There is a wonderful book called ‘A Path with Heart’ by Jack Kornfield, a Buddhist. It describes his own life experiences with the Buddhist way which he was inspired to take up after being taught ‘by a wise old professor who sat cross-legged on a desk while lecturing on the Buddha and the Chinese Classics. After his graduation he went with the Peace Corps to Asia where he was eventually ordained in a Buddhist monastery, from there he retreated to the Thai forest monastery at Wat Za Pong led by Achaan Chah.
I was surprised. While I hadn’t necessarily expected the monks to levitate as they did in T. Lobsang Rampa’s stories, I had hoped for special effects from the meditation – happiness, special states of rapture, extraordinary experiences. But that was not primarily what my teacher offered. He offered a way of life, a lifelong path of awakening, attention, surrender and commitment. He offered a happiness that was not dependent on any of the changing conditions of the world but came out of one’s own difficult and conscious inner transformation. In joining the monastery, I had hoped to leave behind the pain of my family life and the difficulties of the world, but of course they followed me. It took many years for me to realize that these difficulties were part of my practice.
To open deeply, as genuine spiritual life requires, we need tremendous courage and strength, a kind of warrior spirit. But the place for this warrior strength is in the heart. We need energy, commitment and courage not to run from our life nor to cover it over with any philosophy – material or spiritual. We need a warrior’s heart that lets us face our lives directly, our pains and limitations, our joys and possibilities. This courage allows us to include every aspect of our life in our spiritual practice; our bodies, our families, our society, politics, the earth’s ecology. Only then can spirituality be truly integrated into our lives.
The Universal must be wedded to the personal to be fulfilled in our spiritual life. Instead of looking to the PSYCHIC, and stories of enlightenment, bliss, knowledge, divine ecstasy, realise that such states can come true but they should not be the GOALS of spiritual life. In the end, spiritual life is not a process of seeking or gaining some extraordinary condition or special powers. In fact, such seeking can take us away from ourselves. If we are not careful, we can easily find the great failures of our modern society – its ambition, materialism, and individual isolation – repeated in our spiritual life.
In beginning a genuine spiritual journey, we have to stay much closer to home, to focus directly on what is right here in front of us.
That is so true. Gone are the days of retreating from the world to ‘find’ the self. True, we need those quiet times of meditation to cut through the chatter of the mind and to connect with that inner stillness, but then we need to realise that our life IS the Initiation. Retreating from it is not the answer – for we are missing golden opportunities for spiritual advancement.
Jim had been meditating for about a year, putting aside an hour a day to follow this discipline when he entered a very frustrating period; he would be half-way through the meditation when thoughts of his work situation would come flooding in. As hard as he tried to push them away they persisted, no matter how he tried to deal with it. Then one day sitting at his desk at work he found himself going, involuntarily, into meditation. “Oh no! Not here.” When we asked Spirit about this They told us that when the thoughts of his problems at work kept coming in meditation They were trying to HELP him solve them. Oh! From then on we knew to just let the thoughts keep flowing and NOT try to stop them for they were often ANSWERS now.
When we are teaching a new class I make a point of telling the class to ALLOW their thoughts to flow through, to just observe them, for the very act of trying to stop something immediately brings you away from the meditation. “Don’t TRY, just BE.”
In the few short months since we printed the first set of lessons, if you have been applying them to your life you will be noticing DIFFERENCES in your life. Sometimes they are PAINFUL differences - boisterous emotions, and a dropping away of the old way of thinking and living. Yet you feel an overall improvement, DESPITE the pain.
The White Light you have been using is the Christ Energy – God’s Love for us. Read now and understand this excerpt from ‘The Prophet’ by Kahlil Gibram.
SPEAK TO US OF LOVE
When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall be crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches
that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to
Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become
sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets
of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s
I asked for clear understanding of these lines and the answer came:
This verse describes what happens when you put your life into the Hands of God to be shown your true worth while on this Earth.
The shattering of dreams is letting go of what you thought you needed to make way for your ultimate happiness and a life with no lack and no needs.
Yes the way is steep, but what do you get as you make that steady climb? STRENGTH.
And what do you see as you attain the heights? Far more than you did when you dallied at the bottom of the mountain!
Yes love crowns you as King or Queen of a new domain, for crucifixion heralds the end of a miserable existence.
If growth is left unchecked there is no control; no shaping to a more beautiful form which is made by INTENTION, not by accident.
Yes love shakes your roots from the soil, for to cling to the earth is to stand still, is to be fixed and limited. Yes you are sheaves of corn – with care and the help of the elements corn grows rapidly and can become many things when the husks have been removed: your doubts, fears and negativities; when you have been ground to whiteness and in so doing have achieved purity of mind and body.
Yes you are kneaded that you may become pliant so that it is easier to go with the flow of Life and to be yielding and free.
And when all of this has taken place the Temple of Life unlocks its secret doors and allows My cleansing flame to pour upon you. First you filled yourselves with White Light; as the higher mysteries are understood the bodies fill with Gold. This cannot take place until the violet flame has cleansed the vessel in preparation.
Work now at attaining the violet flame.
What is this violet flame? According to Mark Prophet in his book, ‘Climb the Highest Mountain’; It has been called the St. Germaine flame, and no man can truly become One with God until he attains its cleansing healing properties. This flame removes all Karmic debt, transforms the atoms of the body and makes us pure and strong enough to receive God’s energy into ourselves. We need it to create what we want and to uncreate what we don’t want.
We have included Mark’s Chart of Your Divine Self and his explanation of it. Copies of the full-colour print of the chart can be obtained by writing to The Summit Lighthouse, Box A Dept. 655. Malibu, CA 90265. A more detailed explanation of the Chart is given in the Keepers of the Flame Lessons and in ‘Climb the Highest Mountain’ by Mark and Elizabeth Prophet, published by The Summit Lighthouse.
There are three figures represented in the chart which we will refer to as the upper figure, the middle figure, and the lower figure.
The upper figure is the I AM Presence, the I AM THAT I AM, God individualised for every son and daughter of the flame. The Divine Monad consists of the I AM Presence surrounded by the spheres (rings of colour, of light) which comprise the causal body. This is the body of First Cause that contains within it ‘man’s treasure laid up in heaven’ – perfect works, perfect thoughts and feelings, perfect words, energies that have ascended from the plane of action in time and space as the result of man’s correct exercise of free will and his correct qualification of the stream of life that issues forth from the heart of the Presence and descends to the level of the Christ Self.
The middle figure in the chart is the mediator between God and man, called the Christ Self, the Real Self, or the Christ consciousness. It has also been referred to as the Higher Mental Body. The Christ Self overshadows the lower self, which consists of the soul evolving through the four planes of Matter in the four lower bodies corresponding to the planes of earth, air, fire, and water; that is, the etheric body, the mental body, the emotional body, the physical body.
The three figures of the chart correspond to the Trinity of Father (the upper figure), Son (the middle figure), and Holy Spirit (the lower figure), which the evolving soul is intended to become and for whom the body is the temple.
The lower figure is the nonpermanent aspect of being which is made permanent through the ritual of ascension. The ascension is the process whereby the lower figure, having balanced his karma and fulfilled his divine plan, merges first with the Christ consciousness and then with the living Presence of the I AM THAT I AM. Once the ascension has taken place, the soul, the corruptible aspect of being, becomes the incorruptible one, a permanent atom in the body of God. The Chart of Your Divine Self is therefore a diagram of yourself – past, present, and future.
The lower figure represents mankind evolving in the planes of Matter. This is how you should visualise yourself standing in the violet flames, which you invoke in the name of the I AM Presence and in the name of the Christ in order to purify your four lower bodies in preparation for the ritual of the alchemical marriage – your soul’s reunion with the Spirit, the I AM Presence. The lower figure is surrounded by a tube of light, which is projected from the heart of the I AM Presence in answer to your call. It is a field of fiery protection sustained in Spirit and in Matter for the sealing of the identity of the overcomer.
The threefold flame within the heart is the spark of life projected from the I AM Presence through the Christ Self and anchored in the etheric planes in the heart chakra for the purpose of the soul’s evolution in Matter. Also called the Christ flame, the threefold flame is the spark of man’s divinity, his potential for Godhood.
The triple flame within our heart chakra has the colours violet, yellow and pink. When this flame is brought to its greatest strength it is used to accomplish healing, miracles and prophecies.
It is our duty on earth to first balance our threefold flames and then expand the three plumes together, not just one aspect of being, but all three of them. It is only by balancing all of the elements of the Trinity in our lives that we can actually attain the fullness of our Christ-perfection.
The qualities of the flame are:
Pink - Love
Yellow - Wisdom
Violet - Power
And they form a fleur-de-lis pattern. It is now 1/16th inch high inside our etheric heart. It is the sacred fire of creation, the preserver of Life, with all-consuming Presence of Love.
The blue plume is the anchor point in your world for the Will of God, the Father, it sparks your willpower, your faith and your God-determination to out picture your divine plan through the four lower bodes.
The golden yellow plume anchors the discriminating intelligence, the wisdom, the illumination and the mind of God in Christ.
The pink plume anchors the love, compassion, mercy, tenderness and the grace of God, the Holy Spirit, together with the practical know-how to put the divine plan into action.
The crystal cord is the stream of light that descends from the heart of the I AM Presence through the Christ Self, thence to the four lower bodies to sustain the soul’s vehicles of expression in time and space. It is over this cord that the energy of the Presence flows, entering the being of man at the top of the head and providing the energy for the pulsation of the threefold flame and the physical heartbeat.
When a round of the soul’s incarnation in Matter-form is complete, the I AM Presence withdraws the crystal cord, the threefold flame returns to the level of the Christ, and the energies of the four lower bodies return to their respective planes.
The dove of the Holy Spirit descending from the heart of the Father is shown just above the head of the Christ. When the individual man, as the lower figure, puts on and becomes the Christ consciousness as Jesus did, the descent of the Holy Spirit takes place and the words of the Father, the I AM Presence, are spoken, “This is my beloved Son in whom I AM well pleased”. (Mat 3:17)
Regardless of the interpretation of the chart and whether this agrees with your own understanding of the process - JUST ONCE in meditation after reading this I would like you to visualise YOURSELF as that lower figure on the chart. See yourself surrounded by the flickering violet flames – the flames that do not burn.
GIVE THANKS for the process taking place then allow the image to dissipate.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT of the process that is taking place is all that is necessary. I am sure that in meditation you frequently experience deep violet and purple swirling around you – that is the St. Germaine flame, as it has been termed, letting you know of its presence. But our free will cannot be impinged and so we must make the first move by recognising and acknowledging its role.
There is no person who has ever made his ascension who hasn’t had the violet flame given to him some way or another. They had to have reached the state of consciousness where they could call forth the violet flame to consume the human creation. Because if you don’t consume your human creation you are never going to be able to win the battle of life - because if you don’t master your human creation, your human creation will master you! (This human creation is the unbalanced bodies created by ourselves with our wrong way of thinking and feeling.)
Mark explains, Now let us look at the Causal Body represented by the rings of colour around the upper face – the I AM body. It is made up of seven spherical bands of light, and everyone’s causal body is different in size and magnitude.
These bands of Light are pulsating energy – spiritual Light energy radiating the colour of their frequency vibration.
1st sphere Centre core WHITE. This enfolds the I AM Presence.
2nd sphere YELLOW. The principle radiation of the Mind of God. Holds
all the intelligence, self-knowledge and wisdom that we have
ever externalised from God.
3rd sphere PINK. The core of Love.
4th sphere VIOLET. Mercy and the violet transmuting flame.
5th sphere PURPLE AND GOLD BAND. Justice. Service to life.
6th sphere GREEN. Healing and supply in your life. The abundance
7th sphere BLUE. Protection, perfection, faith. The seal.
Every time we do a good deed on earth it builds up the size of the electronic body. The deed is a cause we set in motion which multiplies its vibration around the world, begetting more of its kind as it ripples out to bless many more than the one who was first the recipient of your graciousness.
Everything you do out of PURE love, PURE truth, PURE devotion, service for the sake of service and not self-gain adds to the size of that central white sphere.
THE MORE WE BUILD UP THESE ENERGY FIELDS, THE MORE WE CAN USE THEM. But it must ALWAYS be ‘to the glory of God’, and not for our own ends.
Ever since we began our table groups Spirit has given us protective prayers to use while we were building up our energy fields. The one we have used for the last six years was a means to build our Causal Body – although we had no idea HOW until I read Mark Prophet’s book, ‘The Lost Teachings of Jesus’. See how we were invoking all the Light in our prayer and in our actions:
“I stand before you God completely PROTECTED (Blue) and safe in the Glory of your LOVE (Pink) and Light (White). All TRUTH (Green) WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE (Yellow) shall be bestowed upon me that I may go forth in the Glory of Your Name for the benefit of all mankind.
All the FORGIVING – Violet
All the LOVE – Pink
All the SERVICE – Purple/Gold
All the HEALING – Green
ALL THE WHILE BRINGING DOWN THE WHITE LIGHT.
AND ALL THE WHILE WALKING IN FAITH – Blue.
And this is how FAITH works; do what you are prompted by Spirit to do, the PROOF will follow, and the explanations will come – in one form or another.
As you explain in your lessons – planes are levels of awareness, not places of existence. The Spirit in its descent into matter experiences the mental, emotional, and etheric planes in levels of awareness. No actual body is formed, except perhaps a grouping of knowledge – to which the term ‘body’ has been applied to make it more acceptable to the human understanding.
At the moment of conception the Spirit enters in – complete with all knowledge of prior experience. This experience is stored within every cell of the body – so that you are literally a living library. Access to this library is obtained through the reactivation of the chakra system. The Spirit is bound within the body IN THE ORIGINAL CELL, kept in harness by the magnetic fields within the body.
The writers who talk about releasing God from within are misconstruing the release of the Spirit – which is the ESSENCE of Me, but only a tiny part of the energy which IS Me.
As you observed with the role of the sperm in conception – it takes three stages for its task to be completed. There are also three stages in becoming Divine:
Each chakra must open in the correct sequence, starting with the root and sacral already having been activated in men, and the solar plexus in most females. The heart chakra is the one that begins the spiritualising process. A reversal of experience then begins working BACKWARDS through your life experiences – clearing the emotions of the past. There is no need to experience the etheric awareness at this stage for all is in perfection there. It is the emotional and mental planes that take the longest to clear, involving the opening and closing down of the 10-chakra system. That is the end of the first stage.
Having accomplished that you then draw to yourself into your energy field the finer, higher bodies, and later activating the next two chakras: 11 and 12 – the VITAL keys which allow you maximum access to the God Energy which your human temple can accept. End of second stage.
Now what happens with the third stage of the sperm when it unites with the ovum? It BURSTS and expels its total energy content into a larger system, and A NEW LIFE. This is the third stage.
This process is ever on-going. Life without end. Amen. But now you experience it in full AWARENESS.
The chakras are correctly portrayed in your charts, the various crowns of the bodies being in various points WITHIN YOUR BRAIN – not the body temple itself. The thymus and pituitary also being involved and the others being uncharted areas unknown to science – because they will NEVER experience the dissection of a fully connected Divine Being.
With the turning of each key and the removal of the veils your Spiritual memories become clearer and clearer – each one heralds the dissipation of the illusion of your existence as a human – into the knowledge, clarity and power of the Divine One.