August 2007 Sydney Goodwill Newsletter
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No 245 / August 2007
It’s interesting to look back to earlier times and recall how we saw things, what influenced our thinking and hence how we lived and interpreted life at that time. From there we can look to the current moment and see the same essential being but with changed thinking and living – expanded in scope, focus and qualitative attitudes. If we follow the direction into the future what do we see and hear? The future resonates through the moment – if we listen, if we follow the flow of growth and expansion. There is a constant emergence and expansion of possibilities but often, as we are so much a part of it, we can fail to notice it – like flying in a modern passenger aircraft, thousands of feet high at great speed yet only thinking of what’s to eat at the next meal.
But if we listen to the greater possibilities emerging, we can live an inspired life that energises and lifts us beyond the mundane and into the glorious beings we essentially are – even in our darkest moments. Human beings in circumstances of great horror can yet rise to their real identity – the martyrs throughout history ever attest to this, and occasionally their inspiration is recorded for us who come after. In “Prison on Wheels” Dr Eva Danos tells of her journey in a goods train with other holocaust prisoners and of the affirmation of her beloved friend even in those unimaginable extremes:
“Lilli is still lying face down… Little did I know that she was no more able to keep the precious food in her mouth, and that it fell, unchewed, on the wagon floor … I was pleased that she has eaten something, though, by then, I did not believe myself that she would survive. … Lilli does not utter a word the whole evening. Only when the train starts moving, does some life return into her enfeebled body. Once or twice one hears her heart-rending ‘Hilfe! Hilfe!’ Then silence. Alone the never-abating fighting grinds our taut nerves to breaking point. Then, suddenly, and in an unbelievably strong voice, Lilli cries out, in Hungarian. Her words have been etched into my soul forever: ‘Lord! If I get out of here alive, I vow to serve humanity with all my life.’
…Never has a more noble vow been made in a more ignoble place by a dying person. It seemed as if even the human wretches brawling all around us did realise what a heroic soul was wrestling with the angel of death right here, on the floor of the goods wagon. The noise fades away and, its strength spent, the fighting ceases. Lilli did not speak again. What could she have added to her affirmation? What more painful and more binding legacy could she have left me than the pledge proclaimed in a German cattle-truck and waiting to be carried out?” [Lilli was one of four friends who participated in the dialogues in the book, Talking with Angels]
The forces that move through us are directed by our sense of being and purpose and are reflected through our thought currents and emotional tides. If we are not fully conscious of our identity we are more readily swayed by the forces of immediate circumstance and have only a limited sense of the proportion of things. In this context we succumb to prejudice, snap judgements based on limited knowledge and understanding, and can become pawns to stronger thinkers whose objectives may be exclusive and personally biased.
Our human mind has so thoroughly conquered the material world that it has in turn enslaved many of us. So urgently we sought material provision and comfort that we failed to realise it is only the prerequisite for release into something much more. Many not so materially focussed cultures live with an understanding of the world that is beyond what others of us have yet to attain. What begins as a need, once satisfied, can, if still clung to, becomes an overriding desire and greed. When that happens the human identity is temporarily lost and its role in the planetary purpose forgotten. Under those circumstances how readily we judge according to material appearances rather than the integrity of a life.
Thus can we become separated in our sense of being rather than diversified in our expression of the one life and the one world we share. Separatism leads to exclusivity and prejudice. Diversity leads to a breadth and depth of expression of our shared life – it is a celebration and expands life. Separation and exclusivity shrink, demean and lead to death and destruction. We can see the two paths playing out in many ways in our world and we can predict their unfolding outcomes if we think it through and hearken to the future rolling towards us.
We are all part of a Great Life. The Tibetan Master, Djwhal Khul, writes of “…that mysterious something – emanation, voiceless appeal, inherent urge towards the light – which is innate in all forms, which produces interplay and relationship, and which is the cause of all progress or pushing forward along the path of an expanded consciousness and a penetration into the light” and of “the ‘mode of Life’ which governs the entire hierarchy of Being upon our planet”. He goes on to explain: “This evolutionary pushing forward along the Lighted Way, out of darkness into light, from the unreal to the real, and from death to immortality, is an inherent urge in all forms. It constitutes one of the most subtle and one of the least understood laws of the universe, being related to the Life principle, of which we know as yet naught; it underlies the Law of Evolution as well as the Law of (Cause and Effect) and is, in reality, the Law of the Life Purpose of the planetary Logos; It is an expression of his dynamic intention as it forces all substance in manifestation and in time and space to act and react in conformity with His Will. He thus enables His form – the planet which is a compound of all the seven kingdoms in nature – to express logoic intention for the ‘duration of the Great Breath’; of this breath, time and space are the two aspects. It affects the tiniest atom and the most exalted Being within the sphere of His consciousness and the scope of His livingness; ... The human family, after the stage of personality integration is reached, reacts with increasing consciousness of the divine purpose.” [The Rays and The Initiations, p 519-520]
Living a shared life – in whatever scope of operation – opens us to the true flow of life and relationship where separation is not between one another but between what is real and unreal, true and untrue, sincere and insincere. We stand by those in the grip of falsity and in turn are supported by those of greater understanding while we grow through our own illusions. Everything is part of the One in Whom we live and move and have our being. Seeing from the perspective of that Great Entity gives a sense of proportion and true perspective. The Tibetan explains: “…the word ‘spiritual’ cover(s) every phase of living experience. … That is spiritual which lies beyond the point of present achievement; it is that which embodies the vision and is that which urges the man on towards a goal higher than the one attained.” [Discipleship in the New Age II, p 234]
And later: “True unanimity is free decision in response to a presentation of truth which is as near the achieved reality as possible. Therefore, it is in the enunciation of truth that security for all men lies. This necessarily involves a deeply spiritual presentation of essential facts…The only authority recognised is the truth as it emerges in the human consciousness, in any world or historical cycle. Today more truth is being recognised (and incidentally repudiated) than at any other time in human history. Men have attained the point in evolution where they are able to know the truth if and when presented, because the concrete human mind is now more highly responsive to abstract truth, and therefore to the next evolutionary presentation.” [Discipleship II p 238]
Lilli’s dedication to serving humanity is the pivotal swing of the heart into the course and purpose of our shared Life. It brings beauty and truth to shine in the pits of darkness and leads us to Light. It inspires us to listen to that glorious and awesome power which is so great that it is, as yet, almost beyond the limits of our perception and so seems of the utmost subtlety. The following stanzas call us to attend:
Listen, O Pilgrim, to the chanting of the Word by the great Deva Lords. Hush all earth vibration, still the restless strivings of lower mind, and with ear intent hark to the sounds that rise to the throne of the Logos. Only the pure in heart can hear, only the gentle can respond.
The stormy sounds of all earth struggle, the shrill vibration of the watery sphere, the crashing note marking the place of thought, dims the sound and shuts out the tone. He who is silent, quiet and calm within, who sees all by means of light divine and is not led by light reflected within the threefold spheres, is he who will shortly hear. From out the environing ether will strike a note upon his ear unlike the tones that sound within the world terrestrial.
Listen, O Pilgrim, for when that sound strikes in colourful vibration upon the inner sense, know that a point has been achieved marking a great transition.
Watch then, O Pilgrim, for the coming of that hour. With purified endeavour mount nearer to that Sound. Know when its tone steals through the misty dawn, or in the mellow sunlight strikes soft upon the ear, that soon the inner hearing will become expanded feeling and will give place to sight and perfect comprehension.
Know when the music of the spheres comes to you note by note, in misty dawn or sunny noon, at cool of eve, or sounding through the deep of night, that in their rhythmic tone lies secret revelation.
The Festival in Leo will be celebrated at a meditation meeting at 8 pm on Sunday, 29 July, at the YWCA, 5-11 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney. The keynote for reflection is: I am That and That am I.