Tree of Life Lessons
Many people have written reams and reams of words about Light, and yet, they have failed to even begin to delve into this subject. Man has based all his work in studying the workings of the mind from a purely selfish standpoint. This meant that he has had the nerve to think that the mind within him was his personal possession. However, we, of this Age, know better.
In studying the mind, we are studying the workings out of the creative forces and energies of the universe--existent within man because it is man. For generations, this is what man has called God--the empirical mind out of which all things come and to which all things return.
To try and study the entire workings of this Mind would take a lifetime, to say the least, and then, you would only learn how much--in reality--you did not know.
In this lesson, we will endeavor to study how man uses or misuses this Mind in relation to himself. This, of course, opens the first point of conjecture, "Man! Who are you? Where do you come from? And what is your function in this plane of manifestation?"
The first thing to take into consideration is that until you have seen the Self, or the God-Being within you, you do not know your Self.
For over a million years, man has lived in this plane. Although the earlier forms of man were not as functional as the present form is now, it was not as necessary at that time. For in the beginning, man lived very simply. He used the earth to its fullest by living off of the plants and animals put there for his purpose. He was very joyous and lived a long lifetime in peace.
There was at that time, no dis-ease; for man, in the simplicity of his own nature, did not then, nor does he now, need to think. He needs only to listen and follow the guidance of the inner man.
But man is the problem child of the universe. He was given the power to create and to think (for in reality, your every thought is a creation in its own right).
Once he began to think, man found out that he could no longer live in peace with those around him because he began to think himself better than his neighbors. This was, then, against his own nature.
In the beginning, he did live in peace within his own being, and with the Creator. This was so because he knew God, and lived in complete faith that his every need would be filled. This, man can and should do today in this time of turmoil and havoc. It is logical to assume that if manís thinking caused all this dis-ease in the world, it should be simple enough to clean it up by man ceasing to think. This, of course, is proved scientifically by men who have, for prolonged periods of time, studied man when he was resting comfortably.
The metabolism of the body smoothes out; a calm peaceful air falls upon the room. Now mind you, I did not say asleep, but in a state of relaxation. In the finding of oneís own inner being, this is of primary importance.
The ability to sit in a state of refined relaxation or rest allows the functions of the body to slow down. In doing this, you will find--if you are interested in trying it--that the process of thinking will stop. When you have really stopped the thinking process, look within. When you have given up enough to let the Light shine in, then you can answer the age old question of, "Who am I?"
Man is a cell in the Mind of God. That means man has the opportunity and the access to all the intelligence in the Mind from which he was created. You see, by the Grace of God, man has access to all the things of this plane, or any other plane, into which he might wish to look. In order to accomplish this, he must first find the inner man. This is done by seeking the Light. I donít mean the Light of understanding, or the various other things man in his own hypocrisy has called Light. I mean just what is stated here--LIGHT!
It is very simple. Before you can see something, you must first have Light. This is the Presence of the Power of God made manifest in your own being. Then, by consciously using this Light, or Power, you can see the Self--that part of God dwelling within you.
Science calls this a "pipe dream" and refuses to acknowledge it as true. But, they agree that when a man is quiet, there is an increase of Light around the body. They know there is a field of electrical impulses around the body.
Schools of enlightenment have known and taught for many years that an aura exists around the human body. This, in reality, is Light.
By using your brain, you can control this flow of energy and Light so that it is turned in rather than being continually cast out. But this can be done only by silencing the mind through which a vacuum is created to be filled with Light.
There is a Law existent in the universe, "Nature abhors a vacuum." Thus, it is filled.
In order to be assured that you fill this vacuum with the pure Light of Christ, it is necessary to cleanse the field of energy around the body of its dark and/or evil thoughts which emanate from within. To accomplish this, it takes One who can see the field and who knows what needs to be drawn out.
As it was stated in the beginning of this lesson, man came from the Mind of the Creator. Therefore, man--in his essence--is but a part of this Mind made manifest. This being so, he is but a thought pattern in that Mind.
When man uses the energy with which he is endowed to cleanse this pattern of all impurity--acquired by his lack of control in what filled that pattern--he will be in a constant state of Illumination.
To attain this state of being, it is necessary to renounce the thinking, or not thinking, of those around you--to take conscious control of your atmosphere. You must keep out the thoughts not in accord with the workings of your being.
We advise man not to try this on his own. This is for the simple reason that he does not know himself yet...nor does he yet know what his function is in regards to Creation. And he will not know until he has begun to work with God in peace and in understanding of the world around him by becoming that Self. Therefore, it is advisable for a seeker to take a Master Teacher. This is one who does know--who has absolute control of his being and of the world around him.
These beings are more of God than of flesh--for they are in continual communion with the inner man and with the forces of the universe. This is not to say that they are not in the flesh body because some of them are.
It is possible to receive instructions from the higher mind (or rather, from a higher plane of existence) through continual prayer and a conscientious striving to know. Often, though, they will merely guide you to a Teacher on this plane--for they have their function on that plane to attend to.
Manís first duty is to find this Teacher. Then, he must be obedient to whatever this Teacher asks him to do, bearing in mind at all times that if he knew the truth, he would not be seeking a Teacher to guide him to his Illumination.
All the things you are asked to do are not always something you consider to be pertaining to your Illumination at all. But then, the Teacher will merely smile and say to you, "Just who the hell are you to tell me what is best for you." Remember! He does not need you as much as you need him. In fact, most of the time, these beings could find other means of service to be doing.
Now that we have taken the first step in starting our road towards Illumination, we are ready to take another step. Once you have cleansed your mind of thinking what the other guy is thinking, you must cleanse the body of the results of all that thinking. This is accomplished by eating a well-balanced diet and by the continuance of sound thinking.
The most valuable thing to remember in this cleansing process is to keep the mind only on that which you are doing. Therefore, you must be doing something. Work! This is work on jobs of almost anything which will tear your mind off what you are learning, and thereby, letting them [the lessons] manifest in your being to replace that which you were thinking, causing you to need this Teacher.
Once you have done this, you are then ready to begin the process of looking within for the Light. During all the preceding time, you have been learning to relax. Now you must learn to meditate. Most teachers will tell you to meditate when you first go into training. But if you are honest with yourself, you will know that you were merely relaxing and often falling asleep instead of meditating. After a while of actual meditating, you will feel the influx of power that comes each time. What you are actually doing is letting go of your thinking entirely thereby making yourself accessible to be filled with the LIGHT and the Peace of God.
When you feel that power within you (and you cannot find a way to get away from it as most people try to do) and then finally just let go, you will see that Light. Then you will begin to know where you come from.
As you begin to work with the power of you--that is, the inner you--you will know why you are here, and what your function is.