Here are the next two chapters of The Love of Devotion (following on from Chapters 1 & 2)
CHAPTER 3: METAPHYSICS
A few years after Dr. Hora’s passing, early one morning just before waking, I felt the presence of two beings in my room. One of them was my friend’s mother. She had passed on the day before. The other was an angelic being. Its radiance was pure, uncontaminated, loving, and powerful without exerting any effort. It had no heaviness of self-centred thought or even self-awareness such as humans have. Neither said anything but I could tell that the woman was very worried about her son. I heard myself say to the woman, “Don’t worry about your son. I will take care of him.” The woman was relieved, looked at the angel who indicated that it was time to go, and they both left. Even though her son and I were friends, we were not close friends and he was involved in another relationship. My pledge seemed a rather illogical one. About a year later, we did indeed start a relationship and not long after that he became involved in a lengthy court case with serious consequences to his life. We also had an unexpected pregnancy and the arrival of a child during this period. All of this was naturally very challenging. The course of love and loyalty is a mysterious one but who are we not to follow its instinctive lead?
When I first became a serious student of metaphysics at the age of twenty-two, I studied all the metaphysical writings that I could get my hands on. I was a very dedicated student and an avid reader and so I read a lot of books in this field of study. Dr. Hora and some of his students in New York introduced me to Christian Science as one of the metaphysical schools of thought.
Back in Australia, I visited some Christian Science churches but, even then, the churches were empty and seemed to only have senior citizens. I remember being highly offended that one gentleman at the door politely asked me if I wished to go to the Sunday School. I was in my early twenties but I looked young. I did not realise Sunday School in Christian Science went until the age of twenty. I came from a Catholic background where Sunday School was for children. I felt like saying, “What are you talking about? I am married and I am a very serious spiritual student, not a child playing in the Sunday School.” I continued my metaphysical studies at home, loving all my treasured spiritual books.
Once my little children started attending a Christian Science-based school, Christian Science naturally became a significant part of our lives, not just a private part of my spiritual study. Like Metapsychiatry, it is one of the many metaphysical spiritual pathways. It is particularly known for its emphasis on spiritual healing. When we understand our oneness with God, we are able to heal spiritually because we know that in divine Reality there is no human concept of anything or anybody to fix up. The more clearly we realise this, the more the human scene becomes subservient and harmonious. It falls into line with the overriding power and completeness of the infinite All.
Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love are the essence of Divinity and are frequently used synonyms for God in metaphysics. Being conscious of any of these qualities means being conscious of gratitude, happiness, completeness, and freedom. These spiritual elements are not only the structure of God but, wonderfully, they are also the structure of us. We are constituted of Divinity itself – nothing else, nothing less.
Mind is clear, intelligent, astounding in all its perfect detail, and beyond human manipulation. It cannot be held back by environment, education levels, inheritance or disposition.
Spirit changes everything. It changes what we want and what we love. Fear loses its hold on us. We are no longer attracted by the futile offerings of the world. We want and love spiritual happiness because we know that is the only thing that works.
Soul is that which impels us on our spiritual search. It is the voice within which tells us which way to go and lights the fire of hope, inspiration, passion, and enthusiasm.
Principle is that which is always solid, right, and enduring. It does not seek to control, hurt, stifle, judge or condemn. Principle wants only the best and highest good and insists on nothing less. It is not self-interested, tyrannical, demanding, petty or self-righteous. It is not tedious or judgmental. It is illuminating. It is the nurturing guide. It invokes trust and gratitude.
Life makes spiritual healing possible. Life is not material. It is not birth and death with all the in-between problems of susceptibility, pain, frailty, and fear. Life is spiritual.
Truth heals problems, conflict, and sickness because that which is not true can find no place to live within its energetic field. We do not have to make ourselves know the Truth. We let Truth shine.
Love is the foundation of existence. It is available and demonstrable to all equally. To know God is to know Love. A spiritual being loves because no other way than Love is known. It is not dependent on the presence of another. Nor is it halted by the actions of another.
Spiritual healing has always been a grand arena for the demonstration of metaphysics. When we see things spiritually there is nothing left to heal, nothing left to change, nothing left to restore or mend. All is beautifully perfect and infinite. The human healing that inevitably occurs, one way or another, is the shadow aligning itself correctly with divine Reality. It is the mist lifting with the morning rays of sun’s warmth and light. It is the fog becoming less dense with Truth’s brilliant clarity. When we understand the loveliness inherent in spiritual existence, our human existence reflects this loveliness. A consciousness which is imbued with divine Love sends healing to everything within its gaze and within its radius.
At the base of illness is fear. The removal of fear tends to have a healing effect on everything. How do we remove the fear? Even though this point is the most essential component of spiritual healing, it is also the most difficult to grasp. To human sense, our illnesses and problems seem very real. It takes dedicated spiritual study and practice to see that this is, in fact, not the case. When there is no fear, there is peace.
At a spiritual level, what we think has happened to us hasn’t even occurred. From the higher perspective, it has not. This is how spiritual healers and metaphysicians heal. There is a recognition that God is all. Such are not words learned and repeated from a book. Knowing that God is all comes from the most inner of knowing, the highest of truths, the most demanding of pathways, the most egoless of disciplines. God is all means there is not ego. That, in essence, is enlightenment. In proportion that the human ego is operating, the realisation of Divinity is demonstrated or not. Healing of body, mind, and situation is the accompaniment. The allness of Divinity precludes anything unlike itself.
No Personal Healer
We do not try to become better personal healers. The goal is not to have a better human mind but to have less of a human mind. We are seeking to leave behind the personal sense of mind and become more fully conscious of the transpersonal Mind. Spiritual truth heals because when we are coming from a place of truth we can see that the thing which needs healing has no real substance to it. We do not look at a sick person and see a well person and then the sick person obliges by getting well. We look at someone and see a soul at home with God. If the individual has any receptivity to this idea, they too will start to see themselves in a different way. This transforms the human condition because it has to fall into line with a truth far greater than the flimsy pretensions of normal human existence. If we believe that we have the personal ability and power to heal then we are working from the premise of benevolent hypnotism. Such hypnotism is the exercise of one human mind over another human mind. We do not heal. God heals. Or, really, God just is. This reality leaves no room for anything to need healing.
The Process of Change
Chemicalization of thought is a metaphysical term referring to the mental and physical disturbance that frequently accompanies the process of change. It happens when loaded thoughts, emotions, and past events start to surface from the basement of our consciousness. Although not particularly enjoyable and often downright distressing, this process is immensely helpful in bringing to our awareness those thoughts that need healing and elevating.
Normally, when left to our own devices, most of us would prefer to live in ignorance if it didn’t create so many problems. Chemicalization of thought is a way of getting our attention. It disturbs our equilibrium and the resulting heat eventually sorts the good from the bad stuff. An unsettled transitional stage is usually both inevitable and desirable. It is inevitable because of the nature of the human psyche. It is desirable because it ultimately leads to the separating of what is true and good from that which is false and destructive.
So, when we are suffering from the consequences of thoughts which are becoming painfully obvious to us, there is no need to despair. Don’t feel bad about feeling bad. Don’t be frightened of feeling afraid. Don’t be angry about getting angry. There is no need to give up when we are feeling depressed. Nor should we be dismayed at the grief which often accompanies the outgrowing of anything which needs outgrowing. We can be glad that our soul is speaking to us and pushing us onwards. We frequently need to persevere with a period of inner turmoil before the dust can settle and be swept out the door.
All effective spiritual healers intuitively sense, to some extent, which human thoughts are causing a particular illness or blocking a healing. Many healers find that it is at the point of waking up to an unrecognised thought that real progress is made with a client. It is at that moment of, “Ah, that’s what I’ve been thinking. Why did I not see it before?” Often, it is a fear, an unforgiven hurt, a silent resentment left to grow, a jealousy, a sense of revenge, guilt for a regretted action or a false responsibility. Understanding our thinking becomes supremely important to us when we know that our thoughts wield such an influence over our peace of mind and health. As we continue on the path, we will find that thoughts we could easily tolerate within a less developed consciousness become increasingly intolerable and offensive to a more developed consciousness.
A Knowledge of Error
It is important to healing that we have a knowledge of error. We, generally, need to understand the nature of the misguided thought or error so that we can knowingly replace it with something much better and more conducive to health. A healer needs to be sensitive about the right moment to reveal these erroneous thoughts. The timing of this revelation is often crucial to the person being able to see the mistake. One must be tuned into divine wisdom and guidance.
Although understanding thought is often pivotal in a healing, we do not build up the harmful thought to even greater proportions. Unhealthy thoughts are revealed in order to be dismissed. When an error is exposed to the light, it is uncovered as nothing and not as something which has then got to be dealt with. The error is not only nothing to do with us; it does not exist. It is because of the allness of Truth that anything else has to be nothing. God is not in the illness, the argument, the lack, the disappointment, the grief or the fear. We must not work against ourselves by identifying with the problem and the person having the problem and then ask God to fix it up. We look away from the whole picture of a mortal, sick or well, to the spiritual idea which is infinite, all-existent, and eternal. We see the perfection of creation. Spiritually speaking, health is an awareness of divine perfection.
Monitoring the content of our thoughts is of paramount importance. Every thought of imperfection which is allowed to take root and grow will cause us harm. Of course, in the face of illness, everyone must follow whatever means of healing they feel is right for them in the situation – whether it be medical, alternative, spiritual or a combination. Nevertheless, it is a great protection to understand the power of thought and to refuse entry to any thought that one does not want realised in the body. Entry to the body is by passageway of the mind.
Mind Reading and Psychic Ability
Mind reading and psychic ability, when they have come from a genuine spiritual interest, are for the purpose of good. They are not intrusive, destructive or condemnatory. Their intention is to help, heal, and clarify. They tend to grow naturally for the spiritual student, along with an insightful understanding of human nature. They are demonstrated in a variety of ways from the simple to the substantial such as:
- Knowing who is on the phone before answering it.
- Unexpectedly thinking or dreaming of someone, and then having that person contact us.
- Knowing what someone is going to say or do.
- Knowing what someone really means when they say something, even if it is the opposite of what they have just said in words.
- Having an insistent feeling when something is not right. Some years ago, I went on a five-day spiritual retreat to Alice Springs in the desert country of central Australia. At dawn on the first morning, I climbed up the Macdonnell Ranges on my own. They were within metres of the place I stayed. They are not very high, only several hundred metres. They are red, rocky, old, and grand. It was very quiet and still. The rock wallabies were keeping an eye on me from a distance. I climbed right to the top and could then see down the other side of the range into the town of Alice Springs. The sun on the great expanse of ranges and desert land was intensely light and beautiful. As always in that part of the world, there was a vast, glowing sky. Everywhere I looked was immense and glorious. It was beauty and spiritual power in its most raw form. During that first day, the group had several meditations. In the meditations, I had a strange experience of feeling like I was falling down a cliff. Later that day, I told the retreat leader about it. She asked me what sort of cliffs they were. I told her that they were red and rocky like the ones I had seen that morning. She explained that a few days ago someone had fallen down one of the cliffs in the very area where I was walking. The person was still in hospital in a serious condition. I then knew that it was a request for prayer from the person who was recovering. I also felt it was a request from the mountain, as nature does not like to carry the memory of an accident. I worked on it for a day and then the feeling left me and I was not troubled about the situation anymore.
- Listening to messages and warnings not originating from our own thought. One day when I was seven months pregnant with my youngest child and walking my German shepherd, I became frightened by the aggressive behaviour of another dog who seemed to be escaping from his property. To avoid the dog, I was going to cross a busy road without looking properly. Just before stepping onto the road, an inner voice said commandingly, “Stop!” I stopped. Two seconds later, a car zoomed past, inches away from me. I was shocked. My intention was to cross the road. An intuitive message had saved us all. I walked home to my young family in awe.
- Knowing whether to trust someone or not, even though you may have only just met the person. Many years ago on arriving in a new community, I was instantly struck by a sense of friendship upon being introduced to a woman there. I was drawn to her warmth but, more than that, I felt I knew her well. I wanted to say something like, “Oh, how lovely. Now we are both here.” Of course, one cannot say that to a stranger so I settled with a barely contained, “Oh, you are nice!” which was not really appropriate either.
- Passing people on the street and sensing their energy, either good or not so good.
- Receiving ideas and instructions in our sleep and having visits from people while we are asleep. The visitors may be living individuals, passed on souls or spiritual beings. They may give advice or suggestions. Sometimes, simply the memory of their presence will spark an idea or give an answer to a question that was being pondered. They may bring love and reassurance.
- Sensing someone’s jealousy. We are a great deal safer once we have learned to listen to our inner voice about who is jealous of us and who wishes us harm. When this is understood, we are able to protect ourselves more effectively, and we can work on forgiving the other person who is just acting out the normal human drama. Many people endure relentless jealousy from relatives, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. They are not able to adequately protect themselves because they feel that their instinct must be wrong and that the person couldn’t be thinking that way about them. Jealousy always seeks to harm in proportion to its intensity. It makes no difference if the person is conscious or not of their jealous intent. It is our responsibility to protect ourselves. Ignorance and naivety are dangerous.
- Sensing the presence of an animal spirit. Our family has always had dogs, in fact, a pack of dogs. Several years had passed since my first German shepherd had died and, at that stage, I wasn’t planning on getting another. However, I started to have a recurring dream about a German shepherd that I didn’t know. Soon after, when my preschool son and I were out, he pointed to a sign that I hadn’t seen and he told me that German shepherd pups were for sale. There was no picture on the sign and my son couldn’t read but, somehow, he not only knew what the sign said but he also knew it was important to tell me, although I hadn’t mentioned anything about another dog to him. As it turned out, one of those pups became ours. A year or so after the pup arrived, it was time for one of our old dogs to move on. He was a wonderful, faithful little dog who had been a best friend to my oldest son during his childhood and had since taken on guard duties with my much younger son. I came downstairs early in the morning and went to let the dogs out, as usual. The old dog was lying on the floor unconscious and I could see that he had been there for a while. As soon as I saw him, I knew it was time for him to go. I stroked him and told him, “Don’t be afraid to go, old friend. You’ve done a wonderful job. Thank-you so much for all you have done for us, for loving us, and being a beautiful friend.” His breathing changed and he seemed to relax. I went to get dressed quickly so that I could take him to the vet but when I came back downstairs, he was gone. He had waited to say, “Good-bye, I love you all but I have to go now” and for me to reassure him that there was nothing to be afraid of.
These phenomena could stem from psychic awareness, an acute understanding of human nature, listening to divine Mind and angelic ideas or a combination of these various expressions. Such abilities are naturally developed within us by being more receptive to the subtle and finer messages constantly around us. We all have extrasensory, as well as sensory faculties. We all can learn to intelligently assess human nature. We all are spiritual beings, at home in the domain of inspired thought.
Reading the One Mind
While many spiritually minded individuals have discovered they have some amount of psychic ability, there are also psychic people who have no interest in connecting with the Divine. As helpful as it can be, psychic ability is no indicator of spiritual maturity. In the higher realm of Spirit there is the reading of the one Mind rather than the reading of the many minds. From the standpoint of Spirit there is no personal mind or ego to read. Understanding this is a protection from any would-be destructive or negative psychic energy. That which finds no footing in divine Reality is powerless to exert its presence or influence and is not to be feared.
I Am Not Here
If we become aware that someone is sending thoughts of ill will in our direction, we do not argue with the apparent reality of malice. To do so would give it more substance. We remove the personal sense of the other person and of ourself. This negates the fear and the power of ill will. When there is no person, there is no room for the sad and weak pretence of personal power. When the concept of power apart from God has been recognised for the nothingness that it truly is then it will be eliminated. In its place will flood in the safety, peace, purity, and uncontaminated radiance of Love.
Guarding Our Thoughts
The media is a great communicator of harmful thought. Fear, anger, ugliness, violence, condemnation, and the promotion of damaging values are widespread in the media’s presentation. Watch and read with an awareness that what is being conveyed is not what you want to be unreservedly taking in. It is a dream or, generally, a nightmare that has its audience within its grasp. It is neither where we belong nor where we wish to linger. Watch and listen with compassion and love but from a distance. Instead of contributing to the general negative hysteria, we are calming, healing, and erasing it. We know that we are infinitely loved and cared for and that every other soul is also loved. We need to guard ourselves against any idea, person or phenomenon which threatens this sense. This precious knowledge is worth protecting. Remain awake.
Conversations and Gossip
As spiritual students, it is natural for us to be very careful that the influence we have on other people in our conversations is for good only. We are equally careful about what we allow into our own thoughts. We are conscious of what we do and say and of what we see and hear, moment by moment. We do not engage in idle or intentional gossip which undermines someone else’s integrity or which spreads the seeds of fear by talking unthinkingly about illness, disasters, and all the other fears that run rampant in the world. We may talk lightly but never carelessly and we constantly keep at bay the flow of common, ignorant thought which runs its damaging course through the pathways of ordinary human conversation. Whenever there is an opportunity, our conversation seeks to validate, in some humble way, the beauty and love which constantly upholds us all.
It is helpful to remember that true love is communicated nonverbally. It is set by our intention. If our intention is not at a level which is gracious, compassionate, and loving then no amount of sweet talk will ever convince the recipient of our goodwill. On the other hand, if our inner being radiates peace and unselfish care then our presence will have a reassuring, uplifting, and healing effect, no matter what we say or omit to say. The recipient of our words will have a tendency to respect and appreciate us and will gravitate towards us.
CHAPTER 4: THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
Spiritual awareness transfers into our human experience as loving and satisfying relationships, rewarding and remunerative work, trouble-free health, and so on. Good manifests in our human life in creative and unbounded forms. All levels of being harmonise and flow into the expression of goodness and grace.
Like all aspects of the human condition, money is a reflection of a nonmaterial universe. Supply, in any form, is demonstrated according to the law of attraction and our destiny. As energetic beings living in an harmonious and energetic world, it is available and right for the circumstance.
Some years ago, my usual means of paying my children’s private school fees became suddenly unavailable, and it was to remain so indefinitely. A few days before finding out about the aborted income for the school fees, I discovered that I was to receive a totally unexpected inheritance. It came from an uncle who I rarely saw. He was a pensioner and so it was very surprising that he had any money to give to anyone. The inheritance was exactly what was needed to cover two years of school fees for two dependents – a considerable amount. When the two years had elapsed and the inheritance had been used, alternative means for paying the school fees became spontaneously available. Whatever we need can come from wherever it is now.
Translating Things Into Thoughts
In order to elevate our human experience, we translate the material into its spiritual essence. Home is love, peace, and nurturing. Family is spiritual co-habitation, respect, and appreciation for another’s existence. Work is purpose, service, creativity, and usefulness. Money is freedom and generosity. Success is goodwill, energy, intelligence, and initiative. In this way, we will find that supply, in its deepest sense, is ever available. We will also find that it will not have the tendency to turn sour.
Companionship and Love
Companionship, love, and support are everywhere and ever-present. They are the natural outflow of divinity. The greater our sense of primary divine connection, the more easily will these beautiful resources of Life be attracted into our existence. How could it be otherwise since we are reflecting not our own but Life’s wonderful, appealing, and valuable qualities?
We do not have the right to dictate to God in which manner this love will be revealed in our life. We are completely open to all the varied and, sometimes, unexpected ways in which Love will choose to bless us and use us. That is all we will ever need to ensure our happiness. One who knows their connection with divine Love can never feel the isolation of loneliness or the fear of being rejected or deserted. One cannot be apart from or turned away from a Love which knows no parting and is present and available under all circumstances.
No Love is Lovely But the Divine
Much misery in caused in relationships by the expectation that the other person can and should be a personal provider of good for us. This expectation brings an endless array of problems and is one which we need to outgrow as individuals who are seeking freedom from the troubles of the human condition. No person is able to give what only divine Love can give. Relationships, of their own power, cannot give us the love and happiness that really have a Divine, not human, origin. We don’t ask from other people what only God can supply.
All desirable qualities are, in essence, spiritual ideas. Beauty, purity, love, kindness, warmth, joy, humour, creativity, talent, power, intelligence, protection, and forthrightness are expressions of God manifest in the world. We appreciate every lovely quality that comes to us through the life of another but, ultimately, God is the source of all good, not another person. Our connection with others is primarily based on letting the inner spiritual beauty spring forth into life in the many and varied ways it will choose to do so. Our happiness, peace, safety, and individual development is protected and we find that all things will work together for good.
Many good people carry with them sexual inhibitions and guilt. Sexual desires are a normal and natural part of being human. Avoidance, fear, guilt, and prudishness about sex have no place in a healthy, balanced perspective on life. Like many people, I grew up with numerous prohibitive and unhealthy concepts about my body and sexuality in general. As a raised Catholic, it almost goes without saying. These concepts were brought to the surface and dispelled much later when I took up ice skating. Like dancing, the world of ice skating is based on a natural feeling that bodies are genuinely beautiful. The body is not a vessel for unwanted or shameful tendencies. It is, in fact, the very instrument which channels the beauty, skill, and wonder of the sport/art form. These ideas helped me to release the outgrown, repressive concepts which I had previously held both consciously and unconsciously.
If we are relaxed, grateful, considerate, and confident then our sexual relationship with our loved one will probably be happy, problem-free, and satisfying for both people or, at least, it will be moving in that direction. We can acquire an attitude to sex which is liberating, caring, and open. From a spiritual perspective, we can enjoy it in the same way that we enjoy every other beautiful and pleasant thing in the human experience – with not too much attachment but not repressive and condemnatory.
The Longing for Oneness
Sex, like everything else, is good or bad, helpful or unhelpful, pleasant or painful, fulfilling or demoralizing based on the thoughts of the participants. Within the context of love, sex is a force for good. For many people, a loving sexual connection is actually the closest they ever get to a transcendent sense of benevolence, bliss, and that feeling of all is well – the closest they get to God. This is because loving, sexual oneness is the shadow of true, spiritual Oneness. As such, it carries with it some of the same elements, some of the same promise. The desire for physical unity is really representative of the deeper desire for spiritual completeness. Within a spontaneous, playful, respectful, and unselfish context sexual closeness is a channel for light but it cannot fulfil our deepest yearnings.
As spiritual students, if we wish to, we can use our sexual life with our partner as a moving meditation. Yoga is often referred to as a moving meditation. In yoga, one goes deeply inward, connecting with the Divine while at the same time moving the body in a way that has a beneficial and life-enhancing effect. One does not force the pose or fall asleep. It is awake, reverent attention. Similarly, walking can become an opportunity to move the body easily, graciously, and freely while drawing within to the non-dimensional ease, grace, and freedom which supports the inner Universe. Dancing with a partner becomes a consensual sharing of energy where the two individuals can, ideally, take their cue from the great flowing Movement beyond themselves. Likewise, sex can also become a consensual sharing of body, mind, and spirit. It can be an opportunity to expand the physicality of the experience into the very beat of Life which is always alive, responsive, and fulfilling and has a positive effect on those involved.
Creativity and Beauty
In creative pursuits, we connect with the qualities of our inner being. We open up to the invisible, yet, powerful world of Spirit. It carries with it all the immensity, love, power, wisdom, beauty, and harmony of the Universe. We are part of it. We allow it to flow through us with the beautiful feeling and potency of that which supports the entire world and more. We are a channel for universal energy, passion, and soul. It is energy which explodes into all creative activity. It is passion which gives us courage and unlimited vision. It is soul which moves us beyond our own limited world to see the interconnectedness of all humanity.
This spiritual world is always available to us. We don’t need to make it happen. It is already here. We just need to see it, be part of it, open to it. Even a slight move in that direction is enough for Love to come rushing in. Under the influence of the divine Presence all of our activities became more beautiful, expressive, healing, and uplifting.
Grieving is commonly experienced in the wake of all sorts of apparent losses, not just death. Every time we feel we have lost something of value, we tend to grieve. We deny it. We bargain to try to make the loss less painful. We get angry. We get depressed. We frequently get sick. And if all goes well, we eventually accept it. This is the human process. The spiritual process, however, takes on a different dimension. On losing a friend, I asked healer and author, John Hargreaves, who was my spiritual teacher at that time, to help me get over the grief and sadness. Grief, after all, can be a very painful experience. It is a pain which no medicine can relieve. It comes from a place so deep in our heart that we feel nothing can reach it.
It was pointed out to me that the Infinite One cannot be torn apart from itself. It is our personification of good, our belief that it belongs to a personal identity which makes grief possible. And it is our understanding of universal good, of God’s being everywhere and in everything which heals it. The qualities and abilities which we may miss in someone are not missing from Life. Every beautiful and wonderful quality in someone is abundantly present and waiting to be recognised in all of life’s great symphony.
John said, “Our understanding of our relationship to God makes human relationships subservient to Principle. As the emanation of God we come forth permanently complete. Completeness is not a personal state to lose or regain but results from the fact that we live as the experience of Love itself. How this works out in our life is up to God. We stay in our exalted position which is at peace and from which the unfolding of ideas goes on. We cannot miss out on anything. The Law of Intelligence does not condemn or punish. It is entirely benevolent.”
At a certain level of consciousness, we need and benefit from the restraints of moral and ethical boundaries. However, those who have attained a spiritual degree of consciousness have a declining need for these boundaries because they no longer want anything except what is loving, for the highest good, and in everyone’s best interest. The spiritual person has a deep and innately good view of all. They do not have to rely on moral boundaries to protect themselves and others. They do not need artificial constraints to maintain their spiritual progress and clarity. They know that they will be continually guided to respond to life’s issues in ways that can only be good. They have freedom to respond to spiritual ideas, knowing that their motives, thoughts, words, and actions are for the benefit of all and can hurt no one. Their reliance is on Spirit. This is freedom.
Conscience is a legitimate check on thought that may wander into harmful territory. However, when we are in alignment with God, the necessity for our conscience to maintain its unrelenting, guarding position is released. Choices are more frequently made on the basis of spiritual intuition which is a direct link to divine Good. Spiritual intuition encompasses knowledge we may not yet be consciously aware of, for instance, there may be many extenuating circumstances in a situation which we may not know but the divine Mind does.
Each Successive Stage
One evening, I became aware of two important, dawning ideas. The first idea was that it was time to start my practice as a spiritual healer and counsellor. I wished to expand my spiritual influence. The second emerging idea was an unanticipated but definite sense that the purpose of my relationship had been met and that it would not be in either person’s best long term interest to remain life partners. Although my husband and I had been living from a different understanding of life, there had been a sense of purpose, love, and gratitude in the relationship and so it had felt right. We had been able to safely journey through several serious challenges. It seemed that those tasks had been completed. Further, it seemed clear that where we needed to go next would not accommodate us going together.
Neither Married Nor Not Married
When I initially brought up the matter, John Hargreaves wisely advised me:
- “You will not find right and wrong within the dream.” This was a reminder to not look for answers in the human drama where they cannot be found.
- “Marriage belongs to the time world and is therefore a concession but not the Truth. In the infinite One there is nothing else to marry. This does not mean that you abandon the human but, rather, that the human is found increasingly to be the Divine appearing in a language that is perceptible. The human, imbued with the Divine, begins to lose the human frailty of its basis.” Marriage is a human arrangement. It may be a very good and positive arrangement but it is an aspect of the material world. Within the divine consciousness there is no need for marriage because true marriage or Oneness is with the Divine. There can be no separation from the completeness which is our true and total being. Spiritual truth is a solitary matter.
- “Take this step by step. Do not outline or feel that you have some great decision to make but know that God is not separate from the wisdom that the all-wise bestows and remember that at every level of experience, the only law is that of divine Love insisting on the highest good. This may mean being together happily or going different ways. There is nothing sacrosanct about either course.”
The Dawn of Ideas
Everyone is a unique expression of God, with a unique life path. As such, life’s decisions are a matter between each individual and God. They will be spiritually and humanly worked out, step by step. As with all of life’s decisions, the essential requirements to move ahead in a beneficial way are honesty, love, unselfishness, a desire for good in everyone’s life, lack of ill-will, disregard of what other people think of us, and courage. With these qualities on board, the best solution will be reached to everyone’s eventual benefit.
In my last contact with John a short while before his passing, he said, “Remember that nothing has ever taken place as person. It is always that you are divinely shedding some aspect of the human mind, which you have outgrown. Keep it all impersonal. Nothing is ever present as person but always as God-being. Always begin with God, not man. There is no personal ego and never was.”