Tree of Life Lessons
In the Scripture it is recorded in II Samuel 7:29, "Therefore now let it please Thee to bless the house of Thy servant, that it may continue for ever before Thee: for Thou, O Lord God, hast spoken; and with Thy blessing let the house of Thy servant be blessed for ever."
A blessing is an invested power and privilege given to the creation by its Creator. With this power and privilege come the obligation to carry out the pattern and plan of the Creator.
To be blessed is to be joined together with the Creator as if He were a Husband, and you, the student, a Wife. The blessing is a metaphysical and spiritual wedlock. "Works is the Way." Monks, Nuns and Priests receive this blessing at their ordination, or establishment in a particular church. They are blessed into service.
The divine Master requires our whole being in service for His honor and glory. Before the blessing is obtained, many conditions are required of the candidate. These blessings are especially for the following:
1. Poverty 2. Obedience 3. Chastity 4. Humility
The Way of Light is obtained in the blessings by beginning with the Humility Vow. When this Vow is realized, it will bring about a greater desire and acceptance of the Vow of Chastity. The realization of the aspect and power of Humility will bring you to the level of Chastity.
The Vow of Chastity is not a condition in which a person is not married. It is a much deeper state of mind and Soul than just having no sexual intercourse. The fact of the matter is that many people, who consider themselves married, are not married. Legally, yes--according to manís law, they are and believe they are married.
Chastity starts with the desires of the person in respect to their thinking, of their relations with the Creator, and the desire to know God or Self. Also, it is to have a close feeling with the Creator--the all-encompassing One, the Elohim. The desiring to know God above all other things--the realization of the marriage to the God of all Creation--makes you chaste of all base self desires. This should come at the time of blessing.
A person--man or woman--may be married and conditioned to conform to the Law of Chastity (or should we say, Vow of Chastity) if both of them have given the other their freedom to seek Self, and if each is considerate of the otherís physical needs because the physical sexual act can, when performed in a rightful way, be a balancing of forces and of giving.
It is for the purpose of bearing children--this is true--but it also a fact that a state of unity exists in the Godly marriage.
Just being married is not Chastity. Many people, not just men, look at the opposite sex and go through all the desires and emotions of sexual relations without ever knowing the other individual. Actually, going through the physical sex act is a very minor part of intercourse. More will be given on this subject in the science lessons. Marriage will be discussed so that a real understanding can be had of it.
Now, if a person wishes to discipline himself for development and attainment, then abstaining will do fine. If single, you will abstain from looking upon another with desire.
Let it be understood here that we, as disseminators of the basic creative Law, are not accepting or advocating promiscuity in any form. This carries a Karmic indebtedness.
When Chastity has matured into full growth of consciousness, it, of itself, shall create the desire to accept obedience--not to a person, place, or thing, but to your own inner being. There are periods during which it is advisable to be obedient to the Teacher you have accepted for your own spiritual advancement. Obedience to the Creator is within--the higher Self, as it is found in IIChronicles 7:14, "If my people, which are called by my name, humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." Healing is a blessing in this instance. The healing may transfer the power of the blessing to their land.
Humility, Chastity, and Obedience create the virtues of Poverty. Poverty is also Humility, for we are speaking of paving the way to power of the Spirit, not necessarily of worldly goods. But really He says to search first for the "Kingdom of Heaven" and that these things shall be added unto you.
When we have achieved spiritual poverty, then Jesus, the Divine Son, will bless us in His Fatherís Name, and to you will come the words of Jesus when He said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit for they shall see God."
When we say that Humility is poverty, we are realizing the Divine Truth that those who are humble are truly poor in spirit. Humility and poverty say of themselves we are in each other as the Father is in the Son. Thus, we can better understand the verse in Revelation which says, "I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the End." Also, we can better understand the scripture which says, "That which shall be last shall be first."
In order to have a better understanding of our lesson on Blessing, read St. Matthew 5, 6, and 7 regarding the Sermon on the Mount which teaches you the power of blessings.
The scriptures declare unto us in Psalm 1, "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the council of the ungodly, not standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful" for he shall be as a tree planted by the water; he shall not be moved.
When these requirements are met and the blessing is obtained, the Disciple becomes the Master and his faith shall not waver. He then becomes the Tree of Life and the Lamb of God.
The blessed Master (or shall we say, the blessed disciple who becomes Master) can then present himself faultless before Godís glory with exceeding joy. He will not stumble nor falter, but have great victory. The blessing cannot be obtained before the transformation of Mind and Brain can be made possible.
Romans 12, Philippians 2 and 4, and Ephesians 4, 5, and 6 can come to pass. Let us prepare for the great blessing.
The above is accomplished only by setting our affections on things Eternal. The Key is found in the Gospel of St. Matthew 6, wherein Jesus says, "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust..."
Following this Key, we shall open up the blessing. For Jesus says, "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." God will bless us if we will comply to His Law and Order.
Remember! this one saying--it should be in front of you at all times, "If your eye be single, your whole body will be full of Light."