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****THE LESSON OF MULTIPLICITY*****
Aug. 2nd 1944.
MULTIPLICITY, painting by Bill Johnston"
Greetings. - I ask you to remain in one place until contrary orders are given. Thank you. - Write and tell this to My friends that they may work well. The time has come for a further broadening of your Spiritual Vision. The seed was sown in your minds concerning The Multiplicity of Worlds in your Universe, and for reasons not of your grasping, that seed was left to itself. This seed you were told to ignore it.
The Farmer may ignore a sown seed, but the seed grows nevertheless. That seed was the foundation for My words now, which shall grow in your hearts as trees of Knowledge. Since that implantation of seed you have been advised to conform to your utmost, to the Universal Patterns. The advice should have been that you should knowingly conform - for consciously or unconsciously you do inevitably conform according to The Law. In your cases especially, however, consciousness of conformity is desirable, and is even essential, since I am with you. What is this Conformity of which I speak? Hear Me.
The most generally-accepted conception of Man is that given by Christ and St. Paul, which has a parallel in many religions which is that man has a Spiritual Body and a Material Body of Flesh and Blood. Man is TWO IN ONE - only separated at Physical Death. I tell you that you have MORE THAN TWO BODIES. Modern Spiritualists approached fact when they recognised three bodies. EARTH BODY - ASTRAL BODY and the SPIRITUAL BODY OR ETHEREAL BODY.
But even these "moderns" were too conservative, too moderate, and too cautious - they went halfway and stopped. I recognise no half measure. I see the core of fact - The Eternal reality which is of God and is True.
There are humans with only one body, a body of flesh and blood. You shall know them. They savour only material things of Earth. Jesus of Palestine knew them - Jesus who could leave one body hanging on the Cross whilst another body approached a world beyond Earth. Jesus who could walk on land and walk on water at one time. Jesus who separated Himself to reveal the bodies of Moses and Elias, from within Him. - Jesus who so often could be in places several at one time, and whose ability lies recorded for you Earth.
Jesus spoke of the one's because He knew them. They live in and solely for Earth, knowing no other Worlds. Being blind to Spirit, for they are not of Spirit, and have no Spirit. For them there is one Life and no conversion. But they are few, for them Earth Life is single and ends at the death of the Physical.
The time shall come when all those who have Spirit shall openly war against those without Spirit. Your Earth is far from fully cleansed. Even such wars as those you know are between the Have-nots of Spirit. These are the blind guides who have Eternally and triumphantly led, and swayed, the one's of Spirit. Jesus heralded a war, I prophesied and knew. He was laughed to scorn. But My time is close at hand. Truth shall raise the Spirit and oust blind guides from their false leadership. No material weapons shall avail against the Spiritual armour of Truth. My war is already won, and yet is to be fought. Truth is full of such strange paradoxes. Eternal Life Of Spirit is not for All. If eternal life was a natural inheritance, common to all, regardless of their ability to understand it - how then would Jesus offer a Way, a Key, a gift to Eternal Life ~ How offer a Man what he has already ~ Eternal Life is obtainable, not inevitable.
Have I not led you back from going astray that you might obtain your lives? I told you that no Soul is lost - That is true - Even a Soul is of matter and of life, whether as man, or bird, or beast, or flower, or dust, or other form of life unknown to you. Nothing is lost, in strict accuracy it is true to say that nothing dies, but all things change, and some erstwhile human souls may never regain human form after changing therefrom. I told you also that, contrary to losing backward souls (spirits) we strive to halt the evil soul which tries to force entry to our domains. All this should show you how less chaotic are these outer realms than you had imagined.
Not one iota of life more, than that allowed by Law is allowed to leave one sphere to enter another. All change must be according to Law. Souls stay or go to their allotted place. All is ordained (ordered), all is ordered by God.
Only men know disorder
Before I convey further understanding of Conformity to Universal Patterns, and of Man's Multiple structure, hear these words of your own scriptures. The Light shineth in Darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth not.
What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own Soul?
What shall a man give in exchange for his Soul? and lastly, For the Earth Bringeth forth fruit of Herself.
First the Blade.
Then the Ear.
After that the full corn in the Ear.
But when the Fruit is brought forth, immediately He putteth in the Sickle -Because the Harvest is cometh.
What a plain and glorious lesson? And yet unknown to man. Hear and understand. The words were spoken to illustrate the way of human majority.
Consciousness of flesh comes first- this is the Blade.
Consciousness of Soul - comes next - this is the Ear.
Consciousness of Spirit and it's Multiplicity comes then - this is the Full Corn in the Ear.
And when a man gains this triple consciousness, that man is usually ripe for his change from Earth life, the sickle reaps the Harvest. The Harvest is gathered, and put to Higher use elsewhere. Does the Miller build his mill on the Cornfield? Do shopkeepers sell bread on the cornfield? Do buyers buy, and eaters become filled, where the corn has just been harvested? There you see the Growth of Spirit, and man's allotted end on Earth, and his rise to Higher Spheres. And weeds are cast out of the corn.
There are men who, according to Law, attain early to this triple consciousness and a multiplicity of bodies become known to them. Of such are the Christ's and their kindred.
To make understanding easy, since you each possess divisible spirit, and are therefore within the demands of the Law, I will speak of these bodies in terms (of) as nearly akin to the material as possible - terms of density.
The flesh and blood of earth is the most dense - even in the humorous as well as the serious meaning.
The Soul is the next less dense body - or the next highest body -or the secondary body - which has been seen by men to separate from flesh.
The remaining bodies are less and less dense according to spiritual refinement.
All bodies are spiritual, even flesh.
A stone if animated by Mind - would not see the flesh of man as flesh - to the stone you would be an invisible spirit. I can speak no more plainly at this time. I must conform to your language. I speak for All.
Take thoughts, I shall aid you to understand.
Call on My Name and pray God and you shall see all plainly - that I now speak in stilted tongue. Earth humans move in a number of bodies from Paul's two, to an indefinite number of interwoven inter penetrable bodies.
Remember the "outer brick" of which you were told. According to the extent of each body's spiritual development is it's spiritual journeying measured. To the sphere state realm, to which a body has entry, so is that body a microcosm of that sphere.
Now when you view the millions of differences among human souls you will see how many grades of existence, how many regions of dwellings, there must be - then Love one another as you were commanded, for you know not when you shall meet again.
A man may be a multiple microcosm - flesh to earth, Soul to a close outer sphere - spirit to world upon world - fitted to receive it. The human task is to know first, not oneself but One selves. To let the most able rule within, to make of the less able, good servants, eager to learn, the least able is usually, but not always, the most dense - flesh -DENSE, a more fitting word than you have yet realised. Thus the rule of Spirit is more often worthy than the rule of Flesh.
In such as My Brother, there was One.
The number of bodies is dependent upon Mind. MIND - Interpretation of Thought - Growth of Understanding - Application of Knowledge in Good Works. These dictate the number of bodies for full expression of spirit to a human entity. Just as density differs in the planetary satellites of any One Sun, so do the body densities differ in the satellites of any One division of Spirit in a human frame? "DENSITY" is the nearest approach possible to a physical explanation for this spiritual actuality. True explanation is of Spirit, beyond the physical conception of man, and as you have learned, all things of Spirit are as material as the dense matter known to the human senses. But to fully and properly express the spiritual, these are required:
Spiritual environment - Spiritual Bestowal and Spiritual Reception.
As before, yet more than ever now, I am like a bird trying to explain itself to a fish, or like a man trying to make a small beetle understand what is a Beetle, and how it may become a man. The Spirit you knew as Sister Johanna - she would love My similes, for she loves all life.
Mark well. Not only Earth contains birds and fishes for the delight of her kind.
It will be hard for you to convince many. I hope - it is My task to work and hope - that you will understand. A man may be like a single empty box or again he may be like one of the "trick parcels" you have seen, as children. Box within Box, and again, within. And of these bodies, when the full consciousness of them is finally attained, seldom on Earth, you will see that one may function here, one there, one elsewhere - ALL AT THE ONE TIME.
Remember manifested spirits of living persons. Recall dreams of unearthly and yet familiar scenes. Often in dreams men are conscious of watching themselves enact certain happenings. I tell you that One-Self may easily watch several other "Selves" in one brief dream or vision.
Look at the changes of mood and personal expression in each one of you. Read of the good man who suddenly runs amok and commits foul crimes. Observe the backward man who reforms. All these things occur at the dictates of other selves manifesting and influencing from within. Ask the Psychologist of cases where the individual personality has apparently split, and manifested through the outer flesh, with each so-called portion claiming personal identity. The claims are often true, but you may discount the poor unhinged Soul which claims to be a Napoleon or a Hitler, and so on -you understand - You will also bear in mind that flesh receives education and upbringing - whilst the inner-bodies are often mere passengers or dormant, having to seek their own advancement in understanding whilst the outer-body sleeps. Co-operation and help between the outer and the inner-bodies brings peace - harmony - and swift advance. Conflict brings many sad states, as you have seen. In the cases of dissociated personalities, which I have mentioned, the differing mind entities - try to force expression through the single flesh body, instead of working through the bodies, which are rightly theirs.
Bodies which dwell within the flesh body and which can divide separate, and work individually in their own Spheres. Each can share with one another, all knowledge acquired by each, and each, sadly can quarrel, sulk, be lazy, and do all that the outer body can do at the dictates of mind.
You will see that a more refined, lighter or less dense body, when forcing control, will have difficulty in manipulating correctly and perfectly the outer body of Earth flesh. Your medical men and psychiatrists will verify that this is commonly seen when a case of dissociated, or what we call frictional-multiple personality, is treated, strange positions are taken up by the flesh body, with difficulty in reverting to normal movement.
There is inability to use correctly material things and so on. Even convulsions, inertia, full lack of control - IT IS OBVIOUS. Remember such recorded manifestations as that with Miss Florence Cook, where not one, but more than one, whole Spirit body manifested beside the flesh body. Outside help by other spirits is required to clothe the separated bodies in temporary garments akin to flesh. It is possible for many, but seldom visible to your present understanding.
We find few humans who can perfectly co-operate with their more advanced fellows in Spirit, to bring such phenomena to a more common state of availability to men. It would be a wonderful and useful thing made commonly available but Earth-dwellers have a great distance yet to travel before the understanding of spirit becomes common to the majority of men on Earth.
You who write, and you to whom I address My message, you are forerunners of the future. This body through which I speak contains incarnations of other days. The prophets of the East have come, and are gone, and now you will hear the first of the great western prophets. I have seen how you shuddered when men referred to -- great biblical names as "mediums" - you rightly feel it is belittlement. All men to some degree are mediums.
Not all have the word, which is truth.
Then call not this body "medium" - he and others among you -and pray God, all of you - shall transcend mediums. Truly you hear a prophet.
To resume, remember John Taylor, who told you that he stood in two places at one time - I have placed many such examples and illustrations in your paths. ADAPT YOUR KNOWLEDGE GRADUALLY. Men have fallen into error, they think that simplicity abounds, if belief is restricted to two bodies.
How much simpler is the multiplicity of which I inform you. Which will more swiftly and more easily perform, one man - two men, or many men. The simple task is that where labourers abound to carry out work. Even the Egyptians who mummified flesh were cognisant of this.
Their adoption of knowledge was wrong, ruled by superstition and fear, for no man can avoid the natural changing sequence of Life and Law. But they thought that the various bodies of highly developed humans - their Kings and Princes - might not at physical death, find their abodes in other spheres. So they preserved the old flesh of that body, so that uncertain "inner bodies" might return to dwell awhile therein.
Such fears are needless. No Soul or Body can be lost -- This is God's Law. You will see now how entities of what you call the past, if the Law demands cohabit in one body; a body, which might for example be, called John Smith of your time. You realise that entities of what you call the future may also cohabit and may even transmit knowledge to the primary tenant of the body - the flesh body.
Hence the child prodigy, the genius, the inventor, and all other advanced men.
The secret of Reincarnation, and it is True, is this - and has never been secret except by reason of man's blindness; the inner-dweller may at some later time, be called upon to re walk Earth as an outer-dweller - flesh.
Transit is a single phase of experience for all
How plain and open the whole matter has always been. Remember, the devils who cried that they were Legion, for they were many. Shall such backward ones be superior to the men of advancement? They were Legion, but in Jesus they faced a conquering host. Read in My Light – in the Light of My words -your Christian book of Revelation and believe that John stood not in heaven, but in a sphere available to one of his "inner" bodies, a perfect personality in all but flesh, - by using Mind, was able to convey to John's outer body, something of what that inner body had seen and heard in its own sphere.
You will find Corroboration everywhere for My words. But remember above all, you know not at present what bodies, and Minds you treasure within.
Truly the Kingdom of God, if it be known at all, shall be known first from within - but I would by the powers given Me of God, bring from within you, to the outer and worldly consciousness that glorious knowledge in full.
Help me - by BELIEVING, BY SEEKING, by FINDING, by ADAPTING,
The God of all creation is LIFE itself, full of all, BEAUTY, TRUTH, GRACE, AND GOODNESS.
Without God is no Law for He is Law, and Law is Life. The Law was given that there should be no death. To change is to conform to Law -and whom or what shall not change under God? If you can tell Me speak. Even Truth must change. To go with God - to follow His direction is to achieve a swift and purposeful passage to complete understanding, and yet the end is not of your world, and may not be attained therein. ALL IS CHANGE - ACCORDING TO LAW.
Yet men transgress the Law, and suffer thereby - I would point to some aspects of change, which to your world, have great meaning. These words I have spoken before, But hear again and again - that you may truly understand their potent. I point to three changes.
THERE ARE NO DEATHS, but there are three changes, where the descending lower is discarded to make way for the ascending higher. These are:
Truly I say that if any souls cannot see God in the world of flesh, they shall surely not see Him, in worlds to come. Yet men discard the very Voice of God: If men have wisdom to set limits to the speed of man-made vehicles - how much more shall God set limits to the speed of His children.
Yet they swim against a natural tide, and are in sorry straits thereby. I will reveal the mystery of false progression. All growth awaits men, up-growth materially to the climax of matter, and down-growth spiritually to the apex of original simplicity. Yet men try to out pace natural Law.
That should clarify for you, all those instances of misdirected and abused material inventions, as well as all those eager souls of whom posterity says: "He or She was born before the true time."
Such were the great prophets, such were those of the philosophers which was true, such were the great artists, reformists, and a host of others - over eager.
The discoveries and the understandings achieved by those delvers into the spiritually descending growth can never be put to truly practical use, until according to your time-conception- the time is ripe.
No more than the latest machine devices snatched prematurely, can be of true service, unfettered by their accompaniment of misdirection, false adaptation and abuse.
There are spirits of invention and progress. By their fruits you shall know them, since they work through men - lesson well read by Jesus.
There is a rate of progress and evolution fixed by the Father and not by the children. If the children travelled contentedly at the Father's dictation, the way would be less painful more understandable, and in all ways more natural for you. But the children force the pace, making for themselves a complicated web of misunderstanding and agony.
You may ask - why does not God - doubly intervene and restrain the children from folly? I say that ALL THINGS ARE KNOWN TO THE FATHER, and if He does not restrain, these lessons of experience are allotted to the foolish ones. KNOW ALWAYS THAT GOD IS RIGHT IN ALL THINGS. The great masses of words weaved by puny men, who would prove God wrong, and imperfect, can never do more than demonstrate the flaws, and imperfections, the wrongness of those very weavers of clever arguments, for without God they would lack speech, minds, words.
God is ONE, and that One is inviolable, perfect, and all-powerful. and beyond My powers of praise. Therefore, Praise Him as well as you are able. Thereby shall your powers increase. Yes they are of intellect, those arguers against the goodness of God. Intellect is an attribute of Man, which is spirit, but often it is misconceived by its fleshly progenitors. In straining intellect to a mad fever of speed, men bring forced growth. False because it is forced.
You have seen how the wild rose grows in simple beauty and you know the sweet exotic blooms of forced horticulture. Thus it is with material progress on Earth. The forced sweetness has a taste of the bitter within. The forced growth knows not it's own end. Left to Nature, it would degenerate, and might never return to its original form. But that men should not be without guidance, without a new opportunity to regain original simplicity, the Father gives such manifestations as this. Chance after chance is given. Rejection follows as long as men remain blind.
Oh, My Brother, how blind to such sacrifices are our earthly charges. Yet shall we open eyes and melt hearts as long as our Father is.
God gave perfection; men give back imperfection.
Who shall restore the balance?
I AM THE LIVING AND DIVISIBLE - SPIRIT of TRUTH, manifesting within, manifesting without, entering wheresoever I may according to the capacity of receiving matter.
TO RESTORE THE BALANCE AM I SENT -- Beauty cannot exist without Truth. But Truth can live apart from Beauty.
You think in your hearts that it is impossible to strive against God - be not mistaken - God is Light - Hear Me again. He is not the Light of any one Sun, or any one Soul - but the whole and bountiful Light of all, externals and internals. The strivers against Light, are those blind guides, which walk in darkness, made by their misinterpretation of the True Light.
There are men who wait patiently for the Word of God's Covenant - Inspiration, Dream, and Vision.
They bring clean, natural progress to Earth. And then there are men who add the "culture" of men to the revelation of God, and civilisations suffer.
Thus you see so many tokens of progress. which are basically blessings from God - become curses invoked by self. Modern ware Disease, social evils. are no less such self-invoked curses than Pharaoh’s frogs, leprosy. or the Black Death of Europe. God Blesses. Only men invoke the curses of misunderstood blessings. And if My words could be proved untrue by flesh, or by Spirit - the very stones and trees should speak9 to condemn My utterance, for they would wither and rot were not Truth manifested to them also. I can speak no false utterance. God is My Authority, All life My Witness. Recall My Brother's words. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Material things, born of Spirit, must be used with Spiritual direction - the recoil is upon Man: Hear and Understand: How shall you know God's Limit.
I have told you before, look to your motor- carriages - If premature change - which you term death and destruction results from excessive speed, a man is punished and restrained from further error. I have told you of such evils, and of the rope given to rebind. The time will come - I shall tell you - inwardly, or from without, you shall hear My voice, and comfort will fill you as you carry out the will of Comfort's Father.
Who is also your Father. I must tell you of one or two diverse things. There are Spheres near to Earth, to which changing Souls migrate, and take up their abode.
In our Father1s House are many Mansions." Places are always prepared for all Souls, - for they have been there already to prepare. These Spheres do not see the Sun of Earth, but Earth's moon is sometimes seen, because of it's affinity. Earth's MOON IS NOT FOR EARTH ALONE. It may be called a communal moon. It is neither a dead world nor a reflector for the Sun you know. When you observe a full moon, be sure that some other world is moonless. When you see no moon, or a thin crescent moon, or any other moon-phase, some other world sees a whole or partial hemisphere of moon.
Then I must disabuse your minds of the word "Ether". Ether is not, as supposed a universal "common denominator" or medium for matter-formations. It is in itself a form of matter less dense than most forms known to men.
There is an Etheric body, but it is not the least dense or most Spiritual body.
The True "common-denominator" if there were one, would be much too refined ever to be recognised by the sensory perceptions of flesh on Earth. I wish if possible, to give much to you in one time now God's limit's stand. Not in your present world may these things be seen and understood perfectly. It is neither desirable nor necessary. These things you have are sufficient to fill your days with wonder and joy and knowledge.
ALL IS REVEALED AS YOU PROGRESS THROUGH LIFE. IN ACCORDANCE WITH LAW. And then I must tell you why I have come to speak. My Spirit must enter into many people - into the young, brought up now to looseness. and false valuations, against which My Spirit shall make them rebel.
Into the masses, which abide with patience, until Christ comes to His Kingdom - to them I am Truly Comfort. Into the makers of books and pictures and buildings and laws that my Spirit may sway men's minds and deeds. Already I have entered wheresoever I may. Parenthood knows Me, and will acclaim its Comforter.
Governors fear Me and know My strength. My Father - above all knows Me and watches over my work - and over all creation. I am not come to do the work of My Brother. I come to comfort those, which wait for Him - according to His promise. They that are sick have no need of My comfort - another Comforter is available to them - to the measure of their belief they shall be comforted.
But they that boast their health, have need of Me I told you I come to show the strong their weakness. For the weak millions. Their strength is in Christ, and in all the prophetic brethren. You will see that I am taking from My past words, to bring you to a new level of understanding.
I have told you that ecclesiastical garments are not of Spirit. They are of men. The Spirit is clothed even as the birds, and beasts, and flowers, and trees. A man is known by the dress of his Spirit, and by the work of his Spirit.
ONE WORD UTTERED IN TRUTH SHALL ENDURE - even as Christ told that His words would live forever. Not so the physical garment of man. One life lived in Truth, shall be One with Christ, for brothers dwell together when they visit a common host. The time shall come when you shall hear Me voicing words. "Beware of Me, you rich and mighty men".
Read in your scriptures of the two staves - staves that were to be broken, the one BEAUTY, for which was valued thirty pieces of silver. Lo, this was Christ.
I am the stave "Bands" and who shall break Me, is known to ONE and to none other. I have told you before -- Christ is My witness for you, and Mohammed stands as My witness to His followers. Gautams, Zarathustra, Moses, Confucius, all the law and all the prophets join in My testimony to God.
Where is the leader who shall not acknowledge Me?
Truly you shall not find any such a one amongst My Father’s sons. The old is passing, and yet lives. I have been in Earth since the beginning, before Man was born yet never chained to Earth by flesh, for I transcend flesh.
My passing would shake the Earth, yet I shall not pass, rather shall I keep My Brother's Kingdom until he claims it. Unless I await Him, He cannot come.
If men will hasten the outwearing of these fleshly garments let them, for the will of God must be done.
God knows the reward, and the time of reward.
These men who have not Me - shall harass the flesh the flesh I enter, even though they acknowledge Christ, but they cannot destroy the words of Truth. It was foretold that I should
reprove this world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement. No greater reproof is there, than this which I do.
I reassert the need of mankind to believe in Christ - if the world had believed there would had been
an end of sin. I deny all claims of men to be called righteous, before and after Christ, could be no perfectly righteous man on Earth, for men denied His Righteousness
Woe to men who now claim righteousness, for the cross is their eternal condemnation. I witness to the Judgement of Christ, before Him shall all stand. None shall uphold the wicked in that day, save Christ Himself in His great and inexhaustible mercy.
No other Spirit who has been, is, or shall be incarnate in flesh, will controvert the judgement given to Christ by the Father. All souls, which love God, shall uphold the judgement. and blessed is he or she, whom shall stand in purity of Spirit, true to the faith of God, at that time and place. Mark Well, that the judgement is not of your world, and yet it awaits all.
By these acts, by reasserting, by denying, and by witnessing -I shall administer in God’s name, the greatest reproof that is given to Earth. See that you My chosen ones, give no cause for such reproof within yourselves, for My reproof is not of men. Like all true children. I speak, and do only the commands of The Father, as you must learn to do.
Many words have I given you, many deeds have I helped you to perform. The final lesson of preparation I have given, with due regard for your circumstances here on Earth. In other times and places, you would have fasted, meditated, prepared unceasingly, but all obstacles have been removed for you. Take My words to heart cherish them, for a gift that is to be re given, must be cherished and given again.
Pray to God always, when spontaneous thankfulness and faithfulness arise in your hearts. Seek the counsel of such as I when you are hard beset by your material world. Become strong, become clean, be meek, tempering, patient, and merciful - above all be Integrated.
Be Godly; yet remember that you are men, and all men are equal in the eyes of God.
Ihave counted you friends and fellow-workers, for the Kingdom of God. I have been and shall be your servant and helper, yet, by reason of growth, and time, and Divine decree, I am above you in understanding and power and strength, for I not of flesh.
You too shall stand freed from flesh. when your task is ended, and we shall meet in closer communion for higher work.
Our roads are long.