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Equity and Fairness
If each of us is the center of God’s undivided affection, then, we should find evidential support that, despite seemingly contrary results in the world, everyone is treated fairly and equitably by God as each makes his or her way toward eternal life in Summerland.
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each of us is the center of the universe's life and purpose; each of us is the center of God's undivided affection
from the book, “The Power Of Myth,”
a discussion with Dr. Joseph Campbell
Campbell: The shaman is a person, male or female, who has an overwhelming psychological experience that turns him totally inward [that is, to a realization of inner mystical energies; which all persons possess, but few are in tune with]. The whole unconscious opens up, and the shaman falls into it. Descriptions of this shaman experience are found all the way from Siberia right through the Americas down to Tierra del Fuego.
Bill Moyers: There’s a sense of ecstasy, isn’t there, in this experience?
Campbell: As reported, it’s always of ecstasy… [This breakthrough can happen, unexpectedly, to anyone. When] it comes… bang! - it’s like that.
Moyers: And the one who had this psychological experience, this traumatic experience, this ecstasy, would become the interpreter for others of things not seen.
Campbell: … yes.
Editor's note: Eventually, each one of us will have this "shamanistic" experience; each one of us will yet experience "consciousness opening up," and each one of us will yet become an interpreter of spiritual mysteries. There are no elites in the universe, and God will yet teach you as much as any "advanced" person. And then you will speak as Jesus did, "but I say to you..."
Moyers: And what draws him into that?
Campbell: The best example I know which might help to answer that is the experience of Black Elk. [He] was a young Sioux boy around the age of nine [who became very ill]. Well, what happened with this young boy was that he had a prophetic vision of the terrible future of his tribe [the coming wide scale slaughter and displacement. But he also saw a future beyond that of peace and harmony among all peoples and nations.]
[Black Elk’s dramatic vision] comes to one great statement, which, for me, is a key statement to the understanding of myth and symbols. He says, “I saw myself on the central mountain of the world, the highest place… But the central mountain is everywhere.”
The “center of the world” is the axis mundi, the central point, the pole around which all revolves… where stillness and movement are together… [and] stillness is eternity… And the center, Bill, is right where you’re sitting. And [it’s] right where I’m sitting. And each one of us is a manifestation of the mystery…
Moyers: So, it’s a metaphor, an image of reality.
Campbell: Yes. What you have here [could] be translated into raw [selfish] individualism, you see, if you didn’t realize that the center was also right there facing you in the other person… You are the central mountain, and the central mountain is everywhere.
Editor’s note: Summerland is a world where individual preference, individual definition of pleasure, individual goals and endeavor, will reign supreme.
This does not mean that people there do not voluntarily donate time to serve the disadvantaged; but, in the main, we live our lives in Summerland directed by a Jeffersonian “pursuit of happiness.” Gone will be the cultish collective-ego institutions ruling our lives, dealing with us as pawns and playthings.
Summerland is where Black Elk’s vision comes to full flower: Each one of us, individually, is the “central mountain,” the central focus, of God’s purpose and affection.
If each one of us is the “central mountain,” the central focus, of God’s purpose and affection, why is there so much unfairness in this world? Why do some groups seem to have most of the advantages, allowing them to have happier lives?
This section of the “central mountain” essay is being written many months after the above had been finished. As you may have noticed, I generally do not offer dates for my writings, but in this case I think I will, as circumstances seem unusual; I’d like to remember.
It’s currently mere hours away from Christmas Eve 2020. And for the last ten days I’ve been laid low with illness: fevers, hot-and-cold alternations, nausea and vomiting. This is uncharacteristic for me, and I can’t recall another time in life when I’ve been ill for so many days. There seem to have been compensating benefits, though.
A couple of days ago, while reviewing Dr. Campbell’s shamanistically-delivered “central mountain” thesis, it suddenly occurred to me that, during my illness, I’d been allowed to see some things, in – yes – the shamanistic tradition. I realized that my fever-induced insights of the past ten days had become an “overwhelming psychological experience that turns [one] totally inward. The whole unconscious opens up, and the shaman falls into it.” That’s pretty much the size of it.
one primary vision
It’s hard to explain what happened to me during the last ten days. I could say that there seems to have been one primary lesson, with many sub-themes. I’d like to share the primary vision, but allow me to also say – this is going to be a short writing. I’m not going to try to prove anything to anyone. I merely report and stand as witness. The listener will decide how to respond.
How to summarize the “magical mystery tour”? I was allowed to enter into several different “what if” scenarios of my life. What would have happened if I’d chosen this path instead of another? If I’d made that choice instead of this one? The simulated experiences, a kaleidoscopic psychic tour of the inner cosmos, for me, was akin to the STNG episode “The Inner Light” wherein Picard lived thirty years in fifteen minutes, with family, children, and grandchildren. Some of these “visions” lasted 24 hours or more, and it all seemed very real to me, but not in the sense that Picard experienced, in that, I did not believe myself to be walking the streets of a village as we do in real life; I knew it was a vision; nevertheless, it was all sufficiently real to my psyche, such that, at the end, I felt satisfied with the results; by this I mean that I knew and felt what it was like to have lived a certain way, and, having done so, I no longer felt psychologically bound by any sense of loss of “what might have been.” I was liberated from these domineering feelings.
All of this, as the “Course In Miracles” uses the phrase, was “intensely personal” instruction for me; and just for me. No one else could really know; others will need to “open a channel” and seek for their own visions, their own private tutorings from God. It will happen eventually for all of us. I only had to wait 70 years, and so you might get lucky with an expedited timetable.
But what was the primary vision, the primary lesson, in all of my existential wanderings among might-have-been lives?
God has no favorites. No one gets a bigger piece of the pie. We are all equal in God’s eyes and our opportunities for eventual happiness are equal. There is perfect fairness and equity in the universe.
What I saw was completely in accord with the “central mountain” teaching.
But how is this possible? In our world we see injustice everywhere, with some enjoying greater resources than others.
The easiest way I can explain it to you is the following; and you yourself will have to meditate upon the answer to receive more insight.
Why is it that the Native Americans, in the next world, form a kind of ruling class, in that, a great many of the Spirit Guides derive from the ranks of our Red brothers and sisters? Their numbers, in the college of Spirit Guides, are represented to a degree way out of line, far disproportionately, to what might be expected. How did this happen? Not by accident, I assure you.
As I intimated, I will not attempt to connect all the dots in this puzzle. This is left to your meditations. However, let’s look at the situation from a higher vantage point. For hundreds of years, the materialistic Whites seemed to have had the upper hand with their technology. The generally more-spiritual Reds, however, appeared to be the downtrodden.
apologizing to 'brother deer'
Russell Means was featured in “The Last Of The Mohicans.” A deeply spiritual scene of the movie was that of he and his sons shooting a deer for food, then praying over and, with deference to Saint Francis, apologizing to “brother deer” for needing to kill it.
And yet, in stark representation of Jesus’ “the last shall be first,” the Native Americans would become the happiest, or among the happiest, the most prosperous, of all peoples, a leading elite group in the Astral Realms, a veritable class of "gods"; and now the Whites learn from them. Many afterlife reports attest to their ubiquity among the Spirit Guides.
Editor’s note: And if you are tempted to say, “Yes, but, some seem to have endured little suffering in this world, have had an easy ride, with other peoples suffering greatly. They're getting off scot-free.” I will just say to you, think again. There is plenty of suffering on the other side; more than in this world. I say this not to unduly disturb anyone as those who land in a dark place over there can help themselves the very same day; however, sometimes it’s not that simple. Why isn’t it that simple if suffering ones can choose to leave the dark realms immediately? Millions, and multiple millions, choose to remain in dark places because they feel hard done by and unjustly treated; and many of these victim mentalities, ironically, were among the well-to-do or better off while on the Earth. But they listened to the politician-types, with their big sloppy grins, who promoted class warfare and “you were taken advantage of, were robbed, when someone else succeeded by hard work.” And for those who live in this dysfunctional mindset, it’s not so easy to break out of these mental chains in one day. Yes, there’s plenty of suffering on the other side, and the heavy wheels of universal justice grind and turn to a long-term equality.
In the long run – I say, the long run – a span of time encompassing some hundreds of years, all seeming inequities will fade away, and we are left with God's perspective.
At the end, we find that God’s way of dealing with each of us, after all - no matter what we thought, given our myopic viewpoint - is fair, honorable, and equitable, with no favorite kids in the family of God.
Jesus and the story of the investment capital
You may recall Jesus’ parable of the talents. Actually, there are two versions:
(1) in Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus speaks of a rich man, about to leave on a long journey, who gives each of his servants different amounts of money to invest; however,
(2) in Luke 19:11-28 Jesus changes the story somewhat, in that, now each servant is given an equal amount:
A nobleman living in a certain province was called away to the distant capital of the empire to be crowned king of his province. Before he left he called together ten assistants and gave them each $2,000 to invest while he was gone. (The Living Bible)
I like to think of the parable in Luke, with equal amounts of investment capital, as representing our time on planet Earth with equal long-term opportunities for happiness, growth, and development.
But what about a case where someone has such a hard life, suffers so much injustice, so many disadvantages, that, in abject despair, the person takes his own life?
We do not want to trivialize a situation such as this. These things do happen, and it is more than terrible. However, even in such dire straits, I believe the equity and fairness of God is at work.
Spirit Guide Abu instructs us. In the article on “suicide” I quote extensively from a tape-recorded lecture he gave on this very subject, and I would encourage you to view the entire article. However, in brief, the Spirit Guide said this:
Everyone who crosses over is dealt with in a loving way. No one is despised or left behind. Regarding suicides, it should be said that this manner of entering the etheric world is not recommended; although, here we need to be careful in making any judgments, as circumstances will vary greatly. Many people on Earth worry that the suicide will have an especially difficult time. This will not necessarily be the case. In fact, in certain situations, it may be for the best. I do not want to be misunderstood. We go to the Earth to learn certain lessons, and the general rule is that we should not cut short our learning time; however, that said, some people suffer so much on the Earth that to stay there any longer could actually make them worse and set them back; in these situations, it could very well be better for that person to take himself to the next world.
in 100 years it will all be the same
The Spirit Guide continues:
But what about a case in which the suicide may not altogether offer 'just cause' for his departure? Even here, while he or she may suffer for a time due to a short-sighted, egocentric act - if that act represents a pattern of selfishness in one's entire life - even so, with the passage of some years (let's say, 100 years), it will all come out the same. The infraction will have been worked through, the 'payment,' so to speak, to one's higher self, will have been made, and that person will live just as happy a life as anyone else. Case closed.
Editor’s note: Nobody likes to suffer, of course, and we should not go looking for trouble; don’t worry, it will find us. Nevertheless, the purely human, materialistic view is often skewed in these matters.
We pity suffering ones, and it’s well that we should; however, few access a sightedness in terms of future advantage. The suffering one, if he or she accepts trials bravely and wholeheartedly, trusting God in the process, invites a hidden and unexpected benefit. Suffering endured with equanimous and undespairing mind summons to itself an endowment of what will yet become an astonishing heightened capacity to experience joy, wonder, and bliss.
But not only this, suffering endured courageously fits and prepares one for important charitable service, in the higher realms, along with considerable concomitant accolade. Empathy is cultivated, the heart is sensitized, compassion is drawn forth. And now, once again, Jesus’ dictum of “the last shall be first” finds stellar representation.
Certain messages from the other side – which I consider to accurately reflect natural law – suggest that there is an inverse relationship between the amount of suffering one dutifully endures on Earth and one’s capacity to know joy in Summerland.
Consider carefully these items (featured elsewhere on Word Gems)
The story of The Little Soul comes to mind:
Once upon no time there was a Little Soul who said to God, "I know who I am!"
And God said, "That's wonderful! Who are you?"
And the Little Soul shouted, "I am the Light!" God smiled a big smile. "That's right!" ... "You are the Light" ...
But soon, knowing who it was, was not enough. The Little Soul felt stirrings inside, and now wanted to be who it was.
"I want to see what that feels like! [to be the Light]" cried the Little Soul ...
The Little Soul could not truly know the Light without also experiencing the Darkness. He could not really know Hot without feeling the Cold; and so on.
It seems to me that we, in our immaturity, cannot truly know Love and Goodness without first experiencing Evil. I think the allegorical account of Adam and Eve in the Garden with the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is meant to offer this lesson. We notice that it's not just "the tree of good and evil" but "the knowledge of good and evil."
Silver Birch: "Life is always a polarity. If there were no darkness there would be no light. If there were no trouble there could never be any peace. If the sun always shone you would not appreciate it. You have to learn sometimes through conditions that seem a nuisance. One day you will look back and say, "We learned our best lessons not when the sun was shining, but when the storm was at its greatest, when the thunder roared, the lightning flashed, the clouds obscured the sun and all seemed dark and hopeless". It is only when the soul is in adversity that some of its greatest possibilities can be realized… If you knock on a door and it does not open, do not push. If you push the door gently and it opens, that is for you."
Flashes Of Light From Spirit-Land (1872), by J. H. Conant, channeled information:
Do you suppose you would appreciate the joys of what you call heaven, the heaven of the spirit-world, if you had always passed through a sort of an easy, free life here? Why, no... They who have been crushed under the wheels of adversity are the souls who know how to enjoy heaven. Why, I am only sorry I did not have more adversity when here. I am only sorry I did not drink deeper of the cup of bitterness, because if I had I should have a keener relish for the joys of heaven. My relish is very keen now, but it would have been enhanced a hundred fold if I had only suffered more when here. That is why the returning spirits always tell you that though they suffered much here, they cannot afford to part with the remembrance of it - they are very glad to have passed through it... What would you know about good, fine, pleasant weather, if there were no storms? You would weary of it very soon. What would you know about appreciating the sunshine, if there were no clouds that passed over the sun's face? Why, I think the [mythical] devil is one of our very best friends, and instead of putting horns and hoofs to him, we ought to array him in garments of light, and call him what God calls him - very good!
revisited: geography is not spirituality
Editor’s note: As I’ve stated elsewhere, some of the channeled afterlife testimonies from persons over there reveal a significant lack of understanding concerning human nature. Some are quite naïve. They think that more information will make people better. As such, many of these like to predict that things will be getting better in the world because more and more people will be learning about the afterlife. There were many of these “prophecies” about a hundred years ago, after WW I. They couldn’t have been more wrong, as we view the carnage of the later twentieth century.
How do they make mistakes like this? In the same manner that we might make them. They haven’t “gone within” and discovered both the “true self” and the potential evil of the “false self.”
Here is a classic example of all this. Afterlife researcher Michael Tymn reports on the Spirit Guides who sent messages to Stainton Moses in the latter 1800s:
“William Stainton Moses, an Anglican priest who became a gifted medium, was told by spirits that they overestimated their ability to help out, not anticipating so much abuse and ignorance on our side. Thus, they withdrew.”
This is quite telling: “overestimated their ability to help out, not anticipating so much abuse and ignorance on our side.”
But this was all foreseeable had they studied the Krishnamurti lectures. Note, too, that these Spirit Guides considered themselves very advanced and highly evolved. But “geography is not spirituality,” and living in the “seventh heaven” won’t help you a particle to see more clearly.
The point for all of us is that, never be impressed by “I’ve been over here for a few thousand years, and I really know.” It doesn’t work that way, and all of us, each one, can “go within” today and begin to perceive what escapes certain “exalted ones” on the other side.
Kairissi. You know what? I really like this concept of “inverse relationship” and suffering on planet Earth. This is actually something that has bothered me, especially in reference to lovers who lost each other “down” here.
Elenchus. Tell me more of this.
K. Well, you know – we’ve had our hard times. And sometimes I feel so bad about what we lost, what we could have had. But, then, in a saner moment, I also realize that it couldn’t have been any other way; we were what we were at the time – immature – and we couldn’t have been anything else.
E. It’s sort of strange. Just because we had the “excuse” of being immature, didn’t make the suffering we caused for ourselves any less real or debilitating.
K. Yes, it was real alright. But I am encouraged by these channeled messages. Elenchus, if we do this the right way, from here on out, it will all be made up to us. There’s a natural healing offered. What I mean is – think about it – if we've hurt each other while here, then there'll be a natural repentance one day, which will make us want each other all the more.
E. Someone once said that, when you love someone, there’ll be a series of endings and beginnings.
K. If love is true, then each ending will make you want to return to the lost one even more fervently. And I think this is part of what was meant about increasing our capacity to know joy and love - we'll want the injured mate even more.
E. The person even went so far as to say that he or she now wishes that there’d been more suffering while on Earth.
K. That’s a hard statement, and I wouldn’t want to pray for it; however, I think there’s well enough misery to serve all purposes while on Earth, and so we don’t have to ask for more.
E. As they say, don’t go looking for trouble, no need to worry, it will soon find you.
K. (sighing) Yeah… and we’re the poster kids for that.
Editor's last word:
As we might guess, one's own reaction to life's trials is key determinant to success. If we play the victim, like the politician totalitarians would have you do, you will set yourself back, possibly, hundreds of years, until you dig yourself out of a "poor me" egoic mindset.
No one lost more in this world than our Red brothers and sisters, and no one had greater excuse for bitterness. Some did succumb to an evil eye, but, in the main, as evidenced by how things turned out in the higher dimensions, their great spiritual traditions saved them.
See Jesus' dictum of "paying the last penny." Also see the Course In Miracles' assertion that God has arranged things so that no one will lose.
Special note: I still recall, many years ago, being informed by psychic-medium that one of my Guides is called “Big Water.” You may recognize this name from “Prometheus.”