June 2009 Sydney Goodwill Newsletter
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No 266 / June 2009
Sunday 7th June is World Invocation Day and the Christ’s Festival and a 24 hour Vigil using the Great Invocation will be observed. Beginning in New Zealand, the invocative wave will flow around the world in the 24 hours that the Great Invocation or World Prayer is sounded. Will you join in? For more information follow the directions on the attached invitation and register on the Intuition-In-Service website:
On Friday 5th June the Aquarian Age Community will hold a seminar, Reconciliation and the Healing of the Nations, at the United Nations in observance of World Invocation Day. For details see www.aquaac.org
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Around the globe people from all walks of life, disciplines, religious and
political persuasions, cultural and ethnic backgrounds will join in a common
appeal to all that is of the highest, finest and best in order to invoke it
into being and manifestation in our world. This invocative call represents the
very essence of our living which is based on the underlying expression of
relationship with the great Life of which we are a part – of invocation
and evocation, of the great rhythmic in-breathing and out-breathing of the
“One in Whom we live and move and have our being.”
All creation arises from the essential relationship
of divine intention and the substance from which its expression is formed, of
spirit and matter, of the Father aspect and the Mother aspect, and of all the
infinite polarities which create the worlds and everything that lives within
them. Everything can be essentialised into the underlying duality which the One
Life requires to express itself in form.
In today’s living we rely increasingly on the basic binary language of computer systems – where an electric current is either on or off – to generate the seemingly limitless diversity of forms and expression which represents our daily living and relationship with each other, our planet and beyond. Underlying all is a great simplicity with just two basic building blocks. Our human experience of life is moving more deeply into that underlying pulse and while on the one hand we create increasing complexity, on the other our point of identity and conscious living moves further into that pervasive simplicity that substands and provides the power and the understanding for the surface creations.
The speeding up of events, of cause and effect, reveals more clearly the causal relationships that create the outward actions and appearances. Human history and memory is accessible so instantly that time is being annihilated and we move into the “eternal now”; physical location is becoming less relevant than virtual location and that is increasingly everywhere or wherever we choose to be; the power to initiate life actions and activity operates according to our will at the touch of a keyboard or voice activated system. We are approaching the inner point of potent and dynamic being which breathes through into expression. The Tibetan speaks of this point of dynamic interlude between breaths:
“In all breathing exercises, there are … the processes of inhalation and of exhalation, with two points intermediate between these two—that of the interludes. Beginners in the mechanics of right breathing seem inevitably engrossed with the processes involved, with the amount of air to be indrawn or out-breathed and with the consequent physiological effects ... Knowers… pay small attention to this dual activity. They are preoccupied with what is proceeding within their consciousness during the interludes between the fixed inhalations and exhalations. These phases of registered consciousness are in reality points of detachment. They mark the cycles of tension.”
“… These interludes are… the growing times; they are essentially the ‘epochs for storage’ … and they are the … interludes in the initiate's life of service wherein he withdraws all his forces into a ‘well of silence’—a well, full of the water of life. In this state of consciousness two definite activities transpire: Tension and Recognition. Without these interludes of abstraction, his work would slowly weaken as the tension, earlier initiated, weakened; his ability to attract and to hold others true to the vision would likewise slowly disappear, as his power to recognise became myopic. ...As he inhales the life of the (Spiritual) Hierarchy, and increasingly that of …(Spirit), and as he exhales the living essence into the ‘world of serving lives,’ he becomes steadily more and more dependent upon the ‘interludes’ wherein both these phases of activity cease and he becomes immersed in Being and in Consciousness—the intrinsic parts of the animating Whole. …the points of interlude are not related to form life at all, but to the life of Life itself.”
[Discipleship in the New Age Volume II from page 451]
Paul Hawken in his commencement address to the Class of 2009, University of Portland, May 3, 2009 said that:
“The living world is not ‘out there’ somewhere, but in your heart. What do we know about life? In the words of biologist Janine Benyus, life creates the conditions that are conducive to life. I can think of no better motto for a future economy. …Working for the earth is not a way to get rich, it is a way to be rich.”
Each one of us reflects in microcosm the divine macrocosm. This means that we are, in an essential sense, the macrocosmic whole of which we are a part. Paul Hawken went on to remind the Class of 2009:
“The first living cell came into being nearly 40 million centuries ago, and its direct descendants are in all of our bloodstreams. Literally you are breathing molecules this very second that were inhaled by Moses, Mother Teresa, and Bono. We are vastly interconnected. Our fates are inseparable. We are here because the dream of every cell is to become two cells. In each of you are one quadrillion cells, 90 percent of which are not human cells. Your body is a community, and without those other microorganisms you would perish in hours. Each human cell has 400 billion molecules conducting millions of processes between trillions of atoms. The total cellular activity in one human body is staggering: one septillion actions at any one moment, a one with twenty-four zeros after it. In a millisecond, our body has undergone ten times more processes than there are stars in the universe exactly what Charles Darwin foretold when he said science would discover that each living creature was a ‘little universe, formed of a host of self-propagating organisms, inconceivably minute and as numerous as the stars of heaven.’”
[For full text see: www.paulhawken.com/multimedia/UofP_Commencement_05.03.09.pdf ]
Everything reflects that greater life which breathes through us – only while we are focused on the partial do we delay that tremendous revelation. All around us there are symbols reflecting back to us the eternal truth – the moon reflects the light of the sun, it is an extension of the sun, in a sense it is the sun for that is the only lighted presence it has. At the time of the full moon it reflects as much of the sun as it is physically capable of doing and reminds us that all that it has to offer is the central light of the sun and the substance for its reflection. Just so might we realise that we are a reflection of a truer centre of being, the soul (or, more essentially, the all-encompassing and central Life), and our previous sense of identity is recognised as diminishing and so disappears from consideration. Perhaps this is something of what is expressed in the keynote for our meditation at this time: “I recognise my other self and in the waning of that self I grow and glow.”
The illusion of being caught between the great dualities can distract from the essential Oneness that we share. Modern living intensifies the challenge of moving behind the external rhythm and into the central pulse which brings dynamic life to the whole. The following is quoted in From Bethlehem to Calvary by Alice A. Bailey (page 53).
"Any given moment of life must choose between two gods, psychologically incompatible. On the one hand, the peace of the hermit, the silence of the forest, the exaltation of sacrifice, the mightiness of simplification and unity, the joy of self-abandonment, the calm of absolute contemplation, the vision of God. On the other hand, the variety and stress of life, the zest of common ends, the mastery of means, the glory of infinite enterprise, the pride of creativity and self-possession. The modern world as a whole has made its choice. But there is a better choice; namely, the choice of both. For the life of each is that it may lose itself, from time to time, in the life of the other. And this, which is obvious in things partial, is true—and even chiefly true—in things total." The Meaning of God in Human Experience, by W.E. Hocking, page 427.
World Invocation Day and the Christ’s Festival in Gemini will be celebrated at a meditation meeting to be held at 8pm, Sunday, 7 June, at the YWCA, the “Y On The Park”, 5-11 Wentworth Avenue, Sydney.
For details see: sydneygoodwill.org.au . The keynote for reflection is:
I recognise my other self and in the waning of that self I grow and glow.
Southern Highlands Goodwill Unit of Service will hold a Full Moon Meditation for World Invocation Day and the Christ’s Festival in Gemini at 8pm, Sunday, 7 June, at The Highlands Healing Connection, 7 Wattle Lane, Bowral. To enquire – please phone (02) 4861 3574.
Reconciliation and the Healing of Nations, a Seminar held in observance of World Invocation Day at the United Nations, to invoke and evoke healing energies for the United Nations and planet earth. The Aquarian Age Community invites your support and participation as well as your creative thought in this esoteric group work. See wid09.aquaac.org for details. Home page: www.aquaac.org Email: UN@aquaac.org
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