Opening letter Autumn 2013 Quarterly

Aloha,

Lisa and I are staying with the Andersons in Oregon before we take our vacation. Hiking and riding through the beauty of the Northwest is to walk in God’s mind, His vision. Living in Hawaii I feel the same awe and peace daily. Then you read a newspaper or watch a you-tube or listen to news and hear of the horror and brutality of world events.

What a dichotomy! How do you find the balance? Do we ignore all negative events?

No, we walk the very fine line. As workers of the Light it is our sworn duty to shine the light and set right the wrong that we encounter, without being caught by it. You know we start choosing sides or judging the actions of others, rather than using the tools given by our Lord to correct the mistakes.

I have to constantly check myself as I get drawn into the fray. Stay vigilant and positive, rise above it. Father Paul used to say the hardest part of our mission will be when we leave the sanctuary of the brother house and go into the world and live the teachings. Having said, that Mark and I watched the 49er game in a biker bar today. Nice people really, they just dress funny, me included. I tried to only discuss positive things, it isn’t hard, most folks would rather laugh than argue,when they laugh they shine.

Tomorrow we start our annual one month ride to Utah and the Rockies. We avoid All news and TV, too tired at the end day anyway. After a month on the road you feel clean and renewed by all the wonderful people you meet and the glory of creation and really feel we can change things, we must change this world or who else will? Stay strong my brothers and sisters, keep involved, but don’t get caught up in it. Happy trails to you.

                                                           Aloha Nui,

                                                          Tom Pyne

From Father Paul Class May 1970 Autumn 2013 Quarterly

…For a long time, probably ever since you have been in this school, you have heard me refer to the New Heaven and the New Earth, and the fact that as the sun and the power of the Christ comes into earth, that you will have a constant expansion until we reach the level where the heaven world has come down, the psychic world has enmeshed and come into conjunction with the earth, I’m talking vibration-wise, and then we’ll have a new vibration on the earth.

Now, a long time ago, ten, twelve years ago, I had it pointed out to me very clearly what this new heaven and new earth was.  And it is a change of the relationship between the molecular structure.  In other words, we are becoming less dense, more porous.  You’ve probably heard that many, many times since you’ve come here.  But tonight I want to get a truer understanding of what takes place when we use the terms, that the man is “cleansing.”  Now, this is a very, very trite term, and they are going through it, and I don’t think that always we understand it.  We say that they have things within them which are toxic, that have been built up and so on and so forth, and they are getting rid of these things.  Well, generally and in a very true way, this is an existent fact.

But let us go back a little bit further and study the reality of how this body became imperfect….When the average individual comes into life, unless he is carrying with him a karmic debt, one which he has brought over where there is physical deformity from the past life, he has a perfect body.  At the time of creation, that body is perfect.  Then in the Testament, we have this very trite saying which we try to side-step and which we do and which I believe in because I don’t wish to accept the medical terminology of “heredity.”  And that is, “the sins of the father are visited upon the second and third generation.”  Now, the second and third generation is sometimes very misunderstood….the second generation is not the next individual or child that comes from that mother.  The second generation thereafter, but not the next one, the grandchildren….We have been taught for thousands of years, the existence of the dweller on the threshold.  This is a very ancient and well-put term which has been used by the mystics and the teachers for thousands of years.  The dweller on the threshold.  It is that which you create, that which you bring forth over the years of your growth…Now there is this dweller on the threshold as he is called.  I call him, and later writers of mystic form and order have also called him, the animal, because they found it more convenient, more realistic, and it sort of drove home an idea to the people that they were teaching.  It kept it away from being an abstraction, because people were always talking about the human race as being just another form of higher animal.  Well now, this is partially true.

When we sense this in reality, God made man in His own image.  This didn’t say anything about the vehicle that He was going to bear this man in.  Because there are a number of different types of vehicles that man is born in and that isn’t just man of the earth either.  There are other places for man to be in besides just this earth, that’s for sure.  But here on this earth where we are particularly interested, man has a vehicle and it is the vehicle which you look at in a mirror.  I’m sorry, gentlemen, that isn’t you.  That isn’t you at all.  And until you get to realize that that isn’t you, until you get to the place where you feel it’s not you, until your consciousness has abandoned it and it is not you, you do not you do not have the realization of unity with God.

Now there’s one particular one phase of this thing that we are vitally interested in teaching, and that is the elimination of the animal within us.  Now I didn’t say anything about the vehicle itself…Many people said that they have animal bodies, and this is true.  But these vehicles can become very spiritual.  But it is the act of the individual making the change from the animal to the spiritual physical body of man that brings about what we talk about as “going through changes.”  And this happens in this way.

The spiritual body of man is always perfect.  The physical flesh which is within that matrix; it’s pretty perfect too.  When man’s thinking and vibration of his thinking, his fears and other things of this nature brought about by his ignorance, changes the chemical balance and composition of the physical body and produces foreign elements within it, then he reaches an imbalance and the reactions of these chemicals build up a vibration of itself.  Here we have what is being filled in an electrochemical structure of the body, filled in it is this foreign substance and foreign matter.  And you are building in accordance with your thoughts, in accordance with your actions, you are building another being.  And this is the being that you are breaking down when you are going through training and becoming adjusted or “going through” as we call it simply, and I love the term because it takes away from the student a possibility should I say, of fear complex.

Now, physiologically we have some drastic reactions take place in the physical body, but usually they hold up very well.  We say, well they have colds, sure they have.  They have disturbances of this nature.  But they all come out of them.  Yes.  Why?  Fortunately, fortunately, we have a very elaborate, very elaborate storage system in the body with a great many storage bins.  Thousands upon thousands upon thousands upon tens of thousands.  And they are the little lymph ducts.  And as you go along through life, you store up all of the excesses that shouldn’t be there.  Foreign elements of vibration, foreign toxins, foreign this…

Let us go back, though to this animal of the dweller on the threshold.  Now, when you receive the power of the Holy Spirit, there is a tremendous force going through you.  When you live in a brotherhouse where there is a common pattern of acceptance and the Light of Christ in it, there is a purification process that is prominent.  Why?  What is the second point of the triangle in color?  It’s yellow, isn’t it?  Blue, yellow, red.  Right?  Yellow—you people get what I’m talking about?  Blue, yellow, red.  The only three colors that exist.  This point down here is yellow.  This is the Christ point, isn’t it?  Right?  Yellow is a purgative color.  It is a cleansing color.  It will produce cleansing…I don’t know whether you know this or not, but colds of themselves are caused from confusion in the individual—or light shock of some kind…So, all that happens is there is confusion in the new student.  Because he is changing life forms, you see?  He is taking on a new form.  A new potential.  Now, the Bible is true when it says that you will take on a new body, when it says you will take on an eternal body…And you are; because regardless of what they try to perpetrate today, for when you’ve gotten rid of that body which you have created in there, that animal of the man; when you have gotten rid of this completely and you are in charge, then your body will start to reconstruct and regeneration will set in…

Divali: Festival of Lights Autumn 2013 Quarterly

Diwali, or Dipawali, is India’s biggest and most important holiday of the year. The festival gets its name from the row (avali) of clay lamps (or deepa) that Indians light outside their homes to symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This festival is as important to Hindus as the Christmas holiday is to Christians.
Diwali, celebrated in October or November each year, originated as a harvest festival that marked the last harvest of the year before winter. India was an agricultural society where people would seek the divine blessing of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, as they closed their accounting books and prayed for success at the outset of a new financial year. Today, this practice extends to businesses all over the Indian subcontinent, which mark the day after Diwali as the first day of the new financial year.
Indians celebrate with family gatherings, glittering clay lamps, festive fireworks, strings of electric lights, bonfires, flowers, sharing of sweets, and worship to Lakshmi. Some believe that Lakshmi wanders the Earth looking for homes where she will be welcomed. People open their doors and windows and light lamps to invite Lakshmi in.                                                   Over the centuries, Diwali has become a national festival that is enjoyed by most Indians regardless of faith: Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and Sikhs.

In all interpretations, one common thread rings true—the festival marks the victory of good over evil.

Five Days of Diwali
On the first day of Diwali, housewives consider it auspicious to spring clean the home and shop for gold or kitchen utensils.
On the second day, people decorate their homes with clay lamps or diyas and create design patterns called rangoli on the floor using colored powders or sand.
This is the main day of the festival when families gather together for Lakshmi puja, a prayer to Goddess Lakshmi followed by mouth-watering feasts and firework festivities.

This is the first day of the new year when friends and relatives visit with gifts and best wishes for the season.

On the last day of Diwali, brothers visit their married sisters who welcome them with love and a lavish meal.

Letter from Father Paul to the HOOM brotherhood 1971: Autumn 2013 Quarterly

What is this man?  What is his reasonability?  What is his thinking—this creature, your brother.  There is nothing more worthy of his being than the right direction and his following it; being employed, moving, doing and carrying out his thoughts, since upon this depends his usefulness to God, to his brother, and to the public which he serves.  Man, the creation of God, through his own present and future may benefit his own place in the next life.  In all these aspects, he is concerned.

The consideration of this has often obliged us to lament unhappily about the condition of those [in the world]—the unhappiness of mankind.  But, after all, that is what we are here for—to turn this unhappiness, through its transmutation and the transmutator, into being the knowledge of God, the Christos, and our blessed Master.  Through the great mixture and confusion of thought, sometimes we are hardly able to make a right thing out of the material judgment of man.  But through our work we are attempting to bring further the real Light of the Christos—that beacon Light that cuts through the fog of confusion and the intemperate zeal of some people in the outer world to do the wrong thing.

It is difficult at times to bring ourselves to think of those [wrapped up in that outer world] as brothers also—God’s children.  Of our brother who is next to us, whom also is in the Order, this is not so difficult because we see him at prayers.  We see him in the morning at Communion.  We know he has faults, and of course we see our own in him.  To this also we attribute the imperfect knowledge that we have of things and the slow progress we feel we are making in attaining a better level of consciousness.

Like the children of Israel who were 40 years upon their journey from Egypt to Canaan, which might have been performed in less than one year, sometimes we feel as if we were doing the 40 years.  But, in reality, it is but a few days comparatively speaking.

Clearly, therefore, we see that we must clear our heads and rally every once in a while in managing our thoughts rightly.  We will have saved time, saved our efforts, saved our brother’s feelings.

We will see and do those things which we are instructed to do to give us better judgment, better understanding.  We will free our mind of the confusion, and make our faculties stronger, more steady and steadfast…

Voyager leaves solar system Autumn 2013 Quarterly

The Voyager-1 spacecraft has become the first manmade object to leave the Solar System.

Scientists say the probe’s instruments indicate it has moved beyond the bubble of hot gas from our Sun and is now moving in the space between the stars.

Launched in 1977, Voyager was sent initially to study the outer planets, but then just kept on going.

Today, the veteran Nasa mission is almost 19 billion km (12 billion miles) from home.

From Mother Ruth Autumn 2013 Quarterly

Science has grown apace during my lifetime and individuals, many of them, think intellectual brilliance is the ultimate of reality.  Everyone seems to want to be “in” on whatever everyone else is in on, no matter how stupid or destructive.  The “smart” people have lined the pocketbooks of the greedy, who have bought out much of the industry and the media.  Not all, of course.  There are always many good people; but the wicked make more noise.  They yell louder and go to court oftener, and spend more money to put their favorites in important jobs and government.

There used to be a small town band playing gratis in the little square or park in town on Saturday nights, when families did their weekly shopping.  Since then, atoms have been split, supposedly to help people.  Transportation has gone from horse and buggy and sleigh, in my lifetime, to automobiles, planes and even rockets to outer space.  Communication has gone from telephone and telegram to radio, TV, e-mail and instant news in picture from anywhere in the world, bounced off satellites in space.  This is wonderful almost beyond belief, but where is it taking us?  That depends entirely on the character of the persons who use them, the degree of caring for other persons and for the earth and humanity in general.

From a time of plenty (theoretically, at least) the land has been all but stripped bare and the environment has been polluted, the earth and water, threatening not only nations with hunger and want, but the entire planet and the living beings on it.  Thinking he was progressing, man has plundered the planet and made the outlook difficult for future generations.  It can all be changed, turned around, if he will seek wisdom instead of cleverness, and will think of the good of the whole before his own greedy gain.

I have also seen other changes begin, at the root of things, moving quietly and bravely, the more enlightened idealists of the world, who have been pointing the way to save the planet and have put themselves into difficult positions to make their point.  They have seen the dangers, and have begun to make a dent in the thinking of others, stirring up action to correct the errors before it is too late.

The greatest change of all that has come about in my lifetime is the consciousness of the spirit moving among mankind, felt in many ways by those who have experienced the leavening of a spiritual awakening.  The changing of the Ages brings about a shakedown, the tares having matured with the wheat, and certain persons are quietly bringing the Light into dark places.                          -Rev. Mother Ruth Blighton

Psalm 19 Autumn 2013 Quarterly

Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.

Day unto day utterth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge.

There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber and rejoiceith as a strong man to run a race.

His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it:  and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:

The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever:

The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether

More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold:  sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

Who can understand his errors?

Cleanse thou me from secret faults.

Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me:  then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.