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What we want – and what we need


A COUPLE of weeks ago I asked in TCW: Whatever happened to the truth? In the article I considered the materialist creed of pursuit of money, power and debauchery. Today we look at the alternatives as materialism reaches its peak: Christ’s creed of poverty, chastity and obedience.

Poverty: Not in the sense of getting rid of your money and possessions, but of putting them into perspective. Most of us, for most of the time, have all we need for our life. The problem lies in Wants. There is also the sense of our spiritual poverty and the effort we need to take to increase our understanding. Not making decisions only on the basis of making financial gain or avoiding financial loss.

Chastity: Not in the sense of having no physical relationships, but relationships based on love, comforting and even healing, not having or thinking of animal lust.

Obedience: Finding the spiritual tasks we agreed to in this life and following them, which tasks are also our contribution to the general spiritual evolution. In centuries past, when in the spiritual evolution of consciousness we were still in a childlike phase, we needed direct guidance via the prophets, seers, oracles etc. We are now entering the phase equivalent to young adulthood. Increasingly we have choices of which path to take or even be directly asked to take on a task. We will be no longer be Told. (1) (2)

In pursuit of our three choices we need courage, effort and humility. When we find ourselves in difficult or desperate situations, we have to find courage and make an effort to survive. Humility is more difficult. Perhaps, when you have been in a situation where you felt completely useless, despairing and even suicidal, through humiliation you start to understand humility. (3) But constant guard against selfish egoism and self-congratulation is needed. If you have an impulse to start some task or course of action, don’t rush (unless it also involves, say, the safety or wellbeing of someone else). It may be weeks, months, even years before it is the right time. If it should be more immediate, be aware of (not seeking) other signs or even other people suggesting you should do ‘it’.

(1)At some points in our lives we all face major, challenging, painful decisions. If we make the best choice, only then can the spiritual powers start to change other circumstances to support us. In my experience, nine months is a common length of time. Our best choice also helps others and the overall spiritual development/evolution.

(2) Helpless and worthless: Many of us reach a point of feeling alone, helpless and in despair. One answer is: ‘If I cannot do anything to help myself, then at least I am not completely worthless if I can help others.’ Here we have the many examples of terminally ill men and women who have raised money for charity. Many receive help or support from ‘a stranger’ – as prefigured in the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

(3) Humility: Valentin Tomberg asserts that true humility, free from ego inflation and megalomania, is achieved after being approached by higher spiritual beings (Christ, members of the hierarchies or advanced Initiates).  

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Keith Rothwell
Keith Rothwell
Former independent school bursar with five children and seven grandchildren

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