[Compiler's Note: Continued from archived post entitled: Gathering (5-24), Part 1.]
Delivered by J.J. Dewey
Friday Evening, May 24, 2002, Wimberly, Texas
The whole thing is kind of an invocation. We're invoking a higher presence in our lives. The first wind of that invocation-desire, that's a good one. We need to desire it. Nothing is going to happen until we desire it whether it be physical or spiritual. If you don't want a million dollars you're never going to get it. If you don't want a higher presence in your life you're not going to get it.
You have to want it. Is that enough? Or is that just the first wind? That's just the first wind. We've just got a little twist now on the rubber band on the airplane. Somebody looking on, say the person that owns the airplane, can say this person must want this airplane to go somewhere because he started to wind it. It's not prepared to go anywhere yet but at least it looks like he wants it to go somewhere. What's the second wind?
Willingness to do what?
"To have experience; to have higher energies present."
Okay, could we say willingness to receive? Does that sound like a good one? Willingness to receive. That's another wind. What's the third wind?
"Heartfelt intent? Your intent has to be genuine."
Okay. Do you remember the words of Tennyson? I really like them a lot. "My strength is as the strength of ten because my heart is pure." I always felt that was an inspired statement. If your heart is pure your strength is as the strength of ten. It's very powerful to have a pure heart. What could you be doing to have an impure heart?
"Thinking only of yourself."
Right. I want God to come down here and help me to hustle all the women on the block here. I want to be more attractive so everyone thinks I'm really a hotshot. Would that be impure intent?
"I think impure intent could include any teacher who tries to teach with an egotistical point of view. You can kind of tell if someone treats you with ego and not the right way."
Okay. So, whether he be a teacher or student or whatever, if he wants to use his power for his own personal glory it's impure. Right. So this includes anybody who thinks, "I'm a really great guy because I have this supernatural power, I can read peoples' minds."
There are a number of things we can do to have impure intent. It's very difficult to have pure intent. Matter of fact to have pure intent you have to examine yourself every day and look at all the motives that we've done during the day. Look at what you did when you woke up in the morning, what you did at noon, what you did in the evening, what you did with your closest relationships.
How was your intent carried out? Was your intent pure? Was there any reason behind it for selfishness, for ego or for some other purpose for self-gratification? Or were you going through your entire day with pure intent? For service, for helpfulness, for harmlessness and just do your best to live your life to the highest of your ability. Were we doing that? Pure intent is an important turn of the propeller. What's another one?
Okay. How can you apply meditation to bring forth one more turn and bring more tension? What does that do? Meditation is really focusing your attention, isn't it? So, by focusing your attention, if you're going to wind up the propeller, if you aren't paying attention that propeller may go off and hurt your finger. Did you ever do that when you were a kid? Wind it up and not pay any attention and all of a sudden it starts going and cuts your finger?
You need to pay attention as you're winding it up so you keep winding it up properly or else it's going to go off and you're going to lose all your tension. If the propeller goes off prematurely you lose all the tension you created and you've got to start all over again. It's frustrating for a kid to have that happen. It happened to me a number of times. So we have to focus attention through focusing our mind and thoughts on that which we want to accomplish, whether it be spiritual or physical. One more turn then is to pay attention, meditate, in one form or another.
What produces another wind?
Yes. Maybe you put a couple of winds on it and it feels like it hasn't done anything yet. If the rubber band is lose, you can wind and wind and wind and nothing happens and you wonder if the rubber band is broken. But you keep on winding and pretty soon you feel the tension begin to develop. Something is happening. But the first few winds it feels like nothing is happening. Maybe if you haven't done it before you wonder if anything is going on.
If you're putting salt in a glass of water and put a few pinches in and nothing seems to happen. Put another few pinches in and it just disappears. Nothing appears to happen but then you put a few more in and something begins to happen. This is what frustrates many people when they're seeking one thing or another. When they begin their work and they work for a period of time, nothing seems to happen.
We could say that about the Keys. Rick and I and a number of others have worked on it since 1998 and it's been sort of a slow process building the group. Sometimes it seems that we're plugging away and not a lot is happening. Really, things are happening. We're preparing a group of people that will eventually change a lot of things on this planet. Many things will change over the next 150 years. But in order to create that change a handful of people have to have the vision to create the change.
For example, an interesting thing about Jesus, does anyone remember the number of followers He had after His crucifixion? How many people believed in Him at the time of His crucifixion? It was 120. Look at all He had going for Him. He even raised people from the dead for everybody to see. He walked on water, did great miracles, healed a man blind from birth, and did many fantastic things and impressed the dickens out of the people. Yet, He only had a 120 gathered together after His resurrection. The book of Acts, Chapter One (Verse 15) told us that. 120 people were all that they could gather together. That's not very many for such a fantastic experience.
He had quite a few people around him at different times like the time He fed the 5000 with the loaves and fishes. Then He was looking over this group of people who He had fed. They were thinking, "Boy, this guy can feed us. This is really great. We might hang around a little bit." So He thought He'd put them to the test. Then He says, "Except a man eat my flesh and drink my blood, he has no part with me." That was too much for them and they all dispersed, all 5000 of them. How many were left after He made this statement? Right, the 12. Only 12 people were left. Five thousand people and they were all scared off when said that to them. And He said to Peter, "Will you also leave me?"
Do you remember what Peter said? He said, "Lord, we have nowhere to go. You have the words of eternal life." Can you imagine how He felt at that time? At least a handful of people were willing to listen to him and what he had to say instead of what he could give them to eat. In other words he said I have more to give to you than just fish and bread and if you want more than your physical needs, you will stay. Just the 12 stayed. Only the 12 apostles. Why did they stay? He said a pretty outrageous thing, "except a man eat my flesh and drink my blood," sounds a little strange. If somebody said something like that to an auditorium today that would freak a lot of people out. Why did the apostles not run away?
"They felt confirmation."
Right. They were selected because they had an inner confirmation. They had a knowledge that there was something there. They knew this man had something beyond what everybody was seeing. They had felt something. The other guys had seen things but they hadn't felt them internally. They had seen Him perform miracles but they didn't feel Him perform them. To see the miracle and to feel the miracle are two different things.
It reminds me of a story. I was giving a seminar one time about miracles and afterwards this gal from class came up to me. I was giving weekly classes at that time. It was way back in the 80s, a long time ago. I said, "Does anyone here have anything wrong with them? We'll do an experiment here and see if we can accomplish anything." This lady rises up and says "I seem to have lost my hearing. I can barely hear and I don't know what's going on." I felt inspired at the moment and put my fingers in her ears and I commanded her hearing to be restored and she went "Whoa, I can hear! This is really great!" She was so thrilled.
I thought next week everybody would come back and we'd have a ton of people show up. She looked like she was going to go tell everybody. But the next week nobody came back. I thought that was strange. The gal who got her hearing back didn't come back and I never saw her again for a long time. It was quite discouraging and I only gave teachings for a short time at that time because I couldn't stir any interest.
It convinced me and illustrated to me the difference between seeing a miracle and feeling a miracle. When people feel something internally, it is something so much more powerful than actually seeing it. Especially in this day and age when we watch magicians like David Blayne and David Copperfield and we see so many things happening that a lot of people assume its trickery anyway. This guy is just performing these magician-type tricks. In this day and age with so much trickery about, seeing is not believing. Because if a magician can make the Statue of Liberty disappear in this age by trickery, if Jesus Himself was to return and perform a lot of miracles do you think it would convince anyone?
He performed miracles in the Piscean Age because it was important to establish His teachings of that time. But miracles are not performed by teachers in every age. Another great teacher was the Buddha. Interestingly He did not allow any of His disciples to perform miracles. A lot of them wanted to but He told them not to because it sends the wrong message. People then look for the outer, he said, instead of what's happening inside. He said the true miracle is that which takes place inside. He called this the attainment of Nirvana.
A lot of people make fun of the Buddhist's belief in Nirvana but it's actually the same thing the Christ talked about when He talked about attaining the "Baptism of Fire," and some of these other experiences. Many of the things in the Christian religion are the same things that are talked about in the East but the vocabulary is different.
God actually has worked through all the religions of the world. Every major religion of the world was started by inspiration of some type. Then after they get started they often become corrupt within a generation or so. Almost every one of the major religions has lost the purity of the teachings of their founders. Even those religions that are highly criticized such as the Jehovah Witnesses, perhaps the most obnoxious Christian religion out there, started with a really good idea.
They started with a group of people getting together, breaking off the major religions. They got together in homes and studied the Bible from scratch just to see what it said with no preconceived notions. Then what happened? After a period of time they began to tabulate that the Bible says this and this is what it really means and they began to tabulate doctrines. Then pretty soon people were coming to their Watchtower study class and were told this is what the Bible really means when it says this.
So that starting from scratch and thinking as a little child, so to speak, and learning with no preconceived notions was tossed out the window. Now it's turned into a kind of obnoxious group who thinks they have all the answers when they come to your door. If you have a different answer, they think you're wrong. There is no considering at all your answer if it is different from theirs. Of course, every other religious group tends to be the same way. All of them, even the obnoxious ones, started out with a good idea that influenced people for good in the beginning. Then after a period of time they go into a period of corruption where things change for the worse.
This is what's going to be different in the coming age. The organizations that are created in the coming age are going to be living organizations. What happens when you cut your finger? After a period of time it begins to heal. What do you do to make it heal? Do you do anything? You might put a bandage on it but unless the cut is really severe it will heal whether you do anything to it or not. It will eventually heal. What makes it heal? Have you ever heard that your body is completely replaced every 14 years? Every cell in your body is gone every 14 years and replaced by new ones. But you are still here. What causes that replacement? When you get sick or cut yourself or scratch yourself what causes you to heal? The healing is built into your system.
So when an organization starts to go bad, does it heal? When Congress passes a bad law, does it get healed? The bad law just stays there, doesn't it? There are still laws that say if you spit on the sidewalk you'll go to jail. There's a book written about bad laws and weird laws. If you kiss longer than thirty seconds in public you'll be arrested and things like this. There are a lot of bad laws still remaining, laws from a hundred years ago. And there are current laws, new laws passed every day that are bad laws. There are obnoxious laws and laws that we could live without but once they're passed they just stay there, don't they? They just stay there and hang with no healing. When a bad law is passed it remains. When taxes are increased, do they get decreased a year down the road? Hardly ever. There is hardly any healing built into the system.
In Idaho, I remember when sales tax went up from 3 to 3.5%. They said this is temporary. As soon as we get our bills paid we'll take it back down to 3. I never heard that statement again. I kept waiting. Of course, I didn't really believe I'd hear it but I was watching the papers anyway. Nobody ever talked about bringing it back down. Instead, I waited awhile then they raised it up to 4. I waited awhile longer and they raised it up to 4.5%. Then I waited awhile longer and they raised it to 5. It never did go back down to 3. Nobody even talked about it. Then they introduced the lottery and brought in more taxes. It was supposed to fix our educational system but it didn't fix anything. I don't know where the money went but shortly after the lottery was passed we heard about how all the schools were crumbling and all the kids needed more and weren't getting anything and it was worse than before the lottery. Things just keep getting worse. There's no correction built into the system.
Yet, in our system -- our bodies -- there is correction going on. When one of your cells dies, it's replaced by a new cell that's fresh and living and all ready to go. When you cut yourself, you heal. Now that's what's going to be different. That's what's different in the organizations created in the heavenly spheres. They are self-healing. The fact that it is realized that there is no such thing as perfection as we understand it here. We say that God is perfect, yet what we think is perfect with God is our vision of perfection.
Let's talk about the word "perfect." If we were to pass around that word and have everybody in this room talk about what perfection is, everyone would give a different opinion. If God Himself was to come down here and tell us what perfection is at least half of us would disagree with Him. They say, "That's not what I want."
It wouldn't matter who defines what perfection is. What real perfection is, is self correction. So, as you move along, everything adapts to the new environment. That is what true perfection is. True perfection is not creating something perfect to begin with and then it just stays perfect forever. This is what everyone has tried to do when they started a religion. They tried to create that religion perfect to begin with so they can relax and have it be perfect forever from here on out. They've tried to do that with every religion that's ever been started and it has never worked. The only way to make any movement, organization, or any body perfect is to put in self correction.
Artie and I drove from Boise to Texas in the past couple days. I bet I corrected my steering wheel as I was driving down the road about a million times. About 2-3 times a second, I adjusted the steering wheel as I'm driving down the road. But if I were to point this car from Boise to Wimberly, Texas and say, "Okay car, I made a perfect steering, a perfect plan so I want you to drive all by yourself because I started you off perfect." How far would I get? I wouldn't even get a half a block, would I? The car would drive off the road. That car of ours had to be corrected thousands of times I would guess. So you need correction in order to attain the perfection of going from point A to point B.
We say that God is perfect, yet look at this world. God was supposed to have created this world yet this world has all kinds of flaws in it. There isn't even a perfect rock to be found anywhere in this world. There isn't a perfect diamond. The most perfect diamond you can find has been chiseled by a jeweler somewhere until it looks fairly perfect. But, if you look close enough under the microscope, you'd even find some flaws in the most perfect diamond. The perfection is to be able to go from point A to point B and to get to point B flawlessly. But to get from point A to point B there has to be a built in corrective mechanism.
This world that God has created is far from perfect from the way we think of perfection yet it's perfect in God's eyes because it's going towards perfection. There are all kinds of corrections being made as the world is going from a rough draft to a celestial sphere. When it goes from point A to point B it will travel a perfect journey because we'll have millions of corrections going on through the power of God which will eventually bring this planet we have, to its destination. When this destination is reached, perfection will be achieved. Perfection is achieved by correction. It's never achieved by starting perfect. None of us start perfect. That's why we see flaws all about us. There are all kinds of flaws in everything that God has created because that's the way it's supposed to be. Perfection is a journey rather than a final adjustment.
When a great piece of art is created, it's created by a master who makes many mistakes. When he paints the face of the Mona Lisa or whatever; he doesn't like it and changes the mouth a little bit. He keeps changing and changing it until he says, "Ah, there it is. That's what I'm looking for." To achieve that perfection took many, many mistakes. So perfection isn't achieved just overnight. It's a process. This is a perfection that we have to look at.
The perfection of the invocation is what we're seeking right now. So what we want to do is make another turn of the rubber band, so to speak, so the propeller of the airplane will be winding up and reach a point of tension. What is one more turn that we need to make?
"Well, we have desire and persistence but that still might not get us anywhere until we have an all-consuming desire. Even when winding the rubber band we think it's getting kind of tight and maybe I should let it go but there's probably a good ten or more wraps we could go and we're risking more and more getting the finger bit off. You need to have the willingness to go the extra mile."
Okay, the persistence gets you to the point where you finally -- you keep persisting until you feel the tension building up -- you think something is starting to happen. Then, when something starts to happen, like Rick says, you have a desire and things start to move for you. You have a desire to move ahead.
"You have to have action also or are you including that in the airplane?"
Action is important. So many people in this world want to do things by not acting. A lot of New Age people -- I'd say about half the people here are New Age consciousness and about half are Christian consciousness. That's an interesting blend we have. In most audiences it's usually one or the other but we've got a really interesting combination of people here and that's the way it's supposed to be because we're a synthesis of people here. A lot of people want to get rich by just meditating and visualizing a million dollars coming in and a lump of money will show up on the doorstep. How many people have you met that have an idea like this? They don't want to do the nuts and bolts necessary. I've met a lot of people like this. Not only in the spiritual movement but Artie and I meet a lot of people in the business world everyday. We do a lot of services for them. Many people don't want to do the nuts and bolts. They don't want to cross the T's and dot the I's. They want somebody else to do all the busy work and all the hard work then they'll take all the glory. They'll do all the visualization and somebody else will put the stamps on and fold the flyers and whatever miscellaneous work.
A lot of people just want to run away from that miscellaneous hard work. Those are the people who don't make it. The people that make it are the people who are willing to do what is necessary. That's one thing I like about Mindy over here. She's willing to do lots of nuts and bolts type work. I send her an audio to type up and she just types it up the next day. She just gets right on it and does the nuts and bolts work. A lot of you in the group are like that. I'm just singling out Mindy because she's done a lot of work lately and I appreciate it. But nuts and bolts type workers are hard to find. People want to do glorious work. They say, "I want to prepare the way for Christ to come." "I want to do something, or say some OM's and make Christ show up in the clouds or something like that." "I want to do something really good." Or, "I want to create a molecule tomorrow, or twelve apostles or something like this tomorrow."
Here's what we need to do. We need to do some real nuts and bolts things. We need to create a web site or we need to do this or do some typing or lick stamps. Those type of people who are willing to do the average run of the mill work, they're the rarities in this world but they are also the ones who will end up succeeding. You need to tighten the nuts and the screws and get everything in order before the whole package can hold together. I've met so many people again and again who are unwilling to do the busy work; the work that isn't particularly fun to do. These are the people who usually do not succeed in whatever their endeavors are. So whether it be a spiritual work or a business or whatever type of work you're in, the nuts and bolt work is one of the things that will turn the tension one more turn.
"Question from audience on initiating."
Yes, initiation is a great power and this is one of the things that will attract the attention of the Masters toward you. The Masters are very busy on their own plane. They're busy doing a lot of work besides what we might visualize them doing. They have a lot on the plate. Our association with the Masters corresponds to an animal's association with us. We're in different kingdoms. The kingdom of God is a kingdom higher than man like humanity is higher than the animals.
Now, suppose you have a dog at home. The dog waits all day for you to come home. His whole desire is to see you walk through that door. Maybe you've been at work all day along. He's just sitting around all day waiting for you. For one thing, you're going to feed him but he probably thinks you've been thinking about him all day too. He probably thinks he's been on your mind all day long. But he hasn't been on your mind at all. You've been with your boss to lunch, had all sorts of problems at work and you haven't even thought of your dog all day long. You come home and through the door and the dog just jumps on you because he's so happy to see you. And you're thinking, "Oh, I almost forgot about this stupid dog. I hope I left him enough water. He's probably dying of thirst." But your poor little dog thinks you've been missing him as much as he's been missing you.
This is the way we think about God and Christ and the Masters and the higher lives. We think they just sit around the table saying, "Joe Schmoe, let's keep an eye on him today. We don't have anything better to do." No, they have their own work in their higher spheres and we're like the little puppy dogs asking for a bit of attention. They might think, "Oh man, I forgot all about Joe Schmoe over there. I hope I left enough spiritual drink to tide him by. Maybe it's time to pay some attention to the poor guy. He thinks he's really got something going when little does he know it's a little pathetic effort he's making over there." And maybe they sit around and joke about how silly we are. "Boy, those humans. They think they're really accomplishing something. If they could just become useful to us it would be something. If they could just tighten one bolt right it would be really nice. They're expecting a big revelation but they aren't ready for diddly squat."
Robin says we need to develop an attitude of gratitude. That's good. We need to be more like the puppy dog we're talking about. One of the things that endear us to our dog is that we open that door and the dog is just so happy to see us. He's thrilled! Then you give him a bone or something and he's thrilled again. He's as happy as can be and the most grateful animal you've ever seen in your life. You think, "Oh I love that dog." Why do you love him? Because he's so grateful. The dog is just so grateful for the little things you give him. He's as grateful as can be and it endears you to him.
If we can be as grateful as a little puppy dog maybe we'd get a little bit more attention from the Hierarchy. But how many of us maybe aren't grateful? Remember the story where Christ cured ten different lepers? They each went their own way but one stopped and came back and told Jesus thank you. Remember what Jesus said to him? He said, "Where are the other nine?" Then He said, "You are healed but the other nine didn't come back." So in other words, this one who came and gave his gratefulness to the Christ was healed. This is an important point. We should be grateful for what we have, grateful for those who help us, grateful for those who serve us and grateful to those who help us along our way in any way. This is an important point.
"We should desire the will of the masters?"
Yes, the will of the masters. Hold that thought while we take a break and continue to think on additional turns on how that point of tension can be reached.
-- End Of Part Two --
Gathering (5-24), Part 3
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