The Bridge ~ Step 32 ~ The Second Intent ~ Seek Truth
I follow my inner compass and discard any beliefs which are no longer serving me. I go to the source. I seek truth.
Looking back over the course of my life, I've always been a seeker of truth. It's been in my bones since I was a little boy, and I never felt comfortable in a situation where I felt deceived or confined by an illusion. As a result, I lived for 28 years as a hermit back in the hills of the Big Island of Hawaii in order to free myself from the deceptions and illusions which are so prevalent in today's culture.
During those years I spent much of my time with a teacher named B.J. who was a strong, lanky fellow looking curiously like some of the pictures I'd seen of St. Germain. When I met him, he said that he'd been an instructor with a present-day, quasi-mystery school which operated out of the East San Francisco Bay Area during the 60's and early 70's called the Morehouse. The primary draw to the Morehouse, he explained, was to help people get more of whatever it was that they wanted. Well, needless to say, that idea appealed to me.
One day while we were taking a break from pruning the avocado trees, B.J. said if I wanted to disentangle myself from the mainstream matrix, I could begin by seeking a higher truth, a truth which he said could be accessed by walking one of three paths: 1.) the path of imitation; 2.) the path of meditation; and/or 3.) the path of experience.
The first path, which he said was the easiest, required us to find someone else who is an example of all that we wanted to be and imitate them. He said that many of our wise elders and teachers from the past, including Jesus, Mother Mary, Buddha, and White Buffalo Calf Woman fit into this category. He also recommended that I keep a copy of the I Ching handy. He said it was the oldest book on the planet, and that whenever I found myself in need of help, it would guide me to the highest truth. (I immediately went out and bought a copy of Carol Anthony's I Ching, and, to this day, I carry it with me wherever I go.)
The second path, according to B.J., is the path of meditation, and its promise is that we can go into the stillness of our mind and, there, discover the truth about whatever we want to know. This path, which he called the noblest, may take some practice, but it allows us to view our surroundings and circumstances from a calmer, more detached point of view. It reveals a bigger picture to us. All we have to do in order to avail ourselves of it's magic is pose a question to ourselves, quiet the activity of our mind for a few minutes, and then wait in stillness and be open to receive an answer. The better we get at stilling the clamor of our extraneous thoughts, the quicker, he said, our answers will come to us.
The third path, which is the one taken by most people nowadays, is the path of experience. He called it the bitterest, and said that life itself will dish out the exact experiences we need to enable us to find the truth. He explained that, at first, his mentors at the Morehouse felt that this path was much too difficult for us, and they recommended that we concentrate our energies on either one of the two easier paths. But then, after carefully observing those of us who had the strength to endure the path of experience, his mentors came to the conclusion that it's how we react to our experiences that matters. They discovered that when we approach our tests with an optimistic attitude, and are completely gentle and honest with ourselves, we place ourselves in the best possible position for gaining a true understanding of our Earthly illusions. They did issue a word of caution, however: they said that it may be a little disconcerting for some of us w hen we discover the degree to which we've allowed ourselves to become immersed in our illusions, and that it's important for us to remember that there's nothing wrong with buying into an illusion, just as long as when we become conscious of it, we retain our freedom of choice. He said that some illusions can be fun; it's when our illusions stop working for us that we need to let them go, or learn how to stay more balanced while we're still in the midst of them.
As we sat under the guava trees, smoking and swatting mosquitoes, I was totally enthralled by what he was saying. In fact, I couldn't remember anyone having ever talked to me like this before. Our conversation had risen above the everyday mundane level, and, to me, it felt like I was being nourished. It felt like somebody cared.
From The Code ~ Intentions in Action
My intention for today is:
I intend I remember that I am strengthened by my adversity.
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