To possess complete freedom has always been a human being's greatest desire. The fundamental human rights guaranteed by society are not sufficient for acquiring inner freedom. A personal effort is also necessary. What then is freedom and how can we find it? Is complete freedom possible?
How free are we?
When someone says that he wants to be free, oftentimes he means that he wishes to act as he sees fit, without any restrictions, without being hindered by anything, without being accountable to anyone.
Complete freedom is impossible since a person benefitting from such freedom needs only to be confronted with another and his own freedom is quickly called into question. Consequently, the decisions he has made can come into conflict, frustrate or even be thwarted by the decisions of the second person. Complete freedom, therefore, would only be possible for a person in isolation. This is a well-known fact and is summarised in the popular saying: 'My freedom begins where yours ends.
But to be alone in the world would still not mean freedom. For man finds himself facing an external reality that he did not choose; a reality of nature that he is forced to take into consideration. Immutable laws –the laws of nature or the cosmic laws – that greatly limit his ability to exercise complete freedom govern this reality.
A human being can indeed choose to walk or to run, but not to fly, because this goes beyond the laws of his constitution. He can also decide to sow wheat rather than any other type of seed, but once this wheat is sown he cannot oppose the reality that he is then unable to reap oats! Freedom, therefore, does not just begin where another person's freedom ends, it is also ends where external realities begin.
While the possibility of living in complete freedom remains forever impossible for the human being, this does not mean that he cannot exert a relative freedom; that is to say within the framework of the laws pre-set by the Creator. The laws are indeed the expression of the Will of the Creator; they demonstrate the manner in which He wants Creation to function.
Laws, a restraint to freedom?
The prevailing framework formed by laws is felt by some to be an intolerable limitation. Following the example of those who want to live 'fearing neither God nor man', that is to say without moral (spiritual) principles, or earthly laws, such people would effectively be demanding complete freedom, which is not possible for human beings. Such would like to be able to decide everything by themselves. The question, however, arises: would they be capable of assuming such freedom? This actually implies deciding how the universe should function. The answer to this is obviously 'no' because the wisdom that governs the Laws of Creation, Laws that gear into one another, that harmonise and complement each other in such a perfect manner, guaranteeing everyone and everything his or its space, place, and so on, are high above the capacities that a human being can deploy.
Moreover, the laws are not there to limit but to safeguard the freedom of each and everyone. Due to the large number of human beings on earth, our individual freedom would be greatly restricted by that of others if there did not exist a set of rules for all to observe so that everyone can take advantage of a maximum personal freedom. These rules are contained in the Ten Commandments and were summarised by Christ when He exhorted human beings to love their neighbour as themselves.
In fact, doing unto others as we wish to be done by is the best way of respecting our mutual freedom, and to thereby giving everyone the greatest amplitude of freedom possible.
Human freedom, freedom to decide
The Creator having determined the nature and the functioning of the framework in which a human being can act, man's freedom applies only within this framework and not therefore on the structure itself. Thus it is not a question of being able to create but the freedom to decide within a pre-established framework. This ability to decide freely that is always at man's disposal is what is called the free will. In this world, only man possesses a free will.
Certainly, animals also make decisions. These decisions are, however, not free, but always predetermined. Faced with a particular event, several reactions are possible for them. They can choose what they want, but in so doing cannot choose other than what belongs to their species. For example, in the face of an adversary, a dog can choose to bite or flee, but it cannot decide to head butt its enemy as a goat or a ram would do! Lions are carnivorous. Eating meat is innate to them. They will therefore not be able to decide to adopt another diet and become vegetarian. The human being, however, can choose to do so. He can even decide to malnourish himself or to eat healthy. The repercussions of erroneous decisions will obviously make themselves painfully felt, but it is possible for man to take these decisions none the less.
Human beings sometimes envy animals because they live freely in nature. However, as we saw above, the decisions that animals can make are very limited compared to those that a human being can make. Moreover, with animals the action is always only a reaction to a stimulus produced by its environment or from its body, whereas where a human being is concerned, it can also come from a deeper wish. Thus a human being can develop because he wants to, while the animal is urged towards development. Also the evolution of man is cloaked in forms that he himself fashions, which is not the case with animals.
Where is the seat of our free will?
If the free will is a particularity of man, then where can it be found in him? At first we might assume that it is situated within the brain. However, if we reflect on the brain's functions, we must arrive at the conclusion that the brain is clearly conditioned, thus preventing it from making uninfluenced decisions.
In fact, at birth the brain does not yet contain anything. It is a completely new instrument that will be fed information as life develops. This information is received through the five senses and then stored in the memory and the intellect can work on this information through association.
This information would necessarily be different from one individual to another by virtue of upbringing, nationality, schools attended, chosen professions, newspapers that are read, radio or television broadcasts that are followed, advertisements, friends, a particular political party that is favoured, and so on. These examples clearly show that the brain is incapable of making an uninfluenced decision since all its reasoning is impregnated and conditioned by its desires, concepts and opinions … influenced by the outside world.
However, to make an absolutely free decision, it is necessary that the decision-making centre be capable of choosing without being influenced by external conditioning.
Therefore, if the free will is not seated in the brain, where is it? Given that the body possesses no other organ as sophisticated and noble as the brain, the free will must be sought elsewhere, without, however, seeking only in a materialistic fashion as man of today is used to doing. If, in fact, we exclusively use this materialistic approach, we are forced to look for the free will only in another of the body's organs.
But the constitution of a human being is composed of an immaterial element. This element is the spirit, used in the sense of soul. The spirit, which originates in the spiritual plane, or Paradise, does not have the same constitution as the physical body. It is composed of substance from the spiritual plane, while the physical body is composed of materials from the material plane. The nature of these two planes differs greatly and because of this difference the spirit sojourning on earth must be cloaked in a covering or be equipped with an instrument that allows it to make contact with its surroundings and to react therein. This instrument is the physical body. Consequently, the spirit incarnates into the body, but it is not the body itself. Neither is it the brain.
Due to its origin, the spirit is immune to all the socio-cultural conditioning to which the brain is subjugated. It is indeed struck by the impressions originating from the terrestrial plane, but they are not engraved on the spirit as they are in the brain. In fact, unlike the brain, the spirit is not empty but possesses spiritual abilities conferred on it by the Creator. The external impressions compel these abilities to react and to manifest, which in turn contribute to their development. There is therefore no question of a conditioning, but only development of the inner, personal abilities.
Therefore, it is the spirit that makes uninfluenced decisions, that is to say freely. The spirit is the seat of man's free will.
Inner obstacles to freedom
Freedom is sometimes presented as something unto itself, outside of a human being that man can appropriate. In truth, the possibility of being free exists deep within the human being. It becomes a reality only when man uses the free will of his spirit.
In this light, freedom of belief, of thought, of expression, to assemble and so on as may be contained in a bill of rights are not freedom as such, but laws of society that serve to guarantee each person the possibility of using his free will unhindered. However, these laws only make it possible to use our free will, they do not force us to do so. And if a person does not use it, he is not free, even if he were living in a country that guarantees fundamental human rights. The obstacles to freedom can therefore be internal as well as external. More often than not they are internal.
The main reason for this is that, normally, during his earthly sojourn, the human being should essentially make decisions with his spirit and his brain should execute them. This division of labour can be explained as follows: the earthly plane where the spirit finds itself for the duration of its incarnation is alien to it due to its different nature. It is therefore unable to fully grasp this plane and to react upon it in the same way the brain can due to its nature. Thus, the role of the brain is to assist the spirit and carry out the decisions it makes. In order to accomplish this it must likewise possess the ability to decide so that it can make a choice among the multiple material possibilities that are available to it.
The intellect's decision-making centre has a much narrower field of activity than that of the spirit. It only understands the material world, whereas the spirit has a larger view that extends beyond matter. Nevertheless, for a long time now man has opted to use only his cerebral capabilities, his intellect, above all else instead of primarily using his spiritual faculties that are on a much higher level hierarchically and should take the lead over intellectual abilities. With time, the latter became overdeveloped, much to the detriment of the spiritual faculties and the result is that decisions are taken more often by the intellect today rather than by the spirit.
But the more a human being consults and submits to his intellect, the less he uses the free will inherent in his spirit. And the less he uses his free will, the less freedom he has. The loss of spirituality therefore quite naturally leads to a loss of freedom.
By submitting to the intellect, man again hinders himself in another way. Owing to the restricted vision of reality that the intellect possesses, the decisions that it makes without the spirit's lead are consequently fragmented and because of this are often opposed to the Laws of Creation.
By making decisions that oppose the laws he creates a difficult destiny for himself. Man's destiny is indeed not arbitrary, but there are consequences of past actions: 'whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap'. Obstacles, conflicts and problems that he will be forced to live and that will in turn limit his possibilities to act completely freely.
Disrespect for the laws and the obstacles that bar the way to the free use of our will can also arise from a person not positively developing his abilities but instead who cultivates some sort of propensity. Effectively, an inclination for money or likewise envy, hatred, and so on, will always 'incline' the person towards a precise direction. Such a person can then no longer make a free decision because he must constantly struggle against this inclination that is persistently knocking on his door. Instead of having many different choices at his disposal, one powerful and influencing element is always at the forefront. And this influence is an obstacle that blocks the complete and total use of his free will.
The non-observance of the laws therefore leads to the loss of freedom. This is the exact opposite of what is commonly believed. In fact, where the Laws of Creation guarantee the maximum freedom for everyone, their non-observance logically leads to a loss of this freedom.
What is the purpose of the free will?
The human spirit did not create itself; no more than it created the abilities that lie in it. The Creator placed these abilities in his spirit as possibilities, but it is man's duty to bring them to full blossom from this state of possibility to a state of reality. Does the history of humanity, and moreover that of the mineral reign, the vegetable and animal kingdoms not demonstrate a movement from the simple to the complex, from the slightly developed to the more developed, or even from the unconscious to the more conscious? But these capabilities can only be developed when they are used. And for this to happen, the spirit must want something. By wanting to be respectful, patient, helpful … the spirit engages the corresponding faculties that lie within it and forces them to manifest. Thus in the same way that muscles develop through exercise, so do our spiritual capabilities develop and blossom the more they are used.
The ultimate goal of the efforts we expend throughout our existence is therefore not only our material survival and ultimately the achievement of great things on earth, but it is to develop the innate abilities that reside in the spirit. Moreover the goal of human existence is to fully develop the abilities of the spirit, for it is only when the spiritual abilities are brought to complete maturation that the human spirit can return to its home: Paradise.
Preventing someone from using their free will unhindered, whether this is the State by not guaranteeing the fundamental human rights to its citizens, or by an individual, through the exertion of various types of pressures, is one of the most serious crimes against humanity. This does not only generate earthly suffering, but spiritually it hinders the development of the spirit that is the true essence of a human being.
The use of the free will should therefore be seen less as only a possibility that we can choose to use or not, but rather as something within that man must absolutely apply in his life. Because for the human spirit in Creation, freedom is less of a right than a duty and the more an individual becomes free by observing the Laws of Creation, the more those in his surroundings can become free as well.
WHEN WE STUDY or read books on natural medicine, we often hear about laws. We learn for example that there are laws of healthy diets, that if we become ill it is because we didn’t respect the laws of health, if we want to be happy we have to follow the laws of life, etc. For anyone who up to that point lived in the belief that illnesses appeared by chance, at random, and that a happy or an unhappy fate was a question of good or bad luck, the existence of laws regulating these occurrences comes as a big surprise and leads to many questions. What is a law? How do they manifest? How can we say that something is ruled by a law or is a law?
THE LAWS OF NATURE WHEN WE OBSERVE the Nature that surrounds us, it is possible for everyone to notice clearly that natural phenomena don’t take place in just any way, in ways which vary from one moment to the next, but, on the contrary, they repeat in a regular way, in an identical and constant manner. The seasons always follow each other in the same order, planets travel in specific orbits, each plant grows in a precise way at specific times of the year, etc. This regularity and immutability show us that these phenomena occur according to precise and specific rules. These rules are what we call laws. When the consequences of the activity of the laws become familiar to us, they become these things which are so logical that, when our attention is brought upon them, we exclaim “but of course, it’s obvious!” It is obvious for example that we would not normally attempt to walk out of a 10th floor apartment via the window if we don’t want to fall and hurt ourselves. It is also obvious that we wouldn’t set a glass down in mid-air beside a table and expect it to stay put as it would on the table. And it is absolutely clear that when we sow wheat we will not reap apples. These facts are so obvious that we don’t reflect anymore on why they are so. They are so because there exists a natural order of things, laws which are strict, predetermined and immutable, according to which all phenomena take place.
HOWEVER, THERE IS a great difference between the Laws of Nature and laws which are laid down by man to govern the relations between the citizens in society. Human laws are often modified and even repealed, only to be replaced by new laws, while the Laws of Nature always stay the same and never undergo any change. In addition, human laws are only the expression of wishes. They describe the guiding principles which, it is hoped, will be followed by everyone in order to promote harmony in social life, but which are not compelling as the Laws of Nature are.
Among human laws for example we have the rules of the road. According to these rules, drivers have to drive on the right side of the road (at least in this part of the world). The aim of this and other driving laws is to avoid collisions. However, to break the law and drive on the left side is entirely possible. In contrast, it is impossible to go against the Law of Gravity for example, a law whose action compels an object to fall through space until it meets a resistance which opposes it with an equal or superior force. The fact that the object falls is not a wish expressed in a law but the description of a reality which is compelling, compulsory and inevitable. Therefore the Laws of Nature express how things are and not how we want them to be. They describe an external reality that we have not chosen, but which imposes itself on us: an unavoidable reality we have to face, on which we are forced to base our lives. Given that these Laws of Nature are descriptions of the way natural phenomena take place, we could therefore identify numerous specific laws, each describing one specific fact or other. And we could despair of knowing them all, if not for the fact that by standing back and trying to look beyond appearances, it is possible to observe that many of these specific laws basically describe the same thing and can be expressed in the form of more general Laws. Therefore the multitude of specific laws can be brought back to a limited number of general Laws, or guiding principles with which everything complies. For example, the fact that a solid object released in mid-air falls, that a rock is too heavy to float in the air, but a cork or a piece of wood placed under water floats back up to the surface are many specific cases governed by a unique general Law, the Law of Gravity.
How do we learn more about the Laws of Nature? If human laws can be studied in books, the Laws of Nature have to be discovered by observing our natural environment. Now let’s see what an observation of the way our body functions will lead us to discover about the laws.
THE LAW OF CAUSE AND EFFECT IF WE BROADLY SUMMARIZE, we can say that the functioning of our body is a process which takes place in 3 phases: 1. It receives energy 2. It transforms these energies to make them usable 3. It uses and eliminates these energies
If we go into further detail we will see that the functioning of the body is totally fixed and immovable and therefore governed by laws. In the first phase, the intake phase, the body receives the energies which are indispensable for its function, that is air, beverage and food. In the second phase, the transformation phase, the energies, which cannot be directly used by the body, are prepared to be made usable. This mainly takes place during the digestive process which breaks the solid foods into smaller and smaller parts, these latter being then brought to the cells. In the third phase, the energies go out of the body in two different flows. First, in energy spent to maintain the body temperature, the functioning of the organs and for the body activities. Secondly, in the form of worn energies (waste products or toxins) which are eliminated by the excretory organs: liver (bile), intestines (stools), kidneys (urine), skin (sweat), lungs (CO2). For complete health, each phase must have taken place correctly: the right food must have been eaten, correctly digested, totally used and its waste product eliminated. The three phases are dependent on each other. If too much food is eaten, digestion will be poor. If the foods are poorly digested, a lot of waste products will be produced. This will lead to insufficient elimination of the toxins. These latter then accumulate in the body and make it ill. These facts can be expressed in specific laws: overeating leads to poor digestion; poor digestion leads to the overproduction of toxins which then accumulate; an accumulation of toxins can overwhelm the excretory organs, leading to poor elimination; poor elimination leads to the poisoning of the body and subsequently to illness. But as varied and different as these laws may be, they are all governed by a general Law: the Law of Cause and Effect. Its activity makes each cause inevitably engender an effect. Therefore, each effect is triggered by a cause, there can be no effect without a cause, or as the popular saying goes: there’s no smoke without fire. Although everybody, when hearing the statement of this Law, will agree on its obviousness, in practice, this Law is rarely taken into consideration. And that’s what we want to emphasise. The Laws are not sufficiently known by everybody; they are not respected or used enough. For example:
oo How many digestive problems are treated with different drugs without the patient’s eating habits being considered. This would after all be the most logical thing to do as it is the foods which wear out the digestive glands
oo Nowadays many people take blood thinning remedies because their blood is too thick which leads to heart and circulatory illnesses. To take the Law of Cause and Effect into consideration would imply explaining to patients the causes which lead to their condition so that they may avoid these causes. These causes are well known: overeating, lack of exercise, etc. In practice the Law of Cause and Effect is so seldom taken into consideration that many people finally confuse the cause with the effects, and invert them, that is think that the effects are the causes.
For example: oo When someone has bronchitis, it is often said that the infection is the cause of the presence of all the mucus he expectorates. In fact it is the presence of waste products and mucus which enables the germs to multiply and trigger the infection.
There would be many other things to say about this Law, but let’s observe the functioning of our body from a different angle, in order to discover another general Law.
THE LAW OF MOVEMENT
THE FUNCTIONING OF THE BODY can be compared to the functioning of an energy transformer. Similar to the transformer, the body is a thoroughfare of a flow of energies which penetrate it, traverse it and then leave it. Health is therefore dependent on a good flow of the energies, a flow which has to take place constantly, without interruption.
If the energies don’t enter the body, this latter will not be able to function, because it doesn’t receive the energies it needs. If they don’t traverse it, it will not transform them and make them available for use. And if the “used energies”, i.e. waste products and toxins, are not correctly eliminated, they will accumulate inside the body, in the biological terrain. This is considered in natural medicine as the basic cause of illnesses. The terrain is composed of all the bodily fluids (blood, lymph, cellular fluids) in which the cells are immersed. All this reveals the necessity of an uninterrupted flow of energies through our body and so the importance of movement in general, movement which shows itself as being another great Law of Creation: the Law of Movement. Movement is characteristic of anything that is alive. Indeed, anything that lives moves and anything that wants to stay alive must stay in movement. For example: blood must circulate continuously without slowing down too much and especially without interruption. Otherwise it will coagulate, making a clot which can block a blood vessel and the irrigation of vital organs. Air must constantly flow in the body. A few minutes without air and death occurs. Without constant physical movement, muscles weaken and lose their tone. Numerous therapies are based on this Law without people being aware of it. They have healing qualities only because they restore and support movement and not at all because they produce active curative substances. Hydrotherapy, the application of cold or warm water, on small or large parts of the body, accelerates the blood circulation and the cellular exchanges. So does massage and reflexology. And what does acupuncture do? It regulates energy circulation through the meridians. This Law is again not often enough taken into consideration. People with poor blood circulation in the legs are given remedies instead of being advised to move: walk, go bicycling, climb up the stairs instead of using an elevator, etc., in order to stimulate the circulation of blood in the legs.
THE LAW OF AFFINITY
THERE ARE A FEW other general Laws of Creation, but I want to deal with one more of them only: The Law of Attraction of Homogenous Species (also named the Law of Affinity) whose effect is such that things which are similar attract each other. In a nutshell: like attracts like. It is often possible to observe that a unique treatment can have quite different effects depending on the patient it was given to. Some patients react very well to a given plant, while for others – with the same health problem – it has no effect or even a negative one. The same is true with acupuncture, osteopathy, homeopathy, all of which are very effective with some people but not with others. If there are differences in the effectiveness of the treatment it is because, as is commonly said, we may or may not be “in affinity” with the treatment! For centuries, the importance of this Law has encouraged therapists to find the affinity between the different therapeutic means used (herbs, foods, etc.) and the different kinds of patients. This research lead us to the knowledge of the different temperaments, that is, groups of people having the same physical characteristics who therefore react in a similar way to a similar treatment. There are four temperaments: the sanguine, melancholic, choleric and phlegmatic temperaments. A person of the phlegmatic temperament, for example, which corresponds to the water element, likes calmness and serenity. They are happy to live near water (river, lake, sea), react well to remedies from the sea (seaweed), hydrotherapy and herbs in liquid form (infusions). On the contrary, people from the opposite temperament, the choleric temperament, governed by the element fire, like to be active and can’t bear to be inactive very long or don’t like surroundings which are too calm. These make them feel unwell because they cannot spend and use up all their energy. Sports and physical exercises agree better with them than too much rest. Also, they respond better to sun therapy than water therapy and to herbs in tablet form rather than in those given as infusions. The description of the temperaments is always a bit caricatured and extreme. In reality, they never manifest in a pure way. Each of us is a mixture of the four temperaments, a mixture in which one or two temperaments predominate. The great art in medicine is to find the affinity which exists between the temperament of the sick person and the therapeutic means prescribed. Surprising as it may be, the Law of Attraction or of Affinity is also at work when we have an aversion to something – but this can easily be explained. Indeed, according to the Law, if like attracts like, then the opposites (unlike) will repel each other. This is especially noticeable during pregnancy. The mother has strong cravings for certain foods which are good for (in affinity with) her baby, or strong dislikes of food which disagree with it. The immune system functions according to this law: Its role is to distinguish between what belongs to the self and what doesn’t (microbes, cancerous cells, etc.) in order to destroy these latter. The repelling process of what is dissimilar can take place slowly (it can take years for a splinter to come out) – or very quickly (an allergic reaction to pollen can take place in a few seconds). Like the other Laws we have so far described, the Law of Attraction or of Affinity is usually not respected either. Illnesses are treated without taking into account the patient’s temperament. As we can see after this presentation of these few Laws, illnesses are the result of having not respected the Laws. And that’s where our responsibility lies. We get ill, not because the Laws are deficient, but because we don’t follow them or live according to them. To know the Laws and to follow them in our daily lives is therefore vital for staying healthy, and that’s why they are ever again mentioned in natural medicine. But knowledge of these Laws is not only useful for staying healthy. These Laws not only govern our physical bodies but, more importantly, also the immaterial part of man, that is, his spirit (soul). This fact is less well known, but is just as important.
The idea that the human being is more than a physical body is not only a religious conception but also one important in natural medicine. Great doctors throughout history, starting with Hippocrates, believed that man is composed of three elements:
1. His true ego, the immaterial spirit (in the sense of soul) 2. Different cloaks of ethereal matter 3. The physical body
The spirit surrounded by its different ethereal cloaks incarnates in the physical body for the length of its earth-life. At death it separates from the body and goes on living in the “other world”. Now, the Laws we have been talking about are also active on the spirit. To illustrate this I will draw a few parallels to show that they act on the spirit in a way similar to how they act on the body.
WHAT YOU SOW YOU WILL REAP SOMETIMES, WE FALL ILL, and we know perfectly well what we did to cause this: we overate, didn’t sleep enough, got too worked up about something, etc. Other times, we suddenly fall ill although we have been living in the same way for some time. Therefore we wonder why we got ill. We are quick to think it is arbitrary, bad luck, unfair, but there is a reason. Toxins have accumulated in the terrain, slowly and silently, and suddenly the body couldn’t bear them anymore and fell ill. Now, the same thing happens in everyday life, on the spiritual level. Sometimes, we are confronted with painful situations and problems, but we know perfectly well why they have arisen: our decisions or behaviour led to them very logically. The relation of cause and effect is clear. Other times however, we are confronted with difficult situations but we cannot see what we have done to cause them. These happenings are in opposition to what we would have liked and are even the reverse of what we would have wished. And as we cannot see a cause for them, we qualify them as arbitrary, unfair, or we maintain that “there aren’t any laws” or “there isn’t any justice”. But there is a law in activity. It is the Law of Cause and Effect, also called the Law of Sowing and Reaping. It was taught by Jesus when he said: what you sow you will reap.
What does man’s spirit sow? He sows what he does (his actions), says and thinks. These three manifestations of his will are registered – to make things simple – in his ethereal cloaks, which act as the spirit’s “terrain”. Everything we do is registered in it and accumulates, silently but surely. At some point this bursts into the open in the form of a problem or a situation, which corresponds to what we have sown. But as we don’t remember what caused these situations they are considered exceptional and designated as being our fate. But fate is not arbitrary. Thanks to the Law of Cause and Effect, it is the logical result of what we have sown. Knowing this can change our view of life completely. Just as we don’t fall ill by chance but are responsible of our illnesses through our lifestyles, so our fate – everything that happens to us – is not by chance, we are responsible for it all through what we have thought, said and done. This means that nothing in our lives happens for no reason, there is always a cause. By the decisions we take we are the originators of these causes, therefore we are not victims.
Consequently, there is something to learn in every situation which comes to us, because each is brought by the Laws and not by chance. It is a waste of time to blame other people for our situations, they are not responsible for them, we are. If we are not happy with our lives, we don’t have to submit to them, we can change them and form them as we like.
THE LAW OF SPIRITUAL MOVEMENT
THE SPIRIT IS ALSO subject to this Law. It has to be active to stay awake and develop. It needs movement and usually wants it. Being inactive doesn’t suit it. Deep inside every human being there are wishes for things to do, goals to reach, ideals to fulfil, etc. There is the desire to improve oneself and to develop. Just observe someone who is longing for a vacation which will enable him to do nothing. He dreams of being inactive, being able to just lie around, on the beach, under the sun, for example. But after a few days (hours for others) he becomes dissatisfied, unwell, restless … and longs for something to do! Some people think they are very tired, and have no energy left, but it’s just that they are not in movement. You have certainly seen people who complain of not having any drive, who even feel a bit depressed and despair of their condition. It only takes a piece of good news to see them suddenly full of energy and optimism.
THE LAW OF ATTRACTION OF HOMOGENEOUS SPECIES
AS THE RESULT of the activity of this Law, people with similar qualities or interests are attracted to each other. That’s why society is divided in so many groups of people – associations, clubs, parties, movements … This division into groups is spontaneous, not always the result of conscious decisions. In a package tour for example, when a group of people who do not know each other are together on a vacation, very quickly those who are interested in history will be talking together, those who are interested in sports will stick together, etc. All this means that we can learn much about someone (or ourselves) just by observing who he associates with. As the sayings go “birds of a feather, flock together”, or “tell me with whom you associate and I will tell you who you are.”
Yet there is another teaching to be learned with this Law. Some people get very irritated about their neighbour’s faults – for example, lying. They don’t just notice and observe, but react violently against people who lie. They even have a tendency to see liars everywhere. They suspect everybody of lying; get irritated about it, and so on. Why is that? After all, we are all capable of seeing the faults in our neighbours, why is it that some can get so irritated? It’s because they are in affinity with liars. If you observe carefully, you will discover that they themselves are liars. It is the homogenous species which makes it so easy for them to see liars and which makes them react so violently. It is exactly what was taught by Jesus: you see the mote in your brother’s eye and consider not the beam that is in yours. Therefore if we are not sure what is to be improved in ourselves, we just have to observe which of our neighbours’ faults annoy us most. By overcoming these faults in ourselves we will not only become better people, but will also, for example, get rid of the liars that surround us. The reason for this is that when we cease to be liars, the action of the Law of Attraction of Homogenous Species will repel these types of people from us. They will not surround us anymore because we will have stopped attracting them.
Many other things in our lives can be explained (and therefore understood) by the activity of the Laws. It is therefore of the utmost importance to get to know them. Indeed, just as some people get ill repeatedly or get more and more seriously ill because they don’t know the laws of health, other people live an unhappy life becauseof their ignorance of the laws of life, the Spiritual Laws.
ARE ILLNESSES AND FATE PUNISHMENTS?
WHEN A CHILD, who has been told that he can burn himself if he puts his hand in boiling water, nevertheless decides to touch it, he will burn himself. His burn however is absolutely not a punishment for not having obeyed and followed the warnings; it is only a consequence of his action. Similarly, when our body tells us through tiredness, pain, acute illness, etc., that we are not following the laws of health, and we don’t listen to these warnings, we get prone to chronic or degenerative illnesses. These latter are not punishments but simple consequences. These consequences have been triggered by our decisions, and we are therefore responsible for them. As we have free will, we could have decided differently and could have been lead to physical well-being and strong health.
Illnesses are not punishments, nor a lack of love from the Creator; they are the result of our lack of knowledge about the laws of health and lack of wisdom about the necessity of following them. Each complication, each aggravation or recurrence, painful as it may be, is only supplementary proof of our ignorance of the laws. Far from being alarming or frightening, such knowledge is most reassuring, because it means that what happens to us depends neither on the arbitrary decisions of others, nor the whims of a blind fatality, but on ourselves. The situation is totally under our control because, thanks to our free will, we can shape our life as we wish it to be.
What has just been said about illnesses is also true – and for the same reasons – for all the problems and conflicts we have to face in our families, social and professional lives, as well as all our sorrows, afflictions, miseries, ordeals, accidents, setbacks, failures, etc. That is, our fate is wrongly attributed to chance.
What man needs the most to be happy and healthy is knowledge of the Laws of Creation. This knowledge is not restricted to the laws of chemistry and physics, which enabled so much of the technical progress of our times, but must include the big Laws, or big principles, which govern our whole existence as human beings, which govern our thoughts, words and actions. The active and up-building forms of the Laws are like the current of a river. If we swim in the same direction as the current, we are carried by its strength and we make progress without having to make much effort. Two forces are working together: the one from the current and ours. However, if we choose to go counter current, that is, live in an unhealthy way or without respect for our neighbours – which is possible for us to do as we have free will – the current will oppose our movements. We will have to deploy much more energy, only to find ourselves swept back after all by the current.
HOW DOES ONE ACQUIRE THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LAWS?
ONE WAY IS THROUGH close observation of all the events, big and small, in Nature and in our surroundings. In so far as we are attentive and try to discover the logic behind the happenings, it is possible for us to discover the Laws which govern them. Personal experience is another way of acquiring this knowledge. Here the aim is to find out how the Laws act on us and our decisions by reflecting on the reasons for the events of our lives, as well as the relationship between present and past happenings, and seeking why some situations curiously repeat themselves in our lives. The better we understand the reasons for the happenings in our lives, the more we become conscious of the activity of the Laws. It is also possible to read books which talk of the Laws of life, such as the work “In the Light of Truth: The Grail Message”. In the following, you can read via the link an excerpt from this work, a chapter about the activity of the Laws and the meaning of fate. * * * I N T H E L I G H T O F T R U T H : T H E G R A I L M E S S AGE Volume 2, Lecture 2 FATE
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In a time where we encounter so many natural disasters, we could ask ourselves how animals are capable of prior sensing of such disasters. When we observe animals and understand their special sense we can make good use for our own protection.
The following article is written by Christopher Vasey, and compiled by Edeltraud Grace.
After every major natural disaster some testimonies relate how animals escaped a certain death by taking shelter before the forces of nature are unleashed. How is such a thing possible? Are they warned or do they perceive something that escapes us? Some people speak of a sixth sense, but what is it exactly?
In Martinique, in 1902, several days before the eruption of Mount Pelée, all animals, from birds to reptiles, fled the surroundings of the volcano. The people stayed. There was only one survivor out of the 40,000 inhabitants: a prisoner protected by the thick walls of his jail. In Fréjus, France, in 1959, all the cats deserted their homes before the dam built upstream burst and flooded the lower part of town, killing over 400 people. And in 1999, in the Vosges, before the violent hurricane Lothar hit, with violent winds that felled numerous trees, all the deer had left the thick of the forests to regroup in the open clearings.
On December 26, 2004 the Yala National Park in Sri Lanka was devastated by a tsunami that penetrated up to three kilometres inland and covered an area of 300 hectares. Surging waves destroyed buildings and transformed vehicles into deadly missiles. Although more than 200 elephants and numerous other animals lived in the park, not a single one succumbed to the tidal wave. “No elephant died, not the least hare or rabbit. I think animals can sense disasters coming. They have a sixth sense. They know that something is about to happen”, declared one of the park officials. From a helicopter a journalist sighted the herd of elephants on dry land. The authorities in Sri Lanka confirmed the fact that no dead wild animal was found among the tens of thousands of human remains recovered.
At all times and everywhere in the world such events are related and never fail to fill man with wonder, prompting him to ponder the mysterious faculty that animals possess to have a premonition of such dangers.
The scientific approach
To scientists there is nothing mysterious or inexplicable about animals knowing in advance that a natural disaster is going to take place. Contrary to humans who live in a secure environment, animals live in an environment fraught with a thousand hidden dangers. They are constantly on the alert for predators, to defend their territory and their young, to escape the inclement weather, to find food and so on.
In order to survive the multiple dangers confronting them, animals have developed heightened faculties of perception. In some the sense of hearing is especially refined. The sounds that they are able to pick up are greatly increased towards the high or low end of the frequency spectrum, thus allowing them to hear their enemy “from afar.”
Bats and insects, for example, discern ultra-sounds that are inaudible to humans. Rocks subjected to strong pressures, as it is the case with an impending earthquake, emit sounds of high frequency. That is certainly why shortly before the earthquake that triggered the tsunami of December 2004 thousands of bats were witnessed in Sri Lanka flying away from their deep cave habitats in broad daylight, whereas these animals normally come out only at night. Elephants, on the other hand, detect infra-sounds. Those of the Yala Park mentioned earlier as having escaped the tsunami probably discerned low frequency sounds emitted by the shifting continental plates, thus allowing them to get to the shelter.
Other animals, snakes for example, are very sensitive to variations in the earth’s magnetic fields, which alter strongly in the hours preceding earthquakes. It would explain why snakes leave their holes before the first tremors to avoid, as has often been observed, being crushed. Chickens, geese and pigeons are also observed to become extremely agitated before earthquakes. According to some researchers, such panic is due to the ability of these birds to perceive emission of radioactive gases, like radon, which occurs when deep subterranean rock layers, with trapped gases, crack and shift shortly before the earth quakes.
The acute perception of the animals is certainly a part of the explanation of why they foresee danger, but it does not explain all. Two reasons prompt us to think that there must be something else than the sixth sense we speak so much about. Firstly animals react before the event takes place, and secondly they react intelligently in relation to the danger. Let us examine these two elements.
Humans and animals usually perceive visual and auditory signals as they are emitted. The event and its perception always happen simultaneously. But in the cases we have been considering, the animals perceived something before the earthquake, storm, or volcanic eruption has occurred.
An earthquake is preceded by a lot of small tremors imperceptible to humans but which animals can detect. But according to specialists, these small tremors happen all the time. They testify to the continual activity of the earth’s crust and rarely signal an earthquake of any significance. Why then do dogs, which like elephants and bats are very sensitive to tremors, howl only before the big earthquakes?
It is also true that storms are preceded by modifications in atmospheric pressure and air humidity ... that could allow some animals to become aware of their arrival. But, here too, such changes take place at all times without necessarily heralding a devastating storm. Why do animals react only when a real storm is approaching?
If it is understandable that an animal endowed with a very developed sense can discern what is not perceptible to others, it does not explain why it can receive a signal before an event takes place. What is this sense that is capable of perceiving what has not yet taken place? This perception can in fact take place well in advance.
In 1738, in Messina, Italy, dogs howled minutes before an earthquake destroyed the town, killing over 50,000 people. In 1910 in Landsberg, Germany, bees abandoned their hives to fly off in the air only minutes before an earthquake. But it was a full half hour before the earthquake that destroyed 20,000 houses in Greece, in 1953, that the stork population in the region suddenly took flight and circled overhead in an unusual manner, squawking aloud. The people were thus alerted and only 27 died.
On March 5, 1977 in Rumania it was one hour before the earth quaked that chickens and cows, by their agitation and attempts to flee their coops and stalls, warned their owners of the approaching danger. In 1969, in Yientsin, China, officials warned the population about an imminent earthquake, two hours in advance, after noticing the agitated behaviour of tigers, pandas, and stags in the zoo.
A day before an earthquake destroyed Orléansville, Algeria, in 1954, a lot of domestic pets had left the town. In Alaska, in 1964, polar bears did likewise, shortening their hibernation by two weeks to escape the earthquake that measured 9.2 on the Richter scale. Animals are also able to perceive coming dangers that are not directly connected with the forces of nature.
In the United States in the 1960s, a dog-owner was playing cards with friends in a coffee house. Unusually, his dog continually pestered him, whining, agitated and restless. Irritated, he opened the door and let it out. Minutes later the dog got back inside through the window and restarted its merry-go-round. Now exasperated, the owner took the dog outside. He hardly stepped through the threshold when the roof of the building collapsed, burying the occupants. Likewise in Oviedo, Spain, in 1961, a cart-drawing horse blocked traffic by obstinately refusing to enter a tunnel its master wanted to use. Threats or whips could not make it budge. Meanwhile a huge traffic jam had started to build up behind. Suddenly a thunderous roar drowned the din of the horns and shouts: the tunnel roof had collapsed in a dreadful thud! Another peculiar fact: According to witnesses, an hour before the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, hundreds of dogs had gathered to bark at impending death.
Faced with a dangerous situation, to which they are oblivious in part, human beings sometimes exhibit a senseless behaviour. We expect animals to behave the same way, since in spite of a heightened sensitivity to the approach of danger they cannot know its exact nature until it happens.
This senseless behaviour appears, for example, in eels that beach voluntarily before a tsunami, fishes that jump on the river bank to escape an earthquake, or rats that hide inside buildings that will collapse and bury them during an earthquake.
Contrary to such panic-induced behaviour, some animals depart from usual behaviour and react in a way perfectly suited to the danger.
Normally, on sensing danger, a frog would instinctively jump into its pond and hide in the depths. A researcher reported frogs abandoning their habitat stream and moving as far away as possible in order to escape an imminent rise in the water level. When frightened, cats usually hide under a piece of furniture or in isolated corners of their owners’ homes. But in Fréjus, the cats meowed and scratched frantically on doors and windows, escaping through every available opening, just before the dam ruptured upstream, betraying once again an uncanny prior knowledge.
We rightly marvel at the story of the elephants in Yala Park, Sri Lanka, that sought refuge before the tsunami. According to scientists, it is their sensitivity to low frequencies that allowed them to detect the earthquake hundreds of kilometres away in North Indonesia, and which later caused the destructive wave. It is one thing for the elephants to detect the earthquake, but how did they know they needed to move to higher ground in order to escape the tsunami that would follow from the earthquake? Many will say: “It’s the sixth sense that animals possess”. What is the sixth sense of animals?
Because the heightened senses of animals cannot fully explain their ability to discern an impending natural disaster, some people invoke a sixth sense attribute. The sixth sense, if it exists at all, should have the property to detect a natural phenomena, its time of arrival, the consequences on the environment and appropriate reaction to deal with it, and all this well in advance. That would indeed be expecting a lot from a simple sense. There must therefore be something else. But what?
In the Grail Message an altogether different explanation from what we usually hear is given. It is not a question of an anticipated perception but the reception of an early warning given by personified forces of nature or what are called elemental beings.
“The elemental beings know exactly when and where sudden changes in Nature are about to take place, such as landslides, rocks being dislodged from mountains, trees falling, the caving-in of land undermined by water, the bursting of a dam, sudden water eruptions, volcanic and fire eruptions, tidal waves and floods, earthquakes, and everything else coming within the same category, because they themselves are occupied with the preparation and bringing about of such changes, which men call disasters and catastrophes.
“If such a happening is imminent it may well be that an animal or a person approaching the spot is warned by these elementals. They block the way and try, through vehement motions, shouting or sudden impressions upon their feelings, to induce them to return. The animal is startled, its hair “bristles”, and it energetically refuses to continue, quite contrary to its usual behaviour, so that often as an exception even the best-trained animal disobeys its master. This is the reason for the striking behaviour of the animal in such cases. Man, however, does not see these elemental beings and very often runs into the danger, thereby perishing or suffering great harm.” (Volume III, Lecture 5).
The truthfulness of such possible interventions is confirmed in the Bible. An entity prevents Balaam’s donkey from taking his master to the neighbouring tribe. That entity, described as an angel in the account, is not visible to Balaam but the donkey clearly sees it and refuses to move forward. (Numbers 22, 28-34).
The detection of variations in magnetic fields, of ultra or infra sounds, and so on, suggested by scientists is only one of the ways through which animals can become aware of impending natural disasters. Warnings given by elemental beings are another.
Conclusive answers to key questions Whoever knows me from BioMagnetic Healing sessions and seminars and training will understand that the basis of the explanations I give in order to explain how Healing Magnetism works comes from The Grail Message: In the Light of Truth by Abd-ru-shin (Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, 1875 - 1941). On this basis I was and am able to offer my clients and students explanations and plausible answers to questions that are usually regarded as unexplained or at least controversial, but which, on closer examination, must be considered as indispensable for a meaningful life on earth! To cite a few examples:
What is the origin of the human being, why do we live on earth and what happens after we die?
What exactly can we understand by "soul"? Is there reincarnation?
What is the difference between Soul and Spirit?
How can the Soul effect the physical Body?
Are there laws that govern our lives?
Is our health as well as our well-being related to our lifestyle and our attitudes?
Is fate blind, arbitrary and cruel - or is there, on the contrary, a loving guidance behind it?
Can we influence the often dreaded fate - and how?
What is gross matter, ethereal matter and radiations?
What is Healing Energy and where is it coming from?
What is the difference between healing with animistic force and spiritual power?
What is the significance of blood radiation?
What is the spiritual difference between man and woman?
Was Jesus of Nazareth actually the "Son of God" and his crucifixion a necessary work of redemption willed by God? Could he really have been born without procreation and ascend physically into heaven?
Are there such things as occultism and mediumship - and do we need them for a spiritually oriented life?
How can we grasp the realities that lie beyond our intellect?
What is the sixth sense?
How is Creation structured! And where is God to be found? Can we come into direct contact with the Creator?
Thus far this is only a small selection of the variety of questions, about which there is still a great lack of clarity, considerable disagreement, also between the different religions, but which are answered in the "Grail Message". What is also impressive is that many issues were already explained 80 years ago and have only been discovered to some extent in recent research!
Who can prove to me......? However, the objection could be raised and also is sometimes raised: "Who can prove to me that the work In the Light of Truth is really the truth and not again just one more opinion?" Such an objection is partly understandable, since it would be unwise in precisely an age of information overload, the inflationary expansion of esoteric thought and the emergence of numerous "new prophets", to accept everything on offer without examination. On the other hand, such a remark also reveals a certain danger. Many of us, especially in affluent societies, have become accustomed to a phenomenon that can in spiritual terms have disastrous consequences. We are in almost all areas used to making a demand when we have paid for something. We are accustomed to being courted, since a huge market of goods and services awaits our money and, as customers, make us "king"! We therefore, needless to say, feel entitled to judge whether something is to our liking or not, whether, for example, a book we bought meets our demands and expectations. Yet the idea that this could be reversed and a work could make demands on us, demands that we then have to fulfil, might be very strange to most people in some cultures and often be perceived as an imposition. But this is precisely what makes the Grail Message a refreshingly uncomfortable, and in its autonomy, an exceptionally valuable signpost. It demands of every reader to examine seriously what is offered, but to do so mainly with the intuitive perception, and not exclusively with the intellect. However, intuitive examination requires, what is for most human beings today, the most difficult thing. We cannot stand as untouched observers outside what is said, but must involve ourselves if we are really earnest about the Truth. This is often uncomfortable, or even painful, but if it is really about the "Light of Truth", then even what is uncomfortable must also be illuminated. An all-embracing picture of world events also takes in the downsides and their causes. These especially must be given weight in any truthful consideration that will help a recovery.
It is in this regard not difficult to understand that we human beings are the ones who by our actions, thoughts and attitudes have poisoned the earth and its ethereal environment. All this will be readily acceptable to many critically thinking persons, but often with a single, crucial exception: the exception being they themselves! It is always only the others who are to blame for all the hardship, ills and adversity - (the politicians, business leaders, the unpopular boss, the obnoxious colleagues, the prickly or thick skinned spouse and the children spoilt by him, the hypersensitive friends)...It is always the others who make the desirable heavenly conditions impossible. But herein the Grail Message clearly establishes that the basis for a better world can come only from the individual human being, from our willingness to change consistently for the good! It can be formulated even more uncompromisingly: every person can in reality change only one individual: himself or herself - and thus act as a good example that is "contagious" to those of his fellow human beings who are similarly willing! It is this requirement for every reader that very quickly confronts him with the decision, either to make the necessary self-change with all the attendant struggles and often also take on initial pains, because only on the path of unrelenting contemplation of reality can a recovery actually take place - or else carry on with his life in the old, unchanged manner; which will, however, entail unpleasant consequences, regardless of whether we are willing to admit or repress it! But whoever is committed to a critical self-examination and is prepared to implement the necessary changes will find in the Grail Message, as the author writes, "light and staff" for his path.....and in his own experiences the proof that in this work he has really found the "Light of Truth".
A message to the human spirit The author of the Grail Message was German by birth and bore the civil name Oskar Ernst Bernhardt, but wrote his work In the Light of Truth under the pen-name Abd-ru-shin, which among other things has the meaning, "Servant of the Light". To contrast, especially refreshingly, with conventional promotional strategies nowadays that are geared more to the author than to the content, it should be noted that Abd-ru-shin pushes everything personal well into the background and demands that not the person but the subject be examined! He thereby also rejects decisively any personality cult! The Grail Message is composed of three volumes with a total of 168 lectures. A guiding theme prefaces each volume with a demand and a highly challenging task: "Free yourself from all Darkness! He who makes no effort to grasp the word of the Lord aright burdens himself with guilt!" These two sentences already indicate that the Grail Message is directed primarily to our spiritual core, to the spirit, and only secondarily to the intellect. For only the spirit, thus the actual inner person, knows - beyond all philosophical debate - well enough that it is more or less still connected with the "Darkness"(whose species and origin is described in later lectures), and furthermore, that it has not yet rightly grasped "the Word of the Lord", thus the Will of God, and must exert itself if it wants to progress in its necessary development. The proof that "the Word of the Lord" has in general not been grasped aright by mankind lies already quite simply in the fact that there are countless religious communities, many always claiming the only correct interpretation of the "Holy Scriptures", and often being the bitterest of adversaries. Where there is real truth and therewith logical consistency, such is impossible by the nature of things. Because where there can be disputes, there clarity is lacking and naturally also the truth! In this personal effort the important Creation's Law of Movement, namely the personal movement, is also addressed, and like all the cosmic laws needs to be observed and fulfilled. Because only in the personal effort do we again find access to that entity in us that is connected with the truth and can therefore recognise the truth, thus access to our spirit, which has nothing to do with the brain and the intellect. Each person carries this truth principle within, and he is therefore also able to recognise the truth beyond all denominations and to distinguish it from the fallacies provided he seriously takes the trouble to do so. "Belief becomes conviction" The foreword to the Grail Message is divided into several parts. It begins with a great promise: "The bandage falls and belief becomes conviction! Liberation and redemption lie only in conviction!" Nearly everything that has to do in our modern culture with questions of meaning, hereafter, religion and God, is commonly described with the term "belief". But what belief is actually all about is evidenced by the everyday use of the word: "I believe....", it nearly always has the meaning: "I guess or suspect so, I am speculating, I assume or I suppose so", which is far removed from knowledge and conviction. Is our belief in God actual certainty, conviction - or is it not rather more or less vague hope, perhaps even an unreflective adherence to the faith of our parents? Does conviction not also contain knowledge? But do we know God's Will, His Laws and the meaning and purpose of our life? Can we ever get by without this knowledge if we want to make any progress in our spiritual development? Any seriously seeking person will have to answer in the negative if he is honest with himself? And then we learn about the requirements that must be fulfilled by the person to whom the Grail Message is to bring any benefit: "I am addressing earnest seekers only. They must be able and willing to examine this matter objectively! Religious fanatics and irresponsible enthusiasts may hold aloof, for they are detrimental to the Truth. As for the malevolent and prejudiced, they shall find their sentence in the very words. "The Message will strike only those who still carry within them a spark of truth, and the yearning to be true human beings. To all such it will become the shining light and staff. It will lead them unswervingly out of all the chaos of the present-day confusion." Earnest seeking means among other things to be awake and mobile and to evaluate what has been read with the intuitive perception against life itself, but at the same time setting aside one's parcels of wisdom, prejudices, fixed ideas, and the jumble of other learned stuff, since it might very easily be wrong! Seen clearly, this is a life task that calls for our full commitment!
"I do not found a new religion! "So that we do not immediately open a new drawer in our mind labelled "new religion", which would make vividly grasping what is said afterwards more difficult, there follows another important clarification: "The following Word does not bring a new religion, but is intended as the torch to help all serious listeners or readers find the right path, which leads them to the longed-for height." This is the second time the driving force is mentioned that can ultimately lead us upward: the longing to be a real human being, for the Light, the Truth and for ascent to our original homeland, to Paradise. And since we have completely strayed spiritually and can no longer so easily find the way to our origin, the author of the Grail Message promises us the torch in the following, while 'what is necessary for development lies in our own abilities, not in the adoption of foreign, borrowed views at second, third or tenth hand! "Only he who bestirs himself can advance spiritually. The fool who uses extraneous aids for this, in the form of the ready-made opinions of others, only walks his path as if on crutches, while ignoring his own healthy limbs. "But the moment he boldly uses all the abilities which lie dormant within him awaiting his call, to help in his ascent, he is employing the talent entrusted to him in accordance with the Creator's Will, and will easily overcome all obstacles that seek to divert him. "Therefore awake! Genuine faith lies only in conviction, and conviction comes solely through an inflexible weighing and examining! See that you are truly alive in the wonderful Creation of your God!"
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