How do the 12 Spiritual Laws of the Universe affect you? - The Like Place

We fall into our careers in life, like a satellite falls into its orbit; a calling that we can hear from even our youngest age. That career does not require that one answer to the world, and what the world expects of you. But it does form a part of how one speaks to the world; speaking from one’s own unique genius. And there is no social status that one’s career speaks to, as that’s the place where little minds, who have not yet, found their own genius, dwell. It’s all about finding meaning in life; find that and one finds the greatest joy.

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  1. Sermon Notes
    Spiritual Laws II, Part 2

    1. To follow one’s natural talent is the key to the discovery of one’s true will, which is also the key to how one creates oneself.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Each man has his own vocation. The talent is the call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him. He has faculties silently inviting him thither to endless exertion. He is like a ship in a river; he runs against obstructions on every side but one; on that side all obstruction is taken away, and he sweeps serenely over a deepening channel into an infinite sea. This talent and this call depend on his organization, or the mode in which the general soul incarnates itself in him.”

    1A. We are each unique and our expression of vocation must also be unique. But to succumb to the mass mind of the herd is a loss for ourselves and to generalize upon that mass mind and assume that others fit in such, is to build a tyrannical ideology.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “The common experience is, that the man fits himself as well as he can to the customary details of that work or trade he falls into, and tends it as a dog turns a spit. Then is he a part of the machine he moves; the man is lost. Until he can manage to communicate himself to others in his full stature and proportion, he does not yet find his vocation. He must find in that an outlet for his character, so that he may justify his work to their eyes.”

    1B. Shakespeare said, ‘To thine own self be true.’ And in one sense, we may deduce from this, that we must listen to our inner voice despite the circumstance that we find ourselves in the world.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “But that which I call right or goodness is the choice of my constitution; and that which I call heaven, and inwardly aspire after, is the state or circumstance desirable to my constitution; and the action which I in all my years tend to do, is the work for my faculties.”

    2. So what of the common man or woman? Are Gnostics so special? If indeed it is true that we are all gods, even the mos common and mundane of laborers is capable of Gnosis.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “What we call obscure condition or vulgar society is that condition and society whose poetry is not yet written, but which you shall presently make as enviable and renowned as any. In our estimates, let us take a lesson from kings. The parts of hospitality, the connection of families, the impressiveness of death, and a thousand other things, royalty makes its own estimate of, and a royal mind will. To make habitually a new estimate,–that is elevation.”

    2A. Liber AL teaches us that we are Kings and to live like ings and our compassion is the vice of kings, that we commit to in order to raise ourselves to a certain propriety. Even it is her that we extend a hand to our congregation to bid one and all the L.V.X. of Gnosis.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Every man has this call of the power to do somewhat unique, and no man has any other call. The pretence that he has another call, a summons by name and personal election and outward “signs that mark him extraordinary, and not in the roll of common men,” is fanaticism, and betrays obtuseness to perceive that there is one mind in all the individuals, and no respect of persons therein.”

    2B. Thus it is that Liber AL:I.44 says: “For pure will, unassuaged of purpose, delivered from the lust of result, is every way perfect.”
    Indeed, Liber AL:I.43 sasys aobut one’s will, “Do that and no other shall say nay.” This follows on the heels of the previous verse, which states, “…thou has no right but to do thy will.”
    To consider this in light of Emerson’s statement in the above quote, that “no man has any other call” is most revealing about the nature of the Will and one’s True Will.

    3. We then, as Gnostics must aspire to the courage of our conviction.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “What a man does, that he has. What has he to do with hope or fear? In himself is his might. Let him regard no good as solid, but that which is in his nature, and which must grow out of him as long as he exists.”

    AL:II.46 “Dost thou fail? Art thou sorry? Is fear in thine heart?
    AL:II.47 “Where I am these are not.”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “A man’s genius, the quality that differences him from every other, the susceptibility to one class of influences, the selection of what is fit for him, the rejection of what is unfit, determines for him the character of the universe.”

    3A. A coward dies a thousand deaths and the Universe abhors him. But a noble hero dies, but once and is commemorated in song and legen for all history. Yet we cannot consider this by our own ruminations; clearly only to focus on how we approach the creation of ourselves–and in our sentiments.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “In like manner the effect of every action is measured by the depth of the sentiment from which it proceeds. The great man knew not that he was great. It took a century or two for that fact to appear. What he did, he did because he must; it was the most natural thing in the world, and grew out of the circumstances of the moment.”

    3B. So, finally, as we stated earlier, it matters not what work is available to yoru for your daily bread; but the noble way you approach that work.

    Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Let the great soul incarnated in some woman’s form, poor and sad and single, in some Dolly or Joan, go out to service, and sweep chambers and scour floors, and its effulgent daybeams cannot be muffled or hid, but to sweep and scour will instantly appear supreme and beautiful actions, the top and radiance of human life, and all people will get mops and brooms; until, lo! suddenly the great soul has enshrined itself in some other form, and done some other deed, and that is now the flower and head of all living nature.”


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