Recently, The Ascended Masters have reminded me directly, but gently, of the need for purity on the path of Self-Realization.
Sometimes, I have thought of purity as being that which my father used to describe in me as “innocent naivete.” In other words, most of my life, I have expected other people to tell the truth, to be trustworthy, and to act with kindness and compassion, because those are qualities that I believe are important for me to embody, and therefore, I just assume that others will value embodying them as well. Obviously, after enough years have passed, I have become aware of the frequent lack of expression of virtue in human behavior.
Virtues are angelic. When I learned to work with the Archangels of the Seven Rays after my Enlightenment Vision in 2010 (initiation), it was largely thanks to a chart that my Reiki teacher had sent me, which showed the virtues associated with each Archangel. Archangel Gabriel (or Gabrielle in his/her feminine form) is the Archangel of purity, and that virtue has always felt essential to me in so far as having the ability to work with archangels and to channel the Seven Rays to others for their healing.
Well, recently, I was reminded that Archangel Gabriel is the Archangel of purity, and hope, and that the Crystal-White Ray associated with him/her is the Ray of Ascension. In other words, in order to Ascend to higher realms, to higher levels of consciousness, and to Self-Realization, we need to be pure.
What does pure mean? This morning, I asked that very question during my time of prayer and meditation, and the answer that I received was this: purity is the sacrifice of form in order to achieve pure essence.
When I use the term ‘form,’ it refers to the material world and all of its associated ideas, desires, fantasies, and projected realities. the world of form is what embodies Spirit in an infinite variety of forms, yet the forms themselves are empty, just as Maya is merely an empty Illusion. The world of form, or the material world, which is also called Maya, is temporary. The essence expressed in each form, or Spirit, is eternal.
Essence is a word which refers to spiritual qualities, just like the virtues of honesty, integrity, purity, and compassion. More than that, essence is the expression of Divine Self in the Being-ness of the Universe. So, the essence of the Divine is in each one of us. (The book of Genesis states that concept as: human beings are created in the image of God.)
Sacrificing form in order to attain essence means that we let go of human longings in order to achieve a higher purpose. People do this frequently. Expressing essence is expressing Godde. The Divine qualities of self-giving, self-sacrifice, putting others first are in particular very pure. What a joy it can be to express these qualities.
Today I had the joy of being prompted to ask a homeless man who was sitting out in the freezing cold where he usually sells his homeless newspaper what it would take for him to go home to get out of the cold. (His name is Earl, and in previous conversations, I had found out that he was no longer homeless, but selling these papers is his source of income.) Earl made it clear that he needed to earn some more money, maybe $10. I said, “If I give you $10 will you go home?” Earl replied, “Yes, I’ve been sitting outside here in the cold since 9 am.” (It was about 5 pm at the time.) I gave Earl $10 and said, “Go home. God bless you.”
Why didn’t anyone else among the many people of Silver Spring, Maryland think to ask Earl what it would take to get to go home? Was the $10 a sacrifice for me? Of course it was. My income has been very erratic, doing Reiki energy healing. But what great joy it was to enable Earl to get out of the cold – that was priceless! What great joy it was to experience the Divine Compassion expressing itself through me. Not my compassion, not me being “me,” but Godde being who Godde is because I allowed Godde to act through me. Now, that IS a joy!
When we align ourselves with Divine Virtue and allow those virtues to express themselves through us, we are embodying the Divine. How Pure would you like to be? What forms are you willing to sacrifice (money, time, possessions, savings, status, safety, sexual satisfaction) in order to embody divine purity? What virtues would you like to embody in the process (love, compassion, kindness, generosity, wisdom, patience, service)?
May you find the purity of Godde within you, so that you can ascend to higher states, and reach that final state of pure love, peace, and bliss called Self-Realization!
Love and Light,