Keys Writings 2015, Part 19

This entry is part 21 of 73 in the series 2015

Aug 9, 2015

The Reliability of the Higher Self

Ruth:

If souls can be deluded, then there is no Hope.

JJ

First, it is important to note that people mean different things when they speak of soul. Some are referring to the consciousness as it is incarnated on the physical plane and I think we all agree that regular human beings can be deluded.

Others may point to an example of one who claims to be in contact with his soul or Higher Self, and yet has been proven to be deluded.

We must always take the following into consideration. At least 90% of those who claim higher contact have not risen above contact with their own or other’s thoughtforms, or the deceptive astral plane.

So let us take the following.

Fred says he is in contact with his soul or Higher Self.

Freed says the world will end next week.

Result: The world does not end.

Conclusion: Fred was wrong so you can’t trust the Higher Self.

An important part was left out for the one arriving at this conclusion.

Was Fred really in contact with his Higher Self?

Even before we saw the prediction was wrong common sense should have told us the answer would have been no, but when we see the world didn’t end we can be close to 100% sure.

Now here is a question that we have not covered before – and I do not know of anyone who has:

Can the Higher Self be deceived?

The answer is yes, but its angle of vision is so far above us that we could not discover the deception.

To understand just compare your consciousness to that of a dog and the Higher Self to that of the human.

Can your dog be deceived?

Yes, it is quite easy to fool him. Can the human owner be deceived? Yes, it would be more difficult to deceive him but it can be done.

If the human is driving along with his dog and takes a wrong turn, will the dog have any clue about the deception?

No. The human could be going into the Badlands and the dog would be oblivious. The destination sought by the human is beyond the consciousness of the dog.

Will a human who loves his dog ever led the animal on a deceptive and harmful path?

No. All the training he gives his dog is for the highest good that he can conceive and will take the dog much further in progress than the dog can achieve on his own.

Even so, the Higher Self sees from a much higher angle of vision than us mortal reflections. When it gives us guidance it is in a direction that it knows is beneficial, and we can take that guidance to the bank.

But the Higher Self is far from the ultimate in consciousness and has its own limitations, which are beyond the understanding of the lower self.

It deals with the lower self with what it knows, but it also has a Higher Self, called the Monad, or a pure point of spirit intelligence which sees from a yet higher state of vision.

Our Higher Self has its own successes and failures and learns from them. However, it does not need our input or judgment any more than the human does from his dog when trying to decide about the next stage of expansion for his business. It is beyond the consciousness of the dog and the problems of the Higher Self are useless for us to concern ourselves with.

All the guidance that I have received from my Higher Self has been 100% reliable as it works out in my world. It is entirely possible that from Its angle of vision It could have done a little better in dealing with me.

 

Aug 11, 2015

Animal Love

Clay:

Have you never heard of the flower lecture given by the Buddha in which he held up a single flower at which point Kasyapa achieved enlightenment,

JJ

And what was the enlightenment that the guy received:

“Golly Gee!!! This flower is pretty!”

Clay:

or the other Zen Koan on whether a dog possesses Buddha nature?

JJ

So, did the dog glow in the dark with all that enlightenment?

Clay:

Also, that your flower analogy is inadequate as flowers are not capable of love.

JJ

Being the mystic that you are I’m surprised you never tuned into the life of a flower. Their consciousness is centered on the feeling nature and they bask in the love of God and seek to radiate it to other lives in the form of beauty and fragrance.

Some form of love is sensed by all life and they respond to it, but human consciousness is able to understand love in many more aspects than life in the lower kingdoms.

The heart center has twelve petals, each one representing a different quality that is capable of being understood and expressed by humans. In addition these twelve petals have a higher reflection in the head making 24 differentiations altogether.

The love you feel from your dog is a lower reflection of love which is a solar plexus energy called devotion. Devotion/love from a dog is nice and comforting, but does not compare to the value I give to the spiritual love I receive from my wife or the brotherhood/love I receive from my friends.

An interesting question is why do some think the love of animals is of a higher evolution than had from humans?

The answer is quite simple in the fact that the love from animals is very simplistic and centered on some type of devotion. They only have one aspect of love they can misuse – and sometimes they do and will turn on you and bite you.

Humans not only have the aspects from the solar plexus but can develop 24 additional qualities from the two heart centers. This means that they have many more qualities to distort and misuse before they are perfected.

Because we have much more in our consciousness to misuse it seems to some that we have less love.

The problem for humans is not less love, but that we have more aspects of love to deal with.

And when you find one who has perfected some of these aspects you will want to be in their presence above that of any animal. In this situation a little devotion from an animal is just icing on the cake of life.

 

Aug 12, 2015

Jesus and Business

Clay:

So I will ask you, do you really think Jesus was concerned with giving farming and business tips or do you think something else may have been going on? You seemed to have missed the message with the metaphor.

JJ

I do not think anyone here is claiming that it was part of Jesus’ mission to teach farming or how to run a business. He did demonstrate that he had a good knowledge of business principles by incorporating them in his parables. And why would he talk so much about business if he had no interest in them?

After all, his father had a carpentry business. And do you think that Joseph spent all his business time going around doing work for the poor for free so he could have treasure in heaven?

I doubt it.

I’m sure he ran a regular business with the goal of making enough money to take care of his family. I would imagine, like many businesspeople today, that he gave some donations of time and money with any abundance he had.

If Joseph had a successful business then most likely many of his friends were successful business people who Jesus encountered on a number of occasions.

It is interesting that he never spoke negatively of honest business people. Though he didn’t have a mission to create a business he seemed to find many of the business principles he did learn to be extremely useful in putting across his teachings. If he was antagonistic to the business world it is doubtful that he would have used so many examples of good business thinking to promote his teachings.

Here are a few of them

(1) He was familiar with the wine industry, illustrated by the teaching of not putting new wine in old bottles. (Matt 9:17) and the description of a winepress (Matt 21:33) and the constant use of vineyards.

(2) He used principles from the construction business. He talked about the importance of building on a solid foundation so the floods and winds could not destroy the building. (Luke 6:46-49).

He commented on a common business problem here:

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him…Luke 14:28-29

Even today, most businesses that fail do so because those starting it underestimated the cost and labor that would be involved to make it successful.

(3) Jesus was obviously did a lot of observing and thinking about the principles of finance and the wise use of money and resources in business. This shows up in a number of his parables. The most famous one is the parable of the talents.

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “

‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.

And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matt 25:14-30 New International Version

Obviously Jesus wouldn’t have used business principles here in such a positive way in his teachings if he saw them as something of pure evil. The “talent’ referred was a large unit of money equal to about 20 years of wages for the average person. We are talking about a huge business investment here, especially considering the first guy received ten talents.

The principles taught here apply to both material and spiritual values. We are supposed to take the abilities and values we have and multiply them.

The parable of the wise and foolish virgins also teaches a wise business principle. The wise virgins thought ahead and saved up the oil they needed for the future and the foolish did not. Neither did the wise share with the foolish because, then neither would have enough and neither would accomplish their goals.

Jesus talked a lot about making good investments in his teachings:

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Matt 13:44

So sacrificing for the kingdom of heaven is like the guy who invests all he has in a business endeavor sure to pay off.

Finally, Jesus talked about the business owner who hired people at different times to work in his vineyard and paid them all the same. When those who worked longer hours complained the businessman stated that he paid them all as agreed and if he wants to pay the later workers the same as the first then it is his business.

If you own the business, you can do what you want with it.

I could go on but this is more than enough material to prove that Jesus was far from hostile toward businesspeople, of whom one as his father, Joseph.

Clay writes:

The only advice Jesus gave in regards to money directly was to “go out and sell all your possessions and give them to the poor”.

JJ

That was advice to a rich young man who badgered him as to what more he could do. He never said this advice applied to everyone. Joseph of Arimathaea was a rich man who was not asked not did he give all his riches to the poor. It’s a good thing because if he did he wouldn’t have had that expensive tomb he donated for the burial of Jesus.

Again the principle needs to be examined. The rich young man was obviously too attached to the material side of life and it would have been liberating for him to give his money to the poor and follow Jesus.

Clay:

As far as I can remember all of his direct teachings were not worrying about money “be like the flowers and who neither spin nor toil”. Don’t store up treasure, don’t take any money with you when you go out into the world, give to all those who ask with no thought of repayment. Not very solid business advice if you ask me.

JJ

Jesus adjusted his teaching to work with the circumstances. At first he told them to travel with just one set of clothes and take no purse or script. Later he changed his mind and said:

And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. Luke 22:35-36

Overall, when you read of the tone of Jesus when talking about business principles as he applied them to teachings, it is obvious that he did not frown on honest business people making a living.

 

Aug 15, 2015

Poisoned Apple

lwk

Maybe we should call it the “Poisoned Apple Principle”? Think of the beautiful apple that the Wicked Witch gave to Show White in the fairy tale. It was indeed beautiful and tasty. It just has a little poison in the center, just like Karl Marx. I believe JJ talked about that in the past, how the Dark Brothers take a principle of light, twist it a bit, add a little poison, and create evil from good.

JJ

The big problem with Marx is he advocated implementing his ideas through force.

Now if he advocated the testing o them in small voluntary groups first to prove their worth that would have yielded usable data and procedures.

Just like the ideal of free healthcare for all sounds great, but implementing this by force creates great waste, expense and suffering. Someday all will have access to healthcare without forcing the majority to pay for it against their will.

We were just about there when I was a kid and my hospital stay was $8.00 a day ($90) in today’s money. Then the government tried to help and costs went out of sight.

 

Aug 18, 2015

The Solar Angel Knows…

Larry Woods asks

How is it that our higher selves know so much about principles?

JJ

When our human monad descended to the world of souls it was overshadowed by a solar angel. The solar angel is the closest thing we have to a heavenly mother for it gives our monad birth as an individual consciousness in the kingdom of souls.

The solar angel obtained liberation in a previous solar system within this universe of seven. To repay the Universal Life for the progress they have made they have agreed to help the next great wave of human monads obtain liberation, just as they themselves were liberated long ago.

Because the solar angel is very ancient and has solved every problem that faces us (but in another system) she has a great knowledge of principles and grasp of wisdom and understanding.

The solar angel stays with us and nurtures us until we have mastered the lower nature and gained a great measure of wisdom ourselves. When the disciple becomes so soul infused that the solar angel can work through him on earth as it is in heaven then its job is accomplished and she leaves and returns to her home in the heart of the sun, not the physical sun, but a higher sun composed of more refined elements.

The disciple will then be on the road to becoming a Master and may later become a solar angel himself, or take some other path of service that interests him.

A question I have never seen addressed is whether a solar angel nurtures more than one monad at a time. I am inclined to believe that it overshadows a soul group of 6-12, or so, during a cycle.

 

Aug 22, 2015

The Song of Eternal Life

My friends, this is a special occasion. I am pleased to present to you a second Song of the Soul. The first was the Song of the 144,000. This new one is called The Song of Eternal Life.

To sing it through the soul to full effect, rather than just saying it, the participant must understand it and put thought into it as he or she speaks.

The first thing the seeker must realize and put into focus is that the whole universe is, not just alive, but very much alive, much more alive than believers realize.

We are recipients of this life which circulates everywhere, even on our darkest days when feeling depressed, in pain or ill.

So, if this vital life energy is always in circulation then why do we suffer disease, aging and death?

Because the Word is God and our words and thoughts distort the Life and reverse its direction. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand and we thus have disease and death in the physical realm because our words and thoughts are divided and pitted against each other.

This is one reason the ancient schools of initiation had students take a vow of silence for three years. For three years they could not speak a cacophony of words that were at war with each other and the flow of life.

The system was helpful, but wasn’t perfect, as the student still had his positive and negative thoughts, which are inner words.

This Song, spoken in the consciousness of the soul, will connect the disciple more firmly with the eternal source of life itself and will do much to neutralize the thoughts and words that take the student away from Source.

The benefit received will depend of the following:

(1) The power of thought that goes into the words being said.

(2) The number of thoughts and words affecting the seeker that need reversed or neutralized.

(3) The state of mind of the participant.

The results should be nothing but positive and will range from feeling additional energy, to healing, to life extension and even renewal depending on focus and the power of thought.

Here is the new Song.

The Song of Eternal Life

OM – OM – OM

I thank you Father-Mother-Spirit

For the energy of life that streams

From Universal Source to me

For the life that circulates through each atom and cell

Permeating my entire body and mind

Bringing health and vitality to all my living parts.

 

I bask in this life

I feel the life

I am the life

The life which knows not corruption

The life which makes all things new

The life which always IS.

 

I feel the life from my toes to the top of my head

And give thanks for its abundance.

I praise and love my body and all of its parts

For receiving this Life and Spirit and Source.

I praise body, mind, soul and spirit

For receiving without ceasing.

A-U-M (AHHHHH – UUUUUHHH [as in you] – MMMMMM)

 

If there is a particular part of your body which is in distress visualize this part when finishing.

If, for instance, you are having problems with your liver, praise it for doing a good job and being a recipient of this divine energy. Just as we, as individuals, respond to praise and love, so do the lesser lives. When praised they open up to the flow of life and become more receptive.

The worst thing you can do is to curse your liver (or other) problems for the distress you have. And to constantly complain or feel sorry for yourself sends a similar message to these lives so they feel unappreciated, overworked and may shut down.

“Whatsoever you do to the least of these you do to me,” said the Christ. And whatsoever thoughts and words you send to the least, or most distressed part of your body is going to your perfect Christ Self. If they are negative they cast a veil of darkness, hiding the power of the ever-manifesting God.

Neutralize and reverse the negative and you will release the power of the One Great Life.

The Song of Eternal Life will steer the life energy of the seeker in the right direction.

 

Aug 25, 2015

Letter to Local Paper

It challenges the imagination to even consider that Alyson Martin’s article on climate change (Aug 25) has any credibility when the headline starts it off with an utterly false statement, aimed at mean spirited political attack having nothing to do with science.

It calls people such as myself “climate change deniers.” The article adds to the deception by throwing in the, not so offensive but still inaccurate, “climate skeptic.”

“Denier” is used as a political attack only in the hope of associating those who do not agree with their views with the Holocaust deniers in order to shame them in the media. Anyone using this unscientific approach should instantly loose credibility.

Real science must always start by using accurate terminology.

So let us get this straight once and for all. Me, and others liked me, DO NOT deny that there is climate change and neither are we skeptical of this fact. I do not know of one thinking person on this planet who does not accept that there has been significant climate change going on this planet since it first had an atmosphere.

We do not deny or ignore any proven facts, though I cannot say the say for orthodox global warmers.

Neither do we deny that the release of CO2 has a warming effect on the planet.

Does Alyson even know where the real disagreement lies? Is she in denial or just ignoring it?

Here is the real question pointing to the disagreement:

Is the amount of warming caused by humans significant enough to cause panic and are the solutions presented political rather than scientifically viable?

Many who have examined the data are far from panic and find that the proposed solutions would create negligible results at tremendous cost.

If one is really concerned with climate change then he ought to make the containment of nuclear weapons (think Iran) his top priority as a few nuclear weapons unleashed could create a nuclear winter that would wipe out civilization.

 

Aug 29, 2015

Our True Home

Ginger asked a question a while back that I never addressed, however Ruth did supply some helpful quotes.

She asked:

I have a question. I understand the principle that energy follows thought and also that we get what we truly desire (regardless of whether it’s based on truth or illusion). I realize that whatever we focus on and send our energy to, can be created. If we desire to have a belief or thoughtform confirmed, we can create a “confirmation” of that belief. I am wondering how to discern between a confirmation of a truth from the soul versus a “confirmation” of a belief that we might create at an astral level because we want it to be true.

JJ

I have commented on this subject a number of times, but because it is an important one it may be helpful to say a few more additional words.

The problem with teaching soul contact is that most have not felt it in fullness and are therefore not sure what they are looking for.

The problem then is similar to the guy trying to explain what a lemon tastes like to one who has never tasted one. How would he go about doing this? The dialog may go something like this:

Teacher: A lemon tastes sour.

Student: You mean like a grapefruit?

Teacher: A little, but much more intense.

Student: like a sweet and sour sauce?

Teacher: It’s still a lot different. Take away the sweet and increase the sour.

Student: Like a lime then?

Teacher: Closer, but still different

The bottom line is that the guy will never know exactly what a lemon tastes like until he actually consumes one.

However, those looking for soul contact have a great advantage over the person who has never tasted a lemon.

All of us have tasted the powers of soul and spirit before.

“When was this?” asks the seeker.

That which you were before you were born was with the soul and your soul was projected by pure spirit, called the monad. Your true essence is soul and spirit and you have spent much more time basking in those energies than you have in your physical body here on earth.

The dense material body acts as a veil between our consciousness and that which is higher, but when the true higher is contacted the feeling is much different than tasting a new food.

It is like coming home.

Why? Because spirit and soul is where our true home is. There is a potent part of ourselves that has not forgotten what soul contact is and when this contact is rediscovered the seeker will know that he has discovered a link to his true Source. It will seem more familiar than anything he has known on the earth and he will know it comes from a true reality.

In saying this I am speaking of receiving a significant endowment of such energy that leaves no doubt. First contact is often the Still Small Voice which is so still and small that the seeker will often wonder if it is his imagination. If the seeker follows this voice though, more will come, and eventually a quantum of soul and/or spiritual energy will come to the point that the pilgrim will finally feel he has made it on the path that takes him home.

If I could give usable advice in one sentence it would be this:

Always go with the inner guidance that seems to take you in the direction of your true home.

Until the true path is discovered there are many detours to be found in the emotional and astral world and its energies. Because our desires are centered for many lives in the desire nature then what we receive as true is largely governed by our desires, or what we want to be true.

To find his true home the seeker must be pure in heart and lose his desire self to find his true self. When he finds his true self he will then replace his lower desire nature with a higher desire related to the fulfillment of Higher Will.

DK expresses it well with this mantra:

“I am a point of light within a greater Light.

I am a strand of loving energy within the stream of love divine.

I am a point of sacrificial Fire, focussed within the fiery Will of God.

And thus I stand.

I am a way by which men may achieve.

I am a source of strength, enabling them to stand.

I am a beam of light, shining upon their way.

And thus I stand.

And standing thus revolve

And tread this way the ways of men,

And know the ways of God.

And thus I stand.”

 

Aug 30, 2015

Ruth:

(a) the ancient Jews were here before the Ancient of Days, because they failed to pass over to a higher planet in their previous Universe, so did these Jews have to reincarnate into these much lower animal bodies, as punishment, rather than reincarnate on the new Earth in their previous physical bodies?

JJ

I had the idea that the founders of the Jewish race were here even before the Ancient of Days came from something I read in the Bailey works, but cannot find the precise reference on this. DK did say that the three who founded the Jewish race grasped “the garnered treasures of a thousand cycles. Naught did they wish to leave behind.”

Some readers think this incident (See Esoteric Psychology Vol 1 Pages 395-401) occurred in a previous solar system and others in the days of Lemuria. However, the mentioning of “a thousand cycles” give it a very ancient beginning.

The true beginning of the Jewish race on earth is a mystery to which we have a few details. The text in Esoteric Psychology Vol 1 Pages 395-401 gives some hints.

Ruth:

(b) did the AOD come here specifically to help these struggling laggard Jews?

(c) or did the AOD come to stimulate the struggling lower animal/human forms on Earth, so that the Jews could nurture this human race as part of their initiations and lessons on this Earth?

JJ

He came here to jump start the self conscious human race for all who would be incarnating here. The only laggard Jews that seemed to have been here are the three founding disciples. The rest were not in incarnation.

Ruth

(d) If the Jews were here before the AOD came, and these Jews were already self conscious etc, then they would have been wiped out as well as the lower evolving animal man when the AOD arrived on Earth and caused a tremendous electrical fire storm that burned up all the entities and animals on Earth.

JJ

It is quite likely that only the three disciples were here and they probably had power to regenerate their bodies.

Ruth:

(e) Who is, and what was his previous name, the first Adam in the Bible after the floods?

JJ

The only name we have for the first man of the Bible is Adam, who is also called Adam Kadmon in the Kabbalah.

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Discovering the Will of God?

Blayne brings up interesting questions. After pondering how worldwide events fits in with the Will of God he says:

“Also sometimes people need a crisis or to suffer to wake them up to the fact they need to change. How does one discern what is Gods will or not in these or similar circumstances? Especially if one is trying to walk in faith relying on the inner voice when one can discern it and when one is not sure making their best judgment and moving forward?”

JJ

There are two extremes of thinking on this matter. The first says that everything that happens is the will of God and is just supposed to be.

If the guy’s spouse leaves him he just shrugs and says:

“Oh, well, I guess it was just supposed to be.”

Then he says the same thing if he falls off a ladder or gets fired from his job.

The problem with this view is it removes the thinker from taking any responsibility for his actions. If your spouse is supposed to leave you then why bother working at the relationship? If it your destiny to fall off a ladder then why try and be careful about your step?

Obviously, something does not conform to reality here.

The other extreme is from the materialists that believe there is no such thing as higher will and there is nothing preplanned. Everything is merely the result of our mental decisions here.

The truth, as usual, is neither extreme, but somewhere in the middle.

An example I have given before to illustrate this is the painting of a masterpiece, such as Leonardo DaVinci with the Mona Lisa. Here is an except from a class I gave in 2005:

When Leonardo Da Vinci, painted the “Mona Lisa” he had in his mind what he wanted it to look like and he probably had a lady there that looked like the Mona Lisa and he envisioned what he wanted it look like when the work was completed.

As he was painting along he knew the end cycle was the finished painting of a beautiful Mona Lisa sitting before him. The beginning was just looking at the Mona Lisa visualizing the end. So we have a cycle, and the end of the cycle was known to Leonardo Da Vinci. He knew the beginning and the end but he did not know everything in the middle. As he began to paint he thought, that color is not quite right so he kept working on the color, and he thought the smile was not quite right so he kept working on the smile because he knew how he envisioned it and he had it in his mind and so he kept working on it so that people would look at it and say, is she smiling or is she not smiling and that is what he wanted people to wonder about.

To get that look he had to make a lot of mistakes until he got it right and when that moment came that he got it right then it was the end of the cycle. But between the beginning and the end of the cycle he had no idea how many brush strokes he would make and he had no idea how many mistakes he would make and have to correct himself and start over again. Maybe some dog was chasing some cat and knocked over the painting and he had to start over and maybe he was going to paint her with a great big grin on her face and after the dog knocked it over he changed his mind. So you never know but we assume the standard story is true, that he envisioned how it would look and the cycle had a beginning and an end and he finally got where he wanted.

The point I am trying to make is that between the beginning and the end of cycles no one knows nor do they want to know all the little details and to think that God knows every little thing like how many times am I going to snap my fingers tonight. There are certain things that you don’t need to know and you don’t want to know but the higher the lives are the more their consciousness gets down to the essence of things and the essence of now until the end of time is covered with certain types of cycles and these cycles can be seen and they can be known.

From Knowing the Truth, Class given in 2005

To discover the Will of God it is helpful to correspond his greater works to our lesser ones. There are certain events that are planned, but many details that are not, but when difficulties come up that seem to thwart either human or divine will the thing to do is to pick up the pieces and move forward toward the goal.

World War II was a great threat to the coming cycle manifesting as it should, but freedom lovers did not accept Hitler’s vision and he was defeated and the incident turned out to move us more quickly toward the ultimate goal.

In the end, to fairly judge events that come up individually or on a larger scale is to use the second key of judgment.

One must keep in mind that even though the threat of Hitler wound up teaching us many things that was good, this does not mean that any of the Lights should have just shrugged their shoulders and said:

“Oh, well, I guess it was just supposed to be.”

Jesus spoke truly when he said: “Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!” Matt 18:7

Here is a good quote from DK on the matter:

And my brother, be happy. Learn to feel joy – a joy which is based on the knowledge that humanity has always triumphed and passed onward and forward in spite of apparent failures and the destruction of past civilisations; a joy, which is founded upon the unshakable belief that all men are souls, and that “points of crisis” are factors which are of proven usefulness in calling in the power of that soul, both in the individual man, in a race, or in humanity as a whole; a joy which is related to the bliss which characterises the soul on its own level whereon the form aspects of manifestation do not dominate. Ponder on these thoughts and remember you are grounded in the centre of your Being and can, therefore, see the world truly and with no limited vision; you can stand unperturbed, knowing the end from the beginning and realising that love will triumph.

Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, Page 471

 

Sept 2, 2015

I have written two versions of a parable of the three blind men and the elephant. The longer version was published in The Lost Key of the Buddha. My original was written back around 1979. I just pulled it up and did some editing. Here is the finished copy

The Three Blind Men and The Elephant

By J J Dewey

A man of vision came across three blind men who were complaining about their limitations. “Follow me,” he said, and learn a great lesson from the elephant. He directed them to approach the elegant animal and give their description.

One man embraced a leg and said, “I perceive that an elephant is like a great tree.” The other man took hold of the tail and disagreed. He said, “No, my brother, I feel and know the elephant is like a rope.” The third man felt an ear and replied, “You are both wrong. The elephant is like a great carpet.”

After giving them time to digest their findings, the man of vision explained: “You are all correct, and you are also all wrong.” Then he took the three blind men and had each feel all of the three distinct parts. They responded in amazement: “Now we see that the elephant is a more complex being than we ever imagined. We condemned each other in ignorance, for one of us was as correct as the other.” Then they become curious and asked: “Tell us, Is there even more to the elephant than this?”

The man with eyes to see responded: “Yes, there is much more. You still have an incomplete view. I will take you around the elephant and you can feel the other parts.” To their amazement and joy, they discover that the elephant had not only one leg, but four and not one ear but two and many other previously unknown parts. He had a trunk, eyes, mouth, teeth and a large body they never realized existed.

After they felt all the parts, the blind men said: “We have now felt the whole elephant and our consciousness has greatly expanded, for we realize that before we knew nothing, even though we thought we knew all. Now we still realize that our understanding is imperfect because we do not see. Tell us, how can we see?”

The man with vision said: “I was once blinded as you are, but it does not have to be so. There is nothing wrong with your eyes. You merely have a film over them that needs to be washed off in pure water.”

He then handed them a pitcher of water and they each washed their eyes with it and the dark film dissolved. To their joy they found they could see. Looking about, they saw the elephant and asked: “What is that strange creature over there?”

The man replied: “Did you not recognize it? That is the elephant!”

Immediately, they realized: “Yes, of course, that has to be the elephant, but I never thought it was so large,” says one. “I never would have believed it was so small,” says another. “I never realized it was so beautiful,” says the third. But they all did agree that what they saw correlated with every previous fact they had discovered about the elephant. The discrepancies entered when they compared the way they felt and what they imagined about the elephant with what they actually saw. All Three of them admitted that they had erroneous thoughts and feelings about the elephant that were completely unfounded.

To their added joy they saw that there was much more to see than an elephant, but a complete new world to explore. Now that they could see they found that they were, in reality, just beginning to gain true knowledge. Everything else that they had experienced up until this time was merely a step to prepare them for true seeing.

Thus the three previously blind men stepped forth into the world of seeing. They explored, experimented, and begin to serve their brethren.

 

Sept 4, 2015

Jesus and Islam

A while back it was noted that DK stated that Jesus worked through Mohammed as he established the religion of Islam. To this lwk mentioned that this was one of the reasons to doubt the Bailey writings.

I do agree with lwk that we should not accept any writing or teaching anywhere near point-blank but should always be open to the possibility of error while still being open to the truth.

I can see why any non Muslim would question the idea that Jesus may have worked with Mohammed when one looks at many of the present offshoots like ISIS and the Taliban, as well as the restrictions of human freedom in some countries dominated by Islam.

Despite this present development I do not have a problem in considering that Islam could have been established by the Brotherhood. I have several reasons for considering that Mohammed may have received help from the Brotherhood of Light rather than the dark side. Here are some:

(1) You can’t judge the past from the values of the present. If we did then we would have to call the Jehovah of the Old Testament (or at least the Israelites) evil because they killed women and children of their enemies and even their animals at times. They had slaves and they put people to death for infringements such as breaking the Sabbath, being a rebellious kid, being gay, conversing with the dead and other small infringements.

The Christian church just after Jesus was much more benevolent but even they did not condemn slavery nor did they speak again the draconian laws of Moses.

The Christian church is around 2000 years old whereas Islam is around 1400 years in existence. If we go back in time to when the Christian Church was 1400 years old we see that they were in a dark age and burned at the stake or tortured heretics that didn’t go along with the program as decreed by the authorities.

Does this behavior make us think that the founder, Jesus, was not connected with he Brotherhood of Light?

No.

Speaking of founders, many today on the left condemn the Founding Fathers of the United States because they either owned slaves or didn’t do enough to stop it. They make the mistake of not looking at the times in which they lived and what they had to deal with. They especially overlook the progress that they did make in a difficult time that tried men’s souls.

Even so, the times of Mohammed were much different than today. He had to deal with desert tribes not that much different than Moses worked with. The best that could be done for them was to teach them precepts a notch or two above where they already were.

This is basically what Moses had to do. What really put things in perspective for me was the first volume of The Story of Civilization by Will Durant. This volume dealt with the known history of ancient civilizations and when I saw how they treated each other I realized that, despite their harshness, the Jews were several notches above their neighbors in civilized conduct. The time of the ancient Israelites was a tough time to be alive no matter where you lived.

(2) Islam thrived even against great odds.

In the Book of Acts Gamaliel is quoted as saying this about the early Christians:

And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. Acts 5:38-39

Just as happened to the Christian church many attempted to destroy Islam in its beginnings and were unable to.

Do these apparently divine beginnings mean that the forces of light fully approve of Judaism, Christianity and Islam today?

No. Not at all.

Every work of light gets corrupted and eventually has to be reformed or destroyed to make way for the new. But even the new will only generally be beneficial for a period of time and have to be replaced by something higher.

And speaking of the flaws of radical Islam, I was encouraged by an article I read in the paper today about a group of Muslims who are trying to present a more positive side of the religion. Check out this link:

http://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2015/09/03/us-muslims-hope-new-billboards-reclaim-islams-message

This gives me encouragement that perhaps the religion as a whole will be transformed within a couple generations to a harmless one.

 

Sept 5, 2015

Islam

lwk

The primary difference is that there is nothing that I can see in the words of Jesus that would justify inquisitors, or conquistadors. However there is plenty in the supposed words of Mohammed that absolutely justify murdering and enslaving infidels, lying to advance one’s religion, and the idea that non-Muslims should be forced to pay for the right to even live and exist in an Islamic society.

JJ

It has been a while since I read the Koran, but as I recall many of the things embraced by the extremists are not justified there. It seemed to me to be of a similar quality as much of the Old Testament..

I remember I found some things in there where modern Islam is in conflict with it. For instance the Koran says it is a shame for a woman to cover her head yet most Moslem women wear a burqa because later authorities have decreed this.

Another teaching I found interesting was that the Koran says that Mohammed was just one of many messengers and all messengers are equal. Since it tells us that that Jesus was also a messenger then this would mean that the words of Jesus have as much weight as Mohammed.

Unfortunately, this teaching has been corrupted and today the interpretation is that the words of the last great teacher Mohammed take precedence over all who proceeded him. This is not taught in the Koran, but was injected after his death and followed thoughtlessly.

Many of the problems of Islam have occurred because of teachings and interpretations that have been a part of the tradition that arose after the death of Mohammed. During the first couple of centuries after Mohammed there was quite a bit of culture, science and cooperation that was later lost and has not surfaced again.

lwk

Did you happen to see the story recently in the news where extremely early texts that look to be part of the Koran were dated to possibly proceed Mohammed? Meaning of course that much in the Koran was not a revelation to Mohammed, but something he took and adopted to his own purposes.

JJ

I saw a story about the discovery of an early manuscript of parts of the Koran, but it was merely dated to the time of Mohammed.

As I said it has been a while since I read the Koran. I think I’ll read it again soon, take some notes and make some comments.

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lwk

Mohammed borrowed from Judaism and Christianity, and indeed Jesus is considered a messenger of Allah, but by the principle of abrogation Mohammed is the _final_ word on everything. The words of Jesus are not equal to those of Mohammed (or his companions) in Islam.

JJ

There is no argument that the official doctrine of Islam is that the words of Mohammed have greater authority than Jesus or any previous messenger, but this is not supported in the Koran.

Also, the word of current authorities takes precedent because they are supposed to know what Allah meant when he spoke through Mohammed.

A similar thing happened in Mormonism. The current doctrine in the church is that the latest word of the current prophet is supreme and valid no mater what is written in any scripture or what was said by Joseph Smith. This is in effect even though it is not supported by anything written by Joseph Smith.

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lwk

if we are talking about Islam then we cannot just talk about what is strictly in the Quran, we must take into account all the sources that Islam considers holy script including the Hadith or Sunnah. Christians do not say that only Mark, Matthew, Luke and John are their scriptures, but includes Acts and even Hebrews and Revelation.

JJ

There is no argument that modern day Islam uses other sources than the Koran. The Koran should be a much greater authority though because it was written in the days of Mohammed and even the gospels were not written in the days of Jesus.

The Hadith was compiled a couple hundred years after the Koran was written and who knows what is accurate in there? This would be comparable to the Apocrypha gospels that are full of contradictions and inaccuracies.

I agree that there are many things in the Koran that go against what we consider enlightened for us. I’ll comment on this later.

 

Sept 7, 2015

Piscean Age Religion

Keith writes:

Christianity was founded at the beginning of the Piscean age. The teaching was a new revelation. (The hierarchy always introduces a new teaching for each newage.) . Then Islam arrives a quarter way through the Piscean age reintroducing Arian (Aries) age concepts. If the hierarchy introduced Islam they disregarded two of their core principles. Never give out the same revelation twice (principle of economy). Teach an age appropriate revelation while revealing something new.

JJ

Actually Islam was very quintessentially Piscean. The keynote of the Piscean age is “sacrifice.” The very name “Islam” means “submission” and submission requires an act of sacrifice.

It is interesting to note that the two religions put emphasis on two different aspects of sacrifice. The main emphasis of Christianity was to sacrifice our material things and our material side. The emphasis of Jesus was on giving to the poor and following him.

The churches later corrupted this into demanding both the poor and the rich give to the church and follow their interpretation of Christ and His teachings.

On the other hand, Islam was presented to a people who already had few material things to sacrifice. Instead of placing emphasis on giving up material things, most did not have, the emphasis was on the sacrifice of self. The body, emotions and minds of the people were demanded to be given up to Allah and the prophet.

The idea was to sacrifice all your self for Allah and you will have all the wealth you can imagine in the next world.

During most of the Piscean Age we then had this opportunity presented to souls who wanted to learn the lessons of sacrifice.

They could incarnate into the Christian church and learn the lessons of letting go of the material side.

Or they could incarnate into Islam and learn the lessons of sacrificing the personality.

The third option was from the Eastern religions and the American Indian which had their own emphasis on sacrifice.

An enlightened seeker may look at these options and be repulsed by them and think that being born into any of these situations would offer him no advantage.

The answer is that there is always an advantage to be had and valuable experience to be had in any circumstance. Maybe the seeker has already mastered the basic lessons of sacrifice and freed himself from the controlling beast. If so, he may incarnate outside of mainstream religion into a challenge suitable to his needs. Then too, an advanced soul may incarnate into a corrupt religion in order to guide it along more productive lines or to assist other souls within it.

Yes, the advanced soul is repulsed by being subject to dogma of all kinds, but rank and file humanity demands it for themselves, so during the Piscean Age it was made available in such a way that the lesson of the age could be burned into their soul experience.

Through this Piscean Age many souls have incarnated within the two religions learning the lessons of sacrifice. Many of those who have mastered this quality have later incarnated outside of religious dogma and have become entrepreneurs in introducing new ideas and business. To successfully do this requites the quality of sacrifice.

Take the guy starting a business. To be successful he has to forget about his personal material needs and place all his assets on the line and risk all he has on his venture. He also discovers he must sacrifice self much more than expected and put full attention on the business to make it succeed. He does his symbolic three prayers a day to Mecca in the hope of success.

Thus, the successful entrepreneur incorporates the Piscean lessons learned from Christianity and Islam to succeed in the present.

It is interesting to note that for the first few centuries of Christianity that a more complete sacrifice was demanded than after Islam came along. There were many martyrs that had to give up everything. There have always been martyrs, but, later on, the church became focused on demanding material things from the members. If one brought a few indulgences he could live the rest of his life how he pleased.

Islam conveniently filled the gap by demanding total personality sacrifice.

Both Islam and Christianity became corrupted after their founding, but they still managed to teach many the lessons of sacrifice.

Could DK have been correct in stating that Jesus inspired Islam?

I believe so. First, consider that Christianity was initiated through the effort of both Jesus and the Christ giving it more initial emphasis on the purity of love.

Islam was initiated by Jesus, as the main agent, working through Mohammed. This partly accounts for the different flavor. The other ingredient is the more primitive people that had to be approached.

Does this mean that all the words of the Koran or later words attributed to Mohammed all came from Jesus?

No.

What most likely happened was that the original impetus came from Jesus representing the brotherhood, but that most of the revelations came from the soul of Mohammed filtered through his personality.

This was the way it had to be for the people would have rejected pure words of truth about love, and metaphysics. In filtering the revelations through his personality Mohammed was able to deliver messages that resonated with the people and cause the religion to materialize.

Most initiates of great movements make numerous mistakes along the way and when they do the Brotherhood generally does not correct them, unless he specifically asks. Therefore, when the initiate gets a false revelation or idea in his head the Brotherhood just looks on and lets him move forward with the error.

Why?

Because this approach works better in the long run. It is a little like the error of assisting the butterfly from the cocoon. This will often kill it, as it needs the struggle to gain the strength to survive.

Even so, initiates and followers must move ahead on their own as much as possible, even with their incorporated errors. Eventually the errors will be revealed and understood so they will not be repeated.

The dark brotherhood rarely creates anything new. Instead, they let the Brotherhood of Light do all the initial heavy lifting and then seek to take over the organization and bend it to their will. They will then seek to establish themselves as leaders and reap all the benefits for the few at the top.

Such an effort has been ongoing in the United States since the founding and they have made many inroads.

As we enter the Aquarian age we will seek to take the lessons of sacrifice and use them constructively to focus our attention on creating a better world than ever recorded in history. Christianity is already losing its power to demand full material sacrifice from the many to the hierarchy, and over the next couple hundred years Islam, as a whole, will seek to take the more positive aspects of its religion and focus on them, rather than being at war with the world.

The keyword for the Aquarian Age is “service” and the religions of the world will change direction and place attention on this aspect more than sacrifice.

We see a foreshadowing of this when there is a calamity and many Christians respond to assist with labor and goods. Islam will eventually follow this example.

There will be many organizations, governments and businesses that will lead the way with service and brotherhood. If all goes according to plan then we will see a new and improved world within the next century or two.

 

Sept 8, 2015

Clay:

I think when considering Islam one must consider that it was developed over stages. The first teachings are very enlightened and a huge step forward for that area of the world. However, as Muhammad had to flee to Mecca and started fighting and was engaged in non-stop warfare his teachings entered the Jihad stage and rapidly deteriorated. One looks at the Qu’ran as a whole but it is really better viewed as almost two separate phases of development, pre and post Jihad. Just something for everyone to consider.

JJ

That is a good point and the Koran that we have today is not in chronological order so it is difficult to decipher which time period some came into existence. If the group is forced to fight for its existence one can expect revelations filtered through Mohammed would focus more on war and retribution. Unfortunately statements lifted from these times are creating a lot of trouble for civilization today.

Most of Joseph Smith’s revelations stress peace, love and enlightenment, but after enduring great persecution, attack and the deaths of many members the tone of his speech and that of other leaders was greatly altered. If Mormons focused on some of the aggressive statements of past leaders when under threat they would be a greater threat today than ISIS.

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Where Evil Dwells

In the last stanza of the Great Invocation we read:

From the centre which we call the race of men

Let the Plan of Love and Light work out.

And may it seal the door where evil dwells.

Let Light and Love and Power restore the Plan on Earth

Because this was given out near the end of World War II many associate this “door where evil dwells” with Nazism.

This idea is both right and wrong. Nazism contains the ingredients that opens the door to evil, but what lies behind the door goes by many other names that have nothing to do with Nazism or Hitler.

Here are the prime ingredients to the evil mentioned.

(1) Great restrictions on human freedom.

(2) Citizens have forced upon, them unnecessary laws, regulations, ceremonies, observances etc that diminish their quality of life and keep them under control.

(3) The people are monitored and observed as much as technology will allow to find potential dissidents and deal with them.

(4) Any speech or action out of harmony is severely punished.

(5) Leaders must be believed and praised whether they deserve it or not.

(6) They threaten war, not to preserve security, but to expand their dominion.

(7) The evils they perpetrate will be blamed upon others with an amazing amount of success.

This door to evil has been opening and partially closing since the beginning of civilization.

Where the illusion concerning this keeps occurring is due to the inclination of human nature to want to see things in terms of black and white. They want to call A good and B evil and be done with the effort of thinking about it. What is overlooked is that both A and B take their turns at playing the roles of good and evil so when the focus of evil changes the focus of the people stays the same. This is what gives evil its great power. When the dark forces are defeated in one group, they just switch their focus to another that seems to not be a threat to the world.

During the Civil War the focus was on the perpetuation of slavery. When that did not succeed they shifted their focus to the corruption of he Constitution of the United States while preparing German forces for world conquest.

When they lost World War I they shifted their full attention toward Hitler and the Nazi party.

With their defeat in 1945 the door to evil was partially shut, but this did not discourage them. They then shifted their attention to the Soviet Empire. Again they were frustrated with the fall of the Berlin Wall and the USSR. Once more they had to shift their focus and this time it was to the radical components of Islam.

Until this shift of focus all Islam seemed to be under control and of no significant threat to the Western World, but what is not realized is that the dark forces can take a small group and use then to stir many people up to anger to the point of desiring war.

For some time after the fall of the Berlin Wall radical Islamist were thundering on about the damage they were going to do, but we were asleep to this shift of focus until that fateful day, Sept 11, 2001 when it became clear to thinking people that we had a problem.

Today radical Islam is a threat not because of Mohammed, but because they are the focus of evil forces to use for their own purposes. The Koran could contain only words of love and peace and Islam could still be the focus and have become a great warlike threat. After all, the words of Jesus are the greatest ever written, yet the Christian church has taken its turn, centuries ago, as the dark focus.

It has been a burden that the Hierarchy of Light has had to deal with, that any work they have inspired in the past will be corrupted and used by the forces of darkness at one time or another, causing many to discount the good they tried to accomplish. The reason for this corruption is that there has been no organization with members enlightened enough to participate in something incorruptible.

This is what we hope to change. Organizations built on the Molecular Relationship have the potential to be incorruptible because members will have soul contact and it will have self-correcting mechanisms.

Copyright 2015 by J J Dewey

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Keys Writings 2015, Part 20

This entry is part 22 of 73 in the series 2015

Sept 11, 2015

Raising the Bar

We have been discussing whether or not Islam was initiated by the forces of dark or light. When you look at the warlike nature of some Moslem groups and their justification of aggression from scripture then I cannot blame anyone for thinking that the religion was created to be an agent of the dark forces.

What is not realized by many is that all religions and almost all groups and people are under the control of the Beast and the antichrist forces. It is written:

“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” Rev 13:8

There are only a handful who see what the beast is and how to deal with its power. The rest are under its control whether they be Christian, Buddhist, Muslim or Hindu.

It has been a tough job for the forces of light working with humanity since the rise of our civilization. They have known that whatever movement they have a hand in creating will be corrupted and made use of from time to time by dark forces. It matters not how pure and harmless the original teachings are. We all know how past Christian leaders have twisted the words of Jesus and the prophets and used them to torture heretics and burn them at the stake.

Unfortunately, the heretics were the ones closest to escaping the power of the beast, who does not want to be challenged or ignored.

All the major religions which have endured have been started or in some way inspired by the Brotherhood of Light. One of the main differences between the two brotherhoods is that those on the side of light can create works that will endure manifestation for all to see whereas the dark brothers generally are not able to accomplish this.

Why?

Because when a work from the dark side is openly revealed the people will reject it, but when a work of light is examined the people will embrace it.

The work of darkness only benefits the few at the top of the food chain and when this is seen, the people as a whole will not accept it. Therefore, the plan of attack for the dark brothers is to take an existing work, with attractive ideas for the many, take it over and secretly steer it toward the goal of benefiting the few at the expense of the many.

While it is true that Islam is much more materialistic than Christianity or the Eastern religions, it is not that far off from the materialism of the Old Testament times. It was adjusted to the consciousness of the people at the time and place it was created and if there had not been a Mohammed then another would have come along with something similar.

Why?

Because the consciousness of many people demanded a religion like this. Rather than let a truly corrupt person take advantage of them the Brotherhood worked with the disciple Mohammed in an attempt to create the lesser of the evils which would manifest. Despite his flaws, without Mohammed, Islam would have been much more harmful to the history of the world than has been the case.

This circumstance has been the case with the creation of all religions. None of them have been close to the religion the Brotherhood of Light would create for themselves if they were here as a group. Each religion created has to be adapted to the consciousness of the people who will be practicing it. The fact that there are a billion and a half members tells us that indeed there is a large pocket of humanity who desire such a materialistic religion and if Islam were not available something else more harmful would be.

We all know that an important goal of the Brotherhood of Light is to present the good, the beautiful and the true and draw mankind in this direction. But they have another important goal that is rarely mentioned, which is to raise the bar on what humanity sees as evil.

That which is seen as being good and evil changes with the centuries. A short time ago the evil which concerned many seekers was human slavery. After much struggle and pain, human slavery was basically eliminated in civilized nations. This great evil was then replaced by lesser evils such as:

Violations of civil rights and excessive taxation and regulations.

Such things are a much lesser evil than physical human slavery where one person owns another like they would a piece of property.

Now the forces of darkness would like to return to the standard of past evils, but, fortunately, the power of dominating good ever moves us forward. True, there are steps backward at times, but overall the power of good dominates because intelligence dominates over chaos.

The evils in the forces of Nazism were somewhat diffused when Hitler was defeated and the evils that have surfaced in radical Islam will also be diffused when they are defeated. When this happens then the evil that we see in Islam will be moved up a measure or two so it become less harmful.

This happened to Christianity. In the Middle Ages the religion was so intolerant that they severely persecuted heretics. Now the bar of evil within this religion has been raised. We still see problems, but they are much more tolerant in this age and that which is evil in the religion is not so bad as in the past.

Seekers indeed look forward to the coming new age when good and evil will be moved up a notch. It will be interesting to see where things level off to in the next couple hundred years.

Judaism is old, obsolete and separative and has no true message for the spiritually-minded which cannot be better given by the newer faiths; the Moslem faith has served its purpose and all true Moslems await the coming of the Imam Mahdi who will lead them to light and to spiritual victory; the Christian faith also has served its purpose; its Founder seeks to bring a new Gospel and a new message that will enlighten all men everywhere. Therefore, Jerusalem stands for nothing of importance today, except for that which has passed away and should pass away. The “Holy Land” is no longer holy, but is desecrated by selfish interests, and by a basically separative and conquering nation.

Rays and Initiations, Page 734

 

Sept 13, 2015

DK on Islam

I knew I had read about the link of Jesus to Islam in the Bailey writings but had a very difficult time in finding it. The reason is that AAB used an odd spelling of Mohammed and spelled it as Mahomet.

Here is the Quote:

Teaching upon the new world religion, with its emphasis upon the three major Full Moon periods (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, falling usually in April, May and June respectively) and the nine (occasionally ten) minor Full Moons each year. This leads to a consequent relation being established between the work of the Christ and of the Buddha in the minds of spiritually inclined people everywhere, with the result of a great broadening of the human aspiration. This work is as yet embryonic, but it should receive increasing attention. Eventually it will demonstrate as the main linking unit between the East and the West, particularly if Shri Krishna is shown to be an earlier incarnation of the Lord of Love, the Christ. Thereby three major world religions the Christian, the Hindu and the Buddhist will be intimately related, whilst the Mahommedan faith will be found to be linked to the Christian faith because it embodies the work of the Master Jesus as He overshadowed one of His senior disciples, a very advanced initiate, Mahomet.

Rays and Initiations, Page 254

 

Sept 14, 2015

Discernment

In this discussion of Islam we have many points where there is group agreement, but only one where there is some disagreement.

Here are points where I believe we are at agreement.

(1) The teachings given out through Christ via Jesus are of a much higher quality and closer to spirit than those given through Mohammed.

(2) The teachings of Islam are more centered on this world, more materialistic and easier to interpret as approving aggression.

(3) Whereas a theme for Christian behavior was “turn the other check” the theme of Islam was to meet force with greater force.

(4) The Jews had been nurtured by many centuries of teachings by the prophets whereas the tribes of the Middle East lagged behind in spiritual thinking and had little religious structure.

(5) Authoritarian and designing caretakers of both religions used their scriptures as an excuse for control and aggression.

(6) Christianity still has its flaws but has mellowed out and generally is not a threat of terror or to world peace. On the other hand, an alarming number of Muslims support aggression and suppression which creates a threat to world stability.

The one point of disagreement is whether Mohammed was originally inspired by the light or the dark side.

Just using reasoning alone, arguments can be made in either direction. One can argue that the emphasis of the Islamic scriptures through Mohammed focused more on materialism and aggression, but they were in many situations where they had to fight for their survival as did ancient Israel when they went to war. In such a situation one may assume that revelations would direct them toward survival and success.

I think we can agree that the emphasis on what is revealed to different peoples of differing consciousness will not be the same, but may differ significantly.

What is much more important than who initiated the foundation of Islam is the correct discernment of good and evil as we face it today. Ancient teachings could have easily been twisted and corrupted, but today we read and hear many actual words coming from the minds of those who seek to control or destroy us. We only have ourselves to blame if we do not accurately see the threats that lie before us.

If it fits in a frame, it’s not the big picture.

The Covert Comic

 

Sept 15, 2015

Mohammed & Washington

JJ

“One can argue that the emphasis of the Islamic scriptures through Mohammed focused more on materialism and aggression, but they were in many situations where they had to fight for their survival as did ancient Israel when they went to war.”

lwk

After Mohammed was run out of Mecca his “fight for … survival” largely consisted of raiding Meccan caravans for loot, not protection.

“The Caravan raids refer to a series of raids in which the Islamic prophet and his companions participated. The raids were generally offensive[1] and carried out to gather intelligence or seize the trade goods of caravans financed by the Quraysh. The raids were intended to weaken the economic and in turn the offensive capabilities of Mecca by Muhammad.”

LINK

JJ

You left out the reason for the raids., Just below your quote it reads:

Muhammad’s followers suffered from poverty after fleeing persecution in Mecca and migrating with Muhammad to Medina. Their Meccan persecutors seized their wealth and belongings left behind in Mecca.

Now substitute George Washington For Mohammed and see the British in place of the Meccans and Washington’s Gorilla tactics in place of Mohammed’s raids and we have an interesting correspondence.

 

Sept 16, 2015

lwk

Washington was fighting against British occupation and to secure freedom from Britain. When that was accomplished he didn’t invade Britain or France, or S. America.

Mohammed may claim they were just trying to get back some things they lost when forced to leave Mecca, but in fact they never stopped the looting, ever. There was never enough loot for them as long as they could find someone to conquer. This was true during Mohammed’s life, and afterwards (with millions killed in the conquest of India alone).

JJ

Mohammed and his followers were never in the fairly secure position comparable to the Founding Fathers after independence was secured. During his lifetime they consistently faced threats, often from numbers greatly exceeding their own. They felt they had to take aggressive measures to survive. During times where a people are struggling to survive many acts will be committed by even the good guys that look bad on hindsight.

For instance, during World War II the obvious good guys were the Allies but they also committed many acts that would be war crimes by today’s standards. Here is a link that lists many of them. 

This is to be expected in a fight for survival. “All’s fair in love and war is indeed a truism.”

All may seem fair but all may not be right on hindsight.

The fact that the Allies committed some atrocities does not make them the bad guy in the overall picture.

The major problem I see with Islam is that after their survival was secured (after Mohammed’s death) that they continued to fight with the same mindset. That would be like Jefferson deciding that many nations still needed to be fought against as if they were the invading British using the same playbook as did Washington at war.

Using this mindset, Islam made many aggressive moves that resulted in much pain and sorrow. The invasion and destruction of India was a sad story indeed.

Unfortunately, this aggressive mindset still exists with many Moslems today and presents a great threat to world peace. Their religion needs to be invaded with light and truth, which would be a higher turn of the spiral of physical aggression coming back to them.

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Analyzing the Quran

lwk points out these disturbing scriptures from the Quran (I guess I’ll update my spelling).

From the Quran:

Qur’an (6:93) – “Who can be more wicked than one who inventeth a lie against Allah?” If the death penalty is prescribed for lesser crime, then it stands to reason that it should be imposed for the most “wicked”.

JJ

I checked out this verse in a half dozen translations and they all give an entirely different slant. Here is the commonly accepted meaning which has nothing to do with the death penalty but the fate that liars meet at their death.

6:93 And who is more unjust than he who forges a lie against Allah, or says: It has been revealed to me; while nothing has been revealed to him, and he who says: I can reveal the like of what Allah has revealed? and if you had seen when the unjust shall be in the agonies of death and the angels shall spread forth their hands: Give up your souls; today shall you be recompensed with an ignominious chastisement because you spoke against Allah other than the truth and (because) you showed pride against His communications. Shakir Translation

Jesus gave an equally disturbing warning:

Matt 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matt 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Next quote:

Qur’an (33:57) – “Lo! those who malign Allah and His messenger, Allah hath cursed them in this world and the Hereafter, and hath prepared for them the doom of the disdained”

Qur’an (33:61) – [continues from above] “Accursed, they will be seized wherever found and slain with a (fierce) slaughter.”

Commentators see this scripture in its full context dealing with internal rebellion and traitors more than being directed to going after outsiders. In a time of war the issue of internal threats is often the greatest problem to be dealt with.

George Washington had hundreds of traitorous associates put to death to insure internal cohesion. If he had not done this he would have probably lost the war.

It is interesting that the next verse of this scripture justifies the death penalty by referencing Old Testament practices.

33:62 (Such has been) the course of Allah with respect to those (Old Testament prophets) who have gone before; and you shall not find any change in the course of Allah.

And what similar thing is written on the Old Testament?

“Anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD must be put to death. The entire assembly must stone him. Whether an alien or native-born, when he blasphemes the Name, he must be put to death.” Leviticus 24:16

This scripture sounds more ominous than the Quran and it specifies that outsiders are subject to the death penalty for merely disrespecting their God.

The fact that draconian measures were used to insure the survival of early Israel and Islam does not mean that they were motivated by the dark side. We have to examine any religion as it applies to the time and the people where the words were given. The question to be asked is whether the entirety of the scripture had the intent of lifting the people as a whole to a higher level than before.

The question not to be asked is whether the generations following the initiator corrupted the teachings. As a general rule the words of initiators are corrupted later on and used to control the people with dread and fear.

When the corruption becomes obviously harmful and then contrasted with other enlightened teachings reform eventually comes. This reform happened with Christianity and hopefully it will come sooner rather than later with Islam.

 

Sept 17, 2015

Different Times

lwk

Part of the problem as I see it is that JJ has accepted the AAB/DK writings as a trusted authority and to find significant flaws would undercut the edifice of that authority.

JJ

I do not trust any teacher 100%. DK is an earned authority with me because they reflect many things I have verified in my life and many others speak to my soul, mind and common sense.

There are maybe three things in his writings that I disagree with and a half dozen that are questionable.

You brought up a questionable one which is the existence of Vulcan which is supposed to be within the orbit of Mercury. It is obvious now that there is no physical planet such as Vulcan, but there are two other possibilities that would still make DK correct.

First he said there where five etheric planets in our solar system that are not visible to physical eyes. Vulcan could be one of these.

Secondly he said that Vulcan was “the sun, exoterically considered” Treatise on Cosmic Fire, Page 369

If we take this literally then when he speaks of Vulcan he is really speaking of the Sun and there is no doubt the Sun is there.

As far as Mohammed being originally inspired by the light I believed this before I read the Alice A. Bailey material. I hadn’t considered that it was Jesus who worked through him, but the idea was in harmony with what I already believed so I didn’t have a problem with it.

That certainly doesn’t mean that modern Islam is the light of the world. As DK said it has served its purpose. I now see the radical elements of Islam as the focus of evil in the world and the greatest threat we face. North Korea is included with this. Though they are different in religion they are similar in totalitarian thinking and are willing to cooperate.

I do not have any more problem considering that the Quran was inspired by the brotherhood any more than the laws of Moses. Both of them support aggressive war and have draconian punishments, but that was for a different people, a different time and different consciousness.

JJ (previous quote)

I checked out this verse in a half dozen translations and they all give an entirely different slant.”

lwk

That is indeed an issue. I have seen the same thing – you can get ridiculously different interpretations sometimes.

JJ

What I meant to imply was that the half dozen different translations were all in harmony with the one I quoted but all gave a different slant to the one you quoted. I could not find your quoted translation anywhere.

You are right though that sometimes a single verse will be translated with a number of different slants.

 

Sept 18, 2015

Examining the Bailey Writings

lwk wants to know where I may disagree with DK. Ordinarily, I find very little with which I can disagree as I discover more light in the Bailey teachings than any other writing. Most disagreements would be on what he may emphasize rather than a black and white rejection.

Here is one thing he stated about auras that didn’t seem quite right to me.

Now he (the disciple) is admitted to the secret place to be found at the very heart of the Ashram and becomes a chela within the aura.

The aura of any form of life can be defined as the quality of a sphere of radiatory activity. Very little is as yet known about auras, and a great deal of nonsense has been written anent the matter. The aura is usually spoken of in terms of colour and of light, due to the nature of the vision of the one who sees and the apparatus of response which is in use. Two words only describe an aura from the point of view of occult knowledge and they are “quality” and “sphere of influence.” What the clairvoyant really contacts is an impression which the mind rapidly translates into the symbology of colour, whereas there is no colour present. Seeing an aura, as it is called, is in reality a state of awareness. That the seer may in all sincerity believe that he has registered a colour, a series of colours, or light, is entirely true in many cases, but what he has really recorded is the quality of a sphere of radiatory activity; this he does when his own individual sphere of radiatory activity is of the same nature and quality as that contacted. Most seers register the astral range of vibrations of a person or a group and this through the medium of their own astral body. The impact of a truth or of a mental concept and its recognition is an expression of a similar contact, carried forward this time into the realm of the mind.

Discipleship in the New Age, Page 752

He is correct here as he seems to be defining the aura which he says is “the quality of a sphere of radiatory activity.” As he uses the term here and in other parts of his writing he is referring to the interplay of a person’s whole being with other lives. For instance, I may pick up vibrations from someone thousands of miles away. This can happen because souls are linked with all other souls. Because energy follows thought two entities can establish an interplay of energy with the intermingling of their thought and feeling. They could be said to be within each other’s aura as the Tibetan uses the term here.

The aura, in this sense as well as group auras, are indeed colorless and any color seen here would involve some mental interpretation. I’ve also met a number of psychics who claim to see auras who I believe do not see them but do merely give filtered impressions through their astral body as he says.

In my younger years I seriously studied the teachings of Lobsang Rampa, another controversial writer. He taught quite a bit about the human aura that it is possible to see in color and gave instructions on how to see it. I followed his directions and after a period of time gained the ability to see the aura and its colors. After considerable practice I got pretty good at seeing the colors.

I eventually lost interest in keeping up the practice as I found I could intuitively pick up what was radiating from others. Even so, I still pick up some auric light now and then.

DK here says that when one sees color in an aura “what he has really recorded is the quality of a sphere of radiatory activity; this he does when his own individual sphere of radiatory activity is of the same nature and quality as that contacted.”

I think this happens with many psychics, but I wouldn’t say this is the case with me. I have seen many auras that are not merely a radiation from my own self.

Here is an example. When I was with my first wife I noticed a new sweater hanging in the bathroom that she had apparently just bought. As I looked at it I saw a bright red aura radiating from it that looked nothing like my wife’s. I then asked her from where she got the sweater. She said that she bought it from a used clothing store.

This made sense to me as our clothing tends to keep our auric light for a period of time and that strange aura belonged to a previous owner.

Now if I were just seeing the residual aura on the sweater through the filters of my own self then I should have seen my own colors or that of my wife, for I did not know at the time the sweater had a previous owner.

The colors I have seen in auras are as real, or moreso, than the colors we see about us every day. Now if DK were to say that all color we see is caused by filters in our own mind then this interpretation of auric colors would make sense.

Now it is possible that the auras I have seen are colorless from the vision of the soul and my mind just translated the vibration of the aura into color. After all, our eyes and brain do a similar thing with color and light.

Most of my other disagreements are on points of emphasis, some of which we have discussed before. He places too much emphasis on the problems of capitalism as well as the virtues of socialistic sharing. I can see his points, but it sometimes sounds like he could use a life or two as a business person in the current world to sharpen his outlook.

 

Sept 21, 2015

Questions on Evolution

I haven’t given the group an assignment for a while. Let us see what the group comes up with on the next principle, which is evolution.

Questions.

How would you define the Principle of Evolution?

Evolution is seen by many as disproving the existence if God. Why is this incorrect? How does it instead prove God’s existence?

Give three examples of evolution and what causes it to happen in each example.

 

Sept 23, 2015

Comments on Evolution:

Thanks for answering the questions about the mysteries of evolution. There were some very intelligent comments that deserve to go in the archives. Below is a summary. I’ll post my article on the subject shortly.

How would you define the Principle of Evolution?

Johann

A process of continuous change from a lower, simpler, or worse to a higher, more complex, or better state through the intelligent application of energy and a process of slow change and development directed by intelligence.

Ruth:

The expansion of consciousness and refinement of vibration, through applied Intelligence. Evolution is the force of inertia which pushes or propels against the molecular structure, which produces growth through resistance or wear and tear.

Robert gave a summary view.

All change is positive when you learn the lesson from it. We are making all the changes to do so in order to get to the point where we realize there are no changes or bodies. The Holy Spirit is what gives us the lessons and the answers.

Adam:

The application of intelligence to create and organize increasingly complex forms and systems toward increasing harmony and unity, which manifests ‘greater freedom, livingness, intelligence, light, and love’ of the individual parts and the whole.

Judy:

The principle of Evolution is the notation of a chronicled history of the journey of a life-from as it is perfected or returns to its original ideal at the point in time it was projected into involution. … The return to Source is evolution and the manifesting form seeks higher vibration by aligning with the vibration of Source.

 

Evolution is seen by many as disproving the existence if God. Why is this incorrect? How does it instead prove God’s existence?

Johann:

This proves that existence of God in that way that there has to be energy directed by intelligence or this all was created by monkeys that did not have a clue or how to evaluate the results of change or in what direction to go when things went wrong other than that that they add more gibberish.

Ruth:

Nothing can exist or evolve, without the existence of a higher Intelligence. Evolution proves that God or a Higher Intelligence exists, because of the appearance of form or matter, and because of consciousness.

Adam:

Organization that evolves toward higher form and purpose is its own proof of higher intelligence in a system that is becoming greater than it’s evolving parts.

If it is true that nothing can come from nothing, then the manifestation of intelligence in form, evolving toward increasingly organized forms and systems, is proof that intelligence came from Something, intelligently applied.

Give three examples of evolution and what causes it to happen in each example.

Johann:

What causes it to happen is adaptation? The environment adapts to the evolving phenomena in question and vice versa.

Here is a link to 8 examples.

8 Examples of Evolution in Action

Ruth:

  1. Evolution of a crystal…….(mineral body)……intelligence applied to the base molecular structure within form.
  2. Evolution of a butterfly…..(animal body)……..intelligence applied to the basic molecular structure within form.
  3. Evolution of a human…..(physical/soul body)……….intelligence applied to the midway point of molecular structure within form.

Adam:

Yellow bellied, three toed skink lizard going from egg-laying to live birth. The theory is that egg layers continue along warmer shorelines, which has a suitable habitat and climate. The more inland and elevated skinks have adapted to live birth in order to better incubate and facilitate the offspring in a colder, harsher environment. In short, the skink needed a “better” way of ensuring survival in diverse and increasingly complex climates and environments.

Evolution of humans from tribal living to kingdom-states. Tribal living became limited in its ability to create greater livingness and freedom of the whole, so it expanded beyond its prior limits. Kingdom states gathered tribes and united different cultures that had specialized knowledge and technology. That ensured greater survival of the whole while expanding knowledge and lifestyle to some degree – how to grow a better garden, kill an animal, defend against invaders, build a better house, etc. Greater livingness for more parts in a gathered state.

Evolution of human consciousness – live and let live attitude. More focused on the things that make us human rather than our differences – race, sex, belief, ideology, education, social status, etc. Evolution resulted from education, social integration, economics, etc, but largely is the result of having lived many lifetimes in different situations. The soul itself is driven toward more unity and tolerance because of long experience that has figured out what doesn’t work well long-term, versus what works best to bring greater livingness.

Judy:

1.) Society relinquishes prejudice(s):

2.) Society masters technology

3.) Society expresses freedom

Dan gave a good summary of the principle related to intelligence:

Without answering your questions in detail 🙂 the only major discrepancy I have with the generally accepted scientific view is that “science” avoids the question of intelligence (tendency toward order, organization, symmetry, coherence, etc) – attempting to explain away the “magic” of evolution through equally magical, but perhaps more mundane-seeming (but not, Not, NOT!) words/phrases such as: “random processes”, “complexity”, “self-organization”, and “emergence”.

Show me a “process” that is truly (proveably) random or a self-organizing complexity and I will . . . eat my hat.

Simply ask yourself how two hydrogens and an oxygen can come together to create an entirely NEW, uncharacteristic entity (water)!

We can either ignore that MAGIC and pretend it is mundane, ho hum, old hat, and “thats just chemistry” or recognize and admit there is an elemental involved that science has not yet (well) accounted for – an underlying tendency of matter to cohere and organize (intelligence) – except to make it SEEM mundane by making up esoteric labels that do NOTHING to define, describe or explain it, such as: “emergent properties”.

 

Sept 25, 2015

Church and State

On Thursday (Sept 24, 2015) Pope Francis gave an address in the White House and then to Congress. Friday he will address the UN.

He is the first Pope, and I believe the first leader of a church, to address Congress, ever.

A question that I haven’t seen asked by anyone on either side of the political equation is this:

Why are there no demands for separation of church and state as there usually is when there are impositions much milder than the Pope addressing Congress?

There have been protests, complaints and even lawsuits over religious encroachments which have taken place routinely since the founding of this country such as:

The Ten Commandments on display on public property.

The mention of God or prayer in any school or public function.

Kids taking religious symbols or the Bible to school.

A government worker having a Bible laying on his desk.

Public employees discussing religion during breaks or lunch.

Religious symbols in public view. For instance, in Boise, where I live, there is a large cross erected in the 1950s on private land on a hill overlooking the city. There have been many complaints, as well as lawsuits, attempting to have it removed. Similar efforts are being made in other cities with similar crosses.

The political left has incessantly complained about the more conservative churches and leaders having too much political clout and access.

Ironically these same people are now cheering on a controversial Pope to preach to them in the White House, the halls of Congress and the U.N. – and give him numerous standing ovations.

Why the big change in attitude here?

The answer is quite simple. The Left sees him as one of their own who supports important items on their agenda.

Do you think the Pope would be invited to lecture Congress if he wasn’t expected to endorse essential political ingredients of the Left? I don’t think so.

What if, instead of supporting the leftist agenda, he lectured against abortion, standard immorality and in support of standard marriage and honoring the laws of the land on immigration?

Even if the Republicans, who are in the majority, supported a visit, the left with their friends in the media would wage such protest that an address to Congress would be impossible.

Now that this crucial barrier between church and state has been broken what next? Are we going to invite Pat Robertson, the Mormon prophet and Islamic leaders to lecture to us about what we need to do to correct the wrongs of this country?

The wisest course of action is to not start this process to begin with. The Pope and other religious leaders can get all the Facebook likes they need through regular media sources. The Pope could have rented a stadium and still gotten plenty of media coverage to reach those who wish to hear and see him. He doesn’t need the U.S. President and Congress to help him out.

To add insult to injury the chastisements from the Pope are largely directed, not to all, but to the political right.

He was very nebulous on standard Christian values, but specific on issues supporting the Left such as.

Socialistic sharing, evidently under the control of the modern Caesar.

Support of the orthodox view of man made climate change. It is obvious he has not studied both sides of the issue and has bought into sound bytes that seem alarming.

Those on the left have already shot their goals in the foot by stopping nuclear energy in its tracks, which has reduced CO2 emissions much more than any other source. If they have their way they will not only have negligible positive effect on the climate, at great cost, but cause an increase of poverty throughout the world.

The best thing to do to reduce CO2 is to provide an atmosphere for a good economy so clean energy technology can continue to develop.

Another main specific item he lectured us on was the taking in of immigrants and refugees. He speaks to us with great condescension, as if we are the anti immigration center of the world. The truth is that the United States has taken in more immigrants than any other nation in the world. Instead, he advocates for a violation of our laws and basically open our borders to all.

This idea goes against the principle taught by Jesus in the parable of the Ten Virgins. There were five wise who gathered oil for their lamps and five foolish that did not. When the time came that the oil was needed the five foolish asked the others to share their oil.

They refused.

Why?

Because if they did then none would have enough.

This principle should apply to immigration. It is fine to share the abundance of our country to a degree, but if it comes to the point where the sharing is so great that none have enough then such thinking runs contrary to the wisdom expressed by Jesus.

The solution to the refugee problem is not so simple as to just send them to the Western nations. Even though almost all of them are Moslems, the Moslem countries are not taking them in.

Saudi Arabia has 100,000 air conditioned tents all set up, but going unused that could be offered, but they are not accepting any refugees. They have, however, offered to build Mosques all over Europe for them once they get settled.

One goal seems to be to get as many Islamic believers as possible settled in the West so they can eventually take over by shear strength of numbers.

The solution to the refugee problem is to secure a piece of land and settle them on it. Some could then apply for legal immigration to various countries. After all, they may be able to return later when the political situation stabilizes.

Next he lectures us on the death penalty, advocating for its abolishment. This is a political view of the left and runs contrary to the scripture he claims to support.

Have you noticed that the more a people lean toward atheism the more they are against a justified death penalty?

Why is this?

Because if this life is all there is, one clings to it more desperately and has no faith that death will place you in the hands of a just God who knows how to place you in situations of intelligent reform, much better than a life in prison.

Overall the political solutions offered by this Pope are feel good proposals rather than actions that will actually be good.

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Pope’s Comments

Like I said I think he was very nebulous in his support of conservative issues, but specific on liberal ones.

For instance on marriage he said, as you noted:

“I will also travel to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families, to celebrate and support the institutions of marriage and the family at this, a critical moment in the history of our civilization.”

This was quite nebulous and could be endorsed by gay marriage activists who see themselves supporting “the institutions of marriage and the family” as long as they can be in on them. If he wanted to be specific (as he was with global warming) he would have said, “the traditional institutions of marriage and the family.”

In saying this let me note that I am neither for or against traditional or gay legal marriage. I only support the freedom to establish any relationship contract desired and being allowed to call it what one wants.

Another quote:

“The contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of polarization…resolve to support one another, with respect for our differences and our convictions of conscience.”

JJ

What system confronts every form of polarization?

Tyranny.

And where do we find no polarization?

North Korea, Cuba and China to a large extent.

Until unity is accomplished through seeing with understanding and vision, polarization is good and essential to positive social evolution.

Another quote:

” If politics must truly be at the service of the human person, it follows that it cannot be a slave to the economy and finance.”

Again this was very nebulous and can be interpreted several ways, but if you go by his past comments one would think he is merely speaking against human greed and possibly the free enterprise system in the U.S.

Part of the responsibility of government is to insure the safety of the economic system. Some would think this is being a slave to the economy.

Susan:

I believe him to be an initiate and a sane voice in today’s world. I believe he is speaking a message I find in the LDS scriptures and in the Bible, “and there was no poor among them.”

JJ

But he has made no proposals to help the poor outside of taking from the wise virgins and giving to the foolish. The process advocated by forced socialism and communism merely makes all poor except for a few at the top.

Promoting a surplus of freedom and teaching (without imposed restrictions) the benefits of good will is the key to eliminating poverty.

Our free enterprise system has done more to eliminate poverty than all the religious teachings ever have.

 

Sept 26, 2015

The Vicar of Redistribution

JJ

“But be has made no proposals to help the poor outside of taking from the wise virgins and giving to the foolish.”

Dave Curtis:

Without knowing you, it kind of looks like you are insinuating that all poor people are ‘foolish’. I think we all know that there are some people out there who are poor for reasons that are outside of their control.

JJ

Thanks for giving me the benefit of the doubt. Yes, most of the poor are not in that condition by choice and many of them would be willing to work to get ahead if they had the opportunity – providing the opportunity pays substantially more than handouts being received. So far supplying good jobs through free enterprise has been the best long term solution for helping the poor, but for those in a situation where a hand out is needed two solutions are offered.

(1) The Jesus Solution. Those who have means can voluntarily give of their substance to help those in need.

(2) The Caesar Solution. Government takes the money by force and, after taking its cut, gives to the poor.

The Caesar Solution is the situation I talked of where the five wise virgins are seen as having more than their share and forced to give to those who have not.

With the Jesus Solution the wise virgins will use their free will and common sense and not give so much oil that they do not have sufficient for their own positive goals. In the Caesar Solution they often have to give so much that they are short of oil themselves and they wind up joining the foolish virgins who are in need.

The Pope has made it clear that he supports the Caesar solution. Here he is in his own words:

I do not hesitate to state . . . that equitable economic and social progress can only be attained by joining scientific and technical abilities with an unfailing commitment to solidarity accompanied by a generous and disinterested spirit of gratuitousness at every level. A contribution to this equitable development will also be made both by international activity aimed at the integral human development of all the world’s peoples and by the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State

Every woman, man, child and elderly person everywhere should be able to count on these guarantees. It is the duty of every State that cares for the wellbeing of its citizens to subscribe to them unreservedly, and to take the necessary steps to ensure their implementation.

Speech to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, May 2014

Here are some other quotes from him from his from his “Apostolic Exhortation” manifesto. These show an obvious hatred, as well as a misunderstanding, of the free market system.

“Inequality is the root of social ills … as long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.

The current model, with its emphasis on success and self-reliance, does not appear to favor an investment in efforts to help the slow, the weak or the less talented to find opportunities in life.”

The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule.”

“We can no longer trust in the unseen forces and the ‘invisible hand’ of the market. Growth in justice requires more than economic growth, while presupposing such growth: it requires decisions, programs … Not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood. It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs.”

“Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape. … Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality.

In his speech before Congress he praised Dorothy Day as a great American. This selection was highly praised by socialist Bernie Sanders. No wonder, when one checks out some of Dorothy’s words such as:

We need to change the system. We need to overthrow, not the government, as the authorities are always accusing the Communists ‘of conspiring to teach [us] to do,’ but this rotten, decadent, putrid industrial capitalist system which breeds such suffering in the whited sepulcher of New York.

“On Pilgrimage,” Catholic Worker (September 1956)

It is only through religion that communism can be achieved, and has been achieved over and over.

From Union Square to Rome (1938)

We stand at the present time with the Communists, who are also opposing war….

“Our Stand,” Catholic Worker (June 1940)

Marx… Lenin… Mao Tse-Tung… These men were animated by the love of brother and this we must believe though their ends meant the seizure of power, and the building of mighty armies, the compulsion of concentration camps, the forced labor and torture and killing of tens of thousands, even millions.

“The Incompatibility of Love and Violence,” Catholic Worker (May 1951)

I was always much impressed, in reading prison memoirs of revolutionists, such as Lenin and Trotsky … by the amount of reading they did, the languages they studied, the range of their plans for a better social order. (Or rather, for a new social order.) In the Acts of the Apostles there are constant references to the Way and the New Man.

“On Pilgrimage,” Catholic Worker (December 1968)

I think everyone with a good heart wants to help the poor. The question is as to how the poor can be helped by the wise virgins without exhausting the oil in their lamps so the golden goose gets killed and all become poor.

The best way was taught by Jesus and that was for people to voluntarily take of their wealth and give it directly to the poor. This way they get all the money without Caesar taking his cut. Anything done through Caesar should have the support of the vast majority, else many will feel theft by force is at play.

 

Sept 28, 2015

Discernment vs the Pleasant Thoughtform

A Pope’s visit to the United States is always a special occasion for Catholics. Not only does it inspire many members but it gives the church an opportunity to reach out to non members as well and establish some good will.

What makes the current visit from Pope Francis different is the tone was much more political than normal. This in itself is a break from the past but becomes of even more concern when the new political specifics turn out to only support the left and gives many on that side ammunition to use against their political adversaries. Thus, instead of furthering unity as is one of his expressed goals, he winds up fueling increased division, and even hostility in some.

This country has always been wary of the possibility of a church gaining too much influence on our political system. This was brought into focus when JFK ran for president and later when Romney, a devout Mormon ran. In both cases, the people worried that such individuals would be overly controlled by their church’s doctrines or even directly by their leaders. Fortunately, JFK proved to be his own man and put the nation first.

Political influence from the Catholic Church has always been a concern to many non Catholics, largely because there are so many of them. Here are some figures as of 2013:

The Pope is commander-in-chief of the world’s largest, religious army of1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, including 78 million Americans in 17,645 parishes. There are approximately 200 cardinals, over 5,000 bishops, 450,000 priests.

Of more concern, when the Pope gets political, is that six of the nine members on the Supreme Court are Catholics, including the chief justice. Three Catholics are in the direct constitutional line of succession if the president dies. Twenty-four of our 100 Senators are Catholic. So are 163 of the 435 members of the House.

Therefore, when the Pope takes a political side he is taking unfair advantage of those naturally leaning to the other point of view. When disagreeing with the Pope is as close as you can get to disagreeing with God then the safe thing in the eyes of many is to just submit no matter what your gut says.

Already we hear reports of Catholic representatives who are changing their views on legislation concerning orthodox global warming, not because of the people they represent, but because of the words of Pope Francis.

When a leader as powerful as the Pope tells our representatives which way their votes should lean then such a leader is interfering with our political process, as there are more than enough Catholics to turn the tide of legislation in his favor. This is of particular concern since the Pope is not even a U.S. citizen.

If he is interfering then why is there so little outcry? There are several reasons why he seems to be so widely accepted.

(1) Catholic representatives with different views are reluctant to criticize or even publically disagree with the man who represents God on earth in their eyes.

(2) Yes, Pope Francis generically speaks of supporting tradition which mildly assuages the Right, but he specifically throws support behind a number of leftist views. Since most of the media, bureaucrats, and celebrities lean to the left and are thrilled with the Pope’s support, their endorsements bring into our living room the appearance of even more support from the people than is in reality the case. This has the effect of moving those on the fence toward the views of the left.

(3) Since the Pope seems to be a man with good, intentions stressing brotherly love and sharing many feel it best to drop the analytical approach and just focus on the positive, as others seem to be doing.

One lesson Obama should have taught us, is to ignore the huge supporting crowds and media support and look closely at what the man says to discern his true beliefs. Obama gave a few clues but many of his real beliefs were highly veiled and were only seen ahead of time by those who did pay close attention and analyzed.

Pope Francis uses a similar approach to Obama in that it is difficult for the general public to understand his mind and direction as there are many gaps in his reasoning that they seem to have to fill in themselves – and they fill them in with their own beliefs as a comfort to themselves.

Remember when Obama ran in 2008 and few understood where he really planned to take us. It was said that he was a blank slate and this allowed people to fill in the blanks as they desired about the direction he would take us.

The Noble Prize committee also filled in the blanks and gave in the Peace Prize only based on what they wanted him to be. The Noble prize secretary, Geir Lundestad, now regrets going along with the almost universal praise and giving away the prize prematurely.

Yes, Pope Francis is a nice guy and it would be fun to sit down and have a beer with him. He says some pleasant things, but here is what we need to ask.

If he actually got his way on his goals he is working toward what would be the result? Would he take us toward abundance, low poverty, less homelessness and more satisfying lives – or not?

The mistake made by many is that they accept statements that feel good rather than working out in there minds how such ideas will play out in real life and what must be done to make good sounding ideals a pleasant reality.

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The Pope and the People

This entry is part 23 of 73 in the series 2015

Sept 29, 2015

The Pope and the People

I’ve noted that there is a danger of a spiritual leader with much power attempting to influence the political direction of this country. This should be a concern, whether we agree with his views or not. If one agrees with the Pope he is likely to think, “Great, my political views are getting a shot in the arm!”

That may seem well and good at the time, but then after this protocol is established the next Pope may attempt to push some quite different and alarming views.

It wouldn’t be too troubling if the Pope wasn’t using the power of his great authority with the people to push his political agenda. If he is going to jump into the political fray then he should make it clear that he is speaking as an individual and not on behalf of Christ. He should make it clear that there is no risk for a member’s salvation to disagree with him on politics.

As it is, some are going along with his political views just to make sure God won’t be frowning on them when their souls are taken.

It is interesting to watch the power of authority at work. When a person gives to a fellow human some or all the authority that should only be given to the inner Voice, the impact of their words are greatly amplified. The power of glamour makes the ordinary seem extraordinary.

I noticed this with the Mormon prophet and other church authorities when I was a member decades ago. Even though I supported the church at that time I was repulsed by how the members seemed tremendously more impressed with the words of the authorities than should have been the case.

It has always been my approach to judge the greatness of words by the words themselves, not by who said them. Outer authority does not create greatness in words. Instead, it is intelligence and spirit in the words that gives them their value and impact.

Consider this, one of my favorite quotes:

Be like the bird who, pausing in her flight

Awhile on boughs too slight,

Feels them give way beneath her,

And yet sings, knowing she hath wings.

A thought expressed so eloquently needs no authority to give it value. It carries an inspiring living thought no matter who originated it. In this case it was Victor Hugo.

I remember when I was in the church – that faithful members looked forward to hearing the prophet speak in conference in the hope that some new revelation, teaching or profound thought would be expressed.

Instead of some new deep thought we heard repetition of what was said before – things like.

Keep the commandments

Read the scriptures.

Obey the Sabbath

Pay your tithing

Attend church

Support the church authorities.

Then came a time that the prophet at the time (Spencer W. Kimball) said something new. He boldly told the members to clean up their homes and make them more presentable, specifically telling members to paint their houses and groom their yards.

That is probably good general advice, but what amazed me was that many members took this for a great revelation.

On the other hand, if your next door neighbor told these same members to clean up their homes and yards they would not see such advice as profound at all. They’d be inclined to tell the guy to mind his own business.

I see the same thing happening with the Pope as I did the Mormon prophet. He gives us advice that one could easily find in Joe’s Bar and Grill, but because he supposedly speaks for Jesus his words are seen as much more profound than the same thing said by your friends at the bar or over dinner.

Here I paraphrased several things that were seen as so profound that they made John Boehner and others weep.

We shouldn’t pollute and work to keep the earth in a healthy condition.

Well, yeah… we all believe that. How to accomplish such a thing without creating tyranny is an idea where some profoundness could enter in.

Seek unity, not division.

Good advice you could also get at Joe’s Bar and Grill, but what specific steps are we to take?

Well he does say this:

“We must move forward together, as one, in a renewed spirit of fraternity and solidarity, cooperating generously for the common good.”

I don’t think anyone would disagree with that feel-good statement as an ideal goal that we all have but does not materialize.

Be accepting of immigrants.
The Pope is preaching to the choir here as almost all of us are very accepting of immigrants. He didn’t say anything about accepting those who break our laws and are here, but have not immigrated.

Love your neighbor.

Good plan, but we have heard this before.

Fight poverty and share your wealth.

You can hear a sermon on this in most any church.

Families and family life are good to have.

I think we are all on board with this thought.

Lots of bad guys misuse wealth and power. This must stop.

Yeah, we’ve heard this before many times, but how is it to be achieved?

So, it is interesting that a powerful authority does not have to say anything that profound or new, but if he presents it with the aura that God is speaking through him then true believers will provide their own embellishment.

So, what do I think of pope Francis? Is he a good guy or bad guy?

I see him as a man who is further along on the path than other Popes in my lifetime, except for John Paul I, who I believe was poisoned after only 33 days in office.

Pope Francis is a man of strong personal discipline, strong beliefs and strong adherence to what he sees as the right path. He is making some changes of direction which shows he has some power to initiate

He strongly identifies with people in need and wants to help them. His intentions are good and he is doing his best to make a difference in a positive way.

BUT… Good intentions does not make a person correct. Chamberlain was a decent fellow who did his best in negotiating with Hitler. After he secured an agreement that seemed to secure “peace in our time” they held a ticker tape parade for him and the media praised him more than they currently are the Pope. Then, just a short time later, after Hitler invaded Poland, his judgment was seen as the greatest folly of the age.

Just because the Pope is a spiritual leader and reaffirms the pleasant platitudes of the past and admonishes us to attain the goals set by religion does not mean that we should shut down our minds and not critically examine what he says.

Few leaders in history have mastered illusion and until this is mastered the best of intentions can take us toward disaster instead of the Promised Land. Even after illusion is dispelled the person is still fallible, for none of us have perfect judgment. We always need to use our own minds in discerning whether a thing is true, or the best course of action.

So what is he doing that is right or wrong in my judgment?

As far as his spiritual calling goes he is doing a good job. He is relaxing the discipline on the outdated doctrines of the church on birth control, divorce and the attitudes of exclusion of the past. He’s emphasizing tolerance and forgiveness, even for those who have had abortions. All this is good and may result in a permanent positive advance for the church.

On the other hand, it appears that his political views, if established, could do a lot more harm than good as they seem to have a lot of illusion in them. Why do I say this?

Let us just look at his full endorsement of the orthodox global warming approach. If he had mastered illusion he would have not made a judgment on the matter unless he had investigated both sides of the issue and it is pretty obvious he has not. He’s just tuned into what appears to be the majority view of the authorities and goes with it.

Unfortunately, this is how most people decide what they will support. They will listen to the authorities “on their side” and just go with that, ignoring the key of Judgment.

Should the Pope not have political views then?

We all have political views and should have the freedom to express them. The trouble is that when someone who is seen as speaking for God, such as the Pope, the Mormon prophet or the Ayatollah Ali Khamene, then the power of his words take on other worldly influence that can lead to undue influence in a wrong direction.

The safe route is for all of us, no matter how inspired we think we are, to express our political views as coming from our own minds and judgment and that the listeners are free to take or leave what we say.

Actually, this should also be our approach in spiritual teachings as well, as all of us are fallible and all of us have the power to check the truth of matters with the Spirit of God within us.

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Dialog with Readers

This entry is part 24 of 73 in the series 2015

Sept 29, 2015

Foolish Virgins

Clay:

I did argue with exactly what you said You said

JJ

I pointed out several areas where you argued with what I did not say and you have not commented or corrected the error.

As far as quoting the foolish and wise virgins all you have done is quote a line from the scripture and distort my meaning but did not argue with my points on it which were.

The principle is that if we are limited in what we have and need a certain amount to accomplish a goal then it is not wise to share so much (either voluntarily or involuntarily) that the goal cannot be reached. In this case neither the one with the oil or the one receiving will have enough, as pointed out by Jesus.

I used this to point out the need to control immigration. With completely open borders and no controls a wealthy country can be overrun to the point where all are diminished. Where we share our abundance wisely through controlled immigration then all will have enough.

I used the same principle talking about social programs, of which helping the down and out is just a small part of such spending. If we throw money at everything social that sounds good then pretty soon our oil will be depleted…

Wait.

That has just about happened as we are over 18 trillion in debt with no way to pay it back. We have to borrow the money to pay the interest.

If we do not control our social spending we are in danger of running too low on oil and going bust to the point where we all become poor.

Not a good thing.

I never said that all the poor are in that condition because they are foolish. The word foolish to those who were have-nots was a choice of words by Jesus, nit me, though I think most of us have lost money and have been in bad financial circumstances because of foolish decisions. It seems like you related to us some foolish financial losses you have experienced.

If you want to argue with me about why people are poor then you need to argue with what I say which is.

People are poor for a number of different reasons.

Some are born into very difficult circumstances.

Some are poor by choice because they want to do a minimal amount of work to get by.

Some have experienced temporary losses through poor choice or bad judgment, but will soon be back on their feet.

Some just make foolish decisions, contrary to good judgment and will not get ahead until they change their ways.

There are a number of reasons various people are rich and poor and to read into my writings that either is just due to one thing is to read my writings with no desire to understand.

Oct 1, 2015

Truth

Richard:

Just tell me what made you spiritual

JJ

Truth

Richard

and define what you mean by that word?

JJ

That which IS – when emotional interference and illusion are stripped away.

When we discuss politics it is always around the very spiritual Principle of Freedom. The quest for TRUE maximum freedom and liberation is the most spiritual of endeavors.

Richard:

So JJ when you say that the science of global warming is not truth, as I recall that you have, you think that is spiritual?

JJ

Which science are you talking about? There are all kinds of different conclusions reached by scientists about global warming. Actual science in any department has to rely on truth.. How the science is interpreted is subject to a lot of illusion and a political agenda. Any interpretation I have of global warming or any other area of interest based based on true facts as far as they are available. You cannot find one thing I have said about global warming that uses any false data.

Truth is spiritual wherever it is found. There is no such thing as spirituality without truth.

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True Spirituality

This entry is part 25 of 73 in the series 2015

Oct 2, 2015

True Spirituality

Even though at least 90% of what we discuss here revolves around the accepted norms of spirituality some have accused us for not being a spiritual group for a number of reasons. Among them are:

(1) They do not agree with our conclusions.

(2) We are not pious enough.

(3) We do not discuss their favorite subject enough for them. Meditation is a recent example.

(4) We do not tell members what to do.

(5) We sometimes discuss subjects that are not seen as spiritual in nature, such as science and politics.

This last point has been brought up several times lately in an attempt to convince us we are not a spiritual group.

The criteria for what is spiritual is revealed by the answer to this simple question.

What is it that takes us toward spirit and what is it that takes us away?

The answer is very simple. Truth takes us toward it and falsehood takes us away from it.

For instance, those who saw truth in the words of Jesus and accepted them moved closer to God while those who rejected them moved away.

Truth leading to spirit not only applies to spiritual teachings, but any endeavor.

For instance, those who accepted the actual truth revealed though Galileo moved closer to spirit while those who rejected moved further away.

Those who accepted true principles that established freedom for the human spirit at the foundation of the United States moved closer to spirit while those who rejected moved further away.

In politics today, those who accept the principle of freedom and reject excessive force will move closer to spirit than those who endorse force to further their political desires.

The quest for maximum freedom is perhaps the most spiritual endeavor that is possible to undertake. After all, what is always stated to be necessary to free us from the wheel of rebirth?

In every teaching it is the attainment of liberation through the acquisition of greater freedom.

He who believes that freedom is only important in some inner spiritual reality is fooling himself. The inner and the outer are intertwined and interconnected. You cannot have maximum freedom on the inside without freedom on the outside. Correspondingly, you cannot find all truth in the inner world if you cannot see what is true in the outer world. If one is deceived by those in the outer world who distort then he will be deceived by thoughtforms or spirits in the inner who also distort. It takes the power of spiritual discernment to see truth no matter where it is, inner or outer, political or religious.

The basic division in politics boils down to the true and false application of the Principle of Freedom. Even the guy who is willing to enslave his brother to get his way will claim he is the true advocate of freedom. For instance, the South, who fought to keep their slaves claimed to be the ones on the side of freedom.

Seeing the true path to freedom is a very spiritual ideal indeed and most make some mistakes in their judgments as the true vision is obtained as a result of many accurate decisions. He who can clear away the fog and see the true next step to take in the direction of maximum freedom is on the real spiritual path.

The seeker will often come to a fork in the road. There are arguments for either one as representing the one of greater freedom. The eyes of the emotional based personality have difficulty in discerning so it goes with its bias.

Even so, it is true that one choice will represent greater freedom than the other and that choice takes one in the true spiritual direction.

To consistently see that true choice requires one to raise above the emotional plane, penetrate the veil of illusion and see reality as it truly is.

He who can do this is indeed a pilgrim on the true spiritual path and is moving toward liberation.

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Richard questions whether our individual identify As you move forward you do not lose your identity, but merely that which you identify with.

For instance, the atheist believes that all he is is represented by his physical body. Later he learns that he is not his body and no longer identifies with it. Even so, he remains an individual entity.

As he moves forward he changes that with which he identifies. He moves from his emotions to his mind and finally the causal or soul body itself. He realizes that he is none of these things, but he is still an individual existence within the mind of God.

Thus shall it be worlds without end.

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Helping the Poor

This entry is part 26 of 73 in the series 2015

Oct 3, 2015

Helping the Poor

Let us start by acknowledging this one point. The rank and file of both the left and the right want to help the poor. The problem is that they have different ideas as to how this should be accomplished.

The person of the left may respond to this and say something like:

“The right are hard hearted and couldn’t care less if the poor starved to death.

One on the right may also accuse:

“The lefty only wants to give tax dollars to the poor to buy votes. If the majority of the poor voted for the right then he wouldn’t give a hoot about them.”

There are threads of truth in both accusations. There are a handful on the right who are against any form of assistance, though these rarely get elected to office. Some feel that the poor are just lazy and if they would be willing to work then they wouldn’t be poor.

Also, on the left there are those who mainly want to help them because they vote for their side. Unlike the right, many of these do get elected to public office so this gives them a big political advantage.

But among the rank and file of the left and the right are good-hearted people of compassion who are willing to go to same degree of sacrifice to assist the poor.

If both the left and the right would just tone down their accusative spirit a little and admit that most of the general public on both sides have compassion and want to help others, then a lot of the conflict would subside and maybe something positive could get accomplished.

If this is true then why does there seem to be a huge difference in the two sides?

The difference is not in the desire to help, but how to help and how much assistance should be given.

The right is prepared to spend some of other people’s money (tax dollars) to help supply basic needs such as food, shelter and some medical. Most would like to see those assisted to make some type of contribution to assist themselves and to encouraged to take steps to become financially solvent on their own.

The left generally wants to assist way beyond food and housing and extend this to complete medical, dental, education, and hundreds of assistance programs that go beyond basic needs.

This is where the conflict comes in. The right wants to keep expenditures of our tax dollars to a minimum for public assistance and fill in the gaps with free will charities while the left never reaches a level of assistance that satisfies them. When they pass one level then they move to another costly level that they begin to promote.

For instance, as soon as they passed Medicare, they began to promote additional expenditures that led to Obamacare. Now they have Obamacare they want single payer universal care. Then, if that is achieved, some other expenditure will be desired.

These two approaches are in great opposition to each other. The only peaceful way to resolve them is to place all such ideas before those who will foot the monetary bill and let the majority of them decide how much they want to assist and then use that donation supported by the majority while ceasing to borrow our grandchildren’s money for our pet programs.

One positive step both sides can make in the present, without the need of great political change, is to just see the good in each other’s hearts. The vast majority of both sides have compassion for the down and out and realize that if the right circumstances happened that they could be in need also.

If both sides start with this good will assumption in each other and cease bitter accusations to the contrary then perhaps we, as a society, can make a little progress toward achieving practical solutions and live in greater harmony.

I speak here as one who has been through some very difficult financial times in my life.

My dad was a big drinker, party guy and gambler and even when he made reasonable money my mom seldom had enough for groceries. Then at the age of 12 it finally looked like we were heading toward abundance when a major fluke caused us to lose everything. We had no money to pay rent or buy food and had to move into a shack with maybe 200 feet of living space located in my sisters prune orchard in Letha, Idaho.

Then, to make matters worse my Dad took off to Central America in search for gold and we never received any financial support from him again. We were completely on our own with no help from anyone except the shack supplied by my sister and my brother-in-law.

As far as I could discern my younger sister and I were the poorest kids by far that went to our school. None of the other kids had to live in a shack. Living in the shack didn’t seem too bad, but the difficult part was the embarrassment we suffered if someone found out where we lived and they felt sorry for us. Being felt sorry for was much more difficult than the poor circumstances.

As far as feeling poor, even though I didn’t have advantageous circumstances and no government help I never felt poor. I hated the word and refused to identify with it. Both my mother and I made the best of our situation and sought out whatever work was available. For me it was generally orchard work and picking fruit. I was a fast fruit picker and made good money at it and bought all my clothes, school supplies and personal needs. I also did a lot of hunting and fishing and we often dined on pheasant, duck, bluegill, crappie and bass that I brought home.

We lived in that shack for about a year and after that we moved into an old house and gradually became more secure largely through the shear will power of my mother. Through my high school years my mother and I picked fruit in the summer and she worked for near minimum wage in a potato plant in the off season.

The funny thing is I made pretty good money picking fruit and always bought expensive clothes for myself and kind of felt sorry for other kids who depended on their parents and had to wear the cheap stuff. I wondered why they didn’t get an orchard job, which was available to anyone who applied.

Any way, some have accused me of being out of touch with the poor, but I understand what it is like to grow up in difficult circumstances. Then there are other circumstances I could tell you about. For instance, I had a string of unbelievably bad luck where I worked for about a dozen companies a row that went out of business causing me to lose my job again and again. One of them had been in business for 150 years.

I understand difficult financial circumstances, but I also understand that you do not have to have the victim mentality and that it is more humiliating to be pitied as a victim than to be one – at least for me it was.

After all I have went through my basic philosophy toward those in need boils down to this. Help them when they cannot help themselves and do all in our power to help them to help themselves. The worst memories of the scarcity of my youth had nothing to do with the lack of material things, but the pity I sometimes encountered. That was much worse.

Anyone who wants to examine my plan that will assist those in need without bankrupting the nation go HERE.

For the full plan one can check out the link there to my book, Molecular Politics.

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Fox News

This entry is part 27 of 73 in the series 2015

Oct 5, 2015

Fox News

Since a reader attacked Fox News I thought I would say a few words.

It is silly how the left just automatically rejects news from Fox as being not “reliable” as they say.

Here is the result of a study of the news:

Tucked inside a big Brookings survey on immigration are a few questions about the integrity of television news. And there, 25 percent of respondents say they trust Fox more than any other TV source for “accurate information about politics and current events,” giving the network a slight edge over generic broadcast news. By contrast, MSNBC places last with just five percent, a hair behind The Daily Show.

This isn’t the first time a poll has found Fox as the most trusted news source. For five years running, the network has taken top honors in PPP’s annual media survey. Jon Terbush

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All news media make a few mistakes, but none are scrutinized and unfairly attacked as is Fox.

Next you make a completely false statement about Rush. You say:

He thinks the water on Mars is a leftist plot.

This is completely untrue. You must have cut and pasted this from a leftist site that is trying to smear him with lies.

I listened to the program where he talked about Mars and at the beginning of his three hour program he mentioned the discovery of life on Mars along with the theory that Mars once had an ocean two miles deep.

Then he predicted that the left will soon find some connection between the disappearance of the water with climate change.

The funny thing was that before his three hour program was up a story did appear on line which linked the disappearance of oceans on Mars to climate change. He had a good laugh about how accurately he can predict what the left will do and how quickly his prediction came true. I thought it was pretty funny myself and got a chuckle out of it.

I’m surprised you speak positively of the Drudge Report as that is where I got the story which was linked to Info Wars, as that is not a site I frequent. Drudge does a good job of making sure a story is accurate before linking to it.

He is accused of having a conservative bias, but research has shown that he links to more liberal sources than conservative. He does a good job of finding the truth wherever it is and is one reason he is my favorite source of news.

When I interplay with people of the left on various forums I generally avoid linking to any conservative site but stick to liberal sources as that is all they will consider. Fortunately, I do not have to do that for this group because they consider the message rather than shoot the messenger.

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The Point of Focus

This entry is part 28 of 73 in the series 2015

Oct 9, 2015

The Point of Focus

A subject that may just cause me more reflection than any other is the great divide between the left and the right. The interesting thing is that this division occurs in all divisions of intelligence and known spiritual progression.

I say “known” because at some point up the spiral left and right have to merge into a unified whole and seen with oneness through eyes of understanding.

Forget about the unknown for now and let us look at this division as it exists among us humans. This division exists most prominently in the political field, though one may see it expressing itself to some degree in all matters of thought.

It is curious indeed that when there is an argument as to who is right and who is wrong that we just cannot go to some informed and intelligent individual and just ask. That doesn’t work because there are intelligent and informed individuals on both sides of most every political argument.

Yes, it is interesting that if we wanted to know if a certain complex mathematical equation is correct all we would have to do is find an expert and he could tell us. If we wanted to know how to set a bone a doctor could tell us. If we wanted to know how a rocket engine works a rocket scientist could tell us.

On the other hand, if we want to know if Obamacare is a good thing, if gun control is beneficial or if abortion should be allowed there is no authority, high or low, who can give an answer that settles the conflict.

We can take most any divisive issue and watch two intelligent people from the two sides debate and after the facts are presented no one changes his mind, or rarely so.

Why is this?

The answer more than anything is the point of focus.

Both the left and the right share a lot of the same goals and ideals, but have a totally different focus on how to achieve them. For instance, both sides want world peace, but the right puts focus on peace through strength and the left on peace though being nice.

Both sides want to help the poor, but the right wants to help them become self sufficient and help them to help themselves whereas the left wants to give them money, usually other people’s money.

We see a pattern here. Both sides see the problems that exist, but the right focuses on analyzing the problem and then creating a step-by-step long term solution that may be difficult, but a permanent fix.

The left focuses on the here and now and wants quick and easy results. We can be nice to the bad guy now, but it takes time and effort to create a good defense.

If we give the poor an immediate handout the problem is solved for today, but to help them become self-sufficient takes time and effort.

If you abort a fetus the problem of inconvenience is immediately solved. Keeping the baby may require a lifetime of commitment.

There’s the easy way and the hard way to achieve a goal. Unfortunately, the easy way often turns out to be the hard way in the long run. It is easy right now for us as a nation to borrow trillions more dollars to fund programs we like, but when we find that we have to deal with that debt we then realize that the easy path was not so easy after all.

DK puts focus on the practical approach:

I am acting upon the assumption that all have lived long enough and battled sufficiently with deterrent forces of life to have enabled them to develop a fairly true sense of values. I assume they are endeavouring to live as those who know something of the true eternal values of the soul. They are not to be kept back by any happenings to the personality or by the pressure of time and circumstance, by age or physical disability. They have wisely learnt that enthusiastic rushing forward and a violent energetic progress has its drawbacks, and that a steady, regular, persistent endeavour will carry them further in the long run. Spasmodic spurts of effort and temporary pressure peter out into disappointment and a weighty sense of failure. It is the tortoise and not the hare that arrives first at the goal, though both achieve eventually…

Intention and effort are considered by us of prime importance, and are the two main requisites for all disciples, initiates and masters, plus the power of persistence.

Treatise on White Magic, Page 54

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Here DK talks about the unity that will be required that must be applied to create a Molecule

You must not imagine that the particular line of work on which you may be engaged is the factor of main interest. It is not primarily the unfoldment of the intuition, or of the power to heal, or of telepathic efficiency which is of importance. That which counts with the Hierarchy as the Ashrams function is the establishing subjectively of such a potent group interplay and group relation that an emerging world unity can be seen in embryo. A joint power to be telepathic or a group capacity to intuit truth is of value and somewhat novel. It is the functioning of groups who have the ability to work as a unity, whose ideals are one, whose personalities are merged into one forward swing, whose rhythm is one and whose unity is so firmly established that naught can produce in the group the purely human characteristics of separation, of personal isolation and selfish seeking, that is new. Unselfish people are not rare. Unselfish groups are very rare. Pure detached devotion in a human being is not rare but to find it in a group is rare indeed. The submergence of personal interests in the good of the family or in that of another person is often to be found, for the beauty of the human heart has manifested itself down the ages. To find such an attitude in a group of people and to see such a point of view maintained with an unbroken rhythm and demonstrating spontaneously and naturally—this will be the glory of the New Age.

Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, Page 22-23

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Global Warming Facts

This entry is part 29 of 73 in the series 2015

Oct 12, 2015

Global Warming Facts

Facts that the Global Warming Alarmist Hates.

Skeptics like myself do not deny facts, but use them to reach sound conclusions.

All scientists do not agree about manmade global warming. They agree that CO2 has an effect on climate, but they do not agree on how much that effect is. Guesses range from less than 1% to 100%.

Earth has had over ten times the present CO2 in past eons and life flourished.

Government plans to spend trillions to reduce CO2 will have little effect. If governments stay out of the way private enterprise will make green energies profitable.

CO2 is not a pollutant, but is a plant fertilizer. Plant life could not exist without a reasonable amount in the atmosphere. The earth is greener than it was 50 years ago because of increased CO2.

Mercury released by coal plants poses a much greater danger than CO2.

Contrary to alarmists predictions, no major hurricanes rated Category 3 or higher have struck U.S. soil during the past nine years.

Nuclear energy has reduced CO2 emissions many times that of wind and solar yet alarmists have generally fought against it.

Al Gore releases over twenty times the CO2 that I do.

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Molecular Purpose

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Oct 13, 2015

Molecular Purpose

Ginger writes:

What do you envision the first molecule actually doing (on a practical, physical level) once the soul connection of the group is created and, hopefully, maintained? Do they live in the same community (before the cities of light have been created)? Do they carry out their normal daily activities and unite periodically to bring down higher knowledge and light? Any added info would be great. I understand the basic principles of the molecule (I think) but am just curious about the practical, day-to-day implications.

JJ

Good questions. Ruth did a good job of bring up some useful information on the molecule, but I haven’t yet written much about what the lives of the members will be like when molecules are created.

I have stated though that the members will have to physically gather together to create the first molecules. It may eventually be possible to create and maintain them without physically gathering, but the members would have to be capable of non physical communication. Unfortunately, very few on the planet have such abilities.

You’ll note that in the formation of the first recorded molecule Jesus physically gathered the twelve apostles. Then after it was temporarily disabled, thanks to Judas, the group had to physically gather again to reestablish the link. After replacing Judas this followed:

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.

Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. Acts 2:1-6

Notice that when the linking up came that they were all physically gathered into one place. After this event they were often separated, but their link up remained intact as far as we know. I believe that they gathered whenever possible and this served to recharge their spiritual energies.

As Ruth noted my guess back in 1999 was quite off about how far away the organizing of the first molecule would be. At that time the internet was a new promising entity and I thought that access to it would give us a big boost in the gathering process. The trouble is that there are millions of competitors vying for the attention of users so it hasn’t been the vehicle I had hoped for, though it still holds great possibilities to help gather the lights.

You’ll notice that after the crucifixion that the Twelve had resigned themselves to going back to their regular lives working at regular jobs and being regular people. Then after the resurrection and Pentecost their lives were altered. With enhanced abilities and a definite purpose they redirected their lives to changing the world.

Even so, after the first molecule is created the members will have a sure knowledge of the powers of the spirit and seek to lift up their fellow men and women.

For a molecule to work each member has to be fully dedicated in his heart to serving his brethren and lifting up the downward focused eyes of those who dwell in darkness to the light of the soul.

The molecules will be much more sensitive to divine will than are the exoteric groups we now see about us today and no one can predict the various missions they will tune in to, but when perceived and accepted members will go forward focused on the fiery will of God. Kind of liked a spiritual mission impossible.

There will (through this and analogous groups) be set in motion on earth a network of spiritual energies which will facilitate the regeneration of the world. The influence of these groups—when permanently established and potently working—will have a wider objective than just the elevation of humanity.

The potent rhythm which animates the inner Brotherhood of the Lodge of Masters will make itself felt everywhere on earth and these groups, if successful, may be regarded as the first step toward the emergence into manifestation of the Great White Lodge. But remember this: the keynote of the Lodge is not attainment or degree. It is stable relationship, unity of thought, plus diversity of method, of effort and of function and its quality is friendship in its purest sense. The Brotherhood is a community of souls who are swept by the desire to serve, urged by a spontaneous impulse to love, illumined by one pure Light, devotedly fused and blended into groups of serving Minds, and energised by one Life. Its Members are organised to further the Plan which They consciously contact and with which They deliberately cooperate.

Discipleship in the New Age, Vol 1, Page 23

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