Steve Beckow: An Integrated, Direct and Unitive Spirituality – Part 4/7

Sacred 11By Steve Beckow, The Golden Age of Gaia, March 26, 2015

Krishnamurti once said:

“The really important thing is … the knowledge of God’s plan for men. For God has a plan, and that plan is evolution.

“When once a man has seen that and really knows it, he cannot help working for it and making himself one with it, because it is so glorious, so beautiful.” (1)

The Divine Plan is the overall script for life.

I was given a glimpse of it in 1987, a wordless tableau that showed the progress of an individual soul from its birth from God to its return to and mergence in God. (2) It lasted eight seconds in etheric time, but not a second passed in the world’s time.

It left me bathed in bliss and knowing the end of the film! Did that spoil it for me? Not at all. In fact, as Krishnamurti said, it enthralled me and launched me on twenty years of study before I found words for the wordless event I had seen that day.

And guess what? It all works out in the final reel. Just like the critics say.

The very best description of it that I’ve seen was just a remark by Jesus: “I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.” (3) Exactly. That was precisely what I saw in my vision in its most general form. His remark serves as bookends to my experience. It began with the Self leaving the Father and it ended with the Self’s return.

I’ve never seen a detailed description of the Plan. That doesn’t mean there isn’t one out there. Perhaps something like the Rosicrucian Cosmoconception is such a document and I didn’t appreciate it at the time I read it many years ago.

Perhaps we couldn’t understand any amount of detail about the Divine Plan anyways. Maybe that has to await our higher-dimensional understanding.

In its most general outlines though, the Plan calls for created life forms to enter into and incarnate in worlds of greater density, which offers them situations designed to give birth to Self-Knowledge. The world that the Divine Mother created is a school of experience. Always what we’re learning about is: Who am I, really?

The natural laws are a part of God’s Plan. They’re God’s commandments setting down the way the exercise called “life” is designed to be played out. What we do unto others is done unto us again in turn. What we desire, we attract. What we fear, we also attract. Be equanimous and attract nothing … but love.

Knowledge of these laws speeds us on our way. Just as when we discovered spirituality, our karma began to straighten out, so when we discover and observe the natural laws, our forward momentum is accelerated.

The Divine Mother, directly and through her laws, tends her children and raises them up before presenting them to the Father, so to speak.  She raises them up by successive experiences of enlightenment. The Child of God is gradually brought to the knowledge of its true nature, ready to leave the Creator and the created realm and meet and re-unite with the Source.

We also have our own plan within the Mother’s Plan. At the end of every lifetime we hold that plan in one hand, in a manner of speaking, and match it to the akashic film of what we did. In the past, our progress was often unencouraging. Now we’re making rapid progress, again all according to Plan.

God’s Plan has been depicted as angels descending and mounting a ladder of consciousness (Jacob’s ladder).

“And [Jacob] dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.

“And behold, the Lord stood above it.” (4)

This same ladder of life, in its entirety, the Persian poet, Hafiz, called “the stairway of existence”:

“Through the stairway of existence
“have you now come,
“have we all now come,
“to the Beloved’s door.” (5)

 Jacob’s ladder, the stairway to heaven – these both describe the process of spiritual evolution that the Plan supports.  The Plan depicts a being rising through gradations of consciousness from unconscious awareness to conscious awareness and from self-consciousness to Self-Consciousness and beyond.

Now let’s look at how this account – or perhaps the philosophy it leads to – is “integrated, direct and unitive.”

Footnotes

(1) J. Krishnamurti, At the Feet of the Master. Adyar: Theosophical Publishing House, 1974; c1910, 17.

(2) See “Ch. 13. Epilogue” at http://goldenageofgaia.com/spiritual-essays/16244-2/the-purpose-of-life-is-enlightenment/ch-13-epilogue/

(3) Jesus in Matthew 16:28.

(4) Genesis 28:12-14.

(5) Hafiz cited at http://hometown.aol.com/MassoudBeliever/Six.html.

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