He who treads the Path in earnest sees not the mistakes
Viewed worldwide in spectacular coverage, we have all just passed through the momentous celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of England’s Queen Elizabeth. I saw just one “Good Morning America” segment the day the Queen’s royal barge sailed down the Thames accompanied by the jubilating armada of people in boats of all sizes and shapes expressing their gratitude. No matter how any of us feel outwardly about an institutional monarchy per se or the lavish pomp and jeweled events, it was a spiritually significant moment for this century and juncture of humanity’s evolution.
Watching that brief segment, I was struck by the exaltation of the British people and their pride and support for their 60-year-reigning “Mother of the Realm.” A number of my best-loved friends are British, and many were “glued to the set” in deepest awe, support, and reverent rapport. My hunch is many British individuals likely think every penny was well spent on those historic, commemorating celebrations. Others have voiced a more cynical, critical viewpoint. One astrologer suggested the enormous sum of money spent would have better served to feed the poor and help them in their dire situations.
Let not any of us be deceived by appearances in any perceived form. In the larger view and broader context, there are countless factors—both visible and invisible—intersecting simultaneously in our own lives, that of our nation, and the global society. And what about the daily guidance of our still small voice, guidance that leads us invariably on a True Path, which may be my perfect spiritual Path but anathema to you. The world of appearances is much more than we know!
So, who among us can judge any outward appearance of an external event, condition, situation, relationship, or any individual? We dare not judge appearances. We cannot know the whole picture. Nor is it our business. What would our world be like if we condemned no one but simply blessed all? Would you want to live in such a world of mercy, acceptance, and Love? Would we then, in fact, be living the highest expressions of human nature set forth in the Sermon on the Mount and encouraged in all the world scriptures?
Do not judge thy comrade until thou hast stood in his place.
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another.
The vile are ever prone to detect the faults of others,
Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Easily seen are others’ faults, hard indeed to see are one’s own.
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up
Confucius said, “The gentleman calls attention to the good
We can never truly know what any given soul has taken on as their particular spiritual mission in any given incarnation. We can never really know what larger, grander Cosmic Orchestrations are occurring from the inner or transcendent planes of life nor what is transpiring behind the scenes on the highest spiritual level that eventually makes its way down to the physical level of life.
In her royal, privileged birthright, Queen Elizabeth offers a perfect example of the possibility of our getting stopped at outward appearances. There have probably been hundreds of descriptors of her over the years; a few will suffice: a dour, stoic, at times severe face—a “stiff upper lip”—that conceals her emotions (her reputation for emotional detachment); an often forced smile; unwavering public reserve, coolness, and decorum—“the rigid carapace of formality and discretion”; steely resolve; dogged, demanding, rigid, immovable, unbending; soldiering on in her responsibilities and duties even in the face of enormous pressures for change and in spite of the scandals, affairs, and divorces in her family, as well as the press leaks. Extemporaneous moments by her are seldom if ever seen publicly, though First Lady Michelle Obama experienced one when she and the Queen spontaneously put their hands on one another’s back as the two disappeared into the palace, which was famously captured by cameras as a rare occurrence.
Ben MacIntyre, of the Times, aptly wrote, “as a personality, as a human character, we hardly know her at all,” even though she has been observed by the rest of humanity for longer, and with greater intensity, than anybody else, ever.”1
If we were to look behind the exterior impression and public image of the Queen—a monarch who has always perceived her role as a divine calling—to the spiritual function and significance of her appointed task, what might we better comprehend on the level of compassionate heart? In 1953, White Eagle gave a teaching on the sacred significance of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation, a soul who wished “no more than simply to serve her people.”2 She came to fulfill “her grand destiny” and asked only from her heart for the prayers of her people. He described the actual ceremony as a “spiritual crowning, for upon all people will descend a golden radiance at the time of the Coronation, for this is a great cosmic as well as earthly event.” In this particular teaching, White Eagle said:
“…for although these events [a young Queen being brought to the throne] appear to most people to be ordinary happenings we would repeat that nothing in your own lives or upon the earth comes about by chance. God’s universe is ruled by law and order. … you as a nation have earned the blessing, which has been bestowed. Some people may think that your Queen just happened to be born a princess and so just happened to inherit the throne. Not so. This soul has come with a mission. True, man’s power of choice has exerted some influence over this mission in that the Queen has come to the throne earlier; and thus a great burden has been placed upon her while still young. Nevertheless, as a soul she was destined to be the Queen of Britain, and a channel for a great influence and light some day to dawn upon the earth. Not by chance does your monarch happen to be a woman, for in this new age of Aquarius you will find that woman will rise and take her rightful place beside man her partner. This will restore balance to the earth.”3
From all outward appearances, would you have guessed such a divine task was entrusted to this strong, steadfast, and highly capable soul, one who has encountered so many personal and public tests but who has nevertheless faithfully served in her duty and work for six decades? Her spiritual essence has influenced the whole world.
How can we possibly judge any appearance whatsoever? We dare not, for only a tiny tip of the iceberg is ever seen on the outer level of life. Moreover, we can never really discern what a soul chooses to take on for their spiritual evolution. Perhaps it might be a lifetime of debilitating illness and the frustrations of that severe limitation, or dark bouts with alcoholism and its ensuing failures and degradation of confidence, or the heartbreak of multiple miscarriages, or a personality that is abrasive and off-putting, which leads to the deepest level of loneliness and insecurity.
The mastery of looking beyond all appearances may take many lifetimes to master, but could there be anything more worthwhile?
Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time;
2. Stella Polaris, The White Eagle Publishing Trust, August-September 2011, Vol. 60 Number 5, pages 218-222.
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