The greatest glory is not in never falling,
But in rising again, each time we fall.
Confucius 551-479 BC
If before God we are all the same and every human being contains everything, the very best and the worst in equal measure, and if everybody is gifted in the same way, why then don’t we all know the same things? Why don’t we all think and behave the same way? To be sure, before God we are all alike and each one of us has been bestowed with the same abilities and potentialities, but initially they are present in seed form only. To become ours, they have to be worked with and developed. And we all perceive matters in different ways because everybody has reached a degree of evolutionary development that is at least slightly different from anyone else’s. This makes it possible for life on Earth to be a school in which all those present at any given time can simultaneously play the role of teacher and/or pupil for each other. Hence the need for some of us to be slightly ahead of the others.
We are children of the Universe, co-creators with God and young Gods in the making. Every one of the powers and characteristics of our Divine parents, the Great Father/Mother of all life, are also in us and because everything was created by and is of God that means the very best as well as the worst. All of these characteristics have to be explored and experienced by us, so that we may become familiar with them and make the beneficial ones our own. Can you see why life on Earth is such a tough and demanding school? Nothing that exists here and also in our personal lives was inflicted upon us by some ancestral curse or outside force – known or unknown. Every bit of it was created by each one of us ourselves and there are no exceptions to this.
God and the Angels in their infinite wisdom and foresight help us to bring everything our hearts truly desire into being, so that we should learn something from it and grow in wisdom and understanding. In the course of many lifetimes each one of us can do this only through their own experiences. When the lower and lowest aspects of our nature have been sufficiently explored and understood during the early stages of our earthly education in the infant, toddler and adolescent classes, we begin to prepare ourselves for leaving this part of our development behind for good. In the higher grades of the earthly school of life the focus is on bringing forth from deep within our own being the characteristics of our Christ nature, the highest and noblest parts of our being. Through developing them we gradually become ever more God-like.
When one studies the lives and times of those who came before us during other phases of our race’s evolutionary development, to my mind the right way of looking at them should not be a question of ‘They did this, that or the other. How terrible!’ It was not ‘them’ but ‘us’. There only ever was ‘us’, for we – and by that I mean the likes of you and me – are likely to have taken part in many of the events of bygone days. Lots of those in our midst are very old and experienced souls, who in previous lifetimes reincarnated into some of the most ancient civilisations that ever existed on the Earth and share their habits and religions, their ceremonies and rituals. For good and evil alike, they carried their load of whatever trials and tribulations had to be endured by humankind in those days.
Let’s not forget that every human being, without exception, is a spark of the Great Light of the Universal Christ and therefore a child of God. And whatever may still have to happen to any one of us, even the meanest and lowest among us is not some kind of a miserable worm or sinner, as some to this day would like us to believe we are. Each one of us always has been and forever will be a student in the great University of God’s Creation, which every so often takes us temporarily into earthly life, no more and no less. In this academy every pupil is constantly in search of consciousness expanding experiences that increases their wisdom and understanding, and that consists of, to paraphrase the words of Yates: ‘The lighting of a fire and not the filling of a pail.’
That’s why whenever someone brings a new item of spiritual wisdom and truth to the attention of wise ones, they listen carefully to what their inner guidance has to say about it in the form of responses received through the world of their feelings. If something is right, it feels right and if something doesn’t fit into their present belief system, they refuse to stick their heads into the sand ostrich fashion and pretend that what they are hearing is untrue and a load of nonsense. They appreciate that it is in the nature of anyone’s spiritual awakening that their existing store of beliefs is constantly in need of updating and expanding. That’s why, whilst searching for growth in wisdom and understanding, they willingly let go of some – maybe all – of their long held and often cherished false beliefs about what truth is, so that they can be replaced by fresh insights and ideas into the concepts that arise as they progress on the journey of their predestined pathway.
Wise ones leave it to the earthly selves of young and inexperienced spirit/souls, who do not yet know any better, to frequently stick their heads ostrich fashion into the sand. Wise ones don’t forget that they too once did this when they could not yet tell the importance of the new parts of God’s wisdom and truth that were coming their way. In those days they had not yet learnt how to discern which of their beliefs were outdated and in need of being replaced by fresh insights. Never mind, it’s all part of the earthly lessons of our youngsters. When they have matured into spiritual adulthood, they too will understand. They will then be able to grasp the meaning of the Universal law of cause and effect, also known as the law of Karma, how it has always affected their lives and that of the whole of humankind.
The youngsters then realise that certain things apply to every human being in earthly life and that only by following them can spiritual progress be made. This means that: we are all responsible for ourselves and also our world; whatever befalls us in our present existence was brought about by the Karma that was created by everyone’s own thoughts, words and actions of previous lifetimes; everything in our world at present was created by all of us together; every one of us is accountable for its present state; and because of this all of us are expected to do our share of putting things right and doing our best to make Mother Earth a more peaceful and harmonious place for all lifeforms she holds in her loving embrace.
Many in our world appear to be as yet unaware that every right they have in this life brings with it a duty. Because of this every lifetime we are allowed to spend on this planet eventually presents us with the moral obligation of doing our best to look after and care for it. We are here to do everything that is within our power to redeem the damage we inflicted earlier in this lifetime and countless others before. Every small effort one of us makes to this end is an expression of our gratitude towards Mother Earth for putting up with our race’s presence, for sharing her abundance with us, for her patience and the hospitality she has always shown us, in spite of our atrocious behaviour towards her.
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