By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff
Traveler: What is the purpose of life? From your perspective, why do we come here to live, work, experience, enjoy our self and then journey to another place?
Master: The great cycle of life is an opportunity to experience who we are on many different levels and join in partnership with the Creator. Within each of us is a spark that is most like the Light. We are sons and daughters of a King who have come here to create our own reality, daily. Once we understand this, we can consciously use our many abilities and spiritual capacity to fully enjoy and participate in this multi-level experience called life.
Life is the grand bazaar; an opportunity to do many things and have all kinds of adventures. Daily, through our experience and consciousness, we help create our own reality. Then, after many experiences, it is time to journey to the next place.
Like the stars in the evening sky we are here to illume the darkness; each in our own way providing Light, hope and expressing that which is highest within our self.
Fundamentally, the journey is a spiritual one. Filled with many opportunities to experience, express and create. Once the traveler embraces this reality- all comes from the spirit- the real searching and work begins.
Everything is Spiritual
As basis and throughout its fabric, all life is spiritual. The Creator, through spiritual ether, generates the physical and everything is connected through this physical and spiritual composition: providing awareness and life energy. Consequently all life exists simultaneously within a physical and spiritual reality; with each of these 2 dimensions having numerous levels of expression.
The Light/Creator/God, or highest directing element, originates beyond both the physical and spiritual; and in order to manifest, operates in our universe through ether and multiple spiritual forms, directing and creating. It is said, life forms exist in endless variety; with each form having its own specific higher spiritual directing and delineating aspect. Higher directing aspects, or forms, are created through the Light/Creator and provide overall substance and direction to every group of living thing. Some term these higher directing aspects, ‘Monads.’ Consequently there is a specific Monad for humanity, another for animals, fish, birds, plants, insects and every other living form in the universe.
The human soul is comprised of spirit; this spiritual fabric is made-up of a substance termed ether. Spiritual ether is the building block of the universe. Additionally the soul has as its center, a ‘heart;’ or Divine spark which governs both its higher and lower nature. This spark is most like the Light itself. It is said the Light/Creator created the spiritual form of man/women, through the Holy Monad or ‘Idea of Man’ and breathed life, consciousness and individual awareness into each traveler’s soul.
By Higher Design, each traveler has individual awareness; ability to become aware of their own capacity to create, destroy and freely choose. This conscious awareness is different than other life forms. Consequently within each traveler there is an aspect or spark of Divinity, which makes us all most like the Creator. Internally, this energy is our soul’s center and is the driving force or heart which governs and expresses mind, emotion, physicality and soul. When our physical form ceases, it is this heart and primal energy which helps direct our soul’s travel to the next phase.
So it is accurate to say, all travelers have spiritual ability, and that all physical life draws sustenance from a higher, spiritual form. Additionally since each traveler is unique and there are endless levels of spiritual capacity; these levels being dependent upon each traveler’s individual life plan, destiny and capacity to choose.
Thoughts to Ponder
- The ocean of life is a series of ups and downs; like waves moving across the surface water, rarely is the surface calm and still. Yet far below, the ocean water is less turbulent. Here in the ocean’s depth, the traveler swims in stillness and is suspended in a deep peaceful embrace.
- Life is a grand bazaar, or market, filled with all kinds of goods and experiences. Yet many shoppers look to buy only those things that will make them happy. Happiness is only one commodity or experience.
Sadly many leave without making provision for the next part of their journey.
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By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff
Q: How to shut off the ramblings of the everyday mind and hear the whisperings of the heart?
Several weeks ago, independent of each other, 2 people mentioned they wished they could learn how to go inward; they were having a difficult time of it. Since much of the spiritual journey involves going inward- listening to inner perceptions- they wondered how this inner learning/awareness might be facilitated. They wanted to be instructed/shown how to do this.
For well over 3 weeks, I have been thinking about their request. During this period several thoughts occurred to me.
- Part of Everyone’s Education. At first I was surprised by this request since both of these people had spent much time traveling on spiritual paths and tried many different exercises. For both, I have supplied exercises and books with different instruction. Still they were having a difficult time. I wondered why this wasn’t part pf everyone’s basic education. Weren’t they taught in school, how to sit still, and turn-off the noise in their head and use their own basic capacity to create?
- Going Inward Part of Being Human. I remember Idris Shah talking about prayer. I am paraphrasing here, but basically he said, people can be given certain prayers to say, but cannot be taught how to pray. Prayer is basic communication between the seeker and that which is Most High. It is a natural expression of the seeker’s need in relation to the Source.
- Going Inward Can’t be Taught. In my view, going inward is much the same. People can be given spiritual exercises, told to go on long walks in the quite forest, meditate for hours and be told to simply sit quietly and listen to their thoughts. These are all devices to begin to the listen to the different streams of consciousness which arise in our head, heart and soul. And the quietest voice, hidden beneath all the others, is that of spiritual intuition- it is very much like a whisper. It comes forward when the rest of the consciousness is relatively still; and the listener must bravely go inward, pushing the other voices aside- often using a focus word- and wait until this inner knowing comes forward.
- Natural Ability. Also it seems to me some people may be better at this than others. What might come more easily to some might be a long, long slow tedious labor to others.
- Expectation Blocks The Door. One of the major road blocks in this inner journey is expectation. ‘Look I have been following this exercise, doing everything right, when is this thing going to happen?’ Usually it doesn’t happen under this circumstance. The consciousness must be in a neutral position where you are merely observing what is taking place and pushing aside thoughts which are not the goal, while another part of the consciousness is focused on the goal – using a device like a focus word. The seeker must be able to hold both sets of consciousness in their mind at the same time and await the emergence of this third stream.
- Diversity of Experience. To further complicate matters, there is any number of inner spiritual experiences and they manifest under different conditions. However, all of these generally occur when the everyday consciousness is in a neutral position and the seeker is listening to their own inner awareness.
- Everyone is Different. Seekers have many different spiritual capacities which they bring with them; these can be enhanced through training and spiritual work. They cannot be learned.
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By Dr. Stewart Bitkoff
While some look at this world and see chaos and destruction, others see optimism and growth. Yes both are present; and beyond these opposites, what is actually occurring?
According to Tradition humanity is evolving to a higher state; this is over millennia- and if you wonder at your role in all of this check out my new book and the short piece below.
One traveler at a time, humanity is evolving to a higher state of consciousness. This evolution is both individual and collective. As a race of people we are reaching Higher. This evolution is purposeful and directed so it may be attained.
To help safeguard this Plan there is a hierarchy of servants who work on many levels. Collectively humanity has a potential and destiny. Many of the holy books speak about this potential. These references are part allegorical and part literal.
In the Plan each person or soul has a distinct role. In part that is what this life is about. To figure out how you fit into the world, using your physical, mental and spiritual potential. The world needs people who are doing what they can to make things better for themselves and others.
In each day there are many opportunities to reach higher and fulfill your individual destiny or plan. Simply ask yourself before doing something that you are uncertain about; if this action will bring you closer or further distance you from your own higher destiny and the Source. Learn to wait for an answer. You can do this. Slowly you will begin to awaken and hear your own inner capacity. Follow this inner voice. This inner voice and its wisdom are aligned with the higher destiny of the universe.
When you leave this world and continue on, in some respects the next phase is similar to this one. You express who you are in relation to the universe and the dimension you inhabit. Each is a ray of Light that has come from a vast and glorious Sun. It has been sent out into the universe to experience itself in many forms and places. Growing stronger in wisdom and service to the glorious Sun of which it is an expression. One day it finds itself going home to shine, along with the other suns, upon the universe.
And because this journey is of spirit and there is no real time or space in relation to the Divine. As the Source Wills this journey may be accomplished in an instant or in a thousand lifetimes. It may be accomplished once or over and over again. It is all up to you.
Each day when we close our eyes and align ourselves with the Source; through the Light we are illuminating the darkness within and become a sun unto ourselves and others.
In this we serve individually and collectively: helping complete the Plan for humanity.
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by Dr. Stewart Bitkoff
Q: Why is it important to give to others? Some religions request a percent of your wage as regular donation.
The universe as we know it could not exist without giving. Giving is natural and is another aspect of the Divine. Just as a mother gives life to her child, freely offers milk and guidance through the years, so, we must learn to give of ourselves. In giving to others, without expectation, we are living our higher destiny.
On the spiritual level, when the higher comes forward, we are in tune with Truth. This occurs so we can be of service and give whatever is needed. For an example, look at the lives of the Servants of God. Each had a vocation and their life involved helping others reach higher. Some helped with sickness, others with guidance, or providing spiritual light to those who were in darkness.
Give to others, without expectation or indebtedness and you will discover who you are.
In my own case, I acted as if godliness was next to idleness. Most often I sought time away by myself to contemplate how spiritual I was. I truly believed salvation was to be found, away from others, meditating upon profound thoughts.
And when I traveled a little further, I realized ‘contemplating my navel’ was the antithesis of what the Path was about. As Saadi taught, so many years ago, “the Path is in human service. It is none other than this.” This is still true today.
When a hand is extended to help another, the human soul reaches toward the heavens. Service that is free of personal interest is one of the highest forms of human existence.
Grasshopper was sad and feeling sorry for himself. He thought no one liked him and when it came to picking grasses, he didn’t think he was as good as the other hoppers. All he ever got were the leftovers.
Grasshopper spent half the morning, sitting beside the road worrying about what a terrible life he had. Then along came Turtle. Turtle could tell in an instant what Grasshopper’s problem was and how to solve it.
Turtle called out, “If you’re tired of feeling blue, follow me and I’ll show you what to do!”
Grasshopper thought to himself, “Here’s Turtle sticking his shell into my business again. But what have I to loose? I just can’t shake these blues.”
At Turtle’s direction, the two friends began walking toward the meadow. Grasshopper had promised to do whatever Turtle said and not complain.
The meadow was alive with all kinds of creatures. Butterflies were flying. Bees were buzzing. Ants were crawling. What a wondrous sight to behold!
But these things just made Grasshopper sadder. Everyone was enjoying themselves and had something important to do except him.
After a time, Turtle and Grasshopper came upon a young hopper who was having a difficult time chewing through grasses and stacking them in a pack. One of the first lessons a young hopper learns is to identify six meadow grasses, stack them and bring them to his teacher.
As Turtle and Grasshopper continued to observe, the young fellow realized he was being watched. Without hesitation, he turned to Grasshopper and asked, “Will you help me?” Turtle nodded and in an instant Grasshopper was showing the young one how to identify, quickly chew through and stack grass.
In five minutes time, the young one had stacked his pack, thanked Grasshopper and was on his way to see his teacher.
As Turtle and Grasshopper continued walking, Grasshopper felt a little better. Somehow, by helping another, his blues were turned into smiles. Turtle saw this and said, “We are not done yet.”
So the two friends continued on. Rounding a bend in the road, Turtle and Grasshopper came upon some ants who were struggling to free one of their brothers. A branch had fallen and trapped him beneath a small limb. The branch was heavy and the ants were having a terrible time with it.
Without hesitation, Turtle and Grasshopper helped the ants lift. Quickly, the injured fellow was pulled from beneath the limb. While he was being nursed and carried off by the others, the leader thanked Turtle and Grasshopper for their help.
By this time, Grasshopper was hopping. He never felt better. He even began to sing. His sadness was completely gone.
Turtle looked at Grasshopper and said, “We are not done yet.”
Grasshopper wondered what Turtle was up to next. Grasshopper was happy, what else was there?
Turtle and Grasshopper continued walking for about an hour. Turtle walked very slowly and this got on Grasshopper’s nerves. Grasshopper felt like hopping, and if he knew were they were going, he could get there lickety-split. But no, Turtle wouldn’t tell Grasshopper anything. Everything with Turtle was always a mystery and Grasshopper had promised to do whatever Turtle said without complaining.
Then they came to a stream. Turtle told Grasshopper to lift some stones and make a path into the water with them. Every few inches or so Turtle and Grasshopper placed another stone. They must have laid out a dozen or so.
In the hot sun, this work took about two hours. Grasshopper saw no point in what they were doing. Who would benefit from this path, which seemed to go nowhere? It only went part of the way across the stream.
At one point, Grasshopper was very frustrated and about to ask Turtle what was the reason for this work, when Turtle remarked, “No questions until tonight.”
Finally they finished. As the two walked back toward Pond, Grasshopper was hot, tired and angry. He didn’t know why they worked so hard and couldn’t wait to give Turtle a piece of his mind.
That evening after dinner, as Turtle and Grasshopper sat outside Turtle’s burrow, he started to explain.
- “Often when we are feeling sorry for ourselves, it is best to find something to do. Activity is a cure for sadness. The best activity is to help another. This takes us out of ourselves and the helping energy is curative.
- Helping others, like the young hopper, is part of our social duty and is part of life in the Pond. Yet it is better to help before help is requested. This is the higher activity. Less indebtedness is created. Hence we helped the ants before they could ask.
- Finally a higher form of helping is when the one receiving help is unaware of the source. We placed those stones, so, young turtles could stand on them and catch silver minnows. They will think they are lucky to find this spot; never knowing what we did. Yet our energy is connected to this work and we benefit from it.”
As Grasshopper watched the night sky, he was at peace. He was not sad. In fact he never felt better. He realized, when we help others, we help ourselves.
Slowly he was beginning to understand.
About the author:
If you enjoyed this piece, check-out my new book Light on the Mountain; available on Amazon in paper back and Kindle. Go to www.bit.ly/bitkofflight.