Identifying ourselves with the worldwide meditating group during this 2012 Easter Festival, let us direct our attention to the potency of inevitable resurrection [Externalisation of the Hierarchy, p. 487], to the Work of the Risen Christ in today's world, and to the role of mind in the birthing of the new world.
Easter is celebrated throughout the Christian world on the first Sunday after the full moon immediately following the Northern Hemisphere Vernal Equinox. On Easter Sunday the Church celebrates Christ's resurrection, three days after His crucifixion. The Day is also known as Resurrection Sunday or Resurrection Day. Differences between the Gregorian calendar followed by the Western Church and the Julian calendar followed by the Eastern Orthodox Church mean that often the Eastern and Western churches observe Easter Sunday on different dates, so this year sees the Western Easter on April 8th and the Orthodox a week later on April 15th. What this means is that over the next two Sundays there will be rituals, services and family gatherings throughout the Christian world drawing attention to the resurrection.
Our work in these meditations for world service is universal. It concerns humanity as whole - all peoples, all faiths, all ethnicities. Let us begin by pondering the field of mind and heart formed by all who are meditating for world service at this time. See the group field as a great centre of love and light - concentrated on the will to love. We need to lose ourselves in this field of shared consciousness - to be at one with this field. Imagine how the group intention to radiate love to humanity to the world and to all beings high and low, near and far calls forth the interest and attention of the Christ.
This is the key to our work as a group of contemplatives, visualizers and meditators — to enter into the reality of the Christ as a Living Being, a Presence in the within-ness of our world. This is very different from ideas we might have about the Christ. Remember this is not the Christ of any particular church, or any particular religion. It is the Christ as a potency in the inner recesses of the human mind and heart during this critical period of our history, now in the year 2012. Let us pay attention, interiorly to the Presence and the Livingness of the Risen Christ as an energetic point of Love overshadowing the mind and heart of the human family. And in this Light, let us focus on our own will to love, our own intention to serve and spread love in our surroundings.
In the centre of all Love I stand.
From that centre I, the soul, will outward move.
From that centre I, the one who serves, will work.
May the love of the divine Self be shed abroad,
in my heart, through my group, and throughout the world.
The story of the Christ's appearance three days after the death of Jesus tells us of the immortality of the Essential Self. The Christ Who is in us, each and every one of us, regardless of faith, circumstances or evolutionary development does not die. Death applies only to the personality, the sheath used by the inner Christ in its long work to redeem and transform the worlds of outer substance: physical, etheric, emotional, and mental. Redemption of the substance and elemental essence of outer life is not about matter being evil, or a dark force. It is about the process of revealing the spirit in matter: expressing something of the beauty of the living spirit; bringing the unconscious into alignment, harmony, balance with the inner Christ. Redemption is about relationship between spirit and matter, higher and lower, father and mother. The Christ's work is to mediate that relationship and through that relationship to bring quality into the world of appearance. The Christ spirit is a dynamic within us that leads us onto and through a path where we become increasingly conscious of the qualities that we have the potential to manifest through our personal lives. Qualities of attention to detail, for example; qualities of impersonal, inclusive love — love of the whole and the well-being of the community; qualities of depth of understanding; qualities of will and persistence in spite of difficulties; qualities of intelligence, creativity and of a loving mind. The redemptive work of the Christ is about the steady on-going work of expressing Goodness, Beauty and Truth in the lives of individuals as well as the lives of groups, communities, nations and on rare occasions, the whole human family.
This on-going work of the Christ within us is immortal. In an individual sense it does not end with our death, rather it persists in an unseen realm that is, necessarily, a mystery to us right now, before entering again into a new incarnation. One Soul entering time and again into the stream of outer manifestation - all in service of the Great Work, the Plan for the redemption and transformation of matter.
Death is a requirement of development. The culture of separateness must die. The newly emerging culture of wholeness needs key elements of the separative mind-set to die - in ourselves, in institutions, in economics, in politics, health-care and so on. Inevitably this process of death is accompanied by trauma, conflict, disturbance, and uncertainty - and, for many, by a sense of loss. Death is always an awesome experience and, although it is not to be feared, it also not to be treated lightly.
The resurrected Christ, the new Spirit of abundant livingness, is present now and a part of our task in these monthly meditations is to train our sensitivity to recognize and see this Spirit so that our attention shifts away from the process of death taking place, awesome, necessary and important though it is, and shifts into support of and identification with the New Life that is being born. By seeing and recognizing the resurrected Christ, and by directing our life in response to this vision, we invoke and call forth that spirit - within ourselves and in synchronicity, within humanity as a whole.
In an Easter Day 1945 message, when so many families, communities and nations around the world were exhausted from the loss of life, the sufferings and deprivations of the Second World War, DK, spoke of the Christ's work that would follow the death and destruction of the War. The main focus of His Work would not be through the Christian churches. The resurrected Christ would be working as World Teacher - back then in the period immediately following the Second World War — and today.
All that enlightens the minds of [people], all propaganda that tends to bring about right human relations, all modes of acquiring real knowledge, all methods of transmuting knowledge into wisdom and understanding, all that expands the consciousness of humanity and of all subhuman states of awareness and sensitivity, all that dispels glamour and illusion and that disrupts crystallisation and disturbs all static conditions, come under the realistic activities of the department within the Hierarchy which He supervises. He is limited by the quality and the calibre of the invocative appeal of humanity and that, in its turn, is conditioned by the point in evolution attained. [Externalisation, p. 479]
Just think of the life that is in this work of the Christ's today. Think about the huge array of initiatives that are transmuting knowledge into wisdom, expanding the consciousness of humanity and all the other kingdoms of nature, dispelling glamour and illusion. Hardly a day goes by when I do not find out about some new program that is giving expression to the living presence of the Christ in today's world, waking people up to the vision of new possibilities and empowering them in work to create a better world. This is the resurrected, living Christ in expression.
For example, just a few days ago, on Monday of this week, something rather extraordinary took place at the United Nations. It was part of the build-up to the important Rio Earth Summit to take place at the end of June this year, and was a sign of the growing clarity in the vision for a Green Economy. In 2011 the Kingdom of Bhutan proposed to the General Assembly that a special High Level gathering be held at the United Nations to explore the idea of happiness as a universal goal, embodying the spirit of the Millennium Development goals and as a way of measuring development. The gathering at the UN on Monday, attended by the Secretary-General shone a light on Well-Being and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm. [see also: this blog by dotearth and the Washington Post report.] Following major national conferences in Thailand, Canada, Netherlands and Brazil it marked the coming of age of an approach to economics that uses community and national happiness as an indicator and a measure of economic development. When we consider the enormous power wielded over economic affairs throughout most of our life-times by the thoughtform that GDP was the measure of economic success we begin to see the significance of this growing movement to measure the well-being of an economy by indicators like happiness or quality of life.
In the important resolution last year the Secretary General was invited to survey Member States and regional and international organizations on their work on the pursuit of happiness and well-being, and to report his findings to a later meeting of the General Assembly. And on Monday the well-attended meeting also marked the launch of the first ever World Happiness Report jointly edited by prominent economists John Helliwell of the University of British Columbia, Richard Layard at the London School of Economics and Jeffrey D. Sachs of Columbia University.
So, a conference at the United Nations on happiness as a measure of economic health, a report by distinguished economists on the state of happiness in the world: signs of the Living Resurrected Christ.
The full moon following the Vernal Equinox in the Northern hemisphere takes place during the sun sign of Aries. The keynote of this sign: I come forth, and from the plane of mind I rule.
The plane of mind is important for all of us on our evolutionary path and for humanity as a whole because it is through mind that we establish direction and purpose. It is through mind that we plan our way forward. For those on the spiritual path this purposeful direction comes increasingly from a place of illumination. The mind has many rooms, many layers and levels. At one level it can be the destroyer of the Real, at another the revealer of the Real. It enables us to chart a path that leads between the two great lines of force. Only the mind, in all its dimensions, including the heart in the head, can do this.
Light, flowing into the mind from the Spiritual Sun reveals the Greater Good. It changes what we see and changes the way we see. Light, pouring into the mind, enables us to see with a measure of freedom from the ancient habits of glamour and illusion. It gives perspective — instead of seeing through the lens of the personal self's unconscious and conscious agenda, the light of the Spiritual Sun gives us a glimpse of the soul's agenda. These two purposes are very different — until the higher vision begins to be incorporated into our human thinking, planning and direction. Then the personality chooses to follow the higher way.
Only through this lighted, liberated mind, sensitive to the Laws and Principles, Rhythm and Flow of the Universe — can we begin to chart a course towards enlightenment. And only through this mind that is held in the light can we respond to the needs of our time in history — the need to nurture goodness, beauty and truth in the world and the sense of responsibility for fanning the flames of the will to love — in real terms rather than ideological or doctrinal terms.
So in all the crises of the public life, in whatever society we happen to be living, it is essential that we look for those groups and those women and men of all ages who are motivated by a concern for the well-being of the society as a whole. Partisanship and self-interest needs to be seen for what it is — not just in politics but also in every other sphere of life. There are today millions who truly care about the development of the human spirit, and the development of a more mature relationship between humanity and the other kingdoms of nature. Spirituality in our time is all about how we support this development process — how we engage interiorly and in our personal lives with the work of the Christ. The task is to draw on the higher, lighted reaches of the mind where wholeness is revealed — and to experiment with the work of reorienting, planning and governing our lives in response to this living vision of wholeness. I come forth, and from the plane of mind I rule.