We are reminded of our ennoblement - most of which is serviced by the sorrow and bleakness of sin itself - that the ladder is indeed of many, and we are as men, somewhat in debt to our enemies for the contest. Our payment, one day in glory, shall be their fulfillment and redemption, for they too may be purified by our example; and the fashion as set by our Lord, who has taken concern upon all - all Men and their associated family.
We have begun to discuss the difficulties borne with the attachments of such beings known as thought-elementals. It has been established that these entities, though not with soul in the context of a man, do cling to and cherish men and seek their expenditure, this being most natural to them. They are constantly defiled by the heinous and unworthy desires of men, although there are most definitely advanced thought-beings who do come into effect similarly, but by virtue rather than lower means. We may look to the biblical text of Jude to find a perspective on the action and description of such beings. He writes that we may come to salvation, and speaks of the "angels who had not kept their own original state, but had abandoned their own dwelling" Jude 1:6 (Darby) - such angels who are still plastic to the ways of men, albeit ungodly. He brings to us the historical picture of that which evokes the eternal fires, concluding "Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities" Jude 1:8 (KJV).
He continues, "Now when Michael, one of the chief angels, was fighting against the Evil One for the body of Moses, fearing to make use of violent words against him, he only said, May the Lord be your judge." Jude 1:9 (Basic English Bible).
Historically the sin of Man has been proven, and not so remarkable are the following observations thereafter; however the choice passage to be noted is thus:
"These are spots in your love-feasts, feasting together with you without fear, pasturing themselves; clouds without water, carried along by the winds; autumnal trees, without fruit, twice dead, rooted up" Jude 1:12 (Darby).
"Clouds without water" - this is a twofold description of the thought-elemental in nature and in manifestation. For these angels which have left their own habitation are so chained to the lower worlds, devoid of their qualities of heavenly ego. In Michael's realm the angels are indeed with the waters transparent to heaven. These waters translate into all worlds and are flowing spirit, but cannot accumulate in mist around the body of that which is defiled.
The thought-beings are true to man, and in this are still most characteristically angelic. They are in service to man, and although they are dependent upon him for life in an erroneous way, they are nonetheless true to his impressionings, now placing him as a demi-god in standing. Therefore we may understand that although these demonic creatures (at their lowest) are vile and loathsome, they are indeed clouds without water and appear as such accumulating around the man, conspiring in such formations - that being the second interpretation of the picture given.
Furthermore, we are in agreement with Jude, as he explains that there is no good fruit to come of this 'twice dead' procedure. For all that we give over in vitality to the lower and debased elementals is most certainly unproductive; it goes backward and forth, as with a man speaking only to himself, bringing death to the soul in the process.
When it is said that there are men who "walk after their own ungodly lusts" (Jude 1:18) we are given the concept whereby the man becomes enslaved in his directing will to that which is going ahead of him and provoking him. Yet our message is one of distinctness - that the man is separate to the sin (conveyed by these elemental beings) and so with hope we may then proceed:
"But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.
Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
And of some have compassion, making a difference:
And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh."
-Jude 1:20-23 KJV
The advice for remedy is good and plain, namely to build ourselves out of the formations of higher beings, with our most holy faith, praying for the expediency of the Holy Ghost to quicken these very motivations. To then keep ourselves in the loving protection of God, for by Him it is acknowledged of our intrinsic goodness. The mercy of Christ was displayed in this facility, i.e. that we are separate to our sin and may be then recovered from it.
To some of these beings may we be compassionate and thereby to ourselves and our brothers also, who are primarily responsible for their proliferation. To others we may find contempt in the 'garment', that we also may refuse to wear our own contamination; for this too, is to be acknowledged.
In John's recount (chapter 17) we find the words of Christ giving us a beautiful prayer:
"I do not demand that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them out of evil. They are not of the world, as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by the truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world; and I sanctify myself for them, that they also may be sanctified by truth.
And I do not demand for these only, but also for those who believe on me through their word; that they may be all one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou hast given me I have given them, that they may be one, as we are one; I in them and thou in me, that they may be perfected into one and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and that thou hast loved them as thou hast loved me. Father, as to those whom thou hast given me, I desire that where I am they also may be with me, that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me, for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, and the world has not known thee, but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have made known to them thy name, and will make it known; that the love with which thou hast loved me may be in them and I in them."
Verses 15-26, Darby
In this the World is still given preference for Men, even though Christ nor his beloved are of the World itself. Instead there is the differentiation placed, that we should be kept from evil, rather than from the World. The World, therefore, is given to be important to Christ.
And if you have not already guessed, how then is it especially decided - why not simply surrender all to Heaven in the immediate? Why persist at all with the perilous plains? This is no simple question and not to be regarded as such. What we may draw from this is that the World is to be cherished and reformed as a whole. Secondly, it is to Father God which we rely upon for such effective Love for reformation.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Christ confronts the entire body of elemental desire in meeting with Satan. Remembering that it is the nature of the elemental being to prompt a man into more of the same, he is typified in chapter four as bringing every realm before Christ which is offered to Man by experience. The kingdoms that are associated are vast, for this is commensurate with life and all of its investments; and here for Christ to purvey, he is offered the table of Satan.
The stipulation of worship is an interesting one. Of course, this is and isn't a correct account of what actually transpired. The fancies of men are overridden by the true moments of intense rapture and glory, whilst all experience, earthly experience, arrays the soul after having been borne by the ego.
We come to life in all of its contrasts and Christ has permitted all beings hence, and held realization for each and every one. The conglomerate being of elemental desire came before Man as he did perform before Christ. He asks of Man to worship him as the Master, which of course, was mere illusion of conceit and in ignorance of God. But Man himself will not settle for second best, and so the holies are pledged - which Christ did remonstrate by his rebuke.
In Chapter 18: 8-9 Christ says:
"So if your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life injured or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell fire." ISV
Here once again is the distinction between ourselves and our sin; that we in spirit, are not what places us in the world, connects us to the world or brings our perception right there. We are separate and may discard the elemental beings associated, rather than suffer their sorrows in the purifying fires of Hell after death.
However, and also in Luke 11:34-36 we find:
"The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light."
So we take into our being much and do color it so with our thoughts and our intentions respectively. A man is still squarely responsible for the poisons manufactured or the joys he upholds. We are asked to be aware and mindful of our place as co-creators in this world, and the corresponding thought-world as mirrored in our beings also.
Paul reminds us soothingly in Corinthians 2 (13:5-14) that we shall know that we are not reprobates, and that we shall do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. His comforting thought is namely:
"For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth."
That Man is singular to the truth, and that his appearance as a 'reprobate' is deceptive to that truth.
"Be perfect" he cheerfully concludes! -
"Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. Greet one another with an holy kiss. All the saints salute you.Paul was in no way defeated by the 'damned and lost' elemental, when he defied them with his courage, hope and cheer. He has invoked gladness by such discrimination and has called upon a stronghold for Man to be found in comfort (for dis-ease harbors terrible elementals and runs contrary to the meditative allowances). He reiterates the wish for oneness, that we may be so conjoined as Men, and live in peace rather than incite the scurrilous activity of thoughts at war, which pitch men against each other whilst the devils feed on the remains of their humanity. His answer was in his cheerfulness and also, in the discrimination between what truly becomes a man in becoming a man.
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all. Amen."
Man is empowered to free himself and others from the overbearing natures of vampiristic elementals. It is his right to disable their harm and not answer or play to his own, nor those of others. Whilst they have cunning, Man has forthrightness and he shall win out over these sorry repositories which are verily his own personal shadows.
Our quest towards divinity is not marred by the complicated natures of these attending beings. It is rather that because of their existence being distinct from us, that we may be separate to the sin which we are answerable for.
They suffer as we should not, but they are greedy for existence and seek perpetuation through our constant desires and fulfillment. If therefore our days are filled with joyous and uplifting aspirations it shall be that this is what they shall become, as we also will be returned with more invocations for the same.
This is why it is essential for men to come to know certain happiness, that the light of Heaven may stream throughout their souls and fill their beings completely. The thought-beings of sorrow and of hardship are hindrances to the developing man, of themselves. One must pass through these conditions and onto joy. That Christ has imbued His Creation with Beauty and with elation and mostly, moreover Love, is the greatest indication we may follow with likewise, as to how we are to become and be, best of all.