Andromeda Galaxy – The greatest photo ever taken


Hubble's High-Definition Panoramic View of the Andromeda Galaxy


The Hubble Space Telescope has been used to take a 1.5 billion pixel image of Andromeda Galaxy. More than 100 million of its estimated trillion stars are visible in this image, provided you go deep enough. Most of Andromeda’s stars are simply too faint to be seen at this distance, even with a telescope as powerful as Hubble. However the image doesn’t take in the full width of this mighty galaxy. The part photographed is 40,000 light years across. The galaxy’s full diameter is estimated at 3-5 times this size. Because the galaxy is only 2.5 million light-years from Earth, it is a much bigger target in the sky than the myriad galaxies Hubble routinely photographs that are billions of light-years away. The Hubble photograph is assembled together into a mosaic image using 7,398 exposures taken over 411 individual pointings.

There are over 100 billion galaxies out there. Makes what you think or do in your day to day activities rather mundane.



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Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Parts 3 & 4


Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 3 - The Serpent and the Lotus

The primordial spiral is the manifested world, while Akasha is the unmanifested, or emptiness itself. All of reality is an interplay between these two things; Yang and Yin, or consciousness and matter. The spiral has often been represented by the snake, the downward current, while the bird or blooming lotus flower has represented the upward current or transcendence.

The ancient traditions taught that a human being can become a bridge extending from the outer to the inner, from gross to subtle, from the lower chakras to the higher chakras. To balance the inner and the outer is what the Buddha called the middle way, or what Aristotle called the Golden Mean. You can be that bridge.

The full awakening of human consciousness and energy is the birthright of every individual on the planet. In today’s society we have lost the balance between the inner and the outer. We are so distracted by the outer world of form, thoughts and ideas, that we no longer take time to connect to our inner worlds, the kingdom of heaven that is within.


Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 4 - Beyond Thinking

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We live our lives pursuing happiness “out there” as if it is a commodity. We have become slaves to our own desires and craving. Happiness isn’t something that can be pursued or purchased like a cheap suit. This is Maya, illusion, the endless play of form. In the Buddhist tradition, Samsara, or the endless cycle of suffering is perpetuated by the craving of pleasure and aversion to pain. Freud referred to this as the “pleasure principle.” Everything we do is an attempt to create pleasure, to gain something that we want, or to push away something that is undesirable that we don’t want. Even a simple organism like the paramecium does this. It is called response to stimulus. Unlike a paramecium, humans have more choice. We are free to think, and that is the heart of the problem.

It is the thinking about what we want that has gotten out of control. The dilemma of modern society is that we seek to understand the world, not in terms of archaic inner consciousness, but by quantifying and qualifying what we perceive to be the external world by using scientific means and thought. Thinking has only led to more thinking and more questions. We seek to know the innermost forces which create the world and guide its course, but we conceive of this essence as outside of ourselves: not as a living thing, intrinsic to our own nature.

It was the famous psychiatrist Carl Jung who said, “one who looks outside dreams, one who looks inside awakes.” It is not wrong to desire to be awake, to be happy. What is wrong is to look for happiness outside when it can only be found inside.


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Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds - Parts 1 & 2


Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 1 – Akasha

Part one of the film Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds. Akasha is the unmanifested, the “nothing” or emptiness which fills the vacuum of space. As Einstein realized, empty space is not really empty. Saints, sages and yogis who have looked within themselves have also realized that within the emptiness is unfathomable power, a web of information or energy which connects all things. This matrix or web has been called the Logos, the Higgs Field, the Primordial OM and a thousand other names throughout history.

In part one of Inner Worlds, we explore the one vibratory source that extends through all things, through the science of cymatics, the concept of the Logos, and the Vedic concept of Nada Brahma (the universe is sound or vibration). Once we realize that there is one vibratory source that is the root of all scientific and spiritual investigation, how can we say “my religion”, “my God” or “my discovery”


Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds – Part 2 – The Spiral

The Pythagorean philosopher Plato hinted enigmatically that there was a golden key that unified all of the mysteries of the universe. The golden key is the intelligence of the logos, the source of the Primordial OM. One could say that it is the mind of God. The source of this divine symmetry is the greatest mystery of our existence. Many of history’s monumental thinkers such as Pythagoras, Keppler, Leonardo da Vinci, Tesla and Einstein have come to the threshold the mystery. Every scientist who looks deeply into the universe and every mystic who looks deeply within the self, eventually comes face to face with the same thing: The Primordial Spiral.

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The One Life


The One Life is the sum total of all that we can see – it is every person, animal, plant and mineral. The one life is the reason for the existence of all these things. If the one Life had not thought us into being, we would not be here.

The one Life is also more than this. It is all that we cannot see. It is the space between us and between all things. It reaches from where we are to the furthest corner of the universe. It stretches away into other dimensions; in fact, this is the source from which it comes. The one Life began in a dimension beyond the known universe, beyond time and space. The one Life of this universe is the result of an idea of an unfathomably immense thinker.

As the entire universe is part of the one Life, nothing happens that it does not know. The one Life has sent its awareness into all things in order to find out what it is and what it can do. It has experimented with form life in multiple dimensions. It still has experiments to conduct as it changes its mind in response to impacts from beyond itself into interuniversal space. It is the great scientist within the laboratory of Life itself. What can Life accomplish, through varying combinations of thought and form?

We are the one Life becoming conscious as itself of that life. We are awakening from a dream in which we were one atom absorbed within itself. We now see and relate to other atoms in our surroundings. The atom, which is our group, self is becoming aware of a greater atom, which is the Whole. We are seeing patterns expanding away into infinity. The pattern of what we are is reflected in a higher and greater portion of ourselves. The greater pattern also reflects upon a yet higher level. Our distorted, clumsy and imperfect local patterns expand into purer and more beautiful patterns. We follow the patterns upwards and outwards to view the patterns of what we are destined to become.


The one Life has temporarily subdivided itself into group atoms to evolve particular qualities. Love is the focus of its intention in our portion of the whole. Our task is to explore the ways and means by which love can be infused into a realm of substance in which it previously was not. This love emanates from beyond the solar system, which is our group atom; not just beyond in the sense of space and distance, but beyond in terms of a higher dimension. It streams outwards from the interdimensional gateway, which is our sun. It contacts the heart centres of our individual and group atoms. As we let it out, we become more and more open to its flow. From us it expands to embrace all that is. The flow has no limit and no end, for the cosmic heart, which is its source, never ceases to beat and supply. Through and beyond the cosmic heart lie higher dimensions yet, where cosmic love enwraps universes in a fiery bliss of oneness.

When we love with open heart, we are aligning with a cosmic pattern and a divine heartbeat. We invite love into our system from the cosmic heart. As the cosmic heart senses our need and our appeal, it realises down the chain of relationship the love that our world needs. Then love spills out through our hearts, into our world and unites all manifestations of the one Life in a collective web of compassion.

By Ruth Kelland
The Beacon November/December 2004

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The stars are always there

“On the earth is love and in the heaven is love, and this – the love which makes all things new – must stand revealed”

Hubble Space Collage

After data from the Hubble HUDF images was considered, it was estimated that there are more than 200 billion galaxies in the “observable” universe. Galaxies range from dwarfs – with as few as ten million stars – to giants with a hundred trillion stars each orbiting its galaxy’s own centre of mass. For a fly through click on this link:

That’s a whole bunch of galaxies and a bigger bunch of stars. But, so much for galaxies and suns. How about planets? It is estimated that most suns have “planets” which, bound in their gravitational field, are circulating around them. Just what constitutes a planet is a matter of discussion within the astronomical community. Currently, for example, because of the size and some other dense physical attributes, the International Astronomical Union “recognises” a measly eight planets in our local solar system. Many scientists disagree with this opinion which actually reduced Pluto from planet status to, I don’t know, a really “Big Rock”. Also realise that these eight planets, and all the other heavenly bodies our astronomers have catalogued in the great out-there, include only those that our present dense physical instruments can “see”. Since the Etheric dimension of Cosmos is not recognised as existing, the number does not, for example, include Vulcan and several other planets still very much in their etheric development stage in our Solar System.

We have as yet to develop instruments or technology capable of registering the presence of these planets. Of course, if one starts out wearing the blinders of believing that such things do not exist, the chance of “seeing” them is remote. Anyway, the point is that, given just the estimated number of galaxies and stars or suns which we can see, we could well run out of zeros before we approached the number of planets that our telescopes can find.

I have no doubt that we will, sooner rather than later, discover a planet somewhere in that vastness we call Cosmos that supports what we have arbitrarily decided is Life. But that is not really the problem. The problem here is that the Big Scientific Question “Is there Life in the Universe?” is actually based on an assumption that is an error. The error is the assumption that equates Life with dense physical form existence. Every definition of life that I have seen links life with form existence. For example, from Wikipedia “Life is the characteristic that distinguishes organisms from inorganic substances and dead objects.” “Inorganic” stuff is “dead”, but organic stuff is alive. Why this discrimination makes sense in terms of Life, escapes me. However, in order for Life to exist there must be a form. This is the problem that lies at the root of most of our scientific investigations. We keep looking for life in forms rather than reaching beyond forms into Life.

Actually, there is no form without Life! Life is. The visible Cosmos is the expression of Life. Life is Intention. Life is Nothing, but contains the inexhaustible possibilities of Everything.

For example, If we would shift this fixation of our focus on the dense carbon water based form that Life generates as it manifests through the idea of human on Earth and start looking at the living idea of a human being as an existing conscious intention or a principled, manifested kind of energy field, rather than some specific form, a universe of possibilities would open for us. The most immediate realisation would be that Humanity exists throughout Cosmos. Humanity is an Idea, a frequency of consciousness which is the medium through which intention moves into action or form. This is the eternal process of motion in Cosmos: Intention, Love or Consciousness, and Action or manifestation through intelligence. Moving the search from the form to the idea, of Human as an expression of Cosmic Intention, is such a tiny step, yet it opens the door to Infinity.

We will never be able to “see”, experience, or comprehend Life through the exploration of forms anyway, and this tiny step does not require cyclotrons or telescopes. Every human being is born with a physical sensory apparatus that will never be equaled by any human invented instrument or technology. Learning to use this “equipment” is what we are about. The “rewards” in terms of liberty, freedom, understanding and beauty are worth all the work.

Many times in this incarnation, while spending time in the High Sierras, I have had the experience of lying on my back at 9000 feet or so at 1 and 2 in the morning observing the tiny part of the one of those trillions of galaxies that I could see with my naked eyes – our galaxy, the Milky Way. I have watched constellations, the Great Bear, the Twins, wheel across the sky, seen “shooting stars”, once one that lasted 6 seconds, watched meteor showers, watched the sun rise and gradually drive out all the stars except Venus.

While awesome in a certain way, none of the above facts – experienced as numbers on paper, in books or on slides, concerning the sizes, and distance from Earth of the diversity and multitude of bodies in Cosmos – come even close to the impact of awe, the meaning and significance of the experience of being in a dense physical body lying on the top of one of the lower ridges in the crust of our tiny planet and registering Cosmos. I use the term registering because the experience involves so much more or our sensory apparatus than our eyes. One can feel, hear, smell and even taste Cosmos.

On several occasions, I have experienced, or you might say realised, that Infinity was right in front of me and all around me, that I was connected to it, part of it. And, though this is unthinkable, I was it. Difficult to express, but the role the heart plays in registering these kinds of experiences is significant. Somehow the Heart speaks before the mind/brain starts processing data.

These experiences have a way of imprinting themselves in consciousness, both as images of light and beauty and intense frequencies of joy and maybe once in a while, bliss. And they come back again and again with power and clarity during one’s trekking around in the mundane tasks of daily living, giving it a sense of connection and value and meaning that makes it worthwhile and joyful.

It is interesting to realise that while raking the leaves in the garden or shopping for groceries in the supermarket, or driving down the freeway, one is an inextricable part, not only of Humanity and the planet, but of the Infinite Cosmos. We are a part that for a very brief time – as time goes – just happens to be housed in a rather incredible space ship we call a body and focused for a brief moment in the act of raking or shopping or driving.

Deep within, we know that the Stars are always there … waiting for us to return.

Tom Carney


The Universe is energy – all pervasive – waves of energy constantly radiating through space. Oscillating from here to there and from there to everywhere. Every thought that ever was and will be exists in that timeless space. We are that space and that space is us.


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Becoming Sun-Like

“The sun is a great magnet.” So says The Secret Doctrine. To esotericists-in-training the sun is synonymous with the indwelling higher nature, steadily exerting its pull upon the outer form throughout the evolutionary cycle. As consciousness awakens, the sun becomes recognised, first, for its outer physical light and heat-bearing properties which nourish and sustain life on earth. Then, gradually the inner spiritual nature of the sun – “the Heart of the Sun” – becomes known to the aspirant as he begins to respond to its subjective pull: to “the great magnet” of the sun which holds all bodies within its orbit, not only physically but subjectively as well, through its magnetic and radiatory energies which produce friction and awakening consciousness within all forms.

Occultly, it is said that the physical eye came into being in response to the light of the sun, and that the “spiritual eye” – the ajna centre – develops in response to the dawning spiritual sun. This brings to mind the biblical passage: “In that light shall we see Light”, suggestive of a hint about the nature of service of a disciple.

It would seem that we have, each of us, to become sun-like – to become light bearers bringing radiate illumination to the ways of all who live on the earth. Just as the solar orb holds its solar system of planets magnetically within its orbit, so is every human being potentially a radiant sun with solar system, an environment, in need of radiatory light.

This radiation of the disciple cannot be summoned from personality resources; it can never be forced or created. Yet, at a certain stage of spiritual development, it simply is.

Such radiation is an effect of identification, for it is the result of a form’s response to the pull of a greater life and a growing capacity to identify with that life. And in so responding, such identification expands in greater and greater arcs until gradually, ultimately, far distant upon the path, the whole becomes encircled in consciousness.

For the developing disciple, becoming “sun-like” means the capacity to bring radiance to his environment through a growing identification with the essential life within others; with the “imprisoned splendour” of the poet Browning, which awaits release into fuller expression. Such a radiatory life cannot be created nor can it be brought to another; it can only be evoked from every living thing, be it a plant or an animal or a fellow human being, within one’s sphere of influence, bringing all closer to “the Heart of the Sun wherein all things are known and felt, and through which all forms, all beings and all things can be bathed in love”.

“In that light shall we see Light”, the light shared by and belonging to all, though dimmed by the imperfection of evolving forms. It is the mutual recognition of the many points and their joining into subjective inter-relationship, which has created the magnetic aura of the new group of world servers. Through all who identify with this group, seeking to cooperate with its purpose and blending their little points of light, the new group of world servers will fulfil its promise and become the planetary light-bearer of the Aquarian age, the radiant torch to light the way for a needy humanity.

The Beacon – Editorial July/August 1986

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The Etheric Web

The ocean of energies of the etheric plane is, we are informed, in constant circulation, interaction, ceaseless activity and transformation. No doubt, if we had etheric vision we would see a kaleidoscopic interplay of energies of differing hues, potencies and luminosities, all of which are evoked through the minds of greater and lesser beings – spiritual and human. Into this great vortex energies also flow from extra-planetary Sources, from those stupendous illumined Minds that inform planets, solar systems, and constellations, of which very little is known, even to the highest Chohans on the planet. Yet, all these energies impinge upon human consciousness, qualifying life in the three worlds.
The etheric web has been described as that which “makes all relationships possible”. In one sense, the etheric relates the individual to the planet, to the solar system and to the universe. Every form is interrelated and vast streams of energy constantly circulate throughout this universal energy field. These energies galvanize the physical plane into “activity of some kind or another, according to the nature and power of whatever type of energy may be dominating the etheric web at any particular time”.

Whilst the universal implications of this vast energy field are beyond our ken, humanity, nonetheless, has a profound role to play in bringing about the reconstruction of the planetary etheric vehicle. Alice Bailey describes this vehicle as the “energy discharging unit”, and goes on to say that “The fourfold form must assume triangular relation”. A pattern of interrelated triangles is destined to fashion the planetary etheric. Over a period of time, this matrix will become more closely woven into the fabric of the world of form, so that humanity will become increasingly responsive to the subtler impressions. It may be that the proliferation of the communication technologies is one indication that the physical and etheric planes are becoming more closely interrelated. The ability of these new sciences to enable people to communicate with and relate to each other in real time without the impediments of space and time are quite probably a reflection of the roles that telepathy and the intuition will play as the race unfolds.

In the world today the outer form is still largely unable to convey the beauty and the purity of the Aquarian impulse. We are reminded in the Teachings that “all forms exist in order to express truth”. As light and goodwill fuse and blend within the Triangles network, “lighted goodwill” is projected into the world of form. These transformative energies are impressing human minds with the visionary and noble ideas that are instrumental in shaping the “new heaven and the new earth”. A pattern of right relationships to that which is above and to that which is below dawns, heralding the bridging of the inner and outer worlds, so that, ultimately, “the weight of the Will of God may progress unimpeded from point to point, from sphere to sphere and from glory to glory.”

The task of Triangles is to help to bring energies of lighted goodwill into the ocean of the etheric plane, thereby changing the substance of that plane and conditioning the vital bodies of humanity, and creating as a consequence the “new heaven and the new earth”.
For those interested in further information about the Triangles network contact Lucis Trust:

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Letter to Harold

Nighthawks, Translucence and Drift Music by John Foxx and Harold Budd

Dear Harold,

When I was a young boy living in Redfern – a concrete jungle, my grandfather who played piano and other musical instruments and listened to Mozart amongst other classical composers, offered me the opportunity to play the piano. He said that he would give me a shilling for every lesson I attended. I lasted two lessons and never returned to the keyboards. At eight years old the streets had more appeal.

If I have any regrets in life, then not continuing with his lessons is the only one.

Several years ago when I was searching for music to accompany film footage of the tranquil waterways of Kashmir, a friend suggested I listen to “Plateaux of Mirror” an album you made with Brian Eno. After meeting with Brian and showing him a cut of the film sequence with the music from that album he agreed to its usage, saying that he had been approached many times about film scores but had never been asked for release of the more “ambient” music that he and other musicians were collaborating on at the time.

Now, as I sit here writing to you it is misty outside the window and a light rain falls. It is very still and peaceful – “Nighthawks, Translucence and Drift Music” by John Foxx and yourself is playing in the background.

I just wanted to drop you a note of thanks for all the years of beauty shared with your music. It has enhanced my life beyond words. It has contributed to the beauty that surrounds me. I particularly love the space between the notes, it takes me somewhere special as if the music opens the door and then the silence enters me, a place I feel at home. When I listen to your music, in a way it’s almost as if I am playing the piano – everything that I wanted to accomplish in music through the piano is there, although at the time I didn’t realise that. Even though I didn’t continue with those lessons many years ago and my grandfather has long since passed I feel a deep connection and resonance with him and you every time I listen to your music.

Thank you so much. I have no regrets now just an expanded heartfelt love for all things beautiful through your inspiring and uplifting music.

I wish you well,
With love and blessings


Nighthawks, Translucence and Drift Music by John Foxx and Harold Budd
Nighthawks, Translucence and Drift Music by John Foxx and Harold Budd


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Energy follows thought

“As a result of focussed thinking in the heart the spiritual eye opens and becomes the directing agent”
Alice Bailey

Third Eye
The meaning of language – indeed the meaning of a single word – is constantly expanding to embrace the growing diversity of human knowledge and experience. The word “field” for example, has always been able to evoke peaceful images of green pasture land and the familiar sights and sounds of the countryside; but in this scientific age, it may equally lead the imagination into an electromagnetic or quantum field – a world of invisible forces where the mysterious sub-atomic particles pop in and out of existence. Two completely different worlds of imagery, qualities and feelings are evoked by the expanded meaning and evocative power of a single word.

While the physicist knows that a subtler field underlies the illusion of the rustic scene he gazes upon, the esotericist knows that this, in turn, is also an illusion. Underlying both is yet another type of field – one of living qualities. This is the field of the intuition which is accessed through the heart; it is here that a search must be made for what is referred to in the Labours of Hercules as the doe of the intuition – illusive and vanishing at the slightest disturbance from worldly thoughts. To capture the doe is a long and arduous labour of love, but all who search in the silence of the heart may catch the soft echo of distant footsteps, a glimpse of living gold in the depths of the forest night. As the trail is followed with perseverance, the doe reveals itself more frequently until finally it is captured and the hidden realm of the intuition opens up.

Those who have captured the doe and are able to work consciously in the field of the intuition do so through the opened “spiritual eye” which serves as a directing agent under a fundamental occult law; energy follows thought and conforms itself to thought. With deliberation, thought is constructed to embody specific ideas and qualities in line with the Divine Plan and directed to be of service in the world. Even before this eye is opened it is possible to work with this law through the use of the creative imagination. As we learn to think in the heart we will discover that the insights we have there become magnetic and that this magnetism increases the more we brood upon them and visualise their practical application in the world of human affairs.

In the works of Alice Bailey, and other pioneering esoteric thinkers, words are arranged in a specific manner to form a geometry of power that resonates in the mind of the reader. Ordinary words can convey a deeper perspective, for behind them lie the living qualities that are seeking entrance into human consciousness. In this context, the meaning of a word such as, Peace, for example, is transfigured into a point of wilful tension in the head and heart that swings all the three divine aspects, will, love and intelligence into a simultaneous activity in line with the will of God. At present this may not be more that an interesting concept, but one day the idea lying behind such a word will be as clearly understood and experienced as a field of grass beneath our feet is today.

And so we see the means whereby language can be expanded to embrace not only the growing diversity of human knowledge and experience, but its quality as well. The Ageless Wisdom teachings are written with this in mind and we are asked to think them into the public consciousness and help to evolve a new language of spirit.

All is energy.

We constantly hear about the energy crises and the need for sustainable energy. Yet we forget that everything in the world is energy in manifestation.

The word energy is derived from the Greek energos meaning active. Everything in the physical world, including all human activity, is a result of this vital, dynamic quality of life.

The energy or etheric body.

The entire manifested universe – the cosmos, the solar system, human beings, and the various kingdoms of nature – possesses an energy body. Although this is subtle and intangible, and cannot be seen by the naked eye, it is nevertheless substantial and conditions all outer forms.

While mainstream science rejects the notion of an energy body, there is a momentum within certain scientific circles suggesting the reality of some form of subtle, universal energy field. This is especially noticeable in the networks of scientists working on ideas of an electrical universe, exploring morphic resonance and quantum coherence. Wisdom teachings down the ages affirm that we live within an ocean of energies, and that we ourselves are a finely tuned system of interacting vital forces. Our won energy body is an integral part of the energy body of the planet, which is itself an integral part of the energy body of the solar system.

In esoteric traditions of the West and the East this energy body is often referred to as the etheric body, with networks of centres, or charkas, and subtle pathways of relationship.

The quality and focussing of our thinking conditions the energies flowing into and through our etheric body. As we develop the qualities, for example, of a loving mind, and our thoughts become more potent, the vibrations we put out into the world radiate these qualities with increasing effectiveness.

There is a plan.

The outer world of circumstances and events can be understood as the product of the dominant qualities circulating through the planetary etheric body at any particular period in world history. Ideas that hold the seeds for future world culture and civilisation – such as the idea of wholeness and interdependence sweeping through the etheric body and transforming life in our time – come from the Universal Mind, the Mind of God. They carry the energies of a great design or pattern, a divine plane working out in response to the evolving mind of humanity. During times of transformation creative thinkers register and respond to these vitalized ideas.

All who have developed imaginative and contemplative qualities of mind – and this can be through traditional prayer or meditation practices, or through dedicated study of one of the sciences of the arts – are able to touch and register ideas held in the Mind of God. A sense of future possibilities awakens within them, and their own creative thinking generates energies, which flow through the etheric field, transforming the climate of thought and making fundamental changes in the world possible.

In our time, at the dawning of a new era vivified by the impulse of wholeness, there are more people thinking with creativity and intuitive focus than at any previous time in history. There are also more concentrated fields of group thought than ever before. All who are pondering the vision of wholeness and its application in a multitude of ways form a world group of mind and hearts, a field of potency in the etheric body of humanity.

Although the divine blueprint will always be something of a mystery to us, our deepest conviction is that light is ultimately destined to illumine our minds, love to govern all relationships, and also that the will of God (the will to good) will increasingly guide our human wills. All who truly seek to love and serve humanity and the Earth are cooperating with this ultimate purpose. Those who understand the power of thought have the possibility of playing a particularly creative role.

Christ said, “As a person thinks in his heart, so is he”.


Training for new age discipleship is provided by the Arcane School. The principles of the Ageless Wisdom are presented through esoteric meditation, study and service as a way of life.

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A Birthday Present – Letting Go


One of the most difficult things in life for everyone is learning to let go. When we consider our own lives and the lives of those closest we often observe how clinging causes great disruption and suffering.

Rarely do we realise at the time that another door is on the verge of opening. What is it that stops us from “letting go?” Even though in many cases we intuitively realise that it’s the right thing to do. Perhaps in the burden of our own self-importance it gives meaning to our very existence in being here.

Eventually we realise that there’s nothing really to hang on to as clinging often leads to lost opportunities: the more we hold onto what we believe to be precious, delays what awaits us. With time we realise that and in “letting go” our lives improve enormously – always for the better.

In the Buddhist teachings it is said that clinging brings suffering. The mind grasps hold of what it is we consider to be important at the time – in letting go it doesn’t become less important, it just frees the mind and the suffering, which is often born in the mind.

Recently a friend was given a sky diving ticket for a birthday present. For various reasons time went by until eventually the skydiving company gave her an ultimatum, “use it or lose it”.

On a bright day over Byron Bay we decided to do the jump together – the first for both of us. It would be from 15,000 feet. We would free fall for 10,000 feet at 240 kilometres an hour before the parachute would open. We had three days prior to the jump to consider and reflect on the decision and prepare ourselves mentally for the experience. Certainly it gives vertigo another meaning. Having trust and faith and “letting go” is a profoundly momentous experience, considering the situation.


No one can really prepare you for that moment – that transition from one state of being to the next. However, inevitably, at some point every human being born into this world will be faced with that decision. Once we can actually embrace that then the quality and perfections of life increase enormously. It’s as if the superficial falls away and the real emerges into another state of being.

As we ascended, the coastal town of Byron Bay seemed to disappear into a tiny speck in the distance. We were rising higher, an apprehension existed inside the aircraft as everyone realised the time was approaching, the decision had been made, there was no turning back.

My instructor whispered in my ear that the chute would automatically open at 2000 feet if things went wrong. As if to assure me that all would be OK. He said, “Just enjoy the moment. Things are going to move really quickly.” With three and a half thousand jumps behind him that wasn’t even on my radar. I was ready.

The red light started flashing. The side door was opened, the first diver went, followed closely by the second, I was the third. Sitting on the edge of infinity I closed my eyes and in the briefest moment I felt the rush of air, opened my eyes and was flying in space, completely free – falling in a state of exhilaration, the beauty of the moment was breathtaking. On the other side of the door a new world had opened, the light was incredible, the experience beyond words. In letting go, I was re-born into a state of bliss. It was a great birthday.


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