Archive for December, 2007

Scripture and spirituality

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Q. Masters, I have just read the section of your book Healing with the Universe, Meditation, and Prayer in which you talk about prayer in the Christian Bible. Why do your interpretations differ so much from standard Bible-class versions? Why did you suggest to your human writers to go into this particular area? And how is this going to affect teaching in the future?

A. We hope you found our book informative and stimulating-our reason for having it written. We wished to include the section to which you referred so that readers might gain an historic perspective of life on Earth.

The various versions of the Bible were compiled during a period of time when most people were illiterate and needed stories in order for them to learn and understand. The rulers and church hierarchy provided all the educational opportunities for the peasants. As well as teaching them, they established strict belief systems as a means of exercising control over the people. The educated hesitated to give too much hope or knowledge to the uneducated lest they rebel and go elsewhere for learning or salvation.

Through the centuries the recorded verses went thus: first, they were written in a manner that made the people fear the wrath of God as personified by the clergy; then, the God-force had to be recognized as outside of and superior to the physical; finally, a reward system had to be set up-heaven and hell-so that following the mandates of “God” (the clergy) would bring rewards after life on Earth.

Scriptural interpretation changed very little as literacy became more common. Bible study continued to teach that a reward system existed among humans, and that God is outside of us and superior to us. Most modern biblical interpretations presented in classes adhere to these principles. Most teachers still believe that the Word of the Bible is to be accepted without question, and that it has nothing to do with how it feels or resonates with you.

To change any thoroughly entrenched belief it is necessary to present ideas that modify that belief. Then you must offer an alternative interpretation and get inquisitive people to think and feel for themselves. Without these steps, people don’t know that they have a choice of beliefs, so they accept the original teaching without question. Once it is realized that other interpretations may be made, people can use their freedom of choice to determine whatever belief feels right to them.

In all things we want you to know that you have freedom of choice. We wanted to go into this area, which was previously viewed as sacred, to let you know there are choices of belief here as well. We encourage you to read the Bible with an open heart and mind. Feel what the verses say to you; do not accept standard interpretations blindly, but if they resonate with you, by all means hold them dear. Review also the possibility of a different perspective and see how that feels. Honor yourself!

Contact with Masters

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

Q. Masters, I have been following the progress of the International Space Station and was wondering if it is easier for the occupants to be in contact with you since they are so high up in space.

A. We are chuckling at your assumption that the astronauts and cosmonauts have a “front-row seat” in the Universe to talk to us. We are not just “up there” as you seem to imply. We are everywhere, in everything. It is as easy for a miner working deep in the bowels of the Earth to talk with us as it is for a spaceman.

It is only necessary to rid oneself of distractions and to go into the quiet of one’s soul or inner self to be in conversation with any of us. We have small, silent voices compared to the blaring television set or mp3 player, or the cacophony of traffic and industrial noises.

To hear us you must first be able to listen to your own thoughts, to go into the silence within, as the monks say. So wherever you can bring yourself into that quiet, you can be with us; time and space will not aid your quest. Please come and visit us often.

Are UFOs real?

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Q. Masters, a lot of politicians and theatrical people are reporting contacts they have had over the years with alien spacecraft and aliens. American Presidents, including J.F.K., Eisenhower, Carter, and Truman, have talked about seeing UFOs. John Lennon and others have spoken of being abducted by alien beings. Are all these people delusional? Can the recent reports coming from the current candidates for the US presidency possibly be real?

A. Have you noticed that there are more and more frequent comments from your friends, acquaintances, and notable individuals about being able to communicate with spirit guides and with deceased relatives and friends? Inter-dimensional communication is becoming accepted and honored in print and on television in many arenas. Haven’t you become aware of catching sight of movement out of the corner of your eyes? Did you speculate on that movement you saw the other night in the evening sky?

Plain and simple—you are not alone in the universe.

Next question: who can and who cannot see? To be able to see and recognize anything, first you must believe and accept that it can or does exist. You drive down the same streets every day and think you see what you have always seen. Then one day a friend calls your attention to a new structure, and you are flabbergasted that someone has been able to sneak in and erect a whole building overnight! You did not “see” it while it was being erected because, to you, the space was an old abandoned warehouse and nothing more. If you are always used to seeing emptiness, all you will see is emptiness. But if you believe something else might be there, you open yourself to seeing what else is there. You saw nothing new until your friend awakened in you the realization that the warehouse had been replaced. Then you could see it as it is now, not how it used to be.

To join the group of “seers” you need to believe that within the vastness of your physical universe, there are any number of planets that have inhabitants. Accept that, just as people from different parts of the Earth have differing appearances, beings from a different planet will look different. The vehicles that are used for transport on different continents of planet Earth vary, and so will vehicles that are used to travel through space.

Our comment on the current “confessions” by the politicians: they believe in the unbelievable. They strive to achieve the seemingly unachievable. So they readily meet the description of “seers.”