Direction, Vision and Language
By Joann Bakula
Direction, vision, goal-orientation, idealism and intuition are some of the themes considered in this planetary meditation at the full moon of Sagittarius. All help to point us in the right direction and shed light on the best path ahead. Just when the world seems shrouded in darkness and shadow, the light breaks through, the fire of mind reveals the direction out of the morass. Hercules was told that 'the flame beyond the mind reveals the right direction.' This direction is toward the soul, spirit and plane of intuition. It is the perpetual flame existent in every human heart and consciousness.
Having a love of truth, a sense of justice, a spirit of cooperation, a sense of personal responsibility, and a desire to serve the common good are idealistic values that characterize the new group of world servers. The week long festival in celebration, December 21-28, begins with conferences Dec.17th in New York, London and Geneva on the theme "Living Synthesis." These values are based upon principles interiorly held, not open to the compromises that corrupt, nor the spin that obscures. Having intelligent minds responsive to idealistic words painting visions of a rosy future, we can neglect to question the methods advocated in the world and being used to promote the vision. Between the word and the act falls a shadow, and soon we find ourselves in the dark, wrong methods having misdirected us, and the veil of distortion thickens.
The mottoes for the basic triangle of planetary inlets/cities we work in leads to the right direction of energy. As we know, New York in its essence is "I light the way," London "I serve," and Geneva "I seek to fuse, to blend and to serve." These keynotes show us what we can do, how far from the mark we might be, and in what way. The other two planetary inlets are less active during our time, but coming on line exotically as globalization reaches India and Japan, awakening the unity that reveals synthesis in due time. The special and unique opportunity to show a way forward is found in Geneva, much in world awareness today, due to the Geneva Accords and the Geneva Convention, written to make practical a vision of peace and a way to treat people, even if they are considered enemies, to lay down fundamental human rights based upon the dignity and worth of all human beings.
We work for a restoration of idealism, not ideology or fundamentalist idols. As esotericists we find the energy behind the words first. Consider all the different types of energy used by various groups holding up the name Jesus Christ, or peace, or justice. Can we identify the living synthesis and presence behind the words? Or don't they match? We each have a personal responsibility to question whether the methods used lead to the ends desired, and whether the moral and ethical values are based upon principles. In psychology, the Kohlberg scale is used to analyze which of three levels motivates the group or individual, from childish, to adolescent to mature: 1) reasoning from fear of getting caught and punished, 2) fear of social or peer disapproval for incorrect stands resulting in a fall in social status, 3) interior principles held regardless of fears, upheld even in the face of punishment or social sanction, because they are part of one's character, and character is destiny. The heroes of myth and legend are invariably principled, their life stories told and retold because of the principles they lived for, not the Machiavellian expediency of the intelligent but ethically challenged who manipulate behind the scenes. For disciples having to sort out events as they happen, the question always is, What is the principle working out here? Naming it and putting it into words is a simple, useful test to spotlight distortion and illusion.
Behind the words is the reality of the energy and a presence that matches that energy, no matter what the word or language used. Energy transcends language; it is its own language, cloaked in whatever words suit the image of the day. The energy behind a motive reveals the truth or the lie in the word. A love of the truth is expressed in honesty and a refusal to lie or deceive. Wouldn't you lie to save a life? is often asked, and of course we would if it could, but this opens the floodgate of lies for every situation, affecting our ability to recognize the truth undistorted. This is how we weave the veil of distortion that alters perception, creating the illusions that become our mental houses. Distortion is an unbalanced view. Exaggerating good and bad, it turns people and peoples into caricatures, creating thoughtforms of illusion that become widely held as true. The truth comes from a different direction. The energy of Shamballa stimulates the principles that structure conscience. One might say that the principalities demonstrate as principles. Energies and principles stimulate human will and motivation to find the way and the path ahead to true intelligence, spiritual intuition, and the will to serve the common good. Together those who are found on these planes make up the group mind, forming an organism whose task is to accurately interpret spiritual and intuitive impressions for the new group of world servers, for the world.
Nobel Prize winning existentialist playwright Harold Pinter said in his acceptance speech a few days ago that "What surrounds us…is a vast tapestry of lies" and that "language is actually employed to keep thought at bay." Although we may not agree with all that he said, he challenges us to look beyond the reflected image of ourselves--painted by the media, for instance--to the truth behind the mirror. "When we look into a mirror we think that the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror-for it is on the other side of the mirror that the truth stares at us….To define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation….It is in fact mandatory. If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us-the dignity of man."
The sense of justice for us means social justice in which human rights are upheld. "Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world," The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Preamble. This is our direction, and our path forward. This is the vision and the insight that reveals for humanity a future worth living in, a new age worth the title.
This vision is a "world condition of right relationships between men and nations; of cooperation and sharing between all peoples, races and ideologies; and the right distribution of the world's resources, which belong to all humanity. As the extremes of all kinds are eliminated, and moderation and reason becomes descriptive of humanity, the word 'united' may begin to approximate its true meaning within the assembly halls of the United Nations."