The New Order
“As we embrace you, embrace one another.”
This is the message I have been sharing recently, and it is very important. It is the foundation for transformation which the world—mankind—is poised to embody, and it is imperative that this transformation occur. The degree of tension, of dis-integration, of human suffering, of conflict, and the increasing belief that the solution is to protect yourselves one against the other, albeit unsuccessfully, is the breakdown of the old order as it yields to the new.
What is the new order? It is the shift from “I am my own man or woman” to “You are my brother or sister.” In other words, “I am not what I have made of myself, I am what you make me by virtue of being my brother or sister—a family member. And because we are family, we have a Father—a common uniting Source. Therefore, when I look at you as brother or sister, you cause me to remember God, and suddenly I am faced with a whole new way for us to be, together.”
That is the new order! And circumstances do not need to become excruciating to make it utterly clear that the old order no longer works! Suffering does not have to be the steppingstone to the recognition of the utter value of love—brotherly love—and making commitment to it . . . thus changing things forever.
The simplifying fact in all of this is that everyone knows the utter value of love already! Everyone knows they need it. Everyone seeks for it. And everyone is angry when they don’t find it. It is this anger at the absence of love which is bubbling up globally in multifarious forms of hate and violence, of abuse and self-righteous rejection—of inhumanity to man.
The problem is in the “getting.” The solution is in the “giving.” The truth is that the attempt to get love from a brother or sister is an offensive act because it is accomplished through manipulation and control, even if the control is so gently and exquisitely finessed that it seems not to be control at all.
One does not try to control a brother in any way. One only tries to control a stranger. You see? That is what makes it an offensive act. It is, however, possible to embrace a stranger as a brother, and the result will be different because it is an act of love.
What does the word “brother” mean to you? Is it a noun defining an object—“Oh, yes, he’s a brother,” referring to a member of a church—or is it someone you brother, who also brothers you? The argument to what I’m saying can be, “Well, brothers and sisters don’t always get along!” But the answer is, “Then they are treating each other as strangers,” and the argument does not serve as justification for anything other than shifting from getting to giving—from independence to embrace.
The answer is so simple, and it is already in each one’s heart. The Course speaks of “looking into your brothers eyes and remembering God.” And so, I must ask, “Have you become a student of the Course, or has the Course awakened you to become a student of brotherhood?
“Oh, no! I want to wake up . . . and I want my brother to wake up, too! But please don’t distract me from waking up by asking me to be involved with him in what is bound to be a messy situation. After all, that is what relationships are—involvement in stuff that has nothing to do with waking up. Let me wake up first, and then I’ll help my brother.”
No, it doesn’t work that way. If you want to remember God, you have to look into your brother’s eyes with the expectation of finding God in him. And you will not be able to find God there until you elevate your definition of your brother—lifting him from stranger to friend, to brother—which you will not do until you are willing to see something better in him than you presently see. The willingness to make that gift is the act of love which shifts you from getting to giving, which constitutes embrace and involvement, and alters the balances on your globe in promotion of a smoother, more harmonious transformation—the very Awakening which you did not want to be distracted from.
There is a saying: “Following Jesus is not a religion. It is a relationship.” Indeed! It’s all in the relationship. It’s not in the ideas. It’s not in the principles. It’s not in the practices. It’s all in the relationship—you, with me . . . with the Holy Spirit . . . with the Father . . . and with one another, consciously. The ideas, the principles, the practices simply point you in the direction of that experience and are not the destination.
Do not be discouraged by what you see and hear in the world. Simply recognize what they mean—what they are calling for. And then, be grateful that in your study and practice of the Course, you have already been preparing to answer the call (to brotherhood), even if you thought you were preparing for something else (Awakening).
Now, I am inviting you—every single one of you—to engage in an act of love. I am inviting you to join with us in brotherhood with specific regard to meeting the expenses which are necessary to this work being done. Contributions have been diminishing while visitors to our website and blog have been increasing, both in terms of numbers as well as locations around the globe.
Notably absent from all of our activities is a fee structure of any kind. All are able to access our gifts and pass them on without price. That is the simplicity and beauty of embrace. It does not mean there are no expenses involved in making them available, because there are. But they are met by people like you who have found the materials meaningful and have gifted others around the globe with the same opportunity by making contributions to that end. Some call it “Paying Forward,” but the point is that from first to last, everything we do, and everything you do here, is a gift, and everything you give, you have because it was given you. There simply is no “getting” involved.
With contributions diminishing, it becomes necessary to let the need be known: Contributions need to increase. When things are becoming nonfunctional, it’s necessary to let the need be known: Functionality is essential. When bills can’t be paid and indebtedness increases, it is necessary to let the need be known: Income needs to be commensurate with expense.
For more than 30 years this work has been and continues to be a global activity—a shared experience of giving, of embrace, and not of business—and considering the pervasive needs which our mutual giving addresses, it is only appropriate to share with everyone this opportunity to ensure that what meets the human need gets to where the embrace is needed and wanted.
It is an incredible thing to be able to state that during these 30 years every form of embrace we have engaged in, every extension made, has been made possible by gifts and gifts alone—the expression of love by you, or others just like you—and I acknowledge and am grateful for everyone’s act of embrace each and every month.
Specifically, this month—right now—there is less than $200 in the Foundation’s bank account. There are still bills from September which are unpaid. Bills which will be due on the 20th of this month amount to over $6,500 and, this being October, property taxes come due on the 31st in the amount of $6,958.39. This is what it takes in this particular month to engage in embrace.
I am inviting everyone’s remembrance of the call to “love your brother as you have been loved” . . . the call to involvement . . . the call to engage in acts which meet the human need.
October 11th, 2015
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