David Christopher Lewis Discourse (overshined by El Morya
February 21, 2018 9:20–9:40 am MST
Livingston Sanctuary of the Heart
The Eight Pillars of the Life of the Initiate
Another teaching that I'd like to share today is from El Morya also, and you can take notes if you'd like. It's on the eight pillars of the life of the initiate. These kind of move through the eight rays, and it's very obvious it's not brand-new teaching. It's just clarifying what we already know. Yet all of these eight pillars are important for the balance in our lives and are required in order for us to make progress in every area of our lives. So I'll list them, and then eventually we will post them in a blog for you to read, plus a link to this talk.
The first pillar is the pillar of the mission, the divine plan, the dharma through work, a very active blue-ray action or activity—our mission, our divine plan, our dharma manifest through our work. So this would be our job and our vocation, our sacred calling. And this is the primary thing that we are actively engaged in throughout our life, even though our work may change when we work on many jobs. Our mission, our divine plan, the work of our hands, whatever our service to life is as our mission, that's number one.
The second pillar is, of course, education and study, ongoing reading of sacred scripture, delving into the inner truth of the ancient mysteries. All of this is a yellow-ray activity—education, study, reading the scriptures, delving into truth through the ancient mystery traditions, East and West. Ongoing education throughout your entire life is important. You have to continue learning and growing through that learning. So become educated, knowledgeable and wise—self-realized through wisdom.
The third pillar is creative prayer and devotion, worship of God. It can also involve the artistry of the third ray of divine love through creative prayer, devotion, adoration and worship of God. Now, not everyone may feel that they are an artist, yet everyone can be creative when they pray, when they enter into devotion to God using I AM affirmations and worshiping God with their entire being. So this is a third-ray activity of adoration, love and the artistry of this entire endeavor.
The fourth pillar involves clearing—continuous transmutation through the clearing of ourselves, including exercise and fasting. The fourth ray of purity is involved in this. We are continually purifying ourselves through various yogic practices, et cetera, whereby we desire to be cleaner, clearer and freer through that cleansing process. And this does involve exercise. Various forms of exercise strengthen us, make us more yang to be able to deal with the white-ray energy of Spirit, as the intense fire of the ascension.
The fifth pillar is related to the science of healing, and specifically, the Master says, through right diet and nutrition and re-creation in nature. It's important to be in nature, in the greenery of nature to partake of the emerald ray, the fifth ray. There is a science to this healing, and it is very important that we self-assess and that we work on right diet and nutrition, know the facts to discern the truth of proper diet, which is unique for every individual. Not everyone should have the same diet, of course. So there is a science to this, and you will discern, through the application of your mind and the blue-ray focus of will in combination with the emerald ray, how to facilitate this state of wholeness throughout your entire being.
The sixth pillar is related to being the helper through service, volunteerism and ministration. All of us, at one time or another throughout our life, can be involved in volunteering and giving selflessly in some way to aid the Holy Spirit, who is also called the Helper. We minister to life; we visit the sick; we help people in need; we give alms to the poor; we visit people who are dying through hospice work; we volunteer for a nonprofit—The Hearts Center or other 501(c)(3)s. We give selflessly through this service. We have to fulfill some aspect of this during our lives, and most of us have. And if you haven't done much of this, engage, because you will build up the purple-and-gold band in your causal body and fulfill this pillar on the path of givingness through service, ministration, volunteerism, helping others.
The seventh pillar is a little more mystical and it involves divine magic, alchemy—the alchemy of holy projects that we engage in, both individually and collectively—and drama. The seventh-ray era is an age of divine drama. And so for some this may involve getting into acting or drama that brings an understanding of the dynamics of the spiritual life into play through that drama.
So we learn from Saint Germain about alchemy. We become alchemists through using divine magic, through vision boards and treasure maps that help us to focus the light on the various needs or requirements of ourselves, our organizations, our families, our communities. And then all of this is framed in a violet-light joy field that is beautiful and bright and brings us heaven's bounties. So get engaged in holy projects. Work with your brothers and sisters, collaborate and cooperate—all of this is part of the seventh era and the seventh pillar.
The eighth and final pillar deals with meditation, silence, integrating who we are as God beings through various Buddhic practices in which we enter into beingness, the eternal Now through silence, stillness and meditation. This is the pillar where we fully integrate with God. For those who desire an accelerated life, when you master meditation and stillness in the Great Silence, you really enter into the full mastery of Self. Some don't really master this in an entire life. They live in the Western world and they're busy, busy, busy—they are busybodies and busy bees. But it's better to be in beingness and silence at a certain stage in your life, where you have become wise, passed your initiations, gone through these other seven pillars, and now it's a time to go within and to fully live in the integrative field of Buddhic beingness.
Many of us in The Hearts Center are focusing more on meditation and silence and stillness. And we draw to our movement those who are also affinitized to these practices, because we are moving more toward this than just the dynamic decrees or only doing our mission. Later in life, we really have to assess where we are. We have to be in a constant state of inner dialogue with God, communion with God, because we are preparing for our ascension.
So use your time wisely in considering how the divine world can use you as a spiritual devotee, as an initiate to fulfill heaven's purpose on Earth. And you do this through setting aside time to simply be still, to reflect, to commemorate God within you, to contemplate the divine light in all of its essences within the world and your life, your family, your community.
So these eight pillars are important for us to consider because they bring the richness of Spirit into play within our lives. They're all complementary, and you can be doing all of them in one given day in some way. Not that you have to do all of them in one day, but throughout your life you are engaged in actively balancing things through an understanding of these eight pillars, how essential all of them are to the path. And if you focus too much on only one pillar, you can get a little unbalanced. And therefore the universe will conspire to bring you into balance by working through illness or situations or karma to dramatize how important it is to enter into this balanced state of being.
There are phases in our lives when we are more engaged in some of these than others. For instance, young children are not involved in the divine mission, divine plan, at an early age. They have to be educated first; they have to learn certain things, learn skill sets. And then eventually, in their adulthood, they can start working on their divine plan more, become a volunteer, learn alchemy, learn how to meditate. Although, even young children can learn some of these things and engage in some of these pillars from infancy if they're taught by wise parents, so that as they move through life they are naturally fulfilling the requirements of all these pillars to be God-taught, to be God Self-realized.
Now, I believe that these probably relate to the Eightfold Path of the Buddha, who spoke of right livelihood, right thought and right practices, et cetera. And someone could, if they desire, see how these relate to those eight points of the Eightfold Path. And if you choose to do that, fine. This is just another way of expressing it in a way that some—especially those of us in the Western world—look at life and can relate to the various spiritual practices and the very practical things that we do in our lives to allow God to live, move and have his/her being through us.
I think it's important to consider this teaching from El Morya so that we are honest with ourselves about where we stand, where we are on the path. And if we find one area in our lives that we're really, really good at, great; we can help others in that area. Yet maybe there's another that we have not quite self-mastered, and then we can focus a little bit more there and discern how the Holy Spirit can work through us in a greater way when we do have that balance—let's say, for instance, fasting. I was really good at it as a youth. It's harder now later in life, but when you get a momentum on it, it's not that hard. It's just a matter of discipline. And then there's volunteerism. Right now I don't go out and volunteer with other agencies because I give my all through this activity, almost 24/7. So I am ministering through the sixth ray in what I do. Yet I am not necessarily going out to volunteer with another organization, although I could if I desired, a couple of hours a week or a couple of hours a month.
I think ministering to people is very important. You always feel so happy when you've given selflessly to another without the world knowing about it. You just do that thing that you know will benefit life, and heaven rewards you instantly through various graces that come to you because you have selflessly given. You've been involved in people's lives by helping them in some way, and it's just so fulfilling. That's more fulfilling than fame and fortune by being a star or being out there where everyone sees you doing it.
So thank you, El Morya, for this teaching. I think it's important for us to teach it to our children, to reflect on it. And I see eventually the essence of this made into a little chart. Nancy did a wonderful job on the five crystal rays and documenting that from the recent teaching and from a test we had for the staff. And so I see this all actually being kind of crystallized into something that we can have in our decree books, three hole-punched to the size of our prayer sheets, so we can reflect on it. It may take both sides to really get it down to having all the teaching in there. But I think even on one side it could have the basic eight pillars and what they are. So I guess that's kind of like a requested assignment, and we have a few months to fulfill it. I'm not going to say it has to be done immediately.
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