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BECOME AS A CHILD!, part 1 One day it happened that a disciple went to Jmmanuel and said, "Who is the greatest in spirit?" Jmmanuel called to a child who was nearby, and placed it among them and spoke, "Verily I say to you, if you do not change and become as the children, you will not become great in spirit. He who searches and seeks and gathers understanding, who thirsts for knowledge as this child, will be great in spirit. And he who searches and seeks and finds like such a child, will be in himself always the greatest. But he who does not heed this truth and follows false teachings, and neither searches nor finds, would be better off with a millstone around his neck, hanged, and drowned at sea, where it is the deepest, for there is no sense in life and there is no fulfilling of its meaning without searching, seeking and finding. "It would be better to expel those who do not understand, from life, so that they cannot hinder the willing, who do seed truth. But in the after life it is certain that the unreasonable people are willing to heed the Law of The Creation. Woe to the world because of annoyances. Trouble must come; but woe to the one through whom it is caused. "However, if your hand or your foot annoys you and is lost, do not take heed. It is better to lose a limb and to grow great in spirit than to have two hands and two feet and remain small in spirit or to wither altogether. "Further, if an eye offends you and becomes blind; do not pay attention to it. It is better for you to "see" the Laws of The Creation in the vision and might of your spirit, rather than having two eyes and be spiritually blind. See to it that you do not become one of those who are sound in body but sick and lacking in mind and spirit. "Search always the meaning and truth of my teachings. Since I am as human as are you, I, too, have to search and perceive for I, too, am about mine growing and understanding. "However, since I am human like you and have gathered my knowledge, so are you capable of learning, searching, perceiving, and knowing; through this you follow the Law of The Creation. And through this will you know that you, too, can reach thy perfection. For I come forth that you might know of the path and truth. -- PJ 02 -- pag. 73 ------------------------- How do you accomplish this seemingly impossible feat? The first step is to become as a "little child". You must become open as in innocence of the questioning, the accepting, the total open-ness of a little child coming into truth of experience. You must go beyond and above what thy mind has been filled with of untruth to be replaced with truth. Ye cannot instantly become a Christed Man or Woman without having first come into understanding of the Law. The first steps, therefore, are in the accepting of the teaching that ye might learn that Law. Regress in your soul awareness for a moment. Go in thy mind back to the point of embryonic life of your consciousness of innocence, entering into that form of the tiny babe. Total trust and faith and hope and charity are yours. You have not hardened your heart, you have not hardened yourself to become a cynic in the world. Your skin is tender; it is not toughened by the failures of others. And so in the sweet perfume of your love of Mother and the Mother's love for you, you remember wholeness in God and this is all of your identity. At that point you are the babe in Christ. You are calm and serene, with the absolute conviction that your life is in God, that God is caring for you. The most essential quality of becoming this tiny babe is to understand the quality of helplessness. When you are totally helpless, then you must allow God to work His work within you. You can truly say, as the child of Christ: "I of mine own self can do nothing. It is the Father in me which doeth the work." You have a clear transparency, purity from the immaculate "vision" of the "Cosmic virgin". This is the meaning of "Immaculately conceived", you know no "sin", you know no separation from God. You are in the womb of the Mother. You are surrounded by the waters of the living Word. You are at peace, and life is yours to conquer because you are God in manifestation. Now you are ready for the disciplines whereby the babe will become the child. Next comes the outer manifestation; from within the womb into the outer womb. Your habitation is a "cosmos", a brave new world, a world filled with light and yet with shadows and darkness somehow as yet undefined to your precious soul. You come forth and you travel the cycles of your individual Cosmic Clock and you bow before the great initiators of Life. -- PJ 07 -- page 103 The little child of innocence then is forced to learn the ways of his new world--separated from the attachment of the disciplines of the God-All where thy knowledge WAS in the cycles of the Father. You now experience falls and scrapes, tears, and demands that cannot be fulfilled. Therefore, you learn to fulfill your own demands; the shaping of the feelings and of the mental body, the shaping of the mind, the memory, and the noble form--the form that is to house the spiritual fire of life. Ah yes, this little child; this little child born to be God--but alas, also come the pitfalls. As the veils of innocence are parted one by one and you mature in the understanding of the world as well as in the understanding of the Law, take care. Take care that you do not forget your Source and the fairies and the undines and the gnomes with whom you frolicked as a little one. Take care that you do not forget the faces of angels who have tended your crib, who have watched over thee. Take care that you do not forget that there are masterful beings who took you by the hand and walked you safely through the places of danger--but ah so, mostly ye do forget. There are few who will remind you, there are few who will know, for they have all been deprogrammed away from God into the ways of the world. Thus, if you retain your innocence of the little child, you will become the little child who leads all of the aspects of the Creation into the knowledge of the Christ. It is the little child within you that will be the leader of this age of coming into knowledge. It is the "child" who remembers the Source, but coming into that oneness of balance, of discrimination, of learning, of mastering the studies necessary to function in this world and to be of service and to have the sacred labor ye have accepted. You must not only "become" the little child, so to speak, to have disciplines of Higher Consciousness, but you must also remain the "little child". It is better to be hurt again and again (and here ALL of you chelas take careful attention), than to have the cynicism of the existentialists. It is better to have advantages taken of thee, than to fall into constant mistrust of your fellowman. As thee grow, you will become discerning and will not fall prey to these ones who will pull thee down. Do not set about armoring thyself with false armor; for the armor thee will choose outside of the God-ness will be of darkness. If you steel yourself with that false set of armor that is not the tube of light, the innocence of the White Light, but that is the mastering of deceit and intrigue, the mastering of a carnal ego, the mastering of all of its defenses, its indulgences and all of its experiences which the fallen ones tell you you must have in order to distinguish Light and Darkness. EXPERIENCE NOT REQUIRED TO LEARN This, dear ones, is the first and fundamental Lie that is told to the child to take the child from the path of Light: "Come and experience this, come and experience that. Taste and see, taste and know for yourself whether or not this is for you." Ah yes, this is experience--so be it, but it is not of necessity. The little child in all innocence does not need to taste of the energy veil (temptations of illusory evil), need not partake of it or absorb it or become contaminated by it in order to know the Truth. There have been many, many ones, Christed ones, who have entered into the Holy of Holies and who have found the satisfactions of love in God and in his holy angels without the experience of participation in the banal. -- PJ 07 -- page 104 Those who have accepted that "LIE" and entered into the compromises of all of the things that are offered in the marts of the world are burdened today by a cross of their own making, a cross of their own actions, a cross that is the hatred of the Divine Mother in whose womb they live and move and have that being of Light. Therefore, the child maturing to become the Master in the way, to carry the cross of world lessons, cannot take upon himself that cross of world karma because he is too busy carrying his own cross of selfishness and self-indulgence. Therefore, chelas, there are few "who have the time" to participate in Truth; who will take the effort to bear responsibility or will only "if I have time, give me a call and I'll try." "When it is convenient and I have no other thing to do, no appointment with worldly "stuff--I'll try.” Do thee recognize of thyself from time to time? So be it and Selah--it will backfire upon thee!! In every "age" there must be souls who are willing to bear a certain portion of the weight of world "karma" (for lack of a better word). In these times it is by and large elemental life who bear that weight, for those among mankind who care at all to carry a little extra baggage are few and far between. RIGHT CHOICES Those who love are the disciplined ones who can walk through the narrow streets of the cities of the Middle East, for instance, where every form of temptation lurks and every aspect of the "sins" of human consciousness is displayed in the market place. Ah so--to walk through or to tarry, explore and partake???? It is one thing to enjoy a shopping trip; it is another to become addicted to going shopping and to examining the manifestations of human consciousness when you ought to be meditating upon the Light that burns within the shops of your very own inner being. Precious ones, discipline means to withdraw energy (and with it your attention) from its encasement in the tomb of Matter. It means to stop the flow into the dense and direct it into the Higher. The "pearl" is the symbol of your causal body, and the layer upon layer of the pearl are the spheres of consciousness that you have built layer upon layer around the central core of the I AM Presence of self. This iridescent "mother-of-pearl" is worth all!! Therefore, a wise man will go and sell all that he has for the one pearl, the one pearl of Cosmic Consciousness. Its discipline demands that you let go--let go of all involvements and realize that from day to day you never know when your soul (bereft of the physical body) will find itself cast on another shore in the mental plane, in the astral plane (God forbid), or in the etheric octave. If you were the Messenger, you would be in the position to observe day by day those who are born and those who are dying, those who come into the physical plane and those who leave. It is a vast parade of souls taking incarnation and moving on. But the disciplines for Higher Consciousness, if it is to be retained, must be proven in the physical plane. Therefore, it is the admonishment of the hierarchy to make time and space count, for they are the crucible whereby you prove your God-mastery and the alchemy thereof. Little progress is made in other planes; for here in matter you made of your experience; learned or did not learn thy lessons, and here in matter is where you must bring it all into balance. Let none think that they will live forever and forever in these lower bodies. -- PJ 07 -- page 105 They are but vehicles of consciousness which are loaned to you, as all of the energy of God is on loan to you, that you might prove the mastery of free will. I come to you, then, to give you the concept of discipline. I tell you, as I survey the world scene in all of the dreadfulness of that which is taking place--so much is unknown to you--that it is pathetic how your leaders have deprived you of knowledge of what is actually happening in secret diplomacy, in international politics, and even in thy own legislatures. As I survey all of this, I see as the one hope that path of initiation that leads through the teachings of what is called "The Great White Brotherhood", the Lighted Brotherhood (not black, brown or white but rather, lighted vs. darkened). There must be ones to walk with mankind until they awaken from their sleep and begin to see--really see! There must be ones who lead in balance and harmony and love. Man must follow because the way is Truth; not from fear of power which will render him useless. Ye ones have accepted the mantle; have asked for participation and have been appointed. Thy way shall be opened unto you that you can find the path without falling along the wayside. But, chelas, ye must hold strong for the worldly ones will effort ceaselessly to pull thee down. However, know that when the circle is closed, the cycle is finished and those without will remain without; those within can not be separated. So be it, for it shall come to pass as written in the great books of the universe. I take my leave in appreciation for being allowed a "hearing" and always know that I stand attentive to thy calls. I AM THAT I AM; TEACHER OF THE FOURTH RAY THAT NOTHING SHALL BE LACKING IN THY LESSONS. I AM, SERAPIS BEY IN LIGHT -- PJ 07 -- pag. 106 ---------------------------  NEXT PAGE