|SYDNEY GOODWILL UNIT OF SERVICE|
No 175 / July 2001
A major problem when implementing anything new is to recognise what is new clearly enough to allow it to come through into the world - to contact the vision, to communicate it and to implement the new processes that will give it form and living presence. That is the sequence. Where any of the steps are lacking old ideas, methods and forms rush in to fill them - as space abhors a vacuum. It is a disciplined visionary process that requires constant, unremitting striving to apprehend the new energies emerging. Such striving wastes no time in selfish comparisons or judgements arising from the lower desires and motivations (however well we hide them from ourselves or rationalise them). There is no room for self pity or self blame. These are of small if any consequence to the soul and to our true identity as the human spirit in incarnation.
Much theory is expounded about the real and subtle world but, when put to the test, do we live every moment of our lives based on this knowledge? Or do we succumb to "the way of the world" as it has been in the past and delude ourselves that we are preparing for the future by storing up knowledge that we do not yet practise? That future will never happen if we do not begin to live it now, as it is being visioned. It will not happen while we still cling to a protecting veil between ourselves and the implications of our thoughts and actions.
The great teachers through the ages such as the Christ and the Buddha, and all those inspired by the greater vision of truth, have not behaved in the world according to past customs but have initiated a new way, a living way, demonstrated through their own life in the world and its connection with and obedience to the greater laws operating through it. On a smaller scale many individuals, some recognised and many unknown, have lived a spiritual life in the world. They have invariably been misunderstood by those steeped in the ritual of the past and whose vision is veiled by its limitations. We can still see this happening around us but the catastrophic events of the past century have revealed and clarified all of the old attitudes and ideas which have operated in blindness and have worked out within the shackles of prejudice - under a belief in separateness and exclusivity.
Yet this past cycle has brought universal human recognition and is beginning to stir the human psyche and the human race as a whole. We live life now on behalf of the whole human race - always the representative and no longer the separate individual striving for personal exclusivity. Anyone's pain is our pain; everyone's joy is our joy. And this flows more and more freely through us - not from us, but through us - the initiating cause being that life and purpose which flows through all.
Christ heralded our destined role in this
great scheme: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life."
He demonstrated the way of our true mission as St Paul relates:
"By a fresh and living way, which he has opened up for us
by himself passing through the curtain, that is, his own human
nature." And from St Matthew: "At that moment the
curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom."
The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, explains the nature of these
curtains or veils:
He goes on to describe the three great rents
which have been made on behalf of humanity by Moses (penetrating
through to the glory of the Lord and returning with the essential
laws), Christ, and St Paul (pushing along "the road to Damascus").
In these as in the many smaller instances it is striving that
carries the pilgrim, the aspirant, the disciple through to truth.
The next great moment will be brought about by humanity itself
- we all have the capacity and will if we but apply it. Again
the Tibetan explains:
Revelation brings a more complete truth -
what is true at all levels at any point in time. Judgement and
discretion must be carefully applied if we would veil that truth
either from ourselves or others. Do we protect or inhibit when
we fail to acknowledge what we know or when we fail to make the
attempt to rend the veils and confront truth? The truth is always
greater than our fear or frustration would have us believe.
An unwillingness to "see through" and acknowledge illusion
and glamour, and an inability to marshal the constant determination
to win through to truth are all that holds us back. The Tibetan
This fine discrimination is a result of seeing truly and clearly through the veils, through every moment - not losing sight of the truth, in process of manifesting in our world while we apprehend it and so allow it through. There is always a "way through" for truth. The old defensive and offensive position-taking process does not allow a "way through" and therefore stands in the way of divine Will emerging into external order. So Christ showed us how to operate with divine mission rather than worldly position. The process is epitomised in the story of the woman who touched the hem of his garment. As he made his "way through" the worldly crowds pressing in on either side he knew when someone who aligned with his mission touched him because he felt "virtue" flow from him. Revelation flows through us when in line with divine Will and Direction. The pervasive and permeating flow through substance re-conditions, re-organises, re-makes, re-directs and makes all whole and true. And we are its way in the world.
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The Festival in Cancer will be celebrated at a meditation meeting at
8pm on Thursday, 5 July, at the YWCA, 5-11 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney.
The keynote is: "I build a lighted house and therein dwell."
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