At this time when we see the condition of the world, many of us want to serve the world. But when our own minds are affected by the conditions of the world, we cannot really serve the world. A mind that is filled with anger or sadness cannot serve.
I often have used the analogy of the boat moving through the water. For the boat to reach its destination, the water must remain outside the boat. For our minds to be able to serve, the atmosphere of the world must remain outside of our minds. It is not that the outside atmosphere leaks into the boat of our mind, but rather that the vibrations of a powerful and clean mind affect the atmosphere outside bringing strength to those who are living in the world.
So, how do we create a mind that is filled with spiritual power? How do we cultivate a mind that is qualified to serve? There are three understandings that we must have in order to cultivate such a powerful mind. First is the recognition that my innate nature is intrinsically good. We may have forgotten that this is our original nature, but we have not lost that innate goodness. This goodness embodies love, peace, happiness, truth, and purity. When I am in touch with this goodness, I become aware that I am a spiritual being, a soul. It is this link back to my original qualities that gives me the further realisation that I am a child of God.
Second, to whom do I belong? As a soul, I am the child of God. I too, am non-violent. I too, am peaceful. I too, am loving. I am pure and powerful in the way that God is pure and powerful. My inherent nature is like God’s nature. These are God’s gifts to me–these powers, these virtues, these qualities. God is the Bestower. In the same way that a child will often take up his father’s business, our business too, is as donors, those who give our pure thoughts, our good wishes, our virtues and powers to others.
Third, what is special about this time? This is the Confluence Age, the most elevated time in which the old world meets the new world. It is a time when the boat has lifted its anchor and left the shores of darkness, drawn by a new and brighter future. The Confluence Age is the era which dawns in the darkest time of mankind, bringing the first rays of light from the pure and peaceful future world that lies ahead. In this time we can gain the power of discernment. This is the time when that realisation that I am a child of God becomes awake within me, allowing me to connect with God, to take strength from God. I am able to feel how weary I have become. I am able to see how weary the world has become under the influence of greed for power, anger at injustice, and fear of violence and ignorance. I begin to understand that the way to heal the world is to heal myself. I cultivate the healing powers of hope, harmony, compassion, commitment, tolerance and respect. I see how these qualities light the way to the new shore.
It is a time in which we can know our true selves, we can know God, and we can know the future. We begin to make out the contours of the brighter future world. Seeing that emerging world, we feel inspired. We use our pure feelings and elevated thoughts to fill the world with that which is life-giving and, in so doing, sustain ourselves on this journey.
This time carries with it special blessings. When we recognise the unique call of this time, when we realise that the door on our intellects has been unlocked, our minds open in a new way to receive spiritual gifts. These spiritual gifts, such as inner peace, spiritual love, and power allow us to use the treasures of this time in a worthwhile way. We find we can share our growing strength with others. We could not give to others when we ourselves were weak from the heaviness of the atmosphere of a tired world. We can only give to others when we have reclaimed our spiritual power. This happens in the Confluence Age.
When we recognise the unique call of this time, when we realise that the door on our intellects has been unlocked, our minds open in a new way to receive spiritual gifts.