Starchild…

Can grandads still have the funk?

Hell yes..

Way back in the early eighties, there was a big jazz-funk / soul scene in Kent. My friend and I used to get free entrance to several nightclubs because of our dancing…

The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is 42.

In the radio series and the first novel, a group of hyper-intelligent pan-dimensional beings demand to learn the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything from the supercomputer Deep Thought, specially built for this purpose. It takes Deep Thought 7+1⁄2 million years to compute and check the answer, which turns out to be 42. Deep Thought points out that the answer seems meaningless because the beings who instructed it never knew what the question was.

 

[Verse 1]
When I was an infant in my mothers arms
I would watch the starlight in her face
Cause I was reaching out to understand the cosmic charm
I am just a starchild born in space

[Chorus]
Way up high above the sky all that beauty passes by
Whole worlds still unknown
And out beyond the blue there’s a place for people too
It’s time for us to go

[Refrain]
I have seen the sun shine bright in paradise
I have been there, I have seen it
Everywhere space people stare through ageless eyes
I have seen them, I believe it

[Chorus]
Way up high above the sky all that beauty passes by
Whole worlds still unknown
And out beyond the blue there’s a place for people too
It’s time for us to go

[Bridge}
We have time (In my dreams)
Time and space
While we’re young (Floating free)
We can chase
The stars

Verse 2]
Searching for the magic in the universe
Guided by the stars that light my way
I have seen the sun shine bright in paradise
I am just a starchild born in space

[Verse 3]
If you want to go with me I’ll take you there
I’ve been shown these secrets face to face
I have seen the sun shine bright in paradise
I am just a starchild born in space

The Dreamers of Mankind are Group Conscious.

This means that at the level of the soul, the souls of humanity are group conscious, they are aware of each other and do not feel as separate and individuated as the beings on the physical plane who may be more than a little self-absorbed. As nice a concept as this is, it doesn’t mean much to most people because, by and large their awareness is not buddhic or even at higher manas.

This sense of soular group is often ray group. It is not always the case; beings from all rays can feel the same motivating impulse and because of this get together as a collective for some endeavour or other. People all over the world can suddenly get the same impulse and though physically separated move together as a group without being physical plane cognizant.

I was introduced to the idea of group meditations by the Arcane School full moon meditations. I was curious to see if I could note others at a distance. Sure enough, after a while there was a palpable sensation of others coming “on-line” so to speak. After a while one felt a “pull” when it was time, no need to set a clock. The more one tuned in to it the more powerful it became, there was a nice sense of minds around the globe aspiring and evoking or invoking the same thing. There was a lot of good will. After a while I found it slightly intrusive, so I slowly eased out of it. Even today many years later I occasionally drop by, when the impulse comes, usually at wesak.

This kind of thing is very different from team working at a task or group / institutional mind on lower manas. A major barrier to team working is always personality reactions. I have directed at least half a dozen team development courses with facilitated tutor groups. And on each course the collective group mind was different. As director I had to keep an eye on the group mind of the entire course, the group mind of the tutor team and the group mind within each tutor team. Occasionally I had to intervene to help a tutor. I am not afraid of a bit of confrontation; it can be the best thing since sliced bread under some circumstances. In one of the quotations about complaining “diva” behaviour is mentioned and quite often this is a major source of ruination in teams. Someone goes all diva, and the team has to tend to this massive I in the mix. I have met a lot of people prone to diva behaviours over the years, I was an academic after all.

It is only after one can rise above, literally, all the petty personality reactions that one starts to get a sense of what I call soular connectivity. It is free, easy, not at all demanding and very Aquarian. It is so light, feather like. If someone is of a second ray soul and they are to a fair extent connected with it, I can spot them and usually we click. There are no communication barriers to speak of.

One of the biggest problems for the coming age is how to foster this soular connectivity so that people so connected can work effectively on the physical plane without all the damage wrought by personality reactions. It is why correspondence courses have a greater longevity that proximal group working.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all rise above our petty personality reactions and sit together in our buddhic consciousness?

That is something to aspire to!!

An Aquarian Being

I consider myself to be an Aquarian being. I even live at Traou an Dour, place of water. The problem is that if one differs from others, one can have a tough time of it. There are those, whom we might call the establishment, who have a vested interest in things staying just as they are. They like the power, just the way it currently is. I might be a bit annoying to some of them because I am not toeing the party line.

Power and the money, money and the power
Minute after minute, hour after hour

Coolio

Tell me why are we so blind to see

That the ones we hurt are you and me?

When I say that the externalisation is going on, it is. Behind the scenes and all over the world men and women of goodwill, exist. Thousands of them form triangles in meditation. Many more say the great invocation on a daily basis. People like myself visualise the A-U-M rotating and sparkling in three dimensions, in triangular formation with two of my second ray brothers. I chant the triple cyclic A-U-M in Tibetan deep voice and then sing it across all the registers of my voice including falsetto. I let its sound take me over. I ground the A-U-M in my front room.

People all over the world are working to build the new religion for The Age of Aquarius.

Whilst the summer of love mentality has been mortally wounded by the likes of The Wolf of Wall Street. It surges from time to time like the rave scene of Manchester. I have no doubt that resurgence after resurgence will occur. The youth will eventually get sick of our rapacious and destructive generation.

Before the new can arise so often the old ways have to die. I think it fair to say that humanity is the most morally depraved that it has ever been, with its obsession for image, porn, spin and fatuousness. Friends with benefits? What a brilliant idea, not. We have so-called leaders questioning the very democracy that put them into power. We are in the midst of the first pandemic of this century. The weather is getting weird. It is starting to look a tad “biblical”.

People have deliberately and knowingly resisted me; they may even be doing it now. Many others have in the past schemed against me.

Are we heading for another “Atlantis” like situation?

It could be, but it is a little way off yet.

Hmnn…

Problems Arising From Group Mind

Diseases connected with Group Conditions

We can only briefly touch upon this theme, owing to the fact that group work (esoterically understood) is relatively new, and because the individual, working at this time in a group, is scarcely affected at all by these factors, owing to his relatively partial integration. I refer here to his integration in the group. People are still so insulated in their personalities that they are shut off, in many cases, from group stimulation, group effects and group impulses. It is only as they become decentralized and, therefore, more easily responsive to the group ideas, the group idealism, and to the group aura (with its outbreathing and its inbreathing and its group livingness) that they can and do succumb to those difficulties which group life imposes. Today it is the central figure in the group life, the dominant personality or soul, who is the one to whom the group life and the group thought turns, with all the consequences of such turning. It is this person, upon whom the group life pivots (if I may use such a term), who is the group victim and it is he who pays the price of any group weakness. The expression of the group attitude finds its outlet in him and he is, at times, practically “killed” by the group. No group today is a perfect group. They are in the experimental stage and are largely composed of a few Aquarians, many Pisceans and a number of people who are in a transition stage between these two. The leader or leaders of the new groups are usually of as pure a type of the new age or Aquarian character as is possible or available at this time. This accounts for the failure of the group, as a rule, either to understand the leader or to cooperate with the new ideals as is desired. The leader is a pioneer in a new field of thought and of intention and, therefore, suffers the penalties of his daring and of his spirit of enterprise.

It is not my intention to deal here with group difficulties, for that is not my theme. I am considering the difficulties (amounting often to physical disease) and the problems of the individual who is sensitive to group pressures and group life – a very different thing to the usual problems of the mystics of the past. These can only be studied and investigated today by a consideration of the lives, physical condition, problems, difficulties and deaths of group leaders. I would call this definitely to your attention. The group members – little as they may like to recognize this fact – are not as yet prone to suffer much from the group life, the group emanation and the group energy for they are not yet sufficiently integrated into the group.

The problem we are considering falls into two major categories and as I seek to deal with them I realize that there is relatively little that I can say. The next century will see the problems more defined and the difficulties more clearly delineated. They are:

 

  • Those arising as a result of the directed thought of the group. On this I can say something.
  • Diseases, connected with the respiratory tract. On these I can say but little.

 

Let us, therefore, look at these problems. We shall have to study the first from the angle of the one most affected by them – the leader or focal point of the group. These same problems may also affect the three or four people who, with the group leader and in collaboration with him, direct the group policies.

Diseases and Problems evoked by Directed Group Thought

It will be obvious to you that the first and most important of these difficulties will be those arising from group criticism, either voiced or strongly felt. This criticism can be based on many things, but is usually rooted in jealousy, thwarted ambition, or pride of individual intellect. Each member of any group, particularly those in the immediate circle of the leader or leaders, is prone to sit in judgment. The responsibility is not theirs; they know not the problems as they truly exist and criticism is, therefore, easy. It should here be remembered that criticism is a virulent poison. It damages in every case eventually the one who criticizes – owing to the fact of voiced direction – it hurts still more the one who is criticized. Where there is purity of motive, true love and a large measure of detachment, the subtler bodies of the one who is under attack may remain immune but the physical effects will be definite and where there is any physical weakness or limitation there will be found the localization of the projected poison.

Unvoiced criticism is very dangerous for it is powerfully focused and strongly, though not individually directed; it issues continuously and as a steady stream, sent forth on the wings of jealousy, ambition, pride in a personal grasp of a supposed situation and a belief that the one who criticizes is in a position to understand correctly and could – given right opportunity – take right action. Where the criticism is voiced and expressed in words, it is consequently strengthened by the cooperation of those influenced by the criticism and the consequences of this group-directed thought may result in the physical undoing, and disruption of the physical body of the leader or leaders. This may be a new thought to some and should cause many in the New Age groups to arrest their thoughts and so release their leaders from the disastrous impact of their criticism.

I refer not here to hate, though that is often present, either consciously or unconsciously, but simply to the “sitting in judgment” and to the idle critical gossip which seems necessary to the average group member. It is like the very breath of death and it can not only kill the leader through accumulated poison and distress but it can also kill the group life and render abortive the efforts which could, if given cooperation and time to develop, prove constructive agencies through which the Hierarchy might work.

From every side and in every group there streams in on the group leader directed criticism, poisonous thoughts, untrue formulated ideas, idle gossip of a destructive kind, the imputation of motives, the unspoken jealousies and hates, the frustrated ambitions of group members, their resentments and their unsatisfied desires for prominence or for recognition by the leader or leaders, their desires to see the leader superseded by themselves or by someone else and many other forms of selfishness and mental pride. These produce results in the physical bodies of the leader or leaders and often in the emotional bodies. The responsibility of the group member is, therefore, great and it is one which they seldom recognize or shoulder. It is hard for them to appreciate the dire effects when one person is the target for group criticism and when the directed thought of a number of persons is focused on one or two individuals.

The more highly evolved the group leader, the greater the pain and suffering. First ray people who have naturally a “technique of isolation” suffer less than many for they know how to shut off these directed streams of force and how to deflect them and – when they are not deeply spiritual people – they can return them to their originators and thus wreak havoc in their lives. Second ray persons do not and cannot work this way. They are naturally absorbers and magnetically attract all that is in their environment which is directed towards them. That is why Christ paid the penalty of death. He was killed, not only by His enemies, but also by His so-called friends.

You might here ask. What can a leader or a group of leaders do in these unfortunately normal and usual circumstances? Nothing, but continue in the work; retreat within themselves; speak the truth with love when occasion occurs; refuse to become bitter over the pain which the group occasions and wait until the group members learn the lessons of cooperation, of silence, of loving appreciation and a wise realization and understanding of the problems with which all group leaders are faced in these difficult and individualistic days. That time will come.

Then there is the reverse of this problem and one that must be faced by many group leaders. In this reverse situation, the leader is overcome and (if I might use such a phrase)is “smothered” by the devotion of certain of the group members. Group leaders can be almost annihilated by the personality love of people. But this is not of such a poisonous nature as the difficulties above referred to, for – though it is handicapping and leads to many forms of difficulty, misunderstanding and group reaction – it is along the line of love and not of separation and hate. It produces what is esoterically called “the crippling of the one who seeks to serve and the binding of his hands and feet.”

One other difficulty I will touch upon for it is important in so far that it is a group activity, carried forward as a whole and is not the act of one individual or a small handful of individuals within the group. I refer to the way in which at this time a group drains the life of its leader or leaders. The umbilical cord (speaking symbolically) is seldom cut between the leader and the group. That was the major mistake of the groups in the Piscean age. Always they remained attached to the leader or – when aroused to hate or dislike – they violently disrupted the tie and severed the relationship, causing much distress and unnecessary suffering to the group as well as to the leader. In the New Age the cord will be cut early in the life of the group but the leader or group of leaders will remain for a long time (as does the mother of a child) the guiding inspiration, the loving protecting force and the source of instruction and of teaching. When this is the case, the group can proceed upon its way and live its life as a self-directing agent even when the leader passes over to the other side or there is a change in leadership for some good reason or other.

According to the general flow of group life and activity so will be the effect – emotional and physical – upon any sensitive group member; the more frequent the physical contact between the group members the more definite will be the group problems and difficulties, however. Groups in the New Age will be held together by a subjective link and not so much by the emotional reaction induced by outer contact. I would ask you to ponder carefully upon this last paragraph for it holds the clue to the successful working of the new groups. It is from group life and group atmosphere that much infection arises, leading to difficulties of a physical nature. Disease is largely of group origin and the mystics and sensitive of the world most easily succumb. In these early stages of true group work, the difficulties which arise from group contacts are frequently of a purely physiological nature and are not so deep seated as those with which we have earlier been dealing. This is a point to be remembered. Physical trouble and disease is not of so serious a nature as psychological.

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Excerpted from:

Esoteric Psychology II – Chapter II – The Ray of Personality – Problems of Disciples and Mystics

Alice Bailey & Djwhal Khul

Being avant-garde

I have now really gone and done it. I have declared myself a hippie, a flower child and an aquarian being. There are people and I used to know a whole bunch who would pooh-pooh. That is the problem with the fifth ray mind. When it sets is sets like reinforced concrete. I used to joke on my courses about tree hugging. Believe it or not serious, ambitious young scientists can be cajoled literally into hugging trees.

I have been avant-garde in more ways than one. I have “pioneered” with a start-up, getting together a new age group and putting transferrable skills into UK universities. There is always resistance to anything new and people point fingers and tut-tut. Later your role is forgotten, and people claim that they did it, but only after it has become acceptable. If what you do becomes trendy, they want to claim the kudos, risk free.

Doing anything new puts your reputation at risk. The more avant-garde you are the greater the risk. I am avant-garde in more ways than one. I go where nobody has gone before.  So, I appear weird to others, because I am not selfish and greedy, I seem strange, a fish out of water, a sore thumb.

Is that it, my crime, being avant-garde, going first…I that really the answer?

Hmnn far-out!

 

“The career of a sage is of two kinds: He is either honored by all in the world, like a flower waving its head, Or else he disappears into the silent forest.”

Lao Tzu