The Bishop's Letters

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

 




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