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Becoming the Buddha: Wesak A Celebration

24 Apr

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Wesak is the celebration of Buddha’s birth & enlightenment, & in some traditions also his death. As the most important figure in Buddhism his life is celebrated and revered. Gathering to chant and pray are an important part of a traditional Wesak celebration.

It is said that Wesak is that time at the Full Moon of May in which the Christ gathers the entire Spiritual Hierarchy together in meditation to invoke the forces of Shamballa. The Buddha, representing those forces, appears and blesses humanity.

The ceremony of Wesak is held in the actual Wesak Valley in the Himalayas at the time of the full moon of May (which is actually the full moon of Scorpio). A vast crowd assembles in the valley, in front of the great rock table at the end of the valley. Alice A. Bailey describes this event in The Unfinished Autobiography. It is said that the…

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Becoming the Buddha: Wesak A Celebration

24 Apr

 

 

Wesak is the celebration of Buddha’s birth & enlightenment, & in some traditions also his death. As the most important figure in Buddhism his life is celebrated and revered. Gathering to chant and pray are an important part of a traditional Wesak celebration.

It is said that Wesak is that time at the Full Moon of May in which the Christ gathers the entire Spiritual Hierarchy together in meditation to invoke the forces of Shamballa. The Buddha, representing those forces, appears and blesses humanity.

The ceremony of Wesak is held in the actual Wesak Valley in the Himalayas at the time of the full moon of May (which is actually the full moon of Scorpio). A vast crowd assembles in the valley, in front of the great rock table at the end of the valley. Alice A. Bailey describes this event in The Unfinished Autobiography. It is said that the Christ and the Buddha conduct the ceremony of Wesak from a rock table at the end of the valley described by Bailey as “…an immense rock, rising out of the floor of the valley like a great table.”

The second of the three major spiritual planetary festivals is The Wesak Festival, The Buddha’s Blessing, and is celebrated in the eastern hemisphere at the Taurus full moon. (The first, in April, is the Festival of the Christ and the third, in June, is the Festival of Humanity.) Wesak is the festival of The Buddha, divine intermediary between the highest spiritual center, Shamballa, and the Hierarchy.

The Buddha is the expression of the Wisdom of God, the embodiment of light and the indicator of divine purpose.

Wesak – the Sun in Taurus Full Moon, is the most powerful Full Moon of the year. The Sun’s transit through Taurus exalts the Moon and Taurus is ruled by Venus, the spiritual ruler of Earth. Venus is identified with Mary, the World Mother. May, the month of Taurus, is the month of Mary. Venus appears in the west as the feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl who brought enlightenment to the Mayans; in the east she is Maya, mother of the Buddha.

The lunar cycle is a wave of creation that comes to fruition when the Moon is full. Each Full Moon brings revelation and possibility for healing body, mind, and soul. The Moon is the Mother whence comes reflected Light of the spiritual Sun to nurture, support, protect, and bring to flower the seeds of creation.

The Full Moon is like a pitcher pouring out a healing elixir. The celestial dispensation continues for three days following the day of the Full Moon. Calm and balance, deep breathing, meditation, yoga, rhythmic music and dancing help for receiving the blessings of heaven.

Locally the Full Moon has strong effect in the hour following Sunset when the Moon is rising and at local Midnight when the Moon is directly overhead. This Sun in Taurus Full Moon is called Wesak (WE-sock). Mystics say that the Buddha returns now to help regenerate the Earth.

According to metaphysical tradition, the Buddha was born, attained enlightenment, and left Earthly incarnation under the Full Moon of Taurus. And the Buddha returns at this time each year to bring new light to the world. Spiritual leaders gather in Wesak Valley, a mythic place high in the Himalayas. Here initiates led by the Christ arrange themselves into a great pentagram (the Venusian emblem of world soul) while the Buddha hovers over those gathered radiating light. This cosmic alignment occurs during the eight minutes centered on the moment of the Wesak full moon.

The annual cycle of the Spiritual Festivals offers opportunity for people of all faiths to cooperate. Together, the three full moon festivals of Aries, Taurus and Gemini form a united spiritual approach by humanity to divinity.

The day of the Festival is to be known as the “day of safeguarding” whilst the two succeeding days are called the “days of distribution.”

For two days prior to the full moon, we will hold the attitude of dedication and service and seek to assume that attitude of receptivity to that which our soul will impart which will make us of use to the Hierarchy. The Hierarchy works through groups of souls, and the potency of this group work is to be tested out. These groups in their turn contact and feed the waiting dedicated attentive personalities. On the day of the full moon, we attempt to hold ourselves steadily in the light. We will not formulate to ourselves what will happen nor will we look for results or for tangible effects.

On the two succeeding days, the focus of our attention will be steadily turned away from ourselves but also from the inner subjective planes to the outer world, and our efforts will be to pass on, or to pass through, that measure of spiritual energy that may have been contacted. Our work then in this particular and peculiar field of cooperation will then be ended.

This effort of the Hierarchy is a five days’ effort, preceded by a most intensive period of preparation. The work of getting ready for the opportunity starts for the Hierarchy exactly at the hour when “the sun began to move northward.” But they tire not as do human beings and it is not possible for the human aspirant to keep up so long a period of preparation, no matter how deep his devotion.

When the Great Lord was on Earth, He told His disciples that successful spiritual effort of a healing nature went not forth except by prayer and fasting. Will you ponder on these words? This is a group effort towards a vast group healing and by prayer (sanctified desire, illumined thought and intense aspirational longing) and by the discipline of the physical body for a short period and for a definite objective, the work can be done.

The Wesak Festival has been traditionally associated in eastern civilization with the Buddha, divine intermediary between the highest spiritual center on the planet, Shamballa, and the Hierarchy. The Buddha is the expression of the Wisdom of God, the embodiment of Light and the indicator of divine purpose, cooperating at this festival with his brother the Christ, who represents the Hierarchy. The Buddha embodies the Principle of Light, and because of this illumination humanity was able to recognize the Christ, embodiment of the still greater Principle of Love. Each year at the time of Wesak, two great streams of energy – one focused through the Buddha and the other through the Christ – are fused and blended, and it is the task of world servers to precipitate this combined energy into the waiting world.

In mutual service to humanity, the Buddha and the Christ bring about a linking that blends East and West, uniting the world’s major religions in a shared holy day in which religious distinctions disappear. In the beautiful water ceremony of communion is portrayed the symbol of the new age which is upon us, the Aquarian Age, the age of the Water Carrier.

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During the Wesak Festival the Buddha becomes the “absorbing Agent” of Will. He uses the magnetic power of Love-Wisdom to attract this force to Himself and hold it steady, prior to redirecting it. The Christ then – on behalf of the Hierarchy – becomes the “receiving Agent” of this potent energy and the groups of Masters Who work with the human and sub-human kingdoms (in response to His demand) become the “directing Agents” for the sevenfold expression of this force.

So at the time of the Wesak Festival, expansions of consciousness are made possible that are not possible at other times. Those of goodwill are stimulated spiritually to take initiation, in order to penetrate more deeply and consciously into the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. These reveal more about the wonder of our divinity, and about the Plan to which humanity is conforming.

As powerful spiritual beings, we create our own reality. It is essential that we as a race begin to govern ourselves solely from within, from our own personal connection with the Divine. It can take courage to follow your own moral heart but if we don’t, we run the risk of losing our souls for the sake of getting by. We allow dysfunction to surround us unchecked and to out-picture in our society like a bad dream. Just one heart, one mind standing clear and tall amidst chaos will cause chaos to order itself around it. We, as workers for spirit, must be that clear mind. We come together to reinforce one another’s choice to be free and to stand tall. As more and more of us learn to do that, society will change. The resulting groundswell of clarity and truth as everyday experiences will have to have an effect on ourselves, our societies and our governments all over the world.

Solutions to all of the world’s problems (which means all of yours as well) lie within you! Hidden in full view!

May I now make an inquiry? Of what importance is this full moon of May to you personally? Does it seem to you of sufficient importance to warrant your utmost effort? Do you really believe that on that day  May3, 2015, there can truly come a release of spiritual energy of sufficient potency to change world affairs, provided that humanity plays its part? Do you really believe, and can you stand practically to that belief, that the Buddha on that date, in cooperation with the Christ, and with the Hierarchy of Illumined Minds, plus the proffered aid of some of the Thrones, Principalities and Powers of Light, Who are the higher correspondence of the powers of darkness, stand waiting to carry out God’s Plans, when given the right and the permission of men? Your major job at this time is not to wrestle with the powers of evil and the forces of darkness, but to awaken an interest in and mobilize the forces of light in the world today. Resist not evil, but so organize and mobilize the good, and so strengthen the hands of the workers on the side of righteousness and love that evil will find less opportunity.

If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed in what I have told you, if you have staunch belief in the work of the spirit of God and in the divinity of humanity, then forget yourselves and consecrate your every effort, from the time you receive this communication, to the task of cooperation in the organized effort to change the current of world affairs by an increase in the spirit of love and goodwill in the world during the month of May.

 

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11 Apr

We Are All Co-creators with God!

We Are All Co-creators with God!

In Psalms 82:6, we are told in no uncertain terms Ye are Gods! This is our divine birthright, and now is the time to claim it! Now more than ever, it is critical that we awaken to our inner divinity. The world is languishing for want of sons and daughters of God who will stand up for Life, Light and Liberty. Inside each of us, our innate divine potential is waiting to be realized, and every second we live outside this reality is one less second in which we could be experiencing the ultimate joy of our divine estate! You have an I AM Presence, an individualized manifestation of God, within you. You have a Christ Self, who is your brother, mentor and friend. We are all worthy to be one with our I AM Presence and Christ Self, and the ascended masters teach us all how to claim this Oneness and live in it forever! Today, the masters are asking you to wake up to the full reality of your divine potential

Were you raised to believe that you are in the process of becoming God? You are a rare soul, indeed, if you answered ‘yes.’ In fact, for most of us who aspire to sincere belief and humble spiritual service, the mere thought of becoming and being God is almost impossible to fathom or accept.

And that is understandable. Given our human folly and foibles, we have a hard enough time fulfilling our aspirations to simply be good people, much less actually becoming God.

Our views on the subject are necessarily limited by what we have been told by those in authority…our parents, teachers, priests, rabbi’s. Though we have been told that we were made in God’s image and likeness, these authority figures, for the most part, stop short of proclaiming that, because God made us, we must be one with Him in all ways.

Isn’t it simply logical to conclude that being one with anything is actually being that thing? Now, does having God within us make us better humans? That would depend upon how we use that portion of God within us.

We are not here to perfect the human. We are here to master our human experience and, in the process, to find God and to merge with Him through the ascension. And when we become one with God, we ARE God. Simple as that.

When we are willing to accept this essential Oneness, we come to understand that we possess unlimited power. And this is not in some far off future…but now!

Though we may not yet be fully God in consciousness, that doesn’t mean that we don’t already wield God-like powers. We do! We are literally co-creators with God, and our every thought, word, motive and deed creates.

With this awesome power comes equally awesome responsibility, because every creation comes with consequences. In a word, Karma.

The formula is simple, and we all know it. Good creations make good karma. Bad creations, bad karma. The former is our treasure laid up in heaven. The latter is our burden to carry until we can transmute and balance it.

So, knowing that you are in the process of becoming God and appreciating your role as a co-creator with Him, what will you do?

The ascended masters teach us that we have the power to engage elementals, compel angels and even command God. That is truly a lot of power.

See any situation in the world that could use a little Divine intervention, some issue crying out for an infusion of Light and illumination? You can probably think of one or two. Now, understanding the true nature of the power within you, what are you going to do about them? Remember, with God, all things are possible. Create well!

http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/64877/wake-up-to-your-divine-potential

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Balance Heart and Mind

5 Apr

Balance of Heart and Mind

 

Excerpt from Pearls of Wisdom Vol. 14 No. 11 by Jesus the Christ (March 14, 1971)

Resurrection and Building the Kingdom Within

Until man learns to apply the higher laws that govern his being, he will continue his energy output according to old patterns of human habit and tradition. But when he understands at last the great tide of reality that is onward moving, that is progressive, that demands the discarding of unwanted qualities and conditions, and that continually directs and redirects all parts of his being into the patterns of perfection, then he will shine outwardly like the inward radiance that is reflected in the image of God placed within himself by the Almighty.

Why are the soul ties to the Father so relevant to the heart of man, and yet so meaningless to the head? First, because the heart relates to love, and love relates to the universe known of the soul; secondly, because the head relates to the examination of objects and concepts by the fingers of the mind. Standing alone, without the employment of the heart, the head often makes those brittle decisions which shatter on impact the tender and intuitive feelings of the soul.

Stern, then, is a man’s own life record and self-judgment when shaped after mortal design; but, when the natural faculties of the soul are allowed to breathe out the radiance of the Light, the whole world of man can be an eternal resurrection of loveliness. Then the strength of his mind, tethered to the radiance of his heart’s love, becomes a shining armor for the protection of the emerging Christ consciousness. Then the middle wall or partition between the Holy of Holies of his heart and the focus of his mind is rent in twain; and man, having access to the corridors of both mind and heart, fashions new wonders of perception and precipitation out of his total being.

Wherever the wall of partition exists between heart and mind, wherever one predominates over the other, there is bound to be an imbalance in the expression of the Christ–whether the corpse like gloom of the carnal mind that goes about classifying and devouring everything and everyone with its cutting criticism, or the unbridled passions of fruitless desire issuing from a heart untutored and impure.

But when the union of heart and mind occurs under the aegis of the one eternal Father and his eternal Son, then the meaning of the resurrection is revealed in the pulsating identity of the Christ, delineating mastery for all and in all. Then the soul looks on as from the flame within his heart, the Flame of balanced Love, Wisdom and Power: a New Age man is born. Leaping over the pages of history in giant strides, he rides upon a white horse, the master of his destiny and of his karma. His image is not cast upon a cross of human torture and debauchery but upon that masterful building which appears on the horizon of the new age; for man has first built the kingdom within, utilizing the rock and the timber, the chemistry and geometry, the very laws and elements of the firmament on high in his mastery of self and of the abundant Life.

When this happens in the inner beings of sufficient numbers of embodied men and women, then I am certain that the kingdom of heaven will become a reality in the world of form.

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How to Ascend

2 Apr

The ascended masters have told us that the entire goal of life is finding God. And when we have found God, our goal then becomes to merge with Him in the ascension.

There you go. That’s the key spiritual formula upon which all true pathways to God are built: find God; become God.

Now, all that’s left to do is…the doing! Piece of cake, right? Hardly.

Of course, we know that all paths leading to God are filled with the highs and lows that constitute life in earth’s schoolroom. Even the ascended masters acknowledge that earth is a particularly challenging place to navigate.

The path to our ascension constantly brings us face to face with our karma, with all the considerations and demands of our sacred labor, with the fulfillment of our divine blueprint, with balancing our threefold flame and myriad spiritual chores of all kinds.

Pictures of God in Heaven

But rather than drudgery, our spiritual chores can be joyous. That’s because we know where they’re taking us. The goal acts like a magnet pulling us ever closer and closer to our Godly goal.

So is there a tried and true formula for finding God and making our ascension? Yes!

We ascend daily! Day-by-day, step-by-step we climb the mountain of mastery until, finally, we emerge victorious. And while the ultimate victory is our goal, that one victory is made up of all the daily victories we have carved out of life.

Victories of grace and gratitude, of service, self-sacrifice, selflessness and surrender, victories of forgiveness, victories of love.

They come in all shapes and sizes, and taken together, they are the body of work that is anchored as treasure in our causal bodies. They are the bouquet, garnered from our earthly victory garden that we bring to the Father when we have taken that final ascending step into His heart and into our immortality.

Look ahead for a moment and imagine the beaming masters and the joyous choirs of angels saluting you for all the victories great and small that you achieved each and every day on our Homeward path.

When our lives are shaped by gratitude, we’re more likely to notice ...

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