Proper Perspective

UNIVERSAL LAWS, relativity



as described in the Holy Bible and the Bhagavad Gita

by Teresa Padilla

There is a passage in the Holy Bible that very beautifully describes the Universal Law of Proper Perspective. It is well known as a poem and a song,
Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, verses 1 – 8.

Holy Bible, Book of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3

‘To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the sun:
A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up;
A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to lose and a time to seek; a time to tie up and a time to untie;
A time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silent and a time to speak;
A time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.’

The words from this book are from the King of Jerusalem at the time. His name, Kohlat. He was the son of David. David was a reasoner. David became a king therefore having some control with his authority and ruled through reasoning. He was the one that killed Goliath(the giant) through creating a sling shot. It was through his use of reasoning he was able to defeat Goliath. So Kohlat is the offspring of David. He also is a king having authority once again with reasoning. Reasoning is built in the conscious mind. This is the power in the physical level of learning. Jerusalem is the conscious mind. So from Kohlat, the infamous poem comes.

Verse 1; To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the sun.’ There are cycles to everything. We have four stages of growth that we grow and learn through. These are infancy, adolescence, adulthood and wisdom. Whether you are baking a cake, fixing a car, giving a lecture or a swimmer on a swim team, we all will go through these four stages of growth in order to mature in our understanding of creation. Learning occurs in the infancy cycle when we are open and willing to receive. Learning in the adolescence cycle occurs when what we experiment with is leading towards what we desire to create. Learning in the adulthood cycle occurs when we are productive and causing maturity to take place. Learning occurs in the wisdom cycle when we give of what we know to others aiding them to learn through all these cycles and become compatible to us.

Verse 2; ‘A time to be born and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted;’ Birth and death are cycles. They are cycles of life when we are still bound as a soul to the body. As long as this bondage occurs we will experience old age and pain. When we move beyond the bondage and become freed through understanding and compatibility then we are immortal. We still experience the four states of growth because these are inherent to creation. However, we are not tied to them. Many of us worship time. Anytime we put other gods before us, we become slaves to whatever we worship. So many people are slaves to the time god. This is when you do everything by a schedule. You might have said, “Let me check my schedule.” Perhaps, you find yourself looking at your watch often throughout the day. Time is meant to be used as a gauge for our growth and learning. This gauge is best understood as proper perspective. It becomes the right time for everything under the sun. There are large corporations who pay people large amounts of money to know the right time for marketing a product. When you know the right time for anything, you know what your goal is and where you stand with this goal in proportion to what you want to accomplish or create. For example, you are reading a book for a class. It is a rather long book. You know what your goal is. It is to finish reading the book within the week. Knowing where you stand with this is figuring out what your steps are in order of importance. This is establishing priorities. This is proper perspective. The book has seven chapters. You decide to read one chapter a week. Now it becomes clear to you how you can accomplish this goal. Proper perspective will give you clarity. The more that you apply this understanding of proper perspective in your life, the more that you cause yourself to learn through the four stages of growth.

Many people can learn from what they are doing. Few know how to cause their learning to take place through learning howto learn.

Verse 3; ‘A time to kill and a time to heal; a time to tear down and a time to build up;’ There is a reason why many methods of healing are called wholistic. To make something whole it is complete. To be complete it must be compatible to its source. For anything to be compatible, it must have order. Disease is a dis-order. For health to be present, we must have order. To be healed, we need to learn how to cause our thinking and intentions to become compatible to who we are desiring to become. This requires orderly and disciplined thinking. To kill a disease, we actually cause change. Nothing in nature can be destroyed only changed in appearance. This is worth reading again. Nothing in nature can be destroyed only changed in appearance. We do not have the power to destroy life. We are creators. The Holy Bible states;

Genesis, chapter 5, verse 1 and 2; ‘This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God created he him; Male and female he created them; and God blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.’

We are co-creators, made in the image and likeness of God. We have imagination. We have dominion with imagination. Dominion comes from the root of the word domain meaning to have complete and absolute ownership. We can create many things. We can create havoc. We can create a magnificent work of art. We can create disease in our body. When we think something is destroyed we fail to realize what has been created. Therefore, we cannot be responsible. To be responsive, we must create. It is necessary to claim yourself as a creator and look to what you create or what has been created around you so that change can occur. When you cause order, you cause change, health is present. Many times we want to get rid of a disease. So we look to what we can put on our bodies or in our bodies to get rid of this unwanted dis-order. This is when we are thinking as a victim or that we have the power to destroy life. Doctors or medicine do not heal any more than they destroy. We can only add to or change in appearance. We are not the beginning and the end.

We can truly change our perspective of ourselves as a creator, each and every moment. Healing is a state of mind, it is a presence or absence. No one or nothing can add or take away health. We choose it. We will it and live it. Healers do not heal.
The individual is the one that causes change and the one who will permanently heal through understanding.

Verse 4; ‘A time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance;’ There are all different kinds of emotions. The purpose of the emotions is to emote or push our thoughts out into the physical level of existence. Humor is an emotion that helps us to emote our thoughts in a way that is in proper perspective. I recently was an apprentice at a Spiritual Focus Weekend that took place on the beautiful campus of the College of Metaphysics in Windyville, Missouri. These weekends occur in the fall and in the spring. Each weekend has a theme and to it. This one was centered around understanding intuition. These weekends also offer what is called an intuitive report. This report is intuitively accessed knowledge from the subconscious mind or inner mind. This one was on intuition. A spiritual mentor leads the weekend. There are ten participants who can attend. The group for the one on intuition was dynamic. They developed a group conciousness quickly. One of the ways that they did so was through humor. One of the powerful ways that they all transformed collectively as well as individually was through humor. It was used by each one to aid them to be objective, to absorb some information, and to gain perspective and to heal, to cause wholeness. I always knew how powerful humor was individually. Now I knew the influence on a larger scale.

When we desire our creations to come more into existence then it is most helpful to look to expressing our innermost thoughts that we have been creating. This is the key to utilizing emotion productively, in alignment with what we are creating. When we know what our goals are then we will be more aware of our thoughts and actions concerning our lives. Goal gives direction. Purpose gives motivation. Activity gives security.

Verse 5; ‘A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing;’ There is a time to pay close attention to what our choices are. Undivided attention is taught as the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end in the curriculum of the School of Metphysics. It is the skill the allows our intelligence present and conscious. Learning to be in the moment is a life long endeavor. It is worthy as such. It is through undivided attention that we will know God or the source of creation. The time to answer the door is after it has been knocked on. The time to answer a question is after it has been asked. How many times has someone asked you a question and immediately following this directed their attention elsewhere as if they forgot they even asked you something? Opportunities come and go. When we make a choice, then is the time to act on it. We we decide that a particular action or thought is not worthy of any more time or attention, then is the time to release it. In order to effectively release anything we must give our attention to something else. How can tarzan move from one branch of the tree when he is holding onto the one behing him?

Faith can be called into action, to immediately act upon our ideas or respond to the opportunity in front of us. One of the Holy Works I turn to and have learned how to interpret is the Bhagavad Gita. This is a Hindu holy work. It is an epic from a much larger holy work, The Mahabarata. In the Gita it describes the three kinds of faith. These are OM, TAT and SAT. These three words together designate Brahman. This is the faith of Brahman. Brahman is the same as God in Christianity. These three faiths spoken of in the Gita are similar to what is called the trinity in Christianity.The three kinds of faith are described in The Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 17, The Threefold Faith;

‘Om is always uttered by the devotees of Brahman, as the scriptures direct, before undertaking any act of sacrifice, almsgiving or austerity. Tat, meaning the Absolute, is uttered by seekers after liberation who desire a reward for their deed, when they are about to make sacrifices, or give alms, or practice some austerity. Sat means goodness, and existence. It also means an auspicious act. All perseverance in sacrifice, austerity or almsgiving is Sat. All actions dedicated to Brahman are Sat.

If a man performs any act of sacrifice, or gives any gift, or practices any austerity without directing his faith and will toward Brahman, then what he does is asat, unreal. It cannot produce any good result, either in this world or the next.’

The Bhagavad Gita all describes three Gunas or Principles of Nature. These three qualities help us to produce understanding. They are inherent and are what spring forth from within or from nature. As above so below. Each one serve to bind and hold the higher to the lower, thus aiding us to build understanding of creation. This understanding will be carried with us in the next life and beyond. The three gunas are Sattvas or Truth, Rajas or Passion and Tamas or Indifference. The Bhagavad Gita states in Chapter 14, The Three Gunas or Qualities;

‘And when an embodied soul hath passed beyond these three Qualities, which are in the Nature of all embodiment- and hath learned of the consciousness beyond them- then is that soul delivered from the bonds, and is freed from Birth and Death; Old age and Pain; and drinketh of the Nectar of Immortality.’

Verse 6; ‘A time to lose and a time to seek; a time to tie up and a time to untie;’ Once we have expressed our thoughts and used our emotions productively, there comes a time to release our attention by directing it to something else. I have lived by this and taught this. This is also utilizing the Universal Law of Proper Perspective. When you have said something a couple of times, and the person has heard you, this is your cue to let go. Direct your attention to someone or something else. This is indeed an art. How do you know when to let go? When you have given what you set out to give. Most rivers have a flow to them. If you have watched a river move for awhile, you will have noticed a movement that goes under and one that goes over. This is simultaneously occurring. This creates a spiral movement that in essence pulls and pushes, causing the water to move continuously. Therefore, as soon as you give is when you open yourself to receive. It is through the pure and full giving that the receiving will occur. It is a natural movement of the universe known as ying and yang, aggressive and receptive. I have learned this flow through exercising what is called the Ten Most Wanted List. This is taught in the School of Metaphysics. I was and am diligent with this practice. You learn how to wield the Universal Law of Proper Perspective while performing this exercise. It took me awhile to figure out one of the keys to wielding this law is knowing what you want. It is through prioritizing that you find out what you want the most. Most people have lists of things to do or that they want to accomplish. This is not what this exercise is. You write down the top ten things you desire and put them in order. Sounds simple. Well, do this for an extended length of time. Then the secrets of the universe come forward and are revealed. One morning I was making homemade jams. I had learned the process over a period of six years. This day I had the honor of learning the whole process and I was being taught by the Chancellor of the College of Metaphysics Campus, Dr. Daniel Condron. After we were almost done, someone who was in the kitchen said, “I didn’t know it was so easy to make jam.” Now this person might have helped put up a couple of jars of jam and helped prepare space for others, this was the extent of the creative process she had been a part of. Dr. Daniel Condron began teaching me about this moment in time. Insignificant to some, life changing for me. I learned that it is easy to watch someone and think something is easy. To stay here, is not proper perspective. It is a misuse rather of the imagination. This is pretense. It is easy to watch something done. It is also easy to do something once. Creation comes in steps. One step after the other. This is how we move, walk, talk, think, ride a bike, a river flows and yes how we make jams. This one individual witnessed in a single moment of time, my six years of experience making jams, Dr. Daniel Condron’s atleast ten maybe twenty years experience making jams, plus the countless experience of those who had taught us. This is why it looked easy! I am not trying to say that creating is hard. Rather, creation is continual. Nothing is made new or destroyed, only changed in appearance. Almost every time I teach, one of the students will say they didn’t experience anything new or anything different with their spiritual exercises. It is easy to fool ourselves into thinking this. However, every day, each moment is new and different. I learned this through taking care of the orchard on the campus of the College of Metaphysics. Prior, to this experience I was the kind of person that every other plant I had all of a sudden died. So when I was asked to take care of the orchard, I thought, “Are you sure you want me to do this?” I decided I wanted to learn. I decided that the orchard would be sacred ground for me. Everytime I walked in it, I would have nurturing thoughts, intentions, and actions. I believed I could do this for this length of time each day. In winter, I began noticing the changes in the trees. There were so many. Before I didn’t notice much change during this time of year. I was kind of amazed. Although, I knew why I was noticing this was because of the continual care with my thoughts and actions. The next summer, there was a peach tree that the limbs were so full of peaches we had to tie them up. Some of the peaches we had to give to the animals because they weren’t quite ripe but were weighing down the tree so much. That tree produced over 3,000 peaches alone! It was abundant. I knew what had caused the abundance. Never again did I take for granted the steps of creation. Likewise, it is the everyday experience with your Ten Most Wanted List that reveals the understanding of Proper Perspective and the secret to continual creation.

Verse 7; ‘A time to rend and a time to sew; a time to keep silent and a time to speak;’
True communication is asking questions and listening. There is one sacred act that includes both. Meditation. Meditation is a process of attuning yourself with your highest Self, creation, and the Creator. The aggressive act of meditation is that of prayer. There are all kinds of prayers. Every faith and religion have prayers they have used. I have found the most powerful form of prayer is the one of giving to the Creator the highest you can imagine or one of thanksgiving. These are powerful because when you give beyond what you previously thought you were capable of you become open like that of an infant. Open to hear and listen that you may have life. Your will becomes compatible to the will of your Father. The receptive act of meditation is that of listening. Listening to the higher Self and the Creator. You have attuned yourself through your giving.

Verse 8; ‘A time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.’ When you are creating, there is love. ‘When two or more are gathered in my name, there is love.’ You’ve heard of the phrase, ‘third time is a charm and three’s company’. Both of these are universal truth. They describe the process of creation. It is interesting to note here the myth that people die in threes. Establishing goals, purposes and taking action through to completion is creation. It is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Love is synonomous with creation. You cannot separate the two. When you create for the purpose of becoming compatible to your Creator or mental parent then there is love. This is proper perspective.

Pythagorus was one of the greatest philosophers of ancient Europe. He was the son of Mnesarchus, an engraver. He was born about the year 580 B.C., either at Samos, an island in the Aegean Sea, or some say, at Sidon in Phoenicia. After some extensive travel, Pythagorus went to Crotona, which was on the southern coast of Italy. Here he founded his College or Society of Students, which became known all over the civilized world as the central assembly of the learned of Europe. He taught for forty years. However, this institution was put to an end and he was eventually forced to flee from the city. A rebellion arose on account of a quarrel between the people of Crotona and the inhabitants of Sybaris. He went to Metapontum where he was said to have died around the year 500 B.C.

Pythagorus taught the principles governing numbers. He taught that numbers were the principles of Real Existence. His school called numbers, forms. A point, they called the Monad type which was referred to as intuitive knowledge or what the School of Metaphysics calls the direct grasp of truth. This is illustrated through the School of Metaphysics and given through the body of knowledge developed known as the intuitive reports. Truth is the foundation for both schools of knowledge. A line, called the Dyad type, referred to as reason and causation. The superficies, called the Triad type or referred to as imagination of which form takes shape. Then a solid, called the Tetrad type, known as sensation of material objects. Pythagorus further referred to the triad as Physiology. The cause of all that has the triple dimension. Every virtue has suspended from this number.

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