The Bishop's Letters

Dear Keeper of the Secret,

The world is full of secrets….What secrets do you hold?  We all have an abundance of abstract information floating around in our minds: We also all have an over-abundance of questions and suspicions about everything.  Curiosity is a component built into humanity – always attempting to go “where no man has gone before”…. Or perhaps some have, and we will never know. 

We all have secrets: simple and complex.  They may be as simple as that recipe of Aunt Mae’s Pecan Pie or who so-and-so is dating these days.  Or they may be family ‘secrets’ – skeletons in the closet which members of the family never mention.  There are those among us who hold special talents – unspoken of. There are those of our world who know those ‘secrets’ we call classified, and are on a “Need to know only” basis.  There are those among us who are required to assess and judge the capabilities of other individuals as to their ability to hold ‘secrets’ and maintain silence on certain subjects.  Propagation of secrets and conspiracy plots fill our newspapers, media, Internet, and evening news programs.  What do we know; what should we know; and what is really none of our business?  Each of us decides for our self.  Sometimes to our own detriment - or the detriment of others.

A secret is merely that to which we are not privy; a lack of knowledge, training, awareness, or consciousness within our being. Everything has its ‘secrets’… even Mother Nature and Father Time. True, there are dangerous ‘secrets’ out there…. Individuals whose concept of Life, and their life intention, is destruction and chaos.  These individuals, and some governing bodies, maintain these deep, dark secrets.  But, when has Humanity ever been uplifted by them? 

Many years ago, there was a TV Show called, “I’ve Got A Secret”.  The panel of 3 stars would ask leading questions in order to guess a guest’s secret…. Usually it was an unusual type of employment or hobby.  Now Hollywood has produced so many films with individuals holding secrets: from the secret identity of Superman, to the X-Men’s abilities, to sheer terror emanating from the mind of killers, Zombies, Ancient Aliens and their plans for humanity, and mass murderers. Have secrets grown so much, or have we expanded our ability to discern, and/or amplify, the secrets of others?

The Internet has been rumored to be exposing many of these ‘plots’ and secrets being promulgated upon the masses – and, like the two-edged sword – has been the means by which these ‘secrets’ can be more easily disseminated.  One can learn how to search for a sale on awnings, bake an excellent Bundt cake, or build an atomic bomb.  This we can all do with the advances Technology has been making in the last 100 years.  We can instantly share ideas, formulas, pictures, messages, and news (fake or otherwise.) But, what about the next 100 years? 

All the above is performed through ‘matter’ speeded up into that essence we call energy.  We can beam pictures and conversations anywhere in our world via satellite and a view screen.  Some of the ideas delight us, and others can terrify us.  Strides have been made so quickly that generations who developed the concepts of these ideas are being left in the proverbial dust of this momentum. And yet, we are still, like the hamster on his wheel, running in the circle of ‘matter’.  This ‘matter’ will point us toward Spirit, however it will always be It’s shadow, It’s vague outline, for those capabilities for which Humanity was designed.

Here is a secret from the Ancient Wisdom: We came from Spirit; we wrapped ourselves in matter to learn from it; and we slowly ascend back again. During this cycle, Spirit, the Fire of God, dwells within us, always.  The body will dissolve into the earth; the soul will ascend to its acme; the Spirit, the Flame of God within each entity, will continue eternally.  We are never alone or apart from the ONE.

How does this occur?  That is another Secret of Infinity.  The sage and the disciple spend their days in the study of this pattern of creation.  There are many ‘blinds’ and much ignorance in the wordings and mistranslations of modern and ancient texts.  It is said that there still are great Adepts on the Earth Who know the true history of the rise and fall of the Root Races of Mankind.  They make Themselves known to those whom They assess can maintain silence upon the secrets of these Teachings.  To what end?  To guard the Children of the Earth… one could almost say… guard them from themselves.  Look what we have already accomplished with the power of the atom; the chemistry of genes; the economics of energy; the technology of communication; and the singularity of war.  What future misery will we engender from the promulgation of our illusions of power and our desire toward greed?

Yes, the Great Ones hold Their secrets too.  We are aware of them in sagas and stories, poems and the study of ruins around our planet.  We find hints of the golden age of former Races of Mankind and, thankfully, some hold secret, the visions of the glorious future for Humanity.  In the millenniums to come, the Sons of God will again return home – like the Prodigal - to His Father’s House, with all the experiences gleaned over the eons of time on this planet, and other chains and worlds.

Nothing is ever ‘lost’ in eternity for nothing ‘new’ is ever created.  All abides in the Mind of God.  Some humans have been known to state that they believe that we began from protoplasm in a chemical conflagration in space.  But I ask you: as all the chemicals, the orbits of the planets and stars, the rotation of the electrons and protons, the properties of black holes and  dark matter, the expansion and contraction of the oceans are all based upon geometric proportions…… Who or What wrote the formulae?   It seems God has some secrets too………….

To each day comes a new opportunity for goodness, for love, for laughter, for service, and for joy. There is nothing hidden which will, someday, be uncovered and known; there is nothing secret which shall, at some time, be learned and relearned; and there is nothing done which shall, at some epoch, be revealed and forgiven.  Karma is not a punishment – it is a Law and the Great Keeper of the Balance in Eternity.  We all have but to release our secrets within our heart – for they are already known – and remember that we are Loved Always.

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Dear One Healing in Life,

There are many times in our lives when we seem to incur much pain:  Sickness and death; those crises in our lives that we call ‘accidents’; certain situation which we are forced, by Life Itself, to face and go through; those periods in our lives when loved ones, good friends, or our pets, leave or pass on to their next portion of their journey. We feel the loss and, because we are human, loneliness and emptiness become temporary replacements for old habits and times gone by.  There are those periods in all our lives that memories can be either a great blessing or a great curse.

This body we, as soul and Spirit wear, to experience Earth and Humanity, takes a beating – not only from the outside but also from the inside.  These assaults leave invisible scars and wounds – some of which take lifetimes to heal and some of which never seem to receive full closure… at least not within this limited view we have of Eternity.  We often wonder if those who reek havoc in the lives around them ever get their ‘just desserts’. 

To this latter question, I do believe that all things ever balance out because there is ONE Unknowable Essence in All of Life which maintains ITS own LAW and does not deviate from this Perfect Balance of Light and Darkness, Day and Night, Good and Bad, Chaos and Order.  Each point of Balance has two sides.  If it were not for Darkness and shadow, Light would be too intense for us to recognize anything in creation; each play on the stage of Eternal Mind features the plot with actors and the set or ‘backdrop’ for the audience to enjoy the performance. 

We each have our place on today’s stage of finite production, some of us know our lines – but most of us believe we are better at ‘adlibbing’ the script.  The ‘Script’ Itself has been present in our realm of humanity before the Great One constructed the stage.  It dwells in the Mind of the Eternal… and that ‘Mind’ is reflected in each one of us.

One of the ways to ‘learn our lines’ in this Play, is to teach our self  ‘kindness and tolerance’ toward each other…. And our self.  To love and serve that Essence we believe is the Highest we can imagine, and respect the beliefs of others.  Actually, it is to be good neighbors and friends to all… but this seems too simple, doesn’t it?  From this gentle beginning blossoms Love for one another.  As Jesus has stated, “On these two Principles hang all the laws and the prophets.”  To do this, we must learn to become fearless in our thinking and courageous in our actions.

 

To ‘learn the Script’ many believe that we require Mystery Temples, Master Teachers and Adepts, the gods from the ancient religions and maybe an ‘Ancient Alien’ or two in their flying UFO.  Perhaps some do for complete understanding, and some of these avenues are available to those on the ‘fast track of eternity’ as they travel on their Journey or Path.  Others, perhaps not so much.  There is much to learn from the simplicity of Love, a smile, the human touch of a hand, a warm cup of tea, or a cold drink of water in the deserts of life. 

Humanity tends to overestimate its ego and mental capabilities and underestimate its inner Spiritual Essence.  The former is merely the reflection, the shadow, of the latter.  God did not create Mankind and then just ‘toss him out into the cosmos’.  We live and breathe and move within the Body of God.  Many times, He surprises us with the twists and turns, and upheavals in our lives…. But we cannot truly surprise Him.  Can the shadow surprise that which moves as the light, and of which it is the result?

We choose what is most important to us: to serve God or the ‘public image’…always what is expected of us.  Sometimes, what is ‘expected’ is impossible, if our heart is founded in simplicity and love.  It is in the quiet recesses of our Being that we can come face to Face with our Inner Father… call the Creator by any name you would.  Our voice of conscience is one of the first steps in that direction.  Learning to listen to the reverberations of beauty, love, hope, and peace, begin the healing process of the wounds within each of us which we cannot see. 

Acquiring the ability to reach out to others, seeing their wounds and scars (even if they can’t) continues the process of healing the world, each other, and our self.  We don’t have to be great healers, exceptional surgeons or doctors, great adepts of the Mysteries, self-proclaimed disciples or philosophers: just ordinary humans responding in loving ways – men and women of goodwill – toward their environment and all that dwell within it.  The Great Ones seek the pure in heart and motive… those who are conscientious in the details of life are then given greater projects upon which to expend their energies and expand their experience.

Yes, we need the ‘rocket scientists’… and the first grader learning his or her addition and subtraction: and all those in between! The Creator did not create anything that was, is or ever will be “non-useful”.  Everything and everyone has a purpose and all these billions of purposes are woven into the Great Plan of God.

Being human, I know there are those days when we all question our purpose, our beliefs, our Beingness, our plans, and our journey.  This again has ‘a purpose’.  It is a wake-up call for us to re-examine our motives, our emotions, our thoughts, our mental concepts, our dreams, our desires, and our results.  Let us seek the beauty in a life well lived; the beauty in thoughts well-conceived; the beauty in work well-performed; the beauty in prayer and meditation shared with each other and the Holy Ones.  Let us seek together the beauty of joy and the joy of beauty.

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Dear Wonderer In Mysteries,

When in life did any of us ‘get it perfectly right’?  A person, an invention, a quote, an action in a situation, someone’s ‘meaning’ or answer, a gesture, our boss’ suggestion, a child’s story?….  In all  of these events in our daily lives, we’ve so often missed the point.  Most of us could count, on one hand, the times we ‘got it right’!  And this is just our day to day adventures.

Now we have science and religion (spirituality) telling us what is correct and what is not correct.  “This is how the earth came about, this is exactly what happened…. And we are the hapless recipient of the dictates of these ‘professionals and experts’ in their chosen fields.  Have we really gotten it right yet?  With all the ‘misprints’, non-understanding of ancient meanings and texts, thousands of ‘rewrites’ of God’s Word and “His Meaning”…. Are we so very sure we understand what we are doing here and why we exist?

The answers to these questions do not usually arrive in our consciousness with the sound of trumpets, great moments of media-hype and drama, or the appearance of Christ or a Master and the entire Heavenly Host.  As for myself (and you may have a completely different repartee with The Creator), it is in the quiet times of my life, the periods when I ‘let down my guard’, when I’ve ‘sunk as low as I can’, or when my mind is on the ‘back burner’ and I’m doing the wash or running a mop around the house.  It is then that Spirit ‘sneaks up on me’.  Perhaps a question is asked or a final line is spoken: a word or a sentence dropped into my mind…when I’m not ‘looking’.

The point to all the above is that each of us has a ‘Spark of God’ within us.  It gives us a ‘channel’, a flowing stream of communication with the Infinite One.  We go to our Father in prayer… but do we not believe that This Being of Omnipresence knows us intimately?  He knew us when He fashioned us from within His Own Being and Consciousness.  He knows our past, our present and our future because He dwells within us.  He is sharing and living this life through us. 

Yes, some days and years are hell here on earth.  That is because the serpent opened the eyes of Eve and Adam to know good and evil.  To know these one is required to have an intellect and intelligence of some level…. And at that ‘level’, one has the power to produce their own ‘good’ or ‘evil’ in the world in which they live.  Devils are not needed – Mankind is sufficient to this task.

Science suggests to us that we are born from the apes. Hummm.  Suppose it is the other way around?  In the beginning, God created ‘a thinking entity’…. Mankind. Manus – in the old texts means ‘mind’.   Not as we are today, of course…. Created in the Essence and Energy of God. (I use the word ‘God’ for a Principle, a Being so beyond any idea that humankind could ever comprehend – for I can think of no other word.)

Humanity, billions of years ago, may have been an Essence of Pure “God Mind” cycling in cosmic energy.  God placed a ‘spark’ of His Mind (created in the image of God) within each of these primal beings.  As the eons passed, these beings of ‘God energy’ transformed: they took on various sizes, densities, sexes, and finally the outer shells began to harden (God clothed them with skins).  These of our planet became an ‘earth-type’ human.  Getting used to ‘skins’ and the slowing of spiritual energy into matter – manifestation – took long eons.  Other energies, Entities, and Consciousnesses, slowed too …as the Mind of God was aware that Humankind needed a foundation, Earth, from which to grow, prosper, reproduce, and live.

This universe (atoms, planets, stars, space and beings) is filled with the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Life Eternal.  For where else can we dwell that is not within The One?  There is Naught Else.  True, we cannot fathom the Mystery of Beingness, the Energies of the Cosmic Idealation, nor the Inhalations and Exhalations of That Which Has No Name.  However, in our quiet moments of life, we can touch and be touched by That Which, in this body, we will never understand.  We can know that we are loved and cherished by The Perfection of Omniscient Being Which brought us into being and will perpetuate us (perhaps not in the form we saw when we looked into the mirror this morning) forever.  Remember, that person in the mirror of this morning was not the same one that was there 20+ years ago either!

There are many things in this world of ours which are mystifying....  Even to the simplest of flicking on a light switch.  But then most of Mankind isn’t impressed with the intimidation that his or her eternal existence will be based on how one ‘flicks the light switch’.  Mankind interprets the scriptures, texts, ancient writings.  He ‘corrects’ those areas which he believes are inadequate to his belief system – not aware that his flawed beliefs are undermining Greater Truths being stated in ways, times, and terminologies which are unfamiliar to him. 

To find ‘our Truth’, to commune with God, we need to go into the depths of our heart, unafraid of the deceptions and ignorance we have ‘heard from others’.  Jesus stated that one was to ‘enter one’s closet and shut the door’…. It is here in our busy world of confusion and chaos that we will find the Peace Which Passes Understanding.  At times it may be uncomfortable, but there will be those moments when, letting go all the illusions of the past, we can hear the Voice of God teaching us, anew.  We can call upon the protection of the Golden-White Light of God  to surround us, and step through the doorway of the present moment into the Eternal Now. 

Here there is neither past nor future.  The past has gone and the future is not yet manifest.  We have a hand in manifesting the future by our actions and thoughts in the present moment.  Turn around and that moment is gone and another takes its place.

Take time to silence your mind and your soul-vehicle….  For you are even more than these. Merge into that Flame upon the Altar of your Heart.  This is your Joy, your True Self, and Your Maker.


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Dear Cosmic Actor,

              “I play my part with stern resolve, with earnest aspiration; I look above; I help below; I dream not,  nor I rest; I toil; I serve; I reap; I pray; I mount the cross; I tread the Way; I tread upon the work I do; I mount upon my slain self; I forgo peace; I forfeit rest, and in the stress of pain, I lose myself and find my Self, and enter into peace.                                                              DINA, I P. 561

 

We live in a fast-paced world of thoughts, ideas and inventions.  For some, this is good…. And for others, it becomes very disagreeable.  The longer most of ‘us humans’ roam this earth, the more set in our ways we become and change is difficult.  In our youth, we struggled to learn the ‘new’ that was the ‘new’ then, and we mastered it; recorded it in our brain; worked with it; and now have had to relinquish it to memory – as the present generations are not aware of the prior steps it took to reach the current pinnacle, at which they now stand.  For example, early on, I ran a switchboard with plugs and cords… (try to explain that to a modern cellphone user at the mall!)

Life moves very rapidly in technology in the realm of the mind.  Brain waves, neuron stimulation, intuitive perception (gut instincts, at times) are reflected in our world by fiber optic communications, multi-media presentations, Internet research, and organized events displaying hyper-energy.  Mankind ‘copies’ that which he perceives.  God only makes originals.

We put in our earbuds and listen to rain falling as a means of relaxation.  The rain falls exactly the same every time, as the ‘sound loop’ goes around and around.  It is pouring right now outside my window.  Each drop of rain falls from a different portion of the sky; was formed by a unique impaction of hydrogen and oxygen atoms; and collides with each leaf, each blade of grass, each tuft of earth differently.  Not one is the same as the next.  But can we detect it?  God can.

Each of us impacts life and each other differently.  You and I can meet the same person; to one of us the person may be a dreamy individual; to the other –  (they) can’t get away fast enough.  This isn’t a world of random cosmic dust colliding with other bits of random cosmic dust.  There is a MIND behind it all.  This MIND stands in the background, behind the ‘footlights’ of our actions and solos, directing the music, stage settings, and the script of our lives.  Many in the audience are aware that ‘Someone’ wrote the play, composed the music, sees to the lighting and staging effects – but few care, as they want to merely enjoy the show and applaud the outcome.  Many come to relish the entertainment – unknowing that they ARE the entertainment. They are the ‘bliss’ of the Cosmic Mind.  And the Great MIND Smiles.

“The show must go on” and it does – eon after eon.  The actors assume their roles; assimilate the meanings within the life of their character; and eventually grow past the limitations of one character to shoulder the expanded conscious expression of another – in another play, at another time and place.

Nothing is wasted and nothing is lost.  The walk-on part slowly becomes the Star and Leading Man or Woman of the performance.  And the Great MIND Smiles.  The music builds to a crescendo and the lowly human becomes a Master Teacher and a Leader of Humanity; each in his or her own theater.  Many applaud, some appreciate the play, some are inspired to become great actors also, and there are those few who are too busy reading the racing form or playing ‘Candy Crush’ on their cell phones during the play to be bothered… this time.  What they don’t know is that they have all the time in the world – for time is but their illusion.

Today you are reading this script – and tomorrow you will write and read your own.  The center stage is yours for the taking: but has adequate preparation been made?  For a good actor, timing is a required talent; singing a happy or sad song may be obligatory for the performance;  strength and courage are always essential to the roles of earth-type humanity; and love and compassion play so vital a part that, although some may overlook these, they always triumph in the end. 

The musical score is specific for each character upon entering the stage: their true tone sounds forth for all to hear.  Its frequency sometimes fluctuates during a performance – a life, however, a good actor knows when he or she is ‘off key’ and strives to resonate the pitch onto the higher octaves of service, for the play and the audience. Sometimes the audience notices – and at other times the adjustment is undetected. There are also those times when the audience is required to forgive the discrepancy – as is the actor required to forgive his or her own incongruity.

“The Play’s the Thing….” And play we do at life.  We are immortal Spirit acting through cosmic dust, matter of the planet earth.  We call these structures in which we find ourselves – physical bodies.  We train these bodies through the outpost of our Soul: we call it our brain or our mind. We grow in stature and beauty in this realm – as do the flowers on this, our home planet.  We learn, we teach, we live, we laugh, we suffer, and we die… and yet this is not the end.  It is the beginning of a new play, a new stage of experience, experiment, and enlightenment.   There will come a point in consciousness (we call it time) when all the above will be less than a brief memory within our Spiritual structure. 

The Great Teachers have all pointed to this fact… and we, in the quiet times of meditation and illumination, know, in our heart of hearts that it is true.  There is no fear here; no lack; no pain; and no death.  These too will also be overcome by each of us – in one of our ‘plays in the future’.  To center stage then, my Friend, and let us give our best performance of the season!  The audience awaits, the maestro’s baton is lifted, the scenes are set, and the spot light is on! And the Great Mind Smiles!


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Dear Releaser in Time,

How quickly our hours, days, and years pass!  We turn around and that which we thought we knew is ‘passé’; Those whom we loved are gone; That which we depended upon has eroded away.  During our lives, time is both a gift and a curse.  It brings us all the beauty we can accept and then it draws it away into the recesses of our memories.  Time seems very fickled!  

As the years pass, we see that, in reality, Time is a Teacher and a Friend.  If it were not for Time, we would never get to experience this transitory existence we have on Earth.  We could not look back on yesterday or forward to tomorrow without Time.  Time resides at a point in space, and provides the ‘classroom’ for the Children of God.  Eagerly we, the children, enter Her presence to experience the linear progression of our actions in life.  Karma seems to be a co-instructor with Time.  We do “this” and “that” is the outcome.  Sometimes it is instantaneous – and on other occasions, it takes years to assess the results.  But it is Time who grants us the ability to learn from our talents and mistakes.

There are those situations, which we have all lived through, in which the proper amount of Time has passed – and we have not noted the ending of the event:  we have not released the results into Time’s Hands – but mistakenly believe that ‘we can handle this’.  We hold on tightly to those circumstances “come hell or high water”… that we think we can control, or eventually manipulate.  Time moves on…….  Karma intercedes.  The babe clutches the toy and will not exchange it for the bottle of the life-giving sustenance of food. 

We have an interesting relationship with Time: for the young – Time is too long; and for the old – Time is too short.  Time does not seem to care about our comments or concerns about Her.  Time just moves along at Her pace and we either learn to follow or become lost in a miasma of chaos.  But, how do we know: what is the pace of Time?

Time seems to be related to consciousness – within our human framework of mind and brain stimulation.  Some humans appear to learn some lessons faster than other humans do.  The lessons are like books: once one finishes it, one closes it and moves on to another activity or book.  Some of us like to read many books at once – and it is difficult, at intervals, to remember what page we were on, or where we were in the story line.  Time moves on………

Are we truly ‘reading’ and studying these lessons, or are we doing research?  A nibble from this book added to a paragraph from that one?  Karma moves on…….

What do we seek in life?  What is it that makes life worthwhile for us?  If we truly seek…. Time will provide the classroom or the playground for us to learn in.   Karma, and our soul, will draw the facets of our desires and needs into the forefront of our lives.  Time will give us the area, the condition, which will make our lesson viable.  It will become our ‘reality’…. And we will live it.

Will we ‘live it’ the way we think we will?  Usually, within the human scope of life….. No!  But Life always has surprises for us: good (we think); bad (we think); useless….(we think) but always options. These are ever remarkable – sometimes bizarre – sometimes rare and extraordinary twists – of that quality we call “Fate”…..  but Time and Karma work on………

All the above concerns incoming changes and ‘quirks’ which we each experience within our lives.  The outgoing ‘quirks’ are often inexplicable and astonishing – perhaps perplexing, but nonetheless final: when the lesson book is closed.  Are we completely finished with the lesson?  Perhaps not.

The lesson may be over – but is our memory and recollection of it?  Have we released the lesson and its results?  Perhaps the lesson taught us the implementation of a strength we possess:  or the lesson brought to our mind, fond battles we have ‘won’ in the past.  Herein is contained a new lesson and a danger pointThat which we call our Strength of today will become our Weakness of tomorrow.  For example: Did we win a ‘battle’ by losing our temper – thereby unleashing our ability to manipulate more mental power and aggression toward an opponent? We may have won that battle – but at what expense?   Is our anger then, a strength or a weakness? 

Yesterday, this, anger or rage, was an instinctual reaction for protection.  Today, it causes high blood pressure, added stress to the body, and can result in disease.  Can we learn to release this ability toward anger and rage?  Time gives us the opportunity.  If we are not completely successful in our efforts – Karma grants other opportunities…. Some not so pleasant.

In the quiet periods of Time, which we possess, let us dig deeply into our subconscious memories and the dark places in our psyches, to locate these ‘old strengths’ which we possess and release them.  They can appear as our primal animal natures and instincts… and they too need to ‘move on’ in Time.  It may see odd to you, however, these ancient strengths, which have aged and become our present-day weaknesses, hold power which we can transmute into higher degrees of beauty, of healing, and of joy within our psyches.  It is not a mental manipulation of murder we seek: it is the transmutation of lower energy into higher energy.  It is a release of the contained power within these outworn thought-forms into the golden aura of energy which surrounds each of us.

Time grants us a place and a point and a space, an arena, in which we can transfigure the past instincts and structures of our mental and emotional apparatus into greater dynamism and vitality. Although most of us ‘hate change’ …..  change for the better is always that precious quantity which we all seek! 

Learning to release past reactions toward others – as well as to our self – is a difficult job.  Time helps us – and it often ‘beats the alternative’ of Karma!  Release in Joy, my Friends!         

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Dear Hearer of Thunder,

 In the morning quiet, as I type this letter, I hear the rumbling of thunder and the plaintive call of the birds.  They know a storm is coming… possibly a tornado… if I listen carefully to the weather broadcast for today.  The stillness of the present moment, the heightened dew point and humidity level all sound together that a change is coming.

These changes come in all of our lives.  Sometimes we prefer that ‘ignorance is bliss’ and not be aware of a coming event.  At other times, an early warning siren is a distinct possibility and most welcome.  Do we fear these changes?  The birds scatter to their nests and the squirrels dash up the trees to their leafy homes and hold tight during the rains and winds.  These are gentle at times, however, there are those other periods where one hangs on for dear life and prays.

For what does on pray?  That things will always stay ‘status quo’?  That during any change there will be no pain and no inclement impingement upon our “This is the way I’ve always done things and this is how it is” response?  Ahh, but change is all there is in this universe.  Without change we would not even be star-dust floating in space…. As it took atoms millenniums to become ‘atoms’.

You would not be ‘you’ nor would I be ‘me’ if it were not for change.  This re-adjustment and re-alignment of atoms and quarks spun us into manifestation.  From deepest, darkest space – a void of dark matter, we came forth.  Am I now going to worry about a missed appointment or a  change of venue for my work career?  To where am I going to move and live? What am I going to do when I get there?  Did I ask these questions as a proton selecting my electrons or as a cell choosing my DNA?

We fear the unknown.  It is a common denominator within the human species… and yet, this fear is controllable and can be, eventually, eradicated.  We learn to ‘Trust’ the Almighty – that part of the cosmos over which we have no control.  Why do we believe that we should be able to control everything?  We are not that ‘marvelous’ in our physical frames yet!

The thunder rolls across the sky: the clouds move; the atoms clash together in a song of great wonder and roar.  Light is created when the atoms dance together: pressure changes; rain falls; and the earth is made new.  New growth is assured – be it a small dandelion or a watering hole for a sparrow.  I, as the human, hear the change coming.  It is like the advancement of consciousness for the human race – inevitable yet unperceived by most.  Change is the harbinger of joy and pain.   Forms dissolve, structures collapse, the ground is cleared for new developments…can we see it?  Can we perceive it?  Most importantly, can we work with it? Or do we whine and rail against it?

The thunder within our psyche reverberates.  Is it calling us to action?  Is it calling us to a deeper appreciation of life and livingness:  To an abundance of accomplishment which we can achieve? Do we acknowledge it or merely hide our head in the sand and state, “I hear no thunder”? 

We are given many opportunities to grow and mature in this life.  The least of which is the blood in our veins and the air in our lungs – and yet without these – we would not be.  Nor would we see the beauty of nature, this world, and many others around us.  The thunder rolls.

There are not many times in life when one stands on the mountain top and watches the storm. There are very few who have stood within the storm and been undaunted.  Storms are symbolic manifestations in matter of change and opportunity.  Storms have their own agenda and travel their own path.  As with another’s path, if we observe it carefully, we can learn.  We learn to protect the fragile physical environment as best we can which surrounds us. 

Some opportunities for change are given which we need not accept: some are forced upon us; and some are of our own choosing.  The key is to learn the difference and to know when the ‘game is over’ for one circumstance and it is time put the game pieces away.

This month holds the Celebration of Easter.  The Master Jesus knew the changes that were coming and did not fear.  The thunder rolled in His 6th hour on the cross and the sky darkened.  The shadow of the sepulcher gaped before Him.  The cold stone slab awaited His physical form wrapped in cloths. And the darkness of the tomb closed resoundingly with the heavy stone.

The thunder of change rolled: hours passed. The Light within the tomb became brighter than the light without.  The rolling thunder called to the heavy stone to roll backward.  The cloth was folded and placed gently on the stone slab.  Feet, new to the earth, exited into the dawn.  A new opportunity for all of us was established.

The thunder of change rolls in all of our lives.  Do you hear it?  Can this message of change reverberate within your heart?  Can you also sound the tone of this message for others?  “Fear Not”. A full cycle was completed and now a new spiral was begun as you slept last night.  This day has never been, nor will it ever come again.  What is your choice for this day…. Oh seeker of wisdom?

The thunder rolls as it moves across the sky of earth.  We, the children of change, move across the face of the earth fulfilling those lessons with which Life ‘gifts’ us.  “Fear Not.”   Our very ‘Beingness’ brings change to other lives and events.  We can create beauty, joy, balance, and abundance within the lives of all creatures.  Let us together, leave our own personal tomb of darkness and, with new feet, step into the dawn of courage and light.  “Fear Not”….. and believe in Truth.

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Dear Dancer in Chaos,

The wind whips past my window, shaking the bushes and trees in its wake.  Can I stop it?  No.  I can merely observe its path, its actions, and the result of its passage.  Daily life is a lot like the wind…. Control is not my mission in this life.  What little ability I have to control… remains my reactions to Life Itself.  The sun rises and sets; the moon attracts and releases the tides of the oceans;  the dandelions sprout in my garden (I have a little control on these); and the clouds scurry across the sky. But as a human, here I can sit and observe the Hand of the Creator moving across the face of the earth. 

We know not where the clouds go as they pass the horizon, nor the mist from the waves impacting the shore.  We trust that the Earth has her plans for the consequences of these actions and we are free to move on.  But do we? 

Within our realm of life, our tiny world within the scheme of things, what drives us?  What inspires us to go on?  What is it that we hold dear to our heart and clutch so tightly within the grasp of our understanding?  Our bodies seek to sustain and reproduce; our emotions reach out to feel and touch wholeness, acceptance, strength and love; our minds search for meaning, fulfillment, and understanding of our human condition and the actions of others; our souls seek harmony, balance, Light and peace.  And here it is we dance among all of these attributes of our inner and outer life.

In attempting to control others – we lose control of our self.  We become driven in order to ‘drive’ others; we become either the antithesis or the result of our controlling factor. When we step back to ‘see our self’ we actually step away… outside of what we truly are and into the illusory reflection of what we want to see.  Granted, at times this is necessary…. But so is the quick return to reality.

From chaos is born order: from the unreal we discover the Real.  In times of silence and meditation and prayer, we eventually learn to calm the inner chaos and see the unfoldment of inner peace.  Peace is not always stillness and non-action.  Peace is also a Teacher for those beyond Humanity and dwells in the deep regions of the Heart.  “There is a Peace which passes understanding; it abides in the hearts of those who dwell in the Eternal…..” 

Today, it is difficult to find “those who dwell in the Eternal”… not because there is a lack of Spirituality in the world, but because the focus of the inner heart is toward the chaos and the excitement of life – constantly.  A great gift to Humanity is “Time”.  We never seem to have enough of it; we run out of it; we plot our lives against it; we forge inventions to negate it; we eventually look back and regret that we wasted it.  But it just “IS”.  We are the ones who are in opposition to its longevity or cessation. Yet, without this sense of Time, would we ever ‘see’ or ‘understand’ anything?  It is in ‘Time’ that the child becomes the adult; the apprentice becomes the Master; the dream becomes the reality; the past becomes the present, and the present becomes the future.  Yet all can be gone in a twinkling of an eye…… erased in a star-burst – the slate is made clean.

It seems to take chaos no time to create a mad-house….but it takes Time decibels of beats to create order and rationality.  We always look forward to the ‘new and potential’, but is it not always created within the groundwork of chaos?  Chaos reigns: the earth is unstable; then come the winds of change, the fire of purification, the waters of cleansing, and the ethers of energies unseen.  Slowly building begins, growth starts, directions change, and unknown properties develop within the old area of chaos.  Beginnings are always hard – in life for us all.  The ‘clearing process’ can be painful; the building process eventful; the development of the unforeseen surprising; and the end result – not always what we imagined…. And Life moves on.  As humans, we find ourselves at that junction of, “How did that……?  Or What the heck…….????”

And we move from chaos to order….. then back again and again.  God did not intend many points of ‘boredom’ – if we keep moving.  The lessons change, the rules of the Game of Life revises and alters, our outlook on them mutates with our living experience and karmic situations.  We change…. Hopefully into the more mature human (or not.) And Life moves on.

It is our response to the stimuli which tests the chaos and order within us and brings about greater growth and comprehension of daily livingness.  When we come from the place of Peace and Love, Harmony and Light, we can better understand the questions which Life is asking our soul.  How true are we to our self?  How true are we to others?  What are our goals?  By what path or process will we achieve our goals?

In the interim, Time holds the key for us.  Have we learned well enough the lesson of chaos?  Can  we teach, by our livingness, the lesson of Love?  How well do we ‘dance’ between the two – with our partner of Time? 

We live in worlds of all times, all places, all peoples.  We are gifted with the ability to choose (for the most part) as to how we will respond to Time and our place on this planet Earth.  We are surrounded with opportunities to learn: family, friends, work, play, laughter, pain, life and death.  Chaos and order dance together in all of these situations.  We respond to one and then another as we pass through this cycle of earth’s schooling.  Do we lead – or do we follow?  Do we sing and dance – or do we ‘sit it out’ like the proverbial wall flower? 

The choice lies before us…. Time has granted it to us.  At any given ‘point in space’, Time awaits our decision.  Let us move on together!   May the melody you hear be one of Joy, Beauty, and Gratitude for all that Is.


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Dear Time In A Cup,

                             “To every season there is a Purpose under heaven….”   Ecclesiastes 3:1

 We think our time is now and we must work to keep up with the changing of times.  But there are higher laws which cover this illusion.  What are we doing at present?  Where are we going?  What is our end? Will we finish that upon which we are working so diligently?  So very human questions…..

Life flows and we are part of that flow… as the ripples in the stream and the motion in the waves of the sea.  We cannot ‘see’ this because this is what we are… but when we still our minds, we can feel the mystery of our being: the absoluteness of our essence within the transitory elements of our life.  One could say that these contradict each other at this level, however from a more expansive view point, all things are working together and compliment each other.

We often seek ‘time’.  Time to be with someone special, time to complete a project, fulfill a dream, build a life beyond this present group of experiences.  “Wherever there is consciousness – there is Time.”  We take ‘time’ to create, to dream, to ponder the future.  We take time to remember, to relive, to visit again  those lost portions of our hearts which are no longer physically with us.  We take time to evolve today into tomorrow; to regain our sanity (at times); to refresh our outlook on life, family, friends, work, and situations over which we believe we have no control.

Without Consciousness there is no time…. For time is a creation, a child, of Consciousness.  Time is very elusive.  The older one gets the faster it seems to move.  The summers of a child are long and filled with sunshine and play (or should be.)  The months of midlife are filled with work, duty, ‘need to – have to’, and ‘I pray I can’.  The seasons of older age are so swift in their passing that one wonders what day or month it is at any given point in the day.  What creates this ‘speed up’ of our consciousness?  Where is life going?  How can I ever complete ________________?   We ponder these and many other questions: yet, if we have lived somewhat introspectively, consciousness seems to extend time and creates purpose.  Not everyday, of course, but there are those periods in meditation, during the night or very early morning, when Life speaks lovingly and we can make contact with that point of Peace within our soul, and we know all is well and ‘all things are well.’

These pleasant disruptions within our life grant us a serenity that the majority of humanity, at this stage of evolution, know little.  All have consciousness and have the ability to reach into the Heart of God, for God is the only Consciousness.  Few there are who will - because of a lack of awareness or, perhaps fear - from having ‘come close at one time.’  This point of contact is there and welcomes one home for a respite, a mini-spiritual vacation if you will.  But the mind of Man rarely divulges its awareness of its ignorance: the ego steps in and eradicates any knowledge of a vestige of mental deficiency and goes merrily on its way toward self aggrandizement.  The brain-mind rarely turns upon itself to assess its shortcomings and illusions.  It would rather run amok with half a fact than sit in the stillness and contemplate the entirety of the singularity.

This ability is teachable, if and when, the student of life is ready.  Consciousness is ever present and time is that point within space wherein the opportunity is apportioned.   The student may be a great artist, scientist, musician, mystic, mathematician, statesman, or teacher.  Spirit fills the vortex of space and mind with the needed inspiration when the student is ready. 

Not all of us can fill some of the suggested categories listed above, however, in our humble and simple life, we can await Spirit and be filled to that abundance of which we are able to ‘hold.’  The cup we possess can overflow with joy, beauty, abundance, love, integrity, service, and truth far past the rim which we imagine.  It will be filled and overflowing to the capacity which God foresees our desire and ability to manage.  All of us are far greater than we envision: for so very few of us have ever explored the maxim, “Man, Know Thyself”. 

Throughout our lives, many ‘Cups’ are given to us: From some we drink deeply; from some we taste and sip; and others we reject – perhaps we don’t like the color of the cup or the odor of its contents.  What humanity has not learned yet is that when the Creator gives us a ‘cup’, at some point, and in some life, some consciousness of time and point in space, we will drink it to the dregs of the liquid.  It is not punishment or medicine: it is a lesson to be learned from Life… no matter what the flavor of the contents.  Some might call it Karma: but Karma is not punishment – it is merely a reaction to an action which we chose, enacted, and finished. 

In our time, we each have a cup before us…. (Perhaps more than one.)  Let us choose wisely how we are going to examine and imbibe the contents.  Some of us may have taken cups from others which are really not ours to consume.  Each of us has our own lessons to learn.  We can teach by example, we can guide, but it is not our place, in most instances, to absorb the contents of another person’s cup. Their cup is their gift, their lesson, their choice and their opportunity for spiritual growth.  Yes, there may be ‘special dispensations’ of cups, however, only the true Master knows when and how to choose correctly.  We are still the children arguing over our toys and contents of our cups.

In time, we will observe Consciousness and understand… this is the gift of time to us.  Time in a cup: a flash point in space; the glimmer of an ideal; an opportunity presented; a talent received; a journey traveled; a friend greeted; a sacrifice made; a life well lived. 

In this Season of your life, be not afraid to greet the sun at its dawn, the winds and rain which may come at noon, the strain and stress late in the day, and the dark restfulness of the night.  All these are the cups of your daily life.  Drink them, drain them, and once each lesson is learned, it will never come again in that form.  Remember, in Essence, there is always, only One Cup…. That of Life Itself.                                                                                                                     Bishop Michelina

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Dear Being of Light,

We stand at the portal of a new season, a new cycle for new beginnings.  What will this year hold for us?  Life will grant us opportunities and situations and we will react.  How we will fare by this time next year will be based upon our daily actions and reactions.  What are our goals? What are our strengths – our weaknesses?  What are our loves?  Where is our “Heart”?

It seems the older one gets, the more these questions become relevant.  When we are young, it is as we were always running out of the school door at recess.  Time and health issues are great teachers.  Hopefully we learn to care more about one another; to Trust the Inner Voice of Spirit guiding our lives; to rest; to listen; and to observe – without judgement.  Why are these important?  What is it really to be human?

We look at the night sky and consider that the billions of stars which glisten are outnumbered by the neurons within a common human brain….  Yet we forget where we left our car keys!  The universe surrounds us with beauty: the sound of leaves rustling, birds singing, the sound of the voices of our friends and loved ones, the chatter of animals, barking of dogs.  Yet we plug our ears with earphones and listen to frequencies from the past and opinions of superficial minds.  Many of us do not really live in this world but we move through it living in our own realm of imagination.  Is it right?  Is it wrong?  No, it’s just human.

“What is Man, Oh Lord, that Thou art mindful of him?”  With all our technical knowledge, Mother Nature can crush us at any time – from without or within.  We really haven’t explored the cosmos far enough to learn if we are at the top of the food chain.  And as for heaven or hell, these we can discover daily within our own minds, bodies, emotions, and hearts.  And yet we live and breathe and can – if we allow ourselves – to enjoy the life given to us by our Creator.

To truly live – we must begin to understand our own Being.  Our Doing: conquering, buying and selling, giving and taking, working and resting, keeps us busy in order that we can begin to comprehend the vastness of it all.  We break our own limits, we reach out to understand, we experiment, and we delude ourselves into thinking that the limits of our mind sets are the limits of the worlds. 

 There are unanswerable questions which bounce throughout our civilization and few there are who attempt to capture these inquiries long enough to formulate their own response.  When we are tossed one of these ‘questions’ what is our reaction?  Pummel it back to the other side of the cosmic volleyball net?  (We are very busy – as anyone can see!) 

We could make  note of it and do more research on the subject at a later date; we could take it into prayer or meditation; we could ‘muse’ over it; or just keep moving on.  This is the human dilemma which age tends to magnify.  Ah to be young: indestructible, energetic and carefree.  How smart we all were as teens and young people!  Then life began to ‘happen’.   Our awareness began to grow and we began to see.  If this process holds true (as I believe it does) the race of humans, as a whole, will begin to ‘see’ and become more aware as consciousness and experience grows. 

The discussions of the present being the Aquarian Age, based upon the rotations of the earth around the sun, become more meaningful if we consider that ALL THINGS ARE CONNECTED.  We, as humans, do not ‘stop’ at the surface of our skin….. sensitive individuals can become aware of others’ pain, joy, or indifference anywhere in the world.  We have already had a taste of this experience by the mere fact that we can beam pictures and sound throughout the planet earth. Today we use technology – but tomorrow it will be common place in the consciousness of each advanced human being.

We are all connected.  This is why the teachings of the Great Ones say, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you….”  We are of one Consciousness, one Light, one Soul.  God is much more than a ‘personality’, a man, a being with idiosyncrasies and desires,  whom we can understand.  One has to learn to stretch one’s thinking process beyond humanity, the human structure, to even begin to acknowledge that “SOMETHING” greater is at work: an Existence that cannot be grasped by the human brain of today.  This Existence, this Being, so incomprehensible to us, created us, cares for us, grants us a portion of free will, and loves us deeply – because we are the Children of His/Her/Its Heart. We were created in Love, in Light, and in form; we were blessed; and we, eventually, will return Home to complete awareness of this Existence. 

We were created in a universe of Light… from the attribute of a Being of Light.  Light is all around us like our skin, and is us, as our very structure. We are robed in Light – just as all creation is robed in Light.  To our senses, as this Light frequency slows, it becomes flesh and bone and blood in mankind; tree and ocean and planet on Earth; planet, galaxy, and universe in space.  Yet the Light is ONE, for the Thought which brought you, me, and all into existence is ONE.  Fellow Beings of Light – let your Light shine into the coming year (s)!


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CLOSE IN TOUCH

Keep close in touch with Me and with the Master Who surveys your life.

   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

 

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