Tuesday, September 23, 2003

The Zohar speaks of the Faithful Shepherd. We are given that this is Moses after another fashion. Unifying this concept of Faithful Shepherd and Moses with the corresponding ideas of Will and Israel as being his flock, and undifferentiated thouhgt brings us to an interesting parallel of enhancement for our movement upwards through the pathways of wisdom.

The Faithful Shepherd is analogous to Will. It is the function of the self awareness that it can and does direct the motion of the energy of focus within. This is a very important concept. The energy of the focus within. You do not gain mastery of this energy unless you are called upon to use this energy of focus. It is a wild stallion that must be bent to your understanding. Letting it run to and fro causes untold havoc as we all can attest to in those periods of our lives when all seemed to be lost.

A shepherd moves the flock along during the course of the day seeking grazing lands and looks after stray sheep that are distracted away from the herd. The sheep are our thoughts. The herd is the unity of our thinking, forming an energy matrix which translates itself into the idealized forms of our image making process.

What happens to a thought after we have initialized its energy? We can repeat this thought processing it into our memory. We can let this thought pass through without any feelings of attachment causing this thought to eventually dissipate. With our feeling nature we can ascribe a certain area of this thought to other similar areas of thought, making a unity of reference to provide a stable energy field. Several such stable energy fields all linked together form the basis for our certainty. Everywhere we look we see and feel the one of being. This one of being is our recognition that the whole of all of these thoughts has a common central theme. In our best recognition of this we choose the All Good as this central theme. In the same way reading through Torah there is a central them arond which revolves the thinking process. This central theme is God, and the thinking process is Israel with their many adventures, trials, triumphs and failures. Individuals become a rallying point for a thought that has acted as a catalyst in bringing together the rest of the people (thoughts) into a common unity. Great figures move the entire thinking process up a level as we see with Abraham, Issac and Jacob. Joseph represents another level as well. Moses as the giver of law represents the highest point reached which is as giver of law or Will allows Israel to move from slavery (undifferentiated thinking, no center, no upward movement in terms of free will) into freedom of expression. This freedom of expression is characterized and culminated by their entrance into the promised land.

The promised land is the manifestation of the thinking process fully actualized in form. It is Law or Will that directs this entire process. In the instances in Torah where there is Divine intervention, there occurs a recognition of the entire process from the Will to direct, the desire to receive, and the resultant action or manifestation which is the perfection both of the direction and the reception. The Will to direct or promote or enlighten our thinking is always there. It can however be siphoned off by our resistance to the acceptance of this kind of process within ourselves. When we try to ignore this process which operates to perfect our world, we actually make things worse for ourselves. We use the very thing which could totally free us to enslave us. We close our minds but what is really happening is that we are using this Will or Law to subvert our thinking. After enough painful experiences we learn enough to stop this and come around to recognition that we can use Will or Law to direct our lives in the perfect pattern of abundant living in every way imaginable.

In the last part of Deuteronomy, Moses warns and predicts that the people will go astray and go through all kinds of hardships. He reminds us to turn to God for our salvation. What he is telling us is that when we return to a recognition of the the Law-Will within us we can direct our lives accordingly. If we act from a reactive nature only, that is not recognizing this capacity we have within, then we will not be fulfilled and will suffer because of this. This reactive nature can be compared to the sheep in the field without the Faithful Shepherd. They wander here and there without any direction. It is a random existence and fraught with dangers. Therefore the admonishments that Moses offers and the blessings.

We are always to do the Will of the Creator and therefore establish thou the work of our hands upon the earth.
Those heartfelt desires you have and the wonderful purposes that are being revealed constantly to you are the infinite abundance of God. We listen. We are open to receiving our good. Through this opening we then are preparing the mold the this awareness to be formed, nurtured and brought into manifestation. We ourselves within our own being experience and accept the vision that we are given to be fruitful and multifply. We continue to accept the vision as it becomes more filled with light. Then we ourselves witness the fruition of the forms of our imagination taking place in this world.

The Faithful Shepherd exactly reproduces the Creator's thought as the Will-Law of Creation. This Will-Law of Creation is our decision maker. Our ability to choose rightly everything good for the sowing of our thinking into the Will to Receive part of our making where everything comes to be configured into the forms of the worlds upon which we live and move and have our being. As the Emerald tablet begins: "All things are from One by the mediation of One, and All things have their birth from this One thing by Adaptation.


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