P1 You all float in a safe cloud of divine consciousness and you are nurtured by divine love, whether or not you know it, feel it or experience it. Your total consciousness knows it; your fragmented consciousness does not. Try to connect with your inner being so that you will know this to be true. Creation is the attempt of divine reality to fill the void with life and being. (see lect 23) Fragmented consciousness is a result of the total consciousness spreading and filling every nook and cranny of “space.”
Deep inside your nucleus is an infinite essence. This inward essence is eternal life, eternal reality, eternal beauty, limitless wisdom and love, but although your outer consciousness is connected with the essence, it ignores this fact and seems to be disconnected from it. The task of every fragmented, apparently disconnected aspect of consciousness is to realize its true identity and connection with the real self.
The mind holds this potential for expansion; Using this potential depends only on which way the mind turns, which way the will directs it, which thought the mind chooses in any given instant. These (fragmented) aspects become personalities.
P2 You are all total entities, but your manifest consciousness, with which you identify, is an aspect that your total entity seeks to reunite with. This can happen only when the fragmented aspect of your manifest consciousness makes itself compatible with the nature of the total consciousness. When you are not embodied, when you are aware of your total being, you are also aware of those aspects in you that have remained untended and need healing and purification. In order to follow through the process of spreading and reunification, the aspect to be purified is, for lack of better words, “sent out,” as it were, into the realm of consciousness commensurate with its own state.
The flow of energy rigidifies and makes things and people fixed. An incarnation is thus chosen to fulfill specific tasks in a vast overall plan. Thus, each entity deals differently with the fragmented aspect that needs to be refined. The plans are carefully drawn. Being in the body has one purpose common to everyone: to find the way toward reunifying with essence. It is then up to the conscious mind to decide whether or not it will use the already purified aspects to help the unpurified part in the task fulfillment.
The Higher Self will not and cannot force it upon the conscious mind. This would go against all spiritual law. The task cannot be fulfilled by putting all emphasis on the connection with the divine self that already exists without focusing on the problematic aspects, the blind spots. The process of connection to birth and death from the human standpoint. Let us first take the process of death. Birth will be better understood as a sequel to death. When the inner being permeates the outer personality, the task will be fulfilled.
In this case the person will not only have lived a very full life, but the fluid energy stream of the divine entity will withdraw very gradually. This causes a slow, late and organic deterioration of the body. When the life task has been completely fulfilled, the process is so organic, so natural, that no fear or pain is involved. The personality has developed a strong sense of the continuum of all life, so it will have no contraction or fear that can cause suffering and pain.
P4 But this (when difficulties in life are treated as stepping stones) occurs only when the personality learns to tune in to the inner being and follow its guidance as a result of concentrating on the aspect of the soul that needs to be purified. Then, and then only, are the inner and outer being in full concordance about everything, including the time and the manner of severing ties with the physical vehicle. Only when your problems are resolved can a new aspect of task fulfillment begin. For no personality can go through life without letting others benefit from what it has learned. The need, the urge and the longing to give are an integral part of the soul.
The gauge that measures completion of the task is inner peace, fearlessness and the organic quality of your living and dying. Those who refuse to look in the right direction will feel the tugs and whispers of the inner being in their outer consciousness. The personality then attempts to squelch this voice, to produce a lot of superficial noise and movement so as not to heed it. It is quite possible that a fragmentary personality aspect, embodied in a physical vehicle, is not highly developed at all. Nevertheless, this personality fulfills its task completely. The task is commensurate with such an individual’s potential.
P6 But when death occurs in contraction and fear, it is an inorganic manifestation, even though it is organic in relation to the Higher Self. In these instances, the outer personality is totally unaware of the inner self’s decision and that makes the process of dying all the more difficult and painful, because it seems senseless and arbitrary. The outer consciousness will then struggle against death without realizing that its greater total consciousness has chosen the best solution under the prevailing circumstances.
When the outer personality fights against the inner being’s decision, a tremendous struggle ensues. That struggle may continue even into old age, because the outer personality uses its life force to battle the inner decision. The inner self may allow the outer self to keep the battle going to some extent so that the soul may at least learn some important lessons, which it can then utilize in the next “scene.” In these cases a life-or-death struggle is literally taking place inside.
P7 I would like to discuss the opposite of the case in which the inner being decides for death and the outer personality resists it. For example, if the outer personality refuses to give up stubbornness, the isolated areas that have not been worked out remain obscure and frightening, and the person starts feeling hopeless, without any real cause. Part of the dishonest “game” may be to aggrandize the suffering in order not to “give in,” not to look for new approaches to the self and life.
The self-perpetuating principle accelerates the psychic nuclear point so much that the personality finally believes in its hopelessness. Thus the outer personality finds itself unwilling to move, even though it could. When the total entity terminates life in any of these ways (eg committing suicide), it determines its subsequent life circumstances. These circumstances are figured out in a most exacting way that you cannot even imagine.
Every detail is part of an exacting and intricate equation in which every possibility is taken into consideration. (See Lecture 34). The fluid system of the energy body carries the plan within itself. There are no secrets about it. It has great energetic and magnetic power. It is the most powerful magnetic field an individual is born with and carries through life.
P8 To the degree the life and death process fulfilled the contract from the total entity’s point of view, the future life will create a greater connectedness with the eternal being that you are. The outer personality must make all the efforts; it has to gather its own forces in its disconnected state to establish the bridge. That is the inexorable law.
This infusion of energies from the inner being, interpenetrating the outer personality, is directly connected with the willingness to go through what seems most difficult. This is truly a very simple gauge for you. First the disconnected, conscious mind must make a deliberate effort to be ready for other possibilities. This is its task.
P9 Another equally important aspect of changing the tide is identification. (Lect 195) When you totally identify with gloom and doom, you perpetuate the negative creation and you strengthen the imaginary separation from all that has meaning and is good. So when you feel hopeless it is important to realize that you now identify with your hopelessness.
When you feel self-rejecting, guilty and bad, it is important to realize that you now identify totally with the part of you that is unpurified and hates itself. The fragmented consciousness must find its way back on its own. And only through the means of the disconnected mind can the bridge to the divine be established.
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