Our memories are the storehouse of life experience. They are always immediately accessible, awaiting only our intention to bring them into focus in any moment. We live in this subtle “cloud” of associations from past experience which constantly influences our decisions and actions throughout the day. While some memories are the automatic lodestones that anchor the pattern of our daily experience, we can also exercise our will to choose which memories and experiences we want to form the conscious context of our lives. Once chosen, they become our preferred “sense of things” providing meaning and values within which we feel comfortable to live, move and have our being.
…the familiar foundations of our living are being challenged
…a great tide is surging through the world
What is emerging at the crest of this wave is a demand for enlightened leadership, the distribution of the world’s abundance according to need, and shared responsibility for our planet as we come to realise that every part of it is essential to the whole. We are beginning to live the truth of the wise teaching of our spiritual Elders:
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.’” Matthew 25:40
…seeds are now shooting up into the light towards the great magnet of the Soul
… this is a time of painful progress for nations. Each nation evolves in its own way: one by war, another by calamity, by labor, by knowledge, or by podvig*. Each nation bears its own karma. This karma can be light, but many nations carry a heavy and difficult karma.
You must tell people that in this evolution of peoples there can be no return to the past. Everyone who realizes the immutability of evolution, has already made his own destiny easier. Everyone who understands the law of labor in the service of humanity helps his own ascent. Everyone who learns to love to serve the evolution of peoples also serves his own evolution. Thus, a great responsibility turns into a light burden.
It will be asked, ‘Why is this time called the Era of the Mother of the World?’ Truly, it must be so named. Woman will bring great help, not only by bringing enlightenment, but also by affirming equilibrium. At times of confusion, the magnet of equilibrium is disturbed, and free will is needed to reunite the broken whole. Maitreya, the Compassionate One, needs co-workers. He who sacrifices himself for the Great Era will reap an abundant harvest.
The Thinker said, ‘Learn how to labor for all humanity.’” Supermundane, 722
This beautiful world is our common home
…Just as a magnet attracts iron and then magnetizes it, so is sustenance given to the magnet of the individual spirit. Without nurture the spirit will not see how many doors are open to it.
According to the law of the interchange of matter, it is necessary to create a steady current of receiving and giving. One should not think that whatever is read once stays in the mind. The gardener is not worthy who visits his garden only once. It is necessary to understand the signs, but for this one should accept them as one’s own. One’s own Book lies at hand. Wondrous is the realization of reverence through which one’s life is transformed…” From Agni Yoga, 377
Collectively we are undergoing an expanding new experience
All the crusades in humanity’s past are nothing in comparison with the March of Maitreya. I affirm that the Great Battle means the renewal of the Earth. The future should be understood not as a battle but as podvig*. One can expect battles not only in the usual sense but also as a reconstruction of life. There may be various periods, but in them one can sense a strengthening of life’s tempo. You already sense this acceleration of rhythm. Everyone can perceive this in accordance with the condition of his nerves, but he will be sure to sense a new cosmic condensation. One can feel a direct intensification of the rays. One can feel anxiety or feel striving into the distance. All of these details will indicate the existence of the same new accelerated rhythm. You can understand how the intensification of energy is laying a new step for the planet’s progress. No one should be surprised that Chaos breaks through, for the Battlefield is enormous. Let us not forget to notice even the smallest manifestations. There is so much diversity in the clashes between the fundamental forces of the Universe!” Heart 184
The human soul is the lodestar by which we sail through the chaos
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* Podvig – This Russian word is often translated into English as “feat” or “achievement,” but it has other meanings. Podvig (подвиг) is not just a result, or the achievement of an objective; it’s a brave and heroic act, an action performed in difficult circumstances. …It is a synonym for selfless acts, for example, a podvig in the name of love.
Thank you Judy and Sydney Goodwill, as once again you sound the note of beauty and fearlessness in these times! Agree wholeheartedly, “At this time, however, the familiar foundations of our living are being challenged…” and yet as you point out, we are in the midst of a simultaneous all-systems breakdown and all-systems breakthrough. The Sydney Goodwill newsletter provides a point of reference for all those who recognise the call to conscious leadership. Gratitude!
Gratitude to you, too, Dot! And for all our co-workers with whom we share service to our world.