Tree of Life – Level 1, Lesson 6: Awakening 2
“AWAKE, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.”
Before one may go forth and serve as a man, his fellow man, the spiritual part of him must be born. It has lain for centuries dormant as a fetus within—alive, and developing, but not delivered. First the child, and then he grows to manhood to serve with Christ.
As Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock,” one may think of the Lord, coming with a flashlight to the door of someone’s individual temple, and knocking to awaken him, and saying, “Turn on your light within the temple, so you may see to rise. Then, when you are fully prepared, I shall return to pick you up to come and help me.”
As Peter said, “You will do well to pay attention to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.”
The divine Child, the Son of God, is born within man in one of his rounds of incarnation, when his consciousness has lifted and he has become amenable to, and capable of, functioning as a superman in righteousness and selfless love, for the good of all, when he arrives at the capacity to serve God with utter devotion.
The more single his eye is, in this respect, the less he looks at the physical life he has stepped out from, the more pure his motives are, the more will he develop the light of the Sun within.
God becomes the universe, the blue sky, in which the golden sun-son swims and functions. He is immersed in god, and dwells in Him. Collected together in him are innumerable particles of Light which are invisible as the Father, being all pervading.
But when they gather together in one strong focal point of Force and Energy, they become the warm strong light around which the lesser beings gather, to whom they look for strength and guidance, the true Son of God.
The Child is born in the very Bethlehem of our bodies, in the approximate area ruled by Cancer (plus Gemini and Leo), and in the zodiacal sign of Cancer is a configuration called the “manger.”
That is to say, the Self is located near the heart area, or behind it, near the spine. It is as though, speaking imaginatively, the twins or Adam and Eve of Gemini, in their home nest of Cancer, become parents as they give birth to the divine Child, the Sun, corresponding to the sign of Leo, which both rule children, and is ruled by the Sun, astrologically.
Paul Case said, “Spiritual consciousness is an awakening to the meaning of what material consciousness supposes to be nothing but physical existence. It is a recognition of the spiritual substance of this world, which ignorance calls matter.
The wisdom which results from new birth shows us that we are truly Children of the Sun, even now. When this knowledge comes, it wells up in our hearts as a song of Joy, and we turn from the limitations of the senses to the freedom of spiritual knowing.”
In Malachi 4:2, the prophet said, “For behold, the day comes, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble, the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of Hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings.”
The Sun, when it comes, and the Christ with His Spirit returning to earth, will be so dazzling as to destroy all the darkness before it. It will burn the dross, and only the gold, the righteous, shall remain.
When the Christ Spirit comes to show man the way, by its very brightness, the negative shows up the more prominently, as the brighter the lighter, the darker and more defined the shadow cast by an object.
If you placed a light within your body so strong it makes all transparent, except that which was foreign to its inherent nature, or that which was not good, the evil tendencies would show out the stronger, and have to be faced. There would be no nice dense place to hide the faults.
As long as there was no light, mankind could hide his sins, but now they show, and he has to get rid of them, or leave the scene.
On the other hand, to him who loves God, and wants to do well, and turn to Christ, then does this merciless spotlight become the healing Sun of Righteousness.
Just so, a great teacher, who come to emulate Jesus Christ on earth, to bring men to the Light, and to God, the Father, has to first flush all negation to the surface, where it can be gotten rid of before he can work with the True Son within the man. He has to rout out all the anger and hatred and dissipation, the lies and stealing. He has to make the subject face them and consciously turn from all attachment to them.
Jesus healed many people and performed many miracles. He woke Lazarus from the sleep of death, in order that the faith of many might be strengthened.
Paul promised that he would wake us all when he comes, in Cor. 15:51—“Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall all be changed.”
The Psalmist declares in Psalm 27, verse 1,
“The Lord is my Light and my Salvation.”
The awakening comes from the Lord through the Scriptures as Psalm 119 proves, when David says that, “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, and a Light to my Path.”
The Scriptures declare the Glory of God.
Some people awake and find their Soul empty. Isaiah 29, verse 8: “But he awaketh and his love is empty, but he awaketh and he is faint.”
Others wake up as if they were once dead. Ephesians 5:14.
“Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead.”
After the Great Awakening, the Light of Christ comes. In other words, “Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.”
Nothing can progress spiritually for us ‘til we are awakened, by Christ through the Light of his word in us.
In Acts, chapter 16, verse 27, the following is recorded: “When the jailer awoke and saw that the doors of the prison had been opened, he drew his sword and was on the point of killing himself.” The jailer is mass mind. When mass mind sees the arousing of the believer, it will destroy itself.
In Romans 13, verse 2, Paul says “Because as I think you have realized the present time is of the highest importance, it is time to wake up to Reality. Every day brings God’s Salvation nearer.”