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Old November 4th, 2012, 05:30
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Default Of Good And Evil

Of Good And Evil
One of the elders of the city said: ‘Speak to us of good and evil.’
And he – the prophet – replied:
‘Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil.
For what is evil but the good within you
That is tortured by its own hunger and thirst
For the experience of learning that will help you
In due course to return to your true nature?
That is why when the good in you is hungry
It seeks food even in dark caves,
And when it thirsts it will drink of dead waters, too.

You are good when you are at one with your Highest Self,
Yet, when you are not one with it, you are not evil.
You are but a divided house and that is not necessarily a den of thieves;
It is merely that the two parts of you,
Your Highest Self and its earthly counterpart, are still
Travelling in opposite directions; thus, you are a divided house.
This can be likened to a ship without rudder that wanders aimlessly
Among perilous isles, without necessarily sinking to the bottom.
When you have learnt enough about evil,
With the help of God and the Angels,
The two parts of you will be joined together again,
And brought into harmony, so that they can work for you,
Instead of against.

If some of the souls in your world still seem to be guided
Away from their Highest Self and ever deeper into physicality,
Fear not – the turning point does come for you and all that is in your world.
Your evolution is a circle that first moves you away from God,
That which is all good.
As you descend into matter, you move downwards.
Having reached a certain evolutionary stage,
You begin to move upwards and are on your way
Into re-discovering that you are part of God
And that God is part of you, and that because of this
The core of your being is good, through and through,
As well all-loving and all-knowing, like your God Self
With whom you are becoming one again,
Though this time consciously.

For as long as your soul lessons require that you move downwards,
You are not evil.
Even while the outer self is still learning to differentiate
Between good and evil, your innermost being remains good and of God,
You are good when you are spiritually awake in thought, word and deed.
Yet, you are not evil when you are not
And your tongue still staggers without purpose;
Stumbling speech also serves a purpose;
It helps to strengthen a weak tongue.
You are good when you strive to give of yourself.
Yet, you are not evil whilst you are still seeking gain for yourself.
When you are doing so, you are still learning the lesson
Of being a root that clings to Mother Earth and sucks at her breast.
Like the root and the fruit of the same tree, your soul’s needs
Vary according to the evolutionary phase you have reached.
That is why a fruit cannot say to a root: ‘Be like me,
Ripe and full and ever giving of my abundance.
Yet, the fruit’s giving is as good a need as the receiving of the root.

You are good when you walk towards your goal firmly and with bold steps.
Yet, you are not evil whilst you still go there limping.
Even the limping ones in this life do not go backwards,
For all life is evolution and moves ever forwards.
But let those who are strong and swift,
See that they do not limp like the lame,
Believing this to be out of kindness to them.

You are good in countless ways,
And you are not evil when you are not good,
You are neither loitering nor sluggard,
But merely learning to tell the difference between good and evil.
Have compassion too for those who already move as swiftly as stags,
And think they can teach their swiftness to those
Who so far can only move like turtles.
Wise ones know that in God’s great plan, the turtle has its place,
As well as the stag.

Your goodness lies in your longing for being at one
With your Highest Self; and that longing is in all of you.
In some, it already is like a torrent that is rushing to the sea,
With all its might, carrying with it the secrets of the hillsides
And the songs of the forests.
The longing of others is still like a shallow stream
That loses itself in angles and bends, until it too finally reaches its destination.

Each does come to the end of their journey, in their own sweet time.
That is why there is no need that those whose longing already is strong
Say to those in whom it is still weak: ‘Why are you slow and halting?’
And that is why someone who already is truly good
Would never dream of asking someone who is naked:
‘Where is your garment?’
Or someone who is homeless: ‘What has befallen your home?’

From ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibran 1883-1931
Lebanese/American poet
Edited by Aquarius

From ‘A Celebration Of Kahlil Gibran’


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Old November 7th, 2012, 06:15
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The Power Of Thought

From White Eagle ‘The Power Within’ chapter ‘Seeking Serenity’: ‘Thought is a living thing and it can be increased in effectiveness by the power of prayer, faith and hard work. Your best work for your own happiness and health and for your service to humankind will be done if you close all the doors of your lodge. By this we, your guides in the world of spirit, mean the holy space you create within and around you. Do not allow the negative thoughts and destructive vibrations of the outer world to penetrate it. You may think this is selfish and self-centred, but this is not the case. The reverse is true because it shows your growing inner strength. You are learning to become a master of your own body and your own lodge. It also means that through you we can give far greater healing, light and strength to those who are suffering in your world, to help them overcome their difficulties. Instead of being sucked down into the chaos and darkness of the Earth environment, you are growing ever stronger to help.’


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Old November 17th, 2012, 06:42
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Default What Happens In Heaven When We Pray?

What Happens In Heaven When We Pray?

In one of my dreams I went to Heaven and an Angel was showing me round. We walked side by side in a workshop that was filled with Angels. My guide stopped in front of the first section and told me: ‘This is the Receiving Section where all petitions to God said in prayer are received.’ The place was very busy with a great many Angels sorting the requests that had been received from people all over the world.

Leaving it, we walked down a long corridor until we reached another section and the Angel explained: ‘This is the Packaging and Delivery Section where the graces and blessings those on the Earth plane ask for are processed. If they are worthy of having their wish granted, it is despatched from here to the recipient.’ What a busy place it was! Many Angels were working extremely hard, as so many requests are constantly received.

Finally, we went to the farthest end of the long corridor. We stopped at the door of a very small room where, to my great surprise, only one Angel was seated who was doing nothing.

‘This is the Acknowledgment Section,’ my Angel friend murmured, seeming very embarrassed.

‘Why is no-one working here?’ I asked.

‘Ah, it’s sad,’ sighed the Angel . ‘When people have received the gifts and blessings they asked for, very few think of sending us an acknowledgments.’

‘Well, what is the right way of acknowledging God’s blessings?’ I asked.

‘It’s very simple,’ the Angel replied. Just say, ‘Thank you, Great Spirit, Father/Mother Creator and Your Angels.’

‘What are the blessings we should give thanks for?’ I queried.

‘First of all give thanks and praise to your Creator for the gift of your life and everything that is in it. For example, if there is food on your table, in your larder and/or refrigerator, and if you have clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than seventy-five percent of your spiritual brothers and sisters on your present plane of existence. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet and maybe a bit of spare change somewhere, you are among the top eight percent of the world’s wealthy, and if you get this on your own computer, you are part of the one percent in your world who can do so.’

‘If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more blessed than the many who will not survive this day. If you have never experienced the fear of being involved in a battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the hunger pangs of starvation, you are ahead of about seven hundred million people in your world. If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people in your world. And if you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you’re an exception compared to the millions who live in doubt and despair in your world.’

‘Ok,’ I said. ‘I promise to do better in future. How do I start?’

The Angel replied: ‘If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing because someone was thinking of you as very special. On top of that you are more blessed than over two billion people in your world who cannot see and/or read at all. Begin by giving thanks for that.’

Great Spirit, Father/Mother Creator of all life,
May all who read this find rest, peace and healing in You.
Thank you for each one of them being part of my life.

Recommended Reading:
‘Reflections On Prayer’
‘On The Wings Of Prayer’

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From ‘Words & Prayers of Wisdom From The Tree Of Life’
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Old November 18th, 2012, 06:16
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Truly Caring Friends

When we honestly ask ourselves which people in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, offering solutions or cures, chose to share our pain and touch our wounds with warm and tender hearts and hands. The ones who know how to be silent in moments of despair or confusion, who stay with us in hours of grief and bereavement, content with not knowing, not curing or healing, are truly caring friends. Their presence helps us to face the reality of the predicament of the basic human powerlessness before the great issues, like life and death. Such friends are outer manifestations of the living God inside someone who is suffering. With the same compassion and the total and unconditional love and acceptance shown by them, the Divine embraces and comforts every suffering soul on the Earth plane.

In its search for a better understanding of the reason for its pain, every soul in the end bends its knees gratefully before the Highest. Only then can it be shown the way back home into its own true nature and its oneness with God and all life. For each and every one of us this happens when we have a sufficiently high degree of spiritual maturity. When the individual soul’s time for this has come and the dust has once more settled after a particularly traumatic experience, the Highest Self casts upon its small earthly counterpart the gift of Its wisdom. It consists of an increased comprehension of the wise higher purpose that lies behind all of Earth’s suffering. This is accompanied by the deep inner soul healing every human soul is eventually required to go in search of.

On the innermost level of our being, our Highest Self is the friend who deeply cares about us, accepts and loves us totally and unconditionally, just the way we are. That, to me, is the true meaning of the Jesus legend’s long promised comforter described in St. John 14:16-17: ‘And I will ask of my Father and he will give you another Comforter, for he abides with you forever. It is the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it has not seen him and does not know him. But you know him, because he abides with you and is in you.’

Henri J.M. Nouwen
‘The Road to Daybreak – A Spiritual Journey’
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From ‘Words & Prayers For Healing Friendships’

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Old December 25th, 2012, 07:14
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Default The Road To Bethlehem

The road to Bethlehem is long.
Through the deepest, darkest and coldest night of the soul
Of failing to understand who we truly are,
And through the labyrinth of false beliefs and prejudices,
Every soul must eventually find its own way back
Into the comfort, warmth and light of recognising
Once again its own true nature and origin.
That, to me, is the road to Bethlehem.

From ‘The Road To Bethlehem’

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Old January 6th, 2013, 06:14
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Default Don't Give Up!

Don’t Give Up!
In this proud land we grew up strong
We were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail

No fight left or so it seems
I’m a man whose dreams have all deserted
I’ve changed my face, I’ve changed my name
But no-one wants you when you lose

Don’t give up
‘Cos you have friends
Don’t give up
You’re not beaten yet
Don’t give up
I know you can make it good

Though I saw it all around
Never thought that I could be affected
Thought that we’d be last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Drove the night toward my home
The place that I was born, on the lakeside
As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground

Don’t give up
You still have us
Don’t give up
We don’t need much of anything
Don’t give up
‘Cos somewhere there’s a place
Where we belong
Rest your head
You worry too much
It’s going to be alright
When times get rough
You can fall back on us
Don’t give up
Please don’t give up

Got to walk out of here
I can’t take any more
Going to stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That river’s flowing
That river’s flowing

Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no-one needs
Don’t give up
‘Cos you have friends
Don’t give up
You’re not the only one
Don’t give up
No reason to be ashamed
Don’t give up
You still have us
Don’t give up now
We’re proud of who you are
Don’t give up
You know its never been easy
Don’t give up
‘Cos I believe there’s a place
There’s a place where we belong

Sung by Kate Bush & Peter Gabriel

White, Joy Lynn / Melamed, Vincent Edward

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Old January 18th, 2013, 07:17
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Default Mercy

White Eagle teaching from a letter to friends of the Lodge October 2005: ‘We remind you once again that even in cases of catastrophe and when terrible problems arise in human life – when loved ones are snatched from each other – or maybe there are all kinds of afflictions, you need to remember that God is merciful, as well as just, and that you can only ever see one side of the picture. You do not know the compensations that are waiting on the other side. You cannot know, because you have no idea of the wonderful love that comes to souls called upon to go through the depths of the shadows. It is through these experiences that the affected souls find and feel their loving Father/Mother.

How true is the parable of the Master going forth in search of the lost sheep which he took on his shoulders and carried safely home. So, whenever you look upon humankind’s sufferings, remember in your heart the compensation of love and the mercy of God, who sends His/Her ministering Angels to every soul who is in pain and suffering. Each one of them is compensated, loved and cared for.’


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Old January 19th, 2013, 06:29
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Who Cares For The Carer?

This tale contains a poignant message for all those loving and caring souls everywhere, who are in danger of forgetting their own needs whilst attending to those of others.

A woman of saintly generosity spent her life feeding and educating impoverished children. Despite her heroic efforts, the task seemed endless and like a bottomless pit. One fine day, she became so discouraged that she decided to visit a famous guru in the hope that he might help her find a solution to improve her situation. Pouring out her heart, she told him: ‘In view of the countless needy children and people in our world everything I do seems like a mere drop in the ocean. No matter how many of them I attend to, there will always be thousands and millions more who are just as needy. Besides, there are times when I could do with a bit of help myself. What should I do?’

The teacher replied: ‘Don’t come to me in search for the answer to this problem or any other. Instead, learn to pay attention to your inner guidance, look inside your heart and listen to the wise one within. It’s the only place where trustworthy answers to all our questions can be found. That’s where you will in some way perceive the voice of God, the living God within, who is waiting to come fully alive in you, the same as in everybody. Since time immemorial it has been known as the small still voice of conscience in everybody. Meditate and listen carefully to what it has to say, then do not hesitate to follow it’s advice.’

For an hour the woman sat in deep meditation, until eventually her inner voice said: ‘Attend to the voice of your loudest and deepest longing.’ Thanking the wise man, as well as her inner guidance for their advice, she went to town. There she treated herself to a big bunch of flowers, a box of her favourite chocolates and a dress she had long admired in one of the shop windows. Then she made a resolution to regularly take time out for attending to her own needs, especially the inner ones.

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Old January 22nd, 2013, 07:18
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The Sailing Ship – An Allegory

Imagine in your mind’s eye, if you will, a sailing ship. After a long break on dry land it is getting ready to once again enter into the freedom of the high seas. The ship shows great beauty and strength, as it joyfully opens its snowy white sails and offers them to the morning breeze. You are one of those left behind at the shore. Sadly, you watch the ship’s departure until you can see no more of it than a speck of white cloud on the horizon where the ocean meets the sky. A mournful voice close by says: ‘Ah, it’s gone!’

During the coming days, you keep wondering to yourself: ‘Where did the ship go?’ Finally, you come to the conclusion that this does not really matter because you know that wherever it may be now, it will be still as beautiful as it ever was, and that its mast and hull will be just as strong as when it left your shore. At that moment, as if in a dream, you sense a voice calling to you from some distant shore: ‘It’s arrived safely. It’s here!’

The death of the physical body is similar. Nothing changes, we remain the same one we always were. Our feelings and desires remain unchanged. All we have done is shedding our outer shell like a worn out overcoat. Eternity is here and now and everywhere. Each moment we spend on the Earth plane and all other worlds is an integral part of Eternity. Any loss on our present level of life is the spirit world’s gain. On the other side of the veil of consciousness each death in our world is always a happy event, because one of us is reborn into the full awareness of their true reality and is therefore coming home. We are eternal beings of light. There is no death and we cannot die. It’s just that from time to time we have to gather our experiences, so that we may learn from them and grow, on different levels of life – that’s all.

Roger Carswell
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From ‘Comfort for the Bereaved’

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Old January 25th, 2013, 14:10
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The Little Things

It is well worth our while to take a few deep breaths here and there and pay more attention to the little things that make life on the Earth plane worth living. Although they are all too easily overlooked, it’s the little things that better than anything else can help us get things back into perspective when our grip on life is in danger of getting out of focus. When that happens, one fine day, as if by magic something draws our attention to them. This is the Universe’s way of creating opportunities for learning to appreciate them all over again.

The list is endless and to name but a few: a bird in flight; a breath-taking Sunrise or Sunset; the scent of any flower, especially a rose; feeling the warmth and the love of the Sun on our faces and backs, especially in winter; the miracle of the first snowdrops in the depth of winter; the arrival of the first daffodils, the most charming and cheerful messengers of spring of all, each one a golden six-pointed star in its own right that reflects the healing power of the Highest into our world; the discovery of new buds on trees, even before there is any sign of the old leaves dropping off; the first flower opening on a plant we have reared and nurtured from a seed or a cutting; the sounds of nature, like the rustling of leaves, the rushing of water and the lapping of the waves; the tranquillity that comes from watching the sea; a warm soothing cup of tea, lovingly prepared especially for us; a small child putting its hand trustingly into ours; a friendly smile where there wasn’t one before; someone walking again, after a long illness patiently endured.

Each one of these things is a miracle and a wonder and a joy to behold. They are the true treasures of life that cannot be bought, begged or stolen. They exist every day and in every life. All we need to do is open our eyes and start enjoying them, the way they deserve to be. At first, many of them may seem inconsequential, but only until we slow down and consciously take notice of them. It is then that we realise how good they make us feel and that the little things in life truly are the big ones. Thank you, Great Spirit, for giving them to us.
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