TOGETHER WE ADVANCE
by Ruth Winocur
At the beginning of the “Human Lifewave”, God created the Virgin Spirits. These were tiny parts of His own Being, separated off from Himself, yet still retained within Himself. We can envision this as similar to the cells within our own bodies. They are all individual cells but still a part of the whole body. Each cell has a unique function, some sort of mental activity or “knowingness” and a cooperative desire to accomplish their assigned mission. Although they appear completely independent, obviously this is not the case. Together they form an organ with a specific function necessary to our health and welfare.
Groups, in general, are composed of parts with like characteristics in some way or another. Whether they are students in school striving to learn their lessons, or a group of people forming a committee to solve some problem, the result is still the same. Each individual must work for the good of the whole. As God created the cells in the body to have awareness, but without self-awareness, there is no divisiveness. On the other hand, mankind, who does possess self-awareness, does not or has not, achieved such harmony. What is holding him back? Well, it appears that it is the self-awareness or self-consciousness he has developed that is the culprit, doesn’t it?
Thus we have a serious dilemma with which to contend. Our role in the evolutionary plan is to develop self-awareness or self-consciousness, and we have done this, but this is also our great stumbling block as well! It has produced an illusion of separation, as false and as strong as any illusion can be, which has been holding us captive for centuries. How can we escape from this prison of our own making? Real or not we must escape; we must set aside the illusion; we must really know and live the real, the true situation. How do we do this?
Christ Jesus was the greatest teacher the world has ever known because his words were simple and could be understood by almost everyone. Other words of wisdom or philosophies may be more elaborate, but none are as clear and powerful as the words of Christ Jesus. We continue to learn from his teachings to this day. If there is any solution to this problem with self-consciousness or self-awareness it must be found within his words.
Now, he does not speak directly of self-awareness or self-consciousness, nor does he speak about separation, per se, but he does give us the answer we need, and it can be found in several places in the New Testament. We are instructed to “Love God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind”. And “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” These are the two greatest commandments. In addition we are told to love, not only our neighbors, but to love our enemies as well and to do good to them that hate us. This is the great principle of UNITY being expressed in its simplest terms.
Now the heart has always been associated with love on many levels. It has been considered the seat of the affections, or seat of the emotions, since antiquity. Today we see it associated with love on valentines and we recognize the heart is a symbol of love. Matthew tells us, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” These few little words tell us that we love what we treasure and imply that our minds will be focused there. This implication is valid. Many times in the Bible mind and heart are used interchangeably. For instance, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so shall he be”. Exodus 31:6 God says, “…In the heart of all those who are wise hearted I have put wisdom”. I Kings speaks of “an understanding heart” and Psalms speaks of the “meditation of my heart”.
Our Rosicrucian Sunday Chapel Service speaks to the heart about the qualities of love from Paul’s Letters in I Corinthians 13 expressing the supreme importance of love and setting forth its qualities as patience, kindness, humility, meekness and purity. It is not ostentatious nor prideful, but clean of thought and joyful in the truth. Love hopes, endures, believes and bears all things. It never fails and is the greatest among faith and hope.
But what can we make out of all this? We have the problem before us of the multiple characteristics of love but NOT how to achieve love; especially love of all God’s creation. Some find it easier to love animals than other human beings. Perhaps the issue of Trust is the stumbling block; or perhaps the projection of one’s own darkness on to others. At any rate, it appears that we must make a determination based upon how we view ourselves; that is, do we work more easily from the heart or from the head? This is a very important decision because it shapes the course of our future.
If we work more easily from the heart, then we must practice this all the time. If this is our decision to follow the path of love, it should be our natural way of being, without thought of self or reward or keeping score. If this describes us, then this is our path. By doing this we become more and more able to truly love. LOVE IS NOT A FEELING; IT IS A STATE OF BEING. Thinking about love will not do anything, for it is only when we have practiced it long enough, that it will be ours to keep. We can only keep it by being it! We must be willing and able to look past the self, look past the dislikes and objections to viewpoints different from ours, look past the lowly and uncomely, look past all the negative thoughts, words and deeds of others and stand firmly in love. We must adapt to love in its full meaning, without hesitation, perceiving as love perceives and doing what love does. It is not a matter of picking and choosing people, times and places. It is an immediate response to the needs of others, an openness and direct contact; not a thought but simply an act. It entails ignoring or giving up much of what we identify as self. Our feelings are only the means whereby love can work, but they are not in themselves love.
Eventually love grows through wisdom about love itself, learned by experience. We learn what it means and what it can see and what it can do, asking ourselves what God sees and does and understands. Knowing that God created us with free will, it becomes obvious that all must have free will. Our love does not change that, but rather helps us to accept that very fact. The more we love, the more we realize that we are still in the process of becoming, that there is a long road before us, and that we will continue to grow and learn by practicing love. Always, we must ask God what is best for others because what we want for others might not be best for them. Accept God’s direction and continue to be all the love you can be. When we become love, totally and completely, we become as the Christ and one with God, for God is love.
On the other hand, if we are one of those people who live by the head,
who appear to be colder and somewhat more distanced from others, or less demonstrative, is our position valid? What does the Bible have to say about this? In Luke, Chapter 2, we read about the birth of Jesus and about his circumcision 8 days later in the temple. It tells about Simeon, a devout man, to whom the Holy Ghost had revealed that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. It goes on to say “And he came by the spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, ‘Lord now lettest thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for mine eyes have seen thy salvation, which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; a light to lighten the gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.’ In John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world”. This is a very powerful statement indicating that Christ Jesus was a world teacher, showing that light is directly related to knowledge. After having taught his apostles Christ Jesus said in Mark 5:14, “Ye are the light of the world”. Here we are establishing that “God is light” which makes the pursuit of knowledge valuable.
It might be helpful if we look at this from another, more scientific point of view. Understanding that the opposite of separation is cohesion, and that cohesion is the Force of Attraction in all its fullness, we automatically come to the term LOVE. So love is a coming together, not only in body, but in heart and soul and mind as well. Here discernment is of greatest importance because we must deal in honesty and in truth, not only with others, but mostly with ourselves. We must not and cannot set ourselves up as an authority and tell others what to do. Free will must have its freedom.
Our role is to be deeply interested in others and try to understand them; that is to see them as they truly are, or who and what they are and what effect they have on others and what is real for them and for others. Interactions with others and truly caring for them will temper honesty with what we see as really true about them, about us, and about our relationship with them, This relationship must be based on understanding, respect and truth. We must be able to discern the depths of their being, to see the purpose and meaning or value of things and people. Their essence must be captured and internally processed, in order for it to be identified and understood sincerely. Then it is shared in a heartfelt manner to produce light and end the confusion and inability to see how one’s actions are contrary to their best interests. Thus comes the end to suffering or depression or inappropriateness. We have to help someone to see the truth; to see their own self in full light and to make corrections necessary for their own welfare. Both the giver and receiver of light may bask in it and feel the joy it brings.
By the training of the mind with honest enquiry in the finding of knowledge, we come to a place where, finally, preconceptions will fade away. False beliefs, all of them, will eventually be corrected as we learn and grow in wisdom. As this comes about, the false belief in separation will be unmasked. Words like “cohesion” and “love” and “unity” will be fully understood to have far more meaning than we first could see. Our horizon widens to a universal viewpoint. Our minds reach out to the mind of God, to His magnificent creation and to the sure and certain knowledge that He is the Creator of everything, and that everything is made from His Energy and Being. We see how we once were as little babes, wide-eyed and ignorant, clinging to misconceptions and fairy tales. Thus we truly see that God is Light.
No matter which path is natural for us, the destination is still the same. Whether we walk the path of love, or the path of light, all things come together in God. If we walk the path of righteousness, being careful not to harm anyone, not forcing our ideas on others, helping where we can, using loving understanding as our guide and accepting the Christ Principle of UNITY we cannot miss the mark. Walk in love and light and all things will be added onto you. Together we shall advance.