Sunday, March 22 2009
The mind expansion that takes place as we explore many avenues and approaches in our search for truth serves a useful purpose. It exercises our mental muscles. It stretches our limited thought patterns to prepare us for greater understanding. However, it is not without pitfalls. Without guidelines it can be a rocky road. And if we let ourselves be trapped in mental gymnastics, sooner or later we weaken our own intuitive power.
Although truth never changes, perception does. The ability to recognize truth grows as understanding increases, but we need a compass to avoid confusing detours and dead-ends on our path to enlightenment.
Such a compass is a practical application of any concept to the here and now of our lives. Truth is truth on any plane of action, and if the concept reflects divine law then it works, right where we are and under our present circumstances. It does more. It contributes to insight and an ability to meet difficult situations more wisely. It increases rather than saps our energy and creates a sense of well-being. If it does not do these things for us, it should be looked at long and hard no matter how high-sounding and mystical.
The most important step we will ever take is to come up OVER fear as opposed to overcoming. To pass beyond the fear threshold through the power of spiritual attunement. It lasts. The second, by human or ego will alone, does not. We will meet the same challenge many times.
The world has lived in fear for millennia. Fear is the High Priest of Mammon, and has been used by both religions and government to control people. Fear is the other powerful god that woos us. Real progress cannot be made until this false god is met and conquered within ourselves. And Fear wears many faces. If we doubt its power and sublety, we have only to monitor our own thoughts and actions for just one day.
Unfortunately, in our search we may discover that sometimes we simply exchange one set of fears for another. Fear of the unknown, the idea of "evil" entities, obssession, and so on. If we cut through the mumbo-jumbo that usually accompanies the way such ideas are presented, we discover an interesting fact. That "evil" is actually l-i-v-e spelled backward. So any concept that creates or enables fear is a part of living backward.
Let's take a few such fears out of their fancy packages and look at them. Do you suddenly find yourself creeping into bed at night with a nervous glance toward shadows in a corner of the room? Or do you feel jinxed, that "something" is out to get you? If so, you are hooked. You have enlarged your library of fear. You have been sucked into the fear camp.
You know the result. Out the window goes the simple trust in God you may have been lucky enough to bring with you from childhood. In its place stands a whole new list of deities you must make constant obeisance to in order to survive.
Exagerated? Be honest.
Hard as it may be, this encounter with fear is a necessary step. Deeply ingrained in the human psyche is this paralyzing emotion. It must be dredged up and out. And wading through the evil entities routine is as good a method as any to let the Light start its unclogging work.
In spite of it your stalwart soul will not be denied and you press on. You go deeper and suddenly you stumble over karma. And what a stumble it is, dear friends! For now you not only have to be afraid of what you cannot see, you also have to be scared of what you cannot remember! Spontaneity of thought and action flies out the door. Up to your ears settling past scores, now you discover you are surely adding to the list!
Are we off the track when this occurs? Not really. Karma is an important rung on the ladder of enlightenment. It is necessary to understand cause and effect if we are ever to be responsible Co-Creators.
When we finally accept the responsibility for our own thoughts and actions, understanding of Self deepens and taps the roots of real compassion. We use our energies toward solving our difficulties instead of frittering away energy in self-pity and blaming others.
Karma can only exist in a world of duality: i.e. good/bad, right/wrong, man/woman. So this stepping stone on the ascension road is not the final word. We were never intended to be permanent residents on the karmic plateau. The moving finger has "writ" and we must go on, with the assurance that by accepting responsibility we can improve both our present and future lot.
In a moving and beautifully channeled book titled The Golden Scripts a profound statement is made: "The only true evil is Ignorance." Think about it; there is great truth here for it is truly ignorance of divine law that creates the evils on any plane of existence. If you knew better, you wouldn't do it! If you really understood the sowing and reaping parable, you wouldn't do it!
And so polarization comes front and center, and is indisolubly linked with another fact -- vibration. Personal application simply means that by our thoughts and actions we attract that which we are.