needs of the hour

Needs of the Hour for Success Tomorrow

“If any degree of mind or intelligence so worries and takes on itself burdens beyond the needs of the day, it will cut itself off from the power of attracting to itself what it does really need for the growth, the health, the strength, and the prosperity of today. I mean here just what I say, and that is no metaphorical, allegorical,of figurative sense. I mean that as the lily’s limited intelligence1, or mind force if you please, when not burdened or taxed about something that concerns tomorrow, draws to itself the elements that it needs for today, exactly so would human minds unburdened with woe or anxiety attract to themselves all that was needed for the hour. The needs of the hour are the only real needs. You need your breakfast in the morning; you do not need tomorrow morning’s breakfast. Yet nine out of ten among you are directly or indirectly worrying in some way about tomorrow morning’s breakfast, and so subtracting from ourselves more or less of the strength necessary to enjoy, digest, and assimilate this morning’s breakfast.

“Exactly as the unburdened, unfretted, unworried lily attracts power to grow and cloth itself with beauty from the elements about it, exactly so does the unfretted human mind attract to itself a thousand times more.” ~Prentice Mulford

Needs of the Hour

There is nothing wrong with making plans for the future. In our complex world of today, it is probably essential. But when we are all wrapped up in plans and worries for tomorrow, next week, and next year, we forget to live today. This is a big mistake because the only time we can actually live in is today. As Mulford notes, when you spend too much of your time worrying about tomorrow, you can’t take care of your immediate needs.

Bitterness of Worry

Even when you are taking care of your immediate needs to some degree, you are not doing it in the best way possible if at the same time you are worried about the future. Sticking with Mulford’s breakfast example, if you are eating a reasonably healthy breakfast, it may still soul in your stomach and not digest well if while you are eating it, you are worried about the future.

Let’s look at something completely different as an example. Suppose there is an Olympic weight lifter who deadlifts four hundred pounds. Now let him try it again with fifty pounds strapped to each arm, one hundred pounds sitting on his shoulders, and chains around his ankles. He won’t be able to do the lift under those conditions. That is what it is like for you to try to accomplish something now while you are constantly worrying about the future.

Prosperity of Today

Just as the lily in Mulford’s example is successful in caring for itself by taking care only of its immediate needs, we can be successful in our endeavors if we work on what we need now, and only now. And don’t limit the idea of prosperity to money, it can be other kinds of success. The real point is that if you want to be successful tomorrow and the next day, the only way to make that happen is to take care of the needs of the hour, then repeat and repeat each hour. You can’t solve tomorrow’s problems today, so you should not worry about it. You can plan for it, but without worry. Worry doesn’t accomplish anything.

Even the Lily Plans

While Mulford thinks that the Lily, which he uses simply as an example of all plants and animals in nature, lives only for the hour, that isn’t entirely true. In it’s primitive, limited consciousness, the lily does plan. Deep down some part of it knows that a dry season or a frozen winter is coming. It prepares for that by using any excess nourishment it takes in to grow its bulb bigger and stronger. But it doesn’t plan to grow its bulb at some indefinite time in the future, it does it now. That is how we need to plan.

When we tell ourselves that we need to do something in the future to plan for certain inevitable events, we accomplish nothing except to create worry. The proper way to plan for the future is to take action now. That doesn’t mean we starve ourselves today so we will have enough to eat tomorrow. It does mean we don’t waste what extra we have, but instead save it for tomorrow. It means we prevent the natural disasters of tomorrow by doing our best to care for the environment today.

Spiritual Needs of the Hour

Taking care of the needs of the hour rather than worrying about tomorrow is just as much a spiritual need as it is a physical and mental one. Yes, we do plan for the future, but we don’t worry about it. We rest assured that the spiritual forces and beings, with the help of awakened men and women, will save the world in a spiritual sense. But we do work on our own spiritual development today. We meet our spiritual needs of the hour. We know that we can’t wait until we are on our deathbed to try to awaken and develop our spirit and soul. That is like deciding it is time to take swimming lessons when on a boat that is sinking. Many of us are aware these days of the need for spiritual development. We can’t wait to do it some other day. We may die before that day. The world may transform before that day and leave us behind. Like those physical activities, our spiritual growth must be done in the here and now. The needs of tomorrow are met by meeting the needs of the hour, every hour from now on.

complete man

Complete Man of Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul

“Man is a far more complete being than is generally imagined. He has not only a body and a soul, but he is a spirit possessing a soul, which soul has several vehicles being of different degrees of density, the body being the lowest form of expression. …

“The real self is pure spirit, a spark of the divine fire. This spirit is encased within numerous sheaths, which prevent its full expression. As man advances in development, his consciousness passes from the lower planes to the higher, and he becomes more and more aware of his higher nature.

“The spirit contains within it all potentialities, and as man progresses he unfolds new powers, new qualities, into the light.

“The Yogi philosophy teaches that man is composed of seven principles. …The seven principles of man … are herewith stated:

  • Spirit
  • spiritual Mind
  • Intellect
  • Instinctive Mind
  • Prana, or Vital Force
  • Astral Body
  • Physical Body

Of all the seven principles od man, the physical body is or course the most apparent. It is the lowest in the scale, and is the crudest manifestation of the man.” ~~William Walker Atkinson

A Complete Man

We in Cosolargy would say that man is a complex being rather than “complete”. For one thing, complete implies that everything is there and no improvement is needed. I think we all know we haven’t reached that stage of completeness. Of course, Atkinson doesn’t actually say man is complete, just that he is more complete than we realize. Again, if that is true, it would be better to say that man is a complex being.

Spirit Possessing a Soul

I’m not sure we should say that the real person is pure spirit possessing a soul. Saying the spirit possesses a soul makes it sound like the soul is a piece of property that the spirit owns. It is more like the relationship between the physical body and mind. The body doesn’t possess the mind and the spirit doesn’t possess the soul. Continue reading “Complete Man of Body, Mind, Spirit and Soul”

treader upon the serpent

Treader Upon the Serpent of Materialism

“Now then, if we consider the miserable Fall of Adam and Eve, we need not to run long after the mad Antichrist, to learn wisdom from him; he has none. Let us only consider ourselves, and compare the heavenly and earthly images one with the other, and so we shall see the whole root and ground thereof: We have no need of a Doctor, nor of any strange language about it, it stands written in our Body and Soul; and when we see it, it terrifies us so much, that we tremble at it, As Eve and Adam did in their Fall.

“And if we do not come to know the Treader upon the Serpent in the mark of the partition, in the gate of the deep, between the world and the kingdom of hell, then we see nothing else but misery and death, which might well awaken us from sleep.

“Do not behold thyself, thou blind mind, and consider thyself, where is thy angelic form in thee? Why are thou so angry, stern, and malicious? Wherefore does thou elevate thyself in thy wickedness, in pride, in might, and pomp, and boasts thyself a brave and potent beast? … Wherefore hast thou let the spirit of this world into thee, which seduces thee into high mindedness, into proud stoutness, into covetousness and lying, into falsehood and treachery?” ~Jacob Boehme

The Miserable Fall

The fall of Adam and Eve is not specific to them. They represent all of humanity. We have all fallen into the dimension of matter. This dimension was not created by the true God, the God of Spirit and Light, but by the fallen angels, the Demiurge of Gnostic scripture.

Albert Einstein said we cannot solve a problem using the same mentality that created it. So Boehme correctly advises us that we cannot expect help from the Antichrist (Demiurge) in gaining the wisdom we need to get out of this prison of matter. The owner and operator of the prison doesn’t help the prisoners escape. Turning to the Demiurge for spiritual advice is like turning to a prairie dog in the desert for swimming lessons. What that all means is that if we want to escape the prison of matter and climb up to the dimensions of spirit, we need to get advice from spiritual beings that are in those higher dimensions. We start by looking within ourselves and awakening our sleeping soul. Continue reading “Treader Upon the Serpent of Materialism”

John the baptist

John the Baptist and His Odd Habits

“Without laying stress on the details of the story of John’s infancy as given in the third gospel, reminiscent as they may be of the Old Testament birth-stories of the old-time national heroes Isaac, Samson and Samuel, not to mention the coincidence that the two heroines of the gospel birth-narratives bear the names of Miriam and Elisheba, the sister and wife respectively of Aaron, the first priest, we may very reasonably believe, as it is stated, that John was of priestly descent; and therefore in every probability he was well versed, if not highly trained, in the scriptures. Vowed from his birth to God by his parents, his strange dress and peculiar ascetic mode of life are quite in keeping with prophetical traditions, and thus of the schools of the prophets. But in keeping with the spiritual significance of his whole teaching, which will be more fully brought out in the sequel, such an outer sign in high probability had an inner meaning for this great proclaimer of repentance, of the turning back of Israel in contrition unto God. Now there were certain Palestinian pre-Christian allegorists or exponents of the scriptures on quasi-mystical lines called Dorshē Reshumōth. According to a Rabbinic legend, going back along this line of interpretation, the ancient myth of Gen. 3:21 was conceived more spiritually. After the fall, the first falling away from God, Yahveh-Elohīm clothed Adam and Eve in coats of skin, not because of their nakedness, but in exchange for their lost paradisaical garments of light.” ~”Gnostic John 
the Baptizer: Selections from the
 Mandæan John-Book” by G. R. S. Mead

John The Baptist

It is strange that John the Baptist is treated by many Christians as a superficial character in the story. Most know him as nothing more than the one who baptized Jesus. But John wasn’t just a typical wandering priest unaffiliated with any church or religious organization. Others may remember that he was a strong supporter and defender of Jesus and his teachings and was eventually put to death for it. Still, when they talk of the great figures of the Bible, John the Baptist is probably not in the top five.

Mead says that John was of priestly descent and probably well versed in scripture. John was, in fact, a Rabbi of the Essene sect, just as was Jesus and his family. While there were many wandering priests and preachers in those days, few achieved the following of John and Jesus. Some people are able to recognize truth and holiness when they see it and hear it. Those people listened to these holy men.

The Strange Habits of John the Baptist

One of the best known of the strange habits of John was his food. It is said he lived on honey and locusts. A strange diet for sure. But is that really what he ate, and the only things he ate? Probably not. While it is true that the highly trained and experienced members of Essene communities ate little, when they did eat, it was simple food like bread, herbs, and wine or water. There is no mention that I am aware of Essenes eating locusts or any other insects. So why does the Bible say that John did? There are two possibilities. One is that this claim was made my an enemy to put him down as a crazy person to be ignored. Another is that it was symbolic, not literal.

The locust or grasshopper generally symbolizes a leap forward. When dealing with spiritual people, it likely means a leap forward in faith and beliefs. So John “eating” locusts meant that he had had a leap forward, a spiritual awakening. This made him a worthy preacher and teacher, a proper forerunner and defender of Jesus and the true teachings that have largely been lost or abandoned by the popular churches of today.

Honey is a symbol of heavenly bliss, therefore also represents a spiritual awakening. More specifically, honey does not rot. It lasts virtually forever. And coating outer things in honey can preserve them for a long time. It therefore also represents immortality.

So when it is said that John the Baptist “ate” honey and locusts, it means that he has taken that leap forward, has awakened his spirit and soul, and has become a true immortal. Immortality is never a thing of the material body, but one of the spirit and soul. But we don’t truly become immortal as individuals until we awaken the soul, which is to say, making it conscious by filling it with Divine Light from the spiritual sun.

The Even Stranger Clothing of John the Baptist

It is said in the Bible that John the Baptist was clothed in skin just as Adam and Eve were after they fell from the Garden of Eden. Mead gets it partially correct when he says that this was not to hide their nakedness, but because they had lost their divine garments of light. He takes it too literally, though, in believing that this means that Adam and Eve wrapped themselves in the hides of dead animals. Even more, he gets it wrong when he accepts that John the Baptist did the same in memory of that event.

Again, we are dealing with allegory, symbolism. Adam and Eve were not wearing the skins of animals. They were wearing their own skins, skins and bodies of dense matter. This they didn’t have before the fall. In the garden of Eden, they had bodies of spirit and light, not matter. After the fall, their true self was hidden in a garment (cage?) of flesh so they could function in a world of matter. T was the recognition of this fact that had Adam and Eve trying to cover and hide themselves. They wanted to hide their bodies of matter, not specific organs.

So when it says that John also clothed himself in skin in memory of Adam and Eve, it means that he was a spiritual being, perhaps an angel, who “fell” down to the dimension of matter where he had to take on a body of matter in order to function. What he wore on that body is not relevant. It is the body itself that is being discussed when it says he wore skins.