The Seeker’s Guide to Soul Contact, Part 18

Day 198

The Open Mind

Principle Ten: Unless the seeker has an open mind progress upon the path of discovery will cease.

I have a friend who, for a period of time, made it a point of asking his religious friends if they considered themselves open-minded. He never received a “no” answer. They all considered themselves open-minded and dispassionately able to consider new thinking.

Then after he received a positive answer he would present them with a thought that ran contrary to their church beliefs. Suddenly, their minds closed down and they wanted to end the discussion.

Then he would say something like, “I thought you said you were open-minded.”

To this was the response that yes they still saw themselves as open-minded but his direction was plain wrong. Most would not even allow him to present his facts.

You may rest assured that the Vatican scientists who condemned Galileo also thought they were open-minded. They just didn’t want to look through Galileo’s ridiculous telescope. Even so, did those who burned heretics at the stake see themselves as the fair and open-minded ones.

It is interesting then that virtually everyone, even the most closed-minded, see themselves as being open to new knowledge. It is also noteworthy that all of us know a number of people we consider to be closed minded.

In other words, the closed minded person cannot see the flaw in himself, but can see it in others.

The fact is that he may be judging an open-minded brother to be closed just because he does not agree with himself, yet judges himself to be open minded because to him, his beliefs are just true.

At this point we need to define what it is to be open-minded.

To be open or closed-minded does not mean to agree or disagree with the other guy. An open-minded person may listen to all the facts and reject an argument because it just makes no sense.

I make this point because many accusations of closed-mindedness occur because the other fellow does not agree.

In the end, the open-minded person may agree or disagree but what he will do is consider the possibility that a proposal may be true and look at the facts involved.

Let us take an example. The belief in a flat earth has resurfaced and has been circulating around the internet. Though it may seem outrageous to even consider such a belief, the open minded person will look at their arguments and see if there is anything to them. Then he can weigh their arguments against overwhelming evidence, such as pictures of a globe earth taken by the United States, Russia, India, Japan, China, European Union and private spacecraft.

The saying goes that one should be open, but not have a mind that leaks like a sieve. In other words, one should be open, but maintain a filtering system and maintain a healthy skepticism.

Assignment: Take the following quiz and honestly asses your own degree of openness.


Everyone thinks he has an open mind, but in reality we all have acquaintances who immediately shut down their minds to ideas that do not conform to their pre-conceived notions. Take this test for an indication of how open-minded you are:

(1) The politician who you least like comes up with a plan for world peace. How would you react?

(a) I would assume that the plan was as bad as the rest of his ideas.

(b) I would listen to the proposal, but I know I wouldn’t like it.

(c) I would listen to the proposal with the idea that it may contain something of value.

(2) An acquaintance wants you to listen to what you consider to be the worst music in existence so he can explain to you why it has value.

(a) You would not consider such a thing

(b) You would listen but are sure it has no redeeming value

(c) You would listen with the idea that this person may perceive something of value that you do not.

(3) You are at a party and meet a person who says he is a member of The Flat Earth Society. He tells you that the stars above are an illusion, the earth is really flat and we only appear to be circling around the sun. He seriously tells you that he can logically prove all of this if you will listen to him a few moments.

(a) The man is obviously a crackpot and you excuse yourself.

(b) You listen for entertainment value only

(c) You listen at least partly because you want to see if his thought has any logical foundation.

(4) You have a six-year old daughter who, as far as you know, is completely normal. One day she comes to you out of the blue and says that some space people are in contact with her by mental telepathy and that they have an important message for the people of the earth. How would you react?

(a) I would feel that she has a problem and take her for professional help (a minister or psychologist).

(b) Ignore the problem and hope it goes away.

(c) I would question her with a mind open to the possibility that the communication may be valid.

(5) A representative of a religious cult knocks on your door and wants you to read a pamphlet proving that their leader is God incarnate. What do you do?

(a) Slam the door on him before he can explain why he is there.

(b) Politely listen to him but refuse the pamphlet.

(c) Take the pamphlet but not read it.

(d) Take the pamphlet and read it.

(6) An old friend who has a reputation of being eccentric and whose advice caused you to lose money in the past approaches you with a sure-fire-get-rich-quick business venture. It requires $10,000 investment which you happen to have at the time and he tells you that you should be able to get that back ten-fold in a month and possibly have financial security for the rest of your life. You would:

(a) Be polite, but refuse to listen to his new scheme.

(b) Listen to what the man has to say, then ignore him without trying to consider his ideas.

(c) Listen to his idea with the possibility (however slim) of acting on it.

(7) Which of the following have you changed your opinion or belief on after the age of 18?

(a) Your religion

(b) Your political party

(c) Birth control

(d) Abortion

(e) Capitalism or communism

(f) The environment

(g) Nuclear arms or world peace

(h) Legalization of drugs

(i) The foods you like

(j) The type of person you want for a mate


1a 0, 1b 0, 1c

2a 0, 2b 1, 2c 2

3a 0, 3b 1, 3c 3

4a 0, 4b 1, 4c 2

5a 0, 5b 1, 5c 1, 5d 3

6a 0, 6b 0, 6c 2

On question 7 score two points for each category in which change occurred.


0-12 Points: You may think you are open-minded, as all people do, but in reality you instinctively resist any idea that is not commonly accepted within your group or belief system. You tend to fear others who are different than yourself. Lighten up and be more flexible.

13-17 Points: You may change when you have to, and some may see you as open-minded, but you tend to listen to an opposing point of view out of courtesy rather than having any consideration for it. 18-24 Points: You have a good live and let live philosophy. You have a high tolerance for other points of view. You are open-minded on a subject you feel is important or credible but will not sustain enough interest to keep your mind open if the subject is not on your interest list.

25-34 Points: You are truly an open-minded person. You will always be open to all possibilities. This will lead you into many interesting experiences. To use this open-mindedness effectively, however, make sure you maintain a stable mind or others may think you are fickle-minded.

Affirmation: “I am open to all things, but fixed on finding the truth.”


Day 199

Learn by Doing

Principle Eleven: You can prove a teaching true or false by applying it in life. We lean by doing much faster than by listening or reading.

Jesus pointed us toward this important principle when he said:

“If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” John 7:17

In other words, doing and applying what we learn will lead us to an understanding of the truth. We can then find the true ingredients of a teaching and discard the false.

Let us suppose that you have never played golf in your life but for some reason took an interest in it and decide that you want to become good at the sport. You figure it is important to learn everything you can about the subject so you buy all kinds of books giving tips. You read dozens of books and probably know as much about golf as Tiger Woods. You figure you know how to make the perfect swing and you expect great results on your first try. You go out on the course, place the ball on the tee and take a swing. To your horror you missed it completely. It takes a couple more swings before you hit the ball and then you didn’t accomplish much. “This isn’t the way it is supposed to go,” you think to yourself. “I knew what to do, but just couldn’t apply it for some reason.”

The simple answer is that taking in data, even if correct, is not enough. Learning must including application to be complete.

Many want to learn by incorporating 90% study and 10% application when it should be the reverse. The student is much better off spending most of his time applying instead of just learning.

The same principles of learning apply to spiritual principles as to a sport like golf.

What will teach the seeker the most about love? Spending ten hours with a book about it or one hour bringing smiles on the faces of little children?

Or how about forgiveness? Many hours with a book, or just one instant of letting go of the grievance?

Or enlightenment? Ten hours of study or one hour reflecting on a profound thought?

Or how about teaching? Yes study is important, but to keep what you have learned you must give it away. The teacher learns much faster by teaching and sharing than by study.

Assignment: Assess that which you need to learn at this point in life and contemplate how you can enhance your learning though doing as much as possible.

Affirmation: “I keep that which I learn through doing and sharing.”


Day 200

Ask Questions

Principle Twelve: To receive answers you must first ask questions.

One of the main differences between a seeker and one who is not is that the seeker asks questions. The true seeker is somewhat amazed when he discovers how little the average person will question the world around him.

Yes, the average guy will have numerous beliefs, but few of those beliefs come from asking questions. Instead, many of them are merely implants accepted by his brain because he is following the line of least resistance.

The true seeker will have many questions that will often take him on the path less traveled by.

The difference between the seeker who has gained knowledge and wisdom lies not in inherited gifts, talent and intelligence but in the fact that he has asked questions and driven himself to find the answers.

The average person asks few questions outside his comfort zone. Those few he does ask are in response to his standardized education or involving the necessity of making a living. Few ask questions about spiritual things or philosophy beyond that which they have learned in church or school.

It takes as much intelligence to come up with the right questions as it does to recognize the right answers. Questions and answers are indeed interrelated. You will not find meaningful answers without first asking the right questions.

One thing that drives questions for the seeker is a lack of logic in something he is taught which may be something that many just accept without question.

Seekers have many questions that just do not occur to the rank and file. Here is an example of a dialogue:


SEEKER: Is God all-knowing?


SEEKER: Does God know before a person is born if he will be saved or damned?


SEEKER: Then why does God create people that He knows are going to be damned? Wouldn’t it be better for Him to have just not made the damned to avoid all that suffering?

BELIEVER: We have to come here to prove to ourselves that we can be saved.

SEEKER: Do the damned have to prove to themselves that they can be damned?

BELIEVER: I guess so. I never thought of it.

SEEKER: If you were a creator, would you make something that wouldn’t work just so you could say to it: “I made you and I knew even before I made you that you wouldn’t work, but I just wanted to prove to you that you wouldn’t work. Now because you don’t work you are damned for all eternity.” That sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?

BELIEVER: I’m sure God has his reasons we are not aware of.

SEEKER: But we are going by what you claim to be aware of, and that is God is all knowing, and that He knew who would be damned for eternity. Is there any rhyme or reason why He would create a soul He knew was going to be damned?

BELIEVER: So we can appreciate being saved.

SEEKER: You mean you have to make sure there are others burning in Hell before you can enjoy Heaven?

BELIEVER: It is God’s plan.

SEEKER: If you knew your mother, father and children were burning in Hell for eternity while you were in Heaven, then would this make Heaven more enjoyable for you?

BELIEVER: No. Of course not.

SEEKER: Then how does God’s creation of souls that He knew will be damned add to your enjoyment of Heaven?

BELIEVER: I guess it wouldn’t really.

SEEKER: So why did God create souls He knew would be damned?

BELIEVER: You’ve got me confused. You tell me.

COMMENT: The Scriptures tell us that it is God’s will that “All” be saved. As you can see, it would be ridiculous for a Creator to make souls He knew would be damned.

Assignment: Ask yourself: “How much questioning have I done in this life? Have I sought with a burning desire that led to answers? Come up with three questions to which you wish you knew the answers and contemplate on what those answers may be.

Affirmation: “I ask because I want to know.”


Day 201

The Law of Correspondences, Part 1

Principle Thirteen: That which is above will have elements that correspond to that which is below, and that which is below will likewise have elements that correspond to that which is above.

This law can be a great help to the seeker in the discovery of truth. It can also lead him into error if he misunderstands it. Many teachers have made the mistake of telling us that correspondences are exact and they are not. The correspondence between the higher and lower have similarities, but are never exact. If therefore, the seeker tries to understand the unseen by following this law with black and white exactness then he will fail.

Instead of seeing correspondences matching with exactness the seeker must use one level as hints to find truth in another level. If he sees the hints and uses his intuition then he can discover much that is true.

The physicist, Niels Bohr, used this principle correctly to come up with the basic structure of the atom. He concluded that the atom may correspond to a miniature solar system with a heavy nucleus containing most of the mass encircled about by much lighter electrons. It turns out that indeed there are many correspondences between an atom and a solar system, but there are also many differences. Yet the correspondences were close enough to aid in putting together the first elementary ideas of what atoms are and how they function.

So, why are correspondences not exact? To understand this it is helpful to imagine that you are God and had just finished perfecting the atoms. Now you want to create on a much higher level. Do you just repeat on a higher level what you just did on a lower? No. That would be boring. You like a challenge and creation is most fun when it is diverse and challenging. So, instead of just repeating yourself you decide to follow basic working principles but do something new and different and hopefully better than before.

One should not be surprised that Divine Intelligence does new and different things on different levels, after all it is written:

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.” Revelation 21:5

“Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the days of old. Behold, I will do a NEW thing; now it shall spring forth….” (Isa 43:18-19)

It is also written that we are in the image of God and it is human nature to not want to do the same thing over and over so we, like God, enjoy creating new things. The new has similarities to the old, but rarely is it an exact duplication.

Assignment: Use the Law of Correspondences today and pay particular attention to the numbers three and seven. For instance, the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit corresponds to Father, Mother and Child. Where are there other correspondences? Where do you see the number seven manifest?

Affirmation: “Truth leads to more truth.”


Day 202

The Law of Correspondences, Part 2

Let us look at the first part of the assignment which are correspondences with the trinity.   The most well-known trinity is, of course, the Christian view of the Godhead. It seems kind of confusing to many when preachers tell us they are three and yet one, but perhaps there is more correspondence to this than believers realize.

The guitar string principle helps us to see a correspondence here. Suppose you have a guitar with only one string on it and then you pluck it. When you watch it vibrate how many strings do you see? You see three strings. But in reality are there three strings?

No. There is only one string in vibration causing the appearance of three strings. The lower illusionary string corresponds to the second aspect and the top, the third, or opposing part of the duality.

In the true reality there is no top and bottom string but only the reality in the middle. Even so, in the true reality, there is neither male nor female, light and dark, hot and cold, but only the foundation God who reflected Itself to infinity and caused these reflections to vibrate to create the appearance of real physical worlds of form.

As we go deeper and deeper into matter all we can find are wavelengths, or mini guitar strings in vibration. That invisible force that causes the vibration creating the wavelength corresponds to the Father and the two polarities are represented by the Son and Holy Ghost (or Mother).

As we explore the microcosmic world through electron microscopes we see that trinities, or triangles of three, manifest in all creation. Then as we inspect various enterprises successfully created by humans we also see trinities manifest.

In starting his church, for instance, Jesus had three close disciples, Peter, James and John.

There are several trinities aiding the work of Mohammad. The first was Allah, Gabriel and himself. The second was more earthly which was Mohammad, his wife, Khadijah, and her Christian cousin, Waraqah ibn Nawfal who first accepted his revelations.

The Buddha started his movement with himself and two disciples, Taphussa and Bhallika.

A successful business is initiated by someone who gets an idea (representing the father), and then finds two close associates who help him to manifest that idea.

For instance Steve Jobs, Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne founded Apple Computer.

Microsoft was initiated by Bill Gates and his friend Paul Allen in cooperation with Micro Instrumentation and Telemetry Systems president, Ed Roberts.

The Beatles were initiated by McCartney, Lennon and Harrison. Ringo came along four years after the band was created.

Individuals may come and go in an organization but if it continues to have success a powerful trinity will manifest at the top.

America was founded on the trinity of the Presidency, Congress and the Judiciary.

The family is founded on Father, mother and children.

The trinity of planes of human endeavor are the physical, emotional and mental. The focus of spiritual endeavors are atma, buddhi, manas.

Yes, the Trinity is the foundation of all creation whether it be organic life or organized human beings and there are many correspondences and truths to be found.

Assignment: Now concentrate on the number seven. What is its significance and what are some truths to be gleamed from it?

Affirmation: “I see the three within myself and without.”


Day 203

The Law of Correspondences, Part 3

The number seven is an interesting number that we see often repeated in scripture, in esoteric literature, in philosophy and in nature itself.

In the Bible alone this number is repeated 735 time and 54 times in just the Book of Revelation.

Perhaps the most famous use of the number seven is found in the seven days of creation with the seventh day becoming the Sabbath, a holy day.

The idea of the seven days certainly took hold in the consciousness of humanity for our calendars still tabulate the days of the week as being seven.

Throughout the Old Testament we see the number seen repeated often. For instance, Noah gathered seven pairs of clean animals that were received into the Ark. There were seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of plenty in the days of Joseph who was sold into Egypt. There are seven things that God hates mentioned in Proverbs. There were seven lamps on the golden lampstand in the tabernacle.

Joshua and Israel marched around Jericho seven times while seven priests blew seven trumpets before the walls came crashing down.

Then in the New Testament Jesus said to forgive seventy times seven.

Jesus fed the multitudes with seven loaves of bread and afterwards the disciples gathered seven baskets of leftovers.

The Book of Revelation uses the number with the most pronounced symbolism. The first chapter introduces the seven churches, the seven spirits before the throne of God, the seven candlesticks and the seven stars.

Later we come across the famous seven seals, the seven angels blowing seven trumpets, the seven thunders, a dragon with seven heads, seven plagues, seven vials, seven mountains and seven kings – just to give a partial list.

In esoteric literature the seven rays behind creation are given much weight as well as the seven Root Races with their seven sub races. There are also seven chakras.

In Buddhism, seven is the number of ascent, and Buddha is said to have walked this number of steps at his birth.

In Islam there are seven heavens and hell has seven gates.

Astrology was founded on the movement seven planetary bodies and emphasis was placed on the seven stars of the Great Bear as well as the seven of the Pleiades.

In nature we have the seven colors of the rainbow, the seven musical notes, the seven electron shells of an atom, our skin is regenerated in seven days and every cell in our body is replaced every seven years. There are seven seas, seven continents and seven wonders of the world.

Even Shakespeare used the number in his famous quote: “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being SEVEN ages.”

Christian commentators often tell us that the significance of the number seven is that it signifies completion, but is that all there is to it? Use the information given today for a seed thought and see if you can find additional meaning behind this number.

Affirmation: “I will take seventy times seven steps toward the Kingdom of God.”



Day 204

The Law of Correspondences, Part 4

Indeed, we see that the number seven shows up often in nature and inspired writings. It manifests so much from the human mind because it signifies deep truth that is verified by the human soul.

The common idea is that because creation was said to have ended on the seventh day that the number signifies completion. There is a certain amount of truth to this for there are seven rays of creation that permeate all form in physical creation.

Creation begins with the One which vibrates and creates the three, or the Trinity. This also corresponds to the three primary colors of red, yellow and blue. Then from the three the seven is manifest and from the seven comes the foundation of all creation.

There are a number of ways to look at this number. As far as the rainbow goes one color morphs into another in linear sequence.

The creative rays manifest differently. You have the one, then the three and from the third ray the other four manifest.

On the other hand, the Star of David is also associated with creation. This is composed of one triangle pointing downward and an overlapping triangle pointing up. The one pointing downward represents forces pulling us toward matter and the upward triangle represents forces pulling toward Spirit. The two triangles represent six points with the seventh being a point in the center signifying synthesis of the two, or the point of soul energy that manifests as spirit touches matter.

As stated earlier, all creation begins with three. Any stable creation begins with the one who has the idea who then gathers two supporters that help in the manifestation.

But at this stage the creation is not complete and is still in danger of collapse. The creation can become self sufficient when seven are gathered who will stand by the ideals of the creation and support it.

If you look at any successful organization you will first find the one, then the three and finally the seven. When you find seven leading entities in harmony in an organization you may rest assured that it is in stable condition.

Another significant number is twelve and again we find it used many times in the Bible. We read of the Twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve stones of the breastplate of the high priest, the twelve apostles of Jesus and the twelve entrances to the city of the New Jerusalem.

This number surfaces many times in our society. For one thing this number dominates our time and space. We have twelve months in a year and twelve numbers on the clock. Then our rulers have twelve inches to a foot. We organize many things for sale by twelves, for instance, a dozen eggs.

Then we cannot leave out the twelve signs of the Zodiac.

Alcoholics Anonymous has 12 steps, 12 traditions, and 12 concepts for world service.

The number 12 is often found in the human body: there are 12 cranial nerves, 12 ribs on the average human body, and 12 systems of the human body (cardiovascular, digestive, etc.). Additionally, the weight of blood is about one twelfth of our body.

We could go on but this gives us an idea of this ubiquitous number.

The ancient Greek sage, Pythagoras, taught the number twelve had divine, mystical meanings.

Assignment: Contemplate the meaning of this number what it means and why it has been used down through the ages.

Affirmation: “I will take twelve steps toward the light, and then one more.”

Day 205

The Law of Correspondences, Part 5

Consider the progression leading to the number twelve. A creation begins with the one initiator getting an idea. He then gathers around him two companions who begin the work of manifesting it. The idea gains momentum until seven are gathered as one mind causing a finished materialization.

To cause a finished creation to maintain existence one more step is needed and that would correspond to a glue that would hold various pieces together. Twelve thus represents a governing force that keeps order and structure in place.

We began with the one and then the three. Finally, the seven of the Star of David, representing completion. The governing twelve then is composed of 3X4 a symbol of the New Jerusalem which city “lieth foursquare,” yet has twelve entrances.

The symbolic governing power is seen in the words of Jesus to his twelve apostles:

“…ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Matt 19:28

It is interesting that a jury is composed of twelve people. A jury of twelve selected from the people gives added stability to a state or nation.

It is interesting to consider that when you add Jesus to the twelve you have a thirteenth. The thirteenth represents powerful authority, such as authority from God or a king.

Such an authority may work well if you have someone like Jesus taking this place, but with the many the authority is misused and the power of antichrist is manifest instead. Therefore, for maximum safety a group of twelve should see the thirteenth as the invisible Christ rather than a visible totalitarian.

All of the numbers 1-13 are very potent in meaning. The nine is very stabilizing as it is composed of three trinities. The ten is the basis of our numbering system and two represents duality. Some call it the first real number.

Understanding the importance of numbers is important in the use of the Law of Correspondences as the numbers in one creation will often correspond to numbers in another.

Now let us use this law on something else. In the atomic world we have three basic types of charges which are positive, negative and neutral. See if you can come up with six different things in everyday life that correspond to these.

Affirmation: “I see, I turn, and see new forms similar to the old.”

Copyright by J J Dewey

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