Keynotes for the Full Moon
Full Moon Times and Dates
New Moon Meditation
The Great Invocation
A Developing Consciousness
Long ago in the final transition out of the animal kingdom took place during the Age of Cancer, through an embryonic form of human consciousness and a mass consciousness that was driven by an instinctual awareness. This created a canvas onto which all the lessons of the evolution of our thought life could be placed. We never become something else during physical or spiritual plane evolution but rather something more, something closer to the centre of consciousness of the One Life in which we live and move and have our being. We humans are essentially still animals but animals that are developing a more inclusive consciousness. We do not become fully human until the animal nature is precisely harnessed to our tasks, likewise we cannot become truly spiritual beings until the three aspects of the human personality, the physical, emotional and mental are thoroughly integrated. It is always good to consider that every atom of matter is the vehicle for spirit; this is driven by the need of spirit for physical plane expression. There is conflict between matter and spirit which is an essential ingredient in the evolutionary drive within our planetary scheme, because the choice of the planetary Logos i or Monad (and the choice of all of us as the human monads) is 'harmony through conflict'. This fast track evolutionary choice that will enable us to more readily serve the Plan of our Planetary Logos. This is a choice that sees growth, particularly in terms of consciousness, through the resolution of every conflict or the overcoming of each crisis, but spirit remains occultly hidden in the form until consciousness within the personality vehicle is sufficiently refined and integrated to make its outer divine expression possible. If we examine the lives of all the true saints in all of our great religions we see a high level of human and spiritual integration along with a dedication to serve the world. It is interesting to note that many of these men and women of God have developed their understanding through a life of extreme suffering.
Those tasks or lessons of each Age, of each planetary scheme in the zodiac range, as we have seen in these articles, from the drive to emerge as mental entities in Aries to the overcoming of unreasonable instinctual desire and the subjugation of the self-centred personality in Scorpio or Leo. Libra concerns the striking of the right balance between matter and spirit, while Gemini stimulates the recognition of the duality of personality and soul and the work towards their unity. Taurus is called "the sign of the major life incentive," because it is the symbol of desire in its various stages of both the human and divine expression. We have seen that there is a continual pushing of human understanding towards new goals in Sagittarius. Capricorn focuses upon the harnessing of the integrated personality so that the true spiritual self can awaken in Virgo. The transformation of a human into a divine being is the focus of Pisces, and selfishness or self-conscious living is transmuted into the service of humanity in Aquarius.
Progress for us all is essentially one of an expanding vision, physical vision leading to intellectual and then spiritual vision. But essentially a unifying vision that probably began as a symbiosis, with atoms forming mutually advantageous partnerships and then developing complex relationships. At some point mental vision is gained allowing understanding in the animal to reason beyond sight of the herd and so to identify with the mass consciousness that opens up the possibility for an expression that is typically human. This process has allowed the human to identify with all other humans and thereby broaden the sphere of his identification. At each stage a new world of relationship is entered into, a world that was not physically possible or could never have been imagined until that point of transforming identification or conscious realisation was reached.
Whether we identify ourselves as spiritually motivated beings or not our progress is through an expanding vision of our world. We see this in the entrepreneur, the scientist or the engineer, in the development of education and successful social structures, in the artist and all those who seek to push there creative endeavour forward into new ways of seeing, thinking or doing.
During the last century much of the world has experienced great suffering through war and famine, either factually or through identification with those who have suffered. Emotions have become exhausted and its force has been transferred into the heart and there transmuted into the energy of love. As the Tibetan Master Djwhal Khul (D.K) said more than half a century ago, ii because of this humanity has become far more heart-conscious than at any time in history. Thus producing many opportunities for the development of international awareness, cooperation and a genuine and growing concern for the plight of other nations and their peoples. Although we have been slow to recognise it, this acknowledgement of human suffering universally shared for the first time on Earth is the beginning of a profound shift in human consciousness which is growing at a gathering pace. For now many millions around the world can respond instantly to suffering, irrespective of nation, religion or class with a growing belief that the help of an individual can make a difference. No longer do people think that aid is the sole domain of government or the non-governmental organisations but recognise that they need to make their own effort towards resolving the world crises. This change in the group consciousness has the profound meaning that suffering will be greatly lessoned in the world.
This is a central theme of our work in the New Age and the keynote for those who seek to progress as aspirants is love for humanity. In the last half century the attempted focus of those whose vision is expanding and those who are seeking to be spiritual aspirants has been upon service that is selflessly rendered, this automatically brings the heart centre into activity. This is far more difficult than it may appear. We may love those with whom we associate, love the idea of group endeavour, we may even love the ideal of one world but how many of us really do love humanity? We must develop our limited capacity to love. If we love God or our religion, if we believe that there is One Life that flows through us all then we must give our allegiance, our loyalty and our service to all humanity. This is not only the task of those of us who aspire to be spiritual beings but must become the task for all if we are to bring our world, which is already one world through the instant wireless and speedy physical connections, to a state of complete PEACE.
Hopefully those connections will soon break down the remaining barriers between our human types or those whose existence still means very different things in the world. As the Tibetan D.K says, "For some it is purely animal existence; for many it connotes the sum total of emotional and sensory experience; for others, it involves all this, plus a mental awareness which greatly enriches and deepens life. For a few (and those [are] the flower of the human family) Being stands for a recognition of ability to register contacts that are universal and subjective as well as individual and objective." iii It is essential that we value our own culture and have self respect as well as valuing other cultures because they are a distillation of the life of our brothers and sisters, if we are to stand together in this multi-cultural world.
Underneath the different garments of the World religions lies the same naked Truth. Those who have looked carefully beyond their own approach to Deity with an open mind and into religious thought of others that has appeared on the surface to be different have acknowledged this truth. Many in the Interfaith Movement are working to build bridges of understanding between the faith communities. Interfaith groups have grown fourfold here in the U.K during the last two or three years and interfaith dialogue is becoming very open through the media
While the recent London bombings are a terrible tragedy their effect has caused an international crisis that will lead to far greater openness between the nations, greater religious and cultures openness, far greater international cooperation and constructive dialogue between religions and cultures. It is drawing the nations together into a unifying effort to stamp out terrorism because they can at last see that international terrorism leads to the fragmentation of the nations.
Amid concerns that extremists are exploiting the sense of a widening gap between Islamic and Western societies, a statement was made yesterday [July 14.05] by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announcing the launch of a new initiative, co-sponsored by Spain and Turkey, which aims to overcome hostile perceptions that sow discord and foment violence. The initiative, called "Alliance of Civilizations," is intended "to respond to the need for a committed effort by the international community - both at the institutional and civil society levels - to bridge divides and overcome prejudice, misconceptions, misperceptions, and polarization which potentially threaten world peace… The Alliance will aim to address emerging threats emanating from hostile perceptions that foment violence, and to bring about cooperation among various efforts to heal such divisions… Events of recent years have heightened the sense of a widening gap and lack of mutual understanding between Islamic and Western societies - an environment that has been exploited and exacerbated by extremists in all societies… The Alliance of Civilizations is intended as a coalition against such forces, as a movement to advance mutual respect for religious beliefs and traditions, and as a reaffirmation of humankind's increasing interdependence in all areas - from the environment to health, from economic and social development to peace and security." iv (The Prime Ministers of Spain and Turkey have been preparing this initiative for some time so it is not linked to last week's terrorist attacks in London).
Many of us continually look for the spiritual development of the one world but international travel and development through trade and commerce is breaking down the remaining barriers and is forcing the hand of freedom, were attempts to continue to live in isolation remain. All must have freedom but we all need to develop a greater sense of personal, national and international responsibility for the well being of humanity and the conservation of the animal, plant and mineral worlds of the entire planet.
It is important to realise that each one of us can contribute to the group thinking upon a problem and the collective thought life of our groups do influence the quality of the thought life of humanity. The number of international groups who join in meditation each day to focus upon world problems is expanding. For every effort we make there is a reciprocal effort on our behalf by the planetary Hierarchy. Humanity collectively has the freedom to choose what it wants for the world and spiritual powers can only be invoked by our collective effort. What legacy will our generation leave for our families in future generations? It is important that we find the will to do all that is within our power to create peace and equality in our world. The minimum requirement for us to become human was our capacity to be mass conscious, we have learned over very many generation to become thoroughly self-conscious, to build a lighted house and therein dwell. There is now a demand upon us to become group conscious in a worldwide community of one people.