September 30, 2018
The Great Awakening
Joyce Krantz: Our considerations every two weeks for years now have focused on the Truth of Being through our words and collective living. We bring to this moment a deepening current of understanding of who we are—"The changeless one I Am," as John and David articulated so beautifully in our last time together. Our role in this awakening is no small matter. It is everything!
Rumi, the twelfth-century poet and philosopher, once said, "What you seek is seeking you."
The truth of who I AM is calling to the separated identity of whom I thought I was. We have had the experience of searching for something more. Maybe it was going to be the perfect job, or the right relationship or saving humanity from its destructive ways. Something that would fill the emptiness, give purpose and meaning to our lives. Perhaps we weren't even aware that we felt empty but something was calling. Then we heard the voice of Being, external to us at first, filled with truth and clarity and beauty, resonating like a familiar memory of home. That which we sought was found.
Now the real work begins.
Rumi says, "Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it."
Here is a shift of identity and perspective. We have all been conditioned by the man-made world. Most of this is not even conscious. That conditioning is riddled with fear, anxiety and separation. But rather than being acted upon by all these forces, in our awakening, we stand firm in the perfect state of Love. We are no longer pushed and pulled by the ego, or feeling we have to achieve something in an egoic sense or feel we need to be liked or disliked. We are moved by the underlying perfection of Life's force. Not resisting the circumstances and challenges that come to us, rather we take full responsibility for our lives and actions. We see and release those attitudes, judgements, fears and conditioned responses, which would block the flow of Love and the radiant aspect of our true selves.
As our understanding deepens, through the clearer generations of our truthful and loving actions, the experience of Home increases. It becomes more real than the man-made world with all its unsustainable insanity, division and turmoil.
Life is simple. The ordinary is seen as quite extraordinary. And our focus hones to extend a blessing into the world and to bring this experience of true home into the moment and circumstance right where we are.
The other day, out of the blue, I was compelled to drive to my local grocery store—not that I needed anything. I usually wait and come with a long list of items so I avoid multiple trips. But the moment was compelling me so I thought up a short list and headed out. When I arrived, I started canvasing the store and let myself be freely drawn to wherever and whomever I needed to see—smiling and exchanging greetings. Now you are probably waiting for an aha moment here—the denouement of Joyce's excursion to the store. What or who was that special person she was called to minister to? Well it happened to be all of them. I just felt I was in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. I can't tell you more than that. Sometimes these compulsions have an obvious connection that surfaces to consciousness. One picks up the phone to call someone and that very person said they were about to call you. One has a dream of someone one hasn't seen in a long time and runs into them the next day. Chance encounters? I don't think so. There are pulsations of spirit orchestrating our lives that we have little awareness of, yet given half a chance, they would shape the world in wondrous ways if we were open to reveal them. This I know.
In this stage of the awakening process for mankind there is the continual need to transcend the prejudices and fears that separate us. Last night on the local news there was a story about the growing homeless problem in Denver, Colorado, and neighborhoods affected by the accumulating trash from those living on the streets and in parks. The city decided to start a program to employ the homeless to pick up the trash in their neighborhoods. In interviewing some of the newly employed homeless residents it was apparent that having a job and improving the neighborhood was a positive experience. They were contributing to the improvement of their home and those around them. The surrounding home owners were pleased and the lines of communication started to open up between all parties.
What will it take to restore Home for the whole earth? That is our commission. I am thankful to be in the company of all of you, who share this understanding and the many whom we don't know who are awakening to their true identity. Much has been given to us and much is now required of us.
We are not here to salve and comfort frail human egos. We are here to let them fall away as we reveal the strength and power and beauty of what true men and women, aligned with Life, are here to provide. Is that a small thing? No. It is everything!
Larry Krantz: Years ago, when I first became aware of the writings of Martin Exeter and Lloyd Meeker, who later took the name Uranda, I had a close friend in New York. We were interested in the meaning of our lives and read about the religions of the world and philosophers and spiritual writers, old and new. We were seekers, as Joyce mentioned. My journey took me to Colorado, while my friend stayed in medical school. What I discovered in the words of Martin and Uranda blew me away. It resonated deeply within me, to my very core. While not understanding why, I knew I had come home. It is very helpful to have a mentor who already knows the way and can point out the path ahead. Something true that I had known inherently was lifted into awareness. It was remarkable! With a gush of enthusiasm I called my friend and told him of the treasure I had found, the pearl of great value. My excitement was contagious enough for him to drive out to Colorado at his first opportunity, at a time when I was away. He read what I had read, met the same people, then, after a few days, drove back to New York.
We spoke on the phone. My friend was astonished that I had seen anything of value. I was equally astonished that he did not. We were at an impasse, and our close friendship evaporated. He probably thought I had lost my way, been brain-washed, or joined a cult. At the same time, I was amazed he could not see what was so plain to me. I suspect similar experiences have happened to many of you, with family and friends. Some people get it and some do not. Many are called, few are chosen.
I have often wondered why that is, why some hear the call to awaken and some do not. I think anyone can wake up at any time, yet most remain asleep. Part of the reason may be that people are too caught up in the external world, in their success or failure as they see it, lost in a human-ego experience. They have little or no room for anything else, as they dwell on themselves and their interaction with the world. Another reason is that there is also a design to things. The awakening process is like a dance, one step at a time, in the proper sequence. Certain coordinating points need to be in place, to contain a more wide-spread awakening. It is not a haphazard thing, even if the dance is slow and requires an extended time frame.
A similar situation faced the Master 2,000 years ago. I like to use the term, Master, which, to me, seems to encompass more than one specific incarnation. It speaks of character and accomplishment, of mastery of heaven and earth. He is the central point for humanity and cannot be contained by any label. Back then, many people heard Him speak and many met Him. Yet, few were willing to follow, and even fewer understood. Those in positions of power saw Him as a threat and were eager to see Him gone. They were successful doing that, but missed the vibrational victory He established by maintaining His true character, regardless of circumstance, which has opened the way for all of us.
He pointed to an experience, a spiritual experience, but such an experience is non-transferrable. Each person must know it for himself, otherwise it is imagination only. The truth cannot be known vicariously. It requires letting go of old ways and allowing a shift in identity and perspective. If that happens, a person begins to see with clear eyes, to awaken to his or her true Self. Life takes on new meaning and purpose. Staying true to that vision takes work, if we are to continue to live within a clear vibrational sphere, no matter the forces that beat against the window panes, demanding attention. Most live in a dream state, yet know at a deep level they are not all they should be, that something is off-kilter, and they find ways to rationalize their lives, which never quite measure up.
The conscious mind is part of what makes up awareness, and is generally misused and misdirected. It exists in the moment. It prides itself on the use of logic and reason, but can be pulled one way or another by emotions and memories. Input comes from the outer world, what our senses tell us, the shape of circumstances and the assortment of characters in our world, our health or lack thereof, and so on. Appropriate information is selected from the subconscious mind, the way a keyword pulls up a computer search. If mankind were in the spiritually-awake state, the subconscious mind would be filled with creative forms and bring up exactly what is needed for creative action. In the present disorganized state of humanity, the subconscious is filled with broken forms, rigid beliefs and ironclad ways of seeing things—all of it tangled with hurtful feelings and past traumas. The subconscious mind is very deep. It connects all people and past experiences; it may even go beyond the human condition. It is a rich reservoir of experience. Through this unseen connection, we may sense someone thinking of us, as when they pop into mind just before they call on the phone, as Joyce mentioned.
The dream state lacks input from the super mind, or spiritual mind. Such understanding comes from above, from a dimension beyond space and time, from God, if you will. It provides a sense of direction, of cosmic purpose, and emerges from a person's vast divine identity, which puts everything in a new light. When we are focused on the things of the earth, we do not perceive the direction of spirit, which takes into account all factors needed for creative action, to be in the flow of things. If we listen within, without coloring or judging, open to what is higher, we can indeed hone spiritual perception and discernment. That still small voice becomes louder and clearer. The noise from earthly things recedes. Only spirit can sort out the mixed-up nonsense from the subconscious mind and lift up forms that are closest to what is actually needed. This is purification. Out with the old; in with the new. It is a work in progress. The enlightened mind does not need to decide as it once did, with great mental effort; it merely sees and gladly accepts what comes from above and what arises from below. This is divine inspiration and the beginning of wisdom. Something of value emerges, and we may be grateful to have an appropriate form at hand. This inner guidance, which could be called heaven, must be primary. It allows the light of understanding to shine through and light up the earth with the shape and character of heaven.
In the awakened state, a person realizes he is part of the One who is central to all of us. That bond, that agreement in love, is unbreakable. We live on earth, free from the vicissitudes of the human state, free to be our true Selves here and now. While we may express through human forms, we are so much more. Everything is then seen as an opportunity for service, even when it is uncomfortable—especially when it is uncomfortable. Every moment is an opportunity to let the light of heaven shine forth. We know that all is well, eternally so.
The Master challenged others to turn to the living God, with all their minds and hearts. But even He could not give them the experience. They had to earn it, just as we do. He tried to give them a feel for the heavenly state through parables and stories that exemplified right functions, to help them take the first baby step toward proper spiritual alignment. Most people did not see the gift He offered and resisted the opportunity to awaken.
The Master knew the score. He is quoted as saying, perhaps to the few who understood, and by extension, to us: For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them. (Matthew 13: 15-17)
We are here, with some degree of spiritual understanding. Each of us has an important part to play in the great cycle of awakening now underway. It is a privilege to see these things and understand what has eluded so many.
Here are some other words from the Master, which may be spoken by anyone who experiences the heavenly state: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. (Matthew 7: 24-27)
It is said that He spoke with authority. Our living expression gives us authority. We know, and we know that we know. Once glimpsed, it is not easy to close one's eyes to the truth, to ignore what we have seen and heard and understood. So, let us continue to clear away the brush that blocks the light—that it shines more brightly into this world of human darkness.
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