Let us begin by building our inner alignment as a group - all of us who are reading these notes on the worldservicegroup.com site. Firstly within ourselves: our physical bodies are still, our energy field is still; we are breathing gently and rhythmically; the watery world of our emotions - still, tranquil and poised; the mind is clear, quiet and still - a model of equanimity; the light of the sun - the soul - shines through these bodies and they are radiant.
As we raise our awareness into the soul our individual sense of self dissipates and fades into the background as we become absorbed in the light of this group - we sense the radiance of blended lights.
As a group we direct our thoughts towards other groups and individuals around the world meditating as an act of service during the period of this Cancer full moon. We send our love and sense of brotherhood to them - we sense the love and solidarity which flows between all of the units in the world group. We see the other meditating groups as points of light; each one with its own living radiance - and we see lines of light linking the many points. The network of meditating groups vibrates - and then dissolves into a centre of light in the planet, an open lotus.
A greater light pours into the lotus; it reveals the beauty and the variety of shade, subtlety, and vibrancy, the definition and above all the livingness of each of the petals of the lotus of the planetary meditating group, and of the blossom as a whole. We look up towards this greater light and see that it comes from a host of beings; from a vast spectacle of Presences that fill the higher reaches of our vision. Gradually our inner eye becomes accustomed to this body of lighted, loving Beings and we begin to see circles of focus, groupings of Beings. We understand that these groupings or ashrams are each centred around particular fields of concern in the evolution of the consciousness of humanity. We see clearly that they are 'holding in the light' different groups of human beings - groups working in the arts, in healing, in politics, in finance, groups working with the animal kingdom and the vegetable kingdom and so on. The Greater Lights of the inner ashram bring inspiration, protection and guidance to serving groups in the world; and during the full moon periods the flow of lighted energies is at its peak.
As we remain open to the ashram sense the Illumined Ones at its centre: the Christ, the Master of all the Masters; the Spirit of Peace; the Avatar of Synthesis; The Lord Buddha.
And project a line of lighted thought beyond the Ashram, towards Shamballa, the centre of peaceful silent will, the Father's House.
Now just hold this alignment for a moment and then sound the Affirmation of a Disciple.
THE AFFIRMATION OF THE DISCIPLE
I am a point of light within a greater Light.
I am a strand of loving energy within the stream of Love divine.
I am a point of sacrificial Fire, focussed within the fiery Will of God.
And thus I stand.
I am a way by which men may achieve.
I am a source of strength, enabling them to stand. I am a beam of light, shining upon their way.
And thus I stand.
And standing thus, revolve
And tread this way the ways of men, and know the ways of God.
And thus I stand.
Each full moon marks a significant point in the relationship between humanity, the Great Ones on the inner side of life, and the Lords of Life in Shamballa. Month in month out there is a partial opening of the doors between the worlds.
Each opening, each full moon, has its own unique quality. Last month we shared in the final, climaxing energies of the three major festivals with the Gemini full moon at the higher interlude of the year. Now, over the next nine months, we visualise the working out of these energies - through nine different phases - affecting nine different aspects of consciousness.
In Cancer we will be thinking of the soul taking root in the consciousness of the masses. This is the story of families, communities, nations, religions, tribes, races and cultural groups taking responsibility for creating a world which empowers individuals to grow, to think for themselves, and to move beyond instinctive reactions to the events that impact on their lives. We will be working with the seedthought in meditation: 'I build a lighted house and therein dwell'.
The thing that distinguishes Cancer energies is that they reach right into the world of form, bringing a measure of light and liberation to the diffused, elemental lives of substance itself as well as to the basic level of collective consciousness. The concern is with the whole of society - with any society anywhere in the world - and with the need to raise consciousness out of the level of an instinctive immersion in the surrounding human environment and an unprotected openness to the waves of mass desire, mass fears and mass opinions. The opportunities of the time are to work with the foundation stones of society; to look to basic structures of each nation's 'house': health, education, housing, employment; to see that at these most basic levels there is a drive to gradually raise standards and to empower increasing numbers of people to develop their creative individuality.
There is today an incredible diversity of initiatives designed to bring light into the basic foundations of every nations 'house'. In our meditations we can tune in with the dynamic energy of these initiatives, calling for an inflow of light and purposeful will. To my mind the most outstanding example of human expression of the Cancer impulse is the Millennum Development Goals - a set of eight targets to be achieved by 2015 - agreed to by the governments of the world at a Summit held at the United Nations in New York in the year 1999. It is significant that a week or so from the Cancer full moon, July 7, will mark the mid-way point for achieving the Goals.
All over the world on this date, 7.7.07, the mind and heart of humanity will be focussed on Climate Change with Live Earth concerts broadcast globally and literally thousands of local events in all continents. A truly Cancerian event with its broad mass appeal. What an extraordinary issue Climate Change is. Never before has the global community (with governments of slightly left, slightly right, extreme left and extreme right) been challenged to agree on action to initiate changes that will not have any effect until 90 years or so. Politics and business are thought of as being increasingly short-term. Now we have an issue that challenges us to think and act for future generations - and act in dramatic ways that will involve enormous changes in human use of energy.
In the light of Climate Change the Millennium Goals seem so much simpler and achievable. The way to reach the goals is well known. Yet the critical factor of will seems absent - and this is something that is down to the people of goodwill. It does not require of us that we be politicians, or 'activists' in outer affairs. Just that we care enough to do something - no matter how small or apparently insignificant. As an example of a small, local, easily done initiative - I am part of a group of friends who have been meeting each month at the Lifebridge Sanctuary in Rosendale, NY, USA, to generate a Community Conversation on the Millennium Goals. Out of that conversation the group has decided to present a collection of books on the Goals to the local library - and on July 7 the books will presented to the librarian in a small press conference. As a result of this initiative several members of the local town board are considering proposing a town resolution in support of the Goals.
When we work month after month with the rhythm, of these full moon meditations our focus tends to be upon those who are developing group consciousness and whose life is defined by their impulse to serve. The key thoughts in the meditation are all oriented to the discipleship community. In Cancer we need to look to the wider community of humanity as a whole.
Alice Bailey has written that it can be difficult to distinguish accurately between mass consciousness and group consciousness. Human beings stand today at a midway point, generally speaking, between these two states of mind, though perhaps it might be more correct to say that a fairly large minority are becoming group conscious, whilst the majority are emerging out of the mass conscious stage and becoming self-conscious individuals. This, Alice Bailey goes on to say: accounts for much of the present world difficulty and for the clash of idealisms. The two groups bring a different approach to the world problems as we now find them. [Esoteric Astrology, pp. 311-312]
When considering world problems it is essential that we think in terms of these fundamental groups - those in the mass consciousness stage, those in process of becoming fully self-conscious individuals and the significant minority who are moving from self-consciousness towards group consciousness. If we don't take full account of these different fields of consciousness we will fail to see the areas of possible progress in resolving problems. For societies to respond positively to the opportunities for growth represented by problems the opportunities need to be understood in terms appropriate to each field of consciousness - those in the mass stage, those becoming self-conscious, those who are group conscious.
One of the most inspiring new fields of thought reflecting this approach is Spiral Dynamics, drawing partly on the psychology of Abraham Maslow. I have been especially impressed by this systems-wide approach to world problems as a result of two meetings addressed by Don Beck who is the key thinker in this field. In November last year he spoke at a World Goodwill event in New York and a week or so ago he spoke, together with Elza Maalouf to a packed meeting of the Values Caucus at the United Nations. The UN meeting was especially revealing as the conversation was about the application of Spiral Dynamics thinking to the problems in Palestine and Israel. Essentially this is an approach to cultural change that looks at societies in terms of eight core values systems or world-views. Instead of looking in terms of class or race or ethnicity the analysis is of cultural value groups: starting with a base level of biology driven 'survival' mind-set (the beige group) spiralling up to the next level of Animistic/Tribal consciousness (purple) and so on through to the WholeView/ Synthesis consciousness (turquoise). In addressing problems dominant values groups are identified and possible steps forward are explored in terms of each value group. So at the levels of mass consciousness, for example, in areas where cultures are predominantly purple - animistic/tribal with low levels of individual consciousness - ways forward need to take account of the next step on the psychological/cultural ladder. Purple spirals into red - tribal consciousness moves on to an intense self-awareness. Any way forward in a problem, to appeal to the purple group will need to emphasise development of and opportunities for self to emerge from the group and for ego to dominate.
When we consider an issue such as the crisis in Palestine and the relations between Palestine/Israel - or the need to build popular support for the Millennium Development Goals - it makes sense to appeal to the logic and mind-set of each particular cultural group. It is no use appealing to the sense of interdependence or global consciousness when addressing a group that is guided by tribal / purple thinking and values. The emphasis needs to be placed on how individuals or families will be strengthened and will really be heard and be able to grow through, for example, the One Campaign in the US; or in Palestine how support for a negotiated settlement with Israel will help Palestinian families prosper and develop. I cannot recommend highly enough the blog on the Spiral Dynamics Middle East web site: www.humanemergencemiddleeast.org/build-palestine-blog/
The important point about an analysis such as Spiral Dynamics or the Alice Bailey division into such groups as mass consciousness / self-consciousness / group consciousness OR the astrological distinction between mutable cross, fixed cross, cardinal cross is to enable us to look at humanity 'the world disciple' as a dynamic, evolving, growing field of consciousness in which each 'level', each group faces its own evolutionary opportunities and challenges. We need to see humanity in its full diversity - each grouping faced at a time of transition with tremendous potential opportunity for growth and development, spiralling into the next stage of integration.
In the light of this Cancer full moon, let us look at humanity as if it were in a state of seething ferment - with an explosion of creative activity as the house - the whole house of the collective - nations, societies, cultures - becomes lighted. Imagine the ashram watching over this process, recognising that for each group the spiral into the next stage of development is all that matters and that the transition into Aquarius depends upon this - upon each cultural grouping taking the appropriate step forward and transiting into a higher mind-set.
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