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The Spirit awaiting

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When the human self has become aware of its inner purpose and has the confidence to aspire to greater possibilities then service to others evolves out of this. A generous community involvement leads to more secure inner growth and the release of creative expression, and a belief in a higher purpose is an essential part of the healthy human spirit.

 

There are no short cuts in life. Everything of value has to be worked for, and the fruits of experience have to be ensouled if they are to manifest a social environment that allows the earth and its people to realise their full potential.

Life is simple. It flows out of a creative process ruled by natural law. And yet the belief structures that have been forced on this earth in recent times are clearly lacking in those essential qualities of sensitivity, patience, concern, nurturing and encouragement that can bring vibrancy and purpose into our lives. People are frightened, defensive, cynical and confused. Most want a better world, but they lack the courage to enforce it, and so the old disempowering ways of privilege and corruption continue.

Spiritual guides usually approach these issues from the perspective of healing in its widest sense. They seek to liberate truth by focussing on the source of being, the light revealing the causes of self-denial and dissolving them. Self-worth waits patiently to be rediscovered so that the harmony, the aliveness, the optimism, that are needed for a healthy personality radiate out to create a better life and a better world.
When the human self has become aware of its inner purpose and has the confidence to aspire to greater possibilities then service to others evolves out of this. A generous community involvement leads to more secure inner growth and the release of creative expression, and a belief in a higher purpose is an essential part of the healthy human spirit.

Clearly then, there must be a consistent harnessing of the collective will to a higher purpose. The freedom of an awakened spiritual consciousness requires discipline so that it can be powerfully directed into a constructive future. This applies to groups also. There must be times of celebration, but this is not the irresponsible search for liberation that overwhelms so many people today. It is in the young that the future of this planet lies, and it is heartening that in the shadow of so much challenge, many of the elders have begun to teach a way of responsibility to the next generation. But to truly listen is to transfer allegiance. To hear and heed the voice of the secret self is often a painful process and so many still opt for the easy paths of dependency and selfishness that remain entrenched in many facets of our collective psyche. The structures that could pass on skills within apprenticeship and peer learning, that encourage community values and instil a moral purpose free from rigidity and fear, have been dismantled and sacrificed on the alter of materialism.

Many people living in Australia have incarnated here before and have returned with unfinished business. I know that I came to settle in Perth with my parents in the very early days of Perth, where I felt that I had a responsibility to help the Aborigines who were being so shamefully treated. But I succumbed to drink and other excesses and failed to carry out my mission. So I am back now to make good this neglect. Spiritual centres need to be established on ancient power points and I know that I must participate in founding an important centre based on one of the aboriginal massacre sites that remain scarred and weeping.

We are all drawn to where we are needed yet so many are denying their wider responsibilities, particularly to events from the past which still fester in our midst. We look at the incendiary race situation that has blown up so aggressively at this time and hope that it will force us to look more closely into what our responsibilities are as temporary custodians of the ancient ways in this modern world. The convict history hangs as a burden on the souls of many other people. We want to ignore these issues, but we must not. The platitudes of some of our leaders fail completely to address the primary causes and convey the right redemptive message. It is sad to say but Australia has become an escapist country, proud for all the wrong reasons.

Those who wish to create a spiritual community must be willing to put aside all those ways of exclusiveness and rivalry, must bring people together, creative people wanting to share their skills, and must inspire the reluctant ones to greater effort. They must also provide meditation and envisioning as an essential part of the fellowship that seeks to transcend the petty concerns of the earth mind. Out of this working environment of loving dedication, many people can then be drawn in who are beginning to honestly face themselves and who really want to address the complicated karma that lies in the soul of humanity today.

The times are propitious and the urge to create new initiatives based on and promulgating the principles of right living will grow rapidly now. From these centres we can expect that a subtle and unifying purpose will spread out and infiltrate the orthodox and hidebound structures and open them up to a greater compassion. Then, rather than remain just as an isolated involvement for the few, these pockets of divine intention will reveal a potency that cannot be ignored. In time, in concert, all such communities will be part of a substantial uplifting of the spirit in this country into the ways of global enhancement that are natural and ever expanding.

 

Greg Branson, author and international course facilitator.

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