Unless you work on your balance every day, YOU will find your point of view being skewed frequently by the temptations of attachment to outcome. When you know people very well it is especially difficult not to be able to communicate your point of view. The miscommunications that always occur almost inevitably will bring up negative emotions, which can only be balanced on a daily basis, as close to the event of imbalance as possible.
The overly-zealous “I can prove it” mentality
is typical of the faithful and committed philosopher or metaphysicist, and the spectre of religious twosomes flogging
pamphlets door-to-door haunts each of us as we move along our
spiritual path attempting to avoid temptations.
Thesis calls antithesis into being. Anything that is not internally balanced within you in mind, body and spirit is fair game for temptation. It is well to work every day on balance as well as on polarity. One tool for working on both of these things is (surprise) meditation, though polarity is probably better worked on by the intuitive mind, in deep and silent meditation and in prayer, whereas one’s power of analysis may usefully be brought to bear on questions of internal balance.
day as you enter meditation, or are leaving it for the night, look
back over your day, and when you perceive that there has been an
imbalance in your day—say you have been very impatient with a
person—you return in mind to that situation, feeling again the
intense impatience you felt earlier. Then, take the time to allow
the antithesis of impatience, patience, to fill your mind gradually,
replacing impatience in a natural flow. Then accept that patience as
being part of your earlier impatience, and forgive both yourself and
the person with whom you were so impatient for the incident, seeing
it as a balanced act rather than an imbalanced one. As of that
moment, your bad opinion of that person has been rescinded, and you
no longer have the temptation of judging that person in a biased
(One other cause of
indulging among channels is the need for earth-heavy food while
channeling high energies. If you are losing weight while eating
normally, you’ll need to eat meat, the redder and rarer the better.
But I have never seen any justification for this frame of mind, because everyone’s question is somewhat different in shape, even though we all want to know precisely the same truth. The problems of clouded perception are almost infinitely subtle. Thus, thinking that you have the answers is incorrect thinking in my book. However, many people go through their lives with a relatively narrow point of view, and are extremely good, giving and productive people, because the view that they embrace is one that is held by a satisfactorily great number of other people in the same community.
The simpler the social structure, the more this is true. This is why people who have lived long in the country may well find far more things unacceptable than people who live in a big city, and have for a significant portion of their lives. Living with a crush of other people nearby teaches one quickly that almost no one thinks as you do. It is a sobering thought for many, and it probably has a lot to do with the popular resurgence of a simpler form of Christianity in this country, because a lot of people do not want to have to be that broad-minded—it is comfortable to have things spelled out: what to believe, what to think, what to do.
Although living by the law is
not something that has ever been shown to work, since people always
break laws, it is one of the great temptations for people who would
prefer not to think. Try to be a little better than the
narrow-minded people who condemn those who do not think as they do.
Withhold judgment and listen to what people have to say regardless
of what it is.
They want to know when it is all going to happen and whether in the
birth of that New Age any part of their particular geographical
vicinity is going to be made unlivable. People want to be able to
survive the cataclysm of the ending of this age, if there’s such in
store, so that they can enjoy the age to come. Being within the
illusion, we all ask questions of our contacts based on the premise
that we will have to be living incarnate in a physical body on this
planet in order to be able to enjoy the coming age. We forget about
the incredible ease of dropping a body and picking up another one.
We forget about the logical shape and rhythm of life and death and
we want to hang onto this life, regardless of the rightness of the
destiny we have programmed for ourselves through the use of our own
desires and experiences.
The passionately opinionated person is always more
powerful than the disinterested one, simply because the advocate has
a motivation for saying something, while the truly disinterested
person is likely to go his own way without bothering to set anyone
straight, from his point of view. However, when the temptations of
ego hit, it will still feel as if you are becoming more powerful,
when actually you are attempting to create, or half-create, your
channeling for the consumption of the audience, which is a no-no!
People are always going to want more and more specific information.
It is possible that they will want information too specific for your
contact to provide on a regular basis. Let’s look at that a little
However, free will is a more important thing to me,
when deciding whether or not to do something, than considerations of
love. If I am going to infringe on someone’s free will by what I say
or do, I have to ask myself what right I have to intrude. I have the
right to influence my family, my friends, perhaps even my neighbors,
if there is some public wrong that needs righting that comes to my
attention. Because I am an inhabitant of planet Earth, I have a
right to influence others.
The “good guys” abide by the Law of Free Will to an amazing degree, pretty much out of necessity. Part of their desire to be of service is reflected in an attitude so polarized toward service that it is literally impossible for an entity to intrude more than a certain amount on any other entity’s free will. Proof is not at any time attempted by metaphysical channels, since each must be free to make each and every choice concerning what to believe and how to live, for himself.
However, negative contacts are very happy to give
polluted information, polluted in the sense that the original
positive message has been taken and edited so as to include
additional information, which may or may not be true, but which is
by its very nature going to depolarize the contact, making it
gradually more negative and less positive, until the balance turns
and the light which you have begun generating by acting in a
polarized manner in service to the Creator goes out. To avoid that
just keep looking for the highest and most informed contact and know
that that contact will be unwilling and even unable to violate the
dictates of free will. And so be warned when you begin to get an
excessive amount of specific information.
If you wish not to limit people’s imaginations by such a blanket disclaimer, you may simply allow yourself to sound silly fairly often, as you channel the explanation that you cannot answer that particular question because it would be an infringement on free will. We are talking about temptation, and the temptation to supply information that is requested is one of the trickier egoic temptations.
You really want
your channeling to be good, and to be received as good. One doesn’t
like to be criticized, and when all one has got for one’s pains is a
series of “I can’t tell you, because it would violate free will,”
the listener may be somewhat less than stunned by the excellence of
your channeling. I advise you to live with that! The potential of
giving in to this kind of temptation is the end of your contact and
of your use as an instrument by positive contacts.
As each new channel gains experience, the subjective case for the source of information as being outside of the waking consciousness gets more and more persuasive until finally the channel no longer has very many qualms about working in any situation where the atmosphere and environment seem conducive to a peaceful session.
unconscious assumption that it really isn’t happening somehow
remains at the bottom of every channel’s mind and when a difficult
question comes up the channel will tend to search his own knowledge,
his own stores of accumulated conscious lore for the answer instead
of leaving the mind free for whatever may come through. The longer
that you have been channeling, the less excuse you have for this
kind of lack of discipline, for the more confident you should be in
the reality of what you are experiencing as an instrument.
People often underrate good advice and overrate
religiously oriented pronouncements, not trusting in their own
powers of discrimination but rather in the power of someone else to
know what is best, if that person is a religious or spiritual
figure. Now, I really think that if you are reading these words,
there is something in you that is saying the phenomenon is real. It
has been a real experience to me and, I think, to many others.
If it is more important to you to produce something for your group than to channel well, channeling is not your area; being an instrument is not your forte. Turn instead to something over which you have complete control, at least in the sense of all your tools’ being in the world of objects. A typical social worker, for instance, must fight a great deal of red tape, ingrained behavior patterns and the emotional biases of many people in order to be of service, but at least he or she does not have to depend on unseen and invisible emanations which are available only unpredictably.
An instrument works closely with uncontrolled
energies; that is, energies not under the conscious control of your
waking personality. Always look at your personality and at the
personality of each student, as you set about the work of
channeling, for if you are not comfortable with the concept of being
overshadowed by a force greater than you, or at least other and
different than you, you will be miserable as a channel, and you will
undoubtedly find the temptation of using your own information to the
exclusion of awaiting the unpredictable contact too much to bear.
You can say to yourself that you are actually just saying what the contact would say if you were channeling and, therefore, are not misleading anyone. This isn’t true. If someone’s opinion is more important to you than your own knowledge that you have channeled honestly, again, you should be in a line of work in which you do not have to depend on unseen friends whose situation you cannot control. If someone whom you do not know asks you a personal question, you will likely not know the answer.
The human temptation is to give the ego a little bit of room and make a comment that would indicate neither that you knew or did not know the information, but did indicate an appropriate attitude. It’s called saving face. Tell it as it is, to yourself and to everyone else. People have only your word that you are channeling at all, much less producing material in good faith from the best source you can contact.
This whole business can be a con game, because a confidence game is based on other people’s trust whether you deserve it or not. Don’t be a con man. Deserve the trust that people will inevitably put in you. You’re not responsible for the information itself but only for the production of that information, by your preparation as an instrument of integrity, by the tuning you have undergone and the challenges you make before you accept contact. Think of yourself as the village philosopher, if you want a handy slot in which to put yourself.
That philosopher has often been a
drunk and when not a drunk, often an idiot. You are merely upholding
a long-standing tradition of people whose minds have been upset and
overshadowed by a force greater than their own, obviously rather
weak minds. Let your mind be called anything, but let your faith in
the overshadowing of a benign and kindly universe capable of
communicating to us furnish you with enthusiasm and respect for the
channeling that you have set out to do.
The title is a kind of temptation; a name that makes your channeling seem better serves to aid the perceived elevation of the contact. Mind you, this is not something you have consciously done. In part you are responding to childhood training perhaps, a childhood in which a Jewish or Christian service you attended filled your ears full of Lords and titles such as Almighty, Everlasting, Blessed, Holy, Omniscient, Omnipresent and Wonderful.
It sounds natural to have Lord Hatonn, for instance, instead of Hatonn in terms of spiritual talk that you have heard previously. Also a factor is the inevitable respect which you will develop for your contact or contacts, causing you unconsciously to give them honor in your own mind. However, it has not been my experience that it is common for even the most far-advanced positively polarized spiritual entity to offer praise on its own behalf or use a title.
The typical contact is attempting to get out of the way of the message itself which the contact considers its only reason for communication. Contacts do seem to take an almost childlike delight in meeting with the people who sit in a session or in meditation. However, they make note of their delight by blessing those whom they have met, not by talking about their titles and honors.
hear such a title, as you inevitably will, challenge the contact
again in the name of the highest and best that you know. Lesser
contacts flee from you if you ally yourself with a matchless point
of view with every fiber of your being. Mind you, there may yet be
an entity who is Lord this or Commander that, who happens to be a
good source of very interesting information. Your contact may be the
exception I have not yet run across. However, the odds are against
You are disciplining your mind and your personality in order that it might be turned over to the highest and best source that you can contact for purposes of information giving. If you attempt to add phenomena to your little list of achievements too quickly, while disregarding and not dealing with the matters and concerns of daily life, you may well cause a real weakness in your being by allowing blockages in the lower energy centers to occur, severely limiting the amount of light that is available for use by the heart chakra.
Respect yourself enough to be yourself, whatever
the temptation to improve artificially or beforehand upon the person
you truly are, right now.