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Keeping a Balanced Perspective

Joann S. Bakula
September 2010


Monthly meditations for world service are foremost an approach to spiritual worlds and worlds of higher consciousness, utilizing many points of view from religious and mythical to humanistic, in a ritual based upon a natural cycle the same for all the world. Sometimes we celebrate interfaith events such as the Christian and Buddhist events of Easter and Wesak. Sometimes we highlight the myth of Hercules, with its appeal to the secular tradition, fighting the things which terrorize humanity in the form of predators, hunger, disease and inequality. Always we look up to the heavens as the stars and constellations through which our sun journeys, marking our passage through time in the rhythm of the months, pondering on the greater life of the cosmos. Always we look from the humanistic view, meditating on the higher functions of mind, heart and will, and how they seek to express light, love and purpose. We also ponder on humanity in its function as the planetary center of light, awakening to the recognition that the planet may also have a heart center and a will center, which one day may make a functioning whole.

This month the constellation Libra is highlighted, with its symbol, the Scales, bringing to mind the quality of equilibrium in a time when imbalance and excess seem to rule the day. The balance is also a sign and symbol of the pairs of opposites, both within and without, and the middle or central point between them. Bailey suggests that intuitive perception is the middle or central point above the pairs that allows us to see from inside, from the core of Self-- quite a different view from CNN.

Penetration into the deep core of Self or center is what meditation is for, and approaches to it are many with long traditions in many cultures of East and West. Which tradition of meditation you bring to world service meditation is less important than the depth of penetration into your own center of being. There at the center is where unity and a vision based upon the common good of the one life we share is found and our united meditation can transcend cultural difference, with all of its competition and discord.

From the Theosophical Society's first Parliament of World Religions held in Chicago in1897, interest in yoga and meditation was popularized by the great swami Vivekananda and continues to this day. Psychologist and scholar Carl Jung furthered the interest by writing introductions to the Secret of the Golden Flower, a book on meditation, in 1929, and then the Tibetan Book of the Dead, the Tibetan Book of Great Liberation, the I Ching, and Zen Buddhism-all well known today and an integral part of the interfaith spiritual tradition in the West. Since the Communist take over of Tibet the Dalai Lama has become a world famous spokesman for Buddhism and peace, winning the Noble Peace Prize in 1989.

Just now in September of 2010 Pope Benedict 16 was welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, as the Pope prepared for the Beatification of the famous scholar Cardinal John Henry Newman, in beautiful ceremonies in which the three showed solidarity on core religious values. The meeting at Westminster Abbey was a celebration of the common Catholic/Anglican heritage traced back to 589, before Henry VIII and before there even were nation states, reminding us of how much older religious structures are than national ones. These religious traditions have lasted because they provide useful spiritual methods for Self exploration through contemplation, meditation and reason. Together they are an alternative to the materialistic focus and values of today. They remind us of who we are in the deepest sense, beyond money and jobs, beyond social networks, beyond culture and nation, reaffirming faith and belief in the basic dignity and worth of a human being.

Pope Benedict 16 helped the world keep its perspective balanced by reminding us that the "world has witnessed the vast resources that governments can draw upon to rescue the financial institutions deemed 'too big to fail.' Surely the integral human development of the world's peoples is no less important: here is an enterprise, worthy of the world's attention, that is truly 'too big to fail.'"

Structures that are top-heavy topple over. Forms that are proportional and balanced are the rich legacy of what is most beautiful in human creativity in art, architecture and music. The famous Golden Section, long of interest to creators, is expressed in equation form as A:B=(A+B). When translated into words it is: the smaller is to the greater as the greater is to the whole. This formula expresses the uniquely reciprocal and harmonious balancing of unequal parts of a whole, the proportional balance of 5 x 8 that we find most beautiful when a whole is divided into unequal parts. We find this pattern repeated in nature in organic growth, such as in the spiral centers of daisies and sunflowers, and throughout nature. Pythagoras, the philosopher and geometrician of ancient Greece, showed that the human body is built with each part in a definite Golden Proportion to all other parts, and this was expressed in the sculptures of ancient Greece and in their architecture as the Golden Rectangle.

Applied to social structures it might be written in several ways: the whole is to structure as the structure is to the individual, and the whole is to the nation as the nation is to its minority, and the whole is to the group as the group is to its individuals. As a whole we seek to express beauty in what we do. We seek to implement the plan that expresses in the beauty of harmonious relationships within the human kingdom and within the whole. "If humanity would not violate the manifestation of the First Cause, the foundations of Existence would retain that basis which manifests the beauty of life....We reverence the giving Principle which bestows the life of Beauty and of the Heart." (Fiery World III, 194)

Intuitive perception allows us to see the inner plan and pattern of beauty that is slowly trying to express itself within each one of us. The harmonious balance of the inner and outer, the material and spiritual, expresses as our own unique contribution of beauty in life and in service of the whole. Finding the deepest center within ourselves is the path to actualizing this expression. It's the center or soul that integrates a human being into the larger whole beyond ego, culture, time and place. It alone gives integrity to life and livingness.

One view that sees money as a spiritual asset will be presented by World Goodwill in its fall symposium entitled: The Spirit of Money and the Divine Circulatory Flow. It likens money to golden flowing energy or crystallized prana that exists as an aid to help people meet their own needs. In the book The Secret of the Golden Flower mentioned above meditation instructions are given for the gathering and circulation of light and prana.

May we visualize light and prana circulating throughout us, throughout the new group of world servers, and throughout the planet, ending as golden flowing energy crystallized as money, and used in its redemptive purpose of love, allowing peoples to meet their common basic needs, the just reward of labor to which they have the right. In this way and others may we reaffirm the balance of the spiritual and the material, and add our energy and thought to establishing the equilibrium of our economic structures.

Wishing you success in releasing the divine light and love of your deepest Self, the source of healing,
Joann S. Bakula