I Pray All Is Well With Everyone…And Your Hearts And Minds Are Full Of Love, Joy, And Compassion…For All God’s Children…And All God’s Creation. If That Be The Case…Let Us Give Thanks And Praises For The Expansion Of The Light Within Us…And The Elevation Of Our Consciousness; And Continue Radiating Those Higher Qualities Of Our “Mighty I AM Presence”…Regardless Of the Darkness That Seems To Surround Us – In This Country And the World! For When We Emit The Energy Of Those Higher Qualities Into the Atmosphere – We Are The Illumination…The Representation…Of The Living God That Dwells Within Us! And That Energy…Matters! Amen
Give Thanks And Praises For Love And Life…
And Y’all Be Love…
“The foregoing presentation of an idea of God within reach of the reasonable conception of the human mind, should bring to us a joy in the realization that God is not a myth, an incomprehensible something, or the mere life-principle, or even the spirit of mind, as many are now coming to believe, which is a vagary that, at best, can bring but little comfort, and certainly cannot produce the faith requisite to command zeal of action. The childish feeling of wonder at the incomprehensibility of God has been such in the past as to cause an actual fear of spirit and spirit-manifestation. This wonder and fear have not been confined to the ignorant.
According to late newspaper reports, a prominent minister of England, upon witnessing a phenomenon attendant upon a woman engaged in a “religious revival,” was actually frightened at the manifestation of light, because it was supposed to be a manifestation of Spirit. We believe that fear causes much of the materialism and skepticism as to God and Spirit and the power of his angels to appear to men, and guide their lives as in Bible times. Much skepticism also arises from the vagueness of the popular conception of God and his angels.
The Lord Christ, who spoke with the authority of Yahveh Elohim, pointed forward to the present time when he said, “The hour cometh, when I shall no more speak to you in proverbs, but shall tell you plainly of the Father,” and if the Spirit through the instrumentality of this volume has told you plainly of the Father, you should not allow the realistic conception of God to lower the greatness and sublimity of the ideal conception.
The natural inclination of man is to lose interest in a thing and to lower his estimate of it as soon as he begins to comprehend it; but we assure you that were it possible for you to have a glimpse of the realities of the existence of that wondrous Brotherhood, Yahveh Elohim, the Creators of the world, you would find their real nature and character so far transcending your former conception of God, that your mind would sink beneath its effort to comprehend the wonders of that Deific Mind. Yet God in his love, wisdom, and goodness has so constructed us in his image and has led us so far into his likeness, that we can now begin to apprehend something of the realities of his own great nature.
If what has been said enables you, the true child of God, to look up with a realistic conception and exclaim in the language of the Master, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on, earth,” then you will begin to comprehend the reason for the opening words of this prayer; for the soul recognizes the Father not as a myth, not as something far beyond the possibility of our perception, but as a real, tangible Existence, as an intelligent Being that is able to sympathize, through knowledge gained by experience, with all the weaknesses, all the vicissitudes of the human family, and yet loves us with a love transcending the love of the mother for the child in her arms, or the love of a husband for his bride.
This is a realization that will bring us nearer to God and bring God nearer to us; and in the order of the heavens, established by the great wisdom and goodness of God, we are brought in direct touch with his mind, his will, his loving sympathy, and his all-pervading mentality. As to how we are brought in touch with God’s great nature, we have not been left to speculate, for every great truth has been recorded in some form in that wondrous book, the Bible.
The apostle in his letter to the Hebrews said: “But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable hosts of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant.”
Here the apostle, either by vision or by revelation, is given to understand the order of the heavens and announces it by speaking of “just men made perfect,” and of the “church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven.” It has been given us to know – and reason substantiates the fact – that according to the grade of development is the nearness of the soul to the throne of the everlasting Father, so that there are in the spirit-world at the present time, not only the wondrous body of Yahveh Elohim, but there are angel-spirits ranking in gradatory order from the highest sphere down to the border-land, between the mundane and the spiritual.
Therefore when Yahveh Elohim has a message to send to the sons of earth, it is sent through the angel messengers, through “the spirits of just men made perfect;” and we have reason to believe that it is sent from one to another, until a messenger is reached whose potentiality enables him to meet the capacity of man who is to receive the message, for there are angels so highly developed that their words would be to man a consuming fire. Therefore the word of Yahveh Elohim must be passed down through the mind-organs of those who are nearer to man, in order that he may be enabled to receive it without injury.
The Lord Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you.” (John xiv. 2). In Jacob’s vision “He dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. And, behold, Yahveh stood above it.” (Gen. xxviii. 12, 13).
Thus this gradation is, as it were, a ladder set up on the earth, (man), whose top reaches to heaven, Yahveh being at the head of the ladder, and each rung of the ladder from Yahveh down to man a stage of unfoldment, of spirit-life, and all the angels upon these varied planes are, as the Apostle Paul said, “ministering spirits, sent forth to do service for the sake of them that shall inherit salvation.” These ministering spirits minister to man according to his unfoldment.
The ministering spirits – ministering to those among men who are sufficiently developed to receive heavenly truths and to put them into practice – have overcome, and entered the realm of immortality; in other words, they are souls that are not bound to the earth-sphere, but live from the heavens. There are, however, multitudes of souls that are earth-bound, that know nothing of the realities of a spirit-existence; these are they that spiritualists – so-called – are dealing with, and among these earth-bound souls there are as many malignant, evil-designed personalities, as there are in the physical body among men – yea, more.
Thus we find ourselves on the earth-plane surrounded by dark and malignant spirits; yet these dark forces have no power at all except what is derived from the spirit of the mundane or the earthly spirit. And so far as the children of God ally themselves to the Spirit of God in covenant relation, and place their hand, as it were, in the hand of God’s angel, overcoming fear and following the leadings of that divine messenger wholly, to that degree, they are safe.
As the fulness of times has come and the souls of men have ripened and matured, the period when men are to come into the image and the likeness of God is at hand, and in order to bring about this image and likeness, an advance in knowledge is necessary.
To be told “plainly of the Father” and of his son – of the object of his coming and the methods by which we may come into unity, oneness, harmony, with him – is an absolute prerequisite. It is also just as necessary to expunge the errors from our thought and to realize that we have a loving, merciful and kind Father, who is our Father by virtue of creation, by virtue of regeneration, and by virtue of having been begotten from above, so that it is possible for us to enter that bosom of love and to become partakers of that mind, wisdom, knowledge, and power.
Being partakers of him, of his great nature, our souls are fed with immortal food, and by that food they grow, unfold; and the consciousness of God the Father, daily becomes more vivid, the realization more perfect, which enables the soul to look up as a little child into the face of its loving mother or father, and to say, ‘”Our Father.” If this work enables you to do this with a more vivid realization, it will have accomplished much.
To leave the thought here, however, may leave an open door for some dear souls to be misled for a time, for, from the picture that we have presented, as the mind takes hold of the great truth that God’s angels are not a separate creation, but, as the apostle Paul declared, are “souls of just men made perfect,” some may imagine in some vague way that these souls occupy certain spaces, one above another, as if in suspension in the heavens, from the abode of the Elohim to the earth; but the facts are these:
Spirit consciousness is consciousness of him who is the “fulness that filleth all things,” for Yahveh is Spirit and inter-pervades all space. To the soul that is awakened to a spiritual consciousness, there is no sense of distance; that is to say, time and space are virtually obliterated and the soul is conscious only of the presence of the center of that quality that it has come in touch with; so that if we should attempt to locate spirit-heavens, it would be only relative to the sphere of consciousness of the soul, and would have no relation to distance or to locality.
Yahveh, the God of the universe, embodies all qualities that exist, and the beginning of spirit-consciousness is an awakening to certain qualities. The higher the soul, the more comprehensive its ability to grasp the multifarious qualities existing in Divinity, and the lower the soul in degree of unfoldment, the more restricted is its comprehension of various qualities.
Swedenborg had a vague and imperfect idea regarding the spiritual heavens. He claimed that he visited many heavens of souls in their different degrees of unfoldment. Be that as it may, one thing is certain – there are centers, so to speak, where souls of like development are gathered together, all the way from the child-spirit that is highly unfolded but still a child, up to the pure love-sphere of innocence and purity, and so on up into the realm of mind; and each of these centers – or heavens – is approachable by certain means, which the person will apply during the progress of his development.”
The Goal of Life, by Hiram Butler, 1908