Follow a Path then Blaze a Trail

When the path to the sum­mit fades, will you blaze your own trail?

Dear light­work­ers, this is Broth­er Thomas of the Sev­enth Ray. This vibra­to­ry lev­el of the God-Con­tin­u­um sends heal­ing vio­let light to all who seek and wish to serve the Divine Con­scious­ness. As this ener­gy cleans­es your aura, a new clar­i­ty emerges. You now know who you are and why you are here. As this God-Light dis­pels the dark­ness, your sacred ener­gies abound and become even more pow­er­ful. Today I speak to those seek­ing enlight­en­ment. Many won­der if the path they present­ly walk is ade­quate to take them where they need to go. Let us com­pare your jour­ney to that a moun­tain climb which begins at the foot of a majes­tic moun­tain.

Step 1: Preparation

We under­stand that you are con­cerned about your present jour­ney – as well you should be. The truth is, your jour­ney began life­times ago! You have lived mul­ti­ple series of life­times to pre­pare you to ascend the moun­tain. You did not just start your trip, it is a con­tin­u­ing and unbro­ken chain of lessons learned over the course of many incar­na­tions. Using the moun­tain metaphor, it was class­room prepa­ra­tion for your Himalayan ascent. But all of that is behind you now. You are ready to leave the class­room and head to the base camp at the foot of the great moun­tain.

Step 2: Base Camp

Base camp is a wild and chaot­ic expe­ri­ence. It is sim­i­lar to the saloon and gold rush towns of the old west. Here you find wild tales of adven­ture and learn of rich­es to come. Old prospec­tors will tell you sto­ries of glo­ry. Ide­al­is­tic youth are cer­tain they know exact­ly what to do. The area is crowd­ed with those who are sure they are ready for the ascent. Signs abound every­where promis­ing to take you where you want to go. Oth­er signs offer you com­fort and entice­ments for one last time before you begin your climb.

Our path to enlight­en­ment does not begin at the sum­mit but the base of the moun­tain. Every­body starts their jour­ney at the base of the moun­tain. This is prob­a­bly one of the most con­fus­ing times for soul.

Broth­er Thomas

Pitfalls of Base Camp

One can waste a lot of time hang­ing out and tak­ing in the excite­ment of the base camp. It is filled with all kinds of inter­est­ing dis­trac­tions. Indeed, instead of climb­ing, some set folks see no rea­son to move on. They set up shop and spend the rest of their lives sell­ing all kinds of goods and ser­vices to those in the camp. Oth­er folks set aside their desire to ascend to the moun­tain peak alto­geth­er and tun­nel instead into the hills look­ing for gold. After a peri­od of time, the glo­ries of the base camp lose their lus­ter and Soul decides it is time to begin mak­ing its jour­ney of ascent.

The Journey Begins

The begin­ning of a jour­ney, though excit­ing, can often be a very con­fus­ing time. One has to decide whether to trav­el alone or with oth­ers. At the begin­ning of the jour­ney, one may eas­i­ly find large groups of trav­el­ers who con­fi­dent­ly state that they alone know how to make it to the top. There is safe­ty in num­bers and one can make many good friends. While it is rel­a­tive­ly easy to join these groups, it is anoth­er thing to remain in good stand­ing. They usu­al­ly require absolute accep­tance and obe­di­ence to what­ev­er the leader says – even when the leader is doing some­thing total­ly dif­fer­ent than what they say! At first, this is no prob­lem. Its fun being with a group that’s head­ed on a com­mon jour­ney. Lat­er, one begins to notice that the same things are said over and again. You notice that no one is even close to the top. It is becom­ing hard­er for you to remain sat­is­fied. One day you real­ize that the path you are on does not head for the sum­mit. Instead, it appears aim­less and nev­erend­ing.

Some groups trav­el a zig-zag­gy path! They head east one day and west the next. If you stay with them for a while, it won’t be long before you’ll be swear­ing that you’ve been by that same rock and grove of trees sev­er­al times before. When trav­el­ing in these groups, one nev­er gets the feel­ing of get­ting any­where. Before long, one real­izes that the lead­ers were a scam who didn’t know any­thing more than the peo­ple with them. They’ve tak­en your mon­ey and left you feel­ing fool­ish.

There’s the hard-core group who try the straight up approach. They only accept those who are ful­ly ded­i­cat­ed. Devo­tees must sac­ri­fice every­thing, includ­ing their time and ener­gy, to climb­ing a steep rock face that goes straight up for sev­er­al miles. Their lead­ers stress that ascen­sion is dif­fi­cult and only a few will actu­al­ly make it. Sur­vival of the fittest is their mot­to and there is no for­give­ness for the least mis­step. Every day is hard and there is nev­er a rest. Even­tu­al­ly, every­one makes a mis­step and plunges to their death below. Even so, they all take com­fort in know­ing that they will meet their exalt­ed leader once they awak­en on the oth­er side.

The Trail Runs Out

Regard­less of whether one trav­els with a group or goes it alone, the trail even­tu­al­ly fades and no fur­ther knowl­edge can be found that will direct one to the top. One has come to the end of them­selves. One real­izes at this point that most quit the jour­ney long ago. Though the sum­mit is still far away, the view is spec­tac­u­lar. It is tempt­ing to hang out and stay here for awhile – and some do. Occa­sion­al­ly, a per­son from “down below” makes the jour­ney to this loca­tion ask­ing for advice and coun­sel. Since the sum­mit is no longer of any con­cern to them, they con­sid­er those who live at this place to be the wise ones. But the tru­ly wise ones see the sum­mit ahead and know there is more. They are not sat­is­fied to remain at this spot and feel an inward call to con­tin­ue the jour­ney.

Blazing New Trails

When there is no trail, and one wish­es to con­tin­ue to the sum­mit, there is only one thing left to do – blaze a new trail! This is what the mys­tic does.

Broth­er Thomas

Hav­ing gone as far as their earth­ly knowl­edge and wis­dom can take them, the mys­tic calls out to the Divine for help in reach­ing the sum­mit. Sin­cere calls for assis­tance are always answered by the God-Con­tin­u­um. All that is required is that the mys­tic now rely upon the Spark of the Divine for the guid­ance they need. Act­ing upon the wis­dom received, the mys­tic faith­ful­ly places one foot in front of the oth­er – trust­ing that they are ful­ly guid­ed and pro­tect­ed. Some­times the path­way is clear and eas­i­ly seen. At oth­er times, the mys­tic may feel as though he or she is mak­ing the climb blind­fold­ed. Even though this may be the case, there is always an inner guid­ing light to help the mys­tic upon their way.

Conclusion

We hope this lit­tle alle­go­ry of climb­ing a moun­tain sum­mit is help­ful for you. The base camp is sim­i­lar to the jour­ney of life where we all begin. It con­tains our homes, schools, fam­i­lies, church­es, and the like. In the begin­ning, it is a very com­fort­able place. It is all we know until we dis­cov­er a new inner life. No mat­ter how imper­fect we may have been, we should nev­er crit­i­cize where we began. All of us must start some­where. The pur­pose of our life was to con­tin­ue our work from before. If we are for­tu­nate, we may make great strides in over­com­ing many of our pre­vi­ous dif­fi­culi­ties.

For many, reli­gion pro­vides a rich inner life. Mys­tics nev­er shun reli­gion nor dis­cour­age oth­ers from par­tic­i­pat­ing in them. The dis­cov­ery of the real­i­ty of the inner life is a moment of great sig­nif­i­cance in our spir­i­tu­al devel­op­ment. Let us not for­get it took count­less life­times for us to real­ize this. Reli­gions have much to offer us all. At some point, how­ev­er, the reli­gious trail fades once it gives us all that it has to offer. At this point, if one is to go for­ward, they must build upon what they know by call­ing upon the Divine for the next step. This sim­ple act is the day you become a mys­tic.


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Mount Rob­son pic­ture used by per­mis­sion of Cre­ative Com­mons

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