There are certain things that I wish to consider with you. Step by step, as we move along the Way, vibrations are focalizing and many things are being accomplished. Tonight I should like to talk to you on the subject: “Repairing or rebuilding the Altar of the Lord.” Many times in the Old Testament period we have the record that the Altar of the Lord that had been broken down was repaired by individuals who were serving the Lord. In each of those cases, examination of the record will show that the people had been worshiping at the altar of Baal, and in some of those cases where we have reference to the rebuilding of the Altar in the earth, specific mention is made of tearing down and destroying the altars of Baal. That is the work in which we are engaged.
The rebuilding of the Altar of the Lord is a definite process in itself, and another definite function is required after the work of repairing has been completed. It is evident that those who have been worshiping at the altar of Baal have functioned according to the principles, the vibrations and the nature of the altar of Baal. They have been in the habit of conforming to the processes essential to the service that takes place before the altar of Baal. That means that the individual himself must, of necessity, undergo a change in function. He must let his attitudes, his concepts, his visions, and his direction of Response be changed so that they are no longer in conformity to the service before the altar of Baal and come into conformity to the service of the Altar of the Lord. These statements are specific expressions of principle in view of a generalized application. Let us together, with one accord in one place, on the one vibration of the Christ Love, consider how these things relate to us.
In the beginning, according to the Word, the Spirit moved upon the face of the waters, and Creation resulted. The Currents of Truth, the whole body of Truth, have of necessity a specific focalization, and the Currents of Love and the whole body of Love have of necessity a specific focalization: and we recognize Divine Love to be the primary Creative Force. We recognize that Truth provides the Principle and the Pattern; therefore, there is, in the Body and in focalized form, the Spirit of Love, and there is, also, in the Body and in focalized form, the Spirit of Truth. These two focalizations have worked together since the beginning of Creation when the foundations of the earth were laid. The text in Genesis states: “The Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” The Spirit here indicated is the Spirit of Love, and the waters here indicated are recognized as the Spirit of Truth. Through the centuries and the millenia since man fell, these focalizations of Creative Activity have worked to restore man to the Divine Estate, so that the whole of Creation as it relates to this world might manifest the perfection which characterized its inception.
The Spirit of Love came into the world in focalized form with the coming of the second year of Cosmic Being, and He focalized the Creative Forces essential to the recreative work incidental to the salvation of man, and He gave manifest expression in the Creative Current to the Principles and to the Pattern, that being established in the focalization of His Being, in manifest formation with respect to the Negative Triune world, they might extend out from Him and fill the whole earth. According to the Response of the human beings who have lived since that time, the processes of recreation have been at work in the world. We have now come to the time which corresponds in large measure to the Second Day of Creation. Concerning the First Day, we read: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” With the coming of the Master in the age that has just past, God sent His Word into the world with the command: “Let there be light,” and through Jesus Christ there was Light. “And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness,” and that also was accomplished. The Light was divided from the darkness. As the Master said: “I come not to bring peace but a sword,” and He indicated the manner in which the Light and the darkness would divide those who were attuned to those two manifestations of Creation—and then there comes the Word: “And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” We recognize that that first Day came to a close in the eighteenth century, and we see that the world itself as a whole neglected, during that Day, to take cognizance of the difference between the Light and the darkness. Nevertheless, that First Day came to a close.
Next we read: “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.”
That is the Creative Cycle in which we are functioning now—that is the Creative work in which we are engaged. In the Light of all that you have learned in the Third Sacred School, consider the words: “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven.” The waters that are above, then, are the expressions of Truth, the manifestations of Truth and the focalizations of Truth in the Inner Planes, and the waters which are below the firmament are the expressions, manifestations and focalizations of Truth in the Negative Triune world, divided by the Air of the Spirit which He called Heaven. The Air of the Spirit divides the waters that are above from the waters which are below. The Air of the Spirit divides the Truth that is above from the Truth that is below. The Air of the Spirit He called Heaven and “Heaven,” the Master said, “is within you”—and “the Kingdom of Heaven,” He said, “is at hand.” The Air of the Spirit, the firmament that is Heaven, is within you.
It is in this Second Day that we see the Inner and the outer established in Reality as an accomplished fact. We see the polarity of the positive and negative phases of the Whole Holy World clearly established. That is the important point. Human beings, considering the application of the First and Second Days of Creation to the lesser ages, and knowing that we are in the Second Cycle now, might say: “Since man was created on the Sixth Day, we shall have to wait until the Sixth Age of this Cycle to have the Restoration to the Edenic State,” but such a concept is faulty. Why? Because man has already been created; man already exists, and the Second Day established the polarity of the Inner and the outer. The Second Day makes manifest the operation of the One Law. The Second Day provides the co-ordination, through the Spirit, of the firmament between the waters that are above and the waters that are below.
The incarnation of our Great Master provided a manifest formation of the focalization of the Creative Currents of Love that are above and that are below. The incarnation of the Spirit of Truth provides a focalization in outer form, in manifest expression, of the waters that are above and of the waters that are below. We have, then, the Creative command: “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” The manifestation of positive Truth and the manifestation of negative Truth, focalized at one point and co-ordinated through the Air of the Spirit, is called Heaven.
Consider the result of that Command as it works in the world, today—the bringing forth of the firmament that God called Heaven on the Second Day, the manifest expression of the One Law, the co-ordination of the Inner and the outer, the establishment of correct polarity on the basis of the Principles and operation of Truth. With that Creative Command fulfilled with respect to this Second Age of the Cycle in which we now live and serve, what is there that can remain of the unreal?
The unreal is that which is out of polarity; the unreal is that which is not conforming to the manifest operation of the One Law; the unreal is that which is foreign to Heaven; the unreal is that which does not conform to the waters that are above nor to the waters that are below.
Fulfilment of that Creative Command restores the world to the Edenic State. Do you see that it is so? You know and have known for a long time in the Third Sacred School that we are in the Second Age. You see that this period corresponds to the Second Day of Creation. We see that in the First Day, the Divine Command issued forth and was fulfilled. He said: “Let there be light: and there was light;” for He Who is the Light of the world came into the world. Now, just as surely, just as certainly, the Command has issued forth: "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters," and that Command accomplishes that whereunto it is sent.
How does this apply to the work of rebuilding the Altar of the Lord? Actually, they are one and the same thing. With that background and that recognition of the absolute certainty that characterizes the Currents with which we are harmonizing in the world, let us return to our point of consideration in the opening of this Service. The Altar of the Lord is being repaired in the earth. That means that there is an actual rebuilding process. That is true individually, collectively and in a world sense. The service of the Lord before that Altar, the function with respect to that Altar in its fulness, is the function of all the Life Forces in the Negative Triune world after the Restoration, but those processes manifest now in part during the processes of rebuilding.
What is the human being individually? To the degree that the human being is what he ought to be from the standpoint of Reality, he is the Altar of the Lord in the earth. Then, in harmonious expression, all these individuals are, collectively, the Altar of the Lord in the earth. The formation of this Creative expression is the One Christ Body which is coming into form. The manifest expression of the One Christ Body, in co-ordinated and effective expression, is the manifestation of the Altar of the Lord in the earth. We see how that relates to the world as a whole and to the restoration of the Divine Estate, but to consider certain specific phases of Truth that are involved, let us examine these things as they apply to you as an individual.
To the degree that your mind functions self-actively, it is functioning according to the process and nature of worship and service before the altar of Baal. To the degree that the Spirit expresses through you and that which is manifest in you springs from the Father within, your function is by nature and expression and process a part of the service before the Altar of the Lord. That being true, it is easy for us to see and recognize the importance (in a deeper Realization, a greater Illumination) of the processes of instruction, training and progressive development which you have been and are experiencing in the Third Sacred School.
We have the admonition in the Book of books: “Let the Mind which was in Christ Jesus be in you.” The manifestation of the Christ Mind through the individual accomplishes that which is necessary for the Restoration, and, also, that which is necessary for the fulfilment that is natural to the Second Day of Creation. I have considered with you various phases of mind function as they relate to Spiritual Expression. I have spoken to you of what I call Spiritual thinking. The machinery of the mind broken down; in poor repair; some of it not used; some of it rusty and unoiled; some parts functioning partially—such are the conditions which do not permit the full expression of the Christ Mind through you. Therefore, before the fulness of the manifest expression of the Christ Mind in function can appear in and through you, the machinery of the mind must be repaired and brought into that place of being where the flow of the Spirit through it permits a full function—operation of all of the machinery of the mind.
The value of meditation, for instance, is seen to be very great to the degree that participation in meditation actually begins to produce function in the mind—not from the standpoint of self-active expression but from the standpoint of mental processes which result from the flow of the Spirit through the mind. When the activity generated in the mind is self-actively induced, it has a semblance of correct mental function to the degree that the Source of Power for the operation of the machinery of the mind is permitted to come into manifest expression and function, so that there is a flow of the Spirit through the mind. The machinery, even though it be incompletely repaired and incompletely brought into operation, begins to allow the manifestation, not only of Creative Radiation, but also of effective function; which is to say, the results of Creative Currents begin to appear in harmony with the Cosmic Plan. Now, before I go any further, I wish to ask a question: Does our consideration tonight bring you increased Illumination? Did you ever see in these verses what you see in them tonight?
You have been making progress in permitting the fulfilment of the Command:“Let the Mind which was in Christ Jesus be in you.” You are helping to focalize certain of the vibrations with respect to the manifest formation and function of the One Christ Body on earth. From the standpoint of actualized focalization of vibrations, from the standpoint of the Radiation of realization and from the standpoint of a consideration of this process of Spiritual thinking, I should like to read to you a Radiant Letter of Realization from Martin Cecil.
May 10, 1946
Beloved Uranda and Kathy:
I have been looking forward to the opportunity when I might sit down and write to you, giving some sort of form to the abundant Realizations which I have been privileged to experience during the last few weeks and days. And in undertaking this expression I may perhaps focalize many vibrations and serve in the capacity of representative of those members of the One Christ Body in the earth, who although scattered upon the face of the earth, nevertheless feel the blending Radiation of Divine Love and, through steadfast response on the vibration, a quickening of the Spirit within them. For myself I know that I have been greatly blessed in experiencing the opportunity of coming to Headquarters and partaking so freely of the Bread and Wine of Life which, under the Hand of the Lord and of His Representative in the earth, are so freely provided there. If my expression in Realization can convey in some measure the Peace and the Assurance and the Love and the Understanding, which are the natural Fruits of the Spirit in the Unification of the Christ Love and which have been and are so vividly experienced by me in consequence of the privilege of visiting Headquarters and Sunrise Ranch at this particular time, then the accomplishment already established may be allowed to move forward in the expanding Cycle of the Greater Works. The accomplishment of which I speak relates, of course, primarily to my own individual function in the One Christ Body in the earth, although, being a part of the Body, it cannot at any point be separated therefrom.
Observing the various phases of the world crisis which are so obviously and so rapidly drawing toward a climax, it is not difficult to recognize the importance of that which is working out in and through the Lord's Service in the earth in relationship thereto. Being in a critical period, while there may be a certain precedent of failure, nevertheless the possibility, nay the certainty, of great accomplishment is surely present. We have seen the manifold manifestations of the unreal, and perceiving the abounding evil everywhere, we have perhaps felt the futility of any attempt at direct correction of the maze of ill conditions in the fallen human world. But now we come to a point in understanding which reveals the simplicity of the outworking Cosmic Plan, whereby all that is needful in the removal of the unreal and the bringing forth of the Christ Kingdom on earth is brought to pass step by step.
Recognizing that there is only One Source, and therefore only One Current of Life Force as it springs forth from the One Source, it becomes obvious that all manifestations in this outer world whether of the Real or the unreal originate and are maintained in being by reason of the One Current of Life Force. This Current then must divide into two streams, the one to bring forth Reality and the other unreality, and the result of this division manifests as the one or the other according to the channel through which that Current finds release into the earth. The question then arises as to where and what these channels might be.
The contact point between the Inner Planes and the outer planes of this world is established at the dividing line between the Third and the Fourth Planes, and this dividing line constitutes the veil through which it is impossible for man in self-activity to penetrate. He cannot force his way into the Inner Planes on the basis of human will power exercised on a self-active basis. The highest point he can possibly reach under these conditions is the highest point in the Third Plane. However, the Current of Life Force must pass through the Third Plane in order to manifest in the realms of the second and first planes. Originating in the Seventh Plane and channeled through the Fourth Plane, the Current finds release through the focalized channels provided in the Third Plane into the outer world.
In the fallen world as it now is, these channels are established in self-activity, with the result that the Current is distorted and utilized to bring forth and to maintain the evil and the unreal forms which appear in the world. In other words, it is the focalizations in the Third Plane, established on a self-active basis, that actually permit the continued manifestation of the unreal in the world, because they are conducting the Life Current into the world which makes it possible. Therefore to allow the recreation of the world to manifest on the basis of the Pattern of the Christ Kingdom requires, first, that a focalization of Reality be established through which the undistorted Life Current can be permitted to bring forth the perfect form, and, second, that the focalizations of the unreal be cast down. When these latter are removed, naturally there is no more Life Force flowing into the unreal forms and evil patterns of the world which consequently must collapse and disintegrate.
Now we begin to see more clearly that which IS the One Christ Body in the earth, for it is through the One Christ Body in the earth that the true Current is permitted to find perfect expression in the accomplishment of the Greater Works. The One Christ Body in the earth, polarized in the Fourth Plane, is thereby established upon the firm foundation which cannot be moved or shaken, and so provides the means whereby the unreal focalizations, which, while functioning in the Third Plane, have no polarization in the Inner Reality, are cast down and removed; opening the way for the re-establishment of the Life Current upon the Divine Pattern.
(The expression thus far was written May 10 and 11 in Vancouver and on the road from Vancouver. It is now continued from Banff, Alberta, on May 12.)
I feel very strongly the unity of the Spirit and the Bond of Peace in the One Christ Body today, and it is surely only as these things are actually experienced by the individual members therein that the Body itself may be fully and consciously made manifest in the earth in due season through the processes of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. These processes, step by step, must cause the fusion of the individual members into the Body, and of the Body into Oneness with the Father within the Body, who is the LORD of Lords and KING of Kings. Only as this blending is completed can we “be one” even as was made manifest by Jesus in His Oneness with His Father—that we may be made perfect in one. Then it is, and not until then, that the expression of the One Christ Body in the earth becomes fully and completely the Expression of the LORD of Lords and KING of Kings in the earth, carrying His absolute Authority. That the developing Christ Body has been brought to such a high degree of Polarity and focalization gives us assurance that as we remain faithful and true that which is required in the accomplishment of the Greater Works in the earth must surely come to pass. There are no doubts; there are no ifs and buts; the Pattern is set; the Christ Body is coming into full manifestation in the earth, carrying with it the absolute Authority of the LORD of Lords and KING of Kings.
Now we begin to see that the LORD'S Prayer is the Prayer of the One Christ Body in full response to the Father of the Body; and the expression of the Body in Oneness with the Father surely accomplishes that whereunto it is sent, for it is the Word of the Father through the Body which shall not return unto Him void. That which responds to Reality shall be lifted up. That which opposes Reality shall be cast down. And the fulfilment of all seven points upon which we “agree on earth” is sure and certain according to the Promise. Let us give glory to God in the Highest that It is so, in the Christ. Au-men.
Greetings to all the Blessed Ones at Headquarters. I shall not soon forget the joy and the privilege of associating with them during the all too short three days of my recent visit. In the Peace of the Lord and in Oneness of Spirit, and with most reverent love to you and Kathy, I am — Martin
Uranda — Is that an example of the Spiritual thinking of the Mind which was in Christ Jesus? That is the positive vibration in focalization.
The Responding Ones who become the focalization of the primary polarity in the earth have to let changes come and the unreal manifestations have to fall away—but from the world standpoint, the manifestation of the Altar has to appear before the unreal in the world is cast down. It is not so much a casting down as it is a filling of the voids on a higher level of consciousness. It is true that the unreal powers have to be cast down in the sense that they cease to exist and manifest, but in the higher sense, in the Creative sense, it is a filling of the voids, because the unreal is a lack of the Real.