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Doing God’s Work is the Path to Perfection

“Be Perfect Someone asked the Master, “What is the new way of doing God’s Work?” The Master explained: We need to participate in God’s Work; that is, we need to think, feel, and act as God does. We need to work with Nature in a new way, as God works. He works in an all-perfect way. God is long-suffering; we should be patient. God is all-knowing; we should be wise. God is all-loving; we should be loving. God is all-powerful; we should be strong. It is God who gives us the impulse to think and to work. You feel low; God uplifts you. You feel despair and wish to die; God gives you the impulse to live. You do not want to work; from within you, God says, “Go and work.” I aspire that my thoughts and intentions be in accordance with God’s intentions. I do not wish the weather to change because of me, but I subject myself to the weather that the Great Omniscient Cause has ordained. What is your task? Continuous self-development and self-perfection. God is the continuous manifestation of Perfection and man is the continuous self-improvement on the path to Perfection. This is the meaning of the Scripture, ‘Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in Heaven is perfect.’ Man needs to continuously correct his imperfections on the path to Perfection.” ~Beinsa Douno

 

Participate in God’s Work

We do need to participate in God’s work. We do need to think and feel as God does. Most importantly, though, we need to act as God does. That means we are supposed to be co-creators. But here’s the catch: we can only do that if we can communicate with God so that we know what He wants. That means communicate with God directly. Don’t simply accept some minister or spiritual guru’s interpretation of what God wants you to do. You must learn to communicate directly with God yourself. That is the only way to truly know what He wants of you. And knowing what God wants and doing it is the way to participate in the creation. Or perhaps we should say participate in the recreation as God reclaims the realm of matter created by the fallen angels and returns it to its correct form as spirit.

 

Work With Nature

While working with Nature isn’t a complete solution, it’s a good start. We need to get away from the stupid idea that nature is our enemy and we need to defeat her. Nature isn’t our enemy. If she was, we would have no chance of defeating her. We need to work with Nature in farming, in industry, in building housing, etc.

I can only shake my head in disbelief when I see people on TV after a disaster such as a flood or hurricane destroys their house or business for the second or third time and they vow that they will return and build again. If I got severely sick every time I ate turnips, I would stop eating turnips. If every time I build in a particular location, my house gets destroyed by storms, I would build elsewhere.

Another reason why we should work with Nature is that unlike humans, Nature never defies God. Nature always does her work within the will and desires of God. So by working with Nature, we are also doing God’s work.

 

I Subject Myself to Weather

Douno says that we should subject ourselves to the weather because God has ordained it. On this, I disagree. The things that happen on the physical level are not being done by God, but by us. This is our playground, our place to learn. Someday, we will realize that anger, jealousy, hatred, and other negative thoughts and emotions generate the hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and droughts.

I do agree though that we need to stop being such wimps when it comes to weather. Many people today won’t go outside if the temperature is above 80° F and will bundle up in much clothing if it is below 50° F. They never allow the indoor temperature to vary more than two degrees. This is weakening us in may ways (read “What doesn’t Kill Us” for more details). I now practice going outside even when the temperature is over 90° F and practice spending a little time outside wearing very little in temperatures below freezing. Contrary to popular beliefs, this is making me stronger and healthier, not sicker. Staying healthy is also God’s work. (Note: I’m not the guy in the photo also practicing Wim Hof method.)

 

Self-development and Self-perfection

Creation is all about self-development. It is said by some that God creates to know Himself. Others say He creates simply because it is His nature to do so. In either case, creation is a form of self-development. But that is only true if we create in a beneficial way. Creating a pile of ash by burning down a forest isn’t real creation, isn’t self-development.

The proper way to create is to seek perfection in ourselves and the world as we do so. Some argue that perfection is impossible, so we shouldn’t waste time trying. By that logic, we should all commit suicide since we can’t live forever in physical form.

Even if perfection can never be reached while on the physical plain, it is the goal to aim for. The closer we get to it, the better we are. The real problem is that many people have no idea what perfection is. That is why we all need to awaken and develop our spiritual faculties. Only the spirit and soul can understand what real perfection is. Only they can guide us on that self-development path, which is also the way of God. Following the Way of God is always God’s work.

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Way of Righteousness Delivers from Darkness

“Let us therefore prepare ourselves to travel to the Lord with an undivided will and purpose. … Let us sever ourselves altogether from the love of the world,and attach our souls to Him only, and keep in mind Him only as our business and care and quest. If we have to be somewhat busied also in body, with the business laid upon us, … let not the mind be parted from the love and quest and longing after the Lord; so that striving in such a mind, and journeying along the way of righteousness with an upright intention, and always taking heed to ourselves, we may obtain the promise of His Spirit, and may through grace be delivered from the perdition of the darkness of the passions.” ~St. Macarius the Egyptian

Way of Righteousness

What exactly constitutes the way of righteousness is a matter of great debate among churches, mystics, and philosophers. It shouldn’t be, but it is. That is because most people speaking on the subject are doing so based on something they were told, or something they read, rather than on personal experience. Only one who has truly walked the way of righteousness and knows what it takes can actually answer the question. For those who have actually walked the way, the descriptions vary little. They may use different words because language simply doesn’t describe the spiritual very well, but the story is similar.

Detachment

The only way to completely sever ourselves from the world of matter is to leave it, to die. That isn’t necessary (phew!). You can live in this world, you can own material goods, as long as you can remain detached from them. This isn’t an easy thing to do,but if you are destined for a spiritual life, you have probably already found that a life of materialism is not fulfilling. But if you have to wash your car when it gets the littlest bit of dirt on it, or wear your lucky shirt whenever you play a game, you may still need to work on that detachment.

The problem is like the old “Don’t think about an elephant” trick. As soon as someone says that, you immediately think of an elephant. So don’t think about detaching your connections to certain objects. Instead, become totally attached to the spiritual, your spiritual growth, and the needs of your soul. You will then be on the Way of Righteousness. Continue reading “Way of Righteousness Delivers from Darkness”

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Unseen Regions of Spirit and Light

“To those who say that it is presumption to penetrate into unseen regions, the occult scientist would merely point out that this can be done,and that it is sinning against the faculties with which man has been endowed if he allows them to waster instead of developing and using them.

“But he who thinks that views about the unseen world are necessarily wholly dependent on personal opinion and feeling is denying the common essence of all human beings. Even though it is true that everyone must find light on these things within himself, it is also a fact that all those who go far enough arrive at the same, not different conclusions. … Difference exist only as long as people will not approach the highest truths by the well-tested path of occult science, but attempt ways of their own choosing.” ~Rudolf Steiner

Into Unseen Regions

It is strange that many people think there is something wrong with trying to delve into higher realms of existence while still on Earth in a physical body. They don’t feel the same about exploring a lost jungle, or exploring the depths of the seas. Yet they think there is something improper about exploring our spiritual side. Fortunately, that group seems to be shrinking.

Occult Scientist

It is unfortunate that Mr. Steiner chooses the term “Occult science” instead of “spiritual science” or “Spiritual growth”. To many people think of the occult as something evil, and that is not the way Steiner means it. So wherever he says “Occult,” just think “Spiritual”.

Mr Steiner s saying that because we have the faculties with which to explore higher dimensions, we should use them. It seems he is saying that because we can do something, we should. On that, I can’t agree with him. There are many things we can do, but that doesn’t mean we should. When it comes to exploring the spiritual, though, we should.  Continue reading “Unseen Regions of Spirit and Light”

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Two Roads Through Life: Physical and Spiritual

“Brothers in belief, there are two roads through life, the Road of Good and the Road of Evil; they are not clearly defined roads and often run side by side and sometimes cross each other. Those who travel without a guide or in darkness often mistake one road for the other. We are those who have chosen to walk in light, in brotherhood of men who travel the Road of Good together in companionship.

“We are companions on the Great Path of the True Way, and when an instructing brother speaks of the Great Path of the True Way, he speaks of a double path. The companions of the Right Hand are those who bear the burdens of earthly labor and advancement. … The companions of the Left Hand are those who bear the burdens of spiritual labor and enlightenment, things closer to the heart of men.” ~The Kolbrin Bible (SOF:3:1-2)

Two Roads of Life

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.” ~Robert Frost

In may seem like there are many roads in life, but the Kolbrin Bible is correct is saying there are really only two. There may be many lanes on each road, but really only two roads. And as is also said in the Kolbrin Bible quote, it is often difficult for most of us to know which path is which.

I don’t know if Robert Frost was a very spiritual person, but the quote form one of his most famous poems certainly fits this situation. He tells us that when he came to a fork in the road, he looked and say that one path was well-worn from much use. The other path had grass and weeds growing on it from lack of use. He took the path less traveled. That path is the spiritual path. Very often we can tell the correct path in the same way Frost did. Another way is our intuition. If we have it and use it, it can guide us to the correct path in most cases.

Today’s Confusion

In our age of rampant materialism, we even have churches and religious groups who seem to be more concerned with the material than the spiritual. They worry more about how you dress than how much you develop your spiritual self. Hey get very involved in feeding poor people (a worthy cause, to be sure), yet do nothing to feed the souls of the spiritually hungry. They think they are on the right path, but they are not. They are not the only ones. There are the most obvious examples of criminals and the greedy people who would be considered criminals in a more spiritual society. There are less obvious examples of those who are always putting material “needs” ahead of the spiritual.

The truth is that few of us stay on one of the two roads forever. We are often finding ourselves taking a wrong turn at one of those points where the paths cross. We should not give up, or berate ourselves when that happens, just move back to the correct path as soon as possible.

A Good Guide

The Kolbrin Bible recommends we get a good guide to help us stay on the correct path. This is certainly the best answer. A mountain climber would never try to climb Mt. Everest without making use of the Sherpa Guides. SCUBA diving adventures in most places require that a dive master or dive instructor always be part of the group. A person who doesn’t want to get lost on the path to spiritual enlightenment will work with a spiritual teacher or spiritual school. Unfortunately, you will again have to rely on intuition. There are greedy people who are creating spiritual schools all the time as a way to make a quick buck.

Right Hand and Left Hand

The quote from the Kolbrin Bible then goes on to tell us that one of the two roads, which it calls the Right Hand path is the road of earthly labor and advancement, while the Left Hand road is that of spiritual labor and enlightenment. The important thing to note here is that there is no indication that either of them is the wrong path, just different. In fact, most spiritual people start out by doing good deeds on the material road before advancing to the spiritual. Even advanced spiritual people must do some physical and material work at times. So going from one to the other of the two roads isn’t wrong, or even undesirable. It is only those stuck always on the road of matter who are lost.

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