[Compiler's Note: The "Early Keys Posts" articles are a from a series of lessons that JJ Dewey gave while conducting classes on AOL (America Online), circa 1994.]
Thank you for your insightful answer. The light in your words is increasing.
I will comment on several things:
"In order to use the way, I must first step out of my attachment to the circumstances, then judge what is, then decide according to my enlightened knowledge about the situation. This is something most people can't or won't do."
Attachment definitely must be overcome to fully use the power of judgment. Most people are afraid to use their inherent power of judgment.
"People generally are afraid to see the truth, so they close their eyes. If one does see the truth, it is a painful but strengthening experience. However, in order to see the big picture, you need to step back and look as an observer."
It is true one must be prepared for some pain to advance in truth -- this causes people to be afraid of it.
There is one important point I would like to make. You do not have to be perfect or have the ability to make absolutely correct judgments and decisions to be able to use this power. You must overcome prejudices and fears about these qualities.
The initiates on both the Light and Dark side use these powers. The average people are pretty much controlled or influenced by the judgments and decisions of the Light and Dark side, but are afraid to make them for themselves. This is why Jesus called followers sheep and taught that they needed a good shepherd, not an evil one.
To follow on the Path of Light and use the powers of decision and judgment one must overcome fears and make sure his heart and intentions are pure. Along the path you will make many judgments and decisions that seem less than perfect, but if your intentions are right you will learn from them and master the Third Key [Of Knowledge] which is "Communion."
There is a third aspect or ability that you and your higher self possess which removes the barriers to communion with the soul or the God within so your judgments will be wise and your decisions will lead you along the most holy of paths. What is this third quality or ability?
We do not leave judgment and decision behind. Your understanding of them should continue to grow for the rest of your life. I just came to a new realization of decision last week and I expect more to come.
Teacher and/or student, male and/or female, send and/or receive all correspond. To say that we are all students and there are no teachers is to say we are all female, or all in a state of reception with n one sending.
Tell me. If no one is sending then what is there to receive? You are describing the sound of one hand clapping.
One hand does not clap and one in a receiving state with no sender does not receive. Perhaps this is why contemplation has not worked for you. You have to apply both the energies of sending and receiving to make it work.
By definition if I know something you do not know -- a foreign language for example -- and I help you learn it then I am your teacher and you are my student. You are not helping me learn the language, I am helping you.
On the other hand, if you know Algebra and I do not and you assist me in learning it then you are the teacher and I am the student.
This seems very elementary. I am surprised that you take issue with this. Obviously there are teachers and there are students in many categories and situations.
If I were to merely teach people the keys with no feedback or contemplation, the average person would find them interesting, but not register the full meaning. "Words veil truth," and contemplation is necessary to see the truth behind the words. Even the great words of Jesus can be interpreted in a negative light because of illusion. Only contemplation through the soul can reveal their true beauty.
You are the first to tell me I am overly feminine in my teaching approach. Most accuse me of the opposite. Actually, I see both strong male and female energies involved so I won't disagree with you.
Why do you have a problem with the word teacher? I for example have some knowledge that the world as a whole does not have. If I help you achieve that knowledge -- does that not put me in a teaching position and you in the student position?
That does not mean, of course, that you do not have things to teach me, but the point I am getting at is that both energies of sending and receiving must be worked with or progression will come to a standstill.
Never fear maintaining what you have achieved. Loose yourself in service and do not think about it and God will continue to magnify you beyond your expectations.
Awareness is a good answer. It shows that you have been thinking and contemplating. It is not the key word, but awareness must be present to use the power of the key word. There is no communion without some type awareness.
Before one can make a good decision he must assume the power of judgment, but before one can make an accurate judgment there must be communion with the Spirit of God. We must be aware that there is a universal Spirit to commune with, but we must also clear away the fogs and see through the darkness to see the inner light. What power must we use to do this?
I will add this on the Middle Way. The Middle Way is some point between the two extremes, but not exactly in the middle. It is often close to the midway point, but may also be an extreme position. In each situation it is merely somewhere between the extremes. The only way to find the Middle Way is to gather all knowledge available and force yourself to make a judgment. Even if your judgment is wrong you are following the Middle Way because if your intent is pure the point of truth in the middle will eventually be revealed, because you used judgment which is the power of God in you. Does this feel right to you?
I am glad that you feel your spiritual energy is rising in other areas. This means you are establishing a greater degree of soul contact. If you continue the spiritual energy you will feel will be beyond anything you have expected.
It is admirable that you are contemplating questions that many think are unanswerable. If you keep searching with a belief that all things are possible it will surprise you what you will find.
When I was young the words of Jesus which most impressed me where: "Seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened."
I took this to heart, but after a short period I found that there were questions I asked to which I did not receive an answer.
Then I registered the following parable from Luke:
5 "And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves;
6 "For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him?
7 "And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
8 "I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth.
9 "And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
10 "For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
The idea here is that if you persist in asking then God will give you then answer just to shut you up if need be.
I decided to keep on seeking and eventually I did find. Some of my questions took over 20 years of pondering before I received an answer, but the answers did always come. One thing I have learned is that there is no limit to the knowledge that is available to us, and all of us are capable of a soul contact that is able to register and identify all truth.
You asked several questions about vibrations.
"What exactly is it that vibrates? Atoms? How fast do they vibrate."
Atoms and molecules above the temperature of Absolute Zero does have vibration as do all objects of form. Atoms contain no solid matter and ultimately are created from wavelengths that are in vibration at just below the speed of light. There is other matter created from wavelengths vibrating beyond the speed of light that is beyond our detection.
The whole universe is created from a single wavelength which is divided into infinite wavelengths. More about this is posted in this folder on May 10th under the title "In the Beginning..."
"How can we change vibration?"
The idea of changing vibration is largely illusion. When a person says something like: "My vibration has been raised." what has really happened is that his consciousness has tuned into a higher vibration that has been there all along, but that he is now merely aware.
The key to shifting from one vibration to another is to use the power of consciousness to tune in as you do with a radio. Your favorite station is playing even if you have not tuned it in. AOL [America Online] is here even if you have not logged on.
Science will make a quantum leap toward the discovery of spiritual energy in the next 100 years.
I think it is dangerous to not accept the fact that there are teachers. It can bring your progression to a snails pace. Where in the world do you get the idea that a teacher is in a "better than others" position. I have never got that impression from anyone who really taught me anything. Why do you get such a feeling?
Do you read books?
Then you are letting the author be your teacher. You are certainly teaching him nothing. Is that bad? Of course not.
This belief you have is a New Age illusion that is hampering many.
I don't see a lot of difference between learning from a book written by a human or learning from the book that is in the human, but not written down.
If one is teaching me and I am a student receiving then there is merely knowledge dispersed human to human. One is the teacher and one is the student. Two cannot be teaching each other at the same time. The teacher often stimulates himself and learns while he is teaching however.
All of the masters taught with some hints and vagueness. Jesus said that the true meaning of his parables were hidden so the people would think they understood them, but in reality did not. This allows for contemplation so he who meditates and contemplates can have the inner meaning dawn on him in a way that would not happen if the full meaning was to be written out.
"The universe is not hostile, nor yet is it friendly. It is simply indifferent."
-- J. H. Holmes
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