Bill Achor's Writings
Issue # 2, 1985 September
Created in unified collaboration of William E. Achor, Philip Thomas, and Roberta Ann Wilson
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October 12th, 2012
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-- William E. Achor
Science of Spirituality --
Hello, dear friend:
Many things have transpired in my personal life since my last S.O.S. mailing went out in February. Diann and I were married and we acquired the house which is now our home . . . And the permanent headquarters for S.O.S. We have subsequently been involved in a lot of "fixing up" of our new house and yard.
Although there is still a lot of things to be done, relative to the "fixing up" department; I am now getting back into some writing and classes.
This particular message, The Way of The Cross, is a part from the series on "? Reincarnation ?" . . . but it is one that I have been "inspired" to write. I will get back to the issues about reincarnation later.
It is awesome the way accidents and apparent adversities have turned out to be obvious blessings for some people in our S.O.S. group during the last few months. They truly transcended the physical appearances; and experienced the spiritual purposes. Some others are now in that process, some knowingly; some unaware, as yet, of the contained blessing . . . And that is what this mailing is about.
I do hope you had a beautiful spring and a wondrous summer I did and I trust your life is joyful and fulfilled to the greatest extent possible.
I love you.
William E. Achor
THE WAY OF THE CROSS
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THE CHRIST PATH . . . . . . . . . THE PATH OG GOD BEING
". . . . MY YOKE IS EASY AND MY BURDEN IS LIGHT . "
THE WAY OF THE CROSS
The Way of The Cross is the way OF peace, harmony, and wholeness . . . not the way TO these attributes of God. The Way of The Cross, the Christ Way, is the practice of living, right now, the Love Consciousness within and expressing it without . . . rather than "living for" this state as a future reward. The Way of the Cross is to consistently express our own Christ Conscious . . . our own pure, true spiritual nature. It is Love, Harmony,Wholeness, Buddha,Ekenkar, Allah . . . It IS God Being . . . by any name man might give it.
Christ, Jesus, said, "Come to me, or you who labor and carry burdens, and I will give you rest." "Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and meek in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." "For my yoke is pleasant and my burden is light."
(matt. 11:28, 29 and 30 Lamsa Bible)
The Way of The Cross, the Christ Way is gentle. It takes a great deal of strength to be gentle . . .
inner strength . . . quiet strength . . . moral awareness . . . Spiritual wholeness.
Being humble meek does not mean being with our joy; or without affluence . . . even physical abundance. It does not mean to be used to be subjugated to be without firm principles. it simply means being without guile, without complexities . . . it means being open and honest. "Meek of heart" means basically the same thing being open and honest but it also means to be in a consciousness of unconditional loving acceptance. That does not require us to condone destructive words and actions on the part of fellow humans; but it does mean that we are not to condemn them
. . . not in expression, AND ,NOT IN THOUGHT. (The sword can be there even though it may not be overtly expressed.) It is not for us to decide what is right or wrong for others. Nor are we to attempt to impose our concepts of rightness, or wholeness upon them . . . for to do so clearly represents the truth of our mental condemnation of them. We may throw out a "leading comment" . . . it may even be an urgent expression of our concern for them . . . but if they choose to ignore the comment and concern . . . we should considerately shot our mouths, silently bless him on their path of learning and turn our thoughts to "lighter" topics.
We can lovingly offer a person our perceptions and understanding; IF THEY ARE AMENABLE TO LISTENING. I repeat, "LOVE I NGLY offer". If there is any moral condemnation in our consciousness, any self-righteous ideas, and a sense of superiority; it will radiate from our aura and inflect in our words. They will then resent our interference and may be goaded instead of helped.
If we are certain that we speak from a motivation of loving concern and nothing more we can then proceed to OFFER our words of advice. When we reach their present limit of acceptance (whether after the first word of the third hour) . . . and we need to keep our awareness attuned to that . . . once again it is time to shut our mouths immediately and let go of it. (Only human ego needs the last word . . . or . . . the last squelching thought.)
It should never offend us whether, or not, they employ the "wisdom" which we have offered. That's their business: their God given freedom to choose how they shall think and act . . . AND they have their God given "privilege" to experience the consequence of their choices. These "consequences" are always intended, in Spiritual Principle, to be constructive; no matter what the human appearances . . . as either "good" or "bad". Love each person in their path of learning . . . and release them to get on with it.
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TO THOSE I LOVE
I would have you know
the joys I have found;
not the sorrows I have reaped,
in my process of learning.
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Can you not profit from
my experiences, in my time;
I then bless you and yours,
both in joys, and in yearning.
- W. E. Achor
( reprint from S.O.S. Feb. 1979 issue ) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Why must the "Way of The Cross" be depicted by most churches as such an arduous task ? So harsh and demanding? So restrictive; so austere? So "straight and narrow"?
The Way of The Cross is not meant to be a path of suffering, stringency and warned. If you show love to everyone and to everything unconditionally . . . the path is infinitely broad, joyful and abundant.
The Way of The Cross is not meant to be a path of guilts and persecutions and deprivations. This is only human perspective; not spiritual reality. If you release yourself from your own human ego images . . . and from concern for "what others might think", you travel the broad path of God in total freedom.
Humanly we judge by the physical appearances; so we are blind to the spiritual reality of harmony that may be the actual experience of an evolved Soul. If you judge no one . . . and no thing; the path is wide and easy. "My yoke is easy and my burden is light." (King James Bible)
The Way of The Cross, the path OF Godliness, is not "straight and narrow" except as it is seen from the distortions and restrictions of human concepts. From a spiritual perspective, the path of God, the
Christ path, is wide - very wide - it is light and joyous - and, it is easy.
The Christ Path is not a matter of denying the things of the mind in flesh. It is a process of Spiritualizing the prospective and the inner motivation . . . Of seeing through the "physical things" to their origins and consequences . . . of understanding their true nature. There is, then, no temptation . . . only the appearance of temptation in human minds, relative to human values. So where then is the heavy burden? There is none! It is light!
We are then "in the earth, but not all of the earth" and spiritual wholeness will express in every physical activity and be part of every physical experience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
I like this story about Buddha: He was confronted one day. by the who despised him. This man proceeded to revile him with every abusive phrase and every demeaning word he could think of. He ranted and raved At Buddha until he ran Out of despicable names to call this Holy Man. Buddha had waited patiently and serenely - totally unaffected by the man's words and gestures. When the man "ran down"; Buddha spoke to him quietly, saying, "Are you through, my brother?" The one who would revile him said, "I am not your brother and No, I am not through!" - and he launched into yet another abusive tirade against Buddha. Buddha waited calmly until the man was totally exhausted from his wrath. Then Buddha spoke again, gently, "My Brother, I would ask you a question. "If you offered another a gift - and that person refuse to accept the gift who then would be the recipient of the gift?" The man sullenly replied, "Why - I suppose the giver would be the recipient." "You speak the truth", said Buddha, "You have just offered me the gift of every reviling thought you could conceive. "I choose not to accept your gift." Buddha turned and serenely went his way . . . leaving the reviling one to the experiencing of his own consciousness.
Buddha was confronted by an arrogant, verbally abusive persecutor . . . and was totally unaffected. Buddha's confrontation of us persecutor was firm, gentle, and loving. Buddha was pacific . . . not passive; peaceful . . . not inert.
Buddha lived the Way of The Cross - the Christ Consciousness . . . even though he knew not of jesus, nor the Christian concept of God.
I am reminded, also, of a book written by Terry Cole - Whittaker of Religious Science titled, "What You Think of Me Is None of My Business". I haven't had the book to read . . . but i think the title is fantastic; a true spiritual perspective. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A piece - filled mind can also express dynamically and forcefully . . . to make a point; but without rancor or hostility. Jesus was such a person. Peace Pilgrim was such a person. Peace Pilgrim was the most Christlike person I have ever met in the physical world (and was one of the two people I have met in this life who had pure white auras). Peace Pilgrim - the only name she went by - was chronologically old when she began her mission; but she remained "ageless" through the many years from then until her death. She owned only the "warm - up suit" she wore - with the words PEACE PILGRIM on the back of the sweatshirt - like top. She wore sneakers on her feet. In a pouch of her sweatshirt she carried it comb, a stub of a pencil and a small spiral notepad . . . nothing else! She walked the highways of continental U.S.A., criss - crossing the country from coast to coast. She wrote only when a ride was offered; she ate only when someone offered her food. She spoke of spiritual messages of inner peace to anyone, and to any group with which she came into contact. She spoke dynamically - and with the conviction of true knowing. The furtherest person in any size group heard her clearly. She refused every offer of money . . . and refuse to permit a "collection" to be taken anywhere she spoke. She did accept the hospitality of someone's house and bath when it was harmonious with her mission; otherwise she slept fields, and parks, beside the highway, and culverts; wherever she was when night came. She was quick to point out that this mode of service was "her mission" and it is not required of others. It is for others to serve in the capacity of housewife, business man, laborer, artsian, or in a trade or profession . . . and to be an example - an expression - of love and peace through these activities of their living.
At one point in our journeys she was confronted by an angry group a black jacketed and violent motorcycle gang. They taunted and threatened her; trying to destroy her composer. She spoke out to them fervently of love and peace.
One young man reached out and struck her a hard blow on the cheek. With some effort she stood steady and looked at this young man with her pure love and compassion for him showing in her eyes. She was truly "offering the other cheek." He lowered his eyes and turned away and she walked on with no further harassment from them. She lived the Way of The Cross. With her strength and awareness, it was "easy". She was continually filled with joy . . . and her every "need" was fulfilled.
Some years later, a man came up to her after she had spoken to a large group. He was neatly groomed and pleasantly dressed; and there was a sparkle of warmth in his eyes. He said to her, "I want to thank you. "You don't remember me, but you completely changed my life. "I was a biker who struck you. "I never could forget the love and understanding that I felt in your eyes."
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There were those, the scribes and the Pharisees, the "authorities" of the "church" - the synagogue; who thought Jesus was not following the "straight and narrow" path that leads to Heaven. From there frigid human concepts of "proper" behavior; they judged him to be a "winebibber", a concort of sinners, a heretic and one possessed by the devil! He did not stay within the confines of the "letter of the law" as dictated by the church. He knew these were tenets perpetrated by man - not God. He knew God's way was not "straight and narrow". And those adherents of the "straight and narrow" Persecuted Him, abused ; And they crucified Him.
Jesus permitted the persecutions, the abuse, and His crucifixion; that He would serve His purpose, that He would demonstrate the eternality of man as God - Being, that He would show me and the Way of Godliness, the path of "NO EGO SATISFACTION" (from Jampolasky's book, "Love Is Letting Go of Fear") . . . The Way of The Cross.
When the Jews would have stoned Jesus; He simply vanished from midst. (John 8:59) His purpose was not yet served. When the Pharisees would have arrested Him ". . . . no man laid hands on him: for His hour was not yet come." (John 8:20) When He was finally arrested, with the betrayal of Judas; one of the disciples sought to defend him with a sword; and Jesus rebuked him with ". . .do you think that I cannot ask of my Father, and He will now raise up for me more than twelve legions of angels?" (Matt. 26:53) BUT, He did not . . . that He would fulfill the prophecies and give to man the pathway of freedom. "And you will know the truth and that very truth will make you free." (John 8:32) "I am the way and the truth and the life; no man comes to my Father except by me." (John 14:6) Jesus spoke as Christ . . . the universal Christ Consciousness. THAT IS "The Way". Jesus brought us to The Way of The Cross . . . He demonstrated it for us.
We, too, as followers in Christ, shall be persecuted - condemned - by the "straight and narrow" adherents and by miscreants, alike. As with Buddha, and Peace Pilgrim and with Jesus, and others; our inner peace and tranquility need not be shaken.
We, too, may need to permit the persecutions, the abuses; and we may be crucified, boiled in oil, at least mentally, by those who will not understand.
The Way of The Cross has nothing to do with the physical nature of the abuses and the crucifixions in whatever form they may appear . . . But has to do with the transcending - moving beyond - these and all external appearances . . . in consciousness.
The Way of The Cross is the way of inner peace . . . inner harmony . . . inner wholeness - regardless of outer appearances and circumstances. It is the way of unconditional Loving Acceptance. It is being meek - not timid. It is sharing strength - not weakness. IT IS BEING CHRIST BEING . . . LIVING THE CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS . . . RIGHT NOW . . . ETERNALLY.
We shall do that - eventually - in our own time - and with God's blessing.
William E. Achor