Reposted from mid-2012.
Let’s conclude my retrospective of pivotal spiritual experiences with a look at the purpose of life. I hope you’re enjoying this because I sure am.
Perhaps I can squeeze off one more note before D’Arcy and I leave on our trip, on the significance of the rise of interest in spirituality as a result of this “process” that many of us seem to be going through.
God is a Spirit and can only be known in spirit, Jesus said two millennia ago. And knowing God is the assignment we all have in common and the reason why we’re here lifetime after lifetime, as my vision from 1987 showed. Rumi phrased the matter this way:
“There is one thing in this world which must never be forgotten. If you were to forget everything else, but did not forget that, then there would be no cause for worry; whereas if you performed and remembered and did not forget every single thing, but forgot that one thing, then you would have done nothing whatsoever.
“It is just as if a king had sent you to the country to carry out a specified task. You go and perform a hundred other tasks; but if you have not performed that particular task on account of which you had gone to the country, it is as if you have performed nothing at all. So man has come into this world for a particular task, and that is his purpose; if he does not perform it, then he will have done nothing.” (1)
No matter what else we do, no matter how noble or consequential it is, if we don’t know ourselves as God, we haven’t accomplished our assignment; we have done nothing.
As our knowledge of our own true nature expands, we move from stage to stage in our spiritual evolution, by what you could think of as Ascension after Ascension. And Rumi describes that as well.
“I died as mineral and became a plant.
I died as plant and rose to animal.
I died as animal and I was man. …
Yet once more I shall die as man, to soar
With angels blest; but even from angelhood
I must pass on: all except God doth perish.
When I have sacrificed my angel soul,
I shall become what no mind e’er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! For Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, ‘To Him we shall return.’” (2)
The way I understand this Ladder of Ascension is that each kingdom – mineral, plant, etc. – has twelve planes or dimensions and within each plane are twelve subplanes. When we jump a plane (not a subplane), that constitutes an Ascension. We ascend from dimension to dimension, not from gradations within any one dimension.
We are constantly ascending, progressing, or evolving subplane after subplane, plane after plane, and kingdom after kingdom on our return journey to God. And we ascend as the result of increases in our spiritual knowledge – not our material knowledge necessarily, but our knowledge of ourselves as spirits and Spirit.
So to experience, as I do, an increase in my desire for spirituality, an expansion of the thirst for spiritual knowledge, is something whose value I understand and whose onset I welcome. It can always and only be a promising and beneficial thing. As I said yesterday, and I feel it bears repeating: Place spirituality first and everything else will find its natural place.
No matter how interesting, rewarding, and revolutionary NESARA, Disclosure and accountability are, remove “spiritual evolution” from them and they become merely matters of passing interest. For me anyways, it’s only their promise in assisting our knowledge of our true nature to unfold that makes them ultimately valuable.
Otherwise they’re simply the king’s official having been sent into a country to do something he did not do.
Having said that, it’s equally true to say that I’ve grown comfortable in representing NESARA, Disclosure and accountability as being important in and of themselves and will now face a personal minor shift in seeing them through this new lens that’s being offered as a result of this post-transition transition.
One transition is no sooner finished than the next begins and all of them opening us wider or opening newer doors than we anticipated beforehand.
That’s all I wanted to say for the moment. I just needed to put a bookmark in and say that this fueling of an interest in the spiritual is not a trivial development but might ordinarily go unmemorialized, so unremarkable is it on the surface. But it isn’t unremarkable in reality. It’s highly significant in its portent.
And with that, I’m simply going to open to it like the uninvited but most welcome guest who forever dropped into Rumi’s humble home.
(1) Rumi in A.J. Arberry, A.J., trans., Discourses of Rumi. New York; Samuel Weiser, 1977; c1961, 26.
(2) Rumi, in Anne Fremantle and Christopher. In Love with Love. 100 of the Greatest Mystical Poems. New York, etc.: Paulist Press, 1978, 58.