The Bishop's Letters


Dear One Rising in Light,

                               “Send out your bread upon the waters

for after many days you will get it back…….                          

                                 Just as you do not know how the breath comes to the bones in the mother’s womb,

so you do not know the work of God, who makes everything….

                                  Remember your creator in the days of your youth,

before the days of trouble come, and the years draw near……before the silver cord is snapped, and the golden bowl is broken, and the pitcher is broken at the fountain, and the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the breath returns to God who gave it.  Vanity of vanities, says the Teacher; all is vanity.”                                                                                       Ecclesiastes Chpt. 11

 

 Seasons within our lives give us pause for wonder and pondering.  “A time to be born and a time to die” comes to everything ‘created’ and manifested in matter.  Why?  Perhaps we do not remember that we are not the authors of our fate and the captains of our lives…..Something Else is.  This Something or Someone or Some Essence is so far beyond our mortal concept of “Life” that It is a Void…. To us. 

 As humanity, we seek for life on other planets – but our ‘concept’ of life is so limited….usually only to that with which we are familiar as to pressure, temperature, breath, or reproductive capabilities.  We find ‘life’ manifested deep within the depths and darkness of our oceans, and we are amazed that such an animal or plant exists.  This expression of life has, perhaps, been there for many millions of years…. It is but our perception and lack of knowledge which makes this ‘find’ a special event in our world. 

 As scientists attempt to manufacture solo atoms and determine their existence, competence, length of animation and survival in matter and deep space, are they aware that they are dealing with life forms beyond their comprehension?  As a species, we are completely unaware of what forms Life may take… even to the point of having not a clue as to what “LIFE ESSENCE” really is.  Yet, onward we go… experimenting, learning – yes, but at what cost to the environment and life cycles of ‘other forms’?

We celebrate Spring, the migration of birds, insects and animals, the awakening of a Power which makes all things new, which recycles the dust of yesterday into living, breathing, manifestations of being, of experiences, of livingness and daily life.  As humans, we experience this as eating, breathing, working, playing, loving, sleeping, laughing and physical hardships including pain and suffering.  But this IS LIFE. The Great Essence which is experiencing ITSELF through us – our forms, our minds, our bodies.

 Here is where it gets interesting.  This One Life resides within each of Its creations…. Each stone, plant, animal, human each of us.  We love to say that ‘we’ are the controller of our destiny: but where were ‘we’ before we became awake in this body?  Where are ‘we’ after the body returns to dust?  Thus the deeper question becomes: What are ‘we’ Really????

Enter the Mystic, the Scientist, the Occultist, and the human on the street (so to speak).  These each have thoughts which speak to the soul, the mind, the emotions, and the body.  Each personality eventually constructs a structure in which he or she can live….. whether that of Einstein, average joe,       or a serial killer.  Each possesses LIFE.  Each is a facet, a colorful reflection, flowing through the prism of Matter of that Eternal Stream we can call LIGHT.  Each can show us only that which he or she has experienced or believes….true or not, for us.

 His or her “Truth” may or may not be ‘our’ truth….. but it is still always a refraction of ABSOLUTE LIGHT through the prism of Matter.  LIFE is ONE…with no beginning and no end.  Our human intellect (another facet of the astral light) can truly not ‘wrap itself’ around this one either.  But does it matter?

 This coming of the Light we celebrate around the Winter Solstice – in many religions.  The sun is symbolized as ‘turning northward’ and the light slowly returns to Earth in the form of Spring.  This beginning calls forth the sap from the roots of trees to rise, the roots of the flowers and plants to draw nourishment from the earth-dust and, blending this with the warmth of the sun-light, rebirth and renewal of life on this planet begins again.  The birds build nests, the sleeping bear awakens from his hibernation, and humans celebrate Valentine’s Day!  Creation begins anew. 

These are physical representations of that which the Light of Eternal Day manifests within our spiritual hearts.  We too rise from the dead of nightly sleep to greet the morning  light of our Creator….the Source of our being – beyond this earthly garment, called a body, (of which we care for, protect, wash, nourish, and esteem so greatly.)  It too, has its own life level – composed of cells, systems, electrical units, glands, organs, and functions.  This body allows us to sense our environment around us – the other facets and pulses of life, and others like us who have their own needs and abilities.

So much complexity is found in this Essence of Simplicity.  Layer upon layer of substance, matter, over ever increasing frequencies of Light and Love and Power within each living unit….human or otherwise.  And here, in the Spring, we celebrate this.

 The cherry blossoms, the hyacinth, the rose, the nest of robin-blue eggs, the cry of the baby, the budding of the green leaves on the trees, the warmth of the sun upon the new grass……… these are Nature’s way of reminding us of rebirth, renewal,  and the recycling of the star-dust into galaxies. 

 As humans we remind ourselves by lighting candles, bowing to the East (rising sun), offering incense, abstaining during Lent and Holy Days in various practices, celebrating the sharing of food, the breaking of bread and the partaking of the cup of wine.  It is here we are called – in all religions – to “REMEMBER”.   The call is ancient for the memory is Eternal.  The Light is born from Darkness:  it passes through eons of duration and phases of creation beyond Humanity’s  intellect of comprehension………..and becomes Mankind.  Does it stop there?  No, my Friend.  This is merely a phase within the Infinite Mind of Creation: a point or vector within this cycle of this Eternity for you and me. 

 As ONE, together we rise – in Light and toward more abundant Light and Life.  

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Dear One of Radiant Light,

                    "He who faces the light and stands within its radiance is blinded to the issues of the world of men; he passes on the lighted way to the great Center of Absorption. But he who feels the urge to pass that way, yet loves his brother on the darkened path, revolves upon the pedestal of light and turns the other way.

                   "He faces towards the dark and then the seven points of light within himself transmit the outward streaming light, and lo! the face of those upon the darkened way receives that light. For them, the way is not so dark. Behind the warriors - twixt the light and dark - blazes the light of Hierarchy."                                                    DINA, II. Vol. II, p.16

We live in busy and confusing times.  There is very little around us in which we can believe or trust or rely upon.  In truth this has seemed the case for centuries, however, the mental capabilities of humans have grown exponentially in the last century and are now out-shining the emotional shortcomings.  There is a new game in town….

That which used to be agreed upon with a word given or a handshake, now requires the legal ramifications of the judicial system to enact… for few can be trusted to keep their word or contract, unless bullied into it by forfeit or fear of loss.  This covers our purchasing arrangements: credit cards, banking, housing, taxes and fines….. to our use of politically correct actions or grammar, statements made in public or private matters, medical information, and means by which we support ourselves.  The ‘officials’ who enforce these requirements are sometimes off-set by the ‘scammers’ who use fear and ignorance as their tools of the mental trade. How one deals with ‘life’ and attempts to live securely and comfortably is maintained on a tricky and delicate balance.

It is not uncommon to consider ‘escape’ in one form or another and this also is a plague upon our society.  It takes courage to live, and live well, in this physical plane environment.  It also takes discipline and perseverance.   

There are Those who live among us who are a little more experienced at dealing with the ignorance and temptations of our human species.  Even ‘junior contenders’, such as you and I, have sometimes passed through ordeals which we see others of our friends, family and acquaintances experiencing.  Here it is we can find our field of service.  

Assisting those around us is often a most difficult ‘opportunity’.   But like all things in life, if we pay attention to that which is before us – rather than what “WE” think they should or should not be doing/thinking/acting/etc.…  Here it is we learn the lesson.  Truly we only can teach that which we know and have experienced… this is ‘wisdom’.  Simply stating the standing rules and regulations does not fit the bill.  ‘Facts’ we have heard are more often opinions than truth or wisdom.  And to learn the essence of a situation, we have to ‘listen’  and observe patiently to whomever is relating that which they believe.  This again is their opinion – and most of what we can state on our side is our ‘opinion’.  Truth, at times, never enters the equation.

This is why we eventually learn to train ourselves, to discipline our mind to quietude, still the restlessness of our emotions, and wait and watch for the sun of soul-knowledge to rise into our consciousness.  The Wisdom which springs from this Source is True and Pure.  It is not colored by illusion, by glamour, by false ideas and thoughts, or by distorted teachings and beliefs.  It is the Wisdom of the Ages.  

Then comes another difficult junction: that of bringing that wisdom down into our physical brain without ‘our’ distorting it by our opinions.  An ‘idea’ is pure, however, by the time it is filtered down through our mental vehicle (Wow…. Look what I understand), emotional vehicle (this grand idea/scheme of infinity was bestowed upon ‘me’) and physical vehicle (I need to act and save ……………….what/whoever because of my power).  See the ‘catch’???

Oh my…. It gets all of us!  Fear not….  we just work on to the best of our abilities.  Then, one day we ‘see’ the ‘Idea’ as pure love for our fellow beings on the path.  Our journey is not going to implode God’s vast eternal Plan if we ‘screw-up’ (it may take a little more time – but who counts that in eternity?)  The Light and the Love of God, and the Great Guides Who watch over our tiny planet and us, often grant us a pat on the head and move on……..  So do we.

And here we serve the Purpose of the One and the outworking of the Plan for evolving Life on all the planes of Being and in all worlds.  Here is our calling…. And here is our Joy.  LIFE!  All is Life from the smallest atom to the grandest galaxy…. All is alive and ensouled.  There is No Other.

Merely because our limited range of intelligence and consciousness cannot communicate with a rock or a plant or a star, does not mean that it does not contain ‘life’ in the Eternal.  There are entire ranges of physical light with we cannot see; entire octaves of sounds we cannot hear; entire dimensions of odors we cannot smell or taste; and entire registrations and presence’ of contacts which are not tactile to our sense of touch.  These senses are but gates into this physical realm – but are naught but reflections and shadows onto our next step of spiritual unfoldment.

And according to the ‘Commentaries’…. Here we stand.  Humankind, midway between the jungle and the stars, between the animal and the Spiritual Master, is blessed with the ability to merge with all Life.  Here, as Souls we meet and strive together – for we are One.  Some of us may choose to charge ahead into Infinity and merge our human Self in the Wholeness of God.  Others of us may choose to look back upon our fellow travelers on the Path and our desire is to lift their burdens and grant them a helping hand (as we too have received along the way – many times). 

For these, we turn… and stand with the Great Light behind us and face the coming multitudes of our fellow Life travelers, seeking expression, experience, and evolution.  The Seven Points of Light pour forth from us - toward those who are but another portion of our Self.  We reach out to lighten their burdens, enlighten their minds, and assist them upon their way.  Behind us stands the Hierarchy… ablaze in the One Light.  In eons ahead, Peace will come to the Earth… and all Souls will stand radiant in THE ONE… THE GREAT LIGHT OF LOVE. 


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Dear Seeker of the Soul,

Today’s world contains little that seems ‘real’… even in our illusions.  The Great Ones try to teach us, to show us, but we can neither see nor understand through the smoke of our days and the shadows of our nights. What is important in our lives?  What are we attempting to express?  What are we, consciously or unconsciously, trying to learn or remember?

The echo of the axiom of the past: Man, know Thyself rings as true today as it did in ancient Greece and earlier.  We do not ‘know’….. We deduce from our limited years of experience the incomprehensible universe, and we name it, place a label on it as to its qualities and quantities, and file it away for someone else to add to our stupidity with their equally inane deductions.  But this seems to be the way of humanity to date.

What will ‘tomorrow’s’ humanity imagine?  Their formulated thoughts will be worlds ahead and generations apart from today’s computations.  Hopefully these identities will also be skilled in spiritual geometry as well as the modern science of their time.  

What would be our wish, our desire, our prayer for these future generations?  A good life?  Family and children?  Love?  Education? Good health?  These are aspects of our own lives and the times in which we are living.  What of theirs?  Can we imagine a world so different from our own that pure speculation would be incomprehensible?  

Think of the 17th and 18th centuries: now picture New York City in those centuries.  Compare this picture with today’s inclusion of modern technology, automobiles, Internet, electricity, sciences, engineering, billboards, and communication.  Had you had such a ‘vision’ of today back then, you would have been considered a witch and a worker with the Devil!  From that past:  the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ would be lost in translation.

Yet here we stand, imagining the future of Mankind, with so many variations on the theme of livingness: achievement, fear and in trepidation, excitement, joy, beauty, pensive waiting, or non-responsibility.  There are Those among us who see this future more clearly… although They do not advertise or display Their abilities from the ‘roof tops’.   They quietly guide and grant opportunities to each of us to assist in this evolvement of consciousness from that ‘silent voice which speaks from our heart.”  It is up to us to train ourselves to listen, test, and act.

What do we consider the consummation of the Plan for Humanity?  Individual self-fulfillment? Galactic dispersal of humanity in the universe? Perfection in ‘spiritual realms’? (Whatever that may mean to each of us within our belief system.)  And my favorite: More darn work on the inner planes for an eternity! 

For most of us, the ‘fulfillment of our plan for humanity’ only includes that which we can conceive in our brain from our life experience, dreams, hardships, loves and hates of the past few years.   We are blind and bound to the dark past millions of years of the universe, and on this planet, and we are blinded by the light of the future expression of Cosmic Mind in action.  And, when I read the headlines of the media… this ignorance reigns supreme as knowledge and accepted facts.  We have yet to question our inner Soul…. Filled with Spirit, which uses it as a garment. 

We speak much about Soul.  Our scientists attempt to weigh it in grams as it inhabits the body and leaves it at the point of death.  Even this ‘attempt’ should prompt them to consider that if it can be weighed…. It is a ‘form’ of matter.  Perhaps not ‘dense matter’ as we are only aware of on this plane, but a finer grade of matter existing in its own universe of ‘density’ and ‘substance’. 

If it inhabits this body, and animates it in life, there is obviously another ‘place’ to go and to be when this dense substance no longer serves its purpose.  It takes with it all the experiences of this life, for it is the only ‘recorder’ of these experiences of any of us.  The brain, which we are so fondly attached to as our ‘well of intelligence’, is merely a tool for the reception and delineation of the frequencies of these experiences.  We call this learning… as does the storage container of the soul.  Soul wisdom is already whole… that is why, when we listen to our inner voice, it is our soul to which we ‘give ear’.  It provides us the wisdom!  

We tend to think of this world as filled with many minds.  In Reality, there is only ONE MIND.  All things, forms, ideas, etc., are found within this One Mind and are connected one to another… just as our brains connect our thought processes.  If we wish to bend our little finger, this action is first pictured within our mind, and then the electronic signals are sent to the appropriate muscles in the back, arm, hand and finally finger to perform this action.  All within less than a nano-second.  It is a marvelous display of creation at work/play.

The many brains of our planet are connected within this Great One Mind.  Thoughts can be sent from brain to brain, mind to mind, across God’s Wi-Fi.  Man copied this idea and conceived the Internet.  Now man complains when all the darkness and dirt of his mind/life/brain actions are uncovered and laid bare for the world to see.  There are Those among us who do not need a Wi-Fi connection to read the thoughts of our many brains as they fly around the world on their Internet connections.  Eventually, all of Humanity will reach this level…. And that will initiate a major change in all ‘secret lives’ lead within the heart of each human unit.  When each can read each other by a glance… yes, my friend, this will be a very different world in which to live.  

And yet, if spiritual conscious growth keeps pace with science and technological advances, a world will be created of which none of us can currently imagine.  An Eden of the Future will be created.  If the material and hate climate of today, and the technological advances out distance the spiritual conscious growth, Orwell’s 1984 will look like kindergarten.  As you can see, there is a lot of work to be done in the coming decades on the side of humanity and on the promised side of externalization of our advanced humanity.   We will need all the help we can get, and we will be stronger working together.  

Let us share this thought:  Let the actions of the soul be the motives of my daily life.  I am that soul and unto that I dedicate myself.  That soul is one in all my fellowmen and I am one with them.  The keynote of the action of the soul is Sacrifice.

                                                                            Discipleship in the New Age, Vol. I, p. 565

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Dear One Of The Spiral of Life ,

                               “The blazing light within the Temple of the Lord is not for all

 at the same moment or hour of the day.  Each knows his hour. 

Your hour is now.  So, brother, close the door.

 Remember, those behind know not the door has opened, or the door has closed.

 They see it not.  Rest on that thought, my brother, and passing through the door,

close it with care, and enter upon another stage upon the Way – alone and not      alone.”

                                                                                                                                       DINA, I., pp. 313

 An old year has passed, and a new one is before us.  The past has become the past and each of us should assess our journey – so far – and decide what baggage no longer serves us in this coming cycle of Life and Work.  We aren’t the personality we were at this time last year or last decade or two. Just as a child grows stage by stage, grade by grade, so do we… however, we rarely take note of the changes within our character and the ‘face we present’ to the world around us at various times in our life.  What mask and garment will we be wearing in 2019?

 By mask here, the intention is to point out that we ‘hide’ our true inner self many more times than we display it to the world and people around us.  Truth in speaking is a rarity; truth in emotions often hidden; and truth in thought is sometimes so concealed that there are moments in our lives when even WE don’t understand our self, others, or the world around us. 

 The garments we wear allow us to manifest our thoughts and emotions and words as deeds in daily life.  In one day we can be the efficient business professional, the family dad or mom, the irate neighbor, the bullied innocent, and the Divine, walking the face of the earth, to someone.  We often change ‘clothing’ faster than a teenager at Target!  And Life moves on!!!

 But behind all these masks and garments is our Eternal Individuality…. Some call it our Soul.  It is within this arena in our consciousness that our everyday thoughts and our higher abstract ideals meet and mingle with the Fire of Life: our Spirit.  Soul then becomes the ‘garment’ of our Spirit.  Our Soul allows us to interact with all the worlds around us on this physical plane.  It gives us the awareness to perceive the Essence, Life, which surrounds us, infuses us, and grants us meaning within this temporary state of consciousness.  WE are eternal….. we are experiencing the temporary. 

 Where there is consciousness – there is time – duration.  All is conscious within this realm of physicality. Death is a change – not a destination or a stopping point.  We perceive it, often in sadness, because we do not understand the rhythm of Life, the beginnings and the endings of the Eternal Spiral.  Death is as that point of balance and cessation between the inhalation of our lungs and the exhalation of air from them. We know not from where the air comes, or to where the air of our lungs is dispersed…. But the Universe Knows.  IT Has A PLAN!

 Nothing or No Thing is ever ‘lost’ or wasted.  Change unto change, transition unto transition is the ‘Cycle of Life’.  Nothing is ‘created’ out of ‘nothing’: there is a vaster Plan here at work than most of us ponder during our hours of meditation and prayer.  The water becomes the wine; the grain becomes the bread; the bread becomes the human; the human recycles back to Spirit; and the Spirit Moves upon the Face of the Waters….. 

 As Mankind, we tend to think that which we perceived and have experienced, in how many years of life one has lived through, is all there is to know about Everything.  What does the aborigine know of the gyromagnetic frequencies in the experiments being performed on a cyclotron?  Probably about as much as we do 😊!  On the other hand, the ones performing these experiments in frequencies would probably not survive a week in the outback in the style of the aborigine.  Yet each survives and is ‘perfected’ in his or her own way.

 Here in lies the beauty and the joy of the Eternal … learning the ways of the temporary.  Life, Karma, God…. Name your own Higher Power than human, has a Purpose for all things.  Nothing is without ‘Life’ in some form, which we do not presently understand, for All is within the Body of (for no other better term than) God.  (For how can a ‘temporary garment’ place a Name to an Eternal Essence?)

 At the start of this year, consider – not a new Path – but ‘seeing’ the Path you are traveling with a higher perspective, a grander vision, a vaster ideal in mind…. In one of Peter O’Toole’s movies, he kept stating, “Look at the Big Picture”…. At least ‘bigger’ than last year’s dramas, comedies, fiascos, and tear-jerkers.  We have all experienced these… Let us lovingly and in forgiveness to all – including ourselves – gently close the book of the past, and open a new chapter in livingness.

 Easy?  Heck no!  You know that as well as I do.  We get used to our old haunts, habits, sayings, food preferences, films, employment, vehicles, etc.  But change will come!  Isn’t is sometimes easier when we make the decision to change than when Life (Karma) swoops in and helps us along? 

 It’s a time to re-examine the past year, keep the true and the beautiful times of joy and love - carefully stamped upon the golden hallmark of our heart, and disperse the dust of negativity to the winds of change.   We bring our gifts to the altar of remembrance and we leave the dross within our life, at the tomb of forgetfulness.  We thank the Powers That Be for all our Blessings – known and unknown, lived and unrealized. We thank the ONE for All.

 The words to Auld Lang Syne ring very true to us at this season of introspection. 


               Should auld acquaintance be forgot. And never brought to mind?  Should auld acquaintance be forgot.

                And auld lang syne!  For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne.  We'll take a cup o' kindness yet,

                           For auld lang syne.........

 

Let Kindness be our Guide in 2019.


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Dear Intuitive Worker,

It is said that we function either by memories or intuition.  Memories are held by the mind: lower concrete and higher abstract.  But true intuition works with neither of these.  Intuition is the energy which flashes into our awareness in times of “Aha Moments” when our thought processes may never have had an experience in the “Aha” area before.  It is then that we wonder to our self, “Where the heck did THAT come from?”  We know.  We see.  We grasp a portion of reality which was entirely hidden to us before this ‘moment’. 

So, from where does the Intuition really come?  It seems to magically appear as in a magician’s act: and it isn’t always a long-eared white rabbit.  Humanity believes that all that is known currently is probably all there is….. this was stated in a journal at the start of the 19th century by a scientist at that time.  Yes, people are physical and have bodies and illnesses; people are emotional and this is explained by glands and stimulated sentimentality – in some circles called the Astral Plane; and people are mental – living in their private brain world of ideas, ideals, thoughts, computations, imagination and ‘mind-stuff’ (anything else which cannot be explained.)

All of these sequestered arenas of individuality make each one of us a unique, multi-faceted-creature of inscrutability.  Some sides of our personality we show…. And other sides of, perhaps a darker nature, no one ever sees…. Sometimes not even our self.  But, is this all there is??? 

In our mind’s eye, we can visualize a flower garden… filled with every species and color of plant, animal, mineral, and creation we can imagine.  Your garden will be so vastly different than mine, or your neighbor’s, that it will be almost incredible to comprehend.  Why?  Because Mother Nature never duplicates exactly any creation.  We each add a gate to our garden.  Is it a ‘remembered’ gate from a time and place we have visited?  Or is it an imagined gate which we create using our so very human imagination?  Suddenly there appears a huge, shining, golden-white gate which opens up an entirely new section of our garden which we never suspected was there.  POOF!  Where did it come from?  A brief flash of intuition is often quite illumining in our daily livingness. 

This ‘new gate’ was not of our experience, nor our imagining…. From where did it come?  Is it useful to us?  Does it give us pause to contemplate?  Does it give us inspiration to act?  Does it strike a chord, causing us to ‘stretch’ our brain resources,  as to the possibility of realms beyond the mental, emotional and physical in which we live and move and have our being?

Daily we ‘think about’ life, things, people, actions, duties, etc.  These are material ingredients within our being and on our planet which we (somewhat) understand.  What lies beyond?  What unfoldment within this species of Humanity will be the next great stepping-stone for the coming generation? 

Just as the Earth revolves around the sun, so the consciousness of Humanity slowly opens, in the Rounds of Cosmic Time, to the Light of the Universe:  All Life cycles, ever higher in the spiral. The end and the beginning are the same, but the journey unfolds, road by road, to each seeker. 

As Humanity becomes more ‘enlightened’, the grossness of matter thins.  The veil between the known and the Unknown begins to dissipate: Love and Wisdom are glimpsed in their truer forms; attraction and repulsion, as are the sexes of male and female, become two aspects of one Force… or Entity.  Space is no longer viewed as ‘empty’ but filled with life – as yet unperceived by infant Humanity…. And all is One. 

We cannot harm either our self or another (whether mineral, vegetable, animal or human) without damage to our self….for there is no “Other”.  The Ancient Teachers have reiterated this fact for millions of years and will for millenniums to come until “the last blade of grass becomes  human.”

We are arriving at a period in Human history when the mental capacity will outpace the emotions and the physical capacities.  Old beliefs and staunchly held tenets and ideas need to be reevaluated.  The Race of Mankind, orphaned on this planet, is ‘coming of age’ and each individual is required to make his or her own decisions: not based on past rumors, myths, or structures, but upon newer scientific approaches to livingness. 

We have never lived in an Age of Miracles (aside from the fact that all Life is a miracle).  The greatest minds live not in the past nor the future – for the Mind of the Cosmos is always present. When this Mind is ‘contacted’ (whether from below -us – to above, or from above -spirit- to below- us) it is a flash of Intuition.  An instant knowing! This is because that “that” has always been known and we just ‘discovered’ it.  One cannot teach a kindergarten child to comprehend the mathematical theories of Euclid in one sitting.  However, over the span of consciousness we call time, we learn.

As St. Paul states, “Today I see through a glass darkly, but then face to face”.  Now we see in part but as the centuries cycle, we will know ourselves as we are known…. Children of the Cosmos:  Beloved Sons and Daughters of an Essence beyond all comprehension to us now.

And here we stand and await the Coming One:  An Ancient Teacher for the future millennium. Our memories examined and held in check, our imaginings embraced and ready for the new day be with us of the Intuition’s  guidance  and illumination, in anticipation of our action.

              Therefore be full of joy, O pilgrim on the Way towards enlightened Being, for gain and loss are one; darkness and light eternally reveal the True; love and desire eternally invoke the life.

                Naught disappears but pain. Nothing remains but bliss, - the bliss of knowledge true, of contact real, of light divine, the Way to God.                        Esoteric Psychology, II p. 34

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Dear One,

With today’s technology and super-computers, Humanity has entered a new age of digitization and analysis.  We can break down codes, cypher ancient texts, and, as always, seek new understanding and answers to age old questions…. And a few modern ones in the process.  Television keeps the masses appraised of newer research and developments.

Code breakers have been around for thousands of years.  Minds which cannot understand the meaning of context have always tried to decipher systems of information used by those who use a ‘need to know’ basis.  The use of this information has often been in areas of warfare and greed, aggression and manipulation.  History books fill the shelves with truth and fiction of these events. Being ‘one-up’ on the competition, be it industrial espionage, warfare, technological exploitation, or astral/spiritual manipulation is as old as the sorcerers of Atlantis.  All have their secrets.  So does each of us.

One of the current ‘rages on TV’ is the idea of various archaic books, Bibles, tablets, writings, and pictorial languages containing secret codes.  These have been deciphered, of late, in Biblical writings – called the God Code by modern standards.  The ego of Humanity finds this surprising!  It appears that various historical events, past and future, are verbally described, hidden within common texts.  It took Mankind millions of years to ‘invent’ the computer….. does Mankind think that Divinity was just sitting back filing His/Her/Its nails during the eons of creation? 

There is an exceptional illusion here: That Humanity is ‘divided’ from all of creation and that the flow of God/Creative Fire/Energy is not singular in Its construct.  Consider: what part of our own body form is ‘divided off’ from another? Our blood starts out pure from the heart, nourishes the body, gathers the wastes, passes through the various organs and again becomes pure as it passes through the heart again.  Which of, even our tiny cells, is unconnected from our body?

As our blood courses through our body system, it is a circular pattern.  This is no different than an electron orbiting a proton, our moon around this planet, our planet – with others – around the sun, and our galaxy spiraling within Space.  Each system is enclosed within another system…. All form ONE LIFE.  There are no extra parts, excess materials or miscellaneous gears.  Every item, whither it is a hydrogen atom, a mosquito, an ear of corn, a human being, or the galaxy of Andromeda, is connected within this spatial Divine Idea. “The Lord our G-d, the Lord is ONE.”   Brotherhood is not an ideal, it is a fact!

Now this Divine Idea, once made manifest from the Spiritual Realms into Matter, was complete at its conception.  As an ant observing the universe, we can comprehend but little of this Idea.  However, as we are part of this Idea, fractals of a Holy Hologram so to speak, all that Is, is reflected within and around us. That which was complete before time began, has now come into our perception of time and space and consciousness.  We begin to understand.  Notes and clues have been lovingly left…. Along with a miniscule portion of free will, which we have the power to manipulate: creatively or destructively.

This ‘Divine Idea’ has created each of us. Each of us is an entity, a letter within the wording, in the Great Book of Life.  United we form page after page of unfoldment of the Great Plan.  Stepping it down a notch: each of us is a unique, entire book of our own – containing our past, present, and future.  The ‘code of G-d’ for each of us individually has already been written within our Spirit, Soul, Mind and Body for eons.  Have we ‘decoded’ it yet?  Each cell mirrors the past of creation – as we can understand it.  In the present our thoughts and actions form mutations within our atoms and cells, and those ‘mutations’ become part of our future. Our future is already written and ‘done’ within Spirit – yet to be manifested in matter.  Our choices, our Karma, our loves and hates, our hours and years yet to come are all ‘readable’ to He Who Is ONE.

Even at our stage of development: what part of Thou Shalt not kill or Do unto others as we would have done unto ourselves… don’t we somewhat understand?  And yet, the world spins with wars and fear and plagues and hunger… mankind created.  The intellect of Humanity is still in its infancy… and the emotional level of involvement in life is rampant. Humanity eventually will grow into its maturity of Spirituality – beyond the flesh and blood of today’s manifestation.

Tomorrow’s citizens will be as distinctive a planetary race from us as we are from the Neanderthal.  For as G-d is Perfection, creativity and evolution travel hand-in-hand.  If you believe in the evolving of Souls, we may meet again – but not in the density of flesh which we wear today. 

The world around us moves very fast.  Multi-media taunts the FaceBook and Twitter accounts as invasions of privacy.  Consider: what will be at stake when Humanity as a race is clairvoyant?  When ‘physical discretions’ and motivations are ‘readable’ by everyone at a glance?  Politics and Economics will definitely be a changed game!

Our worlds, within and without, are in upheaval.  As we calm the inner ‘ripples of mind and heart’ the outer tides of life will become more tranquil.  Eventually, the waves of Humanity’s thought patterns upon the shores of the abstract mind levels will manifest serenity and peace.  This will create the vibrational field into which the Christ Consciousness of Love and Wisdom can enter: “My Peace I give to you.”

 “Naught can arrest His return, none can impede His Path, for He passeth along the upper way, bearing His people with Him.  Cometh the dissolution of pain, cometh the merging of the spheres and the blending of the hierarchies.  All then is re-absorbed within the orb, the circle of manifestation. The forms that exist in maya, and the flame that devoureth all, are garnered by the One Who rideth the Heavens and entereth into the timeless Aeon.

                                          A Treatise on Cosmic Fire, pp 748

May your way be Blessed and your Heart be Pure.  May your actions reflect those virtues of peace and love held within the lotus of your heart and the diamond of your mind. Let Love prevail……Let all men Love.


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Dear Resurrection of Love,

It is our innate quality, and a capacity in Humankind, to seek expansion, growth and change.   Spirituality Itself is the striving for the next and greater step of our personal - and united with all Life - goal.  We outwardly strive in daily life, and we inwardly strive toward higher levels of Identification with that Essence of the Divine of which we are slowly becoming aware.   

To ‘resurrect’ is to rise again.  The “RE” at the beginning of the word means to “do over” or “again”.  We use so many words in our religions (note ‘re’) even there.  We pray for the restoration of health, life, breath, abundance, and joy.  We hope for the return of ‘Christ to Earth’.  We sound the mantra to:  “Restore the Plan on Earth”  and yet, this ‘restoration’ always is invoked for a higher cycle of living.  When we ‘restore’ something, we want it better than it was before.  We want it ‘re’worked, on a better and more expansive spiral of materialization.  If ‘something’ is restored…. It had to be here in the first place! 

It is in this Season that we observe the Resurrection of Life.  We see this life in Nature, in the lower sub-kingdoms around us: the flowers and trees in bloom, the birds filling their nests with young, the animal kingdom replenishing and repopulating the earth.  All is being ‘re’newed at this time of the year…. Even us!

The Christ, rising from the tomb, as the sun rises in the East, grants to humanity the hope, picturing forth the Plan of God, and the outpouring of His Love, is again brought to mankind’s attention.  How quickly we forget how much we are loved!  How easily we neglect the lessons of the Great Teachers of Humanity, in our turmoil of daily living.  “I Am the Resurrection and the Life” stated the Great One… And we bathe, and buy our groceries in forgetfulness.  “Greater works that these shall ye do….for I go to My Father,” stated the Christ…And we fill the gas tank of our car and take the dog to the groomer.

But when do we STOP!  LISTEN! And REALIZE that He is talking to us?  Yes, we each have our spiritual disciplines: church, quiet time, prayer, meditation and peaceful moments.  There are days when we just enter these states and ‘whine’; there are days when we pray wholeheartedly that such-and-such will be the outcome of so-and-so; there are days when we hear the entire choir of heaven and see Divinity on the Throne; and yet……   have we practiced “What so ever ye have done unto the least of these, My brethren, ye have done it unto Me”?

Today’s world is in upheaval… and we ask what can we do about it?  So many are marching; writing letters to government officials; broadcasting truth and/or trash; reacting to truth or lies; expressing our rights to greed, bad behavior, and the causes of suffering.  Ah yes, human behavior! 

Let us open a new page on our Book of Life, of Resurrection, this Spring:  a page of Goodwill to all.  It won’t be ‘front page news’, but it may assist, to our self and others, the ability to sleep more soundly at night, to solve a few problems in this world, to bring in the Light of the Higher Spiritual Ideals, and to anchor the Love of God more firmly in the Heart of Mankind’s awareness. 

There are times when we feel that we are lost in the seas of life, tossed by the waves of pain, fear, and disillusionment.  It is then when we remember the whispered tale of He Who walked on the water and told the sea to calm itself.  This Being of our true inner power draws near and speaks of ‘greater things’ and a Will to Goodness toward men and the earth.  This Master within us is our next step in our spiritual evolution into the Kingdom of God.  This is not something to fear, but the growing essence of our innate divinity… our Sonship in God… however, one wishes to delineate this expression.

Many consider this to be a ‘one life-time’ opportunity… however, let me ask you to ponder the possibility of millenniums of learning, expanding, growing, and becoming ‘holy’: the full cycle of the prodigal returning to his Father’s house.  Timelessness in the eternal is more than merely an intellectual exercise. And then, how long is just one eternity?

And beyond all of these ideas and concepts is that of the Love and Wisdom which underlies all that we know, all that we are, and all that we ever will be. Love is the substance of the Earth itself.  Meditate deeply on the Christ Essence and you will “feel” it permeating you and surrounding you.  This ‘idea’ of Christ is not just a religious concept, but a Being Who holds Humanity in His Heart and comes to ‘show and tell’ the children of mankind what possibilities lie before them, and toward which goals we may strive for better understanding and “Life Abundantly”.  Is not greater Life that essence which is the answer to each of our prayers? 

How do we reach this greater Life?  Where do we find it?   It is hidden --  hidden deep within our self.  At this Easter celebration, we remember the entire story of Jesus: the birth, the baptism, the transfiguration, the crucifixion, and the resurrection.  These are as sign posts in each of our lives.  The birth of this Love and awareness of abundant Life in our hearts - within the House of Bread (Earth); the baptism is a period of decision to begin to work toward Goodness in Living; the transfiguration comes and it crowns us with a higher vision of how this goal we seek can be accomplished; the crucifixion where we place all that we have had and experienced upon the cross of self-effacement and let go – Let God; and the resurrection is the point when we have truly learned the lessons found in the Abundant Love of Goodwill Toward Men and the Will to Good for all Creation.

How long does this take – you may ask?  How can one assess duration within the timelessness of eternities?  May your Easter and Spring be filled with sunshine, Sonshine, Abundant Life………and perhaps a little chocolate!


The Will To Love (The Old Commentary)

“The Transcendent One said: I am alone. I must arise and seek with ceaseless urge, that which produces completion, round out my circle whole, intensify My life and make Me truly One, and this because I recognize the Two.  I must have union with my other self, the self I dimly sense.

Unto My heart I drew that other One and drawing thus I gave enlightenment; I dowered with enrichments; I freely gave.”

                                                                  Esoteric Astrology, pp. 624-625 (A.A. Bailey)


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Dear Beloved One,

February, the month of Love!  We again celebrate a concept which Humanity has not yet begun to understand.  (Light was the first in December/January.)  What is love?  We seem to find quick and easy answers, but putting the true meaning of them into outer expression lacks fruition. 

We love (most of) our family (most of the time.)  We strive to practice living an appreciative and loving life among our friends, co-workers, and even pets.  We teach our children forgiveness, harmlessness, and to seek the beauty found in the human heart and in nature.  We hold them close to our heart because we LOVE them.  But what is love? 

Our spouse or that special someone in our life… we work to maintain a balance with their life schedule, to protect and nourish the attraction and response we share with them, to sense their needs and desires, and to hold them close within the confines of our soul. We express ourself freely to them.  But what is love?

And we must not forget ourself!  Who else makes it their life-long duty to see to our cleanliness, our physical processes, our mental gymnastics and dreams for the future? There is a necessary type of ‘love’ there also… to maintain this beautiful gift God gave us so that we can express the Divinity within us.  But what is love?

Some might say that Love is the name humanity gives to one of the Cosmic Laws of Attraction:  its opposite is to repel.  Here on earth, Love’s opposite often results in those emotions which we call hate, fear, egoism, pride, indifference, envy, and greed.  Love is one vowel removed from L I V E  (L O V E) and its reverse is E V I L.  We live in a dual universe: everything has its opposite: light/dark, male/female, high/low, inhale/exhale, day/night, etc. Life Itself always works to find the balancing point:  we call it perfection, however the perfect balancing point of perfection immediately begins to fall into stagnation… if it does not contain a flow between its dualities… like the ocean tides.  Even Perfection Breathes and Moves!   But what is love?

In observation, Love is the reason we ARE.  Humanity was created in and by Divine Love. We copy the Divine by creating in Love, our families and children physically.  Mentally we create Love by our thoughts and actions.  Emotionally we create Love motivated by the Divinity within our heart.  Our friends, home, work, play, charities, organizations, and tenets are all a result of love…. Surrounding us.  Love casts out all fear.  Love is the Divine Light of Life – of which we are Its shadow…. And yet, we ARE the Light within each of our worlds of Love Itself.   But what is love?

We look at our world today… immersed in the darkness and bondage of the limitations of human thoughts.  In pride we strive for the greater, yet are never quite aware of our own self-constructed walls.  Each man and woman strives to increase his or her own worthiness in life; seeking his or her own purpose and direction.  To reach out is, on one Hand, the imitation of Godhood, however the other unseen Hand (to us) holds fast, and draws to Its Heart, all members of Humanity and Beings of all Creation – In Love. We all, always stand in the surrounding and Loving Hands of God.  There is ‘no other’ or Greater Love.

In human terms we describe Love as, “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends…. And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”  (St. Paul : 1 Corinthians 13.)

We endure, we hope, we pray, we live by faith on this planet and at this time…..What is Love?  It is Thyself………


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   With Us are found the forces of the living Light and Love which you must use.

Keep close to Us, and day by day draw on that strength

   And knowledge with We have and which is also yours.

Let naught disturb the acquiescent calm which keeps you close in touch.

    Which brings you light and understanding

            And which keeps you steadfast on the Way.

                                                                                                                                    From the Writings of     

                           Alice A. Bailey

                            Lucis Trust, NYC

 

More letters are published in my books: SEASONS OF THE SOUL: A Bishop's Letters

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