“Your Father lovingly awaits your return and longs to embrace you once more. Go within, allow those energies to make their presence felt, and relax into the loving warmth that they offer, knowing that you are indeed going to awaken into unimaginable joy.” (1)
“Your Father’s Love for you is infinite, boundless, all pervasive, and irresistible, and you will be uplifted into that state and enveloped therein for His and your everlasting ecstasy.” (2)
There’s no suggestion here that we’re somehow required to suffer.
And yet the way we’ve constructed our personal and social relationships so far seems to have institutionalized misery.
To some extent that may reflect our lack of ingenuity, perhaps our lack of courage or self-esteem. Whatever the explanation, we’ve allowed others to capitalize on it and use us as pawns in international rivalries, world wars, and widespread schemes of exploitation and oppression.
Our individual failures seem to be the failures of the world. Broken relationships in families seem to be mirrored in broken relationships among nations. The power plays and manipulations we use in our circle of friends and associates appear to have their correlates in the strutting and bluffing we see on the international stage.
And all of it traces back, it seems to me, to a willingness to play the game by rules that never worked in the first place and won’t work from our applying them more.
I enjoy Werner Erhard’s story of the passengers on the train that saw they were headed for disaster. They all agreed to go to the right side of the train and see if that affected matters. But when they did, they saw that they were still headed for disaster.
So they all decided to go to the left side of the train and see if that changed their situation. But when they did, they saw that they were still headed for disaster. No matter which side they went to, the situation remained the same: The train was still headed for disaster.
What they didn’t do was stop the train, get out in front, and lay new track.
Well, we are laying new track.
And what is that new track? We are, each of us, taking ourselves in hand and committing ourselves to live from a new set of values, a new paradigm.
That new paradigm is not really new. It’s known to all ascended masters. It simply hasn’t been a choice that was readily made in days gone past.
We have only to turn on the TV to see why. The powers that be are at the moment laboring mightily to convince us that crime and terrorism are rampant in society. I could name a dozen law-enforcement dramas that play nightly. Add to these the Rambo movies, alien and predator dramas, and crime-family flicks and you have a rather consistent diet of life-does-not-work and someone-is-always-out-to get-you themes being purveyed to us daily.
That’s the old paradigm.
But now, after thousands of years of allowing others to set the pace, direction and manner of proceeding for us, in the face of the rising energies on the planet, we’re at last taking back the social agenda and remembering and realizing what works in our world.
And what works is not what we see on TV, not what we read in the newspapers, and not even necessarily what we hear in church or from our friends.
In the face of the elevation of energies, we’re seeing what Gandhi knew, what Aung San Suu Kyi said was true, what Thich Naat Hanh, the Dalai Lama and so many others have been telling us for years and which we’ve been prevented from hearing because we’ve been so tied to the short-term pursuit of our own pleasure. That’s also thanks in part to the same media that tell us that life is a scarey place.
All of those who’ve led our search for something better told us that truth, courage, compassion, and kindness work. They’ve recommended to us the wisdom of taking a stand and protecting the power of our word. They’ve assured us that detachment from many of the pleasures that we so avidly pursue will serve us. And they’ve recommended attachment instead to love for our fellow beings, the Earth and God as far more profitable to us now and later than the simple satisfaction of our sensory receptors.
And at last we’re starting to hear them as a world and appreciate what they’ve been saying.
Under the ennobling impact of the light that’s hitting Earth from sources we could not hope to know about or recognize, we’re feeling elevated and empowered and roused from our planetary lethargy. And it’s showing.
Everyone I know and associate with is stretching themselves, not waiting for the bell to sound or the gun to go off, but already underway. Everyone I know is laying new track, taking new paths, and discovering what’s to be done for themselves.
Everyone is leading or following – or getting out of the way of those who are. And it isn’t as if anyone said that this is what there is to do. The Sun doesn’t say to the flower: “Wake up!” The flower automatically unfolds itself in the warmth of the morning Sun’s rays.
And we’re also unfolding in the warmth of the love that’s being radiated to Earth from heaven knows where.
And it’s time for this to happen. It’s well past time. It’s absolutely essential for this to happen and probably unstoppable. The hour has arrived and there’s no holding us back any more. The clock struck twelve a month ago and the waking hour has arrived. The whole of Earth is arising and stretching itself, ready to begin.
And though we insist on holding onto a bit of the old paradigm in thinking that there’s a lot to do and few hands to do it, something really fundamental has changed. We see the truth of what Gandhi said: “Be the change you wish to see.”
We see that transforming us is what’s wanted and needed. There are seven billion us’s in the world and at last we see that the change we’ve been waiting, looking, and hankering for begins and ends with us.
And that fundamental recognition is what’s making all the difference. Now seeing where the lever lies, where the fulcrum is, and how to apply the pressure to cause a shift in us guarantees success to us this time around where in every other age we failed.
(1) Saul, Jan. 24, 2013, at http://johnsmallman.wordpress.com.
(2) Saul, Oct. 2, 2010.)