A voicehearer’s path ~

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Fruit, mature, ready to “eat” ~

apple_royal-galaIf compassionate behavior is the first fruit of the Holy Spirit, what are the results of that fruit maturing and becoming ready for consumption? Since love can gush all over and be almost overpowering in it’s sweetness and nourishment, allowing all manner of things to grow, both healthy and not so healthy, it is necessary to learn how to handle all that loving power correctly, and with the will of All That is Good, in mind. The result then, of being flooded with the love of Spirit, is a willingness to learn.

One becomes hungry for every bit of instruction that is available. This is where learning to study Holy Writ, the commentaries regarding Holy Writ, the meditations of Masters that have learned the Holy Writ before you, and anything that acts as a codicile to Holy Writ besides. Learning is the mode into which the beginner flowers. As one grows there is also a willingness to help those coming after you to learn the Way.

The things you are learning here are above all how to balance the incredible

Balance

Balance

love of Spirit with a sense of discipline that will allow that love to flow freely when needed, and to put the brakes on when gushing will only harm the person or situation involved. One learns, if one is close to Spirit, that the place of “Balance” is “Beautiful”.

In order to grasp the beauty of balance, there is always a need for wisdom and understanding, these are the “next” on the agenda to learn, though most of the time the lessons are all wound together so one gets a bit of wisdom when one learns balance in a given area, and a bit of understanding when one needs to apply discipline to oneself or the situation. Patience is learned along the way, as nothing comes overnight.

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Humility

And, lo and behold, as one learns all of these wonderful things, the will of that which is Highest and Best becomes ever clearer. But, even here, humility is required, for even at our highest point of development, we can be deceived by those whose motives do not serve the Ancient of Days.  This is why there is none who can say they have attained the highest level of maturity and need no more growth or learning.

So, what is the mature fruit of the Spirit? It is a dynamic sense of balance that is able to adapt to the circumstances at hand and move the elements around to honor the Highest and Best. What a beautiful day when we all attain that balance.

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Y’shua and the Tree ~

I wonder if you can copyright just a title? I like the sound of “Y’shua and the Tree”, but haven’t yet written the entire book. Oh well, if someone beats me to it, and is consistent to the tree teachings of Y’shua, it’s OK. Y’shua often told his listeners simply to “be good trees”, and was pretty specific about what constituted a good tree.

A good tree bore good fruit, fruit that was edible and nourishing for the one eating it. A bad tree bore bad fruit, fruit that would not nourish, but would eventually destroy the consumer. This meant that not only was it important for the believer to make sure that the “fruit” growing from his life was nourishing to himself, but to others as well.

So, how do we go about being a “good tree”. Well, the system was not in place when Y’shua taught, as far as I can tell, but the teachings were all there. So, what did he expect of those who would be there when he was gone? Well, first they needed to recognize in him a good teacher, one who told them things they needed to hear, then he expected them to be good students, listening to the teacher and absorbing his teachings well enough to teach others.

If the student listened and absorbed, he would begin to walk a beautiful path of joyful, humble service to others, giving generously of himself, forgiving generously of others’ mistakes, and caring deeply for the needs of all those around him. His compassion would be deep, while his self-discipline would gird him for the toughness of a life path that was demanding and grueling, yet immensely rewarding. As he grew in understanding and wisdom, he would also begin to discern how to be exactly where he was needed and what he needed to do. This, then, is when he begins to enter into the flow of Creator’s will.

In a very brief and oversimplified statement, this is the path of Kabbalah, or receiving. It is a beautiful path, despite the silliness of the fundies in calling it a cult. I have been quite amused at that, as it is the pot calling the kettle black, but, hey, to each his own.

So, how can you tell if the person is real? Well, I believe John answered that, somewhere in the 15th chapter of his book, that’s where Y’shua gives his final “plant” teaching, (though I believe he said “The I Am,” rather than “I Am”, just a little mistranslation that changes the meaning of everything said), only this time he speaks of the vine and branches, and also that if one is loving, and caring, others would know that they belonged to the I AM, this makes much sense to me, as that is how one knows a Buddhist’s sincerity, or a Taoists, or a Native American’s, they are genuine and loving. And they belong to the “Tao” or “Wakan Tanka” or venerate the “Bodhi tree” from which Buddha received his wisdom.

Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh

Ever present and eternal,

maker of the stars that shine,

present in the light of mind,

living in the very air we breathe.

But, you see, like my master before me, I have no desire for you to create a new religion with these words, only to have a new understanding of the oldest and greatest, and the Everpresent’s love for you.

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