December 13, 2017

Thirty  Years  Ago  Today


EDL  the  Door

Martin Exeter   December 13, 1987

There is indeed a cord of connection symbolized by the telephone line, but this cord of horizontal connection which we know this evening and this morning may be woven more strongly during this hour. The fact that it exists at all is consequent upon the cord of vertical connection. To the extent that there is this connection from heaven there is also the connection on earth. Such connections on earth are impossible in any close meaningful sense, connections of agreement, without first the woven connection between heaven and earth. Because there is such a connection in our own experience, a heavenly connection, we delight also in the earthly connection.

A door has indeed been opened in heaven. The opening of the door lets the light shine. Identity is in the light. Unless the light shines one cannot experience one's own true identity which, as we well know, is found in heaven. It isn't discoverable on earth by examining the earth. It isn't discoverable by looking into our psychological character, for instance. It isn't discoverable by examining our physical forms. Our physical forms are a door, which must be opened by the shining of the light. The physical form as it is now known in this human state is very dense. The light finds quite a job getting through. Sometimes there are those who are spoken of as having a glow of health. That is a very restricted evidence of life in that form, but there is something much more to be known than is presently conceivable to the human mind.

The human mind is the means by which the light may shine. We have spoken of Lucifer, the light-bearer. The transparent mind allows the already existing angelic light to shine through. The mind is not an entity of itself, as it tries to be in the human state. Trying to be an entity of itself, it becomes satan; it lands up in darkness. The state of the human mind, in the peoples of the world as we now know it, is darkened. The light is still present—we're still alive—but the light shines in the darkness and the darkness comprehends it not. We are aware of this state where there is a separation between the heaven and the earth of the individual human being. That separation has taken place because satan, the darkened mind, has usurped the position of the true identity, the true identity which isn't Lucifer but is revealed by the fact of Lucifer's presence, because Lucifer is the light-bearer, the identity-bearer. It makes possible the experience of the true identity. In light is the truth of each one. What a very practical suggestion: "Let your light so shine." That simply means, allow Lucifer to be restored so that the light of true being may shine forth. And when it does, there is the identity, and it is known. It means that we are identifiable by the light which is shining. Lucifer begins to come again into place; and the darkened satan consciousness, while one may be aware of the fact of it, carries little or no weight.

Let your light so shine. It is a spiritual light, in which case it probably seems to be incomprehensible light. But heaven and earth are one; so what is deemed to be spiritual light has its counterpart in the earth, which could be said to be literal light. The evidence of man, the truth of man, is in the light. This physical form is something of a burden, isn't it? We have to lug it around. It becomes a more evident burden as one grows older. It's a heavy load of flesh to pack around! This is a form which has enabled the continued existence of potential Man on earth. It is useful because of this. But to become the form of Man it must be filled with light. "If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light"—literal light. They say that light weighs a little, but not much. It's very light! And if the composition of human expression in living is light, the body becomes light. Here we see something of a transformation, even transmutation, to occur. Man is composed of a body of individuals, and the form of that body is made up of the individuals who compose it. That body is properly the light in expression, the radiant light made manifest. This is something very different to this heavy clod of flesh.

We find that there are variations in the shining of the light. We may take what is occurring now as an example. My responsibility is of a particular nature which will permit an intensification of the light to shine by reason of my radiant expression. This is very different to what may occur in conversation, for instance, during the day. In other words, as Uranda put it one time, the sun rises, and there is day; there is a bright intensity of radiation for whatever period of time is necessary for that. And then the sun sets. But the Morning Star is still there. In fact when the sun is shining the Morning Star can't be seen, but when the sun sets the Morning Star is right there. Lucifer is always on hand, but he is the light-bearer. He doesn't bear a flaming torch which is always the same intensity. He bears whatever light is necessary in the particular circumstance of the moment. And there is a variation in the intensity of that light, but it is always the same light, but there are pulsations in the creative process, and it shines with the intensity that is necessary in the moment, unless we block it.

So we are very much aware, I'm sure, of the real nature of our responsibility mentally. The light determines what is thought. The light determines, therefore, what is said and what is done. Here is the process of creation. Creation comes through thought. It has continued to come through the thoughts of human beings in this fallen condition, but very sluggishly. It takes a great deal of the sweat of the brow to get anything done. We all know that, in this human state. We've struggled with it and exhausted ourselves at the business. But where the thought which moves through the mind is not generated by the mind but is generated by the light, it's easy and there is a natural flow. And all creation has occurred on this basis within the range of the responsibility of man. It would be very risky, wouldn't it, if presently your thoughts during a day were immediately to take form! So it's useful that a certain sluggishness has put in an appearance. But they do take form after a while, and they come back to haunt us. What a wretched state.

How wonderful to have the mind transparent so that the light may be born, the fitting light of the moment may be born, the fitting thought of the moment, primarily, may be born—not generated because one is thinking so desperately, as human beings do in an endeavor to control all their circumstances, but the thought which is the creative thought coming down from God out of heaven into the earth. How? Through the mind. That's what it's for—not to do its own thinking and to mess things up constantly on that basis, but to become transparent so that the light may be born. The light may be carried, yes, but also born into expression, and the first expression comes through thought. There is something which precedes the thought, mind you, but the first awareness that one may have of what it is that is moving comes through conscious thought. Conscious thought is controlled thought, controlled by the design in heaven, controlled angelically. That thought may safely take form, and it will do so. I'm sure you have found already that when there is that thought, what is thought very quickly takes form. The world is transformed on this basis, not by manipulation either mental or physical but by the flow of creative thought out of heaven into the earth by reason of a transparent mind. The transparency of mind cuts human beings down to size. The usual view is that value comes because a mind is very capable of generating its own thoughts. But that all dissolves, and there is a totally new state, a new heaven. Out of the new heaven the new earth springs, and the basis of that coming forth is the flow that occurs through the transparent mind.

The light shines and, in the shining, transforms. Creation occurs by reason of the shining of the light. Re-creation occurs in this way. Insofar as human beings are concerned, the only way that there may be participation in creation is when the facility for the shining of the light is available to that shining. And the facility is the human mind, not merely the conscious mind but the unconscious mind as well. The light is apparent consciously, and it transforms by reason of the radiation. We are familiar with the process: radiation, response, attraction, union, unified radiation. This is a mental description of something which happens continuously when the mind is in place to let it do so. There is radiation and there is consequent transformation.

It is not only what may be deemed to be spiritual light, but it is literal light also. When the light shines, the flesh is revealing of it and is transformed by it. But it is not possible for it to occur individually without it at the same time occurring collectively. The collective shining of the light is what clarifies and restores the flesh to the point where the light may be intensified so that the transformation occurs. However, the flesh is the last along the line. The light only comes to the flesh because there is a transparent mind, and it is the transparent collective mind that permits the intensity of radiant light to be of such power that the very flesh may be transformed. All these things work in the creative process, if we trust the creative process and let it work. Moving together in the assumption of individual responsibility for the light, the fulfillment comes.

The importance of the light may be easily seen. Mention was made of loving the light, which is what is essential. If you love darkness more than you love the light, well you'll stay in the dark. But loving the light implies loving the Word, the illuminating Word. This has always been stressed, hasn't it? Finally there are those who suddenly seem to have become aware of the vital nature of the Word—not of the printed form in and of itself but of the radiance which is made available in this way. It's made available in other ways too, and it's made available rightly through each of us and all of us continually. But to appreciate the light and to know the nature of it, it must be loved, certainly, above all else. In the light is the one identity, the one I amSo there is natural love for the light and consequently a delight to bathe oneself in it, because thereby it is found that as the substance of one's own external being resonates with the light, it is resonating with one's own true identity. And one's own true identity consequently emerges. It can never emerge except by reason of the light, because that's what it is. And in the radiance of the light the truth is known: "I am the door. I am the open door."


Radiant Light — The  Transforming  Power

Martin Exeter   December 13, 1987

It's good to see your smiling faces.

All is well! Let your light so shine.

I am the light of the world.

The human mind—what is it that shall characterize that facility? We are well aware that the prince of darkness has occupied this mental capacity in the world the way it is. His occupation involves a continuing battle. We have a recognition that this mental capacity should be filled with the light rather than the darkness. It is the same mental capacity whether it is occupied by the light or the darkness. In the first heaven it is occupied by the darkness; in the new heaven it is occupied by the light; but it is the same mental capacity in either case. Obviously it is not a matter of shucking off our minds, because then you would be left without any capacity at all. We have this rather remarkable mental capacity, which heretofore has apparently chosen darkness but which also is quite capable of choosing light. There is something that can happen in the first heaven which may transform that facility into the new heaven.

Are we still somewhat afraid of what might be seen if we were factually filled with light? There would be no hiding place: to be completely exposed. It seems that the original condition was one of nakedness, indicative of complete exposure. That was natural because the radiance of light was natural and there was nothing to hide from. In allowing our minds to be restored from the state of satan to the state of Lucifer it is a matter of participating in the radiance of light. After all, Lucifer is the light-bearer. We could not have the experience of Lucifer without bearing the light. It is simply a matter of letting the light shine. The shining of the light banishes the darkness. There is no battle between the light and the darkness. When the light goes on, the darkness is gone. It is simply a matter of letting the light shine. If one is identified with the darkness, the darkness comprehends not the light. We have much evidence of that fact all around us and we have much experience of that fact within us. When it is dark it is very, very dark. But when it is light there's no darkness. What a very simple thing this is. The shining of the light prevails when it is present. 

There is just one way, and that is the way of light. Let your light so shine. We are reaching a point where we begin to understand what that means: no more fear of the darkness. Let your light so shine. I am the light of the world, of my world in particular. If my light shines in my world it's not dark anymore to Me. This shining of the light comes, as we know, individually speaking. One must let it happen, for oneself. But there begins to be a collective shining of the light in consequence. And the darkness is in the process of being dispelled. Keep the light coming.

If any of us have moved through difficulties of any kind—environmental difficulties, circumstantial difficulties, difficulties in our own bodies, difficulties of whatever kind—and someone has helped to alleviate whatever they were, one may give thanks for that because one is still on hand to let the light shine. Otherwise any help we receive went for nothing. What happens when these things put in an appearance around us? Do we revert into the old state? Or is there a recognition that the shining of the light is the only way by which wholeness can be restored? The wholeness of our own physical flesh depends upon whether the light shines or not, not upon whether you took your vitamins today. While you are meditating upon the advisability of letting your light shine, the vitamins may be useful. But don't meditate too long! Let your light so shine. And, as I say, this is an individual matter initially. As the responsibility is taken individually and the light does shine individually, there is no more fear of the darkness. Then there begins to be a collective situation, which we know something about, don't we? The multiplication of the shining of the light is exponential in consequence, but it can't happen if we let the light shine a little and then decide to duck back into the darkness. If we have this on-again, off-again situation, the multiplication collectively can't take place—very much at least.

The shining of the light brings forth an awareness of one's own angelic identity, which is the light. The light is present because one still lives, the angelic identity is present. As Lucifer is restored there is the transparency for the revelation on earth of that angelic identity. It comes with the light. I am the light of the world. I am the light of the world because I have a physical form in the world, and through that physical form the light shines. But it reaches the physical form through my mind, through the potential new heaven. As the light shines, the darkness is cast out and there begins to be a new heaven on earth within the body of mankind, a safe place consistently maintained by the shining of the light. It is the shining of the light that permits creation to occur. Perhaps we would think of that in terms of re-creation, but it's creation. And as there is the clear shining of the light through a unified body, the prince of darkness is cast into the earth. There is no heaven for him anymore, and all power is given to this new heaven present on earth by which the creation occurs. Magic! Magic to the human view. It's been happening all along in a way—as we noted, a very sluggish way—but when Lucifer is in place and the light is borne. Behold I come quickly!

The light shines and creation occurs. The light shines in our individual worlds. Whatever your world is, that is available for the shining of the light. It doesn't matter what it is. The only world anyone has is the world where he is now. It doesn't matter what it is, that's the world; that's where the light needs to shine. It has nothing to do with the seeming circumstances; it doesn't matter how the world may look. If the light isn't shining one doesn't see it anyway. But when the light does shine in that world it will be found to be something entirely different to what one thought it was.

One doesn't need to move anywhere. Let your light so shine exactly where you are! Where else could you let it shine? To say "I will let it shine if I go over there" is a cop-out. If you can't let it shine here you certainly can't let it shine where you are not. Let the light shine exactly where one is. One is there to let the light shine. That's why one is where one is. And when the light shines creation occurs. Let your light so shine now. That is always the natural thing to occur. And when it does, all things are made new.

The light is stable. It's always present—sometimes more intense, sometimes less so, but it's always present. There is always that point of orientation. It's obviously there when the sun shines but it's also there when the Morning Star is present. It provides a point of orientation. The yoke is easy and the burden light. The form of Man, is light. That is the nature and quality of the form of Man. It's fallen quite a ways from that experience. But the light is the creative power—by Him all things were made that are made. There is no problem from the standpoint of the light. The problem has been in the space which has been occupied by satan, but to which Lucifer now returns so that the light is borne. How quickly the creation occurs as that steadfast light is maintained individually and consequently together. The sole concern is to let the light shine. One must come to an awareness that one is in the dark. Then there is the recognition that the light must shine and there is a willingness to let the light shine. And behold the darkness vanishes away. So in every circumstance, in every moment of our living, let your light so shine.

© Emissaries of Divine Light

December 09, 2017

Art  Thou  Willing  To  Face  The  Facts?

Uranda   August 25, 1948

I have a letter here, part of which I would like to share with you:

“I walked into the office, and here on the desk I find The Triune Ray opened to these words: ‘The one great test, passing which thou shalt begin to know life, is this: art thou willing to face the facts?’ The one great test.

“Beloved Master, I come humbly, now, longing to pass that test. If I gloss over the unreal that remains in me I can never let it fall. I would strip it of all that keeps it in a state of preservation, remove the protecting film, and bare it to the bright Light of Truth. It can only live while it is covered up—whether by shame, self-righteousness, the lies of the prince of this world, it matters not—but as the facts are faced, honestly and squarely, and the unreal is seen for what it is, a thing without weight, meaning or value when it is exposed to the Light of Truth, the Warmth of Love, the free air of the Spirit, then it is truly nothing; for without its dark corner, its protecting web of fine-spun lies, it withers in the Light, shrivels up and is blown away in the clean, sweet Air of God's Spirit.

“‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand’. It has ever been. We must not be content to know it is so. We must let the Kingdom manifest through us, to expand through us, to be vibrantly Alive in us and through us. We must not be content to keep it at hand; we must let every dark corner be swept clean by the Spirit, that the Kingdom of God shall fill the whole earth.

“Why wait? The Kingdom is here. I will live in it. I will act like I am a Citizen of the New Civilization now.

“Looking back, I see that such progress as I made was always when I had a renewed Realization of what it means to Let. I have been thinking of the words, ‘Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.’ I feel that sometimes one drifts into rather a helpless state with respect to that Fact, somehow as if one could not help the word that was spoken. I feel a great need in myself in this respect. Before I let the wrong reaction find expression in word, I can Be still, and then, facing Facts, Let the Spirit of my Lord and Master, Spirit of all Truth, fill my whole Being, thus letting my heart be changed, thus letting the words of my mouth, which spring from the abundance of my heart, be forever unto Thy Glory, be forever a Blessing to my brother man.

“I want to truly help You in your Glorious Ministry, in which Ministry the Pattern of Truth must set the whole world Right. I will work with you to let that Pattern be established, finding my Joy in Loving You, in knowing I am helping You. I will let it be so.

“‘Create in me, O God, a clean heart,’ with every dark corner washed white as snow. ‘Let the wards of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight,’ my Lord and my Master.”

“Let the words of my mouth and meditations of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight”. How well that text fits into the Current of our considerations, reminding us vividly that the meditations of our hearts must be acceptable in the sight of the Lord. Our thinking about the things we are feeling is vitally important. Here, in this letter, reference is made to the Triune Ray, which speaks of the one great test which, when it is passed, lets the individual begin to truly live. “Art thou willing to face the facts?” All of you have read these words and heard them read, and yet, as I read this letter, it occurred to me that here was a point upon which you, as a Unit, might well experience further expansion in consciousness.

“Facing the Facts”

That expression, as it is utilized in this Service, has been twisted by human minds to cause it to mean presumably some very peculiar things. According to the interpretation of the human mind, unreal things are sometimes assumed to be facts. How can nothing be a fact? You may answer that we know that there is evil in the world; there are many kinds of ill action; there is suffering and misery and sorrow—and I would answer, “Yes, there are such things. Temporarily such things are in manifestation.”

“But,” you say, “Why do you use the word temporarily? Have they not been in existence for thousands of years?”

A thousand years, ten thousand years, is but a moment in Eternity. Such periods of time seem so long to human beings, so much longer than the individual human life span, as things now are; but you know, as Emissaries, that the fact is that the manifestation of evil has only a temporary existence. Evil in any specific individual has only a temporary existence. Either evil is eliminated from the individual or the individual is eliminated from the face of the earth. No human being can perpetuate evil indefinitely. Evil is constantly destroying itself, bringing upon itself its own end. So it is that the continuity of evil, as the world now is, depends entirely upon the fresh material which it can draw into its decaying, destructive currents, particularly from the young people. If all children on the face of the earth, up to twelve years of age, were, in this moment, to cease feeding the insatiable appetite of the monstrous forms of evil, so that not one of them would become fresh material for the manifestation, or the perpetuation, of evil, it surely would not take very long for evil to vanish from the face of the earth. Evil would destroy itself utterly in only a few years. We are not suggesting that such a thing, in just that manner, will take place, but we use it as an illustration of the principle. There is no permanency in evil. Evil, in all of its existing forms, is only temporary.

While it is, in one sense, a fact that the forms of evil are in manifestation, in the sense that I used the word when I wrote that book, evil is not a fact. When I have repeated so often that there must a willingness to face the facts, I have always had in mind the fact that only the things of Reality are Facts, in any sense of permanency, in any sense of dependability. Some have taken that expression to mean that one must look at evil wherever one may see it, and consequently acknowledge evil as being a fact. We are not foolish, nor do we undertake to delude ourselves with respect to the necessity of evil, but anyone who has a fundamental understanding could hardly call evil a fact, in the true sense. A fact is something that is unchanging.

A fact is something that has permanency. A fact is something upon which one may depend. That, of course, may not be just the popular definition of the word; and yet I think we can safely utilize it in that sense. Facing the facts may include a recognition of the voids that are present because fundamental facts have not been allowed to manifest in the expression of one’s life. Facing the facts may require a recognition that adjustments are necessary. Facing the facts certainly causes the individual to realize that in human strength alone salvation is impossible—but facts are the things of Reality.

Are we willing to face the Facts of Being? Are we willing to face the Facts of Life? The human tendency is to keep facing the voids, keep facing the various forms of nothingness that tend to appear; but surely you are convinced that the unreal, in fact, has no weight, meaning or value. Consequently, if we face the Facts, it does not mean that we should stare at that which is without value, that has no meaning, that has no weight in Reality. Centering the attention in that which is unreal, in that which does not belong to us from the standpoint of our adoption as Children of the Living God, is not facing the Facts. When we let ourselves be adopted, so that we share in the Heritage of the Son, the Son of God, and become Branches of the One Vine, then we recognize that the Facts are contained in our true Heritage, in our true nature, by adoption—in our true Identity, in our true relationships with our Father. So many human minds have twisted this expression to justify centering the attention upon the unreal, to justify struggling with the forms of the unreal. The unreal is so slippery, its forms changing so, that it is like trying to fight the wind. You can never get ahold of it; you can never really do anything about it; it just mounts up and mounts up and mounts up, and engulfs one like quicksand. There is nothing stable in it. There is nothing dependable in it.

“Facing the Facts”

If one is willing to face the Facts, then one must be willing to recognize and acknowledge and accept the basic principles of Being, the Facts of Life. Once we face the Facts of Life, and stop facing the illusions and the temporary forms of the unreal that exist, we begin to find that which is truly stable and certain and dependable and permanent, and then our heart is set on such things. When our hearts are set on the things of God, the meditations of our hearts, the thinking we do about our feelings, will relate to the Facts. “The one great test which, when it is passed, allows one to begin to truly live: art thou willing to face the Facts?”

The Fact is that the transforming Power of God is sufficient for every individual.

The Fact is that the foundation that God has provided for every Responding One is stable and sure.

The Fact is that the Law always works.The Fact is that the one who responds to Reality is lifted up, and the one who responds not to the Real, but to the unreal, is carried down.

The Fact is that when the Children of God let themselves be centered in the Facts of Being, the healing, transforming Power of the Creator is allowed to function and manifest through body and mind and Spirit.

The Fact is that the Fire of God’s Love is well able to purify the heart.

The Fact is that the Oil of Love, with which our KING is waiting to annoint us, carries healing, soothing, transforming Power.The Fact is that God's Love is great enough and full enough and free enough to be sufficient for every man, woman and child upon the face of the earth.

The Fact is that the Truth is all-inclusive, and when one lets the expression of life manifest through the Pattern of Truth, the Fact is that Beauty manifests.

The Fact is that the Truth sets men free, and without the Truth human beings are bound by their own limitations.

The Fact is that, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

The Fact is that you are privileged to enter info that Kingdom here and now, and let it manifest on earth.

The Fact is that the Way, the Truth and the Life have been established, and are established, that all who will face the Facts may begin to Live.

Surely, there must be a goodly portion of you who, having read The Triune Ray, have meditated upon that statement that there is one great test, passing which you are ready to begin to truly live. Surely, such a statement must have captured the attention; surely, such a statement must have caused meditation, and the opportunity of meditation upon this statement has not been limited to a few hours or a few days or just a few weeks. As we have been meditating upon that statement this evening—and I have been giving you a sample of what I call meditation—would any of you say that you have exhausted the subject in meditation, prior to this evening? Have you learned anything new through this period of meditation? When such an obviously important statement is made, have you utilized every opportunity to meditate upon it, until you are aware of its significance, until you know what the facts are, so that you can Face the Facts? This sample of meditation, on a point of Truth, offers you an opportunity—it shows you something of the potentialities of meditation.

The prayer of every Earnest One is surely the same as the Psalmist, who said: “Let the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” And if the meditations of one's heart are acceptable to the Lord, and if the Fact is that the mouth speaketh from the abundance of the heart, then the words of the mouth will surely be acceptable to the Lord. “Let the words of my mouth be acceptable”—but the words of the mouth cannot be acceptable unto the Lord until the meditations of the heart have become acceptable—and That is a Fact.

“Art Thou Willing To Face The Facts?”

O LORD of Lords and KING of Kings, we thank Thee for the holy and sacred privilege we have of coming before Thee, that through Thy sustaining, directing Spirit, we may face the Facts, walk in the Way, know the Truth and Live the Life; for thus it is tint we Let Thy Kingdom come and Thy Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven; for Thine is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever, In the Christ. Aum-en.

The Blessing of the Lord be upon thee now and forever, that the Spirit of the Living God may flow through thee in blessing to all who will receive, to the Glory of our KING, in Whose Name we gather, and under Whose Banner we live and move and have our Being, now and forevermore. Aum-en.

We might find another point of meditation with respect to the idea that the Power of the Lord works through unreal things to bring about the Restoration to the Edenic State. How, or in what sense, is that true?

To suggest that the Power of the Lord works through the unreal, as if the unreal had weight, meaning and value, or as if the unreal provided the necessary channels for such Creative Activity, would obviously be wrong. The true Creative Currents work through the channels of Reality that are present, that are responsive to the Creative Source. The present circumstance does not provide a manifestation of perfection; so it is evident that whatever Creative function there may be it must be in spite of, or regardless of, the limitations that are established in the field of the unreal. 

It occurs to me that perhaps this idea has been interpreted by some minds as sort of justifying the unreal and making it, in some fashion, important to the Divine fulfilment. Fundamentally, we know that the unreal circumstance is not necessary, but, when it appears, even that is used by God on a constructive basis, providing the human being involved will let it be so. So, the Creative Power of God, working through the unreal, does not accomplish its purpose because of the unreal, but in spite of the unreal—and only that which is of Reality can provide a true channel for Creative function. The subject could be expanded still further, for whatever meditation you wish to give it.

© Emissaries of Divine Light

December 07, 2017


The  Way  of  Ascension

Martin Cecil   April 13, 1980

We are concerned with righteousness, with the coming of the kingdom. It's interesting, isn't it, how good Christians have been praying for centuries, “Thy kingdom come,” without anyone realizing that the only way it would come was if they themselves were in position to bring it. We have known about this for some time, but I believe there was a new awareness of the real nature of our responsibility this morning. The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; every location on the face of the earth is His. We need to live with this conscious awareness, so that we always assume the responsibility for the presence of the kingdom. We no longer think of the kingdom merely in terms of material change. This kingdom is not of this world. It is a heavenly kingdom and our representation of it is based in spiritual expression. The preaching of the gospel is the coming of the kingdom. “And this gospel … shall be preached in all the world … and then shall the end come.” Naturally!—the end of the old world because the kingdom has come. And that coming is our responsibility, in company with others who are in agreement. Wherever we may be, moving from here to there, we bring the kingdom with us, a holy place.

All that is present in any particular location is invited into our encompassment, which is in fact the encompassment of the kingdom. Of course we can only do this if we ourselves are there. We're there because we know the reality of that kingdom in our living. This is what we have chosen to know. Hungering and thirsting after righteousness we are filled with righteousness, the right expression of living; we are filled with the kingdom. There is no more unrighteousness present, no more complaint, no more judgment. It should be rather easy to see what there is no more of, but what is the nature of the righteousness with which we are filled?

As I have indicated, an invitation is extended. We have an attitude of encompassment which includes all that is present in the particular environment. There will be response to that invitation. There will also be some reluctance and some resistance, and some outright rejection. This is of no particular concern to us. We do not have to get into a battle about it. We are not in the business of trying to force anyone to respond the way we think they should. If we made this effort it would be proof positive that we were not, ourselves, in the kingdom. No one can be forced to come into the kingdom; no one can force his way into the kingdom. The door is open because there is someone on hand in the kingdom to extend the invitation. We are concerned with response primarily, response to that invitation.

This response comes out of the kingdoms of the world. There is the human kingdom—we extend the encompassment there, and the invitation. There is the animal kingdom, the kingdom of vegetation, the mineral kingdom. We need to have a balanced outlook. It may be that some are naturally in better position to handle one kingdom than another. There are those who have some sort of affinity with animals, there are others who have what is sometimes called a green thumb, and there are those who are chiefly interested in mechanical contrivances. Of course our primary field relates to the human kingdom. In considering all these kingdoms we may be aware that they are all living kingdoms. Presumably we are aware that this is so in the human kingdom and the animal kingdom and the kingdom of vegetation. Perhaps it's not quite so obvious in the mineral kingdom. Time elements tend to be longer in the mineral kingdom; the movement is slower. But there is no kingdom in which life is not moving. There is nothing inanimate in creation.

We have previously taken note of mechanical contrivances of various sorts and the attitude of enfoldment that is necessary. When there is such enfoldment these contrivances become more lively, it might be said. We are bringing life and more abundant life even to the mineral kingdom. A good workman, it is said, takes care of his tools. He loves them, he enfolds them, and the tools respond to his hand—so with mechanical contrivances of all kinds. If one of these contrivances, such as an automobile, is committed to our care and keeping, for whatever period of time, we are responsible for maintaining the life relative to that piece of equipment. There is an attitude of enfoldment, an attitude which extends an invitation to that automobile to share our life. Thereby it becomes an extension of ourselves and usefully conveys us from here to there. We extend the invitation to these mineral contrivances at a certain level. It wouldn't be fitting to try to drive an automobile into this Chapel. There may be occasions when other more discreet tools are brought into the Chapel for various reasons. We have a video camera here and this is a piece of equipment that needs our enfoldment, encompassment. It is indeed invited to share in our service.

We appreciate what all these types of machinery can do for the Lord. From our standpoint that's the only reason they exist. Other people have other concepts about it of course. The only valid reason for the existence of any of these contrivances is their value to the Lord. We have opportunity from time to time to extend our encompassment, to include more at that level; and if we love one another, love what is present in our environment on the right basis, all these things respond. We have a responsibility, all of us, to maintain functional and effective operation because of our enfoldment. Sometimes not too much thought is given to this and yet it is part of our responsibility, part of our world. Of course there are other ways in which the mineral kingdom is enfolded too. Perhaps we could think about it a little. But for the moment maybe that's enough.

Obviously there is a right enfoldment of the kingdom of vegetation. We are concerned to raise a garden, do some farming. We are concerned even with the esthetic value of vegetation. We offer space for vegetation to come into our enfoldment; an invitation is extended. There have been those who thought of the garden as a chore. It might even be considered to be an unnecessary evil—after all, we could go to the supermarket and buy stuff. But it's part of our responsibility here. This is our immediate contact with the vegetation of the earth. It needs to be handled with love and understanding and enfoldment. The seeds should be lovingly placed in the garden, or in the flats in the greenhouse or wherever, so that they have opportunity to germinate. There should be an enfoldment by all concerned. You may be associated with other patterns in which there is opportunity to enfold the kingdom of vegetation, inviting that kingdom to receive the kingdom which we offer. This encourages growth and a goodly harvest. But when we come to the time of harvest, what is the attitude then? That it's a very tiresome labor for the people who are required to go into the garden and reap the harvest? That would hardly be the attitude of one who was bringing the kingdom, would it? We bring a blessing, we bring enfoldment, we bring love.

We might even verbally invite whatever the crop is to share with us in the spirit of ascension. Of course if we ourselves know nothing of that spirit in our own living we have nothing to share with the vegetation, or with anything, or anyone else either. Our own bodies are the Lord's. These individual earths are the Lord's, and the fulness thereof—that includes mind and heart as well. These are being lifted to Him. So anything that is offered and lifted to us is part of the process by which ascension is occurring, and the fruit is being restored to the Lord.

The same thing of course is true in the animal kingdom. Chickens lay eggs for us. Do we bless and enfold the chickens? Do you ever think about the chickens? Those who look after them probably do, but what about the rest of us? Or do we take eggs for granted? Do we ever have a spirit of thankfulness directed toward the chickens? Those who collect the eggs might well, when they pass through the chicken house, give thanks for the chickens and say so. Bring the thankfulness to a point of focus; don't just brush it aside and say, “Oh yes, I'm thankful.” Here are some creatures serving, offering themselves to the Lord through us. Surely we should have an attitude of appreciation, even if we're not present with the chickens.

There are those other creatures who offer themselves as meat. I wonder if any of you who participate in the receiving of that meat from the animal, or the fowl, or whatever, see it in the light of something being offered to the Lord? You know of old, in the days of the Israelites, for instance, there was a good deal of animal and bird sacrifice which was seen as being unto the Lord. The priesthood ate some of the fruits thereof but it was still unto the Lord. And so it is from the standpoint of the way we handle what is being offered by these creatures to the Lord. One might well express thanks for the willingness of the particular creature to allow the substance of the form to ascend to a higher level, to receive a greater blessing. Of course we need to be sure that if it does ascend into our bodies it is receiving a greater blessing and that our attitude is not one of cursing in daily living. But we see our own bodies as a way station, so to speak, in the ascending cycle.

Now we see this even in the human kingdom. I'm not suggesting that we become cannibals; but our concern is with human sacrifice, that all that belongs to the Lord should be returned to Him, whether it's in our own bodies or in the bodies of others. We live in the world the way it is. In human consciousness none of us have any awareness of the way it may have been in the past, we'll say before the human failure—we don't know what that was. Some have made the attempt to reproduce that now but it was only a reproduction according to some human concept; it couldn't possibly be a reproduction of the reality, because the reality now is quite different. Our concern is to live righteously in the world the way it is—it's the only one we have, after all—to bring the kingdom here and therefore to handle everything that is handled in our world rightly. If we handle rightly the state of affairs as it now is, that state of affairs will no doubt change. It's the only way it can change rightly, that's for sure, so that out of what now is may emerge what should be. “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard” what it should be. All we can do—and this is enough; I'm sure it will keep us busy—is to handle things the way they now are, righteously.

All the things with which we deal are things with which other human beings all over the earth have to deal. Our concern is to do these same things as they are necessary to do but do them righteously. We can't start to handle something that isn't the present fact! The righteous approach is a very down-to-earth approach. It doesn't require anyone to start floating around in some imaginary never-never land but to deal with things the way they are, to bring the kingdom into whatever is present in one's immediate location of living. This is the way the world is transformed. It is our responsibility to make right use of our worlds and all that is in them. And we find ourselves, individually, handling certain aspects of these worlds. We are cognizant of the fact that countless other human beings are handling these same aspects in their worlds without any awareness of what righteousness in that regard would mean. But we know, and what we don't yet know we will know if we handle what we know in our present environment. Handling that rightly, your environment expands. From the human viewpoint the individual may be inclined to say, “Oh dear, I'm going to have more to do.” That's right! The devil is lazy. A little self-examination will see how closely you are aligned with this particular devilish trait. I suppose it may be said that there is an inclination to be lazy because of orientation downward. The ultimate laziness is being dead.

The question arises as to how effective those who are now present are in handling the work that is necessary. Where there is righteousness, factual righteousness, we find ourselves capable of encompassing undreamt-of fields. This includes physical action too. All this immediately comes within the range of experience once there is alignment with the cycle of ascension. If one is aligned with what is descending, one presumably gets more and more tired, more and more filled with sludge physically, mentally and emotionally, until it becomes scarcely possible to move at all—physically, mentally or emotionally. Our participation in the ascending cycle relates to this matter of preaching the gospel, of bringing the kingdom into one's environment, so that one is inviting all that is in the environment to rise up and share in the ascension with which we ourselves are aligned. When there is a rising up, which there hasn't been heretofore to any adequate extent, then we begin to find ourselves buoyed up. We begin to find that there is burgeoning energy—no energy shortage here. But we have to do it. We can think about it, we can discuss it, and be just as lazy as usual; or we can actually let it happen because our one concern, by reason of our hungering and thirsting after righteousness, is to let the kingdom be present in every circumstance.

We extend the invitation into the human kingdom, of course; and we provide encompassment for those who begin to rise up in response. But let us recognize that at this level, as at the other levels, there is a variety of encompassment required—it's not all the same thing. We do not, for instance, fling open the doors of the holy place and say to the world, “Come in.” It wouldn't stay a holy place for long, would it, if the invitation happened to be accepted! Of course you wouldn't stay in the Holy Place either. So there needs to be a certain amount of discernment. I suppose as illustration we could recall what the state of affairs was with the Israelites long ago, particularly when they were wandering in the wilderness. They were surrounded by many tribes of the earth, many people. But they had their own encampment. As you may recall, in the middle of the encampment was the tabernacle, which included various parts—there was the Outer Court, there was the Holy Place and there was the Holy of Holies. Obviously all those present in the encampment couldn't be fitted into the Outer Court, let alone into the Holy Place. Nevertheless the encampment was a part of the design of things. If we see this in terms of our present experience, there is a level here which includes the most people, into which the tribes of the earth may be invited, to be enfolded in the encampment. Presumably out of the encampment an invitation is extended to those who might be included in the Outer Court and encompassed there. That would certainly not include all the people who are in the encampment. And then, again, from the Outer Court there might be those who could be invited into the Holy Place. Looking at it this way, I suppose you can see three grades. We need to have a certain discernment in our handling of what is present in our human environment, as to the nature of the invitation that is extended to people.

There is a design; there is a way things work; and as we proceed there must be a refining process. From the standpoint of our own physical bodies we're not just a blob of flesh; that would be awkward. We have very specific parts, which enable us to live as human beings. The same specific differentiation is required in the larger body, the body of the Son of God on earth, so that the invitation may be extended to all the tribes of the earth by the Son of God. But that invitation is extended intelligently, not blindly.

Those who belong in the encampment are invited into the encampment. They're not invited into the Outer Court or into the Holy Place. Enfolded in the encampment, they reveal constantly where they belong. Maybe some who come into the encampment don't belong even in the encampment, and out they go again. There is a selective process here, just as there is in our own physical forms. However we have the responsibility of a certain spiritual discernment so that we may recognize what the nature of the invitation should be to those who give indication of response. Remember, the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; and it is all holy.

People need to learn how to keep sacred things sacred. All too often there is too much talk, isn't there?—people talking about things of which they know very little and trouble ensues. Each individual is responsible for bringing the kingdom into his own circumstance. I can't do it for anybody. I have my responsibility. Each other one has his or her responsibility. Let them handle it. Yes, there is a need for a certain amount of training, and it seems to me we have provided facilities for that in various ways. But it takes someone to accept the responsibility, on the basis of hungering and thirsting after righteousness, and then do it and not expect somebody else to take care of one's own responsibilities.

So let us accept the responsibility of righteousness and bring the kingdom into the place where we are, consistently. If we do that we are part of the ascending cycle—we have all the understanding, the energy, whatever is necessary, to do what we're there to do. Just because there has been quite a resistance to participating in this process doesn't mean that the results of nonparticipation should be given any particular consideration. There is a compassionate encompassment; but we're not doing anyone a favor by preventing them from taking their own responsibility. Let's remember that, and live and serve righteously.

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