[Continuing the Rosary Meditation]
- Our Father: ACTIVE LIFE- The Will & the forces of Ego.
THE primordial definition of Will is Movement. In origin the Will that drove Creation's promise and animated Life at every conjuncture, this Will streamed from one being into the many that were to be, and it was to be seen as pure movement.
Now, in physical existence a man's mobility is given to the extent of his will and his mastership of it. The essence of ego-direction and application has at its heart the fiery action of the Holy Spirit. Although the Will of our Father is not unusually apparent in the particular, it is evident in all being. There has been confusion in the past as to the rightful place and purpose this mighty force holds within Man. For it has been coupled with a creative self-consciousness which is capable of devastating - either with clumsiness or evil management. Man cannot be innocent of his own powers. More and more he is called to become capable and coherent, that he create a'further, rather than simply undo such splendors already done.
One may understand Christ's gift to Man in relation to his ego by asking what would we have were Man without Christ? To this we would suggest we would have Lucifer. Or we would have another who also seeks a reign of forfeit, whereupon the men are magnetized together with one group will. Christ has enabled men to keep to their separateness that they may develop their own. This is no small matter.
The nature of Will is of paradox in that whilst it is motivated out from its initiator it may also be persuaded by that whom it does recognize as a greater power of will also. In this way we succumb to the laws around us without forever contesting the humdrum or necessary values which dictate to all. We have no choice individually in how the Globe glides (and it does not spin), we do not will for the sun to rise (not even in our selves) and we may not cause our will to cease ourselves being, in the true sense of soul and spirit. Therefore we have from this a simple proof that whilst we have will, that will is also obedient to greater will constantly.
The ego of Man is generously given, because it is the sum-total of the experience which has gone before and of all of the good which was to be harvested therefrom. Whilst the soul is so characterized, it also is not. Our soul selves are primarily angelic in their desires and in their attractions and perceptions. The soul is moreover satisfied with the enjoyment of Creation as it is. The ego of Man, on the other hand (which it does contrast right from left), advances into aspects of newness, which enables the being of man to take into himself much of the future.
The soul embraces the past and reveres it. The soul is joyous with simple and humble pleasures of spiritual ecstasy, whilst the ego to a great extent does tire of them. The ego pleads to take to itself more and to be known to be more; it has to be different to what it already contains in ways of experience and comprehension.
So we are introduced to a dissatisfaction from which we are prompted out into betterment and further development. The parcel of the two - of both will and ego contained and made active within our selves - brings also the consequence and knowledge of consequence, personally revealed. What we will and conjure in action or by active thought, is consequently offered to us in the opportunity to perceive the outcome and effect of our doings and to answer them.
Karma, in this respect, is a gift from the gods also. We shall not say that it is intrinsic to Christ, for He in relation to karma has brought His addition to Man. Not only are we ensured experience for the ego by all that we will and therefore do, we are also given the grace of deferment, in that our governing angels may decide much about what, when, how and who, that we are not overcome by ourselves and by our mistakes and have to answer them all totally and in the immediate. The soul qualities of Man are quite aware of past purpose when it presents and acknowledges its due. This too is a grace.
So when we contemplate the forces of Will and active Ego we may bring thankfulness into our heart for the very Will of Father God as it moves throughout Creation; and the Ego of Christ which umbrellas our own - being the greater Ego overall, saving us from the unsavory attractions of lesser but more powerful persuasions.
2. PEACE & CONTAINMENT - particularly in relation to # 1.
THE aspect and influence of peace and containment brings to Man his knowing of true happiness. In the primordial glamor, peace was as invisible and unknown, for there was no contrast to go by. Containment was and wasn't; however its formative evolutions were set to work almost immediately, although held transiently. Systems unfurled and designs shifted with a precocious aplomb. Containment was as but a brief hesitation on the way to a greater and more complex proposal to be formed.
Peace always brought the forces inward for that time when they were contained and held back from transmuting further. Peace enables us to collect ourselves and remain relatively stationary in a vortex of change and impending chaos.
In the very real sense of it, the influence of Peace is timeless and calls to halt time. Of course it cannot effectively do this indefinitely; however this is our chief meditation here - which, it may be added is paramount to meditation itself.
From concerns of time we are reprieved temporarily, that we may look down upon what we have and what we are; that we may be motionless, quieten our own wills and thereby know the expression of God's Will as is. That we may not drive our selves to constant distraction, but come to a reflection in still and perfect waters; that we may quell the ego's habitual prompting - overriding our own driving forces therefrom - that in itself is necessary and most powerful, more powerful than the will and ego themselves, that it can restrain the two and do so harmoniously!
Our meditation upon this gift is one of happiness whereupon the ego can afford to relax. Peace is no jailer; it also brings commensurate joy with its application. It is the initial substance from which all substance was derived and subsequently born out from; and that is precisely why we are enabled to return to it.
3. STRENGTH - sustained and active, to be used, summoned by the Will.
Strength is a corporate quality which as an influence empowers permanence. In the higher order a permanence resides, that although not gauged by Man, is there and in place and thus permits all other constancy to be.
Strength is undeniably amongst us. The permanence within the spiritual Worlds has been guaranteed in the memory of Father God. Such permanence affords all beings the ability to receive the future because the future does not threaten the wellbeing of what has been brought from the past.
We can begin to realize that the constant changing about us, the forming and reforming, works upon a higher principle of constancy which does stream through it. Just as peace itself resides as the essence within all motivated life, so too does a permanency engage itself within the struggles of manifested life as it consists and desists and rebuilds anew.
In no way does permanency imply stagnation, for stagnation is peace which has overrun its time in relation to time's demands. Permanency as an essential quality of influence, primordially speaks to us of the highest drafts which once laid down are here to stay.
Initially those things which were given in the Spiritual Worlds have the strength to remain, to continue regardless of what else is to follow, because Father God does not take risks - He does not seek change merely for change's sake. The future would not be qualified if it in any way threatened our spiritual heritage. In this sense, as things that were, so shall they be. However, Man himself has the choice always to depend on this strength, but travel out from its source and become different also.
In our very beginnings of the making of soul - those were the 'days' when things were built to last. This is the meaning of that: a time of pure strength and resilience, when the patterns were laid down and Man was then given all gifts and purpose, affiliations and loves which he carries to this day, by which it is strength itself that will ensure their permanence within him.
Our meditation on strength - as it is shown actively or by containment - is one of thanksgiving for that which does and will endure. Strength clearly comes from God, for without Him there would be no permanence, no jot would remain.
4. SEXUALITY and the various aspects related.
Sexuality is union, productive union, whereby two individuals are enhanced by combining together rather than by remaining separate. Offspring which follows consummates the proper value of the combining. There is no true sexuality without combining harmoniously and in agreement. In other words, in the context of this talk of this influence we shall not confuse the term with primary functions of the physical genitalia, for they alone have no essence of true sexuality; but rather we shall look to the spiritual significance and meaning for which there is always an implication of two, and an action of interaction.
In the spiritual meaning we find that there becomes a culmination of a longing realized because of another like soul, and the two have met so in agreement at those conjunctures for this to be realized.
When two individuals meet so together, they invoke forces of creation with great rapidity; not only in terms of bringing new souls into the world by such physical conjoining, but there are myriads of creative forces which also transpire at varying levels in which the two may communicate.
Sexuality was not always expressed as it is in the World today - and certainly in the higher worlds it is far different in action and application. However there are male and female angels, contrary to opinion; save to say that their determinations in this way are not with male rods or female wombs and they do not combine in this manner as played out in the physical realm today.
The forces which characterize the female are soul forces - they seek to contain, to embody, to acquire and to keep. The intuitive spirituality of the female influence contrasts the active knowing of the male whose primordial disposition is to go forth with great activity, desire and will, and with constant promotion. The action of the will and ego as described are masculine, whilst the action of both peace and strength are quite feminine. These influences counterbalance each other with a remarkable complement.
Now of course it must be said that neither man nor woman is confined to sole attributes of manliness or womanliness. In this we have a paradox but an answer also, because it is necessary for Man to know both, and to know and identify both he must have both. However one is active and one is quiescent at the one time.
Just as with conversational dialogue it requires one to will and work the words and one to remain silent and take them into their consideration. This is a fine example of the male/female exchange which is enjoyed with differing roles throughout any given day by men and women who inter-engage with both aspects demonstrably.
That a man may execute his own plans projected he must necessarily have those female attributes to contain all else about him. That a woman may come to know of the world outside of herself she must assume a manly attribute that she may leave herself in the first place.
Some things are best achieved with the assistance of another. Unwittingly we combine continually - we are exacted by conflict and difficult exchange. But then, how marvelous when two coincide in deep agreement, and their position of soul, as well as the rest, is receptive to a far greater result thereby. Men can decide upon affiliation and agreement with a self-conscious decision. They choose to be with other souls reflecting upon the needs of their ego, and the gifts they can share.
This is unknown by the angels and the beasts - who have not the direct ability to consciously choose in such a way. They gravitate to their own quite naturally, and combinings result from proximity rather than acknowledgment of differing individual characteristics. It is by affinity that they would come together; and yet in Man, he is given the appreciation of all that is different in a being other than him, and he can still come to love, and is enhanced by it! This is the beginning of a most marvelous mystery so told, and a greater step to egohood, as contrasted by but a lonely entitlement.
Our meditation upon sexuality is thus: We give a gratitude for that creativity which is spawned from two beings having harvested much love within each other. The primordial force here is an etheric milk which nurtures us all; which springs from the love in both warmth and in fiery desire. We can remember that all physical modems reflect a higher principle at work, and that the underlying forces which compel a sexuality are God inspired from the earliest moments of this parent universe. The Cosmic seed and semen is spirit and soul, whilst the Cosmic womb is Man.
5. GOOD NATUREDNESS: humor & goodwill.
There is an adage to suggest that nothing divines as aptly as good-naturedness. This is to say that should you wish to ask something of the universe you will best get your way with her if you are in good humor about it.
This force (and force it is) is as sophisticated as it is not. The primordial influence we experience here sprang from a gaiety as known by the original Spirits of Form. Cooperation began at this early phase and what followed was and is the delights now known by us. We go from the deep knowledge that two may incur within each other to the added creativity as brought about by more than two.
Good naturedness and goodwill extends out from the personal implications and divinations of ego and gives of itself without demand. (This by the way, is the true meaning of Christian Love.) That we do not invest our own interests is paramount to the effectiveness of the task to be executed.
Now there is nothing wrong with a man who seeks to care for himself, for ennoblement and enhancement and the desire for such, come of this right. That is one issue of Man. Counterbalancing this necessary ego-desire is his cooperation with the forces of life which hold him buoyant; and to this he is required to cheerfully submit!
If being happy was a command one could give, it would be one! The truth of the matter however is that it is not, but in time the satisfaction of harmonious interplay does make itself apparent to Man and he shall respond obligingly.
The meditation for this stream of influence is cooperation. We offer a gratitude for coherence and the forces thereof, and that the experience of humor saves us from the rigidity of self-centeredness and brings us into an expanse far further than ourselves.
6. OUR FATHER, PASSIVE- The Divine Will of utter existence: Quiescent.
The influence which predominates the forefinger titled number one, has been recognized as movement with the advancing of both the Will and the Ego's forces to propel ever further out into the beyond. Now we come to the forefinger which is same, but not so same, whereupon the chief influence here is of Father God also, however our Father who is not known to us in action or in movement, but rather in stillness of being, in those recesses to which we must go to penetrate His solemn Mystery.
The Divine Will has a twofold characteristic, as did the Will lived out in action and movement. Whilst it is causal to being, it is obedient to lesser wills who do desire and promote themselves either in conjunction or conflict to the greater Will of God. If this were not the case there should be no such thing as the will living in men at all.
The Divine Will allows for and makes way for its immature siblings. Yet there is further to this something quite wonderfully apparent - that is when a man wills correctly, with just or creative cause, he gives to the Divine Will and the Divine Will responds. This may only be felt upon the ethers - it is not to be visibly so seen - but it is known to men who have drawn upon their wills after consulting in prayer firstly and are so doubly empowered in action by this.
So we hold within our beings that access road into yet a higher determination. On the one hand we are personally empowered to be as definite and creative as a God, directing our Wills with the bidding of our Egos, always nonetheless remarkably subservient to the higher Will regardless. Then on the other hand, we have with us the living Will, passive though it rests, of God Himself; and we are given this that we may know His choosing and call upon His Will with any matter that is before us.
When contemplating His non-apparent Self we are drawn to Him and subsequently relieved of the ego's tensions in this. If sleepiness results it is merely because our definitive selves have given over into His embrace then known. One day, as our development brings us closer to Him in our sharpened consciousness and ego activity, we will be enabled to go to Him and return with some recollection.
Our meditation for this stream of influence is:
"Dear Kind and Gentle Father, You are hidden from me, yet ever present. Your Will is truly known by me, and here I do recognize this gift of knowledge. I am thankful for this recourse, and ask of myself to ever learn to seek out Your Will before that of my own."
7. DISINTEGRATION: the power to desist, to dissolve.
Our mirrored finger, as discussed for this one, is one of Peace and Containment. In seeming opposition to this we have the chief influence of disassociation, whereupon the forces which were formerly adherent in property or makeover, have desisted and made way for new form and force to exchange.
As said formerly, Peace as a cosmic element exists as the primary substance; and once again, the forces of dissolution require the substantiality as it were of Peace, that they may presume upon form and design and desire.
Peace may be thought of as the pause between out-breaths and in-breaths. The evacuation of the out-breath is life metabolized. The exchange and corruption of the new breath requires dissolution - we negotiate substance and ether with the processes of dissolution and then assimilation or part retention.
We know these forces not only in death and in our dissolving out from this package. We know them by our constant evaporations out from our alluvial selves, in soul qualities that move in differing densities.
The power to desist and withdraw allows the ego to return unto itself; and so in similar quality to that of Peace we have the same aspect, for primordially this influence also calls to halt time, to return to the original aspect before the form was created; and so it calls for dissolution every time.
That we incarnate with worldly gravitation, that we can love so many harbors, not only here but in the spiritual worlds, and leave them all, this is with the same influence known, of returning to that which was before and before all. Because of this we find the World’s a fragment and time washes boulders into sand, but we move on.
Our gratitude here is for the might of disintegration, whilst also its providence. Although cautioned by its presence, we are as the ants and the miners, breaking apart those things necessary for conversion to greater purpose.
8. OBEDIENCE: Strength curtailed - servitude.
On the one hand the finger presents that strength which has sustained all being - representing Permanence. On the other we come to know of our strength's strength, the virtue of personal obedience.
Here we have the contrast of strength serving us - our example is clear within the Heavenly Worlds and all of Creation as it binds and supports us completely - to the ability which we may develop of serving also.
Obedience and servitude require an exact strength, measured and equal to that which is necessary; an apportioning, if you like. For to be obedient, through choice (and not because of force) requires the will and consciousness of the man to double-back upon his own ego.
Born of either trust or necessity, we are giving our strength into the hands of another. The primordial characteristic here is the station to which we know ourselves to be in - our true positioning, quite evident with spiritual sight in earliest being.
On the one hand there is the greater strength; on this hand we are given the particular which works within ourselves and that we may utilize such strength as needs be that we can curtail it and direct it with exactness defined. That we may effectively be strong, we must also be obedient - paradox though this is, this is Law. One may only be strong within the given parameters of power and influence, for either way other, the strength itself is compromised by lack of qualification.
We may offer up a gratitude for strength enhanced with servitude. As men who willingly submit by choice, their strength to work for the best purpose as recognized, our egos become more apt in just how such strength is to be exerted and determined, and appointed in the now, and then later into the everlasting as well.
9. REVERENCE - the power to surrender to God.
This is distinct from the above, as reverence itself is an experience of attitude rather than of application. In the context of the Will of our Father becoming apparent to us, we are regarding a course of action, and doing and therefore subsequently becoming. All of this requires a measure of ego-activity within the man, which as alluded to earlier is an experience of the masculine order primarily.
Reverence is a soul quality which denotes that combining between man and God. With the influences carried and known by the little finger on the other hand, we find that the combining and the creative associations are examples of the manner in which we combine with Heaven in the primordial sense. Reverence knows this, and expresses the love in return for God's infusion into these our beings. The sexuality of Man is redeemed in the celebration of reverence for his relationship to God firstly.
"Before all, dear God, I hold thee", and so in attitudinal devotion we come to realize that our mainstay of Creation rests with Him.
Just as our actions are effective when proper strength is apportioned correctly, just as we are given His conference, His Will to ennoble our will's willing, just as death uncovers peace as she sleeps beneath the decomposing past, so also may our combining with God bring us nearer to our ecstasies realized in love's expedient passions.
We may meditate upon this Reverence, finding our own ways to be with Him, and thankful that we are not forgetful of His great Love for us, and this dynamic combining.
10. NOBILITY: the abilities of being generous, upstanding & virtuous.
The thumb on the one hand epitomizes selflessness, goodwill and good humor - amiable and obliging. On the other hand we contrast this with virtues which are not obliging, but rather self-willed and quite defined within the man.
Especially as he progresses and the integrity is ever called upon and tested, the noble nature of a man is often poked and pricked by the lesser men who contest the value of his upstanding. This follows as night does day, that lesser men who are as yet underdeveloped by contrast, shall not be able to recognize the worthier aspects within another, and so presume with morbid projection.
That the virtues may be called upon and live in full color within the man's aspect, brings him to the occasion where he is made separate to contrasts within his immediate worldly activity. This does not detract from his overall good nature or goodwill to fellow men; however, as established there are differing needs that he may carry himself (and them) through the World as is best.
Our meditation here is for Mankind as a collective. We can perceive our own noble aspects inherited, and pray for their realization throughout the whole of humanity in time.
We can be generous with reservation - by that we mean to say that we should never be too generous, i.e. one does not give away their soul or their mother or their God for example. On the one hand we have an element of obliging, on the other there is a decided obstinacy and a decided giving made special. Our meditation here is one of finding our true natures, most perfect and complete in all that we are. That we have faults is part of being able to give only so much; however, virtues stream in and out of us regardless. We are individually entitled to our noble title for attached to us is Christ as He works the greater harmony amongst the individual men.
So the same theme of community rests with these digits, but with differing aspect where we may find that we are not compelled to group orientation and not committed to give what we give. Therefore a true value shall be known and a worthier nobility in each thereby; that it is not by compulsion but rather out from true love that we shall be and become.
Clarification on how to do the Rosary meditation: Firstly one might start with one quality per day. Then instead of going through the whole of one hand, start with a finger on the right and then follow with the mirror finger on the left. This is the balanced way to do it.