The Star in the East
The three kings - the Adoration of the Magi
The Divine Manifestation
The Crown of Life
Epiphany, celebrated on the church calendar on January 6 (or Jan 19 in the Julian calendar) can be extended as our ancestors would have done in days of yore when traveling on foot, camel and mule ... and as we are wont to do when entering non-linear "Kairos time" ... for the times and "seasons" that know not time ... at least in the worlds we have been traveling.
◊ Breathe in the Breath of Life …. Pouring through all the Centers …. Sounding the Sacred WORD OM
◊ Link with the Soul Star Group who has walked this journey together as One.
◊ Attune with the Angels of Epiphany
◊ Breathe in the Life-Breath of the Christ as the Saving Force
Sound a Silent OM
Let us now enter into the magical realm of Epiphany through the doorway of Story and our innate capacity to contemplatively enter the sacred. Entering magical space, let us move into new depths of sacred feeling - where radiant heart-filled word ideas open wide the doors of perception ... where words, sounds, images and the Presence of the HOLY fills our senses ... bringing us to the freedom of the Spirit that lives beyond the world of form - in the formless worlds where naught but beauty and silence reigns.
Let us identify with the Magi - "the efflorescence of the human race", the Holy Family signifying Humanity achieving it's destiny, the Signs in the Heavens as living Beings (Entities) in the vast Entity we know as Space - Who communicate with each other, and let us identify with the Crown of Glory, the Glory of the One - what we are in Potential and will some day "Be - in fact and in Truth".
To truly understand Epiphany and the story of the Magi from the perspective of the inner worlds (the inner spheres) that stand ever behind physical manifestation, is to see this ancient Story come most alive with import, meaning and spiritual significance. Spiritual understanding is essential to our unfoldment and ‘purpose on earth’. As we walk through the magical story of the Magi and the Stars that burn in the sacred Hearts of the Heavens, let us hold high in mind the sacred meaning of Epiphany and the Three Kings Day season.
Epiphany – the word originally referred to “insight” through the divine… It is a sudden discovery “following the process of significant labor” – the birth that follows labor. It is a manifestation, appearance, sudden realization, and comprehension ...
“O traveler upon the way, I ask you now, have you labored? Yea, say we, it is written in the hall of records, that you have labored much. Ever the law holds true - as ye labor in the joyous path-way of the Soul and Angels of the Lord, so shall ye reap the graces and joys that now pursue you ... as true as the Holy breath breathing You ... through You."
"Know it is so. The fruits of your labors are as sweet as the honeycomb to the Lord of Love ... "
The Gifts of the Magi
– Light, Love and Holy Will –
They set their faces to Bethlehem, the house of bread - where they would find their spiritual nourishment in the presentation of the newborn Christ. They came to Give Good Gifts and to Worship (adore, revere, venerate, devote, to love) the Being Who would come as Redeemer of the world, the Being Who had come to bring Greater Gifts – the Saving Force, the principle of Universal Love, the “first rays” of God, and a new teaching for the saving and progress of man. A new Day had begun for the story of man.
The Three Wise Kings carried with them gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh to lay before the feet of the Christ symbols representing a purified and alchemized inner life – the inner forces of nature hid in every human body, heart and mind – now purified, made whole and consecrated to the Christ within.
Who are the Magi? Many are the meanings …. They are the Holy Witnesses Who came to see the birth of Love born from a subtler vibration of Gods Love that had never entered Earth before.
They are the Knowers of the Plan of God writ in the starry heavens above – potentates (mighty Kings and Queens) — sovereigns of a new revealed divine order …
They are also ourselves - the Triune Self! reflecting the perfect pattern in the mind-brain of the Temple Body below … Possessors of a divine triplicity of Light and Love and Holy Will – the holy Powers of the one Life of Love Divine …
They are the Presence—dancing in rhythmic pools of reflected perfection … human microcosms of Life Divine. Yes!
The Three Kings in Orion's belt point to the star Sirius, the brightest star in our visible heavens, depicting what "is come".
The Star they followed and beheld in the heavens was rising in the eastern horizon — symbol for the place of ‘divine manifestation’. The Star Sirius, the star of Initiation, denoting mature Christhood, is communicating a divine potency to those who can hear - to those who can read the signs that a Sun God is born on Earth. He comes bearing God-Gifts ... gifts for earth and a new Humanity.
“Unto him who overcometh will I give the bright and morning Star” – the star of Christhood.
“He who leadeth many unto righteousness (virtues incorruptible) shines as the Stars in the Firmament”.
The Christed One, the King, wears a Crown of Glory — the achievements of the Spirit pouring through the Soul in form.
“At the time of the birth of Christ, Sirius, the Star in the East, was on the meridian line. Orion, called "The Three Kings" by oriental astronomers, was in proximity. Therefore the constellation Virgo, the Virgin, was rising in the east, and the line of the ecliptic, of the equator and of the horizon all met in that constellation. …. In the sun's journey around the zodiac, the "Man of the Heavens" eventually arrives at Pisces; this sign is exactly opposite the sign Virgo, and is the sign of all world Saviours. ... the age of Christianity is the Piscean Age and Christ came to the Holy Land when our sun transited into that sign". That which was started and had its growth in Virgo, is birthed as the Christ Child in Capricorn, and is consummated in Pisces when that Christ Child, having attained maturity, comes forth as the world Saviour." (FBTC)
"When Christ came, ... those of vision were prepared and said, "We have seen his star in the East and are come to worship him." This was the Sign given to the few who were ready, and who had made the necessary journey to Bethlehem…"
"Here was a sign given to Those Watching Ones, two or three, who were ready to consecrate their all, who perceived the star of initiation [Sirius] flashing forth and hastened to the initiation chamber." (FBTC, 72)
CONTEMPLATE: “… Christ Himself tells us there is in us a light, and that it too must blaze forth for the helping of the world and the glorification of our Father which is in Heaven. To this light the mystics testify, and it is this light into which they enter, and which enters into them, revealing the light which is latent and drawing it forth to potency. "In Thy light shall we see light." This is the outstanding fact of scientific mysticism. God is light as well as life. This the mystic has proved, and to this he eternally testifies.” (FBTC, 151/2)
"The sign of Christmas is a star, a light in darkness. See it not outside yourself, but shining in the Heaven within and accept it as the sign the time of Christ has come. " ACIM
"Sirius – the great star of Initiation is esoterically called the "brilliant star of sensitivity”. As the initiate is made ready to receive this light, he becomes sensitive to its pristine energy.
"Sirius is the seat of higher mind, and mahat (as it is called, or universal mind) sweeps into manifestation in our solar system through the channel of the Pleiades. It is ... as if a great triangle of mahatic energy was thus formed.
Sirius transmits energy to our solar system via that "...sevenfold brooding Mother, the silver constellation, whose voice is as a tinkling bell, and whose feet pass lightly o'er the radiant path between our worlds and Hers." (TCF, 1258) The significance of the Divine Mother — the Divine Feminine, settles into our minds through the words of the Ageless Wisdom Teachings, bringing our minds to the wholeness of the Universal Mind.
... "the starry heavens, the solar system and the planetary spheres are all of them the manifestations of great spiritual Lives, and the interrelation between these embodied Lives is as real and effectual as is the relation between members of the human family." (EOH, 416)
“... Another sign was seen by the many, and given by the angel of the Lord to the shepherds who were watching in the fields by night. "And this shall be a sign unto you, Ye shall find the babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger." The larger number, who were interested and watching, needed a more concrete and more easily interpreted sign and were sent to see the infant with his mother. Their attitude is expressed in the words, "Let us now go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which is come to pass." But the three who understood came to worship and to give."
"When they saw this star shine forth, the three Kings undertook a journey and, laden with gifts, came to Bethlehem. They are symbols of those disciples in the world today who are ready to prepare themselves for the “first initiation” (the third and true First Sirian Initiation) to transmute their knowledge into wisdom, and to offer all that they have to the Christ within.
"…Man is a three-fold person in his human nature - physical, emotional and mental. …These three parts of man are offered… as free gifts to the "Christ within" before that Christ can demonstrate through the disciple and initiate…"
On the material plane, "Gold is a symbol of the material nature, which must be consecrated to the service of God and of man." Through the alchemy of the Soul, our lives are made ‘golden’ as the purifying fires of the mind (and emotions) turn the lead of our lower nature into gold, revealing the rising sun of Soul and Spirit. "Frankincense symbolizes the emotional nature, with its aspirations, wishes and longing, and this aspiration must rise as incense to the feet of God.”
Incense also purifies, burning and removing the dross that leaves “only the essence for the blessing of God”. “Myrrh or bitterness relates to the mind. It is through the mind that we suffer as human beings, and the further the race progresses and the more the mind develops, the greater seems the capacity for suffering. But when suffering is seen in its true light and dedicated to divinity, it can be used as an instrument whereby we approach nearer to God. Then we can offer to God that rare and wonderful gift of a mind made wise...." Bitterness results from rejecting Truth, that which is not pure and of God. True discrimination, and spiritual discernment make the mind sweet, love-filled, true and whole, offering to “God that rare and wonderful gift of a mind made wise.”
"As we study the meaning of these three gifts ... and as we see their meaning as it applies to our individual situation, it becomes equally apparent that today humanity, as a race, stands [before Christ] in the House of Bread [Bethlehem], at the end of a long journey, and can now offer, if it so will, the gifts of material life, of purification through the fires of adversity, and of the [tests and trials] to which it has been subjected. … Gold must be consecrated to the Christ. Frankincense, the dreams and visions and aspirations of the multitude, so real and deep that the nations everywhere are struggling for the expression of these dreams—these too must be dedicated and offered to the Christ, that He may ‘be all in all’. (FBTC, 73/4) LET US CONTEMPLATE the purpose and realization of these gifts leading to ‘Christ Being All in All’ — individually, in groups and in all of Humanity.
“The shepherds refer to those great Shepherds of Souls who are the perfected ones of our Earth, humanity’s Elder Brethren, the rare efflorescence of the human race. The apostle Paul writes of them as the “just men made perfect” (Heb. 12:23), and displays in many ways a knowledge of the mystical meaning of the Gospel story. ... whenever a human being reaches the evolutionary stage at which the Christ power is born within, he or she is drawn into the presence of these Great Ones of the Earth, humankind’s seniors in evolution. A great ceremonial is performed in their presence after divine assent has been received. The shepherds are therefore included in the story to make of it also a description of what is called the initiation of the human being.” (Hidden Wisdom in the Holy Bible by Geoffrey Hodson, 173)
CONTEMPLATION: The three aspects of Divinity - Divine Mind, Divine Love/Heart, Divine Will are revealed by the Perfect One — the Divine Immortal Whose realization bears witness in the crown of realized Divinity.
Creation unfolds through the face and hands and feet of the HOLY ONE — the Holy works of the Creator shining with the Blackness of Divinity, a Light so bright absorbing all Light unto Itself.
“He who sees in the dark light of Shamballa penetrates to that which lies beyond our little sphere to that which can be sensed behind the holy triangle (Venus, Mercury, the Earth, A.A.B.). There is to be found the point of radiant fire which shines within the eye (Taurus), which burns upon the mountain-top (Capricorn) and which the water cannot quench (Aquarius). These are the holiest three." [Page 594] Esoteric Astrology
To the Crown of Glory, all are attracted.
The star rising in the East is the Christhood arising for all upon the conscious Initiatory path.
Oriented to the sacred Star rising in the East of our Being … we find the star that shines with the Eternal ... the holy fire burning in the Heaven of the Sacred Heart.
This same Star shining in the Heavens (on the planes of the Triune Self) heralds the return of the Eternal Christ for Earth Humanity.
◊ Let us attune once again with the Soul Star Group as a whole, standing within the Fire of Love that is the Field of the Christ and the great Luminaries surrounding Him.
For those who wish, Name in Love the Names of We Who have here gathered — and the sacred places of Where On Earth we Live, Upon which we Stand.
◊ Today, on this Holy Day of Epiphany after much labor, our achievements are recognized as greater light illuminating the mind, heightening love infusing the heart, radiant will filling the Soul — increasing the filling out of the Crown of Glory. Today and in the year to come we extend our Crown of Lights into the world ... through every radiant point of Light burns the intelligence of the Soul Ray of Light, through every emanation of Love the 'miracle powers' of Love’s radiance flows, through every Ray of sacrificial Fire radiates the Holy Will of Spirit … for and through creation.
LET IT BE SO.
All these Rays are gathered under the Guiding sovereignty of the "One Who Knows Himself as One" with the Whole.
Our lighted rays move as epiphanys through the ethers of planet earth 'making everything holy' ...
Touching the planes of the earth, crowns of Lighted Glory convey and spread the magic of the higher spheres of Living …
(to whatever measure or degree this has become true for each and everyone, let us know it is a growing reality with each and every act of higher love and will and grace). Let us simply and profoundly 'Extend our Crowns — our Gifts, into the world today'.
Sounding a Silent OM
We were born for these Days, these Times, this Era
We are preparing the Way for the Coming Ones
THE CROWN OF STARS
– Crown of the Immortals –
“Ye are Gods born in the Image of the most High God”
“And I beheld a wonderful sign in the Heavens; behold there appeared a woman clothed with the Sun, her feet resting upon the Moon, and upon her head a crown of twelve Stars”.
We shall stand victorious over the lunar forces of the lower worlds.
Our minds radiant with light, transmit the light of the Sun;
The Chalice of the Heart filled full with the Love of the Logos – the Son of Divine Love, overflows with 'life more abundant' in sacrificial service throughout the lower Kingdoms.
The Head crowned with the Glory of the Soul’s inheritance – radiates the achievements of the Soul through its instrument as the twelve-fold attainment of Realization.
All is unfolding in progression upon the path of Return to the Heart of the Sun — the Son of Divine Love.
Joy as a Path to Illumination and Learning
Supermundane IV by Helena Roerich(p 732)
“…illumination that comes through joy and love is stronger than any insight that comes through suffering. Yet, people insist that it is suffering that purifies humanity.
Why is it that man is not capable of utilizing the higher path to illumination? The answer is simple—suffering is sown by man himself in the earthly world, and it partially penetrates into the Subtle World. But pure joy and love live in the Fiery World, and are seldom experienced by man. During the coming evolution people will realize where their treasure lies, and will turn to this panacea of light.
Among the new scientific achievements will be the discovery of the power of the [expanded] emotions of love and joy. Humanity must steadily grow closer to these impelling forces of light, and understand that any thought of joy has healing power. Even amidst sorrows one can find signs of love and compassion. Let these signposts help the weary traveler. Scientists must learn how much the rhythm of joy opens the gates to an influx of [Soul] energy. Science should demonstrate how the power of joy heals.
The ignorant will say that such advice is not practical, because humanity is drowning in suffering. Only such people would choose to sink into darkness rather than turn to the quest for Light. Only such people would say that man can never learn to utilize the energy of thought.
One must strive ardently toward the renewal of life. Everyone can think of heroism, of joy, and of exalted love. Everyone can gain the power of the healing remedy and spread these emanations in every direction.
The Thinker said, "Sorrow is transitory, joy is everlasting. Love the Light and love the Beautiful." Thus did the Thinker direct His disciples to the simplest solution".
Let Peace Be Spread Abroad, far and wide, deep and true, healing the world and every human heart.