With so many fine writers having already spoken their truth, I humbly submit for your consideration the revelations that have presented themselves to me.
I left Apple Farm around 4 years ago now. I had been there about a dozen years and worked intensively with Don Raiche during that time and prior to that with Florence, Else, Jane and Helen. I have been an Apple Farmer since 1979. Once a Farmer, always a Farmer, I say.
Ephesians 5:14 says: “Wake up from you Sleep, Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” (There is a variation on that last part that says: “And you will touch Christ.”
My life in Florida has been a waking. I have many sources of inspiration, notably Helen Luke, of course, and Dr. Jung as well as Edward Edinger and Sister Jane. But that is not an inclusive list because I have many others that from time to time speak with me.
My biggest inspiration is the Holy Spirit. “Come, Holy Spirit, Come and from your celestial home shed a ray of light divine. Come, father of the poor, come, source of all our store, come, within our bosom’s shine…”
I have a prayer corner in the living room. It is a table and on it and the walls of the corner are various pictures and images as well as a statue of Justice (wielding a sword, holding a book and standing on a book with a snake under her feet.) Also there is a statue of Wisdom as Athene (with a spear and a sword – holding an owl on her arm) and one of Mother Mary (standing on a snake on a half globe). I have a picture of Helen at a table smiling, a picture of Nancy Kurilik at church where she made her Carmelite Promises. I also have pictures of my brothers Roger and Bob, my niece and nephew, my ex-wife Becky and her daughter Lorna and Aunt Esther as well as many mandalas I colored as well as many sayings from Sister Jane and a few from others as well as myself.
I pray daily and for some years now I have been praying a Rosary for Mother Mary and also a Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet. I pray for as many friends and family and others that I can. I have a prayer “book” that started out a bit like the Red Book but has evolved into my own prayers and such that are a daily part of my life. In the prayer book I wrote: “I pray for family and friends because I need to…my hope is that they don’t need my prayers!”
Several years ago, while still living at Apple Farm, Jim Carow sent me a quote from Sirach 6:26-28: “Come to (Wisdom) with all your soul, and keep her ways with all your might. Search out and seek and she will become known to you. And when you get hold of her, do not let her go. For at last you will find the rest she gives, and she will be changed into joy for you.”
In Wisdom 6:12, there is one part that I truly like: "Of her (Wisdom) the most sure beginning is the desire for discipline, care for discipline means loving her, loving her means keeping her laws, obeying her laws guarantees incorruptibility. Incorruptibility brings near to God.”
Helen, we may remember says “Discipline is to keep a single gaze.”
“…the Holy Ghost, as the synthesis of the original One which then became split, issues from a source that is both light and dark. “For the powers of the right and the left unite in the harmony of wisdom,” we are told in the Acts of John. (Cf James, The Apocryphal New Testament, pg 255 taken from Jung on Evil, pg 58.)
In a slightly different way of saying it, Sister Jane said for September 8, “Christ’s obedience to God did not consist of doing what God told him but of a total oneness with God’s disposition of Self-Giving love.
Some reflections, both personal and other:
*To "see" God the ego holds up a mirror and thinks what is “reflected” is the image of God. Better to hold up Love and the image reflected is both. *The whole point of consciousness is to learn to “think for ourself.” Really, to think (to know) for the Self – the unconscious part of ourselves. *The River of Life flows in 4 different directions – not just one. And it may be our “task” in life to find our “source” away from the original flow that nourished and nurtured us. Only by finding our own source, perhaps, can we “give back” to the original. Only by going “our own way” do we find ourselves “at home” on Earth.
Helen says: “Finally in the hexagram of Inner Truth (Hexagram 61) there is a line that most beautifully expresses this deepest level of all in the relationship of one man with another. The text is “A crane calling in the shade. Its young answers it. ‘I have a good goblet. I will share it with you.”
I, too, have a good goblet and I will share it with you. Enjoy. May all of us have all we need. May all we need be all of us.