Selections from Past                            Communications from Merlyn
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         Merlyn has been communicating with us for a long "time".  There will be many
           entries on this page before we are through  -   beginning in February 2015.  
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         The plan, of course, is to continue with new entries on other pages,and retire
                   them to the Archives when we want the space for new material, but 
                               there is already a large collection to be placed here. .
                                   Stay tuned with us outside of time and space. 

               Wily Old Wizard  


                                                                                                                                    1995                                                                  Essay Number One                                                                                                                                                                               
                                         THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD

                            "I am ashamed to see what a shallow
                                         village tale our so-called history is."
                                                           ...   Ralph Waldo Emerson

               When I use the word history, I do not mean, as you might think,                   a chronological tale of the events and deeds of men and countries of
         the past.  As I have already mentioned, I have seen that the past, the       
          present, and the future are merely different aspects of the eternal  
          "now", so tales of the past have for me a different meaning.  What is
          really happening in the world is that mankind, collectively and indi-
          vidually, is accumulating experiences for the purpose of growth in
          understanding.  When these experiences are set down in writing, 
          or discussed verbally, they become a "historia", a word by which
          those wise Greeks meant a learning by inquiry, or knowledge.  If we
          If we were to try to put down in writing the accumulated knowledge
          of the world, this would be a long essay indeed, so for that you will
          have to conduct your own life-long inquiry. 
                That is not half the problem, however.  You may find this 
         difficult to comprehend, but the simple truth is that every thought,
          every deed, every change set in motion by every man, woman, and
          child on earth begins a chain reaction that creates its own "history".
          The net result of this situation is that there is not one sequential 
          history of the world's experience, but an infinite number of them 
          that is endlessly and exponentially expanding.  Because the conscious
          mind is designed to think in a linear fashion, we only "remember" one
          of these tracks at a time, so each of us has a "life" that consists of
          the choices we have made and their results. 
                This subject is worthy of a whole book of its own, and that is not
          my intention here, so we will save it for another time.  Let us proceed
          with a discussion of the histories that have been recorded, and are 
          generally accepted as facts or legends.  Even these are woefully 
          limited when it comes to accuracy, because our egos won't let us
          believe that it is possible that other "past" civilizations might have
          been more advanced than our own.  We tend to see only what we
          want to see.
                One can learn enough, however, by a thoughtful analysis of the
          story of the last 5,000 years or so of popular history.  The important
          lessons of life exist in microcosm every day if we but look for them.
          The same is true of the lives of nations.  There is more than one kind
          of history, of course.  We could separately discuss natural history,
          religious history, or political history, for example, but they are all
          intertwined in the story of mankind, and there are some basic truths
          that always apply.  
                It should be obvious to everyone that all life is cyclical.  Even our
          conscious minds and their attendant five senses will tell us that every
          living thing comes into being, has its physical "life", and then passes
          on.  Some of these lives are longer or shorter in earth time than 
          others, and some seem to include more significant events.  This, of
          course, is only on the surface.  A great deal more is happening than
          is observed by the physical senses.
                All of this can be said of an individual human being, and it is 
          equally applicable to a family, a clan, a city, a nation, or even a 
          "great" civilization.  All have come and gone, and will continue to do
          so.  The last time I was here, we saw the end of a Roman civilization
          that had existed for eleven hundred years.  There was great nobility
          in Rome, and great learning, but in the end it was overcome by its
          own complacency and senescence. 
                There is nothing wrong with this system.  The objective of human
          life is not to build great eternal cities or civilizations.  The earth is a 
          school of experience, and building, tearing down, and building up 
          again are the ways in which we all learn.  The mini-world you are now
          calling "Camelot" did not last very long at all, but look at the lessons
          that were learned and are still being learned by everyone who loves 
          the legends of Arthur and his knights.  There was great power there,
          too, and it is possible that it may never be forgotten.  I am proud to 
          have been a part of the story.    

                                        POLITICAL HISTORY

                 Most of the records we refer to as political history are concerned                   with the endless shifting of power or influence between individuals or                   groups of people.  One monarch or society will control a portion of the                 earth for a time and then other persons or system will take over.                         Sometimes this is an improvement, sometimes not, depending on the                   quality and the motives of the people involved.                                                          The resulting disagreements and the methods used to resolve                       them are the stuff of history.  Everyone included in these dramas has                   a golden opportunity to learn much from their involvement.  Many do.                 Alas, many others who are focused solely on themselves do not learn                   much at all.  We must always remember, however, that the beauty of                   all creation lies in its diversity.  A governmental system or mode of                       living that works well for one group will not necessarily be effective                     with another.  There have been many whole societies of people who                   had a style of life that was working well and making progress, but who                 were swallowed up completely and vanished simply because a larger,                 more powerful group wanted to use their land.                                                          There have been no perfect utopian societies and there probably                   will never be any on this earth because people are not perfect.  We                     are all growing children.  We are selfish, short-sighted, and we make                   mistakes.  We are also noble, beautiful, and ultimately bound for glory.                 The great civilizations have always appeared when many tried to                         express this nobility, and most disappeared when the vision faded. But                 history is not really about great and small civilizations.  It is about great               and small people.                                                                                                  Societies of people merely reflect the qualities of the individuals                   included in them.  The history of the world is still being written, just as                 it was in Britain when Arthur was living, and just as it was 10,000 years               before that.  The process will continue for the next 10,000 years and                   beyond.  Just as in a great school of learning, some classes will achieve               more than others, but all will learn.  Some of history's lessons have                     been very hard, and the students endured much suffering.  It did not                   need to be so.  My main role in Arthur's time was to be his teacher.                     He was a wonderful student, and by applying his lessons, he helped                     alleviate much of this unnecessary suffering.  It is my hope that these                 "lessons" I am now writing will do the same.                                                                                                                                                                                     NATURAL HISTORY AND RELIGIOUS HISTORY                                                                                                                                                                   A "natural" history of the world would attempt to find a beginning,               and trace the development of all natural phenomena and/or living                       species up to the present time.  Your empirical scientists are working                   hard on this story, and have uncovered some very interesting facts.                     The simple truth is that, just as individuals or civilizations come and go                 in time, so do worlds.  It merely takes a little longer.  Confusion arises                 because the human spirit is not bound by the rules of time, and always                 has trouble figuring out the relationship between time and "eternity".                   And, of course, demanding a beginning to a timeless process dooms                     the search to almost certain failure immediately.                                                        This dilemma gives rise to "religious" history when men try to                       discover their true nature outside of time.  Because, as we have                           mentioned, the fundamental rule of all creation is diversity, man in                       turn always creates a variety of diverse religious beliefs.  All are valid                   for the individuals involved, and all will lead to the same end - the                       final unification of each "separate" human spirit with the universal one,                 by whatever name it is called.                                                                                  Nature provides this answer most clearly.  Consider this: There is                 only one SUN for this world, and it is seen and felt by all people every                 day.  It is the source of the natural life of the whole world, though it is                 called by a different name in each language.  There is also only one                     source of humanity, though it has many names.  Even the "messiahs"                   or "messengers of God" that appear in many religions are all the same                 SON appearing in diverse forms to suit the time and place.  It is                           amusing that men choose to argue about them, rather than appreciate                 that oneness. 
                 Whether one elects to explore histories that are natural, religious,
          political, or are some other facet of the story of mankind, a persistent
          inquiry will always impress the student with the similarity of repeating
          situations.  There is outward diversity, of course, but human nature 
          changes very slowly, so we tend to make the same mistakes over and
          over.  There have always been good leaders and bad.  Wars have 
          always caused suffering.  Prosperity has come and gone, but
          "happiness" has always depended on the small pleasures in life and a
          knowledge of man's true nature.  
                 I see little difference between the 21st century and the 6th 
          century in these matters, and this tells me that it has probably always
          been so, and will continue to be as long as there is a world for us to 
                                                                 ... Merlyn 

​                                                        Essay Number Two                                                            

                                                 LAW AND POLITICS

                  When Camelot was born, it was into a time and place that has very
        little social order.  For some reason, the small island that you now call                   Britain (or England) had a powerful appeal to a great many people who
        not only wanted to live there, but to dominate it.  The Picts in the north, 
        the Celts in the west, the Angles and Saxons in the east and south were
        all interested in expanding their lands by taking over the part of Britan-
        nia that had recently been abandoned by Rome.  And of course, there
        were still many Britons living there.
                The resulting chaos created a great many disagreements that soon
        became open warfare.  It took more than 100 years to reestablish some
        kind of meaningful order and unify the land, and this was only accomplished
        after much bloodshed.  At that point, however, the job was only half done.
        Having arranged a tentative peace among the diverse factions, the next
        step was to set up some sort of arrangement that would maintain that
        peace and offer all the residents an opportunity for fair treatment.  
                Alas, this step failed to produce permanent peace, and anarchy
        returned in another fifty years.  Obviously it is much more difficult to hold
        a peace than to win a war.  Why this is so tells us much about the nature
        of humankind, and will be the subject of another one of our essays.  But 
        this discussion is about the most common and accepted way of dealing
        peacefully with endless disagreements.  Man has always, as soon as a 
        community was set up, endeavored to create a system of governance
        and appropriate regulations to maintain order.  
                In a small clan or tribe of a primitive nature, this is usually accom-
        plished simply by the dominance of one person of superior skill or wisdom
        who makes the rules and enforces them with a handful of assistants.  
        When the community reaches a population of hundreds, thousands, or
        even millions of souls, however, the divergence of objectives has never 
        been controlled this easily.  An endless assortment of "governments" have
        been attempted with varying degrees of success, and curiously, even that
        fact generated serious arguments about which form of government was
        best.  It seems that man just loves to disagree, and will even argue about
        the nature of debate.  
                What can be done about this situation?  In a word, nothing.  Nothing
        is very often the best thing to do.  Conflicts are generally escalated by any
        and all attempts to apply an external set of often ill-fitting rules to every
        situation.  It is not easy, however, to just stand by and watch the suffering
        that can be caused by only one individual who refuses to consider the
        welfare of his neighbors, or even his own family.  
                As in the case of Camelot, the first step is often to subdue the person
        or group of persons who are upsetting the general welfare.  We all know
        that you cannot make a stubborn mule behave until you get his attention,
        and the same applies to the worst cases of human malevolence.  Having
        done that, what should be our next - more difficult - procedure?
                There are at least two places we might look for the answer to this
        question.  The first is the natural world.  It is obvious to most of us that
        a system of regulation and control has been arranged by some intelligent
        source that operates in the realms of plants and animals.  A close exam-
        ination  of these societies and how they are structured and managed 
        might keep us from trying to accomplish objectives that are so far from
        the natural order of things that they are doomed from the start.
                The second source of enlightenment might be mankind itself.  As
        mentioned, many forms of government have already been attempted, so
        we can study our own historical records to find our which have been most
        successful, and why.  
                Before beginning either of these investigations, however, we should
        take one prior step.  Man's biggest problems, whether individual or societal,
        can always be traced to the fact that someone is not playing by the rules
        of the game.  We have always invented games - it is the nature of man to
        do so, and when any game is created, the first necessary step is to set
        forth the rules of that game so that all the players know them, and can
        play accordingly.  Human life is such a game, which is why we keep trying
        to duplicate it in microcosm.  it has rules.  It has an objective.  As in all
        games, the best players - the winners - are the ones who best understand
        the rules and the objective, and apply them most skillfully.
                Throughout history, there have been countless individuals who have
        made it their business to learn what man's true nature is, and the rules 
        and objective of human life.  Most of them tried very hard, by teaching and
        example, to help others understand.  We will either pay attention to these
        examples, or continue to struggle vainly to win the game with ineffective
                Having said that, let us briefly examine our possible sources of help.

            (1) The world of plants and animals, for instance, is a good model for
        us, if not a perfect one.  After pursuing the best quality of life available
        and totally immersing itself in its own nature (both good ideas), a plant
        or an animal concentrates on doing what is best for the survival of the
        species.  Sex, animal instinct, and evolution are some of the methods used
        to accomplish this purpose.  We who are possessed of levels of imagination
        and reason that these other forms do not share, do not have to worry 
        about our ultimate survival, either as individuals or as a species.  We 
        cannot lose our self-hood, we can only focus it on different levels of 
        creation.  We should use our power of reason to select only that natural
        behavior that truly benefits mankind, but does not totally disrupt the 
        worlds of flora and fauna.  
                We should adopt the natural process of "cooperative diversity" that
        we see all around us.  Mankind is most interesting when it is diverse.  
        There is no reason to quarrel over our differences - we should revel in
        them.  A simple basic policy of "live and let live" with appropriate guide-
        lines will always work best in the long term.  Over-regulation designed to 
        create uniformity is ultimately destructive to progress, and must be avoided.

            (2)  The above fact has been demonstrated over and over again in 
        man's history.  Whenever excessive regulation has appeared in the form
        of despotism or repressive governments, the final result has been 
        revolution, civil war, or some other violent upheaval.  The individual spirit
        of man will not long tolerate being deprived of expression. 
                The actual form of government is not the critical issue.  Different 
        forms will work effectively in different circumstances, but the fundamental
        rules of humanity cannot be violated with impunity.  Every single human
        being born on this planet has the right, nay, the obligation to express his
        or her own individuality, as long as that expression does not interfere with
        another's right to do the same.  That is the only law that is really needed.
        All other laws and regulations are merely designed to implement that one,
        and most of them should be eliminated.  Creating vast organizations for 
        the purpose of overseeing man's activities is a monumental waste of 
        energy that is never found in the natural world.  When it comes to law                   and politics, less is definitely more.
                We are aware that you who are present in the 21st century feel that
        you have made giant technological strides, and that your civilization is far
        too affluent and complex to adhere to simple rules.  What most of you do
        not know is that the earth has been home to many other cultures in the
        past that were more advanced than the current one, and all of them have
        passed into obscurity, as will yours.  There are voices among you who are
        now expressing concern for what your technology is doing to upset the 
        ecological balance of the earth.  Rest assured.  The earth will be here, 
        alive and well, long after you are gone.  The imagined damage that you 
        are doing will be adjusted for, and the laws that govern the earth will see
        that the proper corrections are made.
                It is only important that you realize this, and that whatever laws you
        enact are in accordance with the natural order.  You may create and age 
        of renaissance, an industrial age, or an information age.  Any direction 
        mankind takes is within the capacity of the earth to accept.  Your immed-
        iate future may appear to the separate ego as a crucial issue, but in 
        reality, the only thing that matters is the timeless growth of all life, human
        or otherwise.  
                Whether we have good or bad laws, or good or bad governments is
        ultimately not very important.  What counts is our motivation:  Have we
        tried to make the earth a good home for all its inhabitants, or haven't we?
        Laws and politics that strive to accomplish this end will produce positive
        results.  Those that have narrow, selfish objectives will simply impede 
        mankind's progress, generate unhappiness in the process, and in the end,

                                                                               ...  Merlyn

      Click on these links to read all entries that           are on this page  (the list is short now,
      but will grow quickly in the near future).


       * The History of the World         
       * Law and Politics
       * War 
       * Medicine and Drugs
       * Education
       * Religion
       * Individual Responsibility
       * What Do You Really Believe?


      * Abraham Lincoln
      * Peace Pilgrim
      * Albert Einstein
      * William James
      * Leonardo DaVinci

                   FROM A BOOK CALLED

​      *  Chapter Eleven - Reincarnation 
      *  Chapter Twelve - Health Care
      *  Summary

                                               CONVERSATIONS -  ABRAHAM LINCOLN

​        We are so fortunate because we have just met a remarkable individual who, in a recent  important
      life on Earth was named "Abraham Lincoln".  No doubt you have heard of the 16th president of the 
      United States.  He was almost single-handedly responsible for keeping those states united at a crucial                   period in the nation's growth.  He still has a lot to say to us about unity.

      MERLYN:   I've heard you referred to as "Honest Abe".  What do you think of that?

      MR. LINCOLN:   The truth is I thoroughly disliked the name "Abe", and those who knew me well would
      never use it.  Perhaps my efforts to be honest were notable only because there were so many others in
      my profession who didn't think it was important.  I did think then that honesty was a very important trait, 
      and of course I still do.  I had resolved to be an honest lawyer then, and believed that if one could not 
      be an honest lawyer, he should just be honest without being a lawyer.

      MERLYN:   What made you become a politician?

      MR. LlNCOLN:   Well, that's a long story.  At the ripe old age of 23, I actually ran for the state legislature 
      in Illinois. I lost, but a couple of years later, after I had made a lot more friends and ran a business in
      New Salem for a while, I tried again and this time I made it to the state capitol in Vandalia.  I was pretty
      good at public speaking already, but you couldn't live on the three dollars a day we were paid, so I 
      spent three more years studying law books so I could pass the law exams and become a lawyer, too. 
      That got me to Springfield, which had become the new state capitol, and I ended up serving four terms  
      and got appointed to the Whig party's State Central Committee.  I guess I was just supposed to do that. 

      MERLYN:   Since your assassination you have become generally regarded as one of the greatest 
      leaders your country ever had.  Did you set out to do that, or did it just happen?

      MR. LINCOLN:   If indeed I did accomplish any great deeds, it was because the need for them was 
      thrust upon me.  I did, of course, seek to become the president, but the nation was already headed
      toward a civil war when I got the job, and I was unable to prevent it.  During the war, I believe I was the
      most unpopular president the country had ever known.  I lived with rumors of abduction or assassination
      from the moment I was elected.  Threatening letters arrived in my mail almost every day.  I made up my
      mind that there wasn't anything I could do about that, so I just got on with my job, while some others 
      tried to protect me.  My job, or my immediate objective became to save the Union because I believed in
      its nobility.  I wasn't trying to destroy slavery until I realized that its abolition was absolutely necessary.

      MERLYN:   What did you really think about the slavery issue?

      MR. LINCOLN:   It's obvious to us now, isn't it, that i's ridiculous to think that one man could or should
      be the "owner" of another.  Even then, I believed that if slavery wasn't wrong, then nothing was wrong.
      Changing the situation wasn't quite that simple, though.  Slavery was a huge part of the southern state's
      prosperity, and even in the north where it was illegal, there was considerable prejudice against black
      people.  Those who wanted to abolish slavery altogether were a very small minority.  My personal 
      attitude was always that all men should be free, and if any should be slaves, it should first be those who
      want to be, and second those who want others to be.  Whenever I heard anyone arguing for slavery, I
      wanted to see it tried on him personally.

      MERLYN:    Do you believe, like the writers of the American Declaration of Independence, that all men
      are created equal?

      MR. LINCOLN:   I think those authors meant to include all men, and women too, but they did not mean
      that everyone was equal in all respects.  They did not mean to say that all were equal in color, size, 
      intellect, moral development, or social capacity.  They distinctly defined in what respects they considered
      all men created equal - equal in "certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the 
      pursuit of happiness."  That is what they said, and that is what they meant. 

      MERLYN:   What advice would you have for the politicians in the 21st century?

      MR. LINCOLN:   Now that is a big question.  The issues they face are not local, or even national.  What
      I see now is a "world" union that is trying to self-destruct through a global civil war.  The leaders must do
      everything in their power to prevent that, but just as in my time, the real issue is a moral one.  From our
      perspective, we can both see that the only real answer for any country, or the whole world, is to get 
     everyone to realize that we are all in this together.  Unless the true objective of leaders is the welfare of
     everyone, as well as every other living thing, the world needs different leaders, or it will not survive.   

                                     CONVERSATIONS  -  PEACE PILGRIM

​              One meets very interesting people in the realms beyond time and space, and some of
        the most interesting are folks who have also been unusual while they were active in the 
        relative world of the planet Earth.   In the coming months of 2011, I plan to share some of
        my conversations with these people with you who are now on Earth and kind enough to 
        join us at
        This is the first of such conversations.  Some of you may even have met this fascinating
        lady who is my partner in this conversation.   She was (literally) walking the earth until her 
        abrupt passing over in A.D. 1981.  She had abandoned her given name in 1953, and thereafter
        was known only as "Peace Pilgrim".
        Her amazing life is a lesson for all of us who profess a desire for a more peaceful world.
        She lived her belief in the cause of peace, and her vow was "I shall remain a wanderer until 
        mankind has learned the way of peace, walking until I am given shelter, and fasting until I am
        given food."  For 28 years, she was a walking prayer in all 50 states of the U.S.A., and her 
        story has been immortalized in a book that bears her name.  If you too want peace, please 
        find it and read it.  (Copyright 1982 Friends of Peace Pilgrim  - An Ocean Tree Book, 
        Post Office Box 1295, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501)
        The following is an excerpt from our conversation about the power of thought:

        Merlyn:  Please share with us what you have learned about our thoughts.

       Peace Pilgrim:  "If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a 
       defeatist or negative thought.  Since we create through thought, we need to concen-
       trate very strongly on positive thoughts.  If you think you can't do something, you 
       can't.  But if you think you can, you may be surprised to discover that you can.  It is
       important that our thoughts be constantly for the best that could happen in a 
       situation - for the good things we would like to see happen.
       I have met some "new age" people who had heard some prediction of disaster
       and were actually concentrating on that.  What a terrible thing to do!  Why, we're 
       creating every moment of our lives through thought, and we're helping to create the
       conditions around us.  
       When you hear of any predictions of disaster there's a reason for it.  The reason
       is that you are to throw the entire weight of your positive thought in the opposite

       Merlyn:  Do you mean that our thoughts literally create our reality?

       Peace Pilgrim:  "Every good thing you do, every good thing you say, every good thought 
       you think vibrates on and on and never ceases.  The evil remains only until it is 
       overcome by the good, but the good remains forever."

       Merlyn:  What is it like to constantly walk in unfamiliar places all alone?

       Peace Pilgrim:  "There was a time when I was walking out of town at sunset and a well-
       to-do couple in a big house called me over.  They had read about my pilgrimage and
       felt it was their Christian duty to warn me that ahead on the way lay a very wicked                                  place called 'South of the Border'.  They just wanted to warn me not to go near that                                place.  They did not offer food or shelter, however, so I walked on for several hours.  
             It was a very dark night with a heavy cloud cover and all of a sudden it started
       to rain.  Big drops were coming down, and I was carrying a lot of unanswered mail.
       I looked for a place where there might be a shelter and nearby I saw a combination 
       gas station, restaurant, and motel.  I ducked under the roof over the gas pumps and
       started to put the unanswered mail into the front of my tunic so it wouldn't get wet.
       The man from the gas station came running out and said, 'Don't stand out there in 
       the rain, come into the restaurant.'  The man in the restaurant said, 'Oh, we read all
       about you, and we would like to offer you a dinner or anything you want.'  By that 
       time I realized where I was.  I was in 'South of the Border'.
       The man from the motel was sitting across from me and he gave me a room for 
       the night.  They also gave me breakfast the next morning.  
       There may have been gambling in the back room; something was going on in 
       there.  But they treated me in a much more Christian manner than those who warned
       me against them.  It just demonstrates my point that there is good in everybody."

       Merlyn:  What can one person do to create peace?

       Peace Pilgrim:  "Be a sweet melody in the great orchestration instead of a discordant note.
       The medicine this sick world needs is love.  Hatred must be replaced by love, and fear
       by faith that love will prevail."
       "Don't ever forget who you are.  You cannot be where God is not."

       He who has ears to hear. let him hear,
                                                                                                                    ... Merlyn

                                                     Essay Number Three                                                       1

                In Britain, when I was there, we had a word that was spelled 
        WERRE, and the Germanic people's word was WERRA.  These words
        meant confusion, discord, or strife.  In your modern world, the word 
        is usually spelled WAR, and it applies to discord or confusion that has
        escalated to an armed conflict between two or more groups of people.
        To be sure, we had plenty of armed conflict in Britain in those days, 
        and the rest of the world, as well.  Just as now, some of it was organized,
        declared warfare, but some it was simply the result of stronger groups
        trying to steal land or wealth from smaller or weaker groups of people.
        Much conflict was, and still is, the result of just plain bullying.
                We might, however, consider another aspect of the discord and
        confusion that lead to war.  Let us imagine for a moment that society
        as a whole is represented by a human body that is made up of millions
        of cells.  If a number of cells in one of the body's organs begins to 
        malfunction for whatever reason, the body begins to feel the effects of
        this dis-ease, and usually will develop some undesirable symptoms. 
                Often a generally and healthy body will begin to combat this 
        symptom or dis-ease with its own natural remedies of a chemical nature,
        setting up a conflict in one or more of the body's systems.  If there are 
        sufficient energy resources to counteract the negative effects of the 
        imbalance, then the condition will be kept under control, and might
        eventually return to normal.
                If, however, the body has a shortage of physical, mental, or 
        spiritual energy, the problem could easily escalate to a larger difficulty
        affecting the other systems.  Left unchanged, the final result might even
        be serious illness or death.  The analogy is obvious.  The same thing 
        happens in the "body" of a society on a larger scale.  The cells are 
        people, and society's disease is caused by the imbalance and resulting
        conflict among those cells.
                As we have observed elsewhere, imbalance is part of the basic 
        nature of creation, so it is unlikely that we can (or should) eliminate it.
        What we need to do is control it, so society's inevitable differences do 
        not escalate into armed conflict.  It is not necessary that they do, but 
        it has been our experience that some levels of society almost seem to 
        need fighting and/or bloodshed to learn their lessons.  At any given 
        point in time, the world is home to vast numbers of people who have no
        interest in (or aptitude for) philosophy and argument, but are fascinated
        by hand-to-hand combat.  
                To people (usually men) like this, a contest of wrestling or boxing
        or swordplay, or some other form of direct confrontation is critical to 
        the expression of their self-hood.  It is a small step from a duel with
        fists to a duel with swords or pistols.  To many, it is as much a form of
        entertainment as a way to settle differences.  What is to be done with 
        them?  Shall we make them sit in a classroom and learn why fighting is
        evil?  How will we force them to do it?  Who will make them?
                These same men, when their country or way of life is threatened
        by another country or group, consider it a debt of honor to stand up and
        defend themselves with any means available.  If the threat is a large one,
        they will band together and challenge the aggressor as a group, and feel
        proud to do so.  
                The results of this escalation are ever more efficient and deadly 
        forms of combat, based on the concept that the "enemy" must be 
        discouraged at all costs, even if it means his life or yours.  Where did
        this idea come from?  Why do most men and many women think this 
        way?  The answers to these questions can only be found by discovering
        the very nature of mankind.  The souls that attend the school we call
        Earth, like students in any educational system, are at widely varying 
        levels of physical, mental, and spiritual development, but all have one
        thing in common.  They have chosen with their own will to experience
        life on earth in a quasi-animal form.
                Even though the mind that animates this highly developed animal
        body is capable of mental feats that no other animal can perform, it is
        still limited by many of the same characteristics of the animal kingdom.
        Here is the problem.  One of the primary rules in the plant and animal
        world is survival.  This rule was in place and operating efficiently before
        man ever got here.  Having inhabited this world, we are now part of it, 
        and are caught up in the survival game.
                As long as man persists in seeing himself as a mere physical being,
        he will be forced to try to maintain that physical form by defending it 
        against all attacks, whether from plant, animal, or fellow human.  There
        will be no end to conflict among humans until all remember that their
        true reality is much greater than that which appears to the five physical
        senses, and it cannot be lost.  This realization would result in such a 
        drastic change in the collective consciousness of man that even the need
        for conflict would be eliminated.
                In the meantime, as it has been said, "all that is necessary for the
        triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing".  There are more heroic 
        acts of unselfishness in one short war than in many decades of peace.
        It may be that a man who gives his life to protect his home or his 
        family is performing the only noble act of his entire life.  What matters
        most are his motives.  In any case, he has not lost his life - merely 
        shifted it to focus on another level.  We need only remember that there               are many ways to learn. Obviously it would be better if all of life's lessons           could be learned in a peaceful setting, but they will be learned regardless.           War is merely one of the cruelest teachers.  
                There is one more aspect of conflict that should be remembered.
        The concept is truly understood by very few, and employed by fewer,
        but it represents the ultimate antidote for the disease called war.  
        Someone once coined a phrase, "What if they gave a war, and no-one
        showed up?".  Would there still be a war if there was no-one to fight it?
        One of the best ways to determine if any course of action is correct or
​        not is to ask ourselves the question, "what if everybody did?".  This 
        simple little trick will often shed immediate light on some very sticky 
        "should I or shouldn't I" questions.  When applied to the dilemma of
        whether or not to fight a war, "what if everybody did" makes it obvious
        that it would always be better if no-one showed up to the battle. 
                What is the alternative, however?  If there is clearly an aggressor,
        and this "bully" is clearly wrong, how does one avoid a confrontation? 
        The only other solution is to wage peace.   Passive inaction will only 
        result in the loss of one's freedom or life.  The situation requires some 
        sort of action, and the action must be powerful enough to ward off the
        pressure from the instigator of trouble.  There is a force that answers 
        this description, and it is all-powerful, but badly misunderstood.  In the
        same way that a strong antidote to a chemical poison will neutralize and
        eliminate the effectiveness of that poison, a strong and concentrated
        application of positive energy will neutralize aggression.  
                In order for your enemy's negative action to affect you, it must 
        make a connection with the proper reaction.  This is simply an electrical
        process.  If one's response to an aggressive act is fear, outrage, or 
        violent resistance, then the aggressor's energy is reinforced, and for a
        time at least, becomes stronger.  Only negative results can come from 
        negative input.  Peace in the world will be obtained only when there are
        so many individuals performing acts of good will, alone or together, that
        the destructive thoughts and actions of the minority will be overwhelmed
        by the force of the many, and rendered ineffective.  In this situation, a 
        leader who attempts to gain personal power by selfish dominance of 
        others will find himself with no followers.  An individual who attempts to
        force his will on someone else by cruelty in any form will be picked up
        and carried by so many people offering kindness that he will forget what
        he was trying to do.
                Fire can be fought with fire, it is true, but the result is merely a 
        larger area of destruction.  It is much more effective if a large enough
        supply of water can be found and brought to the blaze before it gets 
        out of hand.  The powerful force of goodness can be called God, or
        Love, or some other name, but the name is not important.  It performs
        the same service by any name.  Water (or goodness) will not only 
        extinguish the fire, it will wash away the ashes, replenish the ground,
        and nourish the entire world.                

                                                     Essay Number Four
​                                                                                                                                                                                           MEDICINE AND DRUGS 

                    As in many other subjects, an understanding of medicine will
        be greatly benefited by a brief study of the origin of the term.  To
        begin with, it should be clear to most scholars that the prefix "med"
        when applied to any word suggests balance, or a moderation between
        extremes.  This condition is the key to the application of all forms of
        med-icine, or med-ical treatment.  The intention of any treatment is 
        to produce a balance among the various forces active within a human
        being or other life form.  
                In the Roman world, a practitioner of the healing arts was called
        a "Medicus" because his objective was to restore a healthy balance in
        his patients.  This situation has not changed.  Any physician is aware 
        that a healthy body or mind is one in which the various forces involved
        are in balance, and all medical treatments are aimed at that end.
                There are countless reasons why a human being might not be
        in a totally balanced state, and the truth is that perfect balance almost
        never exists in the three-dimensional world.  It is the very imbalance of
        the world that generates its movement, or life.  For this reason, there is
        probably no such thing as perfect health.  We are not required to reach
        perfection, only to seek it, whether physically, mentally, or spiritually.
                These three aspects of the human form are most assuredly inter-
        related.  It is virtually impossible to maintain a healthy physical body
        if the inhabiting mind or spirit is out of balance, or vice versa.  If we 
        begin with the generally accurate assumption that a human being 
        exists on at least three primary levels, commonly referred to as 
        physical, mental, and spiritual, and that perfect health results from a
        balanced condition on all three of these levels, we are on our way to 
        an understanding of the whole subject of health or illness.  Of course,
        the possible variations in this combination of forces are limitless when
        applied to the millions of individuals inhabiting Earth at any given time.
                This means that the exact nature of imbalance in any one person
        may not be readily apparent unless one has a great deal of information
        on all levels.  There have been some health practitioners through the
        ages who have had a remarkable ability to work in all three areas
        simultaneously, but very often this approach is not even considered,
        much less attempted.
                In studying man's medical history, we are more apt to find an
        endless list of specialized techniques involving treatment on only one
        level at a time.  In most cases, these treatment effect only a tempo-
        rary cure of the imbalance, or no results at all.  
                If we use an analogy with the musical world, we could imagine
        a human as a three-note chord, or triad, which if all three components
        or "notes" are perfectly in tune, produces a pleasant musical sound.
        If one of these three notes of the triad is out of tune, then the result
        is a discordant sound far less pleasant to the ear.  Carrying the 
        analogy one step further, we can assume that if many of these dis-
        cordant triads are played simultaneously, the resulting cacophony is
        almost painful.  This is a simple example of why there is usually a 
        great deal of discord in the world.  
                The real question, of course is: What can be done about illness
        and discord?  What are their specific causes, and what are the most
        effective treatments?  Because of the endless variety already mentioned,
        this is obviously not a simple problem.  In fact, we might tend to be
        somewhat overwhelmed by its complexity unless we can find some
        basic rules to apply.  Through the ages, many have applied themselves
        to these problems, and much progress has been made.  Much more,
        however, is yet to be done.  Let us see if we can shed some light on
        a subject that is still hidden in deeps shadows of ignorance.

                If we go back to our musical example for a moment, we can 
        use the picture of a keyboard such as the one found on any piano,
        as a symbol for a long succession of different rates of vibration which
        produce different sounds.  The entire realm of creation is similar, in
        that it is an endless collection of different vibratory rates, only a few
        of which are obvious to those whose attention is focused solely on
        the physical world.  Think of our five senses as receptors for five
        adjacent notes in the center of a keyboard that extends infinitely in
        both directions.  
                Now imagine another set of receptors in the next octave above
        the one just mentioned.  This second set may have more than five
        notes in it, but it still only responds to its own specific vibrations.
        They are every bit as "real" as the five in our first example, but they
        are beyond the capability of the first set, representing the physical
        world, to notice.          
                The very nature of vibrations, however, is that different 
        frequencies tend to interact.  Anyone who has studied the effects of
        low-frequency sounds inaudible to the human ear can tell you that 
        with enough intensity, these vibrations can cause serious symptoms
        of illness, and even death.
                Even a child studying science in school is quickly aware of the
        fact that our entire creation is nothing more than energy vibrating at
        different rates.  That which we refer to as physical is merely the 
        merely the collection of vibrations that is being received by our 
        physical senses.  Without digressing into scientific jargon, we will just
        point out that there is most definitely a point in the vibratory scale
        where vibrations we refer to as "thought" are interchangeable with 
        the basic building blocks we refer to as "matter".  
                I will repeat that, because it is of tremendous importance to our
        understanding of the world.  AT A CERTAIN LEVEL, THOUGHTS AND
        place constantly in our own physical bodies without our conscious
        minds ever being aware of it.  It is not unusual.  It is a basic fact of
        our reality.      
                What does this mean to the world of medicine?  Well, for one
        thing, it means that some patients who are given a "placebo" with no
        obvious medicinal value and told that it is a powerful medicine, will 
        often respond with a dramatically improved condition.  It also means
        that many people who are subjected to repeated suggestions of illness
        will often become ill with no apparent physical cause.
                It means that the same medicine given to a variety of people
        with the same symptoms of illness will often produce widely varying
        results.  It means that unexplained "remissions" can (and do) often
        take place in persons with serious physical problems, because of a 
        change in their mental or spiritual vibratory level.
                It means that the process works in all directions, and that a 
        person who physically abuses him/herself with drugs, alcohol, over-
        eating, etc. will probably suffer the consequences of an unhealthy 
        mental condition as well as bodily harm.
                It means that the belief in a system of treatment is often of
        more importance than the treatment itself.  Whether the treatment of
        a disease condition is drugs or some other form of therapy, the mental
        attitude of the patient (as well as that of the collective consciousness
        of society) is critical.
                It is important that human beings learn to distinguish between
        "curing" and "healing".  Curing is what is needed when the disease or
        trauma has a fairly obvious cause, and the condition can be taken care
        of with a short-term treatment program.  The common cold usually 
        lasts about seven days whether treated or not.  Broken bones can be
        reset and stabilized until rejoined.  Lacerations of the flesh can often 
        be cured by sewing the damaged flesh together and treating for 
        possible infection.  
                If one is to be healed, however, of a chronic or life-threatening
        condition, then a completely different approach is required.  The cause
        of these conditions is usually not physical at all, and physical treatment
        can be largely ineffective.  Health is a condition that goes far beyond
        the absence of illness.  The business of medical treatment will not be
        very efficient until it becomes true health care, not just dis-ease care.
                The emotional or spiritual self responds positively to uncon-
        ditional love, whether self-love or the love of others, including one's
        "God".  The mental self heals itself by positive, uplifting thoughts, and
        most of all by a sincere belief in the possibility of wholeness and 
        perfection.  The physical self, being a product of the other two selves,
        becomes healthier by the progress of the spiritual and mental forces,
        as well as the application of physical influences in the form of medicines
        or other external treatments.  
                A comment on the subject of drugs:
                Some substances, based on their chemical composition and the
        prevailing beliefs about them, have profound physical and/or mental
        effects on animal forms when applied either internally or externally.
        Much attention is given to their production by some segments of the
        medicine business, but it should be obvious that the reaction to drugs
        varies widely from individual to individual.  In general, the results of
        drug therapy are more often physical or mental dependence on the
        drug than any type of permanent healing.
                The origin of the word drug is not very helpful, since it comes
        from the Dutch word "droog", which simply means dry.  It refers to
        the fact that most medicinal substances were at one time prepared
        from dried herbs, and so were called "droogs".
                An amazing number of people in the 20th and 21st centuries 
        have become physically or mentally dependent on drugs of all kinds.
        There are stores everywhere with large signs proclaiming the sale of
        DRUGS in large letters.  Tremendous importance is placed by this 
        society on the curative powers of these substances, many of which
        are now manufactured in chemical laboratories.  
                What is needed, of course, is a chain of establishments that 
        promotes healing, instead of curing.  Treatments with chemicals
        would only be a small part of this program.  Thankfully, we can see
        a strong trend in this direction as more and more people are 
        realizing the importance of treating the whole individual instead of 
        just the physical form.  
                Some of history's most notable lives have been lived by un-
        selfish souls who spent their life treating, counseling, and caring for
        and about the "sick".  Since we are all imperfect, and therefore all 
        sick in our own way, it is everyone's responsibility to be in the 
        medical business of constantly working to restore our own balance,
        and hence the harmony of the world.

                                                                ...  Merlyn

                                                                       Essay Number Five


                   In the language of the Roman civilization, now called "Latin", the word ducere
        means to lead, draw, or bring.  When preceded by an E, meaning "out", the word 
        educare refers to bringing or drawing out.  The English word educate means the same
        thing, but somehow this fact has often been overlooked in the process of education.  If
        something is to be brought out, then by implication, it must been there (perhaps hidden)
        in the first place.  "Educators" who begin with the assumption that their students know
        absolutely nothing, and that the external application of vast stores of information to an
        empty mind will produce an educated human being are doing a vast disservice.
                Having said this, we must now admit that very often what is lacking in the pupil is
        discipline, not intelligence, and therefore processes like rote learning and dull repetition
        become necessary in the beginning.  In addition, it is true that a conscious mind, being
        part of the brand new body of an infant, is in many ways like a slate that has been wiped
        clean in preparation for new instruction.  
                What must not be forgotten, however, and indeed is never omitted by the best 
        teachers, is the fact that each new student is merely another unique representation of a 
        universal mind that already possesses all information.  The process of education then 
        becomes one of awakening, rather than creation.  All those who attempt to teach know
        that some students are far easier to awaken that others (often literally, as in a lecture 
        hall) and that is why teaching is a profession.
                One more thought as an introduction to our subject:  Education is the sole purpose
        of human life!  The reason we are here in the first place is to gather experiences that are
        unavailable elsewhere, and thereby to learn and grow.  The creative force, by whatever
        name it is called, is all about growth.  That should be made obvious by a simple observation
        of the natural world.  The only that is never tolerated for long in the world is the "status 
        quo".  We must learn and change, or we do not exist.  That means that those who are 
        involved in the formal teaching process are in the noblest profession of all.  But, in fact,
        we are all teachers, as we are all students.  It is inherent in our nature that whenever we
        have learned something new, we immediately want to share it with someone else.
                What is learning?  How do we learn?  We know that all of us are constantly learning,
        often in spite of our efforts not to, but what is really happening?  It is generally agreed 
        that learning takes place in an area referred to as our mind, so let us try to determine 
        what that mind is.  The Anglo-Saxon word that meant memory or recollection was gemynd,
        and that is where the English word mind came from, so we can assume for this discussion
        that our minds are at least storehouses of memories and information.  That seems to be so,
        but is that all a mind is?  Well, my mind appears to be capable of working with stored 
        information as a potter works with clay.  This seems to indicate that minds are processors
        as well as storers.
                Sometimes an "idea" which is the fruit of the mind, seems to come from nowhere,
        but is instead the result of the processing of stored information in a new and different way,
        giving us an unexpected result.  This aspect of mind that produces new results is often 
        referred to as creativity, because it appears to be making something entirely new from
        mental fabric.  So now we have three qualities of mind: (1) Memory, or recollection, 
        (2) Processing, and (3) Creativity.  The job of the educator must be to improve the minds
        of their pupils in one or more of these areas.  All good teacher do precisely that.
                One more characteristic of mind, if we are talking about what is called the conscious
        mind, must be discussed.  The real function of a conscious mind is that of a liaison, or go-
        between, that creates a link between the universal mind that knows everything and the
        outward world of experience that is ever-changing.  We are over-simplifying here, because
        in reality there are more levels of mind than this, but this image will suffice to make our
                If one looks at a tree in its entirety, one sees a trunk between roots that burrow in
        the earth and branches that reach for the sky.  This tree is a perfect symbol for a whole
        human being.  The body of a man is sometimes referred to as his "trunk", and the sap,
        or life-blood (or mind) of this trunk reaches both into the earth and sky.  It is a funda-
        mental error of much education that all concentration is on outward or empirical infor-
        mation.  That is the same thing as a tree that has only roots but no branches, and is 
        doomed to fail.
                A conscious mind is designed for, and is capable of, looking in all directions for 
        information.  We are supposed to be aware of the world of our outward experience, but
        equally conscious of our connection to the source of our creativity.  Unfortunately, in the
        process of daily living, many have forgotten to do this, and so have lost the ability to see
        the other levels of mind merely through lack of practice.
                So this becomes the fourth and perhaps the most important role of the teacher: to
        make the student aware of his or her true nature so that a more complete and fulfilling
        life results.  This is very difficult if the instructor has never been given the information in
        the first place.  The effect of the missing data is cumulative, and can result in a downward
        spiral that continues for many generations.  I recall a time that I believe you now call the
        "dark ages" when many lost sight of their source and the world suffered accordingly.
                We need to be aware of one more quality of mind.  Mind is the builder.  Mind is the
        creator.  Mind is the seed from which springs the form of life.  It is never the other way
        around.  As all buildings originate in the mind of the architect, so all outward forms are
        born in the universal mind.  That is why it is so important that we are in touch with this
        source.  A mind has limitless creative possibility, and makes no basic distinction between
        that which we think of as good or bad.  Our minds are like flashlights that shine in the 
        dark and can only see what they are aimed at.  If they only see negative possibilities,
        that is what they will create.  More successful students, and thus a better world, will only 
        result from minds that are trained to see properly.
                Everyone knows that the delight of this world is its diversity.  Endless variety is truly
        the "spice" of life.  No two people have ever been or ever will be exactly the same.  That
        is as it should be, and that is what makes the process of education  so challenging.  Even
        though, however, students vary greatly in their capacity for learning certain subjects, they
        are all connected to the limitless source of all knowledge, and if led to be aware of this 
        connection, often will burst into life like a flower before the startled eyes of their teacher.
                It is the profession of the educator, but the responsibility of everyone, to see that
        the harshness of life's lessons is reduced wherever possible.  If one is intellectually con-
        vinced, for instance, that war is ridiculous and destructive, then the actual experience of 
        war is no longer necessary for that individual.  Or if a mind is totally aware that the 
        consciousness of each cell in the body responds to thoughts that are endlessly repeated,
        then there is no more need for illness in the body to teach this lesson.
                The world is nothing more than a great school for the development and shared 
        experience of endlessly diverse minds.  It is up to us to determine whether our memories
        of attending this school, once we have graduated, will be fond ones.

                                                                                ...  Merlyn



                                                                 Essay Number Six                                                                             


                   Ah yes, religion.  One of the two most dangerous topics of conversation                 in polite company.  Why must there be such disagreement over a subject that
        seems so benign?  Even when a group of like-minded people join together in
        some common form of "worship" of their chosen deity, the group invariably 
        divides into factions when it becomes large enough.
                Many times these divisions between believers have become ill feelings,
        and in extreme situations have generated wars of long duration.  At any rate,
        even a simple discussion of the topic often develops into some rather passionate
        pronouncements by one or more of the participants.  It seems to be very 
        difficult for those who have a serious interest in religion to adopt a live-and-
        let-live attitude.
                How many visionaries, mystics, philosophers, and teachers have been
        martyred through the years merely because their ideas were unpopular with
        someone else?  How many have been imprisoned when publicly announced 
        religious views collided with the current political powers?  Obviously this is an
        important matter to many people it it generates so many deep feelings, whether
        these feelings are loving or militant.
                Of course there have always been many for whom an organized form of
        worship held no interest whatever.  It may be fairly said, though, that nearly
        everyone who reaches any stage of maturity has his or her own god or gods,
        worldly or otherwise.
                Can we hope to reconcile all these divergent points of view?  Does it 
        matter if we do?  Where might be the common ground that would heal some
        of these differences, if only to alleviate some of the suffering caused in the 
        name of religion?  We have spoken before of the endless diversity of the 
        creation we call home.  Let us now examine some of the similarities that are
        apparent in our world and our beliefs.  There is much that is consistent in the
        universe.  Perhaps that is an indication that there really is an intelligent creator
        at work here.  
                Looking at the physical world, we must conclude that everyone on earth
        has been born under the same sun, and that other physical phenomena like
        gravity, etc. apply equally to all individuals.  The creator obviously plays no
        favorites when it comes to physical laws.  Separation according to skin color
        or general appearance is simply a matter of human custom or convenience.
        Earth, and all the other planets in our system, follow their orderly paths
        consistently, and the optical illusion we call "sunrise" has looked the same to
        everyone who ever saw it. 
                The animals and plants that inhabit the globe seem at times to have a
        rather chaotic existence, but when closely inspected, are found to be operating
        according to very consistent rules.  There is evolution and adaptation going on
        constantly, and the food chain, when not interfered with by men, works
        exceedingly well.  
                When astronomers and astrologers have looked at the stars, they have
        nearly always found them to be in the same places as they were in relation to
        each other.  Space travelers can depend on the fact that their destination will
        probably be there when they arrive.  In short, there is no disorder anywhere
         in the universe, only confusion arising from our own lack of understanding of
        what is really going on.  Even the madness and discord that man causes 
        himself has its purpose, if only to make us ask ourselves, "why is this
        happening to us? 
                Which brings us to religion.  Why indeed do all these upsetting things
        happen?  Are we totally in the grasp of some cruel, tyrannical creator who 
        demands subservience and metes out punishment to the disobedient?  Or,
        on the other extreme, are we in charge of our own destinies and completely
        responsible for our own discomfort?  For that matter, what makes us think
        that we deserve anything better?
                Here again we can observe some order in the chaos.  Every one of the
        organized religions of the world holds the belief that man has another home
        or another state of being that is not subject to the rules of this world.  All of
        us seem to have the subconscious suspicion that we don't really belong here,
        and that perhaps we'll find out more about our true nature when we die.
                Let us digress.  Where did this word "religion" come from, anyway? 
        the prefix re, when applied to any word, implies that something that was 
        experienced once is happening again, so what is re-ligion?  We find that in
        the language called Latin, the word ligare meant "to bind together", and that
        even in English, the word ligature is used to describe the tying up of wounds
        caused by damage or surgery.  Well then, if something is re-bound together,
        or re-tied, then it must have been unified in the first place, or it wouldn't have
        to be re-joined.
                So when we talk about religion, we are really discussing the reconnection
        of two things that were originally one, but have somehow become separated, 
        or at least appear to be so.  This, then, is another area where there are many 
        similarities among seemingly divergent views.  Man, at an instinctive level, is
        aware that each individual is part of a larger whole, and so every organized 
        re-ligion has its own expressions for this situation. 
                The saviors, saints, role models, messengers, messiahs, etc., who 
        represent these religions all had similar messages.  Each in his or her own 
        way has tried to make anyone who cared to listen understand this relation-
        ship.  The crux of this idea seems to be that the separation and the sense of
        individuality we all feel is merely an illusion, and a temporary one at that.
        When we voluntarily give up the notion that we are only responsible to our-
        self, then we begin to be aware of and experience the connection to the 
        creative force that was there all the time.
                My own experience has proven to me that the potential for each of us
        is limitless because of that connection.  The "magic" that I have been accused
        of, like the "miracles" performed by the saints, is nothing more than a truer
        expression of the real abilities that all of us have.  When we are here on earth,
        we are like actors who are playing a specific role.  Like any well-crafted play,
        earth life has a way of temporarily captivating our attention so that we forget
        the larger life we have as eternal players.  This is as it should be.  An actor 
        cannot perform well at all if he is not concentrating on his current role.
                But when the play is over, if a performer has done well, the audience is
        better for their experience, and he has added to his maturity as an actor.  Each
        role is important because it is part of the larger drama that is creation.  Each
        role is also important because it is temporary, and if it is not played well, it
        can be performed again and again until it is mastered.
                I have been fortunate enough to have been a long-time observer of this
        process, and can vouch for the fact that the re-ligion of mankind is still 
        operating as planned.  We are all merely sojourners who have wandered away 
        from our home, and are slowly fining our way back.  I will see you there.

                                                                            ...  Merlyn


                                                          Essay Number Seven

                                                INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY

                In my preface to this little collection of my observations, I made 
        the comment that the most important quality in human life was a 
        sense of individual responsibility.  Why did I say that?  It's simple.
        Having the luxury of a long-term world view makes is obvious that a 
        large percentage of mankind's problems have begun with someone's
                What does it mean to be responsible?  Only this.  It begins with 
        an understanding that every action - indeed, every thought - of every 
        individual in the world has an effect on the world.  The effect is very 
        much like the circular ripples caused by throwing a pebble into a pond,
        and when many pebbles are thrown, the effects are overlapping and
        interacting, just as the intersecting circles create many waves.  A thought
        or an action with a negative intent cannot fail to have a negative result
        any more than jumping off a cliff will fail to result in a fall.
                When people make the assumption that acting in a wrongful 
        manner will not end in some form of discomfort returning to them, they
        are merely demonstration their lack of understanding of how the world
        works.  It is very important that children are taught this lesson at an 
        early age, because many are allowed to grow with the idea that they
        really might avoid  the pain that results from treating others badly.
        The beauty of this system is, of course, that right thinking and right
        action also have their own automatic rewards.  When the earthly 
        element of time is factored in, it becomes clear that no correctly 
        motivated mental or physical efforts are ever wasted.
                Withing the framework of the drama that is called human life, 
        every player is , and always will be, held accountable for his or her own
        performance.  Those who perform will are granted better roles with 
        either more enjoyment or more growth-producing challenge.  Those
        who waste their opportunity with destructive thoughts or behavior will        
        be re-taught the lessons of life with ever increasing severity.  There is
        no other way.
                Having said all this, how can we understand what it means to be
        responsible, and to whom are we all accountable?  It is really not as
        difficult as it seems.  One very simple test that we can all apply when
        trying to discern the rightness or wrongness of any action of our own
        or others is to ask ourselves the question: "What if everybody did?"  
        It doesn't always work, but it's amazing how often this simple question
        will make the correct path very clear.
                Should I take something which does not belong to me?  What if
        everybody did?  Should I go out of my way to help someone in trouble?
        What if everybody did?  Should I start a fight (or a war) with people who
        do not see things as I do?  What if everybody did?  Should I constantly
        express my appreciation for those who have shown me some kindness?
        What if everybody did?  Should I become annoyed and complain loudly
        if someone does not treat me with the respect I believe I deserve?
        What if everybody did?  Should I love and show concern for the children
        of others?  What if everybody did?  Should I ignore the right to happiness
        of people I do not think of as my equals?  What if everybody did?  
        Should I forget about my own troubles once in a while, and try to make
        someone else's life better?  What if everybody did?
                The civilized world as we know it is made up of an infinite collection
        of individual thoughts and actions.  It is made better or worse by the 
        quality of every one of these, and it will only improve as more and more
        of its tenants understand this and act accordingly.
                There are other obvious clues to the importance of our own 
        individual efforts.  The lives of others, famous or little known, are often
        wonderful examples of the effect of one or another course of action. 
        We can all learn from others mistakes or their successes if we will heed
        them.  The chances are very good that the life decision facing each of
        us has been faced many times in the past by someone else, and with a
        result that has been positive or negative, and recorded or remembered
        somewhere.  We can, and do, use these examples all the time to 
        adjust our own behavior.  
                If, as we have seen, we are merely here to grow in understanding
        and to help others do the same, then that process of growth takes place
        whether one's decisions are good ones or bad.  Why then is it important
        that we make good decisions and always try to perform correctly? The
        answer is that we are engaging in this process collectively.  We are all
        in it together.  If we cause a problem, it is a problem for everyone, not
        just for us.  We are answerable to the whole of creation for everything
        we think or do.  Some of us like to use the Anglo-Saxon word for good
        to describe this whole creation.  We call it "God".
                It is God, or good, depending on how you say it or spell it, but 
        whether or not we see this good depends on our own thoughts, 
        attitude, vision, and action.  "God" is only invisible to those who are
        not trying to find it.  They are "responsible" for their own blindness.
        That is the ultimate individual responsibility: that each one becomes 
        aware of his or her own God-ness, and begin to act accordingly.  
                Creation, for all practical purposes, operates as if it were a 
        business of infinite size called " God and Sons".  The founder reserves
        the right to make the basic underlying business decisions that determine
        the nature of the enterprise.  Things like constant change, unity that is
        supported by mutual concern (love), mathematical precision, multiple
        levels of awareness, etc., are some of the fundamentals of the business,
        and are fixed.  Within this framework, the "Sons" are allowed to make
        an endless variety of decisions that create the ebb and flow of daily
        activity.  All of us are participating in the operation of this creation 
        business whether we realize it or not.  We are responsible for all the 
        changes, good or bad.  That is why it is the most important thing for 
        us to know.  
                The illusion that we are all separate, and that there are so many
        of us generates the feeling that none of us is important enough to have
        any effect.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  It was once written:
        "No snowflake in an avalanche feels responsible".  Every single one is.

                                                                    ...  Merlyn


            THERE IS NO "TIME"
                 IT'S ALWAYS  "NOW"

 *  Your body lives in the "present".

 *  Your mind lives in the "past".

  Your soul lives in the "future".


                                                        MERLYN'S ESSAYS


            I'm back.  Heaven only knows why.  I suppose I knew all along                 that it would happen, but I kept hoping that it would not be necessary.
    It has been almost fifteen hundred years since I was here last, and 
    there certainly have been a lot of changes.  Technological changes, I
    mean.  Everyone is moving faster, communicating faster, and even
    multiplying faster, but I wonder if there is much change in the things
    that really count, like tolerance, forgiveness, kindness, character, and
    that most important quality of all, individual responsibility.  
        When I left, I thought that we had made some progress.  Some new
    ideas had been introduced, like "right makes might, a man in innocent
    until proven guilty, women have the same rights as men, all men are
    equal - their skin color or religion is irrelevant', etc.  We had taken a 
    pretty primitive society and calmed it down a lot, to the point where it
    seemed that most people would be able to live their lives and chase
    their dreams without constant pressure and harassment from power-
    hungry leaders who wanted to own instead of lead.
        Well, here we are again.  Everyone fighting over their own little
    piece of turf, and the organized religions of the world, who ought to be
    solving the problem, are still trying to build their own kingdoms and
    slice off their own piece of the pie. I'm going to try again.  Not with a             sword this time, but with a pen. Someone along the way said that pens         are mightier than swords.  We shall see.  The world will learn, all right.           It is merely a question of how painful the lessons will be.
        I have had a lot of time to think in the past fifteen hundred years, 
    and I have been paying attention to the world, even though I wasn't 
    here, in the way that you think of being "here".  If I told you where I
    have been, most of you wouldn't believe me anyway, so I suppose I will
    just offer some observations that I have made along the way.  There's
    a lot to be said for several hundred years of experience.  The last time I
    was here, they called me a "magician".  I confess that I just let them
    think I was, because I got more attention that way.  The truth is, 
    anybody can be a magician if they put their mind to learning how to do
    things for as long as I have.
        "Magic" is everywhere.  Every new infant that is born is a miracle. 
    Every sunrise is a wonder.  If one but seeks to learn the source of these
    "normal" phenomena, one will also find the way to perform many 
    smaller miracles.  Actually, the only slightly unusual ability I have is 
    that on occasion I am able to clearly see the probable future result of
    what is currently going on.  I've spent so much time predicting the     
    "future" that people used to say that I was living backward in time.
        That's ridiculous, of course.  What I did was simply locate a level of
    consciousness where time is not a factor.  Past, present, and future are
    really simultaneous anyway, so if we know where to look, we can all see
    into the future.  I hope I can be some help to the people who will be on
    earth during the "21st" Christian century. It should turn out to be more
    fun than the 6th century was.
        There are, no doubt, those of you who will disagree with what I have
    to say on my chosen subjects.  That is perfectly all right.  The world 
    would be a dull place indeed if everyone always agreed with everyone 
    else.  You needn't see the world from my point of view at all.  I merely 
    ask that you hear me out.  Check your preconceived notions at the door,
    and step into my world with an open mind.  My perspective has been
    widened considerably since I have been able to recall several lifetimes
    on earth, as well as a good deal of what went on between them.  
    Therefore, you may be somewhat surprised by some of my observations.
    If you will but persevere and remain patient with me throughout this 
    whole collection, you may discover at last that your own view has been
        The plan is this.  I will take a variety of subjects that are matters of
    universal concern nowadays, just as they have always been, and try to
    shed some new light on them.  The form is one that I believe you now
    call "essays".  They will be short, confined to one topic, "Merlynized" by
    my view, and will by no means be a complete discussion of all the 
    possibilities.  This is a time-honored means of communication.  There
    have been essays ever since the beginning of the written word.  I 
    recall being forced to read them and write them when I was a youth
    pursuing my own education.  I will sincerely attempt to make this
    collection interesting enough so that most of you will not require being
    forced to read it.
        Here is one of my own favorite excerpts from an essay of my friend
    Aristophenes, who lived on earth from 450 to 385 B.C. (in your terms).

            "Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may whet my 
        mind and say something clever."
                                                                    ...  Merlyn

                                                                       CHAPTER ELEVEN


                                        "It is no more remarkable to be born twice 
                                                than it is to be born once."
                                                                                             ... Anon.

                    All right, let's get this straightened out if we can.  Now that we've cleared
        up some of our thinking about religious preferences, maybe we can see that it
        really is no more remarkable to be born several times than it is to be born once.
        In a way, it's sort of insulting to A.T.I. to assume that "He" can't accomplish this.
        The truth apparently is, however, that most of us have been here, or will be (in
        terms of time) hundreds of times.  Of course the whole truth, since there really is
        no such thing as time, is much more complex than that, and we are not prepared
        to go into that right now.  
                For most people who are new to the concept of multiple earth experiences, 
        the idea creates more questions than answers.  For instance:

                        *  Why can't I remember other previous earth "lifetimes"?
                        *  Who is this "us" we are talking about?
                        *  Why doesn't everyone believe this?
                        *  Where do I go when I'm not here?
                        *  What about heredity?
                        *  Could I "come back" as an animal?

                If you have read this far, no doubt you have already come up with some of
        your own answers to these and other similar questions you may have thought of.
        Many of you, I assume, have been raised in a religious group where this is not a
        difficult concept, or you have been reading some of the many other excellent 
        books available on the subject.  There is no shortage of available information,
        and most of it is helpful to our understanding.  I would just like to use this chapter
        to summarize some of the ideas I have found useful in my own life-long study.
                Probably the first concept we need to be clear on to get some idea of how
        reincarnation works is one we have discussed earlier - time.  As we have noted,
        the idea of time as a measurement of change is related to the 3-dimensional
        energy level we inhabit when we are here on earth or at least in the area.  This is
        difficult for the conscious mind, a tool for earth, to work with, but as far as the 
        soul-entity is concerned, there is no such thing as time.
                If that is so, then the idea of "sequential" lifetimes goes right out the window.
        If there is no time, then there is no sequence.  To our minds, there is definitely
        the appearance of linear, one after the other, sojourns here on earth, but in 
        actual fact, they are all simultaneous, and because of that, they have constant and
        immediate effect on each other.  What is happening in our "current" experience is
        altered by what is going on in our "past" and "future" experiences, and vice versa.
                Students of reincarnation usually refer to this relationship as "karma", a 
        Sanskrit term that basically means that we reap what we sow.  We just need to
        get it through our heads that the "sowing" is going on at many levels at all times,
        and so are the results of our input.
                Far too many people, when they become aware of the "many lifetimes" idea,
        are preoccupied with only the experiences they have had on earth in "previous"
        lives, as though that will explain everything they do (or have) now.  Doing that is
        not a great deal more helpful than just paying attention to what we have done 
        while growing up here in this time and learning from that experience.  It's the
        same concept, but on a larger scale.  It's far more complicated than that.
                I suppose it is acceptable to be proud of something that our soul accom-
        plished in another visit here in earth's past, but our current trip is the one we 
        should be concentrating on.  We obviously haven't learned all we can learn here
        yet, or we wouldn't still be here.  Perhaps the Creator's view is more like,  "What
        have you done for me lately?'.  The seer Edgar Cayce, who seemed to be able to
        view all of an individual's earth history at a glance, often used the phrase: "The
        entity gained in that existence", or "the entity lost in that existence".  Obviously
        the process is bigger than it appears to be. 
                Good "lifetimes" and bad "lifetimes" to a soul are something like good days
        and bad days to a human being.  They are all part of a timeless learning experience
        that we share.  What's more, we must realize that the days spent inhabiting a 
        human body during one of our trips here are only a small part of the puzzle.  Earth
        lives are very much like the hours we spend here in school classrooms.  At the 
        end of each school day we go home to our real life and try to assimilate and apply
        what we learned at school.  
                Some days we learn a lot, but as you can tell by the condition of our society,
        many students are learning very little, and some are not paying attention at all.
        Apparently, this is a long drawn out process, even if we only count years and 
        forget the eternal NOW.  Why don't we take a few pages here and consider some
        possible answers to the questions I mentioned at the beginning of this chapter?
        That should give us some idea of the mechanism of reincarnation, and the rest 
        we can obtain with our further study.
                Question #1  Why can't I remember other earth lifetimes?  
                It is only our "conscious" mind that cannot remember other parts of our
        existence, for several reasons.  The conscious part of our mind is a tool designed
        for use along with our physical body to experience and work with the three-
        dimensional realm we are now focused on.  It was created at the same time our
        physical body was, and as such it is sort of a clean slate to be used in the here
        and now.  It doesn't need to remember anything else to do its job, and probably
        would be hampered by too much data if it could. 
                All of the information is always there at the sub-conscious level, and is often
        recalled vividly during dreams, meditation, or hypnosis, which can bring the 
        memories to the conscious surface.  This can definitely be helpful when the 
        conscious mind has developed to the point where it can deal with the new aware-
        ness, but only then.  If we think of our present personality as a role played by the
        soul in the same way that a professional actor plays many roles, we will realize
        that vividly remembering every other role played (past or future) while trying to 
        play the current one could be very confusing.  Previous roles provide valuable 
        experience for the actor, and should make him more competent each time, but
        concentration on each one in its turn is critical to a good performance.  
                The beauty of this creation is that every role we play here on earth or else-
        where is a brand new one that has never been played before.  There has never
        been another personality exactly like you or me, and there never will be.  We are
        each creating brand new experiences, and thus new memories, all the time.  On
        other levels we can view them all, but not on this one unless we really need to.
                Question #2  Who is this "us" we are talking about? 
                We have already covered this question at some length, so we needn't spend
        much time on it here.  We just need to remember that what we usually think of 
        as "us" is really the temporary personality that is the role we are focused on.
        That's not really who we are, only one aspect of it, and in fact all of us are playing
        many other roles on other levels, or even on earth, at the same "time".
                The "us" that we really are, however, is infinitely powerful, and since power
        tends to corrupt human personalities, we are not consciously aware of our true
        nature unless we make a sincere effort to gain that awareness.  That is how it is
        supposed to work.  Unfortunately, we are also capable of short-circuiting the 
        process with drugs or other misguided efforts, which usually results in the chaos
        that goes with misused power.  
                It is also important to remember that we are not just the animals that we
        seem to be.  We are part of nature while we are here to be sure, because we are
        inhabiting a highly developed animal form which allows us to function in a world
        full of animals, but identifying totally with this form gets us in a lot of trouble.
        Animals have a lot to teach us about quality of life, if we will try to learn from 
        them instead of exploiting them, but animal instincts are necessarily concerned
        with survival, reproduction, and social organization, all concerns of three-
        dimensional earth.  We are here to help that process and learn from it, but not to
        become totally immersed in it. 
                Earth experience is not less important or "lower" on the scale of conscious-
        ness than other energy levels as some would have us believe, but it is somewhat
        counter-productive to take the survival instinct to the level of warfare, and the 
        reproductive urge to sexual madness.  Social organization becomes tribalism and
        belligerent nationalism when over-done.
                Question #3  Why doesn't everyone believe this?
                A lot of people do.  The ones who are unaware of the rather obvious facts
        in the matter are the victims of misinformation that has been given them from 
        their childhood.  They are in the position of those who used to steadfastly believe
        that the world was flat in spite of the mounting evidence that was proving other-
        wise.  As we have already seen, our conscious minds are capable of inventing 
        all kinds of strange ideas in a effort to establish and maintain dominance over
        ourselves and others as well. 
                If one really wants to determine the truth about any subject under question, 
        it is necessary to access a more dependable level of consciousness.  Aladdin was
        unable to solve his problems until he rubbed his magic lamp and the genie 
        appeared to offer assistance.  This famous children's story is just an allegory
        wherein the genie (or genius) in all of us (our sub-conscious mind) is available
        by rubbing our lamp (giving it our attention).  We do this all the time.  We call it
        inspiration, or creativity, but most of us don't pay enough attention to our genie
        to make good use of it.
                When accessed, the sub-conscious mind of anyone will unfailingly confirm
        the existence of other levels of energy as well as make us aware of some of our
        other experiences on earth or elsewhere.  In some ways, the sub-conscious mind
        can be thought of as the mind of the soul in the same way that the conscious 
        mind is the mind of the body.  That's an over-simplification, but it's a good place
        to start.
                For those of you who were brought up, as I was, with the narrow view of 
        the organized Christian church, it will be necessary to make a sincere effort to
        open your mind and look for some new information.  In the early years of the 
        Christian era, the organization was so determined to distance itself from the other
        religions of the time that a lot of basic truth was simply dropped or removed from
        the accepted teachings.  It is very unfortunate, but most of the omissions were
        deliberately done for the purpose of controlling a large number of un-educated
        people.  There is really no conflict whatever between the idea of multiple earth
        lifetimes and real Christianity, which is a personal matter, not an organizational
        one.  If we think about it, we realize that many "lifetimes" in a timeless situation
        puts everyone in touch with the eternal "Christ", so the church should be happy 
        with the idea.  
                Question #4   Where do I go from here?
                It depends.  There is a famous line from the new testament of the Christian
        Bible where Jesus is quoted as saying, "In my father's house are many mansions".
        This is a very strange translation.  Houses do not contain mansions.  It's almost
        as if the editors were trying to be obscure.  The meaning of the original remark
        was probably something like, "the universal creation is infinite - there's a place in
        it for everyone.  
                There is structure in this creation, however, in spite of the confusion in minds
        of the chaos theorists.  All life is purposeful, and therefore wherever our true self
        goes in creation, there is a reason for it to be there.  Some of the difficulty we have
        in jumping from one level to another arises from the fact that the rules are diff-
        erent depending on the game we are playing.  Here on earth, we are subject to
        the limitations of time and space, for instance.  Elsewhere we are not.  At the 
        points of transition like "birth" or "death", this may take some serious adjustment
        for those with a limited view.  
                Where you or I go when we leave the earth depends to an extent on where
        we were before we came here.  All of us seem to be at different levels in the long
        process of soul education, so we are not all taking the same courses in the school
        of life.  Here again we are forced to over-simplify, but apparently we each have
        our own teachers and classmates in this school and are constantly being helped
        and guided by others who are more advanced, and concerned with our progress.
        That's reassuring, and it seems to be constantly true.
                Since in a timeless reality there is really no hurry, there are also rest periods
        or "recesses", which might correspond to the Christian view of heaven, to allow us
        to rest and recuperate between lessons.  Some of our lessons are more difficult 
        than others, and from what I've heard, earth is a tough school.  There's a lot to
        be learned here, so those of us who are attending need all the help we can get.
                One thing is very important for us to remember.  In a universe where mind
        is the builder, the possibilities are infinite.  We can create with our minds and 
        attitudes a complete range of environments from the worst hell to the most 
        glorious heaven, and it's our choice.  We will all spend most of our existence in
        the company of other souls who have similar characteristics as our own, so it
        behooves us to watch our attitude.  No matter where we go, like still attracts like.
        An environment full of mean-spirited souls in a timeless situation is by definition
        an eternal hell.
                I would like to offer some alternative reading at this point that will give some
        wonderful examples of how the system works if you choose to read it.  There are
        at this time many fine books being written that will help our understanding. These
        are only a few examples:

                By author:  Brian Weiss, M.D.       (1)  Many Lives, Many Masters
                                                                  (2)  Messages From the Masters

                By author:  Michael Newton, PhD.    (1) Journey of Souls
                                                                         (case histories of life between lives)
                                                                     (2) Destiny of Souls
                                                                         (more case histories)

                By author:  Gina Cerminara, PhD.   Many Mansions

                By author:  Thomas Sugrue            There is a River
                                                                          (biography of Edgar Cayce)

                All of these books, along with many others, are uplifting and inspirational.
        They will not cause us to abandon our religious upbringing, only to see through 
        some of the superstition in it, whichever one it is.  

                Question #5   What about heredity?
                By now, most of you have already figured out your own answer to this 
        question.  Certainly there are hereditary influences in human life, but they apply
        only to the animal portion of our reality.  Earth has its own rules, and while we 
        are here we are at least partially subject to them.  The extent to which we are
        influenced is determined by how much we allow our minds to identify with our
        primate instincts instead of our soul's plan.  It's always a compromise.
                When we, along with our helpers, selected the parents we were to have in
        our present sojourn, we accepted the heredity, social situation, and prior 
        relationships that went with it.  All of these factors, and more, were part of the
        role we assumed when we decided to be born, and they all have their own
        limitations.  Our life consists of what we do about the role we have chosen.  We 
        can be a victim of our heredity and our environment or we can view them as 
        challenges and use them.  It's up to us.

                Question #6   Could I come back as an animal?
                I suppose you could if you wanted to, but why would you want to?  If we
        look at nature, which is a microcosm of creation, we observe a vast and ever-
        changing variety of life forms.  The changes in the animal and vegetable kingdoms
        have sometimes been referred to as "evolution", because there seems to be
        constant adaptation to outside circumstances.  This is another over-simplification
        based on our limited viewpoint.  The process is much more complicated that that,
        and involves changes at all levels of consciousness we are not normally even
        aware of.      
                The consciousness we call "human" is only one of the endless types available,
        and is also constantly developing in many directions at once.  The level of energy
        we call "animal" is not the same arrangement.  It has its own strengths and weak-
        nesses which are not the same as ours.  We can learn to identify withe earth's
        animal forms, and even to communicate with them much better than we do, 
        which would be to our advantage, but it is not necessary to become one of them
        to do this.  
                There are myths in our historical writings that refer to half-human, half-
        animal creatures or "Gods".  This is part of our racial memory, because these 
        experiments actually took place at various times in the "past".  There is no 
        recent evidence of this happening, because our species has chosen to go in a 
        different direction.  At this point, even though we look and act like the animals
        in many ways, and should be identifying with earth's nature instead of trying to
        manipulate it, we are not really animals, and there is no particular advantage in
        trying to be one. 
                The entire story of man's interaction with this planet, which really involves
        our whole solar system, is an epic tale in which every answer raises new 
        questions.  It is called life, and it is not static.  The process is always going on, 
        so there is no such thing as having all the answers.  If we ever new it all, then
        the game would be over.  Those of us who were brought up in the so-called
        western world would need to pull our heads our of the sand and see the larger
        picture, however.  Limiting our view of human life to one short visit here makes
        it impossible for us to gain much understanding of humanity's objective, and if
        we don't learn the rules, we will never play the game very well.                                                                                                


                                                                    CHAPTER TWELVE

                                                       HEALTH CARE

                               "You cannot help men permanently by doing
                for them what they could and should do for
                                    ...  Abraham Lincoln

          Q:  What is a chapter on health care doing in a book about individual                     responsibility?    A:  It belongs here, and we almost couldn't wait to get to it.

                 For many years, my wife has been employed in the business known in
        this country as the "health care" business, and we have had countless discussions
        on the subject.  The way the business is often run, it should more fairly be 
        referred to as "sick care" instead of health care, because the business depends
        on a steady supply of sick people to survive.  Healthy people don't need care.
                What is a healthy person, and who is responsible to see that he or she
        stays that way?  Let us begin by coming up with a proper definition for the word
        "health", so we know what we are talking about.  Then we can perhaps determine
        proper responsibility.  
                If you dig out your dictionary and look up the word health, you will find
        that the root of the word is the Anglo-Saxon word "hal", which meant "whole".
        The A.S. word "haelth" meant "wholeness".  Interestingly, there appears to be
        only a subtle distinction between this meaning and the actual meaning of the 
        word religion, which we already know means to re-connect something that has
        come apart, or in effect to make it whole.  
                Many times and places in man's history, we have had "Temples" of learning
        that offered both health care and religious training in the same environment 
        because the leaders or teachers understood this connection.  Their objective was,
        and our own health care system is gradually and inevitably returning to the same
        objective, to help their "patients" become whole human beings.  If you have read
        this far, you know that our own description of a whole human being includes at
        least three different levels of energy (physical, mental, and spiritual), and with-
        out attention to all of these levels, there can be no effective "health" care. 
                The importance of this idea may seem obvious to most of us, but under the
        constant pressure we have to focus mainly on our physical reality, it's amazing
        how many times we all overlook the obvious.  Even a common cold has an 
        effect, and actually a cause, in our mental and spiritual bodies.  How many new
        and completely equipped training facilities do we now have that are devoted 
        almost solely to to helping us develop strong and healthy bodies, and how much
        more effective could they be if they offered mental and/or spiritual training under
        the same roof?  
                In the end, however, no facility, no matter how complete its program is,
        can improve the health of someone who doesn't care enough to try.  The final
        deciding factor in our own improvement or lack of it is still our own will.  If we
        don't want to "get better", or grow, we won't have much success.  It is not the
        organization that builds the gym, the hospital, or the church that determines
        our progress toward wholeness, it is us, and we do it one person at a time, and
        one day at a time.  
                At the present time in this country (U.S.A.), an from what I read in the 
        news, most of the rest of the world too, we have a crisis in the business we call
        health care.  The system appears to be badly in need of repair, and the matter
        is discussed at great length from every home all way to the halls of government.
    `  Nobody seems to know exactly what to do about it, but we all agree that we 
        should be doing something.
                Most of what we call health care takes place in a doctor's office, a clinic, or
        a hospital, and it is to one of these places that many people run when they or a 
        member of their family appears to be ill.  We are encouraged endlessly to do so.
        "See your doctor" is the apparent answer to every human malady, or even the
        suspicion of one.  We are told by very well-meaning sources that we should see
        a doctor on a regular basis even if we are in good shape, because there is always
        the possibility that we may be suffering from some condition we don't even know
                George Burns, one of our much-loved comedians who recently died at 
        around age 100, was supposedly still smoking cigars and drinking martinis
        regularly in his nineties.  When asked what his doctor thought about this, he 
        liked to quip, "my doctor is dead".  How much of this is fact and how much is
        humor is unclear, but it's possible that his light-hearted approach to life did
        contribute to his longevity.  
                I mentioned earlier that my wife has spent many years working in the 
        health care business.  Several of these years were spent running an office in a
        large suburban clinic with several doctors on the staff.  She often observed to 
        me that at least half of the patients who came through the doors probably didn't
        need to be there, and the quality of the care offered by the doctors would have
        gone up considerably if they hadn't been required to keep their office calls down
        to 15 minutes or less to accommodate the traffic.  
                Of course, that works both ways.  The organization, which was owned by a
        large hospital, was trying to make a profit, so they wanted to see as many 
        patients as possible whether they needed to be there or not.  This resulted in an
        advertising campaign that encouraged everyone to come and see the doctors as
        often as they could.  To complicate the situation, a third party is included in the
        business for the purpose of handling the unpleasant matter of the cost of all this
        care.  The public buys "insurance" to pay the medical bill because it is often a 
        large one, and inconvenient or even impossible to handle individually.
                The result of all this organization and promotion is inevitable.  The more
        people (and regulations) that are involved in the process, the less the individual,
        whether a patient or a provider, feels responsible, and we haven't even begun to
        talk about the huge business of selling medical equipment and/or the products
        we lovingly call "drugs".  The drug business is a whole other matter.  This is not
        true of the whole world, but it is difficult to drive down any main street in any
        town in America without encountering a store or two that is fronted by a large
        sign that says DRUGS.  A newcomer from a distant planet would get the im-
        pression that we are a nation of "junkies", and he might be uncomfortably close
        to the truth.
                If we are sounding critical of Western health care, at least we have a lot of
        company.  Picking on the business seems to be a national sport, and of course
        some of the criticism is justified.  Some is not.  Helping each other should always
        be one of our main concerns, and in theory at least, that's what health care is 
        all about.  It is in the actual practice of caring that we encounter the weaknesses
        in our nature, and we start to lean on each other for the care we should provide
        for ourselves or for the income we get by providing  this care for others.
                What is the bottom line here?  What is wrong with our system?  What is 
        wrong with us?  The answer is in the questions.  We are the system.  We cannot
        fix an organization or a system without fixing its component parts, which are us.
        If we as patients will not accept the responsibility for our own good health, then
        we automatically create "providers" who will inevitably be looking out for their
        own interests while taking care of us.  It is not the system that is at fault.  What
        is needed is a fundamental change of attitude by everyone involved.  
                Some drugs, some doctors, some hospitals, some yoga classes, some 
        gymnasiums, some mental health facilities, etc., etc., might be necessary and
        beneficial.  How many?  That depends on you and me.  How much of our lives
        is our own, and how much is improved or even enriched by sharing our "troubles"
        with someone else?  
                By virtue of our human-ness, we are all "sick".  We are also all perfect the 
        way we are.  Our troubles, individually and collectively, are our life.  If we can
        teach ourselves and our children to see the big picture, a lot of the physical and
        mental difficulties we create will just disappear like a cloud in the sunshine 
        because we don't need them anymore.  "Haelth", or wholeness, is what we are 
        all looking for, and it is there inside of us all the time.  We just need to stop 
        looking outside for it.  
​               We commented earlier that while my wife was in charge of a clinic office
        she observed that at least half of the people who came through the door
        looking for treatment didn't need to be there.  In medical parlance, deciding 
        who needs treatment and who doesn't is called "triage", and it is a decision that
        is made by someone with medical training, like a doctor or a nurse.  Obviously,
`      the job of medical office personnel is simply to process everyone comes in and
        see that they get to consult with a doctor, or at least a nurse.  That is what 
                In actual practice, triage decisions are originally made very often by the
        patient themselves when they begin to think they need to see a medically
        trained person to help them solve a real or imagined physical problem.  Many
        people, myself included, will put off or avoid altogether seeking medical help
        as long as possible for any condition that does not completely incapacitate them.
        At the other extreme are the ones who immediately call the doctor's office or
        run to a hospital emergency room for the slightest problem, or even the suspicion
        of one.  Those of us who are not in the medical profession would be amazed to 
        learn how many people fall into this latter category, and in general, they are the
        ones my wife's comment refers to.
                It's entirely possible that either extreme is incorrect.  Consultation with a
        medical expert is often the quickest way to alleviate a curable condition, so 
        seeking help early is not necessarily a bad idea.  Since we are all different in 
        some ways, the right thing to do about our health is not the same for all of us,
        but there are some general guidelines we can use that would not only keep us
        in better shape, but go a long way toward clearing up some of the problems of
        the medical business.  
                The first thing we all need to keep in mind is that from the minute we 
        arrive here on earth as infants, we are all dying.  It is merely a matter of when
        and how.  We are just visiting here, and often our visit is very short in terms of
        earth time.  If we make the mistake of identifying our whole reality or our self-
        hood with our temporary animal form, we automatically begin to make decisions
        about our health for the wrong reasons.  
                Incidentally, the term "triage", which refers to these decisions, originally 
        came about because of wartime situations involving many combatants on both
        sides who were so badly wounded that they probably would not survive even if
        treated.  Someone was assigned to sort them out from the ones who had a 
        chance of being saved.  There simply was not enough time or medical help 
        available to work with everyone, so the worst cases were just allowed to die so
        that others could be helped.  There is nothing like a war to remind us of the
        impermanence of human life.  
                The point is that we are not supposed to be only thinking about the number
        of years we can spend here, or even only about the physical condition of the 
        bodies we inhabit, which are temporary at best.  Our primary concern is supposed
        to be about the reason we came here, the quality of our life, and the lessons we
        are here to learn.  These are mental and spiritual matters, and become a 
        permanent part of our soul's history.  The interesting thing is that proper attention
        to these matters will usually also produce a healthier physical body because of
        the interaction.  
                There is a gentleman named James VanPraagh who has, according to his 
        own research, spent many lifetimes on earth in spiritual pursuits, including his
        current one, and as a result has developed the sensitivity that allows him to 
        function as a "medium" between those who are here and those who have left.
        Unfortunately, there have been a lot of "mediums" (media?) in this world, both
        real and completely dishonest, so the information produced by them is always
        suspect.  Mr. VanPraagh has been busy both in public and in private sessions
        with thousands of people by now, however, and the consensus is that it is 
        impossible to  doubt his sincerity, and his communications are frequently
        astounding and very moving.
                He has also written some books about his work, and in a recent one called
        "Reaching to Heaven" he makes the observation that everyone, after passing
        through the door we call "death", ends up with a perfect "body", no matter how
        damaged their earthly one was.  This phenomenon has been reported over and
        over again by those who have been able to communicate.  A mental body, 
        operating on a mental plane, has the same abilities as a physical body operating
        on a physical plane, with even more flexibility and effectiveness.  
                He wryly observes that we spend an awful lot of time here on earth trying
        to produce perfect bodies that are ultimately going to fall apart anyway, only to
        be replaced by a perfect one.  At the same time, we ignore the development of
        qualities like patience, kindness, and unconditional love that are going to stay 
        with us even beyond this life.  The personal problems or attributes that we 
        develop here become a permanent part of our soul's history (karma?), and will
        continue to uplift us if they are positive or hold us back if they are not.
                Another thing that we must never forget, and we need to pass it on to 
        every succeeding generation, is the relationship between the various bodies we
        all have.  There is constant interaction going on from our birth to our death
        between all the energy levels of our reality.  Those who believe that they can 
        create a healthy physical body with only proper diet and physical activity and
        ignore the negative input of their mind are doomed to failure.  Others who
        concentrate only on mental, or even spiritual matters, which are the source, 
        are very apt to find their physical bodies suffering from the neglect.
                While it is important to remember that the roots of our tree of life are at
        the energy level we are calling spiritual, and that our mental and physical selves
        grow forth from these roots, it is our opinion that we are mistaken if we then
        assume that the spirit is more important.  The only difference between all the 
        energy levels on which we live is vibrational frequency.  Which note in a musical
        scale is the most important?  The question is meaningless.  Without all the notes,
        there is no music.
                We cannot say that our spirits are "holy" (or whole) and our bodies are not.
        They are made of the same stuff.  If any of it is holy, then it all is, and should be
        treated accordingly.  Of course, there are those among us who say that none of
        the creation is holy, or even meaningful.  They say this because they have 
        allowed their thinking mechanism to take over their entire concept of reality, 
        and they are no longer in contact with the other levels, so they cannot see them.
                It is the worst kind of tunnel vision to conclude that the only reality there 
        is, is what we can perceive with our eyes, hear with our ears, or touch with our
        hands.  Even our minds know better than that, or we would not have created
        half of the technology we have that depends on unseen forces.  In the same way,
        it is folly to assume that because we cannot immediately understand a creative
        force that operates outside of time and space, then it doesn't exist.  We cannot
        pick up television pictures with our minds, either, but that doesn't make us 
        claim that there is no such thing as television.  We can go out and buy a TV set,
        but even that won't work if we don't plug it into a power source and turn it on.
                How can we expect to be whole human beings if we are ignoring the
        development of most of our potential in favor of only those few possibilities that
        we can see, hear, feel, or figure out with a cursory examination?  To really 
        understand health care, we have no choice but to look at the larger picture. 
        It may come as a surprise to many people, but there are a lot of folks born into
        this world who have no intention of living a long and/or healthy physical life.  
        That is not why they came here.
                The time-less soul-entity that becomes a temporary human being is really
        only interested in the ultimate growth, by experience, of the complete package.
        If this progress, or even the progress of other human companion entities can be
        helped by a short earth life or a severe illness, then this course is often chosen.
        How can anyone learn to be a selfless care-giver if there is no-one else to care
        for?  We are all in this together, and we are supposed to be helping each other,
        not fighting or sitting around feeling sorry for ourselves.
                Physical health gives us a wonderful opportunity to fully experience and
        enjoy the earth, and we should be helping each other attain it.  Many people 
        are, and their efforts have great nobility, whether professional or not.  But a 
        healthy body or even a long earth life is not supposed to be the most important
        factor in our lives, and if we make the mistake of thinking it is, we will ultimately
        be disappointed.  Anyone who has ever prematurely "lost" a loved one who left
        earth behind and went on their way knows the pain this can cause when viewed
        only from the earth's perspective.  Our task is to enlarge that perspective, which
        is the only way to alleviate the pain.  

                                         CHAPTER TWELVE IS COMPLETE

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​                                                   INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITY


                The subtitle of this book is "A Primer for a Successful Life".  That's 
        exactly what it is, a primer - a very simple textbook.  A million details
        have been left out, but not because they were not important.  They just
        wouldn't fit into this book.  You won't find samples of English literature
        in a first grade reader, either.
            In the introduction, we said that our objective in writing this book was
        to help a few other people clear up their thinking about who they are, and
        what to do with their life.  We certainly hope we have done that.  Every
        one of the ideas expressed in these twelve chapters was aimed at that
            What was left out is a great deal more profound and amazing than
        what was included.  We truly are all part of an awesome and endless
        collection of universes where our possibilities have no limits.  The facts
        are far beyond the little I have tried to say here.  The word "magic" 
        comes to mind, because when we truly look at the creation with an open
        mind, that's what it seems to be - magic.
            In the physical world, every sunrise is magic.  Every birth is magic.
        So is every death.  Every idea that becomes physical reality is magic.
        Every breath and every heartbeat is magic.  They happen without our
        even thinking about them.  If we cut our finger, it heals up with the
        same magic that created the finger in the first place.  It's all magic.
        Ask any child.  They all believe in magic.  Adults have merely learned to 
        be cynical, so they've forgotten the magic part.  

              Webster's Dictionary:  MAGIC.  "Any mysterious, seemingly 
              inexplicable or extraordinary power or influence, as the magic
              of love."

            There is one little piece of information that was discussed a lot here,
        but never put into just a few words, like one of our "rules" for living.
        It should have been.  It sums up everything I've been saying, so I'll add
        it here.  We need to repeat this over and over to ourselves so we never
        forget it. 

                      "YOU MAKE YOUR OWN REALITY"

        Again:                 "YOU MAKE YOUR OWN REALITY"

        Again:                                "YOU MAKE YOUR OWN REALITY"

            Let it sink in.  It is the ultimate personal responsibility.  Let's all get
        it straight.  We are all making our own life.  Nobody else is doing it to us,
        no matter what it looks like.  We are not victims, we are creators.  How
        do we do this?  With magic, or better still, with our imagination.  It's the
        same thing.  
            How does the magic work?  Any attempt to really answer that ques-
        tion would probably take several more books, but here is the simple 
        answer in a few sentences. 
            Whether or not we pay any attention to it, there is a level of                 energy in which we all live that is beyond time and space.  It                     consists of every single possible result of every thought we ever               have or every act we ever perform.  It is an infinite reservoir of                 potential, and we simply select from it with our imagination, our               intentions, and our repeated conscious thoughts.  Whatever we                 concentrate on we create, whether we want it or not.  We just                   plant the seeds, wait, and sooner or later the physical result                     appears.

            It is the ultimate fabulous magical gift of our reality.  We can use it
        however we want.  The only catch is that we are RESPONSIBLE for our
        choices.  We do not want to believe this, but it is absolutely true.  Every
        aspect of our lives, from our health, to our finances, to our love life, to
        the weather and our participation in "natural disasters", and ultimately
        the time, place, and method of our own death, are all of our own making.
            If we say, "I don't believe that - we are victims of our environment
        and we are all sinners",  then that is the reality we create.  It works like
        a (magic) charm.  We all become victims and sinners, and then we say,
        "See, I told you".  
            What kind of a world do we want to live in?  It's our choice, and our


                        "In each person the imaginative world, its force
                    and its power, merges into historical reality.  In each
                    person, the ultimate and unassailable and unquenchable
                    power of All That Is is individualized, and dwells in time.
                    Man's imagination can carry him into other realms, but
                    when he tries to squeeze those truths into frameworks
                    too small, he distorts and bends inner realities so that 
                    they become jagged dogmas."

                                                                        ...  Seth
                                                            "The Individual and the
                                                             Nature of Mass Events"


           OR VIA EMAIL  -

                                WHAT DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE?

                    belief',  n.   "an acceptance of something as true".

        The following is from the 9th chapter of the gospel of Matthew in the
        RSV translation of the Bible:

                ...  a ruler came and knelt before him, saying, "my daughter has
        just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live."                                 ...  a woman who had suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years
        came up behind him and touched the fringe of his garment, for she said
        to herself, "If I only touch his garment, I shall be made well."
                Jesus turned, and seeing her, he said, "Take heart, daughter; your
        faith has made you well", and instantly, she was made well.  
                ... when Jesus came to the ruler's house, ... he went in and took
        her (the dead daughter) by the hand, and the girl arose.
                ... two blind men followed him, and came to him.  Jesus said to 
        them, "Do you believe that I am able to do this?" They said to him, 
        "Yes, Lord". - and their eyes were opened.  

        This is from " The Biology of Belief", by Bruce Lipton, PhD.

                A Baylor School of Medicine study, published in 2002, in the New
        England Journal of Medicine evaluated surgery for patients with severe,
        debilitating knee pain.  The lead author of the study, Dr. Bruce Moseley, 
        "knew" that knee surgery helped his patients:  "All good surgeons know
        there is no placebo effect in surgery."  But Moseley was trying to figure
        out which part of the surgery was giving his patients relief.  The patients
        in the study were divided into three groups.  Moseley shaved the 
        damaged cartilege in the knee of one group.  For another group, he
        flushed out the knee joint, removing material he thought to be causing
        the inflammatory effect.  Both of these constitute standard treatment for
        arthritic knees.  
                The third group got "fake" surgery.  The patient was sedated, 
        Moseley made three standard incisions, and then talked and acted just
        as he would have during a real surgery - he even splashed salt water to 
        simulate the sound of the knee-washing procedure.  After 40 minutes, 
        Moseley sewed up the incisions as if he had done the surgery.  All three
        groups were prescribed the same post-operative care, which included an
        exercise program.
                .. Yes, the groups who received surgery, as expected, improved.
        But the placebo group improved just as much as the other two groups!
        Despite the fact that there are 650,000 surgeries yearly for arthritic
        knees, at a cost of about $5,000 each, the results were clear to Moseley.
        "My skill as a surgeon had no benefit on these patients. The entire 
        benefit of surgery for osteoarthritis of the knee was the placebo effect."

        This is also from Dr. Lipton:

                "Our positive and negative beliefs not only impact our health, but
        also every aspect of our life.  ... Your beliefs act like filters on a camera,
        changing how you see the world.  And your biology adapts to those 
        beliefs.  When we truly recognize that our beliefs are that powerful, we
        hold the key to freedom."


                In the above examples, what is the common denominator?  Is it
        not the firm belief of the "patient" in the ability of the physician or the
        healer?  Those of you who are convinced that the New Testament of 
        the Bible is an accurate historical record have no choice but to accept
        the fact that the man Jesus knew what he was talking about when he
        said "Your FAITH has made you well", or "Do you BELIEVE that I am
        able to do this?"  
                Two thousand years later, Dr. Lipton's studies show that nothing
        has altered the importance of belief since then.  He has repeatedly 
        demonstrated in his laboratory that every cell in a human body has 
        awareness, and will respond immediately to the mental attitude of the
        body's host.  The medical profession has long known about the placebo
        effect, where physical problems sometimes disappear when treated 
        only with a "sugar pill" if the patient believes that it is medication.  
        Unfortunately, not very much research has ever been done to discover
        how or why this can happen, even though that information has always
        been available.
                In the realms outside of time and space, it is much easier, and
        fairly obvious that one's thoughts and core beliefs create one's reality, 
        because it happens immediately when the belief changes.  On earth, 
        in most cases, there is a time lag between the acceptance of a new
        belief and its appearance in the physical world, so a commitment is 
        usually required.  
                There is also very often a marked difference between what we 
        say we believe, and what truly is our core belief.  Some, for instance,
        are fond of repeating "affirmations" of belief to create a new situation
        in their life.  The fact that they constantly repeat these statements is
        proof that they don't believe what they are saying.  Their core belief is 
        that something is wrong, and the Universe faithfully responds to that
        attitude so the problem persists until the belief changes and the 
        affirmations are no longer needed.  
                How important is this awareness?  It just might be the most 
        important thing we can ever learn.  Much more can be said about the
        role our attitudes and intentions play in our lives, and we plan to return
        to the subject again.  Until then, consider this:  There are many so-called
        "religions" in the world, and always have been.  Is it not possible that
        what makes each one of them valuable or effective is the depth of 
        belief in their practitioners?  If the details of the faith are incorrect or
        always changing, what really might be the only important thing is the
        beliefs of the faithful and what they do about them.  

                                                                    ...  Merlyn


                                                                                                                            This is a photograph of planet earth taken Feb.14, 1990 by
    the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about
    6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles). Voyager had completed
    its mission and turned around at the request of Carl Sagan to
    take one more picture of the earth before returning.
                        It was entitled  "PALE BLUE DOT"

​                                                                                                                                        Dec. 1, 2016
                                                     A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE

                Most humans living on the planet called Earth think of it as very large and                 so important that we are perhaps the only intelligent and living beings in the 
      universe.  At this point many are at least considering the possibility that there
      may be other inhabited planets somewhere, but others still believe that the  
      "God" that created us made us the most important part of the creation.  The 
      photograph above this may somehow alter that viewpoint if considered 
      thoughtfully.  Here is one comment by Carl Sagan, who requested that the 
      picture be taken, and has written, among other things, a complete book entitled
      "Pale Blue Dot"

              "The earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.  Think of the 
            endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on 
            the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how 
            frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another,
            how fervent their hatreds.  Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those
            generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become
            the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot."
                                                                                    ... Carl Sagan

                                            What else is there to say?             

​                                                                                                                                                         January 2015

                                                CONVERSATIONS    -   WILLIAM JAMES 

                        William James became one of the most influential philosophers of his time.
            A physician, an educator, and a Harvard University psychologist, he was famous for,
            among other things, his thorough investigations of metaphysics, and authored many 
            books, most notably, "The Varieties of Religious Experience", which was based on his
            lectures at Edinburgh University in 1901 and 1902.

            Merlyn:   What a privilege to meet you, Dr. James.  Your life-long investigation into the
            mind of mankind truly blazed a trail for many who followed after you.

            W.J.:   It's a pleasure to meet you also, Merlyn.  I must confess that many of us truly 
            doubted your existence while we were laboring under the limitations of time and space.
            My searching, while there, was almost an obsession I could not resist.  Every satisfactory
            answer I discovered simply seemed to raise many more questions.

            Merlyn:   Have you been more successful since then in answering some of them?

            W.J.:   One thing that is clear to me now that I completely overlooked then is that, for
            humans, only the proper blend of intuitions and intellect can provide true vision or 
            understanding.  The meaning of the universe remains invisible to the intellect alone, and
            actually becomes less apparent the more it is examined in a conventionally scientific 

            Merlyn:   Using your intuitions and powerful intellect now, what is your impression of our

            W.J.:   I would like to compare this universe to a model of a multidimensional work of 
            art, rather than a mechanical machine.  Definitely, it is a work of art in progress which 
            is constantly changing, and with a plan beyond the understanding of any human artist.
            We are, while alive, within and a part of this production, and all the categorizing in the
            world will not reveal its meaning.

            Merlyn:   What about the Artist who is creating this universe?  Have you found yourself
            closer to our creative source since you have been here?

            W.J.:   I have not yet encountered a conventional "heaven", or glimpsed the face of God,
            but I certainly feel that I live in a psychological heaven by earth's standards.  Everywhere
            i sense a "presence" that is well-intentioned, gentle, powerful, and all-knowing.

            Merlyn:   You spent your life trying to understand the mind and the purpose of mankind.
            Have you any new insights in that regard?

            W.J.:   I'll say.  It's obvious now that every person, living or "dead", is a unique and 
            perfect materialization of this loving presence.  Each one of us is himself or herself, and
            an agent for the universe at the same time.

            Merlyn:   How can we become more aware of this wonderful presence you feel?

            W.J.:   I suspect that it reveals itself exactly according to the attention one accords it.
            This presence is everywhere, and responds to each of us, but like a summer day, it is a
            delightful medium, and it is quite possible to take it for granted.

            Merlyn:   I'm wondering if you ever despair about the destructiveness of some humans.
            Do you still see evidence of evil?

            W.J.:   You know, I realize now that destructiveness is simply the inadequate expression
            of a good intent.  This atmospheric presence I feel ever seeks the most creative, 
            expansive, loving expression in such immense terms, that it is nonsense to give it human
            characteristics.  To say that evil acts are just malfunctioning good would have sounded
            unbelievable in my lifetime, but the truth I see now is that there is no evil to contend with.
            We are left only to examine the nature of man through its best and not its worst 


            Merlyn:   Dr. James graciously agreed that we should continue our conversation when
            he found that I planned to share it with many who are now experiencing time and
            space.  Please stay with us, and we will try to see that happens. 

​                                               CONVERSATIONS -  ALBERT EINSTEIN

                         ( What a treat to get this glimpse into the mind of a genius.)

            MERLYN:   It's a real pleasure to meet you, Dr. Einstein.  Those of us who have                                           been in touch with the world of time and space have great admiration for your                                         contributions to the natural sciences.

            ALBERT:   Thank you, Merlyn.  I must admit, though, that when I was on earth,
            I d1dn't pay much attention to these worlds outside of time and space, so it                                             appears to me now that my determination to keep my focus on the somewhat                                           narrow idea of "relativity" wasn't really very helpful.

           MERLYN:   That's a pretty common reaction when we leave the physical world
           and arrive here.  It's all about focus, isn't it?

           ALBERT:   It certainly is.  It's just amazing how we can completely concentrate 
           so hard on empirical evidence that we completely miss the bigger picture.  
           My contemporaries who understood the "quantum" theory better than I tried                                             to convince me, but I was pretty stubborn.  I remember telling them that a belief                                       in an external world that is independent of the perceiving subject is the very                                             basis of all natural science.

           MERLYN:   What do you think about that now?

           ALBERT:   Well, I'm proud that I was able to help expand the scientific viewpoint,
           but I didn't go nearly far enough.  I can see now that we cannot stand apart from                                     a reality and do any more than present diagrams of it.  We will never understand                                     its true nature at all that way.

          MERLYN:   You spent the latter part of your long career trying to mathematically                                      identify a unified field that would embrace your physical reality and also include                                      the "uncertainty" and "probabilities" of the quantum theory.  Did you ever reach                                      a satisfactory conclusion?

          ALBERT:   Not before I crossed over to this world.  As long as I was focused on
          earth, I just was not able to accept the idea that the unified field might not be                                            physical at all.  It wasn't scientific enough to imagine that the energy we called                                        "consciousness" was the underlying reality that formed the energy we were                                              calling "matter".  

          MERLYN:   Where do you go from here, with an even greater understanding
          of reality than you had before?

          ALBERT:   I can't wait to find that out myself.  I hope I won't be so determined 
          to simplify and measure a universe that is complex and limitless beyond all
          comprehension.  We can't really measure infinity, can we?  Right now the 
          reality I see just gets bigger and more amazing every time I look around at it.
          Why, I just found out that some astronomers from Yale University and Harvard                                          University recently suggested that there might be as many as 300 sextillion                                              stars - that's a 3 followed by 23 zeros.  You know what?  That number is still                                              too small.  The more they search, the more they will find, because I see now                                              that it is their collective imagination that is creating all those galaxies.                                                        It appears that there truly are no limits to this awesome creation.

​                                   CONVERSATIONS -  LEONARDO DA VINCI

​               I have the best of both worlds.  I can still remember and keep in contact with your relative
     world of time and space, while living consciously in our timeless one.  What a blessing, and all 
     of you have it to look forward to when you are ready.  I had my first conversation just now with
     the person you knew as Leonardo DaVinci, and believe me, he is everything you thought he was,
     and more.

     MERLYN:   It is a real pleasure to meet you, Leonardo.  Needless to say, you were, and still are,
     quite famous on Earth.  Is that still a source of pleasure for you?

     LEONARDO:   Well, you also made a name for yourself, and you still seem to be working at it.
     How do you feel about it?  It's really not too difficult to be well-known, however.  A lot of people
     have heard about Attilla the Hun, too.  

     MERLYN:   I see your point.  The reason for one's fame is a matter of some importance, isn't it?

​     LEONARDO:   I'd say so.  I had the opportunity to know some kings and princes and even a Pope
     or two while I was there.  Most of them were remarkable people, but they didn't all leave the 
     world better than they found it.

     MERLYN:   Your fame was based on the fact that you were knowledgeable about so many 
     different subjects.  Of all the skills you had, what was your greatest joy?

     LEONARDO:   You probably won't believe this, but I was a terrific lute player.  I still wish that I
     had spent more time making music, but one had a difficult time earning a living that way.  In 
     Italy, there was a much better market for my art and my scientific work.

     MERLYN:   You were criticized a lot for not finishing many of you artistic projects.  Why didn't you?

     LEONARDO:   You had to bring that up, didn't you?  I guess there just weren't enough hours in a 
     day to do all the things I wanted to do.  I often found myself thinking about my next project while
     working on a current commission, and rather than do it badly because of my lack of concentration,
     I simply quit.  I do feel rather sad about that horse, though.  They would have had a much more 
     difficult time destroying a bronze casting than the clay model.

     MERLYN:    How could you have foreseen so many ideas and inventions that noone else had even
     thought of?

      LEONARDO:   You know the answer to that.  Just like yours, my mind was partly connected to what
     everyone called the past or the future.  We both know now that time does not really exist, so it's 
     just a matter of where one focuses his attention.  Those who are still on Earth now should know
     this about time - I could see it when I was there, and said this then:  In rivers, the water that you 
     touch is the last of what has passed, and the first of that which comes.  So with time present.  

​      MERLYN:   I wish I had said that.  Do you suppose we could continue this conversation at                               another time?  

​      LEONARDO:    Certainly.  I believe we have already done this again in the future, haven't we?      

                                                           BE SURE TO LOOK AT THIS!


             The following items are appearing because in the "Outside of Time and Space" world                                 of the Wizard are many other individuals who have made a name for themselves while 
            here in our relative world on the Earth.  Merlyn has made an acquaintance with a few of
            them, and would like to share some of his conversations with us.  We think you will find 
            these interesting and perhaps even enlightening.



                                                                                                                                        May 2017

                                                               UNDERSTANDING DRUGS

                          We recently discovered a pamphlet written in 1971 and entitled:

                                  DIMENSIONS OF UNDERSTANDING ABOUT DRUGS
                                                            by Robert K. Townley

                            Mister Townley was obviously qualified to create this pamphlet.
                                                Here are the facts "about the author"

                    "Robert K. Townley is a graduate of Temple University, and also holds an M.A.
            degree in counseling from Michigan State University.  He has done further graduate
            work at Columbia University and Merrill Palmer Institute.
                    Mr. Townley has had considerable experience with problems of drug abuse in 
            schools, churches, and mental health clinics.  He has served as Director of Programs 
            for Detroit's Drug Abuse Clinics and is consultant to groups establishing drug educa-
            tion programs and treatment centers."

                    We find it significant that the information in his pamphlet is even more                                   relevant now in 2017 than it was in 1971.  Are we making any progress here?                                 The following is the complete text of his pamphlet.  


                                "Send not to inquire who the drug user is ---
                                                        The drug user is you and me."
                                Paraphrasing this oft-quoted passage should give a new
                                perspective to the drug picture.  The first consideration in
                                facing the drug problem is that drug use is a way of life
                                for most people in our society.

                                                                            We are all drug users ---

                                    Do you drink coffee, tea, or Coca Cola?
                                You are a drug user ---

                                    Do you take aspirin, anacin, of Bromo Seltzer?
                                You are a drug user ---

                                    Do you take tranquilizers, pain relievers, or the little blue 
                                    pill that makes you feel young again?
                                 You are a drug user ---

                                    Do you smoke cigarettes, or drink alcoholic beverages?
                                 You are a drug user ---

                                Our Society has grown up with the idea that there is a pill for
                                every pain, and nobody should have to suffer any discomfort.
                                Illegal drug use today is a logical extension of this philosophy
                                and practise.   

                                                                Which Drugs?

                                From your own reading about the drug problem, what do you
                                believe is the most popular drug of abuse?

                                  What drug causes the most brain damage?
                                  What drug has the greatest number of addicts?
                                  What drug produces the most psychotics? 
                                  What drug contributes most to crime?

                       The answer to all these questions is the drug alcohol.  Yet when most
                       people discuss drugs and evince their concern about drug abuse, the                                                      conversation centers not around alcohol, but heroin.  

                                There are about 500,000 heroin addicts in the United States, 
                                compared to more than 9 million alcohol addicts.  There are 
                                more alcohol addicts in the San Francisco Bay area of 
                                California than there are heroin addicts in the entire nation.

                        With heroin .....
                                Crime is committed because the drug is illegal, not because
                                the nature of the drug induces criminal behavior.  Heroin is a
                                tranquilizer.  The addict is passive under the influence of the
                                drug.  He may steal or commit other crimes to support his
                                habit only because heroin is illegal and therefore expensive.
                                The heroin user who commits crimes does so not because 
                                of the nature of the drug.  He does so because of the nature
                                of the law.   

                        With alcohol .....
                                The very nature of the drug alcohol induces anti-social 
                                behavior in many people.  Alcohol inhibits judgement and
                                relaxes the control centers of the brain.  Because this is true,
                                alcohol may contribute to violent, destructive behavior.
                                The alcohol user who commits crime may do so because of
                                 the nature of the drug itself.

                        Responding to the heroin problem, society .....
                                * condemns the user of heroin,
                                        * panics over the number of users,
                                                * appropriates vast sums of money for law 
                                                  enforcement programs.                              
​                       At the same time .....
                                Alcohol is glamorized.   The alcohol industry is permitted to
                                spend more than a million dollars a day to advertise its 
                                product.  The wheels of our social functions continue to be
                                lubricated with the drug alcohol.

                       In addition to alcohol, other legal drugs continue to take their toll
                       almost unnoticed.
                                There are probably as many barbiturate addicts as heroin 
                                addicts in our country today.  People become addicts and
                                remain addicts on legal prescriptions given to them by 
                                their physicians.  

                                Common aspirin is the most frequent cause of drug-induced
                                disturbances among millions throughout our nation. 

                                More than a million people a year die prematurely because
                                they smoke cigarettes. 
​                       The point of these references is simply to underscore the fact that .....
                                * if we are to deal realistically with the drug problem,
                                        * if we are to put the drug picture in proper perspective,
                                                * we must recognize that our entire social system
                                                   social system is drug dependent.

                       It is necessary to face the fact that drugs are not simply a problem 
                       of the ghetto or a new device dreamed up by the youth of our generation.
                       We are a drug-dependent society.  We must all acknowledge our 
                       involvement in drug use. This is absolutely essential if we are to 
                       deal objectively, realistically, and effectively with drug abuse.

                                                                "Drug Abuse"

                       Another dimension of the perspective we seek lies in our concept of
                       what constitutes "drug abuse". 
                                The term "drug abuse" is often a scare phrase, loaded
                                with panic by those who profit by playing upon our fears. 
                                We respond to it like a fire bell in the night.  In our alarm
                                we recklessly .....
                                        * spend money,
                                                * delegate police power,
                                                        * initiate drug propaganda in the 
                                                          name of education,
                                                                * wring our hands in dismay,
                                                                   without identifying the problem
                                                                   or dealing with the basic issues.

                       In this reaction, we reflect the same characteristics the drug abuser
                       displays, seeking easy solutions to complex life situations.  To
                       understand what constitutes "drug abuse", we must first develop a
                       more constructive way to think about drugs.

                                Most of us think of drugs in one category -- as an escape 
                                which "other people" use.  Or, we think of drugs in two 
                                categories -- legal and illegal as though --
                                        * all legal drugs are beneficial and good, but
                                                * all illegal drugs are harmful and bad.  

                       A more positive approach to drug abuse would be first to think of all
                       drugs as drugs, disregarding whether they are legal or illegal, or
                       whether we use them or someone else does.

                                Accepting this principle, we may then consider all drugs
                                in terms of .....
                                        use                   abuse              dependency.
                                In this context, we can recognize that .....
                                        * all drugs can be used,
                                                * all drugs are subject to abuse,
                                                        * most drugs can produce dependency,
                                                           either psychological, physical or both.

                       To use a drug means simply that .....
                                occasionally, from time to time or regularly, one may use
                                a drug, but that drug use is not harmful in any way.

                       To abuse a drug means .....
                                to use a drug, any drug, to the degree that it impairs the
                                mental or physical health, limits productivity, growth, or
                                human potential, produces anti-social behavior or causes
                                financial problems.

                       Dependency can involve both physical and psychological factors.
                                To become physically dependent means that the absence of the
                                drug produces actual physical illness.  Psychological or emotional
                                means one uses a drug to the extent that the absence of the drug
                                produces irritability, restlessness, boredom, frustration, and lack
                                of meaning or purpose in one's life.

                        Putting the drug picture into proper perspective becomes disturbing
                        when we see that .....
                                * all of us use drugs to some degree, and
                                        * many of us are physically or emotionally 
                                           dependent  on drugs of some kind.

                        Unless we are ready to deal with the situation from this point of view,
                        we are in no position to make a constructive contribution to rehab-
                        ilitation  or our drug-prone society.  

                                                          MORE THAN FACTS 

                        To deal creatively with a drug-prone society requires more than information
                        about drugs.  We must attempt to create a mood of understanding.  We need
                        honesty, to admit our own involvement with drug use and abuse, as well as
                        the honesty to look at our motives and fears,

                                * our haunting anxieties about our failures as parents,
                                        * our jealousy over the freedom of youth,
                                                * our guilt over some of these feelings, and
                                                        * our frustration and anger over our helplessness
                                                           to stop drug use.

                        Honesty will help us to admit that our judgmental attitudes, punitive laws,
                        and the extension of police power probably say more about out prejudices
                        than our understanding.  We must begin to ask questions such as ....

                                                   Why are our laws not working? 

                        As strict and punitive as they are, present laws are not controlling the heroin
                        traffic and related crimes.  From its source in Turkey and Thailand to the
                        streets of Detroit and Chicago the heroin traffic is permitted to exist by the
                        federal government and local law enforcement.  

                                The federal government, for political reasons, refuses to halt 
                                the traffic at its international sources.  On the local level, police
                                often provide heroin to the addict to maintain contacts for 
                                information in the underworld.

                        Not only does the current heroin law seem to produce more crime on both
                        sides of the law, but the law system related to other drugs tends to 
                        produce a general breakdown in respect for law and order among large
                        segments of our population.

                        The governor of Michigan, in a recent message on drug abuse to the state
                        legislature, said, "By making felons of an increasing number of our youth,
                        we undermine public attitudes toward the seriousness of all the felonies.
                        For some people, jail sentences involving the threat of sexual assault or the
                        association with hardened criminals may be of greater danger than the 
                        potential danger of the drug involved.

                        Surveys on the high school and college campus make it clear that present
                        laws are not effectively limiting drug use.  However, the present law does 
                        serve to prevent quality control of drugs.  Consequently, the greatest danger
                        of illegal drug use is from poisoning or over-dose.  If the illegal drug user
                        simply got cheated, we might say that it served him right, but even the 
                        sternest advocate of strong laws will admit that a psychotic break from an
                        over-dose of acid, permanent deafness from impurities, or death from
                        strychnine is too tragic a price to pay for a rebellious fling or a serious search
                        for some new insight, however misguided society may think that search was.

                        All this raise one more basic question .....  How far should the law go in 
                        protecting the drug user from himself, and how inclusive should the law be 
                        in this respect?  An emotional, rational conclusion based on known infor-
                        mation of the dangers involved would mean that the penalties for over-
                        eating, smoking cigarettes, and drinking alcohol would have to be more 
                        severe than the penalties for such things as smoking marijuana.  Most would
                        agree that even 90 days in jail for overeating would be a bit severe.

                                                                A FINAL DIMENSION

                        Perhaps the final dimension of the drug dilemma is recognizing that drug use
                        is symptomatic.  Something is radically wrong with our society.  Like the man
                        who will not go to the doctor because he is afraid he has cancer, many of us
                        steadfastly refuse to deal with the hardest question of all .....  What is wrong
                        with the American way of life?

                        All of our lives we have been taught that killing is wrong. Yet for more than a 
                        quarter of a century we have systematically trained our young men to fight
                        and kill as they come of draft age. Is it possible that the only way we can 
                        endure the pain and guilt of this contradiction is to sedate ourselves with drugs?

                        Our present economy can survive only as long as people buy things they do 
                        not need.  Therefore, it becomes the business of advertising to create an
                        insatiable appetite in the American people.  Is it possible that this appetite is
                        part of the craving that drives large segments of our population to seek 
                        satisfaction in drug use?

                        Is it possible that an education system which is more concerned with the 
                        accumulation of facts than the process of thinking leads the restless mind to
                        seek expansion in drugs?  Is it possible that the powerlessness, poverty, and
                        injustice felt by our youth and other subcultures is too frustrating?  Is it 
                        possible that the loneliness and alienation growing from our impersonal
                        technology is more than we can bear?

                                                                    IN CONCLUSION

                        Whatever the reasons, we are all drug users.  Most of us are drug abusers. 
                        All of us are part of a society whose values fail to fulfill the human spirit.
                        We will be able to deal creatively with the symptoms of drug abuse when we
                        can see .....
                                * the Hippie,
                                        * the heroin user,
                                                * the pot smoker, or cigarette smoker,
                                                        * the cocktail drinker, or
                                                                * the tranquilized housewife ....                                                                                       as a product of our society.  A person searching for meaning,
                                    attempting to escape from frustrations, hungry for attention .....

                        a person looking for a way to live in the social order which we have all helped
                        to produce.  A brother or a sister trying to cope with the American dream.

                                Then we can say to them .....
                        "You and I have done this together.  -  Let's see what we can do about it."   


                        Have we improved the situation since 1971?     ------    Merlyn    




​                                                                                                                                                                                     June 2017

                                                  I WISH A WORLD
            I wish a world ...
       * I wish a world where being unconventional is OK; prejudice and bigotry will melt away
                    so acceptance and kindness can reign.
        * I wish a world where every human being would do at least one random act of kindness every day. 
        * I wish a world where we wear our differences like medals proudly and courageously - in my perfect 
                    world our differences are celebrated.
        * In the world I wish, people strive to be themselves, never hiding their individuality in order to fit in.

        * Relax! I wish everyone would just take a breath and relax.
        * My wish is for a world with endless naps and time is frozen just waiting for you to wake up.
        * I wish for a world full of food ... lots and lots of food.

        * I wish a world where hate disappears from the English language and is replaced by love.
        * My wish world is one where I can respectfully disagree with others, and they do the same for me.
        * I wish a world where nobody's a jerk!
        * I wish a world where "I" wasn't in the word anxiety.
        * In my wish world, the color of your skin doesn't matter, but your character does: one where 
                    everyone has the courage to stand up to bullies.

        * How about a world where the Detroit Pistons win a championship?
        * I wish a world where everyone could dunk!
        * I wish a world where sports were easier for short people.
        * I wish a world where equality spreads beyond the boundaries of the sports field - a world where
                    men and women are finally equal.
        * I wish a world where aren't judged by the shape of their bodies, but by the size of their brains.
        * Where the LGBTQ community are accepted as equals - where everyone is always welcome.

        * I wish a world where global warming doesn't exist.  A world with sharp, snow-filled winters, and
                    bright skies unclouded by smog.
        * I wish a world where we will always be free to explore a living Great Barrier Reef.
        * In my wish world, clean air feeds thriving forests, so that all kids, teens, and adults have the
                    opportunity to go to camp.  
        * Where global warming doesn't exist, we stay committed to protecting the environment, and the
                    radiance of the earth survives, and I can breathe clean, pure, puff-up-your-lungs air.

        * I wish a world where nobody will ever miss the sunset.
        * I wish a world where waking up in the morning was easy ... a world where the bus doesn't come
                    in the dark.
        * Sleep!  I want to sleep as late as I please!
        * I wish a world with unlimited Taco Bell nachos ... Yum!
        * How about endless Pasta?       Healthy candy?

        * I wish a world where people would actually look up from their phones ... where kids are more
                    interested in the world around them than the 6-inch screen in their hands.

        * I wish a world that values truth ... where ignorance is non-existent.  
        * In my world, people persevere.
        * I wish a world where people would stop being afraid of what could go wrong .. rather think about
                    what could go right.
        * I wish people had the guts to say what they think.
        * I wish a world where adults actually listened to kids and what they have to say.
        * I wish a word with no regrets.  I want to live in the moment - not the past.

        * I wish a world where wars were just rock, paper, scissors.
        * A world that doesn't ignore starvation and famine.
        * A world that remembers and learns from its history.
        * A world where peace isn't just an emoji.
        * I wish for a world that is safe from the dangers of terror and violence, where all humans
                    can live in peace.
        * I wish a world where it's possible to laugh at least once a day.
        * I wish a world where every step leaves a trail of happiness behind you.
        * I hope for a world where everyone gets the opportunity to make their dreams come true.

        * I wish ... This world.

                                                                          ... we can do this ...  Merlyn

                                                                                                 June 2017


                   Those of you who are fans of the Arthurian legend may be familiar with the                  work of Stephen R. Lawhead, who has written, among other things, four books
         he called "The Pendragon Cycle".  They are beautifully written, and definitely 
         worth reading.  The titles, in order, are:

               A remarkable epic tale of the twilight of Atlantis --- and of the brilliant
               dawning of the Arthurian Era.

               Seer, Bard, Sage, Warrior ... His wisdom was legend, his courage 
               spawned greatness.  

               He was the glorious King of Summer ... His legend ... the stuff of dreams.   

               Arthur is king, but darkest evil has descended upon Britain in many guises.  

                    The books were published by AVON BOOKS, by arrangement with
                           Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers.


                    We would like to take the liberty of including here a small excerpt
                from the first book of this series -- Taliesin:

                        " I have seen a land shining with goodness where each man
                    protects his brother's dignity as readily as his own, where war
                    and want have ceased and all races live under the same law of
                    love and honor."
                        " I have seen a land bright with truth, where a man's word 
                    is his pledge and falsehood is banished, where children sleep
                    safe in their mothers' arms and never know fear or pain.  I have
                    seen a land where kings extend their hands in justice rather than
                    reach for the sword, where mercy, kindness, and compassion 
                    flow like deep water over the land, and men revere virtue, revere
                    truth, revere beauty, above comfort, pleasure, or selfish gain.     
                    A land where peace reigns in the hearts of men, where faith blazes
                    like a beacon from every hill and love like a fire from every hearth,
                    where the true God is worshiped and His ways acclaimed by all.
                        "It is a true world."
                        "It is our world as it was meant to be."


                    Now, may I offer my own thoughts on the matter?   I have, with
               an "out of space and time" viewpoint, been made aware of this:

                    This beautiful planet we call Earth is like a small grain of sand
                on the shore of a vast river.  The other worlds of the Universe in 
                which it is located are as numerous and diverse as the sand and 
                the stones that line this river, and ours is only one Universe.  
                There are other Universes beyond number, like blades of grass.
                On one of these other Universes, for example, there is a federation
                consisting of over one thousand inhabited planets, and all are 
                devoted to improving conditions for all life forms.  
                    There are different kinds of people, but there are NO armies, 
                and no weapons of any kind are allowed.  Their technology far 
                exceeds ours, their peace has endured for thousands of years,                                           and they are capable of traveling between all their worlds. They                                         also are aware of our world, because it has a special place in 
                our Universe due to our "free will" ability to create any reality
                we can imagine. They generally think that most of us are primitive                                     savages - can you perhaps see why they might think that?  

                              How BIG can you think?         ...  Merlyn              

                                                                                                                                                    April, 2018

                                                               ANOTHER APOLOGY                         

                      As you can see, it has been three months since our latest entry on                      this site.  For this, and our other short-comings, we offer our belated 
          apology, and our determination to do a better job in the coming months.  
          It seems that for some time now we have somewhat abandoned our 
          objective to expand on our experience as the legendary Merlyn, and 
          concentrated more on entries that appear more like religious sermons 
          than interesting anecdotes. 
              I believe we have mentioned elsewhere that the reason we fell into 
          this habit is because in the fifth century AD, there was quite a religious
          uproar in the area around what is now Eastern Europe and the British
          Isles, where we lived.  Some of the same issues are now existing in the
          twenty-first century, of course, so we cannot help but see the similarity. 
              Religion, as it is called, is such a fundamental subject for so many
          people, that it really cannot be ignored if we are going to discuss the 
          history of our occupation of the planet.  We would like simply to put our
          basic grasp of the subject here in a few remarks, and in the future confine                our more detailed comments to the "Essays" page of this website. 
               It is our hope that this change will make the site more interesting to
          a larger audience.  I suspect we have become repetitious, (i.e. boring).

        Here is our evolved understanding of the subject called "religion".   

        1.  The dictionary definition of the word is re-connection.  The only issue 
             is, to what (or whom) are we connecting?    And if we are re-connecting,
             that assumes that we were connected before, and somehow lost the
             connection. Allegories like the Adam and Eve stories refer to this.

        2.  There is only one true re-ligion, and that is an endless search for the 

        3.  The word "God" is merely a different spelling (Anglo-Saxon) of the   
             word now spelled with two 'o's.  It is an adjective, not a noun.  The
             creative force of any or all universes is simply "Good".  It shows 
             itself on the three-dimensional level as what we call "consciousness".

        4.  Consciousness is the ONLY reality.  EVERYTHING else is derivative.
             The only true name for "God" is "All That Is".  In the Bible it calls itself
             "I AM". (Exodus 3:14)    

        5.  Human beings are simply one small part of that reality.  Since we are
             part of a creative force, (and good), we are also creators.  The fact 
             that what we have created does not always look good is simply because
             we have been endowed with unlimited creativity and many of our
             creative choices have negative results.  We need to start making 
             better choices.

        6.  Most of the world organizations that called themselves religions have
             stopped looking for the truth and settled for one narrow view of it.
             The enlightened avatars (Christ, Buddha, Mohammed, etc.) who have                       come to help us along the way have either been ignored or had their                       message distorted by "religious" leaders with their own agenda.  

        7.  The good news is that it appears that we are now in the midst of an
             unprecedented change in the awakening process toward a better 
             global understanding of the system.  What looks like an impending 
             disaster in human history is merely the last-gasp effort of mistaken
             individuals to maintain the status quo.  It cannot be done.  We, and
             the creative force that produced us, are still timelessly "Good", and 
             will ultimately prove it.

                 Now, on to other subjects ....   Merlyn