By Rev. Keith L. Smyth
The above signature is that of Rev. Keith Smyth. His expertise is in Huna, Biofeedback, computers, dreams, science and electronics. He is doing research in some of the above areas. He is a Technical Writer, Electronics Instructor and Metaphysical Teacher. He is also a cartoonist and contributes many for our Rainbow Connection.
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What is life? It is a form of the Divine Presence. It is the power, imminent in created things, to change themselves by successive destructions of forms until the spirit or activating force of the original life-stream is freed. This power resides in the very nature of things. Successive destruction of forms, metamorphosis, by the divine fire with rebirth of forms new and living is an expression of consciousness. It is the spiritual aim of all human life to attain a state of consciousness that is independent of bodily circumstances.
What I have just written concerns the living spirit bestowed on the man already quickened, like every living thing, by a rudimentary soul, which makes such a man a creature superior to the animal-human kingdom. He who recognizes the divine meaning of life knows that knowledge has but one aim, which is to achieve the successive stages that liberate him from the perishable. For things only die in their body: the spirit, the divine Word, returns to its source and dies not.
The men of our country are ranked by occupation. This state of affairs applies from the top officials, professions, even priests, craftsmen, clerks and the ditch diggers who take part of our functional life, and is open to injustices and the weaknesses inherent in human nature. If our science and techniques depended on it they would have deviated from the straight line following private caprice and interpretation.
One cannot impose virtues that passion thwarts on every occasion. It is necessary that the pleasure awakening of their gifts excites shall bring them the consciousness of real nobility; the nobility of altruism, work done for an impersonal motive, incorruptibility. To get this result, a social constitution isn't enough, for it judges individual effort by material success, whatever means are used.
If the masses follow instinct, the strong among them will bully the weak in spite of all their resistance. Passion will hold the scepter, whatever class governs, for envious greed must govern to possess and ambition must possess to govern: their scepter is the whip.
Hasn't there been rebellion in such cases? Anarchy changes masters. The oppressed become the oppressor. It is always so when privilege is given to goods and revenues, or birth. Isn't this too often the case?
One cannot wholly prevent injustice in the outer world, for human passions are unmanageable: but an inner circle, if it is alive, gives the world an impetus just as fire in the marrow quickens all organs. The channels are our Brothers and Sisters, trained in the traditions and knowledge of the meditative Divine, that which is qualitative. They uphold the principle that gives supremacy to true professional and moral worth.
In every age, these sages draw their strength from the Brotherhood and this allows them to affirm their wisdom without vanity: for wisdom isn't the work of a man but of a training. In times of decadence those who survived played a hidden part, averting destruction of the roots, safe guarding the treasures and legacies of truth, so as to hand them on to their successors.
Be Warned! For when luxury becomes a necessity, preponderance is given to wealth. Society is no longer governed by the principle of equality but by favoritism and greed.
Two tendencies govern human choice and effort. The search after quantity and the search after quality. They classify mankind. Some follow the way of spirit, others seek the satisfaction of animal instinct. Quantity relates to material goods while cerebral consciousness consists in the analytical consideration of parts without vital connections.
Quality in itself is creative power. Creation manifests a hierarchy of specific qualities or multiple aspects of the Great inner Divine Power; they belong to the world of causes, the values that form and rule matter; but they become perceptible, assessable, by way of comparison, in the world of phenomena.
This principle, the qualitative principle, can't be calculated or measured. Our cerebral and sensorial faculties only allow us to assess qualities through quantitative comparison, a substance more or less hard, a man more or less strong, more or less able: such assessment is relative to an individual's means of perception. Qualities of a moral order are measured by deeds.