Along the Path Blog
I'm going to veer a little from the topic of the last post to share a piece that emerged this week from a dark hole in my filing system. It has long been a favorite of mine and one that I've taken out to read when I need to be reminded of its very important message.
There is an old legend of the Middle Ages. It seems that a citizen was arrested by one of the barons and shut up in a dungeon in his castle. He was taken down dark stairs, down, down, down by a ferocious looking jailer who carried a great key a foot long. The door of the cell was opened and he was thrust into a dark hole. The door shut with a bang, and there he was.
He lay in the dark dungeon for twenty years. Each day the jailer would come, the big door would be opened with a great creaking and groaning, a pitcher of water and a loaf of bread would be thrust in and the door closed again.
Well . . . after twenty years, the prisoner decided that he could not stand it any longer. He wanted to die, but he did not want to commit suicide, so he decided that the next day when the jailer came he would attack him. The jailer would then kill him in self-defense and thus his misery would be at an end. He thought he would examine the door carefully so as to be ready for tomorrow and, going over, he caught the handle and turned it. To his amazement, the door opened, and upon investigation he found that there was no lock upon it and never had been, and that for all those twenty years he had not been locked in, except in belief.
At any time in that period he could have opened the door if only he had known it. He thought it was locked, but it was not. He groped along the corridor and felt his way upstairs. At the top of the stairs two soldiers were chatting, and they made no attempt to stop him. He crossed the great yard without attracting attention. There was an armed guard on the drawbridge at the great gate, but he paid no attention to him, and he walked out - a free man!
He went home unmolested and lived happily every after. He could have don't this any time through those long years since his arrest if he had known enough, but he did not. He was a captive, not of stone and iron, but of false belief. He was not locked in; he only thought he was. Of course this is only a legend, but we are all living in some kind of prison, some in a prison of lack, some in a prison of remorse and resentment, some in a prison of blind, unintelligent fear, some in a prison of sickness. But always the prison is in our thought and not in the nature of things.
There is no truth in our seeming troubles. There is no reality in lack. There is no power in time or conditions to make us old or tired or sick. "You are not locked in a prison of circumstances. "
"You are not chained in any dungeon. Turn the handle, walk out, be FREE!"
Build a mental equivalent of freedom, of vibrant physical health, of true prosperity, of increasing understanding and achievement.
~ Author Unknown
"In my Father's house are many mansions." John 14:2 in the New Testament of the Christian Bible.
"These many mansions are the many subtle planes in the spiritual world," states Geoffrey Barborka in The Divine Plan (1980). Death, and birth in the astral world are merely a change in consciousness. When we die to the physical plane, we lose consciousness of the physical life and become aware of our subtle astral form in the astral world. This does not intend to imply that all consciousness of the physical world is annihilated, however, but rather that our attention will be primarily in the next dimension where our vehicles or bodies are compatible with the astral atmosphere.
We live in a solid, material, physical world and wear solid physical bodies. The physical or material world is where our consciousness resides. When we leave our bodies during sleep we are conscious on another level in another of our bodies - one of the more subtle bodies which we occupy. We travel to the realms of those who have made their transition from the physical world and visit with them, at times, when we dream.
When our senses are active, in tasting, smelling, touching, listening and seeing, we are working principally through our physical bodies. When our powers of will and visualization are exercised we are working mainly through our astral bodies - while still in the physical. Our causal body finds expression when we are thinking or diving deep into introspection or meditation; the cosmic thoughts of genius come to the person who habitually contacts his/her causal body. This process of contact can be conscious or unconscious. In this sense, a person may be classified as chiefly materially minded (physical level) or energetic (astral level) or intellectual (causal level) depending on the level one is accessing at that time. While still in the physical level of existence, then, a person uses and is more or less conscious of all three of these vehicles, the physical, the astral and the causal bodies. (The Great Transition: Bridges to the Afterlife, Ann Frazier West) http://www.amazon.com/Great-Transition-Bridges-Afterlife/dp/145258480X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411688966&sr=1-1&keywords=the+great+transition+bridges+to+the+afterlife
This is a happy day!!! The manuscript I've been working on for several years has finally hatched and has been submitted to Balboa Press to be published. I do not yet have a timeline for its publication, but as soon as I do, I'll post it here.
When I started this blog, I had many ideas and concepts to share, but the nudging toward finishing the book became more and more urgent. I had to suspend the topics of the blog and finish my bigger project to share with others, instead. I'll come back to the original lesson material when the book is launched - perhaps before then.
The book is a subject close to my heart because of the continuing inspiration of "three remarkable women" in my life who have now passed on into the afterlife. I continue to connect with them in other-dimensional levels and feel their guidance in my life, always. What began as a book about my connection with these women - my mother, my close friend and my teacher/friend, expanded into a story which includes my own spiritual journey and, through my personal sharing, a guidebook for readers who are ready and willing to connect with their loved ones on the other side of life. It is an experience that is open to all who desire it - a most fulfilling and comforting experience.
Watch for more about the book: THE GREAT TRANSITION: Bridges to the Afterlife.
As we enter the New Year we have a new vibration to respond to universally. This vibration changes every twelve months with the beginning of each new year.
In September, the 9th month of the year, the influence of any vibration activated on January 1st begins to finish its mission and to blend it with the influence of the mission of the coming year. The old year is ushered out on December 31st and a new influence comes in with full force, bringing with it a new focus for the new year.
Our New Year, 2013, comes under the vibration of the number "6" (2+0+1+3). Our universal "5" influence has set the stage with its many and sudden changes throughout this past year; interest in new and varied subjects; expansion in our inner and outer lives.
In the vibration of a "6" year, matters of home, family, health, service and business will come to the fore. Improvements to these areas are inportant to us this year. After the breathless activity in 2012 we want to settle down and regroup, to make needed adjustments and bring things into harmony within our lives. In the number "6" is found the expression of the feminine principles which include receptivity, intuition, sensitivity, and creativity.
"Six" is the number that promotes service to others, and it brings awakening of psychic and spiritual sensitivity in those receptive to the energy. You may find yourself wanting to make life a bit easier for those around you . . and around the world.
Take good care of yourself, first, and you will be more balanced and ready to offer your service to others.
May all your best dreams come true in 2013!
This post is in response to Deborah's comment on "pain and suffering" in the previous post:
Deborah . . . Thank you for your thoughtful comments below. The topic of pain and suffering is related to our study of the initiations. Epigenisis is a term used in Science in our modern world, but it is also used in Theosophy. In the latter, epigenisis can denote "genius, originality, and free-will." In this use of the word we can say that epigenisis produces a spiral evolution of all the kingdoms ever moving up into higher vibrations instead of what would otherwise become a circular groove ending in static extinction." (Alder, 1972) So epigenisis is the instrument and the builder of evolution and progress and is brought into being by one agent - pain.
The feeling and desire nature are necessarily connected to the astral plane - it is sometimes called the plane of illusion and can in its imbalance in our being lead us into delusion. Creativity, originality, feelings and emotions - both positive and negative - are influenced by astral consciousness. The animal kingdom is building an emotional-desire body, developing an emotional nature, and they respond and react with feeling and instinct rather than with reason. A goal of the human kingdom is to learn to control the desire body - the emotional level and live more consciously in the mental level. The vibrations are higher on the mental level. As we evolve the astral or emotional level can still be used for pleasure, but the evolved human being will learn to control emotional pain from a higher level - mentally and spiritually.
The result of pain, according to Vera Stanley Alder in The Initiation of the World, is awareness, reaction, adaptability, modification, originality, genius, and epigenisis. We as humans have been given free will which explains why we are responsible for our own pain. As we evolve we will no longer need pain to help us learn right from wrong. We are learning about balance on all levels of our being and helping others to achieve balance, too.
Human selfishness, consciousness still at a relatively lower stage of development, greatly affects the animal kingdom. There are unthinkable cruelties still being inflicted upon millions of animals every year. The animals suffer at our expense. Each kingdom experiences sacrifice to the kingdom above it. It is an evolutionary process, and the sooner we develop and evolve spiritually in the human kingdom the sooner we can stop the suffering of the kingdoms below us.