underlying sins so cast. Should we discontinue to invite corruption, the physical world would hold no place for physical depositories of poisons. It is men that stimulate the astral secretions, it is men that manufacture the injurious plagues by the continuance of upset and release of aggravation and the subjugation of violent thought.

If we are to be accountable for anything, it is more so for that which we are and exude from our being - much more so than by details of the past. We must look to those cruel aspects which harden our perspectives in non-understanding and seek to meet truth honestly, in the humility which can project ourselves away from our failings.


We cannot afford to be content with the persuasions of a corrupted personality which insists that it is developed when it is not. For if we become lazy and complacent about self-development, then we must accordingly bear the result of such.

It is good for a man to love sinners, so long as he does not indulge in that very sin within himself. For if he is to love the sinners because of their likeness to him, not despite of their failings, then he encourages their pitiable plight, rather than releasing them. We embrace the goodness in men and not the insufferable.

We come to know that development is not instant, nor is it self-appointed - God grants development to the needy, who by merit of their conduct require furtherance.



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