In a previous post, I wrote about the trauma-healing and humanitarian work being done by Lori Leyden, Ph.D., with young people ages 15-25 in Rwanda who were orphaned by the 1994 genocide. Lori's efforts, as I reported in my first post, have been enormously successful in dramatically reducing trauma outbreaks in an overcrowded orphanage. More about Lori's work and vision at: www.ProjectLightRwanda.com
Aries marks the beginning of the soul’s evolutionary cycle. As the soul resides, unhindered, on the higher mental plane, it starts to create powerful thought-forms that call the lower lives which compose the different grades of matter into activity. It is this initiating impulse which characterizes the energies of Aries and which begin the first stages of preparation for the soul’s taking of form.
Pisces is the sign of the Savior. It is selfless sacrifice in the name of service. In Aquarius we saw the removal of the personal, lower self for the enlightening experience of group absorption and awareness; and here is where most people believe the journey ends. Liberation from the miseries of the lower worlds and escape into the greater Cosmic consciousness-there to work without pain and suffering. But, the symbolism behind Pisces shows us differently. The Piscean energies are the final stage, figuratively speaking, of the spiritual path.
Aquarius is the sign of the water bearer. In the great journey of the souls evolution the energies of Aquarius represent group awareness and perfection. The ultimate goal of the individual soul has been reached in Capricorn and perfection has been attained – on a personal level. But as the Initiate stands on that highest mountain peak and looks up, he realizes that his true work has just begun. He loses his sense of individuality and becomes absorbed in the consciousness of the group soul, all in order to serve it. A powerful mantra for Aquarius is: “Water of life am I, poured forth for thirsty men.”
We can see the integrating energies of Aquarius everywhere around us as we leave the Age of Pisces and enter the Age of Aquarius, on a macro level. The technologies of the day have brought the world together in ways previously unimaginable. It is giving us the opportunity to work as a group and to overcome the obstacles facing mankind as a whole by acting as a whole. People have become aware of their neighbors. And even those souls who have not reached the point in evolution wherein they can appreciate the fact of unity in diversity can dimly sense the commonality inherent in all people. All this is due to the incoming rush of Aquarian energies.
If you are consuming animal products from any conventional factory farm source, you're paying others to commit acts of horrendous cruelty.
Let's make our actions reflect our ethics by refusing ALL animal products (including all eggs and dairy products!) unless we know the animals were treated properly. Never forget that we consumers determine which products are on the market. It's all about money, and OUR money makes a difference.
Do you think these words are too strong or too sweeping? Watch the following video from peta.org, and then never patronize these people again!
Two classic theosophical books, Light on the Path and Through the Gates of Gold, are now available to be read online at theoservice.org. To easily access the books, there is a new "Online Books" entry in the lower left panel. Our website engine Drupal automatically creates the links to easily browse chapters.
There are large and small service projects around the world. Those involved with all these projects usually agree that there are benefits from reaching a world audience with their message.
One obvious benefit is attracting allies and even financing for the service project. But simply informing about these projects adds to the world's collective awareness and is part of the gradual, incremental process of social change.
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by Pekka Ervast (Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2010) book review by Rene Wadlow
We possess a single infallible guide, the Universal Spirit that lives in men as a whole, and in each one of us, which makes us aspire to what we should aspire: it is the Spirit that commands the tree to grow toward the sun, the flower to throw off its seed in autumn, us to reach out towards God, and by so doing become united to each other. Leo Tolstoy