First, came the Peace Dome.
Join us as we build a great world house to welcome all people
who desire to accelerate the evolution of intuitive, Spiritual Man!
Together, on the first weekend of October, we consecrated the ground site for the New World Headquarters building for the School of Metaphysics. This 132-foot diameter monolithic dome will stand three stories tall and house ample practical, sacred space for faculty, staff, students and especially guests from around the world. It is a beautiful site for a beautiful step.
The Consecration Ceremony held Sunday October 3, 2010 included ICOM ministers asking the blessings from the six directions, a group of 4 martial artists energizing the land through kata forms, and all present initiating the foundation, symbolic of giving their will to the creation. Each individual then read his or her individual devotion to the group. We then sealed all of the written and verbal devotions under a great cornerstone near the future entrance to the building. Project Director Paul Madar read quotes from George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in honor of great stewards of unification in our country.
The Great World House Story
by SOM Governor of International Education, Dr. Barbara Condron
Who creates such a place and why?
Students studying Mind at Schools of Metaphysics throughout the U.S. met the first weekend of October 2010, just days before the 37th anniversary of the school’s incorporation, to envision the future of education for homo spiritus, the Spiritual Man.
They united their minds in the cause of receiving inner truth and guidance.
“I am proud to be standing here with these people,” Pat declares as she introduces her students to those assembled around the Peace Pole. “We have come a long way.” The elation arising from within her shines in Pat’s eyes, and Spirit causes her face to glow in a way only those who give their life in the service of another experience.
This honoring of those who have taught and those who have learned is a fitting predecessor to the work the entire group will soon undertake. One hundred representatives, from 10 states and 15 cities, have gathered to dream, live, and create together for one weekend. It is a ritual, this repeated coming together through time and space, a reconfiguration of souls, old and new, whose changing individual members rest in the hands of a consistently growing group of people dedicated to the mastery of consciousness.
Collectively, this group is known as the student body of the School of Metaphysics, a 501(c)(3) educational institute, whose mission is to accelerate the evolution of humanity by teaching teachers who aid any individual to become a whole, functioning Self. Collectively, we teach a four-tired course of applied study in metaphysics. Collectively, we publish books, produce music, and direct documentaries. Collectively, we give lectures, seminars, and teachings somewhere on the planet every day. Collectively, we engage the world through websites on wholistic education, peace, dreams, and healing.
Collectively, we are those who brought the Peace Dome into the world. Now we are undertaking a duty four times that size. We are building a new dome, one that will receive the people from all quarters of the world.
Today is part of a greater plan, a connected line of gatherings, always guided by our collective ideal.
Today will also be a rite of passage for everyone present. Why this is so, is quite a story.
Ask someone from SOM when the idea of the headquarters building came into being and you will probably get slightly different answers. The current generation will say it started September 5, 2010, one year exactly after the “Living Peaceably” event on the College of Metaphysics campus. That event, under the direction of Dr. Christine Madar, was in conjunction with the global PreParliament events leading up to the Parliament of the World’s Religions held in Melbourne, Australia in December, 2009. A delegation of 15 people reached out to 6000 people from around the world and many new friends were made.
Nine months later, Christine’s husband, Paul, a minister who is completing his doctoral dissertation, stands before all the SOM teachers to introduce the dream of a world headquarters building to a new group of people. The response is immediate – when do we start, what’s the goal, how much money will it require, what can we do?
Clearly, we are ready. The time has come.
When I think of the headquarters for the School of Metaphysics, I think of people. I think of the people who do the work of engaging the world. I think of the artists who design covers for books and brochures. I think of the scientists who log data from dreams and intuitive reports. I think of the masters of consciousness who create the teachings and write the books so others have the ideas for practicing a better life. I think of the teachers who inspire other’s inner urge toward soul growth and spiritual progression.
When there are two computers and three people wanting their services right now, or when someone searches for half an hour for a ruler left under a pile of papers in cramped space, or when we have 100 people for dinner in a room that seats 70, I think about a greater physical space to accommodate our current needs.
For the first ten years, the Springfield, MO branch, the mother school, housed SOM headquarters. The file cabinets holding copies of hundreds of intuitive reports became so full the supporting second-story porch floor began to weaken.
By 1983, the first building was built on land near Bennett Springs State Park purchased for the College. Headquarters now had an independent physical space. Headquarters was maturing. Still, personal computers were just a gleam in a few people’s eyes, the internet would not be born for another 7 years.
In 1993, over two dozen students attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago. Ten of them gave a musical presentation called “The Power of Prayer around the World”. Dr. Daniel Condron spoke on the subject of his latest book Permanent Healing and I spoke on Kundalini in a workshop entitled “Spiritual Initiation: Gateways to Higher Consciousness.” We had begun to think seriously about a building to house headquarters even to the point of creating a protype 4-foot model of what we called “the octagon.” The impetus and funds for that building went into the first dome on campus.
In 2003, that dome was dedicated as a universal site for peace. We call it the Peace Dome and it has provided a space to welcome students, friends, and visitors while we worked and waited for the right time to arrive. Whether I think about the mural on the College barn, painted over 8 weekends by 80 people who came just to learn and help, or the new roof at the Moon Valley Ranch or the addition onto the Gatehouse, a dormitory on campus, I see the same urge to be a part of something greater in ever-changing groups of people.
This urge was preparing the School to receive that something greater. We experienced core groups studying in all four levels of the course, and more graduates were electing to share their matured awareness of Mind through post-grad teaching and service. We began offering day-long teachings for continuing education credit in professional fields. We started building alternative energy machines. We traveled to other countries for international speaking engagements. We started receiving the stones for the Healing Wall. The beauty of these and many other movements is that all of them were moving in the same direction! Toward the same end.
It was also 2003 which saw a celestial event of great importance. Here was where the Christ seed was born, the Cosmic Star in the Heavens over our planet that would foretell the coming energies of the Venus Transit in 2004 and the opening of the heart of the world.
The conscious convergence in spring 2010, brought the necessary combination of three factors needed for this effort to manifest: inception, reception, and perception. While the first Peace Ambassador conference met in the Peace Dome, College of Metaphysics director Daniel R. Condron attended a conference in Louisville and met with SOM students there, while in Dallas teachers and students used a Hollywood movie, Inception, to introduce Ft. Worth people to the study of Mind and dreams. Everything was in place for a collective next step. If there’s a moment the headquarters building was initiated, the conscious convergence in July 2010 is that moment in space.
Just six weeks later, Paul Madar stepped forward as project director and the countdown – in sync with the time acceleration predicted by the Mayans, the best astronomers our world ever produced – for the World Headquarters Building for the School of Metaphysics began.
What I find delightful in writing this is how the decades line up. With 1973, 1983, 1993, and 2003. In Paul’s projected timeline, we prepare to inflate the dome during the first week in June 2012, just in time for the return of Venus. Then continue finishing the inside of the building for dedication the next year – 2013!
All of these thoughts have surfaced in my mind in the month since Paul announced our intention to build headquarters. The inception successful, now is the time for reception.
How can my talents best be used to bring about a meeting place for Intuitive, Spiritual Man?
My mind has been resting on the question since Thursday evening when graduates and ministers met in council. I have spoken to several of our leaders about a ceremony to initiate the process. While others may break ground, we have come to realize through hosting global citizens and from our travels abroad that receiving Earth’s treasures creates a harmony between man and his environment. We want to bring the best of indigenous practices to our endeavors, afterall, we are planning to use progressive and alternative energy sources that are not so foreign to the people who know how to honor the Earth. Consecrating the ground we intend to use for this, is the perfect way to mark this group initiation.
We begin planning the ceremony. Consecration is defined as “a solemn commitment of your life or your time to some cherished purpose – to a service or a goal.” All ministers who desire to do so will add to it. Blessings from the four corners of the Earth will be presented by Dr. Laurel Clark, Dr. Christine Madar, Rev. Damian Nordmann, and Dr. Sheila Benjamin. Rev. Ivy Norris and Paul Madar will offer the blessing of heaven and earth. Martial artists under Damian’s direction will connect the two.
I offer to give the Invocation, to begin us on this journey. Paul is pleased, and I reflect upon the meaning (w)holy action holds for the group. I carry the longest history of the school and quite often perceive the farthest into the probabilities of the future. To fulfill this calling requires me to sustain an entrained consciousness that can perceive the intersection of past-present-future. I suggest the group give a name to the effort we are setting our minds to, a name that will reflect its purpose and inspire its fruition.
Laurel suggests incubating a dream for this purpose. We talk about the wisdom of incubation as a way to align individuals with the importance of our undertaking. Receiving this, I suggest a common question as “How can my talents best be used to bring about a meeting place for Intuitive, Spiritual Man?”
The plans for the consecration ceremony are set into motion.
I set my point of concentration as the Invocation and set about preparing my consciousness to receive. I meditate with the students on Friday night in the upper chamber of the Peace Dome, then incubate a dream. I awake with nothing substantial the following morning.
I decide to fast Saturday as the prayer builds in my mind. We offer the matured version of THE INVITATION, a four movement play based upon eight Nobel Peace Prize laureates meeting at the Peace Dome to discuss the Universal Peace Covenant. The addition of candlelight and music to the existing soliloquies and dialogues is moving for all present. We lay tiles in the Peace Mandala, then I retire to my living quarters. It is 10 hours until the ceremony, and I still have not settled on the words to say.
I follow the form for incubation that I have designed for participants (for more investigate GLiDE at www.dreamschool.org):
Step 1: Clear the Conscious Mind:
I use a method taught in the first weeks of study called 5 Step, 5 Day Reversal Exercise.
(Stream of consciousness writing is method for those unskilled in the 5 Step 5 Day Reversal exercise)
Step 2: Activate Left Brain:
Writing the question repeatedly. I do so ten times.
Step 3: Activate Right Brain:
Draw the question. I draw a picture of the message in Revelation, Chapter 4. I draw One seated on a throne, which is on a sea of glass. A rainbow emanates from the throne and 24 elders, seated on their own thrones, surround One who is appears like ruby, the heart energies. The seven lampstands of gold are lit activating the heart connection which resonates with the heart of the Lord.
I focus on the Sacred Star, the form that illustrates the connection between the conscious and subconscious minds. This form harmonizes the outer and inner minds, attuning them to Superconscious Mind. I begin intuitive breathing. I exit the body, then the Mind. I let go of conscious awareness sinking into the oblivion of sleep.
When consciousness returns, the laureates have gathered in the Peace Dome. They are seated in the bagua points as in the final movement of the play.
Then the actual laureates enter, coming to, joining each of our teachers. Betty Williams replaces Christine Madar, Linus Pauling replaces Ryan Jones, Albert Schweitzer is escorted by Tad Messenger, Alva Myrdal sits in for Pam Blosser, Shirin Ebadi for Laurel Clark, His Holiness the Dalai Lama for Paul Madar, Mother Teresa for Sheila Benjamin. I realize this is a spirit exchange. The laureates are manifest here in the Peace Dome. It is our teachers who are etheric, in spirit.
The Peace Dome glows as if in candlelight, yet there are no candles. What causes the glow is Mind light. The lampstands from The Revelation come into my mind since this relates to my drawing and we have been studying the text in the Universal Language of Mind in preparation for the cantata to come. I hear this verse from the last chapter:
“There shall be no night, no candle, no sun. For the Lord God shines on them and he shall be their light.”
The scene shifts. It is as if I am above the planet. I can see the light tracers of the Christ Grid moving in all directions around Earth. My consciousness is dual, both above the planet looking down and in the Peace Dome viewing the laureates.
Then it divides again. I hear Kie’s voice, “Come see! I got it!” I remember the last time I heard Kie say these words in the dreamstate.
Now my consciousness is the trinity. In another dome space. It is the same as the first, only larger. The eight figures have become 12. I intuitively know they are no longer the laurates. These people are great masters. I notice they are all men. The eight I see first. They correspond to the laureates in their patterns of thought and are seated in the formation. It appears like this:
Krishna is in Mother’s place Hermes in Linus
Gautama in the Dalai Lama’s Confucius in Albert’s
Balder in Betty’s Ahura Mazda in Alva’s
Jesus in Martin’s Baha’uallah in Shirdin’s
There are four others, seated at the corners. I realize these are Native American leaders. I recognize Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec savior, and Deganawida, the virgin-born Iroquois Peacemaker. The other two I cannot identify by name. EOD (end of dream)
When I open my eyes the room is dark. That means it is probably around 6 am. I lie there allowing the dream scenes to impress in my consciousness. I wonder if one of the unidentified masters is Sioux, perhaps associated with Black Elk’s vision. I go to the bathroom, turn on the light and begin sketching. This is the fastest way to capture the dream. It is in three stages: Peace Dome scene, earth scene, second dome scene. Then the words come, and I record what is described here. I reflect upon who the other two men are.
A book I saw in the college library several months ago, comes into my mind. I remember glancing through it, and thinking it will be a good one to read with our son Hezekiah. It is called Messiahs. I get dressed and walk down the hall to find it. There, on the next to the top shelf I see it, yes, Messiahs and the subtitle is The Visions and Prophecies for the Second Coming and it is written by John Hogue. The Kundalini rises up my spine and I involuntarily shiver. This is confirmation that I am on the right track.
I open to the table of contents and there I find
- The Pale-Faced Prophet
- Pahana, the Hopi Messiah
- Quetzalcoatl, The Mesoamerican Savior
- The Iroquois Messiah
- The Great Plains Messiah
- The Ghost Dancer’s Messiah
On facing pages, I find a description of Quetzalcoatl, the Mesoamerican Savior, the Aztec’s True White Brother and of the Iroquois Messiah. The Black Elk connection is in what the book calls the Great Plains Messiah, a prophet, painted bright red, who comes from the East to end the suffering of the Sioux. Then I come to the most interesting entry of all – the Ghost Dancers’ Messiah.
It reads, “By the end of the 19th century, Native American messianic tradition had been supplanted by Christian eschatology. At the time, a Paiute Indian Prophet named Wowoka saw a vision of an earthly paradise where red and white peoples lived together as brothers, restoring nature’s balance. He prophesized a coming golden age brought about by a sacred dance linking the souls lost in the Native American apocalypse.”
The passage goes on to explain how the Ghost Dancer movement spread across the American West, stirring the hearts of the survivors on reservations. The books speaks of the impatience of the Native Americans turning the Ghost Dance into a “militant rebellion” that led to the massacre of 150 Sioux at Wounded Knee.
Then, something most profound to me is written: “Eleven centuries before the massacre at Wounded Knee, Padmasambhava, the founder of Tibetan Buddhism, foresaw the day when his people and their religion would move down the mountains of Tibet to other lands. This would take place after fairer-skinned invaders from the East – the Chinese – seized their land and destroyed their culture.”
I have seen this occurring in the immigration of many Tibetans into the United States in recent years.
“Once this occurred, Padmasambhava prophesized, the Tibetan religion would spread from the East to flourish in the land of the red man.”
Since 2007, I have been in the presence of the Dalai Lama of Tibet six times. I have studied the teachings of the Buddha, and learned of the teachings of Buddhism through His Holiness. I have seen hundreds of Tibetans honor him in Tenshug, the long life celebration held in Madison, Wisconsin, the first of its kind held in the United States. I have perceived and am seeing come to pass what Padmasambhava prophesized centuries ago.
It is the unifying, the coming together of East and West that I appreciate the most. It is here in many configurations in my dream, and this will serve as the basis of “The Invocation” I give within the next three hours.
Martin Luther King, Jr. was a wordsmith. His powerful rhetoric came from his command of the picture language. A supernatural ability for telepathic communication was his, and what William Shakespeare did with a pen, Martin did with his words.
Martin allowed himself to be filled with the Holy Spirit. This is why, in my experience, his words transcend physical limitations of time and space. His thoughts lift our eyes to a greater mindset, to heavenly matters, if you will. His thoughts challenge our hearts to stretch and expand so we might make space to love more deeply and completely. His thoughts became a channel for awakening the conscience of humanity to a kinder, more just way to think.
This is why the first spirit I invoke is Martin.
In his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech (1964), King said:
“Some years ago a famous novelist died. Among his papers was found a list of suggested story plots for future stories, the most prominently underscored being this one: ‘A widely separated family inherits a house in which they have to live together.’
This is the great new problem of mankind. We have inherited a big house, a great ‘world house’ in which we have to live together – black and white, Easterners and Westerners, Gentiles and Jews, Catholics and Protestants, Moslem and Hindu, a family unduly separated in ideas, culture, and interests, who, because we can never again live without each other, must learn, somehow, in this one big world, to live with each other.”
It is easy for my mind to travel to Melbourne, Australia, for memories of the world Martin paints, live in the hearts and minds of those of us who traveled there for the Parliament of the World’s Religions in December, 2009. Parliament is King’s dream come true. People of great Minds and hearts come together there, to talk, to listen, to sing, to dance, to share what is meaningful to us as divine and human beings. It is a taste of what the world can be, and it happens once every five years, somewhere on our planet.
The Great World House we are building will enable these kinds of gatherings to occur more frequently, and with education as the core seed thought. The Great World House opens our campus on a new level, just as the Peace Dome did in 2003. When the Great World House opens its doors in 2013, just ten years after the Peace Dome was dedicated as a universal site for peace, we will be able to receive ten times as many people as we can now. This will bring new opportunities for growth and learning that will return tenfold to cities and countries all over the world.
It’s a bit odd to think a building can make such a difference. It can. When I think of great structures that have been built through time I think of the wonders of the world. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only remaining of the ancient wonders which includes a temple, hanging gardens, two statues, a mausoleum, and a lighthouse. No great world houses there.
A Medieval Ages list includes Stonehenge and the Great Wall of China, again no great houses in that list. Modern lists include feats of engineering – canals, dams, railroads, even the internet, or natural wonders including the polar ice caps, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Barrier Reef.
It is time for a Great World House. The closest to it is probably the United Nations Building in New York City. Considering its political inclinations, it is perhaps a step towards King’s idea rather than the incarnation for it. It is time for a place to be created where all people can live together, a microcosm of what the entire world can be. This is the dream of the College of Metaphysics, a dream that pioneering spirits are already living, some every day, some during week visits or weekend spiritual focus sessions. The Great World House will allow us to expand, to open our doors to increasing numbers of people.
As students of Universal Law, we are daily about the pursuit of understanding how creation occurs. There is a real need before us. Through concentrating and uniting our thought into a common goal, we can fulfill that need.
Can we build a Great World House? Yes, we can.
The next question is May we? May we build a Great World House?
To answer this question takes us to the Healing Wall. The Healing Wall has been in our minds since 2003, in the days following the inflation of the Peace Dome and the discovery of its destiny. The idea to unite the world in one place began with the collection of native stones from around the world.
Since the call went forth, over 300 rocks have been received. The intention was to capture the energies of the Venus transit upon its return during the first week in June 2012 by embedding the rocks in the exterior retaining wall on the east side of the Peace Dome. This has been put forth for over two years. The Healing Wall has taught us how to receive the world.
With the introduction of the Great World House, an intermediate step is now taking form. This structure will allow us to better host the representatives from the world who will come for the Healing Wall ceremonies. It will also connect us with people worldwide who will want to participate in the making of the Healing Wall through support and contributions. There are many reasons for the Healing Wall to give way to the Great World House, and so permission is given.
Will the Great World House capture the energies of the Venus transit? Certainly, inflating the monolithic dome is an auspicious event that can symbolize the expanding and opening of our hearts to the world.
May we build a Great World House? Yes, we may.
Should we build this house?
This answer was so clear on that October morning. The International Association for the Study of Dreams annual Psiber Dreaming Conference had been active for a week and would extend for another. Our President Dr. Laurel Clark is one of 20 presenters at this conference. She has been spending days communicating with people from over two dozen countries. She is here with us and she is a presence globally in cyberspace.
The topic of her presentation says it all:
“That Recurring Dream House … and the Door to Lucidity”
I smile every time my mind rests on the providence of these occurrences. Laurel enlightening the world about the meaning of houses in a dream. The entire SOM student body contemplating the undertaking of building a house that will welcome all of humanity. Our relationship with the IASD grows stronger each day, and our recent delegations to other countries strengthens our commitment to world serving. The internet encourages interaction around the world. The call to build is strong. It is for the goodness of all concerned.
Our studies within Mind tell us that a house, be it teepee, igloo, or thatched hut, symbolizes the dreamer’s mind. The true reality of building a Great World House means we are investing in the Mind of all humankind, an entire species as well as the planet it inhabits. Yes, the Great World House will be a place for people to meet, live, and get to know one another. It will first and foremost be the consciousness that allows this to happen.
In this world headquarters building, we can host conferences on topics like experiencing the still mind and conscious parenting. We will welcome members of the Society for Intuitive Research and Peace Ambassadors from around the world. Here will be neutral ground, free of the polarities that still rule the physical world. Here people will come together, in ever increasing numbers, to learn, to live, to love, to share, to be, and who they become will return to their homelands to encourage wiser ways to live.
Should we build a Great World House? Yes, we should.
That leaves the final question. Will we?
“Will we” arises when can, may, and should are answered in the affirmative. Affirmative answers bring forth the spark that ignites the creative power in the Thinker. Will we build a Great World House?
Yes, we will.
This Great World House will be built by the world’s commitment to the evolution of consciousness. It will be both a manifestation and a symbol of what can be, what is, and what will come.
What Martin Luther King envisioned only a few decades ago happens on this campus every day. People of different faiths, backgrounds, interests, skills, educational levels, and cultures come together in ever-changing combinations, inspired and inspiring the “overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in our individual societies.”
The ideal and purpose of the School of Metaphysics – to aid any individual, willing to put forth the effort, to be a Whole, Functioning Self in order to accelerate evolution and usher in intuitive, Spiritual Man – comes alive in the dream of a common meeting place.
And so we began a journey, together, on this 3rd day of October, 2010 that will culminate by the 40th anniversary of the School of Metaphysics in October, 2013. We look forward to a growing number of spiritual brothers and sisters who will join us as we pave the way for the next seven generations to enjoy life on this third planet from our Sun. May our undertaking be blessed and our hearts filled with the Holy Spirit each day we greet a new dawn.•
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