Listening For The Starting Gun

Roy Masters from 'HYMWMYW'

The brain of man is designed to serve the conscious will. Our will should in turn desire to be overshadowed by a divine purpose.

In metaphysical language, the entire body should live in subjection to the consciousness. Just as a well-trained athlete keenly awaits the signal that will set him in motion, so should the body attend the consciousness.

Selfish, proud, unaware, then excited and upset, we allow temptation to lead our attention captive, and our body is pulled away from its preordained purpose. The less we modify our emotions and reactions, the less we can modify them.

Struggling like a man in a swamp, we are left to our own insufficient devices. So we are led into captivity by what we respond to—whether it be “for” or “against.”

We are shaped by what stimulates us. By responding to the praise of evil people we become evil.

The object of the meditation exercise is to free you from your squirrel cage by bringing the unconscious into subjection to the consciousness.

This is made possible only through desiring guidance of an invisible Divine Will that we may know, or come to know, only as conscience.

Hence, we must dissolve all mental chatter in our mind, and fast from the excitement of “love” and hate that propels our selfish pride in its striving toward selfish goals.We must wait, empty, for a new direction.

We were designed to be intuitively impelled. Without this, we are ships without rudders, at the mercy of everyone’s opinions and selfish motives.

"We were designed to be intuitively impelled. Without this, we are ships without rudders..."

The animal has no conscious awareness. Its instinctive (parallel, but not equal to, intuitive) responses lead it to food and water—and survival.

Our egocentric needs alienate us from a higher order of relatedness, so we find ourselves responding to the same pressures to which others have fallen.

When we respond with excitement and anger, we are bound to an invisible enemy. The rebel and the conformist are equally his subjects, and

the result is accumulating tension and fear.

If we become angry and try to prevail, we are evolving in his system.

We then become more vicious than those who served us so unjustly, and it is not long before we become just like them—enabling them to hide their faults behind our greater fault—greater because of what we have become as the result of our response.

Responding emotionally, we cannot live a good, true or useful life.We are dominated by the wickedness of others— whose wickedness we shall come to need to provide the energy for our rebellious “independence” and for the sense of rightness that arises from judging their wickedness.

To live unto God we must accept the essence of grace to enable us to gaze unflinchingly into the face of our tempters and tormentors, unaffected by their flattery or criticism.

We must not be threatened by wickedness, nor should we covet apparent advantages or superiority.