An excerpt from
Take Me to the Mountain: discovering the you that never dies
Imagine a time when human beings will no longer fear death … when we have irrefutable evidence that death is not The End.
It was through the loss of a friend that I discovered the truth of this for myself. I also discovered how Silence – the very essence of retreat – allows us to identify with our Undying Self … Through Silence we are guided along many pathways to eternity, ever upwards to the highest realisation any human can have: the knowledge that he or she is Divine – and therefore Deathless.
‘You must begin to prepare for old age.’ My friend Bob lit a cigarette and squinted at me through the smoke.
I nodded vaguely. ‘You mean move the bed downstairs?’
He ignored my flippancy. ‘Apart from learning to live with your limitations, you have books to write. Your life story, for instance.’
What! I laughed but was secretly horrified. Limitations – I didn’t like the sound of that at all. And old age – did I really want to be reminded of my mortality, of The End (of this lifetime at least)? Bob had a way of unsettling people and I was unsettled now, faced with a fear that I had always tried to escape from – my own demise.
And as for a life-story; what on earth could he mean? That sounded too much like self-indulgence to me.
However, Bob knew how I loved to write. I told him once of a novel I’d begun. It lies in a cupboard, unfinished like a piece of old knitting, and is taken out and worked on from time to time. Sometimes I unpick it a little, sometimes I allow it to grow and take shape a little more, but then it is hidden it away once more, a promise of future indulgence.
‘But won’t a novel do?’ I pleaded. ‘That could be a life story in disguise.’
Bob was a powerful healer and guide. He had an exceptional understanding of himself and others, helped by his ability to see, feel and interpret energy even at a distance. Trained at Stanstead Hall, the well known SpiritualistCollege, he might well have become a celebrated medium had he chosen to follow that particular route. Instead his real passion was healing and spiritual growth. He used to heal, he would say, with house bricks, breaking down resistance to healing and growth wherever he found it. For him, ‘being compassionate’ might have meant kicking you when you were down – oh yes, even literally in my experience! His love could warm hearts but equally burn away illusion. His was a fiery love. Perceptive, blunt, but always loving, he didn’t mess about because there simply wasn’t time. He knew he didn’t have much longer with us.
‘What I mean is this,’ he said, patient for once and drawing slowly on his cigarette. ‘The experiences you’ve had – and will continue to have – will be an inspiration for others. Get writing!’
So eventually I did. I began with a collection of short stories or modern day parables which, I’m pleased to say delighted my friend. He followed their development closely, and had a deep understanding of their messages, especially one – The Girl Who Watched the Wind – which I believe he identified with. One of the last public lectures he gave was called ‘The Importance of Stories.’
In my enthusiasm I also began work on three books at once; this one, Take Me to the Mountain, and its sequel, Fiery Love. And yes, even the novel that has been taken out of the drawer and now is a little nearer completion.
Bob was a true disciple,*a man who sought to know himself better through self-reflection, study and service. Yes, he smoked (to dull the agony his body put him through) and he didn’t have the healthiest of diets. Yet despite his pain he never missed the discipline of his daily meditation. Nor did he forget to pray, and always for others. In fact, he may have heard your name mentioned only once but detecting some need, would offer up a prayer for you. I saw him cure intractable depression and mend a broken heart in minutes. He was flawed as we all are but also incredibly wise.
As for me, I am just an ordinary person who has made enough mistakes to have gained a measure of wisdom. Therefore I offer these pages humbly, in the hope that they might ignite some spark of interest for those who seek to walk The Lighted Way. **
What exciting times we live in! Today is perhaps the most interesting time in the history of the world, when humanity is beginning to raise its gaze and look beyond the obvious and mundane. We stand on the brink of a new soul-aware civilisation. You and I now have an extraordinary opportunity to demonstrate our power as living souls and together change the world for the better.
I am certain that soon, in our own lifetimes perhaps, we will have irrefutable evidence that death is not The End. The work done by the Spiritualist Movement in the 1800s has since been developed along more scientific lines by a number of psychologists and doctors, those with an interest in out of body and near death experiences. Already a well documented collection of such experiences strongly suggests that our true identity is eternal and that we shall continue to live on, as we have always done, as souls. Imagine a time when human beings will no longer fear death, when all know for certain that consciousness cannot be obliterated! (see Chapter 8).
My hope is that these pages, especially those devoted to Immortality, will bring a sense of reassurance to those who doubt that Life is eternal.
It was through the loss of my friend that I discovered the truth of this for myself. I also discovered how Silence – the very essence of retreat – allows us to identify with our Undying Self. Periods of silence in our busy lives create a necessary space in which our spirit can thrive. Through Silence we are guided along many pathways to eternity, ever upwards to the highest realization any human can have: the knowledge that he or she is Divine – and therefore Deathless. This is the ultimate purpose of retreat and something that is perfectly possible to achieve within the everyday living out of our lives. ‘Take Me to the Mountain’ is a retreat that will fit easily into any routine and will cost you nothing!
So, to this end I invite you to enter into retreat with me right now. May you soon discover that death is not The End and may you also remember who you are and why you are here at this time. Perhaps a thousand lifetimes have brought you and me to this point of readiness. The world now waits, as we become examples of what is not only possible, but now unstoppable; the blueprint for a New Humanity.
* Disciple: from the Latin discipulus (pupil or one in training). Initially our spiritual training is directly from the soul; it is self initiated. In this sense, and for the purposes of this book, a disciple might loosely be called one who follows the light of the soul. Some think of disciples as blind followers of a guru. This is far from the truth. A disciple willingly follows a path, offered to him or her by the activity of their own soul. Only then can he or she be trusted to work with the Elders of the Race. (See Glossary) ** The Lighted Way: that which leads us back to our Divine Source.
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