WHAT WILL WE DO?

A Talk Given in The Temple by,

Eleanor L. Shumway, Guardian in Chief,

May 17, 2015

 

 

Never be afraid to try something new.

Remember that a lone amateur built the Ark.

A large group of professionals built the Titanic.

 

I want to begin with this story:

The first day of school our professor introduced himself and challenged us to get to know someone we didn’t already know. I stood up to look around; then a gentle hand touched my shoulder. I turned around to find a wrinkled little old lady beaming up at me with a smile that lit up her entire being. Continue reading

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Begin Anew

A Talk Given in The Temple by,  Eleanor L. Shumway, Guardian in Chief,

April 12, 2015

 

The lessons in The Teachings of the Temple are given to us by the Masters in many guises. Some are presentations of great truths, others are expressions of Their love for humanity, and still others are filled with metaphor and poetic expression as a means of showing what must be done by each of us to take the next step in our unfoldment. Continue reading

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 Resurrection

                                     

Compiled from Temple Teachings

by Annegret Liebig,

April 2015                                            

Dear Temple-Sisters and -Brothers, dear Friends,

        Easter-time is near and we open our hearts with delight to the softness and beauty of the shooting buds of the trees and bushes. We decorate our windowsills with the first hyacinths and tulips. The birds are singing cheerfully. The sun warms our body and soul, and we turn our attention to the happening of the resurrection that the nature shows us symbolical because we celebrate at this time of year the resurrection of the Lord, the victory of light over darkness.

        The TT tells us about the regeneration and resurrection of the soul.

            “Transmutation is accomplished by the action of spiritual fire, and by a process akin to an explosion.

            It must be understood that this process is in fact the process by which the regeneration and resurrection of the soul of man takes place. The fire – spiritual light – accomplishes this by means of the two opposites of nature, pain and joy. It is well to remember that this fire or light is not an illusion. It does to the nature of man, just what objective fire does to matter; it either purifies or consumes.“ (TT I, Nr. 179, “Fire“, p. 447)

        Before the resurrection comes the great Ordeal by Fire. And if the pilgrim passes this trial, he has to face the final degree, his resurrection from the tomb.

            “After … his resurrection from the tomb … he may pass unhindered back and forth between upper and lower regions at will.“ (TT I, Nbr. 108, “The Great Temple” , p. 280)

 

            Only one who has passed this final degree, and who can pass back and forth between all regions has the right – and the love – to say: “I shall stay with you until the end of time.”  As Jesus promised.

            “We who believe in the perfect operation of Karmic law, cannot conceive of the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus as being due to anything but corresponding evil in some physical manifestation of the Ego which incarnated as Jesus; but this does not affect the statement that he died for the sin of the world, for the sins of the world were His sins in a double sense.”

            The fact that Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene who stands even today as the epitome of all evil in woman, when his resurrection was completed, should teach those who presume to call themselves Christians the truth regarding this subject.

            A true Occultist is never at loss to reconcile that statement with what he knows to be the requisite purity of body and mind for an accepted chela. Mary the mother stands for ignorant or passive purity – that state of purity that knows no temptation; Mary the Magdalene for conscious and active purity; two poles of one great attribute.“ (TT I, Nbr. 4, “Qualification for Chaelaship” p, 12) 

            By experience only do we get to know the positive substance forces that lead us the way to the Initiation Chamber.

            “You will doubtless remember that it is said that after the resurrection of Jesus he bade one of his followers to refrain from touching him. Before his crucifixion he touched and healed many, and even his clothing brought healing to others.” (TT II, “The Holy Spirit” p. 100)

            Why should His touch now, after his resurrection, not bring healing to people?  

            “At the beginning of every form of life as well as at its end is to be found a basic fire, and all fire at its base is electrical.” (TT II, “The Holy Spirit” p. 100) 

          “If a human body is charged with electricity even the lightest contact will affect another. It will depend upon whether the current is even or interrupted as to weather the shock is felt by the one so contacting the electrically charged individual.” (TT II, “The Holy Spirit”, p. 100)           

            We can easily imagine that the high electricity of the Holy Spirit will destroy everybody who has not overcome the grave.

             But we are not left behind and alone without direction. Our direction is twofold.

            “It remains for the disciples of the Masters to go out into the world, and in the highways and byways of life seek for the “seeing eye“, the “open ear,“ that they may help to stem the tide now set in for the destruction of degradation of the great ideals through which humanity has been raised to its present status.” (TT I, Nbr. 64, “Let there be Light,” p. 162 

           That is we have to open eyes and ears to find fellow combatants, clinging to the same ideals we have, in order to fulfill the second part of our order:

            “If he is an accredited disciple of the White Lodge he goes with a message to the sick, the weary, the heart-atrophied human race, who, as it were, stand by their own open graves and know not that they are graves, or that they themselves are dead, and his mission is to help to resurrect them or keep them from entering these graves. And no matter what intervenes, nor how hard the Brother of the Shadow strive to keep their hold on the “dead in life,“ the disciple should cling to his message alone and should throw up that message as a shield against every weapon raised to injure him or his work. He should try to show his hearers the nature of the methods used by the black brothers to mix the issues and cripple his work by diverting the mind from the one all important subject of that message.” (TT I, Nbr. 98, “Questions answered by the Master,” p. 257) 

            It is important to have our Lamp kept alight and trimmed in order to be gifted with sight.

            “When your inner senses have opened, and the wondrous reality bursts upon the vision of your soul, the last great analysis will prove there is nothing else left but love. For God is Love, and out of Love were all things created.” (TT I, Nbr. 18, “The Substance-Force of Love”, p. 44)

May the sun of the Easter-time fill our souls with delight.

Yours as always with love

            Annegret

 

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TOOLS OF THE TRADE

 

A Talk Given in The Temple by,  Eleanor L. Shumway, Guardian in Chief,

February 8, 2015 

Here we are in a brand new year, encountering the same old problems, and yet, we are always asking for new directions, new words, new resolutions, new interpretations, new, new, new.  We are really sold on “NEW IS BETTER.” We don’t want to hear the old stuff over and over.  There must be some new magic, easy insight.  And we want it now, not realizing that we have all the tools needed for spiritual growth, and that we have them now! Continue reading

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YOU ARE ALL INVITED TO A BANQUET

A Talk Given in The Temple by,  Eleanor L. Shumway, Guardian in Chief,

December 14, 2014

 The Master’s Message to the Convention of 2000 spoke of these truths:

“My Beloved Children:

“I bring special greetings as you assemble in convention.  We who labor on the inner planes are with you at this time. Your work, our work, cannot be separated by time or space.  To advance Our work of the uplifting of all created consciousness, you must accomplish your own work.  Do you realize your responsibility?  Do you recognize your privilege?  I have told you again and yet again you have been given the Charge and the Trust that through you is made the possibility of carrying the Light of the New Day into the darkness of a suffering world. Continue reading

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A Challenge 11-9-2014

A Talk Given in The Temple by,  Eleanor L. Shumway, Guardian in Chief,

November 9, 2014

In six days we will celebrate the anniversary of the founding of The Temple in Syracuse, New York.  The Master tells us it took many incarnations to gather together in one place the particular souls necessary to commence the work, which was, and still is, the 24/7 living of the Golden Rule.  In 1903, He directed Dr. Dower and Francia LaDue to move the headquarters to a selected spot on the West Coast, Halcyon, where the community could develop into a model of community living.  Temple members have been striving toward that goal ever since. Continue reading
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Let’s Keep Things in Perspective in 2014

 

Given in The Temple by,  Eleanor L. Shumway, Guardian in Chief,

October 12, 2014

 

Many of us have computers and email.   Those of us that do, regularly get inspirational, thought-provoking material sent by friends, as well as commercial sales pitches and other kinds of junk mail that can clog our computers.  However, I have recently gotten some of the former, thought-provoking variety that made me stop and think  about the message in conjunction with our teachings.  I want to share them with you and then, using these messages as a springboard, explore some of our teachings  perhaps from  a different perspective. Continue reading

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Recalibrating Compassionately

A talk given in the Temple by Rick London, September 21, 2014

My first encounter with Theosophy came through the Halcyon Store nearly twenty
years ago. Initially, it may have been merely the act of browsing, that led me
through a Temple pamphlet or two. It would take another year or so, before I was
compelled to experience my first Noon Healing Service. Continue reading

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The Master’s Message to the Convention 2014

My Children:
I come to bring you the blessings from on high, charged with the forces of Love, Harmony, and Unity. With these forces you and I work together to bless humanity, thereby helping to uplift it out of the darkness, confusion, and discouragement which seem to prevail. Single-pointedly we must work together Continue reading

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The Master’s Message to the Convention 2014 (In French)

Le Message du Maître pour la Convention 2014

Mes enfants,
Je viens vous apporter les bénédictions d’en haut, débordantes de forces d’Amour, d’Harmonie et d’Unité. Chargés de ces forces, vous et moi devons travailler ensemble pour répandre ces grâces sur l’humanité, et, par ce moyen, aider à élever cette dernière hors des ténèbres, de la confusion et du découragement, lesquels semblent prévaloir actuellement. Continue reading

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