The sun of our solar
system symbolizes the true Father. It has been said that there
were sun-worshippers in the past, and I guess there are a few around in the
present. Perchance more than the physical sun was being recognized—here is the
Father-symbol. And the earth—the Mother-symbol. By reason of the earth, in
combination with the sun, birth was given to the body of mankind. These symbols
may be very instructive, because certainly mankind has taken the attitude that
the earth, the Mother, belongs to him.
We have the
story of old concerning Oedipus: the son who marries his mother, taking the
mother away from the father—which is exactly what mankind has done. The Mother
has been raped by the son—mankind. Here is a picture available to be seen by
anyone; precious few ever look at it. But it is revealing of exactly what has
happened. What is necessary is that the Mother should be restored to the
Father, that the sun of the solar system might possess the earth, with the
son—mankind—no longer playing the part of the thief and the adulterer,
allow this to happen, so that what rightly may be brought forth by reason of
the presence of the son, by reason of the presence of mankind, may appear
through the union of Father and Mother.
judgment is required on the part of mankind as to what it is that should
happen. The creative process is perfect and brings forth what should be brought
forth when mankind not only does not interfere in the process but plays a
creative part, with an attitude of love and reverence toward both Father and
Mother: “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long in the
land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.” There has been a very restricted view
as to the meaning of these words, but we may see their application now in this
The Son of God
is become the son of perdition, so we are concerned with letting a restoration
come, so that the rape of the Mother may cease and the Mother may be returned
to the Father. Some may look at that merely from the physical standpoint and
see how human beings are upsetting the ecology, destroying the forests, ripping
minerals out of the earth, and polluting the atmosphere and water; therefore
one should get on one’s white charger and take issue with all these bad people
who are doing this. With much practice over the millennia human beings have no
difficulty in finding these bad people, but they seldom, if ever, look in the
mirror; because there is the one person with respect to whom something can be
We have seen
this necessity from our own standpoint, and there was the requirement of
looking into the jadestone, that something might begin to happen. However, this
relates to the first experience of children, who require a little discipline
and who require a little direction and a certain control, that they
may begin to mature. It isn’t as though these things could be imposed on
children and kept there forever, so that they merely become slaves, but that
they might mature. We have seen this with respect to human beings in general,
who are very immature, because maturity requires a balanced experience, including
the spiritual component. The spiritual component is not necessarily, and seldom
actually is, a religious component.
So here, in the
picture of the rape of the Mother and the denial of the Father, we have the
for all the wreckage that we see on every hand within the range of human
It’s a horrible thing.
mentioned something about the first flush of feeling that occurs when a person awakens
to what is being offered through this ministry—and there is a great blaze of
light. The awakening one is delighted to experience this, but then it seems as
though it begins to fade. Why? In the initial instance, the experience of
awakening is so vivid that all the judgmental attitudes that are inherent in
anyone are simply blotted out for the moment. But a little later they begin to
come into the picture again, and the individual looks at the visible evidences
and says, “Well it shouldn't be that way.” And doubts and fears and
uncertainties come into the experience, simply because of the attitude that the
individual is taking, not because anything has changed insofar as the blaze of
light is concerned. It’s still there but now it’s being covered over with the
ideas, the concepts, the beliefs, the attitudes that were previously dominant
in the individual experience and now are reasserting themselves. So the visible
form begins to be judged and covered with layers of judgment. Obviously the
light begins to fae for that person; not because the light isn't there to be enjoyed, to
be associated with, but because judgment entered into the picture, judgment
based in all the background of heredity and human nature experience that a
person brings along with him- or herself. With some the initial impact of the
light was so remarkable that it never gets entirely obscured. With some it
does; it’s blotted out, and so such a person goes drifting off into the
darkness again. But there are those, and I trust you among them, who have not
only maintained an awareness of the reality of that light but have come to know
it increasingly because of your own assumption of responsibility for letting it
shine. As we do that, well there you are—you don’t need to judge anyone or anything;
the light is shining.
This morning [Visible God May 29, 1983 a.m.] we
were very much aware of the temple of God having been made into a den of thieves
by human beings—there’s no one else around, really, to do it. The Mother has
been stolen and forced to submit to human intentions. You can see that in terms
of sexual rape; this is what has been happening. And everybody has participated
in it, everyone on the face of the earth! Having seen something of the horror
of such a state, why would anyone have anything more to do with it? It’s always
rather amazing, isn’t it, or should be, that having stepped, partially at
least, out of the hog trough, one should dive back in again.
There is an
alternative to the den of thieves: the house of prayer. I don’t
think that has had too much meaning for most people, any more than the
injunction to “pray without ceasing” has, because the concept of what prayer is
is a total distortion. Mind you, you can look the word up in the dictionary and
you can find definitions there that indicate what human beings have decided it
should mean; which is: pleading and, insofar as God is concerned, trying to get
Him to supply what the individual imagines he wants—as though God was so dumb
and so uninterested that He wouldn’t have already made the provision, which of
course He has. Prayer has nothing to do with that, nothing to do with trying to
wheedle something out of God, or wheedle something out of anyone, for that
matter: “Pray give me what I want. I’m in a miserable state. Pray give me what
I imagine I need.”
to this matter of communion with God. The effect of communion with God is the experience of being part of the body. Communion:
the house of prayer. Communion with God and communion with each other in the
body of God: here is the natural experience for human beings, the way by which
the creative processes may work as they should. We all have had our excuses for
not letting this happen. The point is:
the house of prayer, communion with the One whose house it is, that there may
not only be an initial awakening to the beauty and the wonder and the glory of
that One but to allow that beauty and wonder and glory to intensify in one’s own
experience and expression of living. When it does, the Tone of Life sounds
so loudly that all this stuff in the hog trough—what does it mean anymore? You
don’t have to fiddle with it; you don’t have to talk about it; you don’t have
to try to get someone to get rid of it for you. It just simply is dissolved,
once there is that strong awareness of the creative sounding of the Tone of
Life: this beautiful, wonderful, glorious outpouring of spirit.
And if some
memory out of the past is triggered, so that something comes up, it
just simply doesn’t fit with your character, your nature; you couldn’t accept
it; it just drains away. You don’t have to fight with it—perfect love casts out
fear. That's true when there is the experience of the outpouring of that spirit
in living. We’re not going to sit around in the Chapel waiting for something to
come and outpour here. We let it happen in our daily movement, in our living;
and that is so strong, so brilliant, so powerful, that these ridiculous human
aberrations simply carry no weight—they only hang around as long as
we give them weight. There are those
who might say, “Well I’m stuck with my earthly heredity.” Who isn’t? Jesus had
just as much earthly heredity as anybody else. We all have it, but why make
such a big deal out of it? Why take the whining, ridiculous attitude that one
cannot help but be subject to these things?
We know something about this as it
relates to these appalling childhoods that we had. I think it’s about time that
everyone started to give thanks for whatever happened—everything!—because it
brought us to this moment. And who can say that if something had been left out
we would be here in this moment and capable and ready to let the light shine, to
dissolve all that nonsensical murk? It has no weight except the weight that we
ourselves give it. There’s only one thing that makes a difference, and that is
to let the light shine. Then that becomes so strong, one’s own character and
nature is of that quality, that any miserable elements of human nature putting
in an appearance simply... “Who’s that? Not me. It has nothing to do with me.
Get thee hence, satan.” Human nature, remember? “Get thee hence, human nature.”
Well one may have to take a forthright attitude in that way on occasion, but
for the most part these factors out of the past are simply obliterated by
reason of the radiation of the present moment.
If you are
totally occupied with allowing the sun to shine, that’s what you know: the
shining of the sun. The sun of our solar system has been busy shining for quite
a while; they say it will go on for a while yet. This happens regardless of the
fact that nowadays, at least in many places, there are a lot of clouds around
on earth. If you are looking at things from the perspective of the sun, I doubt
if you would even notice that there were clouds around on the earth. When you
look at Venus you may now, being so well educated, know that there are some
clouds related to Venus and Mercury and so on, but you don’t notice them:
“There's a planet shining.” Well these human nature elements that have hung
around for so long are scarcely noticeable, really, yet human beings make such
a big deal of it. Forget it! Let it go! Let it go because you let the light
shine, and so it dissolves.
We don’t have
to try to correct earthly heredity, or our own human nature—make it over
somehow. We don't need it! Let it dissolve because we are so wedded to what may
well be called angelic nature that human nature no longer amounts to a row of
beans. When anything out of that messy old pot comes up it has no relationship
to us at all. It’s gone insofar as we are concerned—no more weight.
The beauty, the
wonder and the glory of the radiance of the Father is offered to the Mother. We
are concerned to respect the Mother, to protect her. This doesn’t mean that we
become rabidly ecologically minded. That will take care of itself when we stop
interfering, and we will discover, in the radiant stance, what needs to be
done. But the first thing that needs to be done is to let mankind come back
into place. Until that happens there isn't anything else much that can be done.
All this effort that is being put into trying to correct things on earth may
have the advantage that human beings will be able to live on earth a little
longer. But why should they? Only so that they may awaken to the light and let
the light shine. That’s the only reason. Well let's prove that that is the only
reason by what we ourselves do, now and in the days to come. (The entire
congregation stood.) Look at everybody
standing firm! Well, we rejoice to reveal in symbolic form what shall be
revealed in factual form in the hours and days and weeks and months and years
We are come as sons and daughters of God in this particular setting of our Chapel and in these particular physical forms. We came forth from the Father, and are come into the world. Just how much awareness is present in our hearts and minds of this truth? We may be increasingly aware as we choose to be so, because of the nature of our momentary behavior and living.
It was said of old that when the sons and daughters of God came to present themselves before the Lord, satan came also among them. Satan is another word for human nature. I suppose it could be said that, in this gathering here this morning, there is something of a mixture. There is nothing particularly wrong with satan coming also among them, among us. We couldn’t very well exclude satan without ourselves being physically absent. Human nature, human heredity, human behavior based in human nature and human heredity, is usual in the world. It should not be usual for us, however, if there is a consciousness of being sons and daughters of God. Because human nature is present, this does not mean that we must behave accordingly. With most it has been taken for granted that that’s the way one behaves; and so the world is filled with violence, corruption. But one may choose, mentally and emotionally, to acknowledge the presence of the truth, which is the presence of a son or a daughter of God.
It may be interesting to note that human behavior is based in what is visible, visible in the sense that one is aware of it through the senses. There are those things which are actually visible with the eyes but there are other things beyond that that may be classified as being visible because we are acquainted with them through our senses. It is by what is thus visible that the invisible control of behavior is exerted. In other words human beings are quite accustomed to acknowledging what is visible. It is usual to react to what is visible, thereby accepting a control in living that is then invisible. It emerges through our thinking and our emotions, to exemplify the sort of behavior that we find appearing on earth through human beings. It originated because of an acknowledgment of the visible. So everyone is quite acquainted with this process. In fact it is deemed to be essential that one should acknowledge the visible in order to determine what the behavior should be. Of course the behavior is not, generally speaking, all that deliberate. It puts in an appearance because of the reaction to the visible.
If we see this customary mode of operation in human experience we may also recognize that if the true expression of a son or a daughter of God is to put in an appearance it requires initially something visible. Then it may connect up with what is customary in human behavior. Usually the idea has been that God is invisible and one needs to connect up somehow with that invisibility. This has not been found to be easy. In fact it has not been found to be possible. Very earnest attempts have been made, but always it has reverted into the provision of something visible, like a priesthood for instance, like buildings in which one may supposedly worship—regardless of the particular religion, it’s customary. So the visible has come into the picture, but it has not been the visibility of God but the visibility that has been produced by human beings. They may have produced it with all sincerity and earnestness, and some of the production has been beautiful, I suppose you could say. Architecture, for instance, and some of the rites and ceremonies are impressive. The vestments of the priesthood are remarkable, very often, so as to provide something visible which was supposed to convey an awareness of the invisible God. If there has been any sort of awareness conveyed it has necessarily been a very distorted one on that basis. If the priesthood is so magnificently dressed, for instance, what would God be like?
However there is a certain truth here which we ourselves have come to recognize, principally because there was One who did exemplify the truth without any necessity for priestly robes or buildings of great magnificence. This One, we are informed, was called Jesus, and He spoke to people and moved among them anywhere. Yet here was a visible point, representing deity to those who would respond to that point and eventually come to know that here indeed deity was being exemplified. I am speaking about those who were there present at the time, not all this fancy business that has been produced later; but when there was this living point exemplifying the way, the truth and the life, exemplifying the reality, the truth of God, then there was the opportunity for people who were present at the time to recognize and acknowledge this point of supreme visibility. They didn’t, of course.
Not even those who were closest to Him were able, apparently, to allow the truth to be acknowledged in their own living. At the conclusion of His ministry one of the disciples said, “Well, you talk about the Father; show us the Father and that will be enough,” as though He hadn’t been doing it consistently all along the way. In other words there was a point of visibility but it wasn’t acknowledged. Oh yes, according to the record, Peter at one point said, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” which was fine for the moment. It didn’t penetrate very deeply in his experience. It was a momentary surface awareness of something, which faded rather quickly. We know that the one requirement is that there should be a visible representation and that there may be those who will acknowledge that visibility. There are a lot of people who are inclined to acknowledge an invisible God, but if that invisible God begins to put in a visible appearance, then they don’t want to have anything to do with it—crucify Him!
So we have seen this essential requirement in this present time. We don’t have any other time anyway. Some might say, “Well it could have been done back along the way somewhere.” Maybe. It wasn’t. How about now? How about this invisibility being made visible so that there may be the opportunity of acknowledging the truth? That’s the only way the truth can be acknowledged. Otherwise it’s all theory; it’s all imagination.There is plenty of that in the world. What is called religion is virtually all imagination. “You had better believe this…” Why? It may be helpful, as it was put, to believe in God, believe that there is a God. But who is He? Where is He? “Oh, just invisible.” God is known when made visible insofar as human experience is concerned, because that visibility calls to remembrance the truth of the individual who acknowledges it. It activates behavior from within the person, just as the visible world activates behavior from the standpoint of human nature. It activates behavior that comes out through the person; in other words there was something in the person to come out. Well if one is activated simply by the visibility of the world which human beings have made, then that clearly is placing human nature, satan, in the saddle, so that that determines human behavior. Some of that human behavior is deemed to be good and some of it is deemed to be bad, but it is all activated in the same way. It isn’t until there comes this specific visibility of the invisible God that there is the opportunity for human beings to acknowledge it; and in genuinely acknowledging it, it activates something from within themselves, so that what was before invisible of a divine nature within the individual is caused to come forth.
That coming forth could be described in the terms of “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world.” Here is a son or a daughter of God putting in an appearance. But that will never happen until there is first an acknowledgment of the visible reality. Well you can’t acknowledge the visible reality if it isn’t there. And that has been, I suppose you could say, the problem insofar as human experience is concerned over the centuries since Jesus was on earth, that there has not been that visible point to acknowledge. So the endeavor has been to acknowledge Him, but He isn’t the visible point. He was a visible point to some people back there; they didn’t take advantage of the opportunity. But you can’t pick up the pieces, as though the fact that they didn’t take advantage of the opportunity wasn’t the fact of the matter. The visible point must be living and present in the moment now. We have some conscious awareness of this fact and have undertaken to allow something to happen increasingly in this regard. But it can only happen because you acknowledge a visible point.
The visible point which was provided by Jesus long ago was just one individual. Clearly it proved to be insufficient. But we also know that it set in motion what should come in season into the experience of human beings down along the way. What was set in motion was below the level of consciousness. All this conscious fanfare in what has been called Christianity may have kept human beings aware of the fact that the visible truth might again put in an appearance. That, in religious terms, has been called the Second Coming of Christ. But it has been a concept which is not based at all in the truth of the matter. There was the expectation of a person coming. Well, the person came, and what happened? That has all been done. It’s not going to be done again. What would be the point? But what is to be done is the emergence, as we are well aware, of this collective visible point of deity on earth. It must be there. Then human beings have the opportunity of acknowledging it or rejecting it. If it isn’t there they can’t acknowledge it and they can't reject it. Well that begins to sort things out, doesn’t it? But the reality of the truth must be present and visible. And who is going to assume the responsibility for that? Presumably those who are aware of that necessity. Who else? And so we have, in whatever measure, put ourselves on the spot.
There must be the acknowledgment of the visibility through human flesh, the Word made flesh. Some have imagined perhaps that somehow or other it would all come rushing forth through human beings, transforming everyone, transforming the world in consequence. Hope springs eternal in the human breast, they say; but it doesn’t work that way. It must reach a point where people have the opportunity of making a conscious choice. They may be impelled toward that conscious choice subconsciously; many people are. We ourselves have found people showing up with certain understanding already present, delighted to find those who seem to be genuine. But let that reach the point where a choice has to be made as to the visibility, the actual visibility of the truth, then people are inclined to pull back. Perhaps they need to be a little skeptical; they have been fooled often enough. But there must be something in a person which is capable of acknowledging the visible truth, which seems to that person to be external to him- or herself—that’s the appearance: as being external to the person. But what it activates is actually internal to the person. Finally there is a connecting up with the invisible, and that becomes experienced to the extent that the invisible comes forth, finds expression, is lived, not merely believed in.
Human beings have been trapped in their beliefs. As long as one can convince oneself that all that is necessary is to believe, then it doesn't matter really how you behave: it’s only to be expected that one will be resentful of this and that, and perhaps hate that evil person over there and be fearful of the other thing. This, after all, is human nature. Satan! And satan is worshipped in that sense. There is the control in human living, regardless of their beliefs. Well you can see that you can’t exchange your prior beliefs for what are now defined in your consciousness as Emissary beliefs. It doesn’t do you any good; you have still got beliefs. It isn’t a matter of believing anything or trying to believe anything. It’s a matter of being the truth, and being the truth requires that one acknowledge the truth when it becomes visible. If you will not acknowledge the truth when it is made visible you simply cannot acknowledge it while it remains invisible. That should be reasonable and logical, shouldn’t it?
As I say, very often people go along with something as long as it isn’t brought to point. There is something very nice; everybody is happy, everybody enjoying themselves. The question is, Why? What produced this state, in which other people may participate? You find that people go along with it fine, but the very moment something begins to come to point—oh, they pull back! Well that’s fine. That’s fine because as the visible truth puts in increased experience everyone is required to make a choice. There is no real, clear-cut choice to make until that happens. The choice seems to be between Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, Islam, Hinduism, what have you—all kinds of choices which don’t mean a thing! One may make some particular choice which can lead to something else, and something else, and something else; and one may finally reach the point where one recognizes the necessity of acknowledging the truth made visible.
Now we have the responsibility for making this visible. We have recognized that there is a need for someone or ones who have already made it visible. This has been something of your own experience—but now you are the ones! Something visible is beginning to emerge, very small but visible nevertheless, the opportunity for people to begin to make their choices. If we recognize that this is the purpose of the visibility, it doesn’t really matter what the choice is, just so long as it is made—pro or con. Of course the results of the choice are different insofar as the people who make them are concerned, but what makes possible the choice to be made remains unconcerned as to what the choice is. Of course it is certainly a delight if there are those who acknowledge the visible truth and consequently allow the invisible truth to come forth through themselves, so that they in turn make it visible; and presumably the more there are who are allowing this to happen, the more quickly choices can be made.
We realize that this invisible truth coming forth is not merely an individual matter. It is an individual matter, but not alone an individual matter, because it brings forth what may be called a body, a body of human beings collectively, who are consequently one, coordinated. It is through this visible body as such that the larger area of choice in human experience may be made. So we share this; we know something about it. We have some experience in the matter, even though satan comes also among us, even though human nature is still present. The only question is as to whether that will determine our behavior, or whether the activated truth in expression will determine our behavior. That’s the choice, ultimately speaking.
There is a day, today, in this hour, in this very moment, when the sons and daughters of God are gathered together and satan comes also among them. Is the truth acknowledged so that there is activation thereof in the momentary processes of living? Or is human nature still in there? We can look at human nature in all kinds of ways, because there is something for everybody. Very often it is in the matter of what I would like, or on the other hand, what I wouldn’t like—what I want. Who is speaking? We all have different names, but in the usual human experience they could all be the same name—satan. We can fool ourselves by having different names, but the same control, the same compulsions, operate in human nature the world around and keep human beings enslaved, keep them in conflict with each other, sustain violence and corruption. Oh, there is a little bit of good thrown in too to make the whole dish slightly more palatable, particularly if one can live in the good part of the world where “I would like to live.” If the Lord is my shepherd, if what finds expression through me is fathered by the truth, I shall not want; I shall not want anything.
The whole purpose of the exercise by which human beings are caused to make a choice may be said, “To return the earth and the world to God.” It has been stolen by human beings. “It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye”—the people of the world—“have made it a den of thieves.” This earth is rightly the dwelling place of God in a specific sense by reason of man. We know that theoretically. It is said finally that, “The tabernacle of God is with men.” Ah, there is a tabernacle—whatever that is—going to be given by God, presumably, to men so that He can be with them. What is being said, of course, is that the tabernacle of God is with men, the tabernacle of God is men. Here is the dwelling place. Here is the means by which God dwells on earth.
Now, if you are going to return the earth to God, what is the first order of business? Presumably to return oneself to God. It isn’t a matter of taking a plot of land and saying, “This is God’s acre,” as some people have done. “I’ll let Him have this much. Then I will tend it and keep it when I have time. But I have other things to do as well.” There are those who use the fact that it is possible, for instance, to contribute to their church as a means of evading, or avoiding, the necessity of giving oneself. It is an attempt to bribe God, isn’t it? “I will give so much to the church as long as you don’t bother me, God, and I can go on doing what I want to do.” What is the attitude? Is it honest? The fact of the matter is that a dishonest person cannot take an honest look at anything. That’s another cop-out: “Let’s take an honest look at this or that.” But there aren’t any honest people around, so how can an honest look be taken? An honest person is not a thief, for one thing, and anyone who imagines that he has a personal life all his own, to do with as he pleases, is a thief, is a very dishonest person. “Well let’s take an honest look at this!” People are taking honest looks at this all the time—and it makes no difference; it doesn’t change anything. But an honest person has an honest stance, and he sees things honestly; he sees things as they are. But a dishonest person can’t do that, and as long as one is claiming even one little square centimeter of the earth for oneself one is not an honest person.
We naturally are concerned with attitude in this matter. There are those who have thought, “Well I shouldn’t have stolen all this from the Lord; therefore I am going to write out a check for my total bank account and give it to somebody, EDL perhaps.” Please don’t! One is responsible for whatever is present in one’s own field of operations. But if one, as a person, belongs to the Lord, so that the expression of the truth is constantly pouring forth, then obviously everything is handled on that basis. And there may be—money is a good symbol of things in general—there may be money that is in one’s own bank account. Well that’s the Lord’s money, just as surely as anything else; therefore it has to be handled by the Lord. But how? “Well I am going to think what would be pleasing to the Lord.” Who is the Lord? “He’s over there somewhere. If I listen closely enough He will let me know what will be pleasing, how to use this money.” Nonsense! One can be fooled on that basis.
There are those who listen for a voice. Well all they hear is the voice of satan; that is, human nature. It’s not a matter of listening for anything in that sense; it’s a matter of being something, of giving expression to the truth oneself. When that is so, everything will be used rightly. And it will not be used on the basis: “Well I think it would be nice. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a holiday?” Do you want a holiday? Well we could have a holiday every day by letting it be a holy day, by letting it be the expression of the truth in one’s own living. One will never have to go away somewhere to experience, what?—rejuvenation or something. It’s not there. It’s right here. Let it come out of here and all that is necessary is present. Present—what for? For the creative purpose of being, the creative purpose of God. But no one knows what that is secondhand. You either experience it firsthand or you don’t know it, and you can’t experience it firsthand as long as you are holding out and classifying yourself as a thief. A thief is dishonest. I think everybody would nod their heads to that statement. Or you may justify thievery, of course. But you can’t justify stealing from God.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein,” including “me.” And when I am one with God, all that I administer is administered in the name of the Lord. Then there may be honesty, then there may be clear vision as to how it should be handled, but only on that basis; not by pretense, pretending to serve God: “Well I’ll dole out a little for God this month. I have a little surplus here to let Him have through my church or in some other way.” Charities are good recipients for evading the necessity of being honest. “He’s such a good person; he gives so much to charity.” What’s he doing? Returning a little of the stolen goods, or trying to do it that way.
Coming again to the awareness of being a son or a daughter of God incarnate in human form on earth to handle all things in the name of the Lord, the factual state of restoration is known. As we have noted before, it’s not trying to restore the world to God, just to restore “me”—my body, my mind, my heart. That’s all anyone can do, and when that is done the son or the daughter of God comes into the world and then whatever creatively should be expressed comes forth. It’s not a matter of trying to drag the world back to God. It’s not coming. He doesn’t want it anyway, not that world. “My kingdom is not of this world.” It's another world, another world which puts in an appearance when there are those sons and daughters of God incarnate on earth who reveal it, so that all their living is such a revelation—all of it. Let us be honest. Let’s stop stealing ourselves—if you stop stealing yourself, you’ll stop stealing everything else—and permit the power, the creative power of the living God, to be restored into expression on earth because we live, individually and collectively, because there is one body. And all who compose that body cannot think, or speak, or act without consideration for the health, the vitality, the creative achievement made possible through that one body. This business of “I want… oh wouldn’t it be nice… time for me to retire now and I will look the scene over and see, where would I like to go…” Who is speaking? Satan!
We do what we are here to do, that’s all, as sons and daughters of God. We may be a little less capable of doing what we are here to do when we are children, but as we mature we should become more and more capable of doing what we are here to do. Most people imagine that they become less and less capable. Well they may become less physically capable of high jinks, but there should be a greater spiritual ability. It’s appalling, isn’t it really, in oneself or in anyone else, to see that hanging back and refusal to allow the beauty and grandeur and effectiveness, creative effectiveness, of the expression of a son or a daughter of God to come forth. It seems to me that Moses was eighty years old when his ministry started. We have a ways to go yet, most of us. But we could start right now, to the glory of God.
I am thankful that we have the privilege of knowing these things and of letting that knowing be the reason for our living—no purpose to our living otherwise. So may we glorify God in restoring ourselves and consequently mankind to Him. The light must shine and the light must be acknowledged, either in acceptance or rejection. We would—if we still have any preferences—prefer acceptance, but rejection is quite all right too. It's unfortunate for the rejecter. How good to know the truth and to be free.
You know from your own experience that if there is a refusal to accept responsibility you lose your authority. When you accept the responsibility, even though you may feel inadequate in the situation, the authority is still there. The authority goes with the responsibility—reject the responsibility, you reject the authority; accept the responsibility and move in it, and you have the authority. Not because you thought you had it before, perhaps; you may have thought you lacked it because of the sense of inadequacy—but accept the responsibility and you have the authority.
You may handle it, consequently, on the basis of the Tone which you have come to know. You really know what that is, so don’t dither around—sound it! Don’t say to yourself, “Well I am not just sure how the Tone should sound in this situation.” That is rejecting the responsibility, so you don’t have the authority or the experience of the Tone. Accept the responsibility and the Tone sounds, and you know the authority.
As we abide in that place of heavenly stillness, we enfold and protect all that draws near. And we speak the creative word, “Let there be life,” and there is life. If we all abide in the place of heavenly stillness we all abide together forever. The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. I think we might hear the echoing and resounding of that voice in the mountains and in the hills. The voice speaks the Word and there is creative movement. But the Word springs forth from the place of stillness where we abide. Until there are those who do abide in this place of stillness while living in form on earth there is no place of stillness present at the level from which the Word must be spoken. All things were made by the Word, and without the Word was not anything made that is made. How then would human beings expect to make or achieve anything while ignoring the Word?
Because man was created to give expression to the Word on earth there is a residual power of creation present in man, even though he has ceased to be man as he was originally created. There is a form of radiation that proceeds from human beings to be reflected back to them by their worlds. I spoke of the earthly self reflecting the heavenly self this morning—that could be one way of putting it—but the earthly self is not really a mirror. It is better described as a window through which the pure expression of the heavenly self shines. The world which is thereby created could be said to be the mirror; it reflects back what was present in the radiation. If the radiation is pure and heavenly then the world is pure and heavenly. If the radiation is unholy, evil, as it has been, then the world is seen to be unholy and evil. That is what is reflected back by the mirror.
The window rightly replaces the mirror, as the earthly self has been. The earthly self has been a mirror of the world which the earthly self made in the first place. Now the window appears because there are those earthly selves which are no longer so interested in reflecting the world. How about our own experience? We do a certain amount of reflecting of the world still and we are uncomfortable because of that. But when the mirror is transformed into a window because there is a greater interest in the heavenly self than in the world of reflection, the pure release and expression of heavenly radiation may begin to shine forth, and this is then reflected by the world.
That shining forth necessarily embodies the creative cycle, the creative cycle that is essential to the dissolution of the human fantasy, and so all that fantasy is incorporated into the proper administration of the creative cycle. The world gives evidence of the changes which consequently occur. Those who administer the creative cycle, those who abide in the stillness of heaven, recognize the meaning of the reflection. It is the reflection, after all, of the heavenly radiation which one is personally emitting. The process of salvation is in effect. All things in the realm of reflection are in the process of change to reveal the pure essences of the radiation. There is, as we are aware, a creative cycle involved and we are content to let it work.
The change can only take place to the extent that there is a pure radiation being released through the window. We are aware of our position and responsibility in this regard. We are not at all in the business of manipulation; nothing would be achieved by it; this has been the mode of operation of the evil self heretofore. So we bring something new, something new certainly in the experience of mankind, which has lost the memory of the truth. We see this as the essential element for what we have called the restoration. The restoration cannot occur without this core of pure radiation.
Remember that radiation results from the union of the positive and the negative. Looking forth at the windows, rather than gazing into the mirror, we see something occurring in the world. It is reflected back to us and we may observe it. We see it, rightly, as the result of the creative radiation occurring by reason of the union of heaven and earth in us. In our observation of what is reflected back we see people at various levels and in various ways being drawn to come near. By the same token we also see others who, by reason of the working of the Law, are repelled. The fact of either integration or disintegration does not rightly cause us to leave the heavenly place of stillness. We stay where we belong. The radiation goes forth. The world reflects to us the effects of our radiation.
We might, for a moment, pause to consider something which has occupied the attention of the Christian world for nineteen centuries: namely, what has come to be called the Lord’s Prayer. When the Master was on earth He was dealing with certain levels of consciousness, a certain quality of people in the mixed-up state. He was aware that, spiritually, all were children. He suggested that those who were willing should acknowledge the fact that they were children: Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. So He was dealing with a childish situation when He provided the words of what has come to be called the Lord’s prayer. It wasn’t His prayer—it was a prayer for the children.
Evidently the state of childishness has persisted. The same words are being mouthed today as were given to the children in the first place. What would the prayer be for mature men and women? The prayer for mature men and women would be deemed blasphemy by the children, who take the attitude that what they have learned by rote is the Lord’s prayer, unchanging eternally. It was given to the children as a starting point for their movement in the cycles toward maturity. I suppose most of us as children learned some nursery rhymes, some stories, but when we became what we assumed was men and women we put away childish things, in that sense. Probably we invented some other myths, of a more mature nature supposedly.
But somewhere along the way this childish prayer, which certainly contains some basic elements of truth, would need to be put away in favor of the mature expression. But no, in the Christian world, everybody, generation after generation, has repeated and repeated the fairy tale, the nursery rhyme. Mind you, there is some meaning in most nursery rhymes somewhere, in this particular one a great deal of course, but provided for children, who would only be capable of understanding at a childish level. If they really understood at a childish level this should lead them into a more mature experience of meaning. It is clearly evident that most of the stories which Jesus told, the various parables, were stories which were comprehended only at a rather elementary level. Mind you again, there were deeper understandings available, but even insofar as the disciples were concerned, to whom He opened a window of understanding greater than was received by most, this was still quite elementary.
The Lord’s prayer, presumably, would be words spoken by the Lord. What would His words be in the mature expression of spirit? They could be words which begin very much along the lines that we presently have been sharing: I Am in Heaven.
I am in heaven.
The revelation of myself is holy.
My kingdom comes because I am here.
My will is done in earth because my will is done in heaven.
I give the bread of life in each moment of my living on earth.
I forgive, and that forgiveness is received by those who share the spirit of forgiveness.
I lead no one into tribulation, but deliver all evil into the creative cycle.
For mine is the kingdom present on earth because I am present on earth.
Mine is the creative power of the Word.
And mine is the glory which results, shining round about,
to be reflected by the world which I create.
Would this not be the Lord’s prayer?
Would this not be ours?
I have been emphasizing those two words, three letters total: I am. It is rather evident that quite a few of you, and others, have not really comprehended what was being said. For instance, someone may say or write, “I am is here.” That really doesn’t make much sense to me. Would it not be better said, “I am here”? “I am” is so often used as though it were the name of somebody else, as one might say, “The Lord is here.” But why is the Lord here? Because I am here! There are those who sometimes excuse themselves for false statements by saying it is just a matter of semantics. But semantics are very revealing of what is actually happening in the person—the words come out accordingly—and if you were to say, “I am is here,” you certainly would have missed the point. Where is he? Who is he? No, we can each say, “I am here,” assuming the responsibility for speaking the Word.
The Word is truth, and we don’t speak it secondhand; at least that would be a very childish condition. We speak the Word, “Let there be life,” and there is life. Why? Because I am here and I speak the Word. As there are those who acknowledge the truth in their own living expression there is a core of heavenly expression on earth, and it is this that brings to pass the salvation for which we are in the world. We came not into the world to condemn the world but to save it.
We look around, you may even travel around, becoming acquainted with this person and that person, this group or that group, whether they are New Age or otherwise—and we may be thankful for the fact that there is movement, there is change occurring, that there are those who are beginning to awaken; but we certainly are not unduly impressed, because we know that this is what happens when we provide the essential radiation. Those who find themselves moving, in one way or another, do not initially understand what is happening or why it is happening, but we know. It is well that we should know, because it is our responsibility in every moment of our living.
As heavenly selves, we are concerned that the fact of our trustworthiness should be proven on earth. It is this sustained radiation that saves the world. It doesn’t originate in human minds and hearts. These are simply windows, the windows of heaven, opened so that the creative radiation may pour forth into the earth. And when it does the world reflects it. There are those of course who, by reason of response in mind and heart, draw near. They are welcome, they are protected, and they may participate with us as they come to the point of union in unified radiation. But this is the one thing that is necessary. Nothing else that is happening on earth could have any meaning whatsoever but for this one thing. We need to know this. We don’t need to try to tell anybody else about it. It is a matter of our own being.
We know how to take care of the reponsibilities present in our circumstances when we abide where we belong, the place of being where I am—not “where I am is” but where I am. So here we have a sensing of the creative power that is at work. This world of creative power becomes increasingly more real to us than the fading reflection of inhuman radiation, the world as we thought it was. People everywhere are all involved in that; it seems so real to them; they are trying to get it back into the way it used to be, even though they didn’t like it the way it used to be; but all to no avail. And it will be to no avail as long as the creative radiation is in place. The reflection of that creative radiation comes with absolute inevitability and we share in an increasing awareness of the kingdom and the power and the glory. This is real. This is the radiant reality which is reflected by certain levels of the electromagnetic field around us. Let the reflection be pure and right because the radiation is pure and right.
Grace Van Duzen — Martin, what fulfilment in the expression of the Lord’s prayer: radiant reality. What fulfilment surely, and rejoicing in heaven, that that which was given two thousand years ago for the children is given in this hour, surely, to mature men and women, and all who will come and share this because I accept responsibility in the name of the Lord.
Martin Cecil — Mature men and women? I trust, maturing men and women, but sufficiently mature to hear and understand and speak.
Most holy Lord of creation, I address Thee in these words with the greatest reverence and awe. This morning I bring this congregation before Thee. In Thy name I invite them to come near unto me, that thereby they may come near unto Thee. In these moments of quietness we are aware of Thy presence and of Thy love. According to the spiritual responsibility accepted by each one in their living heretofore, so may these all together offer to Thee a body of flesh for the accommodation of Thy spirit and Thy word, that the blessing of Thy creative action may be extended in this hour into all the world to all people, an outpouring of Thy creative spirit, opening the gates of Thy kingdom for the inflowing of response wherever it is present in the hearts and lives of human beings everywhere. Thou only, O Lord of creation, art God. We have no other gods before Thee. Aum-en.
We have now moved into a new year, a new cycle of seven years—into the Fiftieth Year of this ministry on earth. It is also not only a year in its own right but it is the first in a succession of years, seven to be exact, which would be characterized by the fire force. This particular year, in and of itself within the cycle of this ministry, is characterized by the air force. Here are two aspects of the creative power by which God's will is done. Making reference to this, I am making reference to something that relates very specifically to the Emissary ministry. We have a certain awareness of the significance of this ministry to the larger picture, the world of mankind.
There is one level of consideration with respect to numbers which we need to understand. Usually when Emissaries, or those who consider themselves to be Emissaries—there may be a distinction here—consider numbers, seven and twelve emphasize themselves in consciousness. This is not by chance, even though there may heretofore have been little real understanding of what it was that was being considered. It is clear that in the unfoldment of the ministry as such, seven has been predominant. We have just completed seven cycles of seven years; we now move into the eighth cycle of seven years. This is presuming that the seven-year pattern continues as before. There is always the possibility that the days may be shortened somewhat. So there is the seven-year cycle, which has been clear enough over the last forty-nine years, relating directly to the responsibilities carried by reason of the Emissary ministry.
At the same time, of course, these seven years are made up of one year at a time. The year itself relates to the passage of the earth in its orbit around the sun. This orbit, from the standpoint of human calculations at least, has been divided up into twelve months. It is not by chance that this pattern has come to be accepted in the world: twelve months on the one hand, seven days in the week on the other hand. Here are two aspects of one thing. They say there are fifty-two weeks in a year, but it isn't quite right. They say there are three hundred and sixty-five days in a year, and that isn't quite right either. But there are these divisions, which relate to something with which human beings everywhere are familiar.
We ourselves may see that the seven has a particular relatedness to this Emissary ministry. We recognize here the emergence of a conscious focus, a conscious spiritual focus for mankind. We may recall the story of creation in the Book of Genesis, where emphasis is placed there upon seven: seven days, seven periods of time, seven cycles. Here was a deliberate creative process for a specific purpose, conveyed, on this basis, as relating to seven. Being a deliberate process, we could say it would be a conscious process. So the seven relates very particularly to this conscious focus of what is provided by what the Emissary ministry actually is. What it actually is and what people may have thought it to be could be different. But there is a reality here which we have used Emissaries of Divine Light to describe. The reality, of course, needs to emerge as it actually is so that, in a sense, words to describe it would be unnecessary. But there are words to describe it and we are content with these words which bring to focus the conscious, deliberate action necessary in the creative process by which the restoration of mankind may be achieved.
We recognize that there is no conscious mind without the subconscious aspects of mind. You can't really separate the two, any more than you can separate the surface of the water from the water underneath. So there is a subconscious aspect, which relates very particularly to the experience of mankind over the centuries and the millennia; and this is indicated by the use of the number twelve. There are the twelve tribes of the earth which were, back along the way, represented by the twelve disciples, the twelve tribes of Israel; in other words here is something that is all-inclusive of mankind—in a more particular sense the subconscious aspect of the mind of mankind.
There has been a certain amount of deliberation in this subconscious level of human experience. In other words it could be said that there has been a certain amount of what human beings would probably describe as conscious action in the world. All the human achievements that are seen round about are apparently consequent upon this conscious action. But this relates very much to a dream state, where there is apparently someone present—who maybe one thinks of as oneself—in the dream, doing various things and being done unto by various other things in the dream. And this is pretty well what has been occurring in the world as human beings have known it. It all is included in this subconscious level, symbolized by the twelve. Of course, seven is a number that is included in twelve. It's part of the whole mind of mankind but refers in a particular sense to the surface conscious levels, which are rightly brought to focus by those who may be properly called Emissaries of Divine Light. So we have these two aspects here.
The twelve is very inclusive of far more than the immediate earthly experience. Certainly the earth moves around the sun in its orbit, and that orbit may be divided into twelve segments; but obviously the earth is not alone in moving around the sun. And the solar system is not alone, in an isolated sense, but is a part of the galaxy, and so on. So the twelve may be seen as relating to something far vaster than the subconscious levels of the human mind; the subconscious levels of the human mind simply represent something much vaster. The twelve, therefore, refers to the planetary system as such, the solar system, the galaxy and the universe. Here is the particular connection that mankind has with this vastness—through the twelve.
So there is the twelve aspect and the seven aspect. Our concern has been especially with the seven aspect. Whereas this seven aspect is made up of years, of course, it is immediately related to the twelve, which refers, amongst other things, to the twelve months of the year, the movement of the planet around the sun. So the connection is there in the year. Each individual year as it comes around is directly connected to the twelve of the subconscious aspect of the whole body of mankind. I use words to describe all this but I am trusting that you have some spiritual discernment which enables you to comprehend what it is that I'm talking about; because if you try to intellectualize it you will lose it. But it is clear, obvious, actual, real, when it is spiritually discerned.
This year which is before us is the beginning of a seven-year cycle, but it is a year in and of itself. We don't wish to lay emphasis upon the external factors, which loom so large in human consciousness, because we are now concerned directly and deliberately with what might be described as heavenly elements. These heavenly elements will be reflected in external factors, yes, but we may be reminded of the verse in the Book of Job: “Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?” This is our direct and immediate responsibility. First of all, the ordinances of heaven must be known. One couldn't very easily set the dominion of the unknown in the earth; so the ordinances of heaven must be known. In a sense I've been speaking of this now, utilizing these particular terms relative to the numbers seven and twelve. All this relates to the ordinances of heaven.
Sometimes, I think, the ordinances of heaven are looked upon as being fixed structures. But we recognize that life is the evidence of these ordinances, and life is always characterized by movement and change. So there is something moving, something changing constantly, relative to the ordinances of heaven. They are based in what we may call the Law, but the Law is not static; it's constantly moving, relative to the requirements of the creative process. And so we have ordinances of heaven, which need to be discerned momentarily. You can't say to yourself, “Well now I know the ordinances of heaven; I'm going to set the dominion thereof in the earth,” because as soon as you've said that, they've changed to something fresh which reveals the reality of a living, pulsating movement. And we have the responsibility, in the creative cycles that are before us, to bring to focus these living pulsations and allow them to take their fitting form in their fitting seasons. Coming events, in that sense, the events brought forth by these living pulsations, may in some respects cast their shadows before, so that we are not entirely blind relative to the future. But though we may discern something with respect to the future, we are not wrapped up in what we may discern in that regard, because we don't know exactly what form it is going to take. What is to occur must be vibrationally established; the ordinances of heaven in each moment. Don't be too hooked on your vision, because whatever it should be can only be as the ordinances of heaven, now, are set in the earth now and in each succeeding moment. Then, coming together, we know what it is. All of us have a responsibility in developing various creative movements which are being brought forth. So we need to gain an overall view of the heavenly ingredients that are present relating to what we would refer to probably as vibrational factors. Those vibrational factors may be brought to point by utilizing the seven and the twelve. We see our responsibility in the seven.
In order to make right use of what is occurring we must remain at the balance point where we belong. Human beings are inclined to swing to extremes. There are definitely pulsations. These pulsations are related very particularly to the twelve, or the subconscious aspect of things. But consciously we need to be at the balance point and not swung around by whatever is happening in the subconscious level. What is happening in the subconscious level, from the standpoint of heaven, needs to happen, not in order to push us around but to provide us with the material that is needed for the deliberate achievement of what it is that should be achieved. So we may recognize the necessity of standing at this balance point. The balance point, which can be looked at in various ways, relates first of all to the horizontal component, of which mention has been made before. We may see it in terms of the past on one side and the future on the other. Well we need to be in the middle—that is, exactly now. That doesn't deny the fact that there is a past stretching away and a future stretching away; but here we are now, in this present moment.
Another aspect of this relates to the tendency of human beings to swing to what they think of as a spiritual extreme—spiritualistic, I think, is the more accurate term—and to the materialistic extreme on the other end of the spectrum. No, we need to be in the middle, the Central Way, the balance point, because only there is there direct connection and relatedness with the vertical component—the vertical component which comes to focus in the present moment. It doesn't come to focus in the past; it doesn't come to focus in the future. It certainly doesn't come to focus in the spiritualistic antics of human beings or in the materialistic antics of human beings. And yet there is this pulsation moving from the heavenly standpoint, of which one may be consciously aware. And we need to be consciously aware of it, not to be thrown around by it, because here are the facilities for creative action that we consciously and deliberately can make use of—the point of balance, the point where the creative power is, the point where God and man are one. So we may observe what is happening, we may be aware of the pulsations. These are part of the ordinances of heaven, mistranslated by human beings. But we're here to translate them correctly, not to do away with them. We need to be steady in the middle, but this doesn't prevent us from discerning, and being aware of, the pulsations which are moving on each side of that central point.
These pulsations can be seen in different ways too. It's interesting to note that the anniversary of this ministry falls approximately, in the northern hemisphere at least, at the time of the autumnal equinox. This is a balance point, not only for the northern hemisphere but for the southern hemisphere, when the length of the day and the night are the same—the same thing in the north as in the south. This is indicative of a balance point. When you come to the solstice in the summer or the winter, you have a directly opposite experience in northern and southern hemispheres. In other words, it looks as though in the northern hemisphere it's unbalanced in one direction, but in the south there is evidence of unbalance in the other direction. There is nothing wrong with that, is there? It's quite all right. We at least enjoy the long days of summer; we should enjoy the short days of winter. It's all part of the cycle. But we ourselves are not being flung around by this; we stand where we belong, and are in position then to use rightly what it is that is actually happening.
What is actually happening is what is happening from the standpoint of the ordinances of heaven, not what is happening from the standpoint of human mistranslation of these ordinances. And we have all sorts of events, very troublesome things going on in the world, based entirely in human mistranslation. Well here we are, back where we belong, in order to provide the balance point which allows all these movements, pulsations back and forth that rightly occur as part of the living process, to be rightly used, rightly translated in our own experience. We can't immediately start translating them out there somewhere: “Well the events of the world are not the way I like them. This and that is not happening the way it should.” No, we live right here, we live next to ourselves and in the immediate environment, and here's where the balance point needs to be. One can see, even from the rather surface viewpoint, that if there are enough people who stay in that balance point around the world, we have a balance point represented everywhere. And this begins to assume responsibility, then, for the creative process which is working out, designed to permit the restoration of mankind.
Most of the things that are going on in the world apparently have no relatedness to that; no one even thinks about it. But we think about it, we know something about it, and we are aware of our responsibility with respect to it. And this is very real to the extent that we are in the real position. If we go off from side to side we're not where we belong, and we lose an awareness of what we would know if we were where we belong. I'm sure that you could all testify to this experience. The reality which you know when you're on the beam, as they say, seems to fade away, disappear, when you begin to swing off to one side. Well that should be fair warning: Get back where you belong! Unfortunately, for most people, that doesn't seem to occur to them. They want to plumb the depths or the heights a little more, rather than stay where one belongs, aware of the depths, aware of the heights, but seeing the value of these things from the standpoint of the balanced position.
This morning I am emphasizing this balanced position particularly because certainly the swinging will likely occur with greater vehemence in the world around us as the days and years go on, and we need to have very sure footing where we belong if we're not going to be carried with it. Of course, if that goes too far things are flung right out, and we can see a cleansing process occurring on this basis. But let not everything be cleansed away! If half of it is flung this way and the other half that way, there's nothing in the middle. There needs to be something left, something that is stable and solid and provides a connection for all those who are in the vicinity of it, not physically necessarily but vibrationally.
We have a certain sensing—if our hearts are not overly impure—a certain sensing of a point of stability. Now you know there are many who are awakening in this way, sensing the point of stability, the awareness of people, individual people, you and others, who provide this point of stability without calling it names. Let's not keep the door closed. Let the door be open, because there are more who properly participate in this focus of the conscious aspect of the mind of mankind. It requires, certainly, more than are presently available. So the door needs to be kept open. There should never be a sense of shame with respect to the means by which this conscious aspect of the mind of mankind has been brought to focus. Isn't that a tremendous thing! Why deny it? For those who don't understand we wouldn't particularly shout it from the housetops. But there are those who are ready to understand; for them the door should be open.
So I rejoice to share this consideration of a reality which is describable in symbolic ways; it's the only way it is describable. We have to use words of some kind, and these seven and twelve numbers are useful in acquainting us with something very real that is going on, and in which we properly share. And we're not isolated in some conscious level of understanding, because there would be no conscious level of understanding without the subconscious. It's all one thing; it's all properly unified. But we have the point of conscious stability in the middle where we stay. We are not swung around by all the things that are going on in the subconscious mind and heart of mankind. Lots of things are going on there; we sometimes inadvertently get hooked up with them. Well we need to be alert so that we don't stay with that sort of a ride—we come back to where we belong. And others will tend to come with us and stand where they belong too. Altogether there may be the true ordinances of heaven and the dominion of them set in the earth. When that is so, the earth is known once again to be the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.