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One Effect Transforming the World

“We all work to one effect, some willingly, and with a national apprehension of what we do; others without any such knowledge. As I think Heraclitus in a place speaketh of them that sleep, that even they do work in their kind, and do confer to the general operations of the world. One man therefore does cooperate after one sort, and another after another sort; but even he that doth murmur, and to his power doth resist and hinder; even he as much as any doth cooperate. For of such also doth the world stand in need. Now do thou consider among which of these thou will rank thyself. For as for him who is the Administrator of All, he will make good use of thee whether you will or no, and make thee (as a part and member of the whole) so to cooperate with him, that whatever thou does, shall turn to the furtherance of his own counsels and resolutions. But be thou not for shame such a part of the whole, as that vile and ridiculous verse (which Chrysippus in a place doth mention) is a part of the comedy.” ~Marcus Aurelius

Work to One Effect

I don’t think Aurelius is correct in saying that all of us work are working to the same effect. I think it would be accurate to say that most of us are working towards it, intentionally or not. There are some, however, who oppose that One Effect so willingly and strongly that I can’t see how they could be considered as contributing in any way. This One Effect is better known as The Divine Plan of God, or simply God’s Plan. The plan for the redemption of man and the fallen universe of matter. The desired One Effect is for the universe of matter to become spirit again, as it was before the Great Fall.

Like just about anything else, those who are intentionally working towards the accomplishment of that plan will contribute a lot more than those who are accidentally contributing and those who simply go with the flow like a piece of driftwood.

Them That Sleep

Those who sleep are those who have not awakened their spiritual selves. They function only on the level of matter and are when doing so, little better than animals. Sadly, the sleeping ones are not just those who are primitive and uneducated. We have plenty of people in the world with masters and even doctorate degrees who nonetheless remain asleep.

The worst sleepers are those who don’t even believe in the possibility of a spiritual universe or an afterlife. Yet in a limited way, even they may contribute to the One Effort. It is a lot like some laborers who don’t know what the whole project is about but still contribute to their work. Continue reading “One Effect Transforming the World”

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Divine Plan For Earth and Us

“We all work in one effort, some willingly and with a rational apprehension of what we do; others without any such knowledge. As I think Heraclitus in a place speaketh of them that sleep, that even they do work in their kind, and do confer to the general operations of the world. One man therefore doth cooperate after one sort, and another after another sort; but even he that doth murmur, and to his power doth resist and hinder; even he as much as any doth cooperate. For of such also did the world stand in need. Now do thou consider among which of these thou wilt rank thyself. For as for him who is the Administrator of all, he will make good use of thee whether thou wilt or no, and make thee (as a part and member of the whole) so to cooperate with Him, that whatsoever thou doest, shall turn to the furtherance of his own counsels, and resolutions. But be not thou for shame such a part of the whole, as that vile and ridiculous verse (which Chrysippus in a place doth mention) is a part of the comedy.” ~Marcus Aurelius

We all Work on the Divine Plan

There are many in this world who don’t believe in God. Others believe in God, but do not believe in a Divine Plan. Yet, Aurelius says, we all contribute to the plan in one way or another. The way I see it, we can generally categorize people into three groups in relation to the Plan:

  • Those who work to help fulfill the plan actively and consciously
  • People who work toward the Plan without any conscious intent
  • Those who work mostly against the plan, with or without intent

Let’s take a look at each of these.

Neutral Helpers

The neutral people neither oppose the Great Plan nor particularly believe in it. Yet they often do things that help that plan. These are the go-with-the-flow type of people. They do not resist, but they do not actively help. Sometimes, however, they can be of great service. When that happens, Beings of Light may whisper into their ears (allegorically speaking), and get them to do what needs to be done to further the plan. Most of the time, they do not directly contribute, and may even hinder in a mild way.

Opponents of the Plan

These people are working against the Plan in many ways. Some do so with intent. Most do it simply because they don’t believe in God or a Divine Plan. But Aurelius says even they contribute to the plan. This is true, though it is unintentional.

One of the primary ways in which they contribute is by resisting those who actively seek to fulfill the Plan. Within certain limits, this actually helps the Plan. We grow stronger by having to push against resistance. We gain more courage and confidence when we overcome obstacles. By acting as human obstacles, these people actually help those of us who are trying to help the Plan.

But while these people aid the plan by helping us grow stronger and better able to resist the forces of darkness, they often do more harm than good because of their active resistance to the Plan.

Active Participants

Those who actively seek to aid God’s Plan are naturally the most useful. Very often, though, they lack the physical and mental strength to be effective. That is when some of the opponents are put in their way. The are made stronger and braver by overcoming the resistance.

The first thing every active participant must do is awaken his spiritual faculties. Without a truly awakened and conscious soul, we can’t even know exactly what the Divine Plan is.

God’s Divine Plan

While all the details of the Divine Plan are known only to God, the general idea is known to many. That general idea is the transformation of the dimension of matter back into spirit. God created spirit and only spirit. In His Kingdom, there is no death, no disease, no struggle to survive. All beings in the spiritual dimensions work for the good of all. They simply know that to do otherwise would be stupid.

Earth and all beings on it are currently part of the fallen realm of matter. This is not a creation of God. This is not anything God wanted. It is the fallen world created by the fallen angels, known as the Demiurge in Gnostic teachings. Because it was created by the fallen angels, it is defective, deformed. It has death, disease, storms, and all kinds of destructive forces. These things don’t exist in God’s kingdom. God is not punishing us by putting us in such a place. We are here because we are just as much the children of the fallen angels as we are the children of God. God’s plan is to reclaim us, and everything around us, by converting the matter part of our being back into spirit. This will not be done overnight but over a period of many years. This is necessary in order to give all beings a chance to decide to be part of the change or die because they can’t live in a transformed world. This process has started. Global warming is part of it. Changes in the sun are part of it. All the stars are changing. All of the physical universe is changing. We should all be changing with it. Better yet, we should all be helping to make the Divine Plan happen as soon as possible.

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Instruments in God’s Hands

“What have we to desire in heaven and on earth, only the glory of God? But it is necessary to desire the glory of God as he desires it. He who has absolute power over the heart of men, has a plan of operations; he does all things in their time; he waits until the hour is come. In coming into the world, our Lord could have converted the world at once, and destroyed all its vices; but the economy of his wisdom did not so direct. When I hear our Lord say, ‘mine hour is not yet come,’ and wishing neither to advance or retard, for a moment, the hour that his Father has appointed, I am plunged into my nothingness. We are only instruments in His hands, which he may lay aside, or use according to His good pleasure. … Remain therefore, my dear friend, in the hands of God. Let Him accomplish in you, and by you, His good pleasure, whether to cast down, or build up.” ~Madam Guyon

Glory of God

Some, I’m sure, will argue that they care for things other than the glory of God. Even many who believe in God don’t think that it is their business to worry about what God wants, or doesn’t want. What they miss is that part of what God wants is to their benefit. As the father of our spirits and souls, he wants happiness for us. He wants us to live in reasonable comfort. Not the overdone comforts of the greedy, but enough comfort and success to meet all our needs. So it does us well to desire the glory of God, for what He wants includes what we need and desire. And if it isn’t what we desire, it is at least what we need.

Plan of Operations

Madam Guyon is correct in saying that God has a plan. She doesn’t say what that plan is. One reason for that is there is an individual plan for each of us which is different from others. But there is also a more general plan that we are all to work on. That plan needs to be spoken, needs to be discussed. That plan is simply to return the fallen realm of matter and the beings trapped within it to their original spiritual state. God waits for us to serve as his instruments in that plan because he wants us to learn to be responsible co-creators. He also waits because if He were to transform the world back into spirit while many of us continued to cling to our material self as our real self, we would die. Material beings simply cannot live in a world of spirit. And since we have been given a certain degree of free-choice, God won’t force this on us. He waits, for now anyway, for us to decide that it is what we want.

Instruments in His Hands

It is also true that God uses us as tools (or instruments) to get some of His plan accomplished. Some say this is because He wants us to participate. Others say it is because God will not soil Himself by getting too close to the realm of matter. Perhaps there is some truth to both of those theories. Another reason might be that like our earthly parents, God wants us to learn from our mistakes by having us clean up the mess we made.

Now Gnostics know that it was the false god, the Demiurge, who created the physical universe from part of the spiritual one created by the true God. So you might say we had nothing to do with it. But while we, on the spiritual side, are children of God, on the physical side, we are just as much children of the Demiurge or fallen angels. So the mess of matter is, to some degree, our fault, and it is partly our responsibility to clean it up.

One problem, however, is that we really don’t know how to correct this great error. That is why we must be instruments in God’s hands. We must let him guide us without question or resistance. An instrument that resists doing the job that needs to be done is soon discarded as useless. Don’t be one of those discarded.

Cast Down or Build Up

Some will question the idea that as instruments in God’s hands, we should be willing to “cast down or build-up” as God requires. They might argue that destruction is not the way of God. Only building up is of God. God creates, Satan destroys.

While that is true, we have to look at it differently. When God is creating something new out of nothing, those rules apply. But transforming matter into spirit is different. In this case, something must be destroyed, in a sense, in order to create something else. The caterpillar must be “cast down” if a butterfly is to result. A despotic government may have to be cast down in order for a just government to take its place. So there is some degree of casting down required, but only when it serves the purpose of creating what is part of God’s Plan. And if we are to be proper instruments of God, we must try to think in all things, “what would God want me to do?” and act accordingly.

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Will of God is Followed by Choice, Not Force

“By an authority as gentle as efficacious, God accomplishes His will in us, when we have surrendered our souls to Him. The consent we give to his operations, and our relish of them, is sweet and sustaining, in proportion to the perfection of our abandonment. God does not arrest the soul with violence. He adjusts all things in such a manner, that we follow Him happily, even across dangerous precipices. So good is this Divine Master, so well does he understand the methods of conducting the soul, that it runs after Him, and makes haste to walk in the path he orders.

“Suppleness of soul is, therefore, of vital consequence to its progress. It is the work of God to effect this. Happy are the souls who yield to His discipline. …

“Reason may at times oppose with all its strength, and cause some fears, some hesitations; but being fixed in God, it is impossible for the soul to change its course.” ~Madam Guyon

Will of God Gets Done

A good military general knows that not all of his soldiers will be fully effective in battle. For that reason, he tries to have more soldiers than are necessary to do the job. That way, even if only eighty percent of them do a good job, the battle is still won. Only a foolish general would assume that every soldier will do a good job when the battle begins.

God is no different than that good general. He knows that not everyone can be relied upon to do what is necessary to complete his Divine Plan to save the fallen realm of matter. Some don’t think it need to be fixed. Others want it fixed, but don’t want to be part of the solution. God knows that. So in most cases, he doesn’t pick one specific individual to get a job done. Instead, He inspires several people. Some may ignore the inspiration. But at least one will listen and do the job. For that reason, God uses no force to accomplish His Plan. The will of God will be done, but not by any particular individual. Continue reading “Will of God is Followed by Choice, Not Force”

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