December 29-30 – Gemini
Now follow the three nights of the sword.
Peter’s night. Night of the consecration of the sword. Each of us must forge his or her own sword of discernment. Each of us must unite our spiritual will with the eternal, the immortal, with the perishable, and in this way we shall recognize the truth.
Mystery: Bring together the Son of God with the Son of Man – Unity.
Sixth Contemplation: Kristina Kaine
How do we experience the eternal and the immortal? This is difficult in a world focussing on the present and valuing instant gratification. It is not easy to understand concepts like eternal and immortal unless we understand that we live repeated lives on this earth; and not just in theory but to have the ability to apply ideas about reincarnation in our daily life.
If, for example, we clash with someone and our first response is to wonder about our relationship with them in a past life, we immediately get in touch with the eternal. We are able to stand in the present and consider the past, and decide to take action which will influence the future.
In a similar way we experience the immortal and the perishable. It requires that we stand in our I AM. This sword is our I AM resting in the sheath of our body. We forged our sword in previous lives and continue to forge it in this life. Our job is to learn how to wield it, but first we must become aware of it. To wield a sword blindly can cause quite a bit of damage.
We begin by placing our hands on the hilt of the sword while we work on purifying our will. This work means that we become much more aware of our motives. Gradually, over time, as we become more observant of our interactions with others we become more able to respond objectively. If someone is mean to us and we remain calm inside, in this way we are responding in an eternal way. Then we resolve with our karma; the consequences of our actions in a past life. We do this by recognizing the truth of the situation and we consciously set ourselves free from the bond by unifying past and present. Then we can walk into the future with increased freedom.
Image: Joan of Arc Kisses the Sword of Liberation – Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 1863