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Higher Knowledge: The Enriching and Enabling Factor
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Most people would agree that we all want to live in a kinder, more humane world. A world where there is respect for human life, economic resources are shared, and the old and infirm are treated with dignity. In each of these areas there is room for improvement. Economically, many are still without the basic necessities of life and go hungry. Even in the richest country on earth, often the sick go untreated.
Further most would agree, somehow, as a planet we need to work together to share our natural resources and improve our collective circumstance. It is at this point, when we try to identify and prioritize what areas need improving and how we are to accomplish this all, we start to disagree and things break down.
Rationale or linear thought is able to tackle some of these problems, offering possible solutions; however, this form of thought is not able to solve all problems. It has limitations and, in some areas, is like the cart and horse that is without a driver and going around in circles.
Generally, for problems, which involve the needs of the many, there is no balancing factor and the needs of one group bounce unsuccessfully against the needs of others. In situations like this, self-interest repeatedly rears its head and there appears to be no corrective.
Many are slow to accept that the needs of the individual are bound to the needs of the many.
What is the corrective to this harmful self-interest? What factor reconciles the needs of different nations while sharing the earth's resource in an ecologically sound manner?
The balancing factor is higher knowledge or knowledge that is spiritual in nature and tied to our collective higher destiny. It must be added to the mix and used with our other capacities to find solutions.
Higher knowledge will not replace common sense, experience, hard work, or economic imperative. That is not its function. It is an added capacity, which integrates and works alongside others.
The mystic maintains humanity is evolving to a higher condition. This evolutionary process is according to Design, and is purposeful and directed. The outcome of this process is better individuals who are more complete and better able to serve others.
This higher state of being can only be reached when the integrating factor is added. This is holistic thought or increased spiritual capacity. It is attained one person at a time and only by entering upon a path to spiritual completion.
Better people make a better world.
More complete people make sounder decisions and are equally concerned about their neighbor and themselves.
All paths are sacred and all people have the potential to reach higher. The higher consciousness teaches we are connected and have within a Divine spark of energy. As we come to understand this and be one with this energy, we experience our connectedness to others and are better able to serve. Spiritually, this oneness links us and we take positive, holistic, action. Better people select honest, hardworking representatives. These representatives combine to form a useful government that participates in a richer, more complete world.
If we are truly committed to making a better world, we start with ourselves. We seek to make ourselves whole and use all our talents. This includes added spiritual capacity and higher knowledge.
Yes, this planet can be a wonderful place to live. Yet, we must work together and solve our mutual problems. This willingness to work together comes naturally to some and for others only after a personal catastrophe or natural disaster of some kind. For many problems facing us, this coming together of people is essential. We are one family and must remember our common heritage, or in time our planet may be lost.
Added, individual spiritual capacity and higher knowledge is the missing ingredient and enabling factor. Each of us must take personal steps to add this element to our lives and fully embrace the higher potential taught in all the great religions.
Then the needs of the many will more easily reconcile with the needs of the few.
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Once there was a man who traveled the highway in search of Truth. He stopped at every town and inquired. Sometimes the answers he received were useful and at other times they were not. Always the advice he received was targeted at his worldly life; get a job, marry and have children. Or don't work, live in monastery and become a recluse.
Somehow these pieces of advice did not satisfy him, so, he kept searching. One day as luck would have it, he encountered a wise man who said, "The answer lies within." So for many years, this traveler with the help of the wise one examined the inner world and came to see these experiences as part of the answer.
Slowly he realized what good is spiritual knowledge if it is not incorporated into the world? So he settled down, found a job, married and raised a family. As he worked, celebrated and worried, he came to see a truly spiritual life is a life that serves others and is guided by the unseen forces. And according to Design, he found real knowledge, used this knowledge in the way it was intended and the world about him benefited.
* * * * *
Each is a confusion of shifting
thoughts, ideas and desires.
How to make order from these patterns
and understand who you really are?
This is the condition of humanity.
Go deeper. Below the surface water
there is silence and peace.
In these waters, with a little help
you will discover who you really are.
* * * * *
The pattern of repetition exists to provide a structure
to set the spiritual traveler free.
While the body and every day consciousness is busy
something finer and more subtle can emerge.
* * * * *
There is a plan for humanity.
We are all evolving upward
and humanity is reaching toward
full conscious awareness.
One day, this dream will become reality.
Until then journey inward.
Say the prayer of submission
and embrace your higher self through the Light.
In this experience, you will be assisted by the Unseen Forces
and the servants who bring forward the Plan.
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Dr. Stewart Bitkoff
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